The Riverside Squawker

April 26, 2023

Upcoming Important Dates

  • April 27 - 2nd/3rd Grade Music Showcase 10:30am and 2:30pm

  • May 12 - Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert 2:30pm
  • May 15 - Evening with Officer Gomez (for parents only) 7pm
  • May 18 - 5th/6th grade musical play program 10:30am and 2:30pm
  • May 19 - Field Day 9-11am, 11-1pm. Early Release
  • May 25 - Last Day of School. Early Release

Please visit HERE to view the 2022/2023 school calendar.

Summer Robotics Camp at Riverside

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with VEX Robotic Kits this summer! Two opportunities for small group robotic fun! Lora Bushee (teacher) and Ed Parsons (STEM teacher) will have a week-long camp that allows students to discover basic robotics, problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity skills.

When: June 12–16

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM OR 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: Riverside Elementary

Cost: $150.00

WHO: Current 4th, 5th and 6th grade students

Camp Includes robotic kits to use during camp, snacks, lessons on basic robotic use, obstacle course supplies, and lots of fun! A competition will culminate our week on Friday the 16th.

*robotic kits for use during camp only

If your child is interested in participating, please REGISTER HERE and submit a check payable to Tempus and drop it off at the Riverside front office.

The first 48 students to register and pay for camp will be able to participate. Questions? Please email for additional details.

A Thank You from our PTO & Staff

Thank you, Riverside families, for your generous support to make Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week such an amazing week!

Thank you also to the following incredible businesses in our community for their generous donations to show appreciation for our teachers and staff members at Riverside Elementary School! When you stop by any of these businesses, be sure and thank them for their support!

The STIL, Eastside Cycles, Great Harvest Bread Co., Parilla, Elements, SkinOwl, Dutch Bros., Bluebird Express Car Wash, The Tavern, M Spa & Salon, Flatbread, Boise Zoo, Boise Fry Co., Goody’s, Lucky 13, Play It Again Sports, Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt, Starbucks, The Collab Salon, and Athleta.

Tara Coffland & Kari Baker

Field Day Volunteers Still Needed!

Join us on May 19th for some fun in the sun. We will need lots of volunteers to make sure the games run as smooth and fun as possible.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Parents Presentation With Officer Gomez - Internet Safety Expert

Monday, May 15th, 7-9pm

2100 East Victory Road

Boise, ID

Officer Gomez is a highly sought after speaker who is an expert on internet safety and how it pertains to our children. You do not want to miss this important event. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot. This presentation is for parents only.
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Dallas Harris Info

As most of you know, all of the Dallas Harris students will be starting at Riverside with a tentative opening of the new school in early November. Dallas Harris students will be placed in classrooms with Dallas Harris teachers (as Riverside teachers will have Riverside students) and when the school opens the Dallas Harris classrooms will move as one whole unit. The purpose of this is to create an easier transition for all students. If you have any questions please reach out to Dr. Taylor or Mrs. Forrey.

Riverside 23/24 Class Placement Parent Info

Hello Riverside Families,

It's time to start thinking of class placements for our next school year. Classroom placement at Riverside Elementary is a team effort involving the classroom teachers, parents, teacher specialists, counselor, and principal. We invest considerable time and effort into developing classroom groupings that balance the needs of individual students with the needs of all students. Many factors are considered in the decision making process. These factors include:

- Developing classes that reflect the full range of academic abilities

- Distributing the number of students equally within each grade level classroom

- Balancing the number of boys and girls

- Considering the needs of dependent and independent workers

- Maintaining equal distribution of students who might have a positive or negative influence on other students

- Parent input based on unique social or academic needs.

The information parents provide is an important factor in class placement. Please fill out this Google Form to provide parental input regarding your child's strengths, challenges and needs. Please note we are not able to honor requests for specific teachers. All information provided is taken into account and utilized in the placement process. This form must be submitted by April 28, 2023.

5th/6th Grade Musical Performance

Mrs. Bostrom has worked so hard to bring us this wonderful musical play! May 18th, 10:30am and 2:30pm

PTO General Meeting

  • Save the Date - PTO General Meeting - May 9th at 9:00AM in the Library. We would love for you to join us! We will have updates from teachers and the Principal, talk about successes of the year, and generate ideas for next year! Refreshments provided and a raffle. We hope you can join us!

Nurse Lisa's Corner: Preparing for 7th Grade, Health Requirements

  • A required physical exam to participate in PE/Athletics.

  • Access form here: Physical Form

  • 7th grade immunizations: Tdap, Meningococcal

  • Access Exemption Form here: Exemption Form

Lady Wolves Summer Basketball Camp

Please see flyer HERE for more info. Basketball camp is for incoming 1st-8th grade girls and dates are June 5-7th.

Les Bois Swim Academy

Open for Enrollment - Swimming lessons for children & adults ages 3 months+ as well as a Rec Swim Team

Group Lessons Schedule Options:

Monday-Thursday (8am-noon & 4-7pm)

Friday (8am-noon)

Saturday (9am-noon)

Group lessons begin the week of June 5th & will run year-round

Group lessons offered 1x per week for 30 mins

Lessons are offered as groups classes, semi-privates (2 people), & privates (individual)

Semi-privates & privates must be scheduled, via email, through the Program Director

*Semi-Privates & Privates can begin when the pool opens*

For pricing & additional information, please visit our website below

Program Director: Chelsea Johnston

Phone: 208-577-7154




Riverside Character Traits

Why do we teach, reinforce and celebrate character traits at Riverside Elementary School?

We are committed to the growth and development of the whole child at Riverside. Learning about positive character traits and how they affect our life, other’s lives, and the greater community at an early age is important .

Children who learn character traits have better success in relationships both at school and outside of school. They learn to be more forgiving, responsible, caring, and compassionate individuals. They also learn how to cooperate with others, to tolerate different viewpoints, and to respect the needs of others.

Please ask your child about this month’s character trait (Grit/Perseverance), and ask them how they are displaying kind behavior at school and at home.

Cell Phone Policy

Riverside is asking that students do not have phones or use their smart watches out on school grounds before or during school. Students are allowed to keep their cell phones in their backpacks during the day. Thanks for your support on this issue.

PTO Corner:

  • Thank you so much for coming out to BINGO Night! We were able to raise $300 for the sixth grade party.

  • Calling all Volunteers! Looking to get involved? PTO has a wonderful line-up of events for this year, and we need your help! Take a look at our events and needs for volunteers and sign up on our website at We have things for everyone from bringing supplies to chairing events...and everything in between. We can't wait for all of the fun we're going to have this year.

Direct Give Form

This form provides details for how to donate to the Direct Give Campaign

Direct Give Campaign!

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State Parent Survey

Parents, we want to hear from you! Schools across the state are participating in Idaho’s custom, parent engagement survey. This survey gives you the chance to tell us how schools are doing in meeting your needs. The survey takes only a few minutes and your responses are anonymous, and they will be critical to helping us find ways to maximize satisfaction, engagement, and communication.

Make your voice heard at

Please respond by March 31