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Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:47

Principal Moment

There are some things that happen at school that are guaranteed to bring any lesson to a grinding halt and there is nothing that even the most highly effective teacher can do to refocus students. 


When a student screams, “Spider!” Do not try to teach. Go directly to cup.  Watch children jump out of seats and run to spider.  Watch children jump backward when they see spider.  Hear them scream loudly. Turn cup upside down.  Capture spider.  Put spider outside.  Tell children to sit down. Tell children to sit down again.  Then tell children to sit down and stay down.  Listen to spider stories for twenty minutes.


When a bee flies in through the window, listen to children scream, “Bee!” over and over.  Watch bee fly around room.  Watch children fly around room also.  Watch boy start to swat bee.  Scream, “Stop that!”  Now, watch bee fly around room faster.  Do not get cup.  Bees do not like cups.  Pick up folder.  Try to shoo bee out of window with folder.  Listen to children laugh at you as you try to shoo bee out the window.  When bee is finally outside, listen to bee sting stories for twenty minutes.


When you see lightning, children will begin to chatter.  Do not say, “Quiet.”  It does not work.  All children talk when they see lightning.  You will soon hear thunder.  Do not try to squeeze math problems in between lightning and thunder crashes.  It does not work.


When the first snow falls, listen to children scream, “Look!  Snow!”  Children will ask to go outside.  Say no.  Children will repeat question.  Repeat answer.  Warning: Do not walk near your coat or door at this time.  If you do, children will think you are going outside and start jumping up and down and wagging their tails.


If Halloween falls on a school day, stop teaching immediately.  Find a costume.  Do not come dressed as a teacher.  Children will ask what you are dressed as.  When you say, “A teacher and we are going to learn so many things today!” students will laugh and say, “Good costume!”  Watch children jump out of seats and run and jump and hear them scream loudly and wag their tails.  Do not say, “Quiet.”  It does not work.  All children talk on Halloween.  Do not try to squeeze math problems or reading in on Halloween.  It does not work either.  Happy Halloween!!


We will have the Halloween Parade inside tomorrow.  We will go to the gym at 9:00, sing “pumpkin carols” together and then at 9:30, teachers and students will exit the gym in the following order:

  • Office Staff
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grades
  • 2nd grades
  • 3rd grades
  • 4th grades
  • 5th grades
  • 6th grades

We will parade around the halls once and then on the second trip around, classes will drop from the parade when the class nears the classroom.  PLEASE NOTE:  We are a school of nearly 1000 students/faculty and we fill the gym to capacity.  We discourage parents from joining us in the gym; instead find a great spot to lean against the walls and take pictures as the ghouls parade by.

Afternoon Kindergarten will begin their parade at 12:30 p.m. They will parade around the Kindergarten Playground.

Riverview Good Citizen Activity

The good citizen reward for the first term is a field trip to Springville Rec Center.  This activity is for all students at Riverview who exhibit good character, responsibility, respectfulness, follow school rules, and give back to the Riverview culture by helping create a harmonious school environment.  Teachers will be sending home field trip permission forms.

On the day your child swims, please send him/her to school in a swimsuit underneath the clothing along with a towel and underwear in a separate bag labeled with his/her name.  Students will be given time to change into dry clothing before boarding the bus and returning to school.

The dates and times are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 2nd – 3rd grade

  • depart from school @ 9:30
  • swim from 10-noon
  • return to school @ 12:30

Monday, Nov. 5th – 4th grade

  • depart from school @ 9:30
  • swim from 10-noon
  • return to school @ 12:30

Tuesday, Nov. 6th – 1st grade,

  • depart from school @ 9:00
  • swim from 9:30-11:00
  • Return to school @ 11:30

Wednesday, Nov. 7th – 5th grade

  • depart from school @ 9:30
  • swim from 10-noon
  • return to school @ 12:30

Thursday, Nov. 8th – 2nd grade

  • depart from school @ 9:00
  • swim from 9:30-11:00
  • Return to school @ 11:30

Friday, Nov. 9th – 6th grade

  • depart from school @ 9:30
  • swim from 10-noon
  • return to school @ 12:30

Dress for the Weather

Cool weather is upon us.  Please send your child to school with a jacket for recess.  In order to keep the lost-n-found collection from growing, please label jackets with your child’s name. 

Communication Options

Riverview School website

Riverview Facebook

Riverview Instagram

Upcoming Events

  • October 31st – Halloween Parade at 9:30 AM with the parade going through the halls.
  • November 1st – 50th day of school
  • November 2nd – 9th – Swim reward days
  • November 6th – Election day
  • November 9th – Veterans Assembly at 1:45 pm; 5th grade field trip
  • November 12th – 2nd grade Take a Veteran to School day
  • November 14th – National Support Staff Day
  • November 15th – 5th grade Wax Museum; 8:45-10:30 a.m. for school, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for parents
  • November 19th – 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation from 1:00-2:15 p.m.
  • November 20th – Fire Drill at 2:00; SCC at 3:15 pm.
  • November 21st – 23rd- Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • November 29th – 5th grade Discovery Gateway 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • November 30th – Make Your Mark Assembly at 9:00 am.; 2nd grade Field trip to Christmas Around the World

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary