RJ Richey School News

RJR Bulldog Family Newsletter ~ Sept. 19th-23rd 2022

RJR Important Dates to Remember

September Dates to Remember:


  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in September! (classroom activities)
  • Week of Sept. 19-23: Start with Hello Week (themed dress days)
  • Sept. 19: Start w/Hello "Relax - You are Enough" Pajama Day
  • Sept. 20: Start w/Hello "Say Howdy in the Hallways" Western Wear Day
  • Sept. 21: Start w/Hello "Mix it Up & Make Friends" Wear Wacky, Bright Colors Day
  • Sept. 22: Start w/Hello "Friendships are Timeless" Wear an outfit from a past decade
  • Sept. 23: Start w/Hello "Be a friend that's out of this world" Space outfit day
Coming Up:
  • Monday, Sept. 26: Student School Holiday / Staff Professional Development Day
  • September 29: Report Cards for 1st 6weeks post to Skyward
  • Sept. 30: National Custodial Appreciation Day

October Dates to Remember:

  • October 5: World Teachers' Day!
  • October 10: Staff Development Day - no school for students
  • October 14: First Responder's Game Day - wear Red, White & Blue
  • October 17: Progress Reports Post to Skyward
  • October 21: PINK OUT Game Day (for Breast Cancer Awareness)
  • Week of October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week (theme days)
  • October 31st: Staff Professional Work Day - no school for students

Start with Hello Week

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Red Ribbon Week (October 24th-28th)

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National Hispanic Heritage Month:

Celebrated from September 15 to October, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the rich cultural heritage and extraordinary contributions of Hispanic Americans from Central and Latin America, Spain, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

At RJ, our students have opportunities to learn more about the contributions of notable Hispanic Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of exciting lessons, books, and Latin history activities/guides that bring the richness of these cultures alive for young learners.

Covering a wide range of fields, from science to sports to politics, students can discover the inspiring contributions made by notable Hispanic Americans. The list includes Lin-Manual Miranda, Americo Paredes, Oscar De La Hoya, Rita Moreno, Ellen Ochoa, and many others.

Here's a link to Google Slides to learn more at home about the valuable contributions made by notable Hispanic leaders and difference makers:

Learn more: Twinkl

Behind the Scenes @ RJR

Start with Hello Week

Start with Hello - "Relax, you are ENOUGH" Pajama day @ RJ was a great way to kick off our week. During this Start with Hello week, students are encouraged to include others and find ways to make connections with peers.

This week is a part of a National Campaign to celebrate kindness, connection, inclusion, empathy, and belonging!

Hard work & Great Choices = RJ Way

Bulldogs working hard & getting caught making great choices!

RJ Attendance Information: Absences Add Up!

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Attendance @ School Matters! RJ's Mission to Make EVERY school day count!

State Attendance Parameters for Parents:

  • The state requires students to attend school for at least 90% of the days the class is offered. This part of the law is commonly referred to as "the 90% rule". The average school year is 180 days. So, your child can only miss 18 days of school before the 90% rule impacts his/her credit. Take special note that excused and unexcused absences count toward the total number of absences in regards to the 90% rule.

  • The state also tells us that children must attend school unless there is a valid excuse explaining the student's absence. If your child is out for a doctor's appointment or an illness, be sure to send a note so that the absence can be excused. You can send notes for your child to turn into the office OR you can directly contact our registrar/attendance clerk @ csarubbi@burnetcisd.net

Checking students out early: Attendance regulations through the State and district require schools to track student's time in school....even after the attendance bell.

  • Should you need to sign-your student out early during the day, please have your ID.
  • All parents/guardians will be asked to sign your student out as we are required to track student attendance and parts of day out of school. We will be able to code and excuse your child's early checkout with a doctor's note returned the next day.
  • Excessive check-out earlies do affect student attendance and can accumulate for days missed from school.

Submitting an Absence Note?

There are 2 easy ways to provide documentation for your child's absence IF they need to be away from school at anytime:

  • You can send your child with an absence note to turn-into the front office. There is an "absence note" box where all students can place their absence letters or doctor's notes.
  • You can also scan in doctor's notes and/or send parent communication regarding your child's absences to our attendance registrar @ csarubbi@burnetcisd.net

Changing your child's transportation

Do you need to change your child's mode of transportation? Here's how!

Please go to https://www.burnetcisd.net/ , click on the Departments tab, then Transportation. In the upper right hand corner there is a link to change your child's method of transportation. This request must be made by 1:30pm. Please make sure you have included the the name of your child's teacher and only submit on the day you need the change made.

You can easily access the change in transportation request by following the link below and include the following information:

Send the following information to: rjr-transportation@burnetcisd.net

  • Include the following details in the email:
  • Student’s full name
  • Student’s grade level
  • Student’s homeroom teacher (if applicable)
  • The transportation change you want made for today (bus rider to car rider or car rider to bus rider)

Daily Transportation Changes:

As a reminder, we are not able to change your child's transportation for the day through the front office or by emailing the school. However, if you need to change your child's way home, please complete the transportation request here:

Burnet CISD & Community Upcoming Events

Burnet Middle School Zombie Color Run:

BMS Color / Zombie Run - October 22, 2022

On October 22nd, BMS will be hosting a Zombie Color run as our fundraiser for this year.

There will be a 2 mile color run where runners are doused from head to toe in a different colored powder. Participants wear white at the starting line and finish the race plastered in color - plus we added in some middle school zombies for fun! White BMS Bulldog t-shirts for the race are included with registration. Visit the BMS School Store for purchase!

BMS will also have a kid's color run in the BMS parking lot for young ones ages 1-10. Zombies are available for a "meet and greet" for kids who are interested. White BMS Bulldog t-shirts are also included in this registration.

Finally, if you're not interested in the run, but would like a BMS Bulldog t-shirt, those are available for purchase! All 3 of these options are in the Burnet Middle School Store or in person at BMS.

Please share with your school families and come have fun while you support Burnet Middle School!

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Important Parent Reminders & Quick Links

Family ACP benefit program:

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal benefit that helps pay for internet service and devices.

More information here:


BCISD Traffic Reminders for SGE & RJ Richey

Dear Parents,

As you may have noticed, the District and the Burnet Police have been working together the past few weeks to gather data and make adjustments to the traffic patterns at Shady Grove Elementary and RJ Richey Elementary, especially in the morning during drop off. Because both the traffic patterns for both campuses are interconnected, we have to take a holistic approach when addressing the issue. Below are a few reminders of things that will help make the traffic flow at both campuses work as efficiently as possible.

At RJ Richey Elementary and Shady Grove Elementary:

• As you enter the drive, please have your children prepared to exit the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible on the right (passenger) side of the vehicle.

• Please pull forward as far as possible, leaving as little space as safely possible between cars before unloading.

• After dropping off your children, please pull forward without leaving large gaps between cars, and be considerate by allowing people to merge as needed to exit.

For vehicles traveling from Shady Grove Elementary to RJ Richey Elementary:

• When leaving Shady Grove Elementary, please look for and follow the directions of the police officer stationed at 200 and 963.

• Please lower your speed to 20 mph while in the school zone on 963 when approaching the RJ Richey Elementary entrance drive (We have requested with TxDOT to formally change the school zone speed). This will allow more opportunities for cars to safely exit RJ Richey Elementary. School buses on 963 have also been instructed to travel 20 mph while in the school zone in front of RJ Richey Elementary.

• If you are driving past the RJ Richey Elementary drive entrance and exit, slow down enough to let a car or two exit from the drive.

• If you are entering the RJ Richey Elementary drive, please activate your right turn signal very early to let cars exiting RJ Richey Elementary know that you are turning right.

By everyone doing their small part, we can make the traffic flow easier for everyone. Thank you for your assistance!

Finally, a BIG thank you to our elementary staff members who are rock stars! Not only do they spend all day teaching classes, but they are working hard before school and after school making sure students safely load and unload buses and cars. Like the postal service, they are on duty rain or shine. Kudos to them!


Burnet CISD


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