The Riverbender 

Parent Newsletter

Week of  May 20, 2024

Para traducir ésta página al español, siga las siguientes instrucciones: 

Upcoming Events:                        

                        NHHS Senior Walk and Reception at 1:00

                             Report Cards go home



Please review the following link to our Riverbend Elementary Parent Student Handbook. We will send a Parent Signature Form home with each student to be signed and returned to your child's teacher. 

RES Student Handbook- English

RES Student Handbook- Spanish

I look forward to serving each RES family this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if needed

Message from Mrs. Smith:

We are so excited that our Milestones Testing is OVER! Thank you to Mrs. York for organizing our testing week. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders worked SUPER hard! Thank you to PTO and our parents for making our teachers feel truly APPRECIATED last week. As this year comes to an end, we are excited about all of the events that are coming up. If you are visiting our building, please make sure that you and your family follow our safety guidelines. If you have questions about the end of the year activities, please contact your child's teacher. Have a wonderful week. 

Lunch Visitors:  

 All visitors must present a photo ID and get a visitor badge in the Front Office. Visitors must be on the approved list in IC to come visit. Lunch visitors will report to the lunchroom and wait for their child's class at the top of the ramp. Visitors will need to sit on the stage with their child only. We do not allow any outside food or drinks in the cafeteria. Once your child's lunch period is over, visitors will need to exit the building though the Front Office.

Star Rock Café / T-shirt Guidelines:            English         Spanish

Here are the guidelines on how students earn Star Rock Cafe each nine weeks as well as goals for earning t-shirts in reading and math. We look forward to celebrating student accomplishments throughout the year. 

Please share with our Hornets you know who are graduating!

3rd - 5th grades:

It's hard to believe we are coming down to just the last few days of the 2023-2024 school year. We are very proud of our students and the growth they have shown this year.  Thank you for encouraging your child to finish strong.

Spring MAP family reports were sent home last week. Please review over these. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher. 

Reports cards will be sent home the last day of school (Friday, May 24th) and posted to Parent Portal at 4:00p.m. 

If you need to pick-up any items from school, the office will be open during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Media Center

Contact Mrs. Nichols, Media Specialist:
770-534-4141 ext. 7102

Launchpoint Direct Address:

Summer Reading Bingo .docx.pdf

Look for Summer Reading resources, and don't forget to visit our Reading Rocket Bookmobile (schedule listed)!\


Reading Trackers You Can Do This Summer!
Barnes and Noble / Books and Bundts

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading 2024 (1).pdf
Books and Bundts Tracker Gainesville.pdf
Flyer English.pdf
Flyer Spanish.pdf
Follow the Reading Rocket Ice Cream (2).pdf

Check out these events at the
Hall County Public Library!
All events and activities are FREE!


Rising 6th graders - The Teen Summer Reading Program is for you!

SRP 2024 Teen Flyer (2).pdf
SRP 2024 Children's Event Printable.pdf

Siete actividades que pueden hacer con sus hijos durante las vacaciones de verano: 

Información importante y próximos eventos de la Sra. Minerva:

📅 Anoten en su calendarios:


 ✍️ ¿Qué puedo hacer con mis hijos durante los últimos días de clases? 

    Estamos a sólo unos días para finalizar el ciclo escolar y aún estamos aprendiendo. Es importante mantener las rutinas diarias en el hogar, tales como leer con sus hijos, asegurarse de que duerman al menos ocho horas, estar al pendiente de la comunicación que mande la maestra sobre el fin de año, etc. Al reiterar a nuestros hijos que es importante terminar  el año con el mismo entusiasmo con el que comenzaron, les ayuda a formar el hábito de no dejar nada a medias y de trabajar diligentemente y culminar con éxito lo que comenzaron. Al hacer esto de manera consistente durante los años de primaria, secundaria y preparatoria, hace que sus hijos crezcan como buenos cuidadanos, disciplinados, y confiables cuando de adultos  vayan a ala universidad y obtengan un trabajo. ¡No bajen la guardia!

 ¡Disfruten el verano con sus hijos! 

Ha sido un placer escribir algunas líneas para ustedes este año escolar. Aquí les dejo algunas ideas para disfrutar con su familia durante el verano:

Para comunicarse cualquier pregunta o preocupación:

770-534-4141 ext. 7119 ó 

Nurse Lindsey Rogers

770-534-4141 ext. 7110



     *Must be brought in by the parent/guardian to the school nurse. 

     *Appropriate forms need to be signed allowing medication to be given.

     *Should be a new, unopened container.

Any unauthorized medication found with a student will be locked in the clinic until picked up by a parent/guardian.

Send Home Sick Guidelines: Hall County school guidelines state the following; 

*All students/employees must be 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medications and

 symptoms must improve before they may return.

Tara King

I will be the School  Counselor at Deal Elementary so I  look forward to seeing our Hornets as they become Tigers next year! 

RES Counselor's website

Here is information about a camp for children who have experienced bereavement sponsored by NEGA Hospice. Camp Braveheart

RES Volunteer Information


Are you a parent of a current 5th grader and looking for opportunities to volunteer at their middle school next year? Please reach out to Centerpoint for more information on much needed middle school volunteers! 

Please help raise funds for our school with these community partners!  Please fill out this FORM to help volunteer at Riverbend!

Sign up for a account and choose Riverbend as your partner school.  Then enter your phone number every time you check out.  

Click HERE for more details!

The Kroger Community Rewards program donates to Riverbend based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to RES, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card.  

Click HERE for more details!

All you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops for Education app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase.  

Click HERE for more details!

Please note:  All information listed above could change.

Principal: Keri Smith

Assistant Principal: Heather York

1742 Cleveland Hwy   

Gainesville, Ga 30501


Riverbend Mission Statement:  Equipping confident, committed, service-oriented problems solvers poised and ready to change their world.