The Riverside Squawker

October 6, 2021

From Mr. Anderson

Riverside Families and Friends,

There is a lot going on around the school house this coming month including virtual parent/teacher conferences, school pictures and several job opportunities. Please take a few minutes to review the information found below.

Take care,

Mr. Anderson


Individual school pictures are coming up.... NEXT MONDAY, OCT. 11th. All orders will be taken and paid for online and can be accessed by clicking this link to view the Dorian website.

Regardless of purchase options, your child will be photographed to update our records. Orders will be taken up to FOUR days after picture day, so you have until next Friday to purchase online.

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be offered virtually on October 20th and October 21st. Classroom teachers will send out calendar sign up information to families on Thursday October 7th at approximately 4:00pm. If you have a unique circumstance and need to schedule an in-person conference, please reach out directly to your child's teacher.

Join the Riverside Team

Looking for a way to contribute to our Riverside community and get paid for it? We are in need of the following staff:

- 7.5 hours per day Special Education Paraprofessional for our Self Contained classroom

- 3.75 hour per day (12:15-4:00) School Support Assistant (includes our playground)

For details, contact Assistant Principal Dan Knight at 208-854-5980 or

Riverside Book Fair Starts October 21st!

The Book Fair (brought to us by Idaho Book Fairs) will take place online as well as in school this year! The online portion of the fair will run October 21st through October 31st. Purchases may be made online at this link: - Use the code "Riverside".

We will run the in school portion, for students only, during their library classes the week of October 25th - 28th. Students will have the opportunity to make purchases during their scheduled library classes that week. 30% of the profit from the fair will go to our school library. Thanks everyone!

School Bus Update

As many of you are aware, bus schedules have improved but continue to be challenging. The bus company emailed instructions for downloading their parent bus tracking app. Please review your email for this communication from the bus company.

You are welcome to call the school at 208-854-5980 and we'll do our best to assist with late bus information. Our office is open for calls 8:15am-4:15pm. You can also contact the bus company directly at 208-854-5230. Their office hours are 5:00am-6:00pm.

The Riverside PTO Newsletter is Here!

Here is the link to the current edition of the Riverside PTO Newsletter! It includes helpful information about upcoming events (Parent/Teacher Conferences), opportunities to volunteer (Monster Dash, Picture Day), and more, including ordering new "Falconware".

Falcon Fridays

Falcon Friday will return in November, so be sure to get your Falconware! New styles are offered with T-shirts, sweatshirts for the cooler weather and hats!

Your child can be entered to win small prizes if they wear their school colors on these days!

Also, 20% of all sales come back to our school! Here's a link to purchase some great new Falcon Wear!

News from the Front Office

Attendance - if your student will be absent, late or going to an appointment, please notify the office at or by calling 208-854-5980. We have a large call volume in the mornings, so please leave a message. If your student has a medical or dental appointment, please bring a note from that office excusing the tardy or absence.

Student check outs - When checking out a student during school hours, please bring photo ID to the front entrance and ring the office. Your ID will be verified and we will then call your student down to meet you. Students will not be permitted out of the building without proper adult identification nor will they be called to the office until you arrive so please allow for enough time for this process.

When checking a student in late or returning from an appointment, please come to the main entrance, ring the front office and state your students name and reason for the visit.

Parent Portal - If you are new to Riverside or have never obtained a login to Infinite Campus Parent Portal, please contact the office for assistance, or email Cyndi at The purpose of the parent portal is to allow parents access to their child's grades, missing/late assignments, view attendance, view bus information, and update health and household important information. This is also where required documents sent by the district are located.

News from the Health Office

Illness Procedure: Recognizing that our community is currently in the Red Category for the spread of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that we follow the Boise School District’s Illness Procedure, which includes a daily wellness check to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Staying home when you have symptoms of illness protects the school community by preventing the spread of illness and allowing individuals the opportunity to rest and recover. Our ultimate goal is to keep all our Riverside kids healthy and in school 5-days a week. We want to thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we navigate the CDH/CDC guidelines when sending ill kiddos home with symptoms.

If a student has any of the symptoms on the Illness Decision Tree, they can return to school only when one of the following occurs:

  • 10 days from symptom onset and their symptoms have resolved
  • they have a documented negative COVID test and resolved symptoms
  • they have a documented alternate diagnosis from their healthcare provider

Central District Health Offering October Flu Vaccination Clinics for Children

Clinics will be held at Central District Health (CDH). Details can be found on the flyer below. Please review and download the Client Information Form and Letter to Parents/Guardians. You can find fillable forms at
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iCode Boise Offering Computer Science, Coding Programs

Call or stop by their facility for a tour and to find out more about iCode Boise. See their flyer below for more information!
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Before School Supervision

We have changed our before school procedures and are asking students to be dropped off after 9:00am. Thank you for your support.

Pick up/Drop off Lane

The student pick up/drop off lane is located on the west side of the building off of East Victory Road. It is essential that the line keeps moving, so please always drive to the top of the lane and keep moving forward as a car leaves. If your child needs more time to transition out of the car, please park in the adjacent parking lot or utilize the parking lot on the east side of the building next to the public library. With so many students at Riverside, we ask that everyone remain careful and cautious while navigating student pick up and drop off.

Upcoming Important Dates

Oct. 11 - (MONDAY) School Picture Day

Oct. 15 - No School K-6; End of 1st Quarter

Oct. 20 - No Kindergarten Classes; P/T Conferences begin

Oct. 21 - No School K-6; P/T Conferences

Oct. 22 - No School PreK - 12

Follow Riverside PTO on Facebook

Did you know our PTO has a Facebook page? Follow us and get important updates about events and activities at our school: Riverside Elementary Falcons PTO, Boise
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Direct Give Form

This form provides details for how to donate to the Direct Give Campaign

Direct Give Campaign!

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Riverside PTO

Visit our PTO site for details about events taking place at school.


Support students at Riverside Elementary by shopping at AmazonSmile and selecting Riverside PTO as your charitable donation of choice.

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How do I set it up? Reference these AmazonSmile Directions and start shopping!

BSD Everything is Possible Campaign

The BSD is launching the Everything is Possible Campaign. Check out the intro video and follow the district on Twitter @BSDEducation. Below you will find a video of one of Riverside's finest.