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Subject:                          Riverview Learning Center November 2017 Newsletter


Riverview Learning Center  

November Newsletter 


Issue: # 55

November 2017


In This Issue

Riverview Learning Center PTSA

Picture Retakes

CHOICE Field Trip

Financial Aid Night at CHS

CLIP & CHOICE Conferences

Important Calendar & Bus Information

Paint your own Pottery

What's Happening in CLIP?

CHOICE Early Release

Emergency Weather Info

Mt Rainier Field Trip

Tips and Info from the RLC Counseling Ctr

High Capable Program and Services



Save the dates!


November 6-9

PARADE Optional Conference Week (Mandatory for High School) 

An Optional Math Lab for high school will be held  on Wednesday, November 8.


November 10

Veteran's Day - No School


November 13th

2nd Quarter begins


November 20-22

CLIP - Student led conferences 8:00am-2:30pm


November 20-21

CHOICE conferences



November 20th

Picture Retakes



November 23rd-24th  No School


November 30th

Paint your own Pottery Night








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.




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.

Riverview Learning Center





November 3, 2017



Dear Parents/Guardians:


AI 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 Community.


As 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.


This 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.


Below 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.


Finally, I hope each of you are able to find many things to be thankful for as we go through the month of November.




John M. Bomar

Riverview Learning Center Principal





Picture Retakes



Absent on 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 hours! 




Introduction to OneNote Class Notebook for Parents


Office 365 and OneNote Class Notebook Trainings - for Parents!


Would 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?


Please join Mrs. Schutte for an introduction to Office 365 and especially, how to navigate a OneNote Class Notebook.


When:  Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 9:30 to 10:30 am  or Thursday, Nov. 9th, 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

Where: PARADE Tech Room

What you will learn:

  • How to log on to Office 365
  • The difference between the online versions and the desktop versions
  • How to find a OneNote Class Notebook
  • How to navigate between notebooks
  • 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 Farms





Choice 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.








Financial Aid Night at Cedarcrest






FROM: 6:00-8:00 PM, CHS Library




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 at 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.


What is the FAFSA?

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 aid site  


I'm not 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 bring. 

  • Social Security card or Alien registration card (if you are a permanent resident). (FAFSA only)
  • 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 info.





CLIP & CHOICE Conferences



CLIP 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 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.


CHOICE conferences are on November 20-21, 2017 from 12:30pm-4:30pm.  Parents should contact Mrs. Gagner at meet with Mr. Seymour and Ms. Grant.




****  Important Calendar and Bus Information ****


This is a reminder -  PARADE will hold classes as usual on November 20, 21, and 22.  Please 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


November 30th  -  6:30pm - 8:00pm


Teachers, parents, 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, so she can order just the right amount of bisque ware and glaze.




What's Happening in CLIP?












Recess  and rain and mud - Oh my!


We 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! 



CHOICE Early Release


Continuing from 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



With the 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 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 -


  • CHOICE students will start school at 10:30am
  • CLIP students are not affected and will start at their regular time
  • PARADE students will start school at 10:30am





PARADE       -      Mt. Rainier Field Trip



On 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:


SAT English:  480-800, with the majority of accepted college applications falling within 540-560

SAT Math:  530-800, with the majority of accepted college applications falling within 580-710


ACT English:  18 or above

ACT Math:  22 or above

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

Change the situation:

  • Avoid the stressor.
  • Alter the stressor.

Change your reaction:

  • Adapt to the stressor.
  • Accept the stressor.

Stress management strategy: Avoid unnecessary stress


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 entirely. 
  • 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


Click 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. (
  • Nov. 2nd is the regular registration deadline for the Dec. 2nd SAT.  (
  • 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 them!
  • 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 it meaningful!






Highly Capable Services and Program for the Academically Talented

The Riverview 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 nominated.

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.



December 15th - ALL Highly Capable Nomination Forms Due in the HiCap Office at Carnation Elementary School

Round 1 - January 2018, CogAT screener administered during the school day at students' home schools

Those who meet the criteria will move on to take the full CogAT test

Round 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.



Nurse's Notes


When to keep your child home from school or when your child might be sent home


  • 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 24 hours
  • Pink eye, with or without drainage, until treated
  • Lice, nits (lice eggs), or scabies until treated and nit/lice free
  • Body rash



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).


PARADE Program - Riverview School District, 32302 NE 50th Street, Carnation, WA 98014



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