•  Dear Kindergarten Families,
                    Welcome to Kindergarten!  It is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to Richland Elementary School.  My name is Janel Kilpela and I will be your child’s teacher.  This is my 6th year teaching morning kindergarten at Richland Elementary and my 14 year teaching in the district.  I earned my Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Duquesne University.   On a more personal note, I reside in the North Hills with my husband and two children.
                         I hope you and your child enjoyed the summer and that you are ready to embark on an important milestone in your child’s life.  Kindergarten is a year of growing socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.  It is an exciting time for your child! Your involvement, interest, and enthusiasm will help make this a wonderful year of growth for you and your child.
                         Thank you for taking the time to visit the kindergarten website.  Under my name, on the left, you will find information and procedures valid for the school year, and for everyone in the class.  Weekly newsletters will be emailed on Friday afternoons.  Please be sure to check your child’s green communication folder nightly for daily work.
                         You should know that I LOVE teaching kindergarten!  I enjoy guiding the children, and many parents, through their first school experience.  I am here to make sure that your child develops a love for learning.  If at any time you have a question or concern, please contact me immediately.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you and the children!  


                                                                                                                                                   Mrs. Janel Kilpela