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December 14. 2015

Riverview Elementary

At Riverview Elementary all stakeholders are dedicated to empowering each student to achieve his or her full potential.

Greetings from the Principal

Dear Riverview families,

It's hard to believe that this is the last week of the semester! The time is just flying by. We are so glad to be in this partnership with you and look forward to a very successful second semester.

On behalf of the entire staff, we wish you a healthy and peaceful holiday season. It's a joy-filled time of year to get together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all of the wonderful people in our lives. Thank you for all of your support, and enjoy your family time over winter break!

Make it a great week!

Beth Mildren

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Staff Spotlight

Hi! My name is Tricia Wilson. I have worked in the DeSoto school district for five years, and this is my fourth year at Riverview. For the last three years, I worked with Mrs. Hallier in the Library. This is my first year working as an aide with the English Language Learners.

My husband, Ben, and I have lived in Shawnee since 1999. We have three sons, Nick, Joe and Matt. Matt is a sophomore at Mill Valley, and Joe is a senior. You may have met Joe while he was working at the JCPRD program. We are excited to have him attend K-State next fall. Nick, our oldest, is a sophomore at Johnson County Community College where he is working on his Associate’s Degree and plays baseball with the Cavaliers, before he moves on to KU. Of course I can’t forget our miniature schnauzer, Sophie, who we also call “Rally Dog” because she brought good luck to the Royals when she wore her royal blue bows.

I truly enjoy working with the students here at Riverview, and have had so much fun getting to know them and many of their families.

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Part Time Substitute Paraeducator Position...

The USD 232 Special Services team is looking for individuals interested in working as a substitute paraeducator. If you have a high school degree or equivalent GED and enjoy supporting students so to achieve high levels of learning, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please visit our website at www.usd232.org and complete our electronic application for the substitute paraeducator position.

Upcoming Dates...


  • Thursday, 17th - End of 2nd Quarter - Winter Parties 3:oo PM
  • Friday, 18th - No School - Teacher Workday
  • Monday, 21 - Friday, 1st - No School, Building Closed


  • Monday, 4th - No School - Professional In-Service Day
  • Tuesday 5th, - Start of 3rd Quarter
  • Monday 18th, - No School - Building Closed


Tuesday, December 15- A Day

Wednesday, December 16- B Day

Thursday, December 17 - C Day

Tuesday, January 5- D Day

Electronic Flyers

Don’t forget to check out the USD 232 Electronic Flyers webpage for information on events and programs offered by outside agencies. http://www.usd232.org/pages/DeSotoUSD232/DistrictInfo/forms_documents/Electronic_Flyers

To view the information included below, click on the red PTA News button above to take you to the PTA Website.

Riverview Elementary PTA




*Help us spread some holiday cheer to our teachers and staff. Consider purchasing a $5-$10 gift card for any place they may enjoy. The following signup has suggestions but please feel free to purchase from anywhere. Thanks in advance for your continued support of our staff. Happy Holidays!!


*Don’t forget that the PTA has Staff Favorites and Classroom Wishlists available!

Staff Favorites


Classroom Wishlists


*Thank you for your continued support of the PTA! We made $205 from our fundraiser night at Pizza West. Watch for the next fundraiser night details in January.

All Pro Dad

If you’re looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for the All Pro Dad in your family, the All Pro Dad website has several cool ideas for Mom or Dad Shop HERE. Also, enjoy this quick read from the Play of the Day and how to avoid Holiday stress this year.


Watch D.O.G.S


Dads, enjoy a day or part of a day away from work at Riverview as a Watch DOG! Sign up online or scan the QR code below to get involved.

What are Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students)

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers or uncles who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.

What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)? During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOG dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as a WatchDOG.


*Reflections entries are due January 6th! We had a great number of students interested in this program and we can’t wait to see what students come back with from Winter Break! Questions? Contact refalconspta@gmail.com.

*Girls of Riverview! Get signed up for the Guys & Dolls Dance by THURSDAY, December 17th. The dance is January 15, 2016, 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Cafeteria. $10/couple; $5 for each additional child. Make checks payable to Riverview PTA. Music, dessert bar and refreshments included. For more information or to help with the event, please contact RE PTA at refalconspta@gmail.com.

Don’t worry boys of Riverview! An event for you is in the planning stages. Stay tuned for more information!

*Thanks so much to our Riverview families for donating great big bunches of toys, hats and mittens for donation to children in our community through Shawnee Community Services!

Please mark your calendars: Caring & Sharing Committee will be collecting gently used toys January 11-15 for Give What You Got for donation to children in foster care in the Kansas City area.

Upcoming Events

12/17 Classroom Winter Parties

12/18 - 1/4 Winter Break

1/15 Guys & Dolls Dance

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