Originally delivered on 2/10/2023 1:00 pm

SUBJECT: Riverside School Peek at the Week 2/10/2023

Riverside School PTA Newsletter
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Friday, February 10, 2023
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Dear Riverside Families,

And just like that…we've made it to February break. It’s hard to believe that when we return, there will only be a few days before March arrives. We hope everyone has a restful, fun and healthy winter break, whether traveling or staying at home.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this week’s pajama drives benefiting the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford and Connecticut Children's Hospital. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, there is still time to drop pajama donations in the bins at today’s dismissal or to donate online

Calendar reminders for the next few weeks include:

February 13 - 20 – Winter Recess, Schools Closed
February 27 – STEM Fair registration begins
February 27 – CSC Meeting (for students who have RSVP'd)
March 3 – Pizza Bingo 

Have a wonderful break, and see you back at school on Tuesday, February 21!

Allison Maus & Clare Johnson
PTA Co-Presidents

PTA News

For the first time since 2019, Pizza Bingo will return on Friday, March 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm at Greenwich High School! Check-in begins at 6:00pm with bingo at 6:30pm. It’s a fun evening for the kids with bingo, prizes, pizza and a raffle for fantastic gift baskets.

Tickets are $15 per person and include one slice of pizza, a drink, and a bingo board. There is also an option to purchase raffle tickets and additional slices of pizza. You can buy tickets here and sign up to volunteer here

If you would like to help with donations or have questions about the event, please contact the co-chairs, Lindsey Kintner or Kelly Vives.

We are looking forward to a great event! 


This 9th annual tradition allows students to hone their Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math skills to find answers to real-world problems. All students in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate; however, STEM Fair is not competitive and is not required.

More information will be available after Winter Break, but in the meantime, students can begin brainstorming project ideas and decide if they would like to work on their own or with a group.

Key dates are as follows:

  • February 27 - Registration opens
  • March 16 & March 17 - Board pick up after school
  • April 4 - All families are welcome to attend the evening Open House (6:00-6:45pm for Grades K-2, 6:45-7:30pm for Grades 3-5. Families with children in both time slots may attend either or both.)
  • April 5 - Students will present their projects to classmates during the school day.

Winter Afters are now in full swing, and we are winding down Gym Mini-Session #1 in order to start the Gymnastics Afters sessions on February 21st!  As a reminder, please add a Recurring Dismissal for Afters in School Dismissal Manager. If your child normally attends Afters but will not be attending on a particular day, it must also be noted in Dismissal Manager so your child is not sent to Afters. Dismissal from Afters is generally from the assigned classroom or the front lobby. The onsite Enrichment Coordinator will open the school’s main doors at 4:15pm, and she will be available to direct you to the appropriate classroom. All parents or caregivers must sign their child(ren) out from Afters, unless you have notified the school that your child has permission to walk/bike home. For any questions, please contact Virginia Lockhart or Luisa Lander.  


Over 100 families joined the February 2 Virtual Family Math Night with Greg Tang, and over 200 students completed collectively over *2,000* math activities in our Math Marathon Game Board Challenge!

Congratulations to the following winners who each won a $50 gift certificate to the National Museum of Math (MoMath) Gift Shop:  Kindergarten - Everley E, Grade 1 - Asher F., Grade 2 -  Bobby V., Grade 3 - Avery W., Grade 4 - Brendan W., and Grade 5 - Amelia P.

In addition, the classes with the highest % of students participating in the Game Board Challenge, who have each won extra recess, are:  KT - Mrs. Thiele, 1K - Mrs. Kowalski, 2B - Mrs. Barrette and 2G - Mrs. Groeger (tie), 3MO - Mrs. Mozer, 4AR - Ms. Arbulu, and 5H - Mrs. Hirshfield.

Thank you again to all who participated and helped out with this year's Math Marathon. We hope you had fun and learned about math resources, including the GPS K-8 math approach, Greg Tang games and worksheets, Bedtime Math website and books, and the virtual and in-person opportunities at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). Please visit the Math Marathon Website any time to explore the game boards and other resources!


On Monday, February 27th, the Community Service Club (CSC) will be meeting after school to hear from Neighbor to Neighbor and its incredible mission of improving the lives of residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. If your 2nd-5th grader is interested in joining and you are not on the CSC email distribution list or are on the list but did not receive an email on January 30th with additional details, please email Wendy Browning-Lynch. As a reminder, all students must RSVP in advance to join. 


CT Historical Society: On the Move

On Tuesday and Wednesday, our 4th grade students experienced the in-person program, On the Move: Immigration and Migration to Connecticut, presented by the Connecticut Historical Society. The program introduced students to a variety of 20th-century stories about moving to Connecticut. Students participated in an introductory game of chance that looked at the difficult choices and conditions faced by immigrants throughout history. Students then worked in teams to examine artifacts from “immigration trunks” and uncover different stories of families who moved to Connecticut. 

High Touch High Tech: Zoom to the Moon

On Wednesday, High Touch-High Tech visited the 1st grade to present Zoom to the Moon. During the hands-on presentation, students got to blast off to the moon to investigate craters, moon phases and eclipses!  

Riverside Rhythms: Reggie Harris

In honor of Black History Month, students in each grade enjoyed a Riverside Rhythms lunchtime performance on Wednesday, February 8th with Reggie Harris. Through beautiful music and storytelling, Harris provided students with an engaging and interactive program about the Underground Railroad and the quest for freedom.

Upcoming Enrichment Programs

  • March 8: Stamford Museum and Nature Center's CT Rocks and Minerals (Grade 3)
  • March 27-31: Dance Residency with Hip Hop Fundamentals (All Grades)

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


As we prepare to show family and friends love this Valentine's Day, let's show the Earth some love, too! Try avoiding plastic, throwaway trinkets and focus on recyclable store-bought or preferably homemade greeting cards. Start saving all your magazines, newspapers and old cards for original, bold and homemade designs! For inspiration, please visit this link or consider joining local valentine-themed arts and crafts workshops! 


Are you looking to see photos from the school’s performance of Matilda Jr.? They are now available to view on the Riverside Reel (the PTA’s secure, members-only media share site featuring photos & videos from PTA events and programs). Log in to check them out!

Do you have other photos from the show, or any other PTA events and programs, that you’d like to share? If so, please send them to riversidereel@gmail.com.


Let your children run off their energy before school! The Early Morning Program now heads to the Gym at 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving students a bit more exercise as the weather outside gets colder. If dropping off after 8am, please bring them to the front door. The drop-in rate is $18 per day, and you may register your child and get more information here. Please contact Melissa Goldstein or Anne Akyuz with any questions.


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


There are two upcoming fifth grade field trips that require chaperones. If you are interested in volunteering for either, please email Kelsey or Luisa by Friday, February 24th. We will choose by lottery if many of you want to join.

Wilton Historical Society 

Join the 5th graders from 9am-2pm on Tuesday, March 21st as they visit Wilton Historical Society. Chaperones should attend all day and ride the bus.

Philadelphia Field Trip

Accompany the 5th graders on a day trip to Philly on Thursday, April 27th. All chaperones must attend the entire time and ride on the bus with the kids. We will leave early in the morning (6-7am?) and return late in the evening (8-9pm?). Exact times TBD based on the teachers' itinerary.


Visit the 5th Grade Familiespage to learn about upcoming events from Gaga Ball Night on May 19th to the end-of-year parent party on June 10th. Mark your calendars!

Contact Kelsey Mayhall or Luisa Arevalo with any questions.

District News
PTAC Academic Excellence Committee Workshops

"Fostering a Love of Learning at Home" Series 

We have another amazing opportunity on February 27th at 9:15am for elementary school parents to learn more about hands-on strategies they can use to support their children at home both with review and enrichment. OGS Principal, Jennifer Bencivengo, has put together an amazing four-part series, "Fostering a Love of Learning at Home," and all GPS elementary school parents are invited to join in the conversation!  All sessions will be offered both in-person at OGS' media center and virtually through Google Meets.  If you are interested in attending any or all of this discussion series, you must register by using this link.

The PTAC Nominating Period is Now Open!

If you or someone you know is interested in working to make the Greenwich Public School the best they can be as a PTAC Committee Chairs or as a PTAC Executive Board member for the 2023-2024 term (or would like to learn more about the roles), please contact the PTAC VP of Nominating

Open Committee Chair positions include: Academic Excellence, ALP, Curriculum Enrichment, Digital Communications, Directory, Facilities, Scholarships, SES, Special Programs, 2E, Financial Review 

Open Board positions include: First Vice President, Vice President of Curriculum, VP of Nominating 

Distinguished Teacher Awards: Now Open for Nominations!

Do you know a teacher, social worker, or specialist who goes above and beyond in his or her work with students? If so, we encourage you to nominate him or her for the 2023 Distinguished Teacher Awards! Visit the GPS webpage dedicated to DTA for information on eligibility, nomination procedures and forms, and key dates. Completed nomination forms can be submitted in person or electronically in a single email by March 9th at 5:00pm.

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Community News
February is Black History Month

Black History Month / African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and their central role in U.S. history.  Black History Month is a great time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and many other leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more.

The month-long recognition originated in 1915, a half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States, based on the work of Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian, and Jesse E. Moorland, a prominent minister, at an organization they founded that is known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month and it has been recognized in February ever since -- coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. For more information, please visit Black History Month - History.com.

Please visit the PTAC DEI Websitefor more events and information!

The Flinn Gallery: "GLOW"

The Flinn Gallery (our town’s non-profit art gallery), located on the second floor of Greenwich Library, is hosting its 4th show of the season, "GLOW", from February 9 – March 22.  GLOW features four abstract artists with two- and three-dimensional artworks that intersect with themes of color, transparency, process, and materiality that invites visitors to lean in and examine the close relationship between colors and discover the way ambient light plays upon color illuminating artworks that appear to glow, pulsate, and float in space. The opening reception will take place on February 9 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Greenwich Alliance For Education: Trivia Challenge

It is time to start practicing your trivia and gathering friends and family far and wide for this year's Trivia Challenge, sponsored by the Greenwich Alliance for Education, on Friday, March 3th. The event will once again be virtual and promises to be another great night. Click here for event details, buy tickets or donate an item to the Auction! 

GEMS Kids Triathlon Early Bird Registration

The third annual GEMS Kids Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 11th. The event format will be pool swim, on-campus bike course, and on-campus run course and is open to children from 6 to 14 years of age. There will be participation awards, T-shirts, goody bags, and age-group awards. Click here for event details and to register!


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