Richmond Elementary Staff Bulletin

Making a difference today to create a better tomorrow.

September 18-22, 2017


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I Believe in Relationships

The unlikely relationship between the WWII veteran and three year old boy reminds us that relationships matter. By now, you now know your students. But do you really know them? Do you know what makes them tick, what they see when they wake up in the morning, their list of favorites? Emmitt’s favorite food was tomatoes. What are your students’ favorite foods?

Do your students know your favorite food? Share! Building relationships is a two way streak, modeled by you every step of your day. Reservations such as this effort being a waste of time or not necessary in our profession are roadblocks to building relationships. In this article , Penny and James Sturtevant share “What these reservations fail to appreciate (and this is most important) is that contemporary youth are totally comfortable sharing and reading trivial details about daily existence. Think about what students post on social media.” If you are looking for an insightful quick read, head to the article titled "Sharing the connections that Students Value."

Thinking back to the beginning of our year together, remember the focus on believing in relationships. How are your relationships with your students? Have you strengthened them? Fostered new relationships? Have you shared seemingly trivial details about daily existence? Top 20 authors encourage us to encapsulate the three Core messages every human being is wired with: Identity, Worth, and Purpose (48.) I encourage you to seek out and strengthen these as you continue building relationships with your students.

Last week, you were encouraged to prepare for your performance. Let’s carry that one step further this week, preparing for your performance in fostering the relationships that you began to create at open house. Here a few hints to assist you in your journey:

Top Ten Tips for Successfully Building Relationships with Students:

1. Be visible. Greet and talk with students. Set the tone of the class.

2. Take interest in your students’ talents and activities. Attend the game, meet, or show or ask for pictures and updates from the event.

3. Listen, sometimes without saying a word. WAIT. (Why Am I Talking?!) Listen.

4. Treat students with respect. This will be returned three-fold.

5. Individualize. Increase student self-worth.

6. Be goodwill on a good day. Interact with students and acknowledge the good that you see.

7. Teach vocabulary daily. Support strong reading and speaking habits, strengthening conversations and building self-esteem that will transfer outside the school day.

8. Laugh daily, smile always, sing often, and dance as though no one is watching. Do these things IN FRONT OF your students. Powerful, isn’t it?!

9. Start a new chapter. Like Erling, blow a new path of snow to create a connection with students.

10. Remember: I believe in YOU.

First 6 Weeks Update

Week 3- Expectations to teach, model & practice

Classroom Routines:

_______ Complete and post Classroom Rules/Agreements

_______ Think, Pair, Share (Turn and Talk)

_______ Use of Supplies (pencils, scissors, glue, etc.) (Continue guided discovery from weeks

1 & 2)

_______ Routine for students who are “finished working” in math (games, additional practice,

helper, etc.)

_______ Snack (pick-up, class routine, and return of waste)

_______ Continue modeling and practicing ritual and routines from week 1-2

_______ Hold high expectations that students can and will do it-demonstrate following of

classroom rules, routines, and procedures

School-Wide Expectations:

______ Library Visit

Instructional Expectations:

_____ Launch Daily 5 and CAFÉ Routines

_____ Begin Running Records for ALL students


Tom and Mary!! We thank Tom and Mary in their diligence to finish the updates to the kitchen. With the vent installed properly, the warmers were hooked up, floors waxed, and all was ready to go for the first day of school! Thank you for making a difference today to create a better tomorrow!

Upcoming Important Dates

September 18: Staff Meeting 7:30 Library

September 19: FAST Reading Testing (optional)

September 20: Cub Scouts (in and out of classrooms) 9:30

September 20: SAT Meeting 2:50 Library

September 21: Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Kickoff 9:00 Gymnasium

September 22: District RtI Meeting 7:00 Board Room

  • Homecoming Events
  • Dress Up Days:

Monday: America Monday

Tuesday: Extreme Weather Day (rain boots, scarves, etc.)

Wednesday: Camo/Blaze Orange Day

Thursday: Tie Dye Day

Friday: Jersey/School Spirit Day

  • Parade Friday
3:30pm meet at the DEF; 3:45pm line up in the DEF parking lot; 4:00 pm parade
Wear your Richmond Elementary t-shirt or red & black ROCORI gear

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE September 18-22


  • Office Open
  • Homecoming Week
  • MH 1:00 Academic Team Meeting
  • Office Open
  • FAST Testing (Optional)
  • Office Open
  • Cub Scouts 9:30
  • SAT Meeting 2:50 Library
  • Office Open
  • Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Kickoff 9:30 Gymnasium
  • Office Open
  • District RtI Meeting 7:00 Board Room
  • Homecoming Parade 4:00


District Level

RtI (Response to Intervention)
  • Meeting 9/22 7:00am
CI (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Meeting 9/29 7:00am
SD (Staff Development)
  • Meeting 9/15 7:00am
  • Referendum: Keep technology current, ensure career and college readiness, enhance communication tools

Report Card

PreK-3 Alignment
  • Meeting Sept. 27 (afternoon)

Building Level

Staff Meeting

  • Meeting 9/18 at 7:30 in library
  • Meeting 9/20 2:50 in library (See change in date on Building Meeting Schedule)
  • Meeting 9/27 2:50 in library