The Goings On


Don't forget to show our crossing guards how much they are appreciated! On Thursday, June 8th look for the donation boxes near the multiple intersections where crossing guards are stationed around our school. A huge thank you to all of our wonderful crossing guards who keep us safe: 

  • Steve Paulsen: Silver Spring, Marlborough, Lake Drive (Winkies corner)
  • Barb Reimer and Nancy Drewek: Silver Spring and Santa Monica
  • Patti McCormick: Lakeview and Santa Monica
  • Bill Hunt: Lakeview and Shoreland (St. Monica's parking lot exit)
  • Michelle Johnson: Day and Santa Monica
  • Bill Bazan: Belle and Santa Monica
  • April Bryant: Lake Drive and Day

Calling All 5th Grade Parents! On Friday, June 9, at 8:05 a.m. (prior to the start of school), all parents of 5th Graders are welcome to gather on the back playground to send their child into Richards Elementary one last time. Parents will create a line and high five, hug or applaud the kids as they enter school. It is a simple gesture that will be a fun way to commemorate their last day at Richards. Any questions? Email Beth Wagner at 

The PTO is looking for help filling several committee positions. See anything you might be interested in helping with? Email PTO president Ann Reabe  

  • Plant Sale: chair and co-chair
  • 5th Grade Advancement: 1 co-chair
  • 5th Grade Theater: co-chair
  • Art for Youth: chair
  • Cultural Arts: co-chair
  • Hunger Task Force: chair and co-chair
  • Lego Club: co-chair
  • Milk and Cookies: chair

If a committee is listed as needing a co-chair, that means you would be sharing the responsibilities of the role with another person. If you're interested in helping with a committee that is only looking for a chair, let Ann know. She can help find you a co-chair. For more information about the committees, please click here

Put your old Junior Great Books readers to good use! Donate it back to the Richards JGB program!

Do you have a Junior Great Books student reader lying around the house? If you no longer need it, consider decluttering by donating it back to the Richards Junior Great Books program! We're hoping to build up the library so this program can run at no cost to kids in the future. If you have a book to donate, please bring or have your child bring it to the Richards office, and put it on top of the blue bin in the mail room. Thank you very much! Questions? Contact Anne Chapman at

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.