|September 28, 2022|
I am so excited to meet you all tomorrow at the Back to School Night event. Here is some great news! We will have a staff addition starting next week starting October 6, 2022. Please welcome our new full time counselor, Madelyn Spain who will join Candor in supporting our students.
Madelyn (Matty) Spain comes to Richmond with nearly two decades of experience working with youth and families as a counselor and educator. She has spent the last 4 years serving high school students at Pioneer School and is excited to return to where she began her journey in elementary education. During her free time, Matty loves to hike, play music, travel and spend time with family and friends. Matty and her husband have two daughters, ages 7 and 9, who attend Mandarin Immersion in Portland Public Schools. She also has a grumpy 12-year-old kitty and an energetic 4-month-old puppy. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and excited to join the Richmond Community. Welcome Madelyn!
Continuing with promoting our support staff, it is my pleasure to write about Dan Alexander, who has been our awesome Richmond head custodian for the last 15 years. Dan has kept our school clean and safe during the most difficult times such as during the COVID pandemic. I am trying to write about Dan but I believe his own words are much more powerful: “During my time at Richmond I have turned down so many promotions. I never wanted to leave our school. We have always had a great staff, and I love the fact that parents are really involved in school functions. What I love the most are the kids. I get to watch them grow and I love helping them any way I can from tying shoes to getting the ball off the roof, or opening a tough container at lunch time. I have had past students who are now in middle and high schools, even college students come up to me and call me by my name and ask me how I have been. Just to know that they remember my name makes me feel like maybe I made some kind of impression on them while they were at Richmond.” Thank you Dan!
See you tomorrow at Back to School Night!
RICHMOND CALENDAR - PPS CALENDAR
Back to School Night Thursday 9/29 6:00-8:00 PM
Grade Level Presentations
Kindergarten families met earlier in the school year to learn this same information from teachers, so while they won’t have a grade level presentation, they are highly encouraged to attend, meet the teachers, visit the classrooms and learn more about the school. Each presentation is in the cafeteria and lasts 20 minutes.
6:00 pm 1st Grade
6:25 pm 2nd Grade
6:50 pm 3rd Grade
7:15 pm 4th Grade
7:40 pm 5th Grade
Bulldog Scavenger Hunt
We do hope that this Back to School Night format supports the busy and complex lives of our families while offering a clear picture of the total student experience at Richmond!
TAG Talk Richmond's Family TAG Night will be held at 5:30 pm this Thursday, September 29th before Back to School Night starts at 6 pm (main doors will open at 5:25 PM for attendees). All families are welcome to join this general informational session from the PPS Talented and Gifted Department.
Additionally, this year the PPS TAG Department is available live online to families on the following dates: NEW! Parent/Guardian Office Hours with the TAG Department
PK-12 OHSU SCREENING PROGRAM UPDATE - COLLECTION AT RICHMOND STARTS THURSDAY, 9/29 (NEXT WEEK)
REPEAT! ATTENDANCE ParentVue - new this year! Using your device, you can now report your student’s absence through your ParentVue account. Directions are outlined on this linked document.
This is one of 3 ways you can submit attendance. The other two are:
REPEAT! AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES After school activities are back! Please make sure your student's dismissal plan is updated with accurate information. Please see the PTA section below for a linked list of on site activities and off site programs that are currently being offered.
REPEAT! IMPORTANT REMINDER- YEARLY VERIFICATIONS! 1G-5G Families -
Volunteers for Run 4 Richmond Needed!
Thank you for your support - Together we can do it! Issho Ni Ganbarrou!
Bulldog Gear Sale
Apple & Pear Sale starts soon!
Save The Date for the Harvest Festival + Help Make It Phenomenal
International Walk + Roll to School Day : Wednesday, October 12th
We are looking for more volunteers to brew and sip with us.
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Interns available for Japanese tutoring
If the interns for your student’s grade level don’t have any openings, you can ask interns from other grade levels. For instance, Manao Takamatsu (8th grade intern, email@example.com) doesn’t have any tutoring students yet, and she is eager to perform that role.
Kirine Nishiya sensei (kindergarten), firstname.lastname@example.org
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Recently, we have received several questions from staff, families, and a media outlet, asking us to detail our efforts at maintaining optimal air quality in our schools. We understand the concern and the need for reassurance from our students and employees – that as a school system, we are taking prudent measures to promote a safe and healthy learning environment.
On September 20, 2022, the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education unanimously approved a historic agreement that centers Black students, and embarks on the development of a community plan for their future by making the voter-approved Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE) a reality.
We are pleased to announce that we will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority. The clinic will be open to all, and offer first, second and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. Additionally, this clinic will include access to the new bivalent vaccine (12+). The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older, and boosters for everyone 5 years and older.
We are currently seeking membership applications for the district’s inaugural PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice Community Advisory Committee (RESJ CAC). This committee will advise both the Superintendent and School Board about about the racial equity and education impacts of policy decisions and work collaboratively to increase understanding and progress towards the PPS Racial Educational Equity Policy and the PPS RESJ Plan and Framework, PPS reImagined, and the PPS Strategic Plan.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Equity Group Meeting
7:50 AM - 9:30 AM OHSU Test Kit Collection Day - Richmond ES
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Regular Meeting