From the Principal
Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community,
This week I want to Shout Out YOU, our wonder-full families. While re-opening school buildings during this pandemic has posed many challenges, it has been possible because of your partnership. Beyond sending your beautiful children to us each day, you support our teachers and staff in so many different ways, and we are so very grateful!
Even with limited capacity to welcome you on campus for now, our Family Organizations are finding ways to creatively continue their efforts and keep community connected and caring for one another. In our first official meeting (virtual but not emails) with the leadership for PTA, ONK, and Foundation there was so much hope and enthusiasm shared, and I want to pass that joy along to you and encourage you to consider joining with these groups as best fits with your interests and circumstances. (See the PTA Mtg info below for next week!)
One of the many incredible Richmond family collaborators told me once that they chose to become actively involved as a volunteer with Oya No Kai because for them, supporting the cultural aspects of the JDLI program is what resonated. For others, it’s the PTA Super Green Team that aligns with their Climate Justice spirit of activism - or they just like gardening. Others may have skills in marketing or fundraising and/or connections to community businesses that could fit with Foundation opportunities - we only have 1 Foundation person left & their kiddo is in 5th grade this year, so actively recruiting for a team! No matter your skills, interests, or capacities, there is no doubt a welcoming place for you among these amazing teams that make much of the magic of Richmond happen.
The PTA Equity group came into being just last year, and their culminating community event (covid online of course) was about cultivating オモイヤリ Omoiyari - which is compassion, empathy and selfless consideration that inspires action to do something to help another. Their new Affinity Space opportunities will no doubt offer further extension of that powerful work. We hope that, per overwhelming student affirmation last spring, by adding Be Kind to our BEX 3 Be’s (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and now also, Be Kind) we are helping to grow children who manifest the PPS Graduate Portrait and are ready to Lead Change and Improve the World with multiple perspectives in their hearts and minds. Cliche but true, The Children Are Our Future.
The past also always informs our present. On September 11, 2001, I was in my 2nd week of teaching - ever. I had been living in Manhattan for 10 years working in the private sector, after graduating from Reed College here in Portland in ‘92, when I joined the NYC Teaching Fellows, was assigned to PS 16 & so moved out of the city for Brooklyn. My classroom on the 5th floor of our South Williamsburg building became a destination. My 45 5th graders and I tried to focus on learning while veteran teachers stopped by with the latest ‘news’. Only some of us made it home that day, and many experienced ash, literal and figurative, for many years after.
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this last Saturday, I brought my kiddo to Richmond and joined the community care work around the garden. I’m not at all sure that ‘giving-back’ is altogether altruistic or selfless, because I find ‘being with community’ a salve for my spirit. Today your kiddos were great listeners in our first fire drill of the year, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to give any class my 9/11 spiel about how active listening in a crisis keeps us calm, can saves lives, and is by far the most helpful thing for ourselves and others. I’m sure we’ll keep listening and learning from one another as we join together to keep our community strong.
As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu for always partnering with us to care for our children and community - it takes a village!
All best, Be Well, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other,
From the School
CALENDAR Items of Note:
✩ 9/21 PTA General Meeting Tues. 6:30 pm (see PTA section below for details)
✩ 9/23 Thurs. 5th Grade Japan Trip Information Meeting (see ONK section for details)
✩ 9/24 Fri. School Picture Day (order forms going home this week)
✩ 9/30 Thurs. Back to School Night (online) 6:00-7:30 pm
Picture Day/School Portraits: Friday, September 24th Order forms will go home with your child this week. Ordering pictures is optional. If interested in purchasing photos, please turn in your payment with the order form on Picture Day to your teacher or the Dorian photographer, or order online at www.dorianstudio.com. Make sure you select “Richmond Elementary - Portland, OR”. Dorian accepts late orders online for 4 days following Picture Day with no additional fees. Photos will be taken in our spacious gym one class at a time. Students will be spaced 3 feet apart. Our photographers have provided proof of vaccinations to PPS. We will conduct Picture Day as safely as possible.
IDLING We are striving to be an idle free zone, for the health of our students, families, neighbors and environment! When you are picking up your students, please try not to idle your car.
VERY IMPORTANT REPEATS
- Please remember to conduct family screenings at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as possible.
We encourage everyone to complete a Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing Consent Form for their child to receive a Covid test at school in the event that they are demonstrating primary symptoms. This expedites communication with MESD who communicates isolation and quarantine parameters. It’s ideal if we have permission on-file for every student but are only able to test students/staff who meet the symptomatic criteria while on-site. Here’s an MESD Flier of locations for weekly vaccine clinics at the Multnomah County Student Health Centers.
Dismissal Plans If you haven’t, please submit your child(ren)’s Dismissal (&Bus) Plan. We need to know where kiddos are supposed to go after school to help them get there safely. Is your child usually riding the Bus on Wed (or Thurs or Fri, you get the idea) but not today (or any other day of the year) BE SURE to use that very same GForm to submit a Change Plan! We kindly ask that you not submit any same day changes after 10am, unless it is urgent.
Many thanks to the many Essential Lunch Collaboration Volunteers. We’ll be letting PTA know when more spots are possible and new jobs are coming with Picnic Table tarps.
THANK YOU, ありがとうございます Arigatōgozaimasu!)
NOTES & Reminders
Library News It is so exciting welcoming Richmond learners into the library again, building relationships and establishing significant guidelines for safety. We have an inspiring assortment of new books for students to borrow and several orders of current titles on the way. It is always joyous guiding them as they discover the stories they are most delighted to devour. We are just beginning an inspiring new adventure in the Richmond Library and can’t wait for the experiences that lie ahead.
OBOB Announcement At this time, the OBOB Executive Team is planning to run a virtual Regional tournament and, if it is safe and allowable to do so, an in-person State tournament, sometime in the spring, specific date TBD. Richmond is registered for participation, so if all goes well, we may see book battles once again. For the full statement, please go to oregonbattleofthebooks.com.
From Nutrition Services Nutrition Services has asked that Grab n Go Breakfast Stations for students be closer to the cafeteria (which is located on the North side of our building near the parking lot). Please look closer to the cafeteria building for the new Grab N Go locations or find a staff member in a yellow vest to help guide you! We will update our Campus Maps slides to reflect these changes.
School Supplies REPEAT: Thank you very much to the 413 families who have already donated to our school supply fund ask of $25/child! If you have not yet done so and are able to, please make a donation. With the Covid-safety measures, we are buying more supplies than ever. This model of All Who Can Donating What They Can supports everyone, and we hope that it works for you. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Not sure how to use SchoolPay? Here’s Directions : ) Checks can also be given to staff on campus. Thank you for your generosity!
Mark your Calendar for Back to School Night: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:00-7:30 pm will be online again this year!
Back to School Night this year will be an online 90 minute program with a series of 3 repeating sessions. We hope the schedule offers you the opportunity to attend a Specialist presentation, or multiple grade levels if you have more than one child at Richmond, or just added flexibility for your busy schedules. More info will come from teachers in the coming weeks about how to access their Virtual Classrooms.
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Session # 1
6:30 - 7:00 pm Session # 2
7:00 - 7:30 pm Session # 3
REPEAT: Yearly Online Verification for 1st -5th Grade families only
(Kindergarten and other new-to-PPS families can disregard this message)
Each year parents/guardians need to review and update the information on file for their children in the PPS system. This information can be reviewed, edited, and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE. A link to ParentVue can also be found in the quick links section of our school homepage here. If you need to reset your password, please see these instructions under "Further Information" down towards the bottom of the page. If you need other help logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact school secretary Kirstin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Community
PTA General Meeting
When: Tuesday 9.21.21 at 6:30pm
Please join the PTA for our first general meeting of the year! We will meet via Zoom where you can hear more about what the Richmond PTA does and how you can contribute and become involved. We have also invited a panel of experts to speak about Covid-19 health and safety as we return to school, as well as available testing options. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to attend.
6:40-Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
6:50-Vote on Revised Proposed 2021-2022 Budget
6:55-Approval of Standing Rules
7:00-PTA Updates & 2021-2022 Initiatives
⚬ Muddy Hill Amphitheater
⚬ Equity Committee
⚬ Volunteer opportunities
⚬ Upcoming events
7:15-Pediatrician’s perspective on reopening
7:45- Covid testing information
Meeting ID: 889 6826 3632
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Join PTA Communications
Konstella: Keep up to date on all things PTA by joining Konstella, Richmond PTA’s communications tool. By joining, you will receive regular updates and info, gain access to our events calendar, take advantage of easy volunteer sign-ups and more.
⚬ New to Konstella? Click the following link, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in your email: https://www.konstella.com/cd/UXJDK7
⚬ Joined Konstella last year? Click the following link to find Your Children under Settings, and select your child’s class, to ensure you get messages from your PTA Classroom Reps, as well as schoolwide communications throughout the year: https://www.konstella.com/app/settings/children
Classroom Support Representatives -- sign-up is open!
Do you want to be more involved in your kid’s classroom this year? Help out the teachers, get to know other families? Then come be a Class Rep!!
The Class Reps work as a team to facilitate and organize special events, announcements, class parties, and anything else their teacher/teacher pair would like communicated to their families. They can set up activities for the kids, and are integral in making sure annual events with classroom participation like the ONK Auction and Spring Festival are successful. They are kind of the “go-to” people families know they can turn to for help. We’re not quite sure how this year is going to look yet, but we are open to ideas and forming a team to get stuff done!
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, the Classroom Support Committee is now signing up volunteers -- link on Konstella here: https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5cc38ca7e4b02963b78cdb45/signups/613ba81de83c0f50d0d7a83b
Huge thanks to the over 20 families who have already signed up, and there is always room for more! We especially still need Class Reps for the 3rd and 4th grade classes, and extra help for 5th grade would be much appreciated!! Questions? Send them to Yukie Bean, Classroom Support Chair: email@example.com. Thank you!
PTA Super Green Team
Thank You to the volunteers who came out Saturday to help tackle more weeds and drop off plastics to be recycled! Because of you our school grounds are looking better and less plastics are going into landfills.
We are excited to announce Ember Van Allen as our new SGT co-chair! Ember has a first grader at Richmond and a 7th grader at Mt. Tabor. She brings enthusiasm for gardening and fresh ideas to our community and we can’t wait to start sowing seeds!
Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
All are invited to join the Equity group. If you would like to participate email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this section the Equity committee will share and introduce language related to our equity work both in English and Japanese. This will allow us to learn, use common language and create an opportunity to discuss equity related topics, allowing us to collectively grow as a school community.
Social Justice: In a school setting, social justice looks like the elimination of academic achievement differences between different student groups and the accelerated achievement for historically underserved students. Source: PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice policy documents, with editing by Richmond PTA. Japanese translation by Aki Lendahls
社会正義: 教育上での社会正義とは、様々な生徒の学習達成度の差を排除することや、従来十分な教育が受けられていない生徒の学習達成度を促進することによって示される。出典: PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice policy documents（Richmond PTAにより一部編集）日本語訳: レンダルズ 亜紀
Watch 6-minute video explaining Equality, Equity, and Social Justice
Read this collection of short definitions
Are you interested in attending an affinity space with other Richmond parents?
Current Affinity Space offerings available:
- AAPI Affinity Space, First meeting, Thursday, Sept 23rd from 7-8pm via Zoom. Facilitators: Yukie Bean, tbd. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83857622612?pwd=Y056R0tyakpabU10S1Z3Ymx1SDJBUT09
- White Affinity Space, First meeting Wednesday, September 22, 6:30PM-7:30PM. Facilitators: Kamla Hurst, Melissa Kuser, Poppy Levin, Amy Stuczynski, Julie Miner. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86808477024?pwd=R1pEblVCZ2VNVjFsQm52S3BjKzdEdz09
- Nihongo Affinity Space, First meeting Wednesday, September 22, 7:00-8:00pm. Facilitator: Tomoyo Uemura
Future Affinity Space being planned:
- BIPOC Affinity Space, Monthly via Zoom, Facilitator: Dori King of Folks in Color in Schools.
For more information, to join a mailing list, or for Zoom meeting links, please email email@example.com.
Oya No Kai おやのかい
5th Grade Japan Trip Information Meeting 9/23
Oya No Kai’s first trip information meeting for 5th grade families is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. Please join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 831 7522 0422, Passcode: 658382) to hear the latest updates on the trip and how you can get involved.
The status of the trip depends on a lot of factors, primarily on when Japan reopens for travel. That has not happened yet, but we need to start planning now to keep the door open for a possible trip in June.
Please help spread the word about the meeting to all 5th grade parents. Thank you!
Join Oya No Kai!
Oya No Kai invites you to join our parent group and get involved in supporting student success in the PPS Japanese Dual Language Immersion (JDLI) Program from kindergarten through 12th grade. We create opportunities for JDLI students to experience Japanese culture and language through cultural exchanges, need-based scholarships, hosting Japanese teaching assistants, and more.
Membership is free this year! We have waived the annual membership fee for the 2021-22 school year.
Here are three easy ways to get connected:
1. Join the Oya No Kai Online Directory (www.oyanokai.org/directory) to receive news and information about our cultural exchanges and other programs. Because of PPS privacy policies, the directory is the only way we can communicate directly with you. Joining the directory also gives you access to JDLI family contact information.
2. Update your info: If you have registered for the directory in the past, please log in to the directory to make sure your contact information is current.
3. Join our OyaNoKai group on Facebook to follow the online conversation, share information and connect with other families. Please answer the membership questions.
If you have questions, need to reset your password or would like to be removed from the directory, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.