Principal's Message

  • Oslay Gil

    Collaborative Success!

    Principal’s Message

    First and foremost, we thank our parents and community members for their continued support. Thanks to your support and feedback, we were able to welcome the 2022-2023 school year in a safe and orderly manner, providing our students with face-to-face instruction with minimal positive COVID-19 cases to report; similarly, there are no School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) incidents to report for the months of August, September, and October 2022.

    As you may already know, Broward County Public Schools no longer requires students and staff members to wear masks, although we are strongly encouraged to do so. That stated, please trust that we will continue to exercise good judgement and adhere to safety protocols and guidelines in order to keep our students, our community, and ourselves as safe and healthy as possible. Accordingly, please note that we will continue to provide the personal protective equipment (PPE) and routinely disinfect and sanitize our school campus. Our students have been amazingly responsible in adhering to protocols.

    On a different note, we are extremely fortunate to enjoy a culture that embraces the team approach to better serve our students and community. In particular, we have to recognize two very special individuals who epitomize teamwork and are highly regarded and respected by our colleagues and students. As such, Riverland Elementary School proudly recognizes and congratulates:

    Mrs. Marie St. Julien – Teacher of the Year

    Mrs. Cheryl Brown-Freeman – School-Related Employee of the Year

    We are very fortunate to have Mrs. St. Julien, French-Language Teacher, and Mrs. Brown-Freeman, Microtech, with us. Collectively, they have served Broward County Public Schools for more than 50 years. Their commitment and service to our students is exemplary and inspirational. Consequently, they will be formally recognized during the Caliber Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2023. Once again, Riverland Elementary School is extremely proud of these two very special colleagues and individuals.

    As always, we strongly encourage you to remain active in your child’s education and schedule a minimum of two parent-teacher conferences this school year. Please note that parent-teacher conferences are by appointment and may be scheduled by contacting Mrs. Boorse at (754) 323-7200. All parent-teacher conferences are held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

    As a reminder, our school days start promptly at 8:00 AM and conclude at 2:00 PM. All instructional days begin with 10 minutes of mindfulness, followed by quiet reading. As such, we respectfully request that you plan to have your children at school between 7:30 and 7:40 AM. Doing so will allow your children to transition into the learning mindset and provide them with the option to enjoy a free and nutritious breakfast in our school’s cafeteria.

    Additionally, we want to remind everyone that safety and security continue to be our top priority. As such, we will continue to utilize our single point of entry, through our front office, and keep classroom doors locked at all times. As an added layer of precaution, all staff members and students will wear school identification badges at all times. 

    Likewise, we will continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment by closely monitoring access onto our school campus. Accordingly, our school gates will remain locked throughout the school day. Please make certain that you bring a form of photo identification when visiting our campus, as all visitors will be asked to present photo identification to access our campus. Please note that children will only be dismissed to those individuals identified on the Student Emergency Contact Card.

    Moreover, we will continue to practice our monthly fire drills and bi-annual tornado drills. We will also practice lockdown drills and the safety practices outlined in our school’s safety plan on a monthly basis. However, please note that we will advise you via ParentLink when these drills take place so that you are informed and not alarmed.

    Lastly, please note that in accordance with Florida Statute 1012.34, parents have the right to provide input into the performance evaluations of instructional and/or administrative employees. Parents interested in providing input into the performance evaluations of Riverland Elementary School’s instructional and/or administrative employee evaluations may contact our office at (754) 323-7200 by April 7, 2023. 

    In closing, we assure you that our dedicated staff prepares to serve its amazing students and community with a greater sense of mindfulness. We are mindful that the families we proudly serve may be undergoing tremendously stressful times. We recognize that in addition to being concerned about their children’s academic well-being, they may also be concerned with maintaining their employment, securing food for their loved ones, and caring and providing for those who are ill or especially susceptible to the coronavirus. Subsequently, we want you to be mindful that we are a compassionate and understanding staff. As such, we want our students, parents, and community to know that we are far more concerned with you knowing how much we care, rather than how much our students know.

    As we enter the season of reflection and giving thanks, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year, filled with an abundance of good health, love, and prosperity.

    Respectfully,

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    Oslay Gil