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December Newsletter

Dear Parents, 

Please click on the link below to read all about what is happening at Riverwood for the month of November!!! Thank you to those who have donated to our walkathon!  We are looking forward to purchasing technology to put in the hands of our students to help increase student achievement!  

Riverwood Supply List 2019-2020
7 Mindsets
MINDSET OF THE MONTH-LIVE TO GIVE 
 
The Live to Give mindset teaches the importance of serving others while maximizing our own potential. It tells us that abundance in life is a cycle: that, in order receive love, respect, and nancial security, we must rst learn to give those things to others. This mindset also teaches us that the greatest gift we can ever give is to nd and leverage our unique genius to maximize our positive impact on the world, knowing the good things will be returned to us in kind. In the lessons for this mindset, we guide students to think about the impact they want to make and the legacy they want to leave. The 4 critical components of Live to Give:
1. Stretch Yourself – Live to Give can sound a bit selsh. While the best way to get what we want is to give what we can, the real point is to give because it is the right thing to do. When we live our best lives, we do the things we’re great at and get the best results. These results benet us as well as others and the world around us, and that is the reason to do it. Oprah Winfrey gives millions of dollars to charity, but none of that will likely impact the world as much as the inspiration her talk show provided to billions. Great teachers have an immense impact simply by being great teachers. We give the most simply by being our best and living our ultimate lives.
2. Make a Difference – The easiest and quickest way to feel better and become happier is to help someone else. Similarly, the best way to bring more good things into our lives is to start giving. When we do this, we create value with your life and begin to receive value in return. In order to start or expand the ow of abundance in our lives, we must simply start making a difference every day in every little way that we can.
3. Receive Gracefully – One of the hardest things for people to deal with when they start living their dreams is that they’re uncomfortable receiving the new and wonderful things that come into their lives. They may not feel worthy or know how to react. As a result, when opportunity knocks or people want to help them, they shut the door and don’t allow themselves to accept what the universe is offering them. The problem is that these gifts could be a source of adding joy, fulllment, and opportunity to their lives. If we don’t receive gracefully, we cut off the cycle of giving and limit our own potential. 4. Leave a Legacy – The only thing left when we leave this life is the impact we had on others and the world. The true meaning of our lives is only apparently when it transcends us. That’s why it’s vital to nd those things that we’re passionate about and orient our lives around the legacy we want to leave. We must make our lives transcend us.
Meet the Principals

About Principal, Lauren Barnes


Dear Riverwood Families,


I am so thrilled to announce that I will be the new Principal of Riverwood.  I am so grateful for this experience. Riverwood is a great school where we strive to engage, encourage and empower every child, every day. Our school is full of highly effective educators and dedicated families that are committed to meeting students’ needs and making a positive impact in our community.


Not only am I excited to begin working with your children,  but I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African proverb states, “ It takes a village to raise a child.”  I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Riverwood.  And of course, I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can.


I just completed my 17th year in education and all those have been here in Mustang. I began my career as a kindergarten teacher at Mustang Creek Elementary. The last 5 years I have served as the Assistant Principal of Mustang Trails and then Riverwood for the 2018-2019 school year. All of my experiences have been positive and have shaped my values and beliefs today. I am fortunate to work in the district that I was raised in. I feel it is important to give back to the community that molded me into the leader I am today. 


Like I mentioned above, I was raised in Mustang. I attended Lakehoma Elementary, Mustang North Middle School, and graduated from Mustang High School. My college experience is a Bachelor of Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I am married to Gentry Barnes. He is a Medical Dosimetrist and works in Oncology. We have 3 beautiful children, Grayson, Traylon, and Braylee. They keep us pretty busy with sports but in our spare time we like to go to the lake and just hang out as a family.  I look forward to a great school year! I know it is going to be an exciting year for all of us!  Please know you can contact me anytime at barnesl@mustangps.org .  

 

In partnership,

Lauren Barnes

 
 
About Assistant Principal, Jenifer Posey

 

It is with great excitement and honor that I will be serving as Assistant Principal for Riverwood. I am blessed to be part of the Riverwood family, serving as a 3rd Grade teacher last school year. This new opportunity is a blessing to continue developing a safe, loving, home-away from home for your children. We will work to continue our mission to Encourage, Engage, and Empower all students. I desire to exhibit my passion stated in one of my favorite quotes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. (Theodore Roosevelt)


This school year begins my 25th year in education. I have been a teacher, teaching 3 year olds through 4th grade, principal, and assistant principal. When asked which grade is my favorite, I always respond stating that each seems to be my favorite as I’m experiencing it!


My husband Lance and I have 4 daughters, 1 son-in-law, 2 grandsons, and 2 granddaughters. We have lived in the community for five years and enjoy attending sporting and community events.


I look forward to being a part of developing your children academically, socially and emotionally.


Together in Education,

Jenifer Posey

Car Line Safety

Car Line Safety

One of our primary objectives at MPS and Riverwood is student, staff and family safety.  It takes cooperation and responsible actions by all of us including our bus drivers, students, parents and teachers to achieve this goal daily.  Multiple times a year our site safety committee meets to provide feedback to our administration team about possible safety concerns. During our most recent meeting multiple things were noted with our Car Rider drop off and pick up lane that pose potential safety hazard that we want to make you aware of so you can help us to improve.

 

Cell Phones- Please refrain from cell phone use during car rider drop off and pick up. Our morning and afternoon drop off lane is a busy place with lots of little people attempting to load  and unload safely. Just this week we had a car accidentally run up on the curb due to cell phone use. Thankfully the sidewalk was clear, but this could have been a tragedy if a child or staff person were present.

 

Blocking Drives- We want all of our drivers to be as courteous as possible. As you know traffic can at times be challenging. Please do not block drives to neighborhoods or accesses to our school building to avoid letting another driver in front of you. Blocking a drive or access of any kind is a traffic violation and could possibly keep emergency vehicles from accessing our site or neighboring housing additions.

 

Thank you in advance for your support and mindfulness to do your part to keep everyone safe.  

If you see something that our safety committee should consider please let us know.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs.Barnes

Assistant Principal, Riverwood

Box Tops
This year our school will bep articiapting in the Box Tops for Education program. Cliping Box Tops is an easy way for your to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth $0.10 and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. This school year, our school's earnings goal is $1800.00.
 
To help our school, just look for the pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school. For more information n the Box Tops for Education probgram, including a list of participating products and our school's progress, visit www.BTFE.com. Be sure to become a member to recive exclusive coupons and learn about extra ways for our school to earn. 
 
I hope you're excited for everything we can do this year with Box Tops! 
 
Lunch Applications

Dear Parent/Guardian:

WE NEED YOUR HELP......Each year families may apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meals, but it’s not just about food.  If approved, not only will students receive school meal benefits, but the district will receive additional educational funding to be used in the classroom.

It only takes a few minutes to complete, and minimum eligibility guidelines are listed on the application.  (Please list all students in the household on the same application). Our school benefits even if you chose to not take advantage of the service.

If you have received benefits in the past a NEW application in required every year! All accounts that do not have a current application in place move to FULL pay accounts as of Oct. 1

For quickest approval (usually within 1-2 business days), you may submit an Online Meal Application at the following website:

www.schoollunchapp.com
Student Handbook
Campus Information
Riverwood Elementary 
11800 SW 44th Street
Yukon, OK 73099 
 
Mailing Address: 
12400 SW 15th Street 
Yukon, OK 73099 
 
405-256-5200 
 
 
Upcoming Events
November
1-Riverwood Round Up
7- Boosterthon FUN RUN
8-Riverwood Round Up 
13-20 Food Drive 
15-PTSO Snack Day 
15-Riverwood Round Up 
22-STEM Day
22-Riverwood Round Up 
25-29- Thanksgiving Break 
 
December
3-Santa Pics
3-Showcase Night for Pre-K, 1st, and 2nd
3-11 Toy Drive
5- Showcase for K, 3rd, and 4th
6-Riverwood Round Up
13-STEM Day
13-Riverwood Round Up
19-Class Holiday Parties
20-PTSO Free Popcorn Day
20-Riverwood Round Up
23-Jan.3  Winter Break(No School)
 
 
Daily Schedule
Drop Off Begins - 7:15 am
PreK Lunch - 10:40 am
Kinder Lunch - 11:10 am
1st Grade Lunch - 11:35 am
2nd Grade Lunch - 12:00 pm
3rd Grade Lunch - 12:25 pm
4th Grade Lunch 12:50 pm
Dismissal- 2:35 
BroncoClub

Click below for more information about BroncoClub! 
 
School Supply List
Free and Reduced Lunch Info
Now you can apply for free or reduced school meals online! The process is quick easy and FREE, and in a few short steps you’ll be done! Since the information you’re providing is electronic we’ll be able to review your application faster than ever before!  Read here to find out more!
 
Click here to fill it out online!
 
Still need a paper application? Click here. 
 
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