River Bend Elementary School

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

From Ms. Martz-June 2, 2020

Pick up for Student Belongings


Parents may pick up student belongings today, Tuesday, June 2 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

and on Thursday, June 4 from 9:00 am-7:00 pm.


Please drive to the bus canopy side of the building. You will see cones set up with details and directions. Basically, you drive to the side of the building along the bus canopy. You will be met by a RBES staff member. We will ask for the name(s) of the child(ren) of the belongings you need. We will bring their bag of belongings, yearbook (if purchased), and any other items for your child(ren). Please do not get out of the car. We will bring the items to you, and we can even place them in the back of your car or in the trunk. You will them simply drive though the loop to exit the side parking lot.


If you have items that need to be returned to the school for prek-4 students, please drive to the front of the school. You will see tubs labeled (Library books, School Materials); just drop in your items in the tubs.


We do plan on having a special time for picking up the belongings of 5th graders on Tuesday, June 2 from 5:00 pm-5:30 pm. I will send a separate email to the parents of the 5th graders with details about that time.


On Tuesday, June 2 a card-my-yard sign will be available by the name of our school in the front of the building. You are welcome to stop and take your child's picture with the sign on Tuesday, June 2 from 9:00 am-5:00 p.m. with appropriate social distancing. We will not have the sign available on Thursday, June 4.


Have a great day!

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-May 28, 2020

Dear River Bend Families,


Please take a few minutes to read this short, special edition of The River's Edge: https://www.smore.com/vjmcx


In it you will find:

  • The dates, times, and our RBES plan for picking up your child's belongings next week on Tuesday, June 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. and Thursday, June 4 9:00 am-7:00 pm. (A card-my-yard sign will be available until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2 for photos.);
  • When report cards will be mailed; and
  • Information about Food for Kids available during the summer.


If you have any questions, please call us at school!


Have a good afternoon!

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz -May 17, 2020

Hello, we certainly hope this email finds you safe and well!


We will have new online activities and paper packets of activities for TWO WEEKS (weeks of May 18 and week of May 25) out tomorrow morning starting at 9:00 am! We will also have more books for students to take home to read, more art supplies, and we have baggies of school supplies (paper, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, etc.) available as well! We do have limited supplies of these items, so please just take what you need!


Here is the link to the RBES Web page with the activities linked: https://www.smore.com/0k52c


Here is the link to this week's Special Edition-The River's Edge for May 17, 2020: https://www.smore.com/8nbm1


Have a good evening,

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-May 11, 2020

Hello,


We hope each and every one of you is doing well! If you need anything, please call the school. We will help in any way we can.


Here is the weekly update: Special Edition-The River's Edge for May 11, 2020: https://www.smore.com/hqaw7


Please Complete the Title One Parent Survey for 2019-2020. Below are links in English and in Spanish to the Title One Parent Survey for 2019-2020. Please take a few moments to fill out. Thank you for your input!


English: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrjQtiL9ImYfKcdqqm58-eP-ZVDC1ZVH9kYfnkSacz0a5wrg/viewform


Spanish: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIx3CNmT4s8nlxFD9ReY1M5OBnonhi2qd4coxxR8m-Lz3hNg/viewform


Have a great week :)

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-May 7, 2020

I simply could not wait to share this video we created! When I watched it for the first time, I felt such overwhelming pride for our school and our school staff! I love who I work with! We hope you enjoy!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/167GCySvVy8SygVwIGMdpfME7eRCVTYsU/view?fbclid=IwAR0RNEVsAxTL7sNI4NMpUX2jzGzuyBaKRezyfRxWcqxoq9gE6JP7Hh3e-BQ

From Ms. Martz-May 3, 2020

Hello, we certainly hope this email finds you safe and well!


Next week May 4-May 8 is Teacher Appreciation Week! We thank all the RBES teacher and all the staff for everything they do!


We will have new paper packets of work for TWO WEEKS (week of May 4 and week of May 11) out tomorrow morning starting at 9:00 am! We will also have more books for students to take home to read, more art supplies, and we have baggies of school supplies (paper, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, etc.) available as well! We do have limited supplies of these items, so please just take what you need!


Here is the link to the RBES Web page with the activities linked: https://www.smore.com/0k52c


Here is the link to this week's Special Edition-The River's Edge for May 4, 2020: https://www.smore.com/1rkdm


Have a good evening,

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-April 26, 2020

Hello,

We hope each of you is doing well and staying healthy! We want to offer you again-that if you need anything at all, please contact the school and let us know. We will help you any way we can.


Here is the link to this weeks Special Edition of The River's Edge April 26, 2020, with some information: https://www.smore.com/u937m


Just a reminder there are no new packets this week. The packets given out last week were for two weeks. New packets of activities will be available Monday, May 4.


Please let us know if you need anything!


Have a good evening,

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-April 19, 2020

Hello, we certainly hope this email finds you safe and well!


Just a reminder that we are now creating online work/packets of work for students for TWO WEEKS AT A TIME! Online lessons/activities and paper packets for the weeks of April 20 and April 27 will be available for students by 9:00 am tomorrow, Monday, April 20. Parents and students can access the online work through the electronic communications from teachers (Seesaw, Dojo, Google classroom, emails, etc.), and the online work and link to the paper packets will also be available on the RBES web page (see link below). The paper packets are available on the bus canopy side of the building. All the tubs are labeled. Please only take the number of packets you need. All tubs of packet work are available 24/7 (24 hours a day 7 days a week). The next time new packets will be available will be Monday, May 4, 2020.


Here is the link to the RBES Web page with the activities linked: https://www.smore.com/0k52c


Here is the link to a special edition of The River's Edge with additional information: https://www.smore.com/fnq5y


Here is the link to a little video where RBES staff say, "Hello, we miss you!" https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MMn9wTzVbHcGp8iiTDEWZMZwMEegLQzw/view?usp=sharing


Have a good evening,

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-April 12, 2020

Hello Everyone!


We hope all of you are doing well! And, we hope everyone had a good weekend! There is a lot of information in this email. Please take just a moment to read through it, and call the school if you have any questions!


School Hours: As you know schools are now closed each day with the buildings locked. However, there is one person in the front office each day. We are limiting who comes into the building. Before coming to the school, please call us anytime between 8 am-4 pm Monday-Friday if you need any assistance. If no one answers, leave a message, and we will call you back!


Food For Kids: Food for Kids is happening every Monday and Wednesday. Please bring your own grocery bags or boxes to collect the food. Here is a flyer with details: My Post (15).pdf


PLEASE READ-WORK FOR STUDENTS: Online lessons and activities and paper packets for the week of April 13-17 will be available for students by noon (12:00 pm) tomorrow, Monday. We are putting them out a little later due to the possible strong storms tomorrow morning. Parents and students can access the online work through the electronic communications from teachers (Seesaw, Dojo, Google classroom, emails, etc.), and the online work will also be available on the RBES web page. The paper packets are available on the bus canopy side of the building. All the tubs are labeled. Please only take the number of packets you need.


BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE MONDAY AS WELL! We will also have tubs of books available for students tomorrow. These are also labeled by grade level. We respectfully ask that you only take what is needed, and at this time please only take one packet of books per child. This will allow us to have more books available for more children. Thank you for cooperation!


Please note, that starting Monday, April 20, we will be creating lessons and activities for TWO WEEKS AT A TIME. Again, this work will be linked on our River Bend web page to "Learning Activities for Home," teachers will share the online work with you, and the packets will be available for pick up every other week.

Teachers will continue to strive to provide lessons to students through videos shared in Seesaw, Dojo, google classroom, emails, etc. Teachers may also touch base by phone with families who do not have access to online videos to see if you or your child(ren) have any questions. Teachers are working hard to ensure ALL RBES students have the resources they need to continue learning.


If you have any questions at all, please let us know.


Stay safe and stay well.


Sincerely,

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-April 3, 2020

Hello,

I so hope each of you are safe and well. We miss our River Bend Cardinals and families very much. Please let us know if you need anything :)


I have some information I want to share, and sometimes long emails are hard to read! :) So, I put it in a newsletter. It may be easier to read.


Here is the newsletter: https://www.smore.com/8yk2h


Again, if you need anything, please call the school. While the buildings are closed and locked, we do have one person in the office each day Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm available for phone calls.


Take care of yourself and your families, and have a good weekend :)


Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-March 27, 2020

Hello Everyone!


We hope all of you are doing well! We miss our River Bend students very much! Please let them know that!


There is a lot of information in this email. Please take just a moment to read through it and call the school if you have any questions!


School Hours: The front office is open Monday-Friday from 8 am-4 pm. If you need anything, please feel free to call. We do ask that if you feel you need to come to school, to please call and arrange a time first. We are trying to limit people coming into the school for safety reasons.


Joe Corbi Pickup: Our Joe Corbi fundraiser pick up is next Wednesday, April 1. Unless Ms. Ruhlman has contacted you, pick up time is 11:30-1:00 on the bus canopy side of the building. If you cannot pick up your order during this time, please call the office 298-5301. Drive to the bus canopy side of the school next Wednesday, and we will give you directions to safely pick up your order.


Food For Kids: Please note the changes in the Food for Kids bagged meals program at RBES! This starts Monday, March 30, 2020! Meals will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. There will no longer be curb side service. Parents will walk to the tables and take the food they need for their children. Staff will be standing by to keep tables stocked. Please bring your own grocery bags or boxes to collect the food. This is to protect the safety of families and staff/volunteers. Thank you for your understanding! Here is a flyer with details: Food for Kids.pdf


PLEASE READ-WORK FOR STUDENTS: Starting Monday, March 30, teachers will start providing weekly work for students. This work will be available online and in paper packets. The work in the paper packets will be in alignment with the work online. At this time, students may choose to do only the online work, only the packet work, or they may choose to do both. Teachers have been or will be in touch with each family electronically and by phone to touch base. So, our first paper packets will be available Monday, March 30 at 9:00 am. Keep in mind, these packets are the packets of work teachers created Friday, March 13. Some teachers may add some additional items, but they are the work from the last two weeks. There will NOT be any new work or packets for the week of April 6-10 which is spring break week. Then, starting Monday, April 13, new online work and new packets will be available each week. Please note that starting with the work going out April 13 new material will be addressed in the lessons and activities as well as review work. This work will be linked on our River Bend web page to "Learning Activities for Home," teachers will share the online work with you, and the packets will be available for pick up. Teachers will provide weekly lessons to students through videos shared in Seesaw, Dojo, google classroom, etc. Teachers will also touch base weekly by phone with families who do not have access to online videos to see if you or your child(ren) have any questions. They can even give help to students over the phone if needed. Teachers are working hard to ensure ALL RBES students have the resources they need to continue learning. They are an amazing group :)


Packet pick up will work like this: Each Monday morning by 9:00 am packets will be placed in boxes or tubs and set outside on the side of the school with the bus canopy. Parents simply drive to the side of the school with the bus canopy, park, and take the packets of work needed for your children. The boxes/tubs will be left out side and available to all 24/7. At this time we are unsure of exactly how many copies are needed. The boxes will be checked each morning to see if additional copies need to be made. So, if you come by and there are no packets left, check the next day as we will keep the boxes stocked each day. Eventually we will also have tubs with packets of books and packets of school supplies for students to have at home. We do respectfully ask that you please take only what you need as we do have limited supplies of books and school supplies.


I think that is all for now. Again, call the school with any questions, and please know we are thinking of our families every day. If your family or if you know of any family that may be in need of any kind of assistance, please let us know. We are to help in any way we can.


Stay safe and stay well.


Sincerely,

Ms. Martz

Updated Information on Food for Kids at RBES-Updated March 27, 2020

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From Ms. Martz-March 23, 2020

Dear RBES Families,


The news of schools closing for the remainder of the year hit our staff hard. Please let your children know that everyone at River Bend misses them and loves them very much.


I know many of you have questions about what this means and what will schools do for helping students continue to learn. Please know the county is working through that process right now. We are hoping to be able to give you more information very soon. In the meantime, there is a list of activities per grade level at this site Learning Activities for Home This site can be found at the top of our school web page.


Please see the announcement below about a "RBES Staff Parade" tomorrow morning at 10:00 am! The safety guidelines for this are explained below.


I sincerely hope each one of you is doing well.


Stay safe and well,

Ms. Martz


RBES Staff Parade

We miss our students and want a chance to say hello! RBES staff will be driving their personal vehicles along our River Bend Books Express route beginning at 10 am tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th.


In order to follow all current guidelines for safety from the CDC, staff will not be stopping. As much as we would love to exchange hugs and high fives and talk to all of our RBES Cardinals at this time these are not safe choices. We encourage families to wave from windows or doors or come outside and wave but stay on your porches or within your yards. Please maintain the appropriate safe social distancing of at least 6-10 feet at all times with those who are not in your household.


If you are not along the Books Express route and would like to participate, you may drive to RBES and park in the parking lot, and we will do a couple passes around the parking lot to wave to you. Please park with some space between you and other cars and remain in your cars. This is important for the safety of you and the staff.


We will be driving the following route, in this order (times are approximate):


10:20 Stonebrook Lane & Little Gap Road (we may drive through twice)

10:30 Rockland & St. Stephens Lane

10:40 Berrytown Road & Lawson Lane

10:50 Leisure Living Drive & Model Road (we may drive through twice)

11:05: Quail Run Drive & Old Spotswood Trail

11:15 In front of RBES


We won't have specific places in each neighborhood as we do in the summer that we will stop at. We will drive through to discourage close contact.


We can't wait to see the smiles of our River Bend Cardinals!


Stay safe and make it a great day! Together, we can do this! Please let us know if there is anything you need!


Sincerely,

Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-March 17, 2020

Hello everyone,


We hope you are safe and well. I know many of our teachers are staying in touch with you through emails, Seesaw, Class Dojo, etc. We also know that not every family has access to the internet. I am trying to share parent updates through email and on Facebook. If you know of any parent who may not be receiving our school email, please have them either email Billi Jo Morris (bjmorris@rockingham.k12.va.us) or call the school to give us their email address.


Here is some additional information for you:

RCPS has established a Smore page to share information with the community about our response to COVID-19. It includes an FAQ and an archive of our communications with the community: https://www.smore.com/6vzq9


A parent shared this site with me. It is a list of providers who are offering free internet during this time.

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/att-t-mobile-comcast-cox-verizon-and-more-take-fccs-pledge-to-maintain-customer-service-during-coronavirus-pandemic/


RBES is one of the schools selected to offer bagged meals for families. Here is our plan. "RBES Food Pick Up" will be a drive-through, grab and go process. Families will drive up to the front of the school (just like drop off in the morning), and school staff will walk to the vehicle and hand the bagged meals to the families. The families will then drive on. Each child may get two bagged meals-one breakfast meal and one lunch meal-each day. Please remember children need to be present to receive the bagged meals. Please see this reminder about the meals: 4 Important Messages to Post.pdf


Just a reminder that the learning activities shared with you yesterday are just ideas for students. They are not required. Some parents had asked for us to share some ideas, so we went ahead and shared what we had so far. We, as a staff, are working on additional ways we can stay in touch with parents and with our students! We will continue to share with you ways to connect.


That is all for today!


Have a good evening,

Ms. Martz

Here are the menus for the Food for Kids Bagged Meals

From Ms. Martz-March 16, 2020

Hello RBES Families,


I sincerely hope each one of you is doing well. This past Friday, March 13, 2020, RBES teachers worked together in their grade level teams and with resource teachers to provide some learning activities for their students. Go to the Learning from Home link to find what they developed on Friday. The teachers tried to create a combination of activities on paper and on electronics as we realize not all families have access to the internet, and not all families have a device that is user friendly for some of the electronic work.


Not only did teachers create the activities linked below, but many of them made baggies for each student. Some included crayons, paper, etc., and we had also planned on sending each student home with lots of books to read as well. If and when we are able to offer pick-up times for those materials, we will certainly let you know. These activities are not required but will help your child stay engaged in learning and maintain skills by some repetition and practice each day. We will update this site and listing of activities as needed to help parents. Also, once information is available on meals for children, we will be sure to share that information with you as well.


Throughout the time schools are closed, we encourage you to use this time to spend quality time with your children, read with them, let them play outside, and enjoy themselves! Please let your children know that the staff at River Bend misses them very much!


Stay safe and well,


Ms. Martz

From Ms. Martz-March 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,


You probably know by now that RCPS are closed for the next two weeks-until at least March 27, 2020. That does mean all school activities during that time are cancelled as well (including after-school clubs, field trips, etc.). Today, RBES teachers worked together to create activities that children may work on at home. The teachers tried to create a combination of activities on paper and on electronics as we realize not all families have access to the internet, and not all families have a device that is user friendly for some of the electronic work. Monday I will send out a newsletter to parents with electronic links and lists of ideas that your child(ren) may choose to work on. If we are able to have paper activities and packets of materials available for parents to pick up some time in the future, we will surely let you know.


Have a safe and relaxing weekend,

Ms. Martz