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Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 16:45

Principal Moment

I just want you to know what an honor it is to be the principal at Riverview Elementary.  I know the few weeks have been difficult and challenging but I have been amazed as our Riverview Elementary family has come together to take care of students. 

Riverview is looking ahead while tackling the present.  Although we know that while these days are uncertain, our commitment to your child’s education is not. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Kindergarten/Preschool

Wednesday is the first day of Kindergarten!!  Robert Fulgum has taught us that all we really need to know, we learned in Kindergarten.  “Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people.  Put things back where you found them…it is best to hold hands and stick together.” 

Students will meet their teacher outside in the Kindergarten grass area.  At the first bell, students will enter the classroom from the outside door.  This procedure will be followed the first week of school.  Photo booth opportunities will be available on Wednesday.  Please look for a school map on the Riverview Instagram and website to find where students will meet their teacher in the grass area.

The first day of preschool is Wednesday, September 2nd

Welcome to school Kindergartner and Preschool students!  You will love it here!

School Community Council (SCC)

Would you like to serve on Riverview Elementary 2020-2021 School Community Council (SCC)? 

The SCC consists of parents, employees and the principal.  They meet monthly for one hour and addresses issues that include Trust Lands Planning, Building Needs Assessments, School Improvement Plans, Character Education Plans, Staff Development Plans, etc.

If you are interested you will find the candidate form available in the following link http://riverview.nebo.edu/sites/riverview.nebo.edu/files/Candidacy-Form_1.pdf

Please return the form to the office by August 31, 2020. 

Safety in the Parking Lots

Please be familiar and follow the Desired Behaviors while in the parking lot

  • DO only cross at crosswalks and corners.
  • DO find a legal parking space in Park and Walk zones if you need to enter the school. 
  • DO stay in your car at all times in the drop-off/pick-up zones.

Please be familiar and follow with the Highest Risk Behaviors

  • DO NOT let children cross in the middle of the parking lot.
  • DO NOT park in the drop-off/pick-up zone and leave your vehicle.  This is an idle area only while waiting for students to exit/enter the vehicle.
  • DO NOT use the bus only zone.

Visitor and Volunteers

Parents/Guardians/Visitors will need to wear a face covering when coming into the school. All contact by individuals and our school must be signed and time stamped for potential contact tracing as per the county health department. Please note that there will be no exception to the requirement that all parent volunteers will need to wear face coverings inside the classrooms.

Due to COVID, we ask that parents, at the end of the day, have a designated meeting spot outside the building.  This is to create a healthy and safe environment by limiting potential COVID-19 exposure whenever possible. 

All visitors must check in at the office. 

PTA

I would like encourage you to become a member of the Riverview PTA. The cost of becoming a member of the PTA is $7. 

Communication

We know that one communication channel doesn’t always meet all parent needs.  When we think about our parent audience, individuals range from “tell me only what I need to know” to “tell me everything”.  There are a number of communication channels to keep you connected.

Please check the Riverview website for school hours and the lunch schedule.  Click on ’Elements of Learning’ link to find the learning models that we value at Riverview.  Click on the ‘Parents’ link to find our behavior expectations (PBIS), safety routes, busing information and more.  Click on the ‘Faculty’ link to find faculty contact information.  Click on the ‘Students’ link to access learning apps.  Click on ‘Home’ to stay current on all school events.  Our website is full of valuable information.   

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Upcoming Events

  • August 26th – First day of Kindergarten
  • Sept 1st – Preschool Virtual Open House
  • Sept. 2nd – Preschool Starts.
  • Sept. 7th – Labor Day Holiday, No School
  • Sept 9th – 6th grade Living Planet Aquarium in Little Theater
  • Sept 17th – Constitution Day; WEAR Red, White or Blue
  • Sept 21st – Minimal Day, students dismissed at noon

Have a great week,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal

 

 

Riverview Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Submitted by angela.killian on Tue, 08/18/2020 - 12:02
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To ensure the safety of our students, the following procedures have been established according to the needs of our student body.  

Please click above to view the Arrival and Dismissal Map. 

Again, we are excited and looking forward to starting school and having our students back in the building.  We appreciate all the support we have received from our parents and guardians.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Our goal is to provide our students with the best education possible while following the guidelines to keep them healthy and safe. 

 

Community Council

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 20:51

Are you interested in serving on the Riverview School Community Council for the 2020-2021 school year?  

The form is due to the office on, or before, Monday, August 31, 2020

You can find the candidate form by clicking "Candidacy Form" above.  

Council Membership must include:

  • Principal and at least one school employee
  • Parent/guardian members - must have at least two parent majority
  • Size is determined by the council
  • Member terms are two years
  • Terms are staggered

Virtual Open House

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 15:22
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Reminder to Zoom on By for the Virtual Open House - Tomorrow, August 18th.  

Teachers will be sending out links.  Check your emails for links and videos.  Teachers will be sharing important information and give you access to our Virtual Open House. 

You may also find the school map located by clicking NEXT above.  This will help you help your child navigate our school on Wednesday morning after you drop them off for the first day of school!

 

Zoom By for the Virtual Open House!

Submitted by angela.killian on Mon, 08/10/2020 - 19:23

This year we will have a Virtual Open House.  Students will meet their teacher and classmates in a class video conference the day before school.  Video Zoom meetings will be scheduled on August 18th.  We hope that you can join us virtually so that we can share all the need-to-knows the night before school starts, just as we always do.

You will receive a link for the virtual open house via email from your child’s classroom teacher. 

Riverview Elementary Fall Schedule

Submitted by angela.killian on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 19:10
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2020-2021 Fall Schedule 

Monday - Friday (1st - 6th) 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Monday - Friday (AM Kinder) 8:45 AM - 11:00 PM

Monday - Friday (PM Kinder) 12:00 PM - 2:15 PM 

Wellness Room at Riverview

Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:48

Dear Riverview Parents,

Something new at Riverview is our Wellness Room.  We are going to name it the "Green Room".  The Green Room is to address Social Emotional Learning.

It is hard to gauge the full impact that the coronavirus situation is having on children’s mental health and well-being.   For most, returning to school will mostly be a safe and enjoyable experience.  For others, it will be challenging or traumatic. The Green Room is designed to meet the social emotional needs of every student.

What is the Green Room? The purpose of the Green Room is two-fold and based on physiology and brain science. We want to help students to recognize how their stress response system works and what coping skills they can use to manage their emotions and behavior. It is a safe and positive place for ALL students to temporarily step away from the classroom for an opportunity to calm their body and emotions.  The Green Room is never a punishment, but rather a calm environment for students to go to receive support. 

Why is it called the Green Room?  The Green Room is named for the “Green Zone” within the Zones of Regulation curriculum.  When students are in the Green Zone, they are happy, focused, calm and ready to learn.  The Green Room helps students take a break and refocus on learning through movement breaks, calming breaks and refocusing. The Green Room is a space that supports positive behaviors for ALL students in our school.

What Happens in the Green Room?  If a student, during the school day, feels stressed, frustrated, sad or angry, they can choose to take a break to the Green Room where they can engage in calming sensory activities. The activities in the Green Room have been specifically chosen because they stimulate at least one of the 5 senses and will calm the nervous system effectively. Students have at least 10 minutes to engage in an activity and this teaches them healthy ways to calm their nervous system and self-regulate by engaging in healthy coping skills. If a student is still not regulated after 10 minutes, they may request to stay a little bit longer. It is important they feel regulated and ready to learn when they leave.

In The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk M.D. states “Just as we teach history and geography, we need to teach children how their brains and bodies work.  For adults and children alike, being in control of ourselves requires becoming familiar with our inner world and accurately identifying what scares, upsets, or delights us.”

There are many personal qualities not measured by tests.  The learner powers help students identify some of those personal qualities: wonder, think, be determined, question, connect, reflect and self-aware.  The Green Room reinforces our learner powers and the learning pit.  We understand that there are times that children are going to feel upset, worried, stressed, angry, or sad.  It is okay to feel these emotions, and sometimes it is even expected.  It is not okay to stay stuck in these emotions.  Our goal is to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation, climb out of the learning pit and be able to return to feelings of confidence, calm, happy, focus and ready to learn. 

Principal Message for Back to School

Submitted by angela.killian on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:07
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Dear Riverview Families,

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the remaining days of summer.  I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year.  I am delighted that you are a part of our amazing learning community.  I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. We know this is not the ideal situation that we want for our students, but we will move forward with enthusiasm and do our best to provide a great experience for our students. I would like to recognize the good work of our Riverview staff; our secretaries, our maintenance crew, our teachers who have been working diligently during the summer to get our school ready for Fall! 

Living through a pandemic has required us to consider changes in our daily routines both at home and now at school.  At School Learning will be for students that come back to school.  Nebo School District and individual schools continue to develop plans following the State and the Health Department Guidelines to make sure our school is safe.   We plan to do as much “business as usual” in our classrooms, teaching students and moving them forward from where they are, as we have always done in the past. 

Remote Learning is an online experience taught by a certified teacher from Nebo School District. The students take the course by way of CANVAS and complete a number of modules, which include lessons and assignments each day, focusing on reading, writing, math and science. The work load is planned for 3-4 hours a day. There may be some ZOOM Meetings, depending on the teacher. 

Parents and students communicate with their teacher via email, CANVAS, and possible ZOOM Meetings. Appointments, of course can also be set up for parent-teacher meetings.

IEPs and 504 plans will be accommodated with Remote Learning. Students will receive grades for their work as outlined by their teacher. Parents and Guardians will play a big part in supporting and helping their children in Remote Learning.

What Returning to School Will Look Like for Students and Staff

Face Covering Requirements

Face coverings will be required based upon Governor Herbert’s mandate and best available data and input from the local health department.  Students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings. 

Students will need to wear face coverings (disposable masks, cloth masks, gaiters, shields) provided by parents or guardians when social distancing is not possible. Students will wear face coverings prior to entering the school.

Classroom Structure

We will be keeping our classrooms running as close to normal as possible! Face coverings will be worn when social distancing is not possible.  Teachers will submit a disinfecting plan to the administrator prior to the start of the school year.

We are providing plexiglass barriers in certain areas of the classrooms so that students can take a break from face masks. The plexiglass will help with small group teaching and individual help for students.  It will also provide some work time with no face masks for students.

Students will be encouraged to take hand-washing breaks throughout the day, in addition to washing hands before and after eating, as well as before sharing materials.  Sanitizer and soap will be provided in each classroom.

Students are to bring their own water bottle.  We have our water fountains covered but classroom teachers will implement protocols where they assist students in refilling water bottles throughout the day.

Teachers will minimize the use of shared items in the classroom.  This includes all classroom settings, specialty rotations and special education services.

Teachers will increase the use of digital instruction where possible to limit the spread of germs in classroom areas.

Signage will be posted in classrooms, restrooms, hallways and throughout the building.

We will sanitize our school, classrooms, and playgrounds daily, following State guidelines.    

IEP Goals and 504 Plans will be followed.

Limited Access to Visitors and Volunteers

It is essential to create a healthy and safe environment by limiting potential COVID-19 exposure whenever possible.  All visitors must check in at the office and will only be allowed access to classrooms for specific and defined purposes. Parents/Guardians/Visitors will need to wear a face covering when coming into the school.  All contact by individuals and our school must be signed and time stamped for potential contact tracing as per the county health department. Please note that there will be no exception to the requirement that all parent volunteers will need to wear face coverings inside the classrooms. 

Specialty Classes/Common Area Modifications

Students will also participate in recess and PE schedules, along with breaks throughout the day where students do not have to wear face coverings. Students will be monitored in all common area locations to encourage social distancing practices.

Specialty classes such as library, art, music, computers and PE will adhere to social distancing.  When social distancing is not possible, face coverings will be worn. We will however need to modify the access at home to our library books.  These specific protocols and more details will emerge as we navigate our first few weeks of school. 

Meals

For meals we will limit gatherings and potential mixing of classes or grade levels in the cafeteria or other common spaces. 

Tables will be six feet apart.  Students will not be seated opposite of each other, instead a zig-zag pattern will be adopted to allow for space between seats.  

There will be designated areas in the cafeteria for students with underlying health conditions to limit exposure to other students. 

Students will be taught not to pass or share food with other students. Students will be taught entering, exit and disposal of trash procedures. Students will wait in line in a socially distanced manner.  They will not use the punch pads for lunch transactions.  There will be one entrance and one exit for each eating area. 

Lunches will be staggered to allow social distancing whenever possible.  Older students, 4th – 6th grades, may be using outdoor or classroom lunch options. 

Face coverings will not be worn at lunch or at lunch recess.

If students are bringing a home lunch, it would be helpful to pack a home lunch in which they can throw away all items when finished.

Arrival and Dismissal

Students will be required to wear face coverings upon arriving to and at the dismissal of each school day. On the first day of school parents will need to drop students off outside of building where students will make their way to classes. Please help us out in preparing your child for this new format. 

At dismissal, we ask that you wait in your cars or at designated outside areas with face coverings, and students will meet you at the end of the day.

Walking students to please come as close to 8:40 as possible. We cannot accommodate mass student gatherings before the beginning of the school day. If you need special accommodations for this you may coordinate with your individual teacher. Also note that teachers are on contract beginning at 8:15 am. 

Movement Procedures

Students will walk on the right-hand side of the hallways.  We will have signage to encourage proper movement to limit contact.

Mass Gatherings

For the safety of staff and students at Riverview assemblies and fieldtrips will not be permitted until further notice. We will have ZOOM/Google Meet assemblies and gatherings. 

Our school open house will be in a Zoom format where individual teachers will hold a meet and greet meeting. They can show you around the classroom, tell you how to get there the first day of class and even give some insider tips and tricks as we attempt to navigate the new normal. 

We will hold SEP Conferences in October with parents using Zoom.

Medical Attention

Nebo schools have nurses to help create a safe and healthy environment.  Riverview will be two separate rooms for students with basic first aid situations, and students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.  Students exhibiting possible COVID symptoms will be isolated from others within the office area.

Sanitation, Cleaning and Disinfection

Teachers and students must work together with custodial staff to promote a clean and healthy environment for everyone within Riverview.  Each classroom will have additional sanitation stations. Students and teachers shall wipe down any community or high-touch areas after each class to reduce exposure for the next classroom..

The building will be cleaned daily, focusing on major touch points such as doorknobs, handles, light switches and soap dispensers. Throughout the workday, the custodial staff will implement a routine of surface cleaning in the restrooms. 

After School Clubs

All after school programs at Nebo Elementary Schools have been put on pause for the 2020-2021 school year.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 10th-Students will be assigned to a class. Parents can access this information via infinite campus
  • August 18th-VIRTUAL Open House-please look for more information coming from classroom teachers
  • August 19th-First day of school for 1st-6th Grade
  • August 26th-First day of school for Kindergarten students.

Please remember that we are still planning and thinking of special situations that we need to be thoughtful of.  I hope that if there are concerns about the things we have in place, that you will notify me so we can discuss them. 

We are truly looking forward to having our students back with us and hope you know that we are here to support and help you!  We want the very best for our students and our teachers are caring and sensitive to their needs.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns!

Best Regards to All, 

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal

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