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March 1, 2019

MRH ECC Parent Update, March 4, 2019


Week of March 4, 2019




As a reminder, morning supervision begins at 7:15 AM.  Students should not arrive before this time. Thank you!



Dismissal is at 2:40PM. Please be prompt in arriving to pick up children at the end of the school day. Thank you!


Important Notices:  

  1. During arrival and dismissal, please do your best to not block the driveways of our neighbors on Glades, Bellevue, and Princeton.  Also, please drive slowly and carefully on your way to and from school.

  2. When participating in the carpool line, please do not drive around other cars in the circle drive.  

Thanks in advance for helping us be good neighbors and helping to keeping our students safe! It is appreciated.


Character Challenge from Dr. Adams - Quote of the Week

“Little things make big things happen.” - John Wooden



Tuesday, March 5 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - Elementary Dismisses at 12:50pm

Tuesday, March 5, 5-8:00pm - ELEM Night at Dairy Queen

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30-8:30am and 6-7:00pm - 4th Grade Concert

Wednesday, March 6, 7-8:00pm - 6th Grade Capstone Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 6:00-8:00pm - Museum Exhibit Opening (rescheduled)

Friday, March 8 - Spring Photos

Tuesday & Thursday, March 12 & 14, 3:30-7:30pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 15 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development for Teachers

Mon-Friday, March 18-22 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 1 - Science Fair Projects Due

Tues-Friday, April 2-5 - Science Fair


Visit the MRH School District Calendar online to see all upcoming MRH events.





?  February 28, SPRING EXHIBIT Food Donations

PTO is looking for food donations for Exhibit Night, please let us know if you can bring anything here and we will be in touch with more details.  Thank you!


And As Always, Thank You to Everyone Volunteering to Help!


Did you know that our PTO is on Facebook? And that you can get text reminders for PTO events?  Check it out!

Find us here on Facebook:

MRH Elementary PTO Facebook Group

You can also sign up for text reminders here:

Sign up for Text Reminders



NEW: Museum Exhibit Opening Date & Schedule Change!


MRHE Families,


Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding related to our Exhibit Opening originally scheduled for February 28.  After reviewing the calendar and considering many factors, we have decided to reschedule the Exhibit Opening for Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00-8:00pm.  


That same evening we have the 4th Grade Concert and 6th Grade Capstone Meeting, so we have adjusted the suggested times for each class below.  You are welcome to come any time between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, but by honoring the suggested times, we hope to minimize parking issues.


In addition, if you are unable to attend, please know that the exhibits will be on display during Parent-Teacher Conferences the following week and you will have an opportunity to see all of the student work then.  


Thank you again for your understanding regarding the schedule change.  We look forward to sharing the work of our students on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00-8:00pm.  



6:00-7:00 p.m.

7:00-8:00 p.m.


3rd Grade:

Dodson, Weber, Schondelmeyer


5th Grade:  

Osburg, Brown, Harmon


All 6th Grade:  

(Due to the 6th Grade Capstone meeting from 7-8)


3rd Grade:  

Beenders, Schweich, Mueller


All 4th Grade:  

(Due to the 4th Grade Concert from 6-7)


5th Grade:

Arling, McLaughlin, Smith




NEW: Tuesday, March 5th MRH Middle School will be hosting The Black Rep as it presents a one-man musical on Booker T Washington.  A new addition to the program is Jude Tanner, Sam Blue, and Keshon Duke as they perform jazz and other musical pieces when the doors open at 6:30 until the beginning of the show. The musical begins at 7 pm and is approximately 50 minutes in length.   Purchase your tickets here




Schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences via Sign Up Genius:

For Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences, MRHE teachers will be using a web-based scheduler known as Sign Up Genius.  MRH ECC and MRH Middle School already use this program. On Monday, February 25th, each teacher will send out a scheduling link to their family email addresses and you have the chance to schedule your conference.  If you have multiple children at MRHE, each teacher will send out a separate link for you to schedule all of your conferences at times that work well for you.  Thanks in advance for your support and patience as we make this change to Sign Up Genius!


MRH Elementary Spring Photos - Friday, March 8, beginning at 8 a.m.

No money is due at time of photo.

You will receive your child's proof picture a few weeks after photo is taken with order information.


2019 Science Fair - Calling all scientists!  Our annual science fair will be held the week of April 1.  Projects will be due on April 1st and will be on display in the library through April 5th.  CLICK HERE FOR MRHE SCIENCE FAIR PLANNING GUIDE. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Osburg at  Thank you for your participation!  



MRH Youth Sports

2019 Winter/Spring Newsletter


Greetings! Thank you for your interest and commitment to Maplewood Richmond-Heights Youth Sports. It’s been a busy past six months for MRHYS, our players and our coaches. This fall our soccer program enjoyed one of its largest enrollments ever with 347 players! Our other autumn sports also had strong participation with 20 6th-8th graders running cross country and 33 girls playing 7th and 8th grade volleyball.

Basketball and wrestling are now in full tilt with 144 hoopsters and 45 young grapplers, and baseball registration is just around the corner. Our volunteer board also continued to evolve this fall with the addition of five new members and the retirement of a few important people who’ve been instrumental in the success of MRHYS throughout our now 13-year year existence.

Before we get into more important announcements, let’s first begin with a 20-second overview of MRHYS’s approach and philosophy when it comes to youth sports.




Competition: We are a recreational league. That means we believe in teaching kids the fundamentals of the game, sportsmanship and striving to have all players participate in both games and practices.

Opportunity: We believe no child should be sidelined simply due to economic hardship, and we offer financial assistance for families that qualify. Access a financial aid form here. And if you have a past due balance, please contact us via to arrange a payment plan. We currently have over $10,000 in past balances. That debt impacts registration fees for all families.


Volunteerism: MRHYS wouldn’t exist without our coaches and board members donating their time to teach and promote youth sports. If you are interested in helping coach and coordinate youth athletics, please let us know!




Baseball/Softball Registration: Registration for baseball and softball begins February 1 and runs through February 14 on the MRHYS website, Players are added to rosters on a first-come-first-served basis, and teams have a strict cap limit to ensure kids spend the majority of games playing. (12 players for K-2nd grade;13 players for 3rd-8th) We encourage you to register early. This year we will field teams from age 5 (rising Kindergarten class) through 8th grade. Costs this year will remain at $90 for pre-K, K, and 1st and $140 for 2nd-8th grades. MRHYS plays through the Webster Groves Baseball Softball League with games in Webster and Maplewood. If there are enough waitlisted players and a coach for a second team, we will form one. Players waitlisted can also register to play for a Webster team at

Fall Sports Survey Results: Thank you for filling out our 2018 fall survey. These surveys are important for helping us improve MRHYS sports programming and coaching. Below are the survey results for our 1st-8th grade 2018 fall sports of soccer, cross country and volleyball programs. Kindergarten and Pre-K survey results can be found on the website where you can also find past survey results.

As you can see from the results below, kids by and large enjoyed their MRHYS experience this past fall and had positive views of their coach. When asked what they liked most about MRHYS soccer, volleyball and cross country, the most popular responses were:

  1. Being with friends

  2. Learning the sport (developing skills)

  3. Playing games

MRHYS New and Outgoing Board Members: We would like to extend a big thank you to Tonya Powell, Ron Strong and Jason Watkins who are stepping down from the board this year. Tonya has been an active member of the MRHYS since soon after its inception in the 2005/2006 and has worn many hats on the board including treasurer and, more recently, president. In addition to coaching numerous basketball teams, Ron has handled the complicated task of scheduling and assigning practice courts and fields. (Fortunately for us, he has volunteered to continue that thankless task even as he steps down from other board activities!) Jason helped launch our wrestling program and has donated hundreds of hours organizing sports equipment and taking on other tasks in his six years on the board. Thankfully Tonya, Ron and Jason have all offered to assist the board after retirement, and we—everyone who has had a child participate in MRHYS—owes them a depth of gratitude.

As mentioned, we recently added five new board members in Mel Davis, Dan Dick, Chad Garrison, Johnny Lewis and Jon Rasch. Below is a bit about those new members as well as our existing board members.


Mel Davis has three energetic boys who attend the MRH ECC and participate in MRHYS. Mel has coached MRHYS soccer for the past two years and has five years experience coaching high school volleyball and water polo.


Dan Dick joined the MRHYS board in January of 2019 and is a member of the soccer committee. He has two children, and he has been a coach or assistant coach for them in soccer, baseball, and softball.


Bryan Dopuch has been a member of the MRHYS board for three years and serves as its treasurer. He has a son active in many of the sports offered and a younger daughter who likes to cheer her brother on.


Chad Garrison has three boys active in MRHYS and a baby girl who is eager to follow her brothers' footsteps. Chad has coached baseball and soccer for the past four seasons and is a member of the MRHYS baseball and softball committee.


Johnny Lewis is a father to three boys. Johnny has been a volunteer coach for the past seven years. He enjoys coaching soccer, basketball and baseball. Johnny is a member of the soccer and basketball committees.


Jason McIntyre has been in charge of equipment and uniform ordering since joining the board in 2013. He has coached baseball for seven years and has assisted with softball, soccer and basketball. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children.


Jon Rasch has one son who is active in MRH Youth Sports. Jon is a former high school and club volleyball coach. Jon has coached basketball for the past three seasons and is a member of the soccer and volleyball committee.


Caroline Strong has four boys who play for MRH Youth Sports. She serves on the baseball/softball and basketball committees.


Steve Sukanek has two children in MRH and has served on the board for three years. Steve has coached soccer, baseball, and softball for MRHYS and coached a state championship hockey team for the St. Louis Rockets. Steve has coaching certifications from US Soccer, Missouri Youth Soccer and USA Hockey, and he is involved in coach mentoring and curriculum development for MRHYS.


We are always in need of volunteer coaches and cannot exist without the dozens of parents and guardians who donate their time and talents to our organization. Thank you to all who have coached in the past and, if you have never done so, please consider coaching or assisting your team’s coach with practices and other duties. It takes a village and all help is appreciated!


For more information visit us online at, follow us on Facebook at and email us questions


MRH Parents as Teachers is continuing to enroll families in the program. PAT is a program that equips parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from prenatal to kindergarten entry, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. PAT is offered free of charge to families living in the MRH School District. Participants in PAT have access to yearly developmental screenings and referrals or resources as needed, receive monthly updates from our e-newsletter, can attend free monthly group connections and events, can request handouts on developmental topics, and may be able to arrange home visits with a PAT educator.


For more information or to enroll in the program, please email PAT Parent Educators Sara and Colleen at or call 314-256-4562.


MRHE Garden Volunteers and Chicken Stewards Needed!

Please consider joining our community garden by becoming a garden member or chicken steward! No green thumb required! For more information on either of these stewardship programs, please email Mrs. Mathis at

Ready to sign up? Click on the following links to visit our online sign up!

Garden Volunteers:

Chicken Stewards:


Peanut and Tree nut snack suggestion list

When choosing a peanut free snack for your child’s class, it is important to ALWAYS check the label on the package to make sure it is free of peanuts and nuts of all kinds. Click here for a list of ideas and information regarding peanut free alternatives.

And as always, all food items must be accompanied by a complete ingredients list and prescreened by Nurse Kathryn for any allergies or sensitivities.


Reporting a Student Absence:  If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the MRHE 24 hour Attendance Line at 256-7202 or email the Attendance Office at  Please include the student’s name, grade and the reason for absence.  If your child is not in school, and we have not received verification of the absence from an adult guardian we will attempt to reach you by phone at the home number on file in the office.