The River's Edge

River Bend Elementary School Newsletter-November 2017

From the Principal...

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is weeks away. As we all take a moment at this time to give thanks, I want to say thank you to RBES staff, parents, and students for making River Bend such a wonderful school. River Bend is a wonderful place to be!

November is a busy month. We very much look forward to seeing parents at Parent/Teacher Conference Day on November 6. If you ever have questions about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

We will celebrate Veterans Day with a wonderful musical provided by our 2nd and 3rd grade students on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. We look forward to seeing the students perform, and we look forward to showing appreciation for local veterans.

This month we will host our annual canned food drive. I am very proud of our students and parents who have given so generously to our SCA food drive. We will donate all items to Elkton Area United Services, and we are very happy to give back to our local community.

There are many school-wide and classroom events scheduled throughout the remainder of November and in December. Please check out our school calendar on our Web site for dates and information. As always, we hope to see around school!

Ms. Martz

Parent-Teacher Conference Day is November 6, 2017

If you have not yet done so, please contact your child's teacher to schedule a time to come in on Monday, November 6 from 12-7 p.m. to learn about your child's progress. We hope to see you in the building!

Kindergarten News

Great things are happening in kindergarten! Kindergarten will host the Super Seniors from VMRC at RBES on November 3, 2017. Our annual dinner theater is planned for Thursday, November 9,2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. Kindergarten families are invited to dinner and to see a performance by their child. It is always a great evening for all. We will also celebrate Thanksgiving on November 21, 2017, with a Thanksgiving feast at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All kindergarten families are invited to join us for some great food and fellowship.

Fifth Grade News

Fifth grade has been busy this month!

1) 5th grade recently visited Massanutten Technical Center. Our students really enjoyed the visit! Our students experienced hands-on activities in the following four programs:

  • Carpentry;
  • Computer Repair;
  • Diesel Tech; and
  • Vet Assistant.

2) We also had a guess speaker from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation visit our classrooms. The presenter shared a new program entitled From Rebels to Patriots, and she brought many different replica artifacts from colonial times! It was a great learning experience!

3) Our first 5th grade end of the nine weeks auction was a huge success! Students had a great time bidding and spending tickets they had earned on many different items that were 'for sale' that day. They will be very busy earning tickets during the 2nd nine weeks as they saw many items they want to 'bid on' the next time.

5th is looking forward to their visit to the JMU Planatarium. We will have the opportunity to see "A Teenagers Guide to the Galaxy." We will also learn about plate tectonics and the ocean at Science on the Sphere. We look forward to this field trip!

Just a few reminders:

  • Please continue to sign assignment notebooks daily. This is our primary way of sending communication from school to home and back again.
  • As colder temperatures are occuring, please make sure your child has appropriate outerwear for recess.

Thank you for all your support this year!

Art News

It’s a fact: Creative kids do better in school and grow into confident adults who succeed in their careers.

Foster Your Child's Creativity:

10 Questions to Ask Your Child About Their Artwork

  1. What can you tell me about your picture?
  2. What materials did you use?
  3. Where did you get your idea?
  4. What is your favorite part of the picture?
  5. What title would you give this picture?
  6. If you were doing this picture again what you change or do differently?
  7. Why did you use the color… (insert color)?
  8. What if…. (you had used the color red instead of blue or paint instead of pencil)?
  9. did you….(make these lines, decide on these colors, or create that shape)?
  10. If you had more time what would you add to your artwork? Encourage your child to elaborate on their answers or use the artwork as a starting point for telling a story.

( From Jamie @ Hand Made Kids Art)

Open-ended questions will help develop critical thinking skills in your child. By taking an interest in their work you are supporting them and helping them express their own ideas.

I really enjoy working with your amazing artist!

Ms. Lynn Allen, Fine Arts Teacher, RBES


The second and third graders' production of the River Bend Veterans' Day Program will be happening this November 14, 2017. There will be a performance at 1:30 in the afternoon and another performance in the evening at 7:00. We look forward to seeing this wonderful performance!

RBES Spelling Bee

River Bend Elementary held its annual Spelling Bee October 25, 2017. The 5th grade participants did a wonderful job, and we are very proud of them! Congratulations to the winner of the Spelling Bee, Abigail Wyvill!

Unity Day

On October 25th our school celebrated Unity Day. What is Unity Day you may ask? That’s the day everyone can come together in schools, communities, and online and send one large orange message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.


The kindergarten through fifth grade students had a fun day on Friday, October 20, 2017, as they learned about many Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topics through participating in hands-on activities. The kindergarten through second graders were visited by a dentist, learned iPad programs, petted farm animals, played math games, drew paths to program ozobot robots, flew balsa wood airplanes, did coding with scratch jr., learned about liquids, and built structures. The third to fifth graders built and raced small cars on a track, did a break-out, programmed using littleBits, ozobots and Scratch, learned codebreaking, diagnosed animal diseases with a veterinarian, and discovered their carbon footprint. If you don’t know what some of these things are, ask your child!

STEM subjects are a natural way to use hands-on learning methods. Students are learning by designing and building in RBES classrooms, the computer lab, the library, and the STEM lab because children remember what they DO. Problem solving and inventing are fun AND educational!

One Book-One-School

“One Book – One School” means that everyone at RBES will have the opportunity to hear Katherine Applegate’s book: The One and Only Ivan.

We started the book with a kick-off assembly on Thursday, October 12th and continued the festivities that night during our school wide literacy event, "Reading Jamz." It was an exciting day with a visit from Ivan’s friend, Gertrude the Gorilla. She helped hand out a copy of the book to each of the homeroom classes.

During Reading Jamz, the students had the chance to: build a cage for Ivan in the STEM room, finger-paint like Ivan, watercolor like Julia, create an elephant STEM activity, hear the nonfiction version of The One and Only Ivan, use coordinates to make and image of Ivan, and other fun learning opportunities.

We will conclude the book the week before Thanksgiving Break. Ask your child about this book we are reading!

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Thank you to the ERHS football players for taking a few minutes to greet RBES Cardinals as they came to school Friday, October 13, 2017!

RBES Annual Canned Food Drive

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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is non-profit, empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade which gives participants skills and experiences to navigate their world with confidence and joy! At the end of the program, the girls complete a celebratory 5K, a lifelong memory of accomplishment!

We are excited to have a GOTR team at River Bend this fall and hope to offer this opportunity every fall in the years to come!

We are grateful to Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah Valley for sponsoring a Team at RBES and are currently raising funds for GOTRSV by having a team of runners participate in a half marathon. If you or your business would like to make a tax deductible donation or if you are interested in learning more about GOTR, please contact Kim Muraskin at RBES at 298-5301 or


Kim Muraskin, Katrinka Fahrney, Katie Shifflett, Tammy Wood, Lori Baugher & Gerri Ziegler

Attendance at School

Regular school attendance is vital to the success of our students. During the month of October, we closely monitored the attendance of each student at RBES. A small prize will be awarded to students with perfect attendance for the month. We also have an attendance goal in mind for November; details will be going home soon. In the meantime, please check out the information in the attached information to learn more about making good attendance a habit.

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PTA News...

PTA Greeting Card Art Contest

The PTA has just completed its annual Greeting Card Contest. Each year, this contest is held to encourage our little artists and produce notecards used by Mrs. Martz for school thank you notes. Last year we also added a printing options that allows families to order items printed with their child's artwork right on it. We are continuing that program again this year. There was a lot of beautiful artwork turned in and the decisions were very tough, but the results of the contest are in! Congratulations to the following winners, who will receive a special gift at our December concert:

Pre-K: William Fetterolf, Mrs. Bardhoshi's class

K: Trinity Scott, Mrs. Brunk's class

1st: Bentley Breeden, Mrs. Ziegler's class

2nd: Miranda Mendez-Guzman, Mrs. Good's class

3rd: Kendreana Cubbage, Mrs. Shifflett's class

4th: Becca Green, Ms. Fahrney's class

5th: Kaylee Stieren, Ms. Zodda's class

Amazon Smile

Do you shop online at Did you know that a portion of every purchase can be donated to benefit our school? Just go to and log in with your account to set up your preferred charity to be River Bend Elementary School. Then start at any time you shop on amazon and your purchase will support our school! It's as easy as that!

PTA Movie Night was a Success!

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered for our first PTA movie night! The students had a great time! Thank you for supporting our PTA!

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