Weekly Newsletter, Mar. 8, 2021

Students pose with Richfield STEM School principal Amy Winter

Important Dates: 

  • Monthly PTO Meeting—via ZOOM, Tuesday March 9, at 6:30 p.m.
  • No School Monday, March 15 & Tuesday, March 16
    • This is the last opportunity to switch from Distance Learning to In-Person classes:
      • PLEASE contact the STEM Main Office by end of day on Tuesday, March 9 if you wish to make a switch for your child
      • These days have been set aside by Governor Walz to provide time for school staff to prepare for students that opted to transition to In-Person, this entails: saying goodbye to their current teacher, new teacher assignments and reaching out to incoming students. Classrooms will be adjusted to adhere to the new guidelines for in-person learning
      • STEM Staff will prepare for Students returning to IN-PERSON classes from Distance.
    • Families that have chosen to continue Distance Learning will stay in this model to the end of the school year. 
  • Email communication regarding the upcoming Chauvin trial in Minneapolis along with resources was sent by the District, if you have more questions or concerns, please contact the Student Support Services Staff at any of your children’s schools or refer to the email.

Reading Across America:

During the month of March our Kindergarten class will be celebrating Read Across America. We will be reading a book by a different author each Friday and dressing in a theme!

  • March 12: The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom 
    Dress up like an animal, wear animal prints, or wear a shirt with an animal on it. 
  • March 19: Mixed A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
    Wear your favorite color!
  • March 26: The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munch 
    Dress in warm weather clothes. They can wear shorts, T-shirts, beach hats, sandals and sunglasses.

Reminder: You should also send gym shoes so they can participate in Phy. Ed. and snow pants and boots to play outside at recess.



  • Orders Due March 22
  • Yearbook ID code: 1477521
  • All 5th grade students will receive a softcover yearbook for FREE from the PTO
    • You do not need to submit an online order form. 
    • If you would like to add any upgrades to your 5th grade students yearbook you MUST submit a paper order form with payment for the upgrades.
  • Paper order forms should have arrived home by now, or you can order online.

Family Resources:

Mount Olivet Community Meals
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis holds free Community Dinners every week Tuesday/Thursday 4-5:30 p.m., rain or shine, snow or cold, holidays included.  However many meals requested by the guest are given, they get a choice of entrée, always beef or pork and chicken offerings and always a gluten-free offer, soup, fruit, milk, roll, cookie, and a ham sandwich bag lunch.  We also pass out bakery bags of donated goods from Jerry’s Foods, one per car. All are welcome. If you need a meal, for ANY REASON please stop by; we ask no information, just happy to provide meals. The food is all scratch-made in-house, so we know what goes into it. With the rent eviction moratorium coming up quickly, MOLC would like to get the word out that there is help with meals. Click here for more information

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RDLS Update

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RDLS Update

Here is this week's update with information about the final opportunity to switch to hybrid learning, Reading Across America events and important family resources.