Welcome back for a very exciting new school year! The staff and I are looking forward to working with you and your child. We are committed to making sure that your child makes academic strides in all subject areas and that your child has a positive educational experience.
The staff has been working very hard to prepare for this school year. We will continue using the new materials for our literacy and math programs. The teachers have been planning lessons based on the Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards. The staff has also been working on updating and polishing our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program to ensure that the students follow and understand the Richmond Rules and the Code of Conduct and feel comfortable and safe here at Richmond School.
Our school received some building modifications as well. The capital program helped us to receive two newly built fire towers, new steps and railings in our yard, along with some other exterior improvements.
One of our school goals this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Student attendance is a critical factor influencing student achievement. When students are absent from school or late to school, they miss critical lessons and information they need to build on the next lessons. When students are absent multiple days or are late for blocks of time, then there are gaps in their learning and it makes it difficult for them to catch up and truly grasp the material. With these reasons in mind, we need your child/children to be present and on time every day.
Our day starts promptly at 8:30 am. Since our schedule has changed slightly, the lunch periods have also changed by a few minutes. Kindergarten and Grade 1 eat lunch from 10:54 until 11:24. Second and third grade have lunch from 11:39 until 12:09. Fourth and fifth grade have lunch from 12:24 until 12:54. Recess follows each lunch period. Dismissal is promptly at 3:09. Please be sure to make arrangements for dismissal every day to ensure that your child is picked up at 3:09 pm.
As a parent and member of the Richmond School community, you can also help your child make academic gains by assisting your child with homework, ensuring your child reads each night for the 100 Book Challenge Program, and by attending parent workshops, conferences, and activities throughout the school year.
If you have any questions or concerns or new ideas to share, please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher or to me. The staff of Richmond School is proud of our students and will work with you to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. On behalf of the Richmond School staff, I welcome you to Richmond School and wish you and your child success.