Otter News

October 2020 Newsletter

River Oaks Elementary

Rene Cazier, Principal

Nicole Williams, Assistant Principal

Tuletia Rivens, Assistant Principal

Message from the Principal:

Dear ROE Families:

It is hard to believe that we have been in school for a month already. Thank you for partnering with us to start the year off so positively. The children have done an amazing job adjusting to our new school procedures to help keep themselves and their classmates safe.

Our children have been engaged in new learning in all content areas as well as a new district adopted curricular program called Caring School Community. The program focuses on social and emotional learning to help students become caring, responsible members of their school communities. The lessons are designed to help teachers create warm and safe classroom environments where students can develop the skills they need to interact constructively with others.

Our School Improvement Council (SIC) will begin meeting in October. The SIC provides input in the preparation of the five-year school renewal plan as well as annual updates. The team assists with the implementation of school improvement programs, reports on progress toward school improvement goals in the annual SIC Report and provides other assistance as requested by the principal. All SIC meetings will be held virtually until further notice. All meeting agendas and notes from the meetings are posted on the school website.

Throughout the month of October, our school counselors will be presenting lessons in our classrooms centered around anti-bullying. We are encouraging students to show acts of kindness and be a buddy not a bully. Support our school by having your child participate in our school spirit days.

Attendance Information:


PowerSchool Parent Portal Accounts - Directions were sent home with your child about creating a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Please create an account for yourself to keep up with grades and attendance.


Please notify the ROE Attendance Office (843-903-6306) or your child’s teacher if he/she will be absent. The absence will be considered unexcused unless a medical or other lawful absence note is turned in. Parent notes are not considered a lawful excuse.


Please walk your child into the front office after 7:30 am to sign him/her in. Tardies will be considered unexcused unless a medical or other lawful absence note is turned in. Parent notes are not considered a lawful excuse.

Early Dismissals

Please pick up your child before 2:00 pm to sign him/her out. A valid ID is required. Please be sure that the person picking up your child is listed as an authorized pick-up person. Early dismissals will be considered unexcused unless a medical or other lawful absence note is turned in. Parent notes are not considered a lawful excuse.

From the ROE Library:

How to Request a Library book from our ROE library:

Student login: username and password can be found on the back of each iPad.

  • In the bottom right corner of the book you will see a HOLD option

  • Students will click HOLD in the bottom right corner of the book
  • Mrs. Dalgarn & Mrs Savoca will pull the books

and deliver them to your classrooms!

Councelor's Corner

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Here at ROE, one of our highest priorities is responding quickly and consistently to all bullying behavior, sending a clear message that bullying is not acceptable. Talking about bullying, building a safe school environment, and creating a safe community requires school staff, parents, and community members to educate our children on the dangers of bullying.

HCS Bullying and Reporting Links:

Meet ROE's RBHS Councelors

Hello River Otters!

My name is Alexis Moser, and I am a licensed master social worker. I work here at River Oaks Elementary School alongside Sherri Walker who is a licensed professional counselor. I am the lead counselor here at ROE of a program that is offered in Horry county schools called Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services (RBHS).

The goal of RBHS is to provide school-centered, goal-directed, supportive counseling services to help students who are experiencing a difficult time in a variety of areas. RBHS services are appropriate for students who are experiencing behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, self-injurious behaviors, anger, and out of home placement. Services that we provide include individual/group/family therapy, behavior modification, social skills training (individually or in a group setting), crisis management, and family support.

If you are interested in school-based counseling services or have any concerns for your student, please feel free to contact me at (843)903-6300 ext. 893501 or you can email me at


Car Riders:

· Prepare your child to exit the car by having his/her mask on, bags in hand, and car door unlocked.

· Pull all the way forward to the first spot open in the car line. Once stopped at the sidewalk, have your child exit the vehicle on the passenger side directly to the sidewalk.

· Please remain in your vehicle unless you are assisting a child in the pre-k program.

· School begins at 7:30 am. If the cones are out, your child is tardy and must be signed in at the front office by a parent.

· If you need to buckle your child in during after school pick-up, please pull up to zero.

· Staff members are on duty to monitor children exiting from cars. Due to social distancing guidelines, staff members are not permitted to assist children as they are getting out of cars.

2020-2021 Student Meal Information:

For the 2020-2021 school year, the USDA Summer Food Service Program waiver allows for ALL students to receive free breakfast and lunch, each day regardless of family income levels.

Important Dates

Upcoming Activities:

October 19th and 21st - Unity Day- Wear Orange

October 26th-30th - Dress Up Week- Anti-bullying and Saying No to Drugs

  • 26th: "Red-y" to Live Drug Free (Wear Red)
  • 27th: Sock-it to Bullying (Wear crazy socks)
  • 28th: Be a Buddy Not a Bully (Dress like your buddy)
  • 29th: Team Up Against Bullying and Drugs (Wear favorite team


  • 30th: School Spirit- Wear a ROE spirit shirt (if we are in school)

November 2nd-9th - Salvation Army Food Drive

November 3rd - Schools Closed

November 9th and 11th - Picture Days

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Employees of the Month:

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