Originally delivered on 5/5/2023 1:11 pm

SUBJECT: Riverside School Peek at the Week 5/5/2023

Riverside School PTA Newsletter
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Friday, May 5, 2023
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Dear Riverside Families, 

We are just over a week away from the 38th Annual Riverside Run on Saturday, May 13th!  The extended forecast looks great, so please be sure to register if you haven't already.  We are still looking for volunteers to help make it a successful event.  The Riverside Run is one of our most important fundraisers and there are many fun ways to get involved, so please sign up today.  

Speaking of running, our Health & Wellness volunteers did a great job encouraging students to get moving and stay active during Fitness Week.  Monday's recess stations were the perfect way to tune up for next Saturday's Fun Run, and it was wonderful to see so many people walking and biking to school on Wednesday.  Please note that the Bike Rodeo was rescheduled for Wednesday, May 10th. 

Lastly, the school will email families with Field Day team color assignments today, and Field Day T-shirts are available for purchase on rivpta.org now through May 13th.   

Calendar reminders for the next several weeks include:

May 10 – Bike Rodeo & Fitness Equipment Swap Display
May 12 – CSC Meeting (for those who have RSVP'd)
May 13 – Riverside Run
May 22 – Spring PTA General Meeting (more details below)
May 26 – Early Release
May 29 – Schools Closed, Memorial Day
May 31 – Volunteer Tea & Recognition 
June 6 – Deadline for Ordering School Supplies
June 8 – School Art Show
June 12 – Field Day (Rain date is June 15)

Have a great weekend!

Allison Maus & Clare Johnson
PTA Co-Presidents

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1st Grade is in the LEAD in the percentage of students registered to run! 2nd and 3rd Grades are close behind, so the race is still up for grabs!  Each child in the winning grade will receive a $5 gift card to Ada's...talk about motivation!  Register and encourage your friends to join in this great community event!!

After registering for the race, please consider volunteering to help prepare for the race and on race day. Thank you in advance!

Location: Foyer by the Entrance to Gym
Friday, May 12 at 2:30-4:00pm (Avoid the lines and come Friday!)
Saturday, May 13 at 7:30-8:15am

Questions? Email riversideruncommittee@gmail.com


Field Day is happening Monday, June 12 (Rain date is June 15). Students will be divided into color groups and will compete against each other to see which color will be this year’s champion!  You should receive your child(ren)’s color assignment from the school by email today, May 5. You may either purchase the Field Day T-shirt or your child should wear a shirt in that color on Field Day.

Check out the fun design and order your child's T-Shirts ($9 each) online by scrolling down to Membership, Tickets & Donations on My Page. The deadline to order is Saturday, May 13th at 5pm. No late orders!


Riverside's PTA Health & Wellness Committee is partnering with Pedal Greenwich to host a Bike Rodeo directly after school (3:30-5:00 pm) in the back field of the school.  Students will be grouped by age (i.e., K-2, 3-5) and participate in educational and fun biking activities.  Due to such great interest, we are at capacity and registration is now closed.  Thank you to all who registered to participate!  Please email us to be added to the WAITLIST or if your child can no longer attend

For any questions, please contact Harriet Gilmer or Kim McConnell


The PTA is once again sponsoring a school supply fundraiser for the upcoming school year. Order now and your child's box of supplies will be delivered directly to the classroom by the first day of school.

Please visit the SchoolKidz Teacher Tailored website and enter account number 83285. The site will close on June 6th. Once again earbuds and headphones will be available to purchase separately if new ones are required. It is strongly advised that Kindergarteners have headphones rather than earbuds. Please email Jenn Lacovara or Sharon Elkayam with any questions. 


Have extra sports and dance related gear, equipment and apparel around the house or garage? Need replacements for lost or broken items? TODAY is the last day for the New or Nearly New Youth Sports & Dance Equipment donations!  Bins will be in front of the school through pick-up time. All donated items will be displayed for Riverside families and staff to take for FREE next Wednesday, May 10th from 3:00-4:00pm in front of the school. Unclaimed items will be donated to local charities and organizations in need of sports and dance related gear and equipment. Please email the Riverside Green Committee with questions.

ACCEPTED ITEMS: New or Nearly New YOUTH equipment, gear, and apparel for soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, golf, tennis, squash, volleyball, basketball, softball, hockey, ice skating, ballet, tap 

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: balls, mouth guards, water bottles, skateboards, skis & ski boots, swim gear, bike helmets, general exercise equipment, large yard items

Art Show

We are excited to announce the Riverside School Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th! Please keep your eyes out for the official invitation! With hundreds of pieces to mount and hang, we will need many helping hands. Kindly reach out to Amiee Merrinsand Kate Jamieson if you would like to volunteer to help between May 22nd and June 8th.  

Thank you in advance for making this year's Art Show a success! 


On May 17th at pick-up time, Student Council members will be hosting a BAKE SALE for Lucky Dog Refuge, a safe haven for dogs from dire backgrounds, located in Stamford, CT. Please note: we ask that only parents or other adults purchase the baked goods. 

Along with the bake sale, Student Council will be accepting donations needed for the refuge. Please view the flyer for a list of needed materials. A donation bin will be outside the front of the school from May 10th to May 25th, and donations can be dropped off at any time. 

Please feel free to reach out to Cristina Fioravanti or Jessica Rosa, Student Council Co-Advisors, if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!


Please join us on Monday, May 22nd from 9:15-10:30am in the Media Centefor the Spring PTA Meeting. We will begin with a brief review of PTA business items before welcoming our featured speaker, Dr. Fabian Boie. Dr. Boie will lead a parent workshop on Fostering Executive Function Skills and Responsibility in Children. As space in the workshop portion of the meeting will be limited, an RSVP is required. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and we will keep a waitlist if necessary.  If the parent workshop is oversubscribed, Dr. Boie will work with us to schedule an additional workshop.  


A sincere THANK YOU to everyone in the Riverside School community for coming together to celebrate Earth Month and to all the parent volunteers who helped make Earth Week such a success last week! Together we...

  • Diverted 95+ lbs of used/old batteries, 338 lbs of textiles, 340 lbs of plastic film & 90 strands of holiday lights from landfills
  • Reused plastics from our school lunchroom and the Riverside community to create our beautiful Trash-To-Treasure Mural
  • Partnered with Quiet Yards Greenwich, Old Greenwich Honey, and the PTA Garden Committee to organize a fabulous program of activities in the Green Tent during Earth Week
  • Explored green initiatives and efforts through STEM fair projects
  • Partnered with the Health & Wellness Committee in a "New or Nearly New Sports Equipment Swap" during fitness week.

Congratulations to the GREEN STEM Fair project winners! Keep up the GREEN work!

Again thank you for going GREEN and helping take care of our planet by REDUCING, REUSING & RECYCLING!  


A wide range of PTA volunteer roles are now being filled for the 2023-2024 school year.  Whatever your interests or availability, we have many ways for you to contribute and make a positive impact. Our goal is to engage as many people as we can with the school.  Please review our open roles and complete the volunteer interest form to express interest in one (or more) volunteer opportunities!  If you have any questions or would like to learn more about PTA roles, please contact this year's nominating committee - Allison MausHillary Harper and Betsy McIntrye.  We look forward to hearing from you!   


Climate Change with Stamford Museum and Nature Center

This week, Stamford Museum & Nature Center conducted a program focusing on Climate Change with the 5th grade. Students participated in a lab-style class covering greenhouse gas and its effect on the climate, understanding how ice core data is used by scientists, identifying changes in habitats as a result of climate change, signs of climate change, and things that we can all do to be good environmental stewards! 

Upcoming Enrichment Programs

  • May 8:Flying Contraptions with Stepping Stones (K)
  • May 9:Science of Soil with the Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Grade 2)
  • May 10:Animal Adaptations with Animal Embassy (Grade 1)
  • May 16: Arts Field Day (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
  • May 17: Reptiles and Amphibians with Animal Embassy (Grade 2)
  • May 17: Riverside Rhythms presents “A Taste of Opera” featuring former Riverside School parent Brett Kroeger (All Grades)
  • May 19: Program about the historic Revolutionary War period (Grade 5)
  • May 23: Virtual Author Visit with Kelly Yang (Grades 3 & 4)
  • May 24: Endangered Species with Animal Embassy (Grade 3)
  • May 25: Town of Greenwich’s Watersheds (Grade 4)
  • May 30 - June 2: Virtual Poetry Week with Ted Scheu (Grades K-4)

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


Calling all Riverside Families and Staff to come together for a NY Mets game on Saturday, June 17th at 4:10pmSeats are limited. Be sure to get your tickets now as tickets sales will close on May 12!  Tickets this year include a Darryl Strawberry replica “shirsey” and a memorable on-field experience.


Please note that the Riverside Reel will be moving to a new online platform. As a result, it will be temporarily unavailable until the migration is complete. We will provide an update once the new site has launched. All existing albums have been preserved and will be posted to the new platform, and we will continue to create new albums as we receive photos & videos from upcoming PTA events and programs! If you have any questions, please email riversidereel@gmail.com.


The Early Morning Program is back in the cafeteria on Fridays. Additionally, the Early Morning Program now heads to the Gym at 8:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving students a bit more exercise. If dropping off after 8:00am 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
GAGA BALL NIGHT - Friday, May 19th from 6-7:30pm

This is a fun (5th grade only, drop-off) evening of Gaga Ball and pizza led by Bill Bogardus and Jay D'Andrea in the gym. Purchase a ticket for your child on RIVPTA.org > My Page. 

PARENT PARTY - Saturday, June 10th at 7pm

Join 5th grade parents to celebrate the end of the year at the Kilcullen's! Check out the invite and purchase your tickets on RIVPTA.org > My Page. 

District News
PTAC Nominating Period is Still Open!

If you or someone you know is interested in working to make the Greenwich Public Schools the best they can be as a PTAC Committee Chairs or as a PTAC Executive Board member for the 2023-24 term (or would like to learn more about the roles), please contact the PTAC VP of Nominating

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

Open PTAC Board positions include: First Vice President, Secretary, Vice President of Curriculum, VP of Enrichment, VP of Facilities, VP of Nominating, VP of Student Support

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Community News
North Mianus School Pow Wow

The 2023 North Mianus School (NMS) Pow Wow Raffle is now live! All proceeds will benefit the NMS PTA and its programs for our children. We thank you in advance for your participation and support! The top prize this year is a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card!! To see all of the incredible prizes and buy tickets ($5/each), simply click here

This year's Pow Wow Carnival will take place TODAY from 4pm-10pm and Saturday, May 6th from 12pm-10pm.  

"The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable and Compassionate Adolescents"

The Darien PTA, Middlesex Parent Association, Darien High School Association, Thriving Youth Task Force and YWCA Parent Awareness presents an interactive discussion with New York Times bestselling author and CBS News Contributor Dr. Lisa Damour, who will be joined by Reena Ninan, Ask Lisa Podcast Co-host, television journalist, and Darien resident, on Wednesday, May 10th at 7pm at Darien High School Auditorium. Please register to attend.

Glenville School: USCF Rated Chess Tournament

On Saturday, May 13th from 9:30am-2pm, the Glenville School PTA will host the Inaugural USCF Rated Chess Tournament. All GPS Elementary Students are welcome to participate! The registration deadline is Thursday, May 11th. For more information, click here

GEMS Kids Triathlon

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!

GHS Theater Arts Presents Fiddler on the Roof

Join GHS Theater Arts for Fiddler on the Roof at 7:00pm on May 18th, 19th, and 20th. Order advanced tickets online here. Seating is assigned for this production, so order early for best seat selection! Tickets are $21.75, including a small service fee for the online platform only, and tickets purchased online should be printed out and brought to the theater for admission to the show. Tickets will be for sale each night at the door for $20. Cash, credit, debit or check accepted.

Open Arts Alliance: Summer Stage!

Registration for the summer program at Open Arts Alliance (OAA) is now open for students in grades 1 through 12! Productions include Finding Nemo Jr., Lion King Kids, and Cabaret. Summer at OAA is a great time to make new friends, try new things and "just keep swimming!" Register here.

Unbound Innovations XR STEAM Camp

In partnership with The Greenwich Alliance for Education, Unbound Innovations XR STEAM Camp is a series of week-long immersive experiences in a broad range of innovative disciplines using virtual and augmented reality. It is taught by a 25-year Greenwich Public Schools veteran teacher with extensive experience in XR technologies. Students entering grades 6 through 12 will engage in World Building with XR tools, Game Design, Immersive Music, and Art Production, compete in challenges coding Robots to perform tasks, and create Engineering Simulations to solve global problems. For more information and registration, please visit www.unboundinnovations.org


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