Riverdale Gazette

March 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Riverdale Families,

Happy March! And I mean a truly happy March, especially compared to the past two Marches we have had. It was on March 11, 2020, that I sent the message linked here to talk about this thing called “Coronavirus” that we were keeping our eyes on and for which we were making sure to take proper precautions. Last March, I wrote this message, which had much more hope in it as more and more students were being welcomed back to in-person school. Now this year, I write to you from a school in which our pool testing results have come back completely negative for three weeks in a row, masks are optional for students, and we are even welcoming volunteers back into the school!!

With more and more restrictions being lifted, this also means that many of the other aspects of school are coming back. Field trips are being planned by your students’ teachers, whole-school assemblies where we can come together and learn about various cultures are being brought to us by the PTO, and our students are now able to sit side-by-side to enjoy conversation while eating their snacks and lunches. My favorite part has been being able to see the smile on the face of a child who finally understands a challenging new concept being taught in class. That is the kind of thing we educators live off of!

Lastly, you are going to be receiving a lot of information about the Boosterthon Fun Run over the next week! This is an exciting (and easy!!) fundraiser that the Riverdale PTO is sponsoring to raise money to support our new playground. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support a playground on which everyone can play! If you have not done so already, please register your students by going to mybooster.com and signing up. Even if your student doesn’t raise a cent, he/she will still participate in all of the exciting activities and you’ll be helping students earn a pajama day when we have 75% of students who have been registered.

Thank you, as always, for your support of Riverdale School and sending your students to us each day ready to learn!!

See you soon,

Ed Paris, Principal


It is hard to believe that two years ago this month was the start of the pandemic, that has both taught us about what we truly value, and has had us all grieving who and what we have lost. On March 4th, the Dedham Elementary School Adjustment Counselors/Social Workers, and School Psychologists presented our first monthly webinar for parents. We hope that those of you who saw it found it beneficial. If you were unable to attend the webinar you can watch it by clicking on this link to the recording. We have also included the slides from our webinar, Impacts of the Pandemic on Student's Social Emotional Skills.

The next webinar is scheduled to take place on Friday April 1, 2022 9:00-9:30 am. We want to hear from you about what topics you would like us to discuss. Please fill out the Google Form below. Let us know if you have any specific questions about a topic or suggestions for topics. We hope you’ll join us! Parent Survey

The Dedham Community House Summer Camp has donated scholarships to each of the Dedham elementary schools. Please contact me ASAP if you would like a camp scholarship for your child. My deadline to submit requests is today, Wednesday, March 16th.

As always, please be in touch if I can be of assistance to you in connecting with resources, summer plans, or about any concern you have. You can reach me directly at 781-310-2709 (private line and answering machine) the school’s main line, 781-310-2000 or at esheehy@dedham.k12.ma.us


There are several exciting things happening in the library. I mentioned last month that Riverdale is having its first Battle of the Books. This program takes place over twelve weeks and involves sixteen books. Students will listen to two books each week and vote for their favorite in a bracket style competition until the winner is determined. We started last week and the winner of Round 1 is , Meesha Makes Friends. I can't wait to see which book is the favorite one of Riverdale students.

I also mentioned last month that I would be giving out a project for students to take home and complete. Each grade level will listen to a different story and have materials and directions to complete the project. I plan on sending these out at the end of the week so be on the lookout for a brown lunch bag in your child's backpack. I hope that students and their families will find this enjoyable. Thank you very much to the PTO for funding this project.

I am still in great need of volunteers to help when students come to the library for class time. Parent volunteers help check books in and out as well as reshelve books. If class time does not fit your schedule you are most welcome to come at another time to help reshelve books.

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Ask a first-grader to name a double fact. Ask a first-grader what their favorite season is and why. We have been working on opinion writing and convincing our readers by giving our opinion, reasons and details!

Ask a second-grader to tell you about how where a rock is found may give clues to the type of rock it is.

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

Ask a fourth-grader the meanings of erosion and weathering.

Ask a fifth-grader to explain the strategy for multiplying and dividing decimals by a power of ten. For example,

3.2 x 10(to the third power) and 46.2 / 10(to the second power)


Riverdale Families!

Our Fun Run Fundraiser kicked off today, and we are thrilled about this year’s program! We’ve asked the fundraising experts at Booster to power our program, making our fundraising simpler, more profitable, and more FUN. Our event includes EVERY student in a fun, fitness event that focuses on character while helping our school raise some much-needed funds.

This year, our entire school is raising funds for a Brand New Inclusive Playground structure (pictured below)! Our goal is to raise $15,000 and, if you’d like to, we are inviting YOU to help!

Here’s how you can support Riverdale:

Register your student on MYBOOSTER.COM by searching “Riverdale” Then, use MYBOOSTER.COM to log donations for your student(s).

• If 75% of our families register, the kids will earn a PJ Day! Registering does not require a donation of any kind.

Reach out to family and friends by SHARING your Student’s Pledge Page. With MYBOOSTER.COM's smart sharing tools, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever. The easiest way to get donations is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star Video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with friends and family.

Ask your child about the Sports City Worldwide Character Lesson of the Day! It’s a fitness theme all about inspiring students to be active and activate their character. Students will travel the world learning how to live and play with more character from REAL kid-athletes. Our dynamic, documentary-style videos will teach your students about Curiosity, Practice, Confidence, Humility, and Endurance. Join along by watching the fun character videos with your student(s) on MYBOOSTER.COM.

Thank you for supporting our school, regardless of financial participation. We can’t wait for our actual Fun Run on Friday, March 25!


· March 16 to March 25– Start of the Boosterthon

· Friday, March 25 – Fun Run

· Wednesday, April 6 – Professional Development

· April 15 – No School

· April 18-22 – April Vacation

MCAS Dates:

Grade 3:

April 4 – ELA Session 1

April 14 – ELA Session 2

May 3 – Math Session 1

May 6 – Math Session 2

Grade 4:

April 5 – ELA Session 1

April 12 – ELA Session 2

May 5 – Math Session 1

May 10 – Math Session 2

Grade 5:

April 11 – ELA Session 1

April 13 – ELA Session 2

May 4 – Math Session 1

May 11 – Math Session 2

May 17 – Science Session 1

May 18 – Science Session 2