Principal Newsletter March 19th -23rd

Submitted by angela.killian on

Principal Moment

So much has changed since I was a kid.  When I was the students’ age, we turned the dial on phones, found books in the card catalog, waited a whole year to see The Sound of Music on TV, unfolded car maps to find directions, and painted typing mistakes with Liquid Paper.

We dropped the needle on the spinning record and hoped we’d hit the beginning of the song on the very first try, waited for the cassette to beep before turning the knob on the filmstrip projector, and changed the due date in the librarian’s stamp when she wasn’t looking.

Of course nothing has changed like technology.  Kids DVR their favorite television shows, text on smart phones, shuffle tunes on Pandora, ride in cars with GPS, Skype their grandparents, go LIVE on Facebook and post digital photos on Instagram and Snapchat.

As one who grew up with scratchy records and watching television in black and white, I sometimes feel lost.  It’s not my fault really.  When I was in teacher school, my technology class consisted of changing the bulb in the overhead, making sure the slides in the carousel weren’t upside down, and feeding film into the movie projector so it didn’t spill out all over the floor. 

A “bug” was something you brought in from recess to show your teacher.  A “desktop” was something you scraped dried Elmer’s glue off of with your scissors.  “Viruses” kept you home from school.  “Monitors” cleared the boys out of the bathrooms on rainy-day recess.  The “mouse” was something you forgot to feed.  “Windows” were what you opened.  And “cursors” were sent to the principal’s office.

Do I worry that I’m becoming a relic?  Am I concerned about becoming outdated?  Not in the least.  It’s the gadgets that have changed, not the children. When throwing something away, they will always shoot a basket.  When playing kickball, they will climb on the backstop while they’re waiting for their turn.  Someone’s shoe will go flying when he kicks the ball.  If you excuse them for lunch one second late, they will let you know.  When they deliver something to the office, they will return to the classroom panting because they ran through the halls the whole way.  Just before you pass around photos, they will promise to touch only the edges, when you get the photos back, they will be covered with fingerprints. They will make gagging noises if you mention the words kiss, hug, embrace, or smooch.   These things will never change.  Good things usually don’t.


On behalf of all Riverview teachers, I would like to thank the PTA for providing a wonderful SEP dinner!  Dinner was catered by Pepe’s Grill with a delicious fried ice cream dessert!  We felt very loved!    

Yearbook Deadline

The deadline to order yearbooks is April 9th. Order forms are in the front office or they can be ordered online also.

To purchase a Yearbook online please go to:  Enter code: 10708318

Letter from PTA


As a fellow parent of children at Riverview Elementary I am reaching out to you to ask for your help!

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and the PTA is preparing to host this years PTA Carnival on Monday, April 30th. The Carnival was a great success last year and we are anticipating much success this year!

To ensure the success of the Carnival we need YOUR help.

The following three areas are the areas where we need immediate assistance.


The roles identified below need to be filled ASAP (fortunately much of the leg work has been completed already) – WE NEED HELP!:

1.  Activities Committee Chair (committee members will be needed too, but the Chair is crucial) This committee will take the lead of the activities component of the Carnival. We have potential vendors identified already. We need your help making the carnival FUN.

2.  Food Committee Chair (committee members will be needed too, but the Chair is crucial)  This committee will oversee the food component of the Carnival by determining what will be served, as well as overseeing the preparation and distribution of food items.

3.  Marketing Committee Chair (a committee member has volunteered, but the Chair is crucial) This committee will assist in providing already created materials to teachers and parents through print media and social media.

4.  Ticket Committee Chair (committee members have already volunteered) This committee will oversee the presale of tickets, distribution of tickets, and ticketing at the event.

5.  Donations Committee Members (a volunteer is already chairing this committee) This committee will assist in contacting businesses to seek donations for silent auction baskets, prizes and food. Materials are already created to assist with asking for donations.


If you know individuals who manage or own local businesses and would be willing to ask them for a donation to the school, please let us know immediately! We will provide tax receipts to businesses.


If you have an item or skill that could be added to a gift basket that you are willing to donate, please let us know immediately.


If you have access to the following activities and can donate them or help provide them at a discounted rate, please let us know immediately:

  • Ponies – Pony Rides
  • Pig – Kiss A Pig
  • Bounce Houses
  • Dunk Tank
  • Candy Canon
  • Bubble Balls
  • Face Painting
  • Or other activities that you have access to – let us know what they are!


To ensure the Carnival is a success it requires MANY volunteers. We will have a variety of volunteer needs and shifts, so if you will have some availability on April 30th and are willing to help out – please let us know immediately.

I am excited for the opportunity to continue to help our school develop and provide outstanding opportunities to our children. Your consideration and support of the Carnival by volunteering, donating to, and attending, is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like to assist in any of the ways described above, please contact me.

Gary Terranova

Riverview Elementary School

PTA Fundraising Chair

garyterranova [at] (garyterranova[at]gmail[dot]com)

801.369.1982 (text or phone calls welcome – please leave your name in the text or voicemail)

Communication Options

Riverview School website

Riverview Facebook & Instagram

Riverview PTA

Please continue to check the website for additional information.

Upcoming Events

  • March 27th – Kindergarten School Pictures
  • March 30th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 2:30 p.m.
  • April 2nd – 6th – Spring Break; No School
  • April 9th – 13th – PTA BOGO Book Fair
  • April 9th – Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00 a.m.
  • April 10th – National Librarian Day; 2nd grade aquarium visit
  • April 12th – 4th grade county fair @ 1:45; PTA Art Show @ 5:00 p.m.
  • April 13th – Popcorn Friday
  • April 19th – State Earthquake Drill @ 10:00 a.m.
  • April 20th – 1st grade field trip
  • April 24th – 3rd grade track and field day @ SFHS
  • April 25th – National Secretary Day
  • April 27th – Kindergarten Field Trip
  • April 30th – May 4th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 1st-4th grade track and field day @ SFHS

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary