Ravine Drive School

January Newsletter

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Inclement Weather - Delayed Opening Information

In an effort to clarify what a delayed opening entails, listed below are the details to be followed for Ravine Drive School:


· School begins at 10:50 AM

· Students cannot be dropped off prior to 10:40 AM

· School ends the same time as a regular day – 3:35PM

· There is no Y time in the morning for a delayed opening

· There is no breakfast for a delayed opening

With regard to Bus pickup, please add 90 minutes to the time that is listed on your child’s bus pass. For example, if your bus is due to arrive at 8:50 am, in a 90 minutes delayed opening, the time for that bus would be 10:20 AM. The procedure of being at your bus stop about 10 minutes before would still apply in a delayed opening.

We hope the above information will assist you with any confusion regarding a delayed opening.

Follow us on Twitter!

As a reminder, I have started using Twitter as another way to share photos, news and more to Ravine Drive families. If you use Twitter, you can follow us @RavineDrive. Our tweets can also be found on our school website or by clicking this link.

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A message from Ms. Koch, Ravine Drive's School Nurse

Helping Kids Conquer Worry

To help your kids manage what's worrying them:

Find out what's on their minds: Be available and take an interest in what's happening at school, on the team, and with your kids' friends. Take casual opportunities to ask how it's going. As you listen to stories of the day's events, be sure to ask about what your kids think and feel about what happened.

If your child seems to be worried about something, ask about it. Encourage kids to put what's bothering them into words. Ask for key details and listen. Sometimes just sharing the story with you can help lighten their load.

Show you care and understand. Being interested in your child's concerns shows they're important to you, too, and helps kids feel supported and understood. Reassuring comments can help — but usually only after you've heard your child out. Say that you understand your child's feelings and the problem.

Guide kids to solutions. You can help reduce worries by helping kids learn to deal with challenging situations. When your child tells you about a problem, offer to help come up with a solution together. If your son is worried about an upcoming math test, for example, offering to help him study will lessen his concern about it.

In most situations, resist the urge to jump in and fix a problem for your child — instead, think it through and come up with possible solutions together. Problem-solve with kids, rather than for them. By taking an active role, kids learn how to tackle a problem on their own.

Keep things in perspective. Without minimizing a child's feelings, point out that many problems are temporary and solvable, and that there will be better days and other opportunities to try again. Teaching kids to keep problems in perspective can lessen their worry and help build strength, resilience, and the optimism to try again. Remind your kids that whatever happens, things will be OK. It helps kids to know that, whatever happens, parents will be there with love and support.


Shark Tank is Back!

Enrichment students from Cliffwood, Ravine Drive, and Strathmore will be coming together for the 3rd annual Shark Tank Night on Wednesday, 1/23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cliffwood Cafeteria. Come see these students' inventions to solve real world problems as they present to a panel of "sharks."

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Help Your Child Choose Books and Build Reading Skills

Sometime between ages seven and nine, students typically make the transition from mostly hearing and looking at picture books to reading on their own for enjoyment and schoolwork. Parents can have a significant effect on how well their children make this transition. One way is by encouraging their children's desire to read. To boost your child’s motivation:

  1. Provide access to well-written books. Look for books that will make your child laugh or want to know what happens next. Seek out award-winning books. Ask the librarian for suggestions.

  2. Cater to your child’s interests. It could be dinosaurs or dolls, collecting bugs or playing the cello. Whatever her interest, there’s probably a book on it written at her level.

  3. Nurture your child’s natural curiosity. Show her how to look up the answers to her questions in dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs and non-fiction books.

- The Parent Institute

Congratulations to Mrs. Ninger!

Congratulations to our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Ninger, on her upcoming retirement. She will be retiring on January 31st. We appreciate everything she has done for Ravine Drive School!

Welcome Back Mrs. Tay!

Mrs. Tay will be rejoining the Ravine Drive Staff on February 1st in her role as Guidance Counselor. As you may recall, Mrs. Tay was our counselor for a few months last year. Welcome back Mrs. Tay!
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Idea of the Day

Do a crossword puzzle with your child. It's a great way to learn new words.

- The Parent Institute

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  • We ask that all Parents/Guardians please make sure to update any changes in phone numbers or contacts in the Parent Portal. Should you need to remove anyone from your contacts, please send a note to the Main Office, and we can remove the person for you. Unfortunately, the system does not allow you to do that on your own at this time.

  • The Virtual Backpack is emailed to families every Wednesday. If you are not receiving these weekly emails, please check that your email address is correct in the Parent Portal.

  • As a reminder, please bring photo identification if you are signing your child out of school or visiting the school.

Upcoming Events


2 - School Reopens

4 - School Spirit Day

7 - 11 - Gr. 1 - 3 - LinkIt Testing

17 - PTO Meeting

21 - School Closed

23 - Shark Tank - Cliffwood School - Mrs. Bauer's Students

30 - Dismissal for Students at 1:20

Happy New Year!