There are certain moments in teaching that I call Teacher Moments. These are the special moments that make it all worthwhile. They are golden. They are few. They come unannounced. And you have to listen very closely, or you might miss them.
Unfortunately, when the moments come, I usually don’t have a pencil handy, or I say I’ll write it down later but forget, or I simply wasn’t listening closely enough that day and missed the moment completely.
But one day, not too long ago, I didn’t miss it. I was sitting with a student in my office. He had been sent to my office with what I call “subitis”. “Subitis” is an illness which causes stomach ache and it is very contagious. Students are exposed to “subitis” when they come to school and notice that their teacher is gone and a sub has taken her place.
I was trying to calm the symptoms and encourage this fellow to go back to class. I read aloud a book titled, You Don’t Always Get What You Hope For.
After closing the book, I asked him if he was ready to go back to class. He nodded his head. As we left my office, he asked: “Mrs. Killian, can I buy that book in cursive?”
That one I remembered.
School Community Council
The school community council is a group of parents and school personnel that jointly develop a school improvement plan, decide how school trustlands funds will be used, and to advise the principal on local school issues. The first meeting is Tuesday, September 19th at 3:30 in the conference room.
The Riverview Elementary School Council Members for 2017-2017 are:
- Michelle Marziale - parent; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shannon Bennett - parent; email@example.com
- Matia Young - parent; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laura Olsen - parent; email@example.com
- Lisa Olsen - parent; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mejken LaCrua-SCC facilitator; email@example.com
- Matt Jenkins-teacher; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Angie Killian - principal; email@example.com
Heads Up – ‘Did You Knows’ for Parents
Are you a new parent to Riverview Elementary? Do you know what dismissal time looks like? 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. Click on the link to view the Drop Off/Pick Up Map. http://riverview.nebo.edu/sites/riverview.nebo.edu/files/Riverview%20Site%20Map.pdf.
- 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.
- Pull your car as far forward into the loading zone as traffic allows. (see the map above). 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. No trunk unloading allowed in this zone.
- 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.
Monday, September 18th, school will be dismissed at noon. Lunch will be served at 10:10 a.m.
September 25th - 29th - PTA Box Top Drive. This year we are going for BONUS Box Tops! We will continue collecting the physical Box Tops the traditional way - so keep on clipping. We've got some fun prizes in store in September 25-29 for the classes who collect the most! In addition, we are going DIGITAL! Download the Box Tops Bonus app on your phone and earn EXTRA cash for Riverview. Once you register, it is as simple as taking a picture of your receipts - easy peasy. When you do this, you get extra Box Tops digitally in addition to the physical ones you turn in. Thank you for helping support Riverview in this fun and easy way!
It is nearly time for the Riverview Fundraiser, Friday, October 6th. We will have a ‘Chalk-Walk’ again.
FAQ’S of a Chalk Walk
- 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.
- 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! Last year’s funds were used to help purchase an additional twelve Smartboards. We now have a Smartboard in each classroom! Thank you!
- 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.
- How can I help? In addition to assisting your student(s) with pledges and collection, you can sign up to volunteer. Sign-up opportunities will be available for filling squeeze bottles with chalk, releasing chalk, and helping at the clean-up station. Keep an eye out for an email and/or check our website. Cheer on the kids on the day of the walk or participate with us on Friday, October 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- 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.
- 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 many programs, including:
- Technology: More Chromebook lab for the classrooms. We are now one-to-one in fifth and sixth grades. We are working towards providing more Chromebooks in all grades.
- Fine Arts: Program support and resources & supplies
- Library: library books, ebooks, supplies
- Bonus Activities: Assemblies, Special Events, etc…
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.
I certainly appreciate you! Riverview is a great place, thanks for all you do at home to support the education of your students.
Riverview School website
Riverview Parent Communication Page
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Mrs. Angie Killian;
Principal, Riverview Elementary
- September 13th – 5th grade keyboarding ends
- September 14th – 4th grade keyboarding starts; 5th grade DARE program starts
- September 18th – School dismissed at noon
- September 19th – School pictures; School Community Council mtg. @ 3:30
- September 21st – vision screening
- September 25th - 30th - Box Tops Competition
- September 26th – Assembly for 2nd-6th grades from 2:00-3:00; Scott Savage- Author of Farworld series, Mysteries of Cove series, and the Case File 13 series.
- September 29th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00 a.m