Happy Friday, Lil Steamer Families!

August 19, 2022

From the desk of: Principal Hoese

Lil Steamer Families –


We have had an AMAZING 3 days this week! We’ve seen so many smiles, heard so many laughs, and had so much fun this week. There were also a few tears mixed in there, but we’re getting better every day!

I wanted to touch base with you on just a couple items: drop-off/pick-up procedures and getting involved with our PTO.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures:

  • I believe we set a school record for the fastest dismissal times during the first week of school; thank you to everyone who follows the car lane and helps keep it as safe as possible for students and staff.

  • One big reminder: ALWAYS pull ahead to the car furthest in front of you to help keep the line moving.

Getting involved with our PTO:

  • As COVID begins to appear in the rearview mirror, we are looking for more families to get connected and involved with our PTO.

  • “Many hands make light work” is such a true statement, and we are in need of support, help, and ideas to help make FES even better.

  • A big THANK YOU goes out to the Coffey Family (Lynne, Wrenn, Layton, & Cash), Jay Ritchie, Kristin Huisenga, and Kelly Dodd for spreading mulch on the FES playground on Saturday morning, to help our school look its best before students arrived the following week.

  • We have more events and activities throughout the year, and we are always looking for families to join. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the FES Library and would love to see you there!

I hope there have been plenty of good stories shared when students have returned home from school this week. I hope our Lil Steamers have transitioned to their new classes well and are looking forward to the first full week of school next week. I know we are looking forward to seeing them again on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend,


P.S. Here's my 1st day of school pic as well. It's year 2 for Rocco! :)

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From the desk of: School Counselor Mrs. Meumann

I had the opportunity to visit each classroom today and welcome everyone back. I was able to explain exactly what a counselor does. I used a smore as a visual to explain this. The bottom cracker is for support. I support the students and encourage them to see me if they are struggling. The chocolate is the sweet part. The sweet part of my job is working with the students. The marshmallows are the students. I explained how I see students individually and in groups to help them to work through anything they may be struggling with. I also make monthly visits to their classrooms to talk about friendship, responsibility, and problem solving. The top cracker holds it all together. Sometimes students may feel like their world is falling apart. I am here to support those students and to help them to develop strategies and coping skills to work through it. Please feel free to contact me if you think your child may need some extra support for issues such as family changes, loss, friendship, anger management, or anxiety. My email is tmeumann@riverbendschools.net.

Picture Day!

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New Class, Fresh Faces, a New Year Embraces!

575 Years of Teaching Experience at the Greatest Little Elementary School in the Universe!

5th Grade Classes Working Together

All 5th graders completed a team building workshop. The three classes along with Mr. Hafter, Mrs. Littlejohn, Mrs. Rhoades, and Mrs. Snyder learned how to work in a team and create a class contract. The contract will serve as a guide on how both students and teachers want to be treated. The words we picked as a class are: The Golden Rule, Positive, Supportive, Determined, Communicators, and Integrity Mrs. Meumann also visited the group to introduce herself and her role as a school counselor. The group found a 5th Grade Rock-Paper-Scissor Champion- Brecklyn Sheppard! We also found a Mystery Number Champion among the 77 students- Mavrick Hamstra! Lastly, we worked as team to unwrap 5 mystery saran wrapped balls! It was great to see the competition and support among the kids and teachers.

Music News

Band and Chorus

Students in 4th and 5th grade may sign up for Chorus, and students in 5th grade may sign up for band. Many 5th graders choose both!

Students who are interested will get a note to bring home next week with more info!

Please talk to your 4th or 5th grade children about whether they'd like to join. :)


Consider donating to our Music room for some new instruments! Also, share this link with anyone who may be interested. The deadline for this project is coming up fast- August 28th!

Thank you for your support!

Join Us at Our Next PTO Meeting!

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The LRC was lucky enough to have a beautiful caterpillar enclosure gifted to us by Mrs. LeeAnn Steele. Mrs. Steele was a teacher in our district for 28 years and is now retired. Thank you to her for this great addition to the LRC! We are putting it to good use for our many Monarch Caterpillars.
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Lunch and Breakfast Menus

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Upcoming Important Dates

Kindergarten Color Day - Orange

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, 8am

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

Kindergarten Color Day - White

Friday, Aug. 26th, 8am

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

FES Picture Day

Tuesday, Aug. 30th, 8am

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 6pm

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

Held in the FES Library.