8th grader Colter took Kinergartener Azro on a paddle board ride during Thursday's K-3 experience on the Fall Field Trip.

Here's this week's Monday Memo. Welcome to our first, regular, full week of the school year!

Happy Monday!
Thank you to all of the parents who supported our annual, traditional trip with pick up and drop off, a visit to lend a hand, or overnight supervision of students in cabins. We are so grateful for the families who value this experience for our community and make being a part of it a priority in your busy lives.

Kudos also to the students who were brave enough to do something for the first time on this trip , like spend a night away from home, keep track of their belongings all by themselves, survive a bee sting, or haul a dock out of the water. It was a learning experience in so many ways!

We have definitely returned to school a stronger, more supportive community and are ready for a great year together!
Thanks to everyone who showed up to walk with our signs or ride our float in the parade on Saturday, you made Riverside look good! All Riverside families are invited to wear blue and green and to ride, walk, or bike behind Riverside's banner at the Fall Foliage Festival in East Burke, Saturday, September 29. Meet by 9:30 at the Rec Field on Route 114 just north of the village.Parent Ellen Moore (5th grader Macy) has organized our wagon and giant heron, students are encouraged to bring candy to throw.
Think about birthdays and holidays for your growing Riversider! Orders are due Monday, September 24 in Krystal's office. Here is a link to a new form if you need it.
The first, major, parent-led fundraiser of the year is less than a month away, on Saturday, October 6. Anyone interested in helping to lead the event, especially with regard to advertising, food, set-up and clean up, reach out to Madeleine Balcom ( or Anna Crytzer ( You can also sign up for a simple volunteer shift during the event at this website , where we're organizing our shift schedule this year.
We need help from parents who are willing to ref games , we have 8 home games without refs, including for this Thursday's game. Please let Nelia know if you can help. There are also still slots available to assist with snacks (5-6 Team on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 23; 7-8 Team on Thursday, Oct. 18, Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 25).

This week's schedule:
  • Monday practice for 5-6 Team, 3:15-4:30
  • Tuesday practice for 7-8 Team, 3:45-5:00
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 at home vs. Concord 5-6th gr at 4:30, 7-8th gr at 5:30

Rest of the season:
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 at home vs. Stevens 5-6th gr at 4:00, 7-8th gr at 5:00
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at home vs. Waterford 5-6th gr at 4:00, 7-8th gr at 5:00
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 away at Barnet 5-6th gr at 4:00, 7-8th gr at 5:00
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 at home vs. Barnet 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 away at Waterford 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 away at Concord 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
  • Thursday, Oct. 25 at home vs. Stevens 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45

Equipment required for games includes cleats, shin guards, and mouth guards.  Before you go shopping, plan to check out the huge supply we've got for the taking, and if you have gear that no longer fits, consider sharing it with another family. The supplies will be on the back porch of school for anyone to look through.
4 th -6 th grade students will begin swimming this Friday afternoon, September 21. Please remember to pick them up at the pool at NVY (LSC) at 3:15. The pool is in the S.H.A.P.E. center, at the far end of the main parking lot, near the soccer field.

Nelia will be supervising swim teachers who divide the students in to ability groups and help them improve stroke skills and endurance, as well as practice water safety skills. Thank you to preschool parent Aaron Kromash for volunteering to supervise the boys in the locker room.

We are also swimming on the following Fridays: September 21, 28 October 5, 19, 26, and November 2.

There is no After School Program for students who are dismissed from off-campus programs.

4-6th grade parents, please return the consent form to Laryssa, Hanna, or Nelia before Friday.
Our Parent Advisory Group continues this year with its goals of communication, facilitation, mentoring, and fundraising. This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts.
           The group will be meeting for the first time on Thursday, September 20 at 5:00 pm in the library to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail. There will be dinner and childcare provided. If you would like to join this group, please join us! So far, members include:
PreK - Lucas & Karina Weiss
K - Madeleine & Ian Balcom
1 - Erin McMullen, Tricia Bunnell
2 - Alison Kennedy, Angela Norton
3 - Kim Adams, Courtney Daffinrud
4 - Mel Finn, Tricia Bunnell
5 - Ellen Moore, Jen Croft
6 - Sara Lussier
7 - Renee Piernot, Chantel Randall
8 - Alan Giese
Participants, please turn in your pledge forms and donations to Nelia as soon as possible. We look forward to announcing a total of funds raised for Riverside later this month.
The following are a few easy ways to help support Riverside throughout the year.
  • Price Chopper Tools for Schools: This simple fund-raiser benefits the school each time you shop all year long. If you shop at Price Chopper, sign up to support Riverside on the sheet in the front pocket of your Family Handbook. In the past our Price Chopper rewards have earned us much needed sports equipment, a digital projector, and a wireless microphone set.
  • Box Tops: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.” These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school. Your efforts greatly help! 
  • Good Search and Good Shop: When you use as your search engine and select The Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) as your charity, we get one cent for each search conducted. Set your browsers now! From that site you can link to, which then links to all your favorite on line shopping sites (Amazon, Borders, Staples, Marriott, United Airlines, QVC, eBay). Following that link to complete your shopping, and having the Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) set as your charity, will result in a portion of the sale being donated to our school.
  • Amazon Smile: Start at and select "Riverside School Inc" in Lyndonville, VT. Once you choose us the first time, all you have to do is start your shopping at that url in the future, and .05% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to us!
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phone: 802.626.8552
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