• Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden at 10/6/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

    It’s Friday of October break week, and before we wish you well in any adventure you might have planned, I’ll take an opportunity to share with you a few big highlight of our week and then some reminders…

     

    Doctor of Hip Hop!

    Blake Brandes, who has a doctorate in hip-hop and global youth cultures, and is a TEDx speaker and international youth motivational speaker, visited our school yesterday to perform for our students and to talk to them about “growth mindset.” Dr. Brandes performed beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family friendly freestyle rapping as he emphasized the role that exercising the brain plays in all of our lives. Demonstrating grit, goal setting and motivation results in neurological growth that Dr. Brandes addressed throughout his performance.

     

    Check out the Carmel Pine Cone!

    Check out the front page of the Carmel Pine Cone this week where our students have been given credit for starting the movement, and ending with the ban, on plastic straws and disposable utensils. Part of last year’s 5th grade Project Based Learning that focused on waste management, our students should be very proud of their work and success in moving a city to change its practices!

     

    Family Friday

    Today, our students participated in another “Family Friday” to build a student community focused on respect. Our students painted rocks with images of different fish in their cross grade level families. “Respecting differences” and demonstrated through a video about different fish in the ocean (link provided), resulted in the various fish that students chose to capture in their painting.  The fish rocks will will adorn our pathway next to the main corridor as one enters the lower playground.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwAQvHBCY2M

     

    Second grade fire presentations

    Today, our second grade students experienced a fire safety presentation followed by a trip to the fire trailer where conditions of a fire are simulated for students to respond to. Teachers reported that it was an incredibly valuable experience in providing students with the information and simulated experience. We encourage second grade parents to review with their children what they learned as a result of their participation.

     

    Clubs that begin after break

    When we return from break, we have a couple of Clubs that will start. Our environmental “Blue Crew,” for second through fifth grade students, will meet monthly, and our student newspaper, “Otter Times”, will meet every other week and open to fourth and fifth grade students. Perhaps not a club, but fun and enjoyable nonetheless, will be the lunchtime Karaoke that will also begin and Board Games with Counselor Mrs. Craft.

     

    Hello from River School Library!

    We hope everyone takes some time to relax and read over the break! Here are a few updates and announcements:

    -- The "Little Free Library" outside our library has received a lot of donations and the kids love it! Just remember that it's for donations, not a place for your school library books! :o) 

    -- Speaking of donations, we will be holding a used book sale during the Farmer's Market on October 20th, so bring in gently used books to the library after the break and we will put them out in the garden for sale. Proceeds will go to FirstBook.org to provide reading materials in underprivileged areas.

    -- Lastly, our annual Scholastic Book Fair is about 5 weeks away! Volunteers and shoppers alike, mark your calendars for the week of November 13-17! More details and a sign-up sheet to come, but feel free to contact Mrs. Strawser with questions.

     

    And in other news…

    Congrats to our second grade students for their grand performance in the musical “Bugz” this past Tuesday, and to the entire school for responding so well and responsibly to our first Lock Down drill of the school year.

      

    Reminders…

    Lost and Found

    Please comb through the Lost and Found this weekend should you wish to retrieve lost student items. The clothing will be donated to a charity during the weekdays.

    Pumpkins

    When we return from October break on Tuesday, October 17 (Monday is a staff development day, no school), students are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin to school in the two weeks leading up to Halloween.

    Fall Festival approaching…

    River School’s annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 27 after school on our lower playground. Games, activities, crafts and foods will all be on hand for this free celebration.

    River School Halloween Parade on October 31

    Parents, please know that we would love to have you as an audience for our Halloween Parade on October 31 at 1:30 p.m. Students, therefore, are invited to wear their costumes to school – no weapons, fake or otherwise, should accompany students to school.

    Our school is advertising for a new computer lab and classroom instructor. If you have interest, or if you know of someone who would make an excellent addition to our staff, please refer to the district’s website: https://www.carmelunified.org/page/112

     

    Upcoming dates:

    October 9-13 – Vacation

    October 16 – No school, staff development day

    October 17 – Back to school

    October 18 – School Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.

    October 19 – Bike parent meeting, 3:10 p.m. in library

    October 20 – Bling Day/Spirit Day, Farmer’s Market

    October 23 – Childhood Anxiety lecture at CHOMP

    October 31 – Halloween Parade, 1:30 p.m. on campus

     

    Enjoy your break!

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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  • Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden at 9/29/2017 5:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

    Our school is advertising for a new computer lab and classroom instructor. If you have interest, or if you know of someone who would make an excellent addition to our staff, please refer to the district’s website this coming Monday: https://www.carmelunified.org/page/112

     

    National Bullying Prevention Month (NBPM) and Healthy Lifestyles

    During NBPM our counselor, Veronica Craft, will visit classrooms to teach lessons on the character education, pillar of the month, respect. Every student will experience a lesson dedicated to the bullying topic and how it relates to the character pillar. In fifth grade, we review the pillar and also explore “self-respect” and making healthy life choices. The fifth grade students will see a “Natural High Video,” which includes celebrities sharing their stories of success and talking about choosing a natural high activity that makes them happy as opposed to turning to drugs. Goal setting and peer pressure are also a focus of video, which I have provided a link to below: 

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRW_-dDKnkU

     

    Welcome to the River School Otter Family!

    Thank you to Barb and Drew Lierbert for opening up their lovely home for the New Parent Party. It was a gorgeous evening and wonderful event! Many thanks to Ivan Samchenko for his hard work in the kitchen, which resulted in delicious sampling of various foods.

     

     

    Halloween on the horizon!

    Pumpkin rolling…

    Reviving an old tradition, Carmel by the Sea is in its third year of having a pumpkin rolling event on Ocean Avenue on October 7. Check the Carmel Pine Cone for details.

    While on the topic of pumpkins…

    When we return from October break on Tuesday, October 17 (Monday is a staff development day, no school), please bring a carved pumpkin to school to help us decorate our hallways for Halloween.

    Fall Festival approaching…

    River School’s annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 27 after school on our lower playground. Games, activities, crafts and foods will all be on hand for this free, celebration.

    Reserve Halloween, October 31, for our parade

    Parents, please know that we would love to have you as an audience for our Halloween Parade on October 31 at 1:30 p.m. Students, therefore, are invited to wear their costumes to school – no weapons, fake or otherwise, should accompany students to school.

     

    Anxiety in children – a learning opportunity:

    Is your child anxious about school, friendships, sports? How can you help them address their worries and set a positive, productive, and calm family tone? On October 23, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at CHOMP, two guest speakers will address this serious topic to assist parents in developing their capacity to nurture their children in this regard. 

     

    Otters, wish to bike together to and from school?

    Every Wednesday, we promote health and wellness by encouraging our students to walk or bike to school, however, we are aware that this is a personal decision given traffic safety issues that arise around our campus. In the past, we had a group of bike riders, let by a parent or two, meet students in Mission Fields to escort them to and from our campus. Wanting to once again explore the possibility of a return to this practice, we’d like to host a parent meeting on October 19, 3:10 to 4:00 in our library. If you have an interest in biking with children for a safer, more enjoyable experience for kids, please join us for the discussion. Any resulting arrangement will be led by and sponsored parents; the school cannot serve in this capacity.

     

    Upcoming dates:

    October 3 - Second grade musical, 6:30 p.m.

    October 9-13 – Vacation

    October 16 – No school, staff development day

    October 17 – Back to school

    October 18 – School Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.

    October 19 – Bike parent meeting, 3:10 p.m. in library

    October 20 – Bling Day/Spirit Day, Farmer’s Market

    October 23 – Childhood Anxiety lecture at CHOMP

    October 31 – Halloween Parade, 1:30 p.m. on campus

     

    Enjoy some sunshine!

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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  • Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden at 9/22/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

    Today, I was off campus to attend a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) presentation at the County Office of Education. Our entire staff taking part in professional development as it pertains to the new science standards, which reflect a more integrated, and comprehensive view of science. As our science program evolves, classroom teachers and our science lab teacher, Ms. Gunn, will collaborate to ensure that our students’ science experience extends beyond the lab, into classrooms, and incorporates more engineering and technology into the program. Despite the challenge of implementation, we are excited about the more pronounced role that science is taking in our students’ education.

     

    River School Campout is next Friday!

    Next Friday, September 29, is our River School Campout. Hosted by our River Dads group, the campout will start at 4:00 p.m. and last through breakfast on Saturday morning. We have extra tents if families are in need, so no tent does not mean no camping! Dress warmly as the nights can be chilly. Reserve your campsite in the River office.

     

    Wear blue next Friday

    Next Friday, in addition to the campout, is also our next Character Education Assembly and to show our school spirit we are asking ALL of our students to wear blue.

     

    Congrats to our newest School Site Council members

    The results of our SSC election are in, and we would like to congratulate Page Gilmore and Bahar Iranmanesh as our two newest members on the council. We have an impressive and productive council that I am confident will continue to elevate and strengthen the education program we offer our students. Many thanks to all parents who voted during the election.

     

    Welcome to the staff…

    We have two new staff members who we are proud to welcome to our team. Laura Cogley, parent and former professional ice skater, is our new assistant PE teacher and D’Anne Peterson, parent and certificated teacher, is our new instructional aide. We are blessed to have such talent on our staff!

     

    Technology instruction resumed

    Due to a personnel issue, our technology lab program was suspended for a couple of weeks. It has resumed operation under the very qualified and former River technology instructor Missy Sepulvado. I will share with parents a long-term plan for the program as it pertains to personnel in the near future.

     

    PTA Meeting this past Wednesday...

    We had a well attended, first PTA meeting of the school year. Guest speaker and fourth grade teacher Elizabeth Marsh gave a presentation to parents on "personal wellness," and the strategies that she and River teachers employ to help develop the socio-emotional growth of our students. We also approved this year's budget after hearing a report about our successful fundraiser (TUF) spearheaded by Kerith Harrison and Janice Cleary. Many thanks to all of our parents who played a role in meeting our fundraising goal to ensure that our students continue to enjoy PTA funded enrichment programs this school year.

     

    Bring a carved pumpkin!

    When we return from October break on Tuesday, October 17 (Monday is a staff development day, not school), please bring a carved pumpkin to school to help us decorate our hallways for Halloween.

     

    Celebrate the City’s birthday and Halloween Parade

    Carmel by the Sea is celebrating its 101st birthday and Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 28. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m., gathering beforehand at 10:45 with staging at 8th Ave. between Dolores and San Carlos. The parade will travel on San Carlos Avenue and Ocean Avenue and ends at Sunset Center. Students are invited to participate in costume.

     

    REMINDERS!

    New Parent Party...

    The New Parent Party is next Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at PTA President Barb Liebert’s house; we hope to see you there!

     

    Upcoming dates:

    September 27 - New Parent Party 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

    September 29 - River Dads' Camp-out

    October 3 - Second grade musical, 6:30 p.m.

    October 9-13 – Vacation

    October 16 – No school, staff development day

    October 20 – Bling Day/Spirit Day, Farmer’s Market

     

    See you Monday!

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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  • Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden at 9/15/2017 6:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

     

    It was a busy week, and it is a preview of things to come. Please take a few minutes to keep abreast of what activities your children participated in this week and will enjoy in coming weeks.

     

    Eagles and 3D printing?

    This past Wednesday, children’s author Deborah Lee Rose visited River School to host assemblies dedicated to educating our students about the writing process and particularly the manner by which she incorporates science-based themes. Introducing students to her book, Beauty and the Beak, she shared with the students the ordeal, and inevitable celebration, of receiving a 3D printer generated beak after the eagle was shot in the nose. The students were captivated by the subject and story and given that our students have been exposed to, and participated in, 3D printing, they were ecstatic to learn the wonderful applications of this modern day technology.

     

    PTA Meeting Agenda for this Wednesday, September 20:

    Teacher Elizabeth Marsh               8.45-9:  Mindfulness and Happy/Healthy Learning Environments for our Kids

    Janice Cleary/Kerith Harrison        9-9.10:  TUF Results and Good Ideas for 18/19

    Sandra Christou                               9.10-9.20:  Update on PTA finances in general

    Sara Hinds                                        9.20-9.30:  Room Parent, Fall Festival and Committee Chairs Update

    Shelley Moreo,                                 9.30-9.40:  Web Issues, Volunteer List and Buzz Book Update

    Barb Liebert,                                     9.40-9.45:  PTA Meeting Attendance, Camp Sea Lab Grant Status and New Parent Party

    Principal Jay Marden                       9:45-10:00: School update

     

    Counseling presentations this month

    Our School Counselor, Mrs. Craft, will be visiting all classroom this month to review and reinforce with our students the value of Trustworthiness, one of the Character Pillars in our Character Counts program. In addition to that focus, Mrs. Craft will teach a lesson on Personal Body Safety. If you would like more information about the lessons, please visit her guidance lesson page on her website: https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/783 You may also contact her directly at vcraft@carmelunified.org

     

    Teacher Goals

    Next week, I will begin to meet with teachers to review their individual goals this school year. Part of our “Fall Planning Agreement” process, our teaching staff will review with me two goals that they have written and fall under “innovation and relevancy,” and “socio-emotional health.” Breaking the goals down further, teachers will design “project based learning” (PBL) experiences for their students and seek to establish “happy and healthy learning environments” to meet the above written goals. All teachers are committed to achieving these two school goals as we implement a common vision of an education we all would be proud to receive. 

     

     

    REMINDERS!

     

    Two weeks to the Camp-out!

    You don’t have to go to Big Sur to camp! Join River Dads for the River School Camp-out on Friday, September 29. For a modest fee, parents may reserve a camping spot on the lower grass field and then enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars. Reservations are being taken in the school office. 

     

    New Parent Party...

    If you are a new parent to River School, Kindergarten through fifth grade, please join us for the New Parent Party at PTA President Barbara Liebert's home on Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

     

    Otter Cove opens soon

    Our student store will open October 4. If you can volunteer in the store, please contact Cerry Rasumussen  at caunsery@gmail.com

     

    Medications at school

    If your child has a medication to be administered at school, please bring the medication to the nurse’s office accompanied by the distributed form that parents must complete. Please know that students may not take medication, prescribed or not, at school without the form on file.

     

    Upcoming dates:

    September 19 - River Dads' meeting/social – note change in date

    September 27 - New Parent Party 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    September 29 - River Dads' Camp-out

    October 3 - Second grade musical, 6:30 p.m.

    October 9-13 - Vacation

     

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Jay Marden

    Carmel River School Principal

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