Thursday, December 5, 2019

December to Remember!

December 2, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to December! How quickly the school year is flying by. Before we know it, 2020 will be here!
Thank you for attending your child’s conference last month. It was wonderful to see students sharing their work with families, and talking about what they have been learning in school. Many parents told me how proud and impressed they are with all that their children have learned since September.  If you were not able to attend your child’s conference, it is not too late! Please call the office at 874-8210 and schedule a conference time with your child’s teacher.
Cultivating Community and FoodCorps have partnered with our cafeteria to run taste tests of the new vegan lunch options throughout the school year. Students have the opportunity to taste a sample and give feedback when they are in the cafeteria for lunch. In October, students tasted falafel, a new lunch item that is vegan and high in protein. Vegan means there is no meat, eggs, or dairy. Protein keeps our students full and ready to learn all day. Of the 291 students that tried the falafel, 148 of them said that they loved it! Ask your student if they tried the falafel and check out the school lunch menu to see the next time it is offered.

The next taste test is on December 18th and students will be tasting tofu, another new lunch item that is vegan and high in protein. Students will have the opportunity to try a sample in addition to their school or home lunch. Please encourage your students to participate and share their feedback.

The office has recently implemented an automated robocall system for when students are marked absent from school without a notification from a parent/guardian. Parents/Guardians are expected to call the school office at 874-8210 or email Andrea Manuel manuea@portlandschools.org prior to 8:00 A.M. if their child will be absent or tardy.  Parents/Guardians who have not called in for an absent or tardy child will receive the automated phone call as a reminder to call the office to provide the reason for the absence. Excused absences are defined by Maine State Law and the Portland School Board of Education as:

  • personal illness;
  • an appointment with a health professional that must be made during school hours;
  • observance of a religious holiday;
  • a family emergency; or
  • a planned absence for a personal or educational purpose that has been approved in advance by the principal/assistant principal. 

If your child has a doctor’s appointment, you are encouraged to bring them to school after the appointment so they only miss a portion of their learning time, rather than the whole school day.

Maine Law (20-A MRSA 5001- A) requires that children attend school.  In cases of excessive unexcused absences (7 or more!) for which the parent is responsible, the school department may refer to the Department of Human Services and law enforcement.  Therefore, it is extremely important to notify the office whenever your child is absent from school. 
Finally, the snowy weather arrived early this year, and we know there will be many more cold days ahead. We urge you to do your best to send your children appropriately dressed for recess outside during the winter months. We have students go to recess outside every day throughout the winter, unless the temperature drops below 13 degrees with wind chill. Students need jackets, hats, snow pants, boots and gloves/mittens in order to be safely protected from the cold when they are outside at recess. If you need help getting these items for your child, please contact the office at 874-8210.  We are also continuing to accept donations of new or slightly used winter clothing, especially snow pants, socks, mittens, and gloves for students in need. Thank you for your generous support!
Special Reminder - December Break is coming. There is no school from Dec 23 - Jan 1st. Classes resume Thursday, January 2nd.  All the best over the holidays and Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events:
December 4: Grade 5 to Portland Stage
December 4: Early Release Dismissal, 1:50
December 10, 11, 17,18 NWEAs, grade 5
December 11: Early Release Dismissal, 1;50
December 13: Spirit Day!
December 13: Grade 5 to Portland Museum of Art
December 13: PTO Movie Night, 5:30
December 16, 17: NWEAs, grade 3
December 16,17,18, 19, NWEAs, grade 4
December 17: Math Meet,
December 18: Early Release Dismissal, 1;50
December 19: PTO, Media Center, 5:30
December 20: Whole School Community Meeting, 8:45
December 20: Mr. Turner’s last day!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November 2019

November 4, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,
September and October have flown by and it is already November! The year is in full swing. Have you checked out your child’s classroom blog? The classroom blogs provide great information about all the exciting learning opportunities that are happening at school this year.  You can access the blogs on our website at https://riverton.portlandschools.org.

I am so grateful for our teachers at Riverton. All learning begins with the most important person in the classroom, the teacher. As a proud principal, I can’t help but brag about the dedicated teachers at Riverton School who are doing outstanding work with your children.  We have an incredibly talented group of educators at Riverton who want nothing but the best for all students and families.  I am continually impressed with the amount of time and energy the teachers at Riverton put into making sure all students are successful and making gains. Our teachers are constantly pushing themselves to learn new and innovative ways to reach students and raise achievement.  They are committed to working collaboratively to support students at all levels and to provide supportive yet rigorous instruction for all learners. Please take time to make sure to let your child’s teacher know how much you appreciate the work they do. I am sure they would love a note of thanks from you during this season of thanksgiving.

Attendance
I want to congratulate Riverton Families on working hard to make sure children are attending school regularly. Being in school every day means your child won’t miss out on learning. Thank you for scheduling appointments and family trips outside of school hours. If your child asks to stay home “just because”, remind him or her of what he or she will miss, such as a reading group or PE class. Thanks for explaining that he/she can be absent only if he or she is sick or if there is a family emergency.

Parent Teacher Conferences
It is almost time for parent teacher conferences!  Parent Teacher Conferences are a wonderful opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s) to learn how your child is progressing academically and socially in school.  It is also a great opportunity to celebrate your child’s progress and all the things she/he has accomplished in just the first three months of school. The dates for conferences are November 21 and 22. Students will have lunch and be dismissed at 11:50 both days. We hope to have 100% of our parents/guardians attend conferences this year. Please call Riverton at 874-8210 if you need to schedule or reschedule your child’s conference. 

Community Resource Fair
On Thursday, November 21 during conferences, Riverton will be holding a Community Resource Fair.  At the Community Resource Fair, food, clothing, supplies, and other resource information will be provided for free to any family that visits.  The Community Resource Fair will be in the cafeteria from 12:00 to 5:00.

Book Fair
The Book Fair will also be happening November 21, 21 and 23 and will be located in the Media Center. Come and shop for some wonderful books for your child and/or your child’s class. Thank you to PTO volunteers for organizing the Book Fair. A portion of all sales from the Book Fair goes directly into supporting Riverton School!

Flu Clinic
One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year.  Riverton will be holding a Flu Clinic on Thursday, November 7 for those students whose parents have submitted permission forms. If you would like your child to have a flu shot, parents need to fill out the form completely and return it to the school.  Please be assured that if you have not returned the form, your child will not be given a flu shot. Teachers will remind students to pass in the returned flu permission forms, but be aware that sometimes the forms do not get passed in.  Please feel free to call and check to make sure your child's form has been turned in. Our goal is for every child to be protected against the flu this year!

Morning Arrival Time And Building Entry
Thank you for remembering that even with the arrival of cold weather, children are not allowed to enter the building  until 8:05am, unless your child attends morning Rec. Thank you!

Lost and Found
Just a friendly reminder to please check the Lost and Found for your child’s missing items. Lost and Found is located toward the back of the front lobby. Remember to sign in with the office if going to the Lost and Found area during school hours.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:
November 4-15: FOOD DRIVE- please donate a nonperishable food item(s) to our food drive! All donations go to our very own Backpack Project!

November 5: Math Team Meet
November 6: Early Release, dismissal at 1:50
November 7: Flu Clinic
November 8: Movie Night
November 11: Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL!
November 13: Early Release: dismissal at 1:50
November 14: PTO Meeting, Media Center, 5:30
November 20: Portland Stage Workshops, grade 5
November 20: Early Release: dismissal at 1:50
November 21-23: Book Fair in Media Center
November 21: Early Release: 3-Way Conferences, 11:50 dismissal
November 22: Early Release: 3-Way Conferences, 11:50 dismissal
November 27, 28, 29: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL!

Happy Fall!
Mrs. Ann Hanna

Principal

Friday, October 4, 2019

October News 2019

September 30, 2019 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,
Welcome to Fall! We have lots going on at Riverton School this month, starting with WALK (OR BIKE) TO SCHOOL DAY on Wednesday, October 2!  Enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood, see friends and neighbors and feel connected with your community on the walk to school. Parents, children and friends can enjoy each other’s company without the usual distractions. And walking (or biking) is a healthy choice for you and for the environment! All good reasons to join in on Walk to School Day! Join the movement that inspires entire communities to come together and promote health and safer routes for students to walk and bike to school.

Curriculum Night
Wednesday, October 9th is Riverton’s Curriculum Night. This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come hear from your child’s teachers information about what students will be learning at school this year. We hope to see you here at Riverton School on Curriculum Night on Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00-6:00.  Child care will be available.

Bully Prevention
Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? At Riverton School we are focused on creating a bully-free environment where everyone feels safe and empowered to teach and to learn. We reinforce this message by teaching students to use the PBIS bully prevention program called Stop, Walk and Talk to address bullying or mean behaviors. It helps students know how to stand up to behavior they feel is offensive or not wanted, and empowers students to be self-advocates. The Stop, Walk and Talk strategy consists of three simple and progressive steps: indicating through words and gestures to stop, walking away if the problem continues, and finally talking to an adult if the problem is still not resolved.  The overall impact of this bully prevention program is to decrease bullying issues at school in order to create a more positive school climate. 

On Wednesday, October 23, Riverton School will be participating in Unity Day 2019. This is a day the Riverton School community will come together and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  We invite all students, family members and staff to wear the color orange that day to show that we care about making Riverton a bully free school. Riverton students will be taking a pledge to stand up against bullying by speaking up, reaching out and being a friend.

Pumpkin Fest!
Bringing children and parents together at school is one of the goals of Riverton’s PTO. Pumpkin Fest is a great Riverton tradition that helps us to meet this goal. Be sure to mark your calendar for our PTO Pumpkin Fest, which is Saturday, October 19 here at Riverton School.

Attendance Matters
To stay on track in school, students need to come to school every day. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically. Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. According to Count Me In, students with regular attendance are more likely to read well by third grade. They also tend to be more engaged in school and feel better about themselves. This is true for every grade, PreK through high school. Families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success and in life.

It is understood that some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances.  Students must stay home when they are ill.  But we also know that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. The most important message to our students is that attendance matters. Absences add up quickly. Too many absences represent lost learning time in the classroom. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent, which means missing 18 or more days over the course of the school year.

We want to make the most of our time together in order to support our students. We are asking for your support in helping your child get to school by 8:20 a.m. every day this year.  Please call the office at 874-8210 if your child is absent. Families should avoid extended vacations that require students to miss school. Kindly try to line up vacations and medical appointments with the school’s schedule.

When our students are not at school, we notice because we care!  We want to ensure that everyone receives the education they need to reach their full potential. We value your support and encourage you be an active participant in your child’s education. Positive attendance is key to keeping students on track academically and engaged in all aspects of school life. We look forward to working together to support your child’s school success. 

Safety First!
Keeping our students safe is our number one priority, especially during morning drop off and afternoon pickup. Our drop-off/pick-up is in the LOWER parking area, which is the large lot near the Community Center/Pool entrance. Students should not be dropped off in the morning before 8:05, and must be picked up by 2:50, unless attending Rec, Learning Works or other afterschool programs.
Dropping off your children in the morning should be a quick, kiss-and-go. Please do not park along the drop off area. If parents need to come into the building, please pull into a parking space to allow for safety and a smoother traffic pattern for others. Also, please DO NOT drop off students in the bus loop or the smaller handicapped parking area near the bus loop. The bus loop is only for busses and the smaller parking lot is for visitors. Finally, please be sure to obey all the speed limits on and surrounding the school grounds, especially when traveling through the parking lot. Thank you for your help in keeping all students safe at Riverton School!

Upcoming dates:
October 2: Walk or Bike to School Day!
October 2: Early Release, 1:50 Dismissal
October 9: Early Release, 1:50 Dismissal
October 9: Curriculum Night, 5:00-6:30
October 9: Charleston Wrap Fundraiser due
October 11: No School
October 14: No School, Indigenous Peoples Day,
October 15: PK Dial Screening
October 16: Early Release, 1:50 Dismissal
October 16: PTO Meeting, 5:30 Please come and find out what you can do to help support Riverton School!
October 19: PTO’s Pumpkinfest! 10:00-2:00
October 21: Picture Day! Smile!
October 23: UNITY DAY! WEAR ORANGE!

Cordially, 


Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal

Monday, September 9, 2019

September 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! As the new school year gets underway, I want to welcome you as our partner in your child’s education.  At Riverton School, we truly value your involvement and collaboration with your child’s education. We look forward to working together to help your child succeed in school and the future.

The start of a new school year is a great time to be reminded of student safety. Arrival and dismissal can be hectic times of the day at school. For safety reasons, it is important that everyone follow the same procedures for arrival and dismissal of students every day. Here are some tips for making morning drop off and end of day pick up run smoothly:
·        Riverton School hours are 8:20-2:50. Breakfast is served in classrooms between 8:05-8:20.  Students may NOT be dropped off before 8:05.  There is no adult supervision before 8:05. If you need childcare before or after school, please call the City of Portland Recreation at 808-5400.
·        During drop-off and pick up times, please use the parent loop at the far end of the school building.  Drop-off should be a kiss-and-go. If parents need to park, please pull into a parking space to allow for a smoother traffic pattern for others.
The front doors are for bus students only during drop off and pick up times.
Please be sure to obey all the speed limits on and surrounding the school grounds to keep students safe during drop off and pick up.
      Please notify the school office if there are changes to your child’s regular dismissal plans as early as possible, but NO LATER THAN 1 PM. After this time, the message might not make it to the teacher and child. Any changes require a parent/guardian to contact the school through note, email or phone call (874-8210).
·         For safety and security reasons, we are asking all students to say goodbye to their caregiver outside the school, so that students can walk to class independently. Any adult who wishes to visit a classroom must sign in at the main office, and wear a visitor’s badge. Also, the school door is locked each day at 8:40. Please press the doorbell on the wall to the left of the door to be let inside, and come to the office. The minor inconveniences these procedures may present are a small price to pay for our school’s safety and security.
Also, please let us know if someone other than you will be picking up your student.  When someone comes in to pick up a student who is not known or recognized by staff, we will not release the student to that person until we have confirmation from the parent/guardian that they have permission to dismiss your child. If they are on the contact list, but not someone that is recognized, they will be asked to show an ID.
Please join us for a fun, family- friendly informational event called Food Fuels Learning on September 16, from 6:00-7:00 in the cafeteria. There will be delicious food provided by Wayside Food Programs, fabulous speakers, including Superintendent Xavier Botana, and some interactive activities . You will learn about Maine Harvest of the Month program and hear updates from all of our community-based action groups about their food security work.

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, September 11, Early Release- 1:50 Dismissal
Friday, September 13, Spirit Day! Wear your Riverton colors
Monday, September 16, Learning Works starts, 2:50
Thursday, September 19, PTO meeting in Media Center, 5:30
Wednesday, September 18, Early Release- 1:50 Dismissal
Wednesday, September 25, Early Release- 1:50 Dismissal
Friday, September 27, Happy Wheels Night

Cordially,
Mrs. Ann Hanna
 Principal








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