Riverside School PTA Newsletter
Friday, June 18th, 2021
PTA News
THAT’S A WRAP FOR SPIRIT WEEK 2021!
Thank you to everyone who participated in any of this week’s Spirit Week activities. We enjoyed seeing students showing their school spirit – whether it be through their cardboard creations, a favorite sports team, dressing in Riverside red, or some other way! 
 
As we look ahead to planning more great School Spirit Days (and Spirit Week) for the next school year, we welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have. Feel free to share them with us any time at riversideschoolpta@gmail.com.
HELLO, RIVERSIDE GARDENERS! 
Looking for a way to add delicious, locally grown produce to your family's plates this summer? Then, click here to sign up to care for our beautiful, bountiful new vegetable garden for a week this summer! Responsibilities include watering, weeding, and harvesting. Be sure to include your email so we can keep you posted with garden updates and news.

If you are interested, but feel uncertain because of lack of gardening experience, no problem! One of our more experienced gardeners can work with you at the beginning of your week to answer any questions and get you started! Any questions? Email: Brett brettkroeger1@gmail.com,
From the Office
2ND, 3RD & 4TH GRADE HEALTH ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS
All current 3rd and 4th graders who have been contacted must have completed Health Assessments (based on health exams performed during the 2020 through 2021 calendar years) turned in before Tuesday, June 22 or before starting the new school year. This requirement includes dental forms to be fully completed by either your Pediatrician or Dentist. If this information has not been turned in, the student will not be permitted to begin the school year per CT Department of Health Requirements.  
 
Current 2nd graders will also need to submit a Heath Assessment based on a health exam performed during the 2021 through 2022 calendar years for 3rd grade "entry". These forms can be submitted during the 3rd grade year (2021-22 school year), and must include dental forms to completed by either your Pediatrician or Dentist, as per CT Department of Health requirements. 
 
Thank you so much for your help and time. Please let Nurse Luiso know if you have any questions: Melissa_Luiso@greenwich.k12.ct.us
FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE COVID TESTING
As a reminder, GPS is asking that students stay home if a member of their immediate family is being tested due to exposure or symptoms. It will limit teachers and students from possible exposures, causing individuals to be quarantined. Quarantining is a great safety measure, but it can be disruptive for staff and families. We understand we have many families who regularly test as a proactive measure; staying home while awaiting results of proactive, regular testing is not necessary.
ORDERING LUNCH (IN-PERSON STUDENTS)
PLEASE NOTE: All orders MUST be submitted prior to the date ordering for (and up to five days in advance).  Orders entered for same day lunch may not be seen, and cafeteria staff don't want students missing out. Please visit the Lunch Page on rivpta.org for information on submitting lunch orders and a link to the school's order form.

District News
REPLAY OF "READY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL" WORKSHOP NOW AVAILABLE
The replay of the PTA Council Academic Excellence Committee’s May 11 “Ready for Middle School” workshop for parents is now available.  The workshop explored the skills taught in elementary and middle school to help students transition. Speakers include a 5th grade teacher from North Mianus School, WMS Principal Gordon Beinstein and CMS Principal Tom Healy. This Workshop is especially relevant for parents of current 4th and 5th graders.
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Community News
Review the RTM News , BOE News, and the Community Calendar 
GREENWICH YOUTH CHEERLEADING - JOIN THE FUN!
Do you have a rising 3rd through 8th grader interested in cheerleading for this fall?  Have them join Greenwich Youth Cheerleading!  Registration information can be found here.

COVID Resources from the School
IN-SCHOOL COVID-19 SYMPTOM PROTOCOL
The Nurse’s Office has received many questions about how the school is making decisions about when the school is sending students home. Extra precautions are being taken in order to do our best to keep students in school. Unfortunately, there will be many students sent home this year even though they may have normally been allowed to stay in school and we hope all families will be understanding. 

Greenwich Public Schools COVID Symptom Protocol:  
  • If a student exhibits 1 low risk symptom (fever of 100.4 or greater, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, muscle aches) and has had no exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, the student may return to school 24 hours after symptom resolution (without medication for fevers) 
  • If a student exhibits 2 or more low risk symptoms (see above) or has 1 high-risk symptom (new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell) AND has had no exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, the student must be seen by a healthcare provider. 
  • If the student has a negative PCR swab test for COVID, the student may return to school 24 hours after symptom resolution (without medication for fevers). 
  • If the student has lab testing and evaluation, or an alternative diagnosis, the student may return to school 24 hours after symptom resolution (without medication for fevers). 
  • If a student has a positive PCR swab test for COVID, the student may return to school after 24 hours without fever (without medication) AND symptoms improving AND approval of local health department (10-14 days); AND release by the primary care provider will be required 
  • If a student is exposed to a COVID positive person, the student may return to school 14 days after last contact unless symptoms develop.  If symptoms develop, the student must obtain a swab. 

Please visit the district site to access the GPS COVID Checklist and the GPS COVID-19 resource page for more information. 

Please contact the School Nurse, Melissa Luiso (melissa_luiso@greenwich.k12.ct.us) with any questions. 
PEEK AT THE WEEK
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SUBMISSIONS
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