Three Rivers School
4/07/21 - OTTERS NEWS UPDATE
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! – Please spread the word! We are now accepting online registrations for the fall. If a parent prefers a paper copy, we have some available in our office. Please visit our website for enrollment information, including online registration, using this link: https://www.bend.k12.or.us/district/parents/enrollment
BOOK FAIR IS NOW OPEN! – Shop our online Book Fair now through April 20th by using this link:
YEARBOOK SALES – Now is the time to purchase your child’s yearbook! Order today using your child’s TouchBase account. (Please note, you will need your child's student i.d. to set up their TouchBase account. Call us at 541-355-3000 if you need their i.d. or have any questions.)
NNAT NOTICE – This year, all elementary schools in Bend-La Pine will be using the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT) to screen students for possible identification for intellectual educational curricula and cultural and/or language background. All 2nd and 3rd graders will take this 30-minute test, as well as students in grades 4th and 5th grade who are new to the district and have not taken a similar test. If you are a parent of a student in grades K-1st who is demonstrating signs of intellectual giftedness, please consult with your child’s teacher. We will also administer this test to younger students who are strong candidates for identification as Talented and Gifted (TAG).
STATE TESTING UPDATE – Oregon state-wide testing will be taking place this year for 3rd-8th graders. If you’d like to opt your child out, please see the following links:
TEACHER REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR – We are unable to accept requests for teachers for the next academic year. This includes asking for “a friend” to be in the same class as your child. Being a small school with only two teachers per grade level, our first priority is to balance the social, academic, and behavioral needs of all students to ensure that classes are diverse. Thank you for your understanding and trusting the processes we have in place for creating well balanced classrooms.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL OPEN GYM - Open Gym is available to all middle school girls - no need to sign-up! If your 6th-8th grade girl is interested in brushing up on their skills or just giving basketball a try, please encourage them to join Miss McKinney in the gym on Tuesday's and Friday's from 3:15 to 4:30. Covid protocol will be followed. (Please note, there is no open gym on Friday, April 16th as it is a no school day.)
GRAB & GO MEALS UPDATE - All students who have returned to All-in school continue to receive FREE MEALS at school. Beginning 4/12/21 the following sites will continue Grab & Go Meals for children 18 and under on days they are not attending in-person learning: Bend High School and La Pine High School, Mondays - Fridays from 11:00-11:30.
OFFICE STAFF INTRODUCTIONS – As students are now All-in, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce new faces and roles this year. Tim, aka Mr. B, continues to serve you as Principal. Lorin Page has stepped into our new Assistant Principal position and is an amazing support to our staff, students, and families. Miss Malie, aka Mrs. Niebergall, served as our intern counselor last year and now provides constant guidance as our full-time School Counselor. Miss Denise calls Three Rivers her ‘happy place’ while supplying us with much appreciated Office Support. Miss Aimee is our new front office Registrar/Attendance Secretary and smiling ‘face of the school’. Miss Jill has moved into our retired Miss Beth’s office, now serving you as Office Manager. All of us are excited to see your children here at school! Please feel free to call our office anytime at 541-355-3000. We’re here to help!
3/03/21 - OTTERS NEWS UPDATE
Happy March, Otter Families!
We're starting off the month with a lot of exciting news you otter know! Please give us a call at 541-355-3000 if you have any questions. We're here to help!!
2020-2021 YEARBOOK FOR SALE - Yearbooks are now on sale for $15! Pre-order yours online through your child’s TouchBase account.
OTTER WEAR STORE - Three Rivers’ Otters represent in Otter T-shirts, sweatshirts, and beanies! Your Otter Wear Store is open through March 14th!
FAMILY VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT - Join us for our first Virtual Bingo Night!! Click here for details.
PICTURE DAYS - Picture days are coming up right after Spring Break. Please mark your calendars as there will not be a retake day this year. Order details to follow. See dates below.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - Spring conferences will be held virtually this year. More details to follow. See dates below.
OTTER OUTFITTERS - Otter Outfitters, our no cost clothing boutique, is now available with everything from winter coats to spring tops. Contact Jenn Reuter at [email protected] or 541-355-5674 to make an appointment to "shop"!
DRY LITTLE HANDS - Students may have dry little hands from multiple hand washing and sanitizing throughout the school day. Please feel free to send a small container of unscented lotion with your child to keep in their backpack for them to use as needed.
FALL SPORTS COMING THIS SPRING - Rumor has it Middle School Cross Country and Football sign-ups are right around the corner! Keep an eye out for news heading your way sometime next week!
HOTSPOTS - Parents, if you've borrowed a hotspot from the school and are no longer using it, please bring it back to the office so we can have it available for other families. Thanks so much!
SAFETY MODEL - We ask parents who are on school grounds and outside of their vehicles to abide by social distancing and proper mask wearing to model the behavior that we are requiring of students. Our teachers and staff thank you!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
12/18/20 - HAPPY WINTER BREAK
HOLIDAY BROWN BAGS - Bend-La Pine Schools free meals program is still available during the Winter Break as part of its Holiday Brown Bag program. Seven school sites (including Three Rivers) will open for special Holiday Brown Bag pick ups on Monday, December 21 and Monday, December 28. The pick up time is noon to 1 p.m. and each Holiday Brown Bag will include food for breakfast, lunch and supper for four days.
WINTER BREAK DATES - There will be no school and our office will be closed during Winter Break from 12/21 - 01/01. School will be back in session starting Monday, January 4th.
12/04/20 - FUN HOLIDAY REMINDERS
LIVESTREAM CONCERT - We wanted to make sure you've marked your calendars for tomorrow night's Aaron Meyer concert. Here's the information we sent out previously. The Sunriver Music Festival is always looking out for us. Here is their latest offering - just for Three Rivers Otters! Remember Aaron Meyer, the rock violinist who worked with all TRS students last December (and on many occasions before that)? He’ll be in Sunriver soon and his upcoming performance at the Sunriver Resort will be livestreamed for you and your family to enjoy from your home! Tickets are $10 per household for Otter families!
Saturday, December 5th @ 7:00 pm - Tickets and info: www.sunrivermusic.org 541-593-9310
SANTA CRAFTS - We're excited to let our families know about next week's Santa Craft Kits. Since we can't be together this year our PTA has worked hard to put together a Santa Craft Kit for every Otter student. These will be available all of next week, December 7th - 11th, during the Grab and Go Meal times, 11:30 - 12:45. Students can help themselves, one kit per student please.
COAT DONATIONS NEEDED - Seeking new and/or gently used coats! We're getting ready for next Friday's Curbside Boutique. (Friday, 12/11/20) We're hoping to get as many coats in as possible to provide a great selection of winter wear for our families. The donation bin is in the Grab and Go area in front of Otter Hall.
Enjoy your weekend, Otters!
11/20/20 - MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE
Please take a moment to click on the link below and read up on some important tips from our nurse, Megan Barrett. She has been working extra hard these days, looking out for students, families and school staff, and we appreciate her very much!
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!
11/18/2020 - OTTER NEWS JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING
Some Otter News as we head into Thanksgiving Break
OPERATION SCHOOL BELL - Hats and Gloves Give Away - stop by the LaPine Park & Rec Center (16405 1st Street in LaPine) this Friday, November 20th between 11:30 and 12:45 and pick up hats and gloves for your kiddos.
SCHOOL BUILDING CLOSED - As you know from the District communication this week, our school building is closed to the general public through December 2nd. We have a library book return bin in the Grab and Go Meal area and you can still reach us in the office at 541.355.3000.
HOLIDAY BROWN BAGS - Bend-La Pine Schools are expanding free meals during upcoming holidays as part of its Holiday Brown Bag program. Seven school sites (including Three Rivers) will open for special Holiday Brown Bag pick ups on Monday, November 23, Monday, December 21 and Monday, December 28. The pick up time is noon to 1 p.m. and each Holiday Brown Bag will include food for breakfast, lunch and supper for four days.
LIVESTREAM CONCERT - The Sunriver Music Festival is always looking out for us. Here is their latest offering - just for Three Rivers Otters! Remember Aaron Meyer, the rock violinist who worked with all TRS students last December (and on many occasions before that)? He’ll be in Sunriver soon and his upcoming performance at the Sunriver Resort will be livestreamed for you and your family to enjoy from your home! Tickets are $10 per household for Otter families!
Saturday, December 5th @ 7:00 pm - Tickets and info: www.sunrivermusic.org 541-593-9310
CURBSIDE BOUTIQUE - we’re gearing up for another opportunity to provide our families with winter clothing, especially coats. It will be held December 11th during Grab and Go Meal time (11:30 to 12:45) - we’ll send out another reminder before then. Meanwhile, we are gathering new or gently used coats and we’ll have a box for donations in the Grab and Go Meal area. Donations gladly accepted through December 10th.
STATE TESTING - please take a moment to click on our school webpage HERE. Look for the 2020-2021 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests (lower right hand side of the page). Use the link there to read up on this year’s statewide testing.
IPAD INSURANCE- is still available to be purchased for your child’s iPad, however, it must be purchased through the office, not online. If you wish to purchase the insurance ($30 for the school year), please call the office to make arrangements for the iPad to be inspected. Then we will help you with the purchase.
THANKSGIVING BREAK - There is no school next week during the Thanksgiving Break. We wish all of our Otter families a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
10/27/20 - OTTERS NEWS FOR THE END OF OCTOBER
A reminder that the District has canceled the formal Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences that normally take place at the end of October. In our Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model, staff are making frequent informal contacts with families. We believe continuing CDL on October 28th, 29th, and 30th will be the most valuable use of those days.
COSTUME DRIVE BY AND CURBSIDE BOUTIQUE
The thought of not seeing our students dressed up this Halloween had us feeling down. So, we decided to do something about it. On Friday, October 30thwe are inviting kids and adults to make their way down to Three Rivers during Grab and Go meal time in full costume. We will have a piece of candy for the kids, Jack-o-Lantern cookies in the lunch, and a Curbside Boutique. With winter right around the corner, our curbside boutique will include free hats, winter jackets, and gloves for the kids to wear this winter season. We hope you will join us between 11:30-12:45.
OREGON HEALTH PLAN
Check out this OHP Flyer from our FAN Advocate, Jenn Reuter. Jenn is here at Three Rivers a couple of days a week and ready to help our families. Email or give her a call: [email protected] or 541.355.5674.
Check out our Three Rivers counseling website. Malie Neese is our half-time counselor here at Three Rivers and this year, we also have counseling support from our intern, Alicia Deaderick. Their contact info and more is located on the website. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
EAT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
Many of you know Tracy Ryan, our favorite Carrot Lady. She’s put together a great newsletter that includes some yummy recipes. And she’ll be here this Friday for the Costume Drive By and Curbside Boutique.
SCHOLASTIC ONLINE BOOK FAIR
It starts up next week on November 4th. Shop the Online Book Fair!
FREE Shipping to YOUR HOME on BOOK-ONLY orders of $25 or more!
Be sure to select “Free Shipping” when you check out.
Last week, Mr. B sent out emails with a survey link to our middle school parents and a separate one to our middle school students asking for feedback on Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please be sure to take a couple of minutes and share your opinions byOctober 30th. Thank you!
These are on hold for now, but the District has selected a new photography company starting this year. Dorian Studio will be handling all student pictures – they were founded in 1914 and are a family owned and operated business headquartered in the northwest. We will send an update in January with information on school pictures.
Parents - please report all student absences to: [email protected]
Include in your email: student name, date(s) of absence, reason for absence. Thank you!
THREE RIVERS STRONG – OTTER PRIDE
A big shout out to the fabulous Three Rivers PTA. They purchased a bracelet for each and every Otter student and all of the Three Rivers staff. We sent elementary grade bracelets home with packets and we mailed middle school bracelets to their homes. The bracelets are red and yellow and say Three Rivers Strong on one side and Otter Pride on the other. Our PTA shared that they are spreading this message of hope, reminding us we are in this together. THANK YOU, THREE RIVERS PTA!!!!
SOLVE THE RIDDLE
To all of our Otter students – remember to email Mrs. Page if you can solve this week’s riddle and you’ll be entered in the drawing. The link to the weekly announcements and the riddle was emailed to all students earlier today.
10/19/20 - FREE SOCKS AND MORE
Members of the Assistance League of Bend will be here at Three Rivers this Thursday, October 22nd during the Grab and Go Meal times - 11:30 to 12:45.
Their event is called Operation School Bell and they're working to help meet the essential needs of students. They'll be out front in their red aprons (and face masks and gloves) ready to greet you at the curb and offer free socks and underwear.
Thank you Assistance League - we appreciate you!
10/9/2020 - OTTER NEWS
Author Visit! - Don't miss the upcoming virtual sessions with author Patrick Carman. He joined us here at school last year and was a huge hit! These sessions are sure to be another great experience for our students.
Book Return Bin– it’s in the lobby and ready to receive your library returns. We also have a return bin in the Grab & Go Meals area. Please help us keep our library in good shape by returning books you've borrowed. Thank you!
Middle School Book Club – Wednesdays @ 1:00 in Ms. Lori’s WebEx Room: https://bls.webex.com/meet/lori.gascon
Online Book Fair coming in November! Details will be shared soon.
PACKET PICK UP - If you were unable to make it a drive-by packet pick up for your child, you may stop by the school office between 8:00 and 3:30 to pick up your supplies.
OTTER WEAR – we have a few items still here in the office. Be sure to swing by if you ordered Otter Wear and have not picked yours up.
iPAD INSURANCE– still time to purchase. $30 for coverage for the year. A worthwhile investment when considering the cost to repair or replace an iPad. Details on the insurance are HERE. Process to purchase:
Go to TouchBase
User Name = your child's ID (if you do not know this number, call us in the office)
Password = your child's last name (capitalized)
Click on your child's name
Choose Item's At Student's School
Choose iPad Insurance
Complete your Purchase
HELP LINE - Friendly reminder to reach out to the District’s family technology support line when needed: 541-355-8700.
TUTORING OPPORTUNITY – LaPine Park & Rec is partnering with Bend LaPine School District to provide families access to the internet with a qualified tutor on site to provide homework assistance. For time slots, go to lapineparks.org/studyhall Students in all grades are welcome. All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No student may be dropped off for an unsupervised reservation.
10/1/2020 - OTTER WEAR READY TO PICK UP
Our Otter Wear is here and it looks great!!!
If you ordered Otter Wear from the online store, you may pick it up tomorrow (Friday 10/2) between 11:30 and 12:45 (same time as Grab and Go so be sure to grab meals, too). We'll have staff out by the curb for the drive by.
Our kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers already had packet pick up sessions planned today (Thursday 10/1) - if your child is in these grades and ordered Otter Wear, your teacher will have it ready during packet pick up times (Grade 2/3 is 11:30 to 12:45 and Kindergarten is 2:30 to 3:30).
For anyone who misses the drive by times, you may stop by the office to get yours.
LET'S GO OTTERS!
9/29/2020 - DELAY IN RETURN TO HYBRID
As you know, we had expected to begin in-person instruction for our K-3 students at Three Rivers School on October 5th. Unfortunately, because of a recent increase in Covid-19 numbers within Deschutes County, combined with metrics set by Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, we must postpone these plans.
Our district will be monitoring the situation weekly. The earliest we could return to in-person would be late October, but only if the health metrics improve. You can find more information on the district's Return to School webpage. In the meantime, teachers and students will continue with comprehensive distance learning and remain on the same schedule we are currently using.
Principal - Three Rivers K-8 School
9/16/2020 - REPORTING AN ABSENCE
Until further notice, please report an absence only if your student will not be engaged or participating in any of the student's remote learning on a particular day. Please use this email address to report your student absences: [email protected]
You can also find the attendance email address on our Three Rivers website: https://www.bend.k12.or.us/threerivers/our-school/contact-us
Automated absence calls and emails will begin on Monday (9/21) -- these messages will be generated and sent out automatically at 11:00 a.m. daily to parents of students who show an unexcused absence from the previous day.
9/14/2020 - FIRST DAY HELP
We've heard from several of you this morning with a variety of issues and concerns. Here are a few tips and reminders that may help.
Students with an iPad from last spring need to follow these steps to get their iPad ready for the first day of school:
1) Open your iPad and turn it on. Charge if necessary.
2) Check your settings for available updates. Do any available updates. (Allow time for this. It can average 10-30 minutes to complete updates.)
3) Check your Wi-Fi connection. Does your VPN work? If not, go to Self Service and re-install Global Protect. After you install it, re-start your iPad and check the connection.
4) If you forgot your password, or still need tech assistance, please call 541-355-8700. Make sure to leave a message with a clear name and contact information.
Email is best (format is [email protected]). If you are calling their classroom phones, please be sure to leave a message so they can return your call at their earliest convenience.
Unfortunately, we are experiencing many troubles with WebEx this morning. The District is working on the problems and we hope to have it running smoothly soon. There is no fix at the moment - we'll let you know once things are running again.
Middle School Questions About Canvas:
Use StudentVue to see your class list. Join your class Webex sessions - middle school teachers will be focusing on helping all middle school students learn about navigating in Canvas.
We have placed an order for additional hotspots. If you need a hotspot, please call the school office so we can get you on the list.
Initial Network Password:
If you do not recall your student's initial network password, contact your student's teacher or call the office at 541.355.3000.
9/11/2020 - BE READY FOR MONDY - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Here are some friendly reminders for this last weekend before school starts.
First on the list is our message that we are here for our students and families – this next week will not be a hard start. It will be a soft start to get everyone settled in, answer questions, build confidence and make sure pieces are in place to move forward successfully.
Here are a few other items to be thinking about:
9/2/2020 - WELCOME TO ALL OF OUR FAMILIES
We are excited to get the 2020-2021 school year underway! We know it will be challenging, but it is our hope that we are moving in the direction of a hybrid model for at least some of our students in the near future.
That said, you should have received an email from the school district with sample schedules for the elementary and middle levels. Being a K-8 school with some teachers we share across all grade levels, we needed to make a couple of minor adjustments. Middle School parents should have received an email from Three Rivers on Monday detailing what the day looks like for our 6th-8th grade students. Parents of K-5 students can expect to hear from your child’s teacher next week with a detailed daily schedule.
Here are some other important details for our families:
Every student in the school will have an iPad this year. The District has placed the order for iPads for our K-2 students but we do not expect those to arrive by the start of school. We will be in touch as soon as they arrive and will work to get them to you promptly. Third grade teachers are currently getting their student iPads ready and will be reaching out to their families regarding distribution. For all 4th through 8th grade students who are new to this school district, we hope to have your iPads ready next week and will contact you directly to coordinate getting them to you. All other returning Three Rivers students should have their iPads from last year and be ready to go. Be sure to contact us if this is not the case!
We highly recommend purchasing iPad insurance. Inevitably, things happen and the cost to repair a cracked screen or replace a machine is expensive. Insurance provides some peace of mind since your child will be handling it daily. The insurance is $30 for the year and can be purchased online. Learn more HERE. If you have any difficulties with the online purchasing process, just give us a call in the office. 541.355.3000
Class Lists and Middle School Schedules
Class lists for grades 1 through 5 will be posted on the school doors Friday, September 4th at 4:00 pm. At the same time, middle school schedules will be able to be viewed on both Student and Parent Vue. Kindergarten parents will receive an email on Tuesday 9/8 letting you know your child’s teacher.
Meet Your Teacher Events - Mark Your Calendars
As we make our best efforts to keep students and staff safe, we’ve decided to have a drive-thru “Meet Your Teacher Event” in the pick-up / drop-off lane in front of the school. All families will need to remain in their cars when they pull up to the appropriate staff member, and we ask that you wear a mask once you roll down your windows. Our schedule is below. If showing up at the time allotted for your family does not work, we welcome you to come during the other hour of the Meet Your Teacher Event.
Welcoming New Staff
Family Access Network (FAN) Advocate
Jenn Reuter, our FAN Advocate, is out on family leave. She will be returning in the not too distant future, but in the meantime please contact Mara Stephens for any needs you may be having. Mara can be reached at [email protected], by phone at 541.355.1037, or by text at 541.246.7409.
This week, we received the very good news that the summer meals program is being extended through December 2020. Once we hear the details on how this will work, we will be sure to share that information with you.
Free and Reduced Meals
Even though students will not be in the building as we begin the school year and even though the meals program has been extended, we encourage all families to take a moment to fill out a Free & Reduced Meal application for the 2020-21 school year. Part of the Oregon Student Success Act includes expanded income guidelines for qualifying for free meals. APPLY HERE or stop by the office for a paper copy. You can save $725-$800 per child a year if you qualify for free or reduced priced meals, which includes breakfast and lunch. All grade levels are included. Please see the Oregon Expanded Income Guideline Chart
Each year, our District office mails out a Family Handbook to all of our families. That publication has been delayed due to the need to update it with current information. Families can expect to receive their Handbook some time during the month of September.
School Office Hours
We are currently open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Labor Day). Once school starts, office hours are M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop by and see us or give us a call if you need a hand with anything or have questions. Masks and social distancing are required in the school lobby.
Keeping in Touch
We do our best to share information in a variety of ways. We truly hope you will keep an eye on all of these sources so that you are up to speed with our latest information.
We’re seeing orders being loaded to our online store! Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a Three Rivers clothing item – adult and youth sizes. The store closes a week from today on September 16th. You can, of course, wear your Otter Wear any time you like, but we’ll be encouraging everyone to continue our tradition of Otter Wear Fridays – any Three Rivers clothing item or just school colors: red, yellow and black. ORDER HERE. Let’s Go Otters!
We are ready to get this school year started. Despite all of the unknowns, we are approaching it ready to do our very best to serve the Three Rivers students, families and community!
Principal – Three Rivers K-8 School
OTTER NEWS 2020.08.21
Now that our office and admin staff are settling back in, we’ll be emailing our usual Otter News updates a few times a month to help keep our families informed on what we know. We’ll also be posting these same updates on the website under the picture of Webster the Otter. If you miss an email, check Webster for the latest news. We know there is nothing normal about the start of this school year, and we miss you all very much!
If you will be a new Otter at Three Rivers this year, you are probably already working with our Registrar, Jill James. If not, please be sure to contact her ASAP so we can be sure your child is ready to go for the first day of school on September 14th. She can be reached at 541.355.3003 or at [email protected].
On hold for now. If we get the OK to begin bringing students into the building, we will post our supply list on the website and share it by email. Teachers may reach out to you as we get the year underway if they have particular items they’d like you to have.
Free & Reduced
Please take a moment to complete an online application. The income guidelines have changed dramatically and we hope many more families will benefit: https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp
We may not be able to all be together yet, but we still have lots of Otter spirit! Our fall Otter Wear online store is now OPEN! It will stay open through September 16th and we’ll receive items here at school on October 9th. We’ll probably have a drive by session to get items out to families. Go online and take a look – youth and adult sizes, shirts, sweatshirts, trucker hats and more. The link is below and it’s also posted on our website. LET’S GO OTTERS! ONLINE OTTER WEAR STORE
NEWS FROM OUR PTA
PTA Zoom Meeting/Q&A with Mr. B
Monday, August 31 at 6:00 pm
Bring your questions and get the latest info on the school year straight from Mr. B. Also, pop in to say hi and see some familiar (and new) faces!
Zoom link: will be sent out as date gets closer
Parent Questions ANSWERED: Social Media Campaign
The PTA will be posting answers to various parent questions on their Facebook and BAND app pages over the next few weeks. We’ve been working hard to connect with various district employees to get the latest information, so be sure to follow the PTA social media accounts. Have a question you would like answered? Email [email protected]
Questions? We know there are many questions still to be answered and we will do our best to answer them through parent emails, on our website, etc. Mr. B and Ms. Lorin are here at school and are happy to talk with you. Call us in the office (541.355.3000) or email them directly: [email protected] and [email protected]
Information still to come on these topics and more: