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

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!
Cordially,
Ann Hanna
Principal




November 2018

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