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April 9 Riverdale School District News

Riverdale School District

Friday, April 9

Riverdale School District News

Dear Riverdale Community, 
This week our GS Team continued preparations for our return to longer days (8:30-2:20 M/T/TH/F and 8:30-12:20 W). We’re thrilled to begin this new schedule with Kindergarten students next Thursday, April 15th and all K-8th on Monday, April 19th. Today our HS Team engaged in a meaningful review of the hybrid options, looking for ways to strengthen schedules in consideration of the 3ft rule change. For next year, we continue to review use of alternate and creative spaces, such as potentially accessing the two local churches within walking distance and partnering with Lewis and Clark if needed.
In case you missed this announcement last week, we will be holding three listening sessions in the coming months to hear from community members and caregivers of students who are part of historically marginalized communities. The purpose of these sessions is to hear about the educational experiences of these populations and listen to ways that we can be more supportive to our marginalized students. All of these meetings will be held virtually. This is in support of and to strengthen our SIA planning for the 2021-2022 school year. 
Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color: | Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. | This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latinx, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: | Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m. | This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Aromatice, Pansexual, Non-binary or have their own label/non-label in regards to their gender or sexual identity. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability |Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m.| This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
Please mark your calendars. Details about signing-up to participate in the sessions will be sent out in this newsletter in the coming weeks.  
Take good care.
Interim Superintendent, Joanna Tobin

Notice of Budget Committee Meetings

Riverdale School District will conduct the Budget 101 Meeting to complete the training and onboarding of our committee on Wednesday, April 21 via GoToWebinar. The first budget committee meeting is on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. via GoToWebinar. Members of the public may watch the budget meeting live. The next two meetings are on Wednesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Riverdale budget information can be found on our Budget/Finance page
Register here for the April 28 Budget Meeting
school board

Board Work Study Monday

The next work study session is Monday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. By registering using the GoToWebinar (GTW) link below, you will be sent a reminder with the access link before the meeting.
The board meeting calendar and agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. Recordings are posted on the Riverdale Board Page. 
Register here for the Board Work Study

Equity and Inclusion Corner 

Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Children About Race
Many people worry that by talking about race and racial stereotypes, we are teaching kids to notice differences that they otherwise would not have seen. In reality, children begin to notice racial differences when they are babies and are influenced as toddlers by the racial messaging they see in the world around them. Studies have shown that children start to form views about race when they are as young as two years old. Anderson Cooper did a 10-minute special, “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture” on this topic and his conversations with kids show how quickly they internalize racial misconceptions. The graphic below shows this in more detail:
Let's talk about race
When we do not talk to kids about race, we are allowing the stereotypes they absorb at a young age to be cemented. We must have conversations and be intentional about what we expose them to in order to prepare them for living in a diverse world.  
Here are two articles I suggest reading in order to learn more about the topic and how to approach this in your own home:
Read this article from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: “Children are Not Colorblind, How Young Children Learn Race”
Read this article from the University of California, Berkeley: “Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children”
- Abby Rotwein 
Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
Restorative Justice Coach 9-12


  • Monday, April 12 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • April 14-15 - RHS Teacher Hybrid PD Days (RHS no school)
  • Thursday, April 15 - RGS Kindergarten new schedule of 8:30-2:20 begins
  • Friday, April 16 - RHS Hybrid Welcome Day
  • Friday April 16 - RGS Teacher Work Day (RGS no school)
  • Monday, April 19 - All K-8th on new longer day schedule of 8:30-2:20
  • Wednesday, April 21 - Budget 101 Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Friday, April 23 - RHS Teacher Work Day (RHS no school)
  • Monday, April 26 - Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 26 - Board Work Study at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28 - First Budget Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
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