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March 23, 2015

Riverview Elementary

At Riverview Elementary all stakeholders are dedicated to empowering each student to achieve his or her full potential.

Greetings from the Principal

Dear Riverview Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! Flowers are beginning to bloom and the days are getting longer (and warmer, thank goodness!). Whether you were traveling or taking it easy at home over break, hopefully the rejuvenation will get you through the final quarter of the school year!

Looking back, our last few weeks before Spring Break were full of events that benefitted Riverview students. For example, through the Math Night funds raised, we were able to put the money toward purchasing an online subscription to PebbleGo.com, which has impressed teachers and engaged students as they utilized the website last quarter during a free trial period. PebbleGo (and PebbleGo Next for older grades) makes research accessible and interesting to students K-5 through its database of relevant topics. PebbleGo helps students develop a foundation of research skills through providing leveled text, spoken-word audio, text highlighting, and audio/video media on a variety of topics tied to the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards (KCCRS). Be on the look-out for log in information for PebbleGo from your classroom teachers.

Students and 5th grade families were also treated to a fantastic 5th grade music performance and art show on the last day before Spring Break! Exploratory teachers Ms. Kellogg, Mr. Hodges, Ms. Robbins, and the 5th grade students worked very hard in developing a stellar music program and art show. The amount of hard work and talent displayed by students was truly impressive! All of Riverview was able to watch the performance in the afternoon, and students were enthralled and delighted with the dancing, singing, acting, instrumentation, basketball choreography, and light shows. This positive experience will surely remain a favorite memory for 5th graders when they think back on their time at Riverview.

Looking forward, we still have much to be excited about during 4th quarter! This week, Riverview begins offering breakfast on Tuesday morning (8:30 am) and Thursday is Sutera's Fundraising Night for the PTA. It's hard to pass up an excuse not to cook!

While state testing occurs for grades 3-5, learning will continue, and there are still many projects and units that will excite and motivate students this quarter. On behalf of our staff, thank you in advance for your continued support in all that must be done for students to achieve at high levels. Whether it is providing a balanced breakfast, ensuring children get enough sleep, or helping students with homework and practice, we all appreciate your strong parent support. It is clear that all stakeholders are committed to students reaching their full potential! Thank you for all you do!

Make it a great week!

Beth Mildren

District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Anna Sahadeo, the USD 232 District Elementary Teacher of the Year! Ms. Sahadeo works hard each and every day to provide an excellent educational experience for her students, and is well deserving of such an honor.
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Upcoming Dates...

  • Monday, 23rd - Start of 4th Quarter
  • Thursday, 26th - Sutera's Fundraiser Night
  • Friday, 27th - Spring Portraits
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Exploratory Schedule

Tuesday, March 24 - A Day

Wednesday, March 25 - B Day

Thursday, March 26 - C Day

Friday, March 27 - D Day

Monday, March 30 - E Day

Counselor Corner

Riverview Families,

Welcome back! All Tracking forms for community service hours are due April 10, 2015, Please return completed logs to me. Have a great week!

Toni Munsey, Counselor

Join us in the cafeteria beginning Tuesday, March 24th for breakfast! Please click here for the breakfast menu.

  • Breakfast will be served from 8:30 - 8:50 am.
  • A breakfast will cost $1.30 | Reduced cost $.30 | Adult $1.80
  • There is no need to pre-order breakfast, and the funds will come out of the same account as the student's lunch funds.
  • There will be 3 entrée choices each day, fruit, milk & juice.

Ready to Go Time-- State Assessments

This year marks the full implementation of the new Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) across the state. USD 232, through its Department of Teaching & Learning, spent nearly two years in preparation for this implementation working with teachers and administrators by providing resources, materials and professional development opportunities.

New Standards; More Rigor

All Kansas school districts are required by the State Department of Education to fully implement the new standards with the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Standards for success. The new standards in Math and English Language Arts work to ensure our students are ready for college, career training, and the workplace.
  • Consistent and shared. Kansas, 44 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Schools have adopted the new standards.
  • Providing opportunities for meaningful information and feedback. The assessments will measure the standards and provide meaningful feedback to teachers and principals to help more students succeed.

New State Assessments

Beginning this spring, the Kansas State Department of Education will test students on the standards through a brand new State Assessment program. While this implementation is a significant shift for the State of Kansas, we are confident that our students, over time, will succeed in meeting the new KCCRS. Our schools have updated curricula and resources to support individual students in achieving academic excellence.

Sample Assessment Questions

There is no better way to see how Kansas is changing the state assessment program than by comparing previous questions to the new questions aligned to the rigor of the Kansas College & Career Ready Standards. Continue to the next page for the example. Learn more! We have much more information about the new state standards, the Kansas Assessment Program, and how we have prepared. Visit the district website >> HERE.

William Allen White

Attention 3rd-5th Graders participating in the William Allen White Reading Program! All reading logs are due to Mrs. Hallier no later than Friday, April 3, 2015 to receive your medal! Reading log forms can be found on Mrs. Hallier’s website at http://riverviewlibrary.weebly.com/ . She is looking forward to giving out lots of reading medals at the Awards Ceremony in May!

Twitter Time

Students are so active and academically engaged at Riverview it is hard to contain everything to a weekly newsletter! Please be sure to 'follow' the school's Twitter account @Riverviewfalcon for daily happenings in classrooms, or visit the school's webpage to see the school's twitter feed.
To view the information included below, click on the PTA News button above.

Riverview Elementary PTA



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  • If you would like to run for a Board Position and are not the slate, please contact the PTA President at refalconspta@gmail.com by 5pm, Thursday, March 26th. The final 2015-2016 PTA Board Candidates will be announced on Friday, March 27th. Election will take place April 27th.
  • March 26th is Sutera’s Fundraising Night look for flyers to come home in Monday Folders.
  • Last All Pro Dad Breakfast is April 14th at 7:30 AM