E-Newsletter: May 6, 2018
In This Issue

  • School-Wide Information

  • State Testing Schedule

  • School-wide Events

  • Epic Tale of Beauty and the Beast

  • Student Art

  • Elementary School Information

  • Field Day

  • Art Show

  • Save the Date

  • Middle School Information

  • Save the Date

  • Middle School Dance (7th & 8th Grade)

  • Classroom Newsletters

  • The Week Ahead

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A Note From Dr. Compton
Dear Lions' Families;

It is hard to believe that we are down to our final few weeks of school. While many schools are beginning to wind things down, it feels almost like things are winding up for Riverwalk Academy. I'm afraid that if we blink, it's going to pass us right by. There's an excitement that has been filling our halls over the past few weeks. Our staff is energized, our students are pumped, and this momentum is going to carry us forward through State testing and onto the remainder of the year.

I've spent some time this weekend reading and reflecting on our shared journey. Monday happens to be the start of two important weeks: National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Charter Schools Week. The combination of these two weeks had me thinking about "what is it that makes a good teacher" and "what is it that makes a good charter school."

A charter school is only as good as the people. People being defined by all stakeholders: parents, students, staff, administration, the community, the board, and of course, the teachers.

What's so special about a Riverwalk Academy teacher? From my perspective, it's someone who not only is relentless in the pursuit of growth in their students, but it is also someone who isn't afraid to take risks. A Riverwalk Academy teacher is someone who is resilient and someone who will dig down deep to find the courage and energy to not give up on their students or their colleagues when they are most needed. A Riverwalk Academy teacher focuses on both the present and the future.

So #WhyRiverwalk? Riverwalk Academy has good people. It is filled with families who rally around their kids and partner with the school to make the most of their school experience.

Parents, as we enter teacher appreciation week, I'm asking that you help me rally around the ones who are digging in deep for these final few weeks. The ones who want nothing more than to see your child succeed. The ones who celebrate gains along with your child and who go home reflective in the evening when their lesson didn't go as planned, or when the child didn't make the progress they anticipated. Please help me celebrate our teachers this week.

  • Monday - have your child deliver a PAWSitive note to their teacher(s).

  • Tuesday - Parents of K - 3rd Grade - please consider bringing a breakfast item or beverage for the teachers. You can bring it Tuesday morning or feel free to drop items off Monday afternoon.

  • Wednesday - Consider reaching out to your child's teacher and offer to cover his/her class for lunch so the teacher can take a break.

  • Thursday - Parents of 4th - 8th Grade - please consider bringing in an afternoon snack treat so we can deliver to the teachers Thursday afternoon. Feel free to drop items off Thursday morning in the front office.

  • Friday - All parents, please consider dropping off a $5.00 gift card to any local place. Please drop them off any time this week in the front office and on Friday, we'll distribute all cards to the staff during a teacher luncheon.

I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you for all that you do for Riverwalk Academy. Without you, Riverwalk Academy would be missing one if its key reasons for success.

Robert Compton, Ph.D.
Head of School
School-Wide Information
State Testing Schedule for 3rd - 8th Grade
Week of May 7th Schedule

Testing promptly begins at 8:10 am. Students arriving after 8:05 am will not be permitted in the classroom (escorted to a "late student holding room") and will be required to take the assessment on the next available make-up day.

May 7
  • 3rd - 8th Grade SC Ready: English Part 1

May 8
  • 3rd - 8th Garde SC Ready: English Part 2

May 9
  • 8th Grade English 1 End of Course Test (Writing)
  • SC Ready English Makeups

May 10
  • 3rd - 8th Grade SC Ready: Math

May 11
  • 8th Grade English 1 End of Course Test (Reading)
  • SC Ready Math Makeups

May 14
  • 4th, 6th, and 8th Grade SC PASS Science
  • 5th and 7th Grade SC PASS Social Studies

May 15
  • SC PASS Makeups

May 16
  • 8th Grade English 1 End of Course Test (Writing) Makeups

May 17
  • 8th Grade Algebra 1 End of Course Test
Other School-Wide Happenings

  • Community Yard Sale: May 19 @ Riverwalk Academy (8:00 am - 12:00 pm). Reserve your spot by clicking here.
Riverwalk Academy Drama Club Presents:
The Epic Tale of Beauty and the Beast . . . Briefly
These students have worked incredibly hard and they would greatly appreciate you and your family coming out to support them. The show will not disappoint. Tickets are only $5.00 ($7.00 at the door) and they can be purchased here .
Your Student's Artwork - view online
Check out Riverwalk Academy's online art gallery at Artsonia . Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum. Yet it's so much more than that! It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Griffith .
This Week's Featured Art
(selected by Dr. Compton's Daughters)
Hot Air Balloon

by: Brenna Birmele,
Dali Birds

by: Abigail Harmon, 1st Grade
Elementary School News
Elementary School Field Day
We are looking for parent volunteers to help make sure our field day is a success. Please click here to see what available field day volunteering opportunities we have available. If you have field day questions, please contact Ms. Laster .
SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 Riverwalk Academy K - 5th Grade Art Show
You will not want to miss the 2018 Riverwalk Academy Art Show. In addition to seeing your child's art displayed throughout the building, your other senses will be amazed with the sounds of the Riverwalk Academy After-School Band, the smells of popcorn, cotton candy, Kona Ice, and snacks from one of our middle school PBL groups called The Snack Attack.

For parents new to Riverwalk, the Art Show is free for everyone. Every student have a piece of their art framed, for all to see. You will have the opportunity to purchase the framed art. If you don't want to purchase your child's framed art, you don't have to. All art will go home at the end of the year. Your child is excited about the Art Show and is looking forward to showing off some of their best art to you and other family members.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Griffith .
Save the Date - Elementary
  • K - 5th Grade Field Day - Wednesday, May 23rd - click here for more information.

  • Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony -Friday May 25th at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

  • Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony - May 30th at 5:00 pm.
Middle School News
Save the Date - Middle School

  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony -May 24th 9:00am

  • Middle School End of the Year Celebration/Picnic - May 24th 11:00am @ Manchester Meadows Park.
Middle School (7th and 8th Grade) Formal: Masquerade Party
To purchase tickets in advance, please visit our online store .
Classroom Newsletters

First Grade
Ms. Harker
Ms. Toomey

Second Grade
Ms. Bowman
Ms. Smith
Ms. Wilcox
Ms. Crowder
Ms. Davis
Ms. Delangie

Fourth Grade
Ms. Jackson

Fifth Grade
Ms. Cranford
Ms. Tillman

Related Arts
Elementary Music
Elementary PE

Student Services
The Week Ahead
Monday, May 7
  • SC Ready: ELA Part 1 (3rd - 8th)
  • Math Club 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, May 8
  • SC Ready: ELA Part 2 (3rd - 8th)
  • Let Me Run Practice: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Band Practice: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Wednesday, May 9
  • 8th Grade English 1 End of Course Test (Writing)
  • Drama Club Rehearsal: 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Gardening Club 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 10
  • SC Ready: Math (3rd - 8th)
  • Let Me Run Practice: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Band Practice: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12