• Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden on 11/17/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

    We had a spirited “mustache” day today! Many thanks to all of our students who participated!

     

    Turn Off Tech. Week – read the powerful article provided on the link

    As I communicated last week, this year we will once again challenge our students to “Turn off Technology” for a week - December 4-8. There is a strong body of research, which documents that too much screen time can have detrimental effects on children. In preparation for the week, and to prompt serious refection on the topic, please take 15 minutes to read the following sobering and fascinating article on the topic and featured in The Atlantic  - “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation.”

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

    Regardless of one’s personal viewpoint on the topic of screen time, I think you will agree that the article is powerful in bringing to light socio-emotional issues associated with technology use. The 15 minutes parents spend reading the article may very well change parenting behavior.

     

    Monterey County Foodbank – bins are in Ottertoreum!

    Please click on the following link to learn more about our food drive to benefit local, needy families. Our students are interested in participating not only because of the charitable act, but because they can earn Otter Bucks!

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12fbPDfhfYbDr-FyckxKLDeO3LIoruHVGOStBk7pFLkk/edit?usp=sharing

    Also, please know that we’ll be participating in a drive in December to collect shoes and socks to be given to Highlands Elementary School in Monterey. Highlands Elementary has a significant number of students and families that are homeless, and they have already been incredibly grateful to hear that we’ve committed to the upcoming drive.

     

    A 19 year study reveals kindergarten students with these two skills are twice as likely to obtain a college degree (and they have nothing to do with reading!)

    It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age 5 could influence their future chances of success, but that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found. Curious? Please read the article provided in the link below that identifies the two skills. I’ll provide a hint – they are very well aligned with the goals we have not only for our kinder students, but all our students:

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/m/cb7215cc-8fe6-3aca-9b27-0b86eaa84be7/kindergarteners-with-these.html

     

     

    Upcoming dates:

    November 15-21 – Minimum Days, Parent/Teacher Conference Week

    November 22-24 – Vacation

    December 4-8 – Turn Off Tech. Week

     

     

    See you Monday!

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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  • Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden on 11/9/2017 3:30:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

     

    Last night, our fifth grade students performed beautifully in the musical “This is America” at the CHS Theater. Paying homage to patriots, the musical also included a touching remembrance of the patriots and relatives that are, or were, part of our fifth grade students’ families.

     

    Turn Off Tech. Week

    During the week of December 4-8, our students are going to be challenged to “Turn Off Technology” to promote health and wellness. There is a strong body of research that reveals that too much screen time can have  detrimental effects on children. In preparation for the event, but coming later, I’ll also assign “homework” to parents and ask that our parents read one powerful article that documents the ill effects of tech. overuse. For now, please be aware so that you can support the challenge of Turn Off Tech. Week by talking to your children about the upcoming event.

     

    Mustache Day!

    Next Friday is a spirit day with the “mustache” as a theme! Students are invited to be creative and wear a mustache to remember! We do have a contest at each grade level to determine the most spirited student!

     

    Talent Show Coordinator needed!

    We still do not have a Talent Show coordinator and will have to consider not having the show this year if we do not fill the role soon. Please contact me at school if you are interested, or if you are willing to share the coordinator with another parent.

     

    SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE - FOCUS (Friends of Carmel Unified Schools) needs your help to continue its legacy of providing teacher and staff grants to support students within the entire Carmel Unified School District!  Although FOCUS is taking a break from its annual Fall Back Bash auction, we are now providing an opportunity for you to bid online on some of the historically most popular items donated by our schools! The auction opened on Friday, November 3rd, and will run through11pm on Sunday, November 12th. Don’t lose out on this once-a-year opportunity to bid on auction items like: Be River School’s Principal for the Day – includes lunch with Jay for your child and their friend! Or the VIP Package to the River School Family Campout where a large tent is setup for you in a prime location, ready for your family to use. Includes dinner, breakfast, s'mores and snacks for the family delivered to your tent. To view and bid on these and the other popular auction items, please visit: https://www. charityauctionstoday.com/ auctions/focus-fall-back- auction-3273  Thank you for your support!

     

    Upcoming dates:

    November 10 – Veteran’s Day, no school

    November 13 – School Site Council Meeting

    November 13-17 – Book Faire – 8:00 to 4:00

    November 15-21 – Minimum Days, Parent/Teacher Conference Week

    November 17 – Spirit day - Mustache theme

    November 22-24 – Vacation

    December 4-8 – Turn Off Tech. Week

     

     

    With many thanks to our Veterans,

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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  • Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden on 11/3/2017 3:30:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

    This was a very busy week with Halloween, our presentation to the school board and ending with this evening’s PTA/Movie Night. We won’t be slowing down much before Thanksgiving, given that there are many important events scheduled starting with our Parent/Teacher Conference Week on Wednesday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 21. Please be reminded that students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. during conference week.

      

    Love a parade!

    Last week, Blue Crew students joined me at the Carmel by the Sea Parade where we marched with “Sustainable Carmel” under the umbrella of waste reduction as our students held signs that promoted the message. Blue Crew, River’s environmental group, meets regularly throughout the school year to promote its Ocean Guardian goals.

     

    And while on the topic of Oceans…

    River School partners with the local Whales on Wheels organization to bring marine studies to its campus. This past Monday, River fifth grade students in Mrs. Tiffany’s class experienced a pilot lesson on whales that involved the organization bringing a life size inflatable Humpback Whale that students actually entered to learn about the anatomy and physiology of the mammal.

     

    Talent Show Coordinator needed!

    One of our most beloved events, the River School Student Talent Show, is without a director. We need to ensure that this wonderful tradition continues; it is one of the most cherished events our students enjoy. Please contact me at school if you are interested in such a role, or perhaps are willing to share it with another parent.

     

    FOCUS on-line auction

    FOCUS (Friends of Carmel Unified Schools) needs your help to continue its legacy of providing teacher and staff grants to support students within the entire Carmel Unified School District!  Although FOCUS is taking a break from its annual Fall Back Bash auction, we are now providing an opportunity for you to bid online on some of the historically most popular items donated by the schools! The auction will open at 2pm on Friday, November 3rd, and run through 11pm on Sunday, November 12th. Don’t lose out on this once-a-year opportunity! To view and bid on items please visit: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/focus-fall-back-auction-3273 Thank you for your support!

     

    Library help needed

    Please consider volunteering for our annual Book Fair! It will open on Monday, November 13th and run through Friday, November 17th. We will be open from 8am to 4pm every day that week. To volunteer, stop by the Library any time, or click on this link to sign up on a Google Sheet. 

    Thanks! 

    Abbi Strawser

    Librarian

     

    Lost and Found going, going, gone

    Please comb through the Lost and Found bin before Monday as all items will be donated to a local charity.

     

    Fifth Grade Musical – This is America

    This Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Carmel High School Theater our fifth grade students will perform the musical, “This is America” in honor of our great patriots. On the topic of patriots, please be reminded that this coming Friday is Veteran’s Day and there will be no school.

     

    Upcoming dates:

    November 8 – This is America musical, 7:00 p.m. at CHS

    November 10 – Veteran’s Day, no school

    November 13 – School Site Council Meeting

    November 15-21 – Minimum Days, Parent/Teacher Conference Week

    November 22-24 – Vacation

     

     

    Have a great weekend!

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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  • Friday email

    Posted by Jay Marden on 10/20/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon River Parents,

     

     

    We had a very spirited “Bling Day” today. We also enjoyed a wonderful Famer’s Market. Many thanks to garden teacher Maryann McCormick and her crew of volunteers for hosting this cherished event.

     

    CMS – visiting students and healthy lifestyles

    Today, CMS leadership students and Choir visited our school to promote healthy lifestyles to attending third, fourth and fifth grade students. Focusing on diet, exercise and healthy habits, the students performed various skits to promote the message.

     

    Fall Festival is next Friday!

    Next Friday will be one of the biggest and most celebrated events of our school year as our Fall Festival will start at 2:00 for kinders and 3:00 to 5:00 for all other grade levels. The event is free and families will enjoy dozens of entertaining activities such as Karaoke, Fortune Tellers, Magic Cookie Oven, Pumpkin Bocce Ball, several toss games, art projects, and various food items. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

     

    Blue Crew – student club invited to walk in parade!

    Our crew of student ocean guardians, aka “Blue Crew,” has been invited by Carmel by the Sea to march in the city’s birthday parade on Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m., meeting at Sunset Center. Given our recent success in helping the city adopt more friendly environmental policy, they’d like us to march under a banner of “sustainability.” I strongly encourage all of our Blue Crew members to participate if possible to show our commitment to protecting our environment. Please ask your second through fifth grade student if they are a member and join us for the march!

     

    Presentation to the School Board

    On Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. in our Ottertorium (multipurpose room), River staff will present to the school board our goals for the school year. This is an open meeting where River parents are encouraged to attend – we love the support!

     

    A Focus on Writing

    On Monday, teachers were without students as our elementary staff gathered to further develop our repertoire of writing skills in concert with the “Writer’s Workshop” model. We are in the middle of this three-year staff development plan, and the result will be a strong union between our existing Carmel Writing Program and Writer’s Workshop, which adds significantly to our students’ rich writing experience. Furthermore, the union of the two will not only allow our students to flourish as writers, but to exceed the demands of writing as defined by the common core standards.

     

    School Site Council – school goals

    Our School Site Council, comprised of staff and parents, met for the first time this week. The council’s primary charge is to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of our plan to meet our school goals as documented in our “Single Plan for Student Achievement.” The goals include:

    1. All students engage in challenging, innovative, and relevant curriculum.
    2. All students achieve personal wellness through an environment that fosters health and happiness.

    The council will meet approximately five times for the stated purpose. We certainly desire input from parents along the way that may help guide our decision making, and please know the meetings are open for parents to attend. They dates shall be communicated in advance.

     

    Reminders…

    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.

     

    Upcoming dates:

    October 23 – Childhood Anxiety lecture at CHOMP

    October 27 – Character Education Assembly, 1:15 p.m.

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

    November 1 – Presentation to the CUSD School Board, 5:30 p.m.

    November 3 – PTA Meeting and Movie Night in Ottertorium (multi)

    November 9 – 5th Grade Musical, 6:30 p.m.

    November 13 – School Site Council Meeting

    November 15-21 – Minimum Days, Parent/Teacher Conference Week

    November 22-24 – Vacation

     

    Happy Friday!

    Jay Marden

    Principal

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