Robinson Reporter

September 28, 2022

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Principal's Newsletter

Dear Robinson Families:

Drop-off time

Please do not let children out of your car before before 7:35 a.m. We have NO SUPERVISION before 7:35 a.m. Educators start at 7:30, so we need time to get to the door and have staff in place for supervision. Children should remain in their cars until the doors have been opened at 7:35 a.m. by staff members.

Thank you to the families that attended Robinson Family Night on September 20. Teachers shared presentations on how to help your child improve on reading as a Home Reading Coach.

A message from School Nutrition about lunch accounts:

All meals in SDB have been free to all students for the past 5 years. We are approved for another 4 years. Community eligibility provision is a program offering free meals in districts with a community poverty level of 60% or higher.

There is no need for families to put money on their account.

If you have not filled out the application for free and reduced lunch, please do. If you need help, please let us know. Those forms do help us to ensure that we continue receive free meals AND they affect how our school is rated. It is also helpful as we are researching grant opportunities in order to add before-school care.

Pick-up time is 3pm (or 1:30 p.m. on Early Release days). We have several cars coming after 3:15 p.m. to pick up children. Please try to arrive before 3:15 p.m. Our car line is down to a very light trickle just after 3:05 p.m.

On our recent "You Do-nut want to miss" Friday, Robinson had 93% of students attending. That is a good number, but we can do better. Research around school attendance shows that students who attend regularly do better academically. Additionally, and for that reason, our school's attendance rate directly impacts how Robinson is rated. Thank you for getting your child to school on time every day!

Class Dojo

We are a Class Dojo school. Teachers and staff connect with families through Class Dojo. We will be reaching out this week to make sure that 100% of families are connected to Class Dojo. Thank you for your connection with us.


We will start calling volunteers in the next few weeks. The first step is to fill out the volunteer form that may be found on the district website. After that we would love to have volunteers listen to our children read books. Reading to an adult is a powerful strategy that will help our Cougars improve their reading skills.

Reading with Cougars

Please share pictures with me on Class Dojo of your family reading books together. It could be our Robinson Cougar reading to an adult or sibling or the adult reading to the Cougar. We want to start featuring these pictures of Cougars through district social media. Thank you for sharing your reading time with us! (Cherie Thibodeaux on Class Dojo)


Cherie Thibodeaux

Principal, Robinson Elementary School

Kelly Kaminski

Assistant Principal, Robinson Elementary School

4K News of the Week

Please work with your 4k child on the following skills:

- Name Writing

- Uppercase letters

- Lowercase letters

- Letter sounds

- Beginning sound awareness

- Print and word awareness

- Rhyme awareness.

- Numbers

Once students are able to meet their goals, we would love to get them started on early reading skills before they leave 4k. We really do need your help; please read to your children at home and also let them show you what they have practiced at school with writing as well.

Thank you!

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Class Dojo vs. Blackboard

Some information on how we communicate.

Robinson is a Class Dojo school. We use Class Dojo for day-to-day communication and building updates. Teachers will share information with you about Dojo and help you get signed up. You may message teachers questions. Our Health Room Assistant, Jodi, will also send messages through Class Dojo. Teachers will not respond to messages immediately, but they will see those messages and get back to you.

We also use Blackboard to send out updates to families. Blackboard will be used for reminders about Early Release days (one message the day before), upcoming events or days off, our newsletters, and for any emergency communication.

There is an option to stop getting Blackboard messages, but I do ask that you continue to get messages so you will be aware if we ever have to send out emergency notices via Blackboard.

If you need to update your email or cell phone number or emergency contacts, then please let us know.

Beloit Community Health Systems appointments

Starting September 13th, the School District will expand our partnership with Beloit Community Health Systems (CHS) to provide onsite health care to students. Families should call (608) 361-0311 to set up an appointment at the High School. If they are established patients, they can schedule through their link. Parents/guardians need not be present for the appointment of a High Schooler as long as consents are signed when setting up the appointment. Intermediate and Elementary students will need to have a parent/guardian with them at any scheduled appointment. CHS will be onsite Tuesdays from 1-4pm and Thursdays from 8:00-12pm.


September 20 5-6:30 pm Robinson Family Night

EARLY Release Days in 2022-23 (1:30 p.m. pickup time):

October 5, 19

November 2, 16

December 7

January 4, 18

February 1, 15

March 1, 15

April 5, 19

May 3, 17


October 11 4-7 pm Elementary Evening Conferences

October 12 All Levels Daytime Conferences

October 13 4-7 pm Elementary Evening Conferences

November 1 No School, End of Term 1

November 11 Report Cards sent home

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Morning Drop-off

Student Arrival

Doors Open at 7:35 AM

School Begins at 7:45 AM

All cars should drive AROUND the building and drop off at doors 6 & 7 or at the front door after the back doors are no longer staffed by teachers.

IF you drop your child off at the basketball court, please stay in your car and allow our staff person to help your child cross the line of traffic.

4K - 3rd grade - enter doors 6 & 7 (both doors lead to the gym)

If you drive a vehicle to drop off your children here are a few safety notes:

  • do not park in the circle, driver stays in the car
  • PULL forward as far as possible, Child gets out onto the sidewalk
  • Students will walk into the building independently

PLEASE PULL FORWARD AS FAR AS POSSIBLE - this helps to reduce a traffic jam on Cranston Road

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To Report an Absence:

Please call the Attendance Line/Ms. Bennett to report a daily absence: (608) - 361-2805. Please leave a voicemail.

OR, send a message to the Class Dojo account Robinson Office/Attendance

Ms. Bennett will get absences entered in the morning.

It is important to us that students attend school everyday so that they may maximize learning. It is also vital that we track reasons for absences and have accurate attendance data. Thank you for keeping Ms. Bennett informed about your child's absence.


In an effort to continue to promote safety, ALL treats and snacks brought into Robinson MUST be store bought items. It is preferred treats be individually packaged. NO pizzas or full meals for class treats or snacks.

In addition to this, students are recognized at Robinson during their birthday week. They are called down to the office on Fridays to receive a special surprise from the Principal. We ask that families celebrate their student's birthday at home and refrain from bringing in balloons , flowers etc. to school. Store bought birthday treats (not fast food, pizzas, or full lunches) are still welcome! Please arrange this with your child's teacher ahead of time.

At Robinson, we believe:

  • The importance of making positive connections and building strong relationships with staff, students, and families

  • Educating and supporting the whole child

  • Establishing a safe and engaging learning environment

SDB Covid 19 Dashboard

The SDB Dashboard is updated Monday through Friday at 4:00 pm. The School District of Beloit provides this data for families staff, and community members as a summary of COVID-19 confirmed cases in our District.​

Important Phone Numbers

(608) 361-2800 - Robinson Main Office

(608) 361-2810 - Ms. Cherie Thibodeaux - Principal

(608) 361-2875 - Ms. Kelly Kaminski - Assistant Principal

(608) 361-2805 - Ms. Amanda Bennett - Robinson Secretary

(608) 361-2845 - Ms. Ariana Bruno - Home/School Liaison - Español

(608) 361-2843 - Ms. Harmony Shepherd - School Social Worker

(608) 361-2878 - Ms. Kayla Allen - School Counselor

(608) 361-2819 - Mr. Joe Guzaldo - School Psychologist

(608)361-2815 - Ms. Jodi Stolarzyk - Robinson Health Room Assistant

(608) 361-2815 - Ms. Sara Templeton - East Side School Nurse Todd, Merrill, Robinson

Beloit Proud!

On behalf of the Board of Education and the School District of Beloit we stand against all forms of systemic and institutional racism. Now more than ever it is necessary for our community’s institutions and organizations to commit to be anti-racist. We are proud of the diversity within the School District of Beloit and we acknowledge the challenges and adversity that so many of our families of color are facing. We are always committed to supporting our students, families, and staff. We are here for you and we are stronger together. #BeloitProud

All About Us

Cherie Thibodeaux - Principal - (608) 361-2810

Kelly Kaminski - Assistant Principal - (608) 361-2875

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