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Subject:                          Riverview Learning Center March 2017 Newsletter


Riverview Learning Center  

March Newsletter 


Issue: # 48

April 2016


In This Issue

RLC Science Expo

2017-18 PARADE Registration

SBAC Testing Information

RLC Variety Show

PARADE Yearbooks

SAT & ACT Alert

Dress Code

Attendance in the News

College Bound



Save the dates!



PARADE HS Info Meeting

March 7 - 8:30am


PARADE Open House

March 13 - 9:30am

Grades K-4


March 14 -


Grades 5-12


RLC Variety Show Auditions

March 29 & 30



PARADE Optional Conference Week

April 3-7


Testing Smarter Balance ELA

April 3-7


RLC Science Expo

April 6 -



Spring Break!

April 10-14


RLC Variety Show

April 20 - 7:00pm





Excused Absences and Attendance

We believe students need to be in school in order to receive the best education possible. Parents should call the Main Office at (425) 844-4960 within 48 hours to excuse and absence or tardy or send a note with their child to school, without notification the absence will be considered unexcused.

Riverview Learning Center


March, 2017


Entering into March we find many things pulling us in different directions. One day the weather is beautiful and pulling us outdoors to work in the garden, play with the kids, or go for a walk or run (much needed in my case). The next day snow is falling and we are wondering if we will have another snow day or delay. I have heard numerous folks comment about the amount of snow we have received and how they are ready for winter to move on and spring to come fully to valley.


As a school staff we are working in a number of directions simultaneously, supporting our students to finish this year strong while also planning for next year. In the planning process, I want you as parents and supporters of the RLC to know how much appreciation I have for the creative energy and conscious determination expended by our staff to create next years schedules. Their dedication to doing what is right for students has been evident throughout the process.


Please note the upcoming events in the left column and make plans to attend where you can. Our state testing schedule includes opportunities for our students to show what they have learned over the past year. The testing windows are different for each group, grade-level, and subject area, please pay attention to when your children are testing and encourage them to do their best. A little extra attention to sleep, eating healthy, and positive encouragement never hurts either.


Over the past few weeks I have attended three funerals, all of men older than myself who meant something to me. As humans often do when considering death, I have had time to reflect on my life as a husband, father, and educator. As I heard the adult children lament and celebrate the lives' of their fathers, it was the little things in their lives that made the biggest impact. The kisses good night, the hugs, the phone calls of support, the constant and consistent love, and the way they treated others are just a few of the things mentioned. What this confirmed for me as a parent and a principal is expressed by author Wilferd A. Peterson:


"Our children (students) are watching us live, and what we do shouts louder than anything we say."





John M. Bomar

Riverview Learning Center Principal






Riverview Learning Center Science Expo!




The Science Expo is coming on April 6th from 5:30 to 7 pm. This is an opportunity for all ages to participate in a non-judged, Science Project presentation event.









This is an all building, family and friends event!  Along with students presenting their research and experiments on boards, we have Discovery boxes from the Burke Museum, a Science Library table, and other exciting items!






Fall 2017 PARADE Registration


Registration for PARADE for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Friday, April 28th, 2017


Stay tuned for more information regarding times, class schedules, and course descriptions.





Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)


Springtime is when students participate in our state assessment, Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA).  The SBA is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the CCSS as their curricular framework.


Smarter Balanced Assessments are taken via computer using an online test engine; they are not timed, though state officials believe that each portion of the test should take between 90 and 120 minutes.  The exams can be paused and students can take breaks as needed.  The assessments are adaptive, which means that as students get questions correct they receive more challenging questions until they reach a level that is too hard, at which time the test engine cycles down to narrow into a "sweet spot" of student knowledge.  Realistically, students will not get every questions correct; the test is attempting to fine their knowledge ceiling in multiple categories (learning strands) in Reading and Math.  The SBA assesses English/Language Arts (ELA), which includes Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, and the like.  There is also a Math component.


Riverview Learning Center's staff puts great effort into ensuring that each and every student taking the SBA assessment this spring is prepared to do their very best.


How can you best prepare your child for these assessments?


  • Have them at school unless they are ill.  If possible, please rearrange medical appointments to a time after our testing days.
  • Students should also come to school well rested and fed a nutritious breakfast, so their brains are in full drive mode!


PARADE SBA ELA     April 3-7  9:15am-12:30pm


  • Grades 3, 4, and 10        -  Monday AND Wednesday
  • Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8      -  Tuesday AND Thursday
  • Make-ups for all grades  -  Friday


PARADE SBA Math     May 1-5  9:15am-12:30pm


  • Grades 3, and 4              -  Monday AND Wednesday
  • Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8      -  Tuesday AND Thursday
  • Make-ups for all grades  -  Friday
  • High School math will take place later in May and will be communicated individually


Note:  CLIP and CHOICE SBA and EOC schedules will be in later May/Early June and communicated individually.






For further questions regarding the Smarter Balanced Assessment go to:





RLC Variety Show

April 20, 2017


The Variety Show will start at 7:00pm following a brief General PTSA Meeting.  Grades K-12 at welcome!  Sign up for a audition time and pick up your permission slip from Mrs. Gould.  Auditions will be held in the RAP on March 29 and March 30 from 12:00-1:00pm.  Permission slips are required to audition.  Rehearsal will be held April 17.  For more information contact



               PARADE 2016-17 Yearbooks


                                          ON SALE NOW


How to pre-order:


1.  Pre-order them in person at the Science Expo, Thursday, April 6th 5:30-7:00pm, or during the PARADE 2017-18 Registration day Friday, April 28th.


2. Pre-order them online by following the link:


  • Click on "Find Your School
  • Type in "PARADE"
  • Click on the blue rectangle that says "Purchase Yearbook"

or you can click the link below:




Cost:  $15.00 each (at this price, why not buy one for each student?!)


Deadline:  Hurry!!  Sales end April 30, 2017 (Yearbooks will be handed out during the last week of school.  Secure yours now, so you don't miss out on this great keepsake!)


                                                                    Brought to you by:


                              A group of hard working students, parents, and teachers as well as the


                                                       Riverview Learning Center PTSA






                    SAT and ACT Alert for Juniors


Juniors planning to apply for college in the fall should try and finish this year with their college entrance exams completed.  If they are not satisfied with their scores this will allow them the opportunity to take the first administration in the fall for the 2017-2018 school year.  Listed below is the information for the last tests this spring for the SAT and the ACT.


SAT -     May 7 Test    -    Registration Due by April 8

              June 4 Test   -    Registration due by May 5                                


ACT -    June 11 Test -    Registration due by May 6      





Dress Code

Dress Code Reminder as Spring Approaches


As the weather gets warmer, we need to remind everyone (parents and students) to follow the school dress code.  Shorts and skirts are to be at least finger-tip length; no tank tops unless covered by a shirt, no bare midriffs, and no clothing that advertises inappropriate activities, messages, or products.  Parents, please look out for those holey jeans that are in style; sometimes the holes are large an in places that are close to inappropriate.  If students are wearing holey jeans, they should be wearing tights underneath.  The complete dress code can be found in your student's handbook or on the RLC website.  While we understand that trends and students exist, we need to maintain an educational atmosphere.  Our students are developing at different rates, and have different levels of physical, emotional, and social maturity.  Clothing (or lack thereof) that creates a distraction, makes others uncomfortable, or creates a safety hazard doesn't belong here at the RLC.  Our administrator will ask students to not wear something again, or ask them to call home if the situation warrants.


Thanks for your help with this.





Attendance in the News


As many of you may have read in The Seattle Times or heard on local news, the State of Washington and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is tracking absences more closely, along with other data regarding pass rates and graduation rates at the high school level.  All absences are included, both excused and unexcused, to see what percentage of students miss an excessive amount.  Washington State has a very high rate of students classified as excessively absent.  Actually, we are one of the highest in the country.  Excessive absence is defined as a student missing 18 days (10%) of the school year.  The prediction is that we will be talking about this more in the future, and parents are going to have to think about the timing of when they take vacations, perhaps trying to coordinate them with school calendar breaks.  Excessive absences are one of the leading indicators of students not graduating from high school. Following are some links to articles and data that have been published.  Food for thought.....  In many cases, we as parents are a gate keeper in this process and have to be prudent in making sure kids are at school.  When kids miss school, they miss significant information from class that can't be made up.  Being present and part of the conversations or discussion that take place in class is where the learning occurs, not on a worksheet.



OSPI data:








LAST CHANCE to Apply for College Scholarship Money Now!


       Deadline for 8th Graders is June 30th, 2017


The College Bound Scholarship offers the promise of tuition and books to qualifying 7th and 8th graders in Washington State.  The scholarship covers the amount of tuition (at public college rates) not covered by other state financial aid, plus a small amount of extra funds for books!  


 How does it work?    

  • First, check to see if you are eligible (foster youth are all eligible to apply)

If the number of people in your family is:

Then your 2016 family income must be equal to or less than:















Each additional family member

                      Add $7,696


  • Second, complete and sign the application and pledge form while you are in the 7th or 8th grade. The online application is available at or asking at your school counseling office. 
  • Demonstrate good citizenship by staying crime free through high school. 
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or Washngton Aplication forState Financial Aid (WAFSA) as soon after October 1 in your senior year of highschool. 
  • Third, graduate from a Washington Stat high school or home school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

 Any questions, please talk to your school counselor.  This is an incredible opportunity for our students who qualify. 


 You must sign up while in the 7th or 8th grade!  






Thank you for sharing your children with us! 


RLC Staff




The Riverview School District complies with all federal and state statutes and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  This holds true for all district employment and student opportunities.  Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer (Ms Janet L. Gavigan, 425-844-4500) and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Dr. Ken Heikkila, 425-844-4500).



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