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Family Fun Night 2019: Family, Food, Friends, Ferrets, and Fun!

The Richards PTO invites all Richards families to Family Fun Night. Join us on Wednesday, October 16th from 5-8pm for Family, Food, Friends, Ferrets, and Fun! Featuring Streetza Pizza, Meat on the Street, and The Cupcake-A-Rhee food trucks, Animal Quest Petting Zoo, and the Scholastic Book Fair.

  • Food trucks will be parked on campus behind the Great Hall from 5-7pm. Gluten free and vegetarian menu options available. Click on the name of the food truck to see their menu: Streetza Pizza, Meat on the Street, and The Cupcake-A-Rhee.

  • Meet some new animal friends! Say hello to tortoises, ferrets, rabbits, lizards, snakes, and a tiger- at the Animal Quest Petting Zoo. The animals and their handlers will be in the Richards Gym from 5-7pm.

  • Visit the Scholastic Book Fair in the Richards Gym from 5-8pm, pick up a few new books for your home library and consider donating a book to your children’s classroom libraries. All proceeds from the Scholastic Book Fair benefit the Richards PTO. Thank you for your support!

Any questions about Family Fun Night? Email



  • October 16th: 8am-3pm and 5pm-8pm as part of Family Fun Night, in the Richards Gym

  • October 17th: 8am-7pm in the Richards Gym

This year there are a few changes to the book fair. We are now required to charge sales tax. So please be aware that a $9.99 book will now cost $10.54. Please explain this to your children if you give them money to spend.

New this year! You can avoid sending in cash and instead set up an ewallet for your child. You can put a predetermined amount on your credit card. You can either print out the Ewallet form and send it with your child or we can look it up when they come with their class. Any amount within the limit that they spend will be charged to your credit card. Any money left over, simply won’t get charged. You MUST set up ewallet before your child attends the book fair. Click here to set up your child’s ewallet. It is SUPER easy to do!

Teacher wish books will be available for families to buy for the classrooms. Last year families donated over 200 books back to the classrooms! Thank you, in advance for your generosity!

Any questions about anything Scholastic Book Fair related? Contact Carrie or Jen.



FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, teamwork and imagination! Guided by adult volunteer coaches, students build models using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0, and create Show Me posters to present what they learned. The program is available for Richareds students in grades 2-4. To register your child, click on the button below. Registration ends October 31st. Questions? Ask Mariya.


Movie Night is back in the Great Hall at Richards! Save the date for the first Movie Night on Friday, November 1st! Stay tuned for more information to follow in the coming weeks.


Your Contributions Matter!

The best way to support PTO programming is through direct donations. Monetary donations from Richards families to the PTO make up more than 40% of the PTO’s annual budget. PTO funding creates an alternate source of financial support for our school. By contributing to the PTO, Richards families help to create a channel of private funding to meet our teacher’s and student’s needs. All the money the PTO raises goes directly back to Richards, and as part of the PTO, parents get to work with teachers and school administration to say where and how these funds are spent. Consider donating today! You can download a Direct Donation form here (return the form and your donation to school with your child), or donate online by clicking on the Donate Now! button below. Thank you for your support!

Thank You for supporting the Richards School PTO! Richards School PTO is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization: 39-20229622. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.



The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school! Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online. Visit to see how to download the app!

If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school! We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.

Place Your Fall Fun Lunch Orders!

Fun Lunch will be catered by California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). The cost for each Fun Lunch is $5.75 and includes a choice of an individual cheese pizza, macaroni and cheese; or a salad with grilled chicken, ranch dressing and goldfish crackers. All lunches include a bottle of water, carrots, applesauce, and dessert (Oreo cookies or Rice Krispie treat). CPK lunches are peanut free.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds if your child is absent on a Fun Lunch day.

If participating in Fun Lunch presents a financial hardship for your family please contact Stephanie Haupt in the Richards main office (414) 963-3951. Fun Lunch scholarships are available and the PTO makes an effort to include every child who wants to participate in the Fun Lunch program.

Please contact Fun Lunch chairs Ann Marie or Kristi with any questions.



  • October 18, 2019

  • November 8, 2019

  • November 22, 2019

  • December 6, 2019

  • December 20, 2019

  • January 10, 2020

How to Place your Fun Lunch Order:

1. Login to your Membership Toolkit/BuzzBook account and click on Store in the main navigation, or on the Richards PTO Store icon. All Fun Lunch orders must be placed online via Membership Toolkit. Need to create an account? Visit Creating an account is free, easy, and only takes a minute. For more information click here.

IMPORTANT: If your child is opting out of Fun Lunch altogether, we still need you to submit an order form! Please select "Not Participating on This Day," for each of the Fall Fun Lunch dates. You will need to go through the checkout process, and will not be charged for any of the lunches.

2. Please select a menu item for each Fun Lunch date. If your child is not participating in Fun Lunch on that date please select "Not Participating on This Day." You will not be charged for Fun Lunches your child is not participating in.

3. After you have made your menu selections click "Add to Cart." The system will not let you proceed unless you have made a menu selection for each Fun Lunch date.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each of your children in grades K5-5th. To pay for your order(s) click on the shopping cart icon. Please make sure to check out even if your child is not participating in Fun Lunch.

Please note that 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 kids meal when their family is dining. Please note: Only students dining with THEIR families will be discounted and an adult entrée must be purchased for every kids meal. This offer is not valid with any other offers or discounts (including the CPK Rewards Program), and is not valid to groups or sports teams.


If you missed registration, or were at registration but didn't stop by the PTO table, don't worry! Joining the PTO is easy. Click here to get started. 

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.