Richmond Elementary

List-serv 3.17.16

Important Dates

Early Release Day March 17th

Grade 1 Field Trip to Vets Theater March 21st

March 25th- Good Friday, No School

Intramurals end March 23rd

EnRichmond ends April 1st

School Improvement Team March 29th 3:45 (Parents are encouraged to attend.)

Artessy April 2nd

Boys Choice "Rock and Bowl" April 3rd 2:00-4:00 Old Mountain Lanes

RI Philharmonic 3rd and 4th grade trip April 12th

Budget Referendum April 5th

Grade 4 Field Trip to Slater Mill April 29th

GEMSNET Science Family Event

Family Science Expo

Saturday, April 30th

10am to 2pm

at the Ryan Center

URI Kingston Campus

March Media/Library Update

Greetings from the Keeper of the Keys. Students continue to focus on developing their research and computer skills through investigating online encyclopedias and other safe websites. For Grade four, there is an ongoing keyboarding competition; Grade three is busy with their biography profiles; Grade two has an online dictionary project; and Grades one and Kindergarten are working on genres. March in the library will also bring a second group of extremely talented students to Richmond’s Highly Capable Program.

PTO Update

Boy's Choice: Don't forget to register for this year's Rock and Bowl Event on Sunday, April 3rd from 2-4pm at Old Mountain Lanes in Wakefield. The music will be playing and the lanes will be glowing! For only $6/person, you will enjoy 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and a drink! Plus, each boy who attends will receive a special souvenir to take home. Registration ends on March 25th and can be done online using Community Pass

Yankee Candle: Our Yankee Candle fundraiser ends this Friday, March 18th! Please make checks payable to Richmond School PTO. Pick-up for all cash and check orders is Tuesday, April 26th from 3-6pm in the cafeteria. If you have any questions, please contact Robin Woodmansee at

EnRichmond Class Reminders:

  • There will be no Geology class next Tuesday, March 22nd. This class is being taught by URI students who are on Spring recess that week. The make-up day for this class is Tuesday, March 29th.
  • There will be no Hip Hop or Football classes on Friday, March 25th as there is no school on Good Friday. Make-up for these classes is Friday, April 1st.

**All other EnRichmond classes meet on their regularly scheduled days unless otherwise specified above.

2015-16 Yearbooks: Yearbooks are still on sale and can be purchased on Coffee Pond's website! Use school password 'RES2016.' Buy before March 25th for $22! The price goes up to $24 after 3/25. Additional details here

Yearbook Booster Ads: Would you like to have a special congratulatory message to your child printed in the yearbook? Or, maybe you'd like to thank your favorite teacher or special staff member? The cost per ad is only $5! Space is limited, so get your ad in now! Create and pay for your booster ads online using Community Pass using the link above. Please note that ads have a maximum of 20 words and four lines. If you have any questions, please contact Filipa Bryson at

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten and Child Outreach

The Chariho Regional School District will conduct Kindergarten Registration for all children entering kindergarten in September 2016. At the time of registration, you can sign your child up for the required Child Outreach Screening; the screening provides information about your child’s development in the areas of general development, speech, vision, hearing and movement.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be held at all of the elementary schools the following dates and times:

Richmond Elementary

March 28 – April 1, 2016

Hours: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM

Saturday Hours: April 2, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Only at the Preschool Fair

(Chariho Middle School main office)

Please bring your child’s Locator Card, Birth Certificate and Record of Immunizations to registration. All children must be fully immunized to enter kindergarten on the first day of school. Special circumstances must be discussed with the school nurse teacher in advance of kindergarten entry.

Child Outreach Screening

All children entering Kindergarten must be screened by Child Outreach. If your child was not screened during the 2015-16 school year, please sign up for a free Child Outreach Screening at Kindergarten Registration or call to schedule a Child Outreach Screening appointment at 364-1160, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Spotlight on Learning: Writing in Grade 4

At this time of the year in grade 4, students are organizing their writing into paragraphs, using dialogue and figurative language to enhance their narrative writing and incorporate strong leads and conclusions. When writing informative pieces, they are learning to cite their sources. See below for a sample.

You can encourage writing at home by taking these steps:

Provide a place for your child to write.

The area should be an area that is quiet and well lit. Stock the “writing center” with supplies such as paper, pencils and crayons. You can also gather family photos and magazines in the center that can be used as story starters.

Read, read, read!

The best activity to improve writing is reading. If your child reads good books, he will be a better writer. Reading exposes students to general vocabulary, word study and content-specific vocabulary. Through reading, students see a variety of authors’ techniques that they can use in their own writing.

Encourage your child to keep a reflective journal.

This is excellent writing practice, as well as a good outlet for venting feelings. Encourage your child to write about things that happen at home and school. This reflective journal can be used to develop the “senses” of writing. Have your child write about what he saw, heard or felt on a trip or adventure. Provide experiences in your community that will interest your child and spark her writing. Especially encourage your child to write about personal feelings — pleasures as well as disappointments. When reading your child’s journal (only if your child invites you to, of course), share your own feelings and ideas paired with positive feedback about your child’s writing.

Provide authentic writing opportunities for your child.

Have your child write his own thank-you notes, party invitations and letters to family. Let your child make the grocery list. Finding a pen pal for your child would make writing “real.” Helping children make the connection between writing and the “real” world will increase an interest in writing.

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PARCC Update

The Grade 3 Testing Dates are:

Math- May 3rd-6th

ELA- May 10th-12th

The Grade 4 Testing Dates are:

Math- April 13th-14th and April 27th-28th

ELA- May 17th-20th

*Grade 4 also has NECAP Science Testing May 10th-12th