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Principal Message

Dear Parents and Guardians and Staff of our Riverbend Children,
It is difficult to share with you I will be leaving Riverbend at the end of this school year. Life has recently taken my family on a different path. Last year, my father came to live with us, and over time came the realization that I need to be more attentive to supporting his health. While I have committed to be there for him, there are no words to express how much the children, community and staff of Riverbend have meant to me over the years. I am so very proud of our school.

Over the past few years our student’s academic achievement has increased, and our school’s culture has grown in its inclusiveness and understanding. Riverbend school is committed to being a school family. We have accomplished so much and continue to move forward with a continued desire to provide a safe, supportive, meaningful education for students.

There is no way this could have been done without the amazing parents and staff that I have been fortunate to work with. I have continually been humbled by the ‘can do’ hard work that goes on day in and day out. Our staff stays late, comes on weekends and never complains when there is another job to be done – as long as it benefits our children.

Our PTO and Site Base Council have always been so very supportive of Riverbend. It has truly been a gift to work with such an amazing parent group. Our PTO/Site Base Council has initiated and put the work into so many positive programs and events.

Their efforts have resulted in Riverbend being a more fun, interesting and welcoming place to enter.
Riverbend will do well in the future – we have so much in place. I know the principal after me will bring a whole new set of skills that will support what we currently do that works, along with bringing new ideas to improve in those and other areas. It will be exciting.

Finally, from the bottom of my heart – thank you for the amazing opportunity to have been part of a team to work with the wonderful children of Riverbend. I carry so many stories that have opened my eyes to the power of hope and resilience. I am forever grateful.

Michelle Byer
Principal – Riverbend Elementary School
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