Principal's Message

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    A Message from Our Principal

    Welcome Back!

    Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

    First and foremost, we hope you’ve had a pleasant and restful summer. It’s hard to believe, but the active school zones and yellow buses confirm that schools are back in session. As such, please know that Riverland Elementary School’s staff maintains its genuine commitment to providing a safe learning environment where all students can learn and work toward academic excellence. In keeping with this, we will remain true to our theme, “Building A Strong Community of Open-Minded and Resourceful, Educators (C.O.R.E.).” Thanks to your continued support, our resourceful staff’s professional commitment, and collaboration with our community, Riverland Elementary School earned a “C” by the Florida Department of Education. Although our letter grade remained the same, we had an incredible six percent increase in the number of students scoring level three or above in math on the FSA. Accordingly, I thank you for supporting your children, our efforts, and common goal, increasing student achievement through a quality education.

    We are also extremely excited to welcome Mrs. Katherine Familia, our new assistant principal. Mrs. Familia’s experience as a literacy coach and teacher for more than 20 years will enrich our academic programs and provide fresh ideas, affording us the opportunities to continue to embrace a growth mindset. Additionally, Mrs. Familia’s passion for working with children and her belief that all students and teachers are capable of achieving great things when provided with the support and resources they need, will ensure that Riverland Elementary maintains its academic momentum and remains a safe and welcoming learning and working environment for students and staff.

    Having stated this, 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 2:20 PM to 3:00 PM. Moreover, parents/guardians are invited to review the Code of Student Conduct Handbook and complete the required forms by accessing the Back to School Forms link found on the Broward Schools’ webpage at: https://www.browardschools.com/backtoschool-onlineforms.

    Our school days start promptly at 8:00 AM. However, students must be in the cafeteria line by 7:45 AM if they wish to have breakfast in the cafeteria and report to class on time. Additionally, please note that all students will be dismissed from school at 2:00 PM, unless they are registered in the YMCA After School Care Program. As such, please plan accordingly.

    Furthermore, due to the State Class Size Reduction law, students may need to be moved between teachers after the start of school to ensure compliance with the required student limits. These limits are 18 students for kindergarten to grade three, and 22 students for grades four and five in core classes. Additional information on Class Size Reduction is available at https://webapp.browardschools.com/classsize/Classsize.aspx

    As we prepare for the start of the new school year, 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. Additionally, 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 when bringing a student to school after our scheduled start time, to sign out a student for early dismissal, or to access our campus for school-related matters. Please note that children will only be dismissed to those individuals identified on the Student Emergency Contact Card.

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

    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 10, 2020.

    In closing, we welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. As in past years, the plans and desire to work with and best serve our students are in place. However, we cannot do it alone. Therefore, I am encouraging all parents to attend our Title I Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 13th, noting that the HeadStart Meet and Greet will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, whereas the kindergarten through fifth grade Meet and Greet will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Similarly, we also ask that you mark your calendars and attend our Title I Open House on Wednesday, August 28th, from 5:30 PM to 7:15 PM. These events will provide parents the opportunity to meet and learn about their children’s teachers, our school’s support staff members, and the many wonderful things that are taking place at Riverland Elementary School.

    Respectfully, 

    Oslay Gil 

    Mr. Gil