Richmond Elementary December Update

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

The Law of Beliefs

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What Do You Believe?

We believe in you matter, we believe in relationships, we believe in helping others be successful, and we believe in living above the line. This month, our focus combines these Top 20 facets with Keeping Our Day. Each of us has strong beliefs and positive values regarding our influence on children, including maintaining personal dignity, providing a positive role model, and treating children with respect. Keeping our day reminds us that even in times Below the Line, we need to strive to display those values. We can effectively do this by taking the time to ask for feedback, listening openly and non-judgmentally, expressing thanks, and deciding whether or not to deposit the feedback into our emotional bank accounts. Top 20s do not allow those Below the Line moments to become part of our emotional bank accounts and take our day. We are given 86,400 minutes each day. Focus on the positive within those minutes. Find the good. Be the change you want to see in the world so Below the Line moments cannot be repeated. Invest the time you are given so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success.

From the Office...

  • Please remember to save Box Tops for Education, Richmond Food Pride receipts, and Teal's receipts. Richmond Elementary School will be getting a check for $1000 from Richmond Food Pride and 2% from Teal's for receipts collected through November. Your efforts are certainly appreciated!!
  • Also, a reminder to call or email when students will be tardy or absent, then to sign them in or out when picking up early or dropping off late.

  • Conferences are next week, December 4, 5, and 7. Please contact Mrs. Groetsch at Ext. 1100 with questions or concerns.

  • Title One staff will be available Tuesday, December 5th from 3:00-7:30 for conferences. If this time and day does not work for you and you would like to connect, please feel free to contact Suzanne Schlangen at or call her at Ext. 1111.

  • Richmond's Scholastic Book Fair will take place during conferences. Online sales are available from Nov. 29-Dec. 12. There's also a spot to volunteer if anyone wants to volunteer (Contact Mrs. Ruffi or Mrs. Mix if you prefer).

Upcoming important dates

December 1: Chamber of Commerce TreeMendous Event 5:00-7:00; Parade at 7:00

December 4, 5, 7: Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 3:00-7:30

December 6: Hour of Code Mr. Kulla's Class

December 7: Kindergarten Gingerbread Day

December 8: Hour of Code Media/Art A.M.

December 20: 1:00 Dairy Princess Presentation (30 Minutes, schedule TBD)

December 21: Sts. P & P Program: Arrive at 12:45

December 22: Skating at Richmond Arena 12:30-2:30 ** We will be walking. Please dress your child appropriately!

December 23-January 2: Winter Break

January 3: Welcome Back!


Meeting Dates (6pm Staff Lounge):

January 11, February 22, March 22, April 19


January 29- February 2: Winter Wonderland Week

February 2: Winter Carnival at Richmond Elementary (evening)

April 28: Richmond Elementary Color Run at Centennial Park

May 17: Spring Family Picnic at Lions Park 5pm

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Richmond recognition

To our Legion and Auxiliary members, thank you for serving our country, honoring fellow veterans, supporting our nation’s troops, mentoring young people, and promoting patriotism through your presentation to our students during American Education Week. We were honored that you were part of our day and humbled by the questions and answers that followed the distribution of awards. The apples were also a perfect ending to the ceremony. Thank you, Richmond Legion and Auxiliary members, for making a difference today to create a better tomorrow!


Richmond Elementary is focusing on improving reading scores as our SmartGoal for the 2017-2018 school year. The Council Of Great City Schools, whose Parent Roadmaps are linked HERE, understands that the ways we learned in the past do not prepare our children for the demands of college and careers today and into the future. To increase English Language Arts literacy, they propose activities to read and write in a variety of ways both at home and at school, including

  1. Read to your child and have him or her read to you every day for at least 15 minutes. Pick out words that might be new to your child or words that have multiple or complex meanings. Discuss those words and how they add to what the writer is saying.
  2. Ask your child to retell a story in his or her own words by telling what happened first, second, third, etc.
  3. Ask your child to think about what the message of a story may be or what he or she learned from an informational book or article.
  4. Look for opportunities in everyday places to build your child’s vocabulary.
  5. Be sure your child has a library card. Children should select books in which they are interested to develop a passion for reading. Many libraries have book clubs and family activities that make reading fun for the entire family.
  6. Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online. The computer will help with words the student cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers students can use to access those sites. Feel free to ask a librarian or teacher for suggestions
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