Originally delivered on 10/21/2022 1:00 pm

SUBJECT: Riverside School Peek at the Week 10/21/22

Riverside School PTA Newsletter
PTA Logo
Friday, October 21st, 2022
PTA Highlights

Dear Riverside Parents,

Thank you to everyone for supporting our “Go Red for Riverside” Fall Fundraiser!  It was wonderful to see so many of you and so much Riverside Red last Saturday night.  Very special thanks to our Fall Fundraiser co-chairs and committee for all of the hard work, time and energy they put into making the night a success.

If you’re looking to support a great cause this weekend, please come by one of the 5th grade's lemonade stands benefiting childhood cancer research.  Please see below for the times and locations of the two remaining stands.

Finally, Boo Bash is next Friday, October 28!  We can't wait to get into the Halloween spirit, and we hope that you and your children will join us for this year's Spooky Circus.  There are still opportunities to volunteer, so please consider signing up for a shift to help make this spooktacular evening possible.  

Please note the following date reminders :

  • 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 26 – Early Release 
  • October 28 – Boo Bash & October Spirit Day
  • November 2 – Grades 3-5 Coffee with Mr. Weiss & Ms. Key
  • November 8 – School Closed, Election Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony

Have a great weekend and hope to see you at the 5th grade lemonade stands!

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 final two lemonade stands will be:

Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:00pm at 36 Arch Street (hosted by 5-P)

Sunday, October 23, 2:30-4:30pm at 7 Colonial Lane (hosted by 5-W)

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


We hope everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit because Boo Bash is NEXT Friday, October 28th! If you haven’t already done so please make sure to purchase your tickets TODAY at www.rivpta.org

Please also consider signing up for a VOLUNTEER slot. This fun-filled evening for the children wouldn’t be possible without the help from our parents. Specifically, we are looking for more parents to volunteer during the K-2 party between 5-6 PM to help with games and arts & crafts. 

Thank you for volunteering; we appreciate your support! 


Please join us for the 18th Annual Riverside School Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11th at 9am. We will honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in an outdoor ceremony in front of the school.  In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the gym.  

Please invite family members who have served in the armed forces to join us for the ceremony as they will be honored.  If you know a Veteran who will join us that day, please email Maureen Stanley, so that we can properly recognize and thank them at the ceremony. 

In addition to the ceremony, we will present a scrolling Honor Roll list of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins who are veterans.  Please complete the Veterans Day form with the names of relatives who have served, their branch and/or rank, and the names of the Riverside student/s or staff member related to them. We will accept responses until Friday, October 28th. 

Children are encouraged to wear their Red Shirts on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

For any questions, please contact Laura Stahl and Maureen Stanley.  


On Monday, October 24th, there will be an in-person Spirit Wear sale in front of the school from 2:30pm–3:30pm. Come and check out new apparel and accessories or pick up items recently back in stock. Can’t make it in person? No problem! Visit the Spirit Wear shop to purchase Riverside gear today.  Go Red Hawks! 

NOTE: There will also be an in-person spirit wear sale inside the café immediately following the Grades K-2 Coffee on Monday morning.


Please make sure to place your school photo orders by TODAY, Friday, October 21. Orders placed after October 21 will incur a $7.00 shipping fee, and photos will be mailed directly to the student's home. Last week, you should have received an information sheet from Coffee Pond, which provides instructions for accessing your child's 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.


Due to the Early Release on Wednesday, October 26, please note that lunch on Wednesday, October 26 will be Grilled Cheese, and lunch on Thursday, October 27 will be Pasta Day.


The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or other small toys, for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

If you would like to show your support and participate in this initiative, please print out and display the teal pumpkin flyer or paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your doorstep, and provide some other non-food "treats" on Halloween. To learn more, or add your house to the Teal Pumpkin Project map, please visit: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project or contact Nicole Spayde.


The Wellness Committee will be collecting any unwanted Halloween candy the week after Halloween.  All types of wrapped candy are acceptable. No loose or unwrapped candy. Please leave your donations in the marked collection bins at the school entrance Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, November 8.

For every pound of candy collected, local pediatric dentist, Dr. Stacy Zarakiotis, will make a donation to 
Operation Smile to support children in need of corrective dental surgeries. Thank you in advance for supporting this good cause!

Penguin with book

Save the date for this year's IN-PERSON Riverside Book Fair, where you will find us "Chillin' with Books" on November 30th and December 1st. Be on the lookout for the class visitation schedule, volunteer sign-ups and more information coming soon on www.rivpta.org.

Please also join us for a Hot Chocolate Social on November 30th, from 5:30 - 7:00pm, which will include a fun raffle for each grade starting at 6:30pm!

Any questions, please contact Kim Treibick or Julie Ahn.


Riverside Rhythms
On Monday, we kicked off our 2022-23 Riverside Rhythms lunchtime performance program, which brings various musicians to the Riverside cafe throughout the year. Deirdre and Sean Murtha, a husband and wife duo who enjoy connecting Irish traditional to Appalachian and Maritime music, shared a program of old-time Americana songs for the harvest season, singing in harmony and introducing the students to a wide variety of instruments.  The children enjoyed the Murthas’ performance, clapping along and even doing some dancing!  Our students were polite and respectful, appreciating the music as they ate. It was a wonderful day for all!

High Touch-High Tech - Power of Light
What is the electromagnetic spectrum? How does light move through the layers of the atmosphere? Can light bend? Can light break? This week, Stacy from High Touch-High Tech helped our fifth grade students figure out the answer to these questions. Students participated in hands-on learning highlighting the Power of Light.

Animal Embassy

On Wednesday, the Kindergarteners got to see the softer side of nature with Animal Embassy's Amazing Mammals program. Program director, Chris Evers, has been coming to Riverside School for over 15 years and did an incredible job educating our students about animals and the natural world. The students learned how to distinguish mammals from reptiles and how coverings can help animals survive in their habitat - whether it's fur, fins or scales. They also learned that, like us, our furry friends take care of their offspring to teach them what they need to know to survive. The Kindergartners met a variety of Animal Ambassadors including Olivia the Bolivian chinchilla, Zim the baby hedgehog, Harriet the sheep, and Cuni the pig.

Henry Jones - African Drumming 
Riverside’s favorite musician is back this year, and our students and teachers couldn’t be happier. Henry Jones lead drumming workshops with each of the first and second grade classes. Students were introduced to the rhythms of African drumming while playing handmade West African drums. The classes also learned about the drums' origins and other instruments.

Upcoming Enrichment Programming

  • October 25: Government Assembly with Carol Glynn of CT Storytelling Center (Grade 3)
  • October 27: High Touch High Tech’s The Force Is with You (Grade 1)
  • November 3: Author Visit and Workshop with Maria Scrivan, author of the Nat Enough series (Grade 4)
  • November 9, 10: Bash the Trash’s Sustainable Sounds (Grade 2) 
  • November 16: High Touch High Tech’s Newton’s Day at the Park (Grade 4)
  • November 17: High Touch High Tech’s Vibes (Grade 5)

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

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 



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

Come this weekend and support childhood cancer research at 5-P's or 5-W'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.

  • 5-Popp: Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:00pm (36 Arch Street)
  • 5-Ware: Sunday, October 23, 2:30-4:30pm (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. is now open through Friday October 28th only! 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, 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

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 
Subscribe to Receive Greenwich Public Schools Newsletters

Make sure you are receiving GPS e-newsletters directly to your inbox! To subscribe, select the relevant newsletters below and click the orange "Follow" button on the right side of the page.

Community News
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.

Documentary Screening & Discussion: Angst, Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Perrot Memorial Library invites you to a screening of Angst on Monday, November 7 at 6pm. This short documentary covers all aspects of anxiety, how to deal with its symptoms and support others who suffer from it. The live screening will be followed by a 45-minute expert panel discussion and Q&A. The film is appropriate for grades 4 and up, and families are encouraged to attend together. Join the conversation!

Contact harrietgilmer@gmail.com or alessandraokay@icloud.com with questions or for more 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:

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.


Access the Peek Archive for past issues. If you are not receiving an issue every Friday please email riversideschoolpta@gmail.com.


Have something to add? Email us at: peekweekriv@gmail.com/ Deadline for submissions is 3pm on Wednesday of the school week

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -