Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 16

Students pose with Richfield STEM School principal Amy Winter

Richfield R-STEM Elementary
Weekly Newsletter
September 9, 2022
Amy Winter, Principal
612-798-6600 rstem.richfieldschools.org
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Important Dates (STEM Calendar)

  • Citywide Homecoming Parade - Sept. 17
  • Spirit Week / Coin Drive - Sept. 19-23
  • Club Choice Fundraiser Ends / Turn in Forms - Sept. 21
  • MAP Testing - Sept. 21 to Oct. 12
  • Picture Day - Sept. 30

Homecoming parade - Sept. 17

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. We welcome all R-STEM families to come watch and participate by wearing white. This helps us find you in the crowd—the staff will decorate your shirt using chalk! Expect route information next week.

Schools and Parks that we will be driving by:

  • Augsburg Park (spectators along the north side so along 70th )
  • STEM/RDLS (spectators along the north side, so along 70th )
  • Christian Park (spectators along the south side, so along 70th )
  • Centennial Elementary (spectators along the west side, so along Bloomington)
  • Wilson Park (Pond) (spectators along the east side so along 15th )
  • Fremont Park (spectators along the east side so along Emerson)
  • Donaldson Park (spectators along the south side so along 75th )
  • RMS (spectators along the south and west side so both 75th and also Oliver)
  • Fairwood Park (spectators along the south, east, and north sides so 68th and also Logan/Oakland Terrace and also 67th )
  • Sheridan Hills (spectators along the south side so 65th )
  • Woodlake Nature Center

Spirit Week

Spirit week starts tomorrow 09/16 to 09/23

  • Sept. 16 - Wear your favorite hat
  • Sept. 19 - Wear silly socks
  • Sept. 20 - Wear Neon / Bright colors
  • Sept. 21 - Show off your favorite shirt
  • Sept. 22 - Wear comfy clothes
  • Sept. 23 - Wear your favorite team!!


If you have not yet filled out an application for Education Benefits for this school year 2022-23 (lunch at a reduced price or free) please use this link or request a paper copy from the office. Office main number 612-798-6600.

Arrival and dismissal times

R-STEM families, thank you for your continued support and patience during arrival and dismissal times. Morning arrivals are traditionally very busy and safety is our number one priority. Please use our parking lot and pull all the way forward whenever possible. The options here are preferred to parking on the east side of 12th Ave. and walking across. 


If your child is going to be absent or tardy, please call 612-798-6000 and select option 1. Please provide your child's name, teacher and reason for the absence. Attendance is important for student success, we ask that families schedule planned vacations for times when school is not in session. For prior approval for a family vacation, please email Amy Winter at amy.winter@rpsmn.org

More information to come, we are working on setting up a new method to communicate absences!

 Kindergarten Color Days

  • Friday, Sept. 9 - RED day
  • Monday, Sept. 12 - ORANGE day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13 - YELLOW day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14 - GREEN day
  • Thursday, Sept. 15 - BLUE day
  • Friday, Sept. 16 - PURPLE day
  • Monday, Sept. 19 - PINK day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 - BLACK day
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 - BROWN day
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 - WHITE day
  • Friday, Sept. 23 - RAINBOW day

The Kids at Home Program

The Kids @ Home Program will open in September 2022 for applications. Interested individuals will need to download an application from the City of Richfield’s website. There will be a link on the first page of the website that will direct you to the application. The application will be available for download from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, through 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. Complete the entire application and return it along with a copy of your current lease and paystubs that reflect eight weeks of payment (check stubs must be dated July 2022, August 2022 or September 2022). Everything must be submitted to Richfield HRA no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Fax and emails will not be accepted.

Every Meal

You should have received or will be receiving information on how to sign up for this amazing program. If you are interested in receiving a weekend meal bag please fill out the enrollment form and send it back with your child as soon as possible. If you need more information please contact the main office at 612-798-6600.

MAP Testing

MAP testing begins September 21. The purpose of this assessment is to measure growth and inform instruction. Students in grades 1-5 will take their MAP Math and Reading tests during school between Sept 21-Oct 12. Research has shown that COVID-19 school closures led to significant learning loss for students. It is important to accurately measure student progress in order to provide students with the support they need. MAP results help our educators understand student needs. More information on MAP Testing can be found here.


Spirit Week and coin drive kickoff on Friday!

The R-STEM PTO's annual Spirit Week and Coin Drive kickoff on Friday, Sept. 16! Each day, students and staff will be encouraged to dress for the day's theme:

  • Friday, Sept. 16: Wear your favorite hat
  • Monday, Sept. 19: Wear silly socks
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: Wear neon/bright colors
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21: Dress to impress! Wear something that makes you feel awesome!
  • Thursday, Sept. 22: Wear comfy clothes
  • Friday, Sept. 23: Wear gear to support your favorite team

In addition to Spirit Week, our annual Coin Drive kicks off on Monday, Sept. 19. Each day, students can bring "coins of the day" to their classrooms. Money raised will support our R-STEM specialists (Art, Music, Phy Ed, STEM and Tech). Classes can also earn Book Fair books for every $50 raised. Top-earning classes for each grade will win a special PTO popcorn party!

  • Monday, Sept. 19: pennies
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: nickels
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21: dimes
  • Thursday, Sept. 22: quarters
  • Friday, Sept. 23: dollar bills (any amount) and all coins

Club's Choice fundraiser wraps up next week!

Our Club's Choice fundraiser is coming to an end. All orders are due at the school by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Please have your child turn in order forms to the office or their teacher. You can also order through our online store until September 20 at www.clubschoicefundraising.com with school code: RICH52.

We are also accepting direct donations to the PTO. The reward for every $50 collected in direct donations is a token for your child for the book vending machine: 1 token=1 book.

Direct donations to the PTO can be made via check, cash or through our PTO Square site:

Club's Choice Donation | Richfield STEM School PTO

Volunteers wanted for PTO fundraisers

The R-STEM PTO is looking for R-STEM community members to lead some of our various fundraisers throughout the year. There are several opportunities to volunteer and support these great programs that benefit our students, staff and R-STEM community.

Open fundraiser lead opportunities for 2022-23 include:

  • Club's Choice (prep for 2023-24)
  • Scholastic Book Fairs (fall conferences, spring conferences, end of May)
  • Gertens Greenhouse fundraiser (fall and spring)
  • Fire Station car wash (summer)
  • Book vending machine (school year)
  • Birthday signs (year-round)

Time commitment varies depending on the fundraiser.

We will also be looking for a new PTO Fundraiser Coordinator for our 2023-24 school year.

If you are interested in learning more about the fundraiser leadership opportunities, please contact Stacy Odegard at sjodegard@hotmail.com.

Donation requests for Nurse Jackson's office

Laurie Jackson, our awesome school nurse at R-STEM, is looking for the following donation items for her office.  Donations can be brought to the main office at R-STEM.

  • new water bottles (can be plain or have advertising)
  • kids' size socks
  • kids' underwear (smaller sizes 4-7 needed, both boys and girls styles)

Donation request: Mirrors for Affirmation Stations

The R-STEM PTO is supporting a project to put new Affirmation Stations in every classroom. These stations consist of mirrors surrounded with positive affirmations for our students to see and repeat back to themselves.

Here's where we need your help! We are looking for approximately 40 lightweight mirrors that are large enough for students to see themselves (so no hand-held ones, please!) If you have a mirror that you are no longer using, please consider donating it for this project!

Mirrors can be dropped off at the R-STEM front office.

Donation request: Items for STEM and Media Center

Our STEM & media center teams are stocking up on supplies for some fun projects, but they need your help! If you're cleaning out kids' rooms/closets/toy chests, consider donating the following:

  • Duplo or Lego bricks with eight or more studs (the circular bumps on the top of the brick used to connect them together)
  • Mr./Mrs. Potato Heads and accessories
  • Play-Doh tools (rollers, molds, cutters, stamps, etc.)
  • LiteBrites with colored pegs
  • Clean stuffed animals or characters that represent characters from books (Clifford, Pete the Cat, Ada Twist, etc.). They'll be used for displays in the media center on top of the shelves or in some of the cut-outs in the displays by the media center hallway.

You can bring donations to the main office and they'll be given to Kathie Glick and the rest of the R-STEM team.

Volunteers wanted for Media Center projects

Interested in volunteering at R-STEM? The media center team is looking for some volunteer support for the following projects:

  • Adding stickers to a new special collection of books. The timeline is to complete the project before the media center opens to students at the end of September.
  • Adhering labels to book bags (one per student) to be done before book check out near the end of September and delivering class sets to mailboxes or teachers.   
  • Editing paperback easy reader books' information in our library system. Volunteers will receive training for this project.
  • A few regular volunteers to help shelve returned books and organize shelves. This is an ongoing need all year. Any amount of donated hours would be greatly appreciated, but ideally a 1-2 hours/week.

If you're interested in any of these projects, please fill out this Google form or contact Kathie Glick, R-STEM coordinator at kathie.glick@rpsmn.org

Birthday Signs from R-STEM

Did you know you can wish your child a happy birthday with special R-STEM yard signs? It's a fun way to celebrate them and support the PTO! Volunteers will set up the signs and pick them up. You can order 10 or 20 signs to be placed in your yard. Please give us at least two week's notice! Click here to sign up for birthday signs


Follow the R-STEM PTO on Facebook

The R-STEM PTO is on Facebook! Like our page to stay updated on all of our events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.

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