The Richardson Review

February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our building has been bubbling with excitement since the return to in-person learning for many of our students. Our youngest penguins are on their third week of in-person learning and have been working hard in their classrooms.


Today we welcome back our Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade students who have signed up for in-person learning. We hope these older penguins are as happy to be back as we are to have them back.


We also want to give a big shout out to all of our students, families and staff who will continue on with the Distance Learning Plan. We know you are working hard with See Saw lessons and joining in on your daily Zoom meetings.


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.


We understand that Valentine’s Day is coming up and in a normal school year, we would allow students to exchange cards and treats during a brief time in the classroom. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and additional health and safety measures in place at school, please do not send treats, cards, or other items to school with your child. We will plan alternative activities to allow students to appreciate one another in a safe way.


Listed below are the important dates

Please look below for more information on these events


February 8: Nation African American Parent Involvement Day

February 11: Picture Retake Day

February 15: No School, Presidents' Day

February 20: Book Fair online starts

February 25: Conferences via Zoom from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

February 26: No School, Staff Development/Report card prep

March 3: Book Fair, student only sales in-person during school

March 4: Book Fair, student only sales in-person during school

March 4: Conferences via Zoom from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 5: No, school, Conferences via Zoom from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

March 5: Book Fair online ends

March 8 - 12: No school, Spring Break

March 15: Classes resume


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


Sincerely,

Ms. G

Principal

National African American Parent Involvement Day- Feb. 8

National African American Parent Involvement Day- Feb. 8


Unfortunately, due to COVID, we cannot welcome families into our buildings this year to celebrate National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID). We want to provide an opportunity to connect with your student while they are in school, either in person or in distance learning.

NAAPID started in 1995 and was inspired by the historic Million Man March. Our goal in the celebration of NAAPID in District 622 is to strengthen partnerships with African American families and to receive feedback about the educational experience.


We know that students LOVE getting messages. We would like to use encouraging and inspirational messages to strengthen the partnership between families and school. We have attached a link below (Student Message Form) that you can fill out anytime during the month. We will deliver or mail your special message throughout the month as a surprise for your student. Please fill a form out for each student that you would like to have a message delivered to.


In non-COVID times we also gather feedback on NAAPID from our families. Please use the Family Feedback Form below to provide insight on how we can improve our partnership.


Student Message Form (English)

Formulario de mensajes para la escuela primaria (Spanish)

Tsev Kawm Ntawv Qhib Qis (Elementary) Daim Ntawv Tshab Xos (Hmong)


Family Feedback Form (English)

Encuesta de opinión de los padres de la escuela primaria (Spanish)

Niam Txiv Uas Muaj Cov Tub Nxthais Kawm Qib Qis (Elementary) Daim Ntawv Teb (Hmong)

Picture Retake Day - Thursday, February 11th 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

In-person Learning Plan students who need their picture taken or a retake will be escorted to the gym during school hours by class.


Distance Learning Plan students who need their picture taken or a retake will be asked to come to the school between 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. You should check in at the Reception desk. Someone will escort your child to the gym to get their picture taken.


Below is the link to order online up to 48 hours after picture day.

https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/pictureDayId/EVTW6JRFB


Once this code above expires, you can still order pictures after you get your child's proof sheet which arrives 3-4 weeks after picture day.


If you purchased a picture packet and your child needs a retake, please have your child bring the original package with them and give it to the photographer.

Book Bingo is back and lots of other fun things to get our students even more excited about reading! Click below to check out the flyer for important dates.

2021-2022 Kindergarten Information Night via Zoom - Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00 pm

Do you have a child or know someone who does living in the Richardson attendance area that will turn 5 on or before September 1, 2021? If so, please call Susi Weldon at 651-748-6901 or email her at sweldon@isd622.org to have your name and email added to the list. You will then get an invitation from Ms. G with the link for the Kindergarten Information Night Zoom Meeting.

Richardson's Scholastic Book Fair - Online Book Fair dates: 2/20 - 3/5, Student only Shopping during school 3/3 & 3/4

Conferences are coming and we are excited to meet with you again! Please click the link below for more information:

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 www.isd622.org/ac.



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


Mission
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 richardsonptapresident@gmail.com