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01/15/2021

The Riverside Roar – January 19, 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 January 19, 2021 (PDF)

 

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

January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
February 4 – Progress Reports distributed
February 5 – Professional Development – No School for Students

 


Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

I hope you all had a relaxing winter break and everyone was able to stay safe and healthy. This was the first day back for students. Just a few reminders students will have four different courses, one for each subject. Please use the pin tool to distinguish these courses so that they do not get mixed up with courses from the previous quarter. As we became familiar with online learning once again this year, first graders were introduced to fractions and adding on a number line. Kindergarteners worked on determining how many objects would be left when solving for the missing number, as well as classifying shapes.

We have completed a second week of third quarter! I want to thank all students who turned in their writing piece, it feels even more like your children are a part of the school, seeing their work in the hallways. This week we had I ready reading testing, to see the growth in your child’s learning. First graders also learned about homophones and adding 3 different numbers to find the sum. Kindergarteners worked on learning about verbs and identifying a problem and solution of a story. Kindergarteners also worked on subtraction skills of how many are left? Students will be transitioning to a new teacher starting next week. Please check your inbox over the weekend and early next week for any updates on this.

 

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

The middle school students and I are super excited for the fresh start 2nd semester offers!  The Canvas platform offers a parent portal that allows for parents to see everything the students have access to. All student assignments, due dates, live session schedules and students’ grades are available on the parent Canvas portal. Signing up, is a great way to keep up what’s going on in all middle school classes. Last week the 6th and 8th graders worked on standard R.I.6.8 and R.I.8.8 respectively. The standard concentrated on evaluating support offered in arguments. Seventh grade worked with the figurative language techniques of hyperbole, idioms, onomatopoeia and alliteration comprised in standard R.L.7.4

This week in English class we are wrapping up the first standards we worked on this semester and we’ll be having our first Short Cycles (tests). Short Cycles are only 6 questions, four multiple choice questions and two short answer responses. Parents can assist their student to prepare for their short cycles by having the student practice answering question in the ACE format (verbally or on paper), and checking out resources (even simple, entertaining ones like videos) regarding the following standards:

6th grade – R.I.6.8
7th grade – R.L.7.4 (figurative language)
8th grade – R.I.8.8

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Welcome back middle school math! I hope everyone had a safe relaxing holiday. It was a well-deserved break for all of us. We jumped right back into our lessons on Monday and the students did a great job not missing a beat. 6th grade started a new Eureka math module which focuses on Arithmetic Operations Including division of fractions. The curriculum focuses heavily on using drawings and visual models to make the concept of dividing more concept based. The students really seem to be getting it. In 7th grade we finished half of a unit on proportional values and had a mid-module test on Friday. It can be a difficult unit, but everyone is doing a great job! 8th grade is busy learning linear equations and their graphs. We are halfway through this unit and there was a test on Thursday.

Second semester has gotten off to a great start. Don’t be alarmed if your student doesn’t have a lot of graded assignments so far this quarter. Grades 7and 8 both had mid module tests upon returning from break and I didn’t want to give a lot of graded work until after the test. Next week is also important because students are going to be taking the iReady diagnostic. This is a tool that students took in the fall to measure growth throughout the year. Please make sure students get plenty of rest so they can do their best and show us all how much they’ve learned this year so far! We will have dates for traditional and online students to take the diagnostic. We just ask that they hold off on doing iReady work until they are asked to get in for the diagnostic. I have every confidence that the students did great! Keep up all the good work at home and at school!

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

The middle school social studies students had a great week. The 6th Grade finished up Standard 9, which was about the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. They are now learning about the Qin and Han Dynasties. The 7th Grade will be finishing up their last Standard on Rome this Friday. Next week, we finally begin learning about the Middle Ages! The 8th Grade finished learning about events leading up to the Revolutionary War and will start learning about the War itself next week with Lexington and Concord. The 8th Grade, as part of their Level 3, wrote break-up letters to the British. I have discovered my students are all secret comedians. Have a great long weekend!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME BACK! Hoping that 2021 is even better than 2020.  We have hit the ground running.  Students already have work up and available on Canvas.  Reminder if you are an online or hybrid student start at the begin of every module and click every link.  I have readings linked by your agenda’s these have test every two to three weeks.  Also read all of the readings before taking your quizzes.  I do grade them all and they go into the grade book.  I am writing this on Wednesday and some of us are not getting off on the right foot because our quiz scores could be better.  If you have any questions email me, send me a message on Canvas or call the school.  On to what we are studying 6th grade is moving into the study of Atoms, 7th Grade is studying the Water Cycle, and 8th grade is studying geological age.

This week 6th and 7th grade have a short cycle assessment on Friday. Make sure that you are getting on Canvas doing your work. 8th grade has a mastery test. Which should have been taken on Tuesday and needs to be completed if they have not finished it. On to the week that is and the future. 6th grade we are moving on with matter and what is matter. 7th grade we are moving onto bigger things, oceans and tides. 8th grade we are moving on to organisms and their diversity. As always if you have any questions email me or call me, I am always available. Please remember we don’t have school Monday because we are recognizing the life and times of a great American, Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s reflect on his life and contributions to America and have peace throughout the land.

 

Intervention Specialists

Dear parents and guardians, the Special Education team hopes everyone in your family is healthy and warm. Many of the elementary and middle school students struggle with fractions, decimals, and percents. With so many advertisements going on this time of year, it is a good time to practice with your students what it means when a product is ½ off or a certain percent off. It’s a great time to practice those math skills by talking about which store has the better sale price for the same item.

One of the special education team’s goals for the new year is to increase student’s vocabulary. One of the best ways to increase your student’s vocabulary is to read to them and discuss with them what was just read. You can also listen to the radio while in the car and listen/talk about ongoing events. Middle school students have a vocabulary list in Canvas that they frequently review.

513.921.7777 ext 40904

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

Last week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Guatemala to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.  Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the violin. This week students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Egypt to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous musician, Post Malone. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Piccolo this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about a rapper who was requested by the 4th and 5th grade class.

 


Parents Right to Student Test Results and Parental Notification of Assessment Information

On January 8, 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was signed into law. Section 1111(h)(6)(A) states that as a parent of a student in  our elementary school, receiving Title I funds, the school shall provide you with the following:

  • Parents should be provided the level of achievement of their children each year based on the results of state assessments.
  • Parents should be invited to an annual meeting to inform parents of their right to be involved in the planning of school improvement programs. In addition, a number of parent meetings should be scheduled to involve parents in decisions related to the education of their children.
  • Include parents in an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents.
  • Parents should be involved in decisions that determine how federal funds for parental involvement are used, including activities promoting family literacy and parenting skills.
  • A school-parent compact should be developed that outlines how parents and the school share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.

Section 1112(e)(2) of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) requires divisions that receive Title I, Part A, funds to notify parents of students attending Title I schools that the parents may request information regarding any state or division policy regarding student participation in required assessments.

  • At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the local educational agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local educational agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable. The notice must be made available in any language as requested by a parent.

If you have questions or concerns, please call me at 513-921-7777. Thanks! Ms. Lucas

12/14/2020

The Riverside Roar – December 14, 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 December 14, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the week of December 14, 2020 (PDF)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Next week students will be participating in our winter mock assessment. Students in second through eighth grades will be tested in English, science, and math. We expect to see a lot of growth in our scholars!

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Students need to be here every day to take the tests. If your student learns virtually, they must be logged on to their class through Canvas.
  • Student should eat breakfast.
  • Student should get a good night’s sleep. Seven to eight hours of sleep every night is recommended.
  • Students should receive encouragement and come to school believing they can do well!

Sincerely,
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

December 15-16 – Winter Mock Assessment for Grades 2 through 8
December 18 – End of 2nd Quarter
December 21 through January 1 – Winter Break – No School
January 4 – First Day of Third Quarter

 

Dismissal

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. Thanks!

 

Reminder

With colder weather comes changes in what students want to wear in the building. However, coats and hoodies 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.

 

Student attendance affects academic success.

 


Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. White – Traditional
nwhite@acariverside.com

Hello parents/guardians! We only have one week left until Winter Break! Please don’t forget to check your child’s progress on class dojo. You can also check class dojo for all classroom updates. For the week of Dec. 14 to Dec. 18, we will be working on the following: Sounding out long vowel words, sounding out words that we want to write/spell, narrative writing, place value review, money review, addition and subtraction review. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email me at nwhite@acariverside.com

 

Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Hello Families,
Only one week left before break! I want to remind and encourage you to reach out for any assistance you may need on student work before the end of quarter. I have also been sharing my screen during live sessions at the end of the recorded lesson. I am more than happy to meet you at school to help with accessing and submitting assignments if needed. I will still accept late work for credit, however the last day for me to accept student work is December 18.
This week both Kindergarten and First grade did their first writers workshop during our live session. In math Kindergarteners worked on reading picture graphs and counting on one more place. First graders continued lessons that dealt with probability, as well as skip counting by 10’s and 5’s using nickels and dimes.
One more week, lets finish strong before break!
Miss. Z

 

2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional
ebrown2@acariverside.com

Hello Friends and Families,
I hope you are doing well and staying safe during this. This week the students will be working on mock assessments in both 2nd and 3rd grade. Make sure that they get enough sleep and have a hearty breakfast in the morning. We want all of our students to do well. We are revisting what stories are made of and the authors purpose in ELA. In 2nd grade the student are still trying to master place value while in 3rd the students are moving on the area and perimeter of shapes.
Hope you have a fantastic week!

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional
akenner@acariverside.com

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have made it to the last week before winter break! We have a lot to get through this week. Monday students will have math tests. 4th grade will have a test over Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Denominator, while 5th grade will have a test over multiplying 3 digit numbers by 2 and 3 digit numbers. As far as holiday parties go, this will take place in the afternoon of December 18th. Students are welcome to bring in treats, as long as there is enough for everyone. There are currently 16 students. Continue to encourage students to read for 10-15 minutes a night, out loud! Thank you for your support!

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

It’s an exciting time of year! It’s the conclusion of our first semester, and we get to show what we know this week! I love assessment time, because our students can show off all that we have learned! I especially look forward to reading the extended response questions because we’ve been working really hard on finding support for our answers in the text all school year long ( R.L6.1, R.L.7.1 & R.L.8.1) ! To help your student prepare for the tests review how to answer questions in the ACE format with them. You could ask them for sentence starters for each designation of ACE. For example: Tell me one way you can start your sentence when it’s time to explain your answer? How do you restate the following question: Write a paragraph discussing one character trait of the protagonist? Use the documents in the Resource module titled ACE infographic 1, ACE infographic 2, and ACE infographic 3 to provide support. I’m looking forward to seeing how far our students have grown!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Middle school math is going strong! One more week, and we’ve made it to the end of second quarter!! WOW! That went by fast. This final week before Christmas break, students will be wrapping up second quarter assignments and also taking the WINTER State Assessment. Assessments are happening on Tuesday and Wednesday for all traditional students, and have already begun for online and hybrid students. These are very important for us to gauge how students are doing, and more importantly, how we are doing as teachers. Please make sure your student gets plenty of rest the night before the test and comes to school in time to have a good breakfast. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! If you have any questions please let me know – Mrs. McConnell

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

 

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

We are coming down the home stretch of second quarter and second semester. The traditional students you guys are doing awesome for the most part. Hybrid and online students you need to check your modules every Monday to see your agenda of work. You need to be working through all your assignments daily and submitting work on a regular basis. On Wednesday December 16th I will be holding live session reviews for you last assessment of second quarter which will be December 17th. The 18th is the end of the quarter. If your assessment is not in by 230 on the 18th it will be an F. I know you are all capable of doing my work.

On to the week ahead. 6th Graders are working on renewable energy sources. 7th grade we are getting electric with circuits and electricity. 8th grade we are shaking things up a bit with Earthquakes all of your assignments this week are on Canvas.

As always if you need something email or call me at the school. Stay safe and healthy.

 

Intervention Specialists

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This time of year is a good time to have your children practice writing a letter. You can have them make their own holiday card and have them write a poem or write a paragraph about a special memory inside the card. I’m sure relatives and friends would enjoy a homemade card. During the winter break is also a good time to practice their writing. Try having them keep a journal. Have them describe what the weather is like outside or describe how what their day looks like. It’s not for a grade, but just a great chance to improve their writing skills.

Please feel free to email or call us anytime with questions.

513.921.7777 ext 40904

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

 

Physical Education

Mr. Holland
iholland@acariverside.com

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 different shooting and dribbling techniques. We will also play a game called knock out. We will continue to follow safety guidelines to keep staff, and students safe.

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Ireland to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous rapper and musician, XXXTentacion. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the viola this week. Next week, students can expect to hear lots of holiday music, and to do some art in music class! STUDENTS NEED TO BRING THEIR RECORDERS ON THURSDAY (12/17) INSTEAD OF FRIDAY (12/18) NEXT WEEK.

 

 

11/30/2020

The Riverside Roar – December 1, 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 weeks of November 23 and December 1, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the weeks of November 23 and December 1, 2020 (PDF)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are so thankful to Amazon for the generous donation of physical education equipment. Covid has changed the way we do “gym,” so we were in need of equipment that would get students up and moving but also maintain physical distancing, Amazon came through for us with jump ropes, hula hoops, bubble kits, and yoga mats. Amazon is a great neighbor and partner!

Pictured above are second and third graders preparing for yoga.

Sincerely,
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

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break
November 30 – Staff Professional Development Day – No School for Students
December 1 – Picture Retake Day
December 18 – End of 2nd Quarter

 

Dismissal

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. Thanks!

 

Reminder

With colder weather comes changes in what students want to wear in the building. However, coats and hoodies 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.

 

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. White – Traditional
nwhite@acariverside.com

 

Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Hello parents!

Happy Thanksgiving in advance! Approaching break Kindergarteners got to work learning about picture graphs in Math. Students learned to form and write words about the letter I. In first grade students continued to work vowels with a silent E sound. First graders are practicing how to form an opinion based on the text they read. In math students were working on adding 3 numbers together, counting  “ how many” tens and ones.

Reminder – don’t forget to have students working on their science course work. We do not have live sessions for these subjects. However, there are still lessons and assignments to complete. For first graders, they are working on phases of the moon. Kindergarteners are working on the life cycle of the butterfly!

Please continue to enjoy your break and stay safe.

Miss.Z

 

2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional
ebrown2@acariverside.com

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

The students in both 4th and 5th grade are going to be starting a new writing project, research reports on states! Students have selected their states, and I have sent questionnaires to other teachers in their selected states. I am planning to have a virtual writing celebration when the students are done with this project, and will give you more information as we get closer. I am also going to be sending home current grades, as well as IXL improvement numbers by Friday, December 4th. Please be on the lookout for that. I am happy to announce that almost the entire class earned the behavior award of Fun Friday last week! Remember you as the parent/guardian can always see the behavior points they have earned by logging into Class Dojo. If you need assistance with this, please let me know. Remember that with colder weather students might need long sleeve polos or sweaters to wear in class (nothing with a hood). Happy Holidays!

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

We are back and ready to start the second half of the quarter with fervor! Midway through our week we will have short cycle assessments on standards R.I.6.3, R.L.7.3 and R.I.8.5. We will end our week with introductions to standards R.I.6.4, R.I.7.4, R.I.8.2. A website that is a great tool for helping your student is youtube. A channel that is super helpful is McGraw-Hill PreK-12. If you type in key words from the standard like “main idea,” inference,” “theme”, and “author’s purpose” you’ll be directed to videos that can provide a great introduction or review for your student!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school families. We made it to Thanksgiving break! During this week off please consider helping us by helping your student replenish their school supplies for when school starts back up. At this point in the school year, the nice new supplies we started the year with have gotten used and abused. We are struggling to maintain useable supplies. We are in most need of pencils and notebook paper and pencils and more pencils. I’m pretty sure pencils disappear. I do require that math be done in pencil and I would also like the students to have a calculator of their own. Have a safe and Healthy break!! I am thankful for the sense of community at Riverside and thankful for family!

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week was midterms! In person students have been doing a great job and many of them have begun crafting their own role-plays (historical skits.) 6th grade is learning about Egypt’s Economy. 7th grade just started learning about the Roman Empire. 8th Grade started to learn about events leading up to the American Revolution. Everyone deserves their week long break! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

First off have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Secondly Mid-terms should be distributed this week as well.  The majority of my traditional students are doing excellent.  I can’t wait to look over their November projects over the break.  From what has seen already they look great.  As for the hybrid and online students, this week off would be an excellent time to get caught up on much of your missing work.  Those grades are not up to the standards are set for our students.

As for the classes themselves, every class has a test on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th!  It is online and in the module named November 20th quiz.  You need to make sure you go take that quiz.  When we come back on December 1st there are only 14 school days until the Holiday break.  There will be another quiz on December 17th (that is a Thursday) which means I will be live on the 16th in the morning to review.  Please make sure your students are checking in with me.  Then December 18th is the end of the quarter.  The year will be half over.

As always stay safe and healthy and have a great weekend (Week off).

 

Intervention Specialists

The Special Education Team hopes you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. The team is so thankful to be able to get to know your students. They are a wonderful group of students and it has been our pleasure to get to know the new students this year and to grow even more fond of our returning students. We look forward to hearing all about their holidays when the students get back to school. Best Wishes, the Special Education Team.

513.921.7777 ext 40904

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

Physical Education

Mr. Holland
iholland@acariverside.com

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Ethiopia to explore the country’s music and dance styles. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the guitar this week. After break, students can look forward to meeting the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

 

 

10/23/2020

The Riverside Roar – October 26, 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 26, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the week of October 26, 2020 (PDF)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

These colder days make us look forward to spring and warmer weather, but spring also means testing! In April, our middle school students will take the Ohio State Tests. Sixth and seventh graders will be tested in reading and math. Eight graders will be tested in reading, math, and science. These are mandatory for all students.

In order to prepare, teachers are using every minute of every bell, following state and national content standards, and developing rigorous lessons.

We know our students will make us proud!

Sincerely,
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 27-28 – Ohio State Testing for Traditional and Hybrid 3rd Graders
October 30 – Professional Development Day – No School for Students
November 2 & 5– Ohio State Testing for Virtual 3rd Graders

 

Dismissal

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. Thanks!

 

Reminder

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.

 

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. White – Traditional
nwhite@acariverside.com

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: Sounding out words, writing our first and last name, drawing pictures about the story we read, reading comprehension, number bonds (adding and subtracting), counting by 5s, counting to 100 by 1, shapes, and Halloween celebrations across the word.

 

Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Hello Everyone,
It is great to see everyone online, I always want to remind you that if you need help submitting work, I am happy to set up a time with you. I am available Monday, Thursday and Friday after 1:30 pm for tutorial on Doc Hub or any other needs. At this time ACCEL schools are not providing paper copies of work. If you are not able to complete an assignment due to printing capabilities let me know, any cut and glue worksheets for students should just be seen as extra practice. 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, we also began learning about place value. First grade also read an informational text about Sharks to tie into life sciences.

 

2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional
ebrown2@acariverside.com

We have one more week of October left, just a friendly reminder that we do not have school on Friday. It is a teacher in-service day. Third grade will be working on retelling the story in their own words. One of the struggles that I have noticed is that the students tend to copy what they are reading as opposed to summarizing what they’ve read as a whole. Second grade will be working on describing the central idea of the story. In math, 3rd grade students are working on units of measurement they are working with milliliters, liters, gallons in ounces. In math for second graders, they will be working with addition and subtraction with the double and triple digits. Hope we have a great week.

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional
akenner@acariverside.com

With colder weather approaching, students will need to dress for this colder weather while still in uniform. They cannot wear “outside” jackets in the classroom, and will need to wear navy, white, black or gray long sleeve shirts, sweaters, or cardigans without hoods or large logos. The school is able to provide a small number of these, and if you need assistance, please send a Dojo message or call me. Students should all have class dojo invites sent home, if they need another copy please let me know. This week in English, both grades are doing reader’s theatre, where we practice and analyze plays. In Math and Science, 4th grade is learning about the water cycle, different types of clouds, and are doing a GREAT job with borrowing in subtraction. 5th grade is finishing their planet projects, and plotting diagrams.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Have you heard of a chupacabra ? If not you should look them up, and talk with a sixth grader student who attends Riverside about them. We’re still working on standard R.I.6.1, and with our studies we’ve come across theses…animals (a perfect little investigation before fright night). In seventh grade this week we’re working on facilitating our own small groups and working together to strengthen our writing. By practicing this over the next few weeks I know I am going to see some great leaders emerge, and maybe a few future teachers ( R.L.7.1). In eighth grade we’ve read our first abridged version of Frankenstein and we’ve all really enjoyed it. We’re working on standard R.L.8.7 & 8.9 so next week we’ll be comparing it to different versions written by different authors.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Second quarter has started off great! We are already one week down! Students and teachers are much more familiar with canvas and how to work on and submit assignments, so this quarter will focus more on accuracy and grades instead of completion. All students are able to bring a calculator to keep at their desks and they can be used on the state test. Homework will continue to be light, and students are given the opportunity to complete work during work/study period, IF they manage their time wisely. We also do a lot of classwork, so attendance every day is very important. Math practice is available from home every night from iReady, IXL, and Brain pop. These resources can be accessed through the student canvas dashboard. Email or canvas is the best way to reach me for questions. mmcconnell@acariverside.com If you have any questions please let me know – Mrs. McConnell

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week, all students started quarter 2. Grades from quarter 1 are locked, and work from quarter 1 cannot be worked on anymore. Every grade started a new standard this week. The 6th grade started Standard 4: Egypt’s Geography. The 7th grade started standard 4: Greek Culture. The 8th grade started standard 3: The Age of Exploration. Accordion file folders were passed out on Thursday if your student had not bought one. These contain all work for social studies and must come to school every day.

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

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 from the special education team. Monday, October 19th was the first day of the new quarter. For the families whose students attend school either 100% online or hybrid, your students should be comfortable getting online and submitting their work by now. You can also check your student’s progress online through Canvas. This is a new quarter and a good opportunity for your students to raise their grades if they would like. Please feel free to contact the special education team if you have any questions. Our phone number is: 513.921.7777 ext: 40904. Thank you to all the students who are regularly meeting with their intervention specialists.

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
iholland@acariverside.com

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in music class, students in grades 2-8 enjoyed playing with some of our favorite instruments, the boomwhackers. They also got to play their recorders on Friday! In the kindergarten and first grade class, students participated in lots of singing and dancing, and on Friday they met the tuba!

 

 

10/21/2020

GYM SHOE GIVEAWAY

 

GYM SHOE GIVEAWAY

Donated by Samaritan’s Feet

WHEN:  October 27th and 29th, 2020

SIZES:  Girls’ and boys’ shoe sizes 1- 5

 

HOW TO ORDER:

  1. Complete the order form below with students’ names and shoe sizes.
  2. Return the form to the main office by October 23rd.
  3. Calls will be made if your order cannot be filled.

 

HOW TO PICK-UP

  • TRADITIONAL STUDENTS and HYBRID STUDENTS: Students will be given shoes to take home in their bookbags on Tuesday, October 27th.
  • ONLINE STUDENTS: Parents will pick up their child’s shoes on the same day they pick up food for the week on Thursday, October 29th–  12:00 to 1:30 P.M.

 

Download Flyer and Order Form (DOC)

 

 

10/19/2020

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.

Sincerely,
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.)

 

Reminder

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
nwhite@acariverside.com

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
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

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
ebrown2@acariverside.com

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
akenner@acariverside.com

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
adbrents001@acariverside.com

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.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

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
mcharley@acariverside.com

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!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

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
iholland@acariverside.com

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.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

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.

 

10/14/2020

The Riverside Roar – October 13, 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 October 13, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the week of October 13, 2020 (PDF)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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.

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 16 – End of First Quarter
October 21 – Picture Day for Traditional and Hybrid Students
October 23 – Picture Day for Virtual Students (10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.)

 

Reminder

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.
 

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. White – Traditional
nwhite@acariverside.com

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: Reading comprehension, first and last name writing practice, sight word spelling practice, retelling stories, adding with numbers between 1-10, adding doubles, number writing practice, tribes in Africa, and we will be starting our class garden this week! Ms. White

 

Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

As I was out for most of last week, the webpages have been updated. I am extending this week’s math, and English units through Friday October 16th. In English this week first grade started on identifying similarities and differences in a text during live sessions. While continued to work on phonics and grammar skills. Kindergarteners continued to work on their alphabet and sight words. In Math this week, first graders have started working on one step word problems during live sessions.

Miss. Z

 

2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional
ebrown2@acariverside.com

We are down one more week in October. Due to mock testing on Tuesday and Wednesday we will revisit describing characters. With describing characters, we are focusing on traits, motivations, feelings, and actions of the character. This is going to require that the students use the key details that they have been taught and weeks prior understand how the character feels and shapes the story. For math in second grade, they will be working with double digit addition and subtraction. For third grade we are taking one step towards counting in multiplication and telling time. The students will use multiplication skills to be able to read clocks and be able to tell time.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Mrs. McKalip – Hybrid and Online
amckalip@acariverside.com

Dear Parents and Guardians:

    Please ensure that your children are logging onto Canvas every week and are completing their assignments and are reviewing their course content on time. This week in ELA, 3rd grade students will learn about grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. In math, third grade students will be learning about multiplying by 3 and 4. Third grade students will learn about the Sioux in social studies and in science students will be learning about condensation. This week in ELA, 2nd grade students will learn about sight words, punctuation, and vocabulary. In second grade math, students will learn about using the associative property. In social studies, 2nd grade students will be learning about Ancient Celtic Traditions and in science students will learn about animal rhythms. 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.

Sincerely,
Ms. McKalip

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional
akenner@acariverside.com

With colder weather approaching, students will need to dress for this colder weather while still in uniform. They cannot wear “outside” jackets in the classroom, and will need to wear navy, white, black or gray long sleeve shirts, sweaters, or cardigans without hoods or large logos. The school is able to provide a small number of these, and if you need assistance, please send a Dojo message or call me. Students should all have class dojo invites sent home, if they need another copy please let me know. This week in English, both grades are learning inferences. Inferences are real life skills where a conclusion is drawn based on evidence. In Math and Science, 4th grade is learning about the water cycle, and factor trees and rounding numbers. 5th grade is learning about planets, and translating improper fractions to mixed numbers.

 

Mrs. Smith – Hybrid and Online
lsmith@acariverside.com

Hello to all Parents & Guardians:

Our novel discussion has started and I need your help families.  Please remind your students to read their assigned chapters and refer to their Study Guides on a daily basis.  Feel free to read with your student and if time doesn’t permit, always ask your child to give you a summary of what they’ve read.

As a reminder, please check the “Announcement” selection BEFORE joining the Conference.  I will post updates there that may affect our class.

Fifth (5th) graders have been learning about adding and subtracting decimals and applying those skills to adding & subtracting money. Fourth(4th) graders are mastering rounding & estimation. Both grades are learning reading & writing concepts, such as, Narrative writing, how to read Technical/Informational text and then applying those skills on assignments.

I will be trying new incentives for the second quarter for the mailings were becoming costly.  I will be using “Virtual Incentives” such as, virtual stickers, Pajama Day, note from teacher, Art Day, and a host of other virtual treats!!

Again, thank you for your support.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com
It was great speaking with many of you during parent-teacher conferences. There is nothing like the team work that we’re able to create once we join forces ! This week we’re wrapping up our standards and getting ready for a strong finish to quarter one ! During second quarter you can help your student by checking their “to-do list” that’s housed on the welcome page for each of their classes. The “to-do” list is on the right side of the screen, in blue font, and is a list of what the student has to complete, and the deadline for the assignment. If the student has submitted the assignment, the assignment will then disappear from the list. But be warned ! Canvas doesn’t filter if the assignment is complete, it just simply notes if some document had been turned in…

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com
This week in math…the quarter has flown by so quickly! It’s hard to believe how much we’ve already learned. At this grade level, students are able to use a scientific calculator on the state test. We have been going over calculator functions in class, and I only have a few to lend. In addition to not having enough for every student, COVID restrictions do not allow me to share calculators between the students or between the separate classes. I would like each student traditional AND online, to have a scientific calculator of their own. You can find these in most stores like Walmart, Target, Meijer, Walgreens. I have seen them for around $7-$15 and it should last several years. This will be more important for them to have as the year progresses. If you have any questions please let me know – Mrs. McConnell

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com
This week in the 7th grade, students spent time learning about City States and Greek Conflicts. On Thursday and Friday they completed a role play. Next week they will learn about the Greco-Persian Wars. In the 8th grade, students spent time learning about Native Americans and common issues in modern America. Next week they will be analyzing Native American presentation in popular culture. In the 6th grade, students finished up their standard about the Harappan Civilization and will have assessment days next week.

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com
I hope everyone is having a good day and a great school year. Don’t forget to sign up for conferences on Monday October 12th.  They are virtual and will be done through your students Canvas accounts.  Also please make sure that your students are logging into Canvas Daily and that they are going into all of their classes daily.  I do live sessions for 25 minutes on Monday, Thursday and Fridays; barring any unforeseen problems.  My home page has their daily agenda of work and links to various programs they should be doing every week; IXL, Newsela, and Brain Pop.  Also I put up their tests and class work in the modules.  There is a live test as we speak for 6th and 7th grade.  That test will only be available until Saturday.  When the test is over.  8th grade will have a test launched on Friday.  Students need to be taking these.  On to the week that was.  6th grade is in nearing the end of their rocks and minerals unit.  It was a very long unit.  We will be moving into Soil and layers next.  7th grade we are in the middle of the cycles of mass and energy.  We will be continuing on this for some time.  8th grade is ending force and motion and we will be starting the layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Volcanos and Earthquakes.  If you have any questions or need me please email me at smvoegele001@acariverside.com.

 

Intervention Specialists

Hello, Parents and Guardians. Hopefully, by now, your students have developed a routine and are completing and submitting their assignments either in person at school or on line. In middle school, modified math tests are on Canvas. Please have your virtual middle school student look for the modified tests when they are prepared to take the tests. For the hybrid and traditional elementary and middle school students, the students take modified tests in a quiet room and are allowed frequent breaks.

A great way to increase your student’s reading ability is to increase their vocabulary. Encourage your students to read articles/books/magazines that interest them and then have them look up words that they don’t recognize.

With the Fall season upon us, it’s a great time to read a book during those rainy and blustery days.

Please feel free to email or call us anytime with questions.

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
iholland@acariverside.com
We will start off with our normal stretches (arm rotations, push-ups, jumping jacks etc.) After stretching we will do our cardio/rhythm and 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 sequence of cup-stacking, and also working on more challenging stacks such as the 6*6 stack and the 10 stack. Cup-stacking works on hand and eye coordination as well as hand speed.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com
This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to China to explore the country’s music, and they met the famous female composer, Clara Schumann. Kindergarten and first grade students continued exploring their singing voices, and this week they learned about the Clarinet. Next week, students can look forward to meeting the Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and learning about sound waves.

 

10/06/2020

Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 12

 

Hello Riverside Families,

It’s time for Riverside’s first round of Parent-Teacher conferences on Monday, October 12th, from 8am-3pm!  All conferences will be remote and accessed via Canvas, our online learning platform.  You can access them from your student’s Canvas account, which can be accessed by logging into their Chromebook or following the link:

https://learn.accelschools.com/login/canvas

Teachers will be posting their live conferences in the ‘Orientation Course’ listed under ‘Conferences’ on the left-side menu.

 

You can sign up for a conference time with your students’ teacher here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0845A5A82CABF94-1stquarter

If you are having any difficulty signing up for a time or locating the conference, just contact the teacher directly via Canvas or call the Riverside front desk at (513) 921-7777.

 

Download Flyer (PDF) »

 

09/25/2020

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
Nwhite@acariverside.com

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
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

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
ebrown2@acariverside.com

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
amckalip@acariverside.com

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.

Sincerely,
Ms. McKalip

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional
akenner@acariverside.com

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
lsmith@acariverside.com

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
adbrents001@acariverside.com
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!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com
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
mcharley@acariverside.com

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.

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com
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
iholland@acariverside.com
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.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com
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.

 

09/21/2020

The Riverside Roar – September 21, 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 21, 2020 (PDF)

Download the Middle School Riverside Roar for the week of September 21, 2020 (PDF)

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At Riverside we are diving into testing! Why test so early? The results of testing, when used appropriately, make us better teachers. Tests can hold everyone accountable and steer our instruction. I’ve often heard the quote, “What gets measured, gets done.” We know that not all learning can be measured with a test and at times it may feel like tests are taking over our lives, but we must continue to measure and adapt. Please see information from Mr. Gray, Director of Academics, below. We will continue to notify you of important testing dates, so we can work together for our students’ success!

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

September 21 – Teacher Professional Development Day – No school for students
October 12 – Parent-Teacher Conferences – No school for students
October 16 – End of first quarter
October 21 – Picture Day

 

Director of Academics

Mr. Gray
wgray@acariverside.com

iReady Diagnostics to measure abilities in math and English Language Arts were administered this past week. These assessments were given to all traditional and hybrid students while they were in the building and were also administered to online students through Canvas.

Kindergarten teachers are being trained to administer the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. All kindergarten students will participate in this assessment by November 1, 2020. More details on times and dates of administration to come.

This assessment data will be used to make instructional decisions that meet individual student’s needs and develop rigorous, engaging lessons.

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Ms. White – Traditional
Nwhite@acariverside.com

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! THERE WAS NO HOMEWORK PACKET FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH TO THE 18TH.  Behavior reports and homework will be handled with gloves so you won’t have to worry about my teacher germs! In Kindergarten we will be practicing the following: Tracing and writing letters, retelling a fun story, reading comprehension, writing our numbers, and counting to 30. In first grade we are learning about the following: Sight words, upper case and lower case letter tracing and memorization, reading comprehension, adding and subtracting between 1 and 20, and number bonds!

 

Ms. Zwirgzdas – Hybrid and Online
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

This week students have been doing the I ready diagnostic and reviewing the first few weeks of content. In first grade, students were introduced to a fantasy text that taught characters, setting and plot. We also worked on diagraphs sh, ng, and th. In Math we worked on adding numbers up to 20 using a 10 frame. They are also learning about animal characteristics.

Kindergartners are working on number families, i.e. how many different ways you can add numbers to get to 4, 7, etc. up to 10. Kindergartners also counted objects such as starts and moons up to 10. In Reading, we are working on the alphabet, with an emphasis on the letter T. We also learned about the days of the week.

 

2nd/3rd Grade

Ms. Brown – Traditional
ebrown2@acariverside.com

We are down in another week and we’re getting prepared for the upcoming week. Just a reminder we do not have school Monday due to a teacher in-service so no school for the little kiddos. We will be working on describing connections between scientific ideas in both third and second grade. In math we are going to further understand how to use a ruler as well as start to learn how to use money in second grade. In third grade we are cracking down on multiplication and division. Hope you have a fantastic week.

 

Mrs. McKalip – Hybrid and Online
amckalip@acariverside.com

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.

Sincerely,
Ms. McKalip

 

4th/5th Grade

Ms. Kenner – Traditional
akenner@acariverside.com

Mrs. Smith – Hybrid and Online
lsmith@acariverside.com

Hello to all Parents & Guardians:

This week has been busy with your students taking the iReady Diagnostics for Reading and Math in addition to regular assignments. WOW! This important assessment will allow iReady to tailor lessons specifically to your child’s level in Reading & Math!  A thank you to all students who were able to complete the tasks/demands.  A special thank you to my parents who are right there participating & asking questions as we all learn together.  DON’T FORGET: NOVELS ARE IN THE RIVERSIDE OFFICE.  SEE MRS. YATES.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com
This week the middle school took an assessment called the iReady Reading Inventory that determines reading grade level equivalency for students. If you ask your student what reading level they are on they should be able to communicate that to you. Students also have a sheet that lists specific domains in reading that they may need assistance with, and areas they are excelling in. Ask your student about this document and the goals we’ve set for them this school year. It will be a great conversation starter and opportunity to discuss goals for this school year and matriculating eventually to high school!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com
Middle school math is going full steam ahead! We were able to finish the iReady diagnostic last week, which gives us a great tool for math education at school or at home. The expectation is that your student spends at least 45 min a week on iReady. If you are a traditional student and need help accessing iReady from a home device, please let me know. We will do what we can to help you. Homework this year in math is focused on practice and demonstrating skills, not on repetition. There may be days when your child has a few problems for homework and there may be times when they were able to finish work at school. Please don’t be concerned if it looks like math homework isn’t coming home. As usual, please contact me with any concerns

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com
This week, the 6th and 8th grades finished their first standard. Next week, we will be starting the second standard in both grades. The virtual and hybrid sections are within 2 days of traditional students. Online, we started using some new technology like jam board and EdPuzzle. Remember, virtual and hybrid students have assignments posted at the latest each morning and should be making submissions every day.

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com
Good day everyone, this is your weekly middle school science update from Mr. Voegele. I hope everything finds you safe, healthy and happy. This week in 6th grade we are continuing on our voyage into the field of geology. This will last most of the first half of the school year. 7th grade next week will be our midpoint on the periodic table and atoms. This is a short unit. 8th grade will be working on force and motion for some time. Special shout out to my 8th grade traditional students for an excellent job on their first assessment of the year. Average score was an A! Parents please remember that if you students are at home I am holding virtual classes Monday, Thursday and Friday. The times are in their weekly assignment in the Module section of the Canvas. Have a great weekend. Mr. Voegele is out.

 

Intervention Specialists

Parents/guardians, please check with your student(s) to see if they have finished their online iReady assessments (Math and English). These assessments are very important because they help the student’s teachers know where the student’s strengths are and where they may need some additional help.

Please call us or email the Special Education team if you have any questions about the assessments 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
iholland@acariverside.com
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 four of the bodies functioning systems (muscle system, urinary system, skeleton system, and endocrine system). Students will learn what these systems are responsible for. We will watch videos to get a visual of how these systems work, and what they look like.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com
This week in music class, students K-8 worked on quarter notes, quarter rests, and eighth notes. Additionally, students in grades 4-8 are continuing to master sixteenth notes. Grades 2-8 also took a trip to Australia to explore the country’s music, and they studied music by one of the most influential composers, Haydn. Grades 2-8 also began Recorder lessons this week, while kindergarten and first graders began learning the instruments in an orchestra.