Latest School News
Check back often for important updates.
We have a new school e-mail, checked by Alicia Donoghue, RBCS Manager. If you have any questions or needs, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Movement Visitation
Parents, you are invited to come see what your child does in Creative Movement class. On November 2 & 3, join us in Room 113 during your child's regular Creative Movement time. You can sit back and observe or join in the fun! Click here to open up the schedule: 2015 Creative Movement Visitation Schedule
2015-2016 School Year
Refer to the links below for the PDF files relating to the upcoming school year:
April 2015 Letter to Parents
RBCS 2015-2016 School Year Calendar
EFT Auto-Pay Form - This is an optional form to have your tuition automatically paid from your bank account each month.
Emergency Medical Authorization - Required for all children, must be notarized.
Health Requirement - Immunization Record & Health Statement required for all children.
Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements - For your reference, here is the list of required vaccines for child care programs. If your child does not meet the requirement for their age group, you must submit an Affidavit for Exemption for Reasons of Conscience from the Health Department. Visit www.immunizetexas.org for more information.
Food Allergy Action Plan - An action plan is required for children who have a food allergy. If the food allergy requires the use of medication, such as Benadryl or EpiPen, the parent must provide all medication along with the action plan. It is Riverbend's policy to ban or limit certain foods in the classroom to ensure the safety of children with allergies.
August 2015 Letter to Parents
UPDATED PARENT HANDBOOK
Our school handbook is now available as a PDF: 2015-2016 RBCS Parent Handbook
After School Enrichment - School Year Programs
Our extended day classes are available for ages 3 to 5 years and potty trained. Classes run until 2:30 p.m. Sportball is still accepting enrollment! Look for Location 10: Click here to go to the Sportball Web Site. Other classes offered include Spanish and Gymnastics. For more information, stop by the school office.
As a reminder, we ask you to label everything that your
child brings to school. We’ve made it easy to help support Riverbend
while keeping your kid’s stuff out of the Lost &
Found! We’re suggesting Mabel’s Labels as the labels you
use. Mabel’s labels are personalized, peel &
stick, super-durable labels that safely go in the laundry, dishwasher and
microwave. They’re perfect for all your kids’ stuff – shoes, clothes, water
bottles, lunch containers, lunch boxes, backpacks and more! You can do a
child’s name or even add a a fun icon.
Click here to go to the Mabel's Labels web site. Once you click on our name, your order will be part of
our fundraising efforts. It’s that easy.
2015-2016 School Year Fundraising
The fundraising is underway for the 2015-2016 school year. Thank you to those parents who started the school year off by granting wishes for the classrooms! We have already put over $1,500 worth of new educational materials into the classrooms.
This year donations and the profits of fundraising activities will go toward a larger renovation project. The upstairs classrooms all have restrooms that are shared between two classrooms. These are used frequently by potty training 2 & 3 year olds and are in great need of an update. As part of the update to the Nursery & Preschool building, we also would like to paint the interior and update the receptionist countertop. As always, we will also be using funds to replace worn classroom furniture and classroom materials and make upgrades to our outdoor play areas.
No Hassle donations are currently being accepted. As part of our fundraising, your family can make a donation and 100% of the money will go toward the improvements that we will be making in the coming year.
Our main fundraising will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd starting at 4:30 p.m. This Christmas Pageant & Celebration will be fun for the whole family and activities include photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage "sleigh" rides, craft activities, letters to Santa, food trucks and a music presentation by our 3 to 5 year old classes. Part of the main fundraising that night will be a class basket auction! These will make some great Christmas gifts!
How can you help? Make a donation to your child's class basket or solicit a donation from an area business. Or make a cash donation and let our volunteers do the shopping for you! These baskets have the potential to be a very profitable part of the evening. Whose class will make the best, most valuable basket?
Do you have a business? Consider being a business sponsor for the event. Help cover the costs of the event through your underwriting donation and be recognized in our marketing for the event, get on the sponsor board at the event and be included in the follow up newsletter. Several sponsor levels are available. Contact the school office for more information!
Riverbend Christian School is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization so all donations are 100% tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Tax receipts for all donations will be provided in January.
We are in need of restocking our clothes closet. Often a child will need an extra change of clothes and sometimes the school will have to lend out clothes. As you are cleaning out your closets at home, please consider setting some aside to donate to our clothes closet. The biggest need is for pants in sizes 3T and 4T. Thanks for your help!
2015-2016 School Year Registration
If you have friends or family interested in joining our program, please have them contact Alicia in the school office or apply using the Wait List Policy and Application. We have started a referral program, and you could receive a tuition credit if a family registers for the upcoming school year and has listed your name on the application. We still have some space available for new families joining us in Fall 2015!
Periodically RBCS will use Robly to notify parents by e-mail of school happenings. In the past we have used Constant Contact but will begin using Robly in August 2015.
Due to our licensing with the TX Dept. of Family and Protective Services, only children attending classes are permitted to be on our playgrounds during school hours, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After school hours we welcome our parents to use the playground facilities but ask that you abide by some rules. Please supervise your children on campus at all times; do not let them enter the building themselves or leave them on the playground unattended. If you take food or drinks to any of the playgrounds, please properly dispose of your trash. Please note that the turfed Playland playground is recommended by the manufacturer for use by children 3 and older. The 2nd turfed playground that is fenced off separately is recommended for children 5 years and older. Thank you for your consideration and respect of these wonderful facilities we have available for our families.
Parking at Riverbend
You may have noticed that the Handicapped parking spots located in the main parking area in front of Fellowship Hall have now been marked for 15 minute parking for our preschool parents for drop off and pick up. Please utilize these and other marked parking spots when dropping off and picking up your child. Please do not park in the staff parking lot or in any of the marked fire zones.
Parents often ask us when they are cleaning out old toys if we take donations. Yes, we do! We are happy to take any gently used items for use in our classrooms. We also have a sister school, Little Folks. Any items that we either don't have a use for or have too much of, we forward to Little Folks. Items can be dropped at the school office; donation receipts available.
Stay informed about recalls and unsafe children's products. Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site for information about this and other product recalls.
Check under "Upcoming Events" for important dates in the future.