The Riverchase Times

August/September 2023

A note from the principal

What a great and hot start to school! I am so appreciative of everyone helping get the

school year kicked off. Special shout out to everyone who followed carpool procedures

by using the correct entrance, to all our wonderful parent volunteers who showed

understanding as new students (and some returning) learned their carpool numbers.

Over 1/2 of our 596 students went home carpool the first day! It is going to be a

great year, a hot one but great! I cannot recall ever having to call indoor recess due to

heat as many days we have had this month alone due to the heat index. I am

hopeful for cooler weather ahead soon, especially with Movie Night right around the

corner. If you have never attended Movie Night, I hope that you are able to join us.

We have already started beginning-of-the-year assessments with students in an effort to

provide the most effective instruction possible for your child. This includes their iReady

assessment which should be completed by 9/1. We will also send home the results

from iReady the following week. ACAP scores are also in and we will be sending the

home the first Wednesday in September. As a reminder to all 3rd grade parents,

students must pass the ACAP to continue on to the 4th grade. If students do not pass the 3rd grade ACAP, they can receive a 2nd chance to take the supplemental ACAP during a summer literacy camp or with the Literacy Portfolio meeting critical standards. The work that is

needed for passing this exam does not start in just 3rd grade. It starts years before

your child enters 3rd grade. You can begin to support your child's readiness by doing

the following:

1. Read to them nightly (even if it is the same book. Rereads are great)

2. Have them read to you, even if they are just telling a story with the pictures

3. Play word games that include rhyming and changing letters/sounds to make new


4. Encourage conversations about the world around them, how you are completing

tasks, and storytelling

5. Have your child write about the stories they are reading

Please feel free to ask for specific strategies to support your child. Your child's teacher,

our Reading Coach, Ms. Hyche, and I are happy to provide support and suggestions. I

am LTRS, Highscope, and Orton Gillingham trained, Ms. Hyche is Orton Gillingham,

IMSE, and LTRS trained, and your child's teacher has a wealth of training as well too!

I do have a short survey to share with you. This is to provide us will information as we

are planning for teaching and learning.

23-24 Elementary Fall Survey

Looking forward to an outstanding year!

Dr. Alice Turney

From the nurse

Welcome back to school everyone! My name is Jessica Rainer and I serve as the school nurse at RES. A few reminders as we start off the 2023-2024 school year...

1. Medications: If your child requires medication to be given during the school day, please call (205) 439-3430 to discuss dropping off medication and appropriate paperwork to the health room. Please remember medication cannot be brought into the school by a student.

2. Attendance: We realize illnesses do occur and parents must decide whether to keep their child home or to send them to school. If in doubt, call us and we will be glad to help with the decision. Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

3. Clothing: Please pack an extra set of clothes for your student to keep in their backpack for bathroom accidents, muddy playground moments and spills in the cafeteria.

I hope everyone is off to a great start so far! Please reach out if you ever have questions or concerns.

Counselor's Corner

Welcome back everyone!

I am so happy to begin my 27th year as an educator and 14th year as a counselor with all of your children! My husband and I welcomed our fourth grandchild on the last day of school last year! This has reminded me of just how quickly children grow up! If I can be of any support to you and your family during this season of parenting during in the elementary school years, please don't hesitate to reach out.

My name is Patti Tanner. My email is or you can call the school office and ask to speak with me. I teach all of the classes twice a month, plus meet with individuals and small groups on an as needed basis per referral. Both teachers and parents can refer students for a visit with the counselor by clicking on this link. Students can request a visit by stopping by my office and completing a request to see the counselor form and sliding it under my door. Referrals for small group participation may be requested by clicking on this link.

Our lesson focus for the month of September will be on the Skills for Learning

1)Focus Attention

2)Listen with eyes, ears and brain

3) Use your positive self-talk - say I can do it

4) Be assertive - ask for help when you need it!

Parent's Academy

Please join us each month in the counseling classroom for our monthly parent group as we discuss various topics of interest to parents.

Pastries with our Principals!!!!!

September 8th from 7:30-8:30am in Mrs. Tanner's classroom

Join us for an informal meet-and-greet to meet our wonderful admins as they introduce themselves and share the latest news about our school!

Please click on this survey link to provide feedback on ideas for presentation.


Welcome back RES families!

My name is Courtney Carlisle, and I am excited to be your

PTO President for the 2023-2024 school year. I look forward to working with our parents, faculty and staff to make this a great school year!

As a PTO, our mission is to assist and support the school in providing our students with

the best education opportunities available. Parents and caregivers can help us reach

these goals through financial and volunteer support. All of the money raised by PTO,

goes directly back into the school to help pay for classroom materials, curriculum,

teacher appreciation events, and school improvements not covered by state or city

funding. Last year we were able to raise enough money to build new playgrounds for our

students. We could not have done this without your financial support!

Our fundraising is off to a wonderful start! We will be partnering with Boosterthon again

this year, September 11-15 with the Dance Fit celebration during P. E. Classes on Friday,

September 15th. The students really enjoy this event! Stay tuned for more information

coming soon.

Additional RES fundraisers include Movie Night on October 20th, a Fall Spirit Wear Sale,

Holiday Shop-December 4-8, fundraiser and a Silent Auction in April. We

will also have monthly Spirit Nights at various restaurants around town. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign up to be a Publix Partner HERE. Simply select Riverchase Elementary as your school and then enter your phone number every time you check out. Publix will donate a portion of each purchase back to RES!

Volunteering at various RES events (e.g., teacher appreciation luncheons, picture day,

movie night, etc) is another great way to support RES kids and teachers. If you do not

currently receive emails from RES regarding volunteer opportunities, please send an

email to Karen Cox at to be added to the list.

We will have a general PTO meeting at Innovation Night on 9/21. Hope to see you there!

Please email me with any questions you have about PTO. We really appreciate your


Be sure to follow us on social media using the links below.

Courtney Carlisle

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Welcome back to Music Class!

It has been such a joy to see familiar faces in class and to meet new friends. This first month we have been getting to know each other, reviewing procedures, singing, moving, creating, and playing music. If you are new to Riverchase, I am Emily Cagle and your child visits my room once a week. This year, we will focus on singing, moving, creating and playing music from all over the world covering a variety of time periods. It is my goal that they begin their lifelong love of music right here at Riverchase. I am including my resource slide for all grades that frequently is updated with links and information specific to your child’s grade. Feel free to click on it. There are all sorts of links embedded on images in the slide. I will also be sending home information for choir and recorders to fourth and fifth grade soon, so be on the lookout for it! If you ever have questions, please reach out to me.

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9/4- Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

9/6- Room Parent Meeting at 9AM

9/12- McDonalds Spirit Night

9/21- Innovation Night

9/22- Boosterthon DanceFit

9/28- School Pictures

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