Davis Richmond E-news

September 1, 2022

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A Message from our Superintendent, Dr. Gordon

It is important that District 303, led by new Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon, is routinely connecting with staff, students, parents and community members. Listen Learn Return provides opportunities to share feedback that informs District decision making and strengthens community relations. We aim to establish a foundation of trust, access, and accountability to the colleagues, students, families, and community members we serve.

Click HERE for more information.

Open House/Curriculum Night

This year at Davis and Richmond, Curriculum Night will have a different format. Instead of curriculum presentations with parents and classroom teachers we will be hosting an open house. During open house parents and their children are invited to come to the school to visit their classrooms, explore the building, meet teachers, and give the children a chance to show off all of the learning they have been engaged in. Please enter through the Main Doors.

  • Richmond Open House: Monday, September 12th (6:00-8:00)
  • Davis Open House: Thursday, September 8th (4:00-6:00)

Elementary Handbook

Parents can access the electronic version of the Elementary Handbook on the D303 website. Go to the D303 website - Our Schools - Student Handbooks - 2022-2023 - Elementary Handbook and Discipline Procedures Addendum. Please note that you will not be receiving a paper copy this year. It is the responsibility of each family to review both handbooks with their children. Thank you for your support.


Mums Sale

Order beautiful mums for fall - offered in yellow, orange, red or purple. Orders are due on Thursday, 9/8.

Spiritwear Orders Due 9/11

The spiritwear orders are due on September 11th. Orders will be delivered to school on 9/23. Check out and place orders for the NEW gear at davisrichmond.itemorder.com


To build a robust directory, please visit membershiptoolkit once you've paid your dues on Pushcoin. This must be updated each school year. Click here: https://davisrichmondpto.membershiptoolkit.com

PTO Committee Sign Up

There are lots of ways you can participate in PTO sponsored events outside of the school day. Check out this sign up genius.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 15th at 7pm in the Davis LRC. Please attend to learn about the different committees and ways you can contribute your time and talents!

Davis Primary

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Davis Attendance: Call 331-228-2200

  • Leave messages 24 hours a day

  • Give reason for child's absence & clearly speak student’s name & grade/teacher

  • Call every time your child is absent or is more than 45 min. late

  • Exceptions: when you have submitted a prearranged absence form (required for all absences that are not medical (ill/appointments/mental health), bereavement, or religious)

  • Call early in the day with changes to dismissal routine


News From the Nurse

  • When your child has a fever, has vomited, or has had diarrhea, the child needs to stay home from school. When 24 hours pass after the event has ended, without taking medicine for fever/diarrhea/vomiting, the child can return to school.

  • We appreciate your promptness in picking up your children from school when they are sick!!

  • Please continue to send in completed medical forms. Forms may be sent in your child’s backpack or emailed to peggy.faught@d303.org.

    • Kindergartners: Physical (includes immunization record), dental, vision

    • Students new to D303: Physical (includes immunization record), dental, vision

    • All 2nd Grade Students: Dental exams due this year

    • Blank forms: Physical/immunizations, Dental, Vision

  • We appreciate gently used donations for clothes’ change as needed by our students:

    • sweatpants & shorts with elastic waistbands sizes 5, 6, 7, & 8

    • gym shoes - any size

    • for both boys & girls

    • if your child brings home a change of clothes, please launder and return

    • THANK YOU!!

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Watch D.O.G.S. are Coming to Davis Primary!

What is Watch D.O.G.S?

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering

  • Dads/male guardians/grandpas/uncles/adult brothers etc. volunteer in school to provide positive male role models for students.

Our Goal

To have more positive male role models in our school that will provide support and fun interactions for our students.

Watch Dogs at Davis Primary

  • Volunteers will support students during all lunch periods both inside and outside. Watch Dog day will be on Fridays, beginning September 23rd. Please sign up for one day only, in order to provide opportunities for everyone who is interested. Volunteers will eat lunch with their own child/children and help all students during mealtime as needed and interact with students at recess. Times will be from 10:50am-12:50pm

  • Fridays = Volunteer Day!

  • We ask that each volunteer commit to one day only

  • Your Day: support all students in the lunchroom and during recess

How to be a Watch Dog

  • You will need to submit both the "Consent for Fingerprinting" form consent for fingerprinting (unless completed within the past 5 years) and the "Volunteer Information Form and Waiver of Liability" form volunteer liability form to the school. Please email them to Ms. Hittmeier or send them to school with your child. We will then forward to our human resources department and once approved, we will send you a fingerprint authorization form. You must have the fingerprinting form returned to you by the district before your fingerprinting appointment in order for the district to pay for it.

  • Make an appointment with the Kane County ROE (Regional Office of Education) through their online portal kaneroe.org . Indicate “volunteer” (not WatchDog as this could be confused with a local park district program)on the fingerprinting form. Please do not go to the ROE without an appointment. Make the appointment as soon as you are able to provide for enough time for your background check to be completed before your volunteer date. It typically takes about 1- 2 weeks.

Contact Chris Hittmeier with additional questions or clarification christine.hittmeier@d303.org 331-228-4952

What should I wear?

Blue jeans/khakis and comfortable shoes are recommended.

A light shirt to wear under your Watch D.O.G.S. t-shirt. Also, masks are highly recommended.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need to reschedule?

Chris Hittmeier christine.hittmeier@d303.org 331-228-4952

Where do I go when I arrive?

Present photo identification at the front office and you will be given a Watch D.O.G.S. t-shirt. Please contact the office in the morning by 8:00 AM if you wish to order lunch for yourself. Lunch cost is $3.60, water is $1.25. You can pay in cash or add to your child’s lunch account. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, as well.

Davis Lock Down Drill

On September 7th, Davis Primary will conduct our state-required annual Lockdown Drill with law enforcement personnel present. During this time, students will review and practice the classroom procedures. Parents/guardians may opt their child out of physical participation in this drill each year by emailing Gina Shaw at gina.shaw@d303.org and Mona Carlson at mona.carlson@d303.org at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled date. Students who are opted out will receive an alternative school safety learning experience with a certified staff member.

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Richmond Intermediate

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Richmond Attendance: Please Call 331-228-2800

  • Leave messages 24 hours a day

  • Give reason for child's absence & clearly speak student’s name & grade/teacher

  • Call every time your child is absent or is more than 45 min. late

  • Exceptions: when you have submitted a prearranged absence form (required for all absences that are not medical (ill/appointments/mental health), bereavement, or religious)

  • Please call early in the day with changes to dismissal routine


Spotlight on 4th Grade

4th graders at Richmond began exploring the different types of governments. Each group member played an assigned role while attempting to complete a shared task. Students reflected on what worked well as a member in their assigned government, areas for improvement, and their own happiness as a member of the government. Photos are from Ms. Navis’s 4th grade class as they experience being in different types of government.

1st Photo: Democracy

Student Safety - Bike Riding

Bike riding to and from school is a great way to add exercise to a child’s daily routine. We are glad that we have so many bike riders here at Richmond. We want to ensure that students are always riding safely. Please review the following bike safety resource and have a conversation with your bike rider on safe riding practices. Please review what streets have stop signs so students know when cross traffic doesn’t stop. We appreciate your help.
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D303 Community Backpack

Check out these local groups with exciting opportunities for D303 children.