Weekly Newsletter, June 7, 2021

Students pose with Richfield STEM School principal Amy Winter

Important Dates

  • June 8: Distance Learning End of Year Parade
    • 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    • Please use the Back Parking Lot along Elliot Avenue
    • We will have tables and staff ready to receive devices/books and give you items from the teachers
  • June 9: Last Day of School & Fifth Grade Celebration for In-Person Students
    • Here is the link to watch the Fifth Grade Ceremony online!
    • Events for the morning include: All School Clap-Out, Ceremony, and Reception
    • Students choosing to leave after morning activities conclude may do so at 10:15 a.m.
  • June 21: Summer school begins (only for registered students)


Special Shout Out of Thanks & Appreciation

Thank you so much to a special group of individuals who partnered with our staff and volunteered this year.  There are so many volunteers and parents that help make this year such a success. Here are a few groups that I wanted to highlight.

  • PTO: This team of parents worked hard this year to show support directly to our students, lift up the staff, and support me as a building administrator. I could not ask for a more amazing team of individuals who are so committed to supporting our R-STEM community.  
  • Americorps Tutors: We had several tutors that came each day both in person and virtually and supported students as they worked through math and reading skills. Thank you for your dedication and care for our smallest learners. You are some of our hidden gems.
  • Family Members: When there is a need or a request, so many of you step up and ask how you can help. This year it meant so much and we are so appreciative of your care and encouragement for each individual.
  • Volunteers: We also have several individuals that have provided support wherever we need it. They are community members and retired educators who want to give back to our community. Thank you for your love of learning and helping others and impacting our community.

Device Collection

We are collecting all school-issued technology between June 2-9.

  • In-person students will return devices the week of June 2
  • Distance learning students can drop off devices on June 8 from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

These items include:

  • Chromebooks & Chargers & Wireless hotspots (including case and cord).
  • We will NOT be collecting soft sleeve cases. Those are yours to keep.

Parent-Teacher Organization

  • 2020-2021 STEM Yearbooks:
    If you did not order a yearbook, contact the PTO to buy one for $14.  

Summer School

  • Dates: June 21-July 22 (Monday-Thursday)
    • No School July 5
    • Students will have school Tue-Thu July 6-8
  • Location: R-STEM  7020 12th Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423
  • Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • You can visit the RPS website to learn more

Summer Meals from Richfield Public Schools

  • RPS will continue to serve the community with their 7-day meal bags. 
    • Families can pick up a 7-day bag at Richfield High School every Wednesday, starting on June 9, and will continue until Wednesday, August 25. 
    • Each 7-day bundle is aimed to feed the children in our community, ages 0 to 18. As you approach the table, a staff member will ask you how many children you have, and will hand you a bundle accordingly.  
    • No need to show proof, or identification.
  • The Minnesota Department of Education is partnering with the US Department of Agriculture to bring information about Free Nutritious School Meals for all children ages 18 and under.
    • You may download from Apple or Google Play the FREE MEALS FOR KIDS app.
    • Or visit hungerimpactpartners.org for more information
  • St. Nicholas Episcopal Church (7227 Penn Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423) has a food shelf serving the community on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

BEACONS Boys and Girls Club

This summer, BEACONS Networks, Boys and Girls Club of MN, The YMCA and Richfield Public Schools will host its AFTER SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM from R-STEM. It is FREE, but spaces are very limited. It will run from 2pm to 5:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays, from June 21st to July 22nd (same days as Summer School) but they do not offer transportation to home, families have to pick up their children everyday. Stop by STEM to fill out a paper form.

AmeriCorps Open Position at STEM

R-STEM has an open position for the 2021-2022 School Year as a Relationship Manager VISTA member. Click here for more information. 

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School Supply Lists

For easy school shopping, print and download a PDF list of school supplies by grade level.


In RPS, as educators, family members and lifelong learners, we acknowledge the patterns of inequality that still exist today. Together, as a community, we have the power to create change and to bring about racial, social and economic justice. 

Christina Gonzalez

Director of Student Support Services, Christina Gonzalez, has been awarded the Park Nicollet Foundation 2022 Community Service Award for her leadership, dedication and commitment to supporting students and families.