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RJ Upcoming Dates to Remember:

November Dates to Remember:

  • Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 29: No School for Students / BCISD Teacher Work Day
  • Nov. 30th-Dec.14th: RJ Food Drive

December Dates to Remember:

  • Dec. 1: Twelve Days of Christmas Begin @ RJ!
  • Dec. 8: UIL interest forms due @ RJ
  • Dec. 14: Picture Re-Takes
  • Dec. 16: Full-day of school for students & Class Parties (TBD)
  • Dec. 17-Jan. 4: Holiday Break

Grandparent's Day Scheduled for March 10th!

RJ's 'Tis the Season Holiday Food Drive


The students and staff at RJ RICHEY are excited to be able to give back to our community and help make a difference. We will be collecting canned foods; including soups, meats, etc to donate to LACARE. The class in each grade level that collects the most will receive a special treat on Wednesday, December 15th.





November Counselor's Character Corner:

NOVEMBER: This month we are talking about GRATITUDE! The dictionary defines it as: "the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." The definition we are using in class is: choosing to notice and appreciate things in our life, things in others, and things in the world.

Questions to ask at home:

1) What does gratitude seem like to you?

2) Where do you think you could give more effort in expressing gratitude in your own life?

3) How does it feel when you show gratitude?

Congratulations to our Operation Gratitude Class Winners:

Thank you to Dr. Henson's Dental Family for helping our Bulldogs Give Back!

The winning classes for candy donations were:

3rd grade: Ms. Hullum's Class w/ 20+ pounds of candy

4th grade: Mrs. Beckner's Class w/ 14+ pounds of candy

5th grade: Mrs. Perkins' Class w/25+ pounds of candy

THANK YOU! Adventure Dash Fun-Run was a SUCCESS!

We are still awaiting our final tabulation of donation totals from our RJ Adventure Dash Fun-Run this past week....but we can't wait to update you all and find out if we met our goal of $50,000 raised!

Check out our RJ Facebook page for ALL the fun photos and dash pics!

Thank you to ALL of our RJ families for all you donated and helped us raise! Our Bulldogs had a BLAST at the Fun Run thanks to you!

BIG thanks to these amazing Burnet businesses for your support and donations:

-Burnet County Pct 2 Commissioner - Damon Beierle

- Henson & Rockafellow, PLLC

- Tex-Mix Concrete

- RJ Richey PTO

Academic UIL is coming!

Is your Bulldog Interested in UIL?

What does UIL mean for our students? UIL created “academic” contests for students in grades to 2 - 8 to compete in. The competitions are FREE for students to participate in and are designed to not only help prepare students for the larger competitions in HS, but to also give them an opportunity to showcase their talents now!

From the A+ Academics UIL website:

“A+ Academics includes 20 different events for grades 2-8. These events span the curriculum - they are designed to complement and expand upon what students learn in the classroom, both through learning specific subject knowledge, and through learning skills that are valuable in many disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics, competing in more than 300 district meets each year.”

More UIL information for RJ Bulldogs:

In “normal” years we compete with other schools in our UIL district. This year and last, the elementaries have chosen to each host their own contests due to COVID. The benefit of this is that we are able to have more students on each team! Hopefully, we can return to “normal” next year.

We will be sending home “sign-up” info immediately after Thanksgiving, with the deadline to indicate interest in an event on Wed. Dec. 8.

-Coaches will then send home after school practice (and try-out) dates and times with interested students.

-Try-outs (if needed) will be the week of Jan. 17, with teams being “set” by Wed. Jan. 26th.

-Practices will continue weekly until the contest. Our contest dates will be Tues. March 1 and Thurs. March 3 (similar set-up to last year) after school.

UIL Event Descriptions:

(and eligible grade levels) with descriptions that RJ students have the opportunity to participate in:

Music Memory (3-5) The focus of the music memory contest is an in depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives, and their music.Students will hear short clips of music from a provided and will identify the selection, major work (if applicable), and composer for each song.

Spelling (3-5) The spelling contest is designed to expose students to a wide variety of vocabulary words. It is not a contest of memorization. For the most educational value, preparation for this contest should include instruction in the rules of the English language, meanings and definitions, and root words.

Story Telling (3) To tell a story, the participant must develop skills in listening, thinking and speaking. This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world. For practice, teachers can use stories from any good children's books or magazines. Contestants in the second and third grades shall listen to a storyteller read a brief story (between 600 and 1100 words long) only once, and then retell that story in their own words before a judge or judges. There are no time restrictions on the length of the story the student creates.

Oral Reading (4-5) Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 read a selection of poetry. Each selection may be one poem, a cutting of a poem, or a combination of poems. Selections must be published although the poet may be unknown or anonymous.

Ready Writing (3-5) Contestants are given a choice between two prompts which defines the audience, and provides the purpose for writing. Students should be encouraged to analyze the prompts for the purpose of writing, the format, the audience and the point of view. The format may be, for example, a letter, an article for the newspaper or an essay for the principal. Various writing strategies may be stated or implied in the prompt. Some of these include: Description to inform -- describe the happening or person/object from imagination or memory; Narration -- write a story; Persuasion -- describe and argue just one side of an issue; describe both sides of an issue then argue only one side; write an editorial; write a letter to persuade, etc. There is no minimum or maximum number of words the contestants must write.

This event does not travel to the competition. This event is held on the student’s home campus prior to the meet.

Chess Puzzles (3-5) Chess puzzle competition is very different from tournament chess play. Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram.

Maps, Graphs, and Charts (5) The maps, graphs & charts contest is designed to help students learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. Students will be given an objective test containing approximately 75 multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions which must be answered in 45 minutes.

Dictionary (5) Each Dictionary Skills test consists of 40 objective and short answer questions to be completed in 20 minutes. Contestants use dictionaries during the competition, which may be tabbed. Contest questions cover word origins and histories, parts of speech, pronunciation, variant spellings, plurals, alphabetizing and other such elements. Test questions are also taken from charts, tables and lists contained in the dictionary. The subject matter of all tests is taken from the Merriam Webster's Intermediate Dictionary, 2004 and subsequent editions.

Number Sense (4-5) Individuals are called upon every day to use their ability to make quick mental calculations to make decisions. The development of such abilities should be an integral part of the math curriculum. Concepts covered include, but are not limited to: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, proportions, and use of mathematical notation. Students will be given a 10-minute, fill-in-the-blank test which they must complete without doing calculations on paper or on a calculator. Erasures and mark-outs are not permitted.

Social Studies (5) This contest covers specific topics on all areas of social studies. Students receive a defined list of concepts to study. The test has 40 questions and students have 30 minutes to complete.

Art (4-5) The art contest involves the study of 40 paintings from the National gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and from Texas art galleries and museums. Students learn to recognize and identify various works of art and the artists who created them.

Listening (5) Through preparation for the contest, participants will listen actively to a variety of material and learn to analyze and evaluate a speaker's message critically. The objective tests will measure skills such as identifying the main idea and supporting ideas, drawing conclusions, distinguishing fact from opinion, and mastering other listening and thinking skills. Contestants will listen to a script ranging from seven to ten minutes in length, take notes as needed, and use their notes to answer 25 multiple choice, true/false and short answer test questions. A variety of subject matter will be used for the listening tests.

Creative Art (3-5, with various categories) Students will work with Mrs. Connolly and create a piece to place in the competition. Students in these events do not travel to the competition. Their art pieces are taken to the contest site and judged without students present.

Ongoing BCISD & RJ Family Reminders & Links

RJ Attendance Reminder:

Attendance Reminders:

  • Checking students out early: Attendance regulations through the State and district require schools to track student's time in school....even after the attendance bell.
  • ***Should you need to sign-your student out early during the day, please have your ID. All parents/guardians will be asked to sign your student out as we are required to track student attendance and parts of day out of school. We will be able to code and excuse your child's early checkout with a doctor's note returned the next day.
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