Richey's First Take

Sunday, May 7, 2023

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State Testing

We will have state testing for our students in grades 3rd-5th. May 9th, May 11th, and May 17th will be testing days for our students.

It is very important that our students are on time for school. Once the testing starts in a classroom a student may not enter the classroom late when state testing is going on.

Please make sure that your children are getting to bed on time to ensure they are well-rested for the assessment.

Please remind your children to take their time on the assessment. We are excited to see all the knowledge that they have learned this school year.

Thank you for your support!

School Climate Survey

Please use the link below to fill out the School Climate Survey for the 2022-2023 School year. Below is more information on the survey.

The Delaware Positive Behavior Support (DE-PBS) Project, a partnership between the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies, is pleased to share with the Red Clay Consolidated School District an invitation to participate in the 2023 Delaware School Climate Surveys (DSCS). These surveys are available to public schools statewide through an online platform surveying students, staff and/or families provides valuable information on perceptions of school climate as well as student engagement, social-emotional competencies, and more.

Research indicates school climate is linked to a wide range of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes for students including increased academic achievement and motivation, lower rates of behavior problems, and greater sense of emotional well-being. In 2022 over 43,000 students, 6,500 staff and almost 7,000 families from 19 LEAs responded to the DSCS yielding robust data reports for use in decision making by LEAs and schools. To learn more about the DE School Climate Survey, please view our FAQ and the DE-School Climate Survey website.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

As Mental Health Awareness Month, May is a time to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding trauma and behavioral health issues and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. We have put together a Google Drive with lots of information, resources, and activities for our Richey families to explore and use. Please take a look and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Durant.

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From the PTO

We need your help! We need volunteers for our upcoming school dance and Spring carnival. Also, the PTO will be hosting a breakfast buffet during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Are you able to help us by donating items from the PTO’s list?

Please visit our website for more information and the sign up sheets.

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Meeting ID: 455 878 9913

Passcode: Nw4eD9

Important Dates

  • May 3: Red Clay Art Show- Delaware Art Museum
  • May 8-May 12- Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 10- School Nurse's Day
  • May 10: Red Clay Board Meeting Cab 7:00 pm
  • May 12: PAWS Carnival
  • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 19: Library Books Due
  • May 23: PTO Meeting 6:30pm In Person and Virtual
  • May 29: Memorial Day- Schools and Offices closed
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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.


Families reach out to us for suggestions and resources in the community. In order to provide help to our Richey families, we have added a resources section to our website. Please go to and hover your mouse over the Our Resources section in the top right-hand corner. You will find information on how to contact agencies for food assistance, emergency housing, utility assistance, outpatient counseling, crisis hotline numbers, Second Step program codes, and also included are parenting tip sheets and activities. If you have any questions or need additional resources, please reach out to Mrs. Durant (

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.