Riverside Roadrunner

January 2019

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. One of the measurements the District utilizes to check our progress in the State FAST assessment. Our students will prepare to take this screener again in January. The assessment window is open January 14th-25th. In the Fall we had 58% of our student's proficient. Our ultimate goal is to increase that by 10% on the Spring screening. Our teachers have been working hard to align their instruction to the needs of our students. We are anxious to see the results in late January in order to help us adjust our course for the remainder of the school year.

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, we will be Sailing Around the building in teams of teachers to ensure that our focus is spot on. We appreciate the time we have to get together and learn.

Thank you

Thank you to the Riverside Community for your generosity this holiday season. We had a large number of donations in the form of presents, hats, mittens, etc. We appreciate your

generosity and are humbled by your outpouring of support.

Second Quarter Report Cards

The end of the second quarter was Friday, January 11th. Teachers will utilize their work day on Tuesday, January 15th to enter student data, work on report cards and plan for instruction. We will send home report cards in our Thursday folders on January 17th.

Parent/Teacher Conferences-February 25 & 26

It is almost time for our parent/teacher conferences. We will once again be utilizing our online conference scheduler. Look for additional information coming home in your child's Thursday folder. The site will open on Thursday, January 17th to begin registering. We look forward to spending time with each of you as we talk about your child's education. **Due to conferences there will be NO school for elementary on Monday, February 25th or Friday, March 1st.

SAVE THE DATE: Kindergarten Registration--Monday, April 15th

Kindergarten Registration for Riverside will be held, April 15th. We will be sending home additional information home about our registration as the date gets closer. We look forward to a great day meeting all of our incoming students. Students will need to be 5 years old by September 15, 2019 to register.

Valentine's Day Parties

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 15th. Classroom parties will be held on Friday beginning at 2:30 PM. Teachers will be sending out additional information as the date gets closer.

District News

Maintaining A Safe and Healthy Environment

The Sioux City Community School District is committed to providing an environment where students and staff members are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that we are not unique, in that we experience the challenges of school and community-based bullying, yet we want to be unique in serving as a District that works to make a significant and positive difference in this arena. Please, join us in the effort to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. Visit our website, www.siouxcityschools.org/anti-bullying-harassment-hazing/, to learn more about our anti-bullying policy, view resources to help us combat bullying, or report concerns. We also welcome your feedback. Consider sharing your ideas or concerns using the Let’s Talk tool on our website.

Important Dates

January 8 West Middle Counselors will visit our 5th grade to talk about Fall classes

January 10 3:45-4:45 Kindness Club members meet--Media Center

January 10 6:00-8:00 Riverside/Liberty Rollerama Night


January 17 Report cards go home

January 29 5:30-9:00 Light Up the Gym Night-West High

Ronald McDonald House

We would like to thank all the Riverside Elementary parents, students, and staff for contributing 30 pounds of pull tabs since the beginning of the school year. Please turn in all tabs by April 27th for the final collection of the year. Keep up the terrific work! It only takes a second to make a difference in helping a family in need! Pull a tab today!