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April 16 Riverdale School District News

Dear Riverdale Community, 
Below is a Draft of Financial Priorities for the 2021-22 school year to help guide decisions within the proposed 2021-22 budget. These priorities are structured within the context of the Riverdale School District 2024 Strategic Plan. This is an effort to capture what will move us forward and also sustain current programming that we value so dearly. I welcome your input as we review and refine these priorities. 
We are adding a Special Budget Meeting to the calendar for Monday the 19th at 7 p.m. to nominate and select a Budget Committee Chair. The newly elected Budget Chair will also then facilitate conversation and vote on hosting the meetings this spring in person, virtually or a hybrid of the two. 
We ask that you participate in the following ThoughtExchange: Please share your thoughts, questions and suggestions for consideration regarding the draft RSD priorities listed in this RSD eblast. When engaging in ThoughtExchange, we ask for similar etiquette to public comment in board meetings. This includes not naming individual staff members or students. Thank you all in advance for your engagement and feedback!
Take good care.
Interim Superintendent, Joanna Tobin
Participate in the ThoughtExchange here

Draft Riverdale School District Strategic Financial Priorities (FP#1-8) 2021-22


Theme 1 

Educational Model 
We support, challenge and prepare every student to succeed in college, career and life. 
FP#1 Prioritize support for funding of Intervention and Extension Supports K-12 
FP#2 Maintain strong counseling programming inclusive of mental health support and college counseling
FP#3 Identify budget support for potential educational models/response to the Covid-19 pandemic during the 2021-22 school year

Theme 2 

District Stability
We are operationally sound, poised for the future and aligned to the needs of our community. 
FP#4 Reasonably staff the district office in support of essential functions of the district
FP#5 Plan for district financial stability 

Theme 3 

Climate & Culture 
We cultivate highly engaged, self-determined students who thrive both academically and socially. 
FP#6 Maintain implementation of restorative justice practices and continued elevation of equity and inclusion district-wide

Theme 4 

Curriculum & Instruction 
We nurture curious and agile learners by balancing rigor, creativity, exploration and innovation. 
FP#7 Support funding for curriculum and technology innovations
FP#8 Provide staffing levels that support a variety of elective offerings as well as innovation within the high school schedule

Budget Committee Meetings

The district will hold a special budget meeting on Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m. via GoToWebinar. 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

Equity and Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations 

To our Muslim community, Ramadan Muburak.  We hope you find this month of fasting and reflection meaningful and joyful.
To our Sikh community, we hope you had a lovely celebration for Vaisakhi.
To our Bahá’í community, we hope you have a wonderful 12-day Festival of Ridván.

A Note About Daunte Wright

It is hard for me to know what to say at this point. I have written so many of these notes, statements and comments in the last few years in my previous school district. Like many of you, I am grieving and in pain. The love of my life is a Black man, my godsons are young, Black teenagers and children. I am scared and sad.
To our Black community and those who are grieving, you are not alone. We are committed to creating a culture where every Black student in the Riverdale School District is seen, heard and supported.
We cannot remain neutral or silent about racism. 

Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week, April 26th - April 30th

The week of April 26th-30th will be “Compassion and Inclusion Week” at the high school. Over the course of this week, students will be hearing from speakers, watching films, and taking part in a number of activities in order to learn about cyber-bullying, safe online behavior, mindful social media use, and interrupting harmful behaviors.
Two of these events will be open to community members and caregivers.
On Tuesday, April 27th, students in grades 9-12 will virtually attend a screening of the film The Upstanders and a speaker panel with Scilla Andreen, Jenn Burleton and Jahmar Rutherford.
The film and speaker panel will be available for community members to watch live from 9-11 AM on Tuesday, April 27th. Register here.
If you are not able to join us live, a recording of the film and speaker panel will be available to community members until the evening of May 4th. We will send out the link to access that in our Riverdale High School News and Riverdale School District News on April 29th and 30th.
From Indieflix Website:
The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together to create systemic change. 
This film was developed by the family of a high school student in Texas who committed suicide, so there is discussion of that content in the film. If you would like your child to opt out, please email Abby Rotwein at and CC your child’s advisory teacher. Read the biographies of the speakers here.
On Thursday, April 29th, from 6:30-8 p.m., there will be a virtual event on GoToWebinar for community members and caregivers with Dr. Sameer Hinduja. The topic will be: Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unwise Social Media Use: The Role of Parents, Youth, and the Community.
This presentation seeks to share evolving best practices that can be proactively implemented in homes and families to curb technology misuse. Foundational information related to how kids use the Internet and their devices is first provided before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social media use in detail. Practical strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed extensively in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees will leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for, and with numerous resources to assist them toward those ends.
To sign up to attend, please register here
Read Dr. Hinduja’s biography here.
We look forward to engaging in these events with the community and with our high school students.

Reminder About Caregiver Listening Sessions 

Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color: 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.
Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. Sign-up to participate here.
Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: 
Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m. Sign-up coming soon.
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. Sign-up coming soon.
- Abby Rotwein 
Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
Restorative Justice Coach 9-12


  • Monday, April 19 - All K-8th on new longer day schedule of 8:30-2:20
  • Monday, April 19 - Special Budget Meeting at 7 p.m. via GTW
  • Wednesday, April 21 - Budget 101 Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • Wednesday, April 21 - 11th/12th grade return for hybrid
  • 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
View all of our previous eblasts here