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Riverside Elementary School

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May and June 2021

News from Mrs. Thode

Oh, my! Time is flying by. It is now May. The final quarter of school has been very busy and will continue to be unit the very end. We have a lot of testing to complete with all students.

ISASP Information:

Students at Riverside in third, fourth, and fifth grades have started taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress(ISASP). Fourth grade has completed their assessments. Third grade is finishing their writing on Tuesday, May 4. Fifth grade will complete the language and writing portions on Tuesday and Wednesday May 4th and 5th and the science test on Thursday, May 6th. During the testing, it is important that students get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast and come to school each day.

FAST Assessments:

Kindergarten and First grade students will be taking the Early Reading, aReading, and Early Math assessment in the next few weeks. These assessments will tell us the progress they have made in reading and math this school year. Second through fifth grade students will be taking the Reading CBMR, aReading, and CBM Math CAP tests. These will also tell us the progress they have made in reading and math. These assessments are given in the fall, winter and spring. I can't wait to see how much progress our students made this school year.

Last Day of School:

Tuesday, June 1st will be the last day of school for students. There will be 2:30 dismissal on this day. Students will bring home any remaining school supplies and report cards on this day.


Students and staff are still required to wear face masks at school. We have run out of disposable youth-size masks. Please send a mask with your child each day, as we do not have enough masks for all students each day. Thank you for your help with this.

End of Year Updates:

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will not have many of our end-of-the-year celebrations that have happened in the past. We are not able to go on any field trips at this time. We also are not going to have a field day. Along with contamination concerns, parents are still not allowed in the building and thus we would not have enough volunteers to run field day. Thank you for your understanding. We are hoping that next year we can return to many of these celebrations.

Attention Parents: Student Medication for End of 2020/2021 School Year

Student medication and/or medical supplies will be sent home with your child on the last day of school. If you would like to make other arrangements, please contact the school office before the last day of school. Any unused medication that remains at school will be disposed of in compliance with federal and state law or will be given to the School Resource Officers for proper disposal.

Thank You!

Thank you to you all for a great first year as the principal of Riverside Elementary. It has been such an honor for me to get to know all of you. I look forward to working with all of you in the future. It has been a year with many challenges, however, it has also been very rewarding. I love the students, staff and families of Riverside.

Have a safe summer!
Mrs. Thode

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Are You Smarter Than Our Fourth Graders?

Presented by the Sioux City Public Schools Foundation

You are invited to the 4th Annual, “Are You Smarter Than Our Fourth Graders?” virtual game show on Friday, May 7, from 7-8 p.m

Reserve your FREE virtual seat at


Contact or 712-224-7490

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Summer Meal Locations

Click on the button to find the locations for free summer meals.

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Upcoming Important Dates

May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week

Thursday, May 13: Fifth Graders Visit West Middle School

Monday, May 31: Memorial Day- No School

Tuesday, June 1: Last day of school for Students-2:30 Dismissal

Monday, August 23: First Day of School for 2021-22 School Year

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Math Resources

Click on this button to access math resources to help your child with math learning at home.

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Box Tops, Pop-tabs, Hy-Vee Receipts, and Fareway Receipts

Riverside Elementary is collecting Box Tops, Hy-Vee Receipts, and Fareway Receipts to receive additional monies for the school. Fareway receipts must be from the store on War Eagle Drive. We also collect pop-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. We have a place to collect all of these items in the office.Thank you!

Newsletter Translations:

Click the Translate Newsletter button to the right of this page to view this newsletter in over 100 languages.

Haga clic en el botón Translate Newsletter para ver una traducción automática de esta carta de noticias en más de 100 idiomas.

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Paying School Fees is Quick and Easy Online

Do you have school fees that need to be paid? Visit and click on the “Parents” tab to pay your fees online. On the drop-down menu of the “Parents” tab, you can select “Pay Curriculum and Meal Fees.” Both links will take you to “My School Bucks” to complete the payment transaction. Payment for curriculum resource fees can be made under the “School Store” by selecting “Categories” and then “Curriculum Fees.” If you have any questions, please contact our school’s bookkeeper. Thank you.

Immunization & Screening Requirements

Before next fall, make sure your child’s immunizations, dental screenings, and vision screenings are up-to-date. According to law, there are requirements for children entering kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade. Visit our website to learn more.

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Community Resources

Click here for the Sioux City Community School District Community Resource list that is a valuable directory of services for our families and community partners.

COVID-19 and Illness Protocols and Practices

The SCCSD COVID-19 and illness protocols and practices have been implemented to assist in promoting the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for being a partner in helping us maintain these protocols and practices.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices. The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment.

Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.