Richland Elementary School, Memphis, Tennessee April 2009
From the desk of Principal Mrs. Sharon K. McNary Important Dates
This school year has truly been flying by! It seems like we were just April 20th-23rd: TCAP
welcoming our students back to the start of a new year, and now the end is in sight.
April 23rd: Chick-Fil-A
Even though we are in the last six weeks of school, there is still seventeen Night
percent of the school year remaining. While field trips and fun events are scheduled for
this time of year, I do not want anyone to lose sight of the main reason we are here: April 28th: Spring Student
academics. For that reason, I need your help. It is important that we help our children Exhibitions
maintain focus every day. Please review the school and classroom rules with your
children and make sure they understand that they must listen and follow their teacher’s April 30th: Volunteer
instructions the first time. Our attendance has improved, and we want it to continue
until the very last day, so please send your child to school every day. We will have all May 1st: Spring Fling
end of the year parties on the last day, which is Friday, May 22. We will also be
giving out door prizes for students who come to school that day by randomly selecting May 5th: Teacher
names of students who are present and announcing them over the intercom. Appreciation Lunch
Also, the students and teachers have been working extremely hard all year May 8th: Field Day
preparing for the TCAP State Achievement Test, which will be held on April 20-23. It is
critical that every student arrive to school on time that week. We cannot interrupt the May 20th: Kindergarten
test once it begins. If your child arrives late, he/she will have to wait in the office until Graduation
the test is over and then take it later on that day. Also, no one will be able to leave the
May 21st: 5th Grade
room until the test is over for the day. Do not schedule any doctor’s appointments in the Graduation
morning during that week. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a
nutritional breakfast the entire week. I know our students are prepared to take the test May 22ND : Class Parties/
and I know they will do their best. Last Day of School
As warmer weather approaches, please remember skirts, shorts, and jumpers
must be at or below the knees.
I would like to take this time to express to you how much the administration,
faculty, and staff appreciates the volunteers who continuously and graciously gave their
valuable time to help our students and faculty in numerous ways. As I write this article,
REEF is preparing for their annual REEF Golf Tournament and The PTO Spring Fling
and Silent Auction Committee are hard at work planning the best Spring Fling and
Silent Auction ever! We just had our Mornings with Moms a few weeks ago. The PTO
Hospitality committee did a fantastic job, and the Watch D.O.G.S could be seen serving
donuts to hundreds of children and their moms. They were also outside assisting with
the traffic. The School Leadership Council has just completed their elections and has
worked diligently all year to ensure that student safety, achievement, and attendance are
thriving at Richland! I could go on and on, and I know there are many more people who
I need to thank. The faculty and staff could not do all that they do without your help! A
volunteer breakfast will be held in your honor on April 30, and invitations will go home
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Editor: Heidi Broach
Asst. Editor: Caroline Goodman
Spring Fling Kindergarten: Lolly Easley
May 1st nd
1st Grade: Stacey Toro
2 Grade: Suzannah Lang
4th Grade: Amy Roehl
5 Grade: Gena Dillingham
May 8th The Hawkeye is always looking for interesting
information about the Richland Family. Please drop
a note in the Hawkeye folder in the PTO box or
email Caroline Goodman at
email@example.com or Heidi Broach at
O By Mrs. Lisa Bailey, 416-1056
Congratulations to the Terrific Kids of Character for the 4th six weeks. The following
students were recognized at a special ceremony by the East Memphis Kiwanis Club on
K-01 Noah Stanley 2-03 Will DeLasho
E K-02 Landis Foy
K-03 Jackie Crislip
K-04 Audrey McDonnell
R K-05 Oliver Jones
K-06 Anna O’Guin
K-07 Sean Nichols
1-01 Cody Hunter 3-04 Mabry Edwards
1-02 Elliot Sharp 3-05 Steven Snyder
1-03 Joshua Henley 3-06 Chandler Claiborne
1-04 Mason McCullough 4-01 Tylan Nash
1-05 Raven Payton 4-02 Michael Phillips
1-06 Madison Gilbert 4-03 Amelia Shaw
2-01 Stephanie He 4-04 Jordan Gillentine
2-02 Troy Lurie 4-05 Sam Klyce
5-01 Brianna Jester
5-02 Cameron Perlish
5-03 Josh Craig-Langston
5-04 MaryLynne Carmichael
As you complete Spring Cleaning, please remember that our
Uniform Closet accepts gently worn uniform clothes. You can
drop off donations in the main office. They are always greatly
As we are racing towards the end of the school year, I just want to say yet
again how much I appreciate your involvement! Richland is an amazing school
because of the parent and community involvement.
If you couldn’t make it to Family Reading Night, you missed a treat! This is
always a first class event that brings community members into our school. The
readers were excellent- The children enjoyed it- The Book Fair raised funds for the
library- Sounds like a great time to me! One thing I noticed is that parents were
standing around and getting to know each other. This is a great benefit of being
active in the school. You get to know the children and parents who are around your
kids. Raising kids takes a lot of work. Sometimes we need to know who the other
parents are and what is working for them!
Mornings with Mom served donuts, juice, and milk to a packed house both
mornings. Thanks to the dads for helping with the event so moms could enjoy
breakfast with their children! Watch D.O.G.S was a key part of this event. Thanks!!!
*** As we finish out the year, please mark May 1st on your calendar. A lot of
parents are working hard to put together a fun-filled night at Spring Fling. Ever want
Update to get involved? We need donations for the auction. We also need help planning the
event. Please contact Steve Silk by leaving a message in the office if you can help.
from Spring Fling Auction donations can be left in the office for Beth Bartholomew.
the Enjoy the beautiful weather!!
*** Alexis Luttrell Tutor
Parent Assembly Update
The last meeting of the Parent Assembly was VERY interesting. As the district moved
towards having 4 regions, the by-laws required some amending.
If you do not know, the schools are now divided into four regions: Northwest, Northeast,
Southwest, and Southeast. We are in the Northeast region headed up by Kevin McCarthy.
Currently, the Parent Assembly Executive Board has representation from the Elementary,
Middle, High, and Alternative School levels. Four representatives……The by-laws are being
amended to include four representatives from each region in the Executive Board. That would
provide 16 members on the Executive Board.
Some representatives did not want to have additional members on the Executive Board. I
spoke up numerous times because I wanted to make sure that our region was adequately represented.
Each region faces different challenges. Also, each level of school has different needs. (Elementary
vs. Alternative vs. High vs. Middle) I am happy to say that there will be 16 representatives on the
Why does that matter? Another issue in the by-laws was having a regular meeting with the
Superintendent. The administration is open to regular meetings. My proposed by-law asked for a
meeting once a month. It was approved.
So back to why does that matter? Having 16 members from different regions and schools on
the Executive Board will make it more likely that issues that matter to parents in our region are
addressed in a meeting with the superintendent.
In the coming weeks, please look around the school for attendance requests at government
meetings. Parent Assembly is putting together a lot of opportunities to get in front of the city and
county governments to show how important education funding is to us. Please be on the lookout for
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity,
Alexis Luttrell Tutor
Parent Assembly Representative
What’s For Dinner?
By Chef Laura Slavney
I love recipes that you can prep early in the day. This light and easy salmon entree is one of my favorites.
Kindergarten: As the season turns to spring, we notice our trees leaf out and our
flower buds open. What truly takes our breath away is our growing and evolving
kindergarteners! Over the past 6 weeks, we have seen our children’s knowledge
bloom. They have been working on addition and subtraction, finding the main
ideas in reading, and writing full sentences, complete with punctuation. Their field
trip to the Fire Museum combined great fun with important facts on fire safety.
Most recently, our little ones have tried on their graduation robes as they prepare
for their May ceremony. What an exciting season!
1st Grade: Spring is here and everything is turning green, but flowers aren’t the
only things blooming! Our 1st graders have really bloomed into fantastic readers!
Richland 1st graders worked very hard on their program which took place at 8:30
on April 15th. They have been preparing their exhibition projects as well and are
2nd Grade: Throughout this year, The Hawkeye has reported on the
accomplishments of a great number of our brilliant and fabulous second graders
here at Richland. This six weeks in particular the “stars came out”, so to speak, as
we watched in awe the fabulous Black History Program put on by Second Grade!
The cafeteria was practically transformed into a Broadway theatre. Informative,
lively, and thoroughly entertaining, the program left the audience of parents,
grandparents, family and friends very proud and totally entertained. This reporter
personally witnessed a number of audience members singing “One People” as they
filed out after the show. It was truly a team effort, with every participant, from
chorus members to dancers to those with large speaking parts working together.
Thanks to all the teachers who worked so hard, along with Richland’s dedicated
music teachers, Ms. Hill and Ms. Hall. And as if that weren’t enough, more amazing
performances were in store at the Talent Show, benefiting REEF. Five fearless and
talented second graders performed in a show that was packed with flair and forte.
Congratulations to Jurnee Childress, Mario Ray II, Coltin Oliver, Tara Sandlin and
Grace Dunnigan. It seems we just may have a few future CELEBS in our midst.
Keep reaching for the stars, guys!
4th Grade: The 4th graders are excited about the Student Exhibition so they can
display all the special projects that they have been working so hard on. Students
have been learning about different ecosystems as well as creating models or
posters of plant and animal cells. TCAP’s are right around the corner - so everyone
has been focused on getting ready, which is especially hard to do with the beautiful
Spring weather that has arrived!
5th grade: 5th graders are continuing their preparation for the upcoming TCAP tests.
They have also been working very hard on their Student Exhibition projects. Fifth
graders will be graduating soon and leaving their elementary days behind, but they
know they still have to work hard and stay focused during their last days at
Richland! Hang in there, 5th graders!!
Richland Elementary School will be an exemplary,
student-focused educational community that has an
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TITLES FOR TOMORROW
With a minimum donation of $15, the PTO will purchase an approved new hardback book for the Richland Library
and place a book plate in the front of the book in honor of your child. All books are hand delivered to the student with
a small goodie bag. Students can keep the book for a week and then it is returned to the library for others to check out.
(Please turn this form in at least one week before the child’s birthday.) We welcome any suggestions of titles but
cannot guarantee any specific book.
Please put this completed order form plus payment in an envelope (do not staple) in the
PTO Titles for Tomorrow box in the office or mail to:
1387 Carr Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Honorariums as of March 21, 2009:
Isaiah Kober from Michael and Renee Kober
Crystal Nouwen from Julie Nouwen
Katie Armstrong from Rick and Sarah Armstrong
Tanna Williams from Trudie Bone
Molly Rose from Joni and Scott Rose
Noah Guy Burch from Charles and Judy Burch
Jack Pollard from Wes, Leanne and Lucy Pollard
Eric Sun from Amina Fu
Taylor Cole from Chasity Ewing
Jaxon Davis from Jason Davis
Halle Dougher from Lacey Dougher
Molly Brennan from Grayson and Margaret Smith
Joy Jackson from Darryl and Laurita Jackson
Conor Brennan from Grayson and Margaret Smith
Sarahgrace Vaughn from Sarahgrace Vaughn
Andrew Welden from Amy and Jonathan Welden
Tessah Walker-Beck from Tobby and Jesse Walker-Beck
Eliza Jeanne Easley from Dorothy Easley
Daniel Phebus from Jay and Jean Phebus
William Slavney from Laura and Gary Slavney
Robert Roaten, Jr. from Robb and Hailey Roaten
Stephanie He from Xiaoping He and Jianying Zhong
Lauren Parkinson from Patrick and Amy Parkinson
Kamron Jafari-Fard from Mohammad Jafari Fard and Faranak Yaghini
I want to make a donation of $ ______ to buy a book for the Richland library.
Donor’s Name(s): __________________________________________________________