Parent Involvement

It is the goal of Richland Elementary to develop strong partnerships with the home. Having our parents and school working together as partners will increase student achievement and develop positive attitudes about self and school. Richland Elementary values the contributions and commitments our parents have made to develop successful home-school partnerships. The Three-Way Pledge is a contract signed by students, parents and teachers stating their commitment to each student's success in school. Three Way Pledge

Parent involvement opportunities include:

FOR Club and ELAC

Friends of Richland (FOR) Club is Richland Elementary's PTO organization. The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is a parent group that advises school administration and site council on programs and services involving English Learners. Both committees meet monthly. Please see the calendar for next month's meetings.

School Events

Richland hosts several parent and family events throughout the school year. The year begins with Kindergarten Orientation and Back to School Night for grades 1 through 5 where parents meet their children's teachers. Other events during the school year include Principal's Coffee Chats, Halloween Carnival and Haunted House, Mustang Reading Night, Mustang Math Night, Kindergarten Science Night, Winter Chorus Program, Spring Musical, Shadow a Mustang Day and Open House.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are an important form of the school's communication with parents. Teachers and parents discuss students' progress at parent-teacher conferences. Specific suggestions may be made with regard to class and school programs.

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled in November. A conference schedule will be sent to you in advance. If students from the same household attend the same school, the teachers will make every attempt to schedule these conferences back to back.

Watch DOGS

Watch DOGS are fathers/father figures who commit to volunteering at least one day in their child's school. The goals of this program include providing positive role models, increasing the sense of security on campus and allowing fathers to spend meaningful time with children in school. Watch DOGS will welcome and greet students in the front of the school, walk through campus to ensure security, work in classrooms, play with students at recess and help with afternoon dismissal. Watch DOGS Sign Up

Classroom Volunteers

Parents are encouraged to participate in our school by volunteering time to work in the classrooms. Your assistance can also be used if you wish to take home projects. Contact your child's teacher and be a part of our working school family. Your child's classroom needs volunteers on one Friday each month for a day of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). In order to be in compliance with the law, volunteers to the San Marcos Unified School District are required to fill out the Volunteer Acknowledgement form. Thank you for serving as a volunteer in our district. You are making a difference in the lives of children by giving of your time and talents.

Richland Round Up on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of Each Month

Two Friday mornings each month, an all-school flag ceremony is held on the playground at the start of school. The student body assembles together to hear special announcements, receive recognition, and salute the flag. Often special presentations are made at this time. All parents are invited to attend the Richland Round Up.

Parental Concerns and Questions

You may have need for clarification regarding an activity or form you have received. Please contact your children's teachers or visit or call the school office for more information at (760) 290-2400.