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March 2019

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:13
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Principal Moment

This week is Riverview Teacher Appreciation Week.   I truly appreciate our teachers!

Our teachers take slivers out of fingers and bad sports out of kick ball.  They know when a child has gum in his mouth even when he is not chewing.  They have sung “Happy Birthday” 657 times.

They hand over scissors with the handles up.  They can listen to one child talk about his birthday party and another talk about her sleepover and another talk about getting stitches last night-all at the same time.

They fix staplers that won’t staple and zippers that won’t zip.  They hand out papers and pencils and stickers and envelopes for newly pulled teeth.  They know the difference between Austria and Australia.

They plan lessons while showering, driving, eating, and sleeping.  They plan lessons five minutes before the bell rings.  They know what time it is when the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is on the nine.  They say the r in library. They do not say the w in sword.

They put on Band-Aids and winter coats and puppet shows and Hoe Downs.  They know students will not understand the difference between your and you’re.

They correct pencil grips and spelling mistakes and bad manners.  They push in chairs all the way and push sleeves up while children are painting. They can touch the paper cutter.

They say, “Use two hands!” when kiddos carry their lunch trays.  They say, “Accidents happen,” after kiddos did not use two hands.

They know that colonel is a really hard word to read, and so is doubt and so is gauge.  They know that kids will read started, when it says stared.  They have spelled because and beautiful and friend six million times.

They know when a child does not understand.  They know when a child is telling the truth.  They know when a child has been up too late.  They know when a child needs help finding a friend. 

They are our teachers!  Thank you, Riverview Teachers!!

PTA

On behalf of all Riverview teachers, I would like to thank the PTA for providing a wonderful SEP dinner!  In honor of pi day, teachers were served a delicious pot pie with a huge assortment of pie for dessert!  We felt very loved!    

Thank you to all who participated in the Box Tops Competition.  The top class was Mrs. Jensen’s first grade.  Keep clipping the Box Tops to get ready for next year!  Did you know there is another EASY way to earn money for Riverview? Just download the Box Top app and scan your receipts when you buy Box Tops products.

PTA is excited about our BOGO Book Fair coming up in April; April 15-19 on the stage before school, during lunch, and after school.  Family night event will be on Thursday, April 18th 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Please note that Scholastic is now charging sales tax on all purchases.  Please discuss this with your children so they understand how that works and will have enough money with them when they make a purchase.  We understand this will be a big adjustment to how Book Fairs have been done in the past and appreciate your help and patience with us while we all get used to the sales tax.

2019 - 2020 Riverview Student Placement Procedures

Classroom placement at Riverview is a process that takes teachers and administration many hours of careful thought and consideration.  We look at gender, learning abilities, peer friendships, combinations (both positive and non-constructive), class size, social and academic strengths and challenges, diversity, as well as leadership and role models to form equitable classroom communities that ensure both social and academic development for all children.

We take our classroom placement decisions very seriously and do our best to create classroom communities that promote growth and development for each student.  Our goal is to create classes that address both the fit between the student and teacher and to create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning for all students. Once the classroom communities have been formed the movement of children from parent requests alters the integrity of the groups and causes a chain reaction within the classroom balance.

We will not be sending a form to accept requests as in previous years.  Last year we had over 600 requests, too many requests to have balanced classrooms.  We respect tremendously that you know your student in ways we could not possibly know them.  We likewise ask that you trust that your child’s teacher has knowledge about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavior needs that may vary from what you see in the home setting.  Thank you for your cooperation with this. 

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

  • March 18th – 22nd – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • March 25th -29th – College and Career Readiness Week
  • March 26th – Kindergarten Pictures
  • March 27th – Champions Challenge Assembly @ 1:00 p.m.
  • March 28th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00 p.m.
  • March 29th – 4th grade keyboarding ends; 3rd term Good Citizen Reward – Karaoke Day
  • April 1st – 5th – No School; Spring Break

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal of Riverview

 

 

 

 

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 18:06
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Principal Moment

There are certain things that a teacher must never do:  Never pour Plaster of Paris down the sink.  Never stand on a bathroom scale when teaching your students about pounds and ounces.  Never throw a wilted flower away in front of the child who gave it to you no matter how droopy it is.  And never forget to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. 

On St. Patrick’s Day, children fall into one of four categories- those who cover themselves from head to toe in green, those who wear one or two articles of green clothing, those who forgot and wear no green at all, and the tricksters.  These are the kids who appear to not be wearing any green.  But as soon as you point this out to them they shout, “Yes, I am!” then bend over and reveal the two-millimeter stitch of green thread on the back of their shoe. 

Every year some children will argue.  “Mrs. Killian, so and so pinched me and I have green on!” The child will lift up his/her pant leg or shirt or sleeve to reveal a green sticker.  Then I hear something like: “Nuh-huh…did not” “Yes, you did!”  “NO!  I fake-pinched you.”   Four years of college and a couple of master degree’s cannot prepare you for this stuff! 

Penny Wars

Riverview hosted a Penny Wars last week. All the money raised will be put into a scholarship fund for a former Riverview student who will be graduating from Spanish Fork High School this year.  Current Riverview students are paying it forward and helping a Riverview graduate ‘Make a Mark’ in the world! We gathered over $800 to go towards the scholarship. Way to go Riverview!

SEP Conferences      

Riverview SEP Conferences will be held Thursday, March 14th.  You will be getting an email 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 on Friday, March 15th. 

Communication Options

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/

Please continue to check the website for additional information.

Upcoming Events

  • March 14th – Character Education Assembly @ 2:00; SEP Conferences from 3:15-8:45 p.m.
  • March 15th – No School
  • March 18th – 22nd – Teacher Appreciation Week/Box Tops Competition
  • March 26th – Kindergarten Pictures
  • March 27th – Champions Challenge Assembly @ 1:00 p.m.
  • March 29th – 4th grade keyboarding ends; 3rd term Good Citizen Reward – Karaoke Day
  • April 1st – 5th – No School; Spring Break

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary

 

 

 

 

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 15:58
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Principal Moment

I don’t know why, but kids like to talk about their parents’ ages.  It is a predictable subject of conversation.  Every year, at some time, I will hear one student ask another, “How old is your mom?”

I remember when I first heard the question.  I was twenty-two years old, fresh out of college and newly married. 

When I heard students announce their parents age as thirty-five; I thought, wow, their parents are old!

Pretty soon I was thirty-five, and I heard the question again.  Wow, I thought.  I’m the same age as their parents.

March 1st was my birthday.  I turned fifty-two and I heard the question again.  Wow, I think.  I’m older than the parents.  What happened?  Where did time go?

Teachers are Peter Pans in a way.  It’s so easy to lose track of time.  You forget that you’re getting older, because they’re always the same age.  You teach in the same classroom year after year.  You wear the same dress.  You tell the same jokes.  Everything is always the same.

Then one day you are kicked into the reality that you are getting older when you receive a graduation announcement or a wedding invitation, or when the store cashier says, “Hi, Mrs. Killian.  Remember me?”  Ahhh...the circle of life.  I love working in an elementary school!

Penny Wars

Riverview is hosting a Penny Wars fund raiser through the week of March 4th – 8th. Each class earns points by collecting pennies.  Points are subtracted from a class when students “bomb” a class with silver coins or bills.  The grade level with the most points at the end of the war wins a reward.  All the money raised will be put into a scholarship fund for a former Riverview student who will be graduating from Spanish Fork High School this year.  Current Riverview students are paying it forward and helping a Riverview graduate ‘Make a Mark’ in the world! Way to go Riverview!

SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences will be held Thursday, March 14th 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 on Friday, March 15th. Thank you.

Riverview Learning 

Riverview’s learning philosophy is based on the four phases of learning – Building Learning Capacity, Collaborating, Making Meaning and Breaking Through.  The focus of the phases of learning is to help students recognize what phase they are in and know what to do when they don’t know what to do – how to get unstuck when thrown into the learning pit.  This type of thinking is highly valued.  Teachers teach students the learning power strategies to get out of the learning pit.  Being stuck in the learning pit is a valuable part of learning because it allows each of us an opportunity to build our learning capacity – to know, believe, and stretch ourselves as learners.  The learner powers are an important part of building learning capacity.  The seven learner powers are Reflect, Question, Connect, Think, Self-Aware, Wonder and Be Determined.  The learning phases, when intentionally taught, allow students to be the drivers of their own learning, problem solve and face their future with confidence and hope. 

It is generally know that once an individual repeats something for 30 days it becomes a habit.  We are intentionally trying to change the habits of students' thinking at Riverview.  Students are tracking their use of the learner power strategies.  Once a student and his/her teacher recognizes that the strategies are used daily, students earn a learner power pin.  Each month we are awarding more and more learner power pins.  Please ask your child what they are doing daily to make the learner powers a part of their learning.  

Together, we can help students realize that learning is to be valued and celebrated. 

Communication Options

Riverview School website

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Please continue to check the website for additional information.

Upcoming Events

  • March 4th – 8th – Penny Wars
  • March 8th – Maturation Program
    • 6th grade @ 1:15 p.m.
    • 5th grade @ 2:00 p.m.
  • March 14th – SEP Conferences from 3:15-8:45 p.m.
  • March 15th – No School
  • March 18th – 22nd – Teacher Appreciation Week/Box Tops Competition
  • March 26th – Kindergarten Pictures
  • March 28th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00
  • March 29th – 4th grade keyboarding ends; 5th grade Bean Museum @ 10:30; 3rd term Good Citizen Reward

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary

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