The Riverbender 

Parent Newsletter

Week of  January 30, 2023

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Upcoming Events:                        

                                Valentine's Day Pictures - $5.00 for a 5x7 photo

Ice Cream

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

Message from Mrs. Smith:

It is hard to believe that we are already ONE MONTH into our 2nd Semester! Thank you to all of our parents that attended our Honor's Day on Friday. It was so much fun to celebrate our students and their hard work. Thank you for your continued support with our Safety Procedures. Riverbend is partnering with the North Hall Cluster to raise money to buy new raincoats for our School Resource Officers. We will have a Hat Day on Friday February 3, 2023. If your child would like to participate, they can bring $2.00 on Friday to wear a hat! Thank you for supporting this great cause. You will be getting information about the Heart Challenge this week. We hope that all of our students will participate! This week we will have Early Release Day on February 2, 2023. If you would like to have a parent conference on that day or any other day, please contact your child's teacher. If you are interested in knowing more about Technology and how to help your child at home, please join me for our Coffee and Chat on February 6, 2023 @ 7:30 am in the Media Center. 

PTO is working hard to plan Teacher Appreciation Week. They are also working on planning a Family Movie Night in May. If you are interested in helping, please attend our next PTO meeting on  February 8th @ 7:30 a.m. in the Media Center. 

I look forward to partnering with our parents and community through Partners in Education and PTO in 2023. If you or  a local business you know would like more information about how they can help our school, please email

Please remember that our school day begins at 7:50. If your student arrives at 7:50 or after, they are counted tardy and they are missing instructional time. 

Car Rider Parents: You MUST have a cling tag number to pick your child up. If you do not have it, you will have to pick your child up in the front of the school. Car riders is over at 2:40 each day. If you are not in line by 2:40, you must come to the front of the school to pick up your child. If you need additional tags, or have lost your tag, please contact the front office. You may purchase for $5.00. 


Safety Reminders: 

Updates from Mrs. York:

ACCESS Testing:

 Testing begins this week (January 30th) for our English Language (EL)  learners. We will have testing throughout a three week period (January 30th - February 17th). Students will be tested in four areas: listening, reading, speaking & writing. 


The Georgia Milestone Assessment System (GMAS) spring schedule has been finalized. Please mark your calendars with these dates. Our 3rd -5th grades will participate in GMAS testing during the window of May 1st - May 12th. Click HERE or see detailed schedule below:

Join us for Coffee and Chat

February 6th at 7:30am in the Media Center

Flyers went home in Tuesday folders last week. 

Por favor únase a nosotros para Café y Charla en la biblioteca el 6 de febrero a las 7:30am. 

Media Center

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

Launchpoint Direct Address:
Accelerated Reader BookFinder

Want to receive the RES Reminders via text?  
Text @hc-res to 81010 to receive announcements and the school newsletter (twice a month).

Accelerated Reader
Third Semester - December 16th - February 24th

Year End Grade Level Points

5th - 120 2nd - 60

4th - 100   3rd - 84

1st - 24 (ASA only) K - 16 (ASA only)

Nine Week Goals

5th - 30    2nd - 15

4th - 25    3rd - 21

1st - 6 (ASA)    K - 4 (ASA)

K-1 regular classes will use Reading A-Z goals.

Reader Leaders!  

Accelerated Reader T-Shirt recipients for the 2nd nine weeks are:

Kindergarten - Ruby L.

First Grade - Jane B., Graham K., Matthew S.

Second Grade - Greenlee B., Andrew C., Ella D., Evelyn F., Summer K., Alayna W.

Fourth Grade - Kate S.

Fifth Grade - Lilah A., Mallory H., Eden P.

Friday, February 3rd $2 donation   
Our North Hall Cluster SROs are Deputies Anita Buffington and Miranda Joubert and Sergeant Jeff Fleming.  We are joining with the North Hall cluster schools to raise money for their raincoats which cost around $90 each with HCSO's emblems.  Thank you for your support!

2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Third Grade Honor Roll 

Fourth Grade Honor Roll

Fifth Grade Honor Roll

Consejos para padres: Conferencias de padres y maestros

Dele clic a los enlaces para ver un video y consejos sobre cómo tener una conferencia exitosa con los maestros de sus hijos. 

Información importante y próximos eventos de la Sra. Minerva:

📅 Anote en su calendario:

 😊 Recuerde:

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Para comunicarse cualquier pregunta o preocupación:

770-534-4141 ext. 7119 ó 

Nurse Lindsey's Updates:

★ Medication Reminders: 

★ Keep your student at home if he/she is feeling ill prior to school. There are many illness'

     going around and we are trying to prevent the spread.

                         (This includes no fever reducing medications within 24 hours of returning to school)

★ Please send a water bottle every day with your student. It is necessary for staying hydrated, reduces

     headaches, stomach aches, and helps keep them alert, active, and engaged in the day. *Labeling the

     water bottle will help if lost.

For health forms and additional information -

Feel free to call or email with any questions/concerns: 

    770-534-4141 (ext. 7110)  or



Click HERE to place order and enter code: YB27525

Call or email for assistance with online ordering.

770-534-4141 Ext. 7110

22-23 Sale Flyer.pdf

ADVERTISEMENTS: Student and business

ad opportunity

*Limited Space Available* 

Call or email with any questions.

770-534-4141 Ext. 7110

2022-2023 Advertisement.pdf

PBIS Updates:

PBIS at Riverbend means:

Students exhibiting these behaviors school- wide will receive  green 'Caught Beeing Good' tickets that may earn their class a special reward.

We are highlighting the lunchroom and looking for students who are exhibiting great behavior while eating lunch. Be sure to remind your student to be on their best behavior at lunch! Classes will be participating in our lunchroom challenge to earn our Golden Spoon and Spatula. 


Contact Mrs. Cantrell:

Email: sharitta.cantrell@

Phone: 770-534-4141 ext 7106

Community Resource Guide 20-21.pdf

The Community Resource Guide was created by our Hall County Social Workers. It has counseling referrals for adults and children as well as community resources! This is a fantastic resource for any and every need! 

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!

We look forward to an amazing year at Riverbend. 

Please note all information listed above could change.

Principal: Keri Smith

Assistant Principal: Heather York

Riverbend Elementary  

1742 Cleveland Hwy   

Gainesville, Ga 30501


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