Laura E. Richards School

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Elementary Grades PK-2

Principal: Karen Moody

School Hours

8:10 Doors Open
8:25 Classes Start
2:55 Walkers Dismissed
3:00 Buses Dismissed


September 29, 2015


MSAD 11 is currently participating in a federally funded grant called the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), which is overseen by Maine Schools for Excellence (MSFE). The focus of TIF is to support the ongoing development of teachers and administrators. Part of that work includes assessing and improving the culture and climate of our schools.

I am the chair of a state committee charged with developing tools to help schools assess school climate and culture. To date, our committee has created school climate surveys for students and staff and most recently we have developed a set of questions for parents and guardians. As chair of this committee, I have offered to ‘test’ these questions in MSAD 11. The best way to do this is for parents to meet as a group and discuss the questions and share ideas, thoughts, and perceptions abut the culture and climate of the school your child attends.

On Thursday, October 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm (at a location to be determined), MSAD 11 will host a Parent Focus Group to conduct the first focus group. What does this mean? – Volunteers wanted. We are seeking six parents from each of our seven schools – Helen Thompson, Laura E. Richards, Pittston, River View, TC Hamlin, Gardiner Regional Middle School, and Gardiner Area High School – to answer a few questions in small building-based groups that in addition to piloting the protocol, will provide MSAD 11 some insight about how our families think about school climate in each of our buildings. No preparation is necessary to attend this meeting.

A representative from the American Institute for Research (AIR) will help me facilitate this one hour conversation. Individual responses and comments from parents participating in this discussion will be kept confidential and will not be shared with teachers, administrators or any staff related to the school.

From the Desk of Pat Hopkins: The Importance of Good Attendance at School

August 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Welcome Back! As we begin the school year, I want to welcome you as our partner in your child’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child.

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Positive attendance is a key ingredient to keeping kids on track academically and in engaging them in all aspects of school life.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
• By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates as well as success in college.

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

When our students are not in school, we notice because we care!

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