Friday, January 11, 2019

January News

January 10, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! The onset of a new year is a time for resolutions, and looking forward.  Teachers at Riverton are helping students do this by setting goals for learning, as we dive deeper into rigorous instruction. This winter promises to be filled with plenty of exciting learning opportunities designed to support students’ gains in their academic progress. 
January is also the kick off to mid year assessments. Across the district, teachers will be giving assessments that let us know whether students are keeping up with the class, or need extra help. The tests will also determine new areas for teachers to work on between now and spring. Starting on January 22, English language learning students will be taking the yearly ACCESS test. This test measures the domains of speaking, listening, reading, writing and comprehension in English.
Working Together for School Success
When you think of parent involvement, do you picture parents and caregivers volunteering in the classroom? That is one way to help- but research shows that supporting your child’s education at home can make a big difference in your child’s education.  Here are some conversation starters that will help you stay involved with your child’s learning at school:

“Let me see what you brought home.” - Look at completed work to find out what your child is learning and how well he or she is doing. Comment on what you notice about their math work or writing. (“You know a lot about subtracting two digit numbers!”) Also, be sure to respond to notes from the teacher and sign any forms that are required.

“Show me what you have for homework.”- It is your child’s responsibility to do homework, but you can play a role, too. Make sure your child knows what they are supposed to do by having them explain the assignment to you. After they finish the homework, glance over the work to see that it is complete.

“Tell me about a book you enjoyed today.”- This gives you an idea of what your child likes to read. Build up your child’s daily reading habits by asking what they would like to read at home.  Encourage their reading and listening skills by reading aloud to your child and letting them read to you.

“Tell me what you learned that you’d like to know more about.”- Use your child’s interests as jumping-off points for activities to share together. If your child likes geometry, you might hunt for shapes together. If they are fascinated by how animals adapt to winter, take them to the library to research the subject or look for informational videos on-line.

“Time to go to school!”-Helping your child maintain good is attendance is key.
Being in school every day means your child will not miss out on learning. It is helpful if you can schedule appointments and family trips outside of school hours.  If your child asks to stay home “just because,”remind them of what they will miss, such as a reading lesson or PE class.  Explain that children can only be absent if they are sick or if there is a family emergency.

Math and Tech Night
January 23 there will be a special Math/Tech family event at Riverton School in the Media Center from 5:00-6:00. Please join us to hear important information about keeping children safe using technology, as well as how to support your child’s math and technology learning at home. We hope to see you there!

Special Reminder- Martin Luther King, Jr Day -There is no school on Monday, January 21, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Upcoming Dates
January 11: Spirit Day! Wear Riverton colors!
January 16: Early Release, 1:50
January 17: PTO meeting, 5:30 Media Center
January 18: Mad Science Presentation for students, 8:45
January 18-19: 5th Grade All Star Basketball Tournament
January 21: Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
January 22: ACCESS Testing Begins
January 23: Early Release, 1:50
January 23: Family Math/Tech Night, 5:00-6:00
January 25: Play Me a Story-8:45, cafeteria
January 23: Math Meet, 9:00-12:00
January 24: Early Release, 1:50
January 25: Talent Show, 5:30, cafeteria
January 30: Early Release, 1:50

Please feel free to reach out to me, or Assistant Principal David Turner if you ever have questions about how we can best support your student(s) at Riverton School (874-8210).

Sincerely,
Mrs. Ann Hanna

Principal

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December News

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to December! How quickly the school year is flying by. Before we know it, 2019 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 their learning progress. 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.
You may have heard your student or teacher talking about a growth mindset at the conference. Did you know that our brain continues to change and grow each and every day the more we use it and challenge it? When you have a fixed mindset, you give up easily and avoid challenges.  However, when you have a growth mindset you don’t give up, you learn from feedback and go for the challenge! It’s not just about working hard and giving your best effort. It’s also about believing that your brain and intelligence changes the harder you work.

At Riverton, we are encouraging students to have a growth mindset. We are teaching students about how our brains work and how making mistakes makes the brain grow and become smarter. We praise students’ effort, persistence and creativity. In every subject we talk about how, through hard work and not giving up, we not only become better students, but, become better learners in all parts of our lives.  At home, you can remind your child that their brain is growing each and every time they try something new, and not to give up when it becomes difficult. Each time he/she learns something, his or her brain is making new connections. Instead of saying how smart they are, praise their effort and encourage your children to make mistakes. Mistakes grow the brain! If they say it’s too hard, say, “You can’t do it yet, but keep trying!"

Also at Riverton this year, we are working on improving our student attendance rates. Students fall behind when they miss school-whether the students are absent for excused or unexcused reasons. A few absences every month can add up to weeks of lost learning over the school year. Here are some quick attendance tips that may help improve your child’s attendance:
·       Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
·       Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
·       Only keep your child home when she/he is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
·       If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
·       Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent!
·       Please avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
Thank you for supporting our attendance efforts. Please let us know if you need more help getting your child to school!

Finally, the cold 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 school during the winter months. We have 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 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 22 - Jan 1st. Classes resume Tuesday, January 2nd. All the best over the holidays and Happy New Year! See you in 2019!

Upcoming Events
December 5: Photo Retake Day
December 5: Early Release, 1:50 Dismissal
December 12: Early Release,1:50 Dismissal
December 13: Math Team Meet, 9:00-12:15
December 14: Spirit Day
December 14: Movie Night- Smallfoot, 5:30 doors open, 6:00 movie
December 18: Restaurant Night- Elsmere, 4-9
December 19: Early Release, 1:50 Dismissal
December 20: PTO Meeting, Media Center, 5:30
December 24-Jan 1: Winter Break
Sincerely,
Ann C. Hanna

Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November 2018

November 2, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that it is already November and 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. The dates for conferences are November 15 and 16. Students will have lunch and be dismissed at 11:20 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 afternoon 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 during conferences 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 Wednesday, November 14th 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!

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!

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

Upcoming Events:
November 5-9: FOOD DRIVE- please donate a nonperishable food item(s) to our food drive!
November 7: Early Release, 1:20
November 8: Grade 1 trip to Pineland Farm
November 12: No School, Veteran’s Day
November 13: PTO Meeting, Media Center, 5:30
November 14: Flu Clinic
November 14: Early Release, 1:20
November 15 and 16: Parent Teacher Student Conferences, dismissal 11:20
November 15, 16 and 17: Book Fair
November 21-23: No School, Thanksgiving Break
November 28: Early Release, 1:20
November 30: Grade 5 to Portland Stage

Happy Fall!
Cordially                           
Mrs. Ann Hanna
Principal

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October News

October 10, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Portland Public Schools is currently doing an Enrollment and Facility Study to evaluate the most effective and efficient use of Portland’s school buildings. Last May, the Board of Education adopted a resolution to study all aspects of the district’s enrollment and capacity to identify potential cost-saving efficiencies in the overall cost of education. The need for the study became apparent during the FY 2019 budget process. Changes in the state school funding formula and increased valuation for the city of Portland means that the Portland Public Schools will most likely face a reduction in state funding for the foreseeable future. An Enrollment and Facility Study Commission has been formed to review the district's current and projected enrollment and programming against existing facility use.  The Commission includes board members, city councilors, district staff, and community members who will work together to identify and recommend possible efficiencies to the Board of Education by early 2019. Davis Demographics, a company with a history of working with the Portland Public Schools on similar projects, will assist in the study. To look for efficiencies, the study will include a review of demographics, facilities, enrollment, costs, programming, and transportation. Important decisions about our schools, our school boundaries and our investments may result from this analysis.

A Community Survey is one of the tools that will be used to gather input from the public. To complete the survey, please go to or click on this link: 

In addition, the Committee will also be holding neighborhood forums about the study to gather input from the public during the month of October. Riverton’s Community Forum meeting will be October 25, 5:30-6:30 in the Media Center.  We hope to see you there!

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 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!
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 technique to address bullying 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.  For specific details about the program please see the resource on the link: https://www.pbis.org/common/cms/files/pbisresources/bullyprevention_ES.pdf

On Wednesday, October 24, Riverton School will be participating in Unity Day 2018. 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 27 here at Riverton School.

Upcoming dates:
Spirit Day is October 12. Wear your Riverton colors with pride!

The October PTO meeting is October 18, 5:30 in the Media Center. Please come and find out what you can do to help support Riverton School!

Picture Day is Friday, October 19! SMILE!

Community Forum is October 25, 5:30-6:30

Happy Fall!

Cordially, 


Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal





Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back! As the new school year gets underway, I want to welcome you as our partner in your child’s education.  We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child.  Together, we want to build on your hopes and dreams for your child’s success in school and for the future.

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Positive attendance is key to keeping students on track academically and engaged in all aspects of school life. Every day counts and good attendance is extremely important.  High attendance rates are linked to better student achievement.  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. Before you know it, missing just two or three days a month can translate to missing 4 to 5 weeks of the school year. 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.

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.

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.

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. Thank you for all you do.  We look forward to working together to support your child’s school success. 

Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival and dismissal can be hectic times of the day at school. Here are some tips for making morning drop off and end up 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.

·.      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.

·      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 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 parent/guardian at drop off outside, so that students can walk to class independently. Any adult who wishes to visit a classroom must sign in and out 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.

Dates to Remember:
·      Tuesday, September 12, Grade 5 Band Demo, 1:15
·      Friday, September 14, Spirit Day! Wear your Riverton colors
·      Friday, September 14, PTO “Charleston Wrap” Fundraiser Kick Off
·      Monday, September 17, Learning Works starts, 2:50
·      Thursday, September 20, PTO meeting in Media Center, 5:30.
·      Wednesday, September 26 is first early release day. School dismisses at 1:50 PM
·                           Monday, October 9, No School- Indigenous Peoples Day
Cordially,

Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal

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