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April 28 Grade School News

Wednesday, April 28

Riverdale Grade School News 

Dear Families, 
The saying, "It takes a village" has never been more true than it is this year. I continue to be thankful for our village and the roles everyone plays in creating students that are kind, inquisitive, socially responsible and academically successful. At the heart of our village are our students. Next week is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, and I want to say thank you to our teachers and staff who are an extremely important part of this village. They care as if the students are their own, work tirelessly and continue to show up for our children. This has been the hardest year in the history of education and our staff has changed schedules multiple times, excelled at utilizing new learning platforms and continued to love our students. Thank you, RGS staff, for being dedicated professionals that continue to put our students first. You make Riverdale great. 
With much appreciation and heartfelt gratitude.
Take care,
Acting Principal Jennifer McDonald 

Updates and Reminders

Bus Routes

We strongly recommend the busing option to help traffic flow for car pickup. Please communicate with your child what route number they will take. You can view the latest bus routes here. Email Suzanne Bevier with any questions.


On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, students will be placed 6 feet apart outside and will move under cover should we have bad weather. Lunch will be offered through Healthy Habits or students may bring their own. Healthy Habits will drop off their lunches on early release Wednesdays for students to take home with them.  

Chromebook Returns

With these new schedules, K-4th in-person students no longer need a Chromebook at home. Please return Chromebooks to your student's classroom teacher ASAP. 
In-person students in 5th-8th are welcome to return their Chromebooks unless they need them for online class. 
If you’re returning your Chromebook, please also be sure to bring the charging cord. Thank you!

Prior to Coming to School Each Day and Sick Student Reporting

If your child is sick, you must report symptoms to our attendance office. Also, if your student is in hybrid and staying home due to a non-Covid illness, we ask that they rest as they would during a typical school year. Students do not have the option to attend classes virtually unless they are quarantined due to a Covid exposure. Please have your child work with teachers to make up any missed work.
Students must stay home if they're sick. In an effort to keep everyone safe, please check your student(s) for the following:
  • In the past 14 days, my student has not tested positive for COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, neither my student, nor any individual living in my household has been in contact with anyone who has/had a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, my student has not been advised to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official
  • My student does not have a fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) without having taken any fever reducing medications
  • My student does not have a new or worsening cough
  • My student does not have any new or worsening shortness of breath
  • My student is not experiencing chills
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, they must stay home. Please report their absence and symptoms to the office.

Restorative Justice Corner

Greetings! I’m so glad that we’re having some sunny weather. Hope you all are able to get out and enjoy it. Today I want to expand on my prior topic, apologizing and fixing the wrong, and talk about how to form an effective, sincere apology. We can apologize in a lot of different ways that can be ineffective. The Empty Apology: saying “I’m sorry” with no substance or without meaning it. Over Apologizing: excessively apologizing and stating how bad you feel focuses on your feelings and not how the other person’s feelings were harmed. Incomplete Apologies: taking responsibility for your actions but not asking for forgiveness or attempting to fix the problem.  
An effective apology has 4 parts. First we need to recognize that we need to apologize (and it’s ok if you are still mad and need some time to cool down). Second, be specific with your apology and try to be as honest as possible. Third, try to explain why you made the mistake. Finally, add in that fixing component-how can you make this better for next time. You can try some role play with your student at home. In the first scenario you and your learner can pretend to be two friends on the playground talking about movies. One friend calls the other friend dumb for liking a certain movie. How would you apologize? In another scenario you can pretend to be two students in the hallway and one student bumps into the other student. In both of these scenarios take turns building an effective apology by utilizing all four components described above. Maybe you can also come up with your own scenario! It’s important for children to see their parents model apologies in their learning. Happy role playing!  
Megan Lenard
RGS Restorative Justice Coach and Behavior Specialist

Introducing New Staff

Edgar Sanchez | Daytime Custodian

Edgar is our new daytime custodian and comes to Riverdale with previous janitorial experience for the past five years. He previously worked as an elementary school teacher assistant and attended Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukee. You may recognize his last name as Antonio is his uncle! Edgar enjoys reading comics and playing with his cat, La Bruja. He is replacing the departure of our previous daytime custodian.


REMINDER: Register for 7/8 Basketball before May 1

You can find all of the registration information in this eblast

Track and Field Highlights

Congratulations to our RGS Track and Field Team on their tremendous season. The Boys Track Team placed first overall at both of the MCL meets, and the RGS Girls Team placed second at their first meet and third at their second meet. Go Falcons!


Important dates

  • Monday, May 10 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 14 - RGS Teacher Work Day (No School)
  • Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day (No School)
  • Thursday, June 10 - RGS Last Day of School