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The Riverside Roar – April 5, 2021


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It’s Testing Time!

All Riverside students in grades 3 through 8 will be taking the Ohio State Tests beginning the week of April 5th. Virtual students must come to the building to take the tests. State testing is mandatory. If your child is absent, we will reach out to you each day to do what we can to get them to the building to test. If transportation is an issue, we will try to help. Please see the schedule below and let us know if you have questions or concerns.

For State Testing:

  • All virtual students must arrive by 8:00 A.M. on the day of testing and have a ride home at 11:00 A.M.
  • All students will receive breakfast. All virtual students will receive a grab and go lunch to take home.
  • All students must wear masks and will receive temperature checks.


We Want You Back!

If you haven’t already, please let us know if your scholar will be a Riverside Lion again next year! Let us know as soon as possible so we can hire enough staff to guarantee your scholar will have an in-person spot! Here’s what you do:

  1. Fill out this short form:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/riverside_reenrollment
  2. Send us a proof of residence (such as a utility bill) with your address and the date within the last 30 days. Even if you have provided this for us in the past, we need a new one.


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

April 2 – No School
April 5– Ohio State Testing Begins


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 

Hello Families,

Wow what I quick week after Spring Break! A few things we did this week after getting back into the swing of things were, we continued to track the growth of our pea plants in class. Which grew a few inches taller over break, but they have yet to blossom yet, hopefully they will be going home by Earth Day with a few small peas starting to develop. In math we are working on counting numbers by tens and ones. In writing we have finished our favorite foods opinion writing and it is now proudly hanging in our hallway! Remember we have no school on Friday, and have a Happy Easter!

Miss. Z

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 

Hello! This week 2nd and 3rd grade did a wonderful job transitioning back to school from spring break! This week 2nd and 3rd grade submitted outstanding work in math class. We went over fractions. They are continuing to turn their work in as well. Next week in science we will be finishing up our Magic School Bus book all about bats! Ask your child a new fact they have learned about bats! Remember to have your child login to iReady at home if they are absent or for extra work on the weekends! Thank you!


Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 

Hello Families. Students have testing this coming week! Please make sure students are getting enough sleep so they can perform their best and show what they know!

This week in 4th and 5th grade, we continued 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 are doing a fantastic job tracking their Iready Minutes! 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.


Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents

The whole middle school team is excited about testing and having the opportunity to see our online students face to face! The Regional Family & Community Liaison sent a text message and email titled “Ten Top Testing Tips that Work for Our Kids” that has great strategies for helping your students prepare for the test. Be sure to check it out!

Mrs. McConnell

Hello Riverside Math families! I hope everyone enjoyed a much needed break during Spring break. Now that school is back in we are fast approaching the Final Spring testing. It is very important that your student gets a lot of rest so that they can do their best on the State test. We will be practicing hard in math class, so that we can all feel strong and confident! Keep asking students to practice at home as well. Every little bit helps. Have a safe and happy Easter weekend!

Social Studies
Ms. Charley


Mr. Voegele

April Showers bring May flowers! Man has this year flown by.  But we still have lots of things to do.  Number one I can’t wait to meet the virtual kiddos I have never met and see some old faces on Monday when we start testing.  Make sure you are here ready to go on Monday and Tuesday.  Hybrid kids I will see you on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We have reading next week, then math and finally my favorite SCIENCE test!  Number two don’t forget about re-enrollment.  I want all my 6th and 7th graders back as 7th and 8th graders next year.  Finally make sure you are staying up on your work and classes.  If you ever have questions call or email me.  On to next week….6th grade we are continuing to work on cells (this will be our last topic) so ask questions about what we are learning about.  There will be a short cycle next week or the week after (depending on timing).  7th grade we will finish the cycles of the Earth, the Sun and Moon and there will be a short cycle then we move into energy flow in ecosystems (which is one of my favorite topics), 8th grade we have ended heredity and moving on to FORCES (May the Force be with you) that would be cool but we are doing magnetism (we will be doing this with a sprinkling of state testing review).  As always have fun.


Intervention Specialists

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com
Mr. Springer  tspringer@acariverside.com
Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com   

Hello Parents and Guardians,

With the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time to get outdoors and explore your neighborhood parks. Eden Park near Walnut Hills and Mt. Adams has walking paths, gardens, and views of the river. This is a great place for your children to hike and bike. There’s a playground for hours of make-believe. You can also go on a bug hunt or look for deer or other park animals. One of our favorite games is ABC Architecture Scavenger Hunt. Have your students look for letters in architecture and structures. How many can you find in playground equipment? The special education team hopes you and your family enjoy the spring weather and are able to get out and enjoy nature as well.


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Lauran Patton


Ms. Patton here, reporting in about the Hybrid Elementary class. This is a full two days of online learning with the in school experience for K-5.  Kindergarten through Fifth grade students have live Science, Math, and English Language sessions. These elementary students can interact with teachers and other students who are online, to learn and achieve the same goals. They also have daily assignments that they work on with my assistance and supervision. There is never a dull moment as they are continually learning all day with an online Math and English interactive learning program called IReady. This class is very active on DOJO, our students are all logged in as well as most parents. If you have not joined I would encourage you to do so.  Email me and I will get you connected to our daily activities as well as daily pictures: lpurvis@acariverside.com.  I look forward to watching your child progress through to the end of the year. Have a blessed day.



Ms. Sargent

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Switzerland to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous rapper, Drake. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Harmonica this week. Next week, students can look forward to lots of dancing and fun in their music class after testing!


Physical Education

Mr. Louis

Hello Riverside families. This week physical education classes in K-5 have been working on catching, throwing, shooting, and dribbling basketball. Games that include catching and throwing were a primary focus for K-3 using adaptive equipment. Middle school students have a focus on fitness this week that will evolve into mindfulness and meditation practices in the coming weeks.