The biggest fundraiser of the year rallies the entire Riverside Community. Hundreds of auction items, delicious food, festive environment, there is something for everyone. The Barn comes alive during this event with the 8th graders playing an important role in hosting the evening.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm in The Barn.
Play Week is the time when 6th-8th grade students collaborate on the production elements of our all school play. We depart from academic classes while students work on set construction, costume collection, prop development, choreography, publicity, and full rehearsals.
Faculty welcome the opportunity to meet with students and their parents to discuss learning, for typically 20 minutes for elementary (K-5th grade) students and 10 minutes for each teacher middle school students have. Teachers would like to encourage students to attend conferences with their parents and plan to ask a question or share a comment, concern, or celebration. Please call Krystal as soon as possible to schedule conference times.
Spring Clean-Up is a community effort to spruce up our campus in conjunction with Vermont’s Green Up Day. Families bring tools and a helpful attitude to wash windows, complete minor repairs, care for our gardens, touch up paint, and rake gravel. Students helpfully engage in these chores and recognize how their efforts lead to school improvement.
Graduation is an official school day that celebrates the efforts of all of our students during the school year and especially those of our graduating class. Speeches, awards, and musical performances comprise a ceremony in the cedar circle, followed by a community potluck lunch.
We invite the grandparents of our students to school to spend as much time as they would like with their grandchild. It is a wonderful way for them to see their grandchildren in this important setting and get to know Riverside. Their is coffee and snacks at break and a catered lunch with opportunity to meet with the head of school.
Nothing means more the Riverside Community than giving back. This caring group of students, faculty and staff work together to contribute to local causes offering donations of food, cleaning and decorating projects, supporting local schools or community centers and all in the name of thanks.
The Riverside School will hold a public forum on Independent Schools: "The Elements, Benefits, and Challenges of the Independent School". The event is open to the public. Local independent schools, Thaddeus Stevens, The LEARN Program, East Burke School, Lyndon Institute, and St. Johnsbury Academy will host this event with Riverside. The event will be in The Barn. We will provide childcare for Riverside families only.
Biography Fair has its roots in so many Riverside traditions but one is rarely as captivating as Bio Fair. Students start thinking about it during the first week of school. And the day it arrives, you can hardly recognize the middle school students on campus. Their costumes so elaborate and the displays so detailed. The students are even overheard speaking to each other in character. The elementary students even catch the bug by performing short speeches and interviews in their characters and all the students act as audience to one another while proud parents look on.
Celebrate the taste of the season with this flavorful and highly anticipated annual event!
NEW THIS YEAR! Oktoberfest 2017 is now a FRIEND-raiser and no longer a fund-raiser. Invited guests are treated to complimentary local craft brews, tasty appetizers, and conversation to welcome new families and celebrate the start of a new school year.
The Parent Advisory Group's Annual Fall Festival is an event you do not want to miss. The donation items fill the barn beyond capacity, you never know what you are going to find! Volumes of books, clothes and shoes galore, ski equipment, furniture...the list goes on...And all handpicked by the generous staff of parents and volunteers that supply food and muscle for one of Riverside's biggest fundraisers.
Sign Language with Patrice McDonough
Signers will learn skills and information about the language used by the Deaf Community in the United States. Singing, signing and storytelling will all be part of the fun as participants will learn more than 500 ASL vocabulary words.
Painting with Barb Eidel
We will be mapping color with the color wheel to learn how to paint a landscape, a portrait, a still life, and an abstract painting. We will use different painting media: acrylic paint, watercolor and ink- for our explorations. Wood burning and using stains are also a possibility. So join us for a painting adventure!
International Cooking with Jill Nicol
Young chefs will creatively cultivate their interest in food, while also exploring cultures from around the globe. Throughout the week, participants will spend time preparing meals from different regions of the world and discovering those cultures as they experiment with new ingredients. Students will also learn about kitchen safety and a variety of cooking techniques. The week will culminate with an exhibition and celebration in which students will share their culinary creations.
Film Making with Daniel Fales
In this week-long film-making camp we will dive into making movies and videos ourselves. Join us as we learn the art of video production and film-making. Participants will be the directors, the lighting crew, the film crew, the acting talent, and the post-production crew. You will work in teams to take on projects that will allow you to practice and learn skills such as shot design, framing, camera movement, lighting, storytelling, editing, and post production.
Calligraphy with Lauren Ruffner
Participants will embrace their individuality, enjoy the freedom to create their own style of writing, and explore the artistry of fonts. During the week they will practice writing in a number of different fonts, create their own, and prepare pieces of work to display their newfound skills. Younger students will learn about the parts of a calligraphy pen and three basic alphabets. Older students will also explore pen angle, additional fonts, and other flourishments.
Nature Art with Kate Renner
Participants will use the resources of the fields and forest that surround the Riverside campus to embark on a variety of art projects. Some days will be spent entirely outside, incorporating the natural elements of the landscape into our artwork. We might do plaster castings of found objects, large fiber sculptures on the trees in cedar circle, or a felting project that uses both wool and fibers collected from the fields. Themes explored during the week might include: the science of color and color theory; exploring movement and Newton's laws by making kinetic toys and sculptures; fiber arts like weaving, felting and sewing with found and recycled materials; and playing with our food-- using basic kitchen staples to make beautiful artwork.