Riverview Learning Center
Save the dates!
15th - PSAT at the ESC 8:00am-12:00pm
28th - RLC PTSA Costume 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
- Regular hand washing can prevent the spread of
- 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
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.
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 www.attendanceworks.org discussing
how parents can make an impact on their child's attendance:
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:
and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on
time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of
- 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.
are a COMMUNITYof learners who...
a GROWTH MINDSET,
As a community, I am reminded of a quote by Ken
of us is as smart as all of us."
Riverview Learning Center Principal
5th 9:30am - 12:00pm
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 Lifetouch.com
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
28, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
ghoulish, glam, or wear a mask. . .
Dress up and join
our parade - that's all we ask!!
follow in the MPR.
Important News regarding the PSAT
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.
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
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
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
Be a part of PTSA's
Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature
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.
Heather Wilson for questions
order Due Friday, October 21, 2016!
help support your RLC PTSA!
Do you want to
support the RLC and save some money?
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!
book - $22.00
app - $15.00
pack (printed book and phone app) - $30.00
Questions?? Contact Angela Moore, RLC Chinook Book
Fundraising representative at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information or to place an order.
Chinook Books also make great gifts!
Tolt Dam Breach Evacuation Information
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.
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
- 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.
YOU HAVE RLC SPIRIT?
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
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
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:
phone numbers, Cell numbers, Work numbers
address and Mailing Address
For email address
changes and additions, you may update these by simply clicking on the
"change email" icon once logged on to Family Access.
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:
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
Riverview Learning Center at 32302 NE 50th Street, Carnation, WA
98014. Principal: John Bomar.
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!
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.
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!
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).