Reptile Review

September 2022 Newsletter

Principal News

Dear Reptile Families,

It's hard to believe we have already made it through the first month of school. It seems like yesterday we were planning for the upcoming year. We have seen such wonderful things happening during the first month. Many students have developed wonderful relationships with their classmates and teachers. The first part of the year has a great focus on setting up expectations. Our school-wide expectations are Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. During this month we will have our first Early Release Day. Please plan for your child to be released 2 hours earlier. We enjoyed seeing many of you at Open House, PTO General Assembly, and Title I Parent Meeting. The book fair last month was great success. Thank you for supporting our school and READING.

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


Mission Statement

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Sick Student Procedures

If your child is sick, please notify the office by completing the link on our website.
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Parent Portal & Parent Bill of Rights

It is very important that you have access to your child's Parent Portal. This is where you will be able to view your child's Progress Reports and Report Cards, test results, and bus passes.

Please also make sure that you have completed your child's Parent Bill of Rights, which can be accessed through the Parent Portal. It is important that parents acknowledge and declare in writing whether they want their student to participate in various educational opportunities and related activities, and whether their students may be provided healthcare and other services available to them.

You can find more information about the Parent Bill of Rights and the Parent Portal at the following website: you need help creating or logging in to your account, please call our front office at 813-346-0500 or call Allison Trimble at


If you would like to volunteer at New River, please complete the volunteer link located on our school website. This link must be completed each year. Once you have been approved to volunteer, please reach out to your child's teacher to help support with making copies, reading with students, supporting our media center, etc.


Starting on September 6th, we would like to welcome parents in to eat lunch with their child. Please check in at the front office by showing a picture id. Once you are scanned and approved to be on campus, you will receive a visitor sticker. It is important that you wear that sticker in a visible spot. Then meet your child at the lunch room. Tables are available along the windows or outside. It is your choice where you would like to sit. You may only eat with your child. Once lunch is over, please check out in the office and drop off your stick. This ensure that we have an accurate account of all members on campus daily.

All Pro Dad

All Pro Dad All Pro Dad is the fatherhood program of Family First, a national nonprofit organization based in Tampa. It was founded by Mark Merrill with the help of Tony Dungy. It is a great way to start your child’s day at school. We have started a new chapter at New River. It is run by Robslin Emmanuel. This month’s meeting is Friday, September 23, 2022 at 8:50am in the Cafeteria. Please RSVP to this event through following link . Check into the front office for a visitor’s pass upon arrival. If you would like more information about All Pro Dad please contact Mr. Emmanuel through our chapter website Think link has great take home resources. We are excited to have you share the morning with us.

Mark your Calendar for the rest of the year dates.

October 28, 2022

November 18, 2022

December 16, 2022

January 27, 2023

February 24, 2023

March 31, 2023

April 28, 2023

PBIS Rewards

Behavior is monitored with the PBIS Rewards app.

  • Each student can earn 3 points per area for being respectful, responsible, and safe.
  • 1st-5th grade students can earn up to 27 points per day from the following areas: Morning Meeting, Reading, GATOR, Writing, Lunch, Recess, Science, Specials, and Math
  • Kindergarten students can earn up to 15 points per day from the following areas: ELA, Math, Science/GATOR, Lunch, Specials
  • Please be sure to download the PBIS Rewards Family app if you haven’t already- you will need a code from your teacher to link to your child's information
  • Check daily to see your child’s progress
  • Your child may “shop” at home through the PBIS Rewards Reptile Mart to spend their points earned for being respectful, responsible, and safe. This can be found on their myPascoConnect page. Students who buy an item will receive it on Fridays.

Flu Clinic

New River Elementary School will be having our annual “Flu Clinic” on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022. Flu consents will came home on August 31st. Consent forms need to be returned NO LATER than September 19th.

Learn, Read, and Feed Family Night

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Chuck E. Cheese Family Night

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Freedom Week

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers.

All inspections for New River Elementary School have been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the Pasco County Schools Maintenance & Facility Services Department and is available for review upon request.

P.E. News

Welcome Back! We are very excited about everything we have planned for this year. Our goal is fitness and fun!! Please help your child remember to wear the correct shoes on PE days (slides are not safe).

Our Reptiles have started running Reptile Run. They are working toward goals to earn toe tokens and a t-shirt by May. Students are running during PE class one week each month. After the first three miles, a chain and toe token are given. Toe tokens are earned every three miles, but each student only gets one chain and adds toe tokens to it as they are earned. By May, t-shirts are given to students who run at least twenty miles (K/1) or 25 miles (2-5), a large toe token is given to the boy and girl leaders in each class and trophies are given to the boy and girl leaders in each grade level. Last year we had over 250 students earn t-shirts!

As you may have heard, Fun Run Club starts October 3rd for 2-5 grade students. We will be running Monday mornings at 9:30 AM. Space will be limited so return the form quickly when you receive it in your child’s communication folder.

We are looking forward to a great year!!!

Art News

Welcome back Reptiles. I am excited to start this new school year by teaching expectations and rules in the art room. Students have also started to design their art folder in which they will keep all their artwork for the year. Students have also created a name tag using crayons, markers and sharpies to design their names using block or bubble letters. We are also starting our unit for the element of art Line, and are practicing the different kinds of lines using crayons and markers. Some students have created real pictures while others are making imaginary drawings while using lines.

We look forward to a wonderful art year full of amazing art creations! Thank you all for your support.

-Mrs. Frain

Important Dates

September 5th- No School

September 7th- Early Release @ 2:20pm

September 7th- Chuck E. Cheese Family Night @ 3:00-8:00pm

September 7th- PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins

September 9th- Progress Reports Released

September 19th- SAC Meeting @ 8:30am

September 20th- PTO Board Meeting @ 4:45pm

September 22nd- Learn, Read, and Feed Family Night @ 6:00-7:30pm

September 23rd- PTO Membership Snow Cone Celebration for winning Classes (join the PTO)

September 26th-30th- Freedom Week- See below for dress up day ideas

September 26th- 5th Grade Student Gallup Poll Opens