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Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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The last month of school is sooo busy, teachers sometimes wish they could fast-forward to the last day of school.  When the last day comes, they want to sloooowww it down.

This year on the last day of school, we will try to make it like any other day.  We will talk to students in the halls; we will laugh at jokes we have heard twenty times, we will ask what colleagues and kiddos have planned for the summer. 

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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“Ask not what your secretary can do for you, but what you can do for your secretary!”

Today is National Secretary Day.  No one is more cherished in the world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Mrs. Tricia Nielson and Mrs. Aubree Barnum are our school secretaries and they are truly cherished.  What would we do without our secretaries?  They are the backbone of the school.

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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This week is Riverview Teacher Appreciation Week.   I truly appreciate our teachers!

Our teachers take slivers out of fingers and bad sports out of kick ball.  They know when a child has gum in his mouth even when he is not chewing.  They have sung “Happy Birthday” 657 times.

They hand over scissors with the handles up.  They can listen to one child talk about his birthday party and another talk about her sleepover and another talk about getting stitches last night-all at the same time.

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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There are certain things that a teacher must never do:  Never pour Plaster of Paris down the sink.  Never stand on a bathroom scale when teaching your students about pounds and ounces.  Never throw a wilted flower away in front of the child who gave it to you no matter how droopy it is.  And never forget to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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I don’t know why, but kids like to talk about their parents’ ages.  It is a predictable subject of conversation.  Every year, at some time, I will hear one student ask another, “How old is your mom?”

I remember when I first heard the question.  I was twenty-two years old, fresh out of college and newly married. 

When I heard students announce their parents age as thirty-five; I thought, wow, their parents are old!

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.

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Principal Moment

Over the years, I have read countless picture books and I always return to the fairy tales.   When I was a classroom teacher, my class would compare and contrast fairy tales.  When discussing their similarities, the children mentioned the existence of magic, witches, castles, elves, spells, curses, which one is a Disney movie, and so forth.  But they always left out one very important commonality – food. 

Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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Did you ever wonder where the Boy Who Cried Wolf went to school?   About ten years ago, he was in my first grade class.  He usually talked with his fingers crossed behind his back.  About once a week, he would walk up to me and point to the sky, or my shoes, or my hair and scream, “Mrs. Killian, look!”  I would look and he would shout, “You looked!”  And laugh.  It was the highlight of his day.

Some days, I would refuse to look and this would drive him crazy.

One day, he came to my desk: “Mrs. Killian, I can’t hear.” 

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