Happy Friday, Lil Steamer Families!

August 26, 2022

From the desk of: Principal Hoese

Lil Steamer Families –

We have had a wonderful first FULL week of school this week. Throughout the week I have observed numerous students in all grade levels dressing up for our Kindergarten Color Days, engaged in various learning activities in the classroom, completing social/emotional activities, dressing up for #SteamerNation Fridays, and much more!

Next week looks like a busy week for us at the Greatest Little Elementary School in the Universe!

  • AIMSweb Fall Benchmarking - All K-5 students will be benchmarked to assess their reading and math levels

  • Picture Day - This is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30 for grades K-5

  • K Color Days - Grey on Wednesday and Green on Thursday

  • Lockdown Safety Drills - These are scheduled for Friday - a detailed letter will be sent to families on Monday

Have a wonderful weekend!


From the desk of: School Counselor Mrs. Meumann

I meet individually with students to do brief, solution focused counseling. As I do this, I address topics such as anxiety, friendship, anger management, loss, and family issues. My goal is to help students to develop coping skills to use for their day to day struggles. I also meet with small groups of students to address these topics. Friendships develop as we do this and children find that their peers will be there for them to assist them in facing the challenges they face. Feel free to contact me if you feel that your child could use some extra support in any of these areas. My email is tmeumann@riverbendschools.net, phone 815-589-2911.

Behavior at Home Football Games

While we are excited that our elementary and middle school students enjoy coming to home football games to support the Steamers, it is important that we have an understanding of the rules and expectations for student behavior. Our priority is to keep our students safe and to allow everyone to enjoy the football game.

For the home games, there will be two additional sets of bleachers on the north end of the field. These bleachers will be marked for each set of students. K-8 students should not be in the HS student section.

K-5 students should be with a parent at the games or in the elementary student bleachers. 6-8 students should also be in their set of bleachers on the north end of the field that are designated for the middle school students. Students are to remain in the bleachers and behave appropriately. Students are there to watch the game. If a student misbehaves, he/she will be asked to go and sit with their parents. If a parent is not in attendance, the student will be asked to leave the game.

No student is to bring any sort of sporting equipment to the game. Again, the expectation is that you are there to watch the game. To ensure that everyone is safe and able to watch the game, students will not be allowed to play any type of game. These games are distracting and could jeopardize student safety.

Students should not be in the HS building other than in the front commons by the concessions. Students caught in the building will be asked to sit with their parents or leave the premises. These students may not be allowed to return to any home football games this season.

Finally, students will not be allowed to leave the game once they have entered the gate. Students that leave the game will be required to pay to reenter the facilities.

Again, we thank you for your cooperation with helping our students understand these rules and expectations. We are very proud of our Steamers and like to provide a safe and respectful environment for everyone to enjoy the game.

New Lil Steamer Logo Welcomes All!

There's something new above the doors at the Greatest Little Elementary School in the Universe! This metal sign of our logo was donated by Mrs. LeeAnn Steele who retired at the end of the 21-22 school year after 29 years of dedicated service.

We could only think of one place to properly honor the thoughtful gift - somewhere our #SteamerNation community would see it daily! Thank you for the love and dedication you displayed for nearly 3 decades, Mrs. Steele - we love you!

And thank you to Chris Marten who mounted the logo above our doors!

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FES Has Talent!

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STEM Lab Concept

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Kindergarten Bootcamp in KA!

Kindergarten began Kindergarten Bootcamp on Monday. For the next 26 days, we will be learning the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. We will be doing one letter/sound each day. Research shows that learning a letter a day makes better readers and writers!
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Dr. Hogue Visits First Grade!

Dr. Hogue read How to Tickle Animals By Dr. Stephen Harrison and illustrated by a FHS student Owen Brubaker. 1D really enjoyed learning about how to tickle different animals and got a laugh out of the humor from the story.
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4th Grade Learns about Making New Friends with a Book

The 4th grade classes have been reading the book, Because of Winn-Dixie. This book is about a mischievous dog, who befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends. A girl named Opal moves to a new home in a trailer park. She has no friends, and her father, the preacher, is always busy doing something. He sends her to Winn-Dixie to get some food. She finds this dog while at the store. It is this dog that seems to find more friends for Opal along their journeys. The book ends with a party at one of her new found friend's house and a surprise ending with Opal and her father becoming very close.

The classes culminated the week with watching the movie version of Because of Winn-Dixie.

If you are looking for a good read try the book, Because of Winn-Dixie, and learn about a new way to make friends.

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FES Seeking Paraprofessional Substitutes

FES is currently shorthanded in regards to paraprofessional substitutes. If you are interested in becoming a paraprofessional substitute, here are the newly updated requirements:

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED completion
  • 19 years of age
  • $50 registration fee
  • Pay and complete paraprofessional licensure test ($55)
  • Complete health physical
  • Complete fingerprinting

Due to the current shortage, paraprofessional substitutes would commonly be able to work several times per week. The pay rate is $14/hour with a typical day of 6.75 hours.

If interested, please contact one of the following individuals:

Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering at FES, please email Principal Hoese at jhoese@riverbendschools.net with your contact information, preferred grade(s), and other pertinent details.

A volunteer list will then be compiled and teachers will have the opportunity to reach out and schedule opportunities for volunteers to help. Volunteers will need to complete a background check and paperwork prior to starting.

Picture Day!

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Music News

Band and Chorus

Students in 4th and 5th grade may sign up for Chorus, and students in 5th grade may sign up for band. Many 5th graders choose both!

Students who are interested will get a note to bring home next week with more info!

Please talk to your 4th or 5th grade children about whether they'd like to join. :)


Consider donating to our Music room for some new instruments! Also, share this link with anyone who may be interested. The deadline for this project is coming up fast- August 28th!

Thank you for your support!

Join Us at Our Next PTO Meeting!

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Our library has been gifted a new book by local authors. If you would like to check this book out please email lsmith@riverbendschools.net, spannell@riverbendschools.net or pensinger@riverbendschools.net or call FES. We will be happy to check it out to your student and send it home with them.

Lunch and Breakfast Menus

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Upcoming Important Dates

FES Picture Day

Tuesday, Aug. 30th, 8am

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

Kindergarten Color Day - Grey

Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 8am

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

Kindergarten Color Day - Green

Thursday, Sep. 1st, 8am

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 6pm

1301 7th Avenue

Fulton, IL

Held in the FES Library.