Originally delivered on 9/30/2022 1:00 pm

SUBJECT: Riverside School Peek at the Week 9/30/22

Riverside School PTA Newsletter
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Friday, September 30th, 2022
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Dear Riverside Parents,

There is a lot to look forward to in October!  We are excited about our Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15th and thrilled that Boo Bash will be back on Friday, October 28th.   

The Fall Fundraiser is always a fun night and a great way to meet other parents. All of the funds raised support our children's educational experience at Riverside, and directly fund arts and science enrichment programs, field trips, teacher classroom needs, community events and wellness initiatives.

Tickets for the Boo Bash Spooky Circus will go on sale on Friday, October 7th at 9am. The children will have a blast enjoying games, crafts, pizza and dancing.  Please see below for details and consider volunteering for a shift to help the Boo Bash committee bring Halloween to life for our school community.

Speaking of Halloween, our Green Committee is hosting a Halloween costume, boot and coat drive next week.  Items can be dropped off in the bins out front from October 3rd-7th. Collected items will be displayed and available for all Riverside families and staff on Thursday, October 13th.

A huge thank you goes to our amazing PTA volunteers who work countless hours to make all this possible.

Please mark your calendar for the following key dates:

  • Wednesday, October 5 - No School (Yom Kippur)
  • Friday, October 7 - Boo Bash Tickets on Sale at 9am
  • Thursday, October 13 - School Open House (evening - parents only)
  • Saturday, October 15 - Fall Fundraiser (evening - parents only)
  • Monday, October 24 - Grades K-2 Coffee with Mr. Weiss & Ms. Key
  • Friday, October 28 - Boo Bash
  • Wednesday, November 2 - Grades 3-5 Coffee with Mr. Weiss & Ms. Key

Have a great weekend!

Allison Maus & Clare Johnson
PTA Co-Presidents

PTA News

Come one, come all this Halloween to the greatest show on earth! BOO BASH is back on October 28! With games, crafts and special treats, prepare for thrill and delight - the Big Top is open, but just for one night!!

Tickets for the BOO BASH Spooky Circus go on sale next Friday, October 7 at 9:00amand will be sold online only. Due to capacity constraints, we ask that you please limit ONE adult ticket PER one child. The event will sell out, so please don't wait to get your tickets. This is a really fun event the kids look forward to every year!  

We are looking for volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. Please consider signing up for a time slot online by completing the Boo Bash Volunteer Signup Form.

For more information about the event, please visit the Boo Bash page or contact Boo Bash Co-Chairs Justine Pearson or Jillian Storms.  

Hawky playing baseball

Fall Fundraiser tickets are now on sale - buy your tickets today!  Join us to Go Red For Riverside in a private indoor/outdoor event space at The Village in Stamford on Saturday, October 15 from 7:00-10:00pm.

All money raised supports our children's educational experience at Riverside, and directly funds arts and science enrichment programs, field trips, teacher classroom needs, community events and wellness initiatives! We would not be able to provide these incredible opportunities to our kids without your support. 

Auction items are largely sourced from within our Riverside community, and they often include vacation homes, tickets to sporting events, wine, gift certificates, cooking classes and so much more! If you have an item or experience to donate to the auction, please contact Megan Sullivan or Jacyln Glazer.


Today is the last day to order adult versions of the “RIVERSIDE” hoodies. Show your school pride AND your town pride with your very own spirit item! 

Hoodies are available in both navy blue and red, in adult sizes: S, M, L and XL (Note: these hoodies tend to run small). The cost for the adult hoodies is $40 and they will only be available via pre-order. 

Visit here to pre-order your RIVERSIDE hoodie. The order form will be shut down tonight, September 30at 11:59pm. 

Orders will take approximately two weeks to fulfill and will be delivered to your home address as soon as they’re available. Hoodies should be delivered in time for the Riverside Fundraiser! 

Check out the Spirit Wear shop for other items and sizes back in stock. Please contact Jackie Dowling or Yvonne Ormerod with questions or to let us know about any “wish list” items you’d like to see in the shop. 

Go Red Hawks!


Author Visit: Victoria J. Coe

Children's author, Victoria J. Coe, conducted interactive workshops with our 2nd and 3rd graders yesterday.  Victoria is the author of the Fenway and Hattie books which are all told from the point of view of a dog! Victoria's passion is broadening young readers' worldviews, so during her sessions she got the students to shift their perspectives and think about and share ways that dogs and humans are the same and different. The kids imagined themselves as dogs and then were prompted to draw or write their own story about a dog’s visit to a new place. The workshop concluded with the students sharing their work and participating in a Q&A with Victoria.

Upcoming Enrichment Programming

  • October 17: Riverside Rhythms - Irish Music Duo (All Grades)
  • October 25:  Government Assembly with Carol Glynn (Grade 3)

These programs are paid for by your generous donations to the PTA. Thank you!


Please save the dates for this year's Grade Level Coffees. Mr. Weiss and Ms. Key will share information about Riverside School and answer questions from parents. Both coffees will take place in the school's café.

Grades K-2: Monday, October 24 at 9:00am
Grades 3-5: Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00am


With Fall fast approaching are you thinking about Halloween costumes? Need new boots and coats? Want to pass along old costumes, boots and coats? Riverside's Halloween, Boot and Coat Drive will be October 3-7. Donation bins will be outside the front of the school each day from 8:30-9:00am and 2:30-3:00pm. Please consider donating your clean, gently used items.

Collected items will be on display and available for ALL families and staff FOR FREE on Thursday, October 13 from 8:30-9:00am and 2:30-3:00pm by the front doors (rain date will be October 14). Unclaimed costumes, boots and coats will be donated.

Interested in helping with the costume, boot and coat drive? Be on the lookout for volunteer sign ups via Membership Toolkit and next week’s Peek.


Riverside Musical Team

The Riverside Musical team needs your help!  As part of our set design for Matilda, Jr., we are in need of a lot of thin cardboard boxes, ranging from 5"x5" to 12"x8" (think cereal, cracker, art supply and gift boxes).  We would love a variety of rectangular and square boxes and will be collecting them in bins outside of school.  We hope to collect 450 boxes over the next 2 weeks!  Please email Lala Addeo and Jenni Reynolds with any questions.

Hawky playing baseball

The PTA relies on the generosity of Riverside School families via our annual Membership Drive. Funds raised go toward student enrichment programs, classroom and building needs, and teacher support. We aim for 100% participation in our Membership Drive, and we are getting close!  If you haven't had a chance yet, please join the PTA and help us reach our goal. 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed a donation to join the PTA so far!


Safety Duty is an important part of keeping our children safe at Riverside School. Volunteers make the morning drop-off process more efficient and secure. Volunteers assist children as they exit their vehicles in the front driveway from 8:30am - 8:45am daily and help to enforce the “Rules of the Road.”  Sign up online.

For more information, contact Sean Sullivan.

5th Grade News

Please order your child's 5th Grade Class T-Shirt today!  We are hoping to place the order next week so the kids can have the tees for fall events.

Visit here or follow these instructions:

  • On RIVPTA.org go to My Account > My Page
  • On My Page, scroll down and click on your child's "5th Grade T-Shirt"
  • Choose Quantity and Size, then click Save and Continue

Please email Kelsey Mayhall with any questions.  


Attention theater lovers!  The Winter Musical has been announced and plans are well underway to bring Matilda, Jr. to Riverside!  We have updated the Winter Musical page with additional details and key dates. If your child is interested in participating, please note the date commitment now. More information about registration and volunteering will be coming out over the next month.

District News
Greenwich Public Schools Board of Education Meetings

You can attend this year’s Board of Education meetings in person or on Zoom – which makes it easier to stay informed! Here is a list of 2022-2023 academic year Greenwich Board of Education meetings. Information on how to access the meetings virtually can be found on the GPS Accessing Virtual BOE Meetings page. All meetings start at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 (Retreat, no public comment)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • Thursday, November 3, 2022 (Budget)
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Thursday, December 1, 2022 (Budget)
  • Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • Thursday, February 2, 2023 (Retreat, no public comment)
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Thursday, June 1, 2023 (Retreat, no public comment)
  • Thursday, June 15, 2023
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Community News
Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month. The theme for this year’s celebration is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. Below, please find a link to the Parent Teacher Advisory Council (PTAC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website for book recommendations and a calendar of local events. 

A few additional events/resources from the Greenwich community and beyond:

WPKN is sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage film series for all ages at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport. Details to purchase tickets are here.

Boys and Girls Club of Greenwichwebsite features ways to celebrate Hispanic and Latino heritage month with kids.

Join the Cub Scouts!

Cub Scout Pack 23 welcomes all Riverside School boys and girls to join in on the excitement and adventure that Cub Scouts has to offer! Just ask one of our 75 scouts about the fun, hands-on learning experiences they participate in like camping, hiking, fishing, archery, and bouldering. Pack 23 scouts also learn important life skills like emergency preparedness and wilderness survival. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of it! 

Apply to become a member of Pack 23 here. Return completed applications to pack23nms@gmail.com.

Greenwich Library Presents Bright Star Children's Theatre: Friend Request

Are you a kid in grades 4 - 8 who has a phone, wants a phone, or knows someone with a phone? Then this live performance is for you! Join the Friends of Greenwich Library to have fun with social media, Internet safety, and most importantly, how to build positive relationships online and in real life. There will be two free live performances on Saturday, October 1 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. For more information, please see the event flyer.

YWCA Walk the Walk

Join the YWCA in Bruce Park on Sunday, October 2at 8:30am for a family and dog friendly walk to raise funds for YWCA Greenwich's Domestic Abuse Services. For more information, please see the event flyer.

The Yellow Tulip Project

The core missions of The Yellow Tulip Project is to smash the stigma associated with mental illness and to build community to remind people that there is help and hope for those living with mental illness. Please join them in planting a Community Garden of Hope on Saturday, October 8 at 10:30am. For more information, please see the Yellow Tulip Project's flyer.

17th Annual Walk/Run for Abilis

Mark your calendar for the 17th Annual Walk/Run for Abilis at Greenwich Point Park (Tod’s Point) in Old Greenwich, CT on Sunday, October 16.  Your support helps ensure Abilis is able to continue its mission of supporting more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families in Fairfield County. For more information, please visit the Abilis website or see the event flyer.


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