Richey's First Take

Sunday, February 19, 2023

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Late Arrivals

Richey Families: Please remember that our instructional day starts at 9:00 am. We are averaging 20 late students a day. In the last couple of weeks, that average has climbed. Any student dropped off after 9:00 am is considered late. We open the doors at 8:40 am for Breakfast and 8:45 am for the rest of our students. Please make sure that you are dropping off before 9:00 am. Thank you for your support in this matter.
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Red Clay Consolidated School District is beginning its process of selecting a 2022-2023 Behavioral Health Professional of the Year (BHP) and is seeking nominations. A BHP is a school employee who offers services for the purpose of improving an individual’s mental health.

Red Clay staff, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to select an outstanding BHP of the year. This will include school counselors, school social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical mental health professionals, board-certified behavior analysts, school psychologists, and school nurses. Nominees should be skillful and dedicated behavioral health professionals employed by Red Clay.

Tell us who you think should be named “Behavioral Health Professional of the Year” by completing the online nomination form.

Nominations are being accepted through March 3, 2023.

Red Clay Virtual Art Show

Four of our Richey Rabbits were featured in Red Clay's Virtual Art Show. Congratulations to our Artists who were featured. Ava K., George H, Aubriana N., Mark D.

Click the link below to see all of Red Clay's Artists who were featured.

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Information about SNAP Benefits

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be changing starting March 1st.

Emergency food benefits for households receiving SNAP will end in March due to a recent change in federal law passed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. This means households will receive their final emergency food benefit at the end of this month.

Beginning March 1, 2023, households will receive their regular monthly food benefit amount on the normal issuance date and will no longer receive additional emergency food benefits on their EBT cards at the end of each month. That means your SNAP food benefit will be lower than it has been in quite some time. PREPARE NOW. You can check the SNAP food benefit balance on your EBT card by going to or calling 1-800-526-9099.

Questions? Call DHSS at 1-866-843-7212 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM) and visit for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, contact Delaware 2-1-1 or visit the Food Bank of Delaware's website at

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Medicaid Plan Changes

During the first half of the school year the State of Delaware may have switched Medicaid plans for some families without their knowledge. Due to this change some services are being denied.

If you have been enrolled in Delaware First Health (aka-Centene) and would like to switch back to your previous managed care organization, you have until April 1, 2023. You can contact the Health Benefit Manager (HBM) at 1-800-996-9969. This hotline has faced a significant call volume in recent weeks.

If you want to make sure the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services has your most up-to-date information, you can call the Medicaid Change Report Center at 302-571-4900. Delaware Medicaid recipients can also update their contact information at

Durante la Primera mitad del Ano Escolar, El Estado de Delaware pudo haver cambiado planes de Medicaid para algunas familias sin su conocimiento. Debido a este cambio, algunos Servicios estan siendo denegados. Si se incrivio primero en Delaware First Health (aka-Centene) y le gustaria volver a su Organizacion de atencion previa, tiene hasta El 1ro, de Abril del 2023. Puede communicarse con El Administrador de Beneficios en el Departamento del Salud (HBM) en el 1800- 996- 9969. Esta linea directa a enfrentado un volumen significativo de llamadas en la ultimas Semanas.

Si desea asegurarse de que el departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales de Delaware tenga su informacion mas actualizada, usted puede llamar al Centro de informes de cambios de Medicaid al 302- 571- 4900. Los recipientes tambien pueden actualisar sus informacion de contactos en la pagina:

MTSS News and Events

2/24/23 - Spirit Wear Day

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Meeting ID: 455 878 9913

Passcode: Nw4eD9

Family Literacy Night

Please come out on February 28th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. We will provide dinner at no cost. Activities include literacy games, prizes, and a free book! This is always a great time.
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Important Dates

  • February 20: Presidents Day- Schools and Offices are closed
  • February 21: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm In-Person or Zoom
  • February 24: Spirit Wear Day
  • February 28: Family Literacy Night- 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
  • March 10: No School- Staff In-Service Day
  • March 15: Red Clay Board Meeting. 7 pm Richardson Park Elementary (Hybrid)
  • March 30: End of 3rd Marking Period
  • March 31: No School- Staff In-Service Day
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Birthday Celebrations

We do not celebrate individual birthdays with food. Please do not send in cakes, cupcakes, candy, etc. This also goes for store-bought items. If you would like to send in a small gift (Pencil, Sticker, eraser, etc) for the student to give out that could be accommodated. Thank you.

Chromebooks and Cold temperatures

As we move into the winter months, it's important to remember that no technology devices should be left in cars overnight.

Batteries drain rapidly in freezing temperatures and condensation can cause permanent damage to the battery and LCD screen. If you forget to bring your student's Chromebook into your home, the best thing to do is not use it immediately. Bring it inside and gradually let the Chromebook warm to room temperature before charging and turning on the device.

Stanton-Newport Little League

Registration is now open for Stanton Newport Little League.
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Snacks in the Cafeteria

Snacks will be available on days that we have pizza. These snacks are not free. Below are directions on how to put money in your child's account is below. Snacks range from 75 cents to a dollar.

Box Tops for Education

Did you know that the Box Tops for Education Program is 100% digital and it's an easy way to help earn funds for our PTO? Simply download the Box Tops for Education App to get started and be sure to share the information with your friends and family. We earn money when receipts with eligible items are scanned.