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A student draws with crayons at Richfield STEM School

2020-21 School Supplies

For easy school shopping, print and download a PDF list of school supplies by grade level. Richfield Public Schools has streamlined school supply lists across schools, so you may notice a change this year. 

If your family has any questions or concerns about school supplies, or if you are having difficulty purchasing items. please contact our school office.

After reviewing the lists, it was determined that we will not be updating them for the fall. Families who enroll in the Richfield Distance Learning Academy can purchase the items as needed during the year. Students in the hybrid program should still plan to purchase all the supplies listed and keep them at home until their teacher tells them to bring specific supplies into school for the learning activities at that time.

Please note that you will see many items on the lists that are marked as “classroom supplies.” These items are not shared among students. Each student keeps the supplies that they currently need in their pencil box or pencil pouch (also on the list). The intent is to ensure every student has the items they need to be successful and also to eliminate the sharing of supplies among students during COVID-19.

School Apps

We use a variety of mobile apps in the District. Here are the top apps that families should consider downloading.

  • MealViewer: Use the MealViewer app to check out the daily breakfast and lunch menus. You can also view nutrition information and set alerts for menu items with ingredients your child is allergic to. (App Store) (Google Play)
  • ParentVUE: Stay informed and connected to your child’s academic experience by accessing near real-time information on assignments and scores, attendance and demographic information. (App Store) (Google Play)
  • Seesaw: Used primarily in our elementary schools, the Seesaw app connects you with your child's teacher and allows you to see what students are working on during the day. (App Store) (Google Play)

Safe Routes to School

If your child will be walking or riding their bicycle to school, here are a few tips for them to ensure a safe commute.

  • Take extra care when you approach intersections, driveways or other busy parts of the roadway. Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Continue looking in each direction as you cross. Use extra caution when crossing:
    • 66th & 12th Avenue
    • 70th & 12th Avenue
    • 70th & Bloomington
    • 70th & Portland
    • 73rd & 12th Avenue
    • 76th & 12th Avenue
    • Diagonal & Bloomington
  • If biking, always wear a helmet. Use the bike rack on the east side of the building to park your bike and don't forget your bike lock.
  • Use sidewalks and bike lanes whenever possible.
  • Be alert. Having your eyes on your phone means they aren’t on the road or traffic. If using headphones, keep the volume low to hear what is happening around you.
  • Dress for the weather. Bright or reflective clothing is never a bad idea, especially in the darker winter months.

Check out this map with recommended routes to STEM. If you would like more information or have questions, please visit the Safe Routes to School web page.

Healthy Sleep Habits

Whether your child will be participating in distance learning or our hybrid program, it’s important that they practice healthy sleep habits as they prepare for school this fall. 

For children and adults, staying home can change our sleep patterns and affect our sleep health. Irregular bedtimes and wake-up times can disrupt our body’s sleep clock. A lack of sleep and sleeping at the wrong time can cause a number of problems for children including poor school performance, irritability and poor behavior.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the keys to success. And when we sleep is just as important as how much we sleep. Children 7-years-old and under have a need to go to bed early and wake up early whereas adolescents have a powerful drive to go to bed later and wake up later. 

If your child’s sleep health has been impacted by COVID-19 and a summer schedule, you are not alone! Now is a good time to begin resetting your child’s sleep schedule. Here are some strategies you can use to help improve your child’s sleep routine in time for school:

  • Keep in mind that school-aged children need between 9-12 hours of sleep per night. Teens need between 8-10 hours per night. 
  • Create a bedtime routine that begins 30-60 minutes before bed - bathroom duties, brushing teeth, washing face. Children need and do best with routines. 
  • Turn off all devices at least one hour before your child’s actual bedtime as these get in the way of sleep. Devices should be stored in a living room, kitchen or common area of the house away from bedrooms. 
  • Gradually move bedtime and wake-up times a little each day. For example, bedtime could be moved 15 minutes earlier every night until you reach the ideal bedtime.
  • Allow up to two weeks to reset your child’s sleep schedule before school starts.

This will be a school year that makes history. By considering your child’s sleep health now, you will be helping to kick off the school year with success! We’re in this together!

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