The River's Edge

River Bend Elementary School Newsletter-April 2017

From the Principal...

Wow...I cannot believe it is already the middle of April! Time sure does fly! March was a very busy month for River Bend. We had a terrific assembly by author, Julia Cook, who talked with our students about writing, and she read aloud to students some of the children's books she has written. Many of her books are available in the library for check out. We also were fortunate to have Delegate Rob Bell visit fifth grade students to talk about civics. We appreciate his time.


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!


Ms. Martz

Please Note Change in School Calendar

In order to adjust student days for the 2016-17 school year from 181 to 180, Rockingham County Public Schools will shorten the 2016-17 school year calendar, contingent upon no further inclement weather days needed this spring. Should there be no further inclement weather days, the last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (instead of Thursday, June 8). At River Bend, we may change the dates of some of our end of year events. We will get those changes to you when we return from spring break

Kindergarten/First Grade Musical

River Bend kindergarten and first grade students performed their spring musical, "Old MacDonald", and it was a hit! They did a wonderful job!

PTA Reflection Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following students for winning the RBES PTA Reflections contest: Peyton Barton, Hayden Baugher, Claire Crawford, Kimbre Knupp, Ava Smith, Tre Vucic. These students received their prizes during the kindergarten/first grade day time musical.

Festival Choir

RCPS hosted the annual "RCPS Festival Choir" on March 30 at Broadway High School. Each elementary school sends a number of 5th grade students who wish to participate. River Bend had 6 students participate, and they did a FABULOUS job! We are very proud of them!

Delegate Rob Bell Visits RBES!

Thank you to Delegate Rob Bell for visiting River Bend 5th grade students. We appreciate his time in visiting and teaching our students a civics lesson!

Thank You for Supporting EAUS

The Elkton Area United Services (EAUS) assists many people in the Elkton area. To give back to our community we sponsored spirit dress days to promote and collect money for EAUS. Students and staff who paid $1.00 each day wore pajamas, wore a hat to school, or received a mustache for their finger. We raised $1,500! ALL money raised was given directly to EAUS. Thank you for supporting EAUS and our community.

Joe Corbi Fundraiser

Thank you for supporting the RBES Spring Fundraiser-Joe Corbi's! All proceeds will go to student incentives including attendance rewards, field day supplies, Triple C Club, and student prizes for feathering our nests!

Join Us for a PTA Family Painting Afternoon!

Information went home before break about our PTA's first Family Paint Afternoon. If you and your children are planning to join us, remember that all forms and payment must be returned by THIS Wednesday, April 19! In order to have time to order the appropriate supplies, we will NOT be able to accept any forms after April 19. So don't miss your chance to paint with your kids at this fun event!
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Kindergarten Registration

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
  • physical
  • 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.

Art News

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!

Lynn Allen

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.


Kevin Gidari

Physical Education Teacher

Watch DOGS !

This program is geared towards fathers and father figures, including step-dads, grandfathers, uncles, and approved community volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Watch Dog, please contact Ryne Powell by calling the school at 540-298-5301. The students really enjoy seeing their caretakers at school. We hope you can volunteer !

Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday, April 26 is Administrative Professionals Day. This is a day we recognize our front office staff for all they do for our school. We want to say a big THANK YOU to Sue Eppard, Billijo Morris, and Lisa Ruhlman! We appreciate your dedication to River Bend!

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

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.