Riverwood Elementary

November Parent Newsletter

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Happy November


We have so many things to be thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.


Thank you to our bus drivers, for getting our students safely to and from school every day.


Thank you to our teachers and staff for your amazing work ethic

and commitment to our students.


Thank you to the PTSO (Parent Teacher Organization) for your unwavering support.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the PTSO Leaders, parents, students and staff who make RIVERWOOD Elementary the BEST each and every day!


We are thankful that we have amazing administrative assistants, Mrs. Emmons & Mrs. Thomas to help and assist each day.


Last, but certainly not least- thank you to the students and parents for making Riverwood Elementary the wonderful school that it is!


Please don’t ever hesitate to contact us –


Jessika Hill

Principal, Riverwood

hillj@mustangps.org


Mike Barrick

Assistant Principal, Riverwood

barrickm@mustangps.org

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RIVERWOOD VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER

Riverwood families!


Riverwood Families!


We are kicking off our Riverwood Boosterthon FUNdraiser on November 4th. It’s going to be a FUN experience for ALL students and comes with a brand new character theme, called Sports City Worldwide! Not only will this help our school raise some much needed funds, but it will also engage your students socially & emotionally.


How can you help?


    • Register on mybooster.com! Our goal is to get 100% of our school registered.
    • SHARE your student’s donation link with friends & family!
    • Donate if you are able to.


Thank you for supporting Riverwood!


Key dates to remember:

Key dates to remember:

Donating Opens - TODAY!


  • Register on MYBOOSTER.COM, Share, & Give!
  • Event Kick Off - November 4th
  • Event Day - November 12th
  • SAVE THE DATE!



Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

MPS DISTRICT UPDATES/INFORMATION

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Need to report a COVID-19 exposure, positive test, or close contact?

Need to report a COVID-19 exposure, positive test, or close contact?

Please email COVID19@mustangps.org and someone from the MPS COVID-19 Response Team will be in touch.

District Website Information

*Take advantage of the many available resources on the district website.



RIVERWOOD UPDATES/INFORMATION

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SAVE THE DATE


  • NOVEMBER 4-12 Boosterthon
  • NOVEMBER 12 Fun Run
  • NOVEMBER 19 PTSO SNACK DAY
  • NOVEMBER 10 - 19 FOOD DRIVE
  • November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • DECEMBER 1- 8 HOLIDAY SHOP
  • DECEMBER 2 SANTA PICTURES (MORE INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE CLASSROOM TEACHER)
  • DECEMBER 3 PTSO SNACK DAY
  • DECEMBER 6-10 BATH SORBET PTSO FUNDRAISER
  • DECEMBER 7 KONA ICE
  • December 17 - End of first semester
  • December 20 - January 4 Winter Break
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RIVERWOOD #LIVESTOGIVE FOOD DRIVE!

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MINDSET MATTERS!

We will cover the mindset WE ARE CONNECTED with our students this month. Below are discussion topics for the 4 topics within this mindset! Each of the 4 weeks in November, we encourage you to stop and discuss that weeks question as a family.


Week 1 -EMBRACE EVERYONE - What can I do today to better embrace everyone?


Week 2 - MAXIMIZE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS - Who is the most positive person you know and how to they make you feel?


Week 3 - BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM - Is there anyone you would like to add to your dream team?


Week 4 - LEAD WITH VALUE - What is one way you continuously try to breathe life into your relationships?

STUDENT NEEDS!

If your child or family is in need of any assistance during this time, or for the upcoming holidays, please contact Mrs. Bornemann at bornemannb@mustangps.org
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It's time for the Annual Intrust Bank Art Contest! This contest is open to all 2nd through 4th graders who would like to participate! Please read through the requirements completely before submitting any work! All work is due by Thursday, Nov. 11th to Mrs. Craghead! I can't wait to see your amazing art!
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PreK

Hello, All! My how time flies! It seems like just yesterday we were meeting you and your kiddos at Open House in August! Now, we must have blinked because it’s November and our students are crushing it! Please continue to have your child practice writing their name, saying the letters in their name, counting to 20, shapes, colors, reading library books together! We will be sending out information regarding our grade-level Thanksgiving feast and can’t wait to celebrate this event with our class again this year! Please remember that all students need to bring a snack each day, a blanket for nap time, and a leak-proof water bottle! Also, as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees (including wind chill) we will go outside! Please make sure to send a jacket/coat when necessary as the weather is cooling down quickly! As always, thank you for your continuous support of our classrooms, special dress up days, with donations, and your child’s education as a whole! Together we can do so much!

Kindergarten

Fall has arrived in Kindergarten! It is so exciting to see all the learning and growth that has occurred in our classrooms. We will continue work hard on building fluency with letter names and sounds, rhyming, and blending and segmenting phonemes. In writing we will also start informational writing. In social studies we will talk about Veterans day and celebrate Native American History month. In math we are continuing to build a deep understanding of numbers to 10 through comparing, representing, and identifying. We will also continue to work with basic shapes, graphing, and teen numbers. Please remember that all students need to bring a snack each day and a leak-proof water bottle! Also, as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees (including wind chill) we will go outside! Please make sure to send a jacket/coat when necessary as the weather is cooling down quickly!

1st Grade

Happy November from First Grade! We cannot believe we are already in the second quarter of school! This month, we will be working on blends (-s blends, -r blends and ending blends) and introducing digraphs in ELA. We will also continue to work on writing informative pieces with finger spaces, capitals, punctuation and complete sentences. Social Studies will be fun this month with us learning about the voting process, Veteran's Day, Squanto and Pilgrims! We will also be working on adding and subtracting and measurement in Math. First Graders also get to take a field trip to the new Performing Arts Center to watch the Oklahoma City Ballet! Just a reminder to continue reading nightly and utilizing Happy Numbers and Lexia at home! As the weather starts to get cooler, please remember to send students with a jacket! We do not have control over the thermostats in our rooms, and the temperatures fluctuate!

2nd Grade

Fall is in full swing in 2nd grade! This month, students will continue learning about main idea and informational writing. Students will also focus on identifying text evidence, verbs, and synonyms. In math, students will focus on reading and interpreting graphs. We will also review counting coin combinations and extending number patterns. In social studies, students will learn about the voting process, Veterans Day, and celebrate Native American History month. Encourage your child to continue studying vocabulary words and reading at home! Please make sure your child has a working pair of headphones at school. Students use these daily and they are a huge help. As cooler weather rolls in, please remember to send a coat with your child each day. Thank you!

3rd Grade

As we enter the month of November, in English Language Arts we will begin to focus on main idea, figurative language, theme, point of view, and review sequencing. In math we will focus on addition and subtraction, graphs, and review place value and multiplication strategies. In grammar and writing, we will work on pronouns, contractions, plural nouns, and quotations as we work on writing informative stories. In social studies and science, we will continue to learn about Oklahoma's early history and we will start our unit on weather. Please continue to encourage your child to practice fact fluency, get on Lexia, and read for 20 minutes each night! Thank you for your support in your child’s educational success. We are loving this sweet group of kids and are looking forward to continuing a great school year together! The Third Grade Teachers

4th Grade

We hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! We can't believe that we are so close to Thanksgiving! This month in Math we will be learning about fractions, decimals and multiplication. In Language Arts we will be learning about inferencing, summarizing nonfiction texts, story elements and the writing process. We will also be writing informational reports! In Science and Social Studies we will be learning about waves, Earth features and the Northeast Region. We hope that everyone has a relaxing Thanksgiving! :)

RIVERWOOD PTSO HOLIDAY SHOP INFORMATION

Our Holiday Shop is quickly approaching!

This is an event where the kids get to independently shop for gifts for their loved ones, while keeping them a surprise too.

We aren’t able to have a lot of extra volunteers during the sale this year, but there are still ways you can help! One of which is purchasing from our wishlist. We are simplifying things this year to make things run smoother, so everything will be $2. This will not be a big fundraiser for us, we view it as more of a service to the families. For that reason, we are trying to keep our decor costs to a minimum, while also starting from scratch. If you feel led to help us in our efforts to make this the most magical holiday shop yet, take a look below!

As always, thank you for your support! We have the best families!

*More help will be need with some prep work too, so keep a look out for more info!

https://a.co/4XgpMIH

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PARENT RESOURCES / INFORMATION

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Lexia Program Information

How to login to Clever
How to Access Lexia® Programs with Clever

How does my student log in to Lexia programs at home?

Your district uses a program called Clever.


  • At home, your child will access Lexia programs by logging in to their Clever Dashboard the same way they log in at school.
  • Browser version: Lexia® Core5® Reading or Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® can be used on recent versions of the following browsers: Chrome (including Chromebooks), Edge, Firefox, and Safari.


Log in through Clever:


1. Go to the Clever login page for your student’s district. If you don’t know the district’s Clever login page, you can go to clever.com/login and search for your student’s school.


2. Have your child enter their login credentials on the Clever login screen, and then locate the icon for their Lexia program in their Clever portal. When they select this icon, they should be able to access the program.


Log in with Clever button:


1. Go to www.lexiacore5.com or www.lexiapowerup.com and select the “Log in with Clever” button.


2. On the Clever login screen, select Log in With Clever or Log in With Clever Badges (if your child has a Clever badge and if you have a webcam-enabled device).


3. Log in with the Clever login credentials that your child’s teacher provided, or follow the instructions for scanning the badge.


iPad Version:


Core5 and PowerUp can be used on many iPads with iOS 10 and above.


1. Download the free Lexia Core5 Reading or Lexia PowerUp Literacy app.


2. Download the free Clever app. 3. Open the Clever app, and have your child log in using their Clever credentials.


Select the Core5 or PowerUp icon in their Clever portal.

RIVERWOOD REMINDERS

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

At Riverwood, SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY! We have nearly 760 students who go home each afternoon several different ways (bus riders, car riders, daycare, etc.). Our main goal is to keep each child safe by making sure they are dismissed per their parent’s instructions to a location with appropriate supervision.


In order to allow us to continue to support each parent’s dismissal plan, please continue to uphold the following arrival & dismissal-related procedures:



ALL CAR RIDER TRAFFIC WILL ENTER RIVERWOOD FROM THE WEST ON 44TH.


NO LEFT TURNS


ARRIVAL REMINDERS:

  1. CAR RIDER TRAFFIC - Please enter Riverwood Campus from the west on 44th (no left turns).

  2. Please refrain from blocking driveways (Riverwood, Central, Neighborhoods, etc). Thank you for your help and understanding in this matter.

  3. Please do not leave your car unattended in the car rider line.

  4. Refrain from parking and allowing students to walk across the parking lot.

  5. Follow the correct path and wait in line to drop students off.

  6. Students MUST exit the vehicle on the RIGHT SIDE ONLY for safety purpose

  7. As you enter the school driveway, we ask that you please have your son/daughter ready for release, pull up as close as possible to the car in front of you in the car rider line.

  8. Please refrain from using cell phones and other distractions that may take away your attention from being observant. This will allow us to get more cars into the driveway and a steady flow of traffic.

  9. As you leave the school driveway, please be careful and cautious of traffic on the connecting streets



Dismissal Reminders

  1. CAR RIDER TRAFFIC - Please enter Riverwood Campus from the west on 44th (no left turns).

  2. Please pull as far right in the car rider lane (and on the shoulder) to allow traffic to pass (if needed).

  3. Please refrain from blocking driveways (Riverwood, Central, Neighborhoods, etc). Thank you for your help and understanding in this matter.

  4. Please allow our buses to enter and exit the campus.

  5. Please do not leave your car unattended in the car rider line.

  6. Please refrain from using cell phones and other distractions that may take away your attention from being observant. This will allow us to get more cars into the driveway, more students released, and a steady flow of traffic.

  7. As you leave the school driveway, please be careful and cautious of traffic on the connecting streets.

  8. Follow dismissal procedures - Safe ID card hung on the rearview mirror for easy and quick reference.

  9. Refrain from getting out of your vehicle.



Please be patient and courteous as both parents and students learn the procedures. The process does move quicker as everyone learns and follows the procedures.



If your child needs to go home a different way than usual, contact the Riverwood Office. If a need arises throughout the day for you to change your student's dismissal plan, call the school office by 1:30. It takes a considerable amount of time to dismiss our entire student body and the last hour of the school day is by far our busiest time. The later we get the information, the greater the likelihood a miscommunication could occur. Again, our students' safety is our #1 priority - please help us by being as prepared as possible.


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Riverwood Elementary School Hours


School building is open for drop off at 7:15 a.m.

Classes start promptly at 7:40 a.m.

Dismissal begins at 2:35 p.m.


School Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.


First Bell: 7:30 a.m.

All student should be in the process of entering the building.

Tardy Bell: 7:40 a.m.

All students should be in their classrooms ready to start the day.


(All students who are tardy must be checked in, by a parent, at the office)


All students must be picked up at or before 2:50.

Health & Medication

Health & Medicine

Parents must complete a clinic form in order for prescription or non-prescription medication to be administered at school.


DO NOT SEND MEDICATIONS TO SCHOOL WITH THE STUDENT.

You must get the Official School Form from the school nurse for all prescription and non-prescription medicine and return it with the medicine. The nurse or the principal’s designee will be the only individual allowed to give medicine. If your child becomes ill at school, we will contact you immediately. If we cannot reach you, we will use the emergency contact information you have provided.

Parent Reminders ...

Recess

  • Students will follow all playground rules and procedures established by the individual teacher(s) and/or principal at each school site​. ​Children should be dressed appropriately for outdoor activities.
  • Outdoor activities such as recess will take place unless there is inclement weather;​ ​wind chill of 32 degrees or less, or heat index of 100 degrees or more.​

Snack/Water Bottle

  • Water fountains will be turned off. Bottle fillers will be on and available for hands free refilling of personal water bottles where available. Students are encouraged to have their own bottle and not share with others. Please make sure your students name is on the water bottle. It is important that students are able to open and close bottles securely by themselves.
  • Don't forget to send a snack with your student each day.
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What is Seesaw? Introduction for Families (English)

MPS Central Enrollment

Mustang Public Schools Central Enrollment is located in the new Mustang Education Resource Center at 909 S. Mustang Road. This makes it possible for families new to the district to enroll all their children in one place year round. Address and custody changes, residency affidavits, out-of-district transfers and power of attorney will also be handled at the new site.



Central Enrollment will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Questions? Email mpsce@mustangps.org or leave a message at 405-256-6970. Enrollment packets will be available soon.

Oklahoma Family Guides for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for Pre-K through 6th Grade.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is excited to share the Oklahoma Family Guides for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for Pre-K through 6th Grade.


The OSDE Family Guides are resources aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards and developed specifically for Oklahoma families to complement classroom learning. They illustrate what is expected of students at each grade level in different content areas along with activities families can do at home to further support children's learning experiences.


https://sde.ok.gov/oklahoma-family-guides