PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, restrictions that prioritize the safety of the school community may prevent some events and programs from occurring as they normally would in the 2020-2021 school year. Here is a list of end-of-year 5th-grade events that would occur under normal circumstances. We are constantly evaluating which events can take place and in what form to keep everyone safe. Check back often for updates:

5th Grade Yearbook

The 5th Grade class will be receiving a yearbook, It’s a wonderful memento of their time at Riverside School filled with pictures from all their 6 years. The end of 5th grade may seem a long way off, but it is time to start work on our yearbook!  We have just kicked off the process to upload photos for the yearbook (various school event photos and one baby photo).  This is the first part of the process. The second part is for the children to create their individual student page and then the final step in the process is actually ordering a yearbook. More details on parts 2 and 3 will come in the new year.  For now, we are focusing on uploading photos with a deadline of February 5, 2021.  Please review and follow these detailed instructions for uploading photos.


Questions - please contact Katie Hertzmark


Community Service

It is a tradition each year that the 5th grade participates in a community service project. It is a meaningful way to give back to the community and demonstrate all the values the kids have learned over their years at Riverside. More information will follow once the details have been finalized. 


Parent Party
There will be a fun party for all 5th Grade parents – likely on a Friday in early June to celebrate the end of the year. Teachers are invited too. Information about cost, location, and details will follow closer to the Spring. If you are interested in being the host for this party, please contact Katie Hertzmark.  


Recognition Day and End of Year Party

The 5th Grade Recognition Day/ Graduation takes place on the last day of school.  

The timing and flow are usually as follows: 

  • At 10:40 am, the 5th-grade students parade from Riverside School to Eastern Middle School for an 11:00 am ceremony at the EMS auditorium.  Families gather along the sidewalk to cheer on the graduates as they complete their Riverside School journey. No need to rush to EMS to get a seat. All seats are assigned through a lottery.

  • Reception: stop by for a cupcake and some goodbye hugs immediately following the graduation ceremony on Riverside’s backfield. The short reception will be over in time to pick up your other kids at dismissal at 1:15 pm. 

  • Fifth Grade Pool Party: This party, usually held at Riverside Yacht Club, is a drop-off event from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm for FIFTH GRADERS only!  More information will follow.