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Summer 2017

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Summer Reading

4th and 5th graders do not have a “required” summer reading book. If you would like to encourage your child to read over the summer, here is a list of recommended books! :) *Upcoming 6th graders are required to read Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen.

4th Grade

Poppy series - Avi

The One and Only Ivan - K. Applegate

Sideways Stories from Wayside School - L. Sachar

Turtle in Paradise - J. Holm

39 Clues Series- different authors

Kenny and the Dragon - DiTerhizzi

The Doll People - A. Martin

Mission Unstoppable - D. Gutman

The Chocolate Touch -P. Catling

5th Grade:

Scumble- I. Law

Land of Stories Series- Colfer

Ella Enchanted - Levine

Any Mike Lupica books (sports fiction)

Percy Jackson Series- Riordan

Charlie Bone Series- J. Nimmo

Rules - C. Lord

Kid Owner - T. Green

Powerless - M. Cody

James and the Giant Peach -Roald Dahl

6th Grade:

Series of Unfortunate Events- Lemony Snicket

The War that Saved My Life - K. Bradley

Serafina and the Black Cloak- R. Beatty

Found - M. Haddix

One of the Murphys - Hunt

Wait till Helen Comes- M. Hahn

The Iron Trial - Black

Artemis Fowl- Colfer

Percy Jackson Series- Riordan

When You Reach Me- Stead

Mysterious Benedict Society- Stewart

Any non-fiction books -- cook books, sports, animals, biographies…..

6th grade Summer Reading Assignment

Dear Parents,

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) explains that students who read over the summer “retain and sharpen literary skills during the months they are out of the classroom.” Because all of our students work hard during the school year to grow in academic skills needed for the future, summer reading helps students to retain and even cultivate those skills. In addition to nurturing a love for reading, we want to sharpen your student’s writing skills.

All students entering sixth grade in the fall will need to purchase the book required for our summer reading program. The book is Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. We will begin the school year with discussions as well as other activities from the book. Your child will receive a grade for his/her completion of the summer reading assignments. All assignments will be due no later than August 25, 2017. The writing assignments are as follows:

· If you could start your own business, what would you choose to do? Decide on three reasons you would start this business, and write a paragraph explaining each reason. This is a total of three paragraphs.

· Create a flyer to advertise your business. Look at magazines and newspapers for ideas. This may be done by hand or on a computer. Color makes an ad more appealing.

If your child qualifies for Pre-AP reading class, he/she should select a 2nd book of his/her own choice and be prepared to provide a basic book report. The teacher will give more instructions during the first week of school. The assignment will be due August 25, 2017.

You may purchase a copy of the book at the RIS Awards Day on May 25th for $5.00 each. Mrs. Rogers will sell copies in front of the lunchroom. Copies will be sold through the front office over the summer as well. You may also purchase the book outside of school. Digital text is allowed.

We hope you and your family enjoy a safe and relaxing summer,

6th Grade ELA Teachers


Summer Coding Activities

Do your children have a lot of free time over the summer? Here are some tips, tricks, and resources to get your kids started with coding:

  • Institute your own Hour of Code: set aside an hour every week to practice coding, and join your child in the fun! An hour a week really adds up. For best results, we suggest not replacing Saturday morning cartoons with coding lessons.
  • Teach yourself anything with Khan Academy: Khan Academy's courses are great for kids of all ages - and they're not limited to coding! They have special courses designed for the Hour of Code program, where kids as young as 8 can learn Javascript, HTML/CSS and SQL. Plus, when you and your child are done with the module, you can switch gears and learn about world history or astronomy!

Need more ideas? Check out this list from Edutopia for additional resources!

Credit for ideas: the Edlio newsletter)


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ALL 6th graders who are 11 years old on or before the first day of school need verification of receiving the Tdap vaccine.

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Digital Libraries

We have 3 digital libraries that our students can use. For each of them, the username is riverton and the password is read.

ABDO Digital (graphic books like Avengers, Iron Man, etc., sports books and biographies, scary books.

Capstone Library (new books have been added)

Big Timber Media (scary books)



RIS has implemented a security system in which you have to be buzzed into the school by the front office. The camera and speaker is located on the far right door. Here is how it will work: 1 - Turn towards the camera and press the button. 2 - Explain the purpose of your visit. 3 - Front desk will buzz you through the door (far right). This procedure will also apply to after school care. Your ID card will still be required when conducting business, checking in-out, etc.


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Safe to Tell

Call, text or email
(to anonymously report incidents of bullying, threats, drugs,

weapons, or anything that makes a student feel unsafe at school)

Car Rider Guidelines

1. Hang the number(s) on the rear view mirror, or hold it upright for the carline controller to see. (If it is lying flat on the dashboard, behind a decal, or _behind the upper shaded windshield, it is not visible.)

2. Refrain from using cell phone in car line.

3. If picking up more than one child, display all numbers at the same time, in a horizontal fashion. NOT one at a time.

4. If you do not have your car line number, park and go to the front office to check out your child.

5. Show only one number needed per child. The extra number should be removed, and used for others who may pick up your child.

6. Remember that we are a no tobacco campus. Please do not smoke in the car rider line.

Breakfast & Lunch Prices

Students Breakfast:$1.75 Lunch:$2.25

Visitors Breakfast:$2.75 Lunch:$4.00

Hours of Operation

7:15 am Breakfast; Student entrances open

7:45 am School office opens; Class begins

2:30 pm Class ends

4:00 pm School office closes