River Place Elementary Newsletter

RPE Strong -- August 6, 2021


We are excited for the school year! As we enter this school year our focus will be on gaining an understanding and appreciation of our individual and collective strengths. We will use those strengths to come back from all we've been through in the past 18 months and be better and STRONGER than ever. This applies to the work ahead with our students, our teachers, and our community! Together, harnessing our collective strengths, we can move mountains!

What about COVID?

LISD's latest protocol information can be found HERE.

Open House (aka Meet the Teacher)

At this point in time, we plan to have an in person Open House. (Note that if we move to a red stage, this could change.)

Check your email on the morning of Tuesday, August 10 for a message letting you know your child's teacher. Teachers will include a short video introducing themselves and welcoming their students.

Open House will be on Tuesday.

* 4:30-5:00 Families whose students' last names begin with the letters A-H

* 5:15-5:45 Families whose students' last names begin with the letters I-P

* 6:00-6:30 Families whose students' last names begin with the letters Q-Z

*Please come at the time noted for your family. We have intentionally made three groups so that we keep numbers smaller.

*Masks are encouraged.

*Avoid grouping and congregating and spread out.

*Let's limit this to parents and students. In past years, we have had some families bring extended family members. We will gladly welcome grandparents and others later when the community spread risk is lower.

*PTA, Transportation & Cafeteria will be in the cafeteria.

*Please consider joining our PTA.

*You may bring your supplies on this evening if you like. If you purchased supplies, they will be in your student's classroom.

Class Lists

*Please remember that we do not have direct parent requests for a teacher.

*We took input from families about their children in May and also took input as families enroll.

*Creating class lists is a complicated process that takes hours of time and includes many academic factors of the students within the classroom. There will be no changes to class placements.

Kinder Parent Chat

Kinder parents, we know that for many of you this is your first school experience and you have unique questions. Find out the answers to the questions you submitted on the Google Form after New Family Orientation!

Register in advance for this webinar:


First Day!

We look forward to welcoming our students on Thursday, August 12! We hope to see our students when our doors open at 7:20!

Will your child be riding the bus?

Find out your child's bus route using TransFinder's InfoFinder.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

The first two days of school are special and look a little different.

  • We will have extra staff on hand at arrival to help students find their way from the bus lane and car rider lane to their designated classrooms.
  • We do allow parents to walk students to their classroom door on the first two days of school, but we ask that parents exit the building by the tardy bell. (Doors open at 7:20 & the tardy bell rings at 7:40.)
  • Dismissal is 10 minutes earlier the first two days of school because we know that it will take a little longer to help our students find their way to their designated dismissal area (Bus, Car Rider, Bike Rider, Back Walker to Ravina Apartments, Day Care Pickup Area). Therefore, the first two days of school we will dismiss at 2:45 instead of 2:55.
  • You will be receiving information next week about how to access our School Dismissal Manager APP. We are in the process of loading student information into the program. Once that's done a welcome letter from School Dismissal Manager will be shared with families.

Breakfast & Lunch

This year both breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge.

Breakfast is served from 7:20-7:35 and students eat their breakfast in the cafeteria.

Lunches are staggered by grade level. Students may also bring their lunches. Students who need to keep their lunch cold need to use a cold pack.

We are not allowing lunch visitors at this time.

Are you in need of school supplies for your student?

Our counselor, Jennifer Randall, is happy to help connect families to resources. You can contact her at jennifer.randall@leanderisd.org.

Have you considered becoming a substitute?

Find out how by clicking HERE!