Reptile Review

March 2022

Principal's Update

Hi Reptile Families,

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Learn, Read, and Feed information night last month. It was great seeing families support their child with their reading and academic goals. If you were unable to attend, the presentations are shared below. Please look these over to see how your child's teacher is measuring their progress, and to see ways you can help support your child at home.

We will have another family night this month. This night will be focused on math, science, P.E., music, and art and will involve many hands on activities. Attending these events are a fun way to show your child how important school is! Please join us if you are able.

We know parent involvement is a key to student success, and our teachers and staff want to work together to make sure all of our students are achieving. This newsletter also contains a brief survey where you can share any feedback on how New River supports families.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Spring Break, and we hope to see you soon!

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


Title I Parent Survey

Please complete this brief parent survey to help us plan for next school year. We appreciate our families and value your input!

Kindergarten Registration

We are so excited that it is almost time to start welcoming our Kindergartners for the 2022-2023 school year! If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022 please save the following dates.

Kindergarten Registration: Monday, April 18th

*Sign up for a time slot below to come to campus and complete your registration paperwork.

There will also be a Kindergarten Family Information Night from 6-7 p.m.

Kindergarten Camp: Thursday, July 28th and July 29th

*This camp will be free for all students to attend. Students will get to meet the Kindergarten teachers, see their classrooms, and get a fun preview of what Kindergarten will be like!

VPK Sign Up

We also highly encourage all families with children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2022 to enroll in Florida's Voluntary PreKindergarten program. This program allows all students to participate in a free PreK program to prepare them for Kindergarten. Studies have shown that students who attend preschool are much more successful in Kindergarten. There are various settings where families can use the VPK voucher, such as private daycares and public schools. Please click the following link for more information and to apply!

FSA Testing Information

Below are the FSA Testing dates for our third, fourth, and fifth graders. Students are currently working on taking practice tests and reviewing them with your teachers. Encourage your students to work hard every day and do their best on their tests!

4th Grade Writing: Tuesday, April 5th

5th Grade Writing: Wednesday, April 6th

3rd Grade Reading: Thursday and Friday, April 7th - 8th

5th Grade Reading: Monday and Tuesday, May 2nd - 3rd

4th Grade Reading: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4th and 5th

5th Grade Math: Friday, May 6th and Monday, May 9th

3rd & 4th Grade Math: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10th - 11th

5th Grade Science: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17th - 18th

Family STEAM Night

Please join us on Thursday, March 24th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a family STEAM night! This will be a family fun night with hands-on activities. Our P.E., art, and music teachers will be setting up stations, and MOSI will be at our school with rocket launchers! Food trucks will also be on site and food will be available to purchase. A flyer with RSVP information will be coming home shortly. We hope to see you there!

Chuck E. Cheese Family Night

New River will be having a Chuck E. Cheese fundraiser on Wednesday, March 9th from 3 - 9 p.m. Stop by after Early Release Day for some fun with your students and support our school! A flyer with coupons will be coming home with your student.

P.E. News

Thank you volunteers for agreeing to run a station for Field day March 11. It’s not too late to volunteer. Just let us know and we will assign you a station. Approved volunteers only please. Please send your child to school dressed in tennis shoes and comfortable clothing. You might want to apply sun block before school and send a hat. Volunteers, please remember the morning shift, Kindergarten, First grade, Iguanas and Second grade, will be from 10:30-12:45. The afternoon shift, Third grade, Fourth grade, and Fifth grade will be from 1:30-4:00. Our wonderful parents always make field day a huge success!!

As part of Field Day, we will be having a jump rope station to help support the American Heart Association. “Kids Heart Challenge”- Look for flyers to come home with information on your child becoming a “Heart Hero”. Earn prizes, get healthy and help support this awesome organization that helps so many!!

Running Club has been going strong every Tuesday and Thursday morning. We have over 100 members that are earning prizes, while working on their cardio-respiratory endurance. The Fun Run, for running club members and parents, will be April 29.

Music News

Kindergarten: Students are learning about rhythm & melody while they begin preparing their performance, “The Little Library: Singing Stories”. Parents will be invited to attend this in-school performance on Tuesday, April 12th at 3:30-4:00pm.

1st-2nd Grade: Students have begun preparing their spring musical, Pajama Party. This performance will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 20th at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts.

3rd Grade: We are distributing recorders this week during music class. If you have sent in the recorder form, your student may take theirs home to practice and keep it after we complete our unit. If you did not return the form, your student will not be able to keep theirs. Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we have a sizable scholarship fund! If you have been waiting due to the cost, please send the form back and mark “I would like assistance in purchasing an instrument” so we can use the scholarship funds for your student. Extra forms are available in the front office.

4th-5th Grade: Students are learning new, complex rhythms & melodies through a variety of instruments, including ukulele. We have a class set of ukuleles, but your student may bring a ukulele from home, if desired.

Art News

In art class students have been creating pictures for the annual Pasco County Fair in Dade City and to display at the District Office. Students have been using watercolors, crayons, construction paper, markers and oil pastels to complete their artwork.

The following students were selected to display their pictures at the annual Pasco County Fair: Daniel Francois, Elizabeth Frearson, Ashton Larson, Emmy Wilkinson, Vincent Trujillo, Giselle Silva, and Rowan Hannigan.

The students chosen to display their artwork at the district office are Colette Ndege, Channing Garcia, and Kinsley Sterley.

Congratulations to all of these students on their big accomplishment!

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Family Learn, Read, and Feed Video

Thank you so much to all of our families who attended our Learn, Read, and Feed night! It was a great night full of learning and fun, and we were so happy with the great turnout. For those of you who were unable to attend, the following video shares information about testing, Lexia, Reading Counts, and ways to support your students.

Upcoming Dates

3/9- SAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

3/9 - Early Release Day - Students dismiss at 2:20

3/9 - Chuck E. Cheese Night

3/11- Field Day

3/12-3/21- Spring Break

3/24 - Family STEAM Night

4/5- 4th grade Writing FSA

4/6- 5th grade Writing FSA

4/7-4/8 - 3rd grade Reading FSA

4/13 - SAC Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

4/13 - Early Release Day - Students dismiss at 2:20

4/13- McDonald's Family Night