Falcon Flyer

January 19, 2016

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,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend on the heels of the very successful and special PTA-sponsored 'Guys & Dolls' dance on Friday. Thank you to all of the 'guys' who brought their lovely dates to the dance!

Monday, January 18 was set aside to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. In his honor, I would like to share excerpts from "The Meaning of The King Holiday" as written by Coretta Scott King, whose esteemed values reflect the character traits we as a community look to instill in our children:

"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. ...

On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America. ...

Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream. ...

We call you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all of the great victories of his leadership. And with our hearts open to this spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. May we who follow Martin now pledge to serve humanity, promote his teachings and carry forward his legacy into the 21st Century."

Make it a great week!

Beth Mildren

Riverview Educational Fundraiser Week!

Please help us continue to be able to utilize a Time for Kids (TFK) subscription for classrooms, and maintain Riverview’s valuable subscriptions to research and learning programs that renew annually! Our teachers consider the TFK resource to be very valuable for their integrated units, as it has both a newspaper-type text for reading closely and online component.

We earn 40% of all magazine orders. Last January we raised nearly $3,000 on this important project. This year our goal is to raise $3,200! This building fundraiser is one of the main funding sources we have for meeting our additional technology/subscription needs that support Riverview students K-5.

On behalf of our staff, thank you in advance for taking time to review the TFK packet and participate in order to benefit our students!

Kindergarten Round-Up...Save the Date!

Riverview Elementary - February 18, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

We know it's difficult to let go...

That's why our Kindergarten teachers place a high priority on providing a nurturing environment where children thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally. We really care about your child!

>> Preparing your child for Kindergarten - Resources for Parents

Going to Kindergarten in the fall?
Make plans to attend Kindergarten Round-Up and Parent Information Night on February 18th in the Riverview Cafeteria.

>>Learn more about optional full-day Kindergarten

Find out everything you need to know at Kindergarten Round-Up and Parent Information Night. Parents will have the opportunity to begin the enrollment process, ask questions, and meet the principal. By Kansas statute, children must be the age of 5 on or before August 31 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment.

What will you need?
Parents are encouraged to bring the following information to Kindergarten Round-Up:

  • Certified copy of child's birth certificate (required by Kansas statute)

  • Copy of immunization records (from pediatrician)

  • Proof of residency (copy of current utility bill, real-estate contract, etc.)

Parents will also learn about Before/After School Care offered through a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department.

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Staff Spotlight

Hi! My name is Kyndel Reeves, and this is my first year at Riverview as the Physical Education teacher. I was lucky enough to do my student teaching here last January through March, so I am very grateful to be back. I didn’t want to leave! I grew up in the DeSoto school district and feel very blessed to be able to come back and teach in the district that helped mold me into the person I am today.

I attended the University of Kansas and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and plan to begin a master’s program in the near future. I have been a die-hard KU fan since the day I was born. Rock Chalk!

When I am not at school I am always with my family. I have four siblings and incredible parents, so there is never a dull moment! We love to take family trips when our schedules allow (preferably somewhere warm!), and just be together. We had a blast watching the Royals WIN the WORLD SERIES (!!!!) this past November. I also love being with friends and catching up on our busy lives.

I love everything about Riverview. The students, staff, and families are all so welcoming. This year has already been so spectacular for me. I am looking forward to many more!

Kindest Kansas Citian Contest

It’s time again for the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian contest. This is an amazing opportunity for your child to recognize and identify an adult role model who demonstrates kind, caring and respectful behavior. In this week’s Monday folder, contest form and guidelines will be sent home. During counselor lessons this week I will review contest guidelines with all students and encouraging them to participate. All contest forms must be filed out completely and returned to me no later than January 29th. Please feel free to contact me any questions tthurmanunsey@usd232.org and have a super week!

Part Time Substitute Paraeducator Position...

The USD 232 Special Services team is looking for individuals interested in working as a substitute paraeducator. If you have a high school degree or equivalent GED and enjoy supporting students so to achieve high levels of learning, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please visit our website at www.usd232.org and complete our electronic application for the substitute paraeducator position.

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Upcoming Dates...


  • Monday, 25th - Sombrero's PTA Fundraiser night
  • Thursday 28th - 1st Grade Music Program 6:30 PM


  • Wednesday, 3rd, - All Pro Dads Breakfast 7:30 AM
  • Thursday, 4th, - 2nd Grade Music Program 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, 9th,- Valentine Parties AM KDG 11:00 AM |FDK - 5th grade 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 10th, - Kindergarten ONLY - No School- Parent Teacher Conferences Grades 1-5 in Session Parent Teacher Conferences 4:15 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Thursday, 11th, - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, 12th, - No School - Building Closed
  • Monday, 15th, - No School - Building Closed
  • Thursday, 18th, - Kindergarten Roundup 6:00 PM | Riverview Cafeteria


Wednesday, January 20 - D Day

Thursday, January 21 - E Day

Friday, January 22 - A Day

Monday, January 25 - B Day

Electronic Flyers

Don’t forget to check out the USD 232 Electronic Flyers webpage for information on events and programs offered by outside agencies. http://www.usd232.org/pages/DeSotoUSD232/DistrictInfo/forms_documents/Electronic_Flyers

To view the information included below, click on the red PTA News button above to take you to the PTA Website.

Riverview Elementary PTA




*Thanks to those of you who attend the first ever Guys & Dolls Dance on Friday. What a turnout we had! A big thank you to Stevi Brozanic for all of her work!!! Hopefully, we have started a fun tradition for the girls of Riverview!

*Sombrero’s Night!! January 25th! Sombrero’s will be giving 25% of food sales to Riverview so take a night off of cooking and support RE PTA!

*Riverview loves for fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles to volunteer as Watch D.O.G.S. You can volunteer to help at school for a half day or a full day. The kids enjoy having a “new” adult at school. Maybe, you can volunteer to be at school on your student's birthday or half birthday? Any day is a great day to be a part of Watch D.O.G.S. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0945aca72ea13-wactch

* Hey Dads….Be your kids All Pro Dad! Inviting all dads and kids for a quick, before-school breakfast (DOUGHNUTS!!) and brief program of fatherhood and family topics on Wednesday, February 3rd. You’ll take away great tips and resources to help you be the best Dad you can be, and you’ll strengthen your relationship with your kids at the same time. It’s fun and FREE! RSVP http://apdd.allprodad.com/3046. Special guest Joel Applebee, Head Coach of the KS 5A State Championship Football Team!

What is All Pro Dad – APD is a fatherhood program of Family First, a national non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families. APD features NFL players, coaches and alumni who speak out about the importance of fatherhood. Through daily emails, school breakfasts and NFL events, APD reaches men with practical parenting advice.

*The Winter Book Fair is scheduled for February 10th from 10am-8pm and February 11th from 8am-8pm. Come shop and find some books to read on those cold winter days. If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up here Riverview Book Fair. If you would like to purchase online use this link www.scholastic.com/fair

* BINGO NIGHT!!! February 26th 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Riverview's Cafeteria. Mark your calendars now for this FREE, fun, family event! If you'd like to help plan this year's event, contact refalconspta@gmail.com with BINGO in the subject line.

Upcoming Events

1/25 Sombrero’s Night

2/3 All Pro Dads Meeting

2/5 Schlitterbahn Reading Program Forms Due

2/9 Class parties

2/10-11 Book Fair

2/26 Bingo Night

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