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New River School News – Week of September 9, 2019

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

2019-20 School Focus:  “It's our TIME!”

 

 

 

Important Dates:

September 10th                               Governing Board Meeting 7 p.m.

September 10th                               Midterm Reports distributed

September 12th                               Student Council Elections

September 13th                               Early Release @ 2 p.m.

September 17th                               Constitution Day

September 20th                               Early Release @ 2 p.m.

September 27th                               September Student Recognition @ 9 a.m. (Invitations will be distributed)

September 30th-October 1st            No School

October 15th-19th                           Conference week (Early Release @ 12:05 p.m. on Thursday and Friday)

October 15th-19th                           Book Fair

October 26th                                  Love My Schools day

                                                                                   

 

Message from the Principal- Ms. Fredlund:  It was a full short week here at New River!  We have many clubs and student groups underway and new ones being shared soon.  On Friday, September 6th the students enjoyed National Read a Book day with reading and activities and also had some grade level STEM lessons in the afternoon.  The first graders were seen using the STEM design process and focusing on structures while the fifth graders had read the book The Magnificent Thing and were then designing their own magnificent thing as a group.   While the STEM activities may occur over several lessons, the importance for the teachers is to model and communicate, and subsequently involve students in the engineering design process. This process also involves student collaboration and practicing STEM skills as well as looking at the design and then analyzing.  These STEM lessons utilize skills from problem solving, academic reference such as measurement, communication, and much more.  We appreciate the donations of STEM items from the community to help support these activities.  At New River, we will continue our journey with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that incorporates 21st century strategies and skills. 

 

All Things E.Q. Motto:  I am always communicating through my body language!

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

PE News:  The primary classes are exploring basic motor skills in personal and general space:  Locomotor skills - walking, running, hopping, jumping, leaping, skipping, galloping, Non-manipulative - turning, twisting, swinging, balancing, bending, landing, stretching,  Manipulative -catching, overhand & underhand throw.  The intermediate classes are developing their skills catching and throwing: Battleship II, Star Wars, Dodgeball.

1st Grade- In first grade, there has been hard at work reviewing rhyming. The students celebrated National Read a Book day with a Rhyming parade around campus!  The students walked classroom to classroom showing off their skills. They have been engaged in a Science and Social Studies unit on Geography by analyzing maps and distinguishing the difference of directionalities. Also, the first graders explored as well as created man-made structures and landforms that can be found on maps.

5th Grade- Fifth graders enjoyed some time on National Read a Book Day Friday, September 6th by coming to school in their pajamas with their stuffed animal friends to cozy up and read!

6th Grade- In sixth grade Social Studies, the students learned about complexity. If you take simple ingredients like cocoa powder, flour, sugar, butter, vanilla and an egg and mix the right amounts together, in the right way you can create something that is fragile and more complex, like brownies. What other complex things are made out of simple ingredients? A pencil, a book, furniture?  In Reading, the students took a reading text and found out their individual lexile score. Scores were marked on individual charts and students set a goal of where they want to be midyear. The best way to improve in anything is to PRACTICE!  Did you know you can practice reading? Students should be reading twenty minutes nightly.  A reminder, book reports are due September 27th and this is a great opportunity for that reading practice!

Clubs:  Ecology, iCivics, STEM Club, Spanish and Latin Clubs begin the week of September 16th.  Ecology and iCivics club information coming home next week.  Beginning Spanish is full, but there are still openings for Latin Club for any interested 5th or 6th grade students. Please contact Mrs. Davis for more information on that club: heather.davis@dvusd.org

 

Message from the Office: 

We are accepting open enrollment and continued registration for the 2019-20 school year!  In addition, we are happy to provide tours of our amazing school and 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 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or contact us @ 623-376-3500. 

 

Spirit Wear:  It is New River spirit wear time!  Parents, please watch for Spirit & Pride order forms next week. Tons of options and great products!

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 (https://www.dvusd.org/newriver ), "like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NewRiverWildcat ).  Please feel free to call the office @ 623-376-3500 with any questions.