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Sept. 14 - Grade School News

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Riverdale Grade School News


SOS Curriculum

The team from Jory Mental Health, along with our School Counselor Heather Johnston, will be facilitating training for students during 7th and 8th graders' in period's 1 & 2 on October 4th and 5th to increase their understanding and support of students' mental and emotional health. S.O.S (Signs of Suicide) is an evidence-based curriculum that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression.
Designed for grades 6-12, SOS teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers, while providing materials that train school professionals, parents, and communities to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action.
After the training, students will complete a screening questionnaire that will be reviewed that same day by the mental health team. Any student who shares that they are experiencing suicidal thinking will be provided with individualized support and follow up by one of the providers or school counselors that same day. Parents/caregivers will be alerted if their student is in need of additional support or safety planning. Students who report levels of depression or anxiety, but without suicide risk factors will also be followed up with the week of the training.
Students will also receive a list of community support resources, along with information on supports available at school. If your family would like more information on available support or the S.O.S. curriculum, please contact Simone Nagle at

REMINDER: September 19-24

RSD Homecoming Week

Who’s got spirit!? For the first time ever, our Homecoming Week is districtwide! Students at both schools have the same dress up days and are encouraged to attend each other's sporting events. On Thursday, Sept. 22, RHS students will come down to the grade school for another first: a district-wide pep assembly! Read the attached slideshow prepared by our 7/8 Leadership Team to learn more about what’s taking place September 19-24. 

Evening Agenda

Back-to-School Night

Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6:30-8 p.m

6 - 6:30 p.m. - New family welcome hosted by PTC
6:30 - 7 p.m. - K-4 presentations
7:05 - 7:25 p.m. - Gym (Principal welcome, and teacher introductions, Allison Williams, Alexia)
7:30 - 8 p.m. - 5-8 presentations
6:30 - 7 p.m., 7:30 - 8 p.m. - Specialists will be in their classrooms
6:30 - 7 p.m., 7:30 - 8 p.m. - School Counselor and Behavioral Specialist will be in the conference room with resources for mental health and behavioral needs


Conference Survey

The district would like to hear from our community on the format they prefer for upcoming conferences with their student’s teachers. Please complete this quick survey before Monday, Sept. 19 to inform our decision. 
Take the survey here


Picture Day is Coming

Picture Day is Tuesday, Sept. 20, with retakes on Tuesday, Nov. 1. As a reminder, this is also our homecoming week Team Sports dress up day, so students are welcome to change before or after their picture. Order online at with Picture Day ID: EVTZBSRTP


You can find many of these forms under the "Handbooks, Policies and Forms" section on the RGS website.
Should you have any questions, please contact Kendra Hawkins or Tanya Steele.

Important Dates

  • Monday, Sept. 19 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Picture Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 - Back-to-School Night from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 7 - Inservice Day (no school)
  • Oct. 13 & 14 - Fall Conferences (no school)