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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! 
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


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
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
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
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
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

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
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
Not for school, but for LIFE we learn!