The Goings On



Friday is Fun Lunch! 

Friday June 1st is the final Fun Lunch for the school year! Lunch will be catered by CPK. Each participating student will receive a pizza, mac n cheese, or a salad in addition to carrots, applesauce, a Rice Krispie Treat or Oreos, and bottled water. As always, if you have any question, comments, or concerns please contact Amanda Flegner or Verna Pazaras. We always appreciate your feedback or ideas of how to improve fun lunch! 


Interested in being a Room Parent for the 2018-2019 school year?

We are looking for volunteers! As a Room Parent through the PTO you will help with several initiatives in your child’s classroom. Without Room Parents, so many things would not happen! Each class is assigned 1-2 Room Parents and specifics vary from classroom to classroom.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting teachers with preparing classroom materials
  • Coordinating in-classroom parties
  • Securing parent volunteers for field trips and other activities
  • Collecting funds for and preparing teacher gifts throughout the school year

If you are interested, please complete the form below. If you have multiple children, please list in order of priority, in which child’s class you would like to volunteer. You will be contacted prior to the 2018-2019 school year to confirm your involvement. Please note that we try to provide opportunities as fairly as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Room Parent Coordinator, Mary Kathryn Malaney.

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Donuts for Dudes

Please join us in celebrating the special dudes in our lives at Donuts for Dudes, Friday, June 1st at 7:30am in the Richards Great Hall. All students are encouraged to bring one special dude with them for donuts before the school day begins. Dudettes are of course welcome to attend. The school day will begin at the normal time for all grades, and students are expected to remain in either the Great Hall with their special dude or on the playground with their special dude until it’s time to line up. Questions? Email Susan Stadtmueller.


Calling all 3rd-5th graders who are fans of "Magic: The Gathering"!

Does your son or daughter love this game? Would they like to gather with fellow students after school to play under the supervision of a Richards teacher? Ms. Karen Eyers has kindly offered to host (3rd through 5th grade students only, please!) on Thursdays after school throughout the month of May. Your child can meet in room 203 from 3:20-4:30 on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, and May 31. You and your child are responsible for coordinating their transportation home. Questions? Please contact Kelly Arnold.


Last Call for Box Tops!

Now is the time to clean out any box tops you've collected over the last couple of months! We will be doing a final submission at the end of the school year. Please turn in box tops by Friday, June 1st and help earn money for your child's classroom!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to clip and collect this year; you helped raise over $1,200!! Way to go!



If you haven’t already, PLEASE GO UPDATE YOUR BUZZBOOK INFORMATION!! This is the last time we’re going to bug you about it this school year, we promise. You can log in to the BuzzBook here, or by clicking on BuzzBook in the main navigation menu above. Can’t find the email with the link to update your BuzzBook info? Email


Calling all K5 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 registration deadline for K5 is April 23rd. The first K5 Lego Club meeting is April 25th. 

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. 

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.