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September 2020

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 09/17/2020 - 18:32
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Principal Moment

I have been an educator for thirty-one years.  Thirty-one years of experience couldn’t have prepared me – or any educator – for COVID.  But one thing still remains the same: the kids.

They will ask for an ice pack when they don’t really need it. 

When they run to tell you that they just kicked the ball over the fence or on the roof, I can see the smile in their eyes and voice.  

They blow bubbles in the milk carton.  They squeeze the juice box.

They sharpen a pencil to get the world’s smallest pencil.

When they like your outfit, they tell you.  When they don’t like your outfit, they tell you.  When you wear the same outfit in one week, they tell you.

It’s a great year!

Kindergarten Parking Lot

Riverview still remains the largest elementary is the district.  Our parking lots are the only place where drivers and students share the same area of the roadway.   

 

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.

 

We ask all to be aware of the yellow walking/bike path that is painted around the perimeter of the West Parking lot by the Kindergarten.  We have cars parking in the walking path.  This creates a dangerous situation for children. 

We strongly encourage parents to park in sports park lot across from the school and we will help them safely walk to your car.

 

Thank you for being aware of students and each other in order to create a safe school for our community.

 

Early Release

All students in Nebo School District will be dismissed early on Monday, September 21st for teacher development.   There will be no Afternoon Kindergarten session.   Lunch will be served beginning at 10:10 am.   Buses will run regular routes.

Information About Free Breakfast/lunches for All Nebo Students!

Nebo School District is committed to providing our students and school communities with nutritious and great-tasting meals.  To that end, Nebo School District will be switching to an “Open Restricted Meal Program.” Under this program, breakfast and lunch are available for free to all students enrolled in Nebo School District, including remote learners.

If your student is a remote learner and you want to participate, please call Riverview at 801-798-4050 each morning before 9 a.m. to place your order. Meals will be available for pick up in the front office 30 minutes before your school’s scheduled lunch. A 15-minute time frame has been allotted for meal pick up.

This program is scheduled to run through December 2020, or until funding is exhausted. We will send updates as developments occur.

School Pictures

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    Picture Day is Friday, October 2nd, 2020.  Flyer will be sent home on September 25th.     

  • Picture retake/Make-Up day is Thursday, November 12th.

Reflections

Dear Riverview families,

 

We are so excited that all students have the ability to enter Reflections this year . . . online! This means that even students who have chosen the online school option can participate, if they would normally attend Riverview. (Homeschooled students not choosing the district's online option are unfortunately not eligible.)

 

The deadline for entries is October 7th!

 

Please watch this six-minute video to learn about what Reflections is, what the categories are, what the rules are, and how to enter. 

 

The URL given in the video is slightly incorrect. The correct one is:

 

http://utahpta.org/reflections-online

 

It should be fairly straightforward, but if you have any problems or questions, please email me, Ruth Owen, at riverviewreflections@gmail.com.

 

A couple of things the video didn't say:

 

1. Sixth graders who enter in the music composition category must include a transcription of their music, whether handwritten or using music transcription software. I recommend flat.io.

 

2. Artwork, photography, video, etc., featuring copyrighted material is not allowed. So please do not enter paintings of Iron Man, photos of an Elsa doll, or Lego creations of Minecraft animals or characters. They will be disqualified. Every year we have a few, so I want to be super clear so we don't have any disappointed kids.

 

I can't wait to see what creative projects your kids will submit. Reflections is such a neat program.

 

And remember, everyone who enters gets a small prize, and the winners get trophies and the chance to move on to Region and possibly further!

 

Best of luck!

 

Ruth Owen

Reflections Chair

 

More Information from the PTA

I encourage you to participate in our PTA.  Membership is $7.00.  A strong home-school connection is one of the best indicators of students’ success.

 

RIVERVIEW PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM

Upcoming Events

  • September 14th – 18th – PTA Box Tops Competition
  • September 17th – Constitution Day; Wear Red, White and Blue
  • September 21st – Minimal Day; Students dismissed at noon
  • October 2nd – School Picture Day
  • October 15th & 16th – No School; Fall Break
  • October 26th – 29th – PTA Red/Green Ribbon Week
  • October 29th – SEP Zoom Conferences
  • October 30th – No School

Have a great week,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal

 

 

Early Dismissal; Monday, September 21st

Submitted by angela.killian on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:39
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All Students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM on Monday, September 21st for Teacher Development. 

There will be no Afternoon Kindergarten session. 

Lunch will be served beginning at 10:10.  

Buses will run regular routes. 

Free Breakfast and Lunch to All Nebo Students

Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 18:27
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Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, Nebo School District will be switching to an “Open Restricted Meal Program.” Under this program, breakfast and lunch are available for free to all students enrolled in Nebo School District, including remote learners.

Please click on links for more details:

Free Breakfast and Lunch to All Nebo School District Students

Spanish Version: Desayuno y almuerzo gratis para todos los estudiantes del distrito escolar de Nebo

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 17:48

Principal Moment

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend.   I am always delighted to welcome our learners back to school after a long weekend.

I am very proud of how seamlessly our Riverview learners have adapted to the face coverings, social distancing, and continue to remain flexible and positive as we strive to keep every child safe.

Some of the following message will be a repeat of last week’s newsletter.  Please glance through, we ask that you be familiar with what is happening at Riverview.  We thank you for your continued support. 

Smart Watches and Cell Phones

We take very seriously the responsibility of caring for your children while they are at school and in our care.  Recently we have an increase of students/parents contacting each other via communication devices and the office has not been made aware.  

The school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached quickly and assisted in any relevant way.   We acknowledge that providing a child with a Smart Watch or Cell phone gives parents reassurance that they can contact their child if they need to speak to them urgently. 

Please read and understand the policy regarding Students are required to use phones/Smartwatches responsibly at all times.

  • The school is a workplace, and phone/Smartwatches can interfere with the atmosphere and good order of the workplace, even when in silent mode. Riverview expects that phones/Smartwatches will be switched off and be put away during and between lessons.
  • Unless permission is granted, mobile phones/Smartwatches should not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, surf the internet, take photos or use any other application during school lessons and other educational activities, between the hours of 8:45am and 2:15pm. Students are to use the office phones.
  • Phones/Smartwatches must always be switched off (not on silent mode).
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    Mobile phones/Smartwatches must not disrupt classroom lessons with ring tones, music or beeping. Mobile phones/Smartwatches should be turned off during lesson time.

  • Mobile phones/Smartwatches should not to be taken into bathrooms or used in any situation that may cause embarrassment or discomfort to other students, staff or visitors to the school.
  • If a student breaches any of these rules, the phone/Smartwatch will be confiscated and given to the school office. The phone/Smartwatch will be returned at the end of the day when the parent collects it or stored in the school office until this happens.
  • Students who bring a mobile phone/Smartwatch to school should leave it put away when they arrive. To reduce the risk of theft during school hours, students who carry mobile phone/Smartwatch are advised to keep them well concealed and not ‘advertise’ they have them.
  • Mobile phones/Smartwatches that are found in the school and whose owner cannot be located should be handed to the office.
  • The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile phones/ Smartwatches.

Thank you for reviewing the policy and communicating with your child the expectations of Smart Watches and Cell Phones during the school day.

PTA

Again, I encourage you to participate in our PTA.  Membership is $7.00.  Please click on the link below to become a member of the Riverview PTA.  A strong home-school connection is one of the best indicators of students’ success.

RIVERVIEW PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM

 Box Tops Competition will be September 14th – 18th.

The PTA Reflections contest theme this year is, “I matter because…” Entries should be submitted before October 7th and will be judged entirely online.  Our marvelous PTA will send out more information about Reflections soon. 

Riverview Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

The Riverview Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals are the GPS for our school.  Together, they create a map that guides our decisions, informs our instruction, and challenges us to improve.  We are better together and I invite you to become part of our collective commitments that make Riverview an amazing school. 

Mission: Turning “I Can’t” into “I Can” through learning while giving support to students and faculty in a safe, respectful, and kind environment.

Vision: Working together with faculty, parents and students while maintaining positive and professional behaviors and attitudes in order to master student and teacher growth in a safe environment.

 

Values:

  • Cooperation - Respect Differences, Listen to All, Try New Things, Trust, Understand, Practice Patience
  • Commitment - Do and Be Our Best, Honest Self-Assessment of Personal and Academic Growth.
  • Positive Attitudes – Be willing to get in and out of the Learning Pit, Gratitude, Appreciation. 

Goal: Students will be able to self-assess their growth towards mastery of the essential standards.

Riverview Learner Powers

We continue to learn about Spike Spiker this month.  Spike Spider teaches us to Be-Determined and have stickability.  Students are learning to act like Spike Spider when in the Learning Pit and practice the following habits

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Learn hard…if it is easy, we are probably practicing something that we have already learned.

  • Practice a lot
  • Keep going in the face of difficulty
  • Try new strategies
  • Ask for help
  • Start again
  • Take a brain break

A Reminder

 

Monday, September 21st is Minimal Day.  Students will be dismissed at noon.  Lunch will be served starting at 10:10. Buses will be running their routes.  There will be NO afternoon kindergarten.

Upcoming Events

  • September 14th – 18th – PTA Box Tops Competition
  • September 17th – Constitution Day; Wear Red, White and Blue
  • September 21st – Minimal Day; Students dismissed at noon
  • October 2nd – School Picture Day
  • October 15th & 16th – No School; Fall Break
  • October 26th – 29th – PTA Red/Green Ribbon Week
  • October 29th – SEP Zoom Conferences
  • October 30th – No School

Have a great week,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 09/03/2020 - 18:38

Principal Moment

Thank you for all your support as we navigated the twists and turns accompanying the start of the new school year.  There is nothing like being together again!  Our staff was excited to meet our new students and see the return of so many familiar faces. 

The students have done an admirable job adhering to safety guidelines, adapting to the shortened school day, and using their Chromebooks in a responsible way. 

One thing that has not changed is our commitment to maintaining high standards of academic excellence.  Necessity drives innovation, and already our staff are finding novel ways to drive learning forward. 

Building strong literacy and mathematic skills is one of our main focuses this year.  Soon each child will take an iReady Diagnostic Assessment in both reading and mathematics.  Students will also begin the year with an Acadience Reading test.  These assessments will be taken three times each year and help us gauge each child’s current reading and mathematics levels and what support they will need to be successful.  You child may be eligible for additional help through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, a well-developed system of interventions where we pinpoint exact skill gaps and pair students with trained intervention coaches to address those needs.

Our wonderful Librarian, Mrs. Thorpe, has been working hard to create procedures that will allow our students to safely check-out books on a regular basis.  Our wonderful Assistant Librarian, Mrs. Larsen, is preparing our younger grades to soon have access to our take-home reading program, students will be loaned five books selected for them based on their individual reading levels.

The home is another important piece of the literacy puzzle.  When you show your children how much you value reading, they are more likely to follow your example. 

Riverview Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

The Riverview Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals are the GPS for our school.  Together, they create a map that guides our decisions, informs our instruction, and challenges us to improve.  We are better together and I invite you to become part of our collective commitments that make Riverview an amazing school.  

Mission: Turning “I Can’t” into “I Can” through learning while giving support to students and faculty in a safe, respectful, and kind environment.

Vision: Working together with faculty, parents and students while maintaining positive and professional behaviors and attitudes in order to master student and teacher growth in a safe environment.

 

Values:

  • Cooperation - Respect Differences, Listen to All, Try New Things, Trust, Understand, Practice Patience
  • Commitment - Do and Be Our Best, Honest Self-Assessment of Personal and Academic Growth.
  • Positive Attitudes – Be willing to get in and out of the Learning Pit, Gratitude, Appreciation. 

Goal: Students will be able to self-assess their growth towards mastery of the essential standards.

Riverview Learner Powers

Have you ever felt stuck and frustrated when you are learning?  The Learning Pit and learner powers are about giving students courage when they feel stuck.  When we are stuck, we are actually doing our best learning.  Education is about building our learning capacity. 

Using the learner powers helps students feel courageous when they get stuck.  Once students can identify which learning phase they are in, they can more easily select a learner power which will help them pass to the next phase in learning and begin their learning journey out of the pit and finally reach the point of breakthrough to "Hooray, I get this now!"

Last Friday, we introduced students to the learning pit and the learner powers and some new animals characters to help adopt the habits of the learner powers.

This month we are going to focus on the ‘Be Determined’ learner power.   Spike Spider is the animal who helps us learn what being determined feels like.  Meet Spike Spider.  Spike is a spunky spider who has stickability.  He doesn’t give up and keeps trying until he reaches the top. Spike woke up one sunny day determined  to climb the water spout.  He began his climb, spinning sticky webs back and forth as he carefully climbed the spout.  But then the weather changed from sunny to rainy.  Down came the rain and went all down the water spout.  Spike found it hard to hang on and he slipped.  Down and down he fell further and further.  Then with a plonk he fell to the ground soaking wet and exhausted.  Did he sulk?  Did he slink away?  Nope!  He never lets setbacks get in his way.  Spike waited.  The sun came out a few hours later and he began his climb back up the water spout.   He doesn’t give up and keeps trying until he reaches the top.  Be like Spike Spider.  Keep trying.  Keep climbing until you make it to the top and finally get to say “Hooray, I Get This Now.”  

 

When you are Determined like Spike Spider, you…

  • Learn hard
  • Practice a lot
  • Keep going in the face of difficulty
  • Try new strategies
  • Ask for help
  • Start again
  • Take a brain break

A Few Reminders

 

Thank you for a safe start to our school year.  Students have done a remarkable job with the safety protocols from the County Health Department.  We appreciate you for sending your child to school each day with a clean mask and water bottle.

 

If your children walk, ride a bike or you drop them off, please plan arrival as near to 8:40 as possible.

 

All visitors/volunteers are to check in at the office for temperature check and sign-in prior to going to classrooms for potential contract tracing as per the county health department.  Please note that all visitors/volunteers will need to wear face coverings inside the school.

Reminder there is no left turn when exiting the west drop off zone.   When entering the parking lot near the Kindergarten playground, please be aware of the yellow walking path.  This parking lot is shared with walker and bikers.  Please do not park within the walking path to allow students to travel safety home from school.

Remote Learners

Those of you who have registered your children for the remote option this term, we invite you to come for school pictures on October 2nd

PTA

I encourage you to participate in our PTA.  Membership is $7.00.  Please look for flyers that will be coming home shortly.  A strong home-school connection is one of the best indicators of students’ success.

Box Tops Competition will be September 14th – 18th.

The PTA Reflections contest theme this year is, “I matter because…” Entries should be submitted before October 7th and will be judged entirely online.  Our marvelous PTA will send out more information about Reflections soon. 

Lastly, I encourage you to connect with us on our school Facebook and Instagram pages, read the weekly emails sent from both myself and the classroom teachers.

We look forward to learning with you this year and your continued support.

Upcoming Events

  • September 7th – No School; Labor Day
  • September 14th – 18th – PTA Box Tops Competition
  • September 17th – Constitution Day; Wear Red, White and Blue
  • September 21st – Minimal Day; Students dismissed at noon
  • October 2nd – School Picture Day
  • October 15th & 16th – No School; Fall Break
  • October 26th – 29th – PTA Red/Green Ribbon Week
  • October 29th – SEP Zoom Conferences
  • October 30th – No School

Have a great week,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal

 

 

 

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