• Online-Only Classes Will Continue Until At Least January 28

    Following state guidelines on coronavirus data, PPS will stay with Comprehensive Distance Learning through the second quarter. More information

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  • Until further notice, like most PPS Schools, the Richmond school building and campus are physically closed to non-employees/contractors at this time. Refer to Bulletin information for Richmond-specific updates.
    PPS Informational Updates are posted on the Fall2020 and District News pages. PPS Calendars are HERE.

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Richmond Elementary School

A Japanese dual language immersion program

2276 SE 41st AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6220Fx (503) 916-2665

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  • 10/19/20


    October 19, 2020

    Greetings Families,

    While our students and staff have not been physically at our campus this fall, we’ve had a busy season with multiple construction projects being completed. Today, I thought I might give you an update on what’s been happening at Richmond and what changes you might expect when we do return to in-person instruction. 

    In 2017, Portland voters passed a bond which funds Health and Safety projects around our district. At Richmond, this bond work has just been completed and we’re very thankful to our community for supporting this project. In our building, this bond work has included the planning and installation of public address system speakers in the gym, cafeteria, library, and common spaces. With the addition of this PA system, there are no longer communication “dead zones” in our building and emergency signals will be easier to hear. Additionally, the bond has funded a major upgrade to our school security system; we have a new remote access control at the main entrance with a camera system. With these additions, our building can be fully secured during the school day ensuring that students, staff, and visitors are safe. Finally, our entire fire alarm system is being updated and replaced. 

    Another exciting project that should begin in the next few weeks will see the replacement of the older play structures on the south end of our playground and a re-striping of our playground blacktop area. 

    We feel very lucky that the citizens of Portland have supported the bonds that have allowed these important improvements at Richmond and look forward to having our students and families back on campus when it is safe. 

    Have a great week, 



    Let’s Get Reading!

    The first week of Let’s Get Reading! was a big success! We are so excited to continue offering books to students each week. Check the schedule and stop by to pick up a bag of library books filled with titles carefully chosen for our Richmond students. 

    October Book Bag Distribution Schedule

    Days (Mon, Wed)






    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door

    10/19, 10/21


    Group A (last name A-M)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door

    10/26, 10/28


    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Staff parking, 

    Cafeteria Door


    From Our Counselors

    Dear Richmond Families,

    Starting Monday 19th, the counseling team will be doing recess. These online recesses are an opportunity for students to engage socially. This is a space for them to practice social skills with their peers. Students can come to talk, play games, and share. The counseling team will be there to monitor and provide support when needed. 

    Date: Start Monday 19th

    Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday


    Where: Google Meet

    Code: RichRecess 

    Deadline for Yearly Student Verification - OCTOBER 31ST

    1st - 5th grade Families:  Please review and submit your student's verification form (s) by October 31st.  It is important that we have updated information about your student.  Please click here to connect to the PPS ParentVue login page. You can also find a link to ParentVue in the quick links section of the Richmond school website.  Please contact Kirstin, kyamakawa@pps.net with questions.

    Absences and Distance Learning Attendance Guidelines

    If your student is absent, please notify the office by leaving a message on the attendance line at 503-916-6220 or by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net.    PPS distance learning attendance guidelines are listed below.  Please contact Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net with any questions.

    Evidence of attendance will be measured in at least one of the following ways within a 24 hour period (12:01 AM - 11:59 pm):

     A. Participating in a live (synchronous) class

     B. Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication app, or email

     C. A phone call between the teacher or EA/Paraprofessional with the student, or, for younger students, with the parent Back to top 3

     D. Posting completed coursework to a learning management system or web-based platform or via email E. Turning in complete coursework on a given day.

    Student and Family Supports

    As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS wants to remind you of a few resources for families. The PPS Family Resources webpage (https://www.pps.net/familyresources) contains a variety of resources, including the Menu of Student and Family Supports available in the six supported languages at PPS. 

    The menu helps families and students find the services that are currently available to them and is listed by school. The menu includes details about the following services and supports:

    • Academic Supports
    • Belonging and Connection Services
    • Family Supports and Resources
    • Culturally Specific Supports

    PPS will continually update and improve this menu over the course of the school year by adding additional supports and making it more accessible and user friendly.


    PTA News

    Virtual Harvest Festival

    We are excited to announce that the PTA Special Events Committee will be hosting a Virtual Harvest Festival!

    When: Saturday October 24th at 10am.

    Please join us for a story, games and a costume party with special guest MRS. STEVENS!!

    Where: Sign up here to receive the Zoom invitation link 

    (By the way, if you have joined Konstella you will receive an automatic reminder for this event since it’s on the calendar!)

    This will also be an opportunity for parents to hear about the upcoming PPS Bond measure as we welcome a representative from the campaign to provide information about what is in this bond.

    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: Free Membership 

    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.



    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

    Help Wanted: Virtual Auction 2021

    Oya No Kai is planning a virtual auction in March 2021, and we need your help to make it happen! There are many uncertainties this year, including what will happen with our class trips and interns from Japan. We don't have all the answers yet, but Oya No Kai is committed to supporting all aspects of the JDLI program and helping kids learn a second language in these challenging times. 

    The auction is our most important fundraiser of the year and provides funds for need-based scholarships for the 5th grade trip, hosting Japanese teaching interns, and distance learning support. Even though we can’t gather safely in person this year, we can still come together in spirit and on our screens to celebrate our program and support our students. But we can’t do it without your help. We are looking for the following volunteers:

    Procurement Lead

    Manage and lead a team to procure items for the auction. As the lead, you do not need to procure all the items for the auction personally. You will be managing a team of several volunteers to ensure we maximize our efforts. 

    Procurement Team

    Help send out emails, letters and online forms to solicit auction items from businesses. This can be done from your home at any time.

    Auction Art Coordinator

    This year will be a challenging year for getting art projects together, since there is a chance the kids will not be back in the classrooms physically. If you have any ideas on how we can create class art projects virtually, we would love to hear from you.

    If you have any questions or ideas, please contact yumi.wong@oyanokai.org. Thank you for all your support!

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