The Goings On



Grow Your Classroom Library Book Drive, THIS SUNDAY!

Please join us for The Grow Your Classroom Library book drive! This Sunday, March 18th at Boswell Book Company (2559 N Downer Avenue). 

The shopping portion of the event will be from 2:00-6:00 p.m. During this time, you will be able to purchase books for classroom libraries at Richards directly from the teacher wish lists. There will be specific designated carts with the teacher's wish list books near the children's section at the back of the store for easy shopping. Just look for the signage showing you where to go! In addition, 15% of the sales during this time will go back to Richards to purchase even more books! 

The short program featuring student performances will be at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Kasmarick, 3rd grade student poets and student actors from Ms. Safer's 2nd class will be some of the featured performers! Light refreshments will be served. 

Don't forget to "Like" the Richards PTO page on Facebook for updates about the event. Come shop for yourself, shop for gifts, and shop for our classroom libraries! 


Friday, March 16th is Fun Lunch! 

Fun Lunch  is being 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.

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.

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


Check out the new online BuzzBook!

The new online BuzzBook is now live and available to any Richards family who joined the PTO at the start of the school year! Have you had a chance to update your family's contact information and sign up for your MSA account? If not, Check your email! The Richards PTO sent you two emails: one with a link to confirm your family’s contact info, and another inviting you to create an MSA account. This account will allow you access to the online BuzzBook. Questions? Check out the new BuzzBook Page or email


5th Grade Parents!

Before we know it, our Richards 5th graders will be moving onto middle school! As in years past, the last week of school is filled with fun and events that are sure to send them off with a smile. We're asking 5th grade parents to please do the following:

  • Fill out this form and return it to your child's teacher no later than Monday, April 30th
  • $25 payment that will help cover costs for the events during this special week. Checks should be made out to Richards PTO.
  • We also need your help with photos!
  • Digital photo from K4 or K5: (from any school) Will be used for then/now portion in memory book.
  • Digital photos from their life at Richards: photos including other kids from Richards (field trips, recess, first day of school...).
  • Baby picture: should be an actual photo.
  • Please email your photos to:

Lastly, if you still would like to help out with 5th Grade Advancement events, please email Bridget Hanson or Wendy Welsh.

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, May 7-11

Each year there is one week we celebrate our Richards teachers, staff and crossing guards, to show them how much we appreciate all they do for our children. This year, Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week will be May 7-11 and the Richards PTO has exciting plans! Each day, the PTO plans a special activity, including breakfast, a catered lunch, gifts and sweet treats. Everyone gets excited for the daily raffle as well, and this is where we can use your help!

You should have received a flyer in your child's Thursday folder last week with additional information on how you can help. If you did not receive the flyer or need another copy, you can download it here. Thank you in advance for helping make Teacher and Staff Appreciation week a big success!


Thank you to all who participated in our classroom box tops competition!  We had wonderful participation and also have a winning class! Mrs. Abadie's Kindergarten class will be enjoying a special treat for being the top class to clip and turn in box tops over the last few months! Congratulations to Mrs. Abadie's students and please keep clipping and turning in box tops this spring for our ongoing collection!

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4th and 5th Grade Coding Club

The WFBHS Girls Coding Club volunteers and the Richards PTO invite the 4th & 5th graders to join an after school coding club. Participants will learn to program using SCRATCH. During the three week course, students will get to design and create programs, collaborate with peers, and engage in activities to share feedback with one another. Students can design their own Sprites and then write the code to set them in motion. Come join the fun! Coding Club will meet Wednesday March 7th, 14th, and 21st from 3:30-4:30pm in Computer Lab 209. The club is open to all Richards 4th & 5th grade students. The deadline to sign-up was Friday, March 2nd. Participation is limited to 28 students to ensure all participants have access to a computer. Thank you for your understanding. Questions? Email Sarah Nowak.

Interested in helping out during Coding Club? We need parent volunteers! Click here to sign up. 


Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of art for our yearbook contest. We had over 60 entries, making the final decisions very difficult! The finalists were chosen by adherence to the Richards Rocks theme, age-appropriate skill, and uniqueness. Winners were contacted via email last Friday, and posted below. Look for the artwork in this year’s yearbook to be distributed in June!

Winner (featured on the front cover)

  • Annika L 4th Grade

Runners Up (featured on the back cover)

  • Brooks M 1st Grade
  • Brynn P 2nd Grade
  • Julia A 4th Grade
  • Abby A 4th Grade
  • Charlotte J 4th Grade
  • William S 4th Grade
  • Kyla R 4th Grade
  • Marlowe R 4th Grade
  • Levi S 5th Grade

Honorable Mention (used within yearbook)

  • Mallory B K5
  • Rowan B 1st Grade
  • Alma H 2nd Grade 
  • Ella A 4th Grade 
  • Simona J 4th Grade
  • Helen-Marie L 4th Grade
  • Elijah M 4th Grade
  • Owen N 4th Grade

Questions? Email Yearbook Committee Chair Allison Silveira


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. Fourth and Fifth Grade Lego Club is in session beginning  March 7th through April 18th.

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.