Welcome Back to School All Call

Welcome Back to School All Call
Posted on 08/31/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome ‘Officially” to the 2021-2022 School Year! This is Ritzman’s opening parent letter.

Here are a few updates.

August 30th- Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade Screening (by appointment only)

Fourth and Fifth Grade Students’ 1st day of school.

August 31st- Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade Screening (by appointment only)

September 1st- Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade Screening (by appointment only)

September 2nd –Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade 1st day of school 

I know this is a relief to hear Akron Public Schools is doing a 100% return to the building for all students this school year. Staff is so excited that we get to begin the school year in person with students. They are excited to design the best teaching and learning for you and your child.

In the meantime here are some items to review:

You should have received an opening school packet from APS that included the Parent handbook and an opening letter with direction to update your child’s school records which includes, address, email addresses and phone numbers. It is IMPORTANT to update your emails and all call numbers. Here is the guidance document for accessing your child’s info. Let me know if you need assistance to complete.


As I have shared with parents in the past a lot of thought and care went into creating these homerooms list, therefore, I will not be taking requests for classroom changes. Kindergarten homeroom list will be shared on Wednesday, September 1st.

DO NOT POST ON FACEBOOK or other social media sites. This is just for parents of Ritzman students to review.   Disclaimer: I still have students enrolling and others withdrawing. There may have to be changes in homerooms before school begins. School supply lists are found on Ritzman’s Website through akronschools.com. The lists are posted by teachers’ names. 


The next update is there are no required uniforms this school year, but children are expected to be dressed and presentable. Here is the Board Policy on Student Attire 5511.


Another update is masks are required for this school year. Students are expected to bring and wear a mask from home. We will also continue to keep our children and adults safe and healthy by hand washing often, continuing with social distancing and limiting visitors in the building.

Other updates that we are waiting for more information include: 

When and What will Open House look like this year??

        4th-5th Grade August 26th 5:00-7:00pm

        2nd-3rd Grade  August 30th 5:00-7:00pm

        KG-1st Grade September 1st 5:00-7:00pm

Events--- Calendar of Events (everything is tentative depending on Covid and Safety Restrictions)


Technology will be integrated daily into lessons and student assignments. Teachers will continue using Google Classrooms & Google Meets. Make sure your child joins their teacher’s Google Classroom once school begins. Students will be working INDEPENDENTLY on I-Ready via their Chromebooks. It is the district’s and Ritzman’s expectations for students and their families to take excellent care of their device. All students, Kindergarten through 5th Grade will be taking home  and bringing back their chromebooks daily this school year. Their device is to be charged nightly.

Arrival and Dismissal

We are finalizing the protocols and procedures for Arrival and Dismissal. They will be similar to last year’s when we returned to the building in March. Adults dropping off and picking up students are not to gather on Ritzman’s campus. More specifics will be coming soon. Please remind everyone to be patient and courteous during these times.

I will continue to share the information. Please continue to follow APS’s website at- akronschools.com  and visit APS Learning 21-22 for current information. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Call the school at 330-761-7903 or email me at [email protected].

We are all super excited to see students in person again, soon! 

Love Ya!  

Mrs. McIntosh 💓

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