• Until further notice, like most PPS Schools, the Richmond school building and campus are physically closed to non-employees/contractors at this time. Refer to Bulletin information for Richmond-specific updates.
    PPS Informational Updates are posted on the Fall2020 and District News pages. PPS Calendars are HERE.

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  • 9/29/20


    September 29, 2020

    Greetings Families,

    On Thursday, October 1, beginning at 6:00 pm, Richmond will host its first ever virtual Back to School Night. We’ve scheduled 30-minute sessions to happen throughout the night--at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 pm. Teaching teams will host a virtual presentation and then hold space for questions. You don’t need to attend all three sessions (team presentations will repeat); instead, we hope the schedule offers you the opportunity to attend a Specialist presentation, or multiple grade levels if you have more than one child at Richmond, or just added flexibility for your busy schedules. You should have received information from your child’s teachers last week about accessing their presentations. If not, we’ve provided the Google Meet URLs below; if you are not familiar with Google Meet, check out our tips sheet as well. 

    If you missed our Community Conversations event on September 24, you can find the link to view a recording here. We apologize for the technical trouble some folks experienced when trying to log into the meeting; we’ve identified the issue and feel confident it won't be a problem in the future. 

    Later today, you should be receiving an update from PPS explaining that the MAP assessment scheduled for this Fall has been postponed. Instead, our teachers will use assessment data from last Winter as a starting point and then collect information from students’ CDL learning activities in order to plan instruction. Our Instructional Specialist will begin forming groups for academic support this week. If your child is identified as someone who could benefit from some additional academic support in English, Japanese, or Mathematics, you will be receiving more information soon.  

    Have a great week,


    BEX Corrected Link

    We tried to share our updated Behavior Expectations Matrix for RJDLI Distance Learning with families last week, but the link actually went to a Drive search. This is the corrected link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOQCYecYC0r1-1TH8m15k4H8YOOvjWd8qLylv39XTF8/edit

    Back to School Night: Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:00-7:30 pm

    Back to School Night this year will be a 90 minute program. We hope the schedule offers you the opportunity to attend a Specialist presentation, or multiple grade levels if you have more than one child at Richmond, or just added flexibility for your busy schedules.


    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Session # 1

    6:30 - 7:00 pm Session # 2

    7:00 - 7:30 pm Session # 3


    Please use the following Google Meet URLs for the sessions:

    Kindergarten: All Classes  https://meet.google.com/tpw-mrpw-azs

    1st Gr: All Classes  https://meet.google.com/eoa-fzdf-fwv

    2nd Gr: Mogi Sensei & Ms. Fleischman  https://meet.google.com/psi-vyhi-ihm

    2nd Gr: Scheiman Sensei & Ms. Gross  http://meet.google.com/vua-ypyg-hsz

    3rd Gr: Hirahara Sensei & Melissa Sensei  TBD teachers will notify families

    3rd Gr: Fujiwara Sensei & Ms. Fujiwara  https://meet.google.com/sjm-uhzr-bum

    4th/5th Gr: Kitazawa Sensei & Mr. Aubrecht  https://meet.google.com/uhr-hqfz-sub

    4th/5th Gr: Kawasaki Sensei & Ms. Loveland  https://meet.google.com/thh-bfnq-pde

    4th/5th Gr: Maehara Sensei & Jaina Sensei  https://meet.google.com/amm-fvsu-iev

    Learning Center: Ms. Martine & Mr. Taylor  http://meet.google.com/jdg-viwc-ivc

    Specials: Art, Library, PE  https://meet.google.com/fcu-xhfg-ehx

    Counselors & Social Worker  https://meet.google.com/gvw-xqoo-mzt

    Quick Guide: Google Meet Sign-in for Families

    Join Meeting Using URL

    1. Open a web browser--Google Meet works best on Google Chrome (make sure you have the latest updates to avoid any access issues). 
    2. Type in the URL for the meeting 
    3. The “Ready to Join?” screen should open, you can check that your camera is working, mute your own microphone by clicking the button on the bottom left of your image and/or disable your camera by clicking the button on the bottom right. When you’re ready to enter, click the “Join now” button on the right side of the screen. 

    If the URL above doesn’t work:

    1. Open a web browser--Google Meet works best on Google Chrome (make sure you have the latest updates to avoid any access issues). 
    2. Type in the URL: meet.google.com
    3. Click “Join the Meeting” 
    4. Enter the last 10-digits of the URL code  xxx-xxxx-xxx (for example kindergarten families use tpw-mrpw-azs)
    5. Follow step 3 from above. 

    Library Book Return Extended

    Do you have Richmond library books at home? We want to help you get your library books back to Richmond. We will be positioning a red book receptacle by Richmond’s front doors Tuesday, Sept 29 through Friday, Oct 2. You may drop your books into the container anytime between 8am-3pm.

    Let’s Get Reading!

    The Richmond Library is excited to launch Let’s Get Reading!  Beginning October 5th, we will be offering Let’s Get Reading! bags of books filled with titles carefully chosen for students in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Handouts to accompany each bag have been developed for each of these levels. This is one way we are bringing the library to you during this period of distance-learning.

    October Book Bag Distribution Schedule

    Days (Mon, Wed)




    10/5,  10/7


    Group A (last name A-M)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door

    10/12,   10/14


    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door

    10/19,   10/21


    Group A (last name A-M)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door

    10/26,  10/28


    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door

    • Book bags are checked out for two weeks.
    • Pick up / Returning Schedule - will be done simultaneously.
    • Parents with multiple grade levels can pick up at the same time (all levels will be offered).
    • Links to more LGR! information: Letter from the Library, FAQs, Conversation Starters, K-1, 2-3, 4-5

    We can’t wait to see you next week!

    From Our Counselors

    Hello Richmond Families,

    As we go into our third full week of school, we wanted to share some distance learning tools that might be helpful for you:

    • Having a schedule. Teachers do provide a schedule on Seesaw, but it might be helpful to have one written down. Something that kids can even check mark as they finish. You might want to add more defined end times or breaks into a schedule.  
    • Including breaks. It was said above, but it's so important to have breaks. 
    • Setting goals. This can help focus students. Having an incentive when the goal is achieved can also be a good motivator. The incentive does not have to have a monetary value. Incentives could be getting to draw or play a game. 
    • If possible, have a designated learning spot. This will focus their mind that this area is for school. 

    Counseling Office Hours:

    Bree Fawk- Monday and Thursdays at 1-1:30. Code is BreeOpenHours

    Candor Wallace-Tuesday at 1-1:30. Code is CandorOpenHours

    PPS Distance Learning Attendance Policy

    It is very important that students attend and participate in classes. We want to provide multiple ways for our teachers to account for your child’s attendance in school. You can find several ways listed below. Please review them with your student and please stress the importance of their participation and engagement in school this year. Thank you in advance for your partnership with us during online learning.   

    Students will have 24 hours (from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.) to participate in one of the following ways:

    • Participating in a video class.
    • Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication app, or email.
    • A phone call between the teacher or EA/Paraprofessional with the student, or, for younger students, with the parent.
    • Posting completed coursework to a learning management system or web-based platform or via email.
    • Turning in complete coursework on a given day.

    Student absent?  

    We ask that you continue to notify the school by leaving a message on the attendance line at 503-916-6220 or by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net

    Student Verification Forms

    Verification forms are now available online through ParentVue for parents to review and update.  Please click here to connect to the PPS ParentVue login page. You can also find a link to ParentVue in the quick links section of the Richmond school website.  Please contact Kirstin, kyamakawa@pps.net, or Karen, kwilson3@pps.net, with questions.

    Child Care Update

    In addition to community child care programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed child care in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting this week:

    Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 

    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven

    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 

    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal  

    Child care programs:

    -Accept children ages 5 - 12. 

    -Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 

    -Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here

    -Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. 

    -Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing child care, whether in a PPS building or in the community. In addition, child care staff have been trained on supporting students during distance learning.

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website

    Nancy Hauth, Student Success Program Manager, Early Learning 503-828-6378 nhauth@pps.net

    Update for Nutrition Services Fall 2020

    As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, we want to share news that will be of great benefit to our students and families. With permission from the United States Department of Agriculture, we will be able to provide school meals for all students at no cost through December 31, 2020.

    The USDA announced that it is continuing a program that made free breakfast and lunch available to all children during the summer. The extension runs until December 31, 2020. For Portland Public Schools, that means we will be able to offer seven days’ worth of meals every week for not just PPS students, but all Portland children ages 1-18.

    We expanded our meals sites to 38 schools where families can pick up sacks of breakfast and lunch on select days, from 3 to 5 p.m. Our regular meal service schedule will be:

    Mondays: 2 days’ worth of food

    Wednesdays: 2 days’ worth of food

    Fridays: 3 three days’ worth of food

    The complete list of meal pickup sites is available at our Fall 2020 Meals webpage. All sites are outside, and we ask that families wear a facemask and practice physical distancing when picking up meals.

    Eligible families seeking access to food may also request home meal delivery using the request form.  Wednesday, September 30 is the last day to sign up for meal deliveries.  

    For more information or support, please contact the Nutrition Services department at 503-916-3399 or nutritionservices@pps.net.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services x63276     wellersi@pps.net

    PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center

    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment.

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram. Link to flyer.

    Device Distributions

    We've completed our beginning of the school year distribution of devices. If you need a device or need assistance in accessing the internet, please contact your student's Counselor--Bree Fawk (Grades 2-5), bfawk@pps.net OR Candor Wallace (Grades K-1), cwallace@pps.net.

    If you'd like to exchange a device that you've already borrowed, you may do so M-F 9 am - 1pm at PPS District Office (501 N. Dixon St.). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. Please bring the original device and charger with you.

    PTA News

    Thanks to those who joined us at PTA’s first General Meeting of the year Tuesday evening. What a turn out! And what a wonderful dialogue. 

    Two new PTA Proposals were passed with a vote from members:

    1. Free PTA membership! We are now offering one complimentary membership to every household, including teachers and staff. You must sign up to become a member. To activate your free membership and its benefits please follow this link: https://forms.gle/xPSeWc7cquihj1Wt5  
    2. I would also like to officially welcome The Equity Committee to the standing committees that make up the Richmond PTA. You can find more information about this Committee by visiting or joining Konstella and checking out PTA’s committees section, or reaching out to the Committee Chair. Alternatively you can direct any questions or comments to richmondptapdx@gmail.com

    The work of this committee is only just beginning and the committee welcomes more parents and teachers to join in this critical effort.   If you would like to learn more about the mission and current committee structure, you can find those documents posted to the Equity Committee section of Konstella.  There you can also easily message Melissa Kuser, the Committee Chair, if you have questions, comments, or would like to contribute to or participate in the Equity Committee work. The committee is currently meeting about twice a month as we ramp up our efforts for this 2020-21 school year. 


    Join us on Konstella if you haven't already! 

    Konstella Tip of the Week:  Be sure you've joined your child's classroom to stay up-to-date on communications from your classroom reps!



    Please consider buying seasonal apples and pears to support our Richmond PTA and Kiyokawa Family Orchard, a local third-generation Japanese farming family.   Proceeds benefit Richmond PTA programming, so buy juicy, ripe fruit for pies, applesauce, lunches, and just plain good eating! 

    Thanks to our friends at the Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club located at SE 50th and Lincoln, we will be offering drive-up contactless pickup of your apples and pears on Friday, October 16.  Make an appointment online the week before so we can have your order ready when you arrive!  Pickup slots will be available between approximately noon and 5 pm.  

    Ordering will be fully online this year through our PTA store.  The available varieties and descriptions are available here.  Apple boxes contain 20-22 pounds, and pear boxes contain 22-25 pounds.  Feel free to share this opportunity with family and friends.  Contact Jenna Wines at  jenna.levy@gmail.com with any questions. 

    Thank you for your support! 


    Oya No Kai

    ONK raises $845 (so far) for PPS families in need

    Wow! A big thank you to all the families who donated $845 to Oya No Kai’s Scrip fundraiser for PPS families experiencing food and economic insecurity. It’s still Hunger Action Month, and it’s not too late to help! Please consider making a donation for Scrip gift cards at oyanokai.org/scrip/donations. Cards come in increments as low as $10, and donating is quick and easy.

    How it works: Oya No Kai has a full inventory of pre-filled Scrip gift cards for grocery stores, restaurants, gas and other necessities that, due to the pandemic, we couldn’t sell at school last spring. When you donate Scrip cards, Oya No Kai will partner with PPS Community Engagement to distribute them for you to families in need throughout the school district. Your donation also will support our Japanese cultural programs, because Oya No Kai receives 4% to 15% of each Scrip card purchase.

    Questions? Email courtney.knudson@oyanokai.org.


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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes.