The Riverside Squawker

A Newsletter for our Riverside Community

Week of November 5th

from the Principal

Riverside Friends and Families,

Thank you so much for engaging in parent-teacher conferences and our school Book Fair. Our students are blessed to have families who take such an active role in their education. Thank you also to our wonderful PTO for taking such great care of our teachers. Our bellies were full and hearts were happy throughout conference week. #RiversidePTORocks

As we enter into this next season, there will be many opportunities to serve around the school, attend music programs, choir, band, and orchestra events. I encourage you to read through our newsletter carefully. Additionally, we recognize the upcoming holiday season can be a stressful time. Please remember to engage in self-care activities as you also seek to care for others.


Mr. Anderson


October 31st was a great day for the soul of Riverside. There was laughter, connection, joy and treats EVERYWHERE! Thank you to our parent community for all of your support and especially to our teachers for allowing our students to engage in celebration and fun together.

Operation Wishbook

Operation Wish Book is a community based project designed to enable less fortunate children to receive new books for Christmas. Riverside will be collecting newly purchased books through November 18th. Books may be sent to the classroom or dropped off in our library.

Children who read, succeed. Children who give, learn to be generous.

IHOP Fundraiser!

Help us raise money for Riverside's PTO! We’re teaming up with IHOP for a Fundraiser Night on Wednesday, November 20 from 5 to 8 pm. Come have "breakfast for dinner" that night and help Riverside earn up to 20% back. IHOP is located at 3599 Federal Way Boise, ID. T
To make this event a guaranteed success, attendees should RSVP through the Group Raise Website. Once there, click on the big green button that says Commit to Eat. While an RSVP isn't mandatory, not having enough RSVPs will cause the event to be cancelled, and we don't want that. We just need 20 RSVPs to make this work! Attendees MUST tell their server they are with Riverside Elementary to ensure the correct donation amount.

Picture Retakes

Pick the wrong background for school pictures? Need a redo?

Picture retakes will be Thursday, December 5th

*pictures will be sent home before Christmas Break

Music Performances

3rd & 4th grade music program

Join us for Pirates! The Musical. Dress rehearsal and school show will be Nov. 20th.

There will be two Parent Performances on Nov 21st:

Times: 10:30 am or 2:30 pm

Winter Band, Choir, & Orchestra

Join us for the Winter Band, Choir, and Orchestra Concert:

When: Friday, December 6th

Times: 10:30 am and 2:30 pm

1st & 2nd grade music program

How The Penguins Saved Christmas. Dress rehearsal and school show on Dec 11th.

There will be two Parent Performances on Dec 12th

Times: 10:30 am or 2:30 pm

Thanksgiving Break

There will be no school the week of Thanksgiving.

  • November 25th-29th

We hope you have a restful week with family and friends.

Coffee with the Community

Come enjoy Dutch Bros out on the blacktop behind the school. This a great time to mingle with parents and get to know families in our neighborhood.

When: November 14th

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Cost: Hot chocolate is $2.00 for students, regular prices at Dutch Truck for parents

Free Hot Chocolate for 4th Grade

PTO Highlights - Glass Art

Did you know that our Riverside PTO helped fund a Glass Art Kiln for student projects? This is an amazing extension opportunity as we seek to engage students in a comprehensive liberal arts education.

2019-2020 Timberline Youth Wrestling

Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling

Want to join Timberline Youth Wrestling? This program is for boys and girls, ages 5 years – 18 years. Wrestlers participating at the Junior High and High School levels may compete in dual meets and tournaments after school season has ended.

The Riverside Way - Character Education

November's trait will be KINDNESS. Throughout each month, students will be able to earn "Caught Ya's" from any staff member for displaying one of the seven Riverside Character Traits. These "Caught Ya's" will be displayed on a bulletin board and then entered for a monthly drawing. In addition, each teacher is going to select two students that most frequently demonstrated the character trait of the month. These students will be given an award at a monthly assembly! Parents, please team with us to promote character education! We are excited to grow young adults that have the CHARACTER that we want and appreciate! Check out the "Caught Ya" to see the other traits!

Lost and Found Update

Due to the large number of items left unclaimed in last years lost and found, we are trying out a new system this year: Roving "lost and found racks."

  • Where can I find the racks? Two racks of lost and found items will be rotated around the school grounds when school is let out (weather permitting). Please check the racks for missing items.
  • What if I don't pick my student up from school? You can direct your child(ren) to search the racks or visit with Mr. Trout for help locating missing items.
  • Current Lost and Found Status: We have 40+ hoodies/sweaters, 10+ water bottles, and an assortment of tupperware.

Lastly, as we are checking lost and found items we will do our best to identify owners. If you mark your chid's items with a first and last initial it would greatly assist us with this process.

Direct Give Campaign!

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Direct Give Form

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

Box Tops for Riverside

The BTFE collection process is changing, please take time to read the attached flyer for the new process. It is important to scan your receipts within 14 days of purchase. Scanning your receipt only takes a few seconds, and many times we are granted bonus box tops as well, if you have products with both traditional and the digital Box Tops scanning them gives extra credits. Please help to make our goal of $1,000 this year. If you have questions on the process you can email Olivia McGregor at

Riverside PTO

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

Falcon Fridays

Falcon Fridays take place on the first Friday of each month. Students wearing Falcon gear may be entered to win raffle prizes. Are you need of School Spirit gear? Be ready by ordering online. Here's a link to order online. Every sale results in 20% BACK TO RIVERSIDE to be used to help pay for school events, field trips and grade specific activities.

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


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

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice.

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.

Drawing Classes for KIDS

Is your child interested in increasing their drawing skills? Please join the next session, 12/9 through 1/27 (12/23,12/30, 1/20 off) for Young Rembrandts after school program in the Riverside Library. Mondays 3:50-4:50pm. Tuition is $72 for a 6 week session. You can enroll online at:

Call Tom 208-991-7396 or email

2019/2020 Riverside"Young Chess Masters" Program

Learn to Play, Improve, or Master your chess skills at our Parent's Picks Award-Winning "Young Chess Masters" Program onsite at Riverside. New and professional lessons offered every Thursday after school. Come join the fun! AWARDS and T-SHIRTS for every player in our popular Level system. Enrollment is open and ongoing for all K-6 students! Register online. Call or text 713-2486 or with questions. SPACES ARE LIMITED

Upcoming Dates


● November 1st, Falcon Wear Friday

● November 14th, Coffee with the Community, 4th grade FREE Hot Chocolate @ 8am - 9am

● November 21st, Music Program for Grades 3 & 4 @ 10:30am or 2:30pm

● November 25th - 29th NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break


● December 5th, Picture Retake Day

● December 6th, Winter Band, Choir, and Orchestra Concert @ 10:30am or 2:30pm

● December 12th, 1st and 2nd Grade Music Program @ 10:30am or 2:30pm,

  • Christmas Break- Dec 23rd - Jan. 3rd