Riverside Reporter

Riverside Elementary School Newsletter 3/9/18

Principal's Message

What a week! We had the pleasure of hosting the Johnson Park School PreK today as we came together as a Princeton community after the storm. I hope everyone was able to stay warm and dry, and I’m glad we made it back to school.

As a reminder, Spring conferences begin this week. If you have not signed up for a time via SignUpGenius, please contact your child’s teacher(s) to secure a meeting time. We value our home-school relationship and conferences is a great way to stay connected to your child’s learning. We will be dismissing at 1pm on Wednesday and Thursday for this purpose.

Music Concert

You are cordially invited to the Kramer Woodwinds/Brass Concert on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm in the gym. This concert features Mr. Kramer’s students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Students should arrive at 6:15 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

2018-2019 District Calendar

At the Board of Education meeting on 2/27/18, the Board adopted the revised calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.


International Night - Rescheduled to 3/16/18

International Night has been cancelled for Friday, March 9th and rescheduled for Friday, March 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A festival of world cultures is just around the corner! The deadline for registration has now passed and the evening is filled to capacity. We are sorry, but we cannot accept late additions to the program. The following countries will be represented: GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, BELGIUM, ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, IRELAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, CUBA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, POLAND, RUSSIA, SWITZERLAND, BRAZIL, ECUADOR, ISRAEL, CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, CANADA, USA, BALI, INDONESIA, RWANDA. Bring your family to eat, talk, dance, tell stories, create and more!

PTO Meeting – Rescheduled for 3/21/18

Steve Cochrane, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools, will be our speaker at our PTO meeting on Wednesday, March 21st at 8:30 a.m. in the all-purpose room. The topic will be transforming how to impact learning for students. We look forward to seeing you!

Garden Bed Rebuild - 3/18/18

Riverside’s garden beds have been working hard for us for 10-15 years! They are in desperate need of an overhaul. On Sunday, March 18th from 12-4pm, we will be taking apart the existing beds and rebuilding new beds. We need all the manpower we can get to accomplish this task. Please come and lend a hand, battery operated power drill or shovel. We will have sandwiches, snacks and beverages to help sustain you during the day. Please no young children. We need to ensure that we have enough people to get the job done so sign-up at SignupGenius to let us know you can make it.

After School Clubs

The Spring session for After School Clubs will start on Monday, April 23rd. Please note the following timeline:

  • March 16th - Clubs Schedule goes live. Check your backpacks and your email!
  • March 19th - Club Registration opens at 9am.
  • March 21st - Club Registration closes at midnight.
  • March 28th - Club Lottery results publicized. Find out if your child has a spot or is on the waitlist.
  • April 9th - Payment for Clubs due by midnight.
  • April 13th - Payment for waitlist spots due by midnight.
  • April 23rd - Clubs Starts
  • May 25th - Clubs End

Look out for another great selection of high quality and varied clubs this session. We are changing the process by which families are informed about whether their child has a spot in a club. Previously, we have sent a whole bunch of emails. This time we decided to make it easier for everyone by having a shared document which parents can check to find out their child's status. No more checking through your emails or wondering if you made the payment. We hope it will be much easier for everyone. More details to follow.

Lara Winn, Anna Cianciara, Mana Winters

After School Clubs Committee

Wake Up Your Garden Happy Hour - 3/14/19

Join us for an informal evening of gardening and cocktails, graciously hosted by Bonnie Funiciello at her home, on Wednesday, March 14th from 7-9pm. Master Gardener, Louise Senior, will be sharing vital information and ideas on how to ensure that your garden thrives this summer. Our discussion will include details on what is needed to properly wake up your garden, including soil prep and amendments, mulching, what plants to plant and when, companion spring/fall plants. Bring your questions, and we will quench your thirst for knowledge...and wine. Please RSVP.

Riverside's Amazing Annual Book Swap

Wondering what Book Swap is? Here’s the deal: we collect used children’s books, as many as we can, sort them by grade level and topic, and then on a given day in the late spring, invite classes in one at a time so that each student has the opportunity to pick a book or two to take home. It is NOT a one-for-one swap; each Riverside student gets to take home books FOR FREE, regardless of how many he or she donated. We hold the book swap late in the spring so that each child gets a head start on some summer reading. The more books that are donated to our book swap, the more books each student gets to take home. We need books for all grades at Riverside and are especially grateful for books that might have appeal for our 5th graders headed into 6th grade. Please check your shelves and bring in any books your family is ready to pass along! If your child got a book last year at book swap, has happily read it, and is willing to pass it along, by all means, bring it back in! Book swap not only supports reading, it’s a great fit with Riverside’s efforts to “go green.” Questions? Just ask Betsy Armstrong, ema@princeton.edu.

Annual Spring Fling - 5/11/18

The Spring Fling is our annual fundraiser where we celebrate the arrival of spring and raise funds for our amazing Riverside garden. This year, it will be held on Friday, May 11th. In addition to a variety of fun activities (the infamous Cake-Walk, Mother’s Day plant sale, yoga in the garden, a movie screening, pizza and ice cream; we plan to have a number of items for silent auction and baskets to be raffled. We need your help to source these items! Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  • Baskets - these can be whatever you dream up to donate.
  • Kid Ideas - Garden in a box, Kids Cooking basket, Summer raffle basket (gently used items wrapped up in a wagon), Game Basket (gently used games). Items don't have to be wrapped in a basket but could be creative and come in an object that describes the theme.
  • Adult Ideas - Cheers to Beer, Epicurean Delight (cooking paraphernalia), Lottery Ticket Bouquet (could be fun for kids too), Tea/Coffee Lovers, or Taste of the Rainbow Vodka Basket.
  • Silent Auction - These can be geared towards an experience such as an outing, sports activity, music, food, arts, or long-weekend get-away, etc.
  • A Day in the Life of......donate your expertise for a child or adult to learn.
  • Ask a Princeton vendor to donate an experience – e.g., teach kids how to create their own signature ice cream.
  • Ask a Princeton vendor to donate a gift certificate (dinner for 2, Jazams, etc.)
  • Host a Garden Themed Dinner Parties – e.g., flower theme, Mediterranean theme, picnic theme, or specific book/movie-related theme like Secret Garden Dinner Party or The Curious Garden.

If you have questions, ideas, and/or you would like to donate, please contact Beth Leman at 973-610-1428 or bethhabsleman@gmail.com.

Science Day - 5/22/18

Mark your calendars for Riverside's 40th Annual Science Day celebration! This event, organized entirely by parents, is a beloved tradition in which volunteers give presentations about their favorite science or technology. If you're a scientist, engineer, healthcare professional, or science lover, please consider volunteering. For more information, contact Science Day Co-chairs Chris Tully at cgtully@princeton.edu and Celeste Nelson at celesten@princeton.edu, or 40th Anniversary Science Day guru Mel Grzymala at mgrzymala@verizon.net.

Riverside Spirit Wear!

Thank you for supporting the Riverside PTO by purchasing items from our new line of Spirit Wear! It is wonderful to see our school logo worn proudly in the halls at school and out in the community!

Spirit Wear sales are ongoing and items can be ordered anytime during the school year. Just pick up a copy of the order form from the front office or download one from the PTO website. Submit the form along with your payment to the locked PTO box in the front office. We will submit group orders twice per month for delivery to your child's backpack in approximately 2-3 weeks.


Please reminder to bring in your Boxtops and help raise funds for Riverside School!

McCaffrey’s Supermarket Receipts

Don’t forget to save your McCaffrey’s Supermarket receipts after you shop! Simply place them in the box marked “McCaffrey’s Receipts” on the bookshelf outside the nurse’s office. The PTO collects 1% on each receipt. Thank you!


John Witherspoon Middle School Presents Seussical, Jr.

John Witherspoon Middle School proudly presents "Seussical JR." on March 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 PM and on March 11 at 1:00 PM in the JW auditorium. The Cat in the Hat will transport the audience from the Jungle of Nool to Whoville, and even to the Circus McGurkus, while narrating a new story that combines characters from over fifteen of Dr. Seuss's books. Many of the characters have never met before, but they will meet on the Seussical stage! Over the course of the show, some will fall in love, some will have desperate adventures, and some will save the world. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, please contact Mia Musachio at 609-806-4200, ext. 5541.

Princeton Education Foundation

Did you know that the Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) provides funding to our schools beyond the normal operating budget and solely for student-centered programs and improvements?

PEF channels funds back into our schools through its grant program. The PEF Grant program serves as a catalyst to support and enhance school and curriculum improvements, and professional development that heighten learning opportunities for students in the Princeton Public Schools.

With your support, the Princeton Education Foundation has been able to give students access to innovative programs, new technology, and facilities upgrades that are not funded within the school district’s limited budget. Specifically in the elementary schools, PEF has supported enhancements to the science curriculum and STEM instruction, improvements to school libraries, sponsored various author and expert visits to the schools, funded professional development, and has upgraded and added essential technology.

PEF greatly depends on the support of our Annual Appeal donors. The need for grant funding remains strong and is growing as the District continues to grow and budgets grow tighter every year.

Give today. Invest in tomorrow. Visit our website at www.pefnj.org.

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