The River's Edge
River Bend Elementary School Newsletter-April 2017
From the Principal...
Many grade levels participated in learning field trips. PreK visited a local dentist, kindergarteners visited Green Meadows Veterinary Clinic, first grade and third grade went to the JMU Planetarium, fourth grade went to the Richmond Science Museum, and fifth grade visited the Baltimore Aquarium. It is wonderful that our students participate in these learning experiences.
Kindergarten registration was held in March. Anyone with kindergarten students can register any day Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm. We encourage all parents with children starting kindergarten next year to register now. It helps us plan for next year.
We enjoyed seeing all the parents in the building during parent-teacher conference day. Anytime you have questions or concerns regarding your child's progress, please feel free to contact your child's teacher.
Thank you to EVERYONE who supported our PTA Reading fundraiser and the school Joe Corbi fundraiser. I truly hope you know how much we appreciate your support of our school and especially our students.
April and May bring end of year testing with students in PreK-5 completing PALS assessments, and students in grades 3-5 completing Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Details, including specific testing dates, will be going home soon.
Enjoy the spring weather, and we hope to see in you in school!
Please Note Change in School Calendar
RBES was pleased to host author and speaker Julia Cook. Ms. Cook writes books to help students with every day problems.
Ms. Cook spoke to students about how she started writing her books and why she began writing.
Ms. Cook came and read some of her books to students like "I want to Be the Only Dog" and "But It's Not my Fault".
Thank You for Supporting EAUS
Join Us for a PTA Family Painting Afternoon!
Kindergarten registration started in March, but you can come in anytime to register your child for kindergarten. If you have a child who will be going to kindergarten next year-the 2017-2018 school year- please come by River Bend any day Monday-Friday to complete the registration process. A copy of the following will be needed to register your child:
- child’s birth certificate
- TWO proofs of residency (something with your name and address )
- immunization record
- court papers regarding custody (if applicable)
Note: Physicals are required before a child can start school, so get ahead of the game and make your appointment today! A copy of the physical is also needed before start of school.
Arts integration seems to be the best form of differentiation because it taps into so many different interests and abilities and forms of learning. For example, second graders are learning about sculpture and the history of the Statue of Liberty...the construction of the statue as well as the importance of freedom. Third graders are creating permanent Mosaics, incorporating math patterns, with metal trivits and ceramic tiles in the style of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Also, fourth grade students are doing watercolor paintings of Native Wildflowers. If you pick a subject area like science, social studies, math or literacy and you integrate it with an art form, what you do is connect the two. When you engage in hands-on activities and you are creating your own learning, you are deepening your level of understanding about a specific topic.
Thank you for sharing your talented students with me!
Fine Arts Educator
Physical Education News
As the weather gets better we will hopefully be able to go outside more for physical education. At the beginning of April all grades will be completing their learning of how to throw and catch, and we will be starting to learn how to strike / hit a ball. Towards the end of April we will be learning about nutrition including the five food groups and what eating a healthy meal looks like. In grades 3-5 we have finished learning about the major muscles of the upper body, and we will now be reviewing all of the muscles that we have learned. As the weather continues to warm up please encourage your children to be active outside for at least 60 minutes per day. Thank you for your continuing support, and be sure to ask your child what they learned in PE today.
Physical Education Teacher
Watch DOGS !
Administrative Professionals Day
Upcoming Events in April
April 18th-Back to Schoool! Dominos Pizza Trip Brunk; SCA Meeting After School
April 19th-Dominos Pizza Trip Constable
April 20th-Dominos Pizza Trip Lambert
April 21st-SCA Spirt Day: 70's Disco Day
April 25th-Massanutten Plants Brunk
April 26th-Massanutten Plants Constable; Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day
April 27th-Massanutten Plants Lambert; 1st to Explore More
April 28th-Cardinal Carnival
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