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McAlister’s for RFNO 4/24!

It rained cats and dogs on our last McAlister’s night, so we’re doing it again! McAlister’s has great options for kids, and wonderful food for everyone. And if you haven’t had their sweet tea, it’s like drinking liquid velvet! See you there, and feel free to invite family and friends to take part! 10% of all sales to back to the Riverwood PTO!

Be sure to print out the form and take it with you!
McAlisters Flyer – Download and Print!

McAlisters-4-24

Volunteers Needed ASAP!!!

TCAP Proctors NEEDED

Riverwood needs your help. Please let us know if you can proctor TCAP. It only requires supervising a classroom while students take a test.  We can use your help, even if it is for only one day. This is a great opportunity for grandparents or other family members who may work from home or are stay-at-home parents.  Return this form to the school ASAP and contact VP Davenport at senskedavenportk@scsk12.org !

Name: ________________________________

Phone Number _______________ Email: ________________________________

I would like to help by being a TCAP Proctor on:

__ Tuesday, April 29th – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Wednesday, April 30th – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Thursday, May 1st – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Friday, May 2 – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Tuesday, May 6 – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Wednesday, May 7th – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Thursday, May 8th – 8:30 – 12:30 am

__ Friday, May 9th – 8:30 – 12:30 am

Good News!

Riverwood Elementary received 1st money for Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer.

Riverwood has been awarded a Blended Learning Grant! The grant will provide every Riverwood student with a tablet or laptop device to use both at home and at school. We are so excited that we were selected to pilot this innovative approach to learning. More details to come!

Riverwood’s sign project received 2nd Place in the Memphis City Beautiful Contest.

Riverwood has been selected for the Aetna teaching garden grant. The grant will provide our students with a vegetable and herb garden.

Cafe Fontana for RFNO!

Riverwood Family Night Out is January 30, 2014 at “our own” Cafe Fontana!

Located at the entrance to Cordova The Town, Cafe Fontana is owned and operated by our own Tom and Valerie Schranz. They have wonderful Italian food that you and the kids will love, and a percentage of your purchase will go back to Riverwood. You gotta eat, right? Let it benefit our school by bringing this Riverwood Family Night Out – Cafe Fontana flyer with you tonight from 5:30 to 8!

cafe-fontana-logo-small-a-e1339184329793Café Fontana

8556 Macon Road
Cordova, Tennessee 38018
(901) 529-7526

Help Support St. Jude!

Teachers Dana Ellington and Cristin White are participating in the St. Jude half marathon to support Abby Grommet. She is a student at Riverwood and also a St. Jude patient. As St. Jude Heroes, they have a team goal to raise money for Abby and the kids of St. Jude.

Will you help them support St. Jude by donating today?
http://heroes.stjude.org/riverwoodabby

How your donation helps:

* Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food  and travel.
* St. Jude will continue to improve treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.
* For every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.

Ugly Mug is Back!

Everyone knows someone who drinks coffee or hot chocolate. That, and the fact that Ugly Mug is a great coffee, makes this one of our easiest and best fundraisers!  Last year, we raised between $4,000 and $5,000, and only 10% of students participated!  If we can get everyone to sell at least one item, we’ll double that easily!

The brochure went home Friday, November 8. Orders are due back by November 19 in order to be eligible for the cool incentive prizes (starting out at just two items!) and so we can get the order fulfilled by the December break.

If you didn’t get the brochure, I’ve scanned it as an Adobe PDF and posted links to it below. Feel free to post about our sale on your social media. If someone wants it shipped, you can add about $6 and send it via USPS (this is not a service of the fundraiser – you have to ship it yourself.)

Riverwood Night at the MidSouth Corn Maze!

brainWednesday, October 2nd, is a special night for Riverwood Elementary families. We’re teaming up with the Cordova Elementary families for a discount night at the MidSouth Corn Maze!

Tickets are normally $7 for adults and $5 for kids ($24 for a family of 2 parents and 2 kids), but with our rate, tickets are $3 each, and a further discount of $10 per 4! Please make sure someone in your party is wearing Riverwood gear so you can be identified for the discount.

We are very excited to bring this discount cost to our Riverwood families, and as an added bonus, the MidSouth Corn Maze will donate $2 per ticket back to Riverwood!

Times are from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Keep in mind there are several additional attractions there, including the corn husk air gun and the giant pillow bounce, which are additional costs just as normal.

See you there!

Current Volunteer List

Please check the list below. If you are not on it, please click here to add your information. Note that it will not automatically update. We have to download from one online form and upload to another in our newsletter setup. Thank you. If each spouse has a different contact information and different volunteer abilities, please enter each one.

* I only included the first part of your email to confirm which person is entered for anyone who shares a name with another parent.

First Name Last Name Email*…
Ikran Abdull Ahi yasmin…
La Quita Ajanaku newaja…
Vicki Allen vickia…
Coretta Allen csalle…
Toni Anderson toni.a…
Christina Andrews cha256…
DeAnna Austin brantn…
Bevin Baddorf baddor…
Jamie Baddorf jamie@…
Melody Bailey melody…
Mieshia Bailey mieshi…
Joi Bailey phifer…
Tyrie Bailey tyrieb…
Mary Balsano mary.a…
Julie Barnum tnchic…
Brandi Bcai wanoen…
Anna Beasley annabe…
Kenya M Berry kmberr…
Kathnin Binch katiel…
Amanda Bishop crunki…
Tracy Black sonict…
John & Lessle Blaie liones…
Rita Blake ritabl…
Wendy Boothe wendy0…
Shuna Boyd sb2003…
Kamella Bright kamell…
Jerelyn E Brinson j.brin…
Riley Brown brownr…
Renita & Anson Bryant aadeso…
Yolanda Bury sevapp…
Ashley Canady ashley…
Jene Card cardje…
Kitzy Carr khcarr…
Angela Carter adcart…
Jamie Carter jamiec…
Patricia Chapman pchapm…
Cindy Chavez marioc…
Roxana Chilin roxych…
Rena Hamler Clark rbabyg…
Kelly Clement kboswe…
Calandra Cleveland caland…
Le Toya Mc Clinton letoya…
Magen Coleman colema…
Nicohl Collier bryant…
Rosalyn Collins collin…
Gabrielle Collins gabrie…
Theresa Colmon theres…
Yasmin Cooper yasmin…
Rebecca Crucifixio bcruci…
Leopoldo Cruz lcruz1…
Emily Cunningham emily.…
Malika Dahir malika…
Ray dahmer rldahm…
Liesl Danley lddanl…
Georgia Dent beange…
Houleymatou Diallo dhoule…
Rosa Diaz patriz…
Kristen Dietel kdiete…
Kayte Dillon kayte.…
A J Dixon audrey…
Lanita Dobbins lanita…
jill Dyson jdyson…
Patrick Ellis patjel…
Tina Ellis tinara…
Melanu Farmer melanu…
Tk Fayne tkfayn…
Christina Ferguson christ…
Dorimar Ferrer natura…
Afrika Florence afrika…
Tionae Futch tionae…
Patriccia Liliana Gallegos pgalle…
Kerry Garrick klgarr…
Shalonda Gatewood gatewo…
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Denise Gladney dgladn…
Emarita Gonzalez emerit…
Amy Gordon tn2tws…
Kelly Goss kelly.…
Cynthia Grommet cgromm…
Karen Gross moodyb…
Roslyn Hailey roslyn…
Mary Hale ramela…
Angelica Hamlett hamlet…
Elizabeth Harper emnaha…
Jason & Brandi Harris bmwhar…
Larissa Harrison harris…
Amie Hartsfield amieha…
Erika Harvey Erikal…
Kimberly Hawkins kimhaw…
Kaitlyn Headd Kheadd…
Caryn Heaslet carynh…
Jessica Heath jjheat…
Michael Heim heimwi…
Melissa Heim meliss…
Felicity Hemingway fehem1…
Gennie Henry ghenry…
Shawne Hernandez shawne…
Melanie Herndon msmela…
Ramon Herrera herrer…
Sheree Hester sjhest…
Lashanna Hicks hicksl…
Zasmonique Hines mszas@…
Adelle Hixon day adelle…
Becky Hobson beckyh…
Kristin Holloway kristi…
Sankedra Clay Hudson sanked…
Zhamya Islamova islamo…
Angelique Jackson angelj…
Tamile Jackson tchani…
Tamara James tamara…
Holly James well.n…
Srinivasa Jayaram sriniv…
Terence Johnson terenc…
Terri Johnson terrij…
Leonard Johnson tnajoh…
Erika Jones erikap…
Stephanie Jones stormy…
Reneka Jones Hughes rsjone…
Ashley Jordan a_jord…
Najat Khdiev najat0…
Tameka Killebrew tmkill…
Karen King kingki…
Vinh La vinh_l…
Lynette Lamb lynett…
Annette Lane mrs.do…
Ildeponso Laquindanum imlaqu…
Sherese Leavy mrslea…
Marcia Lee mrsmar…
Crystal LeJune juliet…
Terri Lenox lenoxt…
Allena Lipscomb lenani…
Derica Little littde…
Cynthia Lopez lopezc…
Jim Lord jimlor…
Corian Love-Puryear corian…
Cynthia Mukete Lyonga mc.ya@…
Courtney mabry mscjs1…
Lakshmam Mahadevan lmdeva…
Bekebe Mako bmmako…
Dan Malone dmalon…
Fatima Marshall fatima…
Karen Martin kgmart…
Vincent & Dorcas Martin vincen…
Diana Mc Daniel lilmom…
Seth McCaskill sethmc…
Tiffany Mcgowan tiffan…
Ofelia Medina yessen…
Dakota Meikle dakota…
La Toya Melton Dalson latoya…
Catarica Middleton cdrodg…
Shabnam Minhas shabna…
Lakisha Mitchell kisham…
Iris Moore moore.…
Sheri Morris sherie…
Pamela Mosley pamela…
Angela Myers angela…
Jean Myrtil jmyrti…
Tirini Nering nering…
Karen Norris knorri…
April Oehl aprilo…
Joseph Okello jokell…
Chassity Oliver chassi…
Mayno Onleqa mauro9…
Marinda Owens rindas…
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Paresh Patel hemi_1…
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LaToya Payne latoya…
Tonya Pearce tonyah…
Judith Pereira puerto…
Divyasri Ponturu dpotnu…
Kathleen Poole qm1029…
Ebony Porter ebonyp…
Deepa Pradeep adepan…
Cladeeca Presley cd_797…
Cheryl Preston cheryl…
Enelyn Pringle Alexander epring…
Lakesha Pruitt lprlov…
Anthony Quinn apaviq…
Renee Ramirez reknee…
Deshanna Raynor raynor…
Mariena Richard mricha…
April Roberts robert…
Shenell Robinson srobin…
Maria A Rodriguez ceyan1…
Karen Rodriguez k11270…
Lahaunda Rodriguez lashau…
Lashaunda Rodriguez lashau…
Gregory & carletta Rogers carlet…
Rosalba Romero alba.c…
Sharon E Ross mrssha…
Jessica Rozell jessic…
Tara Ruffin tsruff…
Brandy Russell b_rand…
Ruth Salvador runosa…
Haynee Sanchez lisset…
Boronicc Sauza joshua…
Leslie L. Sawyer sawyer…
Valerie Schranz vschra…
Sherrye Scott 1elvsr…
Jennifer Scroggs jennif…
Adreean Shanklin msbell…
Sarika Shukla sarika…
JoAnnette Sierra lightb…
Ashley Simmins ashley…
Monica Smith monica…
Melanie Smith macsba…
Carlvana Smith scarlv…
Erin Smithhart esmith…
Courtney Smith-Williams courtn…
Casey Spellz casboy…
Janet Spencer janet_…
Yolanda Spinks briean…
Amber Stanley astanl…
Synelsha Stopher Synels…
Jervon & Natashia Stuart Jervon…
Hans Suhultz hansau…
Danielle Sullins daniel…
Kealoha Taylor hulaha…
Chassidy Taylor taylor…
Melodie Terwilliger mrterw…
Arielle Tillman a_till…
Venetia Tomlin veneti…
Mari Townsend mari_p…
Tierra Tracy tierra…
Tamar Trexler-Wood t_trex…
Yiju Tseng linda5…
Sharon Turner turner…
Wendy Turner wendyw…
Maribel Villarreal marivi…
Tonya Wachenschwanz tonyaw…
Jennifer Wakefield jenw21…
Kamika Wall kamika…
Tiffany Walton tmypig…
Jonathan & Tierra Ware wareti…
Alisha Warren alisha…
Terrance & Carla Watson watson…
Berenice Welson bereni…
Jennifer Weske jweske…
Rita White whiter…
Jennifer White jlpw38…
Kristy White mskjwh…
Mary A White mwhite…
Russell Wild wildho…
Carlena Williams carlen…
Felicia Wilson felici…
Christin Winford christ…
Christy Wintr jws329…
Michael Wolverton michae…
Lisa Wong troutq…
Erica Yeary-Rocha erica.…
Tracy Young tracyy…
Jacky Zanders mrsjac…

Submit your Volunteer Form

First, please check to see if you are already on our list here.

If not, please submit this form ONE TIME per person. Note that it will not automatically update the other page. We have to download it from this form and upload it to our newsletter software. Thank you!

You raised $499 by clicking!

TargetAd3Way to to Riverwood! You raised $499 for our school by clicking and sharing the Give Target link!  Let’s remember this program for next year, as we should easily be able to double it by getting the word out to the school early.

(Previous post text below)

(OK, maybe three clicks when you click the link, click the app approval, and click the vote button.)

Target’s “Give with Target” campaign is going on now. This is a facebook fundraiser that basically gives Riverwood $1 for every vote. We get the funds no matter what “place” we come in. You can vote once in a certain period (I believe it’s 7 days).  Vote now, and if you are so inclined, post to your facebook wall to ask your friends to vote for our school. We should easily be able to get to $1000 with the number of parents and their friends with a few votes each!

VOTE HERE

When you click to vote, you will need to accept the “Give with Target” facebook app. It will ask if you want it to post on your behalf, and you can “skip” that option to move on and vote.

That’s it!

Notes from 8/13 & 8/15 Parent Orientation

PTO

If you weren’t aware, we are not doing memberships and dues this year. As parents and teachers, you are “All In”! Meeting with Principal White, we wanted more focus on volunteering and not who was “in” or “out”.

Please give us an hour or two this year, and if you can give more, please do. We are entering your volunteer forms and will be emailing you depending on which things you selected.

We are gladly taking donations, we have some donation packages, and we do anticipate doing a fundraiser in October/November and possibly a carnival in the Spring.

We are also attempting a uniform exchange this year. If you have gently used items from last year, or during this year, please donate them to the school. We will have a few times where you can come in and shop for your sizes, and we’ll also donate to the school’s clothes closet.

You can purchase apparel items and donate online now at riverwoodpto.org. Items will be delivered to your child’s classroom within two days.

Finally, if you are interested in a board or leadership position, or heading up volunteer groups, we will be having a meeting Thursday, the 22st at from 6 pm to 7 pm here at the school. If you cannot make it, but are interested, please email Jim at riverwoodelempto@gmail.com

Join us on facebook or twitter to keep up to date with Riverwood goings on.

Car Line

Briefly, if you drop your child off or pick them up, please get one of these sheets and follow the directions on it.

The line to drop off starts at 7:20, and the doors open at 7:30. IF there is an adult volunteer available to supervise, you can start letting out at 7:25 to line up. There is virtually no wait from 7:30 to 7:40.

Late after 8! They must be in the building, not “in the line by 8”

Harding Academy on Macon starts at 8 and ends at 3. Consider using the Dexter entrance to avoid the Macon intersection bottleneck.

Please get in line like everyone else. Trying to drive past a line to break in only creates issues.  If an officer is present, it might create more.

If you are dropping off for Eagles Nest, please do not use the fire lane. 1) it is a fire lane. 2) It then pins you in and confuses people as to where they should be pulling up.

Please pull ALL THE WAY UP to the car in front of you. If you are the front car, pull ALL THE WAY UP to the front of the line.

Have your children ready to exit before you make the turn into the lane. There is no time to wait for your child to gather their belongings and say goodbyes while cars are waiting behind you.

Finally – please carpool if you can! We will try to find a way to help facilitate this, but if you know someone in your area, or post to our facebook page with your area, and see if you can find a way to reduce traffic and get yourself to work or Tunica sooner!

We have to work as a team to get everyone in the building on time. Go Eagles.

Riverwood is Mobile!

phoneappOne of the benefits of the MCS/SCS merger is that Shelby County Schools has a great app for iOS and Android.

The school calendar is available on the app. There are ways to integrate it onto your phone. If you have good directions as to how to do this, email them to jimlord@me.com and I’ll update this page.

The app also allows you to get instant alerts from the school or Shelby County in the event of an emergency.

To install:

iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.)

  • Go to the App Store
  • Search for “Shelby County Schools”
  • Pull up the Shelby County Schools app and install it
  • Open the app. It will ask if you want it to send you push notifications. If you would like alerts from SCS to pop up on your phone, select “Yes”, “OK”, or “Allow”
  • Swipe to the second screen and click the “Calendar” icon
  • Tap “Change” in the upper right of the screen.
  • Tap the Calendar icon on the bottom right of the screen
  • A screen should show that says “no calendars set up. Select a calendar by clicking the gear icon in the upper right” or something like that. Do that. Click the gear.
  • Scroll down to Riverwood Elementary and click the “>” beside it.
  • When the screen comes up, click the circle to the left of “Riverwood Optional”. It should now be a checkmark.
  • Done. Click “Back”.
  • Now

Android

  • Go to the Google Play Store
  • Search for “Shelby County Schools”
  • Pull up the Shelby County Schools app and install it
  • Open the app.
  • Swipe to the second screen
  • Tap “Calendar”
  • Tap your phone’s “More” key. This often looks like a sheet of paper with two lines on it.
  • Change to “Integrated Calendar View”
  • Tap the upper right icon (with three lines and three bars)
  • You should see “Setup Calendars”. Yes, that should be “Set up calendars”.
  • Scroll down to find “Riverwood Elementary” and tap it.
  • When the option pulls up with a checkbox beside “Riverwood Optional”, make sure it is checked.

This “should” now show all of the school’s calendar entries in your own calendar. You may need to tweak this process depending on your phone.

Parent Orientations This Week

Parent Orientation

Parents of Students in the Optional Program: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

General Program: Thursday, August 15, 2013

6:00 PM *– 7:00 PM

All parents will meet in the Gym for a general session and then move to individual classrooms.

Friendly Reminder

So you can give the teacher your full attention, it would be best to make other arrangements for your children, if possible. This will provide teachers with enough time to review procedures, expectations, curriculum, and to answer questions. We will plan additional Open Houses to allow students to introduce you to the work they do in their classrooms.

* Bus Meeting – 5:30 PM 

All parents of students who ride the bus are required to attend this meeting if they have not already done so.

Apparel

Apparel will be available for sale PRIOR to the meetings. Once the 6 pm orientation begins, the bookstore will close down.  We are also selling $10 Incredible Pizza Cards that benefit the school. IP will send back $5 for each card sold!

How to order prepack supplies – due by EOB 7/12!

Prepack orders MUST be in by the end of the business day Friday, July 12!

There will be some prepacks available at registration but they will be on a first-com first-served basis.

  • Go to http://bpiskinner.com/Pre-packs.html
  • Click the shopping cart in the upper left
  • Use “parent” and “parent” for the username and password.
  • Click “School Kits” from the left side.
  • Click “Riverwood Elementary”
  • Click “Add to Cart” for the grades you need.
  • Either click “Go there now” from the little popup or click the price next to “Cart: ” on the top bar.
  • *** Don’t forget to click “Add Line Note” under each pack and put your child’s name in that space.***
  • *** Do not just put your child’s name in the “Notes” block. Please read the above line and be sure to follow it (thank you).***
  • On the Shipping Information, replace their information with your billing information
  • Fill in the credit card information (and the billing information again) and you should be done!

Upcoming Board – Can You Serve?

We are starting to work on filling board positions for next year.  A nominating committee is being formed to slate the executive board. The slated board will be voted on at a general meeting on 5/3.

The new executive board will then appoint the chair positions. A flyer will be going out to all parents very soon asking for volunteers. If you are interested in holding any position on the board next year, please contact Tabitha at TWalker@covenantdove.com ASAP to let her know.

If you know of other parents you think would be good additions to the board for next year, encourage them to get in contact with Tabitha. As you know we really need more help.

Volunteer Opportunities – Please Help!

Hi everyone!  We have some excellent opportunities for you to give your time and support to Riverwood this year. Once we organize the volunteer forms from registration, you will be contacted by someone organizing that particular group. Thanks for giving your time!

Ongoing Fundraisers

Stay tuned here for all of the “ongoing” fundraisers that occur all year.

TARGET REDcard - Take Charge of Education Program

Reward Riverwood Elementary!

When parents, teachers, and other school supporters use the REDcard Target donates up to 1% of their purchases to the eligible K-12 school you designate.

Have a REDcard? Click here to register Riverwood as your designated school

No REDcard? Click here to apply

Action Item: Shop at Target with the REDcard and tell them to make a donation towards Riverwood Elementary!

 

Trash for Cash

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!

The Riverwood Elementary PTA takes part in many activities that earn money to support our programs for the school or get supplies without spending money. We cannot do it without YOU. This list briefly describes some of different ways that you can help. Just by saving pop tabs, box tops, and other household trash, you are helping us use our Trash for Cash! Please ask your family, friends and neighbors to help too!

Box Tops for Education(www.boxtops4education.com)

Cut out the “box tops” logo from participating products like General Mills, Ziploc®, Kleenex®, Avery® labels and Huggies®. If you can bring them to school in bags of 50 or on collection sheets of 10, 25, or 50, it is a HUGEhelp. Please watch the expiration dates. Also, if you go to the Box Tops website and sign up to receive their newsletter, Riverwood Elementary gets extra points!

Action Item: Cut out those box tops and get your friends to cut them out also!

Pop Tab Palooza

Save your aluminum can pop tops and turn them in to the school any time. We will save them up for the annual “Pop Tab Palooza”.  This year’s date for the school to turn in tabs is October 15th at Kroger at 799 Truse Pkway, Memphis, TN.

Action Item: Save up your can pop tops!

This fundraiser benefits the Ronald McDonald House.