Richmond Elementary Staff Bulletin

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

October 16-20, 2017

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I BELIEVE you matter!!

I Believe in Helping Others Succeed

"Good enough isn't good enough if it can be better. Better isn't good enough if it can be best."

What are we doing to help our students succeed? The most powerful thing that Top 20s bring is a belief in the potential of our students, the belief that our students can learn. Modeling our beliefs allows us to grow our influence to make an impact. Rigsby suggests we don't judge, we show up early, be kind, be sure the servant's towel is huge and used, that if we do something we do it the right way, that it's never wrong to do the right thing, and that how we do anything is how we do everything. Top 20s come together every day, modeling and helping others succeed to make our schools a place where potential really explodes. This week, I challenge you to make an effort to model your beliefs and note the impact on our students.

"If you want to make an impact, find a broom. How are you living?"


Shout out to Carrie and Patty for their roles with our students at the 5th Grade Kindness Retreat held at CSE and Discovery Elementary this past Tuesday! The day focused on being kind to make our school a better place, how bullying hurts, and how to be a hero. Each student filled out a Kindness Boomerang Card, stating specific ways they will show more kindness to their teachers and classmates Thank you for making a difference today to create a better tomorrow!

First 6 Weeks: Maintenance

“We need to approach the issues of classroom management and discipline as much more than what to do when children break the rules and misbehave. Rather than simply reacting to problems, we need to establish an ongoing curriculum in self-control, social participation, and human development. We need to accept the potential of children to learn these things, and the potential of teachers to teach them. “ (Charney, p.9)

Classroom Celebrations are a fantastic way to celebrate the efforts of our first six weeks.

They are an opportunity to find the positive in every student and are important for creating a positive school. Classroom celebrations should include all students. Set small, reachable goals at first. All students need to experience success in order to work for it. Some students will need more instruction or differentiation. Classroom celebrations are allowed once a week and should happen a minimum once a month.

What does a classroom celebration look like?

· 20-30 minutes of organized choice time

· Students are free to sit wherever they want in the classroom

· Play a game together

· Read to a younger class

· Cover tables with roll paper and let students draw/color/stamp...

· Dance, listen to music

· Go to the computer lab

· A night of no homework

· Let a student be the teacher

· Invite a guest to come to the room

· Do an art project

· Decorate the room or hall

· Make a poster together for the gym/cafeteria

· Teacher eats lunch with students

· Free reading time

· Extra recess

· Free time in the gym

· Help the teacher

· Popcorn party

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mrs. Holmberg

Document Link HERE

Send to

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer

Teacher Evaluation Forms


Gretchen Bridgers, author of "Five Ways to Intentionally Support Reading Independence"

As we continue efforts toward our WBWF reading goals, note the article by Bridgers linked Here. In the article, Bridgers notes that teaching students to read requires intentional planning, instruction, assessment, and support. She suggests the following five small, simple actions to get started:

  1. Differentiate your approach to reading.
  2. Model strong reading habits.
  3. Create structures for students to read and comprehend with complex texts.
  4. Make reading for information part of every subject area.
  5. Expose students to a variety of texts.


Please complete your SFM training. Here is the link:

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE October 16-20, 2017


  • Office Open
  • 7:30 Faculty Meeting Media Center
  • Mary at Admin Meeting 1:00 DO
  • Office Open
  • Mary at Skyward Training 10:00-2:00 Board Room
  • Office Open
  • 9:30 PreK-3 Admin Meeting
  • Office Closed: MEA Conference St. Paul

Upcoming Important Dates

10/18: SLG, PGP Due; Family Groups (Jen and Carrie)

10/19: NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/20: NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/23-27: Orton-Gillingham Training

10/24: Vision Screening Grades 1, 3, 5 10:00 Media Center

10/28: PTC Meat Raffle at Corky's 1:30

10/31: Fall Parade 1:30


District Level

RtI (Response to Intervention)CI (Curriculum and Instruction)SD (Staff Development)Technology
  • Referendum: Keep technology current, ensure career and college readiness, enhance communication tools
  • More information October 16 Faculty Meeting
Teacher Evaluation

Building Level

Staff Meeting

  • Meeting 10/16 at 7:30 in library
  • Meeting 10/25 7:30 in library
  • Meeting 10/25 2:50 in library
  • Meeting 10/24 2:50 in library