MONDAY MEMO
Jeremiah, Adrienne, and Aiden focused on math practice this morning in the 4th grade classroom.
Greetings!

Here is this week's Memo, as usual there are lots of announcements relevant to each of you. Thanks for reading carefully.

Happy Monday,
Nelia
NOTES
THANK YOU FROM THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
The kindergarteners had a great little trip to the Cole's Redemption Center and Morrison’s Feed Bag! Thanks again to all for bottle donations and helping to make this project possible. We now have a dozen eggs incubating in our classroom. Feel free to stop in and check them out!
FACULTY CANDIDATES
Hanna Galinat, from Peacham, will be visiting Riverside on Wednesday. Parents are welcome to meet her at drop off time in the morning.
PROGRESS REPORTS
Teachers are preparing Progress Reports this week, as we are about half way through the final quarter of the school year.
  • For students in grades K-5 reports will be emailed to parents by teachers on Tuesday.
  • For students in grades 6-8 reports will be shared directly with students in advisory on Friday. These are the last updates that families will get before semester exams, except for unusual or concerning situations.
MAC 'N CHEESE CONTEST & CABARET
This Friday, May 4 Student Council is organizing a Mac 'n Cheese contest with Live music in the barn from 5:30 - 7:00. It is going to be entertaining; the acts are awesome and great to watch. There is a suggested donation of $5 , and the winner of the Mac n Cheese contest gets half of the donations and the other half is going to go to fund Student Council. It is a great fundraiser and fun for the whole family.
ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN UP DAY
Riverside's annual Spring Clean Up will be Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to noon-ish. Please plan to lend a hand with gardening, cleaning, fixing, painting, or sorting chores on campus that day, while getting to work alongside and build relationships with other Riverside families. This event helps us build a more supportive community and reduce expenses. Bring your favorite tools and come to the front porch of the house to choose a chore from the bulletin board.
DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE
We will be offering three weeks of day camps again this year, during the month of June, for 7-14 year-olds. The cost is $175/week and the registration deadline is May 18. Detailed information about the schedule, programs and instructors, as well as the registration form, are available at our Day Camp at Riverside website .
June 11-15: International Cooking and Dance
June 18-22: Ukulele and Mask Making
June 25-29: Painting and Fiber Arts
ELEMENTARY SWIMMING
K-3rd graders will be swimming this week, please remember to pick them up at the SJA pool at 3:15 on Friday. We will swim again on May 11.
4-8 SPRING FIELD TRIP
4-8 th graders will be going to Portsmouth, NH from May 9-11. Next week’s Monday Memo will contain a summary of the experiences, packing list, contact info, etc. Students will need to have $25 for one dinner meal in a restaurant with their class, and no more than $10 in additional spending money.

Thank you to the parents who signed up to join us on the trip, we are grateful for the space in your cars, your willingness to drive, contributions you may make toward parking or snacks, and your time supervising small groups of students for three days. Nelia will have details for you next Tuesday.
RACE BACK TO SCHOOL
This new, annual event will be a family, fun-first fundraiser and end of summer community event at the Kingdom Trails: a run-walk-bike-a-thon to raise money for technology for independent schools in the NEK. This event will be organized by the Riverside School and Kingdom Trails and include volunteer participation from other local independent schools - elementary through high school. Competing students and adults raise will raise money for their own schools through pledges.

Race Back To School is open to everyone, teams and individuals. Relay-style races will include endurance and fun categories with FUN stations and challenges for all ages and stages of fitness. There will be prizes for endurance winners, as well as for the top fund-raisers. This engaging, kid-centric event will build a stronger NEK student community. 

The first race, August 19, 2018, is a smaller, test-event that will establish the structure and fun factors needed to grow this tradition in years to come.

We are looking for volunteers to donate their time to support the event, both the day of and behind the scenes preparation leading up to the event. Please come to a meeting on Friday May 4th at 8am if you want to get involved in supporting this event. We need your help, creativity and fun-put!
ELEMENTARY PLAY
The PreK-5th graders will be presenting musical performances on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm at the Alexander Twilight Theater at NVU (LSC). Stay tuned for more details about the Play Day schedule, parent volunteer opportunities, and what students should be doing at home.

We need donations of the following for props.
  • Big pieces of cardboard (to be cut into parts of the ships)
  • Paper towel tubes or wrapping paper tubes
  • 3 beach chairs
  • 1 beach floaty in some sort of fun shape (donut, dinosaur, flower etc.)
  • 1 empty bottle of mustard
  • Beach towels
  • A small cart that could be used as a lemonade stand
  • Crowns/tiaras (2 for king and queen, 3 for princesses)
  • A ship's wheel
  • Fake ferns
  • Fake berries
  • 1 toy cooking pot/cauldron
MAKE A PLATE FUNDRAISER
Suzanne has completed all the artwork for the Make-A-Plate fundraiser. Each piece is colorful, creative and unique! What great gifts these will make for friends and family or for your own table.

Polly Yerkes will be contacting each class via email with a photo of the plates - please be on the lookout for this informative email, as it will contain pricing and order information. If you do not receive an email before Wednesday, please email her directly. If you would like to see your child’s artwork in person or have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask:  pollyyerkes@mac.com  / 802-373-7052.
7th GRADE ARTS DAY
Suzanne will be taking the 7th grade class to Arts Appreciation Day at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday, May 18th from 8:30-11:00, where they will engage in two choices from a variety of arts electives. We would appreciate the help of parents who could carpool the class down to SJA and back. Please let Suzanne know if you can drive students that day.
SCIENCE AND PE TESTING
There is additional state-mandated standardized testing to be completed with students during the month of May. Stay tuned for more specific schedule announcements:
  • All 5th and 8th graders will be completing two 1-hour, computer-based sessions in sciences during the week of May 14.
  • Publicly funded 4th and 7th graders will be completing af hours of physical testing to measure their aerobic capacity, abdominal strength and endurance, upper body strength and endurance, and flexibility.
PARENT ADVISORY GROUP
The PAG will have its last meeting of the year on May 17, at 5:00 pm in the library, with dinner provided for parents and children (thank you Angela Norton, Courtney Daffinrud and Renee Piernot). We will be reflecting on this year and setting goals for next year with regard to communication, community support, and fundraising. All interested parents are welcome to attend.
GRADUATION
Riverside's community celebration at the end of our school year is an official school day for all students in grades PreK-8 on June 2. We encourage families to join us for the ceremony, the many awards, the graduation of the Class of 2018, and the community potluck afterwards. The day typically goes from about 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
SCIENCE CLUB
There will be Science Club today from 3:45-5:00.
KARATE
There will be Karate on Wednesday and Thursday for this week, from 3:45-5:00.
LATIN CLUB
Latin Club will meet on Thursday this week, from 3:45-4:45.
MOUNTAIN BIKING CLUB
Mountain Bike Club will meet again this Friday to learn about bike mechanics and maintenance. Students need to be at the Kingdom Cycling and Experiences Center on Darling Hill 4:00-5:00 pm. We appreciate parent volunteers to be with the group each week to assist in organizing the kids; if you can help please let Westerly know.

The following weeks (May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8) they’ll ride the trails in specific ability groups with experienced leaders to help them improve their skills, until 5:30 pm.
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
CALENDAR
LESSON PLANS
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