Originally delivered on 3/3/2023 1:02 pm

SUBJECT: Riverside School Peek at the Week 3/3/2023

Riverside School PTA Newsletter
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Friday, March 3, 2023
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Dear Riverside Families,

We hope that everyone enjoyed Tuesday's snow day.   

We are still eagerly anticipating the return of Pizza Bingo, but we're going to have to wait a little bit longer to hear that first BINGO. Tuesday's snow day triggered the rescheduling of a series of events at Greenwich High School, and the venue could no longer accommodate our event tonight as planned. Thanks to our incredible co-chairs, we have rescheduled Pizza Bingo for Friday, March 24th, and we hope that you are able to join us for this night of family fun. Please see below for more information about the new date and opportunities to volunteer at this important fundraising event.  

Calendar reminders for the next few weeks include:

March 6-10 – CSC's School-Wide Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive
March 13 – School Closed, Elementary Conferences
March 15 – Early Release, Elementary Conferences
March 16 & 17 – STEM Fair board pick up
March 24 – Pizza Bingo (New Date)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Allison Maus & Clare Johnson
PTA Co-Presidents

PTA News

Due to the Snow Day on Tuesday, Pizza Bingo has been rescheduled for Friday, March 24thEvent details will remain mostly the same for the new date:

Check-in begins at 6:15pm
Bingo from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Greenwich High School Student Center | 10 Hillside Road

We realize this new date might not work for everyone due to schedule conflicts. If you cannot make it and would like to treat your ticket purchase as a donation to the school fundraiser, you do not need to do anything further, and we thank you in advance. To request a refund, please email rivptapublic@gmail.com by Tuesday, March 21st.  

Ticket sales remain open for those who can now attend!


Visit here to register online for the 9th Annual Stem Fair! 

Join in this school-wide event where students can tap into their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills to create a project to share with their classmates and families. We can't wait to see the projects this year!

Key dates are as follows:

  • March 16 & March 17 – Display boards available after school
  • March 22 – Registration deadline
  • April 4 – Open House
    • K - 2nd grade: 6:00pm - 6:45pm
    • 3rd grade - 5th grade: 6:45pm - 7:30pm
  • April 5 – Students visit the Fair with their class

The complete program schedule and the 2023 STEM Fair Handbook can be found on the STEM Fair page.

Email Lauren Law or Kelly Kessler with any questions.


From March 6-10, the Community Service Club will be holding a food drive to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor (NTN). While all non-perishable donations are much appreciated, each grade has been given a specific item to donate so that we are providing NTN with a variety of exactly what they requested. The grade with the highest number of their designated item donated per student will earn extra recess! Donation bins will be available all week, outside the front door of the school. 

  • Kindergarten: Cereal or oatmeal
  • 1st Grade: Canned fruit or canned vegetables
  • 2nd Grade: Canned chili or any Chef Boyardee with meat
  • 3rd Grade: Canned tuna or canned chicken
  • 4th Grade: Pasta sauce
  • 5th Grade: Peanut butter or jelly

Thank you for your support in helping to feed our local community!

Plunge for Elodie

The Riverside Community will once again be plunging on April 2nd in Old Greenwich (Lucas Point) to find a cure for kindergartener Elodie Kubik who suffers from a rare disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa ("EB"). Children who suffer from EB are often called butterfly children because their skin is as fragile as butterfly wings. There are no approved treatments for this disease and EB patients currently have a life expectancy of 30.

Please join Elodie's friends and family to fund important research, change the treatment paradigm for this disease and save lives. Visit plungeforelodie.org to learn more about the event and to find Riverside School's grade level donation pages. You can also check out this cute video featuring Emma Watson and Greenwich residents, Kermit the Frog & Elodie.

Please reach out to Emily Kubik or Jessica Dunne if you have any questions or would like to get involved! See you on the beach!


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)
  • April 18: Journeys into American Indian Territory (Grade 3)
  • April 20: Visit and Workshop with Pat Schories, illustrator of the Biscuit series (Kindergarten)
  • April 25: Riverside Rhythms presents “A Taste of Opera” featuring former Riverside School parent Brett Kroeger (All Grades)
  • April 26: Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s Plants for Sprouts (Grade 1)

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


Effective today and continuing through March 24th, the Early Morning Program will meet in the Media Center on Fridays. If dropping off your child(ren) from 7:15-8:00 am, please use the door to the Media Center which is next to the Kindergarten entrance. If dropping off your child(ren) from 8:00am onwards, please ring the main door bell to be admitted to the building.

Additionally, the Early Morning Program now heads to the Gym at 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving students a bit more exercise. If dropping off after 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please bring your children to the front door. The EMP 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

Pizza Bingo is back but rescheduled to Friday, March 24th from 7:00-8:00pm. Check-in begins at 6:15. The Pizza Bingo Bake Sale is our 2nd (and final) fundraiser for the 5th Grade Class Gift, and we could use your help. If you can bake (or buy) a treat for the bake sale, or volunteer to help at the table. Please sign up here.  


Our Committee is hard at work on the yearbook design and layout!

The next step is to have your child create his or her INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PAGE. Students are to design a page that represents them and their time at Riverside. They can add pictures of themselves, friends, family, teachers, etc. These do not need to be from at-school events. Parent help may be needed. There are two steps: (1) Set up the page, and (2) Design/submit the page. You can find details and helpful tutorials here.

Pages are due on Friday, March 17th.


Visit 5th Grade Families 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
CMS Building Committee Community Engagement Forum

The Central Middle School Building Committee has invited all members of the Greenwich community to hear about the vision for Central Middle School at an engagement forum on Wednesday, March 8th from 7:30-8:30pm in the school’s auditorium.

Representatives from the project’s architects, SLAM, will be in attendance to share preliminary concepts for a new CMS. Community members will have an opportunity to electronically submit their comments at the forum. The session will also be broadcast live on Zoom (or dial 646-558-8656 and use Webinar ID: 889 9442 0713) and recorded for future viewing.

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
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, tonight - 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! 

Dancing for DC to Benefit the 8th Grade Washington DC Trip Fund

The Greenwich Alliance for Education and the 8th Grade DC Trip Fundraising Committee invite you to Dancing for DC, an event to benefit the 8th Grade Washington DC Trip Fund. Please join us Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00-9:00pm at Old Greenwich Social Club for dancing and live music by local band The Tide. Cash bar and food available for purchase. Ticket sales directly fund our effort for this year and beyond, and Old Greenwich Social Club has kindly agreed to donate 10% of all food and beverage sales that evening. Tickets are $50 per entry and must be purchased in advancehere

We also have an exciting RAFFLE with prizes from your favorite local merchants. You do not need to purchase event tickets or be present at the event to win! Raffle tickets can be purchased here

A big thank you to our local businesses who generously donated prizes!

Rinaldi’s Country Deli ~ Roost ~ The Pampered Pooch ~ Greenwich Cheese Company ~ Wildacre Rotisserie ~ Fjord Fish Market ~ Sweet Peas Baking Company ~ Abigail Fox Designs ~ Old Greenwich Butcher Shop ~ The Fred Shop ~ Ada’s ~ Feast and Fettle ~ Splash Car Wash ~ Threads and Treads ~ Pretty Nails ~ Arcuris

Can’t attend? Consider making a donation to the 8th Grade DC Trip Fund via our partners at the Greenwich Alliance. Click here and indicate "DC Trip" under "Allocation.”  

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", until March 22nd.  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. 

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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