Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November News

November 13, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of November and 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 16 and 17. 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.  

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.

The Book Fair is also being held during conferences and is located in the media center.

Be Prepared for School Cancellations
 Portland Public Schools close when it is unsafe for children to get to school due to the conditions of roads and sidewalks.  School closing decisions are generally made by 5:30 a.m.  and announced on the school district’s website (, Facebook page (Portland ME Public Schools) and on local radio and television stations, including TV3. The district may also choose to delay the start of school due to weather or specific issues in one or more buildings.  Notifications for a delayed start will occur in the same way as full-day cancellations. 

If schools are closed for the day, extracurricular activities usually are cancelled, too.  However, Portland Recreation may be open for participants of their before- and after-school program.  Please call the Recreation Information Hotline at 756-8130 for updates or check the Portland Recreation page on Facebook. For more information about cancellations and delays please visit:

Moring Drop Off Reminder
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 Morning Rec Program. If you need before school care for your child please call 874-8455.

Lost and Found
Just a friendly reminder to please check the Lost and Found for 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 dates:

 November 15-PTO meeting, 5:30 in the Media Center.

November 13-17 Riverton Food Drive

November 16-17 Parent Teacher Conferences

November 16 Community Resource Fair-12:00-5:00

November 16-18 Book Fair


Mrs. Ann Hanna

Monday, October 16, 2017

October New

October 16, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Bringing children and parents together at school is one of the goals of Riverton’s School Success Plan.  Pumpkin Fest is a great Riverton tradition that helps us to meet this goal.  This past Saturday was a beautiful day for Pumpkin Fest 2017 and fun way to celebrate Fall with the Riverton Community.  My family and I enjoyed painting pumpkins, playing games and eating cotton candy! It was great to see so many families out in support of Riverton School. Thank you to all the parents who donated items for the fundraising, volunteered, and participated and a very special thank to moms, Stephanie, Meaghan, Brandi and Trish for all the behind-the-scenes work required to put this event on for our school!

Bully Prevention
Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? At Riverton School we are striving to create a bully-free environment where everyone feels safe and empowered to teach and to learn.  At our first school wide community meeting last week, we reinforced this message by teaching students to use the Stop, Walk and Talk technique to address bullying behaviors. Stop, Walk and Talk is the bully prevention method recommended by PBIS.  It teaches students 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 teaching students to use 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 issue is still not resolved.  The overall impact of this bully prevention program is to decrease bullying issues at school to create a more positive school climate.  For specific details about the program please see the resource on the link:

On Wednesday, October 25, Riverton School will be participating in Unity Day 2017. 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 school where everyone feels safe and empowered to teach and to learn.  At school, Riverton students will be taking a pledge to stand up against bullying by speaking up, reaching out and being a friend.  

Check out our Walls
School has been in session for six weeks, and our students have been busy learning. When you have a chance, please check out the fabulous examples of student work displayed in our hallways.  

Side x Side
Riverton School is partnering with Side x Side to enhance and deepen our students learning of curriculum through art. Side x Side brings local artists in to partner with teachers in integrating science, technology, literacy and the humanities with the arts to engage in students in learning.   Below is a list of what each grade level will be working on with Side x Side this year at Riverton:
Kindergarten: Printmaking with Sarah Boyden and Alicia Uth
1st Grade: Bookmaking with Sarah Boyden and Mia Bogyo
2nd Grade: Moving Ocean: Paper Mache sculptures with Sarah Boyden and Leah Cross
3rd Grade: Mural and Physical Theater: Life of Bees with Laurie Downey and Gretchen Berg (October-November)
4th Grade: Physical Theater with Gretchen Berg
5th Grade: Filmmaking: Growth Mindset with Anne Ackerman, Casey Ledoux and Terrence Wolfe (October-November)

Flu Clinic
The Flu Clinic at Riverton School is scheduled for November 2. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year.  Riverton will hold a Flu Clinic for students and staff on November 2, from 12:30-2;30.  Look for a permission slip to be coming home with your child soon.  If you would like for your child to get a flu shot please fill out the form and return it to us as soon as possible.

Lost and Found
Just a friendly reminder to please check the Lost and Found for 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!

Reminder that Picture Day is Friday, October 20! SMILE!

The October PTO meeting is scheduled for October 26, 5:30 in the Media Center. Please come and find out what you can do to support Riverton School!

Happy Fall,

Mrs. Hanna

Friday, September 29, 2017

Principal Update - Sept 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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 future.  We are asking for your commitment to make sure your child attends school every day possible this year.  

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 important.  High attendance rates are linked to better student achievement.  This is true for every grade PreK through high school.

It is understood that some absences are unavoidable and students must stay home when they are unwell. The most important message to our students is that attendance matters. 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.

Families should avoid extended vacations that require students to miss school. Kindly try to line up vacations with the school’s schedule. This would apply for medical appointments as well.

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 on time 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 potential. We value your support and encourage you be an active participant in your child’s education. Parents are welcome to help in the school, to be active in school-wide functions, and to contact us with your questions at 874-8210.  Thank you for all you do.  We look forward to working together to support your child’s school success. 

Welcome New Faces at Riverton School!
Please join me in welcoming new staff members joining us at Riverton. We are fortunate to add some very talented educators to our school community.  Please welcome to Riverton School:
·      Emily Troll- Grade 1
·      Martha Mosher- Grade 2
·      Ann Christie- School Psychologist
·      Morgan Miller- Long Term Sub Grade 1 (Ms. Nichols)
·      Talya Edlund- Grade 5
·      Stephanie Morris- Resource Room
·      Jill Hyland- ELL Teacher
·      Brenda Murphy- ELL Teacher
·      Michele Nunnelley- Music Teacher
·      Montserrat Torras-Slavador-Spanish
·      Sadie Ali- Educational Technician   
First Day Packets
Please take the time to read through the important information packet sent home on your child’s first day that includes required school forms for all families to complete and return to your child’s teacher. If any of your emergency information should change during the school year (such as emergency contact numbers), please stop by the Main Office to provide us with this new information. It is important to always have the most up-to- date contact information on your child(ren), including phone numbers and email addresses.  Thank you!
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 2 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.

Fourth Grade News
Riverton fourth graders have started the year off with gusto!  The readers, writers, and mathematicians in grade four are learning about rounding and place value in math, character changes in reading, and creating strong leads in writing class.  Plus, fourth graders are learning about mapping skills, the great state of Maine, and speaking respectfully toward others with our Second Step curriculum. Thank you all for your support with the great start we've had this year! From, Mrs. Ouellett, Ms. Nicole, and Mrs. Libby

Vision and Hearing
Vision and hearing screening will take place on September 25 and 26 for students in grades 1,3 and 5, and on November 14 for PreK and Kindergarten students.  You will receive a notice from the school nurse only if your child has difficulty with the screening. If you receive a referral for further screening, please schedule your child for an evaluation with an eye doctor as soon as possible and let us know the results of their exam.
Dates to Remember:
·      Thursday, September 21, PTO meeting in Media Center, 5:30.
·      Wednesday. September 27 is our first early release day. School dismisses at 1:50 PM
·      Thursday, September 28 is Open House from 5:00-6:00. Come see your child’s classroom and meet the teacher(s)!
·      Monday, October 9, No School- Columbus Day
·      Saturday, October 14, PTO’s Pumpkin Fest, 10:00-2:00
·      Friday, October 20, Picture Day!
Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal

Welcome back!

August 7, 2017

Dear Riverton Elementary Family and Friends,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this welcome letter for the 2017-2018 school year as the new principal of Riverton Elementary School.  I am both excited and honored to become a part of the Riverton School Community.

This summer, I have been spending much of my time getting to know the building, the school’s staff and becoming familiar with Riverton’s School Success Plan.  In doing so, I have learned that Riverton is a very unique and special school where strong relationships are made between home and school, and staff members are dedicated to meeting the needs of all learners.  In her time as principal, Mrs. Malia has built a strong foundation of academic excellence at Riverton, and I am committed to continuing her legacy. 

For the 2017-2018 school year at Riverton Elementary, we will continue the structures that have assisted our progress over the last six years.  These structures include:
  • Grade-level teacher collaboration, coaching and co-teaching
  • Partnerships with C-Port Credit Union, Riverton Community Partnership, Learning Works, St. Joseph’s College, Boys and Girls Club, Foster Grandparent Program through Opportunity Alliance, Side x Side, Culture Club and others!
  • Professional development in Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop, Everyday Math, PBIS and Second Step 
  • Targeted Title One interventions for students who have not yet met proficiency 
  • The BEST Parent-Teacher Organization!!! The PTO Board outside of the office displays some of the exciting events the PTO provides for our students, staff and community. Parents are automatically members!
I am excited for the year ahead and looking forward to working together in creating a positive and successful school year for everyone!
Ann HannaPrincipal

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