From the Principal
Today, I’d like to pause and reflect on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. This year has been a painful one, but also one that has galvanized our PPS educators, students, and communities toward our district value of racial equity and social justice.
As part of our celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, many of our students are participating in a schoolwide art project to decorate masks with messages and symbols of hope that recognize the intersecting identities of our Richmond community. We’ll share a visual collection of these compiled masks beginning next week.
Our district is also offering virtual spaces for our students to gather with one another. Black students can participate in the PPS Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group (click here to learn more) and Black, Brown, and Indigenous students can participate in the Vibing & Thriving student group, an opportunity to gather with other students which will be available all summer.
Finally, I want to re-share an invite for the Richmond PTA Equity Committee’s Event on 6/2/21--please see the additional information posted below.
Have a great week,
Cultivating Omoiyari （オモイヤリを育んで）: An Anti-Asian Hate Discussion with Richmond Parents and Staff to Foster Safety and Community
Wednesday, June 2nd at 6-7:30pm
The PTA Equity Committee invites you to a timely and important conversation in order to connect with each other, and to cultivate 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.
Facilitator and former Richmond parent Chisao Hata, a 3rd generation Japanese American anti-discrimination activist and performing artist, will guide us in discussions around anti-Asian hate and increased violence, both before and during the pandemic. Our intention is to host a safe, healing, virtual space for parents/caregivers, counselors, and staff. Please use your own discretion if you wish to include young people in the program.
Small break-out rooms will be offered to provide opportunities for deeper conversations; affinity spaces for Japanese-speaking, AAPI-identifying, and BIPOC attendees will also be available. This is an informal event—feel free to eat, drink, relax—whatever you need to feel comfortable and remain engaged.
To RSVP and receive the Zoom link use the QR code or go here: https://tinyurl.com/2zm9ftz2
For questions, please email us at email@example.com
From the School
From Our Counselors and Social Worker
Friday 28th is Mix and Match Day
Mix and match your clothing! Maybe wear it inside out or backwards (no undergarments on the outside, please). Go silly! Wear plaid with polka dots. Or maybe wear all one color. You could wear all your flower or animal prints at once. Wear two different socks and shoes. Be silly with your clothes!
The Richmond counseling & social work department is planning on hosting student groups in the Fall of 2021 for those who have experienced grief and loss. We would like to hear from the community to gauge interest & need so we can best plan for the groups - if you are interested please fill out this survey! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month which aims to increase the conversation and decrease stigma around mental health. It is just as important as our physical health, and nearly 50% of children will have had a diagnosable mental illness at some point before they are 18. Check out these resources around the awareness month, why it's important, and supports.
* mental health in the time of COVID
* For youth - teen to teen help line
* Need to talk to someone? NAMI can help
* More about mental health awareness month
* If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888
If you are interested in finding mental health support for you or your children and would like some assistance, please feel free to contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, School Social Worker, at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or email@example.com
From the Library
PPS and Multnomah County Library are partnering on Library Connect! This project allows students to use their student ID# to access MCL, without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Learn more about Library Connect here.
Let’s Get Reading! It’s been wonderful seeing everyone in person, but this is the final week for the Let’s Get Reading! program. Book bags will be available on Wednesday, May 26th from 11:00-3:00. Stop by the stairwell door on the south side of Richmond for some library books to go! Returns will continue June 2nd & 9th in the same location.
It’s spring cleaning time at the Richmond Library! Do you have library materials at home you are not using? Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library. Bring them to the book bag exchange on Wednesday from 11-3 or return them with your students to their classrooms for collection. Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy.
HELPFUL LINKS page
Based on some community feedback, we've created a new Spring 2021 Helpful Links resource for our families that lives on the school Homepage under the Quick Links banner (on the left mid-page). Through it, you can access the Bulldog Bulletin Archive, School Calendar, Dismissal Plan GForm (for submitting Temporary or Permanent changes), Family Q&A tools, Spring Handbook, and our school Maps. Feel free to click the link now and bookmark it for yourself, or find it anytime on the school homepage! Interested in seeing another item linked on that page or run into an error message? Email Kyoto sensei AP Alicia McMillen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing at Richmond Next Year?
Attention KG - 4th Grade Families: If you do not plan to return to Richmond for the 2021/2022 school year, please let us know by emailing Kirstin at email@example.com. Thank you!
Art4Life Summer programming at Richmond Elementary
Art4Life is excited to offer summer programming at Richmond Elementary this summer! Enroll today for weekly themed fun with teacher led art projects and adventures around the neighborhood! Registration is now open and space is very limited! CLICK THE LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION OR email at Art4Life.firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Community
Richmond Foundation リッチモンドファウンデーション
We have raised $2000 in the first week and have $27,000 to go.
Thank you for your support and help with getting the word out.
Please visit our website, richmondschoolfoundation.org for more information and easy online donation options!
Together We Can Do It!
Budget Changes & New Classroom Arrangement:
Richmond School Foundation: http://richmondschoolfoundation.org/
Shareable link to donate:
PTA General Meeting Tomorrow!
Tuesday May 25th, 6:30pm
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932485367?pwd=bmszUWZsSy9uc2xRWmJqeVBuWHBHUT09
Please join us for our final General Meeting of the year. Discover what PTA does, how you can get involved, and what’s planned for the year to come.
Welcome & introductions
Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
Approval of Revised Proposed 2020-2021 Budget and Proposed 2021-2022 budget
PTA Committee Updates
Volunteer opportunities and Board Elections
2020-2021 PTA Initiatives
School funding & teacher support
Richmond PTA needs you!
Join the incredible community of Richmond parent volunteers by stepping into any of the following positions for the 2021-2022 school year:
- Classroom Support Chair
- Equity Committee Co-Chair
- Bulldog Gear Lead
- Membership Chair
- Website Maintenance Lead
- Science Fair lead
For more information about any of these positions click the link below or email us directly at: email@example.com
Bulldog Gear Pickup - Wednesday 5/26 11am-3pm
If you ordered Bulldog Gear, mark the calendar to come pick up your orders. We’ll be outside near the stairs at the South Entrance of the school on Wednesday 5/26 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Eb & Bean Ice Cream Voucher!
In recognition of a job well done during this challenging year, PTA is offering all students a voucher with their school photos packet (directly from their teacher if in-person, or in the mail if CDL). This voucher will be arriving towards the end of May and is “good for a free kid’s size frozen yogurt with two toppings”. Valid at all three locations: 1425 NE Broadway, 3040 SE Division, 645 NW 21st Ave
Eb&Bean offers organic, local frozen yogurt with handmade flavors, and top-notch toppings. Lots of non-dairy and GF options available!
*No Cash Value and Expires July 31st.
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.
Learn more about AAPI History:
Watch this TEDx Talk from Erika Lee about Xenophobia in America: How we got here and what’s at stake.
Read this TIME article by Viet Thanh Nguyen titled Asian Americans are still caught in the trap of the ‘model minority’ stereotype. And it creates inequality for all.
Watch the PBS Series Asian Americans streaming for free through the Center for Asian American Media
Oya No Kai おやのかい
Register for Virtual Kurabu 2021!
Oya No Kai’s virtual Japanese summer camp, Kurabu, is open for registration!
This year’s camp is FREE and open to Japanese Dual Language Immersion students entering grades 1-8. Join us weekly on Zoom for a fun and rewarding hour of Japanese songs, stories, crafts, and physical activities.
Session 1 (6 Weeks)
Dates: June 22- July 27
Every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Session 2 (6 Weeks)
Dates: June 23 - July 28
Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Session 3 (4 Weeks)
Dates: July 8 - July 29
Every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Register now on this Google Form!
Oya No Kai would like to thank the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s Mary Yamaguchi Fund in Memory of Shizuo and Ujitsuto Yamaguchi for their generous support of Kurabu.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.