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The Riverside Roar – September 28, 2020


The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. 

Download the Elementary Riverside Roar for the week of September 28, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the week of September 28, 2020 (PDF)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Although these are uncertain times, one thing is certain – Your child’s education is important! If your student is attending school traditionally, they need to be here every day unless they are sick. If your child is learning through the hybrid model, they need to attend every Tuesday and Wednesday unless they are sick and need to log at least 5 ½ hours of work for the days they work from home. Your online students must log 5 ½ hours for every school day. This will help prevent them from getting behind in their work or being considered truant from school.

If you need help at any time, please contact your child’s teacher. We are here to help any way we can.

We appreciate everything you do to encourage your child and support their education!

Sincerely, Ms. Lucas


Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

Online families may pick up meals by pulling up to the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Pick up is on Thursdays from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.


Upcoming Events

October 1 – Fall Festival
October 12 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – No school for students
October 16 – End of first quarter
October 21 – Picture Day


Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. White – Traditional

Please make sure to check your child’s behavior report! The behavior reports will provide insight on your child’s behavior on a daily basis. Your child is responsible for showing you their behavior report every day of the week! Behavior reports and homework will be handled with gloves so you won’t have to worry about my teacher germs! This week the K-1st grade class will be working on the following: Identifying letters, how words rhyme, counting & matching, counting & writing what we find, what plants need to grow, and tribes in Africa. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at nwhite@acariverside.com


Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online

This week kindergarten and first grade completed lessons on plant and animal characteristics, as well as the life cycle of a frog. Kindergarteners continue to work on letter recognition and this week’s sight words were; for, go and see. First grade continued to work on vowels and syllables.  As well as identifying the character, setting and plot in a fiction text. In Math kindergarteners are working on identifying numbers 0-10 as groups, in word form and in simple addition. First graders work on measuring and adding numbers within 20. Thank you to all my families that completed the I ready diagnostic this week!


2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional

We’re down another week this upcoming week we’re going to be working on in second grade describing connections between steps students will be spending the time dry and connections from one thing to another. The third graders will be working on asking and answering questions about the stories they will be working on pulling out the key deals from stories using keywords like character, event, and setting. For third grade we’re going to continue drilling those multiplication and division facts in the classroom. For second and third grade we are going to continue to keep the students engaged and become familiar with money. Science we will be talking about life cycles and metamorphosis on certain animals. And social studies we’re going to talk about the first Americans to come to the states. Let’s make it a wonderful week.


Mrs. McKalip – Hybrid and Online

Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Please ensure that your children are logging onto Canvas every week and completing their assignments on time and are reviewing their course content on time. Third grade ELA live instruction is on Monday through Friday from 9:05am to 9:55 am and third grade math live instruction is on Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 10:50 am. Second grade ELA live instruction is on Monday through Friday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm and second grade math live instruction is on Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. This week in third grade reading, students will continue to learn about how to improve their reading fluency, spelling, grammar, writing, and vocabulary skills. Third grade students will also be learning about how to identify patterns in math and in science they will learn about the role of gravity. Our third grade social studies learning topic for this week is the Ancient Phoenician Culture. This week in second grade reading, students will learn about the season of fall and will work on improving their grammar, reading comprehension, fluency, spelling, writing, and phonics skills. In second grade math, students will be learning about arrays and they will be learning about animal habitats in science. Second grade students will be learning about the African culture through fables. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (513)- 921- 7777. I can also be contacted by email. My email address is amckalip@acariverside.com. Thank you.

Ms. McKalip


4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional

This week, we have been learning about finding the theme in a story! We practiced this through Pixar Shorts! 4th grade has been learning about the regions of Ohio, while 5th grade has learned about the Regions of the United States. 4th grade is learning about the Ocean, while 5th Grade is learning about the Solar System, even creating paintings on their planets. 4th grade has been learning place value, and 5th grade has been learning T-Charts. Please remind your student how important it is to keep their mask on their face and not to touch one another during these times. Thank you for all that you do.


Mrs. Smith – Hybrid and Online

Hello to all Parents & Guardians:

Thank you to the families of my students who picked up novels!  We have begun our novel studies and please make sure your student is reading on a daily basis. Our book discussions will be every Friday. I wanted to emphasize that assignments from the module should be completed daily. Online learners work two hours per day learning during conferencing with me. Students must become disciplined to spend their “free” hours reviewing the lesson and completing related work. If your child needs more work or has trouble completing assignments, please let me know.  As always, thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Leslie Smith


Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
I promised you all information on how to assist your students with content we’re working on in the classroom. The first thing you need is the standard your student is currently working on. This week 8th grade is working on R.L.8.2, seventh grade is R.I.7.3 and sixth grade is R.L.6.3. With these standard numbers you can simply google the letter and number combination or put them in the search box on certain websites. Each week, for the next coming weeks I’ll introduce you to a website that you can type the letter and number combination into to give you free activities and worksheets that can help your student. This week’s website is ereadingworksheets.com The website is fairly simple, and again has a search tool where you can type in the standard (i.e. R.L.8.2).  Let me know how it works!

Mrs. McConnell
The week ahead – Now that iReady diagnostic tests for math should be finished, Your student should spend 10 minutes a day in iReady math working on their “my path”. This will help with math fluency and targets skills that are specific to your student. 6th grade math is focused on ratios and using tape diagrams to model the relationships between numbers in the real world. We are extending that thinking into fractions and finding equivalent fractions. 7th graders are learning more about integers and extending their knowledge and thinking into rational numbers, such as fractions and decimals. 8th grade has wrapped up learning about the properties of exponents and will use that knowledge to learn about exponential growth and scientific notation. As usual, please contact me with any concerns. – Mrs. McConnell

Social Studies
Ms. Charley

This week every grade finished the standard they were on.

6th Grade: Now on Standard 2: The Indus River Valley.

7th Grade: Now on Standard 3: Greek Conflicts.

8th Grade: Now on Standard 2: The First Nations.

Please remember to send accordion files with your student as some of them are still missing these. They keep papers from each standard organized. Online and Hybrid students have work due in my class every day and can fill out the live check-in form up to the end of today.

Mr. Voegele
Welcome from middle school science.  Many parents and guardians are wondering where the homework is at.  To answer that is that we do much of the work in as classwork during the last 10 to 15 minutes of class and students have work study where they have time to complete their assignments.  So far almost all of the traditional class have been doing an outstanding job with their class work.  As for what we are studying the 6th grade is continuing with the ROCK CYCLE.  Ask your child what are the three types of rocks and how are they filmed.  7th grade we are moving into the CONVERSATION OF MASS.   8th grade we will continue on FORCES.  I would suggest you ask your child daily what did they learn in science class.  Our goal is to learn at least one new knowledge a day.  If you need anything you can call the school or email me at smvoegele001@acariverside.com. Have a great weekend.


Intervention Specialists

Parents/guardians, thank you for checking with your student to make sure they took the iReady test on Canvas. Mrs. Frohlich emailed her students through Canvas who still need to take the test.

With the new school year starting, it soon will be time to renew your child’s IEP goals. The Special Education team can hold the IEP meetings by Zoom or phone. We will contact parents by phone, email, or by regular mail to invite you to the IEP meeting. Please let us know as soon as possible what days and or times are best for you.

Please call us or email the Special Education team if you have any questions about the iReady test or about their classwork. Our phone number is: 513.921.7777 ext. 40904.

Our email addresses are:
mbruner@acariverside.com     Maria Bruner K-5th grade
tspringer@acariverside.com    Travis Springer 6th grade
cfrohlich@acariverside.com     Cynthia Frohlich 7th and 8th grade


Physical Education

Mr. Holland
We will start off with our normal stretches (arm rotations, push-ups, jumping jacks etc.) After stretching we will do our cardio/rhythm & dance. This is a fun activity for students. This part of the lesson is big on following directions. We do the cha-cha slide, freeze dance, and freestyle dancing as well. This week we will be going out-side for gaming. We will do red light-green light while practicing social distance, and staying safe.



Ms. Sargent
This week in music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Germany to explore the country’s music, and they even learned some instrument names in German! Kindergarten and first grade students began exploring their singing voices with our new puppet friend, Sam the Singing Shark. Students of all ages listened to a wide variety of songs this week, and students in grades 2-8 met one of the greatest film composers of all time, John Williams.