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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  • 11/17/21

     
    November 17, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    You’ve already received many Covid messages from me this week, so focusing on the good that’s happening! First, we couldn’t be more grateful to the community for providing the picnic lunch tents! Second, staff are so proud that the Equity lens was activated to support other communities in this process! Third, we were sure able to test things out in the deluge on Monday, and we’re viewing this week as an exercise in experimentation for all the things, including how to navigate traffic flow, drips & sidewise wind, and Lake Richmond. Guttering was installed today between the adjacent tents to reduce interstitial drip, and Dan the Man had facilities out to get the drain cleared. We’re building an updated Lunch/Recess schedule to begin after Fall Break that looks more like the old days in many ways - but with tents, will include new expectations for how we Arrive, Sit, and Dismiss. The goal is as close to 6’ spacing both indoors & out that we can have so that ideally very few are ever quarantined due to the 15 minutes or more of maskless exposure closer than 6’. There will be one grade level at a time for Recess and Lunch (with a little overlap so we don’t spend all day doing Lunch) with some grades doing Recess first while others do Lunch first. It’s complicated and, as is our best practice with logistics, we’re building the new model/schedule to address as many different issues as we can and will likely open up more Volunteer Spots to support the changes, so please keep your eyes on Konstella. I hope that everyone has SIGNED-UP for Conferences or will do so as soon as possible (and for sure by Friday at 5) so that teachers know how to best prepare for their long days next week. I also hope that folx saw the Affinity Space opportunities that the PTA Equity group is hosting this week (see below) and especially want to shout out the new BIPOC space! 

    As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work! We Have This, because We Have Each Other,
    Alicia sensei

     

     

    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:

    ✩ 11/17 & 18 Wed/Thurs. PTA Equity Affinity & Learning Spaces (see below)
    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. Family Conferences - NO SCHOOL for Students
    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. NO OHSU COVID Test Distribution & Collection
    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
    ✩ Ongoing - Return any PPS chromebook devices/cords from last year asap
    ✩ Lost & Found Wednesdays 'Weather Permitting & Volunteers Willing' check link 1st to see if
        it’ll be out.

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

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

    NOTES FROM THE WELLNESS ROOM 
    Reminder: Community Needs Assessment! To see how we can best support the community, the student support team is conducting a community needs assessment. We would like to hear from EVERY family, no matter if you think you have a need or not. Please fill out the survey here or email amulliganbrinson@pps.net to get a paper copy sent home. (One survey per family, please.)

    Helping kids get shots/vaccines: Check out this free PDF to make a "Poke Plan" with your child before getting a shot. "Things go better when we have a plan!" 

    LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! The student support team is creating videos to support school wide emotional regulation skills as well as weekly announcements. Sometimes they will feature students showing the skills! The videos only go to classroom teachers and not to others in the community.  Please note that the video / photo consent process in PPS is an Opt-Out model that is communicated to families via the Registration (initial entry into PPS)/Verification (annual each year after registration) processes.  If you have concerns or want to confirm your student’s status, please review your student’s information in ParentVue by selecting “Yearly Verification”.

    COVID SAFETY UPDATE
    ⮚  Richmond has received 96% of students’ test kits and is working in partnership with PPS and OHSU to obtain the remaining 4% of kits. 

    ⮚  Fall break: For the week of November 22nd-26th, OHSU is not collecting, so no Drop-Off at school on Tuesday 11/23 (a non-student day). 

    ⮚  Family communication: OHSU has committed to sending test results to all families within 48 hours. Positive and inconclusive results will receive a phone call; negative results will generate an email. If families do not receive their email, call the school office to ensure the correct email address is provided.  Families can also reach out to OHSU directly at 833-376-1027 or K12covidtesting@ohsuhealthmarketing.com for further support.

    ⮚  Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning. Please have your student stay home if they are ill and follow the attendance procedures and health guidance supplied after consultation. Immediately report Covid positive tests to the office.

    ⮚  If possible, please send a second mask to school with your child as students often ask for a mask replacement halfway through the day if their mask gets wet or has food on it.

    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    For the love of OBOB - Build Your Child’s Enthusiasm and Get Ready to Read!
    Now is a great time to talk with your child/ren about Oregon Battle Of the Books - more information about how to form teams coming soon! See what it’s all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9GUMwt4oAI
    And when you get the OBOB books at the Virtual Book Fair, it supports our school library: https://www.childrensbookstore.com/welcome/richmond-elementary-pta/?ref=1mrgly9

    VIrtual Book Fair 
    Who: Richmond PTA
    What: Virtual Book Fair
    When: From today through 11/21/21, we earn 25% of every purchase.
    Where: https://www.childrensbookstore.com/welcome/?ref=1mrgly9
    Why: raise funds for the Richmond library through book shopping for your family, friends, and classroom libraries
    How: Just shop for books. There are over 200,000 titles available, including OBOB and Japanese language/culture/story books. ***Teachers have posted wish lists for classroom libraries on the book fair home page.***

    Shipping Instructions-- Have books shipped to your home by choosing Media Mail. Have books from teacher wish lists shipped to school by choosing Book Fair shipping.

    Classroom Support
    Each year, Richmond classrooms help raise funds for the many wonderful things Oya no Kai does in the JDLI program by contributing student-created pieces of artwork and curating packages/baskets of donated items to the annual ONK Auction coming up mid-March 2022, all organized by your awesome, hard-working Class Reps.  This year, please consider how YOU can help -- are you a DIYer? a maker? an artist, or know someone who is?  Do you own a vacation home you are willing to donate a weekend for, or have connections to a business or restaurant that would be willing to provide a donated gift?  Want to help organize?  Please be on the lookout for a message from your Classroom Representatives and reach out to them with any ideas, suggestions, or to help.

    We are also still in need of 4th grade parents to represent Aubrecht-sensei and Kapranos-sensei’s homerooms.  Please email richmondclassrooms@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thank you.

    Pandemic Related Volunteering
    We can’t say it enough -- thank you! While we are struggling to get enough volunteers for the many different pandemic related needs, we so appreciate everyone who has volunteered. 

    If you would like to volunteer, please start by applying to be a volunteer through the PPS website, here. If you do it right now, you might be approved soon after the break ends! Please apply now! It is not a commitment to volunteer, but it means that you could do so down the road someday, maybe, if you want to. :-) 

    Focus on Equity
    Leading up to Thanksgiving, listen to this 55-minute podcast talking with Wampanoag scholars Paula Peters and Linda Coombs, who tell us the real story of Thanksgiving, from an Indigenous Perspective. 

    Cultivating Omoiyari: Identifying & Overcoming Implicit Biases
    オモイヤリを育もう: 潜在的  バイアスの認識と克服
    Tuesday, December 7, 6:30–8pm
    12月7日(火)、午後6:30–8時

    Join us for a community conversation about implicit bias. Our goals include learning with and from one another, building community, and cultivating 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.
    PTA社会平等グループが潜在的バイアスに関するコミュニティ対話の場を開き ます。お互いから学び、コミュニティーを深め、オモイヤリを育む事を目的とし ています。日本語の「オモイヤリ」とは共感、同情、利他、理解、といった意味 です。オモイヤリにより他者を支える行動がうまれます。

    Please visit the event flyer for more details and register here
    詳細はこちらのフライヤーに載っています。参加登録はこちらから

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Oya No Kai General Meeting 12/8
    Please join the Oya No Kai Board on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 for updates on these topics and more: 

    • New Program Manager 
    • SE Guiding Coalition 
    • Hosting spring interns
    • Cultural exchanges 
    • 2022 Auction
    • Finances & fundraising

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89321714962?pwd=b2l2cEYwS2REUEx0MkVpZW5Nb2R2Zz09

    Meeting ID: 893 2171 4962
    Passcode: 335279

    Hope to see you there!

  • 11/12/2021

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    November 12, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    FAMILY CONFERENCES SIGN-UP IS NOW OPEN TO ALL
    Who, what, and why: Family (parent/guardian/caregiver and student)/Teacher conferences offer an invaluable opportunity to meet and discuss student progress and needs.
    When: Mon & Tues November 22 & 23 from ~8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Teachers block off their breaks in advance, and part-time people Conference in proportion to their FTE, so there may be some variation in availability. As is usual, each conference spot is 20-minutes, and they are back-to-back, so it is critical to start and end promptly. Spots usually do fill up, so if you miss your time for any reason, we won't be able to make schedule changes. The site will be locked at 5 PM on Friday 11/19 so teachers can prepare.
    Where: Our conferences will be virtual, using Google Meet. Look for GMeet links in Teacher
    News, bottom of the last Sign-Up screen, and/or in the MCT confirmation email you’ll get back.  
    How to Sign up: Click here or go to
    www.myconferencetime.com/richmondes

    - Register for multiple time slots
    - Select the number of students you have
    - Pick the teachers you need to meet with
    - Enter your names and email address
    - Pick a day that works best for you
    - Select times and sign up
    - Look for a confirmation email from MyConferenceTime

    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 and Happy Conferencing!
    Alicia sensei


    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:
    ✩ 11/13 Sat. PTA Super Green Team Sheet Mulching Party (see PTA section below)
    ✩ 11/16 Tues. Picture Retakes
    ✩ 11/17 Wed. Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day (see below)
    ✩ 11/17 & 18 Wed/Thurs. PTA Equity Affinity & Learning Spaces (see below)
    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. Family Conferences - NO SCHOOL for Students
    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
    ✩ Ongoing - Return any PPS chromebook devices/cords from last year asap
    ✩ Lost & Found Wednesdays 'Weather Permitting & Volunteers Willing'

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    PICTURE RETAKES are next Tuesday, November 16. If your student’s doing a retake, please be sure they bring their previous photos to give to the photographer. First time for pictures? Place an order at dorianstudio.com.

    ESL INFO NIGHT Please join us next Wednesday, 11/9/2021 from 6:00-6:30 pm to learn more about ESL programming and services. The Google Meet link is: https://meet.google.com/vbr-nbez-bgw Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪992 034 383 5710‬#

    LOST AND FOUND UPDATE  The plan is weekly Wednesdays ‘Weather Permitting & Volunteers Willing’ in front of the building on 41st from 2ish-3:15ish. You may want to check the Volunteer Sign-Up that day to see if it will be out. Remind kiddos to scan the items in the hall outside of the Dance studio, and if you have an urgent need to locate something specific, please contact the office so we can help. Items not retrieved are slated to be donated over Winter Break.

    BUS 326 FAMILIES The Glencoe stop has been added back to the route effective 11/16.  Here are the updated AM and PM schedules.

    COMMUNITY CONVERSATION Follow-Up: Here are links to the Slidedeck we’re using this year (with some added elements since the event) & the Recording for Friday 11/5.

    RUBY BRIDGES Walk to School Day is next Wednesday 11/17. For more information check out the November edition of PBOT’s Safe Routes News and Resources

    TRAIL BLAZERS Family Night Flyer

    NOTES FROM THE WELLNESS ROOM November is Indigenous Heritage Month! Check out this awesome virtual bookshelf for read alouds, videos, and more! Indiginous Library

    Reminder: Community Needs Assessment! To see how we can best support the community, the student support team is conducting a community needs assessment. We would like to hear from EVERY family, no matter if you think you have a need or not. Please fill out the survey here or email amulliganbrinson@pps.net to get a paper copy sent home. (One survey per family, please.)

    Helping kids get shots/vaccines: Check out this free PDF to make a "Poke Plan" with your child before getting a shot. "Things go better when we have a plan!" 

    NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY PPS Library Services will be sending email notices for overdue materials again this week. It’s time to Bring Back the Books! Do you have library books/ bookbags at home? Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library.  Bring them to school any day of the week and drop them in the library book return! Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy. 

    OHSU UPDATE

    ⮚  We will always send home any new kits received from OHSU on Mondays, so please check backpack(s) if you are still waiting for yours, and Tuesdays are drop-off morning. The courier picks up by 10AM.

    ⮚  Fall break: For the week of November 22nd-26th, OHSU is not collecting, so no Drop-Off at school on Tuesday 11/23 (a non-student day). 

    ⮚  Family communication: OHSU has committed to sending test results to all families within 48 hours. Positive and inconclusive results will receive a phone call; negative results will generate an email. If families do not receive their email call the school office to ensure the correct email address is provided.

    ⮚  When not to test: OHSU spit tests are very sensitive so if your child has had Covid-19 in the last 90 days, do not have them complete the spit test as they will likely test positive.

    COVID SAFETY REMINDER Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning. Please have your student stay home if they are ill and follow the attendance procedures and health guidance supplied after consultation. Immediately report Covid positive tests to the office; MESD will follow up to analyze the case & produce the 'next steps Debrief' for schools so they can notify the Community and begin Contact Tracing for the individual Notifications. With the OHSU Covid Screener, also please immediately report to the office/MESD any test results received after any inconclusive OHSU results. Inconclusive tests are considered positive until tests confirm otherwise. We are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can and as many students in school as possible! 


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Together we did it!
    Wow, we did it! A HUGE THANK YOU to this generous community for stepping up so quickly to reach and exceed our goal of $10,000 to ensure a safer lunch time for our students! Your PTA will now be able to move forward with four months of tent rentals, slated for installation today - Friday 11/12.

    Additionally, your support for more Equitable Fundraising helped reach our $3,000 equity goal. The PTA will donate this additional 30% to The Fund for PPS. These funds will help address the urgent needs faced by schools across the district.

    PTA Super Green Team
    Join our sheet mulching party THIS Saturday 11/13! 
    Who: All are invited and welcome.
    What: We’ll need wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and lots of cardboard!
    Where: Richmond east side & nature path.
    When: Come anytime between 9am-noon.
    Why: Help with erosion, drought, and weeds!
    Questions, comments, join email list? greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    PTA Focuses on Equity
    Decolonization: Decolonization is the meaningful and active resistance to the forces of colonialism that perpetuate the subjugation and/or exploitation of our minds, bodies, and lands. Its ultimate purpose is to overturn the colonial structure and realize Indigenous liberation. First and foremost, decolonization must occur in our own minds. Source: www.mneep.org

    脱植民地化: 脱植民地化とは、先住民の精神、肉体、土地に征服と収奪をもたらす植民地主義の勢力に対する有意義な積極的抵抗である。その最終目的は、植民地的構造の打破と先住民の解放にある。脱植民地化は、何よりもまず各人の意識から発起されるべきものである。出典:www.mneep.org (Translation by Makoto Kikuchi)

    Read this Blog
    Watch Decolonization is for
    Everyone, a 13-minute Ted Talk

    November Affinity and Learning Spaces:
    Asian Pacific Islander Desi American: 11/18 7-8PM, Zoom Link
    Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color: 11/18, 7-8PM, Zoom Link
    Nihongo 日本語アフィニティグループ: 11/17 7:15-8:15PM, Zoom Link
    White: 11/17 6:15-7:15PM, Zoom Link

    Pandemic Related Volunteering
    A huge thank you to those of you that are volunteering for lunch helper, cleanup, and chalking work! We were much better staffed this week. Please check out all of the volunteering sign-ups on Konstella (including Lost & Found Weds) and pitch in if you can. Roles may start to shift a little over the next weeks as tents go up, so stay tuned!

    3rd-5th Grade Families: Get Your OBOB Books at the Book Fair!
    Many Richmond students have been waiting for their chance to do Oregon Battle of the Books...and the time is coming! Wait - what’s Oregon Battle of the Books, you might ask? Learn more HERE. And pick up the books at the Book Fair, starting November 8th! Purchases at the book fair support the Richmond Library in building an ever-more vibrant selection of materials for all students!

    Virtual Book Fair 11/8/21-11/21/21
    The Richmond PTA is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Fall Virtual Book Fair. Through your purchase of books from the PTA's personal web page at Children's Bookstore, we will raise funds for our school library. Right now, until 11/21/21, we earn 25% of every purchase.

    It is easy to participate.
    1) Visit https://www.childrensbookstore.com/welcome/?ref=1mrgly9
    2) Shop for books. There are over 200,000 titles available, from board books to young adult literature.
    3) Have books shipped to your home by choosing Media Mail. Have books from teacher wish lists shipped to school by choosing Book Fair shipping. Don't see a particular teacher’s wish list yet? Keep checking back regularly!
    Happy Reading!

    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. We have Scrip gift cards for many local and national stores, like Fred Meyer, New Seasons, PIzzicato and Burgerville. Learn more and check out eScrip options at oyanokai.org/scrip/. Please contact scrip@oyanokai.org 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. 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!

     
     
  • 11/4/2021

     
    November 4, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    This week’s appreciations and gratitude go out to our fantabulous, spectacular, and ever-gracious office team executive assistants, Karen Wilson and Kirstin Yamakawa! Pre-pandemic they were a daily delight, helping staff (Karen mostly) and students/families (Kirstin mostly) with all kinds of things every day. This year they do all that and then some. Karen has joined our Arrival/Dismissal Team outside and loves connecting with families. She ran Picture Day without any volunteers, and she’s taken on the Chromebook support role for the school - just, wow! Kirstin has always been the point person for student attendance, buses and dismissal plans. But this year, she’s also made innumerable calls home to find out more about student absences so that we can enter info into the MESD Symptom Tracker. She’s helping to manage everything related to the OHSU Covid Screener system at school. So much! They both create messages right here in the bulletin to help families know what’s happening at school and how we can all best work together in this incredibly busy time to take care of all the usual and most-unusual of things - and they do it all with welcoming and kind words for everyone. They are simply the best! As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work!
    Alicia sensei

     

     

    学校から
    From the School

    CALENDAR Items of Note:
    ✩ 11/5 Fri. NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Planning Day
    AND Evening Community Conversation (see below for info)

    ✩ 11/7 Sun. Daylight Savings Ends - ‘Fall Back’ your clocks 1 hour 
    ✩ 11/11 Thurs. NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
    ✩ 11/12 Fri. NEW! NO SCHOOL for Students
    (PPS Board approved it as a Teacher PD Day)

    ✩ 11/13 Sat. PTA Super Green Team Sheet Mulching Party (see PTA section below)
    ✩ 11/16 Tues. Picture Retakes
    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. Family Conferences - NO SCHOOL for Students
    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break

    ✩ Ongoing - Return any PPS chromebook devices/cords from last year asap

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    Q2 UPDATE No Switch Day for Q2. In pre-pandemic times, Richmond students with separate English and Japanese core teachers would flip their AM/PM switch-classes at each Quarter, and so the first day of the new quarter was called Switch Day. We surveyed staff this year to see what they thought would be best. Results were very close with Not Changing at Quarter being at 47% and Wanting Quarterly Change at 42.1% of the responses. About 60% had strong feelings about the topic, and the strong feelings were balanced across the issue. Many of the perspective-sharing comments were about wanting students to have the opportunity to learn in both languages at a time of day that was best for them, and so change. Many others cited the inconsistency of this particular school year and the desire to maintain until at least semester, especially in the interests of our highest support-needs students. So, there will Not be a change for this coming Quarter 2 starting next week. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we will flip AM/PM sections for the grades with switch-classes at semester, after the end of Q2, which will hopefully allow for some current stability as well as capacity to plan thoughtfully into a transition later in the year. (This note updated from original email to honor a community member comment about the term 'Flip' being a racial slur - we apologize for the offense and appreciate the feedback.)

    PICTURE RETAKES are Tuesday, November 16. If you would like to have your student’s picture retaken please have them bring their photos on this day to give to the photographer. If this is the first time for pictures and you would like to place an order, please send an email to Karen Wilson kwilson3@pps.net and she will send an order form home with your student.

    FAMILY CONFERENCES UPDATE: Monday/Tuesday November 22 and 23 (No-School for Students days) Family Conferences are online again this year. We will be providing advance access to the sign-ups to invited families. The link for general sign-up will be shared with families in the Bulletin next week (earlier than we had planned, to support families in organizing schedules). Teachers will communicate more specifics with their families through their weekly Newsletters. 

    ATTENDANCE UPDATE as of 11/3:  Calling your student in sick?  Please include the following information in your message:  1)  Your student's specific symptoms 2) Whether or not your student has recently been exposed to a covid positive situation (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of cumulative time in 24 hours) 3) Whether or not your student has been tested for covid, with results and date of the test.  As always, 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 kyamakawa@pps.net. Students who arrive late due to Bus challenges have a special attendance code that is Bus Late.

    LOST AND FOUND UPDATE:  The plan is weekly Wednesdays 'Weather Permitting & Volunteers Willing' in front of the building on 41st just before Dismissal and through about 3:15 pm. You may want to check the Volunteer Sign-Up that day to see if it will be out. Remind kiddos to scan & pull their items from the hall outside of the Dance studio. If you have an urgent need to locate something specific, please contact the office so we can help. 

    CHROMEBOOK Collection and Deployment: Please return any PPS chromebook devices/cords from last year’s distance learning supply asap. A PPS team deployed Richmond’s devices to 3rd-5th grade on 10/28, assigning a Chromebook to each child. Teachers are sharing info with families in their weekly news about device use. Grades K-2 also have devices in the classroom at a ratio of one device for every two students. These devices will remain in the classroom. Please visit this PPS page to learn more about the program.

    HEALTH & SAFETY: 

    ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL UPDATE: We have the necessary fencing to secure tents for lunch and, thanks to YOU and PTA’s diligent pandemic support team, it looks like tents are coming soon! Once tents are installed, the fencing will be locked after Dismissal ends at 2:22pm, closing off entry/egress through the NE gate by the Cafeteria, so please move to other areas of the campus when picking up kiddos and be prepared to go through the East gate on 42nd or the SW gate on 41st after fencing is locked.

    TRAFFIC SAFETY REMINDERS: We are asking that our community PLEASE use a one-way system for car traffic with 41st Northbound (toward Hawthorne) and 42nd Southbound (toward Division). Thanks to all for showing community care by slowing down vehicles, watching for cyclists and pedestrians, and remembering no idling at all times around our campus full of precious children. We would all be devastated if anything happened to someone that could have been prevented by exercising just a bit more caution. Email awesome Safety Patrol Coordinator Mr. Aubrecht at baubrech@pps.net to become a volunteer supporting the super-star Safety Patrol students!

    COVID-SAFETY UPDATE: Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning. Stay home if Ill and follow the Attendance procedures (below) and health guidance supplied after consultation. Immediately report Covid positive tests to the office. With the OHSU Covid Screener in place, also please immediately report to the office/MESD any Test results after any inconclusive OHSU results. Inconclusive tests are considered positive until tests confirm otherwise, and we narrowly avoided more quarantines this weekend because we had an email with evidence of a Neg follow-up test. We are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can and as many students in-school as possible! Also, please remember that if your student has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, DO NOT submit a sample. Doing so has the potential of returning a false positive result due to the sensitivity of the test. 

    We currently show with 71% of our students opted-in (about 390 kiddos and the 3rd highest % in the district), but we have not yet received kits for everyone. OHSU sends us kits as they process forms, and they’ve had some delays. We don’t have control over what kits are being sent to us or know what will arrive when. We will always send home what we receive on Mondays, so please check backpack(s) if you are waiting. Supplies will include a set of 4 test kits (a month's worth) and a whole sheet of individual name labels (24 on a sheet). 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. The labels are generated by OHSU and we can order more from them if needed but cannot print them at Richmond.

    Tuesday is Drop-Off Day. Drop off the student sample outside at one of the below spots at Arrival - look for labeled containers. A classroom sweep happens inside after that (with help of amazing volunteers) as a follow-up for all kiddos. Between 8-9AM, families will need to ring the front door bell to drop-off. The OHSU courier picks-up soon after that. Test kits can not be accepted at any other time during the week because of the sample timing requirements.  

    Drop off locations:
    - On the Southwest side of school on 41st Ave by the gate to the field and,
    - On the Northeast side of school, just inside the gate to the blacktop (near east Cafeteria)
    Please email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net with any questions.  

    COMMUNITY CONVERSATION Friday, November 5th, 6:30-7:15PM (non student day)
    If all goes to plan, we’ll record & share in the Bulletin, so don't fret if you're too busy to attend.
    Continuing our virtual Community Conversations tradition, we’re aiming for monthly First Fridays and alternating morning and evening times. This month, tomorrow Friday 11/5, is an early evening meeting starting at 6:30. If you’re up for it, 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
    Community Needs Assessment Reminder! To see how we can best support the community, the student support team is conducting a community needs assessment. We would like to hear from EVERY family, no matter if you think you have a need or not. Please fill out the survey here or email amulliganbrinson@pps.net to get a paper copy sent home. (One survey per family, please.)

     

    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Outdoor Coverings Update and Flash Fundraiser!
    Wednesday night the PTA membership voted to approve funding for temporary tents to cover the basketball courts (watch recording here, use passcode: gv6%x!9T). Fundraising has begun! Our goal is $10,000 by November 12th to be capped at $13,000. Any funds raised beyond $10,000 will go directly to the Fund for PPS which provides equitable supports for high-need schools; priority funding is given to schools with majority populations that are historically underserved and/or participate in the free lunch program. Together we can do it! You can contribute through the fundraising page, here.

    Pandemic Related Volunteers Needed
    We need your help! Parent volunteers are still greatly needed for several pandemic related tasks. The parents working hard in these positions are directly supporting the school’s ability to make lunch safe for our students and to manage the OHSU test kits. Please consider volunteering for the following: test kit prep and distribution, test kit collection, lunch cleanup, lunch helper, and morning chalking. Sign up to volunteer on Konstella. 

    PTA Super Green Team
    Join our sheet mulching party! 
    Saturday, November 13th

    Who: All are invited and welcome.
    What: We’ll need wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and lots of cardboard!
    Where: Richmond east side & nature path.
    When: Come anytime between 11/13 9-noon.
    Why: Help with erosion, drought, and weeds!

    Questions, comments, join email list? greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    PTA Virtual Book Fair
    The Richmond PTA is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Fall Virtual Book Fair. Through your purchase of books from the PTA's personal web page at Children's Bookstore, we will raise funds for our school library.

    The PTA earns 15% of book purchases every day, BUT from 11/8/21 to 11/21/21, we earn 25% of every purchase.

    It is easy to participate.

    1) Visit https://www.childrensbookstore.com/welcome/?ref=1mrgly9
    2) Shop for books. There are over 200,000 titles available, from board books to young adult literature.
    3) Have books shipped to your home by choosing Media Mail. Have books from teacher wish lists shipped to school by choosing Book Fair shipping. Don't see teacher wish lists yet? Keep checking back regularly!

    Happy Reading!

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    November is Native American Heritage Month
    Indigenous People 
    Distinct social and cultural groups that share collective ancestral ties to the lands and natural resources where they live, occupy or from which they have been displaced. The land and natural resources on which they depend are inextricably linked to their identities, cultures, livelihoods, as well as their physical and spiritual well-being. They are the descendants of those who inhabited a country or a geographical region at the time when people of different cultures or ethnic origins arrived. The new arrivals later became dominant through conquest, occupation, settlement or other means. Source: www.un.org with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA

    先住民族
    その土地に居住している、またはその土地を領土としている、或いはその土地から追放された背景を持つ人々で、祖先伝来の土地や天然資源を共有している社会的及び文化的集団のこと。生活基盤である土地と天然資源は、民族のアイデンティティ、文化、生計、また、身体的且つ精神的な幸福と密接に関係している。先住民族は、かつて異文化及び異民族が入植してきた時に、その国や地域にもともと暮らしていた民族であり、またその子孫。新しい入植者は後に、征服、占領、定住、またはその他の手段を通じて、支配的になった。出典:www.un.org (リッチモンドPTAによる簡潔さのための編集を含む。)(Translation by: Tomoko Nadolny)

    Learn More/もっと詳しく:
    Watch this 8-minute Ted Talk
    Listen to this 21-minute podcast 
    Listen to this podcast series

    November Affinity Spaces:
    Asian Pacific Islander Desi American: 11/18 7-8PM
    BIPOC: 11/18, time TBD
    Nihongo 日本語アフィニティグループ: 11/17 7:15-8:15PM
    White: 11/17 6:15-7:15PM

    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 scrip@oyanokai.org 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: 

  • 10/27/2021

     

    October 27, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    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!
    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

    CALENDAR Items of Note:

    ✩ Ongoing - If you missed the 10/25-26 Mon/Tues Return PPS chromebook devices and charging cords,
    please send back as soon as possible

    ✩ 11/5 Fri. NO SCHOOL for Students - Teacher Planning Day
    AND Evening Community Conversation (see below for info)

    ✩ 11/7 Sun. Daylight Savings Ends - ‘Fall Back’ your clocks 1 hour 
    ✩ 11/11 Thurs. NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
    (possibly also Fri 11/12 no school for students depending on the School Board decision this Thursday

    ✩ 11/13 PTA Super Green Team Sheet Mulching Party (see PTA section below)
    ✩ 11/16 Tues. Picture Retakes
    ✩ 11/22-23 Mon/Tues. NO SCHOOL for Students - Family Conferences
    ✩ 11/24-26 NO SCHOOL - Fall Break

    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 kyamakawa@pps.net.  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: 

    ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL UPDATE:
    Surprise - there’s fencing for tenting on the blacktop! PPS requires fencing to secure tents for lunch, so in anticipation of eventual tenting, the fencing was put up today! When Dan returns next week, the locking of the gates will start soon after Dismissal, so please move to other areas of the campus when picking up kiddos.

    Student Safety Patrol started & PBOT came out to look at our traffic on 42nd and will be getting back to us with some recommendations! We are asking that our community PLEASE use a one-way system for car traffic with 41st Northbound (toward Hawthorne) and 42nd Southbound (toward Division). We are also seeking adult volunteers to support the super-star Safety Patrol students; please email our awesome Safety Patrol Coordinator Mr. Aubrecht at baubrech@pps.net if this is you. Thanks to all for showing community care by slowing down vehicles, watching for cyclists and pedestrians, and remembering no idling at all times around our campus full of precious children. We would all be devastated if anything happened to someone that could have been prevented by exercising just a bit more caution.

    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:
    On the Southwest side of school on 41st Ave by the gate to the field and,
    On the Northeast side of school, just inside the gate to the blacktop (near east Cafeteria)

    Please email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net with any questions.  

    Community Conversation Friday, November 5th, 6:30PM - a No School for kiddos Day
    (If all goes to plan, we’ll record & share in the Bulletin, so don't fret if you're too busy to attend)

    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!
    To see how we can best support the community, the student support team is conducting a community needs assessment. We would like to hear from EVERY family, no matter if you think you have a need or not. Please fill out the survey here or email amulliganbrinson@pps.net to get a paper copy sent home. (One survey per family, please.)

    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 amulliganbrinson@gmail.com

    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!

     

    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Special General Meeting 11.3.21
    When: Nov 3, 2021 6:30 PM 

    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/81847579142?pwd=cXpvZDhmL0h2cW9zYnFqQjJCWERQUT09
    Meeting ID: 818 4757 9142  Passcode: 431937  One tap mobile  +13462487799,,81847579142#,,,,*431937# US (Houston)

    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
    A huge thank you to all of you that have volunteered to help with lunch prep, help, cleanup, lost and found, and now test kit distribution and collection. We are so thankful to the school for acting quickly to keep our kids and community safe, and our parents have also stepped up to truly make things happen. Thank you! 

    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!
    Arigatou gozaimashita (ありがとうございます & thank you to all who made this year's Apple + Pear Fundraiser a success!  We couldn't have raised over $5000 without the help of many volunteers - we SO appreciate your time and energy lifting, shifting, and loading boxes, as well as sharing knowledge from past year's sales.  We are also grateful for the folks who were flexible with their pear orders, plus Bleeding Heart Kettlebell Club for providing a convenient pick-up place.  Enjoy Kiyokawa Family Orchards' delicious fruit and all the goodies created from it - I know my family already is!

    Fall 2021 Virtual Book Fair
    Save the dates: 11/8/21-11/21/21
    More information coming soon by way of Konstella, Facebook, and Bulldog Bulletin.

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    National Immigrants Day is October 28

    Immigration: The act of leaving one's country and moving to another country of which they are not natives, nor citizens, to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizen or to take-up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker. Source: www.usimmigration.org

    移住: 永住権(グリーンカード)保持者あるいは帰化市民として、または移民労働者(内定のないまま入国し後から職を見つける場合)や定期外国人労働者(母国で移住先の仕事を内定してから入国する場合)として職に就く目的で、母国を去り本人が市民権を持たない他国に移り定住・居住する行為。ソー: www.usimmigration.org (Translation: Makoto Kikuchi)

    Learn More:
    Read this article and/or watch the 4-minute video at the bottom.

    Listen to the stories of Immigrants.

    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 scrip@oyanokai.org 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: 

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