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Richmond Elementary School

A Japanese dual language immersion program
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  • 10/14/2021

     

    Bulldog Bulletin

    October 14, 2021


    校長から

    From the Principal

     

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community, 

    This week I am excited to share the news that the hiring process for the Principal vacancy here at Richmond is underway, and we are hoping to have a new Principal by the end of the calendar year - fingers crossed, even sooner! We cannot share more detail than that at this time, but a formal PPS announcement will happen when the process concludes. 

    With this shift we send our best wishes to the fantastic Michelle Strickler, who served as interim assistant principal with us over these first weeks of school and started in her new position on Monday as AP at Laurelhurst where there’s been a vacancy since the beginning of the year. In the interim, we welcome a new Interim AP; please join us in warmly welcoming the wonderful Alisha Schwartz to Team Richmond! We are already grateful for Alisha’s expertise in Special Education and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and her generous willingness to jump right in and support our community with all the things. If you see her out front at the buses (yellow vest, long brown hair) at arrival or dismissal, please feel free to say hello to our newest Kyoto sensei!      

    I also want to remind families that we count on you to help make outdoor lunch happen every single day that we can - even in drizzle and chill. Please make sure that your child(ren) come in weather-appropriate gear - we saw snow and rain pants this week - smart! Also please remind them to actually wear it outside and then remember to bring it back inside. Our Lost & Found collection is significant. We are looking for a couple of Family Collaboration Volunteers to come on Wednesday afternoons to bring it all out and back in so students and caregivers have a chance at Dismissal to Find what may have seemed Lost. (Need gear? Please email Anne at amulliganbrinson@pps.net the details - kiddo, class, size, need - and we’ll see what might fit.) 

    Next Tuesday 10/19, we are expecting an update to the PPS Visitor & Volunteers SOP & hoping that it will offer more opportunity for family support, especially for Lunch/Recess time. We also have a Facilities meeting on-site that day to talk Tent options with us for Covered Lunch! As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work; we’ve got this, because we’ve got each other!!!

    All best, Be Well, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other,
    Alicia sensei 

    学校から

    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:

    ✩ 10/21 Thurs. 10:21 AM Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

    ✩ 11/5 Fri. NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Planning/Grading Day

    ✩ 11/7 Sun. Daylight Savings Ends - ‘Fall Back’ your clocks 1 hour 

    ✩ 11/11 Thurs. NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. NO SCHOOL for Students - Family Conferences

    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    Attention Bus Route 326 Families:  The stop at Glencoe Elementary will be removed from this route effective Tuesday, 10/19/21. Updated schedules are below and on the PPS Transportation website linked here. Please always contact transportation directly at 503-916-6901 or transportation@pps.net with any questions or concerns.  Route 326 AM    Route 326 PM

    UPDATE ON ATTENDANCE: If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 503-916-6220 X 66148 to let us know. You may also email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Students who arrive late due to the Bus challenges have a special attendance code that is Bus Late. ALSO, not exactly attendance, but Day Of Dismissal Plan changes are very difficult to manage if they come in after 10AM.  Thank you!! 

    LOST AND FOUND:  Lost and Found is growing!  Please try to put your child's name on and in everything that comes to school:  jackets, hats, water bottles, gloves, masks, toys, etc.  Currently, if you need help finding something, please contact the office or your teachers and we can assist your student in looking for the lost item. We’re aiming for Wednesday afternoons at Dismissal for an out-front search and recover option. If you see a volunteer signed-up and are missing items, please try to come by between 2-3pm. Items not retrieved after a few weeks will be added to our clothing closet or slated for donation.

    FAMILY CONFERENCES: It’s official - PPS Conferences will be held virtually through online meetings again this year. More info to come, but go ahead and mark your calendars for Monday/Tuesday November 22 and 23 as the No-School for Students and Family Conference days. 

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    COVID-SAFETY REMINDERS
    - Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can! 

    - OHSU Covid Screening - We’ve processed all Consent Forms sent in so far and will continue to process any more that come in from the packet sent home two weeks ago. We still have not received the anticipated communication from OHSU that they have generated patient accounts but expect this will be soon. We look forward to distributing the take home kits to students as soon as we receive them and are considering sending home 4 weeks worth at a time. We also have been provided with one cooler, so we will probably only have one location for drop-off. This is the letter describing the initial plan we made, and we will update it with changes once we know what all the changes are based on materials and efficient distribution and collection. If you need another paper copy of the packet, please email Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net to request one be sent home with your child. We look forward to possibly expanding our Essential Volunteer opportunities in a variety of ways and may need help with kit distribution, so keep your eyes on the PTA Sign Up - maybe even bookmark it : )

    コミュニティから

    From the Community

    Richmond Foundation リッチモンドファウンデーション

    Volunteer With The Foundation!
    We need community members who would like to volunteer their time to help support Foundation goals through serving on the Foundation board. If you’d like more information, please reach out to rsf.pdx@gmail.com or check out our new website https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/

    PTA

    Apple and Pear Volunteers Needed
    Please save the date and come help on Friday, October 22 in the parking lot of the Bleeding Heart Kettlebell Club at 2043 SE 50th Ave.  Your help will be appreciated tremendously!    

    We are looking for 12 volunteers.  While we still do not know exactly what time the fruit will arrive, we need six people to unload, count, and organize that morning.  We will appreciate another six for the fruit pick-up in the afternoon, in shifts of an hour or two between 1:30 and 5:30.  Additionally, we need tents and tarps for rain as well as a long folding table.   

    If you would like to help by giving your time or loaning supplies, please write Whitney at whitneypagefrisch@gmail.com

    Harvest Festival- CARnival
    And volunteer opportunity!

    When: Saturday, October 23 from 2:00–4:00PM
    Where: The parking lot of Central Christian Church at 1844 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd.

    Here's how it will work: 20 volunteer families/groups will decorate the trunks of their cars, creating stations that families can visit for treats, socially distanced games and fun. Google ‘Trunk or Treat’ for ideas.

    The cars will be parked in a common lot creating a carnival of fun that small groups can visit by foot.

    In addition to the volunteer supplied stations, the PTA will provide additional treats and games. Costumes are encouraged for all!

    The parking lot will be available to volunteers from 1:00–5:00PM for station setup/breakdown. Car decorations and any treats associated with the station will be organized and supplied by volunteers. 

    We are recommending harvest themed stations and snacks and goodies like stickers instead of candy. Please note that restrooms will not be available so please plan accordingly!

    Interested in volunteering? Please sign up here!  If you have any questions please reach out to richmondvirtualevents@gmail.com

    Lunchtime Volunteers Needed every day!
    Help staff clean off the student lunch mats! This is a BIG job and we need to make sure staff has help every day to keep lunches safe and manageable. Sign up on Konstella, here

    Volunteers are needed from 12:00 - 1pm to clean mats.  At the start time, check in at the doors near the basketball hoops. Volunteers will be asked if they are vaccinated, as vaccination is required (proof of vaccination is not required).

    Volunteers are needed rain or shine! Mats are used inside and out and need cleaning every day to keep our students safe. 

    Morning Chalk-Drawing Volunteers also needed!
    At the start time, or after drop off, meet at the basketball courts. If the chalk is still clearly visible on the courts, no work is needed and you may leave. If it is raining, hang out for a few minutes to see if any indoor work is needed. 

    Sign on on Konstella to volunteer. Currently volunteers must be approved by PPS and vaccinated. Not sure if you’re approved or if your volunteer background check is still valid? Check here. You may also apply to be a volunteer via that link.

    Thank you all for helping to make lunch safe and manageable for school staff!!

    PTA Super Green Team
    Big THANK YOU to the volunteers who showed up Saturday! We were able to add compost to the beds and sow cover crop in no time- which left plenty of time to pull weeds and trim bushes on the nature path, check it out. Another shout out goes to Portland Nursery for donating the cover crop seed!

    Our November meetup is Saturday 10/13 9am-noon. We’ll focus on sheet mulching around some trees and the nature path. Start saving your large cardboard boxes and we'll need a few wheelbarrows too!

    Questions, comments, join email list? greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    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.

    リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。
    この章では、公平委員会が公平性への取り組みに関連した用語を英語、日本語の両言語で共有、紹介します。これによって、私たちは学習すること、共通言語を使用すること、そして公平性に関わる問題について話し合う機会を設けることができます。また、学校コミュニティとして共に成長することができます。

    National Diversity Awareness Month
    October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, which celebrates all the ways our different ethnicities, cultures, heritages, experiences, abilities, and other attributes contribute to our community.

    Diversity: Any and all differences between and among people. Diversity cuts across categories of race, gender, age, language, geography, income, class, education, sexual orientation, religion and ability. Historically, however, some white people have used the term “diversity” in a coded way to mean “non-white people.” Source: PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice policy documents, with editing by Richmond PTA. Japanese translation by Yuki Wallen.  

    多様性:人々の間にある、ありとあらゆる違いのこと。 人種だけでなく、ジェンダー、年齢、言語、出身地、収入、階級、教育、性的志向、宗教、能力などの属性を含む。歴史的には、一部の白人が非白人を意図する際のコードとして「多様性」という言葉を用いてきた過去がある。 出典:Source: PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice policy documents (Richmond PTAにより一部編集)日本語訳 : ウォーレン 由紀

    Affinity Spaces
    The PTA Equity Group is happy to share October dates/links for our Affinity Space meetings.  These meetings are designed as safe & brave sharing spaces for parents and caregivers who identify as white, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Japanese-speaking, or Black/Indigenous/Person of Color (BIPOC) to come together (virtually!) as groups and talk about issues of racial equity and social justice.  

    We hope to create spaces of trust, healing, and action as we explore our unique past experiences with racism and discrimination, start to understand our own biases and recognize how we might be contributing to ongoing systemic discriminatory practices, and look to the future and our children to figure out how to start breaking those cycles and dismantling generations of oppression and stereotypes.

    Our BIPOC Affinity Space is not yet scheduled, but is actively being planned in collaboration with an equity specialist, Dori King of Folks of Color in Schools.  Dori is currently talking to interested BIPOC caregivers and community members, and to the school administrators in order to understand the needs of the Richmond BIPOC community.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com to be connected to Dori.  

    The other three spaces are being facilitated by members of the Equity Group -- fellow parents like yourselves -- and we don't have all the answers... but we do want to have the discussions, so please JOIN US!!  Links are below and please email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com with any questions. 

    October Gatherings

    Asian American & Pacific Islander: 10/22 7-8PM, Zoom Meeting Link

    Nihongo 10月20日 日本語アフィニティグループ: 10/20 7-8PM, Zoom Meeting Link

    White: 10/20 6:30-7:30PM, Zoom Meeting Link

    OYA NO KAI おやのかい

    2022 5th Grade Cultural Exchange Update
    Hello, 5th grade families! We hope everyone who is interested in the cultural exchange was able to attend the parent meeting last week. 

    The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. and is mandatory for students and at least one adult. (Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 878 9474 4810, Passcode: 077971). 

    Here are a few followup items from last week: 

    The meeting slides, recording, and FAQs are posted on the trip web page under Parent Resources. If you weren't able to attend (or had to duck out early), there's some good information in the second half of the recording regarding overall trip schedule, homestays, chaperone groups, travel and cancellation questions, and the different trip locations.

    Please note that most of the trip meetings are mandatory for parents and/or students, and we do take attendance (via the Zoom chat). If you miss a mandatory meeting, please watch the recording before the next meeting and email 5gculturalexchange@oyanokai.org to let us know you’ve done so.

    Please use the Trip App to sign your Letter of Intent and to make your deposits. The LOI and first deposit are due on October 15. 

    For those of you interested in chaperoning, please complete the Chaperone Application by October 30. We are aiming to have chaperones chosen by November 15. The application and other documents are posted on the Chaperoning section of the website.

    The 2022 5th Grade Cultural Exchange Timeline is posted on the website as well. Please note that it's a living document that we are continuously updating!

    The 2022 5th Grade Cultural Exchange Timeline is posted on the website as well. Please note that it's a living document that we are continuously updating!

     

    October 7, 2021


    校長から

    From the Principal

     

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community, 

    Happy October, 10月 - じゅう がつ, jū gatsu!
    We did it - a whole month of in-person pandemic school after sooo many months of not that. Our students have gotten used to many school routines and also continue to align with what many-persons, in-school, in-masks, all-day, all-week learning looks and sounds like. We encourage families to review our Behavior Expectations Matrix with kiddos at home (especially Recess and Bathroom points where, not surprisingly, most of our challenging situations seem to be happening) and also reflect our school practices if you play on campus after-school or on the weekends. You’ll see that we have kept the Digital Spaces and pre-pandemic BEX all together here for reference - and of course added our student-voted ‘Be Kind’ to our traditional three Be’s: safe, respectful, and responsible. 

    Please also remember that there is no school supervision after-school, and students should not remain on campus without a home-adult watching them for their own safety. Sadly, we do need to report that there have been multiple incidents at schools, including a very scary event at Kellogg MS this week that involved a student being chased (she ran away & police responded,) with adults in cars trying to communicate with and possibly entice students. We too have had a couple of drive-along-the-fence & try-to-talk-to-students situations during the school-day. We share this to inform and not frighten. Our team at Richmond continues to use Active Supervision with students & is great at communicating concerns right away. I see this though as an opportunity to remind us all that, along with Covid-safety, we also all have a lot of physical and social-emotional safety skills to continue teaching-into with our children in this time of mass-trauma and re-socialization in a recovering world. 

    My shout out this week is for our Campus Neighbors! In our first car incident, we simultaneously received a walkie-call from staff and a telephone call from a neighbor making sure students were safe. As a 100% lottery-seated school, we have fewer families that live nearby. So when families are here, I hope we’ll show our care for the neighborhood community through conscious kindness: trash pick-up, no idling, safe traffic flow (ideally north on 41st and south on 42nd,) and never blocking driveways. Park & walk is the ideal for spreading out congestion at peak times. We’re looking forward to being able to start our upper grades student Safety Patrol soon, but of course kiddos can’t actually direct traffic - and we wouldn’t want them to! So, I’m sure we’ll all do our part. As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work; we’ve got this, because we’ve got each other!!

    All best, Be Well, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other,
    Alicia sensei

    学校から

    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:

    ✩ 10/8 Fri. NO SCHOOL - Statewide Inservice

    ✩ 11/5 Fri. NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Planning/Grading Day

    ✩ 11/11 Thurs. NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. NO SCHOOL for Students - Family Conferences

    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    Back to School Night Follow-Up (last week) Hope you were able to make it to the sessions that you wanted to attend. If not, here is a Family Links from Back to School Night 2021-22 doc with the Slides shared by teachers and recording links. We’ll also be posting to the website when we get a chance.

    COMMUNITY Conversation Follow-Up (last Friday, 10/1 AM; next month is a PM time) Here’s the the link to the recording - apologies for the fast and sometimes too-quiet speech - and slide deck which includes materials provided from our PPS i-Ready Mathematics implementation, PPS SEL (with Link on 1st slide) and info on Continuity of Learning for any students notified they need to Quarantine or Isolate due to a Covid-event.

    TAG Talk Follow-Up - TAG Family Night was held online during the last session of Back to School Night using these TAG Night Slides.  TAG nomination parent/guardian forms for the school year 2021-22 are available. Please complete and return your form by December 3rd. Remember to connect with your classroom teacher if you choose to nominate your child. Please continue to reference the Richmond TAG page, pps.net/tag or contact Richmond's TAG facilitator, Katia Fleischman, if you have any questions. 

    UPDATE ON ATTENDANCE If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 503-916-6220 X 66148 to let us know. You may also email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Students who arrive late due to the Bus challenges have a special attendance code that is Bus Late. ALSO, not exactly attendance, but Day Of Dismissal Plan changes are very difficult to manage if they come in after 10AM.  Thank you!! 

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    COVID-SAFETY REMINDERS
    - Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can! 

    - OHSU Covid Screening - We sent home this letter and packet with kiddos last week. We are processing forms as fast as we can and expect that OHSU is also working as quickly as they can to create the patient accounts so we can move forward with the delivery & distribution of kits to students to bring home. The Richmond PTA also presented these slides last week to help our community better understand the program. If you need another paper copy of the packet to return Consent Forms, please email Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net to request one be sent home with your child. We look forward to possibly expanding our Essential Volunteer opportunities in a variety of ways and may need help with kit distribution, so keep your eyes on the PTA Sign Up - maybe even bookmark it : )

    コミュニティから

    From the Community

    PTA

    The annual Apple & Pear Sale closes Friday! Last chance to buy apples and pears to support our PTA.  The delicious fruit comes from Kiyokawa Family Orchards and is perfect for pies, sauces, or snacks.  Order through this Friday, Oct. 8th at https://richmond-pta.square.site.  Pick up is Friday, October 22nd at the Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club.  We will need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  Sign up details coming this week.  Contact CL at cielle.swatland@gmail.com or Whitney at whitneypagefrisch@gmail.com with questions.

    PTA Super Green Team: October 9th Morning in the Garden Join Richmond families and the PTA Super Green Team for a fun, family-friendly work party in the Richmond Learning Garden. Come lend a hand with planting, pruning, litter pick up, and other maintenance. Or simply come observe and enjoy some time in our school garden. 

    October's Morning in the Garden will be a fun time to help plant cover crops and winter vegetables in the raised beds and help prepare the garden for the new season. With all the rain we've been getting, it's the perfect time to weed and prepare for next month's mulching! Stop by any time between 9:00 and 12:00 Saturday morning, October 9th. The Learning Garden is on the south side of the playground. Feel free to bring your own tools if you have them. See you there! greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    PTA Complimentary Membership Richmond PTA is once again offering our new and returning PTA members one complimentary membership per household for the 2021-2022 school year. Follow this link to redeem your free membership.

    Harvest Festival- CARnival Save the date for the Harvest Festival + volunteer opportunity!

    The PTA hopes your family can attend the annual Harvest Festival happening on Saturday, October 23 from 2:00–4:00PM in the parking lot of Central Christian Church at 1844 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd. Please save the date!

    Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help with a different format for the festival that will be equal parts socially distanced and fun. In lieu of the traditional booths we are planning a Harvest CARnival. Here's how it will work:

    We are looking for about 20 volunteer families/groups to decorate the trunks of their cars, creating stations that families can visit for treats, socially distanced games and fun. Google ‘Trunk or Treat’ for ideas.

    The cars will be parked in a common lot creating a carnival of fun that small groups can visit by foot.

    The CARnival will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 2:00–4:00PM, in the parking lot of Central Christian Church at 1844 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd. In addition to the volunteer supplied stations, the PTA will provide additional treats and games. Costumes are encouraged for all!

    The parking lot will be available to volunteers from 1:00–5:00PM for station setup/breakdown. Car decorations and any treats associated with the station will be organized and supplied by volunteers.

    We are recommending harvest themed stations and snacks and goodies like stickers instead of candy. Please note that restrooms will not be available so please plan accordingly!

    Interested in volunteering? Please sign up here!  If you have any questions please reach out to richmondvirtualevents@gmail.com.

    Community Budget Review Committee (CBRC) Looking to get involved in your community? Interested in learning about the district’s two billion dollar budget? 

    Be a voice for Richmond School and the Japanese Dual Language Immersion (DLI)  Program. Applications are due this Friday October 8th. More information and the application are available here: https://www.pps.net/Page/1677 

    If you are appointed to the CBRC, please email Asta Garmon, Richmond PTA Advocacy Chair, at asta.garmon@gmail.com

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity 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.

    Microaggression: The everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Source: Racial Equity Tools, with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA

    Japanese: マイクロアグレッション:日常的な言葉と非言語による軽蔑、冷遇、または侮辱を指す。意図的であるか否かにかかわらず、相手が社会的に取り残されているグループのメンバーであるという理由だけに基づいて、敵対的、侮蔑的または否定的なメッセージを伝達すること。出典:Racial Equity Tools、リッチモンドPTAによる編集あり (Translation:Mami Kikuchi) 

    Learn More:
    Listen to this 21-minute conversation by NPR’s Life Kit “Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out And When To Walk Away”
    Watch this 1-hour video by EmbraceRace “Why and How to Talk to Kids about Microaggressions”

    Affinity Spaces – Mark your calendar for the remaining 2021 dates

    Asian American & Pacific Islander: 10/22, 11/18, 12/16

    Black Indigenous, and People of Color: Dates Coming Soon!

    Nihongo: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 7-8PM

    White: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 6:30-7:30PM

    OYA NO KAI おやのかい

    5th Grade Cultural Exchange — Readiness Meeting 10/7 Is your fifth grader ready to travel to Japan with the 2022 5th Grade Cultural Exchange? Learn what it means to be “trip ready” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7. This meeting is mandatory for parents of fifth graders who want to participate in the exchange. Are you interested in being a chaperone? Stay for information on chaperoning at the end of the meeting. 

    Join us on Zoom.  Meeting ID: 851 9766 3808  Passcode: 727481

    Reminders: 

    If you have any questions, please email 5Gculturalexchange@oyanokai.org.

  • 10/07/2021

     

     

    October 7, 2021


    校長から

    From the Principal

     

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community, 

    Happy October, 10月 - じゅう がつ, jū gatsu!
    We did it - a whole month of in-person pandemic school after sooo many months of not that. Our students have gotten used to many school routines and also continue to align with what many-persons, in-school, in-masks, all-day, all-week learning looks and sounds like. We encourage families to review our Behavior Expectations Matrix with kiddos at home (especially Recess and Bathroom points where, not surprisingly, most of our challenging situations seem to be happening) and also reflect our school practices if you play on campus after-school or on the weekends. You’ll see that we have kept the Digital Spaces and pre-pandemic BEX all together here for reference - and of course added our student-voted ‘Be Kind’ to our traditional three Be’s: safe, respectful, and responsible. 

    Please also remember that there is no school supervision after-school, and students should not remain on campus without a home-adult watching them for their own safety. Sadly, we do need to report that there have been multiple incidents at schools, including a very scary event at Kellogg MS this week that involved a student being chased (she ran away & police responded,) with adults in cars trying to communicate with and possibly entice students. We too have had a couple of drive-along-the-fence & try-to-talk-to-students situations during the school-day. We share this to inform and not frighten. Our team at Richmond continues to use Active Supervision with students & is great at communicating concerns right away. I see this though as an opportunity to remind us all that, along with Covid-safety, we also all have a lot of physical and social-emotional safety skills to continue teaching-into with our children in this time of mass-trauma and re-socialization in a recovering world. 

    My shout out this week is for our Campus Neighbors! In our first car incident, we simultaneously received a walkie-call from staff and a telephone call from a neighbor making sure students were safe. As a 100% lottery-seated school, we have fewer families that live nearby. So when families are here, I hope we’ll show our care for the neighborhood community through conscious kindness: trash pick-up, no idling, safe traffic flow (ideally north on 41st and south on 42nd,) and never blocking driveways. Park & walk is the ideal for spreading out congestion at peak times. We’re looking forward to being able to start our upper grades student Safety Patrol soon, but of course kiddos can’t actually direct traffic - and we wouldn’t want them to! So, I’m sure we’ll all do our part. As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work; we’ve got this, because we’ve got each other!!

    All best, Be Well, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other,
    Alicia sensei

    学校から

    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:

    ✩ 10/8 Fri. NO SCHOOL - Statewide Inservice

    ✩ 11/5 Fri. NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Planning/Grading Day

    ✩ 11/11 Thurs. NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. NO SCHOOL for Students - Family Conferences

    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    Back to School Night Follow-Up (last week) Hope you were able to make it to the sessions that you wanted to attend. If not, here is a Family Links from Back to School Night 2021-22 doc with the Slides shared by teachers and recording links. We’ll also be posting to the website when we get a chance.

    COMMUNITY Conversation Follow-Up (last Friday, 10/1 AM; next month is a PM time) Here’s the the link to the recording - apologies for the fast and sometimes too-quiet speech - and slide deck which includes materials provided from our PPS i-Ready Mathematics implementation, PPS SEL (with Link on 1st slide) and info on Continuity of Learning for any students notified they need to Quarantine or Isolate due to a Covid-event.

    TAG Talk Follow-Up - TAG Family Night was held online during the last session of Back to School Night using these TAG Night Slides.  TAG nomination parent/guardian forms for the school year 2021-22 are available. Please complete and return your form by December 3rd. Remember to connect with your classroom teacher if you choose to nominate your child. Please continue to reference the Richmond TAG page, pps.net/tag or contact Richmond's TAG facilitator, Katia Fleischman, if you have any questions. 

    UPDATE ON ATTENDANCE If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 503-916-6220 X 66148 to let us know. You may also email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Students who arrive late due to the Bus challenges have a special attendance code that is Bus Late. ALSO, not exactly attendance, but Day Of Dismissal Plan changes are very difficult to manage if they come in after 10AM.  Thank you!! 

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    COVID-SAFETY REMINDERS
    - Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can! 

    - OHSU Covid Screening - We sent home this letter and packet with kiddos last week. We are processing forms as fast as we can and expect that OHSU is also working as quickly as they can to create the patient accounts so we can move forward with the delivery & distribution of kits to students to bring home. The Richmond PTA also presented these slides last week to help our community better understand the program. If you need another paper copy of the packet to return Consent Forms, please email Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net to request one be sent home with your child. We look forward to possibly expanding our Essential Volunteer opportunities in a variety of ways and may need help with kit distribution, so keep your eyes on the PTA Sign Up - maybe even bookmark it : )

    コミュニティから

    From the Community

    PTA

    The annual Apple & Pear Sale closes Friday! Last chance to buy apples and pears to support our PTA.  The delicious fruit comes from Kiyokawa Family Orchards and is perfect for pies, sauces, or snacks.  Order through this Friday, Oct. 8th at https://richmond-pta.square.site.  Pick up is Friday, October 22nd at the Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club.  We will need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  Sign up details coming this week.  Contact CL at cielle.swatland@gmail.com or Whitney at whitneypagefrisch@gmail.com with questions.

    PTA Super Green Team: October 9th Morning in the Garden Join Richmond families and the PTA Super Green Team for a fun, family-friendly work party in the Richmond Learning Garden. Come lend a hand with planting, pruning, litter pick up, and other maintenance. Or simply come observe and enjoy some time in our school garden. 

    October's Morning in the Garden will be a fun time to help plant cover crops and winter vegetables in the raised beds and help prepare the garden for the new season. With all the rain we've been getting, it's the perfect time to weed and prepare for next month's mulching! Stop by any time between 9:00 and 12:00 Saturday morning, October 9th. The Learning Garden is on the south side of the playground. Feel free to bring your own tools if you have them. See you there! greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    PTA Complimentary Membership Richmond PTA is once again offering our new and returning PTA members one complimentary membership per household for the 2021-2022 school year. Follow this link to redeem your free membership.

    Harvest Festival- CARnival Save the date for the Harvest Festival + volunteer opportunity!

    The PTA hopes your family can attend the annual Harvest Festival happening on Saturday, October 23 from 2:00–4:00PM in the parking lot of Central Christian Church at 1844 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd. Please save the date!

    Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help with a different format for the festival that will be equal parts socially distanced and fun. In lieu of the traditional booths we are planning a Harvest CARnival. Here's how it will work:

    We are looking for about 20 volunteer families/groups to decorate the trunks of their cars, creating stations that families can visit for treats, socially distanced games and fun. Google ‘Trunk or Treat’ for ideas.

    The cars will be parked in a common lot creating a carnival of fun that small groups can visit by foot.

    The CARnival will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 2:00–4:00PM, in the parking lot of Central Christian Church at 1844 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd. In addition to the volunteer supplied stations, the PTA will provide additional treats and games. Costumes are encouraged for all!

    The parking lot will be available to volunteers from 1:00–5:00PM for station setup/breakdown. Car decorations and any treats associated with the station will be organized and supplied by volunteers.

    We are recommending harvest themed stations and snacks and goodies like stickers instead of candy. Please note that restrooms will not be available so please plan accordingly!

    Interested in volunteering? Please sign up here!  If you have any questions please reach out to richmondvirtualevents@gmail.com.

    Community Budget Review Committee (CBRC) Looking to get involved in your community? Interested in learning about the district’s two billion dollar budget? 

    Be a voice for Richmond School and the Japanese Dual Language Immersion (DLI)  Program. Applications are due this Friday October 8th. More information and the application are available here: https://www.pps.net/Page/1677 

    If you are appointed to the CBRC, please email Asta Garmon, Richmond PTA Advocacy Chair, at asta.garmon@gmail.com

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity 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.

    Microaggression: The everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Source: Racial Equity Tools, with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA

    Japanese: マイクロアグレッション:日常的な言葉と非言語による軽蔑、冷遇、または侮辱を指す。意図的であるか否かにかかわらず、相手が社会的に取り残されているグループのメンバーであるという理由だけに基づいて、敵対的、侮蔑的または否定的なメッセージを伝達すること。出典:Racial Equity Tools、リッチモンドPTAによる編集あり (Translation:Mami Kikuchi) 

    Learn More:
    Listen to this 21-minute conversation by NPR’s Life Kit “Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out And When To Walk Away”
    Watch this 1-hour video by EmbraceRace “Why and How to Talk to Kids about Microaggressions”

    Affinity Spaces – Mark your calendar for the remaining 2021 dates

    Asian American & Pacific Islander: 10/22, 11/18, 12/16

    Black Indigenous, and People of Color: Dates Coming Soon!

    Nihongo: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 7-8PM

    White: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 6:30-7:30PM

    OYA NO KAI おやのかい

    5th Grade Cultural Exchange — Readiness Meeting 10/7 Is your fifth grader ready to travel to Japan with the 2022 5th Grade Cultural Exchange? Learn what it means to be “trip ready” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7. This meeting is mandatory for parents of fifth graders who want to participate in the exchange. Are you interested in being a chaperone? Stay for information on chaperoning at the end of the meeting. 

    Join us on Zoom.  Meeting ID: 851 9766 3808  Passcode: 727481

    Reminders: 

    If you have any questions, please email 5Gculturalexchange@oyanokai.org.

  • 9/30/21

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    September 30, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community, 

    You may have heard that...
    ...it rained on Monday, and we were able to activate a 6’ spacing indoor plan for lunch - hurrah!

    ...it drizzled on Tuesday, and we used our picnic tarps under us to return to the great outdoors for lunch. 
    ...both of those days went pretty well, but we’re also looking at lunch re-schedule options that might be better.
    ...Back to School Night is online Thursday (see info below) - hope families can attend a GMeet with teachers!
    ...there’s NO School next Friday, October 8th.
    ...and the very big news that opt-in OHSU Covid-Screening is starting for PPS schools soon!

    I’m devoting this section this week to this last piece of important news by repeating here some of the info that is included in the letter that accompanies the OHSU Consent Form/Info packets that went into teacher mailboxes on Wednesday afternoon and so should either be at home already (cue, check backpacks) or will be coming home on Thursday. We’ve also added an electronic pdf with links for the packet and letter to our Helpful Qwik Links doc that lives on our school homepage with the brand new updated Contact Number for our MESD-assigned Nurse Erika Wallin (971-712-3066) ewallin@mesd.k12.or.us - the number in the printed letter is now old. 

    This free PPS COVID-19 screening testing program is a collaboration with Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Multnomah County, and our health partners at Multnomah Education Service District (MESD). This free and simple testing program will be an additional measure in maintaining a safe environment for our community. Included in the packet are the TWO required consent forms, (yes, please fill out and return page 2 again even if you already sent it in for the onsite testing program so that OHSU knows you’re giving informed consent about this new Screening program) and more detailed information about the program. The Richmond PTA also presented this set of slides last week to help our community better understand the program.

    Since we do not yet have the actual materials from OHSU and don’t know what exactly the kits will look like, the letter describes our planning for the program that may need to be adjusted over time. While of course I’m sure we all hope that all of the many mitigation measures being taken at home and in school, including this opt-in Screening option, will work such that few families will need to connect with us about a Covid case, we want to make sure that we all have the information we need to do our best in keeping the community safe!

    As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work this year!

    We Have This, because We Have Each Other
    All best, Be Well, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other,
    Alicia sensei


    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:

    ✩ 9/30 Thurs. 6:00-7:30 pm Back to School Night (online) 
    ✩ 10/1 Fri. 9:00 am Community Conversation with Alicia sensei (detail below)
    ✩ 10/8 Fri. NO SCHOOL

    Back to School Night TONIGHT Thursday, September 30th 6:00-7:30 PM 
    Back to School Night is an online 90 minute program again this year, with a series of 3 half hour repeating sessions to support families in attending multiple sessions for different contexts. In addition to core teacher presentations, there are special schoolwide session links to Art & Library, Wellness Center, and TAG Night. We hope you’ll be able to make it to all the sessions you are interested in attending. Please click HERE to access all of the GMeet links.

    COMMUNITY Conversation TOMORROW Friday, October 1, 9:00AM (if all goes to plan, we’ll record & share)
    Continuing our virtual Community Conversations tradition, we’re aiming for monthly First Fridays and alternating morning (9am) and evening (6:30pm) times. Tomorrow, Friday 10/1, is a morning meeting. So, if you’re up for it, grab a coffee/tea/etc, pull up a screen, and join Alicia sensei in the GMeet. Feel free to use your child’s PPS Google account log-in. Access the virtual event using the following URL meet.google.com/daw-yjrd-tei or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪713 942 458 9257‬#  Questions submitted a few days in advance can help guide the session, so please feel free to help lay the table by submitting here.   

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    TAG Talk
    TAG nomination parent/guardian forms for the school year 2021-22 are available.  Please complete and return your form by December 3rd.  Remember to connect with your classroom teacher about your child's nomination.

    TAG Family Night is online, included in the third session 7:00-7:30 of Back to School Night. Everyone is welcome to attend this informational session!

    Please check the Richmond TAG page, pps.net/tag or contact Richmond's TAG facilitator, Katia Fleischman, if you have any questions.

    HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS REPEATS - Much PPS Health & Safety News (like the items below) are emailed directly to all families from PPS Comms - if you are not getting these, please contact Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net to be sure your email in Synergy is correct.)

    REPEAT: PPS COVID-19 Student Vaccine Survey Please complete the brief PPS survey (5-10 minutes) about your students and the COVID-19 vaccination sent to families by email on 9/16 with this description: “We’d like to determine how many of our students (ages 12 and older) are fully vaccinated against the virus and as we anxiously await approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students (age 5 to 11), we’d like to plan for targeted outreach for families to quickly access the vaccine. The information you share will help us prioritize vaccine access and outreach to schools this fall.” Read more

    COVID-SAFETY REMINDERS
    - Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can. 

     

    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    The annual Apple & Pear Sale continues!
    You have 10 more days to buy apples and pears to support our PTA.  The delicious fruit comes from Kiyokawa Family Orchards and is perfect for pies, sauces, or snacks.  Order until October 8th at https://richmond-pta.square.site.  Pick up is Friday, October 22nd at the Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club.  We will need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  Sign up details coming next week.  Contact CL at cielle.swatland@gmail.com or Whitney at whitneypagefrisch@gmail.com with questions.

    Fall Bulldog Gear Sale
    Just 4 days left to show off your school spirit by purchasing your Bulldog Gear before our next sale in the Spring! We have both youth and adult sizes in a variety of styles of shirts, hoodies, bags, masks, and more for sale here. Please note that each student will also be receiving a Bulldog mask from the PTA, so this is your chance to buy extras! As with last year, we’ll have both options of Bulldog logos, so pick out your favorite by October 3rd. All items can be picked up at the Apple and Pear pickup on October 22nd. 

    PTA Super Green Team
    Next Wednesday, October 6th is National Walk or Bike to School Day!
    If school is too far, consider parking a bit further away and enjoy the fall beauty as you stroll to school. It’s a great time to practice street safety too! Click here for more ways you can participate in this National event.

    Join us in the Learning Garden Saturday October 9th anytime between 9am-noon! We hope to sow cover crop, winter veggies, and turn the compost. Of course there’s always weeding and litter pick up. If you have any seeds or starts you’d like to donate, please email us! greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    PTA Complimentary Membership
    In case you missed the announcement during last week’s PTA meeting, Richmond PTA is once again offering our new and returning PTA members one complimentary membership per household for the 2021-2022 school year. Follow this link to redeem your free membership.

    Classroom Support needs YOU!
    Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteer parents/caregivers who have signed up already-- we have completed Orientations, and are starting to meet with teachers and make some plans for the year!!

    The following homerooms currently do not have any (or just one) family Representative to help support their class this year: Uchida (0), Rivera (1), Mogi (1), Hirahara (0), Fujiwara-3rdG (1), Scheiman (1), Aubrecht (0), Fujiwara-4thG (1), Biornstad [Kitazawa] (0), Kapranos (0), Kawasaki (1), and Meyden [Ishida] (1).

    We are so hopeful that this year we will get back to doing many of the fun, exciting activities that have brought so much joy to Richmond students and families in the past -- the Oya No Kai art projects, Spring Festival, and classroom parties to name a few -- but we need families to help make those happen.  The Classroom Support Reps are crucial for the organization and management of these projects, and to rally the troops to get the work done!!  If you want to have a bigger role in your child’s class this year and get to know your Richmond community, please consider signing up here or reach out to Class Support Chair Yukie Bean at richmondclassrooms@gmail.com.  Thank you!!

    Are you in the right Konstella classroom?
    If you have signed up for Konstella previously, you might not know that each year you must re-assign your Richmond kiddo to the correct homeroom-- at last check, there were nearly 300 of us who aren’t assigned to a class yet!!  To do this (or verify you’re in the right room):

    1. Click your name in the upper left on the website/the settings icon (looks like a gear/wheel) in the app
    2. Click “Your Children” to take you to a view for each child you have registered at Richmond
    3. At the bottom, assign your child to the correct “Classroom” by selecting their homeroom
    4. Save your changes, and repeat for any additional children you have at Richmond this year

    If you have not signed up for Konstella yet:

    1. Go to the Konstella home page: www.konstella.com        
    2. Click “Find Your School” in the upper right corner
    3. Enter “Richmond Elementary” and select our school
    4. Register by providing your name and email, your kid’s name, and their classroom.  You will receive an approval email from our Konstella admin or your class lead verifying your registration.

    When you are assigned to the right classroom, you will be notified of the important messages relevant to your child’s class, be able to chat with other parents and help each other out with questions about homework or class activities, and have more connection with your fellow JDLI families.  Questions? Email RichmondKonstellaHelp@gmail.com, or see our FAQ on the PTA homepage here.

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    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.

    White supremacy culture: White Supremacy Culture refers to the dominant, unquestioned standards of behavior and ways of functioning held by the vast majority of institutions in the United States. These standards may be seen as mainstream, dominant cultural practices; they have evolved from the United States’ history of white supremacy. Because it is so normalized it can be hard to see, which only adds to its powerful hold. In turn, societal moral is based on the values of white culture. White supremacy culture is an artificial, historically constructed culture which expresses, justifies and binds together the United States white supremacy system. It is the glue that binds together white-controlled institutions into systems and white-controlled systems into the global white supremacy system. Source: Racial Equity Tools, with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA

    白人至上主義文化: 白人至上主義文化とは、米国の大多数の機関で体現されている、支配的で、全体に合意された行動規範及び社会機能のあり方を指す。米国の白人至上主義の歴史から進化したこれらの規範は、主流派で圧倒的な文化的慣行のように見えることがある。あまりにも普遍化しているため見えにくくなっていることが、さらに強力な影響を与えている。また、それにより白人文化の価値観を元に社会的モラルも決まっている。 白人至上主義文化とは、米国の白人至上主義システムを表現し、正当化して束ねている、人工的で歴史的に構築された文化である。それは、白人支配の制度をシステムに、そして白人が支配するシステムをグローバルな白人至上主義システムに結びつける接着剤である。出典:Racial Equity Tools、リッチモンドPTAによる編集あり (Translation:Mami Kikuchi and Tomoyo Uemura) 

    Learn More:
    Watch this short clip explaining White Supremacy (includes captioning)
    Visit the new webpage for a wealth of information
    Watch this Webinar recorded May 2021 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original article on White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun (influenced by her mentor Kenneth Jones) with updated and added characteristics.
    EmbraceRace has a recorded free 1-hour webinar “Why & How to Talk to Young Kids About Race

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Help Wanted: Oya No Kai Program Manager
    Oya No Kai is hiring a full-time Program Manager to lead and coordinate our Japanese educational and cultural programs. The Program Manager reports to Oya No Kai’s Co-Presidents and works in collaboration with the Board of Directors, parent volunteers, contracted program staff, and school staff to support cultural exchange programs, intern teachers, supplemental education and community activities. The job description is on the Oya No Kai website. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to info@oyanokai.org by Oct. 8. 

    5th Grade Cultural Exchange Update 
    Thank you to all the 5th grade parents who came to the first information night for the 2022 5th Grade Cultural Exchange. If you missed the meeting, here are some important links:

    Next mandatory meetings: 

    • Parents only: Trip Readiness, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7
    • Parents and students: Student Panel, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Bring your 5th grader! 

    If you have any questions, please email 5G culturalexchange@oyanokai.org. Thank you!

     
     
  • 9/23/21

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    September 23, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community, 

    Happy officially Autumn, 秋, Aki! As always, and some extra, we’re very busy bees over here at school. I hope that our weekend rain and the Wednesday morning drizzle were welcome at home. Here at school it meant that our chalk lines for the blacktop picnic lunch tables disappeared. We redrew them as fast as we could on Monday and added number spots on Wednesday morning. By Wed’s first lunch all efforts were pretty much gone. (The ‘why not paint’ is a longer story involving possible overhead covering so that we can continue to eat outdoors when it rains harder, fire code regulations, and the correlating map reconfiguring.) Rounding our Wheel every day. Speaking of, we’ve decided to not use the picnic table tarp strips outdoors after all & conserve them in clean and good condition for possible indoor use. Even though we all want to remain outside as much as possible, we have to keep planning into the indoor possibility and accept that a day may come when we have to activate it. 

    All this as a lead-in to say that in this time of constant change and expended efforts on all the small but big things, gratitude and kindness are holding us up. So this week I want to THANK some of the many people that are possibly less often noticed or thanked. THANK YOU to all the Family Volunteers who have been signing up to wipe down our picnic tile mats at lunch and help Dan. We’ve asked PTA to open up a couple of spots at Arrival to help check the chalk on the blacktop each morning. And THANK YOU in advance to whomever signs up (not there yet) for some Lost & Found outdoor duty after school. THANK YOU too to Michelle George, our fantastic Library Assistant, who’s now coming in early every day to help out with all things Lunch, including helping kiddos compost (see PTA Super Green Team below for a Video to share at home : )

    If you get a chance, whether your child is a rider or not, please feel free to THANK our amazing team of Bus Drivers - Adam Burns, Jose Delgado, Elmer Javier, and Theresa Oravetz! You may have heard - and possibly already personally experienced - that there’s a national driver shortage that has hit Portland pretty hard. I personally wrote to the First Student bus company last Spring with accolades for this team and requested that they all be reassigned to us this year if at all possible. We’ve been so lucky so far that we’ve been able to keep them with Team Richmond. THANK YOU also to the substitute teachers that have been coming to run our PE/Dance program while we wait for the other also-hard-hit-on-hiring districts to release the team we hired away from them this summer - so soon, we hope to welcome them in person! 

    And THANK YOU again to all of the Family Organization (PTA, ONK & Foundation) leaders and members for always stepping in and showing up for the Richmond Community - the PTA meeting on Tuesday was great, ONK’s hosting a meeting for 5th grade families today, and everyone’s Foundation donations came through again with the restoration of the two Education Assistant positions! So very grateful to you ALL!

    Educator-parent tip: if you’re looking for a way to encourage your kiddos to do some authentic paper & pencil writing at home, Thank You notes are a gesture of Kindness that warms both the sender and receiver's hearts. As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work this year!

    We Have This, because We Have Each Other
    All best, Be Well, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other,
    Alicia sensei


    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:
    ✩ 9/23 Thurs. 6:30 pm 5th Grade Japan Trip Information Meeting (see ONK section for details)
    ✩ 9/24 Fri. School Picture Day (detail below)
    ✩ 9/30 Thurs. 6:00-7:30 pm Back to School Night (online) 
    ✩ 10/1 Fri. 9:00 am Community Conversation with Alicia sensei (detail below)
    ✩ 10/8 Fri. NO SCHOOL 

    HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS - Much PPS Health & Safety News (like the items below) are emailed directly to all families from PPS Comms - if you are not getting these, please contact Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net to be sure your email in Synergy is correct.)

    PPS COVID-19 Student Vaccine Survey Please complete the brief PPS survey (5-10 minutes) about your students and the COVID-19 vaccination sent to families by email on 9/16 with this description: “We’d like to determine how many of our students (ages 12 and older) are fully vaccinated against the virus and as we anxiously await approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students (age 5 to 11), we’d like to plan for targeted outreach for families to quickly access the vaccine. The information you share will help us prioritize vaccine access and outreach to schools this fall.” Read more

    PPS Announces COVID-19 Screening Program For All PPS Families Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms. PPS is partnering with the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to offer free COVID-19 screening testing for families! Richmond will send home packets with forms and info as soon as we receive them, so be on the lookout and thanks in advance for getting the needed items back to school as soon as possible so we can get this process going! Below is a short summary of the process of enrolling your student into the COVID-19 Screening Program. Some more great info was also shared at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, so be sure to check out the links below in the PTA section!

    → Families who wish to participate in the testing program must fill out the consent forms and get them back to school to be processed by our office.

    → Once OHSU receives student data and signed forms, they will create a patient record and generate labels for the testing samples. This process will take up to 10 days. OHSU will deliver testing supplies to schools for distribution once this is complete.

    → Each school will receive testing kits & labels to send home with students who have opted in. Information regarding how to collect a spit sample will be provided or emailed as well as available on the OHSU website: www.ohsu.edu/k12testing

    → Your student will receive sample collection materials on a specific day of the week and must return them to school on the following day. Samples will be collected by school teams for transportation to the lab.

    COVID-SAFETY REMINDERS
    - Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can. 

    - SYMPTOMATIC TESTING: Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing Consent Form having this in-hand at school allows us to provide an on-site test for students who demonstrate symptoms at school. Our on-site test expedites communication with MESD who communicates any isolation and quarantine parameters to families and any identified close contacts. We are only able to test students (& Staff) who meet the symptomatic criteria while on-site. No matter the outcome of the test, students will need to be picked-up right away, and it is expected that families will take their child for a follow-up test elsewhere and only return to school per the directions of their MESD communication. Here’s an MESD  Flier of locations for weekly vaccine clinics at the Multnomah County Student Health Centers. Event information is kept confidential and everyone is  Welcomed Back after isolation or quarantine and 24 hours fever free with other symptoms improving.   

    - RESPONSE to COVID EVENTS: Here are the PPS tools we use, all of which are now also on our homepage Helpful Qwik Links doc along with our Family QnA tools including the updated Answer Doc. PPS Communicable Disease Response Protocol document, PPS Communicable Disease Monitoring and Contact Tracing SOP Updated 9/13/21 and, Communication Protocol for COVID-19 Case Onsite SOP Updated 9/16/21 

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    PICTURE DAY School Portraits: This Friday, September 24th Order forms went home with your child last 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. 

    BtSN: Back to School Night - Next Week: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:00-7:30 pm Back to School Night is an Online 90 minute program again this year, with a series of 3 half hour repeating sessions to support families in attending multiple sessions for different contexts. Core classroom teachers are sending their GMeet Links to their families in their Friday News, and we’ll have all the special schoolwide session links, such as ESL & TAG (see below), for you here in the Bulletin next week. We hope you’ll be able to make it to all the GMeet spaces you are interested in attending!

    6:00 - 6:30 pm is Session # 1, 6:30 - 7:00 is Session # 2, and 7:00 - 7:30 is Session # 3 

    ESL Information Night will be held during all 3 Sessions of Back to School Night with our new ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher Sue Ko. Please join one of her Meets to learn more about PPS ESL programming and services. Our Richmond TAG Night will also be held during Back to School Night during only the last session from 7:00-7:30 pm so that we can extend the time if we need it for extra QnA without anyone missing the next session. 

    COMMUNITY Conversation Friday, October 1, 9:00AM (if all goes to plan, we’ll record & share)
    Continuing our virtual Community Conversations tradition, we’re aiming for monthly First Fridays and alternating morning (9am) and evening (6:30pm) times. This month, next Friday 10/1, is a morning meeting. So, if you’re up for it, grab a coffee/tea/etc, pull up a screen, and join Alicia sensei in the GMeet. Feel free to use your child’s PPS Google account log-in. Access the virtual event using the following URL meet.google.com/daw-yjrd-tei or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪713 942 458 9257‬#  Questions submitted a few days in advance can help guide the session, so please feel free to help lay the table by submitting here

    NOTES FROM THE WELLNESS ROOM - our Counselors Candor & Casey & Social Worker Anne
    Pandemic EBT Info for Families: Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are additional funds that can be used to support family food purchases. P-EBT benefits were approved for Oregon in May for the 2020-21 school year.  P-EBT benefits issuance began at the end of July and will continue to be mailed to homes into August and September for all families enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school or with individual family eligibility for free or reduced price meals in the 2020-21 school year.  Families inquiring about student eligibility, or have other P-EBT questions, can use the following Oregon 211 Info services:

    →Phone: Dial 211 from anywhere in Oregon
    →Text: Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
    →Web: www.211info.org or the pebt.oregon.gov webpage for current P-EBT information
    →Email: EBT.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us

    Do you need assistance with rent or utility bills such as PGE, NW Natural Gas, or Pacific Power? Contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, school social worker, at amulliganbrinson@pps.net or 503-729-2642 (voice or text) for information on programs currently being offered.

    NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY
    Students & Families - It’s time to Bring Back the Books to the Richmond Library!
    Do you have library books at home? 
    Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books/book bags to return to the library.  Please send them to school with your student(s) for return during library class.  Contact hwaters@pps.net or mgeorge@pps.net if you have any questions.  Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy. 

    NEW REMINDER! ATTENDANCE: If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 503-916-6220 X 66148 to let us know. You may also email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Thank you!! 

    LAST CALL in the Bulletin
    Yearly Online Verification for 1st -5th Grade families only. If you haven’t yet, please do it now! Review, edit & submit your child(ren)’s info online via PPS ParentVUE. If you need to reset your password, please follow these instructions. If you need other help logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact school secretary Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net.

    School Supplies: WOW, thanks so much - 413 families 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!


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Thanks to everyone who attended the PTA General Meeting Tuesday night. If you’d like to reach out to us about anything you heard during the meeting, we can be reached at richmondptapdx@gmail.com. And if you weren’t able to attend, we recorded it for you! Just click here and enter passcode: ^Gwd4P8L to view. You may also access the COVID Testing Options and Information Slide Deck shown during the meeting here.

    The Annual Apple & Pear Sale has arrived!
    The Apple & Pear Sale begins today, just in time for autumn!  Please consider buying apples and pears to support our PTA.  The delicious fruit comes from Kiyokawa Family Orchards and is perfect for pies, sauces, or snacks.  Orders begin today at https://richmond-pta.square.site and go through Friday, October 8th.  Pick up will be Friday, October 22nd at Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club.  We need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  Please mark your calendars - sign up details coming soon.  Contact CL at cielle.swatland@gmail.com or Whitney at whitneypagefrisch@gmail.com with questions.

    Fall Bulldog Gear Sale
    It’s time for our Fall Bulldog Gear sale - a great opportunity for you and your family to show your school spirit! We have both youth and adult sizes in a variety of styles of shirts, hoodies, bags, masks, and more for sale here. Please note that each student will also be receiving a Bulldog mask from the PTA, so this is your chance to buy extras! As with last year, we’ll have both options of Bulldog logos, so pick out your favorite by October 3rd. All items can be picked up at the Apple and Pear pickup on October 22nd. 

    PTA Super Green Team
    Happy Fall Equinox! Just a few reminders this week:
    -Our next garden gathering will be Saturday October 9th 9am-noon, we will focus on preparing the beds for winter cover crop, winter vegetables, and turning the compost.

    -Driving to school? Please remember our school is a “No idle” zone. Neighbors and the environment appreciate turning off your cars when you park. If it’s possible to lock your car without a beep, neighbors would be grateful for that too!

    -Lunch time composting is happening! This simple phrase can help kids remember how to sort their food waste, “If you can eat it, you can compost it”. This 3 minute video shows where our school food waste goes and how it’s used.

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    All are invited to join the Equity group. If you would like to participate email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com.

    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.

    リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。
    この章では、公平委員会が公平性への取り組みに関連した用語を英語、日本語の両言語で共有、紹介します。これによって、私たちは学習すること、共通言語を使用すること、そして公平性に関わる問題について話し合う機会を設けることができます。また、学校コミュニティとして共に成長することができます。

    Privilege: Unearned social power accorded by the formal and informal institutions of society to ALL members of a dominant group (e.g. white privilege, male privilege, etc.). Privilege is usually invisible to those who have it because we’re taught not to see it, but nevertheless it puts them at an advantage over those who do not have it. Source: Racial Equity Tools, with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA  

    Japanese: 特権:社会の公式および非公式の機関によって、優位に立つグループの全メンバーに与えられている、労せずに得た社会的な力(例えば、白人である特権、男性である特権など)。私たちはそれを見ないように教えられているので、特権は通常、それを持っている人には見えない。が、それにもかかわらず、特権を持っている人々は、持っていない人よりも優位に立つ。Japanese:出典:Racial Equity Tools、リッチモンドPTAによる編集あり(Translation:Mami Kikuchi)

    Learn More:
    Watch The power of privilege: Tiffany Jana, a 15-minute TED Talk
    Read Why It's Important to Think About Privilege — and Why It's Hard by Kathleen Ebbitt
    Listen Talking About Privilege — With Catrice M. Jackson, a 52-minute podcast  

    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 tonight (9/22), 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 tonight (9/22), 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 richmondequitypdx@gmail.com

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    5th Grade Trip Info Meeting TODAY
    Oya No Kai’s first trip information meeting for 5th grade families is at 6:30 p.m. TODAY, 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!

    Richmond Foundation リッチモンドファウンデーション

    Foundation NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! We need community members who would like to volunteer their time to help support Foundation goals through serving on the Foundation board. If you’d like more information, please reach out at rsf.pdx@gmail.com or check out our new website https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/.

     
     

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