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  1. Day 145: Carlos, Director of Grounds

    [ By on May 21, 2013 ]

    What do I think about while I am working? Mainly about my duty, what I need to do to maintain the property at the standard that is expected. There is not much time to think about anything but what I need to do. There is a lot of planning ahead; I need to analyze the soil to see what kind of fertilizer to use, figure out when to re-seed the fields, plan big projects like re-doing a whole field, orchestrating the work in such a way that it is not going to affect what people need to do here. And that’s just the fields. I work on all these plants that you see, too. I see myself as an artist, ...

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  2. Day 140: Dorothy, Assistant to the College Office

    [ By on May 13, 2013 ]

    The first thought that comes to my mind when I am asked about my job is, “Don’t stress.” Everybody who comes through here, especially the students, is stressed. The moment that they step in here, they think about how stressful the process is and wonder what the outcome will be. I guess the one thing I want to say is, at the end of the process they will be settled in a place where they ought to be, so what matters is to take advantage of that moment as a beginning, not an ending. The real question is: what will you make of your life? It’s a lot more than this process. The point is to make the best of ...

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  3. Day 135: Georgina, Food Service Staff Member

    [ By on May 06, 2013 ]

    This is a wonderful place to work. All the departments are wonderful—maintenance, security, everybody. You have somebody behind you helping all the time—it’s wonderful. The kids learn a lot from their teachers because very professional people work here. They teach the kids to be better people, to be nice. The kids get a good education here, and they learn to be kind. The kids have very good behavior here in school. Outside of school, I don’t know what they do, but here, they are good. I love these kids like they’re my own, and I learn a lot from them. One thing I learn is the language; my English is getting a little bit better because I practice with the kids. ...

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  4. Day 130: Irene, Middle and Upper School Science Teacher and Lab Coordinator

    [ By on April 29, 2013 ]

    This morning I was sitting in the cafeteria eating Russian rye with butter and mustard. Eating that kind of breakfast, which I do most days, brings back memories of when I was little. We came from a displaced persons camp in Germany and were assigned to be indentured servants for a farm in Sayer, PA, where my father worked in the fields and my mother did the cooking and cleaning. Food was scarce. The head of the household put a lock on the refrigerator--I remember that lock--it was a chain, so you couldn't get in there. We just lived on butter, bread, and mustard most of the time. After five years at the farm, my father got a job in ...

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  5. Day 125: Milton, Head of Middle School and Assistant Head of School

    [ By on April 22, 2013 ]

    The Middle School opened its doors at Riverdale Country School eight years ago.  The excitement of this event was somewhat tempered that September of 2005 as we all watched the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on our fellow citizens and friends in places like New Orleans (NOLA). On the first day of school, an RCS eighth grader at the time, Ben (now a junior in college!) approached me about organizing a Dance-A-Thon to raise funds for relief efforts. He then organized his friends and the new Middle School into action.  Over $25,000 was raised for such relief efforts such as the rebuilding of a Middle School that was severely damaged and did not reopen until almost two years later.  A ...

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  6. Day 121: LaShawn, Middle and Upper School Library Director

    [ By on April 15, 2013 ]

    Today is commemorated as Jackie Robinson Day.  Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in modern Major League Baseball.  On this day 66 years ago, Robinson ended segregation in baseball by playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Before then, African American players were relegated to the Negro Leagues. Last year, Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, visited Riverdale and shared memories of her father through stories and pictures.  She shared her father's strong sense of family through vivid images recreated by Kadir Nelson, an author and illustrator. Today I learned that it is Jackie Robinson Day.  I remembered Ms. Robinson's visit and was reminded how we benefit from his sacrifices.  We enjoy the diversity of the Riverdale school community because of the ...

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  7. Day 117: Susan, Director of Global Studies

    [ By on April 08, 2013 ]

    This is my third year at Riverdale as Director of Global Studies. While I have planned and organized dozens of trips, I only just finished chaperoning my sixth trip abroad with students. I must say that I am continually impressed with how well Riverdale students embrace the immersion experience and grow from it. I watch as students, who seem to be on the quieter side in class, come out of their shells and emerge as true group leaders and pioneers. I always love learning about and seeing the other sides of students, the parts of them that we do not get to see in the classroom. I will say that our student body has so many hidden and glorious talents. ...

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  8. Day 108: Judy, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic and Physical Education Department

    [ By on March 11, 2013 ]

    The perspective that I have is that you have to keep an even keel. I think when you work with people in small surroundings like we do down in the athletic office, you have to know when to bite and not to bite. It’s like a long marriage; you just let some things pass, and other things you have to take care of, but you know your partner so well that you don’t take anything personally. Life is too short to get wound up in any kind of pettiness and squabbles. I very rarely get in a bad mood—I’m more of a laid-back kind of character. When I was younger, everything had to be done right away, whereas now I understand ...

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  9. Day 103: Marsha, Purchasing Agent, Receiving, and Manager of School Store

    [ By on March 04, 2013 ]

    What I did notice today, seriously, is that many students are very mannerly. They'll come in, they'll say good morning, they'll purchase something, then they'll say, “Thank you, have a good day.” Even when they come to the vending machine to buy something, they'll wish me a good day, and I do appreciate that. Not everyone does it, but my appreciation goes to those who do. It makes my day brighter. I just like that they're nice. It's refreshing; after all the bad news that I hear all the time, it's refreshing. Marsha lives in Riverdale with her husband, Fred. When she is not at work, she likes to walk, do yoga, visit museums, and go to the theater.

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  10. Day 98: Robert, Manager of Special Events

    [ By on February 26, 2013 ]

    I have been with Riverdale for five years now and have had the pleasure of working with so many faculty and parents on various events throughout the years. I also had the honor of working with various families and faculty members this past December as we all went out to Far Rockaway to distribute food and presents for the holidays to some of the families that were hardest hit during Sandy. The students were amazing; so organized, interested, and involved in every aspect of the day. That day really made me realize why Riverdale is such a special place and how fortunate I am to be part of this very special community. When not at home in the West Village, Robert enjoys traveling with ...

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