Falcon Flyer

May 9, 2016

Riverview Elementary

At Riverview Elementary all stakeholders are dedicated to empowering each student to achieve his or her full potential.

Greetings from the Principal

Dear Riverview Families,

As the 2015-16 school year begins to wind down, there is much to celebrate about this fantastic school year! Staff members new to the building have had a very positive impact on our students, and they have done a fanstastic job taking on the difficult task of adjusting to a new building, new students, and new teammates! We look forward to many more productive and enjoyable years with Mrs. Arbaugh, Mrs. Boxberger, Mrs. Dondzila, Mrs. Gracy, and Ms. Reeves here at Riverivew!

We have met our building-wide goals in the areas of technology integration and literacy skill development through targeted professional development and teacher innovation. Classrooms have seen an increase in the amount of technology integrated into the school day to enhance and personalize learning where appropriate. This has been very rewarding in K-1 and exploratory classes with targeted iPad use for classroom projects or individualized creativity as evidence of learning, and in grades 2-5 through much of the exploration with google applications in the classroom or implementing 'Bring Your Own Device' where appropriate. Teachers have also worked to increase the level of critical thinking, communication, and collaboration that students engage in on a daily basis within reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

As Friday's schoolwide Variety Show demonstrated, our students have so many strengths and passions that they bring to school with them, and each Riverview staff member works to unlock and harness student abilities to help students achieve to their full potential. Next week we will have the Awards Assembly to continue to celebrate student success, as well as our final school day. While it is bittersweet to see the end of the year approaching, it is worth taking time to reflect on the immense progress that our students have achieved this year. I encourage you to do the same with your own child(ren) -- acknowledge their hard work and efforts to make the gains needed to be ready for the next step in their journey.

Make it a great week!


Did you make the change?

If you would like for your child to participate in the annual year-end celebration of running down the hill for dismissal on the last day of school, please call the office at 441-0808 or e-mail Kim Sakopanah and Debbie Graham with any changes. You do not need to wait until the last day of school, you may start calling in now! Remember May 20 is a full day, so dismissal will be at the regular time of 3:50 PM.

Water for South Sudan Update...

A huge thank you to all of you who supported Water for South Sudan by donating to help reach our goal of $6000. We would like to share some awesome news. We not only met our goal, but raised $6500 for Water for South Sudan! This would not have been possible without the support and donations from our Riverview community. On behalf of families who will now receive clean water, we sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Upcoming Dates...


  • Wednesday, May 18 - Awards Assembly 9:15 AM
  • Thursday, May 19 - Field Day
  • Friday, May 20th - 5th Grade Farewell 12:00 PM

Last Day of School

End of 4th Quarter


Tuesday, May 10 - C Day

Wednesday, May 11 - D Day

Thursday, May 12- E Day

Friday, May 13 - A Day

Monday, May 16 - B Day

Kindergarten Round Up: Play-Based Learning Materials

Hi Parents,

Next year the kindergarten teachers are planning to set up a play based learning room to build on students’ creative and social skills. We are looking for donations, new or gently used items, to enhance this type of learning environment. If you have any of the following items (listed below) that you would like to donate, please email Mrs. Arbaugh (sarbaugh@usd232.org), Mrs. Grauer (sgrauer@usd232.org) or Mrs. Starling (lstarling@usd232.org).

Thanks so much for helping us set up a hands on learning environment.

1. Play grocery carts

2. plastic play food

3. environmental safe grocery bags

4. wallets and purses

5. envelopes

6. stickers

7. pencils

8. markers

9. pens

10. colored pencils

11. plastic play tool sets

12. wooden blocks

13. L ego or Duplo tables

14. Legos or Duplo blocks

15. Lincoln Logs

16. cookie sheets

17. Play- doh

18. plastic Measuring cups, wooden spoons

19. small clip boards

20. assorted bags of dry beans (black, kidney, navy, etc.)

21. serving trays

22. kid sized aprons

23. cloth napkins

24. play Kitchen

25. doll high chair

26. dolls

27. small table chairs

28. play dishes and pans

29. play doctor or vet kits

30. small pet carriers

31. clean and gently used real-life looking stuffed animals (cats, dogs, rabbits)

32. baby scale

33. easels for painting or drawing

34. plastic pet dishes

Thank you for your consideration,

The Kindergarten Team

Electronic Flyers

Don’t forget to check out the USD 232 Electronic Flyers webpage for information on events and programs offered by outside agencies. http://www.usd232.org/pages/DeSotoUSD232/DistrictInfo/forms_documents/Electronic_Flyers

*Thank you to everyone who supported Spring Fling! It was a great night. A big thank you to Jackie Kruger for planning this fun, family event! Thanks to all who volunteered too. Without you, RE PTA could not have such successful events!

* The class that collected the most box tops over the 2015-2016 school year was Mrs. Hodges 2nd grade class!! They will be rewarded with a popcorn party. Thanks to all the students to collect and make our box top program a success!

*Chipolte Night is TUESDAY!! 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. Bring in the flyer found in today’s Monday Folder, show the flyer on your smartphone or just tell them you're supporting RE PTA and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to RE PTA!

*Have you ordered your 2016-2017 school supplies to avoid the hassle in August? Orders are due FRIDAY. Contact refalconspta@gmail.com with questions.

*Volunteers are needed for the BOGO Book Fair May 18th & 19th!

To volunteer, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949abac2ca31-riverview2/

*Field Day is quickly approaching! Thursday, May 19th. To make it a fun day for the kids, we need your help! We need people to work stations (AM, PM or all day), donate snacks or food for the volunteer lunch, help behind the scenes, set up and take down and Book Fair. To volunteer, please contact Mimi Slamin at mimi.slamin@gmail.com or 913-707-2002.

Upcoming Events

5/10 Chipolte Night

5/18 - 5/19 BOGO Book Fair

5/19 Field Day

To view the information included below, click on the red PTA News button above to take you to the PTA Website.

Riverview Elementary PTA