As the oldest established school in Moscow, Russell Elementary School pairs a tradition of educational excellence that began in 1889 with the educational practices and tools of the 21st century to prepare students for a promising future. In addition to a top-notch general classroom experiences, Russell offers specialist programs including Special Education, ENL, Gifted/Talented, Music, PE, and STEAM classes.
Blue Ribbon Nomination
Earlier this week we received incredible news that Russell School is one of three schools nominated by the Idaho Department of Education for the National Blue Ribbon School Award. The Blue Ribbon School award is one of the most prestigious awards a school can receive. While we likely won’t find out until September if we receive the recognition, it is truly an honor to be nominated. This recognition is a testament to all the hard work our staff, parents, students, and community have put toward our children’s education.
We are looking forward to our Human Rights Day recognition this Friday. We will briefly get together as school for an assembly before breaking out into our Russell Roundup cross-grade level teams for activities related to civil rights and civil service. We have chosen this process of recognizing the holiday in an effort to strengthen our Russell community and increase dialogue about civil rights and respect in ways that a traditional assembly may not address.
Snow and COLD Weather
We would like to remind our community members about the impact of snow at Russell School. Parking on Adams Street is difficult with the slippery conditions and narrow roads that plowing has brought. Also, please make sure your children are dressed for the frigid weather. We continue with outdoor recess unless the temperatures drop below ten degrees. Students without a warm jacket or pants are not allowed to go outside and are stuck indoors with sad frowning faces. We gave away over forty pairs of gloves or hats on the sharing tree before break. Hopefully everyone can stay bundled!
The Russell Student Council has decided to support the Latah County Humane Society with a pet supply drive. Students are encouraged to pet supplies to school for the Humane Society. They are primarily looking for animal toys, cleaning supplies, pet beds/blankets, and small animal bedding.
Please remember that there will be no school on January 16th in honor of Human Rights Day. There will also be no school on January 27th so teachers can meet to analyze student achievement data and map out plans for intervention and enrichment. These days off are in addition to the Saturdays and Sundays students are usually allowed to stay home.
Snippets of Russell Students asking science questions continue to be shown on the online Idaho Public Television series, “Science Trek”. The latest edition covering “Exoplanets” airs this Tuesday at 1:00PM. The program was at our school earlier in the year and recorded our students asking questions about various scientific topics.
As you may have noticed or heard from your children, security cameras are being installed throughout our school. This project is being funded through the facility bond passed by our community four years ago. The overall goal of this project is to improve the safety and security of our school. This will eventually include a buzz-in system at the front entry that will allow us to more closely monitor visitors entering our building.
Winter Matinee Series
Tickets for the Children’s Matinee Series at Village Centre Cinemas are now available in the Russell Office. A booklet of tickets cost five dollars and include 8 movie tickets. A portion of each booklet goes toward the West Park/Russell PAT. I am particularly looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 3 as my family continues to search for Shifu’s “Inner Peace”.
Have you found your Inner Peace?
Due to the poor weather conditions, all schools within the Moscow School District will be closed today, Monday, January 9th.
This includes Moscow High School, Paradise Creek Regional High School, Moscow Middle School, Lena Whitmore Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Russell Elementary, and West Park Elementary.
All after-school activities are also cancelled unless weather and road conditions improve, and you are notified by a representative of the school district of the change.
Drive Careful if you must leave your home.
Don’t miss the Russell Music Program! Classes have been learning and practicing their hearts out to prepare for our performances. Ms. Steckel has even been working with percussionists during lunch time. It promises to be quite the show! All performances take place in the Russell Gym.
5th Grade: 8:30
4th Grade: 9:20
3rd Grade: 10:05