eNews 09.02.2022

Dear Riverdale Heights Families,


Thank you for working with us to help your student(s) learn routines as we start the year. Here are a few reminders as we begin the third week of school:

  • School starts at 8:25 am each day. Students are expected to be in their classrooms ready to go at 8:25 am each day. We are beginning to mark students tardy when they arrive past 8:25. Please be mindful of this as you plan your morning routines.

  • All students arriving between 8:00 - 8:15 am should plan to go to the playgrounds to participate in Fit 4 Life. School staff supervise Fit 4 Life and help students enter the building at 8:15 am. Kindergarten students should begin participating in Fit 4 Life or enter through the main doors at 8:15 as we begin week 3. . School staff will be on hand to help children find their way to classrooms, but we want to start fostering that independence.

It has been a great start to the 2022 - 2023 school year and we value your partnership so much! Have a wonderful, and restful, holiday weekend!

Jennifer Richardson Riverdale Heights, Principal

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


No School, Monday September 5!

Run with Carl! Funds raised from the ½ mile, 5k and 5 mile race benefit the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation’s scholarship program! This year the PVEF will award more than 130 scholarships to graduating seniors! Run with Carl and support our seniors! Sign up for this Labor Day event here!

Virtual Curriculum Night, September 6: At 7:00pm, you’ll receive an email with a video from your teachers, as well as information about what your student will learn this year!

Early Dismissal September 7: Elementary students release at 1:30pm. Remember this year, we will release early the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Homecoming: This year’s homecoming parade is September 15 and we’d love for you to walk with us! Click here for more information and to sign the permission slip. The slip must be returned to school by September 14. Stay after the parade for the carnival in the PVHS Parking Lot! Go, Spartans!

PVHS Preschool: We have some openings in our Pleasant Valley High School Preschool. As part of our Child Development classes, we operate a preschool at the high school that is supervised by Mrs. Debbie Claussen but run by the high school students taking the class. PVHS Preschool enrolls twelve 3 to 5-year-olds, and meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from September - May. This year, preschool meets from 9:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. High school students enrolled in Child Development do the actual planning, observing, and teaching of the preschool children in a variety of activities. The high school students develop learning experiences for the children in areas of art, math, science, music, storytelling, food, and safety. We stress socialization skills for the preschoolers but we cover all the areas listed above. If you are interested in enrolling your preschooler, please contact Debbie Claussen at claussendebbie@pleasval.org.

Spartan Safe Snack List: As a reminder, if you’re sending a snack to school, it must be on our Spartan Safe Snack List. Let’s keep all Spartans safe and healthy!.

Guidelines for Keeping a Sick Child Home/Illness Policy: Most parents have faced the dilemma of when to keep a sick child home from school. The Pleasant Valley School Nurses would like to remind you of our 24 hour policy and offer some guidelines to help you make a wise decision.

  1. Fever. Keep your child home if they have a temperature > 100 degrees. A child should be fever free without taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen for 24 hours before returning to school.

  2. Vomiting or diarrhea. The same 24 hour rule applies. Your child should tolerate a regular meal or two before they come back.

  3. Coughing that won’t stop-or anything different about your child’s breathing. Severe coughing is exhausting for the child and distracting for the classroom. Consult your doctor for persistent cough or breathing that sounds or looks different than usual.

  4. A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep in children are headache and upset stomach. See your health care professional for a throat culture to determine if it is strep. If your child is diagnosed with strep, keep them home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

  5. Uncontrolled pain-if your child has mild discomfort and is otherwise acting ok, you may want to give an over the counter pain reliever and send them. However if they are not able to participate in their normal school day, keep them home and call the doctor.

As always we encourage adequate rest, hydration, and proper hand washing to keep the germs at bay. For more information about how long an illness is contagious, contact your general practitioner or visit the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov.

September 5 No School September 5 Run with Carl. Register here to support PV Seniors. September 6 FAST Testing Window Opens September 6 Virtual Curriculum Night September 7 Early Dismissal, 1:30pm September 12 MAP Testing Window Opens September 12 4th Grade Orchestra Night, PVJH Cafeteria, 6:30pm September 15 Homecoming Parade & Carnival

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


Room Parents: If you are willing to act as a room parent for this school year, please sign up here. This year we are asking for just a Lead and Co Lead (two volunteers) per room who will coordinate the rest (snack and activities) with their classroom family and teacher. Please read the intro paragraph carefully before signing up!

PTA Meeting & Popsicles on the Playground: Save the date for our first PTA meeting and Popsicles on the Playground Tuesday, September 20th 5:30pm for popsicles, 6:30pm for our first PTA meeting of the year!


4th Grade Orchestra Sign-Ups: It’s not too late to sign up for orchestra! All 4th grade students are welcome to join orchestra (as well as 5th and 6th grade students!) See the PV Orchestra Website for more information including registration. All interested 4th grade students are welcome to attend our Orchestra Information Night & Instrument Petting Zoo on Monday, September 12th at 6:30 PM at PV Junior High. Please contact Mr. Lee Starovich starovichlee@pleasval.org if you have any questions!

PV Platinum Driveway Painting: Are you interested in adding PV spirit to your driveway? The PV Platinum Dance Team is coordinating the driveway painting fundraiser again this fall! For $30 per painting, Platinum Dancers and parent volunteers will paint the PV logo OR the Spartan Head on your driveway. All requests must be received prior to September 20th and all the driveways will be completed by the middle of October (weather permitting). Please click here to fill out all the necessary information. We will send a follow up email with more information when we receive your request. If you have any additional questions, please contact Sarah Butcher with PV Platinum at - pvpdrivewaypainting@gmail.com. Thank you for your support. GO SPARTANS!!


CornCon 8: Register for this “hacker’ camp and STEM festival on October 1. Scholarships are available by emailing corncon@corncon.net.

LeClaire Library September Programs: Click here for the September calendar of events.

Hand-in-Hand Programs: Sign up for October programs by September 15.

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