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Published Oct. 7

Dear Riverdale Grade School Community,
A month of school is already behind us, and we continue to look forward to the promising work being done by our students and staff. October is a time of change with leaves beginning to fall in this transition into a different season. As we progress in the school year, we anticipate new learning experiences and embrace this new way of school. During all of this change, the power, belief and practice of the growth mindset is essential. We're teaching students strategies related to not giving up and continued improvement.
Here are some things you can do to extend and promote a growth mindset in your home:
  • Encourage your child to take risks and tackle new challenges at school.
  • Praise your child not for the ease with which he or she learns a concept but for the amount of effort put into learning it.
  • Emphasize perseverance and effort in extracurricular activities. For example, “I’m proud of how much effort you put into that basketball game” instead of “I’m proud of how many points you scored in that basketball game.”
This Friday is a teacher inservice day as they prep for conferences that will look different this year. More information will be coming soon on the format.   
We're in this together.
Interim Principal Kendall


Student verification forms needed

The grade school mailed home registration packets before the start of the school year. Included in those packets were student verification forms. If you have not yet returned your student verification form, please be sure to look over the information and make any corrections. Even if there are no changes, please sign and return the form using the return envelope included in the registration packet. Should you have any questions, please email Suzanne Bevier. If you've already completed and returned this form, thank you. 


Site Council - Parents needed!

Site Council is a body of parents, teachers, staff and administration who work together to develop the School Improvement Plan. If interested in joining, please email Chrisie Patrick

A message from our school nurse

New to Riverdale this year, our school nurse Nicholas Jacobs is asking for any student health information, and even though we're not in the building at this time, we still need to know about health conditions.
Below is the link to MESD's health condition portal, which not only makes things easier to access for parents but also assists us in getting their medical documentation facilitated during this time.
Using this portal, parents can find the medical documents and forms that we need from them depending on their child's health condition(s). The portal has five options, Asthma, Diabetes, Seizure Disorder, Severe Allergic Reaction and Other. Using these categories, parents will be able to navigate and find their required forms as it relates to their child's health condition. 
The portal has contact information for help navigating and using the portal if parents come across any difficulties while using it. 
After a parent has selected their student's relevant health condition(s), they can download, print and fill out the forms. They are given the option of being able to scan and email them to the schools themselves, or send them to
Parents can also contact and work with their school about the possibility of receiving the required documents physically at the school and turning them in physically at the school as well. If there are any questions about the documentation process, parents are more than welcome to email RGS school nurse Nicholas Jacobs at


Important dates

  • Friday, Oct. 9 - Teacher Work Day (NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, Oct. 12 - School Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 - State of the District Video
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Oct. 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school)
  • Monday, Oct. 26 - School Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 26 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day (NO SCHOOL)