MAY 2016 - Gull Lake Community Schools
The Richland Elementary Reporter
Where students are-RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL, AND SAFE
Our Mission Statement
Richland Elementary will provide a safe, creative,
and positive learning environment for life-long skills
May 1, 2016
Library Books—All library books need to be returned to the library by June 3, 2016. Check your
closets and under beds for stray books! Bills will
be issued after inventory for lost books. The library will be closed for inventory starting May
National Teacher Appreciation Week—During
the week of May 2, we will be observing Teacher
PTO—The Richland PTO meeting will be on May 13
at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. Please come
Memorial Day—In observance of Memorial Day,
school will not be in session on Monday, May 30,
2016. We hope that you all have a very relaxing
and safe weekend.
PTO Donations—We would like to thank our PTO
for providing so many extra programs and materials for our students. PTO makes a difference!
Weather Wear—With our changing weather pattern we ask your continued cooperation in making
sure children are dressed appropriately for
school. Please send a jacket with your child, especially on chilly mornings. Students should not
wear sandals or open-toed shoes to school.
This way we can make sure that the children are
dressed appropriately and avoid the potential for
Home Address-If you have moved recently please
update your home address with the school office.
Your child’s report card will be mailed to the address on file along with any mailings that may go
out over the summer.
Moving? If you will be moving over the summer
please let the office know as soon as possible.
We are planning for the next school year. See
form on back.
Jump Rope for Heart-Week of May 9, 2016
Richland Elementary will be holding their annual
Jump Rope for Heart event. Your child has
brought home an envelope telling you all about
this event. Please help us make a difference in
fighting heart disease.
Notes from Nurse Joni:
Thank you for sharing your students with us
over the past school year. We all look forward to a break and then the beginning of
the 2016-17 school year!
Here are some things to remember over
As you see your child’s physician for
physicals, remember that any medications given at school require a Medication Authorization Form to be on file in
the office. WE NEED A NEW FORM AT
THE BEGINNING OF EVERY SCHOOL
A form may be downloaded
from the school’s web site: Only prescription medications require a doctor’s
signature, but even over-the-counter
medications require a form and parent
Please pick up any medications you have
sent to school for your student by June
15, 2016. Any medications left at school
over the summer will be thrown away.
DO NOT FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!
Skin cancer is a very real problem and
sunburns at a young age can increase the
chance of cancer later.
Bike helmets save lives and brains! Always require your student to wear one
while biking, rollerblading, etc.
Summer is a great time to encourage
reading for pleasure! It’s one of the
best ways to keep the mind working over
the long break.
NEVER LEAVE A CHILD OR PET IN A
LOCKED CAR! Hot weather is deadly for
anyone locked in a hot vehicle.
Need to catch up on some immunizations? Call your health care provider or
Kalamazoo County Health and Community
Services at 373-5364 or 373-5239. All
immunizations must be up-to-date before your student can start school in the
May 6 National School
We appreciate everything our school nurse, Joni
Knapper, does for our district. Whether it is
giving medication, taking care of injuries, or instructing in classrooms, Mrs. Knapper is always
ready to assist our students and staff.
Thank you Nurse Joni!
Pick up Medications
Please pick up any medications you have sent
to school by June 15th. Whether it is an OTC
like Tylenol or a controlled substance like Ritalin, we cannot keep them in the buildings
over the summer. We also cannot send home
medications with your student, so please plan
on stopping by our offices. Please pick up Epi
-Pens, inhalers and other emergency medications you may have sent in. New doctors’ orders will be required in the fall at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Please plan
ahead and have medications ready and orders
signed so we can administer medications. We
do not stock drugs like Tylenol, Motrin, or
Benadryl and we will not administer these
without your permission. So if you believe
your student may need something, please
provide it in the original container (no baggies of pills, please). OTC medications only
require a parent signature. Prescription
drugs require both a parent and physician
signature. Thank you for the privilege of caring for your students
this school year. We
look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking
about summer activities for your children. Kids are pretty good at
finding things to do, but there are also many great opportunities
within this community for them to expand their knowledge and
skill in some of their favorite activities, while making friends at
the same time. The following is a list of some summer camps/
classes that are offered in the area for elementary-age children:
Gull Lake Sports Camps
Gull Lake Band Camp
Richland Township Parks
Gull Lake Community Education
Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Greater Kalamazoo World of Gymnastics
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Kalamazoo Kingdom Soccer
American Youth Soccer Organization
Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center
Book Fair-Last chance to purchase books
for the summer! The PTO will have a
book fair June 1 & 2 before and after
school in the library. This will be a buy
one, get one free, book fair as a thank
you to parents and staff for supporting
the Richland Library this year.
Thanks to previous book fairs this year
the Richland library will be able to purchase lots of new books.
Camp Wakeshma, Three Rivers
Sherman Lake YMCA
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Since camp doesn’t last all summer, here are some more ideas:
Go to the beach
Read with your child
Build a fort
Ride bikes/go for a hike
Have a picnic
Go to the library
Do yard work together
LOST & FOUND
All items will be donated
to Salvation Army/
Goodwill after June 15,
Richland Elementary School
9476 EAST M-89
RICHLAND, MI 49083
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The decision to delay or cancel classes for Gull Lake
Community Schools is a cooperative effort by the director of instruction and personnel, the transportation supervisor, the supervisor of buildings and grounds and a
transportation employee. The decision will be made by
5:45 a.m. The television stations that relay the delays
and cancellations for Gull Lake schools are channels
WWMT Channel 3, Wood-TV 8 and WOTV-41. Radio
stations include WNWN 98.5 FM, WFAT 96.5 FM,
WQXC 100.9 FM, WMUK 102.9 FM, WWKN 104.9
FM, WBXX 95.3 FM, WBCK 930 AM, WQLR 106.5
FM, WKZO 590 AM, WQSN 1470 AM, WRKR 107.7
FM, WKFR 103.3 FM, WKMI 1360 AM and WKPR
SCHOOL MESSENGER will be used by Gull Lake
Community Schools as a way to alert families of school
closings and other important messages.
MAY & JUNE CALENDAR
National Teacher Appreciation Week
2nd Grade Music Program (Bertolino
& Pfund) 7pm, GLMS, students
should arrive by 6:30pm
2nd Grade Music Program (Crook,
Klein, launder, Renee) 7pm, GLMS,
students should arrive by 6:30pm
Student Information Sheets due
National School Nurse Day
May 9,10,12 Jump Rope for Heart Week
PTO Mtg. 9am Conference Room
Schools of Choice Open Enrollment
Reading Club Tally Sheets Due!
Memorial Day, No School
Mileage Club ends/Popsicles
June 1 & 2 Book Fair 9:00-4:00 BOGO
All Library Books Due!
End of Year Carnival!
K-1st Grade Meet Your Teacher
2nd graders visit Ryan Elementary
2nd Grade Field Day
Schools of Choice Closed
June 14 & 15 Half Days w/dismissal @ 12:30
Last Day of School for Students!
Last Day to Pick up Medicines (all
medicines left over will be destroyed
after June 10)
Have you moved recently? Will you be moving over the summer? Please
fill out and return to the school office so we can make sure you receive
your child’s report card and any mailings that may go out over the summer.
Child’s Name __________________________ Present Grade ______
New Address ________________________________________________
City, State, Zip _______________________________________________
Date of Expected Move ________ New School _______________________
Phone # of New School _________________________________________