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08/24/2021

The Riverside Roar – August 23, 2021

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

We’ve had a fantastic start to the 2021-2022 school year!

Please be aware of the following changes to start and end times: Students are permitted in the building at 7:30 A.M., and must be in the building by 8:00 A.M. Dismissal begins at 3:25 P.M.

The Riverside Academy staff continues to focus on keeping students safe while implementing rigorous academic work and caring for the whole child. To that end, masks are optional but are strongly encouraged for those who have not been vaccinated.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for trusting us with your scholars. If you know anyone looking for a school that is safe and student-focused, we still have spots available!

We’ve almost made it through a pandemic. Together we can make it through anything!

Sincerely,
Ms. Elizabeth Lucas
Principal


Upcoming Events

September 6
Labor Day – No School

September 10
Progress Reports Distributed

September 14
Title I Meeting – Time To Be Determined

September 20
Professional Development – No School for Students


Our Director of Academics

Hello! My name is Ms. Sabura Rashad, and I am the Director of Academics for Riverside Academy. This is my 25th year in education. During those years I’ve been a dean of students, an assistant principal, interim principal, department head, instructional trainer and have taught most subjects K-12. I specialize in transformative urban education because I believe that every student deserves to achieve their personal excellence. I am an alumna of Tuskegee University and University of Toledo with concentrations in STEM and multicultural education. I am honored to be part of the Riverside Academy team as we work together to successful support the future generations.

Our Office Manager

Hello Riverside Families!  My name is Sherri Yates and I am your office manager.  I originally grew up in Bellevue, KY and I earned an Art Degree from Morehead State University.  After working 5 years in Human Resources and Operations at Frisch’s Corporate office, I stayed home to raise 3 children.  My youngest just started her senior year at Oak Hills, where my husband has been a teacher for over 20 years.  I worked for 7 years as the office manager at our sister school Winton Prep (now Northside Prep) and transferred to Riverside a year ago.

I love working here at Riverside and I am so excited that we are finally back in school and able have face to face learning with full classes!  I am here to serve you!  If you need anything from the office, please give me a call or email me at syates2@acariverside.com.  Teamwork makes the dream work!

Syates2@acariverside.com

Our Counselor

Ms. Chandler Sollmann – Counselor
csollmann@acariverside.com

Hello Riverside families,

My name is Chandler Sollmann and I am the school counselor at Riverside Academy. This is my second year with Riverside and I am so excited to be back to work with your students and you to help ensure success in their school year! I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a double minor in special education and child studies from Miami University. After getting my bachelor’s degree with Miami, I continued my education with them to get a graduate certificate is Autism Spectrum Disorders while also getting my master of education with UC in behavior analysis. I received my certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2020. Prior to working at Riverside I was a school age specialist working within nine different elementary schools and moved on to be a behavior therapist in a local severe behavior unit with alternative school placements.

My goal while working at Riverside Academy is to help your student(s) become well-rounded individuals while supporting their academic growth, but by also making sure that the develop the social-emotional skills they need to cope, learn, and grow through their big feelings and life’s challenges. It is important to me that all needs of the students are met and I yearn to be an advocate and support for your child(ren). We, at Riverside, take great pride in teaching, loving, and encouraging the whole child and not just their grades. Your children are constantly teaching me something new and I value the relationships I build with them and their families every day.

I’m grateful to be back with Riverside for another school year where I am privileged with your trust to protect and serve your student and family. I look forward to the teamwork and many successes to come this year!


MEET THE TEACHERS!

Mrs. Kelsey Carter – Kindergarten
kcarter@acariverside.com

Hi! My name is Mrs. Carter and I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten this year at Riverside Academy! We will have lots of fun learning so many things this year. I can’t wait to learn all about my scholars and their family at home! But first, let me share a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Ohio! I am an Ohio State University Buckeye fan. However, I did not attend OSU. I received my master’s in education in December 2020 from Grand Canyon University. I have a husband, a son named Ivan, and a dog named Emma. Ivan is almost 5 years old and Emma is almost 7. Ivan will be starting Kindergarten this year just like you! When I am not teaching or planning great things for us to do, I enjoy vacations with my family to wonderful places around the world. I also enjoy just spending time with my family at home. We love to go to the zoo, Kings Island, and museums! There is so much I am looking forward to this year. We will learn all about reading and writing! We will also be learning math, science, and social studies! I am most excited to teach my scholars how to read or to build on their already developing reading skills. Here are a few of my favorite things: Chocolate (all forms) The colors magenta, teal, and purple, Mexican restaurants Target, my family, my doggie, teaching 💜Mrs. Carter

Mr. Robert Fahrmeier – 1st Grade
rfahrmeier@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Hello! My name is Mr. Robert Fahrmeier and I am the first grade teacher at Riverside Academy. I have been teaching for the past 10 years in pre-school to Kindergarten. This is my first year teaching first grade and I am so excited about this new opportunity at Riverside. I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from the College of Mount St. Joseph and later my master’s in Early Childhood Education also at Mount St. Joseph. After 7 years teaching kindergarten in the Mason area I have come here to be a Riverside Lion!

My philosophy is that all students can achieve and grow with the right frame of mind.  As a teacher it is my job to help students to gain that mindset that they can grow in mind body and soul.

In my classroom we have 6 goals: Be Helpful. Be Kind.  Be Honest. Be Safe. Do your best. Don’t give up. I want all students to feel empowered to become life-long learners. I look forward to this year and hope that we will all achieve and grow together.

Mr. Darren Cooley – 2nd Grade
dcooley@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and 2nd Graders:

Hello, my name is Mr. Darren Cooley, and I am an Instructional Aide for the 2nd grade classroom at Riverside Academy. This is my first year here, but I do have over 6 years of experience as an aide in various school and daycare settings. I earned my bachelor’s degree at The University of Cincinnati and my associate degree from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Having left the field of education for a time, I am quite excited to get back into the classroom once again.

I love being able to help students reach their potential. To me there is nothing more satisfying than working with a student who has been struggling and seeing them grasp a topic for the first time. I firmly believe every student has the capacity for growth and academic success when given a chance. Beyond academics, I look forward to seeing the students mature in their behavior and grow together.

This year will be a time of excitement, change, and growth for all of us. I can’t wait to get to know you all and help however I can. Go Lions!

Ms. Marj Williams – 2nd Grade
mwilliams5@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students: 

Hello! My name is Ms. Marj Williams, and I am the one-on-one aide at Riverside Academy. This is my first year in education. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and my master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. I am excited to be starting my educational journey as a Riverside Lion. 

This year will be a time of excitement, change, and growth for you and me. I am so glad that I can be a part of this special time in your lives. 

Mrs. Wendy Apperson – 3rd Grade
wapperson@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:                                                                                                                             

Hi! My name is Mrs. Wendy Apperson, and I’m a Title I teacher at Riverside Academy.  My experience as a teacher includes 22 years working as a private tutor in the US and in Israel. I have taught students at the elementary school grade level for the past five years, and middle school for two years. I am working towards completing a master’s degree in Reading Science. This is my 2nd year teaching at Riverside Academy.

My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning. I hope I can encourage students at Riverside Academy to share in the advantages of learning as a lifetime occupation. I use the Orton Gillingham (OG) language instructional approach, and OG mathematics teaching methods to support students in academic areas where they may be struggling and provide enrichment for those who need more open-ended academic challenges.

I’m excited to share with students at Riverside Academy in what I believe will be a successful and rewarding academic year! I look forward to communicating with you!

Mr. David Ladner – 4th Grade
dladner@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Hello, everyone!  Welcome!  My name is David Ladner, and I am the 4th Grade Teacher at Riverside Academy.  A Chinese Proverb states, “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”  I believe that what happens in my classroom will affect your child for a lifetime.  The things we will do will help them define their future ambitions and dreams.  Their time with me and one another will be productive.  They may even come exhausted from time to time because of all the thinking that was accomplished during the day!  Every minute will count, and it will be time well spent!  I look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child.

I have been preparing for this year, not only now, but throughout my lifetime.  This is my 25th year in education.  I have taught elementary, middle, and high school grade levels, with most of my classroom experience as a middle school teacher.  I have served as a public elementary, middle, and high school principal, as well as a headmaster of a private PreK-12th grade school.  I hold a bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in Elementary Education, and a master’s degree from William Carey University in Educational Leadership.

I have an awesome group of bright, young people in this class.  I am anticipating a terrific and exciting year ahead filled with much learning!  With your help, we can make it happen together!

Ms. Jaimee Hebert – 5th Grade
jhebert@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Hello! My name is Ms. Jaimee Hebert, and I am the fifth grade teacher at Riverside Academy. I am excited to start the school year and I can’t wait to get to know all of my students. This is my first year at Riverside and my first year teaching.  I earned my bachelor’s degree at Mount Saint Joseph University after graduating from Oak Hills High School and Diamond Oaks Vocational School.  I have a younger sister who is a junior in high school, two dogs and a cat.  

From my first day of preschool I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I love teaching and will assist all my students in the classroom to learn and become more confident in their abilities. School wasn’t always easy for me and I know from personal experience that each student learns in a unique way.   It is going to be a fun year of learning and new adventures for each of our students.  

I am thrilled to be a Riverside Lion!

Ms. Arriane Brents – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Welcome to the 2021– 2022 school year! I am committed from the beginning of the school year to help your child foster skills socially, emotionally, enhance in character, and strengthen all skills required in the discipline of Language Arts and Social Studies.  I am super excited to continue on the path we started before our working from home experience, and look forward to becoming acclimated to in-person school life! 

Our team has always made a conscious effort to groom our students for global citizenship. A large part of that is taking time to explicitly teach and model social graces, integrity, and cultural sensitivity. I’m looking forward to the discussions we’ll have that will strengthen our moral compass, the school community, and the insights that the students will bring home.  

The gains we’ve made in years past academically, I’m eager to continue. To keep track of your student’s progress you can expect to receive midterm reports every quarter, and short cycle assessments around every two weeks that requires a guardian’s signature.  You can electronically check your student’s grades on Canvas for ELA and Social studies anytime for the most current standing of grades. Classdojo.com is a website that parents will be able to use to check the general behavior of your student in real time! More information will be sent home regarding this program and the APP you can download straight to your phone! 

I look forward to speaking with you regarding your child’s progress this school year. Riverside has scheduled parent teacher conferences that are on the school’s calendar but you are always welcome to schedule a conference with me by telephone, or in person. This can be accomplished by emailing me, or calling the school.

Mr. Stephen Voegele – Middle School Math
Smvoegele001@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

Hello! My name is Mr. Steve Voegele and I am entering my 24th year of teaching with 22 of those years here at Riverside Academy.  I have earned two Bachelor’s degrees from University of Cincinnati.  One in Communication and the other in Elementary Education.  In my years of teaching I have taught Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades in all areas. Which I have been sharing with generations of Lions here at Riverside Academy.

My passion is teaching and I believe that every student can learn.  I myself was not always the most studious of students but then something clicked and I learned that I could do anything I put my mind to.  I want that for all of the students at Riverside Academy that can do attitude.  They will be prepared for any Ohio Achievement tests and that the 8th graders when they leave will be prepared for High School and beyond.  My job is to help all students to enjoy school and have a successful school year.  I can’t wait until we get started.

If you ever need anything from me you can call the school at 513-921-7777 ext 40906 or email me at smvoegele001@acariverside.com.   

Ms. Jamie Isidore – Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
jisidore@acariversidec.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year at Riverside Academy!!! My name is Ms. Jamie Isidore, and I am the 6th and 8th Grade English of Language Arts /Social Studies! I have earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Benedictine University in Illinois. This is my 5th year in education and during those years I have learned that all scholars grow emotionally, socially, physically and mentally within their learning environment and peers. Even if school hasn’t been a great experience for students in the past, scholars will find some success at school this year. I know some of you are pumped and excited to return into the building and are ready to learn everything you can! I want all of you to know that no matter how you feel, I am here for you and you should always remember, having positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences. When we have good thoughts we often start to feel good, this is one of many reasons why I am here to serve you as a Riverside Lion!!

Note to Scholars: This year we are going to dive deep and focus on scholars reading, writing, and sharing; in which scholars will learn responsibility for their classwork and for their behavior. I’m not going to say that this year will be easy and I can say at times school will be challenging but the end results; I am telling you it’s going to be worth it! So as we start off this school year with amazing scholars, staff and parents, together we can push through. Just remember that this year will be exciting, challenging and rewarding all at the same time!

Note to Parents: I am committed to teach and inspire your scholars to their best educational abilities.  I love teaching and helping all students succeed.  You can electronically check your student’s grades on Canvas for ELA and Social studies anytime for the most current standing of grades. Classdojo.com is a website that you (parents) will be able to use to check general behavior of your scholar (s) in real time! More information will be sent home regarding this program and the APP you can download straight to your phone! I am looking forward to speaking to you about your scholar’s performances and behaviors.  You can also set up a meeting with me by emailing me or contacting the school.

Once again, I am excited and looking forward to meeting and greeting you this coming school year! 

Ms. Ronisha Byrd – Instructional Aide
rbyrd@acariverside.com

Hello! My name is Ronisha Byrd, and I am a instructional aide at Riverside academy. I have been in early education for 15 years. During that time I have been lead preschool teacher and also worked as a before and after school assistant. I have worked as a one on one aide for children with autism. I have an associate’s degree from Chatfield College in early childhood education. I enjoy helping and watching children grow into great individuals. I’m really excited to be part of the Riverside Academy family, and look forward to a great school year!

Mrs. Nancy Herzner – Instructional Aide
Nmherzner001@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardian and Students:

My name is Mrs. Nancy Herzner, I am an Instructional Aide at Riverside Academy.

I work with Kindergarten and First Grades. I have also worked here during the summer working with the children in the summer school program. I really enjoy working with the younger children. This will be my 17th school year working at Riverside Academy, I am looking forward to a great school year working with your children.


Intervention Specialists


Ms. Burns
aburns@acariverside.com

To the parents/guardians,

Hello! My name is Ms. Burns and I am your child’s new Special Education teacher. I will be making sure they are receiving the services and accommodations they need as documented on their IEP and I get the pleasure of working with them to achieve their academic and behavior goals! I also get the pleasure of walking alongside your family as an advocate and support to help ensure your child is getting the best education they can to become and achieve all that they can! I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me. I am originally from Lima, Ohio but I’ve traveled a lot in the recent years for school and with my family! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education and am licensed to teach both. This is my fourth year teaching and I have previous full time experience working as a 3rd, 1st/2nd and 5th grade teacher as well as a reading specialist. I am passionate about education and guiding the next generation and I treat working with your family as a true privilege and honor. I have a three-year-old daughter named Skylar. We recently moved to Cincinnati and enjoy to go on fun adventures like the park, the zoo and out for ice-cream! As for me I enjoy yoga, cycling, coffee and friends! I am so excited to work with your family for the remainder of this year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for anything at all!

Sincerely,
Asher K Burns
aburns@acariverside.com
ext. 40934

Mrs. Frohlich
cfrohlich@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

My name is Cynthia Frohlich. I am the Intervention Specialist at Riverside Academy. This is my fourth year at Riverside. This school year, I am looking forward to working with the 4th and 5th grade classes. I’ll also be working with some 6th grade students as well. I anticipate each student will increase their knowledge and become a more confident student by the end of this school year. I will do my best to help make this year a positive experience for your child.

I love to read, and I want to share my love of reading with all students. We will be reading some wonderful books this school year. I enjoy listening to students’ different perspectives as we read some of my favorite books.

I appreciate it when parents/guardians contact me with any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call, email, or write a note with any questions.

513.921.7777 ext 40904

Mrs. Deborah Glosson
dglosson2@acariverside.com

Dear Riverside Parents,

My name is Deborah Glosson and I will be an Intervention Specialist at Riverside Academy.  I graduated from Cedarville University and Wright State University with a degree in elementary education and special education.

I was born and raised in Michigan but I have lived in Ohio for 23 years. My husband and I have three children and a shihpoo named Winston. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking and watching my girls at swim meets. When I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  My favorite Christmas as a child was receiving two wooden desks, a large chalkboard and my very own grade book to play with.  My experience as an educator has ranged from teaching second grade to working with students with a variety of disabilities in the classroom and self-contained.

I could not be more thrilled to be an Intervention Specialist for this upcoming school year.  I am ready to make this year the best one yet for my students!  Together my students and I will learn and grow.  If there is anything that I know, it’s that with hard work, kindness and a bit of GRIT, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.


Specials

Ms. Katherine Howell – Art
khowell@acariverside.com

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

My name is Ms. Katherine Howell, and I am the new art teacher at Riverside Academy. This is my 13th year in education. During those years I’ve been an art teacher and dean of students at a charter school in Brooklyn, NYC. I earned my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art. I’ve recently moved from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the beautiful state of Ohio and here to serve you as a Riverside Lion! 

I love teaching art and inspiring young students to not only love art; but appreciate one’s ability to create. I had the pleasure of seeing my kindergartners move forward, graduate middle school and being accepted into art centered high schools which is one of many happiest moments of my life. I am still in contact with many of my students who are now applying and looking forward to attending art focused colleges. 

This year will be a special year for you and I to embark on a journey to explore art, creativity, and self-growth! I’m so glad to be a part of this community. 

Mr. Thomas Buckley – Physical Education
tbuckley@acariverside.com

My name is TJ Buckley. I am very excited to be the teaching your children Physical Education this year. I have worked with the youth of Cincinnati for over 14 years as a coach or teacher. I have worked with high school and grade school students as well as with college student athletes. I have my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and my Master’s degree from Ohio University. I am very excited to see and work with you and your children. I grew up in Cincinnati and I am a huge Bearcats and Bengals fan. I played sports growing up and even coached football and baseball in high school and college. We will be learning a lot of different games and sports along the way this year. Again I look forward to working with you and your students. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at tbuckley@acariverside.com or call at  (513) 921-7777.

06/01/2021

Seamless Summer Option Program

 

This location is participating in the Seamless Summer Option Program. Lunch will be provided to all children, age 1 through 18, and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Please contact the school for serving dates and times.

Program Flyer – English & Español (PDF) »

 

05/25/2021

The Riverside Roar – May 24, 2021

 

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For Your Information…

  • If you haven’t reenrolled, it’s not too late! Go to the survey link or call the office for assistance.
  • Reports cards are being mailed on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
  • We have free intervention materials that your scholar could complete over the summer. All you need to do is call ahead, let us know that you would like the materials, and then stop by during summer business hours.
  • For parents of scholars who worked virtually this year, please return the laptop and the charger as soon as possible. Fees may be assessed if the equipment isn’t returned by June 30, 2021.
  • The results of the spring Ohio State Tests will be sent home to families by the end of July.
  • If you have moved recently, please make sure your address is updated in our records and provide a new proof of residency.
  • If you haven’t completed the Parent Satisfaction Survey, please do so as soon as possible. We take your feedback seriously! Here is the link: Parent Satisfaction Survey

 

 



Summer Office Hours

9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The office is closed for holidays on Monday, May 31st, and Monday, July 5th.

 

Upcoming Events

June 1 – First Day of Summer School
June 18 – Last Day of Summer School
July 6 – Third Grade OST Summer Test
August 18 – First Day of School

 

05/07/2021

The Riverside Roar – May 10, 2021

 

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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

May 19– 8th Grade Celebration, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
May 20– Last Day of School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

 

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello families! Only a few weeks of school left! It is important your child is still getting enough sleep at night and motivated to do their work! The next few weeks we will focus on reading fluency and math review along with division for 3rd grade and multiplication for 2nd grade.
Thank you. Have a nice and safe weekend!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

 

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school math families! This upcoming week, students will be taking the iReady math diagnostic. Students should be spending an average of 20 minutes a day on iReady math. They have access to this tool, and it is focused on their own personal growth throughout the school year. This is unique, because it gives students the opportunity to show us what they’ve learned, without the pressure of state standards or being compared to peers across the state. We are working hard this year to stay engaged in our lessons and prepare for next year. It’s never too soon to start learning.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

TWO WEEKS! That’s all. Where did the year go? Please joins us on the 19th for the 8th grade celebration. Also happy to all the Mother’s or woman who are mothering children this weekend. Hopefully they do something nice for you all, because you deserve it. Online students make sure that you are up to date in your assignments with the quarter drawing to a close. Have a great weekend and see you next week.

 

Intervention Specialists


Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com

Happy Friday parents! We are so close to the end of the year. At Riverside we are committed to ending this school year strong and setting students up for success for the remainder of the year and moving forward. We know that it can be hard to keep students motivated and engaged in school these last few weeks so here are some tips to help make sure our kiddos are finishing strong:

  • Make school attendance a priority and talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomachaches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from mistreatment. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents, or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

We enjoy seeing our kiddos bright faces every day and want to work hard to continue to support positive behaviors, attendance, and motivation for our remaining time together before summer break! Here’s to another great week! 🙂

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 traveled to the state of Texas to learn about their contributions to early American music. They also met the famous pop star, Billie Eilish! Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the role of the drumline this week. At the end of next week, students in all grades can look forward to watching some music-themed movies!
Students, make sure you bring your recorders on Fridays!

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

 


 

 

Dear Parents of 8th Graders,

          Please send us a baby picture, a current picture, and a positive message for your 8th grader. Pictures can be emailed to elucas@acariverside.com or brought to the office. Original photos will be returned. We hope to see you at the celebration on the 19th!


Sign Up Your Scholar for Summer Instruction!
June 1, through June 18, 2021
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Second Grade Plus

  • This course is for all students who will be 3rd graders in the fall of 2021.
  • Interactive, engaging instruction

Third Grade Test Prep

  • This course is for all students who need to retake the Third Grade Test.
  • Teacher-led test taking strategies with practice tests online
  • The 3rd Grade Ohio State Test will be given the week of July 6-12.

Middle School Jumpstart

  • This course is for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who need interventions to prepare for fall of 2021.
  • Two options:
    • English
    • Math
  • Blended model of teacher-led instruction and computer-based interventions

 

Call the office if you want to sign up!

05/04/2021

2021 Summer School Program

 

In-person summer school will be provided for families beginning June 1st. The program will last 3 weeks and be Monday through Friday  from 9am – 12pm.

Registration forms are available at the school office. Registration is due May 20th.

Courses:

    • 2nd Grade Plus: This course is for all students who will be 3rd graders in the fall
    • 3rd Grade Test Prep: This course is for all students who need to retake the Third Grade Test
    • Middle School Jumpstart: Tthis course is for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders who need interventions to prepare for fall of 2021
05/03/2021

The Riverside Roar – May 3, 2021

 

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Sign Up Your Scholar for Summer Instruction!
June 1, through June 18, 2021
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Second Grade Plus

  • This course is for all students who will be 3rd graders in the fall of 2021.
  • Interactive, engaging instruction

Third Grade Test Prep

  • This course is for all students who need to retake the Third Grade Test.
  • Teacher-led test taking strategies with practice tests online
  • The 3rd Grade Ohio State Test will be given the week of July 6-12.

Middle School Jumpstart

  • This course is for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who need interventions to prepare for fall of 2021.
  • Two options:
    • English
    • Math
  • Blended model of teacher-led instruction and computer-based interventions

 

Call the office if you want to sign up!



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

May 3 through May 7 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 19– 8th Grade Celebration, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
May 20– Last Day of School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Another week down! This week students continue to wait to see our caterpillars mature into butterflies, it should be any day now! In math students are working on solving math word problems. In writing students finished their earth day writing. Students made a craft to go with their writing, using old cds and turning them into fish art. As one way we talked about helping our planet was reusing items in new ways!

Have a great first week of May!

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello families! This week we learned about weather. Tornados, Hurricanes, and Blizzards! A summer school program form was sent out to the students on Wednesday! Make sure to fill it out and bring it back to school if interested. We will continue to work on reading comprehension and fluency. I encourage students to read or journal at home to get some extra practice! iReady is also a great option if you have computer access! Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

This week in 5th grade math, we are focusing on measurement and units. In 4th grade, we are working on adding and subtracting fractions. In English, we just started reading Bridge to Terabithia, and we are working with Informational Text and Text Comprehension. In Social Studies, we are learning about the Revolutionary War and the Pilgrims coming off of the Mayflower!

Students are doing a fantastic job tracking their Iready Minutes! The goal is to have 75 minutes (at least) by Friday in both math and reading (15 minutes a day). If your student is staying home but is not sick, I would encourage them to still get their minutes in at home. Also, if you are interested in re-enrolling for next year, we will be giving out free long sleeve t-shirts to students who turn in their re-enrollment form and proof of address. It should be noted that proof of address should be something from the past 30 days.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

We have one more test to go during the week of 5/10/21 ! This week in ELA class we will be reviewing the vocabulary words we’ve learned to support success on the test. The higher students matriculate in school, the more important content specific (domain specific) vocabulary knowledge is. Knowing what the graders are expecting to see when they ask a student a question regarding theme vs tone, for example totally makes or breaks the question. If you want to help your student prepare for the test: Go to the Resource module in Canvas, then click on the “Academic Vocabulary” option in their ELA class. Printed copies of the vocabulary words are also available.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school families! Math State testing is complete for most students, but the school year is not over! It’s important not to lose focus. We need to prepare our students for their next year in school and make sure they do not have gaps in knowledge over the summer. In math, we will focus on reviewing all the new concepts we have learned over the year, and also begin some new concepts that will carry over into next year. It’s important that we also get ready for the last big test of the year, the iReady Spring Diagnostic. Students should be spending an average of 20 minutes a day on iReady math. They have access to this tool, and it is focused on their own personal growth throughout the school year. This is unique, because it gives students the opportunity to show us what they’ve learned, without the pressure of state standards or being compared to peers across the state. This test will take place in early May.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Wow! Where did this year go to? Monday is going to be May. It seems like yesterday we were in August wondering how we were going to get through this year. We are taking our final laps. However that does not mean there is not work to be done. Make sure you are keeping up with you lessons to keep up your great grades. Now as we are wrapping up we need to look ahead. 8th graders I hope you have already started applying to high schools for next year. If you need help just ask me (That is for students or parents). 6th and 7th graders make sure you have re-enrolled here next year. I want you all back. 6th grade we have done a great job on cells and are going to continue. 7th grade we are moving to the Energy Pyramid. 8th grade we will be dropping stuff with Newton and the laws of Gravity. Stay safe and have a great weekend as always.
Mr. Voegele out!

 

Intervention Specialists


Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com

Many parents and guardians have been asking how they can help improve their student’s reading skills this summer. An excellent website is: https://improvingliteracy.org/family. This website has 30 minutes or less videos that will give you great ideas to help improve your student’s reading skills. The videos give tips and strategies and you can choose the age group you would like to learn about and then pick specific titles of videos. The Sped Team wants to encourage everyone to talk to your children about reading this summer.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 traveled to Finland to learn about the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous rapper, Mac Miller! Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Mandolin this week. Next week students can look forward to learning more about the very relevant star, Billie Eilish.

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

Spring has sprung and the warm weather has come with it. With the increase in temperatures, it is important to send students to school with water bottles and weather appropriate clothes for Physical Education. Lighter garments include short sleeve shirts, shorts, and gym shoes. Have students bring water bottles filled with water to begin the day. Please refrain from Gatorade or high sugar beverages. Gatorade can be a good electrolyte replenishment but if spilled on the gym floor can cause a sticky mess! The warmer the weather gets; the more students need to stay hydrated throughout the day. We will finish the year strong with elementary fitness and middle school football as well as assessments.


 

 

Dear Parents of 8th Graders,

          Please send us a baby picture, a current picture, and a positive message for your 8th grader. Pictures can be emailed to elucas@acariverside.com or brought to the office. Original photos will be returned. We hope to see you at the celebration on the 19th!

 

04/23/2021

The Riverside Roar – April 26, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of April 26, 2021 (PDF)

 

 

Dear Parents of 8th Graders,

          Please send us a baby picture, a current picture, and a positive message for your 8th grader. Pictures can be emailed to elucas@acariverside.com or brought to the office. Original photos will be returned.

          We hope to see you at the celebration on the 19th!


 

From the Nurse…

Hello Riverside Parents,

     I sent out Vision and Hearing referral letters in early March for children who either failed or were not able to be tested. Referral letters indicate your child needs to be seen by a physician, and the form needs to return to the school.  Please have forms completed and returned to the school by 05/12/2021.

     If a physician tested your child, we still need the form completed with their findings, and the condition returned to the school.  Any questions or concerns, please contact the school and speak with the school nurse.

Thanks,
Nikki Edmonds (Contractor), RN

 



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

May 3 through May 7 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 19– 8th Grade Celebration, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
May 20– Last Day of School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

The weeks are going by quickly now as we are in the fourth quarter of school. This week students learned about Earth Day, and our butterfly’s have started to form their cocoon before they turn into butterflies. In reading students read about different jobs in a community, and retell details. In math students are working on adding tens and ones to a given number. Have a great weekend!

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

This week we continued with our multiplication facts! I can tell some students have been practicing at home! Thank you for taking the extra time out of your busy day to do this with your child. If you do not have time to practice math facts with your child, I recommend they make flash cards! We also researched a country this week The students got to choose which country they wanted to research. They all learned lots of new facts! Ask your child about the country they researched! 2nd grade will do some reviewing next week with telling time and money. We will work on reading comprehension next week as well! If your child is absent and you have computer access, please have them login to their iReady. 20+ minutes for reading and 20+ minutes for math! Thank you! Have a great weekend!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

OST testing is done for all fourth and fifth graders! Students had a blast at our Holes book celebration. Thank you to those who helped donate. This week in math, we are focusing on measurement and units. In English, we are about to start reading Bridge to Terabithia, and we are working with Informational Text and Text Comprehension.

Students are doing a fantastic job tracking their iReady minutes! The goal is to have 75 minutes (at least) by Friday in both math and reading (15 minutes a day). If your student is staying home but is not sick, I would encourage them to still get their minutes in at home.  Also, if you are interested in re-enrolling for next year, we will be giving out free long sleeve t-shirts to students who turn in their re-enrollment form and proof of address. It should be noted that proof of address should be something from the past 30 days.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle School Math Families. The school year may be winding down, but the learning opportunities are everywhere! Until the end of the school year will be focusing on math that we use at home and math that will start us off in the next grade level. It is important that students be exposed to math that Parents do every day too! If you have the opportunity, allow your student to pay for items at the store. Ask ahead of time if they know what their change should be before the clerk announces it. Ask your student to help with time and scheduling. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, have your student tell you how long you have until that time, how long it will take to get there, and what time you need to leave to be on time. These are examples of math that we do as adults without thinking too much about it, but they are also examples of math that is very relevant to our middle school minds. The iReady diagnostic is also coming up in May. Please make sure your student is practicing their iReady my path. This practice can be done at home on your home device. Please call the school if you need help logging on.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week in social studies, the 6th grade learned about government styles. The 7th grade learned about the Mongols and finished up standard 12. They also started their standard on the Renaissance and Reformation. The 8th grade learned about the Antebellum period and started their resistance projects. They will present them at the end of next week. I’m looking forward to seeing their presentations!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

TESTING IS DONE! YEAH! Big shout out to all of those who came in and tested over the past three weeks. Now a side note if you have not tested there is still make up testing. You need to contact the school and make sure you get all your tests done. Now on to more pleasant news. Re-enrollment, save your space for next year. Riverside Academy wants you back. Also if you know anyone who wants to change schools, is new to the area, or has a kindergarten you can send them our way. On to even better news MAY 19th, let me say that again MAY 19th we are going to celebrate the 8th graders here after school. I hope to see all my 8th graders one last time there. Now we still have 5 weeks left there is still work to do. 6th grade is working on a comic and asexual and sexual reproduction (at the cellular levels). 7th grade Food Chains, Food Webs and Energy Pyramids oh my! 8th grade we are going to get electric. As always stay safe.

 

Intervention Specialists


Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com

Hi families! As the end of the school year is approaching it can be tempting for our students to get restless. With summer approaching and the days winding down it is common for behaviors to intensify. This would be a great time to review coping skills and strategies with students. Some simple coping skills are taking deep breaths when frustrated or overwhelmed, asking for a break when fatigued and talking with an adult when you need extra support in dealing with difficult situations. Students benefit from a good’s night rest, a consistent sleep schedule, healthy meals, and various opportunities to stay active and involved outside of school! Let’s work together to keep our kids healthy mentally, physically, and emotionally as we finish our year strong.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 traveled to Austria to learn about the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous Pop star, Prince! Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the French Horn this week. Next week students can look forward to learning more about the rapper Mac Miller.

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

This week in PE we utilized the time we could outside to stay active. On days we were inside, cup stacking, meditation and Zumba were activities that were performed. Looking forward to next week, more outside time along with football lessons will be the goal.

 

 

04/16/2021

The Riverside Roar – April 19, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of April 19, 2021 (PDF)

 

It’s Testing Time!

On Monday, April 19th, we will begin the science Ohio State Test. This test is only for 5th graders and 8th graders. Virtual students must come to the building to take the tests. State testing is mandatory. If your child is absent, we will reach out to you each day to do what we can to get them to the building to test. If transportation is an issue, we will try to help. Please see the schedule below and let us know if you have questions or concerns. Please note a change in the testing time for all virtual 5th and virtual 8th graders next week – Pick up is at 11:45!

For State Testing:

  • All virtual students must arrive by 8:00 A.M. on the day of testing and have a ride home at 11:45 A.M.
  • All students will receive breakfast.
  • All students must wear masks and will receive a temperature check.

 

From the Nurse…

Hello Riverside Parents,

     I sent out Vision and Hearing referral letters in early March for children who either failed or were not able to be tested. Referral letters indicate your child needs to be seen by a physician, and the form needs to return to the school.  Please have forms completed and returned to the school by 05/12/2021.

     If a physician tested your child, we still need the form completed with their findings, and the condition returned to the school.  Any questions or concerns, please contact the school and speak with the school nurse.

Thanks,
Nikki Edmonds (Contractor), RN

 



Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

Online families may pick up meals by pulling up to the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Pick up is on Thursdays from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

 

Upcoming Events

April 19– Science Testing Begins
May 19– 8th Grade Celebration, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
May 20– Last Day of School for Students

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Hello families!
Another week down, this week students are very excited to have some new class pets in the classroom. We have two tadpoles named Red and God, as well as some caterpillars we are watching turn into butterflies. Student have been doing well in math while learning to identify tens and ones. Students have been reading about the past and making comparisons to how we live today! Don’t forget we are now using class dojo!

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Another week has gone by quickly! Testing is over now! There are still a few more weeks of the school year left before summer break! The students will be focusing on more multiplication this following week. It is important they have these facts down. Especially the 3rd graders! In science we will finish up our unit on light and color and move onto weather stations! Our writing has been making improvements as well. Encourage your child to write at home, in a journal, a letter to a family member, etc. Thank you!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,
5th graders only have science testing this coming week! Please make sure students are getting enough sleep so they can perform their best and show what they know! It would be a great idea to practice shapes at home.
This week in reading, students are finishing up the novel Holes. We are having a book celebration on Friday, April 23rd. If you would like to donate the following items for our celebration, that would be greatly appreciated. Oreos, pretzels, 2-liter drinks of any sort, canned peaches, candy peaches, donut holes. If you plan to donate something, please sent a message on dojo!
Students are doing a fantastic job tracking their Iready Minutes! The goal is to have 75 minutes (at least) by Friday in both math and reading (15 minutes a day). If your student is staying home but is not sick, I would encourage them to still get their minutes in at home. Also, if you are interested in re-enrolling for next year, we will be giving out free long sleeve t-shirts to students who turn in their re-enrollment form and proof of address. It should be noted that proof of address should be something from the past 30 days.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

Two down, one to go! We are powering through The Ohio State Air Test like champs, so I know the 8th graders are going to wrap up the AIR tests by making us proud next week! We have one more round of test sessions during the week of May 10th, so please mark your calendars and encourage your students to stay motivated for that one as well. iReady test results can be super informative and helpful to parents especially with summer approaching. The test results reveal your student’s approximate grade level in reading, and specific areas of reading that the student does well in and may need additional support.

This week in reading we are working on poetry, and continuing our practice with forms of figurative language and plot elements.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school families! Math State testing is complete for most students, but the school year is not over! It’s important not to lose focus. We need to prepare our students for their next year in school and make sure they do not have gaps in knowledge over the summer. In math, we will focus on reviewing all the new concepts we have learned over the year, and also begin some new concepts that will carry over into next year. It’s important that we also get ready for the last big test of the year, the iReady Spring Diagnostic. Students should be spending an average of 20 minutes a day on iReady math. They have access to this tool, and it is focused on their own personal growth throughout the school year. This is unique, because it gives students the opportunity to show us what they’ve learned, without the pressure of state standards or being compared to peers across the state. This Test will take place in Early May.

As a side note, warmer weather is approaching and water fountains in the school are still unavailable for health and safety reasons. Please send your student to school with a personal water bottle.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week in social studies, the 8th Grade finished up their Industrial Revolution DBQ’s. I’m very proud of the students who have finished projects! The 7th Grade continued to learn about the Mongols and their interactions in China. The 6th Grade finished up their Assessment Days for Polytheistic Religions. Remember, all students can work on any Leveled work (work from assessment days) until the end of the quarter. If those essays aren’t done- they can work on them! Have a great weekend!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Hello Lions,
Two test down and for many students that means they are finished. But not our mighty 5th and 8th graders. Next week you have the SCIENCE test! Woo Who! Make sure 5th and 8th graders that you are here Monday and Tuesday or Tuesday and Wednesday depending upon your testing window. Also reminders Kindergarten to 7th graders re-enroll for next year. I know I hear, we are moving, we are going to a different school, and many other reasons. Save you spot if you leave it cost you nothing. But if there is a change in plans and you want to come back home to Riverside, we don’t want you to lose your spot here. 21 years here I have seen it time and again. On to the next week. 6th grade you are going to be creating a cartoon about the process of Asexual reproduction next week. 7th grade we are going to be on Food Chains and Food Webs. 8th grade we will continue with the Force.
Stay safe.

 

Intervention Specialists


Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com
Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com

Hello Parents and Guardian. Riverside Academy uses Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to help your students reach their fullest potential and to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students. Studies have shown that students excel when students and schools work together. Here are some ways you can incorporate PBIS in your home.

  1. Talk with your child about how you expect him or her to behave at school.
  2. Ask your child’s teacher, principal or school counselor about the positive behaviors the school teaches.
  3. Let your school know how you would like to be involved in supporting positive behaviors at school.
  4. Talk to your child’s teacher or school counselor if you have questions or concerns about your child’s behavior. We want to help.

The following information was taken from Ohio Families Engage at OSU if you would like more information. The Special Education Team would be glad to answer any questions.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 got to create a pretend band, and an album cover, too!  Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Ukulele this week. Keep up the great work on your tests, students!

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

This week brought testing and an opportunity for us to get outside! Middle school did a great job working on their fitness checklist. If they did it well, your middle schoolers would have come home feeling sore! Fitness and outdoor activities will be a priority moving forward if weather allows.

 

 

04/09/2021

The Riverside Roar – April 12, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of April 12, 2021 (PDF)

 

It’s Testing Time!

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

For State Testing:

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

 

We Want You Back!

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

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

 



Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

Online families may pick up meals by pulling up to the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Pick up is on Thursdays from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

 

Upcoming Events

April 12 – Math Testing Begins
April 19– Science Testing Begins
May 19– 8th Grade Celebration, 4:30-6:00 P.M.

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

This week the older grades have been testing. Kindergarten and First graders have done an excellent job being flexible with all the changes. So a big pat on the back for them! This week we continued counting tens and ones with cubes, and extended this to compare two numbers to tell which was greater or less than. In reading we read the text Nate is late which focuses on forming an opinion after sequencing events in order. Students pea plants went home this week. Please water them every other day, keep them in direct sunlight. You may also want to tie them with a twist tie to a chop stick when the vines grow longer for extra support.

Have a great weekend Miss. Z

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello! This week, 3rd graders did a wonderful job testing! The 2nd grade did a wonderful job accommodating to the testing schedule. They practiced multiplication facts this week! 3rd grade did a wonderful job reviewing for the test along with multiplication as well. We finished our Magic School Bus book, The Truth About Bats. Ask your child what they learned about bats! We will start a new book next week!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,
Students have math testing this coming week! Please make sure students are getting enough sleep so they can perform their best and show what they know! It would be a great idea to practice shapes at home.
This week in 4th and 5th grade, we continued reading the novel Holes. This is a book about a boy who is sent to a camp to dig holes as punishment, but finds the camp has more than meets the eye. We will be spending the next 5 weeks reading and writing the book as well as learning new vocabulary words. Students are doing a fantastic job tracking their Iready Minutes! The goal is to have 75 minutes (at least) by Friday in both math and reading (15 minutes a day). If your student is staying home but is not sick, I would encourage them to still get their minutes in at home. Also, if you are interested in re-enrolling for next year, we will be giving out free long sleeve t-shirts to students who turn in their re-enrollment form and proof of address. It should be noted that proof of address should be something from the past 30 days.

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

One week of testing down, two more to go ! This past week, the Middle school completed Ohio State Testing in English Language Arts. It was very nice meeting the online students in person. If you haven’t come to take Part I and II of the English Language tests please contact the school so arrangements are made. This week we’ll be supporting the math test, and doing a little refresher on poetry every day.

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school! Testing frenzy is in full swing. We are focused on test specific practice because the week of April 12th is Math testing! It is super important not to lose focus. Testing and the change in schedule can be difficult for everyone, but we are in the home stretch for this school crazy year and I know we can all finish strong! GO LIONS. Let’s rock this Math assessment.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week, the middle school students started testing! They’ve done a great job focusing on their tests. In social studies class, the 8th grade started writing a DBQ about the Industrial Revolution. The 7th Grade started learning about the Mongols. The 6th Grade is learning about Polytheistic religions. I hope everyone keeps their testing attitudes positives for next week’s math tests!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Spring has SPRUNG!
Testing has BEGUN!
Ok enough rhyming from Mr. V. As we are progressing we are now in fourth, wait FOURTH quarter. It is time to get your grades up if you need to. Plan for next year. 8th graders HIGH SCHOOL IS CALLING, you need to be signing up for next year. Speaking of next year all my Riverside LIONS need to re-enroll to come back. Man the new Riverside T-shirts are cool and I want one but I can’t get one because it’s only for returning students. On to next week. 6th grade we are going to continue working on CELLS! 7th grade is moving on to my favorite topic ECOSYSTEMS! 8th grade May the FORCE be with you.

 

Intervention Specialists


Mrs. Frohlich cfrohlich@acariverside.com   

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Now that it’s Spring, finally, your children may be spending more time outside. It’s important that the children know safety facts for playing outside. Here is a list of ten safety facts to discuss with your children.

  • Establish safe play areas. …
  • Never speak to strangers. …
  • Never wander off alone. …
  • Be aware of surroundings. …
  • Be mindful of the rainy weather. …
  • Always wear sunscreen or protective clothing. …
  • Remember to hydrate. …
  • Wear proper clothing and equipment for the sport or activity.

The Special Education Team hopes everyone stays safe and has a good time outside.

 

Ms. Burns aburns@acariverside.com

Hi Riverside Families!

Since this we have begun State Testing this week, I wanted to send you some tips to review with your kiddos at home regarding state testing. These tips are helpful for all students but especially students with disabilities.

  1. Emphasize Learning– testing has its place and is important for various reasons. When talking about taking state tests always emphasize how being a great learner is the priority, not just being a great test taker. Discuss how tests are there to help see all that we know, have learned and what we can continue to work on.
  2. Preparation– It will significantly help reduce anxiety to talk with students about what to expect from tests, what’s normal and allow them to process through those feelings, fears and questions ahead of time.
  3. Comfort (specifically for students with disabilities)- Allow students to know what works for them and what helps them be their best test taker. Maybe it’s a wiggly seat, knowing when to ask for a break or having a fidget.
  4. Taking Your Time– Encourage students to take their time, practice filling in bubbles properly (3rd grade), how to carefully read instructions and take their time constructing written responses.
  5. Rest– It is so important to make sure your child is getting an adequate amount of sleep in general and is sticking to a healthy bedtime routine.
  6. Fun– Keep it lighthearted, tell your child a joke on the way to school, help plan a fun activity after they have had a long day of testing to unwind and look forward to.

We all know testing can take a toll on our students, but we are in this together. It’s so important that we are working together at home and school to help our students do their best and be their best while showing Riverside Pride!

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-5 got to research a musician of their choice, and present their findings to the class! Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Piano this week. Middle school students have music class only on Fridays during testing!

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

 

 

 

04/02/2021

The Riverside Roar – April 5, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of April 5, 2021 (PDF)

 

It’s Testing Time!

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

For State Testing:

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


 

We Want You Back!

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

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

 



Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

Online families may pick up meals by pulling up to the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Pick up is on Thursdays from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

 

Upcoming Events

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

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

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

Miss. Z

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

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

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

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

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

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

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

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

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

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

 

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

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

 

Intervention Specialists

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

Hello Parents and Guardians,

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

 

Title I

Lauran Patton
lpurvis@acariverside.com

Greetings!

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

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

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

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