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Thank You, Teachers!

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’re taking a moment to amplify our incredible instructional staff!

Teachers join our school with a desire to make a difference in the lives of children in our community. With hearts of gold, teachers create nurturing classroom environments, develop inspiring lesson plans, adapt instruction to meet individual needs, capitalize on real life teaching moments, support the social-emotional development of students & so much more.

Every school year, our teachers push themselves to the limit to reach each student in their care & to make a difference in each life. We are PROUD, APPRECIATIVE, and ADMIRING of our teachers for their meaningful work this school year. Please join us in thanking a teacher this week!


The Riverside Roar – February 5th, 2024

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of February 5, 2024 (PDF) »

Website: acariverside.com                         Telephone: 513-921-7777

Kindness Week

In observation of National Random Acts of Kindness Day, Riverside Academy will be participating in the first annual “Kindness Week” from February 13th-February 16th.  Throughout the week, scholars and staff will be showing kindness in a variety of ways to community partners, classmates, teachers, and first responders.  We will also celebrate with a theme each day for being out of uniform (see attached flyer for each day’s theme). 

Family Conferences

It is crucial that all families sign up for conferences for February 12th.  Those sign-ups went out with scholars last week. If you are unable to attend virtually, on the phone, or in-person that day, teachers can meet with families during other times and days that week.  When families and teachers work together as a team, children perform better academically!!

Leading Lions: Top Dojo Earners for Week of January 29th   

Kindergarten- Gekeim Butler with 69 points                            5th Grade-Anthony Norman with 42 points (2 weeks in a row!)

1st Grade- Adessy Isome with 90 points                                    6th Grade- Jeramika Willis with 102 points                                   

2nd Grade- Heaven Helton with 128 points                                    7th Grade- Amari Wiggins with 115 points

3 Grade-Aaliyah Helton with 83  points (2 wks in a row!)      8th Grade-Truth Morgan with 79 points

4th Grade- Amarah Hinton with 36 points

Upcoming Events


Week of February 12th: Scholastic Book Fair and Kindness Week

Thursday, February 29th: Black History Showcase at 1:30 and 5:00

Sitio web acariverside.com            Teléfono: 513-921-7777

Semana de la Bondad

En conmemoración del Día Nacional de los Actos de Bondad al Azar, Riverside Academy participará en la primera “Semana de la Bondad” anual del 13 al 16 de febrero.  A lo largo de la semana, los estudiantes y el personal mostrarán amabilidad de diversas maneras a los socios comunitarios, compañeros de clase, maestros y socorristas.  También celebraremos con un tema cada día por estar fuera del uniforme (consulte el folleto adjunto para conocer el tema de cada día).

Conferencias Familiares

Es crucial que todas las familias se inscriban en las conferencias para el 12 de febrero.  Esas inscripciones se enviaron con los becarios la semana pasada. Si no puede asistir virtualmente, por teléfono o en persona ese día, los maestros pueden reunirse con las familias durante otros momentos y días de esa semana.  Cuando las familias y los maestros trabajan juntos como un equipo, los niños se desempeñan mejor académicamente.

Leones líderes: Mayores ganadores del dojo para la semana del 22 de enero

Jardín de infantes – Gekeim Butler con 69 puntos                     5º Grado – Anthony Norman con 42 puntos

1er Grado – Adessy Isome con 90 puntos                                  6º Grado -Jeramika Willis con 102 puntos

2º Grado – Heaven Helton con 128 puntos                                      7º Grado -Amari Wiggins con 115 puntos

3er Grado – Aaliyah Helton con 83 puntos                                8º Grado- Truth Morgan con 79 puntos

4º Grado –Amarah Hinton con 36 puntos

Próximos Eventos

Lunes 12 de febrero: NO HAY CLASES; CONFERENCIAS FAMILIARES DE 9:00 A 6:00

Semana del 12 de febrero: Feria del Libro Escolar y Semana de la Bondad

Jueves, 29 de febrero: Muestra de Historia Negra (Hora por determinar)


Shoutout to our Amazing School Board!

It’s School Board Appreciation Month, and we’re taking a moment to thank the dedicated volunteers who guide our schools and shape the future of our students.

Their tireless work, often behind the scenes, makes a world of difference. Let’s show them some love! #SchoolBoardAppreciationMonth #ThankYouBoardMembers


It’s Time for Re-Enrollment 2024

As we start looking forward to the 24/25 school year, please review the re-enrollment process infographic.

Your early decision and response helps us plan effectively for the upcoming year. Thank you for being a part of our school family! 


Early Kindergarten Program

We are excited to announce that Riverside Academy will be implementing an Early Kindergarten Program starting in Fall 2023! The Early K program is a dedicated class that focuses on preparing your child for academic success.

Developed with the ACCEL Schools Academic Team, our Early Kindergarten Program focuses on each child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. Our teaching approach uses meaningful playtime and learning materials that are centered around young children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

·        Free, full-day program for children ages 4-5

·        Full year (August – May) program

·        Applicants must turn five years old by January 1st

·        A brief Kindergarten assessment is required during the registration process

Our Early Kindergarten Program teacher will be in regular communication with you throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress toward his or her individual learning goals.

“Starting school is the beginning of a special journey for each child,” says Principal Donley. “Our Early Kindergarten Program gives Riverside Academy students a strong start and foundation for lifelong learning.”

For more information, call (513) 921-7777 today, or apply by clicking here.


Riverside Uniform Ordering from French Toast

We are pleased to announce that dress code compliant clothing may be purchased from French Toast.  Please visit the link below to access the school store or visit their website at www.frenchtoast.com and use school code QS6141E to access our online store. 

Attached flyer reads:

More Value: Shop our online uniform store! Visit FrenchToast.com and search by the school name or click HERE!

More Kid Focused: Find your perfect fit. At French Toast, we know kids come in all different sizes…it’s called growing up for a reason! View our size charts: FrenchToast.com/size-chart#

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Schoolwear Made for Kids to Shine

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Join the Wellness Committee!

The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school’s healthy habits.

» A Wellness Committee will be appointed to each school

» The committee may include parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, or any other interested stakeholder that is aligned with the goals of the policy

» The committee shall meet a minimum of four times per year

This is a great opportunity to help promote and support student health and wellness, and create a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment. Please contact mealcounts@accelschools.com for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please contact us at: mealcounts@accelschools.com


Download Wellness Committee Flyer (PDF) »


Introducing Principal Donley

Mrs. Donley is a Cincinnati native, having grown up on the West Side of the city, and a graduate of New Richmond High School. She is a proud Bearcat, completing her undergrad at the University of Cincinnati and received her degree in Educational Leadership from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

Mrs. Donley brings 17 years of experience in education ranging from classroom teacher to principal. She has served as the Regional Director of Academics for ACCEL Schools and supported Riverside Academy staff, students and parents over the past 3 years. Her current role has been focused on teacher support and development which ultimately leads to student success in and out of the classroom.

“I love the students at Riverside! When I walked into Riverside three years ago, the students made it so easy for me. They motivated me then and continue to motivate me today to work hard, learn and have fun. That’s how we succeed.”

Mrs. Donley really enjoys the comradery with the current group of teachers at Riverside. The team environment developed at Riverside is something she will continue to support.

“All children can and will learn. This is a theme I want to bring to Riverside and something I strongly believe in as an educator.”

Fun Facts
  • Married to her husband Chris for 10 years
  • 3 daughters (Lydia, Natalie and Julianna)
  • Spent 9 years as a classroom teacher
  • Scored 6 points in the staff vs. students basketball game