Riverside Roadrunner

December 2018

News from Dr. Holcomb

School Goals

At Riverside, we have multiple outcomes that we are working towards. One of our goals is for our students as a learning community to believe they can learn to read, read to learn and become independent, competent writers. An additional goal that we have is to build confident, compassionate, productive citizens that are able to effectively communicate and demonstrate leadership.Through the leadership responsibilities of Focus, Opportunity, and Encouragement we have set goals for ourselves during our Monday Professional Learning Communities and Professional Development times. In addition, during the week we have been visiting each other's classrooms and are getting ready to Sail Around the building to ensure that our focus is spot on. We appreciate the time we have to get together and learn.

Cold Weather

You can feel the change in the weather coming. The time of consistent cold temperatures is upon us. Please be sure that your child comes in warm clothing appropriate for the weather. We will not go outside for recess unless the temperature (including wind chill) registers above 15 degrees. If your child needs winter attire, please let the office know. We have a number of resources available to us. Thank you! Stay warm!


Daily attendance for our students is very important. However, if your child is ill with a fever or vomiting, they will need to stay home and rest, or possibly visit the doctor. Be sure to contact the school if your child will be absent due to illness. If the school is not contacted by 9:00, we will try to contact you. It is extremely important that we have up-to-date contact information so that we can reach you in case of an emergency. As you know, Iowa's Mandatory attendance policy, along with the State Department of Iowa's expectations require our district to hold a variety of attendance hearings. I have started those meetings/conversations and will continue throughout the school year. Please know that the intent is for me to not only comply with the expectations set forth for me but more importantly to partner with families. We are here to help in any way we can.

Student Safety

Thank you for remembering to leave our crosswalks open during drop-off or pick-up times at school. It is a tremendous help as we work to get students safely to and from school. Please remember that we do not have anyone on duty outside until 8:00. This will be especially important as we are now seeing the cold temperatures. We ask that you continue to remember that all of our parents want to drop their students off safely in the morning. Please do not park in front of our green gates for long periods of time. Please drop your student off and then proceed on so that other families can do the same. Our process requires that students be dropped off or picked up next to a curb or in the parking lot. The gate area tends to get a little congested and it can get unsafe to drop students off when cars are having to maneuver around other cars. It is also extremely dangerous for your child to enter or exit your vehicle in the middle of the street. We appreciate your continued support and invite you to contact me or any of the teachers with any concerns or questions that you may have.

District News

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com.

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Are you looking for a way to spread joy this holiday season? Contribute to our Barrel of Giving fundraiser, promoted in partnership with Bright Futures Sioux City. We are accepting donations of hats, gloves, and other warm winter apparel from now until January 3.

Help us keep our students warm through the coming winter months! Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Educational Service Center: 627 4th St.

Earl May: 4141 Gordon Dr.

Earl May: 4101 War Eagle Dr.

Save A Lot: 1730 Pierce St.

Rocket Auto Wash: 2519 Correctionville Rd.

Hy-Vee: 4500 Sergeant Rd.

Knoepfler Chevrolet: 100 Jackson St.

Scheels: 4400 Sergeant Rd #54.

Fareway: 4016 Indian Hills Dr.

Fareway: 4040 War Eagle Dr.

Bomgaars: 1732 Hamilton Blvd.

Bomgaars: 5901 Gordon Dr.

United Real Estate Solutions, Inc.: 302 Jones Street #100

Important Dates

December 3 8:00 Circle Of Friends students meet--Media Center

December 4- 5:30-6:30 PTO meeting--Media Center

December 6- 3:45-4:45 Kindness Club members meet--Media Center

December 10-14 - Hearing tests PK thru 5th grade

December 11 5:00-7:00 PTO Sponsored Holiday Crafts and Story time

December 13 5:00-6:00 Girl Scouts holding registration night

December 18 - Mrs. Barrett's class field trip to the mall

December 20 - 5th grade field trip to art center

December 21 2:30 Early Dismissal for Winter Break

January 3 8:00 School is back in session

Happy Holiday's from the Library

Season's Greetings! I know the holiday season has begun and while Thanksgiving is about celebrating friends and family and the founding of our country, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are a celebration not only of family and friendship, but also of kindness and giving. What better way to celebrate winter break but by giving your child ways to enjoy reading! Here are some ideas to promote reading with your child over the holiday break.

1. Read at least one book to or with your child every day!

· This could be a library book they've brought home, one you already have, a gift they've received, one they read to you or one you read to them (in English or your family's native language).

2. Take your child to the public library over winter break. (If you don't have a library card, it's easy to get one while you're there or even just take your child to a story time or to the children's area to look at books while you're there.) The Morningside branch is closed for remodeling right now, but the main Aalfs (downtown/Pierce St.) or Perry Creek (off Hamilton Blvd.) branches are open. You can check out hours and story time schedules at http://www.siouxcitylibrary.org

3. Traveling for the holidays? Listen to an Audiobook in the car or on the plane (bought or borrowed from the public library), download an eBook to read on your device (nook/Kindle, etc.) or use the MackinVia app to read eBooks we have available through the school's library. If you do not, have the App, students can go to https://siouxcity.mackinvia.com --username and password are the same s+student id number

· Example: username=s12345 password=s12345

4. Of course, a gift of a picture or chapter book for the holidays is wonderful as well. I know we have two bookstores in town, you can order online, or have you tried the Goodwill---they have books for sale and you can find some really nice ones for very little cost.

Remember though, the best gift is just finding time to read together with your child!

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading,

Ms. Moser