Good afternoon Riverside Families,
We hope you had a great weekend! It is hard to believe we are swinging into March and it looks like a great weather week ahead! As we end the 2nd trimester of school (can you believe it?), it is time to talk conferences and report cards. Remember that Friday is a no school day as staff will be working on report cards. There are some reminders that go with that this coming week:
- Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Wednesday evening. If you are interested in a conference, your child's teacher sent home a reminder slip or send your child's teacher an e-mail or phone call.
- Report Cards: We are shifting to electronic report cards in time for greater efficiency. During this school year, you will still receive a paper report card, but starting with this current report card, you will also have access to an electronic report card. Watch for more information as you will have access to your child's report card electronically on March 22.
- Riverside Parent Survey: Our district is on a continuous journey to make our schools the best places for students to learn, staff to work, and parents to send their children for a good education. In this effort, we appreciate your support. It is important to gather feedback from you to celebrate successes and identify areas for growth. Please take a few minutes and complete this Parent Satisfaction Survey to help provide this feedback.
Once the survey is complete, the results will be analyzed by an outside organization. The data from the survey will be sent to each school and the Superintendent. Then, the results of the survey will be shared with parents and the community.
The survey can be accessed online at: SDMF Parent Satisfaction Survey. The survey will be open until March 30.
- Read Across the 50 States Challenge: We are excited to promote our literacy challenge in March and April for students! We have gathered books from school and the library that connect to each of the 50 states. Some are biographies, others are historical and realistic fiction.
We are one region in! Classrooms will start their 2nd one this week. (E-books will be available also for virtual students). Students will fill in a map as they read books from each state. The bins will rotate through the week, allowing students a literacy tour of the US.
Students and families are welcome to bring books from home that connect with a region or state.
- Yearbooks: You can now place an order for your yearbook at VIP’s website by clicking here. Yearbooks are $11. This year all yearbook orders will be placed online, and the deadline for ordering is April 23rd - please be sure to place your order before this time. When it’s complete, your yearbook will be delivered to the school for distribution. For questions or additional information please email email@example.com.
**Virtual students in Mr. Pieters and Mrs. Drida’s 5th grade classes. Don't worry – Mr. Pieters and Mrs. Drida’s class will be in both the Valley View and Riverside yearbook, so you will only need to order your Riverside yearbook.
- Next PTO Meeting: We are very enthusiastic as we continue to work towards merging the Ben Franklin and Riverside PTO's into one joint organization. Save the date of Thursday, March 25 for our next meeting as we decide on the name of the organization, adopt the combined by-laws and vote on funds for the rest of the year and going forward. We would love to have your input at this virtual meeting - Zoom link to come.
- Summer Learning: Attention Elementary families! Our district is deep into planning Falls Summer Academy 2021 and we want to make the experience fun and engaging. Can you please complete the short 1-2 question survey to tell us if your family plans to participate? This information will help us move forward with our planning for traditional, face-to-face Falls Summer Academy opportunities.
- Spring Break Travel: If you plan to travel for Spring Break, March 29-April 5, please follow CDC Spring Break Travel Guidelines. Currently the CDC recommends people avoid travel and stay home. As we have consistently followed the CDC guidance we will not be accommodating a week-long quarantine prior to Spring Break as this would go against the CDC guidance. Teachers will provide virtual instruction only for students in quarantine due to close contact.
- Keeping our schools open depends on how safe and healthy we can stay, and we need your support. Please continue to keep your child home if they are ill and report any positive COVID-19 results or contact with someone who is COVID positive. As we are seeing continually climbing numbers in our nation and the world, we are staying relatively healthy here at school, and want to stay that way so we can stay open.
Thursday will be a Riverside Spirit Day! Have a great week!