Riverside Rocket News

November 20, 2020

Riverside Mission/Purpose Statement

The mission of Riverside Elementary is to provide a nurturing, enthusiastic, and safe environment that acknowledges individual differences, encourages community involvement, and emphasizes an ongoing commitment to academic excellence.

Events Coming Up

November 23 - November 27 - Thanksgiving Break

December 3 - In-person Picture Day

December 21 - January 7 Winter Break

Message from Mr. Pope

Dear Parents,


The Riverside community has been working very hard and has accomplished so much since August. Please know how much your support is valued and appreciated. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is important for students, parents, and teachers to take a much needed and well-deserved break. The button below provides some wellness strategies for making the most of your time away from school.


May you and your family have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


Your principal,

Ben Pope

Attention Digital Students:


School pictures for digital students may be picked up in the front lobby between 8:30 and 3:30 beginning Monday, Nov. 30th.

Attention In-person Students:

School pictures for in-person students will be taken Thursday, December 3rd. Information was sent home in your child's Friday Folder.

Thomas Jefferson's Feast in First Grade

Riverside 1st graders are learning all about historical figures and one of them was Thomas Jefferson. His contributions to our culture are still with us today, and they celebrated those contributions this week with a feast!

Counselor's Corner

Do you want to make expressing gratitude a habit? Practice!


Here are a few gratitude activities for kids that will help make gratitude a daily routine:

  • Take turns at dinner sharing one awesome thing from your day
  • At bedtime, say three things you appreciate about each other
  • In the car, play a game where you say all the things you love (colors, food, movies, hobbies, school subjects, sports, songs, etc)
  • Start each week by sharing one nice thing you will do for someone

The Gift of Giving...Begins November 30th!

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One of the core values of Riverside Elementary is showing kindness. We would like to show kindness this season by collecting new books for the GCPS Bookmobile and for Centerville Elementary School. Please see the attached link which contains a video about the Bookmobile and a video from the media specialist at Centerville Elementary.


Come on Riverside! Let's show kindness to our Gwinnett neighbors beginning November 30th!

Balloons Over Riverside

Ms. Faucett's friends have been studying story elements using the book Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story Of The Puppeteer Of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet. They ended the week by having their own mini Macy's Day Parade with their own balloon creations. Ms. Faucett's puppeteers were very excited!

What's Up with PTA?

Scavenger Hunt Fun!

Riverside students had an amazing time participating in the Rocket Run Scavenger Hunt! Thank you for all the amazing support you give to our students, school, and community.
Click the link below to access the latest information from our fabulous PTA, and check out all the events happening!

Looking Ahead...

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All Day, Every Day, All Year Long

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Contact Information

Riverside Elementary

5445 Settles Bridge Road

Suwanee, Georgia 30024

(P) 678-482-1000

(F) 678-482-1018