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Subject:                          Riverview Learning Center October 2016 Newsletter


Riverview Learning Center  

October Newsletter 


Issue: # 43

October 2016


In This Issue

Picture Day!

PARADE Costume Parade

PSAT Information

Bus Passes

2016 Schools of Distinction Award

Reflections Art Competition

Scholastic Books Online

Tolt Dam Breach Evacuation

Spiritwear Orders Due

PTSA Memberships



Save the dates!



October 5th -

Picture Day



October 15th - PSAT at the ESC 8:00am-12:00pm 



October 28th - RLC PTSA Costume PARADE 10:00am-12:00pm

October 30th -

Reflections Entries Due!


Nov 7-10th -

PARADE Conference Week (K-8 Optional, High School Required)











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.


Tips to Keep Your Student Healthy

Many students have already missed school for illnesses and it is important to remind our children of some basic things that will help our kids stay healthy.  The following facts may help us talk with our kids:


- Up to 80% of infections are transmitted by our hands

- Germs can live on hands and surfaces for hours or even days

- Regular hand washing can prevent the spread of illness

- Many of us don't wash our hands as often as we should

- When washing hands, use warm water, lather with soap, scrub for 20 seconds, and air dry or use a paper towel

- Kids should always wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating

- If soap and water are unavailable, a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used 

Riverview Learning Center





October is upon us and Fall is fully developing outside the windows of our homes, classrooms, and offices. The mornings are getting colder, the leaves are turning, and the days are getting shorter.

Daylight Savings Time will soon be ending as well; Sunday, November 6th, will officially show our clocks falling back one hour. With the thought of time, we also need to make sure we continue our focus on attendance and being on time to school.

The following is an excerpt from discussing how parents can make an impact on their child's attendance:

Getting your child to school on-time, every day, unless they are sick, is something that you can do to ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. While others can help, you are the bottom line. You can promote good attendance when you:

  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child's teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
  • If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.

In September I was excited to see all of our students return to classes in all of our programs here at RLC. I was also excited to meet many of our parents at the Curriculum Connections Night, Art Dedication, and PTSA General Meeting which all took place on Sept. 22nd. I look forward to continuing to meet our parents as we have further opportunities this year.

Our Chinook Books are on sale by PTSA in the foyer of RLC through November 1st; if you want some great savings opportunities while helping support our PTSA, this is a good way to do both.

The Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill went well and we learned a couple things about how to help us monitor our children on the way to the evacuation site. All of our RLC students and staff made it up and down the hill without incident which was a great thing. I wanted to say a special "Thank you" to the high school students who helped out with the younger students as well.

We heard exciting news about our PARADE program last week as we have been selected as a School of Distinction for the second year in a row. See further information in the pages below.


RLC Expectations

We are a COMMUNITYof learners who...

...RESPECTourselves and others,



...Are READYto learn.



As a community, I am reminded of a quote by Ken Blanchard:

"None of us is as smart as all of us."


John Bomar

Riverview Learning Center Principal





Picture Day


Wednesday, October 5th 9:30am - 12:00pm


For all students in PARADE, CLIP and CHOICE students.  If Wednesday is not a usual school day for your child, please feel free to arrive anytime during the above hours to allow your student to have their picture taken.  Order forms will be sent home with each child, and we do have extras at the front desk of the RLC if you need an extra one.  Please note that you can also order your pictures online beforehand by visiting


Remember, school pictures are a great way to document and remember your child's school year!


****  There will be a Make up Picture Day in mid-November ****



RLC Costume Parade

October 28, 2016 -  10:00am - 12:00pm


Whether you're ghoulish, glam, or wear a mask. . .

Dress up and join our parade - that's all we ask!! 


Refreshments to follow in the MPR. 



Important News regarding the PSAT




The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be on Wednesday, October 15th at the ESC from 8:00 AM -12:00 PM. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in a high stake testing environment, learn their strengths and needs regarding probable performance on the SAT and for juniors to enter the National Merit Scholarship competition.  Students must bring Photo ID (school or driver's license), calculator and their Social Security Number on the day of testing.  The photo ID is used at check-in and the Social Security Number is used on the test as part of the identification system.  Test results are returned in December and then are distributed to the students.





Bus Passes


Alternate bus arrangements will only be allowed with a signed note or email from a parent or guardian. Students need to bring their notes to Mrs. Rodger at the front desk before noon on the day they need their bus pass.  Students will not be allowed to make phone calls to arrange an alternate bus route; district policy states that students must have written permission to ride a different route, therefore, phone calls from a parent will be accepted anymore.  This request could be still denied by Transportation if the alternate bus route is full and would exceed bus capacity limits.





2016 Schools of Distinction Announced


PARADE, a K-12 Alternative Learning Schools program in the Riverview School District, has earned School of Distinction status for the second consecutive year. PARADE is one of just 94 schools and programs in the State of Washington to receive this honor, and one of just 54 schools and/or programs designated as a "Repeat Winner" in receiving this recognition.


The School of Distinction award, announced annually by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), The Association of Washington Principals (AWSP), the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), and the Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WASCD), recognizes the top five percent (5%) of the highest-improving schools in the state for increased reading/English language arts (ELA), math achievement, and/or graduation rates over the past five years.


As a parent partnership program, this award recognizes not only the outstanding efforts of the PARADE teaching faculty, but also the continued commitment and educational support of the PARADE parents and families. The success of the program reflects a collaboration between student, staff, and parent, for which the PARADE community and Riverview Learning Center administrators are very proud to celebrate.

Riverview Learning Center principal John Bomar took time to praise his "awe-inspiring staff", but also made it a priority to speak of the pride shared across all facets of such a unique, collaborative program.

"The hard work and partnership with the parents and students has created a system and a culture where students are able to succeed at high levels," Bomar said. "The dedication of all partners involved has shown a commitment to this process year after year."


The PARADE program will be one of 36 schools, and Riverview one of 11 districts, honored by the Puget Sound Educational Service District at an awards luncheon in late October.

The Riverview School District proudly celebrates the accomplishments of the PARADE program, its families, staff, and leadership, as well as the Riverview Learning Center for receiving such exceptional recognition yet again this year.




Reflections Art Competition

"What is Your Story?"



Be a part of PTSA's Reflections Program!


Categories are: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature

Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Entries from all grades and abilities welcome and are due by 10/30/2016.


Please see the website for contest rules and entry forms.

All of the state info has been updated and is available for you at:


Please contact Heather Wilson for questions






Scholastic Books Online


Next order Due Friday, October 21, 2016!


Class Activation Code:  NNQLW





Chinook Books


Please help support your RLC PTSA!


Do you want to support the RLC and save some money?


Please consider buying the new 2016 Chinook Book in the newest RLC PTSA fundraiser!


Stop by the display table at the Riverview Learning Center and see how much you could save by using the coupons from favorite local merchants like Bartell's, PCC Markets, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Grateful Bread and more!


  • Printed book - $22.00
  • Phone app    - $15.00
  • Combo pack (printed book and phone app) - $30.00



Questions?? Contact Angela Moore, RLC Chinook Book Fundraising representative at for more information or to place an order. 


Chinook Books also make great gifts!



Tolt Dam Breach Evacuation Information


What is the Tolt Dam Breach Evacuation Plan?



The last week of September, we participated in our annual Dam Breach drill.  Students participate yearly in learning how to safely evacuate the Riverview Learning Center campus by following in the route to the evacuation site.  Remember, this route is used in case there is a dam breach.  Every other year the entire student body participates on the walk to the top of the hill.  In case you didn't know, the entrance for the site is off of NE 45th at the Tolt Highlands Road.  With safety as our main concern, we take the trip very seriously and practice procedures in the event of a real dam breach.  It is important for parents and students to know if there is an earthquake or city-wide alarm, how to evacuate the building to our fire drill site, quickly take attendance, and walk up the hill to safety.  A school bus arrives at the building to transport students who are designated as fragile due to physical or health constraints.  Every classroom at the RLC has an emergency backpack with a few basic first aid supplies that is carried up to the site.  Upon arrival to the site, there are containers with basic provisions and a first aid station - please be assured that your student is safe with our staff.  Students are assigned to specific staff members as part of our procedure.  In the event of a real earthquake, please do not try to drive along the route or up the hill to collect your student.  Because the building is evacuated, we also do not leave behind staff to answer telephones.  Upon returning from the evacuation site, if you feel the need to pick up your child you would come directly to the main office for proper check out.


For Emergency Reunification


At the Riverview Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our primary concerns.  As part of our comprehensive emergency plan we have an established procedure to reunite students with parents/guardians.  This procedure is designed to ensure that students are safe until a parent/guardian arrives to pick them up.  Several key components of this procedure we feel you should know are:


1. Parent/guardian - student reunification will occur at the RLC Main office.

2. When you come to pick up your child, please have your identification with you so we can confirm your    identity against the Authorized Guardian Student Release Information we have on file.  This layer of detail is in place to ensure your child's safety.






We are placing an order for Spirit Wear very soon.  If you'd like to order a sweatshirt or t-shirt to show your Riverview Learning Center spirit, please stop by the front desk to get an order form.  Don't miss out!                   




PTSA Happenings!



A big shout out to our PTSA team, meal contributors, set-up and cleaning crews, and everyone who helped make the Back to School Pizza/Curriculum Connection such a great success!  It was fantastic to see families, teachers/staff and students come together for an evening of fun.  If you couldn't make it this time, there are several more exciting community-building opportunities coming your way.  Stay tuned for email announcements and if you're not on our Facebook page yet, please stop by and join the conversation.  We want to hear from you!  


Also, please join the Riverview Learning Center PTSA if you have not done so already.  We have a great group and we'd love for you to be included, too!  Below, you will find the membership form linked for you to fill out and drop off at the Main Office at the RLC.   





Family Access Information



Please take a minute and verify that all information on "Family Access" is correct for your student.  Please notify us immediately for any updates that need to be made such as:


Home phone numbers, Cell numbers, Work numbers


Family address and Mailing Address


Emergency Contact Information


Health Information


For email address changes and additions, you may update these by simply clicking on the "change email" icon once logged on to Family Access.



Fundraising Made Easy





The Riverview Learning Center is continuing to collect Box Tops and Campbell labels. Please remember to send them in with your student to bring to the main office on their way in or if you are stopping by, feel free to drop them by the main office.  Every little bit helps.


One of the goals during this third year of the Riverview Learning Center is to set up ways to accept and raise money for special projects, activities, and other needs for both students and classroom materials.  You can help in these efforts by:


Company Match Money:


Asking your company if they participate in any type of "match" money that can be donated to schools.  For example, Microsoft allows employees to donate dollars to schools and they will match that donation.  Several other companies will do similar matches.  Typically this information can be obtained through your payroll & benefits department and requires you to fill out paperwork to make this happen.  Depending on the company, the school receives the dollars on a quarterly of half-yearly basis.


Some companies will also donate money to schools for hours of volunteer time documented by the employee.  Usually the way this works is the employee volunteers time in the school or on school-related activities, then documents the time on a form provided by the company.  In many cases, the employer will match up time with dollars and donate it to the school.  Again, there is a process and paperwork on the employee side, but what a great way to voluntter and give back to the school.


Designate the Riverview Learning Center at 32302 NE 50th Street, Carnation, WA  98014.  Principal:  John Bomar.


Boxtops for Education:


Bring in or send in with your student your Boxtops to the main office or to the classroom teacher.  Clipping the tops off of specially marked food packages and household consumer projects with the logo is the first step.  We've been doing Boxtops in the past and want to increase our efforts this year.  Each box top redeemed is worth 10 cents for the school.  Tell your friends, neighbors, and relatives to help us out as well.  We will make sure they are collected, organized, and sent into the company at the specific due dates.  The collective impact that the community can make can be big!


Campbell Soup Labels:  Labels for Education:


Bring in or send in with your student your Campbell labels to the main office or to the classroom teacher.  We are able to redeem labels for merchandise through the company.  We will collect and ship them off to the company.  In the past, we've been able to purchase art supplies and PE equipment.  Keep the labels coming our way.


Cartridges for Kids:

If you have used printer cartridges or old cell phones, drop them off in the main office as we collect them, pack them up and send them to Cartridges for Kids Campaign, where those unused items are redeemed for cash back to the school. 


We will continue to seek additional ways to bring in extra dollars through companies who work with schools.  By finding ways to make donations part of the daily things we purchase, use, or spend time on, it is an easy way for little things to add up.  Lastly, if you have other ideas or know of other ways where businesses contribute rewards or other benefits back to schools, we need your ideas and help.  Call Mr. John Bomar, Principal, at 425-844-4960.





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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