September 2017

WEEK SIX - SEPTEMBER 25TH - 29TH

Attributions: 

Principal Moment

Mark Twain once wrote that teaching is like trying to hold thirty-five corks underwater all at once.

What exactly is a teacher anyway? A lot of different things. Teachers are like conductors. They try to get everyone to play together harmoniously.

Once in a while they may feel like the jacket on a popular library book – well worn, very touched, more wrinkled this year than last year, close to falling apart.

Teachers are like shepherds. They herd kids off the playground equipment at the end of recess.

When teachers help students discover abilities that they don’t know they have, they are like talent scouts.

Recently, I have spent hours going through boxes in my basement. During that process I decided that teachers are memory makers, too. They know that the stories, paintings, and plaster of paris handprints that children make at school will someday become family treasures.

Each day teachers create experiences in their classrooms that their students will someday look back on and laugh over and talk about and perhaps even try to re-create in their own children’s lives.

Teachers understand that kids are like wet canvas. Teachers help paint the backgrounds. I certainly love the Riverview teachers!

SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences will be held Oct. 5th and Oct. 6th. Watch for a signup link coming from your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

A SEP conference is a short meeting to discuss a child’s progress at school and celebrate achievement or find solutions to academic or behavioral concern. Please plan on attending.

Chalk-Walk FUNdraiser-Friday, October 6th

It is nearly time for Riverview Fundraiser. We will have a ‘Chalk-Walk’ again.

FAQ’S of a Chalk Walk

  1. What is a Chalk Walk? During each lap, the walkers will be celebrated with a splash of color (colored cornstarch which is 100% non-toxic and completely biodegradable). The colors will be released from squeeze bottles managed by teachers and parent volunteers.
  2. How does this help Riverview Elementary? The Color Walk will raise money through sponsored pledges and laps walked. In other words, the students are actively earning money for our school! Last year’s funds were used to help purchase an additional twelve Smartboards. We now have a Smartboard in each classroom! Thank you!
  3. Where will this take place and what will it look like? The track will be set upon the grass behind Riverview Elementary. All grades will walk concurrently. There will be music on site. Additionally, water will be provided during the walk.
  4. How can I help? In addition to assisting your student(s) with pledges and collection, you can sign up to volunteer. Sign-up opportunities will be available for filling squeeze bottles with chalk, releasing chalk, and helping at the clean-up station. Keep an eye out for an email and/or check our website. Cheer on the kids on the day of the walk or participate with us on Friday, October 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  5. What if I’m concerned about the powder getting into the eyes, nose and throat of my child? Participants are welcome to bring bandanas or even dust masks. We will guide our volunteers to aim below the neck. Keep in mind that this is a kid-friendly event; the volume of color will be appropriate for fun, not overwhelming or scary. If a student does not want to participate in the color element of the walk, that child is invited to walk on the inside of the track.
  6. How permanent is the color, and how should I prepare? Participants should wear OLD white t-shirts, socks, shorts and shoes. The color should mostly wash out of any item worn. Of course, if your child wants to keep the colored t-shirt as a souvenir of the event, spray the colors with vinegar and iron it prior to washing. Participants should also bring a towel or large garbage bag to protect the inside of a car or bus.

Funds raised at this event will go towards many programs, including:

  • Technology: More Chromebook lab for the classrooms. We are now one-to-one in fifth and sixth grades. We are working towards providing more Chromebooks in all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Program support and resources & supplies
  • Library: library books, ebooks, supplies
  • Bonus Activities: Assemblies, Special Events, etc…

The walkathon represents all that is really great about Riverview. Because all are participating, our students can be proud to contribute directly and individually to the school. On this one day in October, we will come together to support and celebrate our kids.

Families can come “set up camp” on the grass field and on locations along the course. Plan to bring folding chairs or a blanket or old clothes and your walking shoes, depending on if you want to walk with us or watch. No bicycles or pets.

PTA

Riverview Elementary PTA presents the “Reflections” contest. Express yourself through art; Literature, Visual Arts, Dance, 3-D Art, and Photography. The 2017-2018 Theme: “Within Reach.” Have students pick up an entry form from their teacher or at the office. Deadline: Friday, November 4th.

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 9th – 13th. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives. Listed are some of the activities that we will be involved in.

  • Monday, October 9th – “Follow your dreams – Don’t do Drugs.”
    • Pajama/sweats day – no slippers
    • Pass out red ribbons and discuss the “Drug Free Pledge”

DRUG FREE PLEDGE

“I pledge to be drug free and support the National Anti-Drug Campaign by taking a stand against alcohol and drug abuse.”

  • Tuesday, October 10th “Rally in Red.”
    • Wear as much RED as possible
  • Wednesday, October 11th “Don’t get mixed up with drugs”
    • Wear crazy or mismatched clothes
    • Walk to school day
  • Thursday, October 12th “Drugs have no place in my future”
    • Dress up like your future self
  • Friday, October 13th “Team up against drugs.”
    • Wear your favorite team color, jersey or Riverview colors
    • Red Ribbon Week Assembly 2pm

Communication Options

Riverview School website

Riverview Parent Communication Page

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Please continue to check the website for additional information.

Upcoming Events

  • September 29th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00 a.m
  • October 2nd – PTA Reflection Assembly 1:30
  • October 4th & 5th – SEP Conferences
  • October 6th – Popcorn Friday; Chalk-Walk 1:30-3:00
  • October 9th – 13th – Red/Green Ribbon Week
  • October 12th – Red Ribbon Assembly 2:00
  • October 17th – SCC 3:30
  • October 19th & 20th – Fall Break
  • October 24th – Picture Re-take
  • October 25th – Make Your Mark Assembly 2:30
  • October 30th - November 3rd – PTA Book fair
  • October 31st – Halloween Parade 9:00; Sports Park; Kindergarten Afternoon Parade 12:30; Around the Kinder playground
  • November 2nd – PTA Family Night 5:30

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary

Mrs. Cook's Class Celebrates Dot Day!

Attributions: 
Amy Cook

Mrs. Cook's first grade class celebrated Dot Day by reading the book The Dot. First graders brainstormed about how they could Make A Mark and Make It Matter here at Riverview. The students were really focused on the word yet and how powerful that word is. We love learning about having a growth mindset!

Make A Mark, Make It Matter

Attributions: 

Riverview celebrated Dot Day at school. Students read The Dot book and discussed what they would do to make a difference this year. Students hope to Make A Mark and Make It Matter.

WEEK FIVE - SEPTEMBER 18TH - 22ND

Attributions: 

Principal Moment

Beethoven was a child prodigy who changed music forever. Students have been learning about him during music with Mrs. Nelson. Mrs. Nelson taught the students that his formal education ended after elementary school because Beethoven was unable to write fluently and was only able to do simple arithmetic. After learning about Beethoven’s early life one boy responded: “He was in the Learning Pit!”

Last year I attended a leadership conference, one speaker and author provoked the audience to think about their ‘what if’, he talked about ‘not dying with your song in you’. This resonated with me and caused me to reflect on why we do what we do and how we implement it in practice.

I am very proud that Riverview students are beginning to think about The Learning Pit and Learner Powers. Students are learning that great effort leads to great progress. I hope that each student is able to help themselves ‘make their mark’ and find ‘their song’.

It’s great to be a Riverview Ram!

SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences will be held Oct. 5th and Oct. 6th. Watch for a signup link coming from your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

A SEP conference is a short meeting to discuss a child’s progress at school and celebrate achievement or find solutions to academic or behavioral concern. Please plan on attending.

PTA

School T-Shirts are here! If you ordered a t-shirt for your child, you should have received it this week. If you have any questions contact:

Boys/Girls After School Club

All registration forms and payment needs to be turned in by Monday, September 25th.

Chalk-Walk FUNdraiser

It is nearly time for Riverview Fundraiser. We will have a ‘Chalk-Walk’ again.

FAQ’S of a Chalk Walk

1. What is a Chalk Walk? During each lap, the walkers will be celebrated with a splash of color (colored cornstarch which is 100% non-toxic and completely biodegradable). The colors will be released from squeeze bottles managed by teachers and parent volunteers.

2. How does this help Riverview Elementary? The Color Walk will raise money through sponsored pledges and laps walked. In other words, the students are actively earning money for our school! Last year’s funds were used to help purchase an additional twelve Smartboards. We now have a Smartboard in each classroom! Thank you!

3. Where will this take place and what will it look like? The track will be set upon the grass behind Riverview Elementary. All grades will walk concurrently. There will be music on site. Additionally, water will be provided during the walk.

4. How can I help? In addition to assisting your student(s) with pledges and collection, you can sign up to volunteer. Sign-up opportunities will be available for filling squeeze bottles with chalk, releasing chalk, and helping at the clean-up station. Keep an eye out for an email and/or check our website. Cheer on the kids on the day of the walk or participate with us on Friday, October 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

5. What if I’m concerned about the powder getting into the eyes, nose and throat of my child? Participants are welcome to bring bandanas or even dust masks. We will guide our volunteers to aim below the neck. Keep in mind that this is a kid-friendly event; the volume of color will be appropriate for fun, not overwhelming or scary. If a student does not want to participate in the color element of the walk, that child is invited to walk on the inside of the track.

6. How permanent is the color, and how should I prepare? Participants should wear OLD white t-shirts, socks, shorts and shoes. The color should mostly wash out of any item worn. Of course, if your child wants to keep the colored t-shirt as a souvenir of the event, spray the colors with vinegar and iron it prior to washing. Participants should also bring a towel or large garbage bag to protect the inside of a car or bus.

Funds raised at this event will go towards many programs, including:

  • Technology: More Chromebook lab for the classrooms. We are now one-to-one in fifth and sixth grades. We are working towards providing more Chromebooks in all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Program support and resources & supplies
  • Library: library books, ebooks, supplies
  • Bonus Activities: Assemblies, Special Events, etc…

The walkathon represents all that is really great about Riverview. Because all are participating, our students can be proud to contribute directly and individually to the school. On this one day in October, we will come together to support and celebrate our kids.

Families can come “set up camp” on the grass field and on locations along the course. Plan to bring folding chairs or a blanket or old clothes and your walking shoes, depending on if you want to walk with us or watch. No bicycles or pets.

I certainly appreciate you! Riverview is a great place, thanks for all you do at home to support the education of your students.

Communication

Riverview School website

Riverview Parent Communication Page

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian; Principal, Riverview Elementary

Upcoming Events:

  • September 25th – 30th – PTA Box Tops Competition
  • September 25th – Assembly for 2nd-6th grades from 1000-11:00; Scott Savage- Author of Farworld series, Mysteries of Cove series, and the Case File 13 series.
  • September 29th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00 a.m
  • October 2nd – PTA Reflection Assembly 1:30
  • October 4th & 5th – SEP Conferences
  • October 6th – Popcorn Friday; Chalk-Walk 1:30-3:00
  • October 9th – 13th – Red/Green Ribbon Week
  • October 12th – Red Ribbon Assembly 2:00
  • October 17th – SCC 3:30
  • October 18th – Make Your Mark Assembly 2:30
  • October 19th & 20th – Fall Break
  • October 24th – Picture Re-take
  • October 30th - November 3rd – PTA Book fair
  • October 31st – Halloween Parade 9:00; Sports Park
  • November 2nd – PTA Family Night 5:30

Second Graders Honor Patriot Day

Attributions: 
Christy Nielson and Cassie Callister

In honor of Patriot Day on September 11, our Second Graders enjoyed a visit from our city's First Responders (Fire, Police & EMT). We had a great time hearing about how they help our local community and seeing all of their great tools for work. Thank you First Responders for being Real Life Heroes to us!
-Mrs. Callister & Mrs. Nielson's 2nd Grade

Early Out Day

Attributions: 

Monday, September 18th, 2017, we will have early release.  Students will be dismissed at noon. Here are a couple of notes regarding early dismissal; Lunch will be served at 10:10.  Morning Kindergarten session students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.  There will be no Afternoon Kindergarten session. 

WEEK FOUR - SEPTEMBER 11TH - 15TH

Attributions: 

Principal Moment

There are certain moments in teaching that I call Teacher Moments. These are the special moments that make it all worthwhile. They are golden. They are few. They come unannounced. And you have to listen very closely, or you might miss them.

Unfortunately, when the moments come, I usually don’t have a pencil handy, or I say I’ll write it down later but forget, or I simply wasn’t listening closely enough that day and missed the moment completely.

But one day, not too long ago, I didn’t miss it. I was sitting with a student in my office. He had been sent to my office with what I call “subitis”. “Subitis” is an illness which causes stomach ache and it is very contagious. Students are exposed to “subitis” when they come to school and notice that their teacher is gone and a sub has taken her place.

I was trying to calm the symptoms and encourage this fellow to go back to class. I read aloud a book titled, You Don’t Always Get What You Hope For.

After closing the book, I asked him if he was ready to go back to class. He nodded his head. As we left my office, he asked: “Mrs. Killian, can I buy that book in cursive?”

That one I remembered.

School Community Council

The school community council is a group of parents and school personnel that jointly develop a school improvement plan, decide how school trustlands funds will be used, and to advise the principal on local school issues. The first meeting is Tuesday, September 19th at 3:30 in the conference room.

The Riverview Elementary School Council Members for 2017-2017 are:

Heads Up – ‘Did You Knows’ for Parents

Are you a new parent to Riverview Elementary? Do you know what dismissal time looks like? We need your help to keep the school and your children safe. EVERY child’s safety is important to us. It remains our highest priority to ensure that students enter and exit cars in a safe and organized way. We ask everyone to correctly follow our pick-up and drop-off procedures. Failure to do so creates chaos, frustration and unsafe conditions. Each family should discuss these loading and walking procedures. Thank you for your continuing support in making Riverview a safe environment for all. Click on the link to view the Drop Off/Pick Up Map. http://riverview.nebo.edu/sites/riverview.nebo.edu/files/Riverview%20Site%20Map.pdf.

General Precautions:

  • Be your child’s best example. Please be courteous and follow all safety guidelines at all times.
  • No arrivals prior to 8:00AM. No supervision is provided.
  • Please DO NOT STOP in the left lanes of the loading zones. This is a very dangerous location in our parking lot. No students permitted in parking lot without an accompanying adult.
  • Use crosswalks to cross streets and loading zone lanes.
  • Students are to use the yellow walking/bike path that is painted around the perimeter of the West Parking lot by the Kindergarten playground when leaving school at the end of the school day. Students may not ride bikes or walk through the parking lot.
  • Follow all directions from school safety personnel. They can see potential problems you may not.
  • Students are to be picked-up promptly at dismissal.

Dropping Off:

  • Pull your car as far forward into the loading zone as traffic allows. (see the map above). Drivers may drop-off students along entire length of Loading Zone.
  • Students can unload from PASSENGER SIDE of vehicle only. The driver should remain in the vehicle at all times and all driver side doors are to remain closed. No trunk unloading allowed in this zone.
  • Keep pulling forward and fill in all gaps in Loading Zone Lane.
  • Have all school materials including backpack and lunch ready before student exits vehicle.
  • Once your student has exited your vehicle you may exit the parking lot via the bypass lane to the driver’s left. This lane is for driving only — no loading, unloading or stopping at any time.

Picking up from School:

  • Pull your car as far forward into the loading zone as traffic allows. Student pick-up is available from Loading Zone Lane only.
  • No cell phone use while waiting for your child.
  • Once your child has entered your car on passenger side of vehicle, please exit parking lot via bypass lane to driver’s left. This lane is for driving only — no loading, unloading or stopping at any time.

School News

Monday, September 18th, school will be dismissed at noon. Lunch will be served at 10:10 a.m.

September 25th - 29th - PTA Box Top Drive. This year we are going for BONUS Box Tops! We will continue collecting the physical Box Tops the traditional way - so keep on clipping. We've got some fun prizes in store in September 25-29 for the classes who collect the most! In addition, we are going DIGITAL! Download the Box Tops Bonus app on your phone and earn EXTRA cash for Riverview. Once you register, it is as simple as taking a picture of your receipts - easy peasy. When you do this, you get extra Box Tops digitally in addition to the physical ones you turn in. Thank you for helping support Riverview in this fun and easy way!

It is nearly time for the Riverview Fundraiser, Friday, October 6th. We will have a ‘Chalk-Walk’ again.

FAQ’S of a Chalk Walk

  1. What is a Chalk Walk? During each lap, the walkers will be celebrated with a splash of color (colored cornstarch which is 100% non-toxic and completely biodegradable). The colors will be released from squeeze bottles managed by teachers and parent volunteers.
  2. How does this help Riverview Elementary? The Color Walk will raise money through sponsored pledges and laps walked. In other words, the students are actively earning money for our school! Last year’s funds were used to help purchase an additional twelve Smartboards. We now have a Smartboard in each classroom! Thank you!
  3. Where will this take place and what will it look like? The track will be set upon the grass behind Riverview Elementary. All grades will walk concurrently. There will be music on site. Additionally, water will be provided during the walk.
  4. How can I help? In addition to assisting your student(s) with pledges and collection, you can sign up to volunteer. Sign-up opportunities will be available for filling squeeze bottles with chalk, releasing chalk, and helping at the clean-up station. Keep an eye out for an email and/or check our website. Cheer on the kids on the day of the walk or participate with us on Friday, October 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  5. What if I’m concerned about the powder getting into the eyes, nose and throat of my child? Participants are welcome to bring bandanas or even dust masks. We will guide our volunteers to aim below the neck. Keep in mind that this is a kid-friendly event; the volume of color will be appropriate for fun, not overwhelming or scary. If a student does not want to participate in the color element of the walk, that child is invited to walk on the inside of the track.
  6. How permanent is the color, and how should I prepare? Participants should wear OLD white t-shirts, socks, shorts and shoes. The color should mostly wash out of any item worn. Of course, if your child wants to keep the colored t-shirt as a souvenir of the event, spray the colors with vinegar and iron it prior to washing. Participants should also bring a towel or large garbage bag to protect the inside of a car or bus.

Funds raised at this event will go towards many programs, including:

  • Technology: More Chromebook lab for the classrooms. We are now one-to-one in fifth and sixth grades. We are working towards providing more Chromebooks in all grades.
  • Fine Arts: Program support and resources & supplies
  • Library: library books, ebooks, supplies
  • Bonus Activities: Assemblies, Special Events, etc…

The walkathon represents all that is really great about Riverview. Because all are participating, our students can be proud to contribute directly and individually to the school. On this one day in October, we will come together to support and celebrate our kids.

Families can come “set up camp” on the grass field and on locations along the course. Plan to bring folding chairs or a blanket or old clothes and your walking shoes, depending on if you want to walk with us or watch. No bicycles or pets.

I certainly appreciate you! Riverview is a great place, thanks for all you do at home to support the education of your students.

Communication

Riverview School website

Riverview Parent Communication Page

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian;
Principal, Riverview Elementary

Upcoming Events:

  • September 13th – 5th grade keyboarding ends
  • September 14th – 4th grade keyboarding starts; 5th grade DARE program starts
  • September 18th – School dismissed at noon
  • September 19th – School pictures; School Community Council mtg. @ 3:30
  • September 21st – vision screening
  • September 25th - 30th - Box Tops Competition
  • September 26th – Assembly for 2nd-6th grades from 2:00-3:00; Scott Savage- Author of Farworld series, Mysteries of Cove series, and the Case File 13 series.
  • September 29th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00 a.m

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