Richmond Elementary School

A Japanese dual language immersion program
日本語のバイリンガルイマージョンプログラム

2276 SE 41st AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6220Fx (503) 916-2665

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  • 1/17/2022

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    January 17, 2022

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    I hope that this three-day weekend has been what your family needed it to be. Everything is so different in the world than in pre-pandemic days, and as guidance evolves in response to capacity, we continue to develop new ways to manage all the things, including valued traditions. We’re so grateful to the PTA for offering a virtual event to celebrate Japanese New Year together on Saturday (see below for follow-up sharing.) Today our nation celebrates the life and legacy of the amazing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope families have shared their Dreams with one another. My own dream is that we will emerge from this pandemic with our eyes open to all the possibilities of a purposeful future in which we each take action to care for community, making every day a day of service, and one in which we stand up united against racism in all its forms and the oppression of marginalized beings everywhere. I hope for hope that inspires thoughtful action and that I’m raising my own child to recognize their role and responsibility as a change-maker. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”~ MLK

    As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu!

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

    Alicia sensei


    学校から
    From the School

    PPS CALENDAR SITE 

    Richmond Items of Note - see below areas for any event meeting links/detail

    ✩ 1/17 Mon. NO School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    ✩ 1/28 Fri. NO School for Students - Teacher Planning/Grading Day

    ✩ 1/31 Mon. POSSIBLY NO School for Students - per Fri 1/14 PM email

    ✩ 2/1 Tues (OR Mon 1/31 per above) Quarter 3 begins - Switch AM/PM for K, 1, 2 & 4

    ✩ Read for Richmond (info & dates coming soon)

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders
    COVID SAFETY INFO, UPDATES & REMINDERS We hope that families are following the latest Covid updates to stay informed as things continue to evolve: national, local (very helpful description on the latest changes!), and district. On Friday, MESD announced changes for Contact Tracing to only Maskless activities in school, for us that’s lunch. Positive case Isolation & Close Contact Quarantine timelines are now reduced (was 10, now 5 days with a return on Day 6 IF feeling well) and may in fact be over by the time individuals are aware of their own case as a positive patient and/or exposure. It is that much more critical that families use the Family Daily Illness Screening tool before coming to campus and Stay Home If Ill while communicating all absences to the office. Symptom-free Fully Vaccinated students and staff are exempt from school quarantine after an exposure. Unvaccinated students who are identified as a campus close contact exposure are eligible for the new PPS Test-to-Stay program and those exposed off-campus are eligible for Test-to-Return (slides & Consent links - come to West Cafeteria Door 5 at Arrival with your Notification Information and we’ll follow the relevant procedures). Multnomah County Health Department continues to update Vaccination opportunities at multco.us/vaccineclinics. IF Richmond is told to move to TDL (Temporary Distance Learning) we’ll share information with families as soon as we can. We so appreciate families sending students well-geared up for weather and in protective masks that fit well all day without educator-reminders!

    OHSU SCREENER UPDATE Backpack Check reminder - OHSU test kits and labels (3 sets) were sent home on Friday 1/14, instead of Monday due to the holiday. Test collection will happen on Tuesday as usual. Please contact Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net with Richmond-specific distribution queries. For program and/or result-specific inquiries, please contact OHSU directly at 833-376-1027 / k12covidtesting@ohsuhealthmarketing.com.

    LOST & FOUND REPEAT If your child lost an item between September and December and you were not able to check the lost and found on Wednesdays, please fill out this form for a staff member to look for your item(s). Please note that we will only contact you if we CANNOT find your item(s) or need clarification. If we can find it, we will send the item home with your child. This form will be reviewed roughly once a week and will be closed at the end of January. Items lost the last week of December and moving forward will still be collected in the Lost and Found (by the Dance Studio during the day) and brought out in front of the school on Wednesdays (volunteers permitting, please sign up in Konstella if you can help with this).

    CHEERS to our Family VOLUNTEERS! A huge thank you for all of our community volunteer efforts! Daily Safety Patrol support, Arrival Chalking, Lunch Helpers, Mon/Tues OHSU Screener collection/distribution, and Wednesday Lost & Found supports! Turn-out has been amazing, and it’s been lovely having family collaborators back on campus. Staff have been polled about their feelings related to allowing more volunteers into the building during this ongoing pandemic, and we’ve agreed that the PTA Class Representatives can all be considered Essential Volunteers (already cleared as Fully Vaccinated and Background Checked) so that the annual ONK Art Auction projects can happen. With omicron spreading, we remain cautious and also look forward to a day when more opportunities for volunteering on campus are possible. Please continue to check out the Konstella volunteer sign-ups and pitch in if you can. Many hands make light work : )

    FROM PPS
    SEGC UPDATE PPS Enrollment Balancing efforts continue with recommendations slated to go to the Board mid-February. To keep current with the recommendations, proposal models, and any further opportunity to participate in processes, please refer to the district’s www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing webpage. Schools were asked to share this most recent January 6 Meeting Summary with school communities.


    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

    Join the Foundation Team The Richmond Foundation is still actively seeking family volunteers to support our planning and join the leadership team! We are a very slim team of 2 at the moment and as PPS prepares to share staffing allocations in February, we’re anticipating the need to galvanize the community this spring. Historically Richmond families have funded multiple staff positions (1-2 teachers and 2 EAs) to support our unique DLI program. With Covid-enrollment decline, we just don’t know yet how the allocations will line-up with our class sizes. Stay tuned for Foundation campaign goals and plans to activate. Please reach out to us at rsf.pdx@gmail.com to get involved and join our team! Donate HERE any time & check out our website for more information https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/.

    PTA

    Japanese New Year’s Festival Follow-Up! Thanks to all those who joined us for the Japanese New Year’s Festival on Saturday morning! We were so happy to see so many smiles and to start 2022 together with you all! If you missed it, view the recording at this link with Passcode: wMBdk4@P

    Special Thanks for Special Guest Japanese Cultural "Edutainer", Yumi Torimaru (founder/director of Takohachi, and creator of Kotori Japanese Music) Yumi is an award-winning professional musician with a huge passion to share Japanese musical instruments and music. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel to learn more about Japanese culture and music! Thank you very much for volunteering, Yumi!!!

    Thank you en-Taiko!! This is the original video clip from the festival event. We miss seeing their live performances at Richmond, but they are still very much active. If you are interested in them, visit their homepage at http://www.entaiko.org

    Thank you again. We hope you all have a wonderful year!!

    PTA Cultural Committee, Haruka Takanuma, Naomi Molstrom, and Yuko Lemoine

    PTA Focuses on Equity Please visit our newly created Richmond Equity Space. This is the place where we will share the Equity Term of the Week with Learn More links, as well as previously posted equity terms and links.

    Equity Term of the Week: Inclusion

    Dates and meeting links for the Affinity and Anti-racist Learning Spaces meeting this week can be found in the Richmond Equity Space as well.

    Oya No Kai 
    おやのかい

    Donate gift cards & event tickets to the Oya No Kai auction
    Are you looking for a new way to support your favorite local shops and restaurants? Buy a gift card and donate it to the Oya No Kai auction. Do you have season tickets to the Blazers, Timbers, Thorns, the Oregon Symphony or a local theater? Give your seats for a game or performance to the auction, and you’ll support Oya No Kai, too. If you have questions or want to donate, please email ellee.thalheimer@gmail.com

    Follow Oya No Kai on Instagram
    We are posting photos of our fabulous auction donations and other Oya No Kai activities on Instagram @oyanokaipdx. Follow us! 

    Become a Host Family!
    ホストファミリーになろう

    We have 18 new Japanese teaching interns arriving in March, and we need your help to host them!

    Being a host family is one of the most fun, rewarding, and popular parts of our Japanese Dual Language Immersion (JDLI) program. When you welcome an intern into your home, you learn about each other’s culture and language and build friendships that last a lifetime.

    You can be a host family if you: 

    • Live within a 45 minute bus ride of one of our three JDLI schools (Richmond, Mt. Tabor or Grant).
    • Have a separate bedroom for the intern. Bathrooms may be shared.
    • Can host an intern for six months (from March-October or October-March).
    • Accept, welcome and treat your intern like a member of the family. 
    • Provide a comfortable, safe and supportive environment for your intern. (All interns are fully vaccinated.)

    To learn more about becoming a host family and the interns who are coming in March, look for program manager Midori Yamanaka next to Rich Coffee on Wednesday and Friday mornings, or email her at midori.yamanaka@oyanokai.org. Thank you!

     
     
  • 1/9/2022

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    January 9, 2022

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community,
    Well, it was sure a busy first week back! You may have been reading your PPS emails about omicron, teacher shortages, and schools moving to distance learning and wondered how all of this is affecting us at Richmond. 

    We have not been told to move to virtual yet but have been told to prepare and encourage families to keep reading the district communications. MESD is very behind on Debriefing all of the reported Covid cases which has produced a major delay in sending out the Community & Individual Notification Letters that are generated by them. The good news is that PPS has hired external contact tracers who have already begun working on the multiple reports of on-campus cases at Richmond from this last week based on the preliminary information. The Contact Tracers are now also responsible for sending the Notification Letters (once MESD supplies them) so we should expect to see several coming. 

    Compared to many schools, we were pretty lucky that we only had to cover one unfilled substitute job across the week though we did have quite a few staff absences of various kinds. Below are the numbers that were shared with us each morning this week district-wide.

    Day

    Mon

    Tues

    Wed

    Thurs

    Fri

    Absences

    418

    421

    401

    480

    561

    Unfilled

    209

    179

    175

    228

    282

     

    We are also happy to remind families that fully vaccinated (2 doses completed at least two weeks prior to the exposure date) students and staff who remain symptom-free no longer need to engage in quarantine. We also now have the Test-to-Stay program for unvaccinated students who are identified as close contact exposures to on-campus cases and also Test-to-Return to shorten quarantine times. (see links below for more detail on these programs)

    IF your child(ren) are identified as Close Contact Exposures from on-campus cases and do not have symptoms you may send them to the West Cafeteria Door 5 at Arrival with your Notification Information and: a copy of their vaccination card (to be reviewed for exemption date and recorded); a completed Consent Form to be tested onsite (we will have the binder of forms submitted already, but a new one would make things more efficient); or confirmation of an OHSU Screener negative spit-test taken after exposure and/or the on-site Testing Consent Form (in case the dates don’t line-up, we’d still be able to give a test.) Students whose vaccination cards show the exemption timeline will be sent to class. Students who test Negative will be sent to class, and depending on their exposure time-line, may be tested again later in the week. Students who test positive will need to return home. Only families of students who test positive will be contacted and their case entered into the system for the Contact Tracing cycle to begin again. Mornings will be even busier than usual with these new programs being implemented (we’re not anticipating extra PPS support) and we know that our families will continue to offer us their flexibility, patience, and grace as we begin to round this new wheel.

    Finally, in these high-case-count days, we’re feeling super grateful again for the PTA tents, Family Volunteers, and all the families gearing kiddos up for the weather (and reminding them to avoid puddle-play please : ) AND the amazing miid mid-days we've had so we can continue to be outdoor as much as possible while we navigate the latest variant. As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございました, Arigatōgozaimashita 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

    PPS CALENDAR SITE 

    Richmond Items of Note - see below areas for any event meeting links/detail

    ✩ 1/15 Sat morning - PTA's Virtual Japanese New Year’s Festival (see below)

    ✩ 1/17 Mon. NO School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    ✩ 1/28 Fri. NO School for Students - Teacher Planning/Grading Day

    ✩ Read for Richmond (dates & info coming soon)

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders
    COVID SAFETY INFO, UPDATES & REMINDERS We hope that families enjoyed a safe and healthy Winter Break and want to remind everyone to send kiddos Well Geared-Up for Outdoor Dining & Recess, Wearing Well-Fitting Masks, and keep using the Family Daily Illness Screening tool each morning before coming to campus. Refer to this document as a guide on when to Stay Home If Ill and communicate absences to the offices since we have to symptom track with MESD. We'll continue our usual OHSU Screener practices for distribution on Monday & Drop-Off on Tuesday morning this week. Also, please read PPS email and refer back to messages on the PPS District News Site for all kinds of PPS Updates (choose month from right bar & scroll through to find topics of interest) including info about the new PPS Test-to-Stay and Test-to-Return programs (slides used to train PPS staff HERE), How to Register Children's Covid Vaccines in ParentVue and information on possible shifts to Distance Learning.

    ONGOING FAMILY IMMUNIZATION CLINICS The Multnomah County Health Department is offering twice-weekly Immunization Clinics for families and children to obtain COVID-19 and school-required vaccines. Clinics will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm & 3 pm - 6 pm at the Gateway WIC Building, 131 NE 102nd Ave., Portland; and on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - at the NE Health Clinic, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. #322, Portland. Appointments are required for children aged 5 - 11. No appointment is required for family members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots. Call 503-988-8939 to make an appointment. More info is available at: multco.us/vaccineclinics.

    LOST & FOUND If your child lost an item between September and December and you were not able to check the lost and found on Wednesdays, please fill out this form for a staff member to look for your item(s). Please note that we will only contact you if we CANNOT find your item(s) or need clarification. If we can find it, we will send the item home with your child. This form will be reviewed roughly once a week and will be closed at the end of January, 2022. Items lost the last week of December and moving forward will still be collected in the Lost and Found (by the Dance Studio during the day) and brought out in front of the school on Wednesdays (volunteers permitting, please sign up in Konstella if you can help with this).

    FROM PPS
    CHILDCARE SURVEY Portland Public Schools is interested in learning about your child(ren)'s experience in before and after school care. Please complete this survey by Friday, February 18, 2022. For best results, complete one survey for each child. This survey is completely anonymous and results are shared with the child care provider and school principal for program improvement and continued student and family support. Thank you!


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Japanese New Year’s Festival 2022!
    Let’s celebrate 2022 together! 
    When: Saturday, January 15th 10:00-10:45 AM.  
    Where: Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82942557089?pwd=ellwV21kSkNZVWEvQkI4TlhDYkxZdz09
    Meeting ID: 829 4255 7089, Passcode: 854874

    Join us for traditional Japanese new year’s games, Temari-Sushi cooking, and Japanese music from Special Guest Japanese Cultural "Edutainer", Yumi Torimaru (founder/director of Takohachi, and a creator of Kotori Japanese Music) www.KotoriJapaneseMusic.com   www.takohachi.org

    To be prepared and follow along with the Japanese cooking session, be sure to check out the ingredients list here. All the ingredients are available at your local supermarket.

    The traditional Japanese new year’s game Fukuwarai needs some light preparation, too, so please take a moment to review the instructions here

    PTA Focuses on Equity
    Please visit our newly created Richmond Equity Space. This is the place where we will share the Equity Term of the Week with Learn More links, as well as previously posted equity terms and links.

    Equity Term of the Week: Racial Literacy

    Dates and meeting links for the Affinity and Anti-racist Learning Spaces in January can be found in the Richmond Equity Space as well.

    Oya No Kai 
    おやのかい

    Become a Host Family!
    ホストファミリーになろう

    We have 18 new Japanese teaching interns arriving in March, and we need your help to host them!

    Being a host family is one of the most fun, rewarding, and popular parts of our Japanese Dual Language Immersion (JDLI) program. When you welcome an intern into your home, you learn about each other’s culture and language and build friendships that last a lifetime.

    You can be a host family if you: 

    • Live within a 45 minute bus ride of one of our three JDLI schools (Richmond, Mt. Tabor or Grant).
    • Have a separate bedroom for the intern. Bathrooms may be shared.
    • Can host an intern for six months (from March-October or October-March).
    • Accept, welcome and treat your intern like a member of the family. 
    • Provide a comfortable, safe and supportive environment for your intern. (All interns are fully vaccinated.)

    To learn more about becoming a host family and the interns who are coming in March, look for program manager Midori Yamanaka next to Rich Coffee on Wednesday and Friday mornings, or email her at midori.yamanaka@oyanokai.org. Thank you! 

    Take the Westwind Survey by Jan. 14
    Oya No Kai is considering hosting three community-building weekends at Camp Westwind in May 2022. To help us gauge interest, please take this short two-question survey by Jan. 14.

    You can learn more about Westwind and the new Covid protocols for 2022 on our website.

     
     
  • 1/2/2022

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    January 2, 2022

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Dear Richmond Community - Happy New Year, 明けましておめでとうございます, Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! I hope you've enjoyed the wintery weeks of break and are feeling rested and ready to return to school tomorrow for our first Monday of 2022!

     
    If you’re looking for a few more ideas for fun kiddo things to do at home to extend the spirit, I encourage checking out some of the many read-aloud eBooks we have access to until January 15th included in Mr. Waters’s slides or maybe making a DIY snow globe! This Winter SEL Bingo Card might also be helpful and fun at home over the next couple of weeks of transition back to school (even tho it mentions Break a bunch). In this unique return-to-school year in which our children are learning and re-learning how to be in-person with one another, we’ll spend time these first weeks back re-teaching our BEX 4Be's Expectations - Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Kind - and always appreciate families reviewing them with kiddos at home!
     
    We’ll have the same schedule & routines all this week (please be sure to gear kiddos up for the weather and check out the PTA’s Konstella Volunteer Sign-Ups if possible!) and will be discussing schedule changes in Tuesday’s Staff Meeting. We also look forward to having information from the PPS/PAT labor partner bargaining to share that will further impact scheduling starting in February with Quarter 3. As always, we remain focused on our children's growth as global citizens who will manifest the PPS Graduate Portrait, prepared to Lead Change and Improve the World with multiple perspectives in their hearts and minds, and as always we thank everyone for all of their support as we work together in this great New Year of the Water Tiger - strength, vitality, and growth - 2022!

    THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu!
    Alicia sensei


    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note - see below areas for meeting links & detail:
    ✩ 1/3/2022 Monday - Back to School
    ✩ 1/15 Sat morning - PTA's Virtual 
    Japanese New Year’s Festival (see below)

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders
    WELL WISHES & WARM WELCOMES
    We shared best wishes and a fond farewell (but hopefully not goodbye) to two autumn staff members as they left Richmond just before break. The amazing Alisha Schwartz, who generously served Richmond as our Interim AP since October, had to return to her TOSA role with the district's Multi-Tiered System of Support Department. She left this note to share with everyone, “It has been such a pleasure to be part of this community - if only for a short time - and I hope our paths cross in the future.” We also wished ESL Teacher Sue Ko well on her journey beyond PPS. In this New Year, we are welcoming two new members to staff. Sarah Centerwell will be our new full-time PPS English Language Development teacher working with our students identified with ESL services. We are also welcoming Ethan Tiffany onto our admin team as Interim AP. Ethan comes to us with extensive experience supporting student needs in and out of Special Education services. Ethan and Sarah are both slated to be out front in the mornings with Sarah now supporting Grab&Go breakfast distribution, which we have moved to the Southern end of the front facade - near the south gate to the field to even out access for families and students. The other Grab&Go Breakfast cart remains located on the blacktop near the breezeway doors on the NE side of campus.

    ONGOING FAMILY IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
    The Multnomah County Health Department is offering twice-weekly Immunization Clinics for families and children to obtain COVID-19 and school-required vaccines. Clinics will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm & 3 pm - 6 pm at the Gateway WIC Building, 131 NE 102nd Ave., Portland; and on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - at the NE Health Clinic, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. #322, Portland. Appointments are required for children aged 5 - 11. No appointment is required for family members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots. Call 503-988-8939 to make an appointment. More info is available at: multco.us/vaccineclinics.

    COVID SAFETY REMINDERS We hope that families enjoyed a safe and healthy Winter Break and want to remind everyone to Gear Up for Outdoor Dining, Wear Well-Fitting Masks, and keep using the Family Daily Illness Screening tool each morning before coming to campus & refer to this document as a guide on when to Stay Home If Ill. If you have not bookmarked them yet, smart to do so now : ) Also, please read PPS email and refer back to messages on the PPS District News Site for all kinds of PPS Updates, including the Test to Stay program and How to Register Children's Covid Vaccines (choose month from right bar & scroll through to find topics of interest)


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Japanese New Year’s Festival 2022
    Let’s celebrate 2022 together! Save the date! Japanese New Year’s Festival will be on Zoom Saturday, January 15th 10:00-10:45 AM.  

    Join us for traditional Japanese new year’s games and more. More information, including Zoom link, coming soon, so stay tuned! ~From Cultural Committee 

    PTA Focuses on Equity
    Please visit our newly created equity page. This is the place where we will share the Equity Term of the Week with Learn More links, as well as information about gatherings and previously posted equity terms and links.

    Equity term of the week: Intersectionality

    Oya No Kai 
    おやのかい

    Take Oya No Kai’s Westwind Survey
    Do you miss Oya No Kai’s annual community-building weekends at Westwind? Are you a newer JDLI family who wants to know more about it? Are you interested in attending in 2022? This is for you.

    We are considering hosting three weekends again in May 2022 after a two-year hiatus. Please read the information below and complete this short two-question survey to help us gauge interest.

    What is a Westwind Weekend?
    Westwind is a non-profit camp on the Oregon coast where Oya No Kai has hosted family weekends for more than 20 years. In the past, we’ve booked three weekends for the JDLI community to come together and build friendships through fellowship, relaxation, and fun. Learn more about Westwind.

    Westwind Updates & COVID Protocols
    If we go this spring, Westwind weekends will be different due to COVID. Changes include: 

    Weekends available in 2022: May 13-15, May 20-22, May 27-30 
    Vaccination required: Proof of vaccine will be required for all attendees, including eligible children.
    COVID protocols: Masks are required when you’re indoors and not eating. You don’t need to wear a mask when you’re sleeping in your cabin. It’ll be up to you and your cabin-mates if you want to use masks in the cabin when not sleeping.
    No barge; hiking is required: You and your family will need to take a two-mile hike into the camp from the parking lot. Trucks will transport your belongings.
    Shared cabins: Families will continue to share cabins. You will not be able to request staying with certain families. 
    Costs have increased: The cost to attend will be $100/person on May 13-15 or May 20-22 and $140/person on May 27-30. 
    You don’t have to cook: Parents will not need to sign up to help prepare food. 
    Dish duties are still a thing: Parent volunteers are still needed to help clear and clean dishes after each meal.

    What’s Next: Take the survey
    Thank you! 

    Oya No Kai General Meeting Recording and Links
    Thank you to everyone who came to Oya No Kai’s general meeting on Dec. 15! If you missed it, you can watch a recording on Zoom (passcode: =6i+Tc=4). 

    Here are a few highlights:

    We are hoping for 18 Japanese interns to arrive in the spring! That means WE NEED HOST FAMILIES!!!! Contact Midori Yamanaka, our new program manager, at midori.yamanaka@oyanokai.org if you are interested. Learn more about becoming a host family and submit an online application.
    Auction coordinator needed! We are planning an in-person auction for Saturday, April 16 at the Melody Ballroom. But we can’t make it happen without an Auction Coordinator. If you’d like to help, please email Yumi Wong, yumi.wong@oyanokai.org.
    Take our Camp Westwind survey.The results will help us decide whether to host three weekends in Spring 2022 with new Covid protocols. Learn more about Westwind.

    If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please talk with any board member or email us at info@oyanokai.org. ありがとうございました!Thank you!

    Community Wishlist for Local Scrip
    We would like to add more local stores and restaurants to our inventory of Scrip gift cards. What are your favorite neighborhood businesses? Please send your ideas to scrip@oyanokai.org, and we will ask them to participate. Learn more about Scrip and place an order at oyanokai.org/scrip/.

     
     
  • 12/12/2021

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    December 12, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    One more week of school before Winter Break, and we miss you already : )
    While you are away from campus we hope that you will stay safe in all the ways and enjoy a restful and restorative time with loved ones. We continue to feel awed and thankful for the many layers of community support so generously offered to the school and one another. The collective trauma of this ongoing pandemic is an especially challenging context in which to experience and process incidents of violence and upsetting information coming at us from across the globe, country, city, and street. At school, we use all of our behavioral, emotional, and physical supports and tools to help our students feel and stay safe in our learning community. I’m sure that families are wrapping around our kiddos at home as well. If you’re looking for tips and other resources for talking to your children about what’s in the news you might consider this post from Common Sense Media and their rich cache of options for families
    . We are, as always, grateful too for the resource sharing by the PTA, below, through Konstella, and in the Richmond Equity Space.

    THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu!
    Alicia sensei


    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note - see below areas for meeting links & detail:
    ✩ 12/15 Wed. LAST CALL Lost & Found out front after school
    (unclaimed items will be folded into Clothing Closet / donated over Break) 
    ✩ 12/15 Wed. 7:00 PM ONK General Meeting (see ONK section below) 
    ✩ 12/18-01/02 Winter Break 
    ✩ 1/3/2022 Monday - Back to School
    ✩ Ongoing - Return any PPS chromebook devices/cords from last year asap

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    NOTES FROM THE WELLNESS ROOM This week 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to apply for Student Leadership/Student Council. This will start after winter break. For more information, please click on this Student Council Letter.

    STUDENT HEALTH CENTER VACCINATION CLINICS FOR AGES 5 & OLDER
    Please see this linked flyer for information, locations, and scheduling.

    OHSU UPDATE We'll have our usual distribution on Monday & Drop-Off on Tuesday morning this week. There won't be collections over Winter Break since there's no school.

    COVID SAFETY REMINDER We hope that families will enjoy the Break and continue to keep community safe. We encourage everyone to keep using these tools as they make decisions about how to spend time over the break Family Daily Illness Screening & Stay Home If Ill.  

    BUS ROUTE UPDATES! There is an AM only route change for Bus 323 effective 12/14/21. The newly added Atkinson Elementary stop is now the first stop instead of the last. The updated schedule is linked here


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    From the Community

    PTA

    In response to last week’s terrifying attack on one of Richmond’s parents and students while awaiting the bus to school, many of our community members have reached out wanting to help and support. On behalf of the family we would like to share their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of emotional support they have received. They are working closely with PPS and school staff while processing the incident.

    Racist attacks such as these can be triggering, especially when so close to home. The PTA would like to offer some resources we hope you find helpful. These resources are intended to support Asian mental health, help folks talk to kids about racism and more. 

    Also, Fumiyo Nishimoto, a Japanese counselor who regularly works with Asian families in Portland, and who attended the Japanese affinity space during the Equity Group’s event last Spring has a website that can be explored here.

    PTA Focuses on Equity
    Thank you to all who participated in the 12/7 event for Cultivating Omoiyari: Identifying and Overcoming Implicit Bias.

    Affinity and anti-racist learning spaces will meet in December.
    Dates, times, and links can be found here.

    アフィニティと反人種差別を学ぶ会が今月開催されます。
    日時と詳細はこちらのリンクから

    Equity term of the week: Code Switch
    Adjusting one’s style of speech, appearance, behavior, and expression in ways that will optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment, quality service, and employment opportunities. Source: www.hbr.org

    コード・スイッチ(行動の切り替え

    公平な対応、質の良いサービス、あるいは雇用機会を得る目的で、相手がより心地よく感じるように自分の話し方や外見、態度、表現を変えること。出典:www.hbr.org
    click this link to learn more about Code Switch 
    こちらのリンクからお願いします リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。

    OBOB (Battle of the Books)!
    REGISTRATION is live! Each individual student participating in OBOB should register HERE! (More info in future editions : )

    Oya No Kai 
    おやのかい

    Oya No Kai General Meeting 12/15
    Please join the Oya No Kai Board on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15 for updates on these topics and more: 

    New Program Manager 
    SE Guiding Coalition 
    Hosting spring interns
    Cultural exchanges 
    Camp Westwind
    2022 auction
    Finances & fundraising

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89321714962?pwd=b2l2cEYwS2REUEx0MkVpZW5Nb2R2Zz09 
    Meeting ID: 893 2171 4962, Passcode: 335279

     
     

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