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Weekly Wildcat Newsletter

New River School News – Week of May 13, 2019

Vision:  Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders!                          

2018-19 School Focus:  “Gearing up!”



Important Dates:

May 15:                                  Kindergarten and 6th Grade Promotion @ 5 p.m.

May 21:                                  Principal and Honor Roll Invitations are sent home

May 22:                                  End of Year Celebration/Awards Assembly @ 9 a.m.

May 23:                                  Last day of school for Students

August 5:                               2019-20 Open House @ 5:00-6:30pm

August 7:                               School Resumes!


Message from the Principal- Ms. Fredlund:  It was an enjoyable week of celebrating teachers, celebrating students for academics and behaviors, time with teachers to reflect and discuss data and growth, enjoying support from our PTSA, having some birds hatch and start a new home, seeing some great math practices such as looking at the structure and reasoning appropriate way to solve, talking with students on a literature study and much more!  New River appreciates everyone’s contributions and support.  We will continue to be proud of our achievements and celebrations and look down the path to keep reaching goals for the best interest of New River students!


School Highlights:  Below are a few things happening in some of our Grade Levels and Special Areas!

Art-  To culminate our year, each class made a collaborative art piece with artistic ability from all students.  The art was shared in the breezeway on our Showcase night and will be permanently displayed in our Café for all to view and enjoy.  A huge thank you to the PTSA for providing the canvases and for Mr. Medina taking his time to create a unique piece of classroom art.  From, Mrs. Fredlund

3rd Grade- Third grade is finishing up an Ancient Rome unit with a STEM activity- building and testing aqueducts! Third Grade has been anxiously awaiting the hatching of 2 Killdeer bird eggs that were laid in the rocks on the south field almost four weeks ago. We spread the word to all the classes that use the area right away and created a safe 'bird zone.' We are pleased to announce that after almost a month of taking great care the eggs have hatched!  From, Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Brandell

6th Grade- The sixth graders have been learning about the pros and cons of owning exotic animals in Language Arts. We have read several different articles and wrote an essay expressing our opinions. We also held a Socratic Seminar where students were able to choose a side and discuss as a group without teacher intervention. It was an interesting discussion as we all have different ideas about what kind of pets should be allowed. We have a student who owns a bird eating spider who thinks that it should be allowed to own any pet we can take care of. Do you think that your neighbor should be able to keep a rhinoceros on their property? Believe it or not, we did not agree about this!  From, Mrs. Livingston

Message from the Office: 

We are currently accepting open enrollment and registrations for the 2019-20 school year!  In addition, we are happy to provide tours of our amazing school and provide more information.  A New River brochure is available in our office for distribution to friends or family, or please come into our office for more information between 7:30am and 4:30pm, or contact us @ 623-376-3500. 


Yearbooks that have been purchased will be distributed this week.  There are still 2018-29 yearbooks available for $25 and if interested please contact the office.  Also, grade level supply lists will go home in the end of year report card envelope and be posted online. Just a reminder, on the report card your child’s classroom teacher for the 2019-20 school year will be stated.

Stay Connected:  There are many ways to find information about our school, upcoming events, and important news. Take a look at the New River website ( ), "like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NewRiverWildcat ).  Please feel free to call the office @ 623-376-3500 with any questions.