7th and 8th graders and Algebra 1 students Colter Thibaudeau and Ethan Spence showed off their new graphing calculators to Suzanne and Michelle during their lunch break today.

Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed restful and joyous holiday vacations.

Happy Monday,
There is only one week left to talk with the auction chairs about your donation.

We need to clarify all donated items by January 11, in order to put the catalogue together for bidders to browse in advance , and make sure the accounting systems are ready to run smoothly the night of the event. Who do you know? We have amazing contacts within our community! Who do you know that owns property, or a great business, or has skills that would appeal to an auction bidder? Please consider asking a friend or family member to make a donation as well.

We also need more volunteer help from parents during and after the event: kitchen, registration table, and clean up. If you're willing to lend a hand to one of those chores, please let Krystal know .

There will be babysitting available on-site, led by high school-age Riverside alumni, for the first 15 Riverside students to sign up, ages 3-12 are welcome. We ask that parents pick up their children soon after the live auction ends, even if you need to return to the check out line. Cost will be $20 for one child, $10 for each additional, please plan to pay the sitters directly in cash the night of the event. Sign up with Krystal .
We welcome alumni to join us again this Thursday, January 10. We love to have them join our class activities and conversations, welcome them for lunch, and will facilitate a conversation between them and the 8th grade about what it means to be an alumnus/alumna of Riverside. 8th graders will not need a lunch on Thursday, as we will host a pizza lunch for them with the alumni.
We have rescheduled Mythology Day for Friday, January 18. Dismissal will be from skiing adventures on Darling Hill at 3:00 (x-country) or Burke Mountain at 3:30 (downhill).

If students were not planning to be at school on the original Mythology Day but now will be here, or vice versa, please talk with your teacher about character assignments.

Urn of Fate gifts can be brought to Nelia's office anytime. While we understand that candy can be an easy and appealing gift, students will not be allowed to consume or share any gifted candy at school, but will take it home to be supervised by parents according to household rules.
It's looking like temperatures will be very low this Friday, and so we may have to cancel our K-8 x-country and downhill skiing plans . We will make that decision by 3:30 on Wednesday and communicate by email with all parents. Please stay tuned to those possible changes. If we do cancel, students would be engaged at Riverside until regular dismissal times here on campus; but there would be no After School Program.

Chaperones: please remember to communicate with Nelia (downhill, answering her list of questions, returning the Assumption of Risk form, and reading through duties for K-3 Chaperones and 4-8 Chaperones) or Joel (x-country) about the details of your participation.

Pick Up: Remember to pick up x-country students at 3:00 at the parking lot between the Wildflower Inn and the KT Nordic Center on Darling Hill; and downhill students at 3:30 inside the lower entrance of the Burke Mountain Base Lodge. If you would like to give your child perimssion to ski/ride at Burke unsupervised until the lifts close at 4:00, please let Nelia know directly .
Robotics Club begins today in the workshop/basement area of the barn, from 3:45-5:00. The club will be student led (and overseen by Maryellen Griffin with support from Nelia) and is open to anyone who can come to all of the meetings, so no robotics experience is necessary. The students will decide and delegate roles, come up with a project as a group, and make a plan for how they will accomplish this. If you have any questions please email Henry Griffin .
Japanese Club begins today in the Carriage House (Kindergarten classroom), from 3:45-4:30, with language and origami activities led by Sachiko Takanashi (parent of first grader Raleigh and sixth grader Koji). If you would like to participate, please email Sachiko .
Due to changes in the faculty meeting schedule, we have to switch the dates for Chess Club this month. Nathan will lead Chess Club on Tuesdays: January 8 and 22. It's open to K-8th graders from 3:45-4:45. All parents are welcome!
6-8th graders will be taking semester exams and presenting final projects in their academic classes next week. This week teachers are mostly reveiwing content and helping them to prepare their study strategies.

Please support students at home by helping them to take ownership of their organization and study plans, recognizing that the goal of exams is to show their teachers what they know and can do, and that good habits now will help them manage this task throughout high school and further studies.

6th Grade:
  • Tuesday: Science Exam, Latin Project
  • Wednesday: English Exam, History Project
  • Thursday: Math and Spanish Exams
7th Grade:
  • Tuesday: English and Spanish Exams
  • Wednesday: Latin and Science/Algebra 1 Exams
  • Thursday: Pre-Algebra/Science and History Exams
8th Grade:
  • Latin and English Exams
  • Spanish and Algebra 1/Science Exams
  • Pre-Algebra/Science and World Issues Exams
Hanna is organizing our participation in the National Geography Bee and has been leading lunch time practice sessions for interested students. Anyone in 4-8th grade who would like to join in the competition should let her know. The Bee will be held during an extended assembly on Wednesday, January 30. Parents are welcome to attend.
Please remember that our handbook says: " Lunches and snacks should not include candy, chewing gum, soda, or caffeinated beverages. The school asks parents to support these guidelines. " S tudents are discouraged from sharing such items if they do have them so as not to infringe upon the values and dietary habits of other families.
Parent and fine carpenter Eric Miller (6th grader Simon and 8th grader Riley) worked diligently over the vacation to lead the restoration of the front stairwell in the house. The handrail, balusters, and newell post were all removed and refinished, and new risers and maple treads were installed. Come admire the work next time you stop in the house!
5-8: Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4: Thursday, 3:45-4:45
Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: this Wednesday 3:15-4:15
Courtney-Alison's Team: this Thursday 4:00-5:00
No matter the size of your gift, it's the act of donating that matters most. Please consider making a gift today if you haven't already. We strive to have 100% of our parents, faculty, and trustees participate in giving to Riverside, as that makes a powerful statement about the strength of our community. We thank you.
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