Davis Richmond E-news

October 21, 2022

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Trunk or Treat Winner!!

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Congratulations to the Hernandez Family for BEST Trunk or Treat decorations! Everyone loved the Day of the Dead theme. Did you know Day of the Dead is a lively, joyous occasion as a dedication to the deceased. It is marked by intricate altars (offerings), colorful calaveras (skulls), bright colors and favorites foods and drinks of those being honored. Day of the Dead is a holiday to remember loved ones.

Picture Day for Davis Richmond was TODAY!

It is not too late to order your child's photos at the links below! Retakes will be taken on January 18th if you are not pleased with the pictures. Photo proofs as well as photo packages that you have ordered, will be sent to the school in 4-6 weeks. You may wait to order pictures after viewing the photo proof, but a shipping & handling charge may apply then. Please note, each child will receive a FREE class picture later in the school year.

Cold Weather

As the weather changes, please be sure that your child wears appropriate clothing for the changing temperatures. We go outside for recess if the temperature is above zero degrees with the windchill. Physical education classes are often outside and teachers take students outside throughout the day.


Fall parties are right around the corner and we would like you to be aware of our plans and expectations so that you can help your student to prepare. Our celebration is scheduled for Monday, October 31st.


The parade will run outside from 1:30-1:50 pm. Parents may line up around the kindergarten playground off of Horne St.

  • Classroom parties will run from 1:50 pm - 2:25 pm.

  • Room Parents will be allowed to go to classrooms at 1:00 pm for party set up and to assist with costumes after they have checked in at the office.

  • If inclement weather, there will not be a parade.


The parade will run outside from 2:00 pm to 2:20 pm. Parents may line up along 12th street and watch the parade.

  • Classroom parties will run from 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm.

  • Room Parents will be allowed to go to classrooms at 1:50 pm for party set up and to assist with costumes after they have checked in at the office.

  • If inclement weather, there will not be a parade.

Costume & Party Guidelines: Students should bring costumes in a bag. Costumes must be appropriate for school. Costumes should not be violent or scary in nature. No blood, guts, or weapons. No masks. Make-up is discouraged because it is difficult to apply. No bare midriffs or scant clothing. Students may be asked to remove or put away any parts of costumes based on teacher judgment.

  • Room parents who are assisting with the parties should not wear disguises that would make it difficult to recognize them as a safe person.

  • Only room parents may attend the classroom parties

  • No food treats will be eaten during the party.

  • Pre packaged treats may be passed out by students to be taken home.

Room Parent Guidelines:

  • No more than 3 parents per classroom. Sign-up for room parents is through our PTO.

  • Complete the D303 volunteer form if you have not already.

  • Richmond: contact Darlene Buffano at darlene.buffano@d303.org or call at (331) 228-2800 if you have questions about procedures.

  • Davis: contact Linda Jezek at linda.jezek@d303.org or call at (331) 228-2200 with questions.

  • Work with the classroom teacher on activities/games for the party.

  • Work with the teacher on any treats/goodybags to be sent home.

District News

Check out the October D303 LRC Community Newsletter!

This newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families.

Help Wanted

Organic Life, the K-8 Food Service provider is looking for candidates to serve as Cashiers, Food Service Workers & Lunchroom Supervisors for the 2022-2023 school year in School District 303. Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or patricia.burton@d303.org for more information.


PTO Meeting Oct. 27th

Please join us at the Davis School LRC for this month’s PTO meeting at 7:00PM. (1125 S. 7th Street.) This meeting was postponed from Oct. 20th.

Trunk or Treat

  • We had a great time at the Trunk or Treat-thank you all for braving the wind with us.

  • Thank you to our Trunk participants who went ALL OUT! The winners are the Hernandez family - Day of the Dead and the 4th grade team for their Toy Story themed trunk. The Hernandez family is receiving a Target gift card and the 4th grade team was treated to donuts and coffee this morning!

  • Thank you to our sponsors Twisted Fuse, G. Klemm Roofing and Learning Ascent for helping to offset the cost of the event.

Restaurant Night

We reallllly like Chipotle! Thank you for coming out and helping us to raise over $600 on Monday night.

Big Hearts of Fox Valley-Gift Collection

  • Let's stuff the box! We are halfway through our collection. Please bring in new, unwrapped gifts by Friday, November 4th.

Davis Primary

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Davis Golden Paw Winners

Congratulations to our October Golden Paw winners; Seraphina Barry, Ellie DeGroot, Kira Tesch, Regina Perez, Savannah Linder, Sol Fabian, and Alani Gonzalez-Soto.

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Notes from the Nurse

  • Thank you to all who have sent in gently used clothing for our Health Office. We still have a great need for girls and boys pants – pull up types please, sizes 5-8.

  • We also appreciate donations of new or gently used snow pants, snow gloves & boots as winter draws near.

Davis Veterans Day Celebration

Davis will be observing Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th. We invite our veterans to come to Davis at 1:45 pm to enjoy a school assembly and a small reception afterwards with their families. We need your help! We would love to invite as many veterans as we can. Please complete this FORM if you have a family member in the service who can attend. We look forward to honoring their service. Thank you!

Please fill out one form for each veteran attending. You can also call the main office at (331) 228-2200 to RSVP.

Richmond Intermediate

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Parent Input Survey

Parents, we would love your input on how to utilize funds for our building. Please click HERE for a brief survey. The survey will close at the end of the day on Monday, October 31st. Thank you for your input.

Golden Tiger Head Celebration

Congratulations to 3MR, 3LC, 3EH and 4EA who earned their first golden tiger head. When classes earn ten paws they earn a Tiger Head for the bulletin board in our school. When a class gets five Tiger Heads they earn a Golden Tiger head. Classes can choose between a popsicle, popcorn or play-doh party to celebrate. Congrats to our classes and remember to be Respectful, Be Reponsible and Be Safe.

One School One Book (OSOB)

We were thrilled to kick off our One School One Book program this week with the book Out of My Mind/Fuera de mí by Sharon M. Draper! The idea behind the One School One Book program is that as a school community of staff, students, and families, we all read the same book at the same time. By staying on the same reading schedule, we can all engage in the story together and share our thoughts as we go. This book is sure to invoke emotions and spark great discussions! Be sure to watch for our Question of the Day on the Davis-Richmond Facebook page each morning. We would also love to see photos of your family reading the book together! If you have photos to share, please send them to LRC Director Christy Heins at christine.heins@d303.org. Thanks for being our partners in creating wonderful reading experiences for Richmond students and helping us cultivate a love of reading in them.

Here is the reading schedule in 2 formats: full page calendar and bookmark for reference.

Precision Fitness

Precision Fitness Club is a morning fitness program that meets before school two days a week. It is free and available to all Richmond students. Precision Fitness has been in existence for many years. It was started and maintained with grants from Fuel Up To Play 60, and The Greater St. Charles Education Foundation. Precision Fitness Club meets every Tuesday & Friday from 7:15-7:50 AM. Starts 10/18/22 and runs through 3/24/23.

Precision Fitness Activities: Resistance Training, Body weight exercises, Speed & Agility training, Plyometrics, Cardiovascular training, Tumbling, 100 Mile Club, Obstacle Course, Yoga*, Pilates* Posture*

*New this year

If you have questions about the program please e-mail Mr. Born at gregory.born@d303.org or Mr. Lubas at walter.lubas@d303.org.

Precision Fitness Registration Flyer

Parent Engagement Committee

We know how important the home school connection is. To strengthen this partnership we have developed a parent engagement committee to brainstorm ideas on how we can continue to increase opportunities for our parents to be engaged in our school. Our committee meets the following dates: 11/2, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3 at Richmond from 3:20-4:05 p.m. If you are interested in joining our committee and sharing your ideas, please e-mail our principal, Lisa Simoncelli-Bulak. Her e-mail is lisa.simoncelli-bulak@d303.org.

Richmond Veterans Day Celebration

Richmond will be observing Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th. We invite our Veterans to come to Richmond at 8:15 a.m. to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, followed by an all school assembly at 9 a.m. We will put together a video, similar to last year and will record a presentation that we will send out to families and play during the assembly.. We need your help! We would love to include pictures of our Veterans in our presentation. Please reach out to families members and direct them to this form to be included in our video!

Please fill out one form for each veteran attending. You can also call the main office at (331) 228-2800 to RSVP.

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Paper Copies available at each school
D303 Community Backpack

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