Today 10 members of the Topeka Pilots hockey team came to RVES to read to the 1st and 3rd graders. They read books about hockey and other activities and also introduced themselves to the children. The Pilots talked about their home towns, how they started playing hockey and what their goals are for their future. The Topeka Pilots are 6-1 on the season so far.
Students in environmental science today created their own ecosystems in a bottle. They filled the clear, plastic bottles with soil, rocks, plants, snails and guppies. The systems will be self-sustaining, as long as the students remember to feed the fish!
RVES Principal Noah Slay recently sent the following letter home to parents:
"Dear Royal Valley Elementary Parents,
"I am very excited to be writing to inform you about a new program we are starting this year at Royal Valley Elementary School. Panther Pride Families is a program we have created to help build a culture of support for our students and their family. Each late start day starting October 3, your child will spend about 30 minutes with a group of 8-9 students and a Panther Pride teacher with a focus on teaching student social emotional success skills based on our 5 school-wide character values. (Achievement, Citizenship, Upstander, Perseverance and Creativity)
"Each month students will get the chance to hang out with their Panther Pride Family for 30-45 minutes while they learn about our character values and complete team building activities. Students will keep the same Panther Pride Family and teacher in grades K-4. Your child's Panther Pride teacher can help you navigate the school system and will build a long-lasting relationship with your child. Students will also build friendships with students in other grades that we hope will foster a long-standing system of peer support as our students travel through each of the Royal Valley schools. Our first Panther Pride Family meeting will take place on October 3rd after the late start assembly in the morning. Please email or call the school with any questions you may have."
The letter also contains your child's Panther Pride teacher and his/her email.
RVES students were very excited today to host their grandparents for lunch, recess and even shopping at the Book Fair! The grandparents spent over $800 at the Book Fair, so thank you to all who shopped!
Seniors: ACT prep course money is due by Wednesday, September 26. See Mrs. Wick in the office if you have questions!
On Wednesday, September 19, the RVMS history projects class took a field trip to the Kansas State Library in Topeka. They were conducting research for their Kansas History Day/National History Day projects. Cindy Roupe from the Kansas State Library and other staff members prepared a great afternoon. The staff shared the history of the library, primary source documents and assisted the students in finding materials that were specific to each of their topics. It was a very successful afternoon of research!
Click on the link to view the USD 337 newsletter for October.
In MakerSpace lab today, fourth grade students used Lego WeDo 2.0 to create moving Lego robots! They followed instructions on their iPads that allowed them to choose the correct pieces to create their snail robot. Once the batteries were inserted, the Legos began to light up and move!
Congratulations to Tanner Holte, Royal Valley's Senior of the Month for September. Tanner is the son of Michael Shon and Tamara Holte. Tanner has been active in Student Council, Band, Forensics, and is a current Drum Major. The Royal Valley Student Council would like to thank Tanner for his continued leadership at Royal Valley High School.