Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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Principal Moment

To celebrate the hundredth day of school, young children all over the country sing songs, shout cheers, read books, count numbers, chant poems, make murals, and string Froot Loop necklaces.  When I was a kid, no one celebrated 100th Day.  Now it’s huge. 

Today, Riverview celebrated along with the best of them.  Some classes discussed what they’d do if they had $100.  (It’s amazing how far $100 can go.  One kid bought a Ferrari.)  Some wrote what they’ll be like in 100 years and draw pictures of how they will look (some drew a tombstone).  Some dressed up as if we were 100 years old.  There were old men and women everywhere; wrinkles, walkers, gray hair, no hair, and hearing aids. 

I wonder who the teacher was who started 100th day.  Did she have any idea that her cute little idea would turn into a national event?  Could she have ever imagined that her little brainstorm would cause Froot Loops’ stock to soar on Wall Street every January?  Happy 100th Day of School!

PTA White Ribbon Week

During the week of January 28 - February 1st, Riverview  PTA will be focusing on Brain Power as part of White Ribbon Week. Students will learn tips to avoid the three media and technology Brain Dangers.  Students are invited to stop by the Brain Center at lunch to try a new physical activity and mental challenge.  The week culminates with a video of brain-boosting activities filmed and submitted by students themselves!

Riverview Science Day

Thursday, January 31st is our first Riverview Science Day!  Parents are invited to come view the science projects from 12:45 – 2:45 p.m.  The projects will be in the stage side of the gym.  Thank you to Mr. Teuscher, for arranging a great day!

School Wide Walking Field Trip

Thursday, February 7th the school will be walking to Spanish Fork High School to watch a play put on by the high school drama department; Robin Hood. We will leave promptly at 8:45 a.m.  The play will begin as soon as we are in our seats. The play is supposed to last 1 ½ hrs. We will be back in time for lunch.

Please make sure your child is on time to school on the 7th.  Students will need to have a coat/jacket.  We are ten days out but today the weather forecast shows 37 degrees with PM rain/snow showers.

Riverview Learning Pit/Learner Powers

It is our belief that we are capable of becoming better learners.  The Learning Pit and Learner Powers are about helping students help themselves.

Our Beliefs aligned with supporting evidence:

  • To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems. Utah Core State Standards
  • The brain is more like a muscle – it changes and gets stronger when you use it. When you learn new things, neurons in the brain actually multiply and get stronger. The more that you challenge your mind to learn, the more the brain cells grow. Carol Dweck
  • Learning how to learn is of importance in times when information doubles exponentially. Julia Atkin, Jane Gilbert, Unesco Four Pillars of Education Delors
  • The acquisition and application of learner dispositions better enables learners to know what too do when they don’t know what to do. Building this capacity is increasingly important in times of uncertainty and change. Guy Claxton, Art Costa, Sir Ken Robinson
  • Putting students in ‘I’m stuck situations’ is key to developing their learning capacity and use of the learner qualities (powers). James Nottingham
  • Being transparent (visible) about what progress looks like is engaging and motivating for learners. Learners who are empowered to know how they are going, where they are going, and where they will go next are assessment able and capable of promoting further learning. Shirley Clarke, John Hattie
  • Building individual goal setting capability has a positive effect of learning outcomes. John Hattie

Parents should be educated in the Riverview language of learning, so that the home and school can share in the same expectations.  How can you help at home?

  1. The way we praise our children can have a profound impact on the learner powers. When we praise children for being smart, it sends a message that their accomplishments are something they were born with.  In contrast, praise kids for working hard.  It sends a message that the child’s effort is what led them to success.
  2. Tell your children that when they work hard, that’s the feeling of their neurons connecting. When children learn that their brains physically change with effort, it leads to increased motivation and achievement.
  3. Accept Mistakes as Learning Opportunities – Explain to your children that trying hard things is what helps us grow, and you can’t be perfect when you try something hard!

Together, we can help students realize that great effort leads to great progress! 

Communication Options

Riverview School website http://riverview.nebo.edu/.

Riverview Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Riverview-Elementary-School-150164395051510/

Riverview Instagram https://www.instagram.com/riverviewelementary/

Upcoming Events

  • January 28th – February 1st – White Ribbon Week
  • January 31st – Riverview Science Day
  • February 1st – Popcorn Friday
  • February 4th – 8th – Kindness Week
  • February 7th – Walking Field trip to Spanish Fork High School
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day
  • February 18th – No School, Closed for President’s Day
  • February 19th – 6th grade band recruitment assembly
  • February 20th – Spring Pictures; 6th grade Orchestra recruitment assembly
  • February 25th – March 1st – Dr. Seuss Week. – Fri. there will be an estimation jar in the office. Students may guess how many gold fish crackers are in a jar. The winner will be given a Dr. Seuss book and the jar of goldfish crackers. Winner will be announced in the afternoon on Friday, 1st.
    • Monday - Fox in Sox; wear crazy socks
    • Tuesday - 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'; wear a silly hat
    • Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday; Wear wacky outfit/hair
    • Thursday - Oh, The Places You'll Go; What do you want to be when you grow up? Dress the part. Can't decide. Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character
    • Friday - Wear stripes to honor Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Thank you,

Mrs. Angie Killian, Principal of Riverview