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RPDS Celebrates Read Across America Day

Happy Read Across America Day! This day celebrates the fun of reading, inspired by the books of Dr. Seuss. This morning, our community Read Across Riverside, by starting the day with 10 minutes of silent reading. Then throughout the day, classes enjoyed fun books read to them by our RPDS staff. Ask your student about their guest reader, and take a few moments to read something fun, yourself today. Happy Reading!

PreK 4 Learns About the Letter S and Service Animals

This week PreK 4 studied the letter 'S'! Yesterday students had the opportunity to meet their classmate Harper's service dog, Kirby, as part of their 'S' week studies. Harper's mom took time to read a special story that taught students how service dogs help people and the unique ways they work with their owner.

RPDS LEGO League Teams Enjoy Competing

This year Riverside Presbyterian Day School had three LEGO League Explore teams composed of 1st through 3rd Grade students. The three teams included the RPDS Robot Builders, RPDS Golden Builders, and RPDS Legends! These teams have been meeting since August working hard on the Cargo Connect season. 

RPDS Honors Legacy

It was a special morning at RPDS as the Alumni Council hosted a Legacy Chapel for all alumni, and their parents, who have children currently attending RPDS. We welcomed and celebrated over 50 alumni and grandparents this morning in Chapel. Thank you to Ashley and Keith Daw for delivering a wonderful message, encompassing the love we have for our school. We look forward to more moments of connection with our RPDS alumni in the coming months. To learn more about RPDS alumni and get connected, visit

Kindergarten Attends the Wedding of "Q" and "U"!

This morning Kindergarten celebrated a very special wedding! Today Q and U said "I do" and agreed to forever be by each other’s side! All of Kindergarten joined as witnesses to the beautiful ceremony. Their wedding vows promised that U would always be by Q's side. Congrats to the happy couple!

Go RPDS Rams Volleyball!

RPDS has three girls volleyball teams competing this season! We enjoy watching these girls grow more and more confident in their skills and develop tremendous sportsmanship throughout the season. They have a few weeks left in their season so join us in cheering them on

Modeling the Riverside Way Through Toy Donations

RPDS 6th Grade student, Jimmy Hunt recently donated some of his old toys and magnetic building tiles to his former PreK 3 teacher Mrs. McNeil to use in her classroom. After Mrs. McNeil shared with her class about the gift from Jimmy, one PreK 3 student, Annie Jetton, took the initiative to write a thank you note to Jimmy without her parents even knowing! This sweet story is a great example of our students, both big and small, living the Riverside Way.

Reading Buddies Return!

Recently our 3rd Grade students visited with our Kindergarteners on the Rice Sports Zone for reading buddy time. 3rd Grade students read a book with their Kindergarten "buddy" and also helped them find their sight words. Such a fun and special day at Riverside!

Kindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of School

Our Kindergarten students returned from the weekend 100 years old! Today in Kindergarten, students celebrated the 100th day of school with fun work stations and by dressing up as 100 year-olds! 

Exploring Different Cultures & Traditions!

At RPDS we enjoy having our parents on campus and providing opportunities for our students to learn about different cultures and traditions. Last week, Mrs. Fetner along with her 1st Grade son, Gideon and PreK 4 daughter, Quinn graciously visited with their classes to teach them about the miracle of Hanukkah through a story, dance, game of dreidel, and the Jewish blessing when lighting the menorah.

RPDS Girls on the Run

Today, the RPDS Girls on the Run team competed in their first 5k of the season at the University of North Florida. This group of incredible 3rd through 5th grade girls spend time running and volunteering together. 

RPDS Hosts Annual 5th & 6th Grade Spelling Bee

Our 2021 Spelling Bee champion is 6th grade student Kate Brice. Congratulations also to our runner-up, 6th grade student, Evelyn Leddy. Thank you to all our students who participated in the Spelling Bee!

RPDS Hosts Annual Fall Festival

RPDS was thrilled to host our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 13th! The day was filled with face painting, inflatable obstacle courses, a petting zoo, and a lot of smiles. Thank you to everyone who helped organize such a special day for our school community. 

Go Rams! RPDS Mascot Unveiling

Last year our students voted for the school's first mascot and today the mascot illustration was unveiled during our school assembly. We are excited to charge forward as the RPDS Rams!