Originally delivered on 10/14/2022 1:01 pm

SUBJECT: Riverside School Peek at the Week 10/14/22

Riverside School PTA Newsletter
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Friday, October 14th, 2022
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Dear Riverside Parents,

Our “Go Red for Riverside” Fall Fundraiser is tomorrow night, Saturday, October 15th.  We are looking forward to a great evening with friends and a fantastic opportunity to raise money for Riverside School. Starting at 5pm today, please check out our auction and teacher wish lists. Whether or not you are able to attend the event in person, you can bid on and win auction items. The auction closes on Sunday evening at 9:30pm sharp, so please make sure to get your final bids in before then. 

If you’re looking for something fun to do on Saturday afternoon before the fundraiser, please come by the 5th grade's first lemonade stand supporting childhood cancer research.  Each 5th grade class will run a lemonade stand in October, and every dollar raised benefits children with cancer.  Please see below for more details, times and locations for the three stands.

Despite the rain, we loved seeing so many parents in the school building last night. Huge thanks to our wonderful Riverside teachers and staff for welcoming parents back into classrooms for Open House.

Here are your latest calendar updates:

  • October 15 – 5H Lemonade Stand
  • October 15 – Fall Fundraiser (evening - parents only)
  • October 22 – 5P Lemonade Stand
  • October 23 – 5W Lemonade Stand
  • October 24 – Grades K-2 Coffee with Mr. Weiss & Ms. Key
  • October 25 – School Pictures Retake Day
  • October 28 – Boo Bash & October Spirit Day
  • November 2 – Grades 3-5 Coffee with Mr. Weiss & Ms. Key

We are looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend!

Allison Maus & Clare Johnson
PTA Co-Presidents

PTA News

Please support the 5th grade fall community service project and buy lemonade!  The 5th grade classes are holding lemonade stands this month to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.  Our efforts will help fulfill Alex Scott's dream to fund innovative research projects and support families dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

The first lemonade stand will be hosted by 5-H this Saturday:

Saturday, October 15, 2:30-4:30pm at 1 Bramble Lane (off Hendrie Ave, across from Riverside School's playground)

You can donate at the lemonade stand or online.  We hope to have a great turnout from Riverside School!

Hawky playing baseball

Fall Fundraiser tickets are still on sale - buy your ticketsbefore 9pm tonight!  Join us to Go Red For Riverside in a private indoor/outdoor event space at The Village in Stamford tomorrow 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. 


If you haven't already, you should receive an information sheet from Coffee Pond in your child's Friday Folder today, which provides instructions for accessing his/her 3 photo proofs. Photo retakes will take place on school grounds on Tuesday, October 25. If your child was absent or if you are not satisfied with your child’s school portrait and would like the opportunity to retake it, please email Janet Delos or Emily Trammell.


Get excited for this year's BOO BASH Spooky Circus on Friday, October 28!

There are a limited number of tickets available for each party. Tickets can be purchased online at RIVPTA.ORG. Due to capacity constraints, we ask that you please limit ONE adult ticket PER one child. 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. Any high schoolers interested in community service hours are welcome to volunteer. 

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


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!

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, granola bar, art supply and gift boxes). We would love a variety of rectangular and square boxes, and we hope to collect 150 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.

Riverside Musical Team

Wondering what to do with the plastic bags, wraps and film not accepted in the Town of Greenwich's single stream recycling program? 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 riversidegreencommittee@gmail.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 



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


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
Students running lemonade stand

Come this Saturday, October 15 and support childhood cancer research at 5-H's lemonade stand! Every dollar raised will go to this important cause. Visit the 5th Grade Families page to learn more, or sign up here to bring supplies.

Date, time and location by class are as follows:

  • 5-Hirshfield: Saturday, October 15, 2:30-4:30pm (1 Bramble Lane)

  • 5-Popp: Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:00pm (36 Arch Street)

  • 5-Ware: Sunday, October 23, 1:00-3:00pm (7 Colonial Lane)

Please contact Bela Patel or Vanessa Adovasio (5th Grade Community Service Committee) with any questions.


Please bake (or buy) spooky treats to help us fundraise for the 5th Grade Class Gift. We need 50 BATCHES of nut free, individually wrapped goodies! Please sign up here.


Registration for Matilda, Jr. opens on Monday, October 17! This is a great opportunity for all participants to learn about performance, public speaking, dance, singing, acting, set design, costuming, makeup, props and more!  Please visit our Matilda Musical Page to register. 

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 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
ALP Program Update and Grade 2 Placement

The GPS Advanced Learning Program (ALP) team will be presenting an update on the Program at the next Board of Education meeting on October 20 at 7:00pm at Central Middle School (9 Indian Rock Lane, Greenwich, CT). The meeting will also be available via Zoom.

Important dates for Grade 2 Enrichment Placement for the 2022-2023 School Year are as follows: 

  • November 15: Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Q&A for Parents
  • November 7-18: Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Parent Referral Window
  • December 9: Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Deadline for Parent Input for Building Advisory Committee 
  • January 3: Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Placement Recommendation Notifications 
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Community News
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.

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 Sunday, 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.

Happy Diwali on October 24!

Monday, October 24 is Diwali, the biggest and brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is also a national holiday in India and is celebrated by people of other faith traditions, including Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists.  Diwali or “Deepavali” is known as the Festival of Lights.  It is marked by five days of celebration: October 21-25, 2022.  Each day is marked by a different tradition or ritual.  Diwali is the celebration of life and its enjoyment. 

One of the most significant spiritual meanings of Diwali is "the awareness of the inner light." Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind that is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali celebrates this inner light. Diwali is celebrated with festive fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship. The traditional greeting for a Happy Diwali in Hindi is, “Shubh Diwali.” 

Please go to National Geographic Kids to learn about the five days of celebration. To make rangoli designs, visit here for ideas!

For more information about upcoming cultural events and resources in our community visit the Parent Teacher Advisory Council's (PTAC) Culture Collective website.

Marc Brackett: Emotional Intelligence: Key to Raising Healthy, Happy and Successful Children

The Greenwich PTA Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Welcomes Marc Brackett, PhD to Eastern Middle School on Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm in the EMS auditorium. This event is free to the public. 

Dr. Marc Brackett is a dynamic speaker who motivates audiences to be curious, scientific explorers of our own and others’ emotions to help achieve goals and improve lives. Learn what RULER is and how it is used to support entire school communities in creating and maintaining a positive school climate.

Please see the event flyer for additional information.

Greenwich Alliance for Education: Annual Turkey Trot

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 26!

Start Times: 1 Mile - 9:30AM (sharp); 5K - 10:00AM

Registration Fees: 

  • 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 12!

Caren's Cos Cobber: Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, November!

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 pack23nms@gmail.com.


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