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The Riverside Roar – March 8, 2021


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 Riverside Roar for the week of March 8, 2021 (PDF)


Save your scholar’s seat by re-enrolling today!

Each student who returns their form and proof of residence will receive a long-sleeved Riverside shirt that can be worn to school!


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

March 5 – No School for Students – Professional Development
March 22-26 –  No School – Spring Break
March 29 – Spirit Week


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 


Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 


Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 

Hello Families,

This week in 4th and 5th grade, we started reading the novel Holes. This is a book about a boy who is sent to a camp to dig holes as punishment, but finds the camp has more than meets the eye. We will be spending the next 5 weeks reading and writing the book as well as learning new vocabulary words. Students have been tracking their IReady minutes on our new bulletin board this week. The goal is to have 75 minutes (at least) by Friday in both math and reading (15 minutes a day). If your student is staying home but is not sick, I would encourage them to still get their minutes in at home.  Also, if you are interested in re-enrolling for next year, we will be giving out free long sleeve t-shirts to students who turn in their re-enrollment form and proof of address. It should be noted that proof of address should be something from the past 30 days. Thank you for all that you do!


Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents

With the onset of spring comes refreshed teaching strategies. This week we’re tightening up the strategies we use to answer extended response questions. Its important to pour concentrated effort into extended response questions because this category yields the largest number of possible points of the state test.  We are dissecting essays questions to ensure we know explicitly what we are supposed to address. We are also setting up the outlines of our paragraphs before we even read the texts. Ask your student what are the three most commonly used questions words that appear on tests, and what they should change them to, and see what they can teach you!

Mrs. McConnell

This week in middle school math… The end of the quarter is approaching fast. Students should be familiar with all of the wonderful technology available to help with math fluency. iReady, IXL, and Brain pop are available for students to practice math facts in school and at home. It is important, due to school ending abruptly last year, that students practice skills every night. If you have a device to connect to the internet at home, please ask how your student can access our digital math practice from home. 6grade is learning divisibility rules and working with factors. 7th grade is wrapping up a unit on Scale drawings and scale factor. 8th grade is wrapping up our study on linear equations and simultaneous equations. As usual, please contact me with any concerns.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley

This week in Social Studies, the 6th Grade finished up building models of Stonehenge and began our next standard on Monotheistic Religions in the Eastern Hemisphere. We are focusing on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The 7th Grade learned about Islamic Achievements during the Middle Ages and made their own presentations about the inventions. The 8th Grade finished their standard on creating a new nation and began learning about the first presidencies. I’m looking forward to our first full week in a while!

Mr. Voegele

The weather is getting nice.  Which is great but that means a few things. 1. RE-ENROLLMENT!  Make sure you are saving your space for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you are in 8th grade enrolling in your high school for next year.  We will help you with reference letters in the process.  2. State testing is coming.  Make sure that you are here and engaged for instruction.  On test days make sure you have had a good night sleep and breakfast.  3.  Great weather.  YEAH! But don’t forget to do your homework.  Ok on to the week ahead.  Number one next Tuesday is Short Cycles. Make sure you are getting on and taking them.  6th grade is doing Force and Motion. 7th grade we are looking into Space.  8th Grade we are continuing heredity.


Intervention Specialists

Mr. Springer  tspringer@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com   

Hello parents and guardians. Now that it is finally getting warmer, many students may want to be outside instead of being inside and attending class online. A lot of parents have mentioned how difficult it is to get their children to complete and submit their online assignments. It can become a negative power struggle. Here are 2 videos that can help parents and students communicate more effectively and help students understand the importance of completing their work. The first video is for self-regulation and the second video is for attention and focus. They are short videos that shouldn’t take up too much of your time, but have important tips.



Ms. Sargent

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to The Philippines to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous jazz pianist, Scott Joplin. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Drumkit this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the famous band, The Beatles.


Physical Education

Mr. Louis