The Riverside Squawker

August 8, 2022

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Welcome Back Message From Dr. Taylor

Hello and welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

I am Dr. Chris Taylor, the new principal at Riverside Elementary and am honored to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff and a supportive school community. I hope this note finds you enjoying the rejuvenating days of summer and that your children are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year on August 17th. I can assure you that I share this school's community commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment.

The 2022-23 school year will mark my 29th year in education. I have taught all grade levels from 2nd grade to 9th grade and have recently worked at the district office as the supervisor of science, computer science and sustainability. I firmly believe that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their abilities to shape their future and the future of our community.

Dan Knight, our assistant principal, and I will send newsletters monthly to share information about all the happenings at Riverside. These newsletters are to inform you of important dates and events. Please also visit our school website to access the calendar and other information.

In closing, please know that my door is open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work and I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2022-2023 school year. Enjoy the remaining days of summer and I cannot wait to meet all the students. It is going to be a fun year learning together!

Dr. Chris Taylor, Principal

Dan Knight, Assistant Principal

In addition to our new principal, please welcome these wonderful new staff members:

Melissa Zambetti - Administrative Assistant

Tenneal Lujan - Counselor (M/T/W/Th)

Sarah Dunn - Counselor (Tue/Fri)

Lisa Schiffer - School Nurse (M/W/Th)

Kali Riden - Kindergarten Teacher

Karen Coslett - Kindergarten Teacher

Carissa Kalpakjian - Kindergarten Teacher

Nicholas Ginter - Excel Behavior Support Specialist

Kayla Mannlein - Special Education Assistant

Berenice Stickle - Special Education Teacher


Regarding Public Release of Student Directory Information

The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to, and go to Parents & Patrons > Parent Information > FERPA Form. You may also pick up a FERPA form at your school, or call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.

Message From Nikkel Holmes

Hello wonderful Riverside Community–

Welcome back! I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer break. I am excited to see the students buzzing through the building soon!

I wanted to take a second to introduce myself and my new role at Riverside Elementary. My name is Nikkel Holmes. I’ve had the opportunity to teach Kindergarten at Riverside for the last seven years. I am eagerly embarking on my 17th year in education in a new role as the Student Centered Learning Coach. I will be forming partnerships and collaborating with teachers as a support to empower our students to take learning risks and reach their learning potential. We will have meaningful and effective discussions around learning intentions and targeted learning goals to support student learning. Together the teacher and I get to constantly look at student evidence to support ALL students through the learning process to produce growth for all. This focus on student learning takes effort, but it is powerful work. Our students are worth it!

In an effort to define this new role of a learning coach and correct any misconceptions, I have briefly listed what I will (and will not) be doing this year.

Here is a quick overview of what student-centered coaching is (and is NOT):

Student centered coaching is….

  • An opportunity for the teachers and myself to form a partnership to impact student learning.

  • Guided by learning targets and success criteria based on standards.

  • Analyzing student evidence to guide instruction and promote student growth/success for ALL students.

Student centered coaching is NOT….

  • Evaluative—that’s the Administrator's role–Thank goodness! :)

  • Me telling teachers what to do or how to teach

  • A “fix the teacher” mentality

At Riverside we believe ALL students can learn and grow. Our goal is to empower ALL students to take ownership of their learning as we support them along the way.

If you have ANY questions or want to know more regarding what my role looks like for your child, please reach out any time.

I look forward to seeing the children and families next week!


Nikkel Holmes

Class Lists

Class lists will be posted at 4pm on Friday, August 12th on the front entrance windows. As it can be a little bit crowded when they're first posted, please be courteous to those around you and give everyone proper amount of time to look at the list.

Upcoming Important Dates

August 12th: Class lists posted 4pm

August 15: Sneak Peek Open House 2:30pm-3:30pm

August 17: First day of school, early release 1:45pm.

August 24: Back to School Night 5:30-6:40pm

Our standard school day is 9:15-3:45. Please visit HERE to view the 2022/2023 school calendar.

Attendance notes from the front office

If your child is not going to be at school, please email or call 208-854-5980 and leave a message. A child's absence is marked as "unexcused" until we hear from the parents.

If you need to check your student out for part or the rest of the day, please come to the front entrance, ring the doorbell, and present your ID. Mrs. Gates or Mrs. Zambetti will call your child down to the office.

As school gets underway this year, we understand many of your children's extra-curricular activities may have to be rescheduled. We ask that you be mindful of your child's learning experience and try to hold off any sports or music lessons until school is out. Too many checkouts at the end of the day can interrupt teachers and can cause the student to miss important information.

Drop Off-Pick Up Protocol

There are two areas for students to be dropped off and picked up. The main drop-off line is on the main entrance side, where the Bown House is located (Victory Road).

If you are dropping off or picking up, please make sure you are always moving up with the cars. Please don't turn off your car or get out. It can get backed up quickly and to help the neighbors and students have a safe experience, please be mindful of your place in the line.

The other drop-off location is the Bown Crossing side. This area can get congested very quickly, so please consider dropping your students off near the library and letting them walk the rest of the way. We will have staff helping kids cross any of the roads safely.

Changes coming to School Lunch for 2022-23 School Year

For the last two years, school meals have been free for all students nationwide through special federal funding. That funding has expired and meals will return to regular pricing for the 2022-23 school year. As we get closer to the school starting this fall, an application will be available to help with lunch payments, based on income eligibility.

To check for assistance eligibility, please fill out this form.

Any other info, including daily menus can be found HERE.

MySchoolBucks is where you can make payments to your student's lunch account; cash and checks are also accepted in the lunch line.

Prices for the 2022/2023 school year are as follows:

-Breakfast $1.60

-Lunch $2.60 (This includes the entrée, fruit/veggie, and a milk)

-Milk $.75 (if they want a second milk)

Visitor Protocol

ALL visitors and volunteers must go to the main entrance and ring the doorbell. Mrs. Gates or Mrs. Zambetti will let you in and give you a visitor badge. You will need to provide a driver's license for your visitor badge and will need to sign out upon your exit. We thank you for your adherence to this policy.

School Supply Lists

Please click HERE for your child's classroom school supply list.

If you would like to donate more supplies, feel free to drop those items off with the front desk anytime during school hours. We appreciate our generous community so much!

Message from the Health Office

Welcome new and returning students and families to the 2022-2023 school year!

Please take the time to update your student’s Health Information for this school year

Infinite Campus Annual Update

Please log on to Infinite Campus and update your student’s health information and permission for over the counter medication administration.

  • Log into your Parent Portal account. Please contact the school office if you do not know your username and password.

  • Once logged in, click on ‘More’ on the Index, then on ‘Annual Update.’ This will open a new tab listing the student’s information. Click ‘Begin’

For links to FORMS and additional information, please see the District’s Health Services information page under the Student Services heading.

Riverside PTO New Website!

Our incredible PTO has started their own website and would love each of you to come check it out!

The PTO will have a table at the sneak peek (Aug 15th) so come say hello!

Also, our PTO has a Facebook page! Follow us and get important updates about events and activities at our school: Riverside Elementary Falcons PTO, Boise

Boise School Board Trustee Election

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022 polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the Boise School District as the 2022 Trustee Election is held. To be able to vote in the election, you must be 18 years of age, have lived in the Boise School District for 30 days and be registered to vote in Ada County. Completed Absentee Ballot request forms must be received by the Boise School District by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022. Visit the 2022 Trustee Election website to learn more, including candidate profiles, sample ballot and polling locations.

Fall Enrollment Applications

If you are NOT planning to return to Riverside for the 2022-23 school year, please contact the office as soon as possible ( We are currently working on student projections and want to be sure to account for all incoming students. Additionally, if you have a younger student or know of a neighbor that would like to enroll, please reach out as well. If you are currently enrolled, it is NOT necessary to contact us. Students automatically roll into the next school year.

  • Access Online Enrollment on our District Site.
  • Make sure that you attach your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

Job Openings at Just For Kids (JFK)

Just for Kids (JFK) is looking to fill multiple full time (benefit eligible at 25 hours per week!) and part time Child Care Provider positions across the district. Those hired who already possess a City of Boise child care provider license are eligible for a $100 signing bonus. Find more info about the full time benefit eligible and part time positions via the provided links. Thank you!
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Direct Give Form

This form provides details for how to donate to the Direct Give Campaign

Direct Give Campaign!

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BSD Everything is Possible Campaign

The BSD is launching the Everything is Possible Campaign. Check out the intro video and follow the district on Twitter @BSDEducation. Below you will find a video of one of Riverside's finest.