Riverside School - Richmond

Riverside School - Richmond


It really is good to see Riverside flourishing. I remember when they built the new school... It's been 30 years since I have been there.. It will always have a special spot with me... I remember Mr DeOrio flew model planes..
Fun Battleship math lesson for the students of Riverside School - Richmond
Attention Riverside Parents: tomorrow (Thursday, April 29) and Friday are the last two days to contribute envelopes for our Monday surprise for Teacher Appreciation Week. If you don't know about the black & box pictured below (and what should go in it), please check your emails from your room parents and Mrs. Glidden to learn how you can participate! There are other ways to participate next week, but envelopes must be submitted by Friday so Monday will be great fun for our great teachers.
Thank you for participating from your Riverside Parents Association!!!
We are lucky to have such heroes/leaders in our VAIS family of schools; here's a profile of one at Riverside School - Richmond.
Riverside School - Richmond students put their musical appreciation and comprehension on display in a clip in which they play 'Walking in the Rain' under the direction of music teacher Cori Bider.
Riverside School - Richmond students are learning about the rhythm of keys and notes via a familiar tune, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' and under the wonderful direction of music teacher Cori Bider.
World-renowned entrepreneur Tom Dorsey spoke today Riverside School - Richmond about overcoming dyslexia and the advantages of a Riverside School - Richmond education.
World-renowned entrepreneur Tom Dorsey spoke at Riverside School - Richmond​ today about overcoming dyslexia and the advantages of a Riverside School - Richmond education.
Riverside School - Richmond
Thank you amazing parents and students for making our Riverside teachers and staff feel super special by participating in “the gift card game” with the Parents Association. Loved the artwork and already got some great reactions from teachers and staff. Thank you!!! And thanks to the amazing teachers who do so much for our children!!!!
Does your child have dyslexia? In this episode of podcast learn truths & myths from expert, how to support your child and yourself, and hear from Riverside School - Richmond kids with dyslexia, who say they wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Virginia's Most Trusted School for Students With Dyslexia in Grades K-8 Learning differences, like dyslexia, affect one in five U.S. children.

“A dyslexic child’s mind is like a safe, and when you find the right combination, it opens the doors. Riverside knows that combination and knows how to open those doors.”
— Riverside School Parent

Riverside School is a small, non-profit, private day school located in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to providing a teaching approach which is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of st

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Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 12/12/2022

Today was one of Riverside’s sweetest annual traditions – cookies from the Parents Association! Thank you to all our families for sprinkling our faculty and staff with these treats to help celebrate the holiday season.


On this Giving Tuesday, we are thankful for so many things at Riverside including our amazing students, their supportive families, and our dedicated friends. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports increased financial aid, upgraded classroom materials and technology, Orton-Gillingham teacher training, and so much more. Thank you for your support! https://riversideschool.org/donate-now/

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Sharing our gratitude! Riverside is thankful for the grandparents, friends, and family members who attended our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day last week. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day special and all our Riverside families.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 11/16/2022

The book fair is here! Riverside’s library is full of great choices at this year’s book fair. Students are previewing the fair and exploring titles today and tomorrow.

Two days will be available to parents and grandparents to shop the book fair. Parents are invited to join us at Family Shopping Day on November 17 from 3:20 pm to 5:30 pm. We’ll also have the book fair open to grandparents and guests during our Grandparents and Special Friends Day on November 22 between 8:30 am to Noon.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 11/11/2022

It was a special Morning Assembly yesterday as we welcomed guests from Bon Air and River City Rotary Clubs! Through the generosity of an $11,000 grant from these Rotary Clubs, Riverside was able to launch its digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks. We were able to add 74 digital audiobooks, 248 ebooks, and 109 print books to our collection through this grant. Our library collection went from 0% digital to 10% digital, which is a huge step for us to offer digital content to our students 24/7.

Ebooks and audiobooks offer features that are helpful to dyslexic readers. Ebooks have controls for font size, style, background color, audio speed, and voice, so students adapt the book to fit their individual needs. Audio books allow students to “read with their ears,” and science tells us that, “When they compared the semantic brain maps for listening and reading, the researchers found that they were almost identical.”

Thank you to the Bon Air and River City Rotary Clubs for this transformational gift of 431 new books!


Have you ordered your Riverside swag? The Riverside Swag Store offers a variety of items to show your Riverside pride, including apparel, car magnets, and more. Shop the online store and place your orders before midnight on Wednesday, November 9. https://www.greentruckmarketing.com/showrooms.htm

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 09/21/2022

Look what happens when we ask our students to put on their "thinking caps"!

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 09/01/2022

Scenes from the first day of school. It was great to welcome new students and welcome back returning students. It's going to be another great year at Riverside!

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 08/26/2022

Check out our awesome staff members preparing for an amazing 2022-2023 school year. Everyone is ready and excited to see the students on Monday.


We are excited to introduce our newest math teacher and LF teacher, Gina Wojtysiak. Gina has 15 years of combined teaching and work experience.

Gina holds a degree in Studio Art from Indiana University where she also studied French and Business. In 2018, she completed Virginia’s Career Switcher Program for Teacher Licensure and earned teaching endorsements in Middle School Math and Visual Art. Earlier this year Gina studied the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching through Riverside’s O-G Associate level coursework.

While completing her Orton-Gillingham coursework, Gina began substitute teaching at Riverside School. She told us she "was so impressed with the school’s individualized approach to teaching and the culture of kindness cultivated here that I knew this was where I wanted to teach."

In addition to teaching Gina is a children’s book illustrator and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening and making art with her two daughters.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 08/16/2022

We are excited to announce that Riverside's Library has moved to an expanded space in the Atrium Building! Mrs. Cain can't wait to welcome students to the new, larger Library. Here's a sneak peek.


We are excited to introduce our new instructional assistant, Amy Lawson. Amy has been a substitute at Riverside School and her son attends our school. Amy stated, "Riverside School has been an incredibly positive experience for our family, and I am ecstatic to be part of the team." Amy attended the University of Richmond - Go Spiders!! She has been involved in the education field for 20 years and has worn many different hats from teacher to administrator to substitute. When she is not driving a carpool, helping with homework, or volunteering, she enjoys hiking, walking, reading, and spending time at the beach with her husband, three children, and her Portuguese Water Dog, Posey.


We are excited to introduce you to Sarah Bonkovsky, a new LF Teacher. Sarah has taught at First Baptist Preschool for the past six years. She has a degree from The College of New Jersey in Elementary Education with a concentration in English. She told us that she is excited to work at Riverside School because of the wonderful faculty and students. Sarah completed the Orton-Gillingham course this spring and she is looking forward to putting this approach into practice in the fall. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her family, read, watch tv, and go for walks around Richmond.


We are so excited to welcome our new classroom teacher, Karen Hollowell, to Riverside School. Karen brings 22 years of classroom teaching experience to our school.
She has taught in public schools in North Carolina and Virginia and has a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies Teacher Preparation and a Master's in Reading. When asked why she was interested in working at Riverside School, Karen stated "I'm excited to teach at Riverside because I know it's an amazing school. I have wanted to learn more about how to teach students with dyslexia to read, so I'm excited about the training. I'm excited to teach students with the goal of actually learning the information as opposed to being prepared for the test." Karen's hobbies include loving to read and write. She is working on a novel and has written for some blogs, magazines, and one app. She loves spending time with her kids and two cats.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 07/25/2022

We’re on week 6 and 7 on our summer reading adventure! What have you been reading this summer? I just finished two excellent books, one is a nonfiction picture book on water and the other is an action packed adventure story about ice fishing! All the linked Capstone books have read-along natural voice narration. All the weeks are open for you to explore with books, activities and videos to choose from. From Mrs. Cain, Librarian.

careers « Riverside School 07/23/2022

careers « Riverside School

Riverside is hiring a Director of Finance. Learn more about the position and how to apply here- https://riversideschool.org/careers/

careers « Riverside School CAREERS AT RIVERSIDE Do you share our commitment to enhancing the educational experience? Our faculty and staff are highly trained and dedicated to providing the best educational environment possible for our students. Riverside School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the...

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 07/21/2022

It has been an amazing two weeks at Camp Riverside. Students created music, engineered egg drop containers, and engaged in hands on math and multi-sensory OG reading instruction.


So close! The collaborative stick-together digital poster is almost finished. There’s a new poster attached to each summer reading ChoiceBoard featured in the summer reading program! Visit the school library catalog to open the Summer Reading 22 collection!

Mrs. Cain, Librarian.


What could it be? Riverside students can safely collaborate to complete this “Stick Together” online poster this summer. Additional posters are linked to each 2-week Choice Board. Visit the Library catalog’s Summer Reading 22 collection for access.


From Riverside School Library: What are you reading this summer? I just finished Ground Zero by Alan Gratz, in audiobook format, borrowed from the public library. It’s a super exciting novel based on 9/11. It is a middle school Virginia Readers’ Choice title, but would appeal to grade 4-7 readers.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 06/04/2022

The students in Mrs. Mayer's class enjoyed foods eaten in ancient Greece. They lounged like the Greeks while eating dates, figs, asparagus, lentils, garlic, olives, and much more! Their minds and palettes were expanded through this immersive experience.


Here is just one more picture of our awesome intermediate school students at the annual Tea Dance.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 05/26/2022

The Riverside Tea Dance was enjoyed by our intermediate school students today. It was great to see so many parents and grandparents! The food was delicious and the dancing was fun. A huge thank you goes out to Ms. Phyllis and her helpers for planning this amazing event!

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 05/17/2022

Riverside School - Richmond's soccer team recently wrapped up another successful season. Participants learned the importance of staying active, the benefits of teamwork and the value of sportsmanship.

Riverside School - Richmond joins in extending a heartfelt thank you to all who were part of and supported the activity—coaches, faculty, staff, administrators, students, parents, loved ones, volunteers, the grounds crew and fans. (photo credit: David Peterson)

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 05/05/2022

Riverside School - Richmond's annual Field Day tradition brought fun, frolic and a festive atmosphere.

Help support Founder's Day 05/04/2022

Help support Founder's Day

Riverside's Founder's Day of Giving is LIVE and we have four matching challenges (one each for alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends) totaling more than $10,000. You can double your donation by giving between now and Friday!


Help support Founder's Day Founder’s Day is a time to honor Riverside’s rich history, celebrate its present, and plan for its future. It is the traditional day that Riverside founder Pat DeOrio comes back to the school to talk to the current students and give them a glimpse into the history of this important institution. ...

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 05/03/2022

Riverside School - Richmond after-school Art Club students studied Jackson Po***ck and his frenetic style of painting.

Also, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in Art Club, which wrapped up for the 2020-21 academic year with this concluding project. Thank you for making it memorable!

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 05/02/2022

During Riverside School - Richmond's recent 'Student Presentation Night,' our students displayed their talents, enviable creativity, dedication and more in front of family, loved ones and friends.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 05/02/2022

What an amazing first day of Teacher Appreciation Week! Gift cards and Monochromatic Monday were enjoyed by the entire staff. Our staff is so thankful.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 04/28/2022

At Riverside School - Richmond, Art Club students have been learning about Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. He combined his love of balance and order with an intense passion for jazz, in particular boogie woogie.

This dynamic becomes very evident in his later work which is geometric but full of repetition and energy. The children understood the concept immediately and adopted the method right into their paintings.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 04/20/2022

At Riverside School - Richmond, learning is made fun through the use of objects that drive home concepts. Here, students created catapults to launch marshmallows and then graphed their results using a coordinate graph.


Riverside School - Richmond, Virginia's most trusted school for children with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences, is currently hiring for a full-time classroom teacher.

This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a flourishing independent day school, complete with students actively engaged in the learning process, as well as top-tier and supportive faculty, staff and administrators.

Click here to learn more and apply >> https://bit.ly/3uaLZVI


Act now and show off your Riverside School - Richmond pride by shopping at the school's 'Swag' store.

Riverside School - Richmond is introducing a panther logo and a rainbow tie dye t-shirt this spring, as well as other promotional products to celebrate our school!

Shop the store now as time is running out and supplies are going fast:: https://riversideschool.itemorder.com/shop/sale/. All orders must be placed by this coming Wednesday, April 13 at midnight.


At Riverside School - Richmond, we're so proud of our student musical group, who recently sang two vocal ensembles combined—so beautiful and worth your time.

Many thanks to the students who participated in this lovely undertaking under the direction of our world-class music teacher, Mrs. Bider.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 04/06/2022

Riverside School - Richmond's always-enthusiastic Art Club students, under the direction of instructor extraordinaire, Mrs. Lantz, are enjoying an exciting (and cleverly-termed) exercise called ‘abstraction satisfaction.'

Students are learning about how artists create abstract paintings and sculptures.

"Needless to say, they are doing a wonderful job and are eagerly learning many new things about art," Mrs. Lantz reports.

Photos from Riverside School - Richmond's post 04/01/2022

Many thanks to the Riverside School - Richmond parents who have students in Mrs. Hague’s and Mrs. Shoop’s classes as well as to Starbucks (Robious Road) and Sugar Shack Donuts - N. Chesterfield (Huguenot Road) for brightening our day recently with delectable Sunshine Treats—we indulged!


At Riverside School - Richmond, New SWAG! Riverside School - Richmond's Spring Swag showroom is now open!

We are introducing a panther logo and a rainbow tie dye t-shirt. Check it out here!


The store closes on April 13 so please order soon 😉. Questions about the showroom? Please contact Riverside School - Richmond at: (804) 320-3465. Happy shopping!

Videos (show all)

Mrs. DeOrio Invites You to Founder's Day on May 6
At Riverside School - Richmond, we're so proud of our student musical group, who recently sang two vocal ensembles combi...
Riverside School - Richmond, it is never too late to enjoy the everlasting spirit of the holiday season, especially when...
A treat for the Riverside School - Richmond team to have Hudson Talbott as our guest recently for the Adult Dyslexic Ser...
Author Hudson Talbott Discusses the Value of the Dyslexic Mind at Work During Riverside's Dyslexic Speaker Series
Riverside School - Richmond student Merritt was happy to share a little of 'Jolly Old St. Nicholas' with his class prior...
Riverside School - Richmond students had 'share time' today in music class and students were encouraged to play somethin...
A talented Riverside School - Richmond pianist, Jovie, recently enjoyed playing a song for her class. The song was taugh...
The new Riverside School - Richmond Band has been working hard since the beginning of the school year. Led by Riverside ...
Students in Riverside School - Richmond's music classes, led by music teacher Mrs. Bider, are learning to play several d...
Riverside School - Richmond summer campers are having a terrific time learning the intricacies of music and rhythm to ma...




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