Principal Newsletter December 11th - 15th

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Principal Moment

One of my favorite scenes in Miracle on 34th Street is when attorney John Payne proves that his client, Mr. Kringle, is in fact Santa Claus.  Mail carriers from the United States Postal Service march into the courthouse carrying thousands of children’s letters addressed to Santa.  By delivering these letters to Mr. Kringle, Payne argues that the Post Office-a branch of the federal government-recognizes Kris Kringle to be Santa Claus.  Santa is saved by the Post Office.

Kids’ letters to Santa are pretty darn cute.  When a child really wants something badly, he’ll write in capital letters then go crazy with exclamation marks. (“PLEEEEEEASE BRING ME A DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!”)  Once in a while a child will reprimand Santa. (“Last year I asked for an alligator and all I got was a gerbil.  I hope you’ll do better this year.”)  Rarely will a child sign his last name.  Santa knows who he is.

There are always lots of questions for the man up north: “How’s Rudolph?” “How’s Mrs. Claus?” “Do reindeer really fly?” “Was I nice or naughty?” “How do you fit down the chimney?”

I hope you get an opportunity to truly enjoy the excitement that children feel during this holiday season!

Boys/Girls After School Clubs

Riverview Elementary is excited to announce our 3rd session registration for the After-School program. Registration for 3rd session will be Wednesday, December 13th at 8:00. 

All information including club schedules, registration forms, and waivers will be available online.  We will use SIGN-UP GENIUS on the Riverview website.  Please fill out the registration forms if you haven't completed one this school year and make a payment in the office by Jan. 5th.  If you need payment arrangements ro have any questions please contact RaeAnn Nelson at raeann.nelson [at] (raeann[dot]nelson[at]nebo[dot]edu)

The fees for Afterschool will be $12 this year.  Students may sign up for as many clubs as they would like. The students will receive a t-shirt (one per year), healthy snacks, a prevention lesson, physical activities or games, and one hour of club instruction and activities. 

An early morning club will be available at no charge from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  It is available for students who would like extra homework or reading help.  Also for parents who need to leave for work early and want a safe place for their students before school.  Kelsey Mortensen, a certified teacher, will be the morning club instructor.  Please fill out the registration form and waiver for this club as well. 

3rd session will begin on Monday, January 8th, and go until Friday, March 2nd.  We look forward to having your students participate in Riverview's After-school Program. 


Morning Club - 8:00-8:30 a.m.; No cost homework help from a certified teacher every morning from 8:00-8:30 am.  This is also a safe place for students who need to arrive early to school.  Students must not arrive after 8:30 a.m.


  • Lego Jr. K-3; A fun and interactive club for students who love Legos they will work together in teams to make items of the day also they will have free play time.
  • Creative Art K-3; A club for students interested in Art drawing, watercolors, acrylic, and pottery. 
  • Origami 3-6; A club to teach the ancient art of folding paper, using new ideas helping students solve some world problems with paper.
  • Sign Language 2-6; A club taught by the ASL club at the high school introducing students to this great universal language.
  • Princess K-3; A value club teaching manners, goals, and friendship building skills. 

Tuesdays - 3:00-4:30 :

  • 3D Printing 2-6; learning 21st century skills through programming and designing things for the 3D printer
  • 6th Grade Orchestra; This club is only open to those 6th grade students who are currently in orchestra.  Note-The cost of this club has been included in orchestra registration fees. 
  • Spa and Healthy Lifestyle 2-6; A club that focuses on making healthy life decisions like food, exercising, and team building. 
  • Kids Rock K-3; Each week students will be exploring a new topic fromt crafts, games, cooking, science and more. 

Wednesdays - 3:00-4:30 :

  • Unity/ 3-6; A club to teach coding skills and learning video game design adding to the whole creative experience. 
  • Einstein Science K-3; Exploring all that is slimy and gooey, along with Bill Nye and Myth Buster experiments.
  • Digging Dinosaurs K-3; The budding paleontologist will enjoy learning about the prehistoric past of Dinosaurs and digging some fossibls of their own.  The Bean Museum will also visit with different kinds of reptiles. 
  • DYI Arts & Crafts K-3; 

Thursdays- 3:00-4:30 :

  • Lego Robotics 2-6; STEM curriculum with programing, coding, and engineering robots.  The mind storm club will work hands on building their own robots.
  • Cooking Sr 3-6; A club to teach cooking skills and healthy eating habits along with food preparation and clean up.
  • Dance K-4; A club to teach about the fun and different varieties of ways to dance. 
  • All About Horses K-3; A club to help those interested in horses learn about the care and handling of horses. 

Fridays - 3:00-4:30 :

  • Video game design/Minecraft 3-6; A computer technology club using creative and collaborative efforst as students learn 21st century computer skills that are needed in the world today.
  • Spanish 2-6; A beginning club for any student that would like to learn to speak this valuable language. 
  • Star Wars/Harry Potter Adventures K-3; Find which house you fit in!  Get thrust in to different worlds with Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker. 

Cold Weather Guidance

With the cold weather conditions upon us I wish to review the procedures for cold weather.

  • It is recommended that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 for supervision purposes. 
  • Children should arrive at school dressed for the weather of the day so they can safely and comfortably enjoy recesses. In winter months, children should remember to bring shoes to change into from their snow boots. All healthy children will be expected to go out for recess except in extreme weather conditions (wind chill, rain, snow, unhealthy air/inversions.)  We check air quality daily at
  • If your child cannot participate in recess for health reasons, please send a note to this effect. If it is to be a prolonged indoor stay (longer than 3 days) please send a note from the doctor.
  • Students will remain inside in extreme weather conditions such as: very cold temperatures (below 20 degrees) and wind chill, heavy rain and snowfall.
  • Please be considerate and safety conscious as you drop off and pick up students at school. The winter months see an increase in the number of cars. Remember to: not block the flow of traffic, not block the cross walk area, use parking stalls and not the pull through lanes if you need to enter the building.

Food Drive-Cans for Kids

Riverview Afterschool program and Riverview Student Council are pleased to announce the eighth annual Food Drive service project.   This service project will run until Wednesday, Dec. 20th, our goal is to BEAT last year’s total of 3,000 cans of food!  The food will be donated to families in our school, Nebo Pantry, and the Utah Food Coalition.

The Nebo Pantry is for homeless and transient students in our district.  The District currently has many students in this situation. 

This is a great opportunity to teach our students about service and being grateful for the things we have.  All cans should be brought to your student’s classroom to be counted and recorded.


Communication Options

Riverview School website

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Please continue to check the website for additional information.

 Upcoming Events

  • December 7th – 5th grade DARE graduation 2:00 p.m., Orchestra Concert – 6:30-7:30 pm
  • December 18th –Christmas Kick-Off Week
    • Monday-Wear Red and Green
    • Tuesday-Ugly Christmas Sweater
    • Wednesday-Wear Christmas Hat
    • Thursday-Prepare for a long winter nap-Wear PJ’s; dismiss at noon
    • Friday-No School
  • December 19th – Second Grade Christmas Program 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
  • December 21st – Make Your Mark/Christmas Sing-Along Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.; School dismissed at noon.
  • January 2nd – School resumes

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary