E-Newsletter: April 21, 2019
In This Issue

  • School-Wide Information

  • Weather Make-up Day
  • Making the Impossible Possible
  • Call for Assistance
  • Where's Rivers
  • Calming Strategies
  • 2019 - 2020 School Calendar
  • Lion Artists of the Week

  • Elementary School News

  • Junior Beta Club
  • State Testing Schedule
  • Art Show
  • Clorox Wipes

  • Middle/High School News

  • State Testing Schedule
  • Middle and High School Formal

  • The Lions Pride

  • Looking Ahead
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A Note From Dr. Compton
Dear Lions,

It's hard to believe that we're down to the final 33 days of school. I know what you're thinking, "that has to be a mistake," but I double checked. Yes, we only have 33 days of school remaining in the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The next 7 weeks of school are going to fly by. I was just looking at the school calendar and there are only 4 days remaining where we do not have a school-wide activity; such as state testing, field trips, and award ceremonies.

Before I share with each of you a few upcoming highlights, I do want to say "thank you." Thank you PTO for the idea and thank you parents, staff and board members for believing in the impossible. Because of your donations, the parents are going to notice a major change tomorrow as you come around the traffic circle. Click here for a preview.

Here are a few things that I'd like to specifically share with you and to make you aware of:
  • Dual Enrollment - During this week's board meeting, we'll unveil our dual credit/enrollment plan. Earlier this week, we met with York Technical College and it's our plan to be able to offer up to 9 hours of college credit beginning with some of our 10th graders next year and then the plan is that our eligible 11th and 12th grade students can possibly complete their Associate degree by the time they graduate from Riverwalk Academy.
  • Board Visioning Committee - On Tuesday, Mike Riddle, board member and vision committee chair, will lead a Riverwalk Academy vision discussion/brainstorming session. This session is open to the public and begins at 4:30 pm. If you are unable to attend, but would like to give your input, please click here.
  • Testing Monitors - We are in need of testing monitors for our upcoming state testing. See below for more information.
  • 19/20 Enrollment - Lions, because of the way you all "carry the banner" for Riverwalk Academy, our projected enrollment is stronger than ever. We currently have a waiting list for several of our grade levels.

Lions, as you can see, we have some exciting things happening at Riverwalk Academy. These things are possible because of our Pride. Thank you for continuing to trust in us and for believing in the future.

As for these final 33 days, it's time to buckle our seatbelts because this time is going to fly.

Let's have a great week!
Robert Compton, Ph.D.
Head of School
School-Wide Information
Pride, You Made The Impossible Possible
Pride, you did it again! With your help, the PTO pulled off the impossible. Click here to view a special video.
A Call For Assistance
We're in need of testing monitors to assist during the administration of SC Ready, SC PASS, and EOCs. The role of the monitor is to assist the testing administrators during the state assessment. We're looking for parents, grandparents, and other responsible adults from 8 - 11 each day during testing. Click here for more information or to sign up.
Where Is Rivers?
Rivers spent Spring Break in Australia with Ms. C. Wilson. While there, he visited the Sydney Opera House.

You can follow along Rivers' adventures by visiting his blog , which is linked from our main page.
Calming Stratagies
Ms. Carr wanted to take a minute to share with everyone a few ways that parents can deal with frustrations. Click here to view the complete document .

If you need any additional information or strategies, please contact Ms. Carr .
2019 - 2020 School Calendar
On behalf of the calendar committee, we appreciated all the feedback you provided on the school calendar. The 2019 - 2020 has been approved by the school board. Click the image for a larger view.
Lion Artists of the Week
(picked by Dr. Compton's daughters)
Check out Riverwalk Academy's online art gallery at  Artsonia . Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum. Yet it's so much more than that! It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school.

If you have any questions, please contact  Ms. Griffith.
Watercolor Parrot
Carter Dobson, 5th Grade
Watercolor Seahorse
Peyton Chambers, 2nd Grade
Elementary School News
Junior Beta Club Raffle
It's not a candy sale.... it's a "Guess How Many" raffle to benefit the Humane Society. The 3 prizes are the full containers of candy, once the ticket sale is over. We have 3 different sized, clear containers full of candy and sealed. (Swedish Fish & Sour Patch Kids, Tootsie Rolls & Fruit Chews, and assorted Reese's/Kisses & assorted wrapped Hershey chocolates) We also have two large bags of Tootsie Rolls & Fruit Chews as a single 'thank-you' (immediate reward) for each donation guess form filled out. Entry forms are already printed to identify the name of the purchaser, their teacher, and their 3 guesses (in order to ensure the winners get their correct prize).  Our goal is to raise $250 + recoup Jr. Beta Club's initial investment for purchasing the candy and the containers. 
3rd-5th Grade State Testing Schedule
Parents, please "save the dates" for this spring's testing schedule

  • May 13 - SC Ready English Part 1 (3rd - 5th)
  • May 14 - SC Ready English Part 2 (3rd - 5th)
  • May 16 - SC Ready Math (3rd - 5th)
  • May 20 - SC PASS
  • Science: 4th Grade
  • Social Studies: 5th Grade
Annual Art Show
Thursday, May 16th
4 pm - 6 pm
Art Room Needs Clorox Wipes
Parents, Ms. Griffith is in-need of Clorox wipes. Please consider sending an extra container, or two, in with your child this week.

Middle and High School News
Middle and High School State Testing Schedule
Parents, please "save the dates" for this spring's testing schedule

Middle School
  • May 13 - SC Ready English Part 1 (6th - 8th)
  • May 14 - SC Ready English Part 2 (6th - 8th)
  • May 16 - SC Ready Math (6th - 8th)
  • May 20 - SC PASS
  • Science: 6th and 8th Grades
  • Social Studies: 5th and 7th Grades

High School
  • May 21 - English 1 Writing (EOC) (9th and a few 8th graders)
  • May 23 - English 1 Reading (EOC) (9th and a few 8th graders)
  • May 28 - Algebra 1 (EOC) (9th and a few 8th graders)
8th/9th Grade Formal
8th/9th Grade Students , the date for your formal is May 10, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Foster or Ms. C. Wilson.
Looking Ahead
Monday, 22nd
  • Beginner Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)

Tuesday, 23rd
  • Marathon Kids Running Club @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Laster)
  • Advanced Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Board's Visioning Committee @ 4:30 pm (agenda)
  • Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm (agenda will be posted on Monday)

Wednesday, 24th
  • 5th Grade Field Trip
  • Chorus Club @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Wright)
  • Beginner Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)

Thursday, 25th
  • Advanced Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Track Team Awards @ 4:00 pm (M. Wilson)

Friday, 26th
  • Power of the Pride 5K @ 1:30 pm (Laster/Mabey)

Save The Date (future items)
8th/9th Formal: 5/10 (C. Wilson/Foster)
Art Show: 5/16 ( Griffith )
Spirit Night: 5/23 @ Adventure Air Sports (PTO)
Lions Pride
You never know when you will be spotted out in the community showing your #LionsPride.
Judah Cook-2nd grade (and siblings) showing Riverwalk pride at the JDRF one walk at Carowinds.
Judah Cook’s dog, Luna, showing her pride even though she wasn’t invited to participate in the 5k. 
We'd love to show off our families wearing their Riverwalk Academy gear. Please send any photos, with a caption, to  Dr. Compton   and they just might end up here for all to see.
Looking Ahead

First Grade

Second Grade
  • Baumeister
  • Bowman
  • Matlock

Third Grade
Fourth Grade

  • Greenberg
  • Tillman

  • Krebs
  • C. Wilson

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