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A Message From Our New Substance Use Counselor

Dear Parents,

It is that time of the year where semester ends, students are stressing about Finals and teachers are looking forward to another semester with warmer weather. Holidays can be a stressful and even a difficult time for some but I hope it's a season full of peace, joy, acceptance and kindness towards ourselves and our loved ones. I wanted to bring your attention to the changes and news which will be in effect as of January 1st and that is legalizing marijuana in Illinois. Even though recreational marijuana will be legal, a person needs to be of age of 21 to purchase it, unless accompanied by a legal guardian. This change can bring on some anxiety and discomfort to school staff and parents but remember to be as engaged as you can with your teens and have discussions with them that bring discomfort. Spreading awareness is a beginning to creating change. Feel free to view the links below for information around legalizing marijuana. I wish you all and your families Happy Holidays and a special and memorable New Year.




5Essentials Survey

School District 218 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the eighth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. Teachers, parents, guardians and fourth graders through twelfth graders across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

Survey Website: 

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

Smile Illinois

Smile Illinois, mobile dentists will be coming to Richards High School on Thursday, April 15 th , 2020.

Taking care of your child’s teeth is important to keep them healthy. It is easy and convenient. A state

licensed dentist will check your child’s mouth and teeth, as well as provide a cleaning, fluoride

treatment and apply sealants, as needed. A dental report card will be sent home with your child. This

includes initial dental care and follow-up visits. Smile Illinois accepts Medicaid/All Kids and dental

insurance. If your child has no dental insurance there is a reduced fee of $70.00 for cleaning, screening,

fluoride and sealants per visit. Please fill out the permission slip and return it to the nurse’s office by February 13th.




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Bus Schedules

For a list of all the bus schedules and pick-up times, please see the following attachment:



How to Pay Your School Fees Through Skyward




We have listened to our members! We are offering a FUN night out for ADULTS-ONLY that will ultimately financially benefit all HLR students. The event is limited to ONLY 80 bowlers, so please turn in this form with payment ASAP to guarantee your spot on the lanes! We will process forms in the order received, so

first-come/first-served. We hope you can join us! Please see click the link below for more information.



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