Richmond Elementary Staff Bulletin

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

February 5-9, 2018

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I BELIEVE You Matter!!

I Believe in Honoring the Absent

We believe in you matter, we believe in relationships, we believe in helping others be successful, we believe in living above the line, we believe in keeping our day and we believe in Seeing the Problem, Owning the Problem. This month, our focus combines these Top 20 facets with Honor the Absent.

When we speak well of someone who is not present, we establish trust with those who are present. If we dishonor the absent, we violate trust with those who are present. In Top 20 Teachers (38-44,) authors describe life as a lake. Our lake becomes polluted if we post a Dump Here sign, inviting others to feel comfortable dumping their negativity around us. If a colleague is unhappy with another colleague, challenge them to look for a solution to whatever problem caused them to dishonor the absent. (See the Problem, Own the Problem... ring a bell?!) Top 20s are problem solvers. Bottom 80s are problem namers, not problem solvers. Top 20s hold names sacred and follow the 2-Out-of-3-Rule:

1. We can say someone else's name.

2. We can say something negative about that person.

3. We can say it to someone else.

If we do all three of these, we are dishonoring the absent. If we do only two, we are not dishonoring the absent. By honoring the absent, we hold ourselves and our colleagues accountable and assist in our lake's clean-up process. We work together to be better.

If we want better, we must commit to being better. I believe in becoming better. Do you?


To the Richmond PTC, thank you for organizing Winter Wonderland Week here at Richmond Elementary! I am eagerly anticipating the Winter Carnival tonight! Thanks to all of you for gathering our community together, making a difference today to create a better tomorrow!

Reading is Our Super Power!

This week we continue to focus on our World's Best Workforce reading goals in combination with I Love to Read Month and the Reading Pillar: Vocabulary. Without understanding of vocabulary, students cannot understand others or clearly express their own ideas. Vocabulary allows students to use the words they hear orally to make sense of the words they see in print. Strengthening vocabulary bolsters ability to grasp ideas and think more logically while boosting the power of persuasion. And, as always, increased vocabulary leads to a greater appreciation of reading and willingness to read more frequently! Consider vocabulary games to increase student understanding of what they read. Here is a link to an interactive spoons game if any of you are interested in learning more. I've played the game with students using synonyms, antonyms, and other definitions. Enjoy! :)

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Teacher's Guide for MCAs

MDE put out a teacher’s guide to the item samplers that has the DOK level, standard and answer for each question, plus the bonus of the rationale for each answer. See the link above for details and visit either Mary with questions. Go Spartans!

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE February 5-9, 2018


  • Staff Meeting 7:35 Media
  • Mary: Big Ideas MS Math Training HS A134
  • Mary:Administrative Cabinet Meeting DO 1:00


  • Mary: CMLP Meeting 1:00 DO
  • Mary: MESPA Conference


  • Mary: MESPA Conference


  • Mary: MESPA Conference
  • District RtI 7:00 DO

Upcoming Important Dates

January 29- February 2: Winter Wonderland Week

February 2: Winter Wonderland Carnival from 6:00-7:30

February 15: No School Staff Development Day

February 16, 19: Presidents' Day No School

February 20: PTC Meeting 6:00 PM Staff Lounge

February 27: Kindergarten Roundup

March 9: Three Hour Early Dismissal

March 12, 13, 15: Elementary Conferences

March 16: Richmond, Cold Spring, Rockville Only No School

March 20: Richmond Spring Music Concert 6:30 PM Richmond Elementary Gymnasium


District Level

RtI CI (Curriculum and Instruction)SD (Staff Development)Technology
  • Referendum passed!!
Teacher Evaluation

Building Level

Staff Meeting

  • Meeting 2/5 at 7:30 Media
  • Meeting 2/14 2:50 Media
  • Meeting 2/28 2:50 Kelly's Room
  • Meeting 2/27 2:50 Media