Davis Richmond E-news

March 10, 2023


Thank you to our PTO for organizing Boosterthon. We are so appreciate of all of our generous donations from students, parents and families. We raised over $16,000 for our schools so far! The kids had a blast, what a fun event! Donation opportunities are still available until March 15th.

Reminder: Daylights Savings on March 12th!

Daylight savings time is upon us! On Sunday, March 12th the clocks spring forward one hour. This can make waking up for school on Monday a little difficult. Here are some tips to help ease your way into the time change!

1. Start slow: On Friday (3/10), put your child to bed 20 minutes earlier than their usual bedtime. Wake up on Saturday (3/11) 20 minutes earlier than usual. On Saturday night, put them to bed 40 minutes earlier than their usual bedtime...that way on Sunday (after the time change) they are only 20 minutes off of their new schedule. This gives their bodies some time to adjust to the time change.

2. Stay Consistent: On Sunday night, put them to bed at the normal time ON THE CLOCK. Try not to let them stay up an extra hour just because the clocks moved forward.

3. Get some fresh air: Getting outside and moving their body around during the daytime this weekend can help your student rest easier as they transition to a time change.

4. Keep the Routine: Keep your bedtime routine the same! Do you have your child take a bath, brush their teeth, then read a bedtime story every night before bed? Keep it the same! Routine will help your child's brain know that it is time to wind down."

March Book Madness!

Elementary students across the district will determine which of 16 selected books will be named the District 303 March Book Madness Champion of 2023. Davis and Richmond choices for this week are pictured below. Children read or listened to each of these books in school this week and voted for their favorite. You can ask your child which book he/she voted for! Stay tuned to see who advances to the Elite Eight!
Here are a few ways to read:
  • Borrow books from the LRC or from the St. Charles Public Library
  • Buy books from Town House Books in store or online at townhousebooks.com
  • Students can access read-alouds on the LRC Schoology course page or classroom LMS page
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News from the Nurse

Strep Throat

We continue to see a good amount of Strep Throat this year. This is a bacterium that is spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of those infected. People who carry these bacteria and have no symptoms can still spread this infection. This can be spread to others until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started, or for 10-21 days if not treated. Your healthcare provider will confirm this illness by swabbing the throat and testing specifically for strep.


Strep Throat- Sore throat that can start very quickly, swollen tonsils possibly covered with a grayish white film or white patches or streaks, swollen lymph nodes, fever with or without chills, painful swallowing, headache, tiny red spots on roof of mouth and possible rash. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.

Impetigo – mild skin infection (usually around the mouth) accompanied by open, draining sores. If sores are draining, students should remain at home until crusted over. Topical antibiotics may be needed.


  • Clean hands often using soap and water
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing – you can use a tissue or your upper sleeve or elbow
  • Wear a mask to prevent droplet spread of viral particles
  • Keep wounds clean to prevent further infections


District News

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PTO Meeting March 23rd

Our next meeting will be held at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room. Please join us at 6:30pm for a brief PTO meeting followed by a school board candidates meet and greet. FYI, the meeting is for adults only, but children aged 8 and older may visit the children's area of the library while their parents attend the meeting, if you trust your children to be respectful, responsible, and safe!

Calling all Talented Tigers! Our Davis-Richmond talent show, Tigers Have Talent, is back! If your child would like to dance, play an instrument, do gymnastics, sing, perform a skit, or display another special talent on stage, this is the perfect opportunity! Register your child now, through March 31, with the following link:


Yearbook Photos

With winter concerts and classroom parties happening, please share your photos for yearbook consideration. Send them to dryearbook2022@gmail.com

Davis Primary

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Davis Parents: Click HERE for 5essentials Parent Survey

We hope ALL Davis parent/guardians will participate and help us understand the conditions at Davis to guide improvement. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Thank You!

5-Essentials Parent Survey

Dear Davis Parents and Guardians,

The 5essentials Parent Survey is open through March 31. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. To take the survey, visit survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois and select the parent survey. A supplement report will be generated if at least 20 percent of Davis parents complete the survey, so please help us to reach that goal!

Thank you for your participation to help us understand the conditions at Davis to guide improvement.

Gina Shaw


LRC Fun!

Our students enjoy their time in the LRC to discover new books, listen to read a louds, and discover new authors. Mrs. Bradley, our LRC director, has even begun facilitating a podcast with our first graders to compare/contrast their animal research projects.

Davis is Looking for Lunchroom Supervisors

Davis Is looking for more lunchroom supervisors. The hours are 10:30-1:30. If you are interested in helping in the lunchroom and with recess supervision please contact Patricia Burton at Patricia.Burton@d303.org or call 331-228-5242.

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Richmond Intermediate

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Richmond Parents: CLICK for 5essentials Parent Survey

We hope ALL Richmond parent/guardians will participate and help us understand the conditions at Richmond to guide improvement. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Thank You!

5-essentials Student & Parent Survey Now Open

Dear Richmond Parents and Guardians,

You’re invited to provide feedback on the important elements about Richmond to help guide improvements. Now through March 31, Illinois parents, teachers and students in grades 4-12 may participate in the 11th annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators are:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

Research shows schools that are strong on at least three of these indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning in math and reading.

The Parent Survey is open through March 31, 2023. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. To take the survey, visit survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois and select the parent survey. We are including a link to graphics of the login page with additional information about how to access the survey. Please note, to correctly select your child’s school you must enter Kane County in the appropriate box, even if your home or your child’s school is in DuPage County. You can also click here to view survey sample questions.

5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if there is more than 50 percent participation from their teachers and/or students. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May and will also be included in the State School Report Card. For the optional parent survey, a supplement report will also be generated if at least 20 percent of RICHMOND parents complete the survey. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Learn more on the 5Essentials Survey or view past reports at www.5-essentials.org/illinois. For questions, contact UChicago at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu.

Thank you for your participation to help us understand the conditions at Richmond to guide improvement.


Lisa Simoncelli-Bulak



Next week, March 13-17, we are hosting a Book Fair in the Richmond LRC! The Fair will be open for shopping during school hours (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and in the evening on Thursday, March 16th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Students will preview the Fair with their class on Monday, so watch for a wish list to come home that day. You can send money in with your child, or if it's easier for you, you have the option of putting funds on an electronic gift card instead. The gift card will be associated with our school, so we will be able to look it up and access it through the cash register - your child doesn't need to bring anything! You also have the option of shopping from home at the online companion fair. Books purchased online will be delivered to your child's classroom after the fair. Teachers will also be creating wish lists for their classroom libraries, so you are welcome to look at those lists during our evening event or send an electronic gift card to a teacher. Every purchase benefits our school!

Mini-Monsters Program with the Chicago Bears

We are excited to partner with the Chicago Bears to bring the Mini-Monsters healthy lifestyle program to Richmond! The event will take place at Richmond on April 28, 2023. In order for your child to participate, they must fill out a permission form. Forms were sent home in your child’s backpack this afternoon or can be found here. If you would like to learn more about the mini monsters program, you can visit their website here.

We also need parent volunteers for the event. If you are able to volunteer from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the 28th, please complete the following sign-up genius. Please note, you must have a sign-up genius account to register.

Spring Assessments

This spring we have some upcoming assessments for our 3rd-5th graders.

HERE is a letter regarding spring testing.

Timeframe for testing:

Panorama SEL Survey: March 13th-March 24th

ISA (5th grade only): March 14th, 15th and 16th

IAR: April 5th, April 6th, April 11th, April 12th and April 13th. We will test in the mornings.

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Check out these summer camp opportunities! Several of the sports are offered to elementary-aged students.

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D303 Community Backpack

Check out these local groups with exciting opportunities for D303 children.