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Riverdale Fall 2018 Newsletter

Dear Riverdale Families,

Welcome to an exciting new school year!  It has been such a pleasure to see some of our returning scholars as well as some new faces here at Riverdale Elementary. At Riverdale our staff is committed to prepare each scholar for college and career, and our school motto continues to be: Every Student Matters ~ Every Moment Counts.  You have probably heard your scholar recite our Mission Statement a time or two… At Riverdale Elementary we are career-bound scholars going from good to better to best to achieve success.

I hope you’ve had a chance to drive or walk by our school this summer and see the tremendous amount of work taking place inside and outside our building thanks to the 2016 Bond Program!  This has included many exterior improvements to our building including stucco repair and new paint, new landscaping and upgrades to our playground. Inside our building, there has been repair and restoration work in our crawl space; plumbing repairs; security upgrades such as new cameras and electronic card reader access; the installation of water bottle filler stations, upgrades to the art room and new classroom technology.

An incredible amount of work has taken place in a short amount of time to make our school ready for the year. And, as we begin to prepare to welcome staff and scholars back, there is still some minor construction work taking place. Some of this work will need to be completed following the start of the school year.

We want to encourage you to enjoy these wonderful new improvements to our school and also ask for your patience as the construction team puts the finishing touches on our building renovation. We also want to thank our community again for passing the 2016 Bond and making these improvements possible for our school

Our Riverdale scholars will soon be very busy learning routines and procedures, and will be highly engaged in learning with their new teachers!  We will be having an Assessment Day soon on September 4th, and your teacher will be sending you links to sign up for your child’s Assessment time through Sign-Up Genius. We are very eager to meet with families during conferences in October to help strengthen the home/school connection and build a partnership between teachers and parents.  Be sure to check your child’s classroom website next month for links to sign up for Fall Conferences held on October 11th.

I’d like to take a moment to highlight areas regarding school safety, homework, and communication at Riverdale.  Please read the following notes, and let us know if you should have any questions.

Arriving at Riverdale: Parents are welcome to park and walk your scholar onto campus, or use our Hug and Go on Elm Drive/108th Avenue directly in front of the school.  Please remember, cars may not be parked in the Hug and Go area in the mornings, as this is intended for drop off purposes only.  Our front gate closes at 7:20.  At that time, only buses and vehicles with handicap parking may enter our parking lots.

Morning Arrival and Supervision: This year our first bell will ring at 7:30, and the tardy bell rings at 7:35.  Instruction will begin promptly at 7:35, so it is important that our scholars arrive to school on time and ready to learn.  Staff will be positioned on our campus to provide supervision in the mornings between 7:25-7:35.   

Afternoon Kindergarten and Preschool Arrival: We will have students arriving in buses during this time.  In order to ensure the safety of all students and staff, there may be no traffic or parking in the bus lane during arrival or dismissal times.  Please see the following guidelines:

  • Vehicles may park in the Hug and Go lane on the street directly in front our the building in the afternoon only
  • Any vehicle with a handicap license may park in our handicap spots in the front of the building
  • Vehicles may not park in the bus lane in front of the building at any time
  • You are welcome to park in our staff lots if space is available, however, you will not be released from the parking lot until all scholars have safely exited our campus
  • Please call our front office if you have questions about our afternoon arrival policies, and thank you for keeping our scholars and staff safe at all times

Afternoon Dismissal: In an effort to assure all scholars and staff are safe at all times, please see the dismissal policies below:

  • Vehicles may park in the Hug and Go lane during dismissal
  • Any vehicle with a handicap license may park in our handicap spots in the front of the building prior to the gates closing at 2:15, and at 1:00 on Wednesdays, however, you will not be released from the parking lot until all scholars have safely exited our campus
  • Vehicles may not park in the bus lane in front of the building at any time
  • Any cars parked in the gated areas must stay idle, and may not leave until the gates have been open and drivers are motioned to exit when the lots are clear of scholars and staff
  • Please call our front office if you have questions about our dismissal policies, and thank you for keeping our scholars and staff safe at all times

Animals on Campus: We know that pets are part of our families, and are well loved!  However, animals are not permitted on school grounds.  For the safety of all our students please leave your furry friends at home and do not bring them on campus.

Our Homework Policy: At Riverdale Elementary, we believe evenings after school should be spent playing outside, eating dinner as a family and reading together. After our staff conducted much research last school year, we found there to be little correlation between homework and student performance. Therefore, Riverdale has embraced a new homework policy for the 2018-2019 school year.  Scholar’s homework will only consist of makeup work due to absences, interventions agreed upon by teacher and parent, and reading at home each night. 

Newsletters and Events: Please check our Riverdale website regularly as it is chalk full of upcoming events, classroom and school news, PTO information, and important highlights at Riverdale.  Our website will be the hub for school information, as we are hoping to save trees and communicate with parents more directly.  You may also receive emails from the school office or your child’s teacher.  Please let us know if your email address has changed so that we can be sure to keep you posted!

Upcoming Dates @ Riverdale:

August 10th- Class Lists posted at 3:00

August 20th- Back to School Night from 4:00-6:00

August 15th- First Day of School

September 3rd- Labor Day No School

September 4th- Assessment Day

September 10th- PTO @ 6:15

October 3rd - Pumpkin Run (more info to come)

October 8th- PTO @ 6:00

October 11th- Conference Day

October 12th- Teacher Work Day (no school for students)

October 26th- Shiverdale (more info to come)

Thank you for sending us your amazing children! J We want you to feel confident about sending your child to Riverdale, and encourage you to visit, volunteer, or give us a call or email any time.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, celebrations or compliments at kristin.golden@adams12.org or call 720-972-5580.  We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best school experience for your child!

Warm Regards,

Kristin Golden, Principal