River Mill Elementary - August 11, 2023
Dear River Mill Families,
We are looking forward to the upcoming 2023-24 school year! There has been a lot of activity taking place at our River Mill campus during the summer which includes many seismic upgrades and some additional updates to the building as a whole. These improvements were made possible when the district was awarded an almost 2 million dollar seismic grant. We will share more specific information about the work in a later communication.
Keeping families informed is a priority of ours. We will continue to use this Friday newsletter to communicate upcoming events, important information, celebrate students, and share out resources within the Estacada community.
Now you can find out who your child's teacher is when you log in to PowerSchool. Please know that students have been placed in classrooms with many considerations. We want your child to be where they will be the most comfortable and do their very best! We look at each student as an individual, their unique learning needs, and the chemistry of the classroom to build a culture of learning. We know that your student will benefit from the amount of care put into this process, and we look forward to watching them grow with their new teacher.
Principal, River Mill Elementary
Some of our staff members have taken on new roles within our school this year, and we are excited for their next adventures. Mr. Wilensky will now be an Instructional Coach who will partner with our teachers as we all work on our ongoing improvement efforts. Mrs. Litherland will now be supporting students through her new role as an English Language Learner Specialist, working to support all students’ language acquisition skills. Sam Krabel will be teaching 5th grade students this school year and her students will benefit greatly.
We also have some new staff members joining our River Mill team for this school year:
We are welcoming Ashley Kelley and Kaytrina Schlatter to our 3rd grade team. Both have previous teaching experience and are excited to join our River Mill team.
Jordan Lenchitsky is an experienced teacher who will be joining our 4th grade team. Her passion and experience are only part of what make her a great addition.
Lacy Norvald will be joining our 1st grade team and has taught this grade for many years. She will jump right in and be an asset amongst our team.
While Bri Jury is out on maternity leave, Heidi Boise will be her long term Substitute Teacher. Heidi is connected to our community in a variety of ways and already knows many of our students. We are excited to have her join our team!
For the first few months of the school year, we have made some adjustments to our Student Services Department in order to provide the best service and support to our students. While Katherine Zeis is on maternity leave, Becca Sylvia will be supporting our Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade students. During this same time frame, Wendy Wright will be joining our team and will support our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Wendy is joining us with years of experience and prioritizes relationships with both students and families.
When Katherine Zeis returns from her maternity leave, Becca will return to supporting 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, while Katherine will support Kinder, 1st, and 2nd. We appreciate your understanding during this transition and are confident in the level of service and support our students and families will receive.
Meet & Greet, August 24th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
We invite you to River Mill Elementary's 2023 Meet & Greet on August 24th, 2023. The event will take place outdoors where you will have the opportunity to meet your child's teacher, drop off school supplies, and have any initial questions answered or get support.
Please download HomeTown Tickets to the event for all that will be on campus. Tickets will be scanned upon arrival. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!