RISD Elementary Parent Newsletter

Week of September 17

Message from the Principal

Dear Rivendell Elementary Families,

What a great and busy week! I so enjoyed seeing many of you at the SME Bring Your Family to School Night and at the Tunbridge Fair. It was my first experience at the Tunbridge Fair, and I just LOVED it! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the WES Bring Your Family on this coming Wednesday from 6-7 at Westshire School.

The All School Hike is coming right up on 10/5 and the following Monday we have no school for professional learning. The All School Hike is taking place starting from Westshire - with both elementary schools. We will hike over on Middlebrook Road and then eat lunch together and play games, then hike back and go our separate ways. More information will be coming home soon!

We have seen a small uptick in "hands on" behaviors. If you could help us at home discuss this with your students, we would appreciate it. Students who have repeated hands on behaviors will spend their time in the office doing some community service.

Mrs. Libby, our art teacher, will be putting up a "School Family Tree" in both schools. Please send in pictures of your students to help us build the ideas that the positive culture of a school builds cooperation, willingness, and responsibility.

Please join us at both schools for our weekly community meetings. SME is Tuesday at 845 and WES is Friday at 830. It is a very uplifting and happy experience for our students, and we would love families to join us if possible.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!


Julie Donahue

RISD Elementary Principal

Health Connection


One of the things we will begin focusing on this year is mindfulness. Some classes have been focusing on breathing, while Mrs. O'Hearn, our awesome guidance counselor is helping our students learn to be mindful. Sometimes the demands on our students are pretty significant, and I have found that simple breathing exercises can really help clear our minds and be ready for the day!
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What's New for the 2018-2019 School Year

Updated handbook!

We will be focusing on consistency between the two schools. A copy of the handbook will be sent home, but you can also access it online.


Upcoming Events

Bring Your Family to School Night

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 6-7pm

744 Vermont 113

West Fairlee, VT

Come and have a fun meet and greet with teachers and a lovely meal with your school community.

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All School Hike

Friday, Oct. 5th, 8:30am

744 Vermont 113

West Fairlee, VT

Come join our all school hike! Both schools will hike together and have lunch together. More information and a field trip permission slip to follow.

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No School (Teacher Professional Learning)

Monday, Oct. 8th, 8am

This is an online event.