4th grader Molly Aeberhard and 2nd grader Carter Amidon are book buddies, and also worked together to design and build a catapult for pumpkin candies recently.

Here is this week's Memo. We hope to see many of you at our discussion of Riverside's Teaching Kindness program on Thursday night, even if you have plans to see the acrobats right after!

Happy Monday,
On Friday afternoons early January through early March K-8th graders will have a choice to go:
  1. downhill skiing or riding at Burke Mountain
  2. cross-country skiing at Kingdom Trails
  3. pursue their own skiing goals outside of Riverside's program
A great deal of paperwork and logistics is involved in coordinating these activities; Nelia will be sending home relevant information the last week of November. Please let your child's teacher/advisor know which of the choices above applies to your family before the end of this week .

More information can be found here , or by speaking with Nelia.

We depend on parent chaperones to make the most of these programs, especially at the K-3rd grade level. If you're not sure if you signed up to chaperone on the volunteer lists at the Fall Fresh Start, please let Nelia know if you'd like to help!
In an effort to continually evaluate our process and the effectiveness of our programs and services, we are asking for feedback from Riverside parents/guardians in reference to the opening of school and how well our traditions and schedules meet with our intention to establish a supportive community. If you haven't already (link was sent via email last week), p lease take just a few minutes to complete the survey on that topic before the end of the day tomorrow.
Please let Krystal know directly if you would like your child's school photo to be retaken on December 6. If so, original prints must be returned uncut.
As we begin the season of harsher weather, remember that we will notify you of school delays and closings through WCAX and other local media and School Messenger, which goes automatically to either your phone or email. When school closes early we will try to reach you personally to be sure that you've gotten the message.
We will host our first Coffee House discussion for Riverside parents this Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 - 7:00 in The Barn. The topic is "Teaching Kindness." This will be about the program at Riverside led by Michelle and Ellen Moore, and will include a discussion about bullying. If you're interested in how Teaching Kindness fits into the rest of our Advisory and social skills curricula, read the press release about it here .
This club for elementary students to engage in collaborative problem solving in a competitive performance is ready to get started. Parents Courtney Daffinrud and Alison Kennedy will be leading one team, and Lilias Ide, Rick Golden, and Mel Finn the other team. Each team has room for two more 1st-5th graders. Participants must be available for the culminating competition in Burlington on March 23. Please email Courtney if you'd like your child to join in and look out for emails from the team leaders about regular meeting schedules. Participants will have a $20 charge on their school store bill to offset registration fees.

Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: Wednesdays 3:15-4:15, beginning Nov. 28
Courtney-Alison's Team: Thursdays 4:00-5:00, beginning Nov. 15
K-8th grade students will go ice skating again this Friday. Please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester Arena in Lyndon Center at 3:15. We will also skate November 30, December 7, 14, 21 (pick up that day is at 1:30, an early dismissal after Mythology Day for the holiday vacation).
Many of you know that alumni parent and faculty spouse Rachel Gilbert has managed the chaos of our costume closet ("behind the trapezoidal door") for many years, along with leading our middle school costuming elective. Because of her singular efforts our students have been able to add creative flair and learn some textile arts as part of their dramatic endeavors. Thank you, Rachel!

Parents Jenna Heinrich (3rd grader Clint and 6th grader Nick) and Tricia Bunnell (1st grader Zoe and 4th grader Sofia) are ready to take over her leadership, and for that we are also so grateful! In order to set them up for success, we'd like to have a costume-organizing chore-party on Saturday, December 1, from 9:30 am -12:30 pm. We will let them take the lead and put us to work folding, sorting, and labeling so that they can make good use of the space and resources moving forward. We hope that a few parents will join in the fun, please let Nelia know if you plan to help out.
Parent Tiffany Murray (6th grader Aubriella) is a well known local artist whose award-winning "paint and sip" events are considered the best in the area. She will be hosting one here at Riverside on Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Krystal. Bring your own drink of choice and snacks will be provided. Proceeds will benefit Riverside's extensive field trip programs, which enhance our curricula through active learning and from which our supportive community is strengthened. Seats are limited and this event is open to the whole community, including Tiffany's large following: purchase now!
In an effort to address our goals for spring field trips to enhance curriculum and to be developmentally appropriate, 4-8th grade students will be taking two Spring Field Trips this year. Space is limited for parent chaperones, but we would appreciate your help (especially dads!) carpooling and chaperoning throughout these experiences; let Nelia know if you plan to attend . Please See details below:
  • 4-5th Graders will travel May 20-22 to The Ecology School (formerly Ferry Beach) in Saco, Maine and spend the last day in Portland.
  • 6-8th Graders will travel May 15-17 to Boston.
On Tuesday, November 20 PreK-8th graders will participate in our annual Community Service Day. They will contribute time, energy, and creativity to projects in support of the Lyndon Food Shelf, Riverside Life Enrichment Center, Darling Inn Meal Site, American Legion, NEK Youth Services, and more. We welcome the help and participation of parents who might like to join in these projects, especially those that need students to be driven off campus. Please let Nelia know if you can help.

This is the last day before Thanksgiving vacation, note that PreK-8 students will be dismissed at 12:30 that day. The After School Program will run until 5:00 pm, please let us know in advance if your child will attend .
Each year we welcome grandparents to join us at Riverside on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 26. We have mailed invitations, with notes from students, and RSVP cards to all the grandparents whose information we had in our database. If your family was not included, please contact Krystal to add their contact information to our records.

Visitors are welcome for the entire day or for just the hours that their schedules allow. Teachers will strive to make grandparents comfortable in their classrooms and to design lesson activities that are engaging for all ages. Visitors will be invited to coffee and snacks in the kitchen during break time (9:45-10:00) and hosted with sandwiches and remarks from Michelle at lunch time (12:15-12:45). Student hosts should bring their own lunches.

Volunteer Bakers - We'd welcome any items you want to send in that day to go with coffee and tea during morning break. Thank you!
Please support the Annual Fund.
We'd be grateful if someone with a truck could haul the metal trash items we have next to our dumpsters to the NEK Waste Mgmt District facility in Lyndonville. Please let Krystal know if you can do that for us!
Mel Finn is organizing archery lessons with Linwood Smith in St. Johnsbury. Lessons will be at Linwood's indoor range from 3:30-5:30, Mondays, starting November 5. The lessons are done through the 4-H program and cost only $1 per session, including equipment and instruction. Lessons continue until Spring, when Linwood switches to rifle. The focus is on skill and safety. If interested, please contact Mel at  or phone (802)299-8326.
Student tickets are free to this special event on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm in the NVU-Lyndon Stannard Gymnasium. Adult tickets, usually $36 plus fees, are 20% through the end of today. More information and ticket purchase links can be found at Kingdom County Productions Presents .
CHC provides opportunities for girls ages 2-20 to learn and practice ice hockey. They have ice time on Sundays from 5:30-6:30, beginning October 28. Dartmouth women's team will lead a skills clinic on Sunday, November 18. Participation is by donation. For more information contact Ken Burchesky at 802-626-3235.
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