Weekly Newsletter, May 10, 2021

Students pose with Richfield STEM School principal Amy Winter

Important Dates

  • This week: MAP Testing for in person students, K-2
  • May 17: Walk-A-Thon (more information below!)
  • May 19: RMS Tours for STEM In-Person 5th Graders
    • NEW DATE - STEM In-Person students will visit RMS for a tour on Wednesday May 19
    • 5th grade classes of Mrs. Dyer and Mrs. Holetz will go
    • Distance Learning students & families should’ve registered for an in-person tour earlier this week or for a virtual visit
    • For more information or to contact RMS, click here
  • May 28: Field Day, Grades 3-4
  • May 31: No School PK-12, Memorial Day
  • June 2: Field Day, Grade 5
  • June 4: Field Day, K-2
  • June 9: Last Day of School

Fall 2021 Survey

If you haven’t, please fill out the Enrollment Survey about how you would like the 2021-22 school year to look like for your child(ren).

Parent-Teacher Organization

The 5th Annual Walk-a-Thon is coming!
On May 17, all R-STEM students will have the opportunity to participate in this year's Walk-a-Thon. 

The 2021 Walk-A-Thon is raising more for our Books 4 Kids program. Every year R-STEM PTO donates book(s) to every R-STEM student for summer reading. Currently, we have raised enough to purchase 1 book per student at R-STEM and are hoping to raise enough through the Walk-a-Thon to purchase two books. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to be able to make this happen this year.  

In person students will walk with their class during the school day on Monday, May 17. You will find packets in your child's backpack that includes a pledge form and envelope to collect money from "sponsors."

Distance learning students will be able to come to R-STEM to walk with other distance learners from 3-5 p.m. on May 17. These students will receive flyers through their teacher along with a link to signup for a time to walk with their family. All money (cash and checks) collected can be turned into the main office. 

Online donations are accepted here

We will be collecting funds May 1-12. We are keeping track of the amount raised and will provide updates through the fundraiser on how close we are getting toward our $5,000 goal. You can watch our progress toward our goal on Facebook and also on the main entrance on our "thermometer". 

Thank you for supporting R-STEM PTO!

  • The R-STEM PTO would like to know if we have a family with a food truck in the Richfield area that would like to participate in future fundraisers for STEM. Please let us know. You can reply to this email or send your information to: rstempto@gmail.com.
  • Monthly PTO Meeting: VIRTUAL, Tuesday May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Safe-Schools Learning Plan Guidelines

As Governor Walz, the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health have shared an updated safety plan moving into summer.  RSTEM will continue to follow the current safe-school guidelines until the end of school on Wednesday, June 9.  

Summer School

By now, many families have received paper forms or emails from their child’s teacher about summer school. If you were one of these families, and you have not yet applied for your child to attend summer school, please do so before May 14. 

  • Dates: June 21July 22 (MondayThursday)
    • No SchooL July 5—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

Free and Reduced Lunch

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Department of Human Services sent information on P-EBT (Assistance for Children in Schools that are Closed or have Reduced Attendance) benefits to eligible families. Unfortunately, the information was not very clear and there has been some confusion. Here is some clarification from our Nutrition Services Department:

For eligible children in qualifying schools, benefits are calculated based on whether the school was in a distance or hybrid status for the majority of the month. As a result, families will receive different benefit amounts, and some families may receive different benefit amounts for each child. Benefits will be retroactive to September 2020.

For this to have been automatically created for each student, a SCHOOL BENEFITS application, known as Free & Reduced Lunch, should have been submitted to Nutrition Services via schoollunchapp.com. From here, the MN DHS pulled information to send P-EBT cards to families that qualified for the SCHOOL BENEFITS. Families may still apply for these benefits, and if approved, they might retroactively receive a P-EBT card from MN DHS.

For additional information on P-EBT benefits, please visit the P-EBT page on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

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RSTEM Update

Sign up for spring conferences! Taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 17.

Students with veterans day art

The students and staff at R-STEM want to say thank you to all the veterans who have served our country.

School Supply Lists

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

RDLS Update

Here is this week's update with information about upcoming important dates, device collection, summer school information and more.

RDLS Update

Here is this week's update with information about upcoming important dates, device collection, summer school information and more.