MONDAY MEMO
7th graders Eliza, Maaike, Josie, and Cliona danced in the springtime sun during PE class this morning.
Greetings!

Wow, you sure know what time of year it is when the first three notes in the Memo are about NEXT year!

Happy Monday,
Nelia
NOTES
CONTRACTS
Contracts for returning students were due back last Friday. We have prospective families waiting to hear which classes have space for new students, so please let us know your commitment by returning next year's contracts promptly.
SEAN FORTIER: NEW FACULTY
In an email to the parents earlier this spring Michelle introduced Sean Fortier, who will be our After School Program Director and PreK-8 Wellness teacher next year, implementing curriculum for all our students on physical, social-emotional, and health education.

Sean will be on campus on Friday, May 24, and available to meet parents after drop off and before pick up. Please plan to park and say hello.
NEXT YEAR'S CALENDAR
The 2019-2020 Riverside School calendar is available for download!

7th grade parents : Please note the dates of the 8th grade summer adventure are August 24-25, and that 8th grade day is listed on the calendar for September 3, the day before school starts.
PUBLIC FORUM ON DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
This Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 pm we will host our last Public Forum of the year: Pat Shine will present "What do you say after 'Don't say that!'?" Read more about the event here .
8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS
Riley Miller will be presenting about Women's Empowerment on Wednesday morning in Assembly. We encourage anyone who wants to support her to attend.
K-3 SWIMMING
K-3rd graders will be swimming this Friday, please remember to pick up behind the SJA pool at 3:15.
RIVERSIDE AT NIGHT
For those winning bidders on Riverside at Night at this year's auction: the date has been set for this Friday, May 3. If you purchased multiple tickets, please be sure to communicate with Michelle about which students you are sending so that she can plan accordingly.
PAINT AND SIP FUNDRAISER
Parent and artist Tiffany Murray (6th grader Aubriella) will be hosting another Paint and Sip event here at Riverside on Monday, May 6 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Krystal. Plan to bring your own drink of choice; snacks will be provided. The example painting for the event is pictured here.
THE K-5TH GRADE PLAY: HEROES OF ALDORVIA
Tuesday, May 7 is Elementary Play Day, with the performance at Lyndon Institute Auditorium that evening at 6:00 pm. A few logistical details:
  • K-5 students will be going to LI to rehearse by 12:45 on a bus
  • K-5 pick-up that day will be at 3:00 pm at the back of the LI auditorium
  • Preschoolers will be participating in the performance, and should arrive at LI by 5:45.
  • K-5 students should be at LI to get ready at 5:00 pm
  • After the end of the performance, students should return all borrowed costumes immediately to Lydia and find their parents.
Thank you to all the families who have donated the requested prop and set items!
STUDENT COUNCIL CABARET
Next Thursday, May 9 Student Council is hosting a Cabaret: dinner with live entertainment, open to all grades from 5:30-7:00 pm. Tickets cost $3 to cover the cost of dinner. There will be a dessert competition. Use the sign up sheet in the microwave room to prepare a dessert or to prepare an act. The winning ticket for the garden cart raffle will also happen this night.
SPRING CLEAN UP DAYS
Prior Monday Memos listed our annual Clean Up Day for this weekend, and Michelle sent an email to all parents during the vacation letting them know we planned to change that.

Because of the late spring, and our need for major help preparing for summer insulation projects, we have decided to plan two clean up days! We ask that each Riverside family please choose the one that best fits your schedule and interests, and plan to attend. As ever, Riverside both strengthens and depends on our supportive community when we work to care for our historic campus in this way each year.
  • Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-12:00pm: gardening and cleaning projects
  • Tuesday, June 11, 5:30pm: cleaning, painting, and hauling materials out of the basement and the attic so that insulating work can be done.
STUDENT COUNCIL FUNDRAISING FOR SOCCER JERSEYS
Tickets are on sale for one more week, the drawing will be next Thursday evening at the Cabaret event. So far Student Council has raised $1245 out of the $1250 they need to cover the cost of the new jerseys!
CELEBRATIONS!
  • 6th grader Trixie Shackleton entered an essay contest organized by the DAR on the topic of women's suffrage and won 1st prize among Vermont 6th graders. She imagined a dialogue between a brother and sister during the era of the suffrage movement. Trixie will be reading her essay at the DAR chapter meeting on Saturday April 27th at 10:00 am at the United Community Church in St. Johnsbury.
  • Our 4th grade teacher Laryssa Fortier applied and was accepted to a year-long, award-winning, professional development program for K-12 teachers about place-based learning and forest sustainability. The program is offered in partnership with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Shelburne Farms, Green Mountain National Forest, The Stewardship Institute, and Castleton State College. Across habitats and the many seasons, Laryssa will learn how to "read" and teach the landscapes of Vermont, making academic standards more practical and meaningful, and continuing to develop Riverside's Birch Buddies program.
  • The Latin Club had a very successful experience competing in the forum over vacation! They won their first certamen match, they also learned about ancient writing, competed in chariot racing, artwork (painting, mosaic, and landscape), and costume (Arachne) contests, and performed a great skit rejecting various unsuitable mythological figures from Latin Club. And our two gladiators fought incredibly valiantly, with one coming back from an injury to crush her next opponent! 6th graders Anika and Emily were also elected co-presidents of the Vermont Junior Classical League.
  • Michelle is pleased to announce that this year's graduation speaker will be Rohan Racine, '08. Rohan attended Riverside for five years, and graduated from LI in 2012 and Tufts University in 2016. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree at McGill University in experimental surgery, and serving as a member of Riverside's Board of Trustees. Rohan says that he most appreciated the freedom for individual growth and the stellar teachers at Riverside, who helped him to be "better intellectually and to be a better member of the broader community."
CATAN CLUB
Catan Club is meeting today from 3:45-4:45. This will be the last meeting.
MAGIC THE GATHERING CLUB
Magic Club will meet Tuesday from 3:15-4:45. The club will not meet next week because of the Elementary Play Day, and the last meeting will be May 14.
KARATE
5-8th grade Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4th grade Thursday, 3:45-4:45
LATIN CLUB
There will be Latin Club this week, Thursday from 3:45-5:00.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB
Mountain Bike Club will meet again this Friday. Stay tuned for an email from Westerly about whether the trails have opened for riding or there will be another mechanics clinic instead.
CALENDAR
LESSON PLANS
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