• Until further notice, like most PPS Schools, the Richmond school building is physically closed to non-employees/hybrid students & emergency childcare partners. The campus is also closed to all but those groups from 7:45am-2:45pm on the Hybrid school days M/Tu/Th/Fri. 

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  • 6/14/21

     
     
    A message from Portland Public Schools
     

    June 14, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Happy Summer, Richmond Families! I am writing to you today for my final issue of the Bulldog Bulletin. Thank you for all the kindness you’ve shown me since I’ve announced my departure from Richmond; I will look forward to hearing about all of the future successes of this amazing school community over the next many years. 

    This is our final Bulldog Bulletin of the 2020-21 school year; we anticipate that the next issue will be sent around August 17, 2021. The Richmond office will close for the year on June 22 and will reopen on August 19, 2021. 

    If you missed any of our Family Q&A questions/responses or the recordings of Community Conversations across the year, including information on next year’s staffing configuration, you can find all of this information archived in past Bulldog Bulletins on the Richmond website

    Enjoy a safe and happy summer,
    Best wishes, 
    Ron Young


    学校から
    From the School

    2021-22 School Supplies
    In lieu of asking families to shop for school supplies, we are suggesting a $25 donation per student. We understand families may not be able to give that amount or have multiple children attending Richmond so please give what you can. This donation goes directly to supplies needed in your child's classroom. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online.

    2019-20 Yearbook Distribution in Fall
    We intended to distribute last year’s 2019-20 yearbooks before the end of this school year. Unfortunately, the yearbooks are still in production and we will distribute them in the fall. For those moving on to Mt. Tabor Middle School, we will deliver the yearbooks to you there. If you are not continuing to either Richmond or Mt. Tabor MS then we will mail them to you. Please send Sparrow Sensei your mailing address swest1@pps.net. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    The counseling and social worker team want to wish you a happy summer break. You all deserve to relax and recharge. We can't wait to see you all again next school year. We will not always see our emails over the break, but please feel free to check the website for resources or email us with non-emergency questions. For any mental health emergencies, please call 503-988-4888. 

    For a list of meals during the summer time, please click here to see more information. 

    Be sure to check out Ms. Anne's virtual office! It features fun books, videos, games, and has summer resources and information for parents. Specially featured for June is information on Pride Month! You can see it all here or find it linked on the counseling website.

    From the Library
    A BIG thank you to the Richmond families who supported our library’s Let’s Get Reading! program this year! We successfully circulated about 15,485 books, serving 414 unique Richmond Library student patrons. Happy reading everyone!

    Multnomah County Library Summer Reading 2021 begins June 16. PPS and MCL are also partnering on Library Connect, allowing students to use their student ID# to access MCL, without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Learn more about these programs here.

    For a fun & creative opportunity, students may also enjoy Salt & Straw’s current Fiction to Flavor Contest. Learn more about how they can participate and win prizes here.

    Dear Richmond families, please be sure to keep reading the direct-to-you emails from PPS over the summer in order to prepare for next year and be informed about all of the happenings, efforts, and planning across our district. We've also updated our Richmond Helpful Links Doc for families (lives on our school Homepage under Quick Links ). Through it, you can access the Bulldog Bulletin Archive, School Calendar, and our Family Q&A tools. For the summer, we've also added a Reading from Home doc and one for Recycling Resources (Thanks PTA's Super Green Team!) Interested in seeing another item linked on that page or run into an error message? Email Kyoto sensei AP Alicia McMillen at amcmillen@pps.net

    Continuing at Richmond Next Year? 
    Attention KG - 4th Grade Families: If you do not plan to return to Richmond for the 2021/2022 school year, please let us know by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Thank you!


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    PTA’s June Newsletter
    Many of you are signed up for PTA Communications through Konstella where our periodic newsletters (and so much more!) can be found. This final PTA newsletter of the year gives a comprehensive overview of all that Richmond PTA has done to connect and engage families this year, and is worth a read if you’re interested in learning more about PTA or want to get involved next year.

    Richmond PTA needs you!
    Join the incredible community of Richmond parent volunteers by stepping into any of the following open Board positions for the 2021-2022 school year:

    • Co-Secretary
    • Classroom Support Chair
    • Equity Committee Co-Chair
    • Membership Chair
    • Super Green Team Co-Chair
    • Emergency Preparedness Chair

    In order for Richmond’s PTA to continue to build community, encourage family engagement, and  support our teachers and staff, volunteers like you are needed. For more information about any of these or other open positions, click here or email us directly at richmondptapdx@gmail.com

    Super Green Team 
    We will be spreading new bark chips in the learning garden on Saturday June 12, at 10am. If you’d like to give us a hand, bring a shovel if you can - if not we have extra. Children are welcome!    

    Emergency Preparedness
    Summer is a great time to check in on your emergency preparedness supplies, refresh your expired food items, change out the water in your water barrels, etc. It is also the start of the wildfire season here in Oregon! If you have them, you can stash some extra N95 or KN95 masks in your emergency kit for smokey days (also great for the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, and post-earthquake dust/smoke). It is also a good time to stock up on HEPA/MERV13 filters for your air filters/fans/HVAC system before there is a run on them.  

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    Thank You for reading and engaging in the English and Japanese Equity related definitions throughout the school year! Over the summer we will catalog these so you can easily access them and we can continue to build on this common language together. 
    This summer we wish to leave you with two huge topics to explore and sit with: 
    White Supremacy Culture and Systemic Racism. 

    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) 

    Dive Deeper into White Supremacy Culture and Systemic Racism:
    Watch this short clip explaining White Supremacy.
    Visit the new webpage White Supremacy Culture for a wealth of understanding about the topic.
    Watch this Webinar recorded May 2021 celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the original article on White Supremacy Culture by Tema Okun (influenced by her mentor Kenneth Jones) with updated and added characteristics.
    Watch this helpful video clip with Japanese subtitles explaining Systemic Racism.

    The PTA Equity Committee will continue Equity and Anti-racism engagement through the summer. Stay connected and informed by emailing us! richmondequitypdx@gmail.com
    Share the resources that have been helpful to you in your learning on Facebook or Konstella and let’s keep cultivating Omoiyari at Richmond!

    AAPI individuals and guests of AAPI Organizations can visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden for FREE every 3rd Wednesday of the summer months! Thanks to a partnership with Rise Against Hate Oregon, cultural performances will also take place on those days. #OpenDoorWednesday
    Make sure to register to grab your spot!

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Don’t miss Kurabu this summer! 
    All students entering grades 1-8 are invited to sign up for Virtual Kurabu 2021. This year’s summer camp is free, and we have planned fun themes for each week. You are welcome to join as many weeks as you can. Don’t worry about missing some sessions.

    Session 1 
    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: June 22- July 27
    Every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 2 
    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: June 23 - July 28
    Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Elementary School Themes: 

    • Week 1: おとで あそぼう!(Let's have fun with sounds!)
    • Week 2: にほんの ぶんかを たのしく しろう!(Let's enjoy learning about Japanese culture!)
    • Week 3: たなばたを いっしょに おいわい しよう!(Celebrate Star festival together!)
    • Week 4: にほんの しょうがっこうを たいけんしよう①!(Let's experience being Japanese elementary school students!)
    • Week 5: にほんの しょうがっこうを たいけんしよう②!(Let's experience being Japanese elementary school students②!)  
    • Week 6: たのしく うごこう!(Haave fun moving around!)

    Middle School Session 3 
    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: July 8 - July 29
    Every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Middle school activities will include cooking, baking, craft, calligraphy, exercise in Japanese and more fun! Graduating fifth graders who are entering sixth grade in the fall can join this special four-week session. 

    Register now on this Google Form. 

    Oya No Kai would like to thank the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s Mary Yamaguchi Fund in Memory of Shizuo and Ujitsuto Yamaguchi for their generous support of Kurabu.  

    Questions? Please contact kurabu.admin@oyanokai.org.

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

    Dear Richmond Community,
    We want to thank you for your generous support in our spring fundraising drive. We are thrilled to have raised $45,884 (and climbing as donations still trickle in). The official Fund For PPS deadline for raising money for the coming school year is June 30th.

    Have you ever thought about signing up for monthly giving to Richmond School Foundation? You can sign up here! Simply check the box next to “Make this a recurring donation”.

    Lastly, two of our four Foundation volunteers will be graduating with their 5th grader and therefore Foundation NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. If you would like more information you can email rsf.pdx@gmail.com.

    Thank you for a great year.

    Matt Moran
    Hidemi Mousavi
    Shaun Davidson
    Anna Kapranos Moran

     
     
  • 6/7/2021

     
     
    A message from Portland Public Schools
     

    June 7, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Hard to believe that this is the last week of the school year! This year has truly been filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows for our students, staff, and community; from the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank everyone for the grace, patience, and flexibility you’ve all shown throughout this pandemic. I am so hopeful that the 2021-2022 school year will open to fully in-person learning; it will be wonderful to have our halls filled with all of our students once again. 

    The end of the school year is always a time for change. In addition to my departure from Richmond, Ms. Jen Loveland, Ms. Jessica Foreman, Mr. Bryan Funatake, Mr. Nathan Saunders, Ms. Yuko Aizawa, Ms. Shade Ajayi, Ms. Mika Brier, Ms. Yoshie Tomita, and Ms. Charlotte Weiss will also be leaving our school. Many of these folks may return to their dedicated service as substitute teachers at Richmond and we look forward to still seeing them around our building in the future. We’re so thankful for each person’s amazing contributions to Richmond and wish them all well. 

    On Wednesday afternoon we’ll have more of our lost and found items out for pickup, if you’ve got a few minutes and can come to Richmond to check the items out, we’d love to get them back to their owners. We’ll also be celebrating our departing 5th graders later this week and we continue to welcome the students and families of next year’s Kindergarten class. 

    We’ll have one more Bulletin out next Monday! Enjoy your last week of school, 
    Ron


    学校から
    From the School

    2019-20 Yearbook Distribution
    Our hope was to distribute last year’s 2019-20 yearbooks before the end of this school year. That is still our wish but printing the yearbook is unfortunately beyond our control and there is a possibility we might not have the yearbooks in hand by this Friday. If that is the case, we sincerely apologize and will let you know our plans for distribution if we move into summer break in our last Bulldog Bulletin next Monday. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

    2021-22 School Supplies
    In lieu of asking families to shop for school supplies, we are suggesting a $25 donation per student. We understand families may not be able to give that amount or have multiple children attending Richmond so please give what you can. This donation goes directly to supplies needed in your child's classroom. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Checks can be made to Richmond School and dropped off with your teacher or at the office. Thank you for your kind donations!

    5th Grade Parents:
    Richmond Elementary School invites our 5th grade families to join us for the "5th Grade Clap-Out Promotion Parade."

    The parade will take place on Thursday, June 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be options for both bikes and cars on the parade route. Families are encouraged to decorate bikes or cars if they wish. Staff will be on the perimeter of the school to clap out our 5th graders. Bikes will enter the parade route from SE Sherman and 42nd, proceed clockwise around Richmond, and exit again via Sherman. Cars are asked to enter the parade route heading west on Division, turn right onto SE 42nd and then proceed clockwise around Richmond, exiting the route via Sherman to 43rd to Lincoln. Volunteers will be present to help direct traffic and before the event additional information, including a map of the route, will be emailed directly to families. Families on bikes will kick things off at 3:00 - 3:15 and families in cars are asked to participate according to their original class assignments: 

    Schedule:
    3:00- 3:15 Bike only (any classroom teacher pair)
    3:15-3:30 Cars only - Kapranos/Maehara
    3:30-3:45 Cars only - Aubrecht/Kitazawa 
    3:45-4:00 Cars only - Loveland/Kawasaki

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    Sports Day: Tuesday June 8th
    We are so close to the finish line. So let's dress like the champions that we are. Dress in your favorite team shirts or colors (and if you are like some of our teachers, you might have scarves and socks too). Wear your sports gear, such as your basketball jersey to your baseball hat. Please no swimsuits. If you don't have any sports gear or favorite sports team, wear Richmond colors and any Richmond gear you might have. Richmond colors are red, white, and black. One more victory lap before you enjoy your much deserved summer break. 

    Last QSA meeting for the year is Wed. at 1:30. Code is RichQSA

    June is Pride Month. Here are some resources from the school district and from local organizations:
    https://www.pridenw.org/
    https://www.pps.net/Page/2488

    From the Library
    Do you have library materials at home you are not using? Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library. Although Let’s Get Reading! has ended, returns will continue June 9th. Bring books/book bags to Richmond (south side) on Wednesday from 8-3 or return them with your students to their classrooms for collection. Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy. 

    Multnomah County Library Summer Reading 2021 begins June 16. Check out this slide deck with more information about summer reading and Library Connect.

    Richmond’s QFSA (Queer Families and Students Alliance) is coming together again tomorrow Tuesday 6/8 from 5:30-6:30 for an end-of-year, in-person, BYOwn Picnic Playdate by the Community Garden next to the new play structure & the field. We’ll have a few craft ideas & play items, and folx are also welcome to bring theirs. The plan is to relax and connect with our LGBTQ+ kids and families community. If this sounds meaningful to your family, please come on by with masks on. (PS - a reminder that we won’t have building access for non-staff.)

    Lost & Found Item Retrieval Opportunities We have collected a couple of racks of Lost & Found (& Locker/Desk) items that we'd love to get back into their family homes if they're wanted. We do also have a great donation destination planned for anything not retrieved. We'll bring everything out front of the school at the below times and hope this works across these different days for parent/guardians to come and look - and/or for families to remind bus-riding kiddos to take a look at their dismissal time. THIS WEEK: Wednesday 6/9 & Friday 6/11 Please note earlier end time of 3PM (a few photos here

    Fri 6/11 during Morning Dismissal 10-10:45am and again from 12:30-3:00pm 
    Wed 6/9 (Asynchronous day) 12:30-3:00pm 

    Reminder about Spring 2021 Helpful Links page as a resource for our families on the school Homepage under the Quick Links banner (on the left mid-page). Through it, you can access the Bulldog Bulletin Archive, School Calendar, Dismissal Plan GForm (for submitting Temporary or Permanent changes), Family Q&A tools, Spring Handbook, and our school Maps. Feel free to click the link now and bookmark it for yourself, or find it anytime on the school homepage! Interested in seeing another item linked on that page or run into an error message? Email Kyoto sensei AP Alicia McMillen at amcmillen@pps.net

    Continuing at Richmond Next Year? 
    Attention KG - 4th Grade Families: If you do not plan to return to Richmond for the 2021/2022 school year, please let us know by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Thank you!


    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

    Dear Richmond Community,
    We want to thank you for your generous support in our spring fundraising drive. We are thrilled to have raised $45,884 (and climbing as donations still trickle in). The official Fund For PPS deadline for raising money for the coming school year is June 30th.

    Have you ever thought about signing up for monthly giving to Richmond School Foundation? You can sign up here! Simply check the box next to “Make this a recurring donation”.

    Lastly, two of our four Foundation volunteers will be graduating with their 5th grader and therefore Foundation NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. If you would like more information you can email rsf.pdx@gmail.com.

    Thank you for a great year.
    Matt Moran
    Hidemi Mousavi
    Shaun Davidson
    Anna Kapranos Moran

    PTA

    Due tomorrow!
    PTA 'School of Excellence' Survey
    Richmond PTA has been steadily working to better meet the needs of our school community in partnership with National PTA’s School of Excellence program. The focus is all about family-school partnerships and enhancing the success of our children. Help us measure our PTA’s progress by taking this survey and rating your experience across a multitude of criteria. We look forward to incorporating our learnings into programming for next year to make things even better for all of you at Richmond Elementary. Survey will be open until June 8th. We appreciate your input!

    Survey (English):  https://forms.gle/1qN5XtQD6oZc1ryN8
    Survey (Japanese):  https://forms.gle/v8NHKwz9GubvrypN9

    Thank You Richmond Community for showing up and supporting our first Equity Committee event! 
    We are inspired and hopeful by the connections and discussions shared. Toward the end breakout room conversations participants were asked to share their "burning questions." Here is some of what our community is sitting with and may inspire future events. We invite you to join in the journey to answer these questions with us! 
    Email us at: richmondequitypdx@gmail.com to stay connected.

    • How do we build genuine, deeper connection within the AAPI community?
    • How do we embrace the BIPOC community more broadly?
    • How do we talk to our children about: racism, allyship, equity, social justice? 
    • What are the barriers to everyone feeling included and valued at Richmond and how do we break those barriers down? 
    • How do we come together and have authentic relationships? 
    • How do we include BIPOC beyond Asians in the program? 
    • Where can we learn more and find resources? 
    • How do we, who are Japanese born, understand what racism means to us, while maintaining our non-confrontational culture?

    Richmond PTA needs you!
    Join the incredible community of Richmond parent volunteers by stepping into any of the following open Board positions for the 2021-2022 school year:

    • Co-Secretary
    • Classroom Support Chair
    • Equity Committee Co-Chair
    • Membership Chair
    • Super Green Team Co-Chair

    In order for Richmond’s PTA to continue to build community, encourage family engagement, and  support our teachers and staff, volunteers like you are needed. For more information about any of these or other open positions, click the link below or email us directly at richmondptapdx@gmail.com
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UzPLJMztPTGbyWmPdZhhov851kW74wm4r5gUKj3pjSc/edit

    Class Photo Collage & Frozen Yogurt Voucher
    The PTA class photo collage project is complete and will be heading home this week along with the free “Spring Festival”  Eb & Bean Frozen Yogurt vouchers. Students in hybrid learning will receive their envelopes from their teachers, and students in CDL will have their envelope mailed directly to their home address. 

    Big shoutout and thanks to the many volunteers who made this project possible! We hope this small gift from the PTA brings much happiness and togetherness to our learning community. 

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    AAPI identifying individuals, check out this 3 part workshop ‘Healing in the Asian Community’. Our gracious Japanese facilitator Fumiyo Nishimoto Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW will be leading the first session called “Vicarious Resilience”.

    See the AAPI Community Resource List for AAPI mental health resources, how to talk to your kids about anti-Asian hate, and additional learning for non AAPI individuals.

    June is Pride month! 
    While Portland can be a supportive city to live in for people identifying as LGBTQ+, we can continue to build our awareness around language and heteronormative blind spots. This article about “How to use Gender Inclusive Language” is helpful. One of the ways we can help children not absorb heteronormative perspectives is by offering them opportunities to see all kinds of relationships and families as “normal". Check out this list of kids books from Human Rights Campaign about two Mom and two Dad families. Our Richmond Counseling website offers many great resources as well. Lastly, don’t forget that Tuesday 6/8 from 5:30-6:30 is Richmond’s QFSA (Queer Families and Students Alliance) end-of-year, in-person, BYOwn Picnic Playdate!

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Register for Kurabu for free! 
    All students entering grades 1-8 are invited to sign up for Virtual Kurabu 2021. This year’s camp is free! 

    Join us weekly on Zoom for a fun and rewarding hour of Japanese songs, stories, crafts, and physical activities. You are welcome to join as many weeks as you can. Don’t worry about missing some sessions.

    Graduating fifth graders who are starting sixth grade in the fall can join a special four-week session just for middle school students. Kurabu is open to older students for the first time this summer, and we are planning special projects geared toward them. 

    Session 1 (6 Weeks)
    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: June 22- July 27
    Every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 2 (6 Weeks)
    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: June 23 - July 28
    Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 3 (4 Weeks)
    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: July 8 - July 29
    Every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Register now on this Google Form. 

    Oya No Kai would like to thank the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s Mary Yamaguchi Fund in Memory of Shizuo and Ujitsuto Yamaguchi for their generous support of Kurabu.  

    Questions? Please contact kurabu.admin@oyanokai.org.

     
     
  • 6/1/2021

     
     
    A message from Portland Public Schools
     

    June 1, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Wow! This Richmond Community really showed up last week by supporting our Foundation’s Spring Campaign to secure the funding to support a 4th grade teaching position for next school year! Thank you so very much for the continued support that you show our school--we are very grateful!

    I am going to keep my message short this week because our Bulletin is chocked full of useful information and opportunities for your participation. I hope to see you at the Cultivating Omoiyari event on 6/2. We’ll have two more editions of the Bulletin for this school year. 

    Have a great week, 
    Ron


    学校から
    From the School

    Principal Hire Community Session Recording
    Last week our Area Senior Director hosted a community session discussing the hiring process and gathering your input on the skills and characteristics you desire in the next Richmond Principal. If you were unable to attend you can watch the video recording here. Your voice is important, and another way to share your perspective is through the Community Feedback Survey, linked here. The survey will be open through Wednesday, June 2.

    2021-22 School Supplies
    In lieu of asking families to shop for school supplies, we are suggesting a $25 donation per student. We understand families may not be able to give that amount or have multiple children attending Richmond so please give what you can. This donation goes directly to supplies needed in your child's classroom. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Checks can be made to Richmond School and dropped off with your teacher or at the office. Thank you for your kind donations!

    Richmond’s QFSA (Queer Families and Students Alliance) is coming together again next Tuesday 6/8 from 5:30-6:30 for an end-of-year, in-person, BYOwn Picnic Playdate by the Community Garden next to the new play structure & the field. We’ll have a few craft ideas & play items, and folx are also welcome to bring theirs. The plan is to relax and connect with our LGBTQ+ kids and families community. If this sounds meaningful to your family, please come on by with masks on. (PS - a reminder that we won’t have building access for non-staff.)

    Lost & Found Item Retrieval Opportunities We have collected a couple of racks of Lost & Found (& Locker/Desk) items that we'd love to get back into their family homes if they're wanted. We do also have a great donation destination planned for anything not retrieved. We'll bring everything out front of the school at the below times and hope this works across these different days for parent/guardians to come and look - and/or for families to remind bus-riding kiddos to take a look at their dismissal time. THIS WEEK: Thursday 6/3 and NEXT WEEK: Wednesday 6/9 & Friday 6/11 (a few photos here
    Thurs 6/3 & Fri 6/11 during Morning Dismissal 10-10:45am and again from 12:30-4:30pm 
    Wed 6/9 (Asynchronous day) 12:30-4:30pm 

    5th Grade Parents:
    Richmond Elementary School invites our 5th grade families to join us for the "5th Grade Clap-Out Promotion Parade."

    The parade will take place on Thursday, June 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be options for both bikes and cars on the parade route. Families are encouraged to decorate bikes or cars if they wish. Staff will be on the perimeter of the school to clap out our 5th graders. Bikes will enter the parade route from SE Sherman and 42nd, proceed clockwise around Richmond, and exit again via Sherman. Cars are asked to enter the parade route heading west on Division, turn right onto SE 42nd and then proceed clockwise around Richmond, exiting the route via Sherman to 43rd to Lincoln. Volunteers will be present to help direct traffic and before the event additional information, including a map of the route, will be emailed directly to families. Families on bikes will kick things off at 3:00 - 3:15 and families in cars are asked to participate according to their original class assignments: 

    Schedule:
    3:00- 3:15 Bike only (any classroom teacher pair)
    3:15-3:30 Cars only - Kapranos/Maehara
    3:30-3:45 Cars only - Aubrecht/Kitazawa 
    3:45-4:00 Cars only - Loveland/Kawasaki

    4th Grade Families:
    Every year we ask our 4th grade families to assist with the 5th grade promotion event, to ensure things run smoothly, and to free up 5th grade volunteers to celebrate their students. This year we need your help to make the clap-out parade a success. Our biggest need is for volunteers to assist with traffic safety and maintain a smooth flow of vehicles during the ceremony. Other options for helping out include set up and clean up, and one opportunity to dress up as a giant Pikachu. Please see the signup genius linked below for more information and to volunteer. 
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084EADA62CA2FB6-5thgrade1

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    Fun in the Sun Spirit Day: Friday June 4th

    Let's have fun in the sun! Wear your sunglasses. Let's dress like we are on vacation. Wear a sun hat. Please no swimsuits. The future is bright so wear those sunglasses and flip flops.

    For BIPOC students, there is an online meeting opportunity to hangout and help each other out. Click here for more information. 

    From the Library
    It’s spring cleaning time at the Richmond Library! Do you have library materials at home you are not using? Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library. Although Let’s Get Reading! has ended, returns will continue June 2nd & 9th. Bring books/book bags to Richmond (south side) on Wednesday from 8-3 or return them with your students to their classrooms for collection. Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy. 

    PPS and Multnomah County Library are partnering on Library Connect! This project allows students to use their student ID# to access MCL, without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Learn more about Library Connect here.

    Reminder about Spring 2021 Helpful Links page as a resource for our families on the school Homepage under the Quick Links banner (on the left mid-page). Through it, you can access the Bulldog Bulletin Archive, School Calendar, Dismissal Plan GForm (for submitting Temporary or Permanent changes), Family Q&A tools, Spring Handbook, and our school Maps. Feel free to click the link now and bookmark it for yourself, or find it anytime on the school homepage! Interested in seeing another item linked on that page or run into an error message? Email Kyoto sensei AP Alicia McMillen at amcmillen@pps.net

    Continuing at Richmond Next Year? 
    Attention KG - 4th Grade Families: If you do not plan to return to Richmond for the 2021/2022 school year, please let us know by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Thank you!

    Art4Life Summer programming at Richmond Elementary
    Art4Life is excited to offer summer programming at Richmond Elementary this summer! Enroll today for weekly themed fun with teacher led art projects and adventures around the neighborhood! Registration is now open and space is very limited! CLICK THE LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION  OR email at Art4Life.info@gmail.com 

    Fliers Approved for Distribution:
    Mt. Tabor SUN Community School
    Saturday Academy Summer Camps & Classes Flier (grades 2-12)
    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16
    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)


    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

     

    A Huge Thank You to the Richmond Elementary School Community!
    Together We Did It!!

    Our fundraiser has been a huge success!

    We are currently at $28,394 and tracking to meet our goal of $29,000! Donations are still being accepted and they can be made at: www.richmondschoolfoundation.org If extra funds are raised, they will go towards educational support staff positions such as educational assistants.

    Your generous support has helped fund the staffing of our 4 sections of 4th grade for the 21-22 school year. Thank you Richmond Community, you are amazing!

    Richmond Foundation

    PTA

    Richmond PTA needs you now!
    Join the incredible community of Richmond parent volunteers by stepping into any of the following open Board positions for the 2021-2022 school year:

    • Co-Secretary
    • Classroom Support Chair
    • Equity Committee Co-Chair
    • Membership Chair
    • Super Green Team Co-Chair

    In order for Richmond’s PTA to continue to build community, encourage family engagement, and  support our teachers and staff, volunteers like you are needed. For more information about any of these or other open positions, click the link below or email us directly at richmondptapdx@gmail.com
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UzPLJMztPTGbyWmPdZhhov851kW74wm4r5gUKj3pjSc/edit

    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。

    It’s not too late to register for The Richmond Equity Committee’s first community event! 
    Cultivating Omoiyari: An Anti-Asian Hate Discussion with Richmond Parents and Staff to Foster Safety and Community. Wednesday June 2nd at 6-7:30pm 

    Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month:
    Watch this touching 7min video celebrating Asian Americans with your kids!
    Tour Portland’s newly open Japanese American Museum of Oregon by appointment, visit Lan Su Chinese Garden and go on a ‘Lost Treasure Hunt’, stroll through the peaceful Japanese Garden.
    Support and seek out AAPI and BIPOC owned businesses and share your favorites!

    PTA 'School of Excellence' Survey
    Richmond PTA has been steadily working to better meet the needs of our school community in partnership with National PTA’s School of Excellence program. The focus is all about family-school partnerships and enhancing the success of our children. Help us measure our PTA’s progress by taking this survey and rating your experience across a multitude of criteria. We look forward to incorporating our learnings into programming for next year to make things even better for all of you at Richmond Elementary. Survey will be open until June 8th. We appreciate your input!

    Survey (English):  https://forms.gle/1qN5XtQD6oZc1ryN8
    Survey (Japanese):  https://forms.gle/v8NHKwz9GubvrypN9

    Mark your calendar!
    Richmond PTA’s 2021-2022 calendar is out and we are looking ahead with optimism as we plant the seed for the August 28th Ice Cream Social! We hope to be able to offer this event in-person and will keep our community up to date as we know more about that possibility. Stay tuned for details to come later in the summer.

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Register for Virtual Kurabu 2021!
    Oya No Kai’s virtual Japanese summer camp, Kurabu, is open for registration

    This year’s camp is FREE and open to Japanese Dual Language Immersion students entering grades 1-8. Join us weekly on Zoom for a fun and rewarding hour of Japanese songs, stories, crafts, and physical activities. 

    Session 1 (6 Weeks)
    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: June 22- July 27
    Every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 2 (6 Weeks)
    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: June 23 - July 28
    Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 3 (4 Weeks)
    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: July 8 - July 29
    Every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Register now on this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1rDGpp5VKoBja_maszyOPMOv8kx9eEiVk75IJZK9z-fxREg/viewform

    Oya No Kai would like to thank the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s Mary Yamaguchi Fund in Memory of Shizuo and Ujitsuto Yamaguchi for their generous support of Kurabu.  

    Questions? Please contact kurabu.admin@oyanokai.org.

     
     
  • 5/24/2021

     

     

     
    A message from Portland Public Schools

     

    May 24, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Today, I’d like to pause and reflect on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. This year has been a painful one, but also one that has galvanized our PPS educators, students, and communities toward our district value of racial equity and social justice. 

    As part of our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, many of our students are participating in a schoolwide art project to decorate masks with messages and symbols of hope that recognize the intersecting identities of our Richmond community. We’ll share a visual collection of these compiled masks beginning next week. 

    Our district is also offering virtual spaces for our students to gather with one another. Black students can participate in the PPS Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group (click here to learn more) and Black, Brown, and Indigenous students can participate in the Vibing & Thriving student group, an opportunity to gather with other students which will be available all summer. 

    Finally, I want to re-share an invite for the Richmond PTA Equity Committee’s Event on 6/2/21--please see the additional information posted below. 

    Have a great week, 
    Ron  

    Cultivating Omoiyari (オモイヤリを育んで): An Anti-Asian Hate Discussion with Richmond Parents and Staff to Foster Safety and Community

    リッチモンドの保護者やスタッフが参加する、安全と仲間意識を促進する為の対アジア人ヘイトに関する話し合い。英語の後に日本語訳があります。

    Wednesday, June 2nd at 6-7:30pm

    PTAのEquity Committee(公平委員会)が主催する共感や思いやりを育むための話し合いに参加しませんか。「思いやり」とは、他人の気持ちを配慮し注意深く考え接することです。「思いやり」の精神が、相手を気遣う行動へと繋がるのです。

    反差別運動家、パフォーミング・アーティストとして活躍される、日系アメリカ人3世のチサオ ハタさん(元リッチモンドの保護者)をお招きして、パンデミック前とその渦中に起こっている対アジア人ヘイトと暴力の増加について話を進めていきます。そして少人数グループに分かれて一層深い話し合いが出来るスペースに移動します。ご希望により日本語のみ、AAPI(アジアンアメリカン)、BIPOC(黒人、先住民族、有色人種)のブレイクアウトルームもご用意致します。

    参加者全員が安心出来るバーチャル空間になる様努めます。気軽に参加できる雰囲気を目指していますので、飲み物やスナックなどご自由にお持ちください。未成年者の場合は、ご家族でご相談の上参加下さい。

    この招待に応募してZoomのリンクを受け取るには、QRコードを使用するか、https://tinyurl.com/2zm9ftz2のリンクにアクセスしてください。

    ご不明な点がございましたら、richmondequitypdx@gmail.comまでメールでお問い合わせください。

    The PTA Equity Committee invites you to a timely and important conversation in order to connect with each other, and to cultivate Omoiyari. The Japanese word Omoiyari can be described as having empathy, compassion, selfless consideration, and understanding. Omoiyari inspires action to do something to help another.

    Facilitator and former Richmond parent Chisao Hata, a 3rd generation Japanese American anti-discrimination activist and performing artist,  will guide us in discussions around anti-Asian hate and increased violence, both before and during the pandemic.  Our intention is to host a safe, healing, virtual space for parents/caregivers, counselors, and staff. Please use your own discretion if you wish to include young people in the program. 

    Small break-out rooms will be offered to provide opportunities for deeper conversations; affinity spaces for Japanese-speaking, AAPI-identifying, and BIPOC attendees will also be available. This is an informal event—feel free to eat, drink, relax—whatever you need to feel comfortable and remain engaged. 

    To RSVP and receive the Zoom link use the QR code or go here: https://tinyurl.com/2zm9ftz2
    For questions, please email us at richmondequitypdx@gmail.com


    学校から
    From the School

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    Friday 28th is Mix and Match Day

    Mix and match your clothing! Maybe wear it inside out or backwards (no undergarments on the outside, please). Go silly! Wear plaid with polka dots. Or maybe wear all one color. You could wear all your flower or animal prints at once. Wear two different socks and shoes. Be silly with your clothes!

    The Richmond counseling & social work department is planning on hosting student groups in the Fall of 2021 for those who have experienced grief and loss. We would like to hear from the community to gauge interest & need so we can best plan for the groups - if you are interested please fill out this survey! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or amulliganbrinson@pps.net

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month! 
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month which aims to increase the conversation and decrease stigma around mental health. It is just as important as our physical health, and nearly 50% of children will have had a diagnosable mental illness at some point before they are 18. Check out these resources around the awareness month, why it's important, and supports. 

    mental health in the time of COVID
    For youth - teen to teen help line
    Need to talk to someone? NAMI can help
    More about mental health awareness month

    If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888

    If you are interested in finding mental health support for you or your children and would like some assistance, please feel free to contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, School Social Worker, at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or amulliganbrinson@pps.net

    From the Library
    PPS and Multnomah County Library are partnering on Library Connect! This project allows students to use their student ID# to access MCL, without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Learn more about Library Connect here.

    Let’s Get Reading!  It’s been wonderful seeing everyone in person, but this is the final week for the Let’s Get Reading! program. Book bags will be available on Wednesday, May 26th from 11:00-3:00. Stop by the stairwell door on the south side of Richmond for some library books to go! Returns will continue June 2nd & 9th in the same location.

    It’s spring cleaning time at the Richmond Library! Do you have library materials at home you are not using? Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library. Bring them to the book bag exchange on Wednesday from 11-3 or return them with your students to their classrooms for collection. Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy.

    HELPFUL LINKS page
    Based on some community feedback, we've created a new Spring 2021 Helpful Links resource for our families that lives on the school Homepage under the Quick Links banner (on the left mid-page). Through it, you can access the Bulldog Bulletin Archive, School Calendar, Dismissal Plan GForm (for submitting Temporary or Permanent changes), Family Q&A tools, Spring Handbook, and our school Maps. Feel free to click the link now and bookmark it for yourself, or find it anytime on the school homepage! Interested in seeing another item linked on that page or run into an error message? Email Kyoto sensei AP Alicia McMillen at amcmillen@pps.net

    Continuing at Richmond Next Year? 
    Attention KG - 4th Grade Families: If you do not plan to return to Richmond for the 2021/2022 school year, please let us know by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Thank you!

    Art4Life Summer programming at Richmond Elementary
    Art4Life is excited to offer summer programming at Richmond Elementary this summer! Enroll today for weekly themed fun with teacher led art projects and adventures around the neighborhood! Registration is now open and space is very limited! CLICK THE LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION  OR email at Art4Life.info@gmail.com


    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

    UPDATE:
    We have raised $2000 in the first week and have $27,000 to go.

    Thank you for your support and help with getting the word out.
    Please visit our website, richmondschoolfoundation.org for more information and easy online donation options!
    Together We Can Do It!

    More Info:
    Budget Changes & New Classroom Arrangement: 
    https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/whats-new/budget-changes-and-a-new-classroom-arrangement

    Richmond School Foundation: http://richmondschoolfoundation.org/

    Shareable link to donate:
    https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/TheFundforPortlandPublicSchools/richmondfoundation

    PTA

    PTA General Meeting Tomorrow!
    Tuesday May 25th, 6:30pm

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932485367?pwd=bmszUWZsSy9uc2xRWmJqeVBuWHBHUT09

    Please join us for our final General Meeting of the year. Discover what PTA does, how you can get involved, and what’s planned for the year to come.

    Agenda
    Welcome & introductions 
    Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
    Treasurer’s Report
    Budget Proposals
    Approval of Revised Proposed 2020-2021 Budget and Proposed 2021-2022 budget
    PTA Committee Updates
    Volunteer opportunities and Board Elections
    2020-2021 PTA Initiatives
    School funding & teacher support 
    Public Comment

    Richmond PTA needs you!
    Join the incredible community of Richmond parent volunteers by stepping into any of the following positions for the 2021-2022 school year:

    • Co-Secretary
    • Classroom Support Chair
    • Equity Committee Co-Chair
    • Bulldog Gear Lead
    • Membership Chair
    • Website Maintenance Lead
    • Science Fair lead

    For more information about any of these positions click the link below or email us directly at: richmondptapdx@gmail.com
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UzPLJMztPTGbyWmPdZhhov851kW74wm4r5gUKj3pjSc/edit

    Bulldog Gear Pickup - Wednesday 5/26 11am-3pm
    If you ordered Bulldog Gear, mark the calendar to come pick up your orders. We’ll be outside near the stairs at the South Entrance of the school on Wednesday 5/26 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. 

    Eb & Bean Ice Cream Voucher!
    In recognition of a job well done during this challenging year, PTA is offering all students a voucher with their school photos packet (directly from their teacher if in-person, or in the mail if CDL). This voucher will be arriving towards the end of May and is “good for a free kid’s size frozen yogurt with two toppings”. Valid at all three locations: 1425 NE Broadway, 3040 SE Division, 645 NW 21st Ave 
    Eb&Bean offers organic, local frozen yogurt with handmade flavors, and top-notch toppings. Lots of non-dairy and GF options available!
    *No Cash Value and Expires July 31st. 

    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。

    Learn more about AAPI History:
    Watch this TEDx Talk from Erika Lee about Xenophobia in America: How we got here and what’s at stake.
    Read this TIME article by Viet Thanh Nguyen titled Asian Americans are still caught in the trap of the ‘model minority’ stereotype. And it creates inequality for all.
    Watch the PBS Series Asian Americans streaming for free through the Center for Asian American Media

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Register for Virtual Kurabu 2021!
    Oya No Kai’s virtual Japanese summer camp, Kurabu, is open for registration

    This year’s camp is FREE and open to Japanese Dual Language Immersion students entering grades 1-8. Join us weekly on Zoom for a fun and rewarding hour of Japanese songs, stories, crafts, and physical activities. 

    Session 1 (6 Weeks)
    Grades: 1-2
    Dates: June 22- July 27
    Every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 2 (6 Weeks)
    Grades: 3-5
    Dates: June 23 - July 28
    Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Session 3 (4 Weeks)
    Grades: 6-8
    Dates: July 8 - July 29
    Every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am

    Register now on this Google Form!

    Oya No Kai would like to thank the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s Mary Yamaguchi Fund in Memory of Shizuo and Ujitsuto Yamaguchi for their generous support of Kurabu.  

    Questions? Please contact kurabu.admin@oyanokai.org.

     
     

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