E-Newsletter: February 18, 2019
In This Issue

  • School-Wide Information
  • PTO Spirit Night

  • Draft Calendar Feedback

  • Black History Month

  • Lion Artists of the Week

  • Elementary School News
  • Author Visit

  • Submit Your Idea

  • Middle/High School News
  • Submit Your Idea

  • The Lions Pride

  • Looking Ahead
Click the above PTO logo to be redirected to the PTO website.
A Note From Dr. Compton
Dear Lions,

I spent most of this 4-day weekend reflecting on our work, our school, our students, our parents, and our staff. I have reaffirmed my thoughts and belief that the Riverwalk Academy Pride is powerful. Don't get me wrong, we're not perfect and we still have some room for improvements, however, because of our Pride, we're continually making the strides forward that we need to make. Below are a few things that I'm incredibly proud of this week.

For starters, 99% of family who have responded to our re-enrollment survey have indicated that they (their children) will be returning to Riverwalk Academy in the Fall. This number is substantially higher than it was last year at this point. Like I say in my confirmation email to the parents when they re-enroll, "thank you for your faith and trust in what Riverwalk Academy can and will accomplish." If you have not responded to the re-enrollment survey (click here), you have until the end of the day on Tuesday (19th) to reserve your child's "desk" for next year. Any family who does not respond will be placed on next year's wait list.

Secondly, we will have a waitlist for next year. As of last week, we have had over 150 families begin the enrollment process with Riverwalk Academy. These families are hoping to get an open spot on Friday during our enrollment processing/lottery day.

Lastly, we have some talented and selfless educators at Riverwalk Academy. We created several committees a few months back and put a call out to any staff member who wanted to serve. Over a third of our staff responded to that call and have placed themselves on one of our five committees. This week I'd like to give a shout out to our school wide celebrations committee, our family engagement committee, and our staff celebrations committee. Our school wide celebrations committee, led by Ms. Sciandra (Ms. Sci-Sci) has been working with a group of teachers on planning such events as our Black History Month Celebration (more information about this below). Our family engagement committee, led by Ms. Baumeister, did an outstanding job two weeks ago at the book swap event. Lastly, our staff celebrations committee, led by Ms. Mabey, did an awesome job on Thursday providing each of our staff with a flower and chocolate in honor of Valentines day. The flowers were donated by Cindys Flower Shop . What has impressed me the most about these, and all of the committees, is that they took on these tasks without being asked.

Yes, our Pride is powerful and it's because of each of you, our PTO, our Board, and our staff who believe in Riverwalk Academy and who know that each of us have the power to make a difference.

Let's make it a great week, Lions!

Sincerely,
Robert Compton, Ph.D.
Head of School

#PowerOfThePride
School-Wide Information
PTO Spirit Night
Our next spirit night will be this Tuesday at Empire Pizza in Newport. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate being back at school, after a 4 day weekend, than with pizza from Empire.

We hope to see you all there.
2019 - 2020 Draft Calendar - Feedback
Families, our Calendar Committee, comprised of 3 staff, 3 parents, and a student, have taken your feedback and created a draft calendar for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Our plans are to present it to the Board for their approval on February 26. Before it's submitted for their approval, we would like your feedback on the calendar (two questions). Click here to provide us feedback on the 2019 - 2020 draft calendar. Click the image to the left to view the draft calendar.
Black History Month
We'd like to thank our School-Wide Celebrations Committee for the work they've done all month to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by African Americans. In addition to bringing in author Daphnie Glenn (see below) and creating the beautiful art and designs that can be found throughout our building, the committee has used the morning announcements to showcase the contributions that African Americans have made throughout history.
Ms. Sciandra and Treasure Mcneil, 7th grade, stand outside of Ms. Sci-Sci's door that was decorated by Ms. Sci-Sci and several of her students.
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.
Hearts
by Jenna Nypaver, 3rd grade
Radial Landscape
by Savannah White, 5th Grade
Elementary School News
Author Daphnie Glenn Visits Riverwalk Academy
Our students are in for a treat on Thursday as author Daphnie Glenn visits Riverwalk Academy. in addition to being an educator and speaker, Daphnie is the author of Brown Boy .

Calling All Elementary School Students - Do You Have An Idea to Improve Riverwalk Academy's Outside Space?
We have some exciting news to share and this announcement is coming from Vincent Davis, 9th grade. Vincent has been working on an independent project on how to improve our outdoor space, while giving our students voice and choice in the project. His solution was to create a request for proposals where students can submit their ideas. Here's Vincent's announcement:

Hello Riverwalk families. Earlier this year we worked with Boosterthon to raise money for a project at the school. In total we made about $12,000. As the end of the year is approaching quickly, it's time to put these funds to use. The idea came up that the students of Riverwalk Academy could use their creativity to help come up with a project to help benefit the school. With the help of the students of Riverwalk, we are hoping to create something truly special and unique. Click here to view our request for proposal . The deadline to submit an idea is March 8th. If you have any questions, submit them here . Good luck students, we can't wait to see what you come up with.
Middle and High School News
Calling All Middle and High School Students - Do You Have An Idea to Improve Riverwalk Academy's Outside Space?
We have some exciting news to share and this announcement is coming from Vincent Davis, 9th grade. Vincent has been working on an independent project on how to improve our outdoor space, while giving our students voice and choice in the project. His solution was to create a request for proposals where students can submit their ideas. Here's Vincent's announcement:

Hello Riverwalk families. Earlier this year we worked with Boosterthon to raise money for a project at the school. In total we made about $12,000. As the end of the year is approaching quickly, it's time to put these funds to use. The idea came up that the students of Riverwalk Academy could use their creativity to help come up with a project to help benefit the school. With the help of the students of Riverwalk, we are hoping to create something truly special and unique. Click here to view our request for proposal . The deadline to submit an idea is March 8th. If you have any questions, submit them here . Good luck students, we can't wait to see what you come up with.
Looking Ahead
Tuesday, 19th
  • Marathon Kids Running Club @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Laster)
  • Advanced Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Track Practice, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (M. Wilson)
  • Boys Golf Practiced, 3:30 - 4:45 pm (Ogburn)

Wednesday, 20th
  • New Student/Makeup Picture Day (Carr)
  • Chorus Club @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Wright)
  • Beginner Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Middle/High School Beta Club @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (C. Wilson/Slifer)
  • Track Practice, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (M. Wilson)

Thursday, 21st
  • Author Daphnie Glenn visits K - 5
  • Marathon Kids Running Club, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Laster)
  • Advanced Band Practice (5th - 9th grade) @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Johnston)
  • Track Practice, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (M. Wilson)
  • Boys Golf Practiced, 3:30 - 4:45 pm (Ogburn)

Friday, 22nd
  • Black History Month Museum in the Multi-Purpose Room
Lions Pride
You never know when you will be spotted out in the community showing your #LionsPride.
Jazmine Sepulveda, 7th grade, on the set of Channel 7 News (WSPA). You can catch her interview here .
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
Kindergarden

First Grade

  • Baumeister
  • Bowman
  • Matlock

Third Grade
  • Carroll
  • DeLangie
  • Jackson
  • Mavrakis
  • Vanderhall

  • Greenberg
  • Tillman

  • Krebs
  • C. Wilson

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