Richmond Elementary Staff Bulletin

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

January 22-26, 2018

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I BELIEVE You Matter!!

I Believe in Seeing the Problem, Owning the Problem

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

Throughout our day, each of us is faced with problems resulting in conflict and each of us deals with those conflicts differently. I love this part of the clip "de Nile is not a river in Egypt. Denial is however, one of the most common problems when it comes to solving conflict." Living in a Top 20 environment, we are reminded to See the Problem and Own the Problem. Imagine how many conflicts can be avoided if we follow the Frame, remembering how we SEE something influences how we feel, how we FEEL influences what we do, what we DO influences what we get, and what we GET reinforces how we see it. Reflect for a moment on a recent conflict you were faced with. How do you see the problem? Did you smooth the conflict over, bury your head in the sand, choose to ignore the problem, or own the problem? We know there are unmet needs causing problems; our job is to determine if the needs can be met. We can solve problems without anger, aggression, gossiping, and sulking by Seeing the Problem and Owning the Problem. Approach the cause of the problem and reach out for assistance if your strategies are not delivering resolution. After all, we are one TEAM working together to do what's best for our students... let's model that with every opportunity!

January 26th Early Release Schedule

To clarify our schedule for the 26th, please note that the intent of the schedule is to provide time for staff to meet collaboratively throughout our time together. We will meet in the CSE media center, breaking into grade level groups upon arrival. Grade level teams will maneuver through the Pillars, Data, and Math Expressions schedule collectively.

Please bring a device and writing utensil. Screening to Intervention data will be prepared for you in advance. Math Expressions learning targets, which grade-level train the trainers created today, will be available and serve as a plan for the final portion of our afternoon. Administrative and instructional staff will be present as a resource and to offer support as needed.

Please keep in mind that our schedule may vary slightly due to collaborative efforts and predicted efficacy within each item on the agenda. This mindset allows reflection of collaboration as a process of participation through which people, groups, and organizations work together to achieve positive outcomes, address issues, and share resources.

January 26 ROCORI PreK-Elementary Early Dismissal Schedule: CSE Media Center

12:15 PreK-5: 5 Pillars Review and Inventory

Grade levels will be linked to an online Padlet where we will be asking you to reflect and respond. Please answer these as a grade level team, and add your comments to each box. This document will help with Gap Analysis and Future planning of resources and professional development.

1:15 K-5: Benchmark PRESS Data Collaboration

Teachers of Reading will be examining classroom data and utilizing the Screen to Intervention Report from FASTBRIDGE. This time will be spent on examining learning to use PRESS data forms and the "Why" behind district level benchmarks, intervention expectations and student success.

Specialists: continue standards alignment from UbD Day

Standards are the backbone to understanding how and to what level students need to perform on assessments to show their learning. This time is a continuation of previous UBD work from November 22.

PreK: Mary S.: Data/assessments (CSE Conference Room)

Examining Early Childhood Data with District Coach Mary Swanson.

Special Education/Interventionists: Data analysis: prepare for evaluations and upcoming interventions

2:15 NACHO BAR: PreK-5

Yep! You read it right! Nacho Bar Break!

2:30 K-5: Mary H.: Math Trainers w/grade levels

We will be working on and discussing the document “Math Expressions Classroom-Driven Implementation Indicators”, peruse and analyze established train the trainer learning targets, and discuss action steps to take to achieve student learning targets.

Specialists: continue standards alignment from UbD Day

PreK: Back to DEF

Special Education/Interventionists: Data analysis: prepare for evaluations and upcoming interventions


To all of our Richmond Elementary Family, Thank you for creating memories to last a lifetime as our Vikings plow forward to Victory! SKOL!! Thank You for making a difference today to create a better tomorrow!

Link to our SKOL pepfest

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Reading is Our Super Power!

As we continue to focus on our World's Best Workforce reading goals, this week's emphasis is on non-fiction text. THIEVES is a Close Reading strategy that assists students in an in-depth preview of non-fiction text. The goal of THIEVES is for our students to identify a purpose with confident independence after guided practice with an adult. For further information, please access this link:


In an effort to track and streamline the referral process for counseling and mental health support, please start with Ambur for any mental health services for our students. Ambur will manage the next steps for the students which could include small groups, individual counseling, and/or True Balance counseling.

Students already receiving counseling services from True Balance will not be effected. They will continue their own services.

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE January 22-26, 2018


  • Faculty Meeting 7:30 Media Center
  • Mary at Academic Team Meeting 9:00 Board Room


  • Building Collaboration 2:50 Media Center


  • Mary at CLR Training HS Auditorium 7:30-3:30


  • Mary at Abbie's ortho appointment 10:15-12:15
  • Early Dismissal

Upcoming Important Dates

January 26: Three Hour Early Student Dismissal

January 29- February 2: Winter Wonderland Week

February 1: I Love to Read Month Kickoff

February 2: Winter Carnival at Richmond Elementary (evening)

February 15: Building Staff Development Day (no school)

February 16, 19: Presidents' Day Holidays (no school)

April 28: Richmond Elementary Color Run at Centennial Park

May 17: Spring Family Picnic at Lions Park 5pm


District Level

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

Building Level

Staff Meeting

  • Meeting 1/22 at 7:30 Media
  • Meeting 2/14 7:35 Media
  • Meeting 1/24 2:50 Kelly's Room
  • Meeting 1/30 2:50 Media