Riverview Elementary Weekly Newsletter

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Principal Moment

“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.

I also feel a bit sad today.  Mrs. Nielson, who helped organize and open our wonderful school, will be leaving Riverview to become a secretary in the Nebo School District Technical Department.  We are thrilled for her career advancement and we’ll miss her at Riverview.

Happy Secretary’s Day to these wonderful ladies, you are amazing and we love you!

PTA Information...

Spring Carnival - Monday, May 13th!

Please come and enjoy:

  • Games and Activities from 5:30 to 8 PM
  • Food will be served from 5:30 to 8 PM
  • Silent Auction from 5:30 to 7:45 PM

The silent auction is for the awesome themed baskets that have been donated and carefully prepared by each class, as well as other great items. 

Silent Auction/Gift Baskets

To raise funds for such activities, the PTA is asking that each child contribute something that goes along with their grade's gift basket theme. 

  • Kindergarten - Pamper.  Donation ideas: Essential oils/diffuser, nails certificate/nail polish, spa treatment/spa items, massage certificate, candles/lotions, licensed maid service, body & hair care, flower bouquet, manicure/pedicure
  • First grade - Arts and Crafts.  Donation ideas: slime materials, scrapbook supplies, yarn/knitting, paint sets, colored pencils, canvases, Joann's gift card, Hobby Lobby gift card, Michael's gift card, other craft supplies
  • Second grade - Kids Activities.  Donation ideas: Board games, card games, tie dye, science kits, toys, books, arts & crafts, water guns/balloons, kites, gift cards
  • Third grade - Summer.  Donation ideas: slip n slide, water balloons, gift certificates, pool passes, swim lesson certificate, swim gear, beach towels/sunglasses, sunscreen/bug spray, squirt gun/water balloons, ice cream sundae items
  • Fourth grade - Family Time.  Donation ideas: movie tickets, card games, board games, yard games, road trip items, gift cards - family activities, family DVD's/Redbox codes, Movie night snacks, photo frames, $5/$10 gift cards
  • Fifth grade - Date Night. Donation ideas: chocolates, at home date kit, restaurant gift cards, couples activities, Redbox certificates, movie card, flowers, bowling certificate, other gift cards
  • Sixth grade - Outdoor & Sports.  Donation ideas: tent/camping equipment, firepit and smore items, cooler, BBQ equipment, gardening items, IFA/Home Depot gift card, sporting equipment, sport store gift cards, college fan memorabilia, picnic

If you would like to donate something not assigned to your child's theme, please do!  If you donate a 2-liter bottle of soda - your child gets one extra ticket.  One ticket per student. 

Health regulations prohibits serving homemade treats.  

All donations need to be turned in by Tuesday, May 7th.  Cash Donations Accepted.  This allows the committee to purchase needed items. 

Online Donations

This year your friends and family from out of town can participate by donating money to our cause online! To donate online simply go to the following link - www.RiverviewRamsPTA.blogspot.com  For every dollar donated online the donor can select a student who will have an extra ticket placed in the bike raffle. So if grandma donates $20, her grandchild has 20 more chances to win the bike!!!

Year End Testing

We are in the year end testing window.  Testing can wear teachers and students down. Do what you can to turn off testing anxiety.  Taking a page from Hogwarts School of Magic; “We shall defeat the-test-that-must-not-be-named!” 

This year the RISE is replacing the SAGE as Utah’s computer adaptive standards assessment for students in grades 3-8. 

There are a few things families can do to prepare for test day at home:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Make the morning of testing as relaxing as possible by arriving to school on time.
  • Encourage children to focus and pace themselves without rushing. It’s important to take your time, and read each question carefully.
  • Remind children that if the test questions seem hard, that means they’re doing well. Just like the ACT college entrance exam, the RISE test is computer adaptive, which means it adapts to the student’s abilities by giving harder questions when a student gets something correct, and easier questions when the student gives a wrong answer.
  • Don’t give up. Make sure you take time to go outside and play!

 Riverview Student Placement Procedures for 2019-2020

Classroom placement at Riverview is a process that takes teachers and administration many hours of careful thought and consideration.  We look at gender, learning abilities, peer friendships, combinations (both positive and non-constructive), class size, social and academic strengths and challenges, diversity, as well as leadership and role models to form equitable classroom communities that ensure both social and academic development for all children.

We take our classroom placement decisions very seriously and do our best to create classroom communities that promote growth and development for each student.  Our goal is to create classes that address both the fit between the student and teacher and to create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning for all students. Once the classroom communities have been formed the movement of children from parent requests alters the integrity of the groups and causes a chain reaction within the classroom balance.

We will not be sending a form to accept requests as in previous years.  Last year we had over 600 requests, too many requests to have balanced classrooms.  We respect tremendously that you know your student in ways we could not possibly know them.  We likewise ask that you trust that your child’s teacher has knowledge about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavior needs that may vary from what you see in the home setting.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.  

Communication Options

Upcoming Events

  • April 25th– National Secretary Day
  • april 26th – Last day to check out take-home books
  • April 30th – 4th grade track and field day @ SFHS
  • May 1st – 3rd grade field trip
  • May 3rd – Last day to check out library books; Make Your Mark Assembly @ 9:00
  • May 7th – 5th grade Freedom Walk/6th grade track and field day @ SFHS
  • May 8th – Hope of America
  • May 10th – All library books due; Seussical Dress rehearsal for school
  • May 10th & 11th - Seussical Performances - 7:00 PM.
  • May 14th – 5th grade track and field day @ SFHS
  • May 17th – Last day of Kindergarten
  • May 20th – 1st & 2nd grade talent show 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • May 21st – 3rd & 4th grade talent show 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • May 22nd – 5th & 6th grade talent show 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • May 23rd – Sprinkler day for students – 4th – 6th grades from 12:45-1:45, 1st– 3rd grades from 1:45 – 2:45.
  • May 24th – Last day of school; dismissed at noon.

Mrs. Angie Killian

Principal, Riverview Elementary