Riverdale Gazette

February 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Riverdale Families,

Happy 100th Day of School! Thanks to the hard work of our educators and the collaboration of our families, our students have been able to accomplish more than I ever have seen them do in the first 100 days of a school year!

Although February is a short month, it's a busy one! Each morning, we've been celebrating Black History Month with our "Did you know on this day in history..." facts, Kindness Week has taken over at Riverdale this week, and students are showing each other how much they appreciate one another. There is so much going on at Riverdale and I highly encourage you to ask your students about what they're learning and doing each day!

Finally, as many of you have noticed, sick season is upon us. Many students have been seen by our nurse, Judy Byrne, and some have been sent home with a fever and/or showing other signs of illness. Please make sure to remind your students of the importance of washing their hands multiple times per day to help lower the risk of catching anything that may be going around. Our custodians are hard at work each night disinfecting classrooms to also help the cause. If your student is sent home sick or is showing signs of being sick before or after school, please refer to the district's policy about when it is safe for your student to return to school (24 hours fever and vomit free).

I hope you all have a great February break next week!! If you're traveling to someplace warm, please bring some sunshine and warmth back with you!


Ed Paris, Principal

Ask a Grader

Ask a first grader what makes a shadow.

Ask a second grader "Which percentage of Earth is land and water?"

Ask a third grader what the difference between area and perimeter is.

Ask a fourth grader to multiply using partial product multiplication.

Ask a fifth grader which famous African-American he/she is researching for Black History month.

Counselor's Corner - Elaine Goldberg Sheehy, LICSW

Our Second Step Social Emotional Learning curriculum is in full swing, with our daily whole school announcements, lessons in the Physical Education classes and reinforcement throughout the building. Recent weekly themes have included Responsibility, Grit and Positive Self-Talk. Each of us has a set of messages that play over and over in our minds. This internal dialogue, or Inner Coach/Critic, frames our reactions to life and its circumstances. One of the ways to recognize, promote, and sustain optimism, hope, and joy is to intentionally fill our thoughts with positive self-talk. Try the following exercise. Write down some of the negative messages inside your mind. Be specific, whenever possible. Now, take a moment to intentionally counteract those negative messages with positive truths in your life. Don’t give up if you don’t find them quickly. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-relationships/201605/the-power-positive-self-talk

The Dedham Community House offers scholarships to Riverdale students for both vacation camps and summer camps. Please be in touch if you would like a scholarship or if I can be of assistance to you or your child. I can be reached at Riverdale every day through my direct line 781-310-2709, through the school's main number 781-310-2200 or by email esheehy@dedham.k12.ma.us

Wishing you all an enjoyable February vacation with your children!

Riverdale Happenings

Principals for the Day....Josie and Stella Hermesch
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Messages from our School Nurse - Judy Byrne

It is Flu Season. If children are experiencing any flu like symptoms please keep children home and consult pediatrician. For any confirmed cases of the flu, please contact Nurse Byrne at 781-310-2245. Please reinforce hand washing at home. Children should wash with soap and warm water for 20 seconds (signing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”). Hand washing is instrumental in helping to decrease the number of cases of illness. If you have any questions about sending your child to school, please feel free to contact me.

Art Newsletter

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News from the Riverdale Library

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Important Dates

February 10 - Kindness Week

February 12 - 100th Day of School

February 17 - Winter Vacation

March 3 - No School, Professional Dev. Day

March 6 - Picture Day

March 13 - DEF Spelling Bee

March 25 - PTO Meeting