The Goings On



Festival of Lights 2017

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights. The concert is a collaborative effort; the specials teachers (art, music, and phy ed) work with each grade level to create a performance integrating song, dance, and artwork. All the costumes, set pieces and props are created by the students with help from our outstanding fine arts department.

The Festival of Lights takes place in the Great Hall. There are two performances, please plan on attending the performance assigned to the first letter of your last name. Parents with children in the morning K4 program should plan on attending the morning performance, parents of children in the afternoon K4 program should attend the afternoon performance. Typically the show runs about 90 minutes long. 

The morning performance begins at 9:30 a.m.
Last Names A-L
Doors open at 8:30am

The afternoon performance begins at 1:15 p.m.
Last Names M-Z
Doors open at 12:15pm

Student Attire

  • K4 and K5 A Christmas ThemeThe children are encouraged to dress up, no specific colors necessary
  • First Grade Hanukkah: Dress in a combination of blue and white colors
  • Second Grade Santa Lucia: Dress in white, Girls in a white top and black bottoms or white dress, Boys in a white top and black bottoms
  • Third Grade Las Posadas: Dress in bright colors
  • Fourth Grade Chinese New Year: Dress in red, yellow, and/or gold
  • Fifth Grade Kwanzaa: Dress in red, black, and/or green


Friday is Fun Lunch!

Fun Lunch tomorrow will be catered by Cousins Subs. Each participating student will receive a 5-inch sub or a salad in addition to a nut-free snack, a Rice Krispie Treat or Oreos, bottled water, and an apple.

Don’t forget, CPK is continuing to generously offer a free meal to Richards students when they dine-in with their family! Students who participate in the Fun Lunch program will receive a free kid’s meal when THEIR family is dining. A raffle ticket will be given to each dining student for a chance to win an embroidered chef coat! Raffle tickets will be randomly selected and chef coats will be presented at Fun Lunch. Students that wear their chef coat to CPK will be allowed to make their own pizza! Please note: Only students dining with their families will be discounted and an adult entrée must be purchased for every kid’s meal. This offer is not valid with any other offers or discounts, and is not valid to groups or sports teams.

Just a reminder that Cousins Subs will be catering on 1/26/18. CPK will be catering on 1/12/18.     

As always, if you have any question, comments, or concerns please contact Amanda Flegner or Verna Pazaras

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Thank you to Linda Smallpage of Boutique Photographer for sharing her photos with us!

Thank you to Linda Smallpage of Boutique Photographer for sharing her photos with us!


2017 Whitefish Bay Holiday Stroll Parade

Thank you to Ying Pan, Michael, Amber and Zander Schlappi, Erin, Charlotte, Henry, and William Jelenchick, Alexis, Steven, Christopher, and Dominic Camacho, Maggie, Sam, and Alice Aschenbrener, Claudia and Luke Schmidt, Jeremy, William, and Joe Stadtmueller, and Beth, Maggie, and Ben Wagner. A special thank you to Richards alum Isaac Wagner for his awesome demonstration of Richards School “Spirit.” Thank you to everyone along the parade route who smiled and waved as we walked past, it was fun to see all your happy faces. 


It's Raining Box Tops at Richards!

We had a great box top collection in October and Richards School will be receiving a check for over $400 soon!  Thank you for taking the time to clip and earn money for our school!

We'll be counting and collecting all year long, so keep turning your box tops in!  Students should have a new collection sheet in their take home folders today.  If you fill up a collection sheet and need more, there are now extras outside of the office by the box top bin, or with Stephanie in the office.  Box tops can also be sent in your child's folder in an envelope or ziplock.

We're currently planning a classroom incentive and will be tallying all box tops turned in, per classroom, December through March.  Please simply add the classroom teacher(s) name to the sheet/envelope.  Keep posted for more details coming soon!  Questions? please contact Lindy Utley or Kristen Pavlik. Thank you for your continued support!


Hunger Task Force Food Drive is in Full Effect

The annual all-school food drive for Hunger Task Force at Richards School is underway and will conclude on December 15th! Please send healthy, non-perishable food items to school. Boxes will be in each classroom as well as in the main lobby. Richards School has traditionally been a top food drive participant, and we hope this year is no exception! Please note that Hunger Task Force now follows the MyPlate healthy eating model so we can all eat healthy. See attached note for food donation suggestions. If you have any questions contact Colleen Buckley or Lucy Judy. Thank you to the 3rd and 5th graders who are helping run the drive this year!



Calling all Master Builders!

Lego Club is an extracurricular activity run by the Richards PTO. The club is open to students in grades K5 through 5th grade. Lego Club meets on Wednesday afternoons from 3:20 to 4:15 in Room 5. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms to Lego Club. Unless prior arrangements are made, parents are expected to pick their child up from Lego Club at 4:15.

Each grade will have the opportunity to participate in four sessions. The first four sessions are for first graders and begin on Wednesday, November 29.

To view all dates for each grade and to register your child, please visit our Lego Club page on the PTO website, by clicking here, or on Lego Club in the navigation bar at the top of this page. The registration deadline for second graders is Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Parent Volunteers are also needed to help Lego Club run smoothly! Please consider volunteering your time. To sign up as a parent volunteer, please do so here

Any questions? Please email Lego Club co-chair, Allison Roth


Richards PTO Direct Donation Program

You may have noticed the green Direct Donation sheet from the PTO in your Thursday folder last week. In lieu of typical fundraising, the PTO asks for direct donations to fund their initiatives throughout the year. For a copy of the Direct Donation form, click here. We accept credit cards! Questions? Email Leah

Benefits to donating:

  • tax deductible
  • opt out of time consuming fundraisers
  • 100% of monies go directly to Richards

Here are some of the programs made possible by the PTO:

  • Roller skating
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Art for Youth
  • Lego Club
  • Family Fun Night
  • Extra classroom needs
  • Fifth Grade Advancement
  • Junior Great Books
  • Milk and Cookies
  • Beautification
  • Playground Equipment...and more!

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

  • $50 covers programs for one child
  • $75 covers programs and additional needs for classrooms

Any donation is greatly appreciated!

As an added bonus, you will receive a Richards School window decal with donation! Thank you from the PTO!

A very generous THANK YOU to the families who have already joined the Richards PTO or made donations!  The Membership and Direct Donation drive is our PTO's largest income source. If you're wondering what the PTO does with all of this money, the short answer is, A LOT. For the long answer, click here.

Haven't had a chance to join the PTO yet? Now is your chance! Click here for a link to the Membership form. 

Is your child interested in Scouting?

Cub Scouts: to get in touch with Richards Cub Scout Pack 398, email

Girl Scouts: here are a list of Troop Leaders by grade

The yearbook committee is looking for a few volunteers to take pictures of classroom activities and/or field trips. Already have pictures? We'd love those as well! Please contact Allison at if you have high-resolution photos you'd like to share, or if you'd like to volunteer for future events.

Amazon Smile 

Get your shopping done and support your favorite elementary school, all at once. When you make a purchase on Amazon, make sure you're shopping for Richards. For complete instructions, and more information on the Smile program, click here

Last, But Not Least...

This website is a constant work in progress, and is informed primarily by information provided PTO committees, Richards Administration, and Staff. If you think we missed something, found a typo, or an error, first-sorry about that, and second, let the PTO Communications Team know: We welcome (and seriously appreciate) any and all feedback. Speaking of errors or omissions in content, they are entirely the responsibility of the PTO. We're human, we're volunteers, we do our best.