Oct 03
October Update
Welcome back to another great year at Richmond School!  We have many activities and initiatives planned that we believe enrich and engage our learning community.  An event we are very excited about is our Orange Shirt Day theme titled, “Around the Fire”.  This day promises to help build indigenous cultural awareness and friendship training through hip hop and traditional arts with Movement with a Message.

At this time a special welcome to families and children new to our school. The school’s population has grown beyond the projections with our Kindergarten program reaching new heights rarely seen in the past 20 years!  We know you will enjoy our Kindergarten through Grade Six learning environment.

Classes for the 2018-2019 school year were thoughtfully created by teachers last June and reviewed again in August. Teachers looked at special needs, gender, social groupings, friends, and learner profiles, while keeping the big picture in mind. Students are matched to teachers and classroom arrangements that will ensure they are successful learners.

We succeeded in the month of September to establish routines, review academic and behavioural expectations, assess students and build positive relationships so that our students and families feel a sense of belonging at Richmond School. Your child in grades 1-6 will bring home a daily communication journal or agenda each day. Please take time to review and discuss with your child. The purpose of the agenda is to help your child with organizational skills and to support communication between the home and Richmond School.

Additional teaching supports for students include education assistants, music specialist, and a school based Resource Teacher and Learning Leader to assist with diversity and resource support. This year we are very fortunate to be able to support literacy with greater intentionality through the provinces Classroom Improvement Fund.  Dr. Robin Parker will be working with grades 1-6 M-Th morning (and sometimes Friday) to support our balanced literacy approach.

We invite parents and volunteers to visit classrooms and help in the school, only after signing in at the office and receiving their visitor pass/nametag. Please contact your child’s teacher if you plan to volunteer at the school, and/or you would like to be a room parent volunteer. Volunteers are a crucial part of our school success. Visit our website here for more information about volunteers: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/richmond/get-involved/volunteer/pages/default.aspx

Parents are welcome at our school at all times. Volunteers are greatly appreciated and allow for special relationships between parents, students and teachers. Please come in to the office to complete Security Clearance requirements, which are valid for five years with the CBE, and complete the annual volunteer form being sent home with our School Information
School Council

Wednesday, September 28th is our Community Potluck in the gym followed by the School Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 6:30 PM. All parents and students are welcome. Please watch for more information from the School Council.
Our first school council meeting is on Wednesday, October 3rd in the music room. We hope to see as many parents who wish to become more involved in supporting and making decisions for Richmond School.   Don't forget to consent to receive electronic communications from Parent Council and find out about events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and more!  Click on the link to provide your contact information and consent.  https://richmondschool.wufoo.com/forms/z6n0z7n1ml64sx/.

Any parent of a child attending Richmond School is a member of School Council. The Council is run by a board (elected for a one year term at the annual meeting), consisting of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Fundraiser. Committee Chairs and Coordinators, which include the Key Communicator, Special Events Coordinator, Casino Volunteer Coordinator, are generally responsible for attending meetings and sharing reports that pertain to their mandates. Council also includes the Principal, and throughout the year Teacher Grade Teams will present to the council.

School Council meetings offer you a firsthand opportunity to further understand and appreciate your child’s learning experience. Studies have shown that when parents are involved in the educational process, the child shows and increased appreciation for his/her learning and academic achievement. It is also a great way to meet other like-minded parents and grow with our learning community.  

We can’t wait to work with you!  Thanks for an awesome start to our year.

Duncan White


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