Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Principal Moment

As a very young child I was invited to sing at church groups and community meetings.  What I lacked in tone, I made up for in volume.  Whenever retirement homes, civic meetings or ladies church groups had a problem, I was invited to sing.  I think I helped them realize that my voice was a lot worse than their problem.

During rehearsals, my voice teacher would often stop me.  Her voice would boom.  “No, No, No!  Angie, you are holding back!  Sing out!” She would belt out her best vibrato and tell me. “Like that!  Push it out!”  She would sit in the audience during performance and mouth all the words as I warbled the notes out.  

Unlike me, there are some very musically talented students and teachers at Riverview.  Auditions were held this afternoon for Seussical Kids.  I am excited to see the talent of young Riverview students as they portray the characters from popular Dr. Seuss books!! 

Speaking of Dr. Seuss...

Read Across America Week

Read Across America is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place the same week of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Across the country, thousands of schools and libraries participate by bringing together students and books.  Riverview will celebrate February 25th – March 1st.   Students may guess how many gold fish crackers are in a jar. The winner will be given a Dr. Seuss book and the jar of goldfish crackers. Winner will be announced in the afternoon on Friday, 1st.

  • Monday - Fox in Sox; wear crazy socks
  • Tuesday - 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'; wear a silly hat
  • Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday; Wear wacky outfit/hair
  • Thursday - Oh, The Places You'll Go; What do you want to be when you grow up? Dress the part. Can't decide. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character
  • Friday - Wear stripes to honor Dr. Seuss' birthday.

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!

Riverview Learning – All members of Riverview Elementary School are learning to not be afraid to get into the learning pit and use the learner powers to get out.  There are phases to learning.  No matter what phase we are in; the learner powers are required to move onto the next phase.

  1. Building Learning Capacity – know, believe, and stretch yourself as a learner.
  2. Collaborating-relate, participate, and value diversity. Make a contribution.
  3. Making Meaning – Use tools, strategies, skills, and knowledge to break codes, understand and take action.
  4. Breaking Through – Strive to achieve success and happiness in learning and life.

We link our beliefs to research, theory and future realities. Riverview’s beliefs aligned with supporting evidence:

  • There are no easy answers to future problems, developing a literacy of a ‘learning process’ is critical to helping learners solve problems, make informed decisions, answer questions and investigate. Pam Hook, Tony Ryan
  • Learning has been powerful when an individual’s understanding is deepened. Pam Hook, Jay McTigue, Lane Clark
  • The intentional teaching of thinking helps learners to make meaning and deepen understandings. Michael Pohl, Pam Hook, Blooms, John Biggs, Jamie McKenzie, Art Costa, Tony Ryan
  • In exponential times ‘What learning Matters?’ continues to evolve and change, learners need to develop and grasp universal understanding (concepts) to make meaning of the world they live in. David Perkins, Mark Tredwell
  • We live in a knowledge era. Individuals need to connect knowledge in new and different ways to solve future problems. Jane Gilbert, Rosemary Hipkins

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! 

Communication Options

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Upcoming Events

  • February 25th – March 1st – Dr. Seuss Week. – Fri. there will be an estimation jar in the office. Students may guess how many gold fish crackers are in a jar. The winner will be given a Dr. Seuss book and the jar of goldfish crackers. Winner will be announced in the afternoon on Friday, 1st.
    • Monday - Fox in Sox; wear crazy socks
    • Tuesday - 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'; wear a silly hat
    • Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday; Wear wacky outfit/hair
    • Thursday - Oh, The Places You'll Go; What do you want to be when you grow up? Dress the part. Can't decide. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character
    • Friday - Wear stripes to honor Dr. Seuss' birthday.
  • March 1st – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00
  • March 4th – Half day – School dismissed at noon
  • 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