At Richmond, educating the whole child is not just a slogan; it is the lens by which we make decisions. From our comprehensive counseling program to gifted & talented to special education services, we truly believe in meeting the academic, social emotional, and physical well-being needs of ALL of our students. Our commitment to excellence is extended to our students by nurturing a dedication to life-long learning, personal responsibility, community involvement, and good character.
May 8, 2020
Dear Richmond Community:
I would like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has stepped up over the past two months to support the students, staff, and families of our district. It has been extremely encouraging to see residents, businesses, and organizations come together during this time of crisis.
Even while our building is closed, work behind the scenes continues. Our teachers are continuously preparing online learning opportunities and resources for their students, working to keep our young people as connected as possible. I have been communicating with individual staff members this week and I am impressed at the learning our teachers are engaged in. They have been sharing new resources and are excited to use new lessons, technology, extensions and applications that they maybe would not have come across without virtual teaching. In other words, while our building may not be open, school is still very much in session. We are privileged to have such dedicated teachers leading the way.
To our teachers and staff, I sincerely appreciate all your efforts to check in with students, provide these important educational resources, and make sure everyone is “OK”. Our students and families will continue to turn to you for guidance and a sense of normalcy as we move forward.
With the celebration of Staff Appreciation Week, please join me in thanking our wonderful staff for the work they do for every student, everyday, and in every situation. Our PTOBC has provided a generous gift to each staff member of a yard sign and gift card. Thank you! Yesterday staff traveled to one of seven points to gather their gifts. It was a great chance for a quick mini gathering (with hugs from 6 feet apart). The Richmond staff is a great team who are all here to help each other. Pictures will be shared in the Richmond Reporter and are on facebook (Richmond School District Sussex) and twitter @RSDwisconsin.
To our parents and guardians, thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked to navigate an unprecedented situation. We know that the school closures have been incredibly challenging for you and your loved ones. Please know that we are thinking about you and are here to help.
We have had the opportunity to reduce heating, supplies and cleaning costs and have started summer work to best utilize staffing and resources. Our summer ordering plans are reflective on current inventories and savings from having instruction outside our building. Again, our locker clean-out process will be shared out in the next couple weeks. As guidance changes with the Department of Health, we want to ensure we are up to date with staff and family safety.
We have a long road ahead of us, but from what we have seen from our school community in recent weeks, I know we will come out of this situation stronger than ever. Once again, thank you so much.
Dr. Jeanne Siegenthaler
Richmond District Administrator
April 17, 2020
Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year!!!!
On Thursday, April 16, Governor Tony Evers directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24 to May 26. A new release from the governor’s office said the order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress made in containing COVID-19, but allows certain activities to start up again. The reopening of schools is not one of those activities as the order stated that all schools will remain closed for the balance of the 2019-20 school year. Nevertheless, Richmond School will remain vigilant in providing continual learning and growth opportunities for our children through the end of the 2019-20 school year using our learning format.
Given the Governor’s order, some activities traditionally taking place towards the end of the school year will need to be addressed differently. Forthcoming plans will be finalized and communicated to students, staff, and parents in the weeks ahead. These plans include such things as:
While we are deeply saddened by the doors closing for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, we remain committed as ever to supporting our children’s academic, social, and emotional growth. Thank you for all of your efforts, patience, and perseverance during these challenging times.
Click Richmond Reporter – May 29, 2020 for this week’s newsletter.
All Staff Support volunteers must attend one of the in-person training sessions this year. Dates and times are in the Volunteer Handbook.
All volunteers should return their completed forms to the office.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Richmond School!
Please click here for important information about the Richmond School Safety Plan.
The telephone number for Dousman Transport is 262-966-9690.
The lunch account works like a savings account. You must deposit money into your child’s account and then your child deducts from the balance when they have lunch or milk. It is important to keep money in the account at all times. Each child has their own account. If there is money left at the end of the year, it can be carried over to the next year (if there will be no family member here to carry over to, the balance, if any, will be refunded to you).
You may monitor your child’s account from the Parent Portal by clicking the link on the Home page.
You can make payments by sending cash or a check to school or by making an electronic deposit through E-funds via our Richmond School website. The link can be found under the “For Parents” tab, then “Lunch Information” and finally “Online Account Payments.”
You should receive a call from SchoolReach announcing the closure. Or watch and/or listen for mention of Arrowhead Area Schools. Richmond will NOT be listed separately. If it becomes necessary to close early due to the weather, again it will be announced as the Arrowhead Area Schools. Stations to check include WTMJ (radio and TV), WKTI-FM, WISN (radio and TV).
Check Channel 4’s (TouchTMJ4.com) website: Click here for WTMJ Channel 4’s Website.
Click on WaukeshaCounty, Click on Arrowhead School Closings – If Arrowhead is closed, Richmond is too.
You may call and leave a voice-mail message with their teacher (for a complete teacher listing, please see the website). Homework can be sent home with a sibling or another student that you specify.
Students are excused at 11:45 pm. Buses leave at approximately 11:55 pm.
Please call the school office. You may call at anytime BEFORE 8:30 am of the day that your child will be absent or tardy. Please leave a message indicating the child’s name, grade and reason for the absence / tardy.