January 2019

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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Principal Moment

My nightly routine is to wash my face, apply advanced wrinkle corrector, brush my teeth, and then pluck out a few gray hairs.  I don’t know who I am trying to kid, the wrinkles and gray keep coming.  I think of a line from the book Goodbye, Mr.Chips.  It is a book of an old teacher and school master who remembers his career and his personal life over the decades.  There is a line in the book that illuminates how I feel about my job…”It must be tremendously interesting to be a schoolmaster…I don’t see how you could ever get old in a world that’s always young.”  

Thank You

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Riverview community on behalf of Riverview teachers!  Thank you for supporting the teachers, for supporting your child, for supporting education and thank you for attending SEP’s!  Thank you, also, to the fantastic PTA for supplying the wonderful meal that evening. 

Riverview Learning Pit/Learner Powers

It is our belief that we are capable of becoming better learners.  The Learning Pit and Learner Powers are about helping students help themselves.

Our Beliefs aligned with supporting evidence:

  • To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems. Utah Core State Standards
  • The brain is more like a muscle – it changes and gets stronger when you use it. When you learn new things, neurons in the brain actually multiply and get stronger. The more that you challenge your mind to learn, the more the brain cells grow. Carol Dweck
  • Learning how to learn is of importance in times when information doubles exponentially. Julia Atkin, Jane Gilbert, Unesco Four Pillars of Education Delors
  • The acquisition and application of learner dispositions better enables learners to know what too do when they don’t know what to do. Building this capacity is increasingly important in times of uncertainty and change. Guy Claxton, Art Costa, Sir Ken Robinson
  • Putting students in ‘I’m stuck situations’ is key to developing their learning capacity and use of the learner qualities (powers). James Nottingham
  • Being transparent (visible) about what progress looks like is engaging and motivating for learners. Learners who are empowered to know how they are going, where they are going, and where they will go next are assessment able and capable of promoting further learning. Shirley Clarke, John Hattie
  • Building individual goal setting capability has a positive effect of learning outcomes. John Hattie

Parents should be educated in the Riverview language of learning, so that the home and school can share in the same expectations.  How can you help at home?

  1. The way we praise our children can have a profound impact on the learner powers. When we praise children for being smart, it sends a message that their accomplishments are something they were born with.  In contrast, praise kids for working hard.  It sends a message that the child’s effort is what led them to success.
  2. Tell your children that when they work hard, that’s the feeling of their neurons connecting. When children learn that their brains physically change with effort, it leads to increased motivation and achievement.
  3. Accept Mistakes as Learning Opportunities – Explain to your children that trying hard things is what helps us grow, and you can’t be perfect when you try something hard!

Together, we can help students realize that great effort leads to great progress!  

No School on Monday

There will be no school on Monday, January 21st; Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  Enjoy the three day weekend. 

Communication Options

Upcoming Events

  • January 21st – No School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 22nd – Good Citizen Reward; Cosmo and BYU Dunk team from 10:30-11:30 a.m. SCC at 3:15 p.m.
  • January 24th – Lockdown Drill
  • January 28th – February 1st – White Ribbon Week
  • January 31st – Riverview Science Day

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal of Riverview

 

 

A BIG Thank You!

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teuscher

I would like to give a shout out to parent volunteers in the school.  I have 15 parents that give of their time one hour a week to help the students.  In my reading program I have a parent that comes an hour a day to help with my guided reading groups.  They do a shared reading with four different groups for 15 minutes, then  we rotate.  The most import thing that is happening is there is another adult in the room that are making sure the students are on task and involved with the reading process.  They are asking questions, and having discussion with the students.  At the end of the 15 minutes, the students have a task to do that helps build comprehension.  They also work on fluency as they are reading.  Thanks again to all the parents that help.

Learning and having fun!

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teuscher

At the end of the first three terms, Mr. Teuscher's class gets to use money that was errand to spend at shops.  The students plan and set up the shops and decide how much to charge for the goods they are selling.  It is awesome to see the excitement and the fun the students have for all their hard work.  It's a lesson in supply and demand, and economics.  Fun was had by all.

Science in Teuscher's 5th Grade!

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teuscher

In Mr. Teuscher's Science class we are studying Matter.  We spend a lot of time experimenting with physical changes and Chemical changes/reactions.  This is Mrs. Harrison's class making ice cream.  It is a demonstration of a liquid changing from a liquid to a solid.  The students had a great time working together tossing the bags of ice cream back and forth to help the ice cream become a solid.  The best part was being able to eat the ice cream.  The students have a better understanding of a physical change.  Science rocks!

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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Principal Moment

Over the years teachers get quite good at telling when a child will be sick.  You see, germs are sequential.  They tend to travel side to side.  Seldom do they jump to the student behind or in front.  And rarely do they skip rows.

If Ronny sits next to Emily, and Emily sits next to Anthony, and Ronny gets sick; teachers know that Emily will be sick in a day or two.  And when Emily is out, they know that soon Anthony will be watching cartoons and eating popsicles at home. 

It is the germ season.  It usually hits this time every year, during the freezing cold temperatures. 

We have had several very cold days last week with inside recess to share those germs with one another.  Here is the basic run down, if the outside temperature is 20 degrees and below; everyone stays inside.  If the temperature is above 20 degrees and the air quality is good ALL students will be outside for recess.  My grandma used to say, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Please make sure your child is coming to school with outdoor clothing during the cold weather months.

As you are fully aware, poor air quality is common during Utah winters and affects health.  Riverview monitors air quality from: http://air.utah.gov/.  We follow the Utah recess guide:  http://health.utah.gov/asthma/pdfs/airquality/recessguidance.pdf

SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences will be held Thursday, January 10th from 3:15-8:45 PM.  You should have received an email this week from SignUpGenius.  Parents, if you find a need to change your appointment the day of conferences, please contact the teacher so he/she is aware of the change. 

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 11th. Thank you.

Key Principles of the Riverview Learning Pit and Learner Powers

The picture book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain teaches students:  “Your brain grows very fast during the first ten years of life.  This is the magic decade when you can help your brain grow faster, and be more powerful...making mistakes really helps you learn, because your brain keeps trying new things and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g until you figure out the answer to your problem.”

Make a mistake and brain synapses fire.  The brain actually sparks and grows when we make a mistake, even if we are not aware of it, because it is a time of struggle; the brain is challenged and the challenge results in growth.

At Riverview, we are very intentional about helping students to know how to behave when they make a mistake, don’t know the answer or get ‘stuck’.  The learning pit is about sticking with it and embracing challenge when students feel ‘stuck’. All learning is about feeling doubt. If you are doing something that you can already do, that isn’t learning; that is practicing.

Learning is different than practicing. Learning means you step out of your comfort zone and try things that are difficult and hard. If things are tough and you are being challenged and it is difficult, then you are in the learning pit. If you are in the learning pit, then you are succeeding. Getting into the pit and getting stuck is a part of the learning process. When we get stuck in our learning and we just don’t know what the answer is, we use the seven learner powers to help us get out of the pit. Finally we can break through and say, “Hooray! I get this now!” Moving in and out of the pit is fun and that is the way we learn here at Riverview.

Parents should be educated in the Riverview language of learning, so that the home and school can share in the same expectations.  How can you help at home?

  • Demonstrate/model sticking to things even if they are difficult.
  • Talk about how you feel when you are faced with a challenge.
  • Praise your child when they persevere.
  • Talk with them about what helps them to concentrate and don’t be disturbed by distractions.
  • Encourage questions.
  • Don’t allow your child’s imagination to shrivel up...manage screen time.
  • Ask them what they learned at school, not what they did at school.
  • Make clear expectations for taking turns and cooperating.
  • Encourage flexibility and the ability to change a plan if necessary.

Communication Options

Riverview School website http://riverview.nebo.edu/.

Riverview Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Riverview-Elementary-School-150164395051510/

Riverview Instagram https://www.instagram.com/riverviewelementary/

Upcoming Events

  • January 10th – 5th grade Keyboarding course ends; SEP Conferences from 3:15-8:45 p.m.
  • January 11th – No School for students
  • January 14th – 4th grade keyboarding starts; 1st day of third term
  • January 21st – No School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 22nd – Good Citizen Reward; Cosmo and BYU Dunk team from 10:30-11:30 a.m. SCC at 3:15 p.m.
  • January 24th – Lockdown Drill
  • January 28th – February 1st – White Ribbon Week
  • January 31st – Riverview Science Day

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal of Riverview

Upcoming PTA Announcements

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Upcoming PTA announcements:

 

White Ribbon Week 

January 28th- February 1st

 

Spirit Day/ Popcorn Friday Friday 

February 1st 

 

Box Tops Competition! 

February 4th- 8th

It’s that time of year again! Begin clipping your box tops! Make sure they are NOT EXPIRED! We cannot accept expired box tops! The class with the most box tops gets a pizza party! Classes with no expired box tops gets a prize! 

Ready, Set, Clip!!  

 

February 12th 9:00- 2:00

Come visit with state legislatures and see how PTA works for our children 

Box Tops Competition

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Box Tops Competition! - Feb. 4th - 8th

It’s that time of year again! Begin clipping your box tops! Make sure they are NOT EXPIRED! We cannot accept expired box tops! The class with the most box tops gets a pizza party! Classes with no expired box tops gets a prize! 

Ready, Set, Clip!!

SEP Conference

Date: Thursday, January 10th 

Time: 3:15 - 8:45 p.m.

SEP conference is more than a check-in on how your child is doing in school. Rather, this important interaction with your child’s teacher provides the opportunity to work together as a team to ensure success both in and out of school. Parents and teachers each have a perspective to share, and working together can help you find ways to provide the appropriate and necessary support for your child.

If you do not already have a scheduled time, please refer to the sign-up genius or contact your child's teacher or the office. 

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Principal Moment

Back from Christmas Break; as I have been popping into the classrooms many students’ have been writing their New Year’s resolutions.  New Year’s what?  It turns out that the term ‘New Year Resolution’ is a bit of a head-scratcher for some kids.  “What is that?” said one bewildered little guy.

When asked more simply about their goals for the New Year, the kids gave thoughtful-and adorable-answers.  “I can get more 100’s on my tests,” “Try and be a little nicer to my sister,” “More money is a good goal,” and “Get more better at listening.”

SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences will be held Thursday, January 10th from 3:15-8:45 PM.  You will be getting an email this week from SignUpGenius.  This email will allow you to visit the website, find your child’s teacher(s), and sign-up for the time that is most convenient to your individual schedule.  Parents, if you find a need to change your appointment the day of conferences, please contact the teacher so he/she is aware of the change. 

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 11th. Thank you.

After School Clubs

Riverview Afterschool program is excited to announce the Winter/Spring 2019 program.  Registration was made available this morning, Thursday Jan. 3, at 8:00 a.m. www.riverview.edu under parents tab and click SIGN UP GENUIS.  All information including schedules, club descriptions, registration forms, and waivers will be on the website.  Every student participating must fill out a registration form and waiver. 

Fees for Riverview Afterschool will be $20 per club.  Students may sign up for as many clubs as they would like.  Fees will be paid in the office cash or check only. Students will receive healthy snacks, prevention lessons, physical activities including movement games, and one hour of instruction and activities during club time. If you would like to make payment arrangements or have any questions please contact RaeAnn Nelson at raeann.nelson@nebo.edu.

For the past nine years Riverview has received federal funding. This year the only schools who received funding were Title One schools.  Currently, Riverview does not qualify for any funding. Riverview has the largest Afterschool program in the state of Utah. WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT, we want to continue this great program.

An early morning club will be available every day at no charge from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. School doors will be unlocked at 8:00 a.m. for morning club only. This is a club for students who would like extra homework or reading help.  It is also available for parents who need to leave early for work and want a safe place for their students to be before school begins.  Mr. Teuscher a certified teacher, will provide the morning club instruction.  You must register your student for this club on the website.

Afterschool Session 3 will begin on Jan 7th and go through Feb. 22nd.  No clubs will be held on Jan. 11, 21, or Feb 18th.  Monday clubs will be held 2:15-3:45, Tue.-Fri. clubs will be held 3:00-4:30.

 

        

 

Food Drive-Cans for Kids

Mrs. RaeAnn Nelson; Riverview’s music teacher and afterschool coordinator is the head of our food drive.  She shared with the faculty: “When I delivered the overabundance of food, clothing, and money...I want you to know I witnessed charity at its finest.  Our school has impressed me and others so much.  Thank you for your willingness to gather these donations, the pantry is filled to overflowing, the young mothers program has needed diapers for the babies, Park School had an amazing parent shopping event, three families in our area received needed clothing and food, Tabitha's Way took all the remainder.   My heart has been so touched when I have witnessed the love from your giving and service.  Thanks again for making this season magical  by sharing with others and loving your fellowman”.  Thank you!

Cold Weather

Cold weather is upon us.  Please, please don’t allow your child to come to school on a winter day dressed for spring/fall recess.  A jacket is not enough protection for a child to stay warm.  Please send your child to school with proper winter clothing (coats, hats, gloves, and boots).

Communication Options

Riverview School website http://riverview.nebo.edu/.

Riverview Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Riverview-Elementary-School-150164395051510/

Riverview Instagram https://www.instagram.com/riverviewelementary/

Upcoming Events

  • January 4th - PBIS Assembly @ 2:15 p.m.
  • January 8th – 4th grade Utah Symphony concert @ Maple Mountain High School; 10:45 – 11:35 a.m.
  • January 8th & 9th – 6th grade field trip to Christa McAuliffe Space Center
  • January 10th – 5th grade Keyboarding course ends; SEP Conferences from 3:15-8:45 p.m.
  • January 11th – No School for students
  • January 14th – 4th grade keyboarding starts; 1st day of third term
  • January 17th – Good Citizen Reward; Cosmo and BYU Dunk team from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • January 21st – No School; Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 22nd – SCC at 3:15 p.m.
  • January 24th – Lockdown Drill
  • January 28th thru February 1st – White Ribbon Week
  • January 31st – Riverview Science Day

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal of Riverview