The Richardson Review

April 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April is a month we see so many changes here in Minnesota. From the return of the different types of birds, to trees budding, grass turning green, and temperatures that are all over the place. This is a good time to remember to label your child's coat, jacket, or sweater. With the mornings starting out on the cool side and quickly warming up during the day, many students forget they had one. Labeling your child's things will help staff get them back to their owner.

MCA Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade learners will begin this month. Please check out the testing schedule and keep your child's test dates in mind when planning time out of school for appointments, etc. On test days bring your fully charged device. Students also test better when they are well rested and have eaten. If you have any questions or concerns, may sure you reach out to your child's teacher.

Our PTA will be holding an online auction this year to help raise funds for our school. Below you will find more information on donations they are looking for as well as the link and dates of the live auction. Please share this link with family and friends who would like to help support our school. Go Penguins!

Our Virtual Family Night will be at the end of the month and should be a fun and positive event. There is more information and a link to RSVP in a section below.

We appreciate your continued patience with COVID protocol. Please review these links to know if your child is well and can attend school. If you have any questions, please call your health office at (651)-748-6915.

Due to health and safety reasons, students should not bring any treats or items to distribute to other students. This includes treats and items for birthdays and holidays. We will still acknowledge and celebrate birthdays and holidays in fun and safe ways in the classroom, when possible.

Listed below are the important dates

Please look below for more information on these events

April 2: No school, Contract Holiday

April 21-22: MCA Reading 4th grade

April 23: Donation drop off for our online auction

April: 26 - 27: MCA Reading 3rd & 5th grades

April 28 & 29: MCA Math 4th grade

April 29: Virtual Family Night KG - 2nd grade 6:30 - 7:00 pm

April 29: Virtual Family Night 3rd - 5th grade 7:00 - 7:30 pm

May 1-7: Our online auction is live

May 5 - 6: MCA Math 3rd & 5th grades

May 12 - 13: MCA Science 5th grade

May 31: No school, Memorial day

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Ms. G


Sign up for Our virtual family night, Thursday, April 29th.

Our family night is approaching fast. This year, Richardson will be hosting a virtual family night via zoom! The author of The What If's, our very own Mrs. Emily Galle-From, will entertain us with a reading of this wonderful book and will follow with a short discussion.

Join us on Thursday, April 29th from 6:30-7:00pm for K-2nd grade and 7:00-7:30 Pm for 3rd-5th grade. Please RSVP using the link below.

Please use this link to sign up for this event

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Richardson Online auction

Hello Richardson Families! We hope this message finds you well. The PTA has missed connecting with families during these unusual times and are looking forward to when we can all be together again.

We thought we would try something new this year for a fundraiser that we hope will be a chance for our community to come together. While we are sad to report that we will not be able to hold our school carnival for the second year in a row due to COVID restrictions, we are excited to share that we are planning to do an ONLINE AUCTION instead! This means that we will have a website with a variety of items for people to bid on. It will give families a chance to participate in efforts to raise money by bidding on items and sharing the auction link with other family and friends so they too can take part in our efforts. We also thought it would be fun for our school to work together to create some of our auction items by contributing to themed baskets. Each grade has been assigned a theme and we are hoping as many people as possible would be able and willing to donate one or two items that we can then use to create fun gift baskets for the auction.

Proceeds from our fundraisers are used to fund or purchase physical education and playground equipment, computer equipment, classroom listening libraries, field trips, busing fees, live performances, guest speakers and so much more!

Because of COVID we are behind on our fundraising efforts and really need everyone’s help in order to generate as much excitement as possible for this event. It will be the only fundraiser we will hold for the 2020-2021 school year. Please send your donation items with your child to school, or if your children are full time distance learners you may drop off your donations in the school office by Friday April 23rd. The auction itself will go live on Saturday May 1st and run through Friday May 7th. You will receive more information about the auction itself in the weeks to come.

Here is the link for the live auction that will start Saturday, May 1st and run through Friday, May 7th.

Grade level themes are as follows:

Preschool - Artists (some ideas include: markers, paints, coloring books)

Kindergarten - Coffee lovers (coffee, cocoa, mug)

1st grade - Pet Lovers (dog/cat toys, pet treats, pet care books)

2nd grade - Bookworms (books, bookmarks, reading lights)

3rd grade - Summer Fun (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, outdoor games)

4th grade - Cooks in the Kitchen (kitchen tools/supplies, cookbooks)

5th grade - Game Night (board games, snacks, pencils and note pads)

If you have questions or thoughts about our online auction, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your support!

Rachael Cavegn -651-260-6569 and Angela Motz – 651-246-7461 (call or text)

Richardson Elementary Online Auction Committee

Penguin Pride!

Free meal program update

Free meal program update

Please note the free meal program will continue as students return to classes.

The free meal program will continue for all students until the end of the school year.

Contacts & Supports:

We are here for you as your child learns from home. Click here for numbers and contacts that might be helpful.

Adventure Connection School Age Care

UPDATED 1-13-2021

As we return to school in person, Adventure Connection is accepting registrations for before and after school care for students in PreK-5th grade.

Flexible scheduling makes Adventure Connection convenient and affordable.

Students participate in a variety of activities such as art, games, team building, playground, and gym time. Protocols are in place to help keep students and staff safe and healthy. Learn more and register at

Adventure Connection School Age Care

Quality care for children before school, after school, on non-school days and summer!

Adventure Connection is a school-age care program with sites located in District 622 elementary school buildings. It is a convenient, safe and caring place for children before and after school, on non-school days and summers. Adventure Connection provides educational, enriching, recreational, and engaging experiences for children in preschool through 5th grade. During the summer, Adventure Connection consolidates to three sites.

Register for 2020-21 School Year

Check out Epic Connection for middle school students!

COVID-19 Updates

Our mission is to provide a quality program that ensures a safe, cooperative, student led environment that serves the diverse needs of the school while striving through continuous improvement to foster the development of our youth as service leaders in District 622.

PTA News

The PTA is a non-profit, school-based organization, designed to support our students and staff. The PTA is comprised of all the Richardson parents and/or guardians. All are welcome!

PTA Goals & Objectives

  • To support and enrich our children's education
  • To facilitate good communication between administration, staff, and parents
  • To promote school spirit
  • To encourage volunteerism

Please consider becoming part of this amazing team. With some of the current member's children now being in the 5th grader, this would be a great time to join the team and shadow the members who will move on at the end of the school year.

The PTA is also looking for a volunteer to chair the book fair.

If you have any questions or want to be more involved, please contact Sarah Morrison at