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The Riverside Roar – October 19, 2020


The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. Newsletter is personalized with information from your child’s teacher.  

Download the Elementary Riverside Roar for the week of October 19, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the week of October 19, 2020 (PDF)


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We love all of our Riverside students! For our students that attend in person, we have several dismissal procedures in place to keep them safe.

  1. Walkers are dismissed at 3:15 P.M.
  2. Bus riders are called as the busses arrive.
  3. Students who are picked up are called as their rides arrive. Parents and guardians must stay in their cars, maintain one lane while waiting, and continue to pull forward when possible.

If a student needs to leave school early, a parent must come in and sign them out. Any time missed DOES count towards truancy.  if you need to call the office regarding a dismissal change, please call before 2:45. We do not dismiss students between 3:00 P.M. and 3:15 P.M.

Thank you for your patience as we work to create a safe and efficient system for dismissal.

Mrs. Yates, Office Manager
Ms. Lucas, Principal


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 21 – Picture Day for Traditional and Hybrid Students
October 22 – 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
October 23 – Picture Day for Virtual Students (10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.)



With colder weather comes changes in what students want to wear in the building. However, coats, hoodies, and jackets may not be worn. This is a Board policy that is explained in the Student-Parent Handbook. If students are cold, they may wear only solid colored white, gray, navy, black, or beige knitted cardigans or knitted pullover sweaters. Thank you for your help with this! If you have questions, please call me any time.


Picture Day

It’s almost picture day! For students who learn through traditional or hybrid modalities, picture day will be on October 21, 2020. Students will be called by class to the auditorium, and everyone will have their pictures taken.

Students who are learning virtually may report to the building on October 23, 2020, between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. to have their pictures taken. Students will enter the door with the blue awning, must wear masks, and will have their temperatures taken before proceeding to the auditorium.

Students may be out of dress code, but they still must follow the expectations for appropriate dress: chest, stomach, and back covered; no sheer clothing; no logos advertising drugs or alcohol; etc. The entire list of what is and what isn’t appropriate can be found in the Parent/Student handbook on our website.


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! Please note that homework is due every Friday! 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 the beginning/middle/and end of a story, sequencing, telling a story we remember, hand writing practice, counting by 10, addition/subtraction, writing in our plant journals, and tribal huts.


Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online

Congratulations everyone we made it, today is the end of quarter 1! It is great to see everyone online, and  have had the chance to speak with so many of you this past Monday. I am extending my offer for next week as well for help.  If you are needing assistance with summiting assignments, or even need help with how to complete them, I am more than happy to meet with you during my planning time between the hours of 1:30 and 3 on Monday, Thursday or Friday. This past week  Kindergartners were working on finishing up the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment or the KRA. First graders continued with solving subtraction word problems in math. First grade also read an informational text about Snakes to tie into life sciences. Next week we will continue  identifying place value in Math.

Just a friendly reminder,  next week we will be having picture day. Please look at the calendar on the school website, for your date and time.


2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional

This upcoming week we’re going to focus on retelling of the story for third grade as well as second grade. For math, the second graders are working on understanding place values and two digits leaving in to three-digit addition and subtraction. For the third graders we are focusing on understanding kilograms and grams this has an underlying focus of multiplication as well as division. For example, we know that one kilogram is equal to 1000 grams. Using this, I can ask a student what happens when we divide 1 kg x 10 g how many grams what we have left. If your student is struggling with multiplication it is beneficial if they have flashcards to practice at home. I hope you have a wonderful week.


4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional

This week, students will begin working with our Title Teacher, Ms. Patton. Ms. Patton is helping students during Reading to work with small groups, while I work with other small groups! I am so excited for students to receive this differentiated instruction. Although 4th grade learns Ohio History, and 5th grade students learn U.S. History, both grades are really learning about the first people in the United States, and how they came to settle down in certain areas. For 4th grade math this week, we will work on re-grouping and adding, using place value.  5th graders have been working with simplifying fractions, this is a challenging concept, so we will probably spend most of next week practicing.


Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents

It’s the second quarter! The middle school team has truly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know your students and have been surprised with how connected we’ve become to our virtual students despite the distance. Heading into second quarter my class will become more stringent with deadlines so daily attendance virtually and in person will be imperative. All of the classes I teach online are recorded. So, if your students doesn’t attend the Live Session, they need to watch the recording. On the Canvas platform the “grades” link will be super helpful for you to know if your student has missing assignments. The grade link also contains comments I’ve made to the students about the assignments they have submitted. They should really take the time to read the comments and look at attached documents that I send back to them.

The sixth graders are moving to a study of non-fiction, with the standard R.I.6.1. We will be working to provide evidence from the text for claims made (which is the perfect practice for ACE format writing). In the seventh grade, we’ll finally be moving to fictional text, and will be working to provide support for our responses similarly to the sixth grade (R.L.7.1). In eighth grade we’ll be investigating standards R.L.8.7 and R.L.8.9 in relation to Frankenstein. We’ll be using Mary Shelly’s original version as well as interpretations from other authors. I pretty excited my eighth grade class this week ! They are so insightful and developing into mature young adults and I know we’ll have great discussions surrounding this classic novel.

Mrs. McConnell

First quarter has gone by so quickly. This quarter was focused on getting used to using Canvas and submitting assignments. Students in traditional classrooms and online have been using our canvas classroom for all subjects and there was definitely a learning curve for all of us! Students have a weekly agenda they access through their math homepage that shows them what needs to be submitted each day. The expectation is that by second quarter, everyone knows how to find and submit assignments correctly. As the school year progresses it is more and more important that assignments are submitted correctly and on time. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley

This week was the last week in quarter 1! In person students wrapped up their last standard for the quarter and had some catch up time in class. The 8th grade online students had the entire week to complete missing assignments. The 6th and the 7th online students had about 2 days to complete missing assignments. Next week, quarter 2 will start. This means that online deadlines will become hard deadlines! If work is not submitted by the due date, it will not be accepted. All online work from this point must also be submitted in order. Remember, report cards are coming out soon as well!

Mr. Voegele

Good day all.  Parent teacher conferences was a major success.  I am happy that I got to talk to so many of you and discuss the success and struggles that your children were having.  If you would still like to discuss anything please email me at smvoegele001@acariverside.com.  Also make sure that your child is logging in to Canvas daily and doing some work every day there are many, many assignments that are missing or incomplete.  The sixth grade this week alone has three assignments about various types of weathering that need to be done.  The seventh grade has gone from the comparing the types of changes to chemical changes.  The 8th grade we will be journeying deep inside the Earth and find out what is there.  As always I hope this finds you safe and healthy and have a great day and weekend.  Make sure to come to my classes Monday, Thursday and Friday unless I indicate otherwise on their home page.


Intervention Specialists

Hello parents and guardians. The special education team is proud of the students who have been logging on, attending their classes, and completing their assignments in Canvas. We want to encourage you and your students to continue completing the assignments. We also want to encourage the students to read. Please encourage your student to read anything that interests them, it could be magazines, comic books. Anime, or library books. The special education team would like to see all of Riverside’s students increase their vocabulary and reading is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal.

513.921.7777 e xt. 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 learn the game of 4 square. we will also be Cup-stacking, jump roping, and doing yoga this week.



Ms. Sargent

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Italy to explore the country’s music, and pasta varieties! Kindergarten and first grade students continued exploring their singing voices with one of our favorite songs Hickety Tickety, and they also learned about the Saxophone. Next week, students can look forward to meeting our first modern composer, Philip Glass.