RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 12/19/22 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa to all those celebrating! I wish you joy and peace and time with family over this Winter break.


Our second annual PTO sponsored Reindeer Run is on Monday! Please ensure your child is dressed to have fun outdoors for a run and reindeer games. Thank you to our volunteers.


Richland is proud of our spirit of giving. We collected 127 pounds of aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House to turn into funds to support families of children with medical needs by giving them a place to call home!


This is our last week for December spirit days and the last week to donate books for our student organized Book Drive. Keep reading for details on our Winter break First in Math challenge and more ways to keep the learning going over the break.


As I reflect on this year, I am grateful for our amazing Richland community of students, families, and staff. Richland is a second home, and I thank you for making it that for me. Here's to a healthy new year!



Happy Holidays!


Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

NO SCHOOL UNTO 1/3/23

OUR SECOND ANNUAL REINDEER RUN IS ON MONDAY!

STUDENTS SHOULD BE DRESSED FOR OUTDOOR FUN!

SPREAD SPIRIT AND KINDNESS EVERY DAY IN DECEMBER!

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RES COLLECTED 127 POUNDS OF TABS FOR THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to love and support families of children with medical needs by giving them a place to call home.


Richland held a contest to collect can tabs which the organization redeems for money to support this mission. It takes approximately 1,128 can tabs to equal one pound!

ALUMINUM TABS CONTEST WINNERS!

And the winner is....Mrs Ketterer's class with a total of 33lbs of tabs collected! The winning class will receive light-up necklaces for the Reindeer Run.


2nd Place was Mrs. Wiater's class with 20lbs.
3rd Place was Mr. Huber's and Mrs Fritz's classes with 14lbs each.


As a school we collected 127lbs of tabs with this contest, which already surpasses our total from all of last year!

ATTENTION 5th GRADE PARENTS!

We need pictures of your 5th grader! Please email pictures of your student and classmates through their school years at Richland.


Group shots are most needed! We are looking for Photos from school sponsored events, field trips, class parties and can also include photos from bus stops.


Email: richland5thgrade@gmail.com

SOME OF THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

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FIRST IN MATH SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE OVER THE BREAK!

For every 10 minutes your child spends on First in Math online, have them color in a snowflake. If they bring their completed snowflake storm back to school in January, they will get the reward! It's a great way to practice fact fluency!

5 WAYS TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING MATH THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS FROM MRS. FROSHOUR

Excerpts from an article BY JENNIFER HOGAN: Scholastic.com


Everyone is ready for a break from school when the winter holidays roll around! It's such a special time of year for families and friends, but it can also be a time of setbacks for some students. A great way parents can help students not "forget" everything they have learned and create a seamless return in the New Year is to keep the routines going without feeling the pressure to get homework done and to be on a schedule. Below are some helpful hints for keeping the math alive over the holiday season in fun and easy ways.


Create Surveys: Children can create holiday surveys to collect data from family members at dinners and parties. Questions can range from holiday traditions to favorite gifts! Once kids have collected the data, they can create graphs (bar graph, pictograph, line plot) either on paper or online to display the results.


Travel: Many families travel over the holidays. Invite your children to become a part of the travel plans by using MapQuest or other resources to map out the best route to grandma's. They can estimate the time it would take and develop a schedule for the family according to holiday activities.


Holiday Toys: Children can research top holiday gifts from the years their parents or other relatives were kids. For example, find out the number one toy from 1975, how much it cost, and find the difference or price increase over the decades. This is a great way to incorporate many different curricula into one activity. Kids can make a report or poster to show their findings!


Math Facts: We definitely want to keep children's math facts fluent even over holiday breaks. So play mental math-counting games in the car, math war at restaurants, or have a math family game night so the efficiency and accuracy don't slow down.


And don’t forget about our Winter Break First in Math Snowflake challenge!! For every 10 minutes your child spends on First in Math, have them color in a snowflake. If they bring their completed snowflake storm back to school they will get the reward.


Happy Holidays,

Mrs. Froshour

STUDENT ORGANIZED BOOK DRIVE!

REACH OUT AND READ!

Reach out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.


Our third grade reading leaders, Mia S., Ben S., Carter B., Bella R., and Sloane H., are coordinating a book drive for the month of December. Please consider donating lightly used books from your home library. The students are invited to bring book donations all month. In January, we will present the book donation to CHOP’s Reach Out and Read nonprofit organization.

CARRY OUT SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS

PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Would you like to express your gratitude to staff members? Click on the Shout Outs image to let us know! I will share messages with staff weekly.
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THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS

Each day, we read a question of the day. We encourage you to continue the conversations at home. Be sure to watch this week's question of the day video coming soon!


Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!


MONDAY: Describe a time you made a plan.

TUESDAY: When you’re having a tough day, what do you want or need from your classmates?

WEDNESDAY: When you’re having a tough day, what do you want or need from your teacher?

THURSDAY: When you’re having a tough day, what do you want or need from your family?

FRIDAY: What are you looking forward to this Winter break?

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UPCOMING EVENTS

12/19 REINDEER RUN

12/20 VARSITY SINGERS ASSEMBLY

12/22 HOLIDAY SING ASSEMBLY

12/23 CLASSROOM PARTIES

12/26-1/2/23 NO SCHOOL