Kindergarten & New Families 2021-22
The Riverside PTA is excited to welcome you and your children to the school. We hope this section will help you get ready for the school year ahead!
DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL
- Doors open at 8:30 am and close at 8:45 am. More information on drop-off and dismissal.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES 2021-22
- Items requested by grade for 2021-2022 back to school supplies
- Additional items that were required during the 2020-2021 school year due to Covid-19. If additional items are required for the 2021-2022 school year, we will post them as soon as they’ve been provided.
- DON'T FORGET YOUR MASKS!
RIVERSIDE SUMMER BOOK READ
The Riverside Summer Read is a shared reading experience for all the students and families at Riverside. For 2021, the theme is Adventures in Engineering. Join these characters as they create solutions to problems using everyday objects!
Click to read more about the Summer Read Program.
HOW TO STAY INFORMED
There are many ways to stay up to speed on what's going on at Riverside School. It's important to know that the school and the PTA may use different systems.
Update your contact information with the main school office. This ensures you get emails from Mr. Weiss and other district emails.
Riverside School Website. Maintained by the school, The Riverside School website has lots of great information. Please take a look around and become familiar with it.
PEEK at the Week Newsletters. The Riverside PTA sends out a weekly email on Friday to the entire school community. This weekly blast is full of everything you want to know about what's going on around the school. You can also view old PEEK Newsletters or on the “Membership Toolkit” App.
Emails. The Riverside PTA sends emails about events, information, etc to help communicate with the parent population. Please ensure to add our email address firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list to avoid emails going to the junk folder.
Riverside PTA Calendar. Throughout the year, the PTA sponsors events at the school. In the fall, you won't want to miss Picture Day, Boo Bash, and Book Fair, to name a few. You can sync the PTA Calendar with your personal one from the App.
District Calendar. It's always a good idea to visit the District Calendars to enter important dates into your schedule. It's nice to keep track of half days and days of no school so they don't sneak up on you.
Riverside Reel. We have a member-only secure website for photos and videos of the various PTA events happening throughout the year. Take a trip down memory lane or see what happened recently. Invitations will be sent to all parents 2-3 weeks after the beginning of the school year who have created a login on rivpta.org. Click here to read more.
Create a free parent profile on RIVPTA.ORG at the beginning of the school year. MyPage is the parent dashboard. Here you can access and update your family information, directory publishing preferences, class trips, purchase tickets, event signups, and much more! All open volunteer opportunities can also be accessed from here.
School Dismissal Manager. You can access it from your computer or using an app on your phone and it is another way to communicate to the teacher who will be picking up your child from school. This is extremely important in the event of an emergency early release.
Class Parents. Each class will have two class parents assigned to help the teacher communicate important information. If you ever have any questions, please email your class parent!
THERE'S AN APP FOR IT!
As the PTA and school become more green and more tech-savvy, we recommend taking a look at some of the apps you can use to help with communication between school and home. Find a list of helpful apps HERE.
RULES OF THE ROAD
Please review the "Rules of the Road" guide (updated due to increased safety protocols with Covid-19) so we can all keep Riverside School safe for everyone at drop-off and pick-up.
We are also always looking for people to help with morning Safety Duty. Every day from 8:30am - 8:45am, parent volunteers are needed to help our students get safely out of cars in the drop-off lane in front of the school. Safety Duty was suspended during the 2020-2021 school year due to Covid-19 restrictions. If it is reinstated for the 2021-2022 school year, more information will be provided at the start of the school year.
RIVERSIDE ROPES NOTES
In 2014, Greenwich Public Schools adopted district behavioral norms for all its schools. Staff members model and reinforce these qualities of good character and work with parents and community members to develop them in students. These district norms are to Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Care for Self and Others, and Let Go & Move On.
At Riverside School, if the students are spotted doing something that represents the district norms, they are issued a ROPES note to help encourage kids to be good community members. Along with the special note, they have their picture taken and it hangs in the hallway just outside the cafeteria and gym. It's always fun to visit the wall if you're in school.
Want to know what R.O.P.E.S. stands for?
Respect Oneself, Property, Each other and School
RIVERSIDE SPIRIT DAYS -RIVERSIDE RED T-SHIRTS
Many days throughout the year, the students will be asked to wear their Riverside Red Shirt to celebrate the Riverside School Spirit. These are special shirts available for purchase through Riverside PTA Spirit Wear. They will also have a table set up at a variety of events so you can be sure to pick up a shirt. The students are often asked to wear their Red Shirts for field trips and Riverside Spirit Days.
We hope this information is helpful as your child (and YOU) begins his or her journey at Riverside School. Please reach out if you have any questions.
KINDERGARTEN & NEW FAMILY SNEAK PEEK
In the week or two before school starts, you will receive information about your child's placement. There is a lot of information available on the district website.
New family and Kindergarten orientation is held the day before the first day of school for all children and parents new to the school.
That is usually a great time to see your child's classroom, view other areas of the school, learn important information, meet other parents, and shop Riverside spirit wear. It's also a great time to ask questions, have a cookie, and play at the playground, too.
If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to reach out to a PTA Committee member.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Riverside School has a tradition called the "Parade of Learners." On the first day of school, the teachers congregate outside on the front lawn holding a sign to greet their students. Parents deliver their children to their teachers on the front lawn instead of going to the classroom. After a welcome message and the Pledge of Allegiance, all students and teachers parade together into the school.
After the children have made their way into the school, the Riverside PTA invites all parents to its Back to School Volunteer Fair. Here you can meet with other parents, learn about the various ways the PTA works together with the teachers and staff at Riverside School and discover ways that you can get involved. The goal of the Riverside PTA is to enrich the school experience of every student at Riverside while supporting our teachers and fostering a special community for our families. We hope you will consider joining the PTA and taking a moment to read about what we do for the Riverside community.
Sadly, due to Covid-19 related restrictions it was not possible to hold either of these events to mark the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
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