Riverview Learning Center
Save the dates!
Optional Conference Week (Mandatory for High School)
Optional Math Lab for high school will be held on
Wednesday, November 8.
Day - No School
Student led conferences 8:00am-2:30pm
23rd-24th No School
your own Pottery Night
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.
State Law (RCS28A-600.420 and School District Police
3200 prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons at school.
THis law pertains to guns, knives, clubs, firecrackers, and
explosives. Dangerous weapons also include toy or "dummy"
or look-alike objects. The full text of the law and the
definitions of dangerous weapons, as provided RCW9.41.250 and RCW
9.41.280, are on file in the school office. Any violations of
these guidelines by students constitutes grounds
for expulsion from the Riverview School District and the public
schools of the State of Washington, in accordance with the due
process provisions of Washington State Law and Board Policy.
write this the leaves are being blown and collected from the
lawn outside. During this Season of giving thanks, I hope you are
able to identify the people and circumstances in your life of high
benefit to give thanks for. One of my thanks this year is for the
community of students, staff, and families that make up the RLC
we are considering the things we are thankful for, I want to invite
you to participate in the RLC's Second Annual Season of Giving. If
you feel your family could use some assistance heading into the
holidays or if you would like to work with us to help families,
please let Jessica Volpentesta or Veronica Nelson, our counselors,
know and we will work to get you a packet or provide you with
information about how to be involved.
coming month is busy one with the end of first quarter,
conferences for all three programs (information below), and
exciting projects students are working on as the 1st quarter
finishes up. Please be sure to check your school calendar for
Holidays as there are many dispersed through the next few months.
you will see information concerning emergency weather information. In
preparation for critical incidents we have participated in the Tolt
Dam Evacuation Drill and the Great Washington Shake Out this past two
months. Both were completed with effectiveness and efficiency while
maintaining the safety of our students. We will continue to conduct
monthly safety drills with November's drill practicing for a lock
down in case of an unsafe incident arising in or near the building.
I hope each of you are able to find many things to
be thankful for as we go through the month of November.
Riverview Learning Center Principal
Picture Day? Don't love your picture?
Get a second
chance at a picture-perfect image on November 20th, 2017 from
8:30am-11:30am. If your student doesn't normally attend school
on that day, please feel free to stop by anytime during the stated
Introduction to OneNote Class
Notebook for Parents
365 and OneNote Class Notebook Trainings - for Parents!
you like to learn how to use the Office 365 platform and how to
navigate a class notebook so you can better support your students on
their new devices?
join Mrs. Schutte for an introduction to Office 365 and especially,
how to navigate a OneNote Class Notebook.
Tuesday, Nov. 7th,
9:30 to 10:30 am or Thursday, Nov. 9th, 1:30 to 2:30
- How to log on to Office 365
- The difference between the
online versions and the desktop versions
- How to find a OneNote Class
- How to navigate between
- How to move between the sections
of the notebook
- How to insert a link,
attachment, and a screenshot
Bring: your student's district issued device ( and maybe
your student, if you want.)
Note: This is the same basic introduction, offered
twice. Come to one or both!
CHOICE Field Trip to Carnation
went to Carnation Farm on Friday, October 27th as part of
our partnership with Mountains to Sound. Our students toured the farm
and participated in stewardship activities that included taking down
tomato vines and trellises and shucking all types of dry beans.
Night at Cedarcrest
WHEN: TUESDAY, NOV. 14
FROM: 6:00-8:00 PM, CHS Library
THIS IS A DON'T MISS EVENT FOR SENIORS AND THEIR
PARENTS IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED YOUR FAFSA APPLICATION!
Need help filing the FAFSA? We understand
that filing the FAFSA can be an intimidating and potentially
frustrating task and often times families have a lot of questions
while trying to accurately file. Riverview School
District believes all families should have access to college,
therefore we want to provide a valuable resource to help you fill
out your FAFSA. We will have financial aid experts from our
local colleges here along with our counseling staff to help you
complete your FAFSA with ease. Filing for the FAFSA is not
only your access to federal grants and loans, it is also a
necessary tool for colleges to determine your eligibility for
scholarships! Nearly all colleges and scholarship
organizations require submission of this application.
The night will begin with a brief informational
presentation to help families better understand the financial aid
process, then families will go onto the FAFSA website and complete
their FAFSA application with the help of our experts. Both
the student and parent(s) need to attend. We strongly
recommend BOTH the student AND one parent go onto the FAFSA website
prior to the event to register for your FSA ID (blue lock icon at
top of webpage). This will save a lot of valuable time on
Nov. 14th. The same website is where to file for your FAFSA
and is loaded with useful information to help you.
FAFSA stands for Federal Application for
Federal Student Aid. It is the standard form students must complete
to apply for federal and state need-based assistance/aid programs
and, in some circumstances, campus-based assistance/aid.
Am I eligible
to file the FAFSA?
The U.S. Department of
Education Office of Federal Student Aid sets the requirements for
federal financial aid eligibility. For the most up-to-date and
accurate list of eligibility criteria, visit the federal student
eligible to file the FAFSA. What do I do?
If you are not
eligible to file the FAFSA due to immigration status, you may be
able to file the WASFA. You can get help
filing the WASFA at a College Goal Washington event.
What should I bring ?
There are several things you need to
- Social Security card or Alien
registration card (if you are a permanent resident). (FAFSA
- Driver's license.
- Students prior year's tax return (2016)
if you filed taxes.
- Your income information. This includes
bank statements and a W-2 or pay stub.
- Parents' financial
information. Parents should bring a copy of their
previous year's tax return (2016) as well.
- One parent's social security number. If
neither of your parents have one, you may still file the FAFSA.
- Additional financial information -- such
as child support statements, TANF or welfare information, real
estate, stocks or bonds investments, family business or farm
CLIP & CHOICE Conferences
conferences will be November 20-22, 2017 from 8:00am-2:30pm.
Conferences are by appointment and students are expected to
attend. This is an opportunity to discuss academic needs and
plans with the teacher. Please email Dana Koukol at email@example.com to schedule. Conferences will
be 30 minutes long. Students will not have classes this
week, however, homework will be assigned. If you need an
evening conference, please contact Mrs. Koukol.
conferences are on November 20-21, 2017 from 12:30pm-4:30pm.
Parents should contact Mrs. Gagner at firstname.lastname@example.org meet with Mr. Seymour and Ms.
**** Important Calendar and Bus Information
This is a reminder
- PARADE will hold classes as usual on November 20, 21, and
note that there will be NO PM bus service.
CHOICE students will have their usual bus service for half-days. CLIP
students will have their normal class schedule.
RLC PTSA Paint your own Pottery Night
- 6:30pm - 8:00pm
and students will gather together to paint/glaze bisque ware pieces
that will then be fired in the RLC kiln. These keepsakes will be
totally usable and dishwasher safe. Prices range from
$3.00-$12.00 per item. No painting experience necessary and
refreshments will also be served. Come and glaze a special
gift or something for you! Please RSVP to Mrs. Gould email@example.com),
so she can order just the right amount of bisque ware and glaze.
What's Happening in CLIP?
Recess and rain and mud - Oh
like to go outside and stretch our legs for most recesses. Please
help us to stay warm and dry by sending a coat or rain boots, and
remind us to wear them, too!
last year, student early release days (1.5 hour release) will be each
Friday of a full, five-day instructional week.
Our students dismissal time is at 1:10pm, and lunch will be served on
these student early release days.
Half-Days, (3 hour
release) similar to previous years, will still occur for conference
days in addition to the last day of school.
Emergency Weather Information
possibility of snow or flooding this winter, we thought it would be a
good idea to inform/remind families of the policies and procedures for
school closures and delays.
The RLC, and its 3
programs (PARADE, CHOICE & CLIP) reside in the Riverview School
District, and therefore follow the district's procedures.
Please see the RLC
website http://rlc.rsd407.org/ and click
on the Emergency Info link.
In the event that
school is cancelled - families are notified via email from an
automated system. You can also go to the home page of the
district website where it will be posted in red lettering at the
top. If the closure is planned in advance, the local news
channels are notified and they will post the closure on their
"School Tracker" system.
In the case of a 2
hour late arrival -
students will start school at 10:30am
students are not affected and will start at their regular time
students will start school at 10:30am
- Mt. Rainier Field Trip
October 30, our 5th-12th grade students, parents, and staff traveled
to Mt. Rainier Institute. Students conducted field research in Old
Growth Forests, hiked from Paradise in the National Park, and enjoyed
four days of community building and learning.
Tips and Information from the
RLC Counseling Center
SAT and ACT Information
There are lots of questions about what is a
"good" ACT or SAT score. There is no perfect answer
to this question, but below is a good benchmark range to go off
of. While schools put a lot of merit into these scores, please
keep in mind that the SAT and ACT scores are not the only piece of
information schools go off of. If a student feels his/her
score is not an accurate representation of ability, then it is
beneficial to take a test again or take the other test. When is the
best time to take the ACT or SAT? I would say that the end of
the junior year is best, however taking the test after completing
Algebra 2 is probably the optimal time to take the test for math
purposes. Students who are in upper level math classes will
not have seen some of the math material since middle school, so they
will have to brush up on Algebra and Geometry before taking the
exam. Two of the best ways to prepare for the exam are to read and
understand the directions clearly prior to taking the test and doing
the test questions of the day for both ACT and SAT exams on their
websites on a daily basis-starting freshman year!
College Ready SAT and
ACT Score Ranges:
480-800, with the majority of accepted college applications falling
530-800, with the majority of accepted college applications falling
ACT Composite score
accepted for college applications falls within the 26-31
range. The average composite score in Washington is 23.
Health Tip: Managing Stress
If your methods of coping with stress aren't
contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it's
time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage
and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can
either change the situation or change your reaction. When
deciding which option to choose, it's helpful to think of the four
A's: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept. Since everyone has a
unique response to stress, there is no "one size fits all"
solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in
every situation, so experiment with different techniques and
strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.
Dealing with Stressful Situations: The Four A's
- Avoid the stressor.
- Alter the stressor.
- Adapt to the stressor.
- Accept the stressor.
Stress management strategy: Avoid unnecessary
Not all stress can be
avoided, and it's not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be
addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors
in your life that you can eliminate.
- Learn how to say "no"
- Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal
or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities
when you're close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can
handle is a surefire recipe for stress.
- Avoid people who stress you out
- If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you
can't turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time
you spend with that person or end the relationship
- Take control of your environment
- If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If
traffic makes you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route.
If your phone is distracting or causing you stress, turn it off
for a while! Boundaries with you phone and friends are very important!!!
- Avoid hot-button topics -
If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your
conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same
subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse
yourself when it's the topic of discussion. Set boundaries and
adhere to them, it's respectful to yourself and others.
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever
Suffering From Severe Anxiety
here for a recent article from the New York Times discussing the
rising issue of anxiety and finding the balance between protecting
teenagers and pushing them to face their fears.
SENIORS: Here are some things for you and your
parents to keep in mind:
- Nov. 3th is the regular registration
deadline for the Dec. 9th ACT. (act.org)
- Nov. 2nd is the regular registration
deadline for the Dec. 2nd SAT. (collegeboard.com)
- If you are planning on attending college
and have not started the application process, NOW is the time
to do it!!! Don't wait until the priority
deadlines! Do it now.
- The FAFSA application is now open!
Don't delay in applying for Financial Aid. EVERY student
going to college needs to complete this for scholarship and
grant purposes. If you want assistance with the application,
come to our FINANCIAL AID NIGHT NOV. 14th from 6:00
- 8:00 or make an appointment with any local
college financial aid office.
- There are lots of scholarships that are
starting to hit deadlines. Just about everything is
on-line now, so make sure you are on scholarship search
engines. Every student going to college should apply for
scholarships.There is a lot of money out there unclaimed
because no one applies.
- Students needing letters of
recommendation need to plan ahead. Please fill out the
letter of recommendation form available in the counseling
center or online and give it to those people you feel know you
well at least two weeks prior to the date you need them
by. You want to get a good letter and giving them little
information and time does not bode well. Also, make sure
you are giving thank you letters to people who write you
letters of recommendation! They put in a lot of time and
effort writing a letter that will help you reach your destination
and a simple thank you note is respectful.
- Parents, make sure you are regularly
talking to your students about healthy choices, good decisions,
and staying on track. Tis the season for stress, decline
in motivation, and overload. We want to make sure our
students are all healthy and making good choices! We love
them all and do not want to see something bad happen to any of
- Enjoy your seniors! There
is less than seven months of high school left! The end of
the first quarter is nearing. Only three more to
go. Take time to spend quality moments with them.
Talk with them about important tools for living on their
own. It's your last chance to regularly parent them. Make
TIME TO NOMINATE STUDENTS FOR
Highly Capable Services and Program for the Academically
School District will be accepting nominations for assessing students
for Highly Capable Services, including the Grades 2 - 5 Program for
the Academically Talented (PAT) for the 2018-19 school year. All first
grade students will be screened in January to determine their
eligibility, so no first or kindergarten students need to be
Parents can opt-out
of the Highly Capable screening for their children by completing the opt-out
form. This form will be given to parents at conferences or sent home
with your 1st grade child.
All parents who
wish to refer their 2nd through 11th grade
children may pick up a nomination form in the school office starting
November 17th to be turned in by December 15th
(the final day to nominate a student). No late nominations or outside
(private) test scores will be accepted. Those elementary students who
meet the criteria on the screener given during the school day at their
home school will be invited to take the full Cognitive Abilities Test
in February 2018.
The goal for Highly
Capable Services is to support and provide appropriate academic
challenges to students with extraordinary ability in English/Language
Arts or Math.
15th - ALL Highly Capable Nomination Forms Due in the HiCap
Office at Carnation Elementary School
1 - January 2018, CogAT screener administered during the school day at
students' home schools
who meet the criteria will move on to take the full CogAT test
2 - Late February CogAT test for those who qualify from January
screening (date and time to be announced)
*If a child is ill
or unable to attend a screening or testing session, parents must
contact the HiCap office to schedule a make-up test. No outside test
scores will be accepted.
to keep your child home from school or when your child might be sent
- Students with a fever of 100F or higher
should stay home for at least 24 hours and not attend school
until fever-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications
- Students with a cough or sore throat,
especially with a fever, should stay home from school until at
least 24 hours after flu-like symptoms have resolved
- Vomiting or diarrhea, until symptom free for
- Pink eye, with or without drainage, until
- Lice, nits (lice eggs), or scabies until
treated and nit/lice free
- Body rash
Thank you for
sharing your children with us!
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).