Reptile Review

December 2022

Principal Update

Dear Reptile Families,

It is hard to believe that we are almost half way through the school year! This year at NRES has been a great one, with lots of accomplishments and successes to celebrate!

On December 16th, we will be having our mid-year Reading Counts Celebration. This celebration recognizes the students who followed through with their reading goals through their independent reading. This year we will be having our annual Penguin Place Shoppes sponsored by the PTO. Due to limited supplies, all students will have a one time shopping experience. Please see the schedule below.

We appreciate you all! During Winter Break please take time to enjoy your family, remember to read, and we will see you ready to learn in 2023! Just a reminder that our school start and end time will change when we return in January. Please see below for some updates to our start time.

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


Important Dates

December 5th - 9th - Penguin Place Shoppes

December 7th- Early Release Day - students released at 2:20 p.m.

December 7th- Winter Concert for Chorus, Ensemble and ORFF- 7 p.m. at Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center

December 12th- SAC Meeting from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

December 16th- Reading Counts Celebration

December 17th-January 2nd- Winter Break

January 3rd- First Day Back to School

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

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.

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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Penguin Shoppes

December 5th - 9th our PTO is sponsoring our Penguin Place Shoppe. Before Thanksgiving break, students received a letter and an envelope. Please mark on the envelope who your child will be shopping for and how much money they have to spend and send the envelope in for your child's shopping times. Classroom shopping times are listed below.

Thank you to our PTO for putting together this opportunity for our students!

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Student Dress Up Days

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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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Food Drive

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Music News

P.E. News

Field Day shirts will be on sale when we get back from the holiday break. The proceeds from the shirts support our reptile run program. Most of our reptiles have already finished 10 miles!! We expect to have the largest number ever earn 30, 40, or 50 mile shirts by May. Way to go, Reptiles! Field Day is March 10. Mark your calendar because we will need tons of parent volunteers!! As part of our NRES Field day, we will also be taking part in the American Heart Association’s “Kids Heart Challenge”. We were one of only a handful of schools that participated in Pasco County last year and we are proud to help such a worthy cause again this year. This was a message from the AHA, “Please know that everyone at the American Heart Association is aware of the incredible impact that your school is making, and we are beyond grateful to have a partner like you in the fight against heart disease and stroke!”

Enjoy your holidays and remember to encourage your child to be active over the break!

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