The Rocket Review
September 19-23, 2022
We had another AMAZING week at Riverview! We are so proud of our students for their hard work so far! We have solidified our procedures and are in full swing reading and learning! We have many fun and exciting events coming soon for our school, including book fair, dress-up days for Hello Week, Literacy Night, and our "Get in the Game" read-in day. We are proud to be Rockets and we can't wait for another great week of learning!
If at any time you have questions for our team you can call our main line at 803-548-4677. Our office staff is available from 7:05-3:00 pm each day.
Have a great weekend!
Rockets Let's Soar,
Ms. Darleen Romenick, Principal
Ms. Lisa Lucas, Assistant Principal
Mr. Scott Sinclair, Assistant Principal
The Book Fair will be open for families to shop on Thursday evening during our first Literacy Night event!
A Note from our Media Specialist
The Scholastic Book Fair started today, and it has been fantastic!! It was wonderful to see all the children come in and choose books that they love.
If your child did not have the opportunity to shop yet, do not worry, because next week we will be open Monday through Thursday. We will also be open Thursday evening during the "Game On Literacy Night" from 4:30 - 7:00pm.
If you are looking for an alternative to sending your child in with cash, please consider setting up an e-wallet. The link to access our online Book Fair and e-wallet are below.
Finally, thank you to all the parents who have signed up to volunteer, Riverview would not be able to have a book fair without you.
New to the View!
Weekly Spotlight 2nd grade Book Tasting
Counselor's Capsule Update - Hello Week Information
RVES is excited to host our first ever “Start with Hello Week” from September 19th-23rd. The focus of Start with Hello week is creating CLOSER, more CONNECTED and INCLUSIVE classrooms and serves as the kickoff to teaching students the skills they need to create a culture of connectedness while encouraging them to reach out and include others. Be sure to check out our planned dress up days and talk to your child about the fun activities they will participate in at school.
Counselor's Capsule : What Are We Doing at School?
In the Classroom:
Learning happens best when it is done both at school and at home. Keep reading for some suggestions on how to help your child continue to explore the guidance topic. We have really enjoyed exploring this topic at school, and we hope your family will enjoy it just as much!
We have been very busy learning about our feelings and emotions - what they are and how we can recognize them in ourselves. We are also learning ways to keep calm when we have big feelings. Children experience many complex emotions just like adults. They get frustrated, excited, nervous, sad, jealous, frightened, worried, angry and embarrassed. Unlike adults, children often don’t have the vocabulary to share how they are feeling. They may communicate their feelings in other ways such as through their facial expressions, behavior and play.
Read About It!
Here are some books to help you
talk more about identifying feelings:
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
A Little Spot of Feelings: Emotion Detective by Diane Alber
You can help your child learn to identify and express their emotions by tuning into their facial expressions and behavior. Take turns making different feeling faces. Help them spot the feeling, name the feeling and share the feeling.
You can help your child learn to settle down when their emotions get overwhelming. We are learning coping skills children can use to feel calm and peaceful. Ask your child how they create a breathing ball with their hands, or how to release anger, frustration or sadness in appropriate ways. You can practice taking a deep breath, counting to 10, squeezing something soft or finding a quiet place to allow time to cool down.
Talk About It!
Here are some discussion questions to help you talk about emotions with your child:
How do you feel right now?
Do you think all feelings are okay to have? (Of course they are! It’s how we handle our emotions that is important.)
How do you know you’re (angry, sad, tired, etc)? Focus on the clues the body gives us.
What can you do when you feel angry? Frustrated? Excited? Lonely? Talk about the ways they can appropriately express their feelings.
We have been learning all about having a growth mindset or what we refer to as a “bubblegum brain” during 3-5 guidance lessons. So what is a growth mindset? People used to think that our intelligence was fixed – meaning we were either smart or we weren’t. Scientists have proven again and again that simply is not true. Our brain acts like a muscle – the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) our brain becomes. A person with a growth mindset may do these things: embrace challenges, give their best effort, learn from feedback, become inspired by other people’s successes, and believe their intelligence can change if they work hard.
Read About It!
Here are some books to help you
talk more about perseverance and having a growth mindset:
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
After the Fall by Dan Santat
Salt In His Shoes By Deloris and Roslyn Jordan
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes By Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
Help your child learn to persevere by engaging in difficult tasks with him/her. Buy a large puzzle, learn and perfect a new skill, etc. Find something to do together and commit to pushing each other through the challenge. We even had a “Mistakes Celebration” during our 3rd grade guidance lesson. Try it at home! Ask your student about a mistake they made; celebrate that they made a mistake and talk through ways they can be more successful next time.
Talk About It!
Here are some discussion questions to help you talk about perseverance and having a growth mindset with your child:
Did you make a mistake today? What did you learn?
Tell me about a time when it was hard to get through a challenge. How did you feel after?
What are some things that are hard for you to push through, and how can I help you?
What is a goal you have? What may be some challenges to meeting this goal? What will happen if you don’t give up?
Spacey Speech Tips from our Amazing Speech Therapists
Encourage your child to tell you how the day went, in as much detail as possible. Ask, “What were the best and worst parts of school today?”, rather than “How was your day?”. This will promote expanded language and more conversation. You may also find out more about your child’s day and then have more to talk about.
Outer Space Occupational Therapy Tips
Peel the paper off broken crayons and then hold with the tips of your fingers. Using just your fingers will improve grasp. A short crayon or pencil limits the opportunity for children to use a poor grasp pattern such as wrapping all fingers around the crayon or pencil.
STELLAR....ELA News from Ms. DeMeio
Oral language (OL), sometimes called spoken language, includes speaking and listening—the ways that humans communicate with one another. OL skills provide the foundation for word reading and comprehension. They are at the heart of listening and reading comprehension, serving as a predictor for both.
In order to help your child develop oral language and comprehension skills at home, you can:
· Active everyday conversations
· Share oral stories
· Reading books together
· Sing and play rhyming games
· Play listening games, such as "Simon Says"
· Dramatic play-It's the kind of play where kids take on roles and act them out as a way of exploring themselves and their surroundings.
Moon Math Games from Ms. Gaither & Ms. Segarra
RVES Spirit Night: Whit's Frozen Custard
Literacy Night - Save the date....
Parents are encouraged to have a consistent mode of transportation for their child to eliminate confusion and the potential for a child going home the incorrect way. However, we realize that there are times when a transportation change needs to be made. We prefer all changes in writing via email.
In the event you need to change your child's transportation, please send an email to the child’s teacher and to our receptionist, Ms. Storms at firstname.lastname@example.org. All changes must be made by 1:30pm. Students will be sent home their usual way if no communication has been received from the parents.
2022-2023 Lunch Visitors
We are excited to allow parents back to lunch in our building. Parent lunches will not begin until Tuesday, September 6th or after. We will also have to close lunches during testing windows and other school events. If your child has a birthday in the month of August, you will be permitted to visit prior to the Labor Day holiday. We have a list of students who have a birthday in August.
Due to safety, security and building capacity, all elementary schools are implementing the following parent lunch policy.
- Each student will have four parent lunch passes for the entire school year. Each visit counts as one "pass."
- We ask that no more than two visitors come to lunch for a student at a time.
- Parents visiting for lunch will only be allowed to visit the cafeteria.
- The administration/office staff will not mediate passes between split families or one parent/guardian monopolizing the passes.
- Only parents/guardians on the approved list will be allowed to visit for lunch.
- Parents will be required to show their ID for lunch.
- Students will not be allowed to have a friend sit with them when a parent is visiting for lunch.
SC Student Accident Insurance Program (Voluntary)
Finance/K-12 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance.
1) Website is http://www.bollingerschools.com
2) All the forms I sent can be pulled up off the website but will need to access through the PARENT portal.
3) The website has some good features such as tracking claims (for parents), claim forms in Spanish, Bollinger address and contact number, etc.
All questions about the voluntary plan, please contact Bollinger directly. The school or district office does not handle this insurance.