River Heights Weekly

Week of September 20, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Kull

Hello River Heights Academy Families!!


We are so excited to have our scholars getting back into the swing of engaging in daily learning activities. The current state of remote- at-home learning can be quite challenging, however, we are learning that as long as we are patient with ourselves and one another, things come together. We would like to say THANK YOU for your patience and grace as we have worked through systems malfunctioning and logins requiring additional, unforeseen steps. You have been AMAZING and invaluable partners!


The goals for the first two weeks of school were to get scholars as well as the supporting cast at home accustomed to the process, procedures, expectations and schedules. We are feeling pretty confident about where we are thus far. If you are still having system or login issues at this point please contact me directly at jkull@distinctiveschools.org. We would like all of our scholars to be barrier free by this week so that they can fully participate in curriculum.


Now that we are past the introductory phase of the school year and scholars are coming to learn their peers and instructors better it is important that they are encouraged to be present in each class, daily, unless of course there are health issues or other circumstances preventing their attendance. Unlike the close of last school year, grades are being counted, attendance is being taken and standard grade reporting will be in place. We want all of our scholars to continue their pathways towards success and this begins with them being present, engaged and prepared for class just as they would if this were a “regular” school year. Again, we understand if there are issues taking place with technology which prevent logging in and we are here to support in any way we can.


Here are some troubleshooting tips to support students logging in from home:


- If you have trouble logging on to Zoom with your child's school Google account information, try these steps for logging in as a guest: https://help.distinctiveschools.org/hc/en-us/articles/360053710073


- The Distinctive Schools Help Center is available if you run into any other issues. You can submit a help ticket at https://help.distinctiveschools.org


- Call the school office at (734) 379-6810 or email your child's teacher or Mrs. Kull


- You can also message us on our official Facebook page


You are a valued part of our school community. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we are happy to assist in any way that we can.


Have a good one!

Mrs. Kull

Save the Date | Open House + Curriculum Night Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 6:30pm

Pre-Register for Weekly Meals

Meal pickup is available at school on Tuesdays between 11am and 1pm. Each child is able to receive a box with 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches on a first come, first serve basis. To help us prepare, it would be helpful (but not required) for you to RSVP using this link. This information will be kept confidential. Every RHA student is entitled to free lunch and breakfast and we encourage all families to take advantage of this program!

Refer a Friend!

Help us get the word out about our amazing community! Here’s how you can help!


  • Like our official school Facebook page - River Heights Academy! Also, invite others to do the same! There will be lots of great posts and information coming on that page!


  • Do you know a family entering Kindergarten - or looking for a new K-8 school - tell them to apply and join our family TODAY at www.riverheightsacademy.org.


To thank you for getting new families registered, you will be rewarded for your efforts! →

(All new families should mention your name when they complete registration.)


  • Every new student referral you make that leads to a new registration and enrollment will win you a school t-shirt!


  • For three registrations, you’ll receive a $25 Amazon gift card!


  • Also, every family who refers at least one new registration will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Target gift card!


For more information, to volunteer your time with recruitment efforts, or to pick up paper applications, please contact Ms. Hollier at lhollier@distinctiveschools.org or 313-969-7671.


Thank you for your continued partnership! We are #BetterTogether!

Internet Connection Tips & Tricks

Having difficulties with Internet connectivity? Here are some quick tips that can help:


  • Login or call your provider (e.g. AT&T, Xfinity, WOW!, etc.) and see if they are reporting issues in your area or with your specific connection. (Xfinity will tell you in your online account if they have issues with your modem)

  • Try power cycling your modem (unplug it, wait 15 seconds, then plug it back in).

  • Check to see if other devices connected to the same network have issues, if not or your device is the only one, try rebooting your device

  • Use a speed test to get more details on your internet connection, like at speedtest.net - our recommendation is 1.5Mbps up/down (what you can transmit/what you can receive) but you may need more if you have multiple devices running streaming services at the same time


If you are in need of a hotspot to assist with connecting, please contact Mrs. Sparks in the front office at (734) 379-6810. We have a very limited number available on a first come, first serve basis.

Introducing the Newest Member of the RHA Family Santino Michael Frascarelli | 9 lbs, 9oz & 22 in long

Congratulations to Mrs. Frascarelli (1st Grade) and her husband Mike! Our firsties will be in great hands thanks to our Student Support Team while Mrs. Frascarelli is on maternity leave.
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