Dear PAML Families,

I am so thrilled to share that we had an absolutely wonderful experience with all of our activities outside of the building today.  Thank you so much for all of your help making sure your students had what they needed to participate.  The activities today promoted connections between students and adults outside of typical grade level configurations.  We are going to take a breath this evening and then convene a group on Friday to identify any changes or adjustments that are necessary for our next activity day on Thursday 1/26.  If you have any feedback for us please don’t hesitate to share with your student’s TA teacher or the office. 

This week we began our winter STAR testing in earnest.  Our STAR benchmark testing is an important part of our MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support).  The winter STAR administration in particular helps us to see growth that has been achieved due to adjustments in instruction through the fall.  We’re excited to see all of the growth our students have made. 

Thank you so much for supporting our professional development day for teachers this upcoming Monday.  We have come a long way in our re-design of our proficiency based learning system during these days.  This Monday our teachers will continue work of creating learning scales aligned to each of the priority standards identified as part of their curriculum.  We also have another round of learning with regional expert Joelle Van Lent, who has been working with us on practical strategies to help students progress in their social-emotional development.  Math teachers will continue their learning with Math Menu and the All Learners Network. 

Thank you for your continued support.


Matt Young Principal

Upcoming Dates:

January 16: No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (PD day for teachers)

January 26: Winter Wellness Activity #2

February 2: Winter Wellness Activity #3

February 9: Winter Wellness Activity #4

February 27-March 7: Winter Break

Upcoming Author Visit (3/13)

Steve Sheinkin has written many narrative nonfiction books for Young Adults, books written like a story about true events. His latest book, Fallout, is about the Cold War where both the United States and Russia and is featured on our Golden Dome Book Award list for middle schoolers. On Monday, March 13, Steve will be visiting our school to talk about his book. You can preorder books for this visit through Bridgeside Books using this website by February 27th:

Afterschool Opportunities at River Arts!

Join River Arts in 2023 for some great afterschool opportunities!  Try Unbound offerings at River Arts or one of these great afterschool classes as well:

MONDAYS: Soft Sculptures with Natalie Carr: sewing creative art!   3rd-5th Grade   Jan.23-Feb.20

WEDNESDAYS: Youth Wheel Class for Pottery!   5th-8th Grade    Jan.11-Feb.22

THURSDAYS: Teen Wheel Class.        8th-12th Grade      Jan.12-Feb.23

We hope to see you at River Arts in 2023!

Outdoor Weather Reminder

Cool weather, wet weather, and snow are now part of daily experience for the foreseeable future.  Please keep in mind that our students are scheduled to head outdoors every day for recess.  Students should plan on bringing warm clothes and appropriate footwear with them to school each day.  Families that could use some help tracking down warm clothing and footwear for their student can reach out to our school counselor Jessica Dambach (

Winter Athletic Season

Please be on the look-out for communication about practice and game schedules through “Rank One.”  There are links to the schedules for our teams in “Rank One” below


Boys Basketabll Game Schedule

Boys Basketball Practice Schedule

Girls Basketball Game Schedule

Girls Basketball Practice Schedule

Nordic Skiing Race Schedule

Nordic Skiing Practice

Please sign up your student using “Rank One Here”

Unbound is currently on its mid-year break. 

Unbound Programming will resume on 1/17. 

Kid Cuisine is currently full.  Any registrations received after 1/10 with kid cuisine selected will need to be adjusted.  Please be on the look-out for communication from Mark McNall

We are hoping for some more interest for our River Arts Graphic Creation program.  If we don’t get a few more sign-ups we will not be able to run the program. 

2023 Spring Unbound Info Packet

Registration Packet

Trimester Dates

T1: 8/29-11/22

T2: 11/28-3/16

T3: 3/17-6/12

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