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.
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.
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