|October 27, 2021|
Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community,
Amazing School Health Assistant (SHA) Toby Barrow shows-up in ALL the ways for ALL the things! Yep, time to put all problems on pause and make a moment to celebrate - Shout-Out Time! Another letter I wrote last Spring was to MESD to ask that they please re-assign Toby to Richmond (it is not lost on me that days after I shouted out the bus drivers here in this section, 326 Driver Adam was pulled back to train more drivers during this difficult driver-hiring time. So, almost reluctant to chirp about Toby lest he gets grabbed-back too, but he’s just too awesome to not acknowledge.) Toby joined us during Hybrid last year. He is with us every day and does ALL the things. Sure, he bandages abrasions, and checks bumps and lumps, and supplies ice bags all day long. And of course he’s also on the front-line for any Covid symptom checks & tests, but he also offers every day to help out in any way. So, yep he’s drawn chalk lines and wiped down tiles and regularly circulates at Recess and even put up our BEX signs (oh gosh, did I mention how great if would be if you could review at least the Recess row with your kiddos and encourage they play 4Be Style way even after-school, so that less band-aiding would be needed) all around the building. What a superstar!
Finally, offering another big THANK YOU to MESD nurse Erika Wallin who is new to Richmond this year. As you can imagine, she’s juggling a very demanding load. Like all MESD nurses assigned to PPS, she manages needs at multiple schools. She’s slated to be at Richmond once a week on Tuesdays, and she’s working hard wherever she is for us every day ensuring that our families are receiving the information they need when there’s a Covid-symptomatic circumstance - and of course advising on other cases as they arise in addition to all of the pre-pandemic school nurse work. I know Toby, Erika, we, and probably most of you, are so GRATEFUL to all the families who are diligently using the Daily Screening tool with their kiddos and keeping kiddos home when symptoms are happening so we are all doing what we can to keep the community as safe as possible!
As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work!
CALENDAR Items of Note:
✩ Ongoing - If you missed the 10/25-26 Mon/Tues Return PPS chromebook devices and charging cords,
SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders
Chromebook Collection and Deployment: If you missed the 10/25-26 Mon/Tues Return of PPS chromebook devices and charging cords, please send back as soon as possible. The district is collecting devices that were checked out for distance learning. PPS will be heading towards a 1:1 Chromebook district this fall. Students in grades 3-12 will be provided and assigned a Chromebook to use for both in-school and at-home work. Students in grades K-2 will have devices in the classroom at a ratio of one device to every two students. This will leverage co-use instructional strategies in K-2 and the devices will remain in the classroom. Please visit this page to learn more information.
ATTENDANCE: If your student is absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 503-916-6220 X 66148 to let us know. You may also email Kirstin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who arrive late due to the Bus challenges have a special attendance code that is Bus Late. ALSO, not exactly attendance, but Day Of Dismissal Plan changes are very difficult to manage if they come in after 10AM. Thank you!!
LOST AND FOUND: Yay, we got L&F out FRONT for our first Wednesday! The plan is weekly Wednesdays, weather permitting & volunteers willing in front of the building just before Dismissal and through about 3:15 pm. Please try to put your child's name on and in everything that comes to school & volunteers will try to get such items back to classrooms: jackets, hats, water bottles, gloves, masks, toys, etc. If you have an urgent need to locate something specific or your child is a bus rider, please contact the office and we can assist your student in looking for the lost item.
FAMILY CONFERENCES UPDATE: As you know already, PPS determined that Monday/Tuesday November 22 and 23 (No-School for Students days) Family Conferences would be online again this year as the safest approach for school communities during this pandemic. As a result, PPS provided a budget for schools to access an online platform and recommended the MyConference Time platform (instead of Google Appointments from last year.) We are proud to be operating through an equity lens and providing advance access to the sign-ups to invited families. The link for general sign-up will be shared with families in the Bulletin on the 17th. Teachers will communicate more specifics with their families through their newsletters.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
COVID-SAFETY REMINDER: Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning. Stay home if Ill. Immediately report Covid positive tests - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can!
OHSU Covid Screening - Great news!! We have received our first batch of OHSU test kits and started roll out this week. We currently have 63.3% of students opted-in (about 350 kiddos), but we have not yet received kits for everyone. As OHSU sends us more kits for everyone who submitted authorization forms, please keep checking backpacks over the following weeks on Mondays. As a reminder, OHSU is sending us kits as they are processing them. We do not have any control over what kits are being sent to us. If your student did not receive one this week, it will likely be sent in the next batch.
It’s also important to remember that if your student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you should NOT submit a sample. Doing so has the potential of returning a false positive result due to the sensitivity of the test.
On Mondays, please check your child's/children's backpack(s) to see if they've received the set of first 4 test kits (a month's worth) and a whole sheet of individual name labels (24 on a sheet) in their backpack(s). Please do not lose your kits or labels! It will be each family's responsibility to keep track of these labels and attach them to the test kits. These are also generated by OHSU. We are not able to print extras at Richmond.
Tuesday will always be the day that students' test kits get returned to school. Drop off of the test kits can be done at Tuesday morning school drop off until 9:00 a.m. Once the school day has started, families will need to ring the front door buzzer by 9:00 a.m. to drop off the test kits. Morning drop off locations will be containers labeled with test kit signs at the following locations. Please note if there is rain to look around the general area as we will attempt to locate covered areas. Please also note if your child rides a school bus, we will be reminding them to turn in their kits. Additionally, we will circulate to all classrooms to ensure students get one more reminder.
Drop off locations:
Please email Kirstin at email@example.com with any questions.
Community Conversation Friday, November 5th, 6:30PM - a No School for kiddos Day
Continuing our virtual Community Conversations tradition, we’re aiming for monthly First Fridays and alternating morning and evening times. This month, next Friday 11/5, is an early evening meeting starting at 6:30. So, if you’re up for it, grab a coffee/tea/etc, pull up a screen, and join Alicia sensei in the GMeet. Feel free to use your child’s PPS Google account log-in. Access the virtual event using the following URL meet.google.com/qxz-rjpz-czg or join by phone (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 713 942 458 9257# Questions submitted a few days in advance can help guide the session, so please feel free to help lay the table by submitting here.
NOTES FROM THE WELLNESS ROOM - our Counselors Candor & Casey & Social Worker Anne
Introducing the Community Needs Assessment!
Help for Families to Pay Rent and Utility Bills: Check out this resource for help with rent and utility bills. If you have questions please contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, school social worker, at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling lessons: Lessons from Mr. Candor or Ms. Casey started this week for Kinder, 3rd and 4th grade. Next week 1st, 2nd and 5th grade are on the schedule! Each classroom will be visited every other week. This season we will focus on friendship skills and recognizing and processing emotions. We will also begin exploring coping skills school-wide and student leadership opportunities are on the way to 3rd-5th grade soon!
Special General Meeting 11.3.21
PTA is calling a special meeting to discuss the implementation of Temporary Outdoor Coverings to be paid for by the PTA to maximize safety during the lunch hour. Join the Zoom Call to hear more information around the process, and make your voice heard by voting to amend the current budget to include this opportunity. You must be a member to vote. Sign up for free membership using this link.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy Saturday's Harvest Festival, and to PTA’s Special Events Committee for their creative planning this year! What a joyful celebration of the season for our kids.
Ongoing Pandemic Related Volunteering
Please check Konstella to see all the latest pandemic related volunteering signups. These can change week to week, and the Konstella posts are updated every weekend to have correct information for the upcoming week.
Apple and Pear Sale success!
Fall 2021 Virtual Book Fair
Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
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Oya No Kai おやのかい
3 Ways to Support Oya No Kai Cultural Exchange
1/ Ask us about Scrip! Find our table Friday mornings 8-8:30 a.m. near Rich Coffee at the breezeway in front of school and Friday afternoons 2-2:30 p.m. at the back gate. Come check out the list of vendors and support Oya No Kai’s cultural programs. What is Scrip? It’s like a gift card or gift certificate that you can use just like cash at national and local merchants, like Fred Meyer, New Seasons, PIzzicato and Burgerville. We buy Scrip from the merchants at a discount, and sell it to you at face value. Learn more and check out eScrip options at oyanokai.org/scrip/. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
2/ Chinook Book is here! Spread the word. Chinook Book is 100% digital, and we’ve set up an easy way to buy them online. Chinook Book is always adding online offers, such as a new promotion from Columbia Sportswear. Chinook Book partners are motivated to continue delivering good value and a good experience with the app. The same app can be used by buyers that visit or live in other cities within Washington, Colorado, California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. Arrive in a new city and the offers for that city will automatically appear in their app. This is a great way for families afar to support a Richmond fundraiser while benefiting from their discounts at their local shops.
3/ Choose Oya No Kai on AmazonSmile. If you shop at Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and pick Oya No Kai as your charity. We receive 0.5% of your purchase. Better yet, use an ONK Scrip card to make your purchase and add another 2.5%. It all adds up! Here’s how to set up your account:
Dear PPS Families and Students,
The start of this school year has been among the most challenging in our collective experience. The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have stretched every person and every aspect of our lives. School districts nationally, including ours, are experiencing staffing shortages that have had a significant impact on our educators, students and school communities. We also know that after more than 18 months of learning virtually, our students learn best in-person.
With the holidays upon us, we’re getting into the coldest time of the year, when snow becomes a greater possibility. It’s a good time for a reminder on how we keep you informed on school closures when inclement weather brings life in Portland to a halt. Here are the ways we get that information to you:
The Grant High School girls soccer team made history Saturday, winning the first state championship in program history. In a back-and-forth game in the Class 6A final at Hillsboro Stadium, senior Elle Frazier scored 5 minutes, 19 seconds into overtime to give the Generals a 4-3 win over Beaverton.
As we get deeper into the 2021-22 school year, we continue to take and promote measures to keep our students, families and staff safe from COVID-19. Here is a roundup of those resources.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Board Charter Schools and Alternative Programs Committee Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Board Intergovernmental Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Board Facilities and Operations Committee Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Board Audit Committee Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Board Meeting