The River's Edge

River Bend Elementary School Newsletter May 2018

From the Principal...

Dear Parents,

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!

Sharon Martz

RBES Cardinal Carnival-Great Night!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made the RBES Annual Cardinal Carnival such a success! We had tremendous help from the RBES PTA, teachers and staff, parents, and other community volunteers! Thank you for supporting our school and our students!

RBES Appreciates All of Our Volunteers!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, RBES celebrated our volunteers with donuts for breakfast! We sincerely appreciate all of our volunteers and everything they do for our school!

SOL Tests for Grades 3-5

Students and teachers have worked hard this year and are well prepared for SOL Testing! Please help your child prepare for these tests by making sure they are getting a good night’s sleep during this period of time. Please have them eat a good breakfast - either at home or at school. It is very important that children attend school on these days and not be tardy. Students arriving after 8:45 may not be allowed in testing sessions and will need to take the test on a different day. Teachers and the office have sent home letters to make parents aware of testing days. If you have questions about the SOL tests, please contact your child’s teacher. We also want you to simply challenge them to take their time on each test, do their best and have a positive attitude. That’s all we can ask. The teachers and students here have been working so hard teaching and learning and preparing for the tests. I am very proud of them. At this point, the best thing we can do together is help them develop an “I can” attitude, and give them lots of rest, food, and support.

May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week!

During the week of May 7-11, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! Many fun surprises will given this week to show our teachers how much we appreciate all they do for our students. What is the best way you can thank your classroom teacher for all his/her hard work this year? A simple note of appreciation for a job well done is always welcomed!

National School Nurse Day Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Those of us who have worked in Rockingham County Schools for a few years recall when we did not have a school nurse! How did we survive? We are very lucky to have Tammy Wood as our school nurse. On May 9, 2018, we will celebrate National School Nurse's Day! If you are by the school, be sure to say a kind word of appreciation to Ms. Wood for what she does at our school! Thank you, Ms. Wood!

School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018

A huge thank you to our school nutrition employees! Each day they provide students with healthy food choices. School nutrition employees must follow numerous federal, state, and local regulations to ensure healthy meals are available to our students. If you are joining us for lunch or are in the building, be sure to stop by the cafeteria and thank our staff!

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

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:

Yearbooks Are Almost Sold Out

School yearbooks for 2017-2018 will be distributed in June. Only 30 copies still available. Prepay $20 to reserve your yearbook when we hand them out to students and staff at the end of the school year.

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.

Thank you,

Ms. Martz

Parent Information Night in April

Thank you to the families that joined us for "Staying Safe In a Digital World"

I was asked to share the links to three resources that I mentioned in my talk:

Resources for Parents & Teachers:

Family Guides & Parent Concerns: 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!

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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.