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Springfield, OR 97478
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From the Desk of the Principal


Welcome Back to School!

August 24, 2017

Dear Riverbend Families,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful end to the summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so excited about this school year and I am delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is ready to plan and prepare for your child(ren). The office staff has been working diligently to get geared up for the return of staff, students and families. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.


Our Riverbend School Community provides a safe, caring and respectful environment that fosters learning as a way of life; encourages academic risk-taking and creative thinking; builds a strong foundation of literacy, mathematics, science and arts; where each day, learning creates opportunities to see the world through new eyes.


New Staff

Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions/changes to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Jessica Sidman, our new administrative secretary. Jessica brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to providing the best service to our students, families and school community. Please help me welcome Jessica. Stop by, say hi and introduce yourself.

We also have several new classroom teachers. This year we have been blessed with a strong and excited group of teachers ready to go to work. They all are enthusiastic and excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience. Heather St. Louis (KG), Nathan Poukish and Laura Latham (1st), Brittani Maddoux and Melissa Morgenlaender (2nd), Jennifer smith (3rd), Rebekah Whittaker (4th), Alexandra Wood and Jennifer Hermens (Behavior Resource), Sandra Roach and Lane Littlefield (Academic Resource), Tom Schramm SLP and Laura Di Russo SLPA, Kristen Grottkau (Life Skills), Sara Rogers (ELD), Paula Tereault (Instructional TOSA) and we still are filling one more position. Wow, that is a crew. We are so happy to have these amazing teachers as a part of Riverbend’s family. Welcome team!


Student Placement

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2017-2018 school year. Careful consideration was given and input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Riverbend is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that Riverbend remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.



Deborah Lange, Principal

Riverbend Elementary School