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eNews 08.18.2023

Dear Riverdale Heights Families,


Riverdale Heights Families -

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2023 - 2024 school year with your children! I am always amazed how quickly the summer months fly by, but I hope this communication finds you all rested and ready to start the new year! We are really looking forward to having everyone back in our classrooms next week.

As the year begins I wanted to highlight some important arrival / departure information for your family to review prior to next Wednesday:

· Families should plan to drop children off between 8:00 - 8:15 each day, with pick up occurring from 3:00 - 3:15 in the afternoons. Staff is not available prior to 8:00 and after 3:15, and it is unsafe for students to be unsupervised. Please plan accordingly.

· Each family fills out a dismissal plan at the start of the school year, which is what our staff references when there are questions about dismissal. Please stick to dismissal plans and communicate changes in a timely manner so we can keep students safe and accounted for. Changes to dismissal must be shared through a note, email, or phone call to the office. Without family communication, students will not be allowed to change their dismissal plan.

· Students arriving between 8:00 - 8:15 will participate in our Fit 4 Life program or have the option to purchase breakfast. Fit 4 Life gathers on the playground. Students walk laps with friends as they prepare for the school day. At 8:15 students enter the building to head to classrooms. The school day begins promptly at 8:25.

· Please take time to review our Parking Lot Procedures. It is very important that families stay in their vehicle and follow procedures to ensure traffic moves smoothly. Staff will be positioned out front to guide students through procedures and call students to vehicles at the end of the day.

· We do not have the capacity to host guests for lunch during the school day. If there is a need to drop off a special lunch, or forgotten item, please place it on the table in the vestibule with a note, and our office staff will get the lunch and/or item to your student.

We are committed to keeping your child safe and ready to learn, and consistently reflect on our practices and procedures to best meet the needs of our students.

This year, ALL walkers and car riders will dismiss the building through our main entrance doors, keeping all other doors to the building locked at all times. Dismissal bells are as follows:

3:00 - Bus Riders and YMCA Kids Club students are called to the gym

3:03 - Walkers are dismissed through door S2 at the main entrance

3:05 - Car Riders / Daycare Vans through door S1 at the main entrance to gather in front of the building to be called to vehicles.

Families are encouraged to take Back to School photos at Meet and Greet, August 21st, as families will not be permitted to accompany students to classrooms on the first day of school. Our staff will be available up front to help new students to their classrooms as the year begins.

We greatly appreciate your support and partnership as we kick off the 2023 - 2024 school year!

"At Riverdale Heights families and teachers value each other and work together, because YOU matter." #YOUmatter RVDH


Did you know you can download your school’s calendar right to your digital calendar? Click here.


EARLY DISMISSALS: PV schools will dismiss early on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.


Welcome back (almost) Riverdale community! We are so excited for another year of fun, learning and supporting our school.

Here are some important immediate dates to write down:

Meet and Greet and Chalk the Walk - Monday 8/21 at 4:30. Stop by the PTA table to grab chalk, lets decorate the sidewalks before the first day!


Mcdonalds Dine and Donate - Wednesday, 9/6 4:30-7:30 - Middle Road location only. Don't cook, come see staff and teachers at McDonalds for this fundraiser. A portion of your purchase comes back to PTA. Don't forget to buy cookies too!


Donuts with Grown-ups - Saturday, 9/9 8-10am at school (outside, playground pavilion). More information will be posted on our website and Facebook (see below). Pre orders are highly encouraged for this event.


Popsicles with PTA and first PTA meeting - Tuesday, 9/19 at 5:30 (meeting at 6:30) on the playground. Childcare will be available if you stay for the meeting in the library.


Stay up to date with all the things here on our website: https://www.riverdaleheightspta.com/


Also join our Facebook group. You have to answer 2 simple security questions to be admitted. Riverdale Heights Elementary PTA


Infinite Campus Parent Portal opens to access homeroom teacher assignments on August 14 for students in grades 1st through 6th. To access the parent portal, please follow the following guides:


KINDERGARTEN: On August 25, Kindergarten parents will receive communication from the school with teacher assignment and start date information. Half of the kindergarten class will attend on August 29th and 31st (Tuesday/Thursday) and half of the kindergarten class will attend on August 30th and September 1st (Wednesday/Friday). Both groups will join together and attend daily starting on September 5th.


On Monday, August 21, 2023 we will be holding our annual Meet and Greet for families of 1st - 6th grade students. Families will sign up for a specific time between 4:30 pm and 6:00pm. This allows our teachers to spend time with each family as they bring in their supplies. You may register for a Meet & Greet via this link once teacher assignments are released on August 14th. You will need to check your student’s teacher assignment in the parent portal before registering for a Meet and Greet time.


Kindergarten Meet & Greet will be held on Monday, August 28th from either 4:30-5:00 or 5:00-5:30 p.m. You will receive more details on August 25th.


If your student is riding the bus, you will learn your bus assignment through the parent portal. Bus assignments will be made in mid-August and we will alert you when they are available. Bus assignments could change up to the night before school starts, so check back often!


Click here for a complete list of necessary school supplies for the 2023-2024 year. If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be available at Meet and Greet.


Want to know what’s for lunch today? Click here for breakfast and lunch menus.

You can also download the Nutrislice app by searching “nutrislice”.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices

2023-24

Reduced Elementary

Breakfast $1.80 - $0.30

Lunch $2.60 - $0.40

Milk $0.50 - $0.40


FREE & REDUCED MEALS: Your family may qualify for free or reduced-price meals by filling out the Iowa Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals/Milk. To begin your online free and reduced application, please log in to your Parent Portal Account here. If you do not have an account please call our Administration Center at 563-332-5550. Please note that the Free and Reduced application must be accessed from the Portal website link above; it is not available through the Portal Mobile App.

· Once logged in, click the link for “Applications/Forms” on the left

· Select “Click to start meal benefit application”

· After your application has been processed you will receive a notification in your parent portal inbox.

· If you are unable to complete the online application please click here.


If you have questions about our Food Service Program, please contact Food Service Director, Corie Gamble, at 563-332-5550 or gamblecorrie@pleasval.org.


PV Youth Boys Basketball: There will be an AAU basketball organizational meeting for all players and coaches interested in forming a PV youth boys basketball team in grades three through six. The meeting will take place on August 28, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the PVHS Library. This meeting will give information on how to reserve gym time, how to register for AAU, PV coaching clinic info., practice planning/coaching guidance, and league/tournament information. There is NO guarantee that your son will be placed on a team. We need volunteer coaches to start up new teams and a minimum of 7-8 players. If you currently have a PV AAU team, you do NOT need to attend. However, please send an updated team roster and coaches information to spartanaau@gmail.com as soon as possible.


2023 PVHS Cheer Clinic: Registration is open for the 2023 PVHS Cheer Clinic! Students in grades K-8 are invited to attend this one-day clinic being held on Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Registration is $45 per participant and includes a t-shirt & cheer bow. Optional clinic individual pictures are available for purchase ($5). The clinic will be held in the lower Auxiliary D Gym at the east end of the high school. Please enter through doors E-6. Participants will perform on Friday, September 15, 2023 during halftime of the sophomore football game around 5:30pm. Participants should be picked up immediately after the halftime performance near the gate to the field.

Registrations are due by August 31, 2023. No registrations will be accepted at the door. Click here to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Cox at coxveronica@pleasval.org.


Hey Spartans! Friday, August 25th is the PV v. Bettendorf football game at Bettendorf High School. This year, Bettendorf will be hosting our annual Student Hunger Drive "Fill the Truck" event at both the sophomore and varsity football games. We will be collecting cans, cash, and other non-perishable food donations at both entrances. Come out and support the Spartans on and off the field.


The 29th Annual Run with Carl needs you!

Are you a runner? A walker? A parent? Or a volunteer? Keep reading to find the appropriate information on how you can take part in this fundraising race.

All three options, Kids Fun Run, 5K run/walk and 5 mile run, take place on the morning of Monday, September 4th starting at 7:45 am. All promise to be a great time and raise money for Bettendorf!

Mondays in August at 6:00 pm meeting at the Middle Park Playground parking lot. Starting Monday, August 7th and continuing for the 4 Mondays in August join fellow runners for these free training events.

Run with Carl could not happen without the help of our volunteers. Packet pick-up on Friday and Saturday before the race or many opportunities on Monday the day of the race from setting up tables/tents to water stops along the course. High School students can earn service hours while volunteering.


QC Strikers is offering another season of Footwork, Fundamentals, and Fun with Soccer Trainer Andrew Piotter. This program is specifically designed to develop soccer skills and a love of the game for players born in the following birth years 2018-2016. The first session is August 27. For more details and to register please go to the following link.


Bettendorf Parks & Recreation Programs

  • Creative Community-Young Artists Paint Party: $40, 7-14 yr olds, Bettendorf Community Center, August 26 at 10am, Registration Deadline is Aug 24th. https://www.bettendorf.org/paint

  • Early Childhood Music: $144, Classes for 3 Month Olds to 4 Year Olds, Bettendorf Community Center, Starting September 5, Registration Deadline is Sep 3rd. https://www.bettendorf.org/beats

  • Girl Power & Pee Wee Golf Camps: $105, Ages 5-8yrs and 9-13yrs, Tue/Wed/Thur Class Options, Palmer Hills Golf Course, Starting September 5, Registration Deadline is Sep 4th. https://www.bettendorf.org/golf (click on Shawna Elliott Lessons)

We’re hiring! We are looking for great staff to join our growing team. To learn more about paraeducator, custodian, foodservice, coaching, and sub opportunities across the district, visit our employment page.

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