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Hello!
A quick bit about me.  This is my 15th year teaching 5th grade at Riverview, and my 17th year teaching overall.  My first teaching experience was in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I spent two years teaching 3rd grade there.  I am a graduate of Fort Lewis College and Adams State.  My wife, two kids, two dogs, and three cats love Durango and we feel lucky to be part of this community.  That's where you come in.  Thank you for taking the time to check in on what we have going on at school.  Working with you and your family is such an important part of the success we find in the classroom on a daily basis.  
Thanks for visiting.  YOU, are important!
Sincerely,
Anthony Bonanno (Mr. B)
 

Recent Posts

The latest from our classroom

Parents and Students-

Happy New Year!  There has been some great energy at school this week and we are back at it 100%.  Thank you for all the holiday cheer.  Our class had such a wonderful breakfast on the Friday morning the last day before break.  There was a great sense of community and that is what makes this group so special.  I wanted to also take a second to introduce Mr. Nick Davis.  He will be completing his student teaching, this semester, in our classroom.  Please see the brief attached bio below.  I will keep you updated on Mr. Davis' increasing roles and responsibilities as the semester continues.  I (and our 5th grade team as applicable) will also be supervising him during the instructional components of his student teaching.  For the time being please contact me should you have any questions about how hosting a student teacher will be working in our class. As always, thank you so very much for all of your support.  

May your resolutions be coming true!

Anthony (Mr. B-)

Hello, my name is Nick Davis I am a student teacher from Fort Lewis College. I am currently a senior in school and have lived in Durango for 4 years. During my time here I have worked in a few different schools around the area, Park, Needham and The Liberty School. Some of my goals for this semester are, working on classroom management, as well as creating lessons that help the students grow as learners and as young people.  I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your kids and be part of the Riverview community.  

Sincerely,

Nick

Gifts and Geography

Happy Sunday 5th Grade Families!
Some information I wanted to be sure you received=
*Gift Exchange*
-Each student who will be at school this week opted to participate
-Each student said they talked to their parent(s):-)
**Here's the rules**
+Names were drawn at random
+Gifts have to cost $5.99 or less (handmade is awesome too)
+Bring gifts in anytime this week and discretely place under our tree
+Please wrap gifts and only recipient's name is to be on gift 
+It is supposed to be a secret.  
+We'll open gifts Friday at the end of the day (after lunchish)
+If your child will be absent, please try to have their gift at school before they leave.  They can open their gift when they return.
+If it does not work out for ANY reason, PLEASE let me know as soon as possible and we will be sure your child's giftee still receives a gift as your child will be receiving one as well.
 
*Winter Celebration*
-Friday Morning: 8:00-9:00 grade level breakfast and social.  Room parents are organizing.  let me know if you'd like to help and have not received information.
-Friday Afternoon: 1:00-1:45 classroom fun and gift exchange (see above)
-We do have Engineering this coming week, so we will be out of our homeroom the last hour of the day, hence the 1:00-1:45 time frame above.
 
*Geography Bee*
-We will do our classroom level/preliminary geography bee on Tuesday morning.  Everyone gets to participate.  The top performers (2 from each class plus the next highest 4 scores) will qualify for our grade-level bee after break.  We will inform families of this event once we have our qualifiers and are able to set a date for the final bee.
 
Thanks to everyone and I hope your winter season has been spectacular thus far.  You are the best.
Sincerely,
Mr. Anthony B-)

Minds on Math Training

For those of you whom I was unable to catch up to, I wanted to let you know that I am in Denver through Thursday, this week, for a special learning opportunity.  I am participating in a seminar called Minds on Math.  I have set up the week in both my math and reading classes at school such that the students will be working on individual demonstrations of their learning through their projects and problem solving.  I am available via email should you need me and I will, of course, be keeping up with progress at school.  Thanks for reading this and I'll be in contact soon.
Anthony (Mr. B-)  

Thanks to You

Families-
Have a happy and safe week ahead.  I wanted to take a chance to remind you all how thankful I am to get to work with your kids and as a result, you as well.  All that you give to our school, your child, and our classroom is what makes our class the best place to be each school day.  Thanks for your giving.  Over and out until the 26th (unless you should need to contact me, of course).
Sincerely,
Anthony (Mr. B:-)

News and Notes

Good Afternoon to All-
I'm so glad to be back and I am looking forward to seeing the students tomorrow.  By all accounts, last week was very successful and the great student leadership and culture of our class keeps shining!  Thank you for all you do to contribute.  Please read below for things to know this week:
 
1) Please contact me with a brief note or quick call if you would like to have a Fall Conference.  I will schedule conferences with any interested families during days/times that work for each family, as I was unable to be here last week during conference days.  We can conduct conferences over the next several weeks, if needed.  As always, I am happy to meet at any juncture and not just during conference intervals.  
 
2) We will host a Halloween celebration at 1:00 on Wednesday.  Wendy Lasher has been coordinating.  Please DO NOT send your child to school in costume.  We will allow students time to dress up in the morning.  The 5th grade is pairing the Halloween costume event with a special vocabulary day as well.  It should be both a fun and meaningful day for our students.  Participation in dressing up is not mandatory.  All can partake in our vocab activities and celebration. Costumes of course need to match what works for a school setting. Please help students with judgement if needed, and no weapons, masks, gore...let's have fun:-)
 
3) Most Importantly:  My door is always open.  Regardless of conference scheduling I will be making a point to check in with each family between now and Thanksgiving break to say hello and answer any questions that may have arisen during the first quarter of the year.  5th grade is a blast and you and your child are the reason why!
Thanks Again-
Anthony (Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3251

Wanted you to know...

To Everyone!
Happy weekend.  Good week at school.  We hosted our 1st Glamour Gotcha Luncheon, recognized another student of the week, and finished our 1st class book.  I know I'll be making many more Gotcha phone calls to parents in the coming weeks, as many students are nearing the goal of 10.  It is really neat to see our kids not just meeting, but exceeding our school and classroom expectations.  I reminded the kids today and spoke to them about why I will be absent next week.  I have also spoken personally to Mrs. Karen Freeman about the class and my plans for the week, so we should see a great deal of continuity as she will be here for me.  I will honor any and all requests to have conferences (as I will not be here next Friday to conduct them).  I will send out a reminder when I return and will begin to schedule any interested families for a fall conference.  Please contact me with any questions.  I feel so lucky to have your kids in class and work with each of your families as well.  
Thank You Again-
Anthony (Mr. B:-)