Richmond Elementary Staff Bulletin

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

February 12-23, 2018

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I BELIEVE You Matter!!

I Believe in Honoring the Absent

We believe in you matter, we believe in relationships, we believe in helping others be successful, we believe in living above the line, we believe in keeping our day and we believe in Seeing the Problem, Owning the Problem. This month, our focus combines these Top 20 facets with Honor the Absent.

The conference I attended last week was powerful, to say the least. One of the highlights was listening to keynote speaker, Gerry Brooks. 'Grinch', in this clip, recognizes our school secretaries and their daily interactions within the office setting. LOVE THIS! Take a moment to think about the many challenges Dana faces each day, the many messages she gives and receives, the way she constantly faces and tackles Top 20 opportunities to make Richmond Elementary- and each of us- shine. We appreciate you, Dana! When you look at the conversation hearts background of this update, think of the many conversations we take part in and the many messages we give and receive each day. What messages do your conversation hearts deliver?

Thank you, Dana, for modeling Top 20 relationship building for every human being walking through the doors of Richmond Elementary School. We couldn't do this without you; thank you for making a difference today to create a better tomorrow!

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Reading is Our Super Power!

This week we continue to focus on our World's Best Workforce reading goals in combination with I Love to Read Month and the Reading Pillar: Fluency. Dr. David Steiner, Director at the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University, states in the eBook Improving Adolescent Literacy "There is no better predictor of long-term life chances than reading fluency." We have studied the pillars, identified them in our classrooms, and are seeking targeted strategies to reach our most struggling readers. We are on track, Team Richmond! The U.S. Department of Education recommends the following checklist in the article "Recommendations for Improving Adolescent Literacy":
  • Use reliable screening assessments to identify students with reading difficulties and follow up with formal and informal assessments to pinpoint each student's instructional needs.
  • Select an intervention that provides an explicit instructional focus to meet each student's identified learning needs.
  • Provide interventions where intensiveness matches student needs: the greater the instructional need, the more intensive the intervention. Assuming a high level of instructional quality, the intensity of interventions is related most directly to the size of instructional groups and amount of instructional time.
Through our RtI and Collaboration processes, we will continue to work together in a model similar to this as we meet the targeted needs of our students. I look forward to working with you to improve our students' literacy!
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Feedback for Mary

Though not always easy to hear, feedback is a valid component of reflection and growth; this form will provide an opportunity for you to influence growth in both my principal and curriculum roles here at ROCORI. I provide direct feedback to you; I look forward to hearing feedback from you as well. Together, we will do what's best for our students, staff and greater school community. Thank you!
Teacher's Guide for MCAs

MDE put out a teacher’s guide to the item samplers that has the DOK level, standard and answer for each question, plus the bonus of the rationale for each answer. See the link above for details and visit either Mary with questions. Go Spartans!

OUR WEEKS AT A GLANCE February 12-23, 2018

Monday the 12th

  • Mary: Academic Team Meeting 9:00 DO
  • Building RtI: 2:50 Kelly's Room

Tuesday the 13th

  • Mary: PLC 9:00 DO
  • Advisory 2:50 Media
Wednesday the 14th Valentine's Day
  • Mary: Elementary Principal Meeting 1:00 DO
  • SAT 2:50 Media

Thursday the 15th

  • No School Staff Development


  • Office closed
  • No School Presidents' Day holiday
Tuesday the 20th
  • Mary: Math Expressions with Kristi 9:00 Office
  • PTC Meeting 6:00 Lounge
Wednesday the 21st
  • Word Game Wednesday at Recess

Thursday the 22nd

  • Whole School 'Read-In' 2:00 Gym (blanket/pillow/pjs)
Friday the 23rd
  • Sock it to Reading! Wear socks! Family Groups 1:00-2:30
  • Mary at CNN/DAC 8:30-2:30 Resource

Upcoming Important Dates

February 15: No School Staff Development Day

February 16, 19: Presidents' Day No School

February 20: PTC Meeting 6:00 PM Staff Lounge

February 27: Kindergarten Roundup

March 9: Three Hour Early Dismissal

March 12, 13, 15: Elementary Conferences

March 16: Richmond, Cold Spring, Rockville Only No School

March 20: Richmond Spring Music Concert 6:30 PM Richmond Elementary Gymnasium

August 7: CMLP Tech Summit: Albany HS


District Level

RtI CI (Curriculum and Instruction)SD (Staff Development)Technology
  • Referendum passed!!
Teacher Evaluation

Building Level

Staff Meeting

  • Meeting 3/5 at 7:30 Media
  • Meeting 2/14 2:50 Media
  • Meeting 2/28 2:50 Kelly's Room
  • Meeting 2/12 2:50 Kelly's Room