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








Monday, May 6, 2019

May News 2019

May 6, 2018

Dear Riverton Families,

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We love our teachers at Riverton School and this is the week we honor them for all they do for our students.  Please join me in celebrating our wonderful staff, and letting them know how much you appreciate the work they do for our students. Thank you to the PTO for the special treats planned for this week. School Nurses Day is Thursday, May 8- remember to show appreciation to Nurse Nancy, too!
Riverton Elementary School will be hosting our Annual Art Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 9, to raise funds to continue work on our natural play space for children of all abilities to enjoy. The event will take place from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Riverton School and is open to students, families and community members. 

Morning Drop Off Reminder
We want to remind parents and caregivers that students should not arrive to school earlier than 8:05 am. There is no supervision before this time.  Students must not be dropped off at school in the morning before 8:05am, unless they are attending the Morning Rec Program. If you need care coverage for your child before 8:05, please call Rec at 874-8455. Also, please remember that our drop off and pick up spot is the area near the community entrance of the building.  The front half circle is intended as a parking area for visitors coming in to volunteer or attend a meeting.  Only busses are permitted in the bus loop. Mr. Turner and I offer a sincere thank you for working with us at morning drop off and dismissal by following the posted signage, keeping traffic flowing smoothly, and most of all, creating safer conditions for our students. Your patience and efforts are deeply appreciated!

A Reminder about Dismissal
Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m. (1:50 p.m. on Wednesdays, through the end of May) and it is a very busy time of day.  For safety reasons, and to make dismissal an orderly process, we ask that if your child has a change in plans from their usual dismissal routine (for example, if they normally take the bus home, but you will be picking them up that day instead), please contact the office no later than 1:00 p.m. to notify us of the change in plans.  Additionally, you may also send your child to school with a note for his or her teacher, indicating any change in plans.  If the office does not receive a phone call with the change in plans,  or the teacher does not receive a note from you, we will insist that your child follow their usual dismissal routine.

Upcoming Dates
Monday, May 6-Friday,  May 10: Happy Staff Appreciation Week!
Monday, May 6: Grade 4 working with Water Conservation Group
Monday, May 6: Superintendent Botana visiting classrooms, 12:15-2:50
Monday, May 6: Leadership Team, 3:00
Wednesday, May 8: School Nurse Appreciation Day! Thank you Nurse Nancy!
Wednesday, May 8: Early Release, 1:50
Wednesday, May 8: Comedy Night Fundraiser
Thursday, May 9: Art Gala, 5:00-6:30
Friday, May 10: Spirit Day! Wear your Riverton Red/Gear
Friday, May 10: Drama Club’s Performance of the Wizard of Oz
Sunday, May 12: Happy Mother’s Day!
Wednesday, May 15: Early Release, 1:50
Thursday, May 16: Day of Action
Friday, May 17: Spring Garden Celebration/ Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting, 3:30
Thursday, May 23: Volunteer Breakfast, 8:30
Thursday, May 23: PTO Meeting, 5:30
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day!
Tuesday, May 28: Grade 4 to Augusta
Wednesday, May 29: Early Release, 1:50
Thursday, May 30: Kindergarten Information Night, 4:45-5:30
Friday, May 31: Community Meeting, 8:45
Friday, May 31: Grade 5 Step Up Day

Sincerely, 
Ann Hanna
Principal


Monday, March 4, 2019

March News

March 4, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As I sit here watching the pretty snow fall on this March Snow Day, it is hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. March is a busy month at school, with lots of activities planned. One important event that is coming soon is the annual state assessment. Starting the week of March 18th, all third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking the MEAs, which is the state’s required standardized assessment. These assessments are yardsticks that teachers, schools, and districts use to measure what and how we teach and how well students are learning what is taught.  There are a number of ways that you can maximize your child's learning capabilities throughout the school year, which can lead to confident test-taking skills. Some of these strategies include:
      Talk to your child about taking a test. It’s helpful for children to understand why schools give tests, and how it’s an important way for students to show what they know!
      Encourage your child and praise her/him for the things that she/he does well at school. If your children feel good about themselves as learners, they will try their best with any new challenge, which includes taking a test. Children who are afraid of failing are more likely to become anxious when taking tests. The more effort and energy your child puts into learning, the more likely it is that he/she will try their best on tests.
      Assist your child with homework and ensure that he/she is completing all homework assignments. Help your child learn how to read and follow directions carefully. Encourage them to use complete sentences when answering questions.
      Make sure that your child is well rested on school days, especially on the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
      Make sure that your child attends school regularly. Remember, tests reflect children’s overall knowledge and the more they come to school, the more they will know!
      Encourage your child to read as much as possible,  which is the best way to increase her/his vocabulary - even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly will help improve your child’s reading and vocabulary skills.
March is also Music in Our Schools month. To celebrate, Mr. Potvin is inviting parents and caregivers to come in to school to hear a special performance by each class during their regular music class this month. Please see the attached schedule of performances by each class. Performances will be in the Large Learning Center.

Also, this month is the 5th Grade Raffle fundraiser. Our 5th graders are going on their annual Boston field trip this spring and they need your help! They are selling raffle tickets for your chance to win some amazing prizes! $2 for one ticket, $5 for 3 tickets. Want a ticket? You can buy them from a 5th grader, Ms. Harris, or in the school office. 

Do you have extra cans/bottles to donate? The 5th grade is also participating in the Clynk for Schools Recycling Challenge until 3/22 to raise money for their Boston trip. How does Clynk work? Get a Clynk bag from a 5th grader, Ms. Harris, or the school office. Fill it up with cans and bottles. Bring the bag to a Clynk drop off (there's one at Riverside Hannaford). Scan the bag and drop the bag in the drop off door.

More Upcoming Dates:
March 5: Portland Laureate Linda Aldrich, LLC, visiting Grade 4
March 6: Early Release, 1:50 dismissal
March 8: Spirit Day! Wear Riverton colors and/or gear!
March 8: Movie Night, Doors open at 5:30pm, movie starts at 5:45 pm. Admission is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a concession stand with pizza, baked goods, drinks, and more for purchase! This is a fundraiser to help raise money for the 4th grade field trip to Augusta. Want to help? Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0548A8AB29AAFC1-movie 
March 12: C-Port Essay Contest Kickoff, grades- 4 and 5
March 13: Early Release, 1:50 dismissal
March 14: Math Meet, 9:00
March 14: PreK Ice Cream Social, 5:30
March 15: Happy Wheels, 5:15pm-7:15pm. Admission is $6.50, no charge for roller skate rentals, $2 for roller blade rentals.
March 18-April 12, MEAs- grades 3, 4, 5- please see schedule
March 18: Girls on the Run starts
March 20: Early Release, 1:50 dismissal
March 21: PTO meeting, 5:30
March 22: End of second Trimester
March 27: Early Release, 1:50 dismissal


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).

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February News

February 6. 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,
The school year is flying by! It is hard to believe that Friday, February 8 will be the 100th day of school! In fact, it’s just about time to start enrolling your Kindergarten and/or Pre-K student for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Kindergarten registration can be completed online from February 25 thru March 8, 2019. Children must be five years of age on or before October 15, 2019 in order to attend Kindergarten. To enroll your child online, login to the PPS website at www.portlandschools.org, click on families and then “School Enrollment.”  This will give you the link to the online enrollment portal. You may also come in to Riverton and use our online registration kiosk. Please call the school at 874-8210 for an appointment if you plan to come in to enroll. For families who need assistance completing the application in English, please call the Multilingual & Multicultural Center at 874-8135 for translation/interpretation services.
Once your online registration is complete, you will need to come into Riverton’s main office to show an original proof of birth (will be reviewed, not kept), the child’s immunization record, and proof of residency in the city of Portland (electricity, cable, internet bill or lease agreement).
Kindergarten Information Night will take place at Riverton on May 30. This event will give incoming Kindergarteners and their parents the chance to tour the school, visit classrooms, meet the Kindergarten teachers and other staff members, and attend a brief information session.
Portland Public School’s Pre-Kindergarten pre-registration period is from February 25-March 8. Children must be 4 years old by October 15, 2019 to be eligible for Portland’s Pre-K program. Registration for Portland’s Pre-K program is a four-step process. To begin the registration for Pre-K you must first fill out a Pre-Registration application which is available from our office, Central Office, Multilingual Center, or online at www.portlandschools.org.  Return completed Pre-registration forms to Riverton by March 9th. If more than 32 students register, a lottery will be held. Students who receive a slot will be notified by mail after the lottery the week of March 11, 2019.  Transportation is not provided for the Pre-K program. Parents must provide transportation to and from school.

Mid-Year Attendance Reminders
Attendance matters and every day counts! Building a habit of good attendance is your child’s ticket to success in school and eventually on the job. Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. The important thing is to support your children’s good attendance to school, and to communicate with the school when your child will be absent. As we prepare to take a short break from school over February vacation, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for our students to come to school every day, on time, and ready to learn. We thank:
·      Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority.
·      Our wonderful teachers who make each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge for children.
·      Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need.
  
Morning Drop Off Reminder
We want to remind parents and guardians that morning drop off should not occur earlier than 8:05 am. There is no supervision before this time.  Students must not be dropped off at school in the morning before 8:05am, unless they are attending the Morning Rec Program. If you need before school care for your child please call Rec at 874-8455. Also, please remember that our drop off and pick up spot is the area near the community entrance of the building.  The front half circle is intended as a parking area for visitors coming in to volunteer or attend a meeting.  Only busses are permitted in the bus loop. Mr. Turner and I offer a sincere thank you for working with us at morning drop off and dismissal by following the posted signage, keeping traffic flowing smoothly, and, most of all, creating safer conditions for our students. Your patience and efforts are deeply appreciated!

Upcoming Events
February 8, Spirit Day
February 8, Family Dance, 5:30
February 13, Early Release, 1:50
February 13, PTO Meeting, 5:30, Media Center
February 14, Show your love for Riverton! Wear Red
February 18-February 22- NO SCHOOL, February Vacation
March 1, READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

Cordially,

 Ann Hanna

Principal



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 ...