RICHLAND REFLECTIONS

Week of 1/24/23 at Richland Elementary School

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Dear Richland Families,


As a reminder, there is no school for students tomorrow, Monday. This week we celebrate Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year. Wear red on Friday! Learn more about these holidays below.


Keep reading for spotlights from all of our music department teachers and tips from our speech and language teacher on promoting skills while reading together.


And save the date for our Color Run in April! Registration opens February 1, and you can sign up to volunteer now.


Go EAGLES!



Nicole Zuerblis

Richland Principal

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, 1/23

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WEAR RED ON FRIDAY FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR AND LUNAR NEW YEAR!

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2023-2024 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

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SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR COLOR RUN!

REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/1

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ATTENTION 5th GRADE PARENTS!

We need pictures of your 5th grader! Please email pictures of your student and classmates through their school years at Richland.


Group shots are most needed! We are looking for Photos from school sponsored events, field trips, class parties and can also include photos from bus stops.


Email: richland5thgrade@gmail.com

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SPEECH AND LANGUAGE UPDATE

FROM MRS. OVERMIER

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a happy and healthy January. We have been busy in speech therapy working on different goals. In speech, we address listening comprehension skills, vocabulary, sentence structure, pronouncing different sounds, social language skills, and so much more. I wanted to share some ways to work on these skills when you’re curled up with a book on a cold wintry day.


  1. Picture Walk: With your younger students, flip through the pages of a new book before reading and talk about what looks interesting to you or makes you “wonder” about what might happen. Try to use declarative language more than asking questions. Declarative language sounds like: “I wonder what will happen when she goes out without her jacket.” or “This page looks like it will be so funny. Look at that silly giraffe.”

  2. Book Club: With your older students, try having a book club! Let your child pick a book that they’d want to share with you. Read together or separately and set aside some time to discuss parts that you found interesting. Encourage your child to connect with the characters in the book by discussing what they’d do if they were a character in the story or if they’ve ever felt the same way as the character is feeling.

  3. Pictionary: Draw pictures of different objects or scenes from the story. Visualizing is a great way to improve comprehension. When we can picture the story in our head, we are more likely to remember what the story was about. Encourage your child to include as many details as possible. If they’re drawing someone on a bike, talk about all of the parts a bike needs to have like handlebars, pedals, wheels, and a seat. What do they need to wear to stay safe on a bike?

  4. I Spy Sounds: Is your student struggling with a specific speech sound? Have them look for the sound on the page in pictures or in the text. Have them figure out if the sound is in the beginning, middle, or end of the word.

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MUSIC UPDATE

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MUSIC CLASS WITH MRS. WEINLEIN

We have started working on learning about instruments this month!


Kindergarten: We have been learning about different classroom woodblocks. Their favorite seems to be the “tick tock block”. Sounds just like the clock in “Hickory Dickory Dock.”


First Grade: We are learning about how we group our classroom instruments: Woods, Metals, Shakers/Scrapers, and Skins.


Second Grade: We are learning about the Percussion Family. This includes our classroom instruments but now we are grouping them as Pitched and Non-Pitched Percussion.


Third Grade: We are learning about the Woodwind Instruments. These instruments include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon.


Fourth Grade: We are learning about the Brass Instruments. Instruments in this family include the french horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba.


Fifth Grade: We are learning about the String Instruments. First we learn about the orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp) and then add a few others such as guitar, banjo, etc.


4TH & 5TH GRADE CHORUS


Our chorus will be starting back up with new songs to learn for our concert on May 24, 2023. 4th Grade will continue to rehearse on Day 2 at 11:45 while 5th Grade will continue to rehearse on Day 3 at 12:15. This is such a perfect opportunity for any singers to join our chorus! Please reach out to Mrs. Weinlein if interested in joining our Richland Chorus!

BAND UPDATE FROM MR. MURMYLO

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ORCHESTRA UPDATE FROM MR. WOLFE

Happy January, Richland orchestra families! The orchestra students are all making great strides with their playing. When we returned from winter break, I told the students about my own New Year’s resolution to practice every single day for at least 100 days in a row. I challenged the orchestra students to make their own resolution to increase their practice time (at least 20 days in the month of January!). Third, fourth, and fifth grade orchestras are gearing up for some in-school performances. Additionally, we have just started learning some of our Spring concert music. Thanks for continually encouraging your students to practice at home!

GO EAGLES!

HAPPIER JANUARY

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PRACTICING GRATITUDE

Would you like to express your gratitude to staff members? Click on the Shout Outs image to let us know! I will share messages with staff weekly.
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THIS WEEK'S DAILY QUESTIONS

Each day, we read a question of the day. We encourage you to continue the conversations at home. Be sure to watch this week's question of the day video coming soon!


Below are this week's questions. We'd love you to participate!


MONDAY: NO SCHOOL

TUESDAY: What will you do to make someone smile today?

WEDNESDAY: What does it mean to be a good friend?

THURSDAY: What hurts trust in relationships?

FRIDAY: The best thing about a friend is…

UPCOMING EVENTS

1/23 NO SCHOOL: STAFF DAY

1/26 LEADERSHIP AND REACH OUT AND READ ASSEMBLY

1/31 PTO MEETING AT 6:30

FEBRUARY BLACK HISTORY MONTH

2/1 COLOR RUN REGISTRATION OPENS

2/10 MAD SCIENCE ASSEMBLIES

2/13-2/16 KINDNESS WEEK

2/17-2/21 NO SCHOOL