Reptile Review

February 2022

Principal's Update

Hi Reptile Families,

Can you believe we are already in February? This school year is flying by. We do have many more exciting things happening this year. As a reminder, February 2nd is a 2 hour early release day.

The month of February serves as a reminder to focus on the things we love and how we treat others. To celebrate, New River will be participating in Kindness Week. Students and staff will focus on performing Random Acts of Kindness. We will also have dress up days to highlight the importance of treating others with kindness.

Have your child join us next week during Kindness Week:

Monday, February 14th –"Show Kindness to Others" - Wear pink, red, or hearts for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 15th – “Kindness Rocks”- Dress up like a rock star!

Wednesday, February 16th – “Powered by Kindness”- Dress up like your favorite superhero

Thursday, February 17th – “Peace, Love, and Kindness”- Wear tie dye or bright colors

Friday, February 18th – “Show Kindness from Head to Toe”- Wear crazy socks and hair

We had several students that participated in our District Science & Engineering Fair this past weekend and they did a fantastic job representing NRES! We are so proud of you!

Thank you for doing your part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, please use the student screener each morning prior to sending your child to school.

Please reach out if you need anything.

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


NRES Mission

This summer our staff worked on developing a new mission that defines our purpose. Below is our mission statement.
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Black History Month

Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped to shape the nation. Each week on our news show, our students will learn about African Americans who have made a positive contribution.

Week 1: Inventor: Garret Morgan/ Traffic Light

Week 2: Athlete: Fritz Pollard & Bobby Marshall / First African American Football Players in the NFL

Week 3: Activist: Ruby Bridges/ First African American child to desegregate schools

Week 4: Scientist: Hidden Figures/ NASA-helped send off space shuttle

*Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn

Odyssey of the Mind

It is an exciting time for all the New River Odyssey of the Mind teams! The competition is being held at Weightman Middle school on Saturday, February 26th. This year we have 2 teams. The team members are Addy Basinger, Benny Basinger, Caleb Campbell, Avery McDowell, Dezirae Gardner, Joey Goforth, Kandace Harris, Rae Moline, Mackenzie Raines, Graham Shockley, Jace Smith, Liam Smith and Emmy Wilkinson! Wish them all luck! They will be amazing, and I cannot wait to see them perform!

If you have never heard of Odyssey of the Mind, it is a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together to solve a long-term problem and present their solution to the problem at a competition. If this sounds like something your child would love, the new teams will form in the fall of next school year!

FSA Testing Information

FSA test dates have been released for 3rd - 5th graders. More information will be coming home closer to testing dates, but please put these dates on your calendar.

4th Grade Writing: Tuesday, April 5th

5th Grade Writing: Wednesday, April 6th

3rd Grade Reading: Thursday and Friday, April 7th - 8th

4th Grade Reading: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4th and 5th

5th Grade Reading: Monday and Tuesday, May 2nd - 3rd

3rd & 4th Grade Math: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10th - 11th

5th Grade Math: Friday, May 6th and Monday, May 9th

5th Grade Science: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17th - 18th

Family Feed and Read Night

Please join us on Wednesday, February 23rd from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a family Feed and Read night! Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., and afterwards there will be some great opportunities to enjoy reading with your students. Students can take Reading Counts tests and earn points towards their end of the year celebrations. For families with students in grades 3-5, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming FSA assessments, while families of students in grades Kindergarten - second will learn more about the MAP and DIBELS assessments. Right before the night begins, we will also hold our annual Title 1 Input meeting, where you can come to hear some of the plans New River has for next school year and give your input on what you would like to see. A flyer with RSVP information will be coming home shortly. We hope to see you there!

P.E. News

Field Day shirts are still on sale until February 18th! Please pay online Please help support our Reptile Run program by buying one today!! We are expecting over two hundred students to earn a free shirt in May. Those reptiles have really been running and getting fit. Many have already finished twenty miles! Field Day will be Friday, March 12, 2022. Look for volunteer forms coming home on February 9th. Our wonderful parents always make field day a huge success!! Also, on Field Day we will be helping support the American Heart Association by taking part in the Kids Heart Challenge. Look for information coming home with your child on February 23 regarding fundraising opportunities and online registration.

Music News

Kindergarten: Students are learning about rhythm & melody while they begin preparing their performance, “The Little Library: Singing Stories”. Parents will be invited to attend this in-school performance on Tuesday, April 12th at 3:30-4:00pm.

1st-2nd Grade: Students have begun preparing their spring musical, Pajama Party. This performance will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 20th at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts.

3rd Grade: We are distributing recorders this week during music class. If you have sent in the recorder form, your student may take theirs home to practice and keep it after we complete our unit. If you did not return the form, your student will not be able to keep theirs. Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we have a sizable scholarship fund! If you have been waiting due to the cost, please send the form back and mark “I would like assistance in purchasing an instrument” so we can use the scholarship funds for your student. Extra forms are available in the front office.

4th-5th Grade: Students are learning new, complex rhythms & melodies through a variety of instruments, including ukulele. We have a class set of ukuleles, but your student may bring a ukulele from home, if desired.

Art News

In art class, primary students have started the color unite and have started to work with mixed media while using watercolors and crayons to create a picture using their imagination.

Intermediate students have also started the color unit and have created a color book to learn and review color theory concepts. Students have also started to use watercolors and different size brushes to create a picture of their choice.


Mrs. Frain and Ms. Bartenope

New Clinic Staff

Welcome to our new clinic staff! Cindy Lewis is our clinic assistant and Lauren Meade is our school nurse. We are grateful for the experience they bring to the role and we are grateful to have them as part of the Reptile family!
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Upcoming Dates

2/2 Early Release Day- Students dismissed at 2:20

2/4 Progress Reports Released

2/14-2/18 Kindness Week

2/17 - PTA Meeting

2/21 No School

2/22 Spring Picture Day

2/23 Feed & Read Family Night

2/26 - Odyssey of the Mind Competition

3/2- SAC Meeting at 8:30

3/9 - Early Release Day - Students dismiss at 2:20

3/11- Field Day

3/12-3/21- Spring Break