Riverside Reporter

Riverside Elementary School Newsletter 4/27/2018

Principal's Message

I have received wonderful feedback from our Riverside community about our newly refurbished front yard. Our blue Riverbear is certainly a hit. I have had inquiries about whether or not the bear is for climbing. Back when we first began planning for our bear we all knew that children would have a natural tendency to climb. The spirit of our courtyard is allowing children to be children; however, the bear is a sculpture, not a kid-safe climbing structure. Riverbear is not built to withstand that kind of activity and I have already noticed that some of the painted flowers have been scratched off from little shoes. Therefore, we have added a sign to our Riverbear respectfully asking our children to hug, pet and sit near Riverbear, but not climb. It is for their safety and for his.

Valerie Ulrich


Riverside School

Princeton Public Schools

Nurse News

It’s almost May and it appears that we have signs that SPRING is finally here! How do we know? Birds chirping, flowers blooming, and buds blossoming on trees…but wait…itchy eyes, puffy and teary eyes, and let’s not forget the congestion! Runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Yes, spring is here!

If your child suffers from seasonal allergies here are a few tips:

1. Check in with your pediatrician for the best medical regimen.

2. Take off your shoes when coming in the house – no need to track pollen inside.

3. Close windows in your house and car. While “fresh” air may be nice, you are saying hello to pollen; if possible turn on your air conditioner. When driving use the “recirculate” option in the car instead of the vent.

4. Wash your hair before bedtime and change the pillow case.

5. Wear a hat (e.g. baseball cap) when outside to keep pollen out of your hair.

6. Wash your face and hands after playing outside.

Please let us know if we can help your child manage their allergy symptoms.


Riverside's very own Andrew L. won 1st Place out of 2,500 entires for Mercer County in the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's 2018 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest.

REVISED School Schedule

Please note as a reminder that because of the previous snow days we have had this year, Friday, May 25, will also be a regular school day, and the last day of school has now been pushed to Friday, June 22. You can see the most up-to-date calendar on our website.

Parent/Guardian Media Consent

We are requesting that all parents/guardians to complete the Photo-Media Release portion in PowerSchool if you have not done so already. As a learning community, we want to celebrate all of our students and their work. However, by law we are required to ask for consent to post your child's photo/image and other personal identifiers to be published on the district's public internet sites, district-approved publications and/or the local media. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Reporting a Student's Absence or Dismissal

Parents/Guardians are requested to call the "Student Absence Line" 609-806-4266 (Press 4 for Riverside) before 8:45 a.m. on the day of absence with the following information: child's first/last name, grade, date(s) your child will be absent and the reason for your child's absence.

If you are going to be traveling, please email your child's teacher as well as the school secretaries sherryrubel@princetonk12.org and indrabarnwell@princetonk12.org in advance so that your child's attendance/dismissal is recorded accordingly. Your cooperation is appreciated.



Event to Honor Bill Cirullo

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make Saturday April 21 a wonderful and special event to honor Bill Cirullo. The bear, benches, table and plaque at the front of the school is a welcoming place for all to enjoy and a reminder of the values Mr. Cirullo instilled in our Riverside community.

We cannot name everyone here, as there are many who made the event happen, but a special thanks to everyone who spoke (Susan Cirullo, Valerie Ulrich, Steve Cochrane, Beth Behrend, Jennifer Bazin, Ashley Kennedy, Ken Wilkie) and everyone who helped with setup & cleanup - Julie Cho, Patrick Cavanaugh, Liz Lien, Mike Remoli. Thanks to Louise Senior for planting flowers around the William D. Cirullo Way sign in time for the Saturday event.

McCaffrey Receipts

A huge thank you to Mary O’Dowd for collecting and processing the McCaffrey receipts – we have exceeded our budgeted amount of $500 and are still collecting!! The dedication Mary has to make sure receipts are processed and submitted on time is wonderful and the PTO benefits from the 1% from all the receipts you provide and her submissions allow us to collect money on a regular basis. Please continue to submit your McCaffreys receipts in the box beside the nurse’s office in the front office.

BoxTops: Thank you to Michelle Fitzgerald for heading up the boxtop collection for the school. Michelle keeps track of the boxtops from each class and makes two big submissions each year. Michelle spends countless hours cutting boxtops so that they are the right size for submission, collecting boxtops from each classroom, submitting boxtops with the form/requirements they need to process our submission. We have raised $550 with our submissions and are still collecting!! Thank you to Michelle for all the work collecting and keeping track of the boxtops. Thank you to all the families who are sending in the boxtops – this is an important fundraiser for the PTO. Please continue to send in your boxtops!


After School Clubs

Spring Clubs start on Monday May 7th. Instructions on how to secure your spot in a club and what to do if your child is on the waitlist for a club are on the PTO website. Thank you for your ongoing support of the PTO's after school enrichment program. We are looking forward to another fun and enriching session!

Anna Cianciara, Lara Winn & Mana Winters; VPs for After School Clubs / PTO Volunteers riverside.afterschoolclubs@gmail.com

Grade 5 Mixer - Friday May 4

RSVP to the John Witherspoon Middle School Mixer of Princeton public schools’ 5th graders! Come meet your peers from all four elementary schools for a free, fun filled evening of games and music. Principal Jason Burr and a school counselor will be there to welcome the 5th graders and answer questions.

Register online or download the permission slip.

Invitamos a todos los estudiantes de quinto grado de las cuatro escuelas primarias de Princeton a una fiesta en la escuela intermedia JWMS. Vengan a conocer compañeros de las otras escuelas primarias en esta fiesta GRATIS, con música, juegos y comida. El Principal, Jason Burr, y un consejero de la escuela estarán presentes para recibir a los estudiantes y contestar sus preguntas.

RSVP en línea o traigan la hoja de permiso a la fiesta.

Please sign up to provide food/water/paper goods or volunteer the night of the event. Regístrate a comprar comida/agua/productos desechables o inscríbete para ayudar la noche del evento

May PTO Meeting: Wednesday May 9th 8:30-9:30am

Join us to discuss upcoming events in the all-purpose room at 8:30am. The agenda will be sent out early in May via room parents. We look forward to seeing you there!

Spring Fling Fundraiser

Spring Fling is an annual fundraiser celebrating all things spring and supporting may efforts of our wonderful Riverside garden and other Riverside Community activities that occur throughout the year. The evening will include a variety of fun activities like the infamous cake walk, a plant sale, yoga in the garden, raffle baskets and silent auction, followed by a movie with pizza and ice cream. Come out and join us for a very fun evening celebrating all things spring!

Speaker Event - Katie Curran - Positive Psychology May 3, 2018

* Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Littlebrook Elementary School Cafeteria

* How can we help our children build optimism and resilience?

* Katie Curran, Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) and founder of Proof Positive, will present practical tips on how to enhance the well-being of our children and help them to flourish at school and beyond.

* To get the most out of the talk, please take the Values in Action Character Survey to understand who you are at your best. All teachers in the district and many students have done the same. Being aware of our strengths is step one, exploring our strengths is step two, and mindfully applying them is the end goal! You will hear lots about the science of character strengths.

* If you have any questions about the survey, feel free to email our speaker at katie@proofpositive.org

* Start the survey here: http://www.viacharacter.org/

* This is a community event. ALL students and parents are welcome to attend.

* Co-sponsored by Princeton Special Education PTO and Princeton High School PTO. * See and share the event flyer.

PTO Executive Committee 2018-19

Would you like to feel more connected with what is going on at Riverside? Would you like to get involved with shaping our school's enrichment programs, supporting our teachers and planning our fun community events?

We are looking for additional parents to join the PTO Executive Committee during 2018-19 and would love to hear from you. We meet twice a year. We are a very friendly bunch of people. And yes, Dads are welcome too!! Please email president@rspto.org to find out more.


Science Week- May 21-24!

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. More details to come! 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).

Book Swap June 8th

(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Books, books, books!

Have you checked in all your nooks?

Given the shelves careful looks?

We need books, books, books!

Books that are small!

Books that are tall!

We will take them all!

Books about snakes, books about cakes,

Books that were once Sophie’s or Jake’s.

Books that you’ve read,

Books underneath your bed.

We need books, books, books!

Bring them in to school

For a book swap that’s cool.

Leave them in bin and we all win!

Put on your socks, bring your books to the box

Because reading at Riverside rocks!

Questions? Just ask Betsy Armstrong, ema@princeton.edu.

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.


MCUDL Youth Instruction Ultimate Frisbee League

This 8-session instructional league will include skill-building, drills, and scrimmages. We will focus on learning the fundamental skills and rules of the game. We will play specific skill-oriented games as well as full scrimmages. The league is open to boys and girls, 9 to 16 years old. We will play on Wednesdays,6:00 to 7:30 pm. We will divide groups by age and experience. This league is aimed at new and intermediate players, but it is open to any kid who wants to learn or improve skills. We will cover skills including throwing and catching, offensive and defensive strategies, and general athleticism and agility. By the end of the league players will be game ready and ready to compete. Players will receive a disc. Email mcudlboard@gmail.com with questions. For more information and to register go to mercerultimate.org.


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

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.

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!