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December 2019

The Mission of Riverview Elementary is to inspire lifelong passionate learners, thinkers, and doers by building a sense of community, nurturing creative and diverse learners, and promoting student growth through high-quality differentiated instruction.



December 19 - Choir and Orchestra Winter Concert 6pm
December 23 through January 3  Winter Break NO SCHOOL

A Look A Head:
January 8 - PTO meeting 6pm
January 17 - Professional Development day  NO SCHOOL
January 20 - Martin Luther King day.  NO SCHOOL
Principal's Corner

It's a busy time of year for all of us and just 3 weeks until Winter Break.  Please take a look at the Lost and Found items as they will be donated soon.  And, if you're so inclined, please take a tag from the Riverview Gives tree and donate if you're able.

We're looking forward to the adventures and excitement that 2020 will bring.


News from the PTO

Riverview Gives

Again this year, Riverview has adopted a few families whose holidays we will make a little bit brighter. This is our version of Project Merry Christmas. You will see the tree in our lobby. Simply choose an ornament and sign your name on the corresponding sheet in the notebook on the table next to the tree. Then bring your wrapped gift - with the ornament attached - to the office no later than Friday December 13th! Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for contributing.

From the Health Office

When Should Illness Keep a Student at Home?
Are sniffles and sneezes a sign that students should stay home from school? What about a headache or slight fever? Families often wonder when students should stay home from school because of illness.  As a general rule, consider the following:
  • If your student has had a fever, keep your student home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal (without the aid of fever-reducing medication).
  • If your student has vomited or has diarrhea, keep him/her home until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • If your student has a rash that may be related to a disease, such as chicken pox, etc., or if the cause of the rash is unknown, contact your family physician before sending the student to school.
  • If your student has a severe and persistent cough, he or she should be seen by your family physician before attending school.

School Garden Cultivates Food, Learning, Health and Community for RVE Students 

By Charlie Love, K-4 Science Teacher

It’s a brisk morning in early October as a class of 1st graders head to the school garden during science class.  On the way to the garden they stop by the cafeteria to pick up buckets full of compost made up of scraps leftover from lunch preparation and unfinished meals the day before.  As they make their way to the garden, the students walk quietly down the switchback trail and through the oak forest hoping to see deer, chipmunks, birds, and the last wildflowers and bugs of the year.
Upon arrival at the garden, many students are surprised to see brown, wilted plants, killed by the cold nighttime temperatures.  At least the carrots are still good to eat!  And the plants in the greenhouse survived the frost.  Time to pick the rest of the veggies, snack on fresh beets, tomatoes, green beans and onions.  (Each Fall, Riverview students harvest and eat hundreds of pounds of fruits and vegetables while working and studying in the garden.) 

As the growing season comes to an end, it’s time to “put the garden to bed” for the winter so students get busy harvesting the remaining veggies to take to the cafeteria.  Next, they do an experiment where they bury different types of trash in one of the garden beds and record their predictions about what will happen to each piece of trash: completely decompose, partially decompose, remain the same, or be alive and growing when we return to dig up the trash in the spring.  After the trash is buried, it’s time to make compost lasagna.  Each garden bed gets layers of cardboard, coffee grounds, dead leaves, weeds, and of course the compost from the cafeteria, a perfect habitat for worms to thrive and make our soil rich and wholesome for the next growing season. 

As we make our way up to the “steep rocky trail” with pumpkins, carrots, beets, cucumbers, zucchini and onions for the cafeteria, not to mention our lab reports, pencils and clipboards, we realize we probably should have gone up the more gentle switch back trail.  These veggies are heavy!  But this isn’t the first time these young students have climbed this challenging trail.  They are hikers and they will persevere!

The following week, those students notice that some of the produce that they harvested has been cleaned, chopped and put in the cafeteria salad bar.  They probably didn’t notice most of the potatoes, shredded carrots, onions, and pumpkins that appear in their lunches throughout the Fall, including the big “Thanksgiving Dinner” that so many families came to Riverview to enjoy.

A special thanks to the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, The Garden Project, the Riverview cafeteria staff, the 9R student nutrition department, Bob Lieb (who offers the land and developed the infrastructure to make the garden possible), the Riverview PTO and Durango Education Foundation (who continuously support science programming and resources at Riverview), and the families that volunteer to maintain the school garden each summer.  This collaborative effort is growing healthy brains and bodies, robust scientific inquiry, and strong community at Riverview Elementary School.

To learn more about the academic, social, emotional, and physical benefits that gardening brings to kids, check out this online article:   Gardening for Kids: 7 Reasons Planting Seeds Enriches Their Lives




Looking for some motivation to get healthy next year?
Want to help support athletics and activities at DHS?
Want to give those out of town guests something to do other than ride the Polar Express?
Need a beanie to keep your head warm and show your Demon pride?
Join us for the first Durango Resolution run on New Years Eve day!
It's 5K run  and we also have a 1 mile fun run for the kids (and there will be some distractions for them at the finish line as well!)
The school with the highest participation will receive a traveling trophy!

Here's the link to register  

We also have created a Facebook page to keep everyone up to date on the run. Here's the link: 

Bring your friends...bring your family...the more the merrier!!!!



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