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Step Right Up Folks, It’s Richards Family Fun Night!

Wednesday, October 18th, 5-8pm

There is no evening more fun than Richards Elementary School’s Annual Family Fun Night. The fantastically fun tradition continues this year with the Family Fun Night, the Book Fair, AND the Hunger Task Force benefit.

The Family Fun Night Carnival event is FREE to our Richards School students and families, held in the Gymnasium.

Highlights include:

  • School-wide scavenger hunt
  • Carnival-themed games and activities including face-painting, art mural creating, a cupcake walk and more!  Popcorn concessions for only $1
  • Milwaukee Art Museum presents Kohl’s Color Wheels   
  • Bring in your Box Tops for a chance to win a special prize! Any amount of box tops you turn that night in earns you a pick from the sucker tree. If you can't make it to fun night, please keep turning them in at school in a bag, envelope or on a collection sheet!

Enjoy the other events occurring at the school throughout the evening as well:

  • Dinner benefitting Hunger Task Force (5pm – 7pm in the Great Hall)
    **Dinners must be pre-purchased via Thursday Folder form 
  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Also held in the Gymnasium

Please join us at the Greatest Place on Earth … RICHARDS ELEMENTARY!

THIS MUCH FUN NEEDS YOUR HELP! We are also seeking parent volunteers to help run this fantastic evening! If you are interested in sharing a bit of your time to help run a game or station, please sign up here. Note that there are two shifts available so you could still accompany your kid(s) during the rest of the event. 



Richards third grade students have a unique learning opportunity that greatly impacts our community.  Every year, the third graders raise money and food for the Hunger Task Force.  This year, the third grade will once again be hosting a Richards Family Dinner on Wednesday, October 18th.  Enjoy a quick and tasty dinner the same night as Family Fun Night and the Book Fair.  All proceeds from the dinner go to the Hunger Task Force.  The third graders take ownership of the dinner from the set-up to the clean-up, and we are hoping to raise even more money than last year.  Historically Richards School gives the largest donation of any elementary school, and last year Richards donated over $2,800! Dinner order forms will be due to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, October 13th.  Need another copy of the form? Click here. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a wonderful event!

Questions?  Contact Colleen Buckley or Lucy Judy.  

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Join us for the fall Scholastic Book Fair

  • Wednesday, Oct 18th:  8am-3pm & 5pm-8pm in the Richards Gym
  • Thursday, Oct 19th:  8am-7pm in the Richards Gym

There will be wonderful titles for children of all ages and reading levels. Students will be stopping by during the school day to shop and create their wish lists. Teachers will also select "wish list" books for their classroom libraries.  Look for the teacher wish list books when you visit. Last year families donated over 100 books back to the school! We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Email Amy, Jen, or CarrieWant to volunteer to help? Click here. There are a few slots left and working at the book fair is a lot of fun. 


You can now create class lists by searching the database. PTO Members have access to the ONLINE BuzzBook at You can also access the online BuzzBook via the navigation menu on If you have not updated or given your contact information to the PTO, go to  The deadline for updates to the paper BuzzBook is October 5th.


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.