Aleteos, November 6

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Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

Oscar Auliq-Ice

Dear RDLS parents and guardians,

This year we are traveling unfamiliar waters and we all want to be successful. More than ever it is important to remember that success does not come without taking risks and making mistakes. 

We will make mistakes. So will our students. Let’s learn from these mistakes, not avoid them.

Accept that the 20-21 instruction, parenting may not match the perfect picture you have in your mind. And, know it is the process of practicing, correcting, and shaping that eventually leads to the independence and learning that defines the success we will enjoy.

We are unique, each of our students is unique, and each of our situations is unique. Starting something new requires stepping into something unfamiliar. We ask our students to do this each and every day, and we as educators and parents are there to scaffold their learning and turn momentary failures into stepping stones of success.

You are not alone. Work with friends, relatives and us. Here at school, we are ready to support you as we navigate this unprecedented year. 

On Tuesday, October 20, we had our first “Coffee with The Principal” for the 2020-21 school year. Among the points that I shared during the meeting were the school improvement plan, information about Title I, book of the month plan and the teachers’ evaluation process.

Families, thank you so much for attending conferences a few weeks ago. I appreciate the effort that families took to make time to meet with teachers, and I hope your conference was able to provide you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress in school. I look forward to our continued partnership throughout the remainder of the school year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, or our classrooms or school, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 612-798-6701.


Sra. Marta Shahsavand, Principal

Family Literacy Coach

As a child, I would often hear my parents say, “We are your first teacher, then your school.” I didn’t really understand what they meant. I loved my teachers at school and my parents never gave me a worksheet to complete. Even as I sent my own children to school, their words made little sense to me. I want my children to learn reading, writing, and math. I want them to learn to be kind to their friends and share. I trust their teachers and I am excited to hear about all the things they are learning. But this year...this year? Our families are essential teachers, not just because we are doing more school at home than ever, but in using powerful connections between what children learn at school and the activities they enjoy at home.

Richfield Public Schools received a grant to fund a literacy coach at each elementary school to support teachers and a family literacy specialist to connect the learning in schools with home activities and provide additional resources for families. I am delighted to accept this opportunity to partner with teachers and families to support your child(ren) to develop literacy skills. As “first teachers”, families provide important literacy skills for children. Talking about your day, cooking together, telling family stories, and singing are just some of the ways you are already building strong literacy skills. Throughout the school year, I look forward to partnering with you to connect literacy learning at home with learning at school. November is National Family Literacy Month. Look for more information about activities and games that to add to your family time together this month.

I have been teaching with Richfield Public Schools since 2016 as a reading interventionist at Sheridan Hills. Previously, I have taught 5th-grade reading and writing in Nevada and North Carolina but I am excited to return home to Minnesota. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Valparaiso University and a M.A. in Literacy Education from Hamline University.

With gratitude,

Alison Pichel

Social Worker

Hello, this is Sra. Karen, your RDLS School Social Worker.

This month we got an early snowfall! Many of us still had our boots, hats, snow pants and gloves in storage! I know when I got my snow gear out, some of it no longer fit my growing children. Buying new snow gear can be expensive. and if you need help getting boots, snow pants, gloves, hats or even jackets for your child, please contact me or Luis Bolanos in the office and we’ll do our best to find what you need.

Present: Whether you are in school or online, school starts at 8:15 a.m.! Be sure to help your child be ready and present. They need to be either in their seat or ON their Google Meet at 8:15 a.m.

Supported: With the surge of COVID-19 cases around us, we are likely all feeling the stress. I found these quick infographics so helpful in reminding me what I can control as the parent of students during this time. I hope they will help you provide a sense of Family Wellbeing during this time of uncertainty. Here are the links in English and Spanish.

Engaged: Stay involved in your student’s learning. Ask your student what they’re learning about! Try these questions:

  • What did you find challenging this week?
  • What made you feel like you were in a “time bubble;" like you could have kept working on it all day?
  • Who have you chatted with the most this week?
  • Are you ever tempted to open up a window and do something else during school time (YouTube, games)? What keeps you on track?

Know that we are here for you at school and online. Wishing you a wonderful, cozy fall!


Sra. Karen

P.S. If you need anything, please contact me at or 612-798-6790.

Upcoming Events

  • November 10 - Picture day
    • Hybrid students during the day as in the past
    • Distance students – 3-5 p.m. by appointment
  • November 25 - No School, Comp Day
  • November 26 & 27 - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 3 - Report cards
  • December 4 - End of Trimester 1
  • December 4 - Family Fun Night – More details to come out soon
  • December 10 - MATH Night (Virtual) – 6-7 p.m. – More details to come out later
  • December 15 at 7:45 a.m. - Coffee with the Principal (virtual) - K info - More details will come out later
  • December 23-January 1 - Winter recess

Read More

RDLS Update

Letter from Sra. Marta and updates from the Family Literacy Coach and our School Social Worker, as well as upcoming events.

School Supply Lists

For easy school shopping, print and download a PDF list of school supplies by grade level.

Principal Welcome

We can't wait to see everyone in September! Read this welcome message from Sra. Shahsavand with important back-to-school information.