Reptile Review

May 2022

Principal's Update

Hi Reptile Families,

We can hardly believe that the school year is coming to a close! While these last few years have presented many extra challenges, there have also been some great successes this school year. Our staff and students have worked hard and persevered, and we are seeing great learning gains in our students. We have also enjoyed opening our campus to families again. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at our Family Nights and events this year. We look forward to even more great memories next year!

We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and fun summer break! In between fun and relaxation, remember to keep your students engaged in learning. Research has shown that if students read at least 6 books throughout the summer, they can prevent the "Summer Slide" and learning loss. Students' MyPascoConnect online dashboard will remain available during the summer, and students can continue to work on Lexia (a reading program) and Zearn (a math program).

We have a lot of important end of year events happening, including all of end of the year fifth grade activities. We will miss our fifth graders, but we truly believe that "Once a Reptile, Always a Reptile." We look forward to staying in touch and celebrating accomplishments with our graduating fifth graders!

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


Prevent the Summer Slide.. READ!

Research shows students may experience a “summer slide”, or decline in reading skills, over summer break. It is easy to beat the “summer slide” just by reading enjoyable books! Your child has access to reading books through the following apps in myPascoConnect.

  • Pasco County Libraries
  • SORA
  • Epic!
  • Follett Shelf NRES
  • NRES Axis 360
Encourage your child to READ A LOT, take Reading Counts quizzes, log minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading app, and work in LEXIA all summer long!
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Registration Information

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open, and we are excited to meet our newest Reptiles! To register new students, please call or visit the front office between 8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m. You can also complete the registration process online by going to the following website:

Kindergarten Camp

Save the Date for 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! Please call the front office at 813-346-0500 or email Mrs. Ketterer at to register your student.

Report An Absence Online

The quickest and easiest way to report an absence is to use our online reporting system!

To report a student absence please use the following steps:

  1. Go to our website home page at
  2. Scroll down until you see the three columns
  3. On the right side of the screen click on the ‘Report an Absence’ link in the SUPPORT FORMS box

FSA Testing Information

Our students and teachers have been working very hard during testing season, and we are confident all students have done their best! We have also had excellent attendance during testing. Thank you for supporting your students and helping them perform their best!

We still have a few testing dates left. Please continue to make sure that your students get a good night's rest, stay focused, and come to school on time. Encourage them to be calm, confident, and do their best!

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

District Finals

All students will participate in one end of course District Final. These tests are designed to take approximately 30 minutes and will test grade level standards that have been taught during the school year. Students will take these tests between May 9th and May 25th. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about their testing date!

Kindergarten: Humanities (Reading & Social Studies)

First Grade: Humanities (Reading & Social Studies)

Second Grade: Humanities (Reading & Social Studies)

Third Grade: P.E.

Fourth Grade: Art

Fifth Grade: Music

P.E. News

New River Reptiles should be very proud- we raised $2,618 for The American Heart Association through our Kid’s Heart Challenge. Special thanks to Kingston Walters, Natalie Aegerter, Madelyn Dotson, Rae Moline, Graham Shockley, Estela Ortiz, Dalila Becirovic, Harvey Ellis, Tristan Fain, Parker Buskey, Dezirae Gardner, Zayden Williams, Wesley Goforth, Lilly Morphet, Kendal Herrmann, Mehmed Becirovic, Josh Hernandez, Sofia Ramirez, and Emmy Wilkinson for raising money for such a great cause!

Thank you for your support of the PE programs this year! We had over 100 students in our Fun Run Club and the mile run on April 29 was a great way to end our season. Jacob Bauman was our top runner and all of our winners for each grade level were recognized on the morning show with medals!

We are in the process of choosing our new patrols for next year. We would like to give a big thank you to this year’s patrols.

After post testing, we had over fifty third, fourth, and fifth grade students qualify for Presidential Physical Fitness Awards. Students were held to high standards in the mile run, sit ups, push ups, shuttle run, and sit and reach for flexibility. Last but not least, our Reptile Run program was a huge success, with over 250 students earning t-shirts. Most students logged over 25 miles- WOW! Thank you for buying Field Day shirts and helping to support the Reptile Run program. Have a great summer and remember to Play 60 every day!!

Music News

Kindergarten –

What a wonderful turn out last month for our Kindergarten performance! Thank you for your continued support of the arts! As we wrap up the year, students will be learning instrument technique skills that will enable them to play more advanced instruments in 1st grade next year.

1st & 2nd Grade –

Congratulations to all our performers in the Spring Musical! We had a wonderful time sharing the product of this past semester with parents, family, and friends. To view the recording, click here:

As we wrap up the year, students will be learning instrument technique skills that will enable them to play more advanced rhythms and melodies in 2nd & 3rd grade next year.

3rd Grade –

Thank you to those who came and performed at the Extravaganza; we had a marvelous time! In May, students are learning new recorder songs with the notes B, A, and G. We hope to earn as many “Recorder Karate” belts as we can before the year ends! As we wrap up the school year and enjoy summer, please discuss with your student which music ensemble they might like to join next year! We will release information about music ensembles in the fall.

4th Grade –

During May, students are learning new elements of music while revisiting well-known songs through movement and instruments. As we wrap up the school year and enjoy summer, please discuss with your student which music ensemble they might like to join next year! We will release information about music ensembles in the fall.

5th Grade –

Shout-out to our 5th Grade Percussion Ensemble, they rocked their last music performance at the Extravaganza!

In May, all 5th Grade students will take their Music District Final. This is a computer-based standardized test evaluating music knowledge gained throughout 5th Grade. Testing dates begin on May 12th and will be interspersed through the end of the year. We are already reviewing material with students and will continue to address expectations as we approach the testing dates. We encourage you to discuss this upcoming test with your student and ask them to take it as seriously as they take the FSA.

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

The Art Show was a successful event and many families came to enjoy the beautiful artwork on display. There were many 2-D drawings, paintings and collage works, as well as 3-D sculptures of tea cups, bowls and pencil holders.

During the month of May, students will have the opportunity to use a variety of tools to create their artwork. First, students in all grade levels will use scratch art paper to create a design of their choice and they will use a wooden tool to reveal the colors on their paper. Students will also use modeling clay to practice their 3-D shapes and will create a sculpture of their choice.

All students will be able to take their folders and their artwork home, including their clay sculptures.

It has been an amazing year in art class. Students had many opportunities to use their creativity to express themselves and to learn new techniques and processes.

Have a great summer and thank you for your support,

Sincerely, Mrs. Frain and Mrs. Bartelope

Upcoming Dates

May 9th - 5th Grade Math FSA

May 10th- 3rd and 4th Grade Math FSA

May 11th - 3rd and 4th Grade Math FSA

May 11th - Accelerated Math Parent Information Night 6-7 p.m. in cafeteria

May 17th- 5th Grade Science FCAT

May 18th- 5th Grade Science FCAT

May 19th- PTA Meeting

May 20th- Reading Counts Celebration

May 23rd- 5th Grade Field Trip to Epcot

May 25th- Last Day of School for Students!

5th grade Award Ceremony 2:30-4:00

5th Grade Clap Out 4:00

May 27th- Staff Last Day

August 8th - Student Registration and Meet Your Teacher Day

August 10th - First day of 2022-2023 School Year