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

Mrs. Ann Hanna, Principal

Monday, June 11, 2018

June News

June 10, 2018
Dear Riverton Families,
The end of the school year is almost here and what a wonderful year it has been! I have enjoyed getting to know the students, staff and families of the Riverton School Community and feel proud to be a member.  It has been a great year full of learning and growth for all our students. Just a reminder that we no longer have Early Release Wednesdays in the month of June and dismissal is at 2:50. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 20 and it will be a full day.

Riverton Schools Librarian, Ms Ivy and I want you to know that there are so many fantastic programs for children all year at the Portland Public Library. This summer the Portland Public Library will be having an  All Aboard! Summer Reading Program form June 18-August 11.  

The All Aboard! Summer Reading Program encourages students to read and learn over the summer. They provide a reading log, as well as entertaining programs to attend. This year the Riverton Branch Library is providing wonderful programs for kids to keep their learning alive over the summer! On the schedule there are special events with The Honey exchange, the Center for Wildlife, and art projects.

Students will be excited to hear that when they read eight books and try at least eight of the suggestions on the All Aboard Map, they will receive a certificate, a book, a coupon for the Gelato Fiasco and Subway, and a chance to win a bicycle! Dates are June 18th to August 11th. At sign up kids will receive a voucher for tickets to a Sea Dogs game. Watch for information about All Aboard! that will be sent home with students in mid June. It will give students and families all the information they need to take part. The Riverton Branch phone number is 797-2915

The Riverton Branch Library has a great website:  https://www.portlandlibrary.com/locations/riverton-branch/

Find the bookmobile schedule here:

Check out the kids and family section at the Main Library here:

We encourage you to meet up with families and friends at the Library, all branches and the Bookmobile this summer!  Don’t miss the All Aboard! KICK OFF event with The Sister Steel Pan Band June 28,  5:30-6:15 At Portland Public Library on Congress Street.

We encourage families to take the Portland Pledge this summer to keep reading.
Here is the Portland Pledge for Summer Success:

  1. I PROMISE to eat healthy foods!
  2. I PROMISE to practice Let’s Go 5210!
  3. I PROMISE to move around!
  4. I PROMISE to explore Portland!
  5. I PROMISE to get and use my library card!
  6. I PROMISE to read!

Remember: Read everything, everywhere, every day!

Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, June 12: Volunteer Celebratory Breakfast, Media Center,  7:45
Tuesday, June 12: Cultivating Community Wrap Up Meeting, 3:00
Thursday, June 14: Grade One to Maine Wildlife Park
Friday, June 15: Physics Lessons, grades 4 +5
Monday, June 18: Field Day
Tuesday, June 19: Riverton Step Up day, 8:45
Tuesday, June 19: Fifth Grade Farewell, 1:00
Wednesday, June 20: Final Community Meeting, 8:45
Wednesday, June 20: Last Day Student
Have a great summer!
Ann Hanna

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May News

May 8, 2018

Dear Riverton Families,

Happy Spring! Thank you for your support during the current budget process, and for advocating on behalf of the students at Riverton School. The next City Council meeting is May 14 where there will be a public hearing on the school budget before the council vote.

Art Gala
Riverton Elementary School will be hosting its Second Annual Art Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 17, to raise funds to create a natural playscape for children of all abilities to enjoy. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Riverton School and is open to students, families and community members. 
Available for viewing at the Art Gala will be more than 400 pieces of student artwork. Communal works of art created by each classroom will be auctioned off in the Silent Auction, as will items such as baskets of books, art from local artists, home goods and gift certificates to local businesses. Donations have been provided by Bayside Bowl,  The Escape Room, Portland Museum of Art, The Seadogs and local restaurants including Bruno’s, Amato’s, The Treehouse Restaurant, Black Cat Cafe and Rosemont Market, and many more local businesses. There will be live music, light snacks, and refreshments. 
 Riverton currently has one playground for about 450 students. It was built 13 years ago and is designed for children age 7-12. It has just one handicapped swing and children using wheelchairs find the playground difficult to navigate.
Plans call for building the new playscape on an open hill in the front of the school, near classrooms for the school’s youngest children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. The playscape would also be near classrooms for students in the school’s Bridge program, which serves students from around Portland with disabilities that impact their ability to access a typical playground. Since Riverton is a community center as well as a school the playscape can be used up to 15 hours a day, all year round by all of Portland’s families.
The new playscape will be more accessible for students with disabilities as well as developmentally appropriate.  Plans are in the works for breaking ground this summer for the first phase of the new playscape which will include an observation platform among the trees at the top of the hill,  and a sand river with a boat. There also will be new plantings, rock climbs and benches.   Our playground committee was just awarded a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s to use toward our new natural playscape. Thank you to Jen Seed for taking the lead on applying for these funds.
The school also has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with fundraising for the project, which has a $50,000 goal. The link to that page is: https://www.gofundme.com/38s2xvmk

As you may have already heard, Portland Education Foundation received a $50,000 grant from The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation.  Riverton will be getting over $7, 000 of the grant money to buy books for our library and classrooms. The grant is intended to support books that honor and celebrate culture to help students learn about students from different backgrounds.

Upcoming Dates
Monday, May 8: 5th Grade Concert, cafeteria, 9:00
Wednesday, May 9: Early Release
Thursday, May 10: 2nd Grade Concert, cafeteria, 9:00
Thursday, May 10: District Volunteer Appreciation, EECS, 4:00
Friday, May 11: 2nd Grade to Scarborough Marsh
Tuesday, May 15: 4th Grade Concert, cafeteria 9:00
Wednesday, May 16: Early Release
Thursday, May 17: 3rd Grade Concert, cafeteria, 9:00
Thursday, May 17: 4th Grade to Old Fort Western
Thursday, May 17:Riverton Art Gala & Silent Auction, 6:00-7:30
Tuesday, May 22: 4th & 5th Grade PSO Youth Concert, 9:30
Wednesday, May 23: Early Release
Thursday, May 24: 5th Grade to Fort Williams
Thursday, May 24: PTO meeting, Media Center, 5:30
Monday, May 28: MEMORIAL DAY, No School!!
Wednesday, May 30: Early Release:
Thursday, May 31: Kindergarten Information Night, 5:45
Friday, June 1: C-Port Essay Presentations,9:00
Friday, June 1: 5th grade step up 10:45
Friday June 1: Garden Celebration, 3:00-5:00
Thursday, June 7: Portland Elementary Track Meet, Fitzpatrick Stadium

Ann Hanna


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April News

April 8, 2018

Greetings from Riverton School! Happy Spring! We want to remind you there is No School on Friday, April 13 and Recreation is also closed.  School returns on Monday, April 23 after spring vacation.

Did you know that April is National Poetry month? National Poetry Month was created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. At Riverton School, students in our second grade classrooms have been learning how to write poems during Writing Workshop.  Here a few delightful examples of our young poets’ poetry:

A Shell, My Shell
By Greyson Walker
My shell is like the skin of a leopard.
It is smooth and shiny like mermaid magic.
It looks like a skate tube for awesome fish.
It looks like a tube slide that makes fish happy.

By Rhyan Houser
One YouTuber leads to many.
Two YouTubers leads to more.
You love YouTube.
I love YouTube.
Everybody loves YouTube.
You too!

Unicorn Needle
By Kairi Burr
Unicorn Needle
So sharp
But so beautiful
Makes you think about

Math Meet Team results
Congratulations to Riverton School’s Math Team who recently came in fourth place out of thirteen teams, with two of our students placing first! Students practice weekly to prepare for the meets with our fabulous Math Coach, Ms. Nancy Sirois. Woohoo!! Go Riverton!!

Morning Drop Off Reminder
We want to remind parents and guardians that students should not come 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 before school care for your child please call 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!

Student Placement Process
Student placement is a thoughtful process that begins in May and involves input from classroom teachers, other school staff, and administrators.  Parents/guardians have opportunity to give input by providing written information on how your child learns best to the principal by May 1st.  The placement team, which includes the child’s current teacher(s), considers academic progress, interpersonal relationships, developmental needs, and attendance as key factors to create balanced classrooms at each grade level. Teacher assignments are finalized by building administrator, after all staff is in place. Families are notified by mail over the summer.   We are unable to honor any requests from parents/guardians regarding a specific teacher selection.  Please contact us, if there are any questions.

Last Day of School
For your planning purposes, the official last student day of school is Wednesday, June 20th. This will be full day of school for students.

Budget Update
The School Board Finance Committee recently voted to recommend an approximately  $112 million budget to the full school board. This budget maintains current elementary class sizes, as well as the elementary world languages program, among other items. On Thursday, April 12th at 7 pm at Casco Bay High School, the full School Board will be voting on recommending the FY19 School Budget to City Council.

Upcoming dates:
April 10: National Encourage a Young Writer Day!
April 10: St. Joe’s Science Lessons, Grade 4/5, 1:30-2:30
April 11: Early Release, 1:50
April 11: Panera Restaurant Night!
April 12: School Board Meeting, Casco Bay High, 7:00
April 13: No school for teachers and students
April 16-20 April Vacation
April 25: Kinderconzerts Grades PK, K, 1 9:40-10:20, Cafeteria
April 25: Early Release, 1:50
April 26: Grade 4 students to St. Josephs
April 26: PTO meeting, Media Center, 5:30
April 27: BRIDGE students to Special Olympics
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week!

Ann Hanna – Principal                                                                                 

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 educat...