Reptile Review

January 2023

Principal Update

Dear Reptile Families,

I hope you each had a wonderful winter break. It's hard to believe we are half way through the year and kicking off 2023! Lots of great learning happened during the first semester. Before break, students completed their mid-year assessments. These scores are posted in your Parent Portal. Report cards will be released to the Parent Portal on Thursday, January 12th and will communicate your child's progress. We encourage you to schedule a conference with your child's teacher to discuss their first half of the year progress and make goals for the second half of the year.

Please continue to encourage your child to be reading at home. Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers.

Have a wonderful week! Please reach out if you need anything.

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


Important Dates

January 3rd- First Day Back to School

January 9th - 20th - School Choice Window Open

January 12th - Report Cards Released on the Parent Portal

January 16th- No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17th- PTO Board Meeting- 4:45 p.m.

January 23rd - SAC Meeting 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

January 27th - All Pro Dad - 8:50 - 9:50 a.m.

January 27th - Student Social for 3rd - 5th graders - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

February 7th - Family STEAM Night & Parent Input Meeting - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

February 24th- All Pro Dad - 8:50 - 9:50 a.m.

February 24th - Sweetheart Dance 6:30 -8:00 p.m.

Updated Second Semester Schedule

In order to make up for days off of school for Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole, the district has adjusted the schedule to add more student contact time.

School will also start 4 minutes earlier at 10:06 a.m. Students may come on campus starting at 9:50 a.m. Dismissal time remains the same at 4:20 p.m.

January 3rd: School Day for Staff and Students

February 20th: School Day for Staff and Students

The following dates will now be full days of school. There are no Early Release Days for the remainder of the school year.

January 11th

February 1st

March 1st

April 12th

Below are the changes that were made, as well as the updated student calendar for the rest of the 22-23 school year.

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Free and Reduced Price Lunch Options

Hi Families! As a reminder, all of our students will continue to receive free breakfast each day. However, students do not automatically qualify for free or reduced priced lunch options. If you think your family may qualify, please complete the application below! This application needs to be completed yearly in order to ensure your child continues to receive this benefit.

Inchy's Bookworm Vending Machine

Instilling the love of reading is a daily initiative at New River Elementary. We’re continuing to work towards our goal of purchasing a book vending machine! Please consider making a donation to help us purchase Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine and a variety of books to fill it! Students will have the opportunity to earn tokens to purchase a book when having strong academics, good attendance, and excellent behavior!

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Pasco Sheriff Cyber Security Workshop for Parents

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Volunteer Form - Volunteers Wanted!

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Student Social for 3rd - 5th Graders

Our Student Council will be sponsoring our first student social of the year! On Friday, January 27th all 3rd- 5th graders are invited to come to the cafeteria for food and fun. Staff members will be chaperoning the event. A flyer will be coming home shortly with more information!

P.E. News

Dear Families,

Friday, March 10, 2023 is Field Day! We will be sending home volunteer request forms in February, so save the date if possible. Please sign up to be an approved volunteer. By purchasing a t-shirt, you will help support New River’s Reptile Run program. We prefer that you pay online. You can access instructions at If this option is not available, please send in the form below with $12.00, payable by cash or check made out to New River Elementary. Please do not return this form if you have paid online. The last day to order shirts is Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

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Art News

Art class has been a busy place for all students. During the month of December, primary and intermediate students used different types of clay to create winter like artwork. Modeling clay was given to all students to create a 3-D sculpture while using tools, poster board and crayons to create a background. Self-drying clay was used to create a snowman, artic animal or an imaginary creature; other materials were added to the artwork such as, tooth picks, cotton and much more. Lastly, Model Magic was also used while learning about mixing colors, such as orange, green and purple; students created a variety of subjects including, animals, jungles and cityscapes.

During the month of January students will be able to use watercolors to create a picture after the famous American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. Students will learn about her most important art accomplishments and how she became a well known artist.

Odyssey of the Mind

We have 3 teams competing in the regional competition this year. This creative competition takes place the last weekend in February at TEWMS. Please cheer on the members as they have worked really hard as a team to solve their problem. Here are the kids that are competing: Jace Smith, Avery McDowell, Liam Smith, Rae Moline, Emmy Wilkinson, Graham Shockley, William Shockley, William Proulx, Titus Stafford, Atticus Stafford, Harmony Haley, Nova Dunlap, Terrion Jones, Joey Goforth, Mackenzie Raines, Connor Raines, Hudson Haley, and Caleb Perez.

This program is open to any student at NRES, new teams will be forming in the fall of 2023. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Carlson (

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