Ravine Drive School

November Newsletter

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A message from Mrs. Janover

I would like to thank everyone for supporting the coin drive for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ravine Drive raised over $500 for this worthy cause. I would also like to thank Mrs. Torres, Ms. Blake, and their students for organizing this fundraiser.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Follow Ravine Drive School on Twitter!

As a reminder, I have started using Twitter as another way to share photos, news and more to Ravine Drive families. If you use Twitter, you can follow us @RavineDrive. Our tweets can also be found on our school website or by clicking this link.

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A message from Ms. Koch, Ravine Drive's School Nurse

Teaching Kids How to Call for Help

Even very young children can be taught how to place an emergency call for help. The most important advice is for them to stay calm and speak slowly and clearly.

To place a call to 911 and talk to the operator, kids should know:

how to dial 911

their full name

their full address

how to give a short description of the emergency

It is also helpful for your kids to know their phone number/and be ale to get into your cell phone if that is the only telephone available. The dispatcher will often ask this question in case the call is disconnected. Have your kids practice by speaking into a telephone (make sure the telephone is off).


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Celebration of Kindness Assembly

Ravine Drive’s Related Arts team and our counselor has done it again! . They were delighted and surprised when some of their favorite teachers put on a play, Kindness is Cooler Mrs. Ruler adapted from the book of the same name by Margery Cuyler. The students learned that even children can make a difference when they all work together to do acts of kindness. Mrs. Ruler encouraged all of the children to do 5 acts of kindness and share them with her class. Mrs. Ruler’s class was excited to collect 100 acts of kindness! Our students at Ravine Drive have shared over 200 acts of kindness that they completed which now line the halls of our school! We are so proud of all of the children who have committed to be kind to others!

Take a Trip Around the World at the Library

Sometimes a pretend trip is just as fun as a real one. You and your family can "visit" China, England, Mexico or anywhere else ... by way of the public library.

For example, your family could check out travel books on China. Let each family member gather information. Then plan a night for your “trip” (really a special dinner).

Mom and Dad can make dishes from recipes found in a Chinese cookbook. The kids can draw pictures of the Chinese flag to decorate the table.

During the meal, discuss interesting facts each of you has learned from your reading.

The students really loved becoming scientists in the Library for our Pumpkin Volcano lesson. Collaborating with Kerri DiBrienza, the Librarian at Strathmore Elementary School, we thought of a fun way students could explore a non-fiction book and become a scientist. We began the lesson by reading a few pages from the book, Super Science Concoctions, by Jill Frankel Hauser. We talked to our students about what it means to think like a scientist and what steps scientists follow when completing an experiment. Students formed their own hypothesis about what they thought would happen when we mixed baking soda and vinegar for the volcano. After drawing their hypothesis, we went off and conducted the experiment. The students had a great time watching the chemical reaction that occurs when these two items were mixed. When the students were done observing the reaction, they went back to their seats and drew a picture of the results. The students had a great time with this lesson.

Kindergarten Students Interviewed the Fire Captain and Assistant Captain

The Kindergartners at Ravine Drive had the opportunity to interview firefighters! The students are writing nonfiction books about different community helpers. In order to gather information for their writing pieces, the students brainstormed questions and interviewed Firefighter Jay and Firefighter Ken. It was so much fun learning all about this very important community helper! Kindergarten students will continue to study and write about different community workers including police officers, teachers and health care professionals.

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A Message from Mrs. Ninger, Ravine Drive School's Guidance Counselor

The theme for November at Ravine Drive is Responsibility! Through books and videos the children will learn the meaning of personal and community responsibility. Being a person that others can count on and being dependable will be taught in our classrooms by teachers and through classroom guidance lessons. The delightful books Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and But It's Not My Fault will help the children gain understanding of the importance of being responsible, reliable and consistent in their words and behavior. We will discuss the definition of responsibility, the characteristics of a responsible person and through follow up activities we will assist the children with giving examples of responsible behavior.

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Idea of the Day

At the grocery store, have your child estimate the weight of a potato. Then have him weigh it and compare his estimate to the actual weight.

Copyright (c) 2018 The Parent Institute, a Division of NIS, Inc.

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  • We ask that all Parents/Guardians please make sure to update any changes in phone numbers or contacts in the Parent Portal. Should you need to remove anyone from your contacts, please send a note to the Main Office. We can remove the person for you. Unfortunately, the system does not allow you to do that on your own at this time.

  • The Virtual Backpack is emailed to families every Wednesday. If you are not receiving these weekly emails, please check that your email address is correct in the Parent Portal.

  • As a reminder, please bring photo identification if you are signing your child out of school or visiting the school.

Upcoming Events


2 - School Spirit Day

8 and 9 - School Closed

14 - Students Dismissed at 1:20

16 - PTO Pizza Bingo - 6:00 - 7:30

21 - Dismissal at 1:20

22 and 23 - School Closed - Happy Thanksgiving!

27 - PTO Book Fair and Evening Conferences - Dismissal at 1:20

28 - PTO Book Fair and Afternoon Conferences - Dismissal at 1:20

29 - Make-Up Pictures