Davis Richmond E-News

August 13, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We had a smooth start and successful first week of school. It was great to see so many smiling faces filling the halls of Davis and Richmond. We are excited to enter a new year of learning and look forward to working with all of our Davis Richmond students and families.

We want to sincerely thank all of our families for following our safety protocols.

We will continue to communicate weekly through a common newsletter each Friday. The newsletter will begin with news that pertains to Davis Richmond including D303 Communications and PTO initiatives.The next section will outline Davis Primary Information, followed by Richmond Intermediate Updates. We hope this format allows parents to access all information for our two schools they desire and/or skim quickly to the information that pertains to their family.

Our first week has been one of setting expectations for behavior and learning. We have begun by introducing “Best Behaviors” in our schools. At Davis/Richmond we are Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

As always, we thank you for your support,

Gina Shaw, Principal Davis Primary

Lisa Simoncelli-Bulak, Principal Richmond Intermediate

PTO News

Welcome back to school from the Davis-Richmond PTO!. We help organize events and fundraise money that go directly back to your students throughout the year.

Don't forget to pay annual PTO dues through Pushcoin (only $10) and like the Davis Richmond PTO on Facebook to get our updates and posts.

We are throwing our annual Back to School Bash August 19th 5:30-8:00 at Davis. Admission is FREE! Bring the whole family for face painting, dunk tank (5 balls for $5), food trucks, a DJ, spirit wear for sale and more!!!

Want to volunteer to help at the block party? Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044DABA82AA57-block

Email davisrichmondpto1@membershiptoolkit.com with any questions.

Davis Primary & Richmond Intermediate

School Supply Drop Off - Success!

Our school supply drop off was a great success. The teachers were able to spend some time with their students by getting to know them and helping them unpack their belongings. Thank you parents for your support in this new way of dropping off supplies.

Curriculum Night

Davis: Save the date for curriculum night Tuesday, August 31st from 6-7:30 p.m. More details about the event will be forthcoming.

Richmond: Save the date for curriculum night Tuesday, August 24th from 6-7:30 p.m. More details about the event will be forthcoming.


We love our pets and young children love them even more! We ask that you refrain from bringing pets onto school property when students are present. If you walk with your pet to pick up or drop off your child, please identify a meeting space off of school property. Thank you for your cooperation.


Students are able to participate in music, art, physical education and Empower for a total of 10 specials per week.

Empower is our new special that K-5 students will experience twice a week. Each experience will focus on building the competencies through play, where students will work in partners, small groups and large groups. Teachers will explicitly focus on the SEL standards and competencies through real world, hands-on learning. Teachers and students will model and role play to solidify their understanding and ability to utilize the competencies such as problem solving, communication, teamwork and conflict resolution. The experiences will involve students using these skills to design, build, imagine, wonder, collaborate and connect. Student choice and reflection are highlighted in these experiences. The experiences are flexible, allowing the teacher to respond to the students needs and interests based on the individuals in their class.The experiences will look different based on the grade level and the interests of the students in a particular group. There are 8 modules in the program, but differ based on the grade level:

  • Make it to the End!--Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions

  • Get Out and Play! --Game Play and Design

  • Make it Move! --Coding and Robotics

  • Show it Off! --Drama, Video Production, and Media Tools

  • Light it Up! --Circuits and Electricity

  • Get on Board! --Skill Development Through Game Play

  • Build It! --Creative Construction

  • Make a Difference! --Problem-Based Learning to Help Your School or Community (or entrepreneur experience)

Additionally, we have a site for parents to learn more about the modules. It can be found here.


Parents can access the electronic version of the Elementary Handbook on the D303 website. Go to the D303 website - Schools - Student Handbooks - 2021-2022 - Elementary Handbook and Discipline Procedures Addendum. Please note that you will not be receiving a paper copy this year. It is the responsibility of each family to review both handbooks with their children. Thank you for your support.


Cub Scouting is a volunteer-run organization that is open to boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Through a combination of education, adventuring and service to others, we aim to shape our kids into well-rounded citizens of our community and the world. Our Pack has continued to stay active throughout the pandemic while following the IL Covid guidelines.

Please visit us at https://bit.ly/STCPack260 or check out our Facebook or Instagram page @STCPack260 to see what we’ve been up to lately!

For more information or to RSVP, visit https://bit.ly/STCPack260.
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