Friday, October 7th, 2022
Dear Riverside Parents,
We finally got a break from the rain, and we hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!
As a reminder, Boo Bash Spooky Circus is the evening of Friday, October 28. Tickets went on sale this morning at 9am and are still available for both the early and late parties. Please see below for more information and for ways to help out.
Speaking of help, the Riverside Winter Musical committee needs yours! They are collecting thin cardboard boxes for a school-wide art project for the Matilda, Jr. set design. So far, they have collected (and wrapped) 150 thin cardboard boxes and they need 300 more! More details and drop off locations are included below.
Please mark your calendar for the following key dates:
- Wednesday, October 12 - National Walk or Bike to School Day
- Thursday, October 13 - Halloween Costume, Boot & Coat Display (Rain Date: October 14)
- 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 wonderful weekend!
Allison Maus & Clare Johnson
BOO BASH IS BACK!
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 are now on sale and 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.
FALL FUNDRAISER TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Fall Fundraiser tickets are still 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.
As you may have already heard from your class parents this week, the Fall Fundraiser organizers will also be holding a wine toss and they need your help! All wine donations can be dropped off at 6 Perkley Lane by next Wednesday, October 12. Please contact Holly Harlow with any questions.
THE RIVERSIDE MUSICAL STILL NEEDS YOUR BOXES!
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, granola bar, art supply and gift boxes). We would love a variety of rectangular and square boxes, and we hope to collect 300 more over the next 2 weeks! Please bring these boxes in box form (don't break them down) either to the bin in front of the school or to the recycling bin in front of the garage at 21 Knoll Street. Both bins have Matilda signs on them. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed! Please keep them coming, and email Lala Addeo and Jenni Reynolds with any questions.
TREX CHALLENGE IS BACK!
Wondering what to do with the plastic bags, wraps and film not accepted in the Town of Greenwich's single stream recycling program? Starting Monday, October 10, you can now conveniently recycle plastic bags, wrap and film at Riverside School! As participants in the 2022-2023 Trex Challenge, Trex collection bins are stationed inside Riverside's front door and in the media center for the school year. Additional off-site collection bins are at 32 Hendrie Ave, 28 Chapel Lane and 35 Druid Lane. The challenge will run through April 15 with winners announced on Earth Day, April 22. Please email email@example.com with questions.
Accepted Items: DRYand CLEAN grocery, ice, bread, produce bags, cereal bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning and newspaper bags, ziploc bags, plastic shipping envelopes, case overwrap/film and other acceptable items
Not Accepted: Frozen food bags, net/mesh produce bags, pre-washed salad bags, dog food bags and other not accepted items
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
HALLOWEEN COSTUME, COAT & BOOT DRIVE CONTINUES!
Thinking about Halloween costumes for your trick-or-treaters? Need new boots and coats? Want to clear out the old to make room for the new and pass along any old costumes, boots and coats? Riverside's Halloween Costume, Boot and Coat Drive continues into next week, October 10 - 12. Donation bins will be outside the front of the school each day from 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:30pm.Please consider donating your clean, gently used items for our school community to enjoy.
Collected items will be on display and available for ALL families and staff FOR FREE on Thursday, October 13 from 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:30pm by the front doors (Rain Date is October 14). Unclaimed costumes, boots and coats will be donated to local charities. Thank you for your support.
NATIONAL WALK OR BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY!
Get some exercise. Reduce traffic. Save the Planet. Wednesday, October 12 is National Walk or Bike to School Day! The Health & Wellness and Green Committees encourage students to bike, walk or scoot to school on this day. Committee members will be outside the school cheering on students and families who participate. Get Out and Get Active!
Upcoming Enrichment Programming
- October 17: Riverside Rhythms - Americana Harvest Program with Musical Duo Sean and Deirdre (All Grades)
- October 18: High Touch High Tech’s The Power of Light (Grade 5)
- October 19: Animal Embassy with Chris Evers (Kindergarten)
- October 21: African Drumming with Henry Jones (Grades 1, 2)
- October 25: Government Assembly with Carol Glynn of CT Storytelling Center (Grade 3)
- November 3: Author Visit and Workshop with Maria Scrivan, author of the Nat Enough series (Grade 4)
These programs are paid for by your generous donations to the PTA. Thank you!
GRADE LEVEL COFFEES WITH MR. WEISS AND MS. KEY
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
WE'VE REACHED 79% PARTICIPATION - HELP US TO GET TO 100%!
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: MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN JUST 15 MINUTES!
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.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: LEMONADE STANDS
Last year, Riverside School 5th graders held lemonade stands by class to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), supporting childhood cancer research. They raised so much money for the cause and had such a blast working together that we're doing it again this year! Please visit https://riversidepta.membershiptoolkit.com/fifthgradefamilies to learn more.
Date, time and location by class are as follows:
5-Hirshfield: Saturday, October 15th, 2:30-4:30pm (1 Bramble Lane)
5-Ware: Sunday, October 23rd, 1-3pm (7 Colonial Lane)
5-Popp: Saturday, October 22nd, 2-4pm (36 Arch Street)
Please contact Bela Patel or Vanessa Adovasio (5th Grade Community Service Committee) with any questions.
THE WINTER MUSICAL WILL BE...MATILDA, JR.!
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.
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 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
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.
Greenwich Alliance for Education: Children's Book Drive October 7th - 18th
The Greenwich Alliance for Education is collecting books for infants to middle school ages in bins located at the Greenwich, Cos Cob and Perrot Libraries. Please ONLY books in good condition - nothing musty or dusty, no reference books.
The books will be distributed to children in the after-school programs at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club on October 19. Each year, the BGCG children have a great time digging through thousands of books to pick just the right ones to bring home and share with their families.
This annual event is part of Greenwich Reads Together.
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.
Julian Curtiss School PTA presents "Drive-by Donut Sale"
Stop by Julian Curtiss School (180 East Elm Street) from 9am-2pm, the Greenwich Board of Education (290 Greenwich Avenue) from 10am-4pm, or Pickwick Plaza (corner of W. Putnam and Greenwich Ave) from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 15 to support the Julian Curtiss School PTA by purchasing Krispy Kreme donuts. Choose from Krispy Kreme original ($13/box) or specialty flavors ($15/box) while supplies last!
Greenwich Land Trust GO WILD!
Go Wild! Greenwich Land Trust’s family field day returns! Save the Date for October 16 and plan to take a ride on a Ferris wheel, go rock climbing, find your way through a giant corn maze and more! Enjoy food truck fare and plenty of adult beverages – all included in the price of your ticket. Buy your tickets here!
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.
Greenwich Alliance for Education: Annual Turkey Trot on November 26
Support the Greenwich Alliance and our public schools by registering here for the annual Turkey Trot, a 5K & 1 Mile fun run/walk on Saturday, November 26th!
Start Times: 1 Mile - 9:30AM (sharp); 5K - 10:00AM
- Adults: $30 (thru 10/31), $35 (after 10/31), $40 (race day)
- Children: $15 (13 and under)
Show your appreciation for the event's sponsors and join them for some great food on the following dates:
Little Pub: Drop by for lunch or dinner on Wednesday, October 12th!
Caren's Cos Cobber: Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, November 3rd!
Join the Cub Scouts!
Cub Scout Pack 23 welcomes all Riverside School boys and girls to join in on all 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, such as 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have something to add? Email us at: email@example.com/ Deadline for submissions is 3pm on Wednesday of the school week