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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Classroom Need

Tomorrow is the start of our ABC countdown. Can you believe in 26 days your child will be a second grader? This year went fast! Tomorrow for "A" day we will be making a science themed art project. I am in need of newspaper for our project. Any amount would be appreciated-thanks in advance!  

Notes from the Nurse...

Ticks are known to be most active in April – September.  While most ticks are harmless and don’t require medical treatment, some ticks (like the deer tick, lone star tick and others) can carry harmful germs and cause diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and Ehrlichiosis.  The deer tick is tiny, and no larger than a pencil point.  Other ticks are larger and easier to find on the skin.

Think Prevention
  • Wear appropriate clothing: please see attached page for more information.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Examine clothes and gear. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine coats, and back packs. Tumbling clothes in a dryer on the highest heat for at least one hour may help kill remaining ticks.
  • Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick.
  • Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions! Parents should apply this product to their child.
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What to do if you find a tick attached:
If the tick is still attached to the skin, remove it:
  • Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the head of the tick close to the skin.
  • Firmly and steadily pull the tick straight out of the skin. 
  • Do not twist the tick or rock it from side to side while removing it.                                                           
  • Put tick in a sealed container or zip-locked bag and save it to show the doctor if your child becomes ill.
  • Do not use petroleum jelly or a hot match to kill and remove the tick.
  • Wash area with soap and water or swab the area with rubbing alcohol.

Signs & Symptoms of Tick-Related Diseases:
  • Fever/chills: With all tickborne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.
  • Aches and pains: Tickborne disease symptoms include headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. With Lyme disease you may also experience joint pain. The severity and time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and the patient's personal tolerance level.
  • Rash
Tickborne diseases can result in mild symptoms treatable at home to severe infections requiring hospitalization. Although easily treated with antibiotics, these diseases can be difficult for physicians to diagnose. However, early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications. So see your doctor immediately if your child may have been bitten by a tick and experiences any of the symptoms described above. 
Seek Medical Care if:
  • The tick might have been on the skin for more than 6-8 hours.
  • Part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal.
  • A rash of any kind develops (especially the red-ringed bull’s eye rash or red dots on wrists and ankles).
  • The bite area looks infected (increasing redness, warmth, swelling, pain or oozing pus).
  • Symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue, chills, stiff neck or back or muscle or joint aches develop.

For more informatin about ticks, visit the Center for Disease Control Site http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html

April 24th-28th

Here is a look into our week... 

Spelling: long o with silent e, oa, ow and short o 
Reading: guided reading, adding -ed, possessive, common and proper nouns 
Writing: the best part of me writing (opinion)
Math: data and graphing 
Social Studies: finishing American Symbols and starting maps 
Science: the sun  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 20th-24th

Spelling: long a and long i 
Writing: opinion writing: introductions, closures, conventions 
Reading: synonyms, antonyms, guided reading testing  
Math: test on unit 4, story problems, addition using place value
Social Studies: American symbols 

Earth Day T-Shirts

My Environmental Science Class is teaming up with Tamara Wheaton's Digital Manufacturing Class to offer the opportunity to purchase "Earth Day T-Shirts" this year.  We would like to make this an annual activity we participate in to help spread environmental awareness in our schools and community.  This year's design was actually created by a former student here at WHS, Jose Overbeck and was "remastered" for lack of a better word, so it could be digitally utilized by Preston Miller's students.  Earth Day is April 22, which this year is actually a Saturday, but we will embrace that day in our classes on Friday, April 21 and give mother earth an assist then.  

It would be fantastic to see our students at all levels have an opportunity to support the cause, so any efforts to collect and return orders is greatly appreciated.   All orders and appropriate fees must be returned to me by Thursday, March 30 so we can order the shirts we need so that Tamara's class can print them in plenty of time for us to distribute for Earth Day.  

Thank you for your assistance  in this matter,
Craig Panich

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Concert

March 14, 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade at Riverview and Parkside will be presenting their spring concert, Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 in the Wautoma Performing Arts Center (attached to Wautoma High School).  Students will be presenting a variety of songs to showcase their progress in general music class this year! Because of the number of students and the number of expected audience members, there will be two separate performances.

  • Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade will present their concert at 9:00 AM

  • 3rd and 4th grade will present their concert at 1:00 PM.

This is an opportunity for students to showcase their progress of learning and hard work, and their work should be celebrated! I encourage students to dress nicely, as this is a highly attended event.  We want our students to look as good as they sound. Some Suggestions would be to wear attire that they might wear for picture day. If girls choose to wear dress shoes with a heel, please make sure that they are an appropriate height. We want them to be able to move safely on stage.

We hope to see you at the Riverview/Parkside Spring Concert on May 3rd!


Ms. Molly Siefert and Ms. Brianna Schwartz
Wautoma School District General Music Department
920-787-4590 ext. 4139

Monday, March 13, 2017

Leadership Award

Congratulations to Taylor and Michael on their leadership awards! Jonathan also received a leadership award but was absent on this day. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Next Week

A note from the kitchen staff...

National Breakfast Week March 6-10th Dress up Days

MondayPJ’s Day - Kick off to National Breakfast Week  
Tuesday- Mix and Match Day- Try something new for breakfast
Wednesday- Twin Day- Bring a friend to breakfast
Thursday- Favorite Color Day- Color your breakfast plate
                                           Friday- Favorite Sport Team– Fuel up on breakfast                                             

Did you know that our school offers FREE breakfast to all students!

Our breakfast program offers the students a healthy balanced breakfast that they
need to get set for a busy day!


Beach Day!

Due to March coming in like a lion, we weren't able to make it to the beach on beach day. So, we brought the beach to our classroom! We enjoyed a relaxing morning of reading by the ocean. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February 27th-March 3rd

Reading: Dr. Seuss Week Activities!
Spelling: long a (silent e) long a (double vowel) and short a patterns
Writing: Introduction to Opinion Writing, Celebrating our All-About Books
Math: Even and Odd, Place Value, Comparing Numbers
Social Studies: President's and American Symbols

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 13th-17th

Reading: Non-Fiction text features, silent e
Spelling: short a, short i and short e sounds with beginning consonant clusters 
Math: using doubles to solve equations that aren't doubles, place value
Writing: "Polishing" our all-about books (adding captions, selecting, adding detail, revising, etc.) 
Social Studies: President's Day 

*Friday, February 17th will be pajama day. By donating $1 your child may wear pajamas. The money collected will go towards helping purchase pajamas for local families in need.  

Monday, February 6, 2017


Just a reminder that our second round of snack has started. We currently have 18 students. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you! 

February 6-10
February 13-17
February 20-23
February 27- March 3
March 6-10
March 13-17
March 20-24
March 27-30
April 3-7
April 10-13
April 18-21
April 24-28
May 1-5
May 8-12
May 15-19
May 22-26
May 30-June 2

100th Day!

We had fun celebrating the 100th day of school. We made ten stick hats and did a 100 art project. Here are a few pictures from our day! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Thank you Amara!

Amara shared her cello skills with us on Thursday afternoon. We enjoyed hearing her play and learning about the hard work and determination it takes to learn to play an instrument. 

Determination Winners

Congratulations to Karyssa, Amara and Faith on their determination awards!   

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Great Resource!

Your child has been learning about IXL. IXL is an online program linked to the standards and topics that we teach here at Riverview! If you're looking for additional resources at home to help push your child academically check it out!

January 24th-27th

Here is a look at our week...

Reading Workshop: Non-Fiction, making connections
Spelling: k, wh, qu, tw patterns 
Writing Workshop: all-about books, headings, labels, punctuation, capital letters 
Math: addition and subtraction story problems, understanding missing partners and totals, unit 3 test 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Here is a look at our week! 
Spelling: pr, tr, dr, br patterns 
Reading: finishing fiction (realistic fiction) and starting non-fiction 
Writing: all-about books, adding details, labels, revising
Math: story problems that involve subtraction, understanding the link between addition and subtraction 

*Just a reminder that book orders will be due this Friday (January 20th) 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Empathy Award Winners

Congratulations to Emmerson, Billy and Mason for earning empathy brag tags. These three show empathy on a daily basis and truly care about their teachers, classmates and friends. Way to go!