The River's Edge
River Bend Elementary School Newsletter May 2018
From the Principal...
Spring is here! That can only mean we are entering the count down for the remainder of the school year. Students and teachers have worked hard this year and much has been accomplished.
The month of May brings testing for all grade levels as students in PreK-5 will complete the PALS reading assessment, and students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests. During this time frame, it is very important students arrive to school on time and are present the entire day. Please try to avoid visiting your child or eating lunch at school during this time, as state requirements are all conversations need to be monitored during testing. Remind your child to stay focused on school this last month of school. We are confident our students will do exceptionally well on all tests!
We want to thank the PTA officers, all the volunteers, and teachers and staff who helped make our annual Cardinal Carnival a success! It is such a fun school and community event, and the smiles on everyone’s faces was a sign that everyone had a good time. Thank you to everyone for supporting our school and our students!
Please be sure to take a look at our RBES Google calendar as we do have many fun events scheduled for the end of the year!
We look forward to a great end to the 2017-2018 school year!
RBES Cardinal Carnival-Great Night!
SOL Tests for Grades 3-5
May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week!
National School Nurse Day Wednesday, May 9, 2018
School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018
RBES Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is non-profit, empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade which gives participants skills and experiences to navigate their world with confidence and joy! At the end of the program, the girls complete a celebratory 5K, a lifelong memory of accomplishment!
We were so excited to have a GOTR team at River Bend this spring and hope to offer this opportunity of GOTR in future years!
We are grateful to Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah Valley for sponsoring a Team at RBES and are currently raising funds for GOTRSV by having a team of runners participate in a half marathon. If you or your business would like to make a tax deductible donation or if you are interested in learning more about GOTR, please contact Kim Muraskin at RBES at 298-5301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all the RBES staff who made GOTR happen this spring: Kristen Jenkins, Molly Smith, Katrinka Fahrney, Kim Muraskin, and Gerri Ziegler!
RBES Students Wins SNP Art Contest
Congratulations, Jacob West! His artwork titled, "The Three Flower Plants" was judged one of the top three winners in the 3-5 grade level in the 2018 Shenandoah National Park wildflower art contest.
The piece, along with the other top winners, will be displayed at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) May 5-12, 2018, and at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) May 13-20. All of the top-winning works will be scanned and eventually displayed on the park website: www.nps.gov/shen.
Student Placement for 2018-2019
How does our school determine which class your child will be placed in for next year? The teachers at the current grade level of your child work together with the principal to place all students into a specified number of groups (three groups for each grade level). We work very hard to create groups which are academically balanced. We also take into consideration students who may need to be specifically placed. This process takes a great deal of time and thought! If you have specific concerns pertaining to your child’s placement for next year, I would encourage you to put your concerns in writing to me prior to the end of this school year. Parental input will be considered, but please remember, placements are made based on the best interests of the students. As has been the policy, please do not request a specific teacher for your child.
Parent Information Night in April
I was asked to share the links to three resources that I mentioned in my talk:
Resources for Parents & Teachers:
Family Guides & Parent Concerns:
CommonSenseMedia.org also gives age appropriate recommendations for any kind of media
Tips & Advice About Digital Safety
We hope to continue to work closely with families in helping our students become good digital citizens!
Kim Muraskin, School Counselor
Below is the link to our school calendar on Google to keep up with school events!
It is the policy of the Rockingham County School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding non-discrimination in employment and educational programs and services. It is an equal opportunity employer and educational agency.
The Rockingham County School Board will not discriminate in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment or in educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, marital or economic status, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status and prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in such a proceeding, or otherwise opposes discrimination.