From the Principal
I hope today’s Bulletin finds you well. Last week was upsetting as we witnessed a violent insurrection at the US Capitol and I hope you and your families were able to take time and space to reflect and reassure one another. Having grown up just outside of Washington D.C., my family spent the weekend connecting with friends and family members in the District; we are hoping that the next few weeks will be calmer and safer as our government transfers power. Our School Support Team is available to help families and students process the ongoing news related to this upsetting event. If you’d like some tips and other resources for talking to your children about the violence at the Capitol, consider this article from Common Sense Media.
Our teams have had an opportunity to consider individual grade level feedback from the family CDL survey that closed in December. We’ll be adjusting some of our practices based on that feedback in the coming weeks. We appreciate the high-quality feedback that our families provided on their experience.
Have a great week,
From the School
Let’s Get Reading!
Are your students asking for more physical books to read at home? We have the solution! Come down to Richmond and grab a bag of library books. Following ODE's guidance, library books are quarantined and reorganized before redistribution for everyone's safety! Pick ups/returns are from 11am-3pm on Mondays & Thursdays at the Richmond cafeteria/parking lot. Don’t forget to drop off your previously borrowed library books at the same time.
This week (1/11, 1/14): Group B (last name N-Z)
Next week (1/19*, 1/21): Group A (last name A-M)
Week three (1/25, 1/28): Group B (last name N-Z)
*Tuesday due to school closure
From Our Counselors
Dear Richmond Families,
The counseling team wants you all to know that we stand with you and support you all. The events of Wednesday were shocking and horrific. So we want to provide you some tools to talk to your child or children about what happened. Below are links to resources that might be helpful to have a conversation and help children with the feelings they might have about what happened.
Recess is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11:15-11:55. Code is RichRecess
From the Community
PTA Read 4 Richmond
Update! The PTA’s annual Read4Richmond will be postponed slightly, now running from January 25 - February 5, 2021! More details on how to register, participate, and log those wonderful reading minutes coming soon!
We are starting to close in on the deadline to submit your children’s photos for our class photos project! If you have not yet submitted your child’s photo (shoulders up with a nature background), please send it to your room rep or to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 24, 2021. Please be sure to include your child’s full name, grade, and teacher/class color to help us get their photo in with those of their classmates.
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.
Anti-Black: Anything that devalues Blackness while systematically marginalizing Black people. The first form of anti-Blackness is overt racism. Beneath this is covert structural and systemic racism that categorically predetermines the socioeconomic status of Blacks in this country. The structure is upheld by anti-Black policies, institutions, and ideologies. Source: Racial Equity Tools, with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA
Japanese: 反黒人：黒人を組織的に疎外する一方で、黒人的なものを低く評価する態度や考え方。反黒人性の第一形態は、あからさまな人種差別である。その下にあるのは、この国の黒人の社会・経済的地位を断定的に決めつけようとする、構造的でシステム化した、隠された人種差別である。この構造は、反黒人的な政策、制度、イデオロギーによって支えられている。出典：Racial Equity Tools、リッチモンドPTAによる編集あり (Translation：Mami Kikuchi)
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
Konstella tip of the week! Not signed up for Konstella yet? Click here to get registered to receive communication from classroom representatives and your Richmond PTA today!
Oya No Kai
Introducing our 2021 Amabie Design!
We are excited to unveil Oya No Kai’s 2021 design and new online store for T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and totes. We even have an adorable doggie tee!
This year’s design, by JDLI parent Polly Linn, combines an image of Amabie, a mythical Japanese creature said to ward off pandemics, with the kanji for gaman (我慢), which means "enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.”
In Japanese folklore, the Amabie (pronounced ah-mah-bee-eh) has the face of a bird, long human hair and a body covered in scales with three legs. It has become a symbol in Japan for fighting COVID-19, and we agree with Polly that it represents our situation very well. In Polly’s design, the Amabie’s body is the kanji for gaman, a term of Zen Buddhist origin that is generally translated as "perseverance,” "patience," or "tolerance."
For the first time this year, you can order the new ONK merchandise online, and it will be shipped to you, fully contact-free! Choose from a variety of rich colors, sizes and styles, including women’s racerback and slim-fit tees.
Orders are completed in batches. The initial batch order will close on Jan. 23, and merchandise will be shipped February 3-11. This might be the only batch order we do, so don't miss your chance and order soon!
Help Wanted: More Japanese Conversation Partners (JCP)
Oya No Kai continues to seek more students in 7th grade and up to volunteer as Senpai (先輩) for our Japanese Conversation Partners program. We have had a great response from younger Kohai (後輩) who want to use their Japanese outside of classrooms, but we don’t have enough older kids yet to lead the groups. To provide good quality conversations in the time they spend together, we request older grades (7th and up or JDLI alumni) to consider becoming Senpai. If you have older children, please encourage them to sign up on this Google form!
This is not only a great opportunity to build leadership skills, but also to improve their Japanese skills. Kohai (後輩) can’t wait to see them! Don’t worry if they don’t have any experience teaching; we are here to help and support them with tips and tools. They have already done this with book buddies and mentoring younger grades!
ONK’s first Holiday Cultural Exchange was a huge success!
Thank you to the families who shared your traditions in ONK’s first Holiday Cultural Exchange with our Japanese partners, ISECE and Tatsu Semi! You made it a huge success! We are already hearing requests to make this event annual, and we are looking forward to working with our Japanese partners to make it happen. If you missed the chance this time, please join our fun next year!
Did you know…
The fundraising dollars: When money is raised (through dining out fundraisers, Run for Richmond, fundraising drives or monthly sustaining donations) it is directly deposited into an account at the district offices, where ⅓ of all money raised (after the first $10,000) is directed to the PPS Parent Fund for distribution to other PPS schools. The remaining ⅔ goes into a Richmond School specific account to be used towards funding staff at our school.
Spending the raised money: Foundation members do not have access to the money raised and have no say, input or influence as to how the staffing money is ultimately spent. The decision for how the foundation dollars are spent is solely up to the building Principal. The Principal decides where the greatest staffing needs lie and plans accordingly to use Foundation money for the upcoming school year.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, your support is greatly appreciated.
The above link will take you directly to the Richmond School donation page. On the page there are options for a one time donation or signing up for monthly recurring donations. All dollars donated are used to fund staff positions at Richmond and as grants to other PPS schools through an equity model where 1/3 of all monies raised are used to help fund underserved schools.