River Place Elementary Newsletter

RPE Strong --October 1, 2021

Introducing our New Assistant Principal--Mr. Grace!

We are excited to announce that we have selected a new Assistant Principal, Mr. Marc Grace!

Students & teachers are already familiar with Mr. Grace as he began the year with us as our Instructional Coach supporting student achievement through coaching teachers and guiding our professional learning communities. In the time Mr. Grace has spent on our campus, he has already established strong, positive relationships with staff & students. Parents might recognize Mr. Grace from the morning drop off line, and if you ask your student about the guy who wears bowties on Tuesdays, they will tell you more about Mr. Grace. His enthusiasm for learning and his ability to connect with others make him a great fit for the position.

Mr. Grace has 11 years of experience as a teacher, 8 of those in K-5. He has 4 years of experience in Leander ISD, having taught at Blockhouse Creek Elementary and at Canyon Ridge Middle School. He is well-prepared for the role of Assistant Principal after having completed LISD's Aspiring Administrators Academy.

Until the position of Instructional Coach is filled, Mr. Grace will split his time serving in both roles of Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach. Feel free to send Mr. Grace a welcome email at marc.grace@leanderisd.org.

October 5th -- Dress up in funky fashions to show positivity!

Let's kick off October in a fun way! It's hard NOT to be happy when we show our cheerfulness and positivity by participating in fun & funky fashions!

We encourage students to participate by wearing:

  • Tie-dye attire
  • Neon colors
  • Spray paint hair
  • Crazy socks
  • Mix-matched clothing

Early Release Wednesdays

We release at 1:25 next week on Wednesday...don't forget!

October 11 & 12 -- NO SCHOOL

On October 11 & 12 there is no school. On these days our LISD staff will engage in professional learning at our annual Continuous Improvement Conference.

October 14 -- Picture Day!

Mark your calendars! More info to come!

Nurse Lindsay's Update on Vision & Hearing Screenings

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Due to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, your child has not received a vision or hearing screening. Vision and hearing problems can affect a child’s wellbeing and their ability to learn.

The Department of State Health Services encourages you to take your child(ren) to a medical provider for well-child exams. During these appointments you may ask for vision and hearing screenings. If your provider screens your child, please provide those results to the district (pass or fail) for our records.

Signs of vision problems include (but are not limited to):

  • Squinting

  • Tilting the head

  • Sitting too close to the television

  • Rubbing eyes constantly

  • Moving eyes in abnormal alignment

Signs of hearing problems include (but are not limited to):

  • Your child wants volumes louder than other members of the family

  • Your child often responds “What?” when spoken to

  • Is seems as though your child isn’t listening

  • Your child seems to hear fine sometimes and not others

If you have a concern regarding your child’s vision or hearing and would like your student screened, please submit a Student Vision/Hearing Screen Request. If your child was screened at their annual well-child exam, please submit those screening results to your campus nurse. Please note, if you choose not to submit a screening request at this time, you may still contact your campus nurse at a later date if a new concern arises, and they will be happy to screen your child.

Thank you,

Nurse Lindsay

Have you considered becoming a substitute?

RPE needs more substitute teachers. Find out how to become a substitute by clicking HERE!


Now that the 2021-2022 school year is in full stride, it is time to plan for our work in collaboration with campus staff, parents, community members and business partners through our campus site-based planning committee (SBPC). SBPC members provide input on a wide variety of subjects, with an aim of improving the achievement of all students. One focus of our SBPC this year will be our campus mobility rate of approximately 20% & how to support the students who transition to and from our campus throughout the school year.

The SBPC committee is composed of district employees, community members, business partners and parents. We are seeking at least two parent representatives on our SBPC. We work hard to ensure all interested parents in being a SBPC member can participate. However, depending upon interest, it may be necessary to hold an election to select parent representatives. If this is the case, communication and information will be provided later this month. If you are a parent, but also serve the LISD community as a community member and/or business partner, please indicate that on the SBPC interest form below.

SBPC meetings are held on campus and meet four times throughout the school year. The dates for the 2021-2022 SBPC Meetings: October 20th, December 1st, February 16th and April 27th. The times of those meetings will be set at a later date depending upon SBPC member availability.

In order to be considered for membership on the campus SBPC, please complete this form.

Thank you for considering to be a part of this important campus committee.


Tina Pasak


River Place Elementary School