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OCSD Online Assignments

All teacher OCSD Online Assignment folders can be found on the Faculty and Staff page of the website.

As people are using the programs, we are geing more info.  We will continue to give out what helpful hints we are getting from the district here:

  1. ClassLink access to Odysseyware should be working; we are finding that some users are not waiting for the Single-Sign On process to complete (up to 7 seconds) when they click on the Odysseyware App in ClassLink before attempting to move forward or closing the app and assuming the SSO does not work. 

  <<<<Odysseyware student app in ClassLink

  1. If waiting does not resolve the issue and the student is stuck at the Odysseyware site, they can get through by entering their One Okaloosa ID/username (but in all lowercase letters).  The password for Odysseyware is the word student, which also must be lowercase.  This username and password configuration is specific to Odysseyware and will not work anywhere else.  Again, try waiting up to 7 seconds when clicking the Odysseyware link in ClassLink before trying this method.
  1. In addition, iPad users who are using their personal device may need to download the Classlink Launchpad app from the App Store.
  1. For those using personal laptops, they may need to download the Chrome browser extension if they are using Chrome. They may also need to install the Classlink OneClick extension (from Google Chrome)  found here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/classlink-oneclick-extens/jgfbgkjjlonelmpenhpfeeljjlcgnkpe?hl=en

On an iPad-

  1. On an iPad, students should access ClassLink using the app that is installed on the device, not by going to ClassLink through the internet.
  1. For Odysseyware, once a student is logged in to Odysseyware, if they actually click the sign out button, the single sign on will not work the next time.  The student should just click the X at the top right of the page if they are a single user of the device and that will keep Odysseyware working for them.

It is always best practice to sign out of ClassLink.  If multiple students are using the same iPad, it is a necessity.

March 23, 2020

Our school district is shifting to online learning, and “school” is in session beginning Monday, March 30th.

Communication is key as we move to virtual campuses.  Messages are posted in the Okaloosa School’s website www.okaloosaschools.com, Riverside Elementary’s website www.okloosaschools.com/riverside, Facebook (Riverside Elementary School), and through district and school call-outs. To receive emails directly from the Superintendent Mr. Chambers, please visit the district website.  Under the picture of Mr. Chambers, there is a link to add your email address.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school between the hours of 8:00-1:00, or me directly at kearleym@okaloosaschools.com, if you have needs or concerns as we navigate these uncharted waters.

You should hear from your child’s teacher within the next week.  Online instruction will be available to students beginning on Monday, March 30th.  Your child’s elementary lessons can be accessed on an iPad, Chromebook, desktop, or laptop computer.  The curriculum is web-based, and simply needs internet accessibility.  The curriculum will not operate on a cell phone or other tablet. 

If you do not have an appropriate device at home already, we have devices available for loan during this time.  Due to a fixed quantity of devices, we will check-out one device per Riverside family.  Please call 689-7203 between the hours of 8 and 1.  We will schedule you an appointment for pick up at an alternate time.  We will make every effort to secure a device for you. 

Devices can only be signed-out by a parent or guardian.  Please bring a photo ID for verification.  We will check our student database to connect parents to children before a device will be issued. It is not necessary for your student to be with you for device pick-up.

There will be a form to sign stating that you will be charged for damage or loss of items.

If your family does not have internet access, please let us know when you arrive to pick up your device or call the school at 689-7203.  We will provide the district with your name and address to assist in that process.

Riverside also offers free bagged breakfast and lunch meals for children under 18. These meals are available from 7:30-11:30 Monday-Friday.

School buildings are closed due to adherence to CDC guidelines. We ask that you stay in your vehicle as you enjoy our curbside service for device check-out and meal delivery. J

MARCH 17, 2020 6:00 P.M.

Following a statewide conference with the Department of Education and other state officials today, the Okaloosa County School District has been notified that school sites will remain closed through April 15. During this statewide extension of school closures, we will continue to work closely with all agencies to ensure that the health and safety of our students remains our highest priority.

Education for our students in this new platform will begin on March 30. More information to parents will follow.

Additional information includes the following:

  • All school activities and events are cancelled until further notice.
  • All statewide testing for the school year has been cancelled.

We will begin feeding students using Grab and Go beginning tomorrow, March 18, at the ten sites listed below and will notify parents when additional sites are added next week. We are also exploring using school buses to deliver meals to certain areas of the county.

BAKER - Baker School
LAUREL HILL - Laurel Hill School
CRESTVIEW - Northwood Elementary, Riverside Elementary

Weekdays from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30a.m. beginning Wednesday, March 18

State food service guidelines require the student to be present in order for meals to be distributed.

When a parent arrives at a meal site, they will be able to receive up to two meals for the day for each student they bring to the site (breakfast and lunch).

Students may pick up meals for themselves without a parent present.

Online Instruction Begins March 30

For the last 9 weeks of school we are going to have a competition to see who can bring in the most box tops.

All box tops will be due by May 22nd

The class with the most Box Tops per grade level will win a popsicle party during the last week of school.

The old fashion box tops will still be accepted, along the with new digital ones that have to be scanned into the app

Own this Year's Riverside Elementary Yearbook!

Yearbook Price: $20.00

Online Purchase Deadline: April 14, 2020

This year, Riverside is using TreeRing to make our yearbooks. We made the switch to TreeRing for two reasons:

● Custom Pages: Every student gets a one-of-a-kind printed copy of the yearbook, containing two free pages that they can customize with personal photos.

● Buy a Book, Plant a Tree: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name whenever someone from our school purchases a yearbook. (And here’s a bonus: They print on recycled paper.) Our book this year will be 90 pages, plus the free custom pages, printed fully in color. The cost is $20.00.

In order to buy your book and start your custom pages, visit www.treering.com and create an account. You’ll want to have our school passcode handy. That number is 1014382736071295.

P.S. If you run into any trouble at all while setting up your TreeRing account, they have a great support team. Please contact them at support@treering.com.

End of the nine weeks - Thursday, March 12th 

Teacher Workday - Monday, March 30th 

Progress Reports sent home: February 10th

Report Cards available online -  Monday, April 6th

Stop the Spread

Adopt-A-Class 2019-20

American Legion Post 75

Erica Dunn, new Children and Youth Chairman of the American Legion Auxiliary, adopts Mrs. Messick's and Mrs. Murrell's classes

Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2193 adopts Ms. Dallas’s class

Ms. valdez's class was adopted by Gordon Martial Arts 

Mrs. Creel and Mrs. Donahoo were adopted by the Hipke Family 

Mrs. Cihanowic you classroom was adopted by Main Street Automotive 

Ms. Barnes' class was adopted by Mr. Joe Barnes

PE dept. has been adopted by Rainbow Snow Cones

Mrs. Singletary's classroom was adopted by Rainbow Snow

Ms. Lee's Class has been adopted by the Concord #50 Masonic Lodge 

Ms. Johns' class has been adopted by Cool Cat’s and Willow Barn

Dr. Chen and his family donated microscopes to Mrs. Smith and our science lab

Pamper Chef consultant adopted Mrs. Colby's class

Creel and Donahoo would like to thank and recognize the Hipke family for their donation to our classroom

As a reminder, anytime children are in school it is “Head Lice Season” and because of this we have had several confirmed cases of head lice in our school.  Please take a few minutes to check your child’s hair and scalp for live lice and nits.  On the back of this letter is a Head Lice “Fact Sheet” for your review.  Also below is Okaloosa County School District’s Head Lice Policy. 


(A) Students in Okaloosa County School District schools may be checked for head lice by the school clinic staff.  School officials will take the following steps when a student is identified with head lice: 

(1) Parents or Guardians will be called to transport the student home.  Students are not permitted to ride the bus when head lice are identified.

(2) School clinic staff will give parents written procedures on the treatment of head lice.

(3) After treatment, parents will bring the student back to the clinic with documentation that the head lice was treated and the clinic staff will check that the student is free of lice and/or live nits.

(4) Students will be allowed to return to class once the school has been provided with documentation that head lice are being treated and the student has been checked by clinic staff.

(5) The school principal or his/her designee shall be notified upon the third incident of lice or live nits in a single semester.

Thank you for your help in keeping all of our children well and ready to learn.


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Safety & Supervision

By law, our staff provides supervision for your students for up to 30 minutes before the first bell and up to 30 minutes after the dismissal bell, in addition to all instructional hours. Students who arrive prior to 8:05 a.m. and are still here after 3:45 p.m. will be sent to Daycare and charged a $15/day drop-in fee.
The first bell rings at 8:30 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:45 a.m. Safety patrol is dismissed from the crosswalk at Red-stone Avenue no later than 8:40 a.m. so the crossing may be un-manned after this time.
With safety in mind, please be on time!
Any transportation changes MUST be made IN WRITING (or in person). Just send it to your child’s teacher and/or brunsonb@okaloosaschools.com
Drop-off begins @ 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal begins @ 3:15 p.m.

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all of our students and staff at Riverside. We rely heavily on each of you as parents to help us reach that goal. As we venture into cold and flu season, here are a few key reminders for everyone that will enable us to keep your child and our staff members as healthy as possible.

Per school board policy:

  • If your child has a fever (100.0 degrees or higher) they must remain at home until they are fever free.
  • If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea they should remain home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Rashes: Because of the probability of rashes being contagious any student with a rash of unknown origin (undiagnosed) should remain at home until the rash has resolved or written permission is obtained from a physician permitting attendance. A copy of that doctor's note should be forwarded to the classroom teacher and school nurse. Any student with an undiagnosed rash at school should be picked up by a parent and advised to get a medical assessment.

In regard to open wounds/sores: Accidents happen! Boo boos are to be expected with young children. We ask that students with open wounds or sores have all open draining lesions covered with a bandage prior to arrival at school. Once those wounds have scabbed over and are no longer bleeding/draining a bandage is not necessary. This will protect your child from developing a secondary infection in their wound and will prevent other students and staff from being exposed to potentially infectious bodily fluids.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation in this matter and we look forward to sharing a happy and healthy school year with your family. If you have any questions, concerns, or are interested in reviewing school board policy regarding frequently encountered illness and injuries in the school setting please contact the school nurse or administration. We also greatly encourage you to visit the Okaloosa County School District website and review the Documents/Policies section.

Riverside EduData

Riverside Parent/Family Engagement Plan

We are a Title I School.  For more information about the Title I program, please visit our district Title I website.  http://www.okaloosaschools.com/district/titleI

View the Okaloosa Title I Parent Involvement Plan 

Title 1 Annual Parent Meeting Power Point 2019-2020.pptxView our Parent Title I Information

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