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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

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of May 3, 2021 (PDF) »

 

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.

 

 

03/22/2021

The Riverside Roar – March 29, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of March 29, 2021 (PDF)

 

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.

Spring Break

March 22 through March 26th
Office hours: 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.


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. 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 Ohio State Testing:

  • All virtual students must arrive by 8:00 A.M. on the day of testing and have a ride home at 10:30 A.M.
  • All students will receive breakfast. All virtual students will receive a lunch to go.
  • All students must wear masks and will receive temperature checks.

 

Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

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

 

Upcoming Events

March 29 – Pajama Day
March 30 – Dress Like a Teacher Tuesday
March 29 – Wacky Wednesday
March 29 – Throwback Thursday
April 2 – No School

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

 

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello families! This week the students did an outstanding job turning in their assignments! I am very proud of all of them! If your child is absent, please make sure they are logging into their iReady at home for at least 15 minutes a day. Thank you. Have a fun and safe spring break!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,
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. Students are writing explanatory pieces about their heroes! Thank you for all that you do!

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

 

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

Hello Middle school math families! The first week of 4th quarter has come and gone already and we are focused on practicing our skills to prepare for testing. As we head into spring break, please remember that students have access to targeted math practice from home. iReady math can be used for 15 minutes a day to keep skills sharp during the break. If you need help accessing it at home, please let me know. Have a great, and safe Spring Break!!

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

This week, the 6th Graders learned more about how monotheism has affected the Eastern Hemisphere. The highlight of the week was playing Jerusalem Twister. The 7th grade also played Jerusalem Twister, although they are currently focusing on the Crusades. They will complete a DBQ over the Crusades when we come back from Spring Break. The 8th grade continued to learn about our first presidents. They developed their acting skill when we did several roleplays (skits) to learn about major events. I hope everyone has a great Spring Break!

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Well we sprang ahead last weekend, and this weekend we officially move into Spring on Saturday! Which is the Equinox.  If you have a 7th or 8th grader they should know what that is. We have some VERY important events coming up.  The first has been since February and that is re-enrollment.  If you have not re-enrolled for next year or have not returned you proof of residence PLEASE do that ASAP.  We want to see your child next year here at Riverside Academy.  Secondly we have spring break next week, YEAH!  BUT rest up because after we come back from Spring Break it is spirit week and then STATE TESTING! We are now in fourth quarter look for your report cards and remember it takes a whole year of effort to get the grades you want (especially if you want that A).  So when we come back from spring break 8th grade will be finishing heredity, 7th grade will be floating in the tide, and 6th grade we will start Modern Cell Theory.   Have a great weekend and a restful break.  See you March 29th!

 

Intervention Specialists

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

Hello! My name is Ms. Burns and I am the new Intervention Specialist here at Riverside. My job is to make sure my students 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 amazing families like yourself 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 third 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 families 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 Riverside!

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Hungary to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous star, Pink. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Tambourine this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the famous rapper, Drake.

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

Starting the 4th quarter this week, PE classes are finishing up lessons. Grades 6-8 are finishing up basketball by learning the importance of defense and reviewing the previous lessons. K-5 finished up balance and started basketball. Basketball is usually the most wonderful time of the year for students as it tends to be their favorite sport. Grades 6-8 also learned a new running game to increase their cardiovascular endurance.

 

 

03/15/2021

The Riverside Roar – March 15, 2021

 

Download The Riverside Roar for the week of March 15, 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. 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.

Sincerely,
Ms. Lucas
Principal

For Ohio State Testing:

  • All students must arrive by 8:00 A.M. on the day of testing.
  • All students will receive breakfast.
  • All students must wear masks and will receive temperature checks.

 

Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

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

 

Upcoming Events

March 22-26 –  No School – Spring Break
March 29 – Spirit Week
April 5 – Ohio State Testing Begins

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

This week students have been hard at work learning about graphing data. Either with bar graphs, tallies, or pictures. Then further using that data to answer word problems. In reading students continue to work in centers to learn about information text ( bugs, animals, etc). This week in writing we are starting a project where students will write an opinion paper about their favorite type of food. Lastly, our plants have finally sprouted as students continue to tract their pea plants grow!

Enjoy the weekend, one week before spring!

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

Hello! Last week 2nd and 3rd graders worked on reading comprehension. They also did a wonderful job formulating a plan to teach kindness to a small child. They then took their plans and wrote complete sentences! This week we will start a new Magic School Bus book about bats!

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

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

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

There are a couple resources students and families can use to stay sharp over spring break. One suggestion for students over Spring break is silent reading. The students have access to hundreds of thousands of books through Overdrive. Overdrive is an app in Canvas, and appears in blue text on the left side of the screen. The app even contains audio books! There is a similar app at the bottom of the home screen that is red, and contains audio picture books if you have children in younger grades. A second resourceful app in Canvas is  iReady. The curriculum in iReady is based on areas designated by a test each individual student took in January. iReady is a perfect tool for students to sharpen specific skills over break.

The middle school team is looking forward to seeing the students back, and refreshed March 29, 2021!

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

We have one more full, week until spring break! When students return we will be in practice mode for the end of year state tests. I can’t believe we’re already talking about the end of the year. This year has flown by. We have one more quarter. Please remind students that it is important to continue full steam ahead. Let’s not slow down yet. 6th Grade math is wrapping up a unit on factors and multiples, 7th grade is wrapping up their Scale drawing unit with an art project, and 8th grade is wrapping up a unit on systems of equations. Before we know it, the school year will be over. It’s important that students are practicing their math facts to keep them fresh in their minds. Students are supposed to be doing 15-20 minutes of iReady practice DAILY, for math AND for ELA. That’s 40 minutes of iReady daily. Please encourage students to do this while at home.

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

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

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

Good Day Riverside Academy Lions!
I want to start this week with a HUGE SHOUTOUT for my 8th grade Traditional class. You guys absolutely ROCKED your Mastery Assessment this week! Great job. For any virtual and hybrid students who have not taken it as Nike says JUST DO IT! Man I can’t believe we are now 75% or 3/4th of the way done with this year. Where has the time gone? State testing is coming so start getting in the habit of getting good sleep over Spring Break and be ready to hit the ground running. Also make sure that if you are home you are in my live sessions 8th grade is Tuesday and Thursday at 8:20. 7th Grade Wednesday at 9:15 and 6th grade Friday at 8:20. 6th Grade we are continuing at warp SPEED next week. 7th grade we are looking at Earth’s only natural satellite. 8th grade we are starting Punnett’s squares. It will Dominate your week (I promise).
As always have fun, stay safe and see you next week.

 

Intervention Specialists

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

Hello Parents and Guardians. Does your family have plans for Spring Break? Don’t forget that 5th graders and their families can visit National Parks for free until the summer. Did you know Cincinnati has a National Park? The William Howard Taft National Park is in Cincinnati. It’s currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will be a fun place to visit once it opens, hopefully this summer. A national park that is open and within driving distance of Cincinnati is the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Chillicothe. There’s lots of acres to explore and run around. Now that the weather is improving, I hope everyone gets a chance to explore the wonderful national parks in Ohio and learn about Ohio’s interesting history.

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

This week in Music class, students in grades 2-8 took a trip to Guam to explore the country’s music and dance. They also met the famous band, The Beatles. Kindergarten and first grade students got to learn about the Tambourine this week. Next week, students can look forward to learning about the famous pop star, Pink.

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

This week middle school is halfway through basketball lessons. We are learning how to dribble and shoot with proper form and technique. Next week we will finish up basketball. K-5 have been learning to catch and throw as well as sportsmanship and respect. Activities include “save the statues” and “keepers of the castle”. We are working diligently to become better people through Physical Education.

 

 

03/04/2021

The Riverside Roar – March 8, 2021

 

The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school. Newsletter is personalized with information from your child’s teacher. 

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

 

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

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

 

Grab and Go Meals

Hybrid students will bring meals home every Wednesday.

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

 

Upcoming Events

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

 


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Zwirgzdas 
azwirgzdas@acariverside.com

 

Second and Third Grade

Miss DeLong 
vdelong@acariverside.com

 

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Ms. Kenner 
akenner@acariverside.com

Hello Families,

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

 

Middle School

English Language Arts
Ms. Brents
adbrents001@acariverside.com

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

Math
Mrs. McConnell
mmcconnell@acariverside.com

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

Social Studies
Ms. Charley
mcharley@acariverside.com

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

Science
Mr. Voegele
SMVogele001@acariverside.com

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

 

Intervention Specialists

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

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

 

Music

Ms. Sargent
hsargent@acariverside.com

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

 

Physical Education

Mr. Louis
plouis@acariverside.com

 

 

 

02/18/2021