October 5, 2015
Greetings from the Principal
Dear Riverview families,
Today, Riverview experienced an unexpected power outage that lasted about an hour. With minor adjustments to the day, teachers were able to continue their lessons, and students were able to continue learning. Thank you for your trust in Riverview's ability to keep students safe, comfortable, academically engaged, and to continue the school day as planned once power was restored.
It is 'Peace and Kindness Week' at Riverview, and this month students will be learning how to recognize bullying behavior, how to prevent it, how to stand up to bullies, and how to report bullying. Bullying is not just something that teenagers go through, and it is not just a physical act. Anyone can be capable of bullying behavior and it has a serious impact on both boys and girls.
Riverview's anti-bullying efforts have several elements, with an emphasis on prevention. Our staff aim to develop an environment of trust through meaningful interactions with all students. Staff members model respectful behavior toward others, and respond in a consistent, caring manner to student concerns. Adults supervise areas throughout the school and the school day. Intentional student instruction is given that clearly defines bullying behavior, teaches pro-social acceptable behavior and conflict resolution, encourages reporting, and discourages students from being bystanders. Students also receive positive recognition for displaying appropriate social skills, and character education classroom lessons are provided by our counselor, Ms. Munsey.
While we make every effort in preventing bullying, we also want our students to know that they will be supported to speak out if they or someone they know is being bullied. If a child tells you they are being bullied, take what they say seriously. The only way to stop bullying is to acknowledge that it happens. We strive to create a culture in our school where any hurtful behavior is quickly identified and stopped.
Please be sure to click on the ‘Special Edition Newsletter’ from Ms. Munsey further down in this Falcon
Make it a great week!
Staff Spotlight....Mrs. Dondzila
I've been so excited to join the Riverview staff this year teaching fifth grade. As a Riverview parent for several years, I have loved being a part of this community and school district. My oldest child, Olivia, is a fifth grader and my son, Gray, is a 3rd grader this year. My youngest child, Lucy just turned one and has been the most delightful addition to our family.
This is my 12th year teaching and now I have taught every grade except for K & 4th! The last two years I taught at Starside, another elementary school also in our district. The majority of my teaching years was with the Center School District. However, once my children started school at Riverview, I knew I wanted to be on staff for this district.
I met my husband, Andy at MU and we have been married for 16 years. I received my Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from UMKC and also participated in a Family Studies program.
My favorite way to spend time is to eat delicious food with friends and family, shop, and read.
I love teaching fifth graders here at Riverview!
Tech Talk: Technology Integration in Fifth Grade
Fifth grade takes an integrated approach to technology for students to have daily opportunities to enhance our curriculum. Specifically, fifth graders use technology to conduct research and chose from a variety of web-sites to research the author’s inspiration for writing the historical fiction novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Students identified main ideas throughout the articles as well as recorded further questions while building background and motivation for the text.
On a daily basis, students use technology to build fact fluency and concept development in an appealing way to 21st century learners through web-sites like Moby Max, Xtra Math, and Front Row. Students are also given the opportunity to practice and master vocabulary words through activities that are individualized and at their own pace on Spelling City. Fifth grade looks forward to implementing BYOD in the near future to further develop specific Social Studies and Science projects!
Kansas Teacher of the Year...
Please nominate a teacher you consider to be an outstanding and effective educator. We ask that you only nominate a person you or your child experienced as a teacher. This person must have at least three years with USD 232 and have completed at least five years in the profession. Use the form below to submit your nomination. The deadline to nominate a teacher is noon October 16, 2015. If you don’t know how many years an outstanding teacher has taught don’t worry go ahead and nominate them, they deserve the recognition! To vote please click on this link. http://bitly.com/usd232ktoy
Peace and Kindness Week at Riverview...
- Tuesday, 13th - PTA monthly Reading Day
- Friday 16th, - End of 1st Quarter
- Monday, 19th - No School | 1/2 Professional - 1/2 Teacher Work Day
- Monday, 19th - Sombrero's PTA Fundraiser - Eat at Sombrero's to Support RE!
- Tuesday, 20th - Start of 2nd Quarter
- Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd - Fall Book Fair
- Friday, 23rd - PTA sponsored Harvest Fest
- Thursday, 29th - Fall Classroom Parties 2:30
- Friday, 30th - No School | Professional In-Service Day
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
*A special thanks to all who donated for the staff luncheon during conferences. The staff truly appreciated all that was provided, and the PTA couldn’t have done it without your help.
*Thank you to all of you who attended the first RE PTA Meeting last week. Feel free to send us any questions, comments and suggestions. firstname.lastname@example.org
*Reading Day is October 13th! Don’t forget to record your student’s reading minutes! http://www.refalconspta.org/reading-program-1/2015-2016-reading-program
*The Fall Book Fair is coming! The first Book Fair of the school year is set for October 22nd and 23rd from 8am to 8pm both days. We need volunteers to work registers and help customers find books. To sign up for a time slot, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949abac2ca31-Riverview
*We will be doing a restaurant fundraiser night at Sombreros on Monday, October 19th. Mark your calendars and plan on eating some yummy Mexican food while supporting the RE PTA!
*Harvest Fest is back! October 23rd 6:30-8:00pm. Bring the entire family for a fun night filled with games and food. FOOD TRUCK will be there along with The Funnel Cake Truck. We need volunteers to make this night a success! Sign up here to volunteer to work a station www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4DABAC2AAB9-fall1. Sign up here to donate items for the Family Fall Festival! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4DABAC2AAB9-fall2
*If your child completed the RE Summer Reading Program, look in their Monday Folder for a certificate for a free mini cheese pizza from Pizza Shoppe. Thanks to Pizza Shoppe for such a great reward and thanks to all of you for supporting your child’s reading habits! We had 92 students participate this year so great job Riverview!!
*Thanks to the RE community for supporting RE PTA with our fall fundraiser! We earned $13,933.10! Awesome job Riverview!!
Our top three sellers earn time in the money booth to grab money. Those sellers were:
Those who sold over $300 worth of product, get time in the game truck. Those sellers were:
10/13 Reading Day
10/19 Sombreros Night
10/22 & 10/23 Fall Book Fair
10/23 Harvest Fest