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For the 2013/14 school year, we will be using Power Announcement to notify staff, students, and parents of a school closing. Please contact the office with any changes in phone, address, or email. Read this letter from Mr. Kearney to set up personal preferences:
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Our next big event will be our annual Fiesta Night on March 19th. Please visit rivervalleyelementarypto.weebly.com for all the latest information on fundraisers, meetings etc.
Read to Succeed is a free program from Six Flags and Discovery Education. RV Elementary will again be participating in this exciting program that encourages children to read for FUN! Students have the opportunity to earn a free admission ticket valid at the Chicago Six Flags theme park. All they need to do to earn the ticket is to complete 6 hours of recreational (FUN) reading between now and February 23rd. All students K-5 are able to participate in this program. An informational parent letter with reading log on the back was sent home on Friday January 23rd. Your child will need to use this log sheet to record what and how long he/she reads. Parents simply need to initial each entry, total the minutes read and sign the log before turning it in. The only reading that doesn’t count is homework or assignment reading. AR reading, comics, newspapers, magazines, books---all count as FUN reading. Your child can read to you, or in the case of younger participants, parents can read to their child. Reading logs will be due back at your child’s school on February 23rd. Late logs will not be accepted. Have FUN reading with your child.
There’s a disturbing trend going on in Berrien County schools. In a recent pilot study of 6500 students in grades K-5 it was determined that 24% of these students were absent ten (10) or more school days. This trend of chronic absenteeism not only has a negative impact on student achievement but also affects the business climate and economic development for our state and increases the costs of adjudication/incarceration of students who do not graduate from high school. Students in families with lower socioeconomic status are affected the most. According to the study, the top three reasons for chronic absenteeism are: 1. Parent-diagnosed illness, 2. Medical/dental appointments, and 3., Parents who don’t understand the importance of school. This is where we need your help.
Please take a moment to view the two-minute video in two different formats explains the work of the Berrien County School-Justice Partnership so far:
Powtoon link: http://www.powtoon.com/show/cE1zL3Jilk6/chronic-absenteeism-in-berrien-county/#/
YouTube link: http://youtu.be/55taf4cjSe4
*See 2014-2015 School Year Calendar for Early dismissal details.
School Board Mtg. RVMHS 7pm
Released Time Bible 1-2:15pm
every Monday on WRHC, 106.7 FM. It is broadcast at 7:30 am and then rebroadcast the same day at 4:00 pm. If you can’t find it on the radio WRHC streams live at radioharborcountry.org
This is a great resource for staff and parents. Please take a moment to visit our Technology Toolbox.
>Technology Toolbox for Staff and Parents