Health and Wellness Speciality School

Our school shines because we guide, support, and nurture our students' social-emotional and physical well-being.

Richmond Weekly Update

Dear Richmond Families,

The PTO has been setting up all day for a super amazing night for Richmond students and their families.  I am sorry that I will not be able to join you in the Spooktacular fun tonight. Take a lot of pictures and have a great time!

Attendance Nudge Letters

Currently, 5.4% of Richmond Elementary Students are considered chronically absent.  Some Some families will be receiving an attendance nudge letter attached to the mid-trimester report card on Friday. This is an early intervention attendance tool from RIDE to help the state cut down on chronic absenteeism which is a major concern. These nudge letters will be sent to families whose students are considered chronically absent.

 The formula for someone who is chronically absent is when students are absent 10% of the school year. Any student with 3 full day absences so far are on this list. Although 3 days does not seem like a lot, it actually is since we are only 30 or so days into the school year. As we move forward and if a child does not miss any more days, those that received a letter for 3 days will be dropped from the category of chronically absent. As an FYI, the truancy officer becomes involved when a child is absent 10 days or more which could lead to truancy court for parents.   Attendance Matters!

Intramural Tennis
Session Two Begins!  Due to the condition of our tennis courts, we will host intramural tennis indoors using our PTO funded nets.  Note the schedule for session two below:

Grade 1 begins on Monday, 10/28. There is no school on 11/11, so the make-up will be 11/12. Athletes will meet on Mondays and the last day will be 11/25.

Grade 2 begins on Tuesday, 10/29 and meet Wednesday 11/5, then Tuesday 11/13, 11/19, and 11/26.

Seeking Mentors

If you know anyone in the community who can spend one day a week with an at-risk student for 45 minutes during lunch and recess, please contact Sharon Martin or Dr. Lisa Smith.

Parent-Teacher Conferences 15-minute conferences will be offered on two days: Thursday, November 7th 3:45-5:25 pm and Friday, November 8th 8:30 to 10:40 am

A google form has been created for you to inform us which teachers you wish to meet with to discuss your child’s progress and your preference for day:  You will receive confirmation of the day and time of your conference from your child’s teacher by October 25th. 

Grade 3 Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey

As you may already be aware, building Social Emotional Learning Skills is an important goal for our school. Since the beginning of the school year, students and teachers at Richmond School have participated in several experiences to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves. We are excited about this learning!


As part of these activities, between October 15-25, students in grades 3-12 will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that encourages them to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning.  This questionnaire should only take between 15-20 minutes.


It is our goal to help students and learn more about themselves and how they learn best by completing this process. The information that is collected in the questionnaires will be shared with your child (as appropriate) and with their teacher for informational purposes only, and will not be used in any other way by staff members or other teachers at the school.


If you have questions or concerns about this process or if you’d like to learn more about how these activities help meet our 2019-2020 goals, please contact Sharon Martin or Dr. Lisa Smith.. Thank you for your ongoing support of your student(s) and of our school.

Heating Assistance

Please contact Stephanie DiTusa

Emergency Services/Energy Program Director

Tri-County Community Action Agency

11 Emanuel Street, No. Providence, RI 02911

P: (401) 519-1917

October “Unplug, Get Outdoors and Play” Challenge

As a Health and Wellness Specialized school we find natural ways to encourage movement and mindfulness during our school day.   Each month we have a monthly wellness focus to add to morning meeting discussions and our monthly CARES assemblies. Next month the focus is combined with a challenge: Unplug and Get Outside and Play!

Please assist your child with tallying the number of minutes of screen time and physical activity each day on their record sheet.  This past week it has been great listening to the students share their outdoor play adventures with me. Students who return the record sheet will be recognized at a CARES assembly.  


A reminder that your child's teacher is available to provide extra help to students who need targeted support before or after school. 

Free Opportunity for Parents/Guardians

These two documentary movies, made by a physician/filmmaker with adolescent children of her own, examine the effect of screen time in our digital world on the emotional well-being of our kids. They are both being screened in East Greenwich by the Kent County Prevention Coalition and admission is free of charge.

Screenagers:  Growing Up in the Digital Age:

An award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. (10/6 @ 6:00pm)

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience: 

Stress, anxiety and depression and the impact of screen time and social media has on our youth’s mental wellbeing. (11/3 @ 6:00pm)

And check out Tech Talk Tuesdays as filmmaker Dr. Ruston shares her family's weekly topics to help you manage and decrease struggles around screen time. 

Have a nice weekend!


Sharon Martin, Principal

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