Rattler News

November 16, 2022

From The Desk of Principal Roberts

Dear Rattler Families,

I would like to pause a send out a heartfelt thank you to our amazing families and students at River Ridge. When I think about all things to celebrate, I become overwhelmed with gratitude. Your kiddos are by far a bucket filler for me every day, and I love them dearly!

On a personal note, I am very grateful for so many families that have supported me this past year with the loss of my husband. Your kind words, small and big gestures, and giving hearts during such a difficult time will never be forgotten. One thank you will never be enough, but please know that I will always be grateful for the River Ridge community.

Important Dates

  • November 21st - November 25th: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29th: ESL night at River Place Elementary @5:30
  • December 1st:: Fall picture retakes!


A Message From Our PTA

The Hospitality Committee is looking for volunteers! If you would like to participate in teacher luncheons or snack carts, please contact Christine Hammond at christineshammond@gmail.com. It’s a fun committee and a great way to get involved!

ESL Family Info Night

River Ridge Elementary is having an ESL family night along with Steiner, Bush, River Place, and Grandview Hills Elementaries. It will be in the River Place MPR on Tuesday, November 29th from 5:00-6:30.

Please plan on coming to learn more about the ESL program and how you can help your child at home. Click on the link below to see all of the fun activities we have planned for the evening!

Hope to see you there!

ESL Family Night Invitation

Innovation Lab

We have some amazing news! The Innovation Lab is up and running and the kiddos are over the moon! They have been exploring gravity and shadow puppets, making flying ghosts, and building Haunted Houses. They have built beanstalks like Jack and bridges to help Sleeping Beauty, and so much more! We have SO MANY PLANS - but we need your help! Our supplies are dwindling and we would love your help to replenish them.

Here is the Innovation Lab Wish List link. Thank you!

Please keep checking the wish list as we will be adding new things as our needs arise. .

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Counselor's Connection with Mrs. Woehl

Counselor Connection

Month of November/December

Counseling Lesson Topic for November/December

Topic: Learning about Disabilities and Inclusion

All students will learn about ability and disability and the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities. We will be working on building student’s understanding and empathy regarding this aspect of identity with a focus on equity, inclusion and diversity!

Mental Health Check In

How to Help Boost Your Child’s Mental Health

There are practices you can adopt to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. But just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, it’s the same with mental health!

Here are some helpful strategies:

  • Make it a priority for your kids to play with friends outside of school, especially face-to-face

  • Keep them active

  • Practice mindfulness as a family

  • Eat a brain-healthy diet

  • Make sure they are getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep during the week

  • Set a consistent home routine

  • Help your kids think of things they are grateful for

Resource of the Month

Mindfulness For Kids