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State Treasurer Fitzgerald Announces May 29 is 529 Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:16

DES MOINES, IA (05/01/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is asking Iowans to celebrate 529 Day on May 29 by exploring the benefits of using a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa, to save for their loved ones future higher education expenses. "We want parents to know it's never too early to start planning for their child's education," Fitzgerald said. "As a way to raise awareness about 529 plans, families are able to gain a jump start on saving for their child's future education by registering, during the month of May, for the chance to win a free $1,000 College Savings Iowa account." For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit

May 29 was declared 529 Day in order to help bring attention to the fact that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for the children in their lives. Those who begin putting away money early and save little by little can, over time, make their college savings add up to a significant amount. Because saving for future educational expenses is so important, Iowa families are encouraged to consider opening a College Savings Iowa account for a special child in their life.

College Savings Iowa offers families a tax advantaged way to save money for their children's higher education. It only takes $25 to open an account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $2,975 per beneficiary from their 2012 adjusted gross income, and there are no income or residency restrictions.*

Investors can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, please visit or call 1-888-672-9116.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The Earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as the responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.

News from Rivermont Collegiate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rivermont Collegiate   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:47

Dear Rivermont Community,

This week one of our Upper School students, sophomorjewish stare Vania Sazonov has written a piece on a special guest who visited our campus.  The following is his re-telling of our visit with Holocaust survivor Agnes Schwartz.  Her visit was made possible by the Quad Cities Yom Hashoa Committee.

Rick St. Laurent



This past Monday Agnes Schwartz, a Holocaust survivor, came to visit Rivermont Collegiate and shared with the seventh through twelfth grade students her incredible, heart-wrenching story. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1933. When she was eleven years old Germany occupied her hometown. After having many of her rights taken away and being forced to wear a yellow star, her family was relocated to a Jewish designated building. She lived there with her father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, and aunt. Eventually, her mother was torn apart from her by the Nazis, never to see one another again. She was then sent by her family to live with her former housekeeper, Julia, under a new identity as Julia's Christian niece. She lived with her housekeeper in constant fear of being found out as a Jew. When the Allied Forces began their bombings, she was forced to live in the first floor of an apartment complex. There was no electricity and no sewage system, so they were forced to live with all the residents of the apartment complex by candlelight and use a bucket as a chamber pot, emptied only in the dead of night. She lived like this for three months until she was eventually liberated by the advancing Soviet Army.

Once free, she immediately wanted to know what had become of her family and wondered if she was ever going to see them again. She found out that her father was alive and had been saved by Raoul Wallenberg, hiding in one of his safe houses. The rest of her family had suffered a different fate. With the Allied Forces near and in order to save ammunition, the Nazis had drowned her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt in the Danube River. She also found out that after being deported her mother had been sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she had passed away. Her father was the only one she had left. They decided that they would move to the United States where they had some relatives living in Chicago. Agnes was very eager to move to the United States because she had been told all sorts of wonderful stories about it. After some time had passed her father had decided that he could not assimilate into the American lifestyle and decided to move back to Hungary. Because of this, Agnes felt very abandoned for most of her youth but said she was grateful to live in such an amazing country.

For Agnes there is one thing that she wanted us to take from her story, and that is that the Holocaust really did happen. She wanted us to never forget the terrible things that had occurred and to be grateful to live in a country where you are mostly free and do not have to worry about yourself or your loved ones being in constant danger. Most of all, she wanted us to never forget her story and make sure that the terrible truth about the Holocaust lives on forever so that the atrocities may never be repeated.

Vania Sazonov, Class of 2014





Rivermont Collegiate is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Jane and Clem Werner Scholarship - senior Joann Weeks, daughter of Randy and Monica Weeks (our Middle and  Upper School Spanish teacher) The $5,000 scholarship is distributed through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend . Joann will use the scholarship money to attend  Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois.



"IT'S THE REAL THING!Pavane"  Coca Cola Scholarship Foundation picks one of our own as a National Scholar winner!  Pavane Gorrepati spent a few days last week in Atlanta, Georgia  interviewing as a finalist in the 2012 Coca Cola Scholarship Contest.  She is one of only 50 students selected in a national

competition and wins a renewable $20,000 scholarship. Pavane will be using the award to attend Yale University.


RAI 2nd Place

Congratulations to the 8th Grade RAI team of Hannah Hansen, Nathan McVey, Bailey Mangan & Alex Skillin for their 2nd Place win during Wednesday's Rivermont Academic Invitational.  They were among 152 students form 15 area schools participating in RAI this year.

Special thanks to invitational organizer Leigh Ann Schroeder!


RAI room


Please Watch Your Speed!


Please watch your speed as you drive through the campus especially during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.  Children (and parents) sometimes walk unexpectedly from between cars.


stop sign

Bake Sale!


The Second Grade Class will be holding a bake sale on Wednesday, May 2 during snack time as part of their Service Day Project.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase a brick at the historic Fulton Windmill in Fulton, IL

Rivermont Collegiate presents...

A  Middle School Production

Looking Glass Land

Looking Glass Land

By James DeVita

Saturday, April 28

Sunday, April 29

2:00 p.m.


Tickets: $5.00

at the door


Produced by special arrangement with

Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.,

Englewood, Colorado

Registration for summer camp is now open!

Don't miss out on one of the best summer camps in the Quad Cities! Click the link above to download your brochure today. Space is limited and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. These classes are open to the entire community, so invite a friend!


8 Full Weeks of Enrichment Classes!

Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

The Golden Age of Hollywood
Rivermont Dinner Auction at the
Hotel Blackhawk
was a great success!

Thank you to Event Chair Kristine Teitle and the entire Auction Committee for making it a glamorous evening.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Dr. & Mrs. Michal Porubcin
Sears Manufacturing Company
Drs. Rajesh & Bindu Alla
Ed & Courtney Decker
Muna Strasser, DDS
Eye Surgeons Associates - Tina Eckhardt, MD
Select Benefit Solutions - Michael White
Lilac Hill Photography
American Safety Training Solutions
Davenport Printing Company
Bullseye Direct Mail

Special keepsake headshots of our students are on sale from the School if you were not able to attend the event.  Please contact Tammi or Linda.  $15 each
Auction Lion

Upcoming Events



28-5/10   All School Art Exhibition in the Gym
28       MS Play "Looking Glass Land" 2:00 PM
29       MS Play "Looking Glass Land" 2:00 PM
30       MS Track at Silvis, 4:00 PM

1       Open Tours 8:30-10:00 AM
3        PreSchool Open Visit, 9:00-10:00 AM
Grade 2 trip to Putnam
4        Rivermont Service Day
7-18  AP Exam Weeks
7        MS Track at Silvis, 4:00 PM
8        Kindergarten Q & U Wedding, 8:20 AM
9        Parents' Council Meeting, 8:30 AM
MS Track at UTHS, 4:00 PM
10     Grade 7 to Finance Park
Final Day for All Rivermont Art Exhibition
Reception 5:30-6:45 PM
Spring Music Concert, 7:00 PM
11     Last Day for Seniors!
Early School Program, 10:45 AM
Lunch on the Lawn, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MS-US Imp Tiger Day
14      Spring Sports Night, 6:30 PM
16      Grades 2, 3, 4 Track & Field Event at Augustana College
17      Grade 2 trip to Fulton
18      In-Store Rivermont BookFair at Barnes & Noble - NorthPark
PreSchool & Grade 1 to Adler Theatre
22      Grade 4 trip to Dubuque
23      JrK to Niabi Zoo
24      Middle School trip to Chicago
Admission Open House, 6:00-8:00 PM
24, 25, 29   Upper School Final Exams
25      K to Clinton Discovery Center
28      Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
29      Lower School Imp-Tiger Day
30      LS Promotion Ceremony, 9:00 AM
MS & US Awards Ceremony, 10:30 AM
Senior Project Presentations, 5:30 PM - Public Invited!
Senior Dinner, 7:00 PM
31       Grades 5-12 End of Year trip to AdventureLand

1         125th Commencement Exercises, 10:00 AM
11       SUMMER CAMP begins

13        First Day of Classes!

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2012-13 Calendar

Loebsack: House Vote on Student Loan Interest Rates is a Charade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:46

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today released the following statement after the House voted on Republican-led legislation, which the President has already stated he will veto, to try and look as if they are concerned about college accessibility.

“Today’s vote is a shining example of how low Republicans will go to further their political games instead of actually accomplishing anything for Iowa families.  Just last week Republicans voted en mass to allow the student loan interest rates to double, and now hide behind a vote on a bill they know is going nowhere.  Iowa families can’t afford these games.  Unfortunately, it looks as if Republicans want to push students to the edge, just like they did with the economy. As much as Republicans would like, they can’t have their cake and eat it too.

“As someone who has helped craft and pass legislation to expand access to college, it is sickening to watch this unfold.  Congress should not be building more hurdles for young people to get the education and skills they need to thrive, and they should not be making it even harder for Iowa families to afford to send their kids to college.  I personally know what it is like to work hard and rely on financial aid to pay for tuition.  No student should be turned away from attending college because he or she cannot afford it and no student should have to face a Republican-made roadblock, which is exactly what today’s vote creates.”

Loebsack is a cosponsor of two pieces of legislation, H.R. 4816 and H.R. 3826, which would ensure the increase does not occur.  As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, he has also championed numerous pieces of legislation to increase access to higher education, including:

·         College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) Loebsack helped craft and pass this legislation, which makes college more affordable and accessible for all Iowans by increasing the maximum Pell Grant scholarship and expanding eligibility;

·         Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, H.R. 3221 Loebsack was a cosponsor of this bill, which will save American taxpayers $61 billion by making the student loan process more efficient.  The bill further expanded the maximum Pell Grant available from $5,550 in 2010 to $5,975 in 2017, granting Iowa students more than $291 million for higher education. This bill was the largest single investment in student aid in America’s history, and will make college more accessible, transform the way student loan programs operate and strengthen community colleges.

Loebsack has urged the House Speaker and the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee to move forward a bill that will actually stop the increase.  A copy of the letter can be found here.


Schilling Supports Illinois' Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:44

Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today voted in favor of a bill to prevent a scheduled July 1 hike in interest rates on Stafford student loans.  Under a 2007 law, the interest rate on these subsidized loans to undergraduate students was decreased from 6.8% to 3.4% through June 30, at which time under the law the interest rates will increase.  Without Congressional action, these interest rates will return to previous levels and double on July 1.

“As a parent, the increasing cost of tuition and students’ mounting debt are serious problems to me,” Schilling said.  “Also serious is the fact that once kids graduate from college, they enter a tough job market where about half of them are left jobless or are underemployed, in addition to starting out thousands of dollars in the hole.  Washington should work to ensure that all Americans, including these young men and women, have the opportunity to succeed, and that our economy is growing and creating new jobs for them to pursue.”

To pay for the $6 billion, one-year extension, H.R. 4628, the Interest Rate Reduction Act, cuts from a program in the Administration’s health care reform law that has been criticized as a ‘slush fund’ with little oversight or purpose.  Already signed into law is bipartisan legislation that takes money from the fund, and President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget also proposed cutting it by more than $4 billion.  Schilling joined 214 Republicans and Democrats in supporting low interest rates for students.

“This bill will keep student loan rates low without raising taxes on the folks we are asking to lead us into economic recovery and give these kids jobs,” Schilling said.  “I urge the Senate to act on this, and to move on the more than 25 House-passed jobs bills sitting in the Senate that will cut wasteful spending and help businesses grow and hire new employees, providing more hope for our unemployed friends, neighbors, and recent graduates.”

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Evan Kurtz Received Departmental Honors at Fort Lewis College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Davis   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 09:01

DURANGO, CO (04/27/2012)(readMedia)-- Evan Kurtz, of Bettendorf, IA, was honored with the Outstanding Freshman/Sophomore in Spanish Award for the 2011-12 academic year. Kurtz's major is Business Administration - International Business.

Fort Lewis College is a selective public liberal arts college that launches careers and changes lives through a compelling educational experience that features nationally recognized academic programs, extraordinary personal attention from faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunities. Fort Lewis College is a physically active and athletic campus that takes full advantage of its breathtakingly beautiful mountain setting in Durango, Colorado. For more information, visit

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