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Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:01

Principal Moment

Elementary school teachers are master code breakers.  As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy who figured out the hieroglyphic mystery on the Rosetta stone wasn’t at one time an elementary school teacher. 

Kids spelling mistakes never change: they will be thay, grandpa will be grampa, different will be difrent, every will be evry, any will be ene, and bow and arrow will be bowenairo.  In December, ornaments will be ordamnts.  Santa’s name can give kids trouble, too.   Children write about going to the mall and sitting on “Satan’s lap.”

Over the years teachers encounter pretty much every misspelling imaginable.  We read littel, speshl, butaful, grat, frist, rember, probly, and whith so many times that the misspelled versions begin to look correct.  Kids keep me entertained with their spelling.  I once had a student give me a love letter that read: “Mrs. Killian you are the beast!” Another was a card written to me many years ago before I left for maternity leave: “I am sad you r living.” 

Chalk-Walk FUNdraiser-Tuesday, October 16th

Tomorrow is our FUNdraiser.  Looks like the weather will cooperate; the temperature is to be 59 degrees and sunny. 

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!  We are working towards purchasing chromebooks.  
  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, you can sign up to volunteer or come and walk.  Cheer on the kids on the day of the walk or participate with us on Tuesday, October 16th 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:

  • Mobile Chromebook carts: Currently each student in grades 4th – 6th has daily access to a Chromebook.  This year we would like to purchase labs for each 3rd and 2nd grade classroom.  Each lab is approximately $9,500; which includes 36 Chromebooks + 36 slot charging cart.
  • What will students and teachers do if everyone has a device? With the help of 1:1, teachers are more able to differentiate instruction; using both face to face and online instruction.

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 Sponsored Events

Thank you, PTA, for a great Red/Green Ribbon Week!

Reflections Contest – Entries due Oct. 21st.

The  PTA presents the “Reflections” contest.  Express yourself through art; Literature, Visual Arts, Dance, 3-D Art, and Photography.   The 2018-2019 Theme:  “Heroes Around Us.”  Have students pick up an entry form from their teacher or at the office.  

PTA Bookfair – October 22nd – 26th

The bookfair will be open each morning from 8:00-8:45 AM., during lunch, and after school.  

PTA Dad’s and Doughnuts – Tuesday, October 23rd @ 8:00 AM

Calling all dads, grandpas, and uncles!  Take a break from your usual morning routine and join us for doughnuts.

PTA Bookfair Family Night – Thursday, October 25th

After visiting with your child(s) teacher at SEP conferences, stop by the gym for family night!  The bookfair will be open until 8:00 PM. 

Riverview Elementary Safety Concerns

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.

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. 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. Do not exit your vehicle and enter the building from the loading zone; please park in a stall if you are going to enter the building.
  • 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.

Riverview Afterschool Clubs

Riverview Afterschool program is excited to announce the Winter 2018 program.  Registration will be online Tuesday Oct. 23, at 8:00 a.m. 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

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 2 will begin on Oct 29 and go through Dec. 13th.  No Clubs will be held on Oct. 31 or Nov. 21, 22, 23   Monday clubs will be held 2:15-3:45, Tue.-Fri. clubs will be held 3:00-4:30.



Communication Options

Upcoming Events

  • October 16th – Assembly; Vocal Dimension, Chalk Walk from 1:30-3:00; SCC at 3:15 pm.
  • October 18th & 19th – Fall Break; No School
  • October 22nd – Reflection entries due & Book Fair Week
  • October 23rd- Dads and Doughnuts @ 8:00 AM & Picture Make-up Day
  • October 24th & 25th – SEP Conferences
  • October 25th – PTA family night at bookfair until 8:00 PM
  • October 31st – Halloween Parade at 9:00 AM

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary