Parent Involvement Activities*Reader's Theater *

Reader's Theater is a fun way for parents to get involved in their child's reading!! What is Reader's Theater?? What is Reader's Theater? It's a way to involve students in reading aloud. In Reader's Theater, students "perform" by reading scripts created from grade-level books or stories. Usually they do so without costumes or props. Reader's theater is a strategy that combines reading practice and performing. Reader's theater is a strategy for developing reading fluency. It involves children in oral reading through reading parts in scripts. In using this strategy, students do not need to memorize their part; they need only to reread it several times, thus developing their fluency skills.

So, let's have fun! Go to the link below and pick a script on your child's reading level. Assign parts between you, your child, siblings, etc. Work on it all week! First reading, learn all the words. Subsequent readings, work on reading while stopping at periods, reading with expression, making a question sound like a question, and making an exclamatory sentence burst with excitement!

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Welcome to L. Mendel Rivers Elementary School website! The faculty and staff at Rivers Elementary are dedicated to providing our students with a safe, secure, and caring environment where the highest quality education can be achieved.
As we prepare for the upcoming school year, our community health issues with Covid-19 continues to change. Our district and school is dedicated to creating plans that will adjust to the changes. Rivers is putting in precautions that will aid in keeping our students, staff and community safe for the 2020-2021 school year.  We understand that change is difficult and appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these uncertain times. 

At Rivers Elementary, we encourage cooperation among school, home, and community because we believe the cooperative effort is necessary to the success of the whole individual-intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Because we are committed to the learning process of each child and believe all children can learn, we challenge each to achieve a level of success in accordance with his or her abilities and potential. By equipping students with knowledge and skills we strive to prepare all students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens in an ever-changing world. As we work together, open communication is encouraged. We welcome your calls, questions, and involvement in the education and of your child at Rivers. We are looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year.

Angela Cook
Rivers Principal 


Student Handbook

  • English Learner Support
  • Special Education Support for those who meet criteria
  • Family Engagement Activities
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Parents Right to Know 


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Online Registration for New Students 

Rivers Read Aloud


Websites for Math & Reading 
Istation Home for Parents visual guide Click on the orange Login button on top right.
Next choose Study Island for Schools (We already have your child on this program.)
 Your teacher will provide you with the Username and Password.

Websites for Reading Books Online (teacher will send instructions)
School Name--Readathome
Location: any location
Username: provided by teacher
Username: on teacher resource.
Password: on teacher resource.
School: Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL (These two things should automatically save)
Username: guest
Password: follett

Math Websites
Spelling & Language Arts

All Subjects

4th grade 
Login Page:
Account ID: Rivers83
Username: firstinitiallastnameriv
Password: 5 digit number then riv (AR numbers)

Rivers Read Aloud

COVID-19 Resources.

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Rivers Bulldogs
Blue White Day

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