The River's Edge

River Bend Elementary School Newsletter-December 2017

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

November and December are busy months! There have been and will be many activities happening at school:

To celebrate Thanksgiving, our kindergarten classes hosted a Thanksgiving feast. It was wonderful to see so many parents! Students rotated through learning stations in the morning, and then met their families for a feast for lunch. Thank you to all the parents who visited and brought in food that day!

First graders celebrated their annual “Long Ago Day”. Students spent the day in various activities learning how children lived ‘long ago.’ What a fun learning experience!

Fifth graders will make their gingerbread houses December 7, 2017. There are always some very creative gingerbread houses made! The students always have fun with this activity!

The 4th and 5th grade students will be performing Tuesday, December 12 at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing the 4th and 5th graders perform!

The Duke Dog Reading Program is beginning! It is a great program that encourages elementary school students to read. We are excited to be a part of this! Look for additional information in this newsletter.

The RBES PTA hosted its annual PTA Holiday Fun Night on Friday, December 8! There were fun crafts and games for students! We were happy to see so many families at school! A special thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this event!

As you can see, there are many things happening at River Bend. We trust everyone will have a wonderful holiday season in December. To begin our holiday break, RCPS will dismiss school at 1:00 p.m. on December 20, 2017. School will resume on January 2, 2017.

Happy Holidays,

Sharon Martz

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Survey for RCPS 5-Year Technology Plan

Rockingham County Public Schools will soon be updating the RCPS 5-Year Technology Plan and want to get input from all of our stakeholders as we begin that process. Speak Up is a research tool districts use to learn what students, educators, parents and the community have to say about education issues. Please click on the link below to give your input.

To participate, simply go to and select the appropriate link. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will be open through January 19, 2018. Survey questions may be previewed here.

Ms. Brunk's class will be selling chocolate dipped peppermint sticks on Friday, December 15 for $.50 each. This is part of the kindergarten economics unit, and it supports their trip to the Green Valley Book Fair in March.

4th and 5th Grade Musical-"Legend of Polar Mountain"

It is hard to believe that it is time for our winter program. This year our winter musical, "Legend of Polar Mountain" will be performed by the fourth and fifth grade students on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. We look forward to their performance!

Ms. Mix

Art News-6 Ways to Inspire Creativity!

December is the perfect time for Art making! Here are six ideas to get creativity flowing while helping to your young artist to develop mentally, socially, and emotionally. Art helps boost self-confidence. Foster process-focused art with advice from Leslie Bushara, deputy director for education at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

1. Prepare for a mess. Set up an art space where your kid can be free to experiment (and get messy!), advises Bushara. Throw a drop cloth or a newspaper on top of your kitchen table or in the garage. If weather permits, let kids paint outside.

2. Avoid giving direction. Don't tell your artist what to make or how to make it. Instead of saying, "Paint a rainbow," encourage them to "experiment with mixing colors using different types of brushes and paper," suggests Bushara.

3. Speak specifically about art. When talking to your child about his artwork, try to be precise in your comments. For instance, instead of giving a generic compliment, Bushara recommends saying, "I see you used a lot of purple. Why did you choose that color?"

4. Explore your child's process. Often the best way to encourage conversation about your child's art is simply to say, "Tell me about what you made," or ask, "Did you have fun making it?"

5. Don't draw with your child. When parents draw something representational while a younger child is sketching, it can frustrate him, warns Bushara. "It's better to be near him and let him know that you're interested and supportive of his art-making," she says.

6. Let it be. When a child finishes a piece, don't suggest additions or changes, advises Bushara. It's important for a child to feel that what she's created is enough -- even if it's just a dot on the page.

Also, laugh together and have FUN!!!
Lynn Allen Fine Arts Education

Kindergarten Dinner Theater Was a Hit!

RBES Honors Veterans

First Grade Learns about Long Ago

Kindergarten Celebrates Thanksgiving with Families

RBES Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is non-profit, empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade which gives participants skills and experiences to navigate their world with confidence and joy! At the end of the program, the girls complete a celebratory 5K, a lifelong memory of accomplishment! We were excited to have a GOTR team at River Bend this fall and hope to offer this opportunity every fall in the years to come.

RBES Canned Food Drive

Each year River Bend Elementary School hosts a canned food drive to support Elkton Area United Services (EAUS). The Student Council Association (SCA) which consists of third, fourth, and fifth graders, collected the cans each day during the canned food drive. They also counted and organized the food items to be picked up by EAUS. This year the RBES canned food drive campaign lasted from November 1-November 17, 2017, and we collected over 2,500 items of food that will go back into our local community. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported River Bend and EAUS.

Greeting Card Contest

The RBES PTA held their annual greeting card contest. A winner is selected from each grade and will be presented with prizes at the PTA Meeting in December. Congratulations to the winners!

PreK-William Fetterolf

K-Trinity Scott

1st-Bentley Breeden

2nd-Miranda Mendez-Guzman

3rd-Kendreana Cubbage

4th-Becca Green

5th-Kaylee Stieren

RBES Yearbook Cover Contest

We are proud of all the students who submitted an entry for this year's yearbook cover contest. Congratuations to runners up: Kaylee Stieron, Ben Goodrich, Cooper Ziegler, and Nia Dove. Special congratuations to the winner, Claire Crawford!
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Duke Dog Reading Program

Earn Tickets to JMU Basketball Games

Be watching for bookmarks and information about the the JMU Athletics Duke Dog Reading Program to come home with your child. This annual program begins December 1st and runs through December 31st. Students may earn tickets to JMU basketball games and a coupon for Bruster's Real Ice Cream. Please help promote literacy by encouraging your child to participate in this program. Information will be going home soon!

Watch D.O.G.S.

This program is geared towards fathers and father figures, including stepdads, grandfathers, uncles, and approved community volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Watch Dog, please contact Ms. Candice Ray by calling the school at 540-298-5301.

Please Consider Being an Active Part of the RBES PTA

The RBES PTA does so much for our school and our students. Please consider being an active part of our PTA. There are many ways to help including helping with:

  • Refreshments for musicals
  • PTA movie nights
  • Fundraisers
  • RBES Cardinal Carnival (in April)
  • Staff appreciation
  • Holiday Fun Night (in December)

If you would like more information, please contact any of the PTA officers/members:

Stacy Shifflett, Julie Green, Megan Yancey, Lara Blosser, Brandi McDaniel, Becky Taylor, Krys Whitely, or Ms. Martz.

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