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Principal's Welcome


1/15/2021

Dear RCS Families,

The focus of last week’s Crew Celebration was leadership. We discussed what good leaders do and thought about how we could change our world for the better. This week during classroom Crews students began discussing how they could help their local community. Students came up with some great ideas to bring joy into others’ lives by recognizing and thanking them. They thought about raising money for local animal rescue organizations and developed ideas for beautifying our town. We are still compiling ideas for Better World Day 2021. Please continue these conversations at home with your children. We are looking to create service projects for each grade level and the more ideas we have the better. Maybe you’ve thought; wouldn’t be great if... Please share these ideas with your children.

I reported on our nightly reading participation rates for the first week of January during Monday’s announcements. The first week’s results were as follows:

        Grade 6 – 84% of students completed their nightly reading

        Grade 5 – 79% of students completed their nightly reading

        Grade 4 – 79% of students completed their nightly reading

        Grade 3 – 52% of students completed their nightly reading

        Grade 2 – 51% of students completed their nightly reading

        Grade 1 – 44% of students completed their nightly reading

        Grade K – 65% of students completed their nightly reading

Please make sure that your child is reading or being read to for 20 minutes nightly. All RCS students have reading homework nightly. Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade, and will likely score better than 90% of their peers. This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read. Developing a reading habit: helps in language development, promotes brain development, aids in understanding of a world outside our own, strengthens family relationships, and provides endless possibilities. I believe there is room for improvement at each of our grade levels. Thank you for supporting your child nightly.

There will be no school this coming Monday in observance of MLK Day.

Have a great long weekend!

Mr. Micah Oldham

RCS Principal

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.


Mr. Micah Oldham
Elementary Principal
moldham@ripleycsd.org

Mrs. Laurie Kozlowski
Administrative Assistant
Elementary Office, 716-736-2631 ext. 7224
lkozlowski@ripleycsd.org