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             Go BULLDOGS!

 

Hello! My name is BJ Gates, and I'm the principal at RJ Richey Elementary.  I am married to Rick Gates, the Girl's Athletic Coordinator, and we have 3 amazing children, Grace,  Ryan and Eli. We live here in Burnet, and love the family atmosphere of this community! We spend our time going to Friday night football games, supporting our Lady Dawgs, and enjoying the beautiful Hill Country. We are Burnet Bulldogs for life! 
 
 
May 2, 2018
 
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!" -Dr. Suess. What a wonderful quote! The school year is coming to a close, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, our staff will miss each and every child that walked through our doors this year! We have continued traditions, and made new ones. We encouraged compassion and hard-work. We established our RJ Richey Pledge to "Work hard, Be nice, and Expect success!". We read, read, read!! We worked hard in math, science and social studies. We tapped into our athleticism, artistic abilities and stepped outside our box to "Start with Hello". I am so proud of our RJ students! 
 
We have just over two weeks left of school, which includes state testing, and we will be teaching and challenging students to push to the finish line. We will also be celebrating a lot of accomplishments. Please look over all the events we have coming up below. If there are any changes, we will post them on our Facebook page. 
 
I hope everyone has a safe and restful summer break! We're already planning for next year, and it's exciting!
 

May 7th: School bus driver Appreciation Day

May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11th: STAAR PEP RALLY AT 1:45! All parents are invited to attend!

May 14: 3rd and 4th grade Math and 5th grade retakes for math STAAR (Closed campus for visitors. Please schedule doctor appts before or after these dates)

May 15th: 3rd and 4th grade Reading and 5th grade retakes for reading STAAR (Closed campus for visitors. Please schedule doctor appts before or after these dates)

May 16th: 5th grade Science STAAR (Closed campus for visitors. Please schedule doctor appts before or after these dates)

                  Bulldog Club Registration 5:00-7:00 Central Office Board Room (This is the after school program on all campuses for next year if ACE is not renewed)

May 18th     Perfect Attendance trip to Putters and Gutters (Those who qualify will receive an invitation in the next couple of weeks.)

                       ALL ARC and library books should be turned in. Please do not worry about damaged books. You will not be charged a fee.

May 21st:     Senior Clap-Out, and 5th graders to follow @ 9:45am.5h grade parents are welcome to attend. 

                      ART Family Day during ART classes. A flyer will be sent home in Tuesday folders next week.

May 22nd:  Field Day 4th and 5th AM, 3rd Grade PM 

May 23rd: 5th graders to visit BMS: 10:00am. Please send back the form ONLY if your child cannot walk to the middle school.   

May 24th: Last Day of school; AWARDS DAY  3rd grade: 9:00, 4th grade 9:30 and 5th grade GRADUATION from 10:00-11:00.

 
BJ Gates, Principal
RJ Richey Elementary
 
"Not for School, but for LIFE we learn!"
 
April 6, 2018
 
Hello parents and guardians! We are nearing the  end of the 5th sixth weeks, and it is a busy time of year! Our students are not only preparing themselves for the STAAR test but also beginning to prepare themselves for the next grade level. We have a lot of upcoming events. 
 

April 9th: STAAR Clap Hallway Spirit Rally! We would love parents to join us for this!

April 10th: 4th grade Writing STAAR  

                  5th grade Math STAAR test

April 11th: 5th Grade Reading STAAR

Our campus is closed to visitor during testing days do to test security.

April 12th: “Room Service Snacks” for students with perfect attendance

April 13th: Early Release! AWARDS DAY!

April 16-20th: Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 19th: 5th grade field trip

April 20th: ARC Ice cream Party for those students who met their goal!

April  27th: GT Field trip

 

Please like us on Facebook to stay in touch with any changes or upcoming reminders! 

 

We also have a RJ Richey Elementary Parent Involvement Facebook page! 

 

Thank you for all you do to support RJ! 

 

BJ Gates

Principal, RJ Richey Elementary

 

 

 

 
March 3, 2018
 
"The truth is our kids are watching and are copying us. Research confirms that children do imitate kind or selfish behaviors modeled by adults.  Adults who talk about the importance of helping others and being kind do influence their children's empathy quotients. We do matter in instilling character in our kids--that is if we talk and walk the example we hope they become. Hopefully, our modeling includes kindness." -UnSelfie, by Michele Borba, Ed.D.
 
We have been focusing this year on teaching our students to "UnSelfie"...putting others first, and being kind to everyone, whether we know them or not.  We have been promoting the Sandy Hook Promise by 'Starting with Hello' and encouraging students to be kind to everyone. This is a learning process for our children, and we are teaming together with parents and the community to make this a top priority at RJ Richey! 
 
It's hard to believe we are entering our 5th six weeks of school! We have so much to accomplish before the last day of school, and boy are our teachers and students ready for the challenge! As I walk through classrooms, I see students collaborating in exciting lessons, engaged in wonderful books, experimenting in science, working hard in PE and being creative in Art and Music! We are seeing our students grow on a daily basis.Thank you for supporting us as we move full steam ahead!
 
Here are upcoming dates and events at RJ and the district:
 
March 12-16th: Spring Break
March 29th: 3rd grade fieldtrip to the Science mill
March 30th: Good Friday, Student/Staff Holiday
April 10th: 4th grade Writing STAAR test
                   5th grade Math STAAR test
April 11th: 5th grade Reading STAAR test
April 13th: Early Release Day
April 18th/19th: 5th grade fieldtrip to Balcones Wildlife
April 20th: 5th six weeks Awards Assembly
 
 
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
 
BJ Gates
Principal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 2, 2018
 
"Anyone who has ever watched a caterpillar emerge from its cocoon as a butterfly has witnessed the importance of providing a bright future for our children. The caterpillar is probably not on anyone's list of the worlds "ten most beautiful creatures". Yet a caterpillar has the potential to be transformed into a list-topping, beautiful butterfly. What does this have to do with our students? Words that picture a special future for a child can act as agents to this kind of transformation in that individual's life." -Gary Smalley, The Blessing. 
 
As we move into February, and our our week of Start with Hello, we want to foster those relationships even further with our students. Being compassionate means to put yourself in someone else's shoes, to try and understand the difficulties they are going through. RJ students, and teachers,  will have this very opportunity this month to help make sure every child feels important and loved!
 
Friday, February 9th, is Career Day at RJ. This is a time for our community and parents to come together to share with our students the many different ways they can become career and college ready. As an AVID school, it's our hope that every child leaves RJ Richey with a path of advancement toward their life-long goals. 
 
Over the next few months you may start hearing our teachers and students begin to discuss getting ready for STAAR. Our focus at RJ is to make sure students show growth in their learning. Passing a standardized test is very important, but showing that you have met milestones and goals are even more important. Please help your child read every night for 30 minutes, practice understanding problem solving, and hold discussions on what was learned at school and how it applies to their life now, and in the future. These are the best things you can do to help your child prepare for not only the STAAR test, but for life! 
 
Here are some upcoming events for February: 
 

February 5th-9th: Start with Hello Week

                               National School Counselors Week

February 8th: BCISD Wellness Fair at RJ Richey 5:00pm-6:30pm

February 9th: Career Day

February 14th: Valentine Parties 2:30-3:15

February 13th: McTeacher Night  4:00-7:30

February 19th: Student Holiday

February 20th: GT Parent Information Night 5:30

February 23rd: Awards Assembly and D.E.A.R Day! (Drop Everything and Read!)

February 26th-March 2nd: Book Fair

March 1st: Book Fair night/Math/Science/Art Night

 

BJ Gates

Principal

RJ Richey Elementary

 

 
 
January 8, 2018
 
 
                                                                January News! 
 
Welcome back to our second semester at R.J. Richey! We hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break. 
 
Thank you so much, parents, for donating all the amazing cookies for our staff to take home for the holidays! Every employee was able to choose a batch to take home to their families. We are so thankful for our parent support! 
 
Before the break, we had students who attended the area UIL event in Kingsland. We had MANY awards and came in second place overall as a district! Way to go, students! We will hand out awards for these events at our awards assembly coming up. 
 
We also had many classes that decided to collect donations for area animal shelters and hospitals during Christmas parties this year. What a wonderful idea, and I'm so proud of our students for thinking of others. Our theme this year is "Compassion", and our students really exemplified this! We are also having a Day of Service coming up in a couple of weeks where students will be able to give back to our community in many different ways. 
 
Another new event we had in December was our very first Start with Hello Mix it Up Lunch. Our Start with Hello program encourages students to get to know others. During lunch, students sat with other students they did not know and had fun with asking questions to each other that promoted conversations. This was such a huge success! 
 
As we enter this new year we want to encourage students to set goals and continue to work hard. Our R.J. Richey motto is to:
 
Work hard, Be nice, and Expect Success
 
That is exactly what we believe each and every students is capable of doing! Thank you for all you do to support our campus! 
 
B.J. Gates
Principal
R.J. Richey Elementary
 
 
 
 
 
December 4, 2017
 
                                                                        December News
 
Hello parents and guardians!
 
First, I want to say Thank You! for all the yummy pies that were donated to our staff before Thanksgiving break! We had over 60 pies, enough for every employee on campus to take one home! Thank you, Parent Involvement Program for organizing this!
 
Our attendance committee has been promoting perfect attendance with our students by having six weeks incentives. This past six weeks, students with  perfect attendance attended a POP dance party. They had popsicles, popcorn, lollipops and celebrated the great effort it takes to come to school everyday! Thank you, parents for supporting us in this area! We love our students and want to see them EVERYDAY!
 
Last, we had BCISD Administration come and read with our students in classrooms! What a special treat! Thank you for taking a few moments to show our students how much you care!
 
We have several events going on between now and Christmas break:
 
December 7th-22nd: 12 Days of Christmas RJ Style! This is posted on our website, along with a schedule that was sent home.
 
December 7th and 9th: UIL competition in Kingsland
 
December 8th: Start with Hello Mix it up Lunch
 
December 13th and 14th: 4th Grade Field Trips
 
December 11th-15th: BOGO Bookfair! 
 
December 22nd: Early release and class Christmas Parties
                           3rd and 4th grade-9:30-10:15
                           5th grade-9:45-10:30
 
December 25th-January 8th: Christmas break
 
Have a wonderful holiday season! 
 
BJ Gates
Principal
RJ Richey Elementary
 
 
 
November 6, 2017
 
November News
 
I can't believe we are almost to Thanksgiving break! We are beginning the 3rd six weeks of school, and it's a busy time of year!
 
A big thank you to our Parent Involvement Program for helping us make our first Reading Under the Stars come to life! We had approximately 50 students and families come out and enjoy a beautiful night of reading together. 
 
Thank you to Ms. Eversol, our school counselor, for organizing our College Go Get Week and Green Ribbon Week. We had a great time showing our support for drug prevention with crazy socks, sunglasses and much more!
 
Our 2nd annual Turkey Trot was on November 4th. We raised over 700 items to give to the local food pantry. 
 
 
Thanksgiving break is right around the corner! Here are some important dates coming up:
 
November 6th-Parent Involvement Program meeting 6:00pm in room 403
 
November 10th-Veteran's Day program in the gym @ 10:00am
 
November 13th- School board meeting @ 6:30pm
 
November 17th-Awards assembly: 3rd-9:00am, 4th-9:30am, 5th-10:00 This is not an early release day.
 
November 20th-2th- Thanksgiving Holiday
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break! 
 
BJ Gates
Principal
RJ Richey Elementary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 5, 2017
 
                                                       Fall Happenings at RJ! 
 
What a fantastic first six weeks of school at RJ! Students are back in the swing of things, and we are excited about starting our 2nd six weeks! 
 
Grandparent's day was a HUGE success! We had over 300 grandparents at RJ this year! Grandparents play such an amazing role in molding our children. Thank you for coming and spending lunch with us! 
 
Our very first GEM for this year was Amy Wyer, 5th grade science teacher! Thank you Amy for inspiring our students and being an amazing representation of what we exemplify at RJ! 
 
Please visit each of our campus and grade level Facebook pages for pictures and announcements of wonderful things happening on our campus! 
 
READING UNDER THE STARS: This is a special night at RJ! Please come and spend time reading with your student under beautifully lit trees and enjoy popcorn and free books to take home! Feel free to bring a picnic supper and a book your child may want to exchange with others! It will take place right out front of the school! Hope to see you there!
 
Here are some upcoming events:
 
October 6: Awards assembly: 3rd-9:00, 4th-9:30, 5th-10:00
October 9th: Teacher inservice, no school for students
October 10th-13th: College go Get it Week 
October 23rd-27th: Green Ribbon Week 
October 24th: Reading Under the Stars Night
October 31st-Book Character Day
 
November 4th: 2nd Annual Turkey Trot at the BHS track. 9:00-11:00 (More information to come)
 
Please email Amy Wyer if you are interested in volunteering at RJ: awyer@burnetcisd.net
 
BJ Gates
Principal
RJ Richey Elementary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 5, 2017
Off to a Great Start!
 
This year has started off with students not only learning our state standards, but also about showing compassion to others!  Compassion means to put yourself in another person's shoes and to truly understand what he or she might be feeling. We want our students at RJ to encompass this character trait to its fullest. We are teaching our students to "Unselfie" and be a light to others! 
 
Our students are also learning what it means to be a true AVID students. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID teaches students how to be organized and become college ready. Every Wednesday is college day! On college day, we wear our favorite college shirt to school. Also, a brief description of a college is on morning announcements each week.
 
Here are some important dates coming up:
 
September 8th is Grandparents Day during your student's lunch time
Sept. 11th-15th Book Fair
Sept. 14th is Parent Night at the bookfair from 4-7:00
and Curriculum Overview 6:00-6:30, and also ART NIGHT from 6:00-7:00 in the ART Room

Sept. 12th- McDonald’s Teacher Night! Come to McDonald's and let us serve you!

 

Sept. 18th-Fundraiser Kick-Off

Sept. 28th-Homecoming Parade

Sept. 29th Homecoming

 

Other important information:

*Change of transportation needs to be called in by 2:30pm

*Turn in your t-shirt order form by Sept. 18th

*We are collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey (cash only) in the front office that will be sent to the American Red Cross. Last day to donate is Thursday, Sept. 8th.

 

BJ Gates

Principal
RJ Richey Elementary
 
 
 
 
 
August 10, 2017
 
Welcome Back!
 
We are so excited to start our 2017/2018 school year! Our teachers have been working nonstop this week organizing their rooms and planning for students to return. 
 
This year, our theme is teaching students about empathy and compassion. We all know that our spirit, pride and honor has to first start with thinking of others first and building true relationships with students and each other. We will also continue to focus on meeting the needs of each and every child's own personalized academic needs. What an exciting year we have ahead of us! 
 
Here are some important dates that you can also find on our campus home page calendar:

August 17th-Meet the teacher 4:00-6:00

                    Meet the Bulldogs 6:30-8:00 at the BHS

August 21st- First Day of school

August 24th- 6th grade math parent night 6:00-7:00 (in the library)

Sept. 1st- Student Holiday/Staff Development

Sept. 4th- Staff/Student Holiday

Sept. 11th-15th Book Fair

Sept. 12th- McDonald’s Teacher Night! Come to McDonald's and let us serve you!

Sept. 14th-Book Fair Parent night 4:00-7:00

                      Parent Info Night in Classrooms/ or Group Presentation 6:00-6:30

                      ART Night 6:00-7:00

Sept. 18th-Fundraiser Kick-Off

 

Other important information:

School doors open, and breakfast is served for all students beginning at 7:30 a.m. Morning announcements start at 7:50, the tardy bell rings, and learning begins, at 8:00 a. m. The dismissal bell rings at 3:25 and all students must be picked up by 3:45 pm. 

 

*Parents will be allowed to walk their student to their class on the first day of school. Beginning the second day of school, we ask that parents allow their student to walk to class by themselves. 

 

I look forward to seeing everyone on Meet the Teacher night! 
 
BJ Gates
Principal
RJ Richey Elementary
 
 
 
 
 
June 20, 2017
 
Summer Fun! 
 
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! We are already working hard on plans for RJ Richey next year and getting the building prepared for students. We are excited about the 2017/2018 school year and all the opportunities it will bring for our kiddos! 
 
I am most excited about introducing our new Assistant Principal, Stacey Dowd! She comes to RJ from Pflugerville ISD. She has been an AP there for the past two years and can't wait to meet all of you! You can read more about Stacey on the AP page! 
 
Returning student Registration: August 3rd, 2-7
New Student Registration: August 10th and 11th
Meet the Teacher: August 17th
                    3rd grade: 4:00-5:00
                    4th grade: 4:30-5:30
                    5th grade: 5:00-6:00
First day of school is August 21st! Can't wait to see everyone!
 
 
Please check back for monthly updates!
 
 
Spirit, Pride and
Honor!
             
 
                
 
 
Not for school, but for LIFE we learn!