Reptile Review

February 2023

Principal Update

Dear Reptile Families,

The year is flying by, and there are many exciting events happening at New River this month! Please make sure to check out the information below about our STEAM family nights, Sweetheart Dance, Field Day, and more exciting events!

There is also information included about our school-wide Reading Counts and Sunshine State Reader parties. These events reward students for reading and completing books, and help promote a love of reading. If your child reaches the highest Reading Counts point level for their grade, they will get to go on the Big Kahuna Water slide! These are fun events that your child won't want to miss out on. Please encourage them to start earning their points now!

Please also take a few minutes to complete our Annual Title I Parent survey. This information helps us plan forward for next year and we truly appreciate your input!

Have a wonderful week! Please reach out if you need anything.

Thank you,

Colleen Wilkinson


Annual Title I Parent Survey

Please complete the following link and let us know what you feel is going well at New River, as well as any suggestions for improvement. We value your input as we work hard every day to give every student a world class education.

Important Dates

February 7th - Family STEAM Night & Parent Input Meeting - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

February 21st - PTO Board Meeting - 4:45 p.m. in the media center

February 24th- All Pro Dad - 8:50 - 9:50 a.m.

February 24th - Sweetheart Dance 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

February 27th - SAC Meeting - 8:30 a.m.

March 1st- Spring Picture Day

March 10th - Field Day

March 13th - 17th - Spring Break

March 20th - No School for Students

Reading Incentives

NRES is getting ALL students excited about READING!

On April 21st, NRES will be celebrating students who have read and passed Reading Counts quizzes on all 15 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) titles. The Jr. list is for K-2 students and the 3-5 list is for students in grades 3-5. Check out a few pictures from our 8 book party last week!

The end of the year reading celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 19th. The chart indicates the number of Reading Counts points needed to attend any of the six events. Reading Counts quizzes can be taken seven days a week between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Thank you for encouraging your child to read at home!!

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New Primary Playground!

THANK YOU to our PTO for all of their fundraising efforts over the last few years - and thank you to all of our families who have supported our fundraisers! We were able to purchase a primary playground for our Kindergarten-2nd grade students to play on. They are loving their new play area!

Family STEAM Night

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Sweetheart Dance

We are very excited to be able to hold the Sweetheart Dance again this year! It will be Friday, February 24th from 6-8 p.m. in our cafeteria. Every child may bring one adult with them and the cost will be $5 per person. Space is limited so please get your tickets as soon as possible! Tickets will be sold online only. Flyers will be going home on Wednesday, February 8th. We look forward to seeing our students and the special adults in their life at this special event!

Yearbook Sales

Today's moments are tomorrow's memories! The 2022-23 NRES Yearbook can be purchased online for $18 at by April 14th. You can also bring cash or a check made out to NRES to the PE coaches. Make sure to include your student's name and grade level when sending money in.
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PTO Valentine Carnation Sales

Carnation sales will be extended through Monday, February 13th! Carnations will still be delivered on Tuesday, February 14th.
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Updated Second Semester Schedule

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Kindergarten RoundUp- Save the Date!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will be open starting April 1st! Registration will be online this year. On Monday April 17th, we will host a Kindergarten RoundUp where families can come tour the school and get their students excited about Kindergarten! We will share more details shortly. We can't wait to meet our newest Reptiles!

Free and Reduced Price Lunch Options

Hi Families! As a reminder, all of our students will continue to receive free breakfast each day. However, students do not automatically qualify for free or reduced priced lunch options. If you think your family may qualify, please complete the application below! This application needs to be completed yearly in order to ensure your child continues to receive this benefit.

Pasco Sheriff Cyber Security Workshop for Parents

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Volunteer Form - Volunteers Wanted!

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P.E. News

Dear Families,

Friday, March 10, 2023 is Field Day! We will be sending home volunteer request forms in February, so save the date if possible. Please sign up to be an approved volunteer. By purchasing a t-shirt, you will help support New River’s Reptile Run program. We prefer that you pay online. You can access instructions at If this option is not available, please send in the form below with $12.00, payable by cash or check made out to New River Elementary. Please do not return this form if you have paid online. The last day to order shirts is Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

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Music News

Kindergarten – This month, students are learning about concepts of rhythm and melody through singing, movement, and playing instruments.

1st & 2nd – We are excited to announce our upcoming musical, Arf: A Canine Musical of Kindness, Courage, and Calamity! Students are learning the songs during music class and will be invited to present the musical on the big stage at Wesley Chapel High School on 3/21/23. We have auditioned for speaking parts and will be reaching out individually to the parents of students who receive a role. Please visit the following link to view information (time, location, field trip, & costume suggestions will be updated continuously) and practice with your student!

4th & 5th Grade Music Showcase Sign Up Link:

4th and 5th Grade Musical Showcase

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3rd Grade Recorder Unit

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Fortify FL

Fortify Florida is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.