Email: RiversideMagnetCC@gmail.com


Executive Board Members:

Kristen Gordon, President
Tisa Rabun-Marshall, President
Elizabeth Adorno, Treasurer
Rasheda Lockett, Fundraising Chair
Jennifer Nadeau, Family Coordinator
Kara Richardson, Secretary


Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm @ 29 Willowbrook Road, East Hartford, CT 06118. Child care will be provided.

October 19th, November 16th, January 18th, February 15th, March 15th, April 19th and May 17th

RCC meeting minutes 10_19_17

RCC Meeting 9-21-2017 minutes

 *Previous Meeting Minutes links at the bottom of the page


 RMS Community Council Overview


The RMS Community Council (RCC) serves as a forum for families, teachers, staff and administrators to share ideas, support learning, sustain a vibrant school community and help shape the future direction of Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin College (Formerly Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School) RMSGC (Formerly GCECMS).


Members of the RCC work to:

– Build a strong bridge from home to school through families’ involvement beyond the classroom

– Foster a welcoming school community and culture

– Engage the entire school community in ongoing dialogue that advances the quality of RMS GC (Formerly GCECMS)

– Support a passionate focus on the success of all students in becoming life long learners

– Create opportunities for collaboration between families, school staff, Goodwin College and the broader local community

– Advocate for RMSGC (Formerly GCECMS’s) Reggio Emilia-inspired model and its core values

For the 2015/2016 school year the RCC will operate as one main Council. Future structure and size of student population will lend to the opportunity for sub councils with specific focuses. These may include:

  • Special Events and Fundraising – Members play a key role in organizing and staffing school events. Examples include social events such as Coffee Houses, Family Outings/Play Dates (off site) and Holiday/Seasonal Events. This team would also evolve to include events with fundraising components at a time TBD.
  • Recruitment and Outreach – Members play an active role in school recruitment efforts, serve as advocate/ambassadors and assist in efforts to retain students for full matriculation Pre K 3 through Grade 5. This team would also work to create positive relationships with local community organizations and surrounding towns for collaboration opportunities.
  • Communications – Members assist with production of school wide directory, newsletters, marketing materials, website content and more.
  • Partnership and Learning – Partner with RMSGC (Formerly GCECMS) Staff and Administrative experts to provide input and feedback on learning tools, curriculum and other techniques applicable in classroom settings. Understand assessment tools and other school metrics to provide “the voice of the parent” when and as appropriate.


  1. Who should join the RCC?

Any individual interested in supporting RMSGC (Formerly GCECMS) with his/her time and talents to further enhance the school community.

  1. What’s the time commitment?

The main RMSCC meets on a monthly basis during the school year. Meetings typically last for 1 ½ hours. On a volunteer basis members may also help to staff school wide events, Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) recruitment events or attend smaller planning meetings (as appropriate).

  1. What is typically covered at RCC Meetings?

RMSCC meetings provide an opportunity to hear directly from school Administrators on any important updates or school news. Staff /Teachers typically also share information about classroom activities or other updates pertaining to the school day or studio happenings. In addition, the meetings provide an opportunity for parents/families to ask questions, raise concerns and/or provide suggestions/ideas. Lastly, meetings may include time for working collaboratively on new ideas, event planning, etc.

Who do I contact for more information or questions?

Attend a monthly meeting or contact:

Casey Decoteau, Studio and Community Coordinator





Click links below for notes from previous meetings:

RCC Meeting 2.16.17 PDF

 FCC meeting 1.19.17




FCC Meeting-Notes September[2]

FCC Meeting Notes October

FCC Meeting Notes- November

FCC Meeting Notes-January

April FCC Meeting Notes