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.
No School on 1/26
This Friday our staff will be pouring though spreadsheets and piles of student achievement information. This is a very effective and efficient day for finding strengths and weaknesses of students and to readjust our supports for students who need extra help or need to be further challenged. Unfortunately, Russell School isn’t nearly as fun without the kids here.
The flu bug has recently invaded the Moscow community. Only a few students at Russell have come down with it so far, mostly because Mr. Allen knocks on wood twice every time he points that out. We are doubling our efforts with hand sanitizer and wiping down common surfaces. Unfortunately, the flu is primarily spread through the air. If your child is coming down with flu-like symptoms, please keep them home. Remember that district policy is that students need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
It was a battle for the ages at this year’s school Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Lillian for winning the tightest race in Russell Spelling Bee history! All contestants did outstanding and should be proud of their courage and efforts.
February is National Reading Month. Russell’s theme this year is “Camp out with a good book”. You will be receiving more information about specific events as we enter the next month. Be prepared to have kids renewed excitement for reading.
Russell’s student council decided to match a donation to the school to purchase a “Blue Buddy Bench”. You will soon be seeing the bench on the playground. Student council is going to be training students in our school to either sit on the bench if they need a buddy or to involve students sitting on the bench in their games. The Blue Buddy Bench is a national program that has become very popular over the last year as a way to increase a sense of community. Thank you to Mr. Markley for agreeing to give up the bench after storing on the stage since winter break. I’m sorry it didn’t work better for you.
Moscow’s Polar Walk is scheduled for February 7th this year. In true Polar Walk fashion, it will most likely be much nicer and warmer than International Walk to School Day that took place in the early fall. This is a good time to encourage and reinforce students to walk to school or carpool.
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. The matinees started last weekend and go through the next month or so.
We celebrated Human Rights Day with our Russell Roundup again this year. Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders spent the afternoon reading about the Civil Rights Movement, sharing their perspectives on Dr. King’s Dream, and mapping out their own dreams for America’s future.
Thank you Mr. Gerke and School Resource Officer Fosberg for helping us with our annual turkey invasion. After several turkeys (were they real or fake? The debate continues…) were spotted on the roof, we practiced our lockdown procedures. Luckily, Mr. Gerkey and Officer Fosberg apprehended, wrapped, and froze the turkeys in time to give them to a a few lucky Russell students to take home.