Bulldog Bulletin

  • 9/23/21

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    September 23, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    Happy officially Autumn, 秋, Aki! As always, and some extra, we’re very busy bees over here at school. I hope that our weekend rain and the Wednesday morning drizzle were welcome at home. Here at school it meant that our chalk lines for the blacktop picnic lunch tables disappeared. We redrew them as fast as we could on Monday and added number spots on Wednesday morning. By Wed’s first lunch all efforts were pretty much gone. (The ‘why not paint’ is a longer story involving possible overhead covering so that we can continue to eat outdoors when it rains harder, fire code regulations, and the correlating map reconfiguring.) Rounding our Wheel every day. Speaking of, we’ve decided to not use the picnic table tarp strips outdoors after all & conserve them in clean and good condition for possible indoor use. Even though we all want to remain outside as much as possible, we have to keep planning into the indoor possibility and accept that a day may come when we have to activate it. 

    All this as a lead-in to say that in this time of constant change and expended efforts on all the small but big things, gratitude and kindness are holding us up. So this week I want to THANK some of the many people that are possibly less often noticed or thanked. THANK YOU to all the Family Volunteers who have been signing up to wipe down our picnic tile mats at lunch and help Dan. We’ve asked PTA to open up a couple of spots at Arrival to help check the chalk on the blacktop each morning. And THANK YOU in advance to whomever signs up (not there yet) for some Lost & Found outdoor duty after school. THANK YOU too to Michelle George, our fantastic Library Assistant, who’s now coming in early every day to help out with all things Lunch, including helping kiddos compost (see PTA Super Green Team below for a Video to share at home : )

    If you get a chance, whether your child is a rider or not, please feel free to THANK our amazing team of Bus Drivers - Adam Burns, Jose Delgado, Elmer Javier, and Theresa Oravetz! You may have heard - and possibly already personally experienced - that there’s a national driver shortage that has hit Portland pretty hard. I personally wrote to the First Student bus company last Spring with accolades for this team and requested that they all be reassigned to us this year if at all possible. We’ve been so lucky so far that we’ve been able to keep them with Team Richmond. THANK YOU also to the substitute teachers that have been coming to run our PE/Dance program while we wait for the other also-hard-hit-on-hiring districts to release the team we hired away from them this summer - so soon, we hope to welcome them in person! 

    And THANK YOU again to all of the Family Organization (PTA, ONK & Foundation) leaders and members for always stepping in and showing up for the Richmond Community - the PTA meeting on Tuesday was great, ONK’s hosting a meeting for 5th grade families today, and everyone’s Foundation donations came through again with the restoration of the two Education Assistant positions! So very grateful to you ALL!

    Educator-parent tip: if you’re looking for a way to encourage your kiddos to do some authentic paper & pencil writing at home, Thank You notes are a gesture of Kindness that warms both the sender and receiver's hearts. As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu to everyone working to make school work this year!

    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:
    ✩ 9/23 Thurs. 6:30 pm 5th Grade Japan Trip Information Meeting (see ONK section for details)
    ✩ 9/24 Fri. School Picture Day (detail below)
    ✩ 9/30 Thurs. 6:00-7:30 pm Back to School Night (online) 
    ✩ 10/1 Fri. 9:00 am Community Conversation with Alicia sensei (detail below)
    ✩ 10/8 Fri. NO SCHOOL 

    HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS - Much PPS Health & Safety News (like the items below) are emailed directly to all families from PPS Comms - if you are not getting these, please contact Kirstin in the office at kyamakawa@pps.net to be sure your email in Synergy is correct.)

    PPS COVID-19 Student Vaccine Survey Please complete the brief PPS survey (5-10 minutes) about your students and the COVID-19 vaccination sent to families by email on 9/16 with this description: “We’d like to determine how many of our students (ages 12 and older) are fully vaccinated against the virus and as we anxiously await approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students (age 5 to 11), we’d like to plan for targeted outreach for families to quickly access the vaccine. The information you share will help us prioritize vaccine access and outreach to schools this fall.” Read more

    PPS Announces COVID-19 Screening Program For All PPS Families Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms. PPS is partnering with the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to offer free COVID-19 screening testing for families! Richmond will send home packets with forms and info as soon as we receive them, so be on the lookout and thanks in advance for getting the needed items back to school as soon as possible so we can get this process going! Below is a short summary of the process of enrolling your student into the COVID-19 Screening Program. Some more great info was also shared at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, so be sure to check out the links below in the PTA section!

    → Families who wish to participate in the testing program must fill out the consent forms and get them back to school to be processed by our office.

    → Once OHSU receives student data and signed forms, they will create a patient record and generate labels for the testing samples. This process will take up to 10 days. OHSU will deliver testing supplies to schools for distribution once this is complete.

    → Each school will receive testing kits & labels to send home with students who have opted in. Information regarding how to collect a spit sample will be provided or emailed as well as available on the OHSU website: www.ohsu.edu/k12testing

    → Your student will receive sample collection materials on a specific day of the week and must return them to school on the following day. Samples will be collected by school teams for transportation to the lab.

    COVID-SAFETY REMINDERS
    - Please remember to conduct your FAMILY DAILY ILLNESS SCREENING at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as we can. 

    - SYMPTOMATIC TESTING: Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing Consent Form having this in-hand at school allows us to provide an on-site test for students who demonstrate symptoms at school. Our on-site test expedites communication with MESD who communicates any isolation and quarantine parameters to families and any identified close contacts. We are only able to test students (& Staff) who meet the symptomatic criteria while on-site. No matter the outcome of the test, students will need to be picked-up right away, and it is expected that families will take their child for a follow-up test elsewhere and only return to school per the directions of their MESD communication. Here’s an MESD  Flier of locations for weekly vaccine clinics at the Multnomah County Student Health Centers. Event information is kept confidential and everyone is  Welcomed Back after isolation or quarantine and 24 hours fever free with other symptoms improving.   

    - RESPONSE to COVID EVENTS: Here are the PPS tools we use, all of which are now also on our homepage Helpful Qwik Links doc along with our Family QnA tools including the updated Answer Doc. PPS Communicable Disease Response Protocol document, PPS Communicable Disease Monitoring and Contact Tracing SOP Updated 9/13/21 and, Communication Protocol for COVID-19 Case Onsite SOP Updated 9/16/21 

    SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders

    PICTURE DAY School Portraits: This Friday, September 24th Order forms went home with your child last week. Ordering pictures is optional. If interested in purchasing photos, please turn in your payment with the order form on Picture Day to your teacher or the Dorian photographer, or order online at www.dorianstudio.com. Make sure you select “Richmond Elementary -  Portland, OR”. Dorian accepts late orders online for 4 days following Picture Day with no additional fees. Photos will be taken in our spacious gym one class at a time. Students will be spaced 3 feet apart. Our photographers have provided proof of vaccinations to PPS. We will conduct Picture Day as safely as possible. 

    BtSN: Back to School Night - Next Week: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:00-7:30 pm Back to School Night is an Online 90 minute program again this year, with a series of 3 half hour repeating sessions to support families in attending multiple sessions for different contexts. Core classroom teachers are sending their GMeet Links to their families in their Friday News, and we’ll have all the special schoolwide session links, such as ESL & TAG (see below), for you here in the Bulletin next week. We hope you’ll be able to make it to all the GMeet spaces you are interested in attending!

    6:00 - 6:30 pm is Session # 1, 6:30 - 7:00 is Session # 2, and 7:00 - 7:30 is Session # 3 

    ESL Information Night will be held during all 3 Sessions of Back to School Night with our new ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher Sue Ko. Please join one of her Meets to learn more about PPS ESL programming and services. Our Richmond TAG Night will also be held during Back to School Night during only the last session from 7:00-7:30 pm so that we can extend the time if we need it for extra QnA without anyone missing the next session. 

    COMMUNITY Conversation Friday, October 1, 9:00AM (if all goes to plan, we’ll record & share)
    Continuing our virtual Community Conversations tradition, we’re aiming for monthly First Fridays and alternating morning (9am) and evening (6:30pm) times. This month, next Friday 10/1, is a morning meeting. 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/daw-yjrd-tei 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
    Pandemic EBT Info for Families: Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are additional funds that can be used to support family food purchases. P-EBT benefits were approved for Oregon in May for the 2020-21 school year.  P-EBT benefits issuance began at the end of July and will continue to be mailed to homes into August and September for all families enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school or with individual family eligibility for free or reduced price meals in the 2020-21 school year.  Families inquiring about student eligibility, or have other P-EBT questions, can use the following Oregon 211 Info services:

    →Phone: Dial 211 from anywhere in Oregon
    →Text: Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
    →Web: www.211info.org or the pebt.oregon.gov webpage for current P-EBT information
    →Email: EBT.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us

    Do you need assistance with rent or utility bills such as PGE, NW Natural Gas, or Pacific Power? Contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, school social worker, at amulliganbrinson@pps.net or 503-729-2642 (voice or text) for information on programs currently being offered.

    NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY
    Students & Families - It’s time to Bring Back the Books to the Richmond Library!
    Do you have library books at home? 
    Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books/book bags to return to the library.  Please send them to school with your student(s) for return during library class.  Contact hwaters@pps.net or mgeorge@pps.net if you have any questions.  Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy. 

    NEW REMINDER! 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. Thank you!! 

    LAST CALL in the Bulletin
    Yearly Online Verification for 1st -5th Grade families only. If you haven’t yet, please do it now! Review, edit & submit your child(ren)’s info online via PPS ParentVUE. If you need to reset your password, please follow these instructions. If you need other help logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact school secretary Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net.

    School Supplies: WOW, thanks so much - 413 families have already donated to our school supply fund ask of $25/child! If you have not yet done so and are able to, please make a donation. With the Covid-safety measures, we are buying more supplies than ever. This model of All Who Can Donating What They Can supports everyone, and we hope that it works for you. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Not sure how to use SchoolPay? Here’s Directions : Checks can also be given to staff on campus. Thank you for your generosity!


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    Thanks to everyone who attended the PTA General Meeting Tuesday night. If you’d like to reach out to us about anything you heard during the meeting, we can be reached at richmondptapdx@gmail.com. And if you weren’t able to attend, we recorded it for you! Just click here and enter passcode: ^Gwd4P8L to view. You may also access the COVID Testing Options and Information Slide Deck shown during the meeting here.

    The Annual Apple & Pear Sale has arrived!
    The Apple & Pear Sale begins today, just in time for autumn!  Please consider buying apples and pears to support our PTA.  The delicious fruit comes from Kiyokawa Family Orchards and is perfect for pies, sauces, or snacks.  Orders begin today at https://richmond-pta.square.site and go through Friday, October 8th.  Pick up will be Friday, October 22nd at Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club.  We need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  Please mark your calendars - sign up details coming soon.  Contact CL at cielle.swatland@gmail.com or Whitney at whitneypagefrisch@gmail.com with questions.

    Fall Bulldog Gear Sale
    It’s time for our Fall Bulldog Gear sale - a great opportunity for you and your family to show your school spirit! We have both youth and adult sizes in a variety of styles of shirts, hoodies, bags, masks, and more for sale here. Please note that each student will also be receiving a Bulldog mask from the PTA, so this is your chance to buy extras! As with last year, we’ll have both options of Bulldog logos, so pick out your favorite by October 3rd. All items can be picked up at the Apple and Pear pickup on October 22nd. 

    PTA Super Green Team
    Happy Fall Equinox! Just a few reminders this week:
    -Our next garden gathering will be Saturday October 9th 9am-noon, we will focus on preparing the beds for winter cover crop, winter vegetables, and turning the compost.

    -Driving to school? Please remember our school is a “No idle” zone. Neighbors and the environment appreciate turning off your cars when you park. If it’s possible to lock your car without a beep, neighbors would be grateful for that too!

    -Lunch time composting is happening! This simple phrase can help kids remember how to sort their food waste, “If you can eat it, you can compost it”. This 3 minute video shows where our school food waste goes and how it’s used.

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    All are invited to join the Equity group. If you would like to participate email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com.

    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.

    リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。
    この章では、公平委員会が公平性への取り組みに関連した用語を英語、日本語の両言語で共有、紹介します。これによって、私たちは学習すること、共通言語を使用すること、そして公平性に関わる問題について話し合う機会を設けることができます。また、学校コミュニティとして共に成長することができます。

    Privilege: Unearned social power accorded by the formal and informal institutions of society to ALL members of a dominant group (e.g. white privilege, male privilege, etc.). Privilege is usually invisible to those who have it because we’re taught not to see it, but nevertheless it puts them at an advantage over those who do not have it. Source: Racial Equity Tools, with editing for brevity by Richmond PTA  

    Japanese: 特権:社会の公式および非公式の機関によって、優位に立つグループの全メンバーに与えられている、労せずに得た社会的な力(例えば、白人である特権、男性である特権など)。私たちはそれを見ないように教えられているので、特権は通常、それを持っている人には見えない。が、それにもかかわらず、特権を持っている人々は、持っていない人よりも優位に立つ。Japanese:出典:Racial Equity Tools、リッチモンドPTAによる編集あり(Translation:Mami Kikuchi)

    Learn More:
    Watch The power of privilege: Tiffany Jana, a 15-minute TED Talk
    Read Why It's Important to Think About Privilege — and Why It's Hard by Kathleen Ebbitt
    Listen Talking About Privilege — With Catrice M. Jackson, a 52-minute podcast  

    Current Affinity Space offerings available:

    -    AAPI Affinity Space,  First meeting, Thursday, Sept 23rd  from 7-8pm via Zoom. Facilitators: Yukie Bean, tbd. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83857622612?pwd=Y056R0tyakpabU10S1Z3Ymx1SDJBUT09
    -    White Affinity Space, First meeting tonight (9/22), 6:30PM-7:30PM.  Facilitators: Kamla Hurst, Melissa Kuser, Poppy Levin, Amy Stuczynski, Julie Miner. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86808477024?pwd=R1pEblVCZ2VNVjFsQm52S3BjKzdEdz09
    -    Nihongo Affinity Space, First tonight (9/22), 7:00-8:00pm.  Facilitator: Tomoyo Uemura

     Future Affinity Space being planned:

    -    BIPOC Affinity Space, Monthly via Zoom, Facilitator: Dori King of Folks in Color in Schools.

    For more information, to join a mailing list, or for Zoom meeting links, please email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    5th Grade Trip Info Meeting TODAY
    Oya No Kai’s first trip information meeting for 5th grade families is at 6:30 p.m. TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 23. Please join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 831 7522 0422, Passcode: 658382) to hear the latest updates on the trip and how you can get involved. 

    The status of the trip depends on a lot of factors, primarily on when Japan reopens for travel. That has not happened yet, but we need to start planning now to keep the door open for a possible trip in June. Please help spread the word about the meeting to all 5th grade parents. Thank you!

    Richmond Foundation リッチモンドファウンデーション

    Foundation NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! We need community members who would like to volunteer their time to help support Foundation goals through serving on the Foundation board. If you’d like more information, please reach out at rsf.pdx@gmail.com or check out our new website https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/.

     
     
  • 9/15/21

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    September 15, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

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

    This week I want to Shout Out YOU, our wonder-full families. While re-opening school buildings during this pandemic has posed many challenges, it has been possible because of your partnership. Beyond sending your beautiful children to us each day, you support our teachers and staff in so many different ways, and we are so very grateful! 

    Even with limited capacity to welcome you on campus for now, our Family Organizations are finding ways to creatively continue their efforts and keep community connected and caring for one another. In our first official meeting (virtual but not emails) with the leadership for PTA, ONK, and Foundation there was so much hope and enthusiasm shared, and I want to pass that joy along to you and encourage you to consider joining with these groups as best fits with your interests and circumstances. (See the PTA Mtg info below for next week!)

    One of the many incredible Richmond family collaborators told me once that they chose to become actively involved as a volunteer with Oya No Kai because for them, supporting the cultural aspects of the JDLI program is what resonated. For others, it’s the PTA Super Green Team that aligns with their Climate Justice spirit of activism - or they just like gardening. Others may have skills in marketing or fundraising and/or connections to community businesses that could fit with Foundation opportunities - we only have 1 Foundation person left & their kiddo is in 5th grade this year, so actively recruiting for a team! No matter your skills, interests, or capacities, there is no doubt a welcoming place for you among these amazing teams that make much of the magic of Richmond happen.

    The PTA Equity group came into being just last year, and their culminating community event (covid online of course) was about cultivating  オモイヤリ Omoiyari - which is compassion, empathy and selfless consideration that inspires action to do something to help another. Their new Affinity Space opportunities will no doubt offer further extension of that powerful work. We hope that, per overwhelming student affirmation last spring, by adding Be Kind to our BEX 3 Be’s (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and now also, Be Kind) we are helping to grow children who manifest the PPS Graduate Portrait and are ready to Lead Change and Improve the World with multiple perspectives in their hearts and minds. Cliche but true, The Children Are Our Future. 

    The past also always informs our present. On September 11, 2001, I was in my 2nd week of teaching - ever. I had been living in Manhattan for 10 years working in the private sector, after graduating from Reed College here in Portland in ‘92, when I joined the NYC Teaching Fellows, was assigned to PS 16 & so moved out of the city for Brooklyn. My classroom on the 5th floor of our South Williamsburg building became a destination. My 45 5th graders and I tried to focus on learning while veteran teachers stopped by with the latest ‘news’. Only some of us made it home that day, and many experienced ash, literal and figurative, for many years after.

    On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this last Saturday, I brought my kiddo to Richmond and joined the community care work around the garden. I’m not at all sure that ‘giving-back’ is altogether altruistic or selfless, because I find ‘being with community’ a salve for my spirit. Today your kiddos were great listeners in our first fire drill of the year, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to give any class my 9/11 spiel about how active listening in a crisis keeps us calm, can saves lives, and is by far the most helpful thing for ourselves and others. I’m sure we’ll keep listening and learning from one another as we join together to keep our community strong. 

    As always THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu for always partnering with us to care for our children and community - it takes a village! 

    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:

    ✩ 9/21 PTA General Meeting Tues. 6:30 pm (see PTA section below for details)
    ✩ 9/23 Thurs. 5th Grade Japan Trip Information Meeting (see ONK section for details)
    ✩ 9/24 Fri. School Picture Day (order forms going home this week)
    ✩ 9/30 Thurs. Back to School Night (online) 6:00-7:30 pm 

    Picture Day/School Portraits: Friday, September 24th Order forms will go home with your child this week. Ordering pictures is optional. If interested in purchasing photos, please turn in your payment with the order form on Picture Day to your teacher or the Dorian photographer, or order online at www.dorianstudio.com. Make sure you select “Richmond Elementary -  Portland, OR”. Dorian accepts late orders online for 4 days following Picture Day with no additional fees. Photos will be taken in our spacious gym one class at a time. Students will be spaced 3 feet apart. Our photographers have provided proof of vaccinations to PPS. We will conduct Picture Day as safely as possible.

    IDLING We are striving to be an idle free zone, for the health of our students, families, neighbors and environment!  When you are picking up your students, please try not to idle your car.  

    VERY IMPORTANT REPEATS
    - Please remember to conduct family screenings at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as possible. 

    We encourage everyone to complete a Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing Consent Form for their child to receive a Covid test at school in the event that they are demonstrating primary symptoms. This expedites communication with MESD who communicates isolation and quarantine parameters. It’s ideal if we have permission on-file for every student but are only able to test students/staff who meet the symptomatic criteria while on-site. Here’s an MESD  Flier of locations for weekly vaccine clinics at the Multnomah County Student Health Centers.  

    Dismissal Plans If you haven’t, please submit your child(ren)’s Dismissal (&Bus) Plan. We need to know where kiddos are supposed to go after school to help them get there safely. Is your child usually riding the Bus on Wed (or Thurs or Fri, you get the idea) but not today (or any other day of the year) BE SURE to use that very same GForm to submit a Change Plan!  We kindly ask that you not submit any same day changes after 10am, unless it is urgent.  

    Many thanks to the many Essential Lunch Collaboration Volunteers. We’ll be letting PTA know when more spots are possible and new jobs are coming with Picnic Table tarps.
    THANK YOU, ありがとうございます Arigatōgozaimasu!)

    NOTES & Reminders 

    Library News It is so exciting welcoming Richmond learners into the library again, building relationships and establishing significant guidelines for safety. We have an inspiring assortment of new books for students to borrow and several orders of current titles on the way. It is always joyous guiding them as they discover the stories they are most delighted to devour. We are just beginning an inspiring new adventure in the Richmond Library and can’t wait for the experiences that lie ahead.

    OBOB Announcement At this time, the OBOB Executive Team is planning to run a virtual Regional tournament and, if it is safe and allowable to do so, an in-person State tournament, sometime in the spring, specific date TBD. Richmond is registered for participation, so if all goes well, we may see book battles once again. For the full statement, please go to oregonbattleofthebooks.com.

    From Nutrition Services Nutrition Services has asked that Grab n Go Breakfast Stations for students be closer to the cafeteria (which is located on the North side of our building near the parking lot). Please look closer to the cafeteria building for the new Grab N Go locations or find a staff member in a yellow vest to help guide you! We will update our Campus Maps slides to reflect these changes.  

    School Supplies REPEAT: Thank you very much to the 413 families who have already donated to our school supply fund ask of $25/child! If you have not yet done so and are able to, please make a donation. With the Covid-safety measures, we are buying more supplies than ever. This model of All Who Can Donating What They Can supports everyone, and we hope that it works for you. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Not sure how to use SchoolPay? Here’s Directions : ) Checks can also be given to staff on campus. Thank you for your generosity!

    Mark your Calendar for Back to School Night: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:00-7:30 pm will be online again this year!

    Back to School Night this year will be an online 90 minute program with a series of 3 repeating sessions. We hope the schedule offers you the opportunity to attend a Specialist presentation, or multiple grade levels if you have more than one child at Richmond, or just added flexibility for your busy schedules. More info will come from teachers in the coming weeks about how to access their Virtual Classrooms. 

    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Session # 1
    6:30 - 7:00 pm Session # 2
    7:00 - 7:30 pm Session # 3

    REPEAT: Yearly Online Verification for 1st -5th Grade families only
    (Kindergarten and other new-to-PPS families can disregard this message)

    Each year parents/guardians need to review and update the information on file for their children in the PPS system. This information can be reviewed, edited, and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE. A link to ParentVue can also be found in the quick links section of our school homepage here. If you need to reset your password, please see these instructions under "Further Information" down towards the bottom of the page. If you need other help logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact school secretary Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net.


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    PTA General Meeting 
    When: Tuesday 9.21.21 at 6:30pm
    Where: Zoom
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88968263632?pwd=aGV0YVlLUko2MFIrVHpNdlh5OVNmQT09

    Please join the PTA for our first general meeting of the year! We will meet via Zoom where you can hear more about what the Richmond PTA does and how you can contribute and become involved. We have also invited a panel of experts to speak about Covid-19 health and safety as we return to school, as well as available testing options. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to attend. 

    Agenda
    6:30-Greeting
    6:40-Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
    6:45-Treasurer’s report
    6:50-Vote on Revised Proposed 2021-2022 Budget
    6:55-Approval of Standing Rules
    7:00-PTA Updates & 2021-2022 Initiatives

    ⚬ Konstella
    ⚬ Muddy Hill Amphitheater
    ⚬ Equity Committee
    ⚬ Volunteer opportunities 
    ⚬ Upcoming events

    7:15-Pediatrician’s perspective on reopening
    7:45- Covid testing information 
    8:15-Public comment

    Meeting ID: 889 6826 3632
    Passcode: 406091

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    Konstella: Keep up to date on all things PTA by joining Konstella, Richmond PTA’s communications tool. By joining, you will receive regular updates and info, gain access to our events calendar, take advantage of easy volunteer sign-ups and more. 

    New to Konstella? Click the following link, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in your email: https://www.konstella.com/cd/UXJDK7
    Joined Konstella last year? Click the following link to find Your Children under Settings, and select your child’s class, to ensure you get messages from your PTA Classroom Reps, as well as schoolwide communications throughout the year: https://www.konstella.com/app/settings/children

    Classroom Support Representatives -- sign-up is open!
    Do you want to be more involved in your kid’s classroom this year?  Help out the teachers, get to know other families?  Then come be a Class Rep!!

    The Class Reps work as a team to facilitate and organize special events, announcements, class parties, and anything else their teacher/teacher pair would like communicated to their families.  They can set up activities for the kids, and are integral in making sure annual events with classroom participation like the ONK Auction and Spring Festival are successful.  They are kind of the “go-to” people families know they can turn to for help.  We’re not quite sure how this year is going to look yet, but we are open to ideas and forming a team to get stuff done!

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, the Classroom Support Committee is now signing up volunteers -- link on Konstella here: https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5cc38ca7e4b02963b78cdb45/signups/613ba81de83c0f50d0d7a83b
    Huge thanks to the over 20 families who have already signed up, and there is always room for more!  We especially still need Class Reps for the 3rd and 4th grade classes, and extra help for 5th grade would be much appreciated!!  Questions?  Send them to Yukie Bean, Classroom Support Chair: richmondclassrooms@gmail.com.  Thank you!

    PTA Super Green Team
    Thank You to the volunteers who came out Saturday to help tackle more weeds and drop off plastics to be recycled! Because of you our school grounds are looking better and less plastics are going into landfills.

    We are excited to announce Ember Van Allen as our new SGT co-chair! Ember has a first grader at Richmond and a 7th grader at Mt. Tabor. She brings enthusiasm for gardening and fresh ideas to our community and we can’t wait to start sowing seeds!

    Richmond PTA focuses on Equity
    All are invited to join the Equity group. If you would like to participate email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com.

    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.

    リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。
    この章では、公平委員会が公平性への取り組みに関連した用語を英語、日本語の両言語で共有、紹介します。これによって、私たちは学習すること、共通言語を使用すること、そして公平性に関わる問題について話し合う機会を設けることができます。また、学校コミュニティとして共に成長することができます。

    Social Justice: In a school setting, social justice looks like the elimination of academic achievement differences between different student groups and the accelerated achievement for historically underserved students. Source: PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice policy documents, with editing by Richmond PTA. Japanese translation by Aki Lendahls 

    社会正義: 教育上での社会正義とは、様々な生徒の学習達成度の差を排除することや、従来十分な教育が受けられていない生徒の学習達成度を促進することによって示される。出典: PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice policy documents(Richmond PTAにより一部編集)日本語訳: レンダルズ 亜紀

    Watch  6-minute video explaining Equality, Equity, and Social Justice
    Read this collection of short definitions
    Are you interested in attending an affinity space with other Richmond parents? 
    Current Affinity Space offerings available:

    -    AAPI Affinity Space,  First meeting, Thursday, Sept 23rd  from 7-8pm via Zoom. Facilitators: Yukie Bean, tbd. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83857622612?pwd=Y056R0tyakpabU10S1Z3Ymx1SDJBUT09
    -    White Affinity Space, First meeting Wednesday, September 22, 6:30PM-7:30PM.  Facilitators: Kamla Hurst, Melissa Kuser, Poppy Levin, Amy Stuczynski, Julie Miner. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86808477024?pwd=R1pEblVCZ2VNVjFsQm52S3BjKzdEdz09
    -    Nihongo Affinity Space, First meeting Wednesday, September 22, 7:00-8:00pm.  Facilitator: Tomoyo Uemura

    Future Affinity Space being planned:

    -    BIPOC Affinity Space, Monthly via Zoom, Facilitator: Dori King of Folks in Color in Schools.

    For more information, to join a mailing list, or for Zoom meeting links, please email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com.

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    5th Grade Japan Trip Information Meeting 9/23
    Oya No Kai’s first trip information meeting for 5th grade families is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. Please join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 831 7522 0422, Passcode: 658382) to hear the latest updates on the trip and how you can get involved. 

    The status of the trip depends on a lot of factors, primarily on when Japan reopens for travel. That has not happened yet, but we need to start planning now to keep the door open for a possible trip in June. 

    Please help spread the word about the meeting to all 5th grade parents. Thank you! 

    Join Oya No Kai!
    Oya No Kai invites you to join our parent group and get involved in supporting student success in the PPS Japanese Dual Language Immersion (JDLI) Program from kindergarten through 12th grade. We create opportunities for JDLI students to experience Japanese culture and language through cultural exchanges, need-based scholarships, hosting Japanese teaching assistants, and more. 

    Membership is free this year! We have waived the annual membership fee for the 2021-22 school year. 

    Here are three easy ways to get connected: 

    1. Join the Oya No Kai Online Directory (www.oyanokai.org/directory) to receive news and information about our cultural exchanges and other programs. Because of PPS privacy policies, the directory is the only way we can communicate directly with you. Joining the directory also gives you access to JDLI family contact information. 

    2. Update your info: If you have registered for the directory in the past, please log in to the directory to make sure your contact information is current. 

    3. Join our OyaNoKai group on Facebook to follow the online conversation, share information and connect with other families. Please answer the membership questions. 

    If you have questions, need to reset your password or would like to be removed from the directory, please email us at info@oyanokai.org.

     
     
  • 9/8/21

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    September 8, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community,
    Though the circumstances have not been ideal, we had a great opening to the school year last week. Today our Kinder students had their first official elementary school day - of their lives! They were spectacular. It has been amazing to re-connect with community IRL (in real life) and see the excitement in our students’ eyes and the smiling faces of our students, teachers, and families through our masks! 

    At the New Family Welcome on the blacktop this morning, I suggested that families at home help reinforce some of the new habits we are using at school: giving others space and building an understanding of what 3’ feels like; being sure masks are well-fitted and worn over the nose; eating a little faster so we are maskless for only about 15 minutes (or less); listening more closely since we cannot read facial cues as easily with masks on; and speaking a little bit more loudly so we can be heard through our masks. Any fun ways used at home to help our kiddos adjust to these layers of muscle-memory is super helpful in school. 

    We know that the constant change and related updates may feel unsettling, and ‘rounding our wheels’ of care is something to which we are committed. I’m impressed everyday with the spirit of collaboration in finding solutions and new ways forward to help smooth our path as we practice ‘doing school’ in the Covid context. You may continue to receive more frequent updates as needed, but our goal is to limit updates to the one weekly Bulletin from the school and one News letter from the teachers. We hope this will help to keep your inboxes less cluttered and create one place to find the information you need.
    This time last year, we were managing forest fires, electrical outages, and distance learning - oh my. In relative terms, managing a Picnic Everyday is, well, a picnic!

    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:

    ✩ 9/11 Sat. PTA Super Green Team School Grounds Maintenance 9:00-12:00 pm
    ✩ 9/21 PTA General Meeting Tues. 6:30 pm (see PTA section below for details)
    ✩ 9/24 Fri. School Picture Day (order forms will go home next week)
    ✩ 9/30 Thurs. Back to School Night (online) 6:00-7:30 pm 

    VERY IMPORTANT REPEATS:
    - Please remember to conduct family screenings at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as possible. 

    We encourage everyone to complete a Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing Consent Form for their child to receive a Covid test at school in the event that they are demonstrating primary symptoms. This expedites communication with MESD who communicates isolation and quarantine parameters. It’s ideal if we have permission on-file for every student. Please have your child bring a signed hard copy to their teacher or email a signed form to kyamakawa@pps.net.

    If you haven’t, please submit your child(ren)’s Dismissal (&Bus) Plan right now! We need to know where kiddos are supposed to go after school to help them get there safely. Is your child usually riding the Bus on Wed (or Thurs or Fri, you get the idea) but not today (or any other day of the year) BE SURE to use that very same GForm to submit a Change Plan! We had some hiccups today, but think tomorrow will be better. 

    Many thanks to the many Essential Lunch Collaboration Volunteers. We’ll be letting PTA know when more spots are possible and new jobs are coming with Picnic Table tarps.
    THANK YOU, ありがとうございます Arigatōgozaimasu!)

    NOTES & Reminders 

    School Supplies
    REPEAT: Thank you very much to the 347 families who have already donated to our school supply fund ask of $25/child! If you have not yet done so and are able to, please make a donation. With the Covid-safety measures, we are buying more supplies than ever. This model of All Who Can Donating What They Can supports everyone, and we hope that it works for you. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Not sure how to use SchoolPay? Here’s Directions : ) Checks can also be given to staff on campus. Thank you for your generosity!

    Mark your Calendar for Back to School Night: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:00-7:30 pm will be online again this year!

    REPEAT: Back to School Night this year will be an online 90 minute program with a series of 3 repeating sessions. We hope the schedule offers you the opportunity to attend a Specialist presentation, or multiple grade levels if you have more than one child at Richmond, or just added flexibility for your busy schedules. More info will come from teachers in the coming weeks about how to access their Virtual Classrooms. 

    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Session # 1
    6:30 - 7:00 pm Session # 2
    7:00 - 7:30 pm Session # 3

    REPEAT: Yearly Online Verification for 1st -5th Grade families only:
    (Kindergarten and other new-to-PPS families can disregard this message)

    Each year parents/guardians need to review and update the information on file for their children in the PPS system. This information can be reviewed, edited, and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE. A link to ParentVue can also be found in the quick links section of our school homepage here. If you need to reset your password, please see these instructions under "Further Information" down towards the bottom of the page. If you need other help logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact school administrative assistant Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net.


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

    PTA

    PTA General Meeting 
    When: Tuesday 9.21.21 at 6:30pm
    Where: Zoom
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88968263632?pwd=aGV0YVlLUko2MFIrVHpNdlh5OVNmQT09

    Please join the PTA for our first general meeting of the year! We will meet via Zoom where you can hear more about what the Richmond PTA does and how you can contribute and become involved. We have also invited a panel of experts to speak about Covid-19 health and safety as we return to school, as well as available testing options. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to attend. 

    Agenda
    6:30-Greeting
    6:40-Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
    6:45-Treasurer’s report
    6:50-Vote on Revised Proposed 2021-2022 Budget
    6:55-Approval of Standing Rules
    7:00-PTA Updates & 2021-2022 Initiatives

    • Konstella
    • Muddy Hill Amphitheater
    • Equity Committee
    • Volunteer opportunities 
    • Upcoming events

    7:15-Pediatrician’s perspective on reopening
    7:45- Covid testing information 
    8:15-Public comment

    Meeting ID: 889 6826 3632
    Passcode: 406091

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    Join PTA Communications
    Konstella: Keep up to date on all things PTA by joining Konstella, Richmond PTA’s communications tool. By joining, you will receive regular updates and info, gain access to our events calendar, take advantage of easy volunteer sign-ups and more. 

    • New to Konstella? Click the following link, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in your email: https://www.konstella.com/cd/UXJDK7
    • Joined Konstella last year? Click the following link to find Your Children under Settings, and select your child’s class, to ensure you get messages from your PTA Classroom Reps, as well as schoolwide communications throughout the year: https://www.konstella.com/app/settings/children

    PTA Super Green Team
    SGT invites you to continue rejuvenating the school grounds on Saturday 9/11 from 9am-noon. So much weeding and beautifying has been done, but there’s always more to do! We will focus on weeding along the east side fence and trees as well as removing invasives from the nature path. 

    Bring your weed wackers, shovels, clippers, gloves, water/snacks, and mask. Kids are always welcome! Unfortunately we don’t have restroom access this time. 

    Also on Saturday 9/11 we will be doing a collaborative Ridwell recycling drive! Bring your clean and sorted/stacked plastic #1 clamshells and plastic film to the garden clean up (whether you plan to stay or not) and volunteers will drop it off at the Ridwell Community event on the same day. Collection will be in the parking lot from 9-noon. 

    Can you volunteer to haul plastics to Ridwell’s Community event at SE 13th & Stark?
    Get in touch with us on Konstella or greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    Info sharing:
    Here is Ridwell’s Community event drop off info, if these hours/locations are easier for you.
    1. 9/11 is at 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214 from 10am-2pm 
    2. 9/18 ReClaim It -1 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217. 11am-4pm

    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. 

    リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。
    この章では、公平委員会が公平性への取り組みに関連した用語を英語、日本語の両言語で共有、紹介します。これによって、私たちは学習すること、共通言語を使用すること、そして公平性に関わる問題について話し合う機会を設けることができます。また、学校コミュニティとして共に成長することができます。

    As we approach the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, here are a couple resources for reflecting and learning more.
    Watch DIVIDED WE FALL a 90-minute documentary by Valerie Kaur
    Read Why educators still need to talk about 9/11 — and Islamophobia, an article by Rusul Alrubail

    [Repeat] Affinity Groups/Caucus: White people and people of color each have work to do separately and together. Affinity groups provide spaces for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups. For white people, an affinity group provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege, and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white affinity group also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than relying on people of color to teach them (as often occurs in integrated spaces). For people of color, an affinity group is a place to work with their peers on their experiences of internalized racism, for healing and to work on liberation. Source: www.racialequitytools.org

    アフィニティグループ: 白人と有色人がそれぞれ、そして一緒に考える場所。白人は白人同士で白人至上主義について向き合い理解していく場所を提供し、仲間からそれを学ぶ。有色人は自分たちの経験してきた人種差別の経験などを話しあい癒されていく場所である。(Translated by: Chifumi Brown)

    アフィニティ グループ:白人と有色人が一緒または 同じ人種、民族、文化グループに分かれて活動するグループです。白人グループでは意図的に白人の特権や文化を明確にし、個人の厳密な解析力を高めていきます。また白人グループでは、有色人に教えを頼るのではなく、自分たちで向き合い理解していく事を重視します。有色人グループでは、差別体験などをシェアしてお互いに癒される事を目的とし、自由に向けて活動します。 (Translation by: Tomoyo Uemura) 

    Are you interested in attending an affinity space with other Richmond parents? 
    Current Affinity Space offerings available: 

    • AAPI Affinity Space, 3rd Thursday of every month via Zoom, approx. 1 hour, First meeting, Thursday, Sept 23rd . Facilitators: Yukie Bean, tbd
    • White Affinity Space, 3rd Wednesday of every month via Zoom, First meeting Wednesday, September 22, 6:30PM-7:30PM.  Facilitators: Kamla Hurst, Melissa Kuser, Poppy Levin, Amy Stuczynski, Julie Miner
    • Nihongo Affinity Space, 3rd Wednesday of every month via Zoom, 7-8pm.  Facilitator: Tomoyo Uemura

    Future Affinity Space offering being planned: 

    • BIPOC Affinity Space, 3rd week of every month via Zoom, Facilitator needed

    For more information, to join a mailing list, or for Zoom meeting links, please email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com.  

    Learn More:
    Watch this 90-second video THE IMPORTANCE OF AFFINITY GROUPS by high school seniors
    Read One step back, two steps forward — How family affinity groups start conversations about race in schools by Ali M. Collins

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Join Oya No Kai!
    Oya No Kai invites you to join our parent group and get involved in supporting student success in the PPS Japanese Dual Language Immersion (JDLI) Program from kindergarten through 12th grade. We create opportunities for JDLI students to experience Japanese culture and language through cultural exchanges, need-based scholarships, hosting Japanese teaching assistants, and more. 

    Membership is free this year! We have waived the annual membership fee for the 2021-22 school year. 

    Here are three easy ways to get connected: 

    1. Join the Oya No Kai Online Directory (www.oyanokai.org/directory) to receive news and information about our cultural exchanges and other programs. Because of PPS privacy policies, the directory is the only way we can communicate directly with you. Joining the directory also gives you access to JDLI family contact information. 

    2. Update your info: If you have registered for the directory in the past, please log in to the directory to make sure your contact information is current. 

    3. Join our OyaNoKai group on Facebook to follow the online conversation, share information and connect with other families. Please answer the membership questions. 

    For more details, contact us at info@oyanokai.org or go to www.oyanokai.org.

    Richmond Foundation リッチモンドファウンデーション

    Foundation NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
    We need community members who would like to volunteer their time to help support Foundation goals through serving on the Foundation board. If you’d like more information, please reach out at rsf.pdx@gmail.com or check out our new website https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/. 

    REPEAT: Last year our Community came together in these challenging times to complete funding for a critical core teacher position! With the Covid-19 enrollment decline that happened at Richmond last year, our PPS Staffing allocations were cut in unexpected ways, and we did not feel we could ask our community to do more than help fund one position given the economic landscape. We would like to invite anyone in our community who can, to contribute now in an effort to restore our two lost half-time Education Assistant positions.

     
     
  • 9/1/21

     
     
    a message from portland public schools
     

    September 1, 2021

    校長から
    From the Principal

    リッチモンドへようこそ!
    Welcome to Richmond!

    Happy First Day of Richmond’s 2021-2022 School Year! : )

    Families, I want to thank you for your ongoing flexibility, patience, and grace. I wish it wasn’t so necessary, AND I know our team has earned it. As a staff, we spent our first four work days together from summer developing creative and credible solutions to potential pitfalls and daily mandates that forced yet another pivot. We know that each family has taken a calculated risk in deciding to return their child to in-person learning in our Portland Public School during this pandemic. We can’t guarantee that things will go perfectly, but I do know that it won’t be for lack of trying. If you’ve been at Richmond for a minute, you already know that our teachers (and Custodial Team) consistently go above & beyond for our children.

    I hope that we will all make time to recognize and honor the incredible effort, compassion, and personal sacrifices that our individual, human, front-line Essential workers are making to provide the safest possible learning environment while simultaneously using our deep (and expanding)  ‘teacher toolkits’ to plan into supporting the individual social-emotional and academic needs of every child who comes through our doors during this collective trauma that we are all still experiencing. If your head is spinning, I’m sure you can appreciate the mental gymnastics that we have been doing. Olympian.

    And today, we live the Why. Our children come into the building with an excited glow in their eyes and smiles behind their masks. Our outdoor lunch was lovely, and as soon as our on-the-ground supplies arrive, we’ll be a Picnic Everyday school. So even when things go wrong, may they feel big or small, I hope that we will all remember that we are working together on behalf of our children and their growth and assume the best - treating one another with kindness and listening to understand in order to really hear the other party’s perspective. Last spring, our students voted on elements to redesign our ‘Bulldog Bucks’ system and were overwhelmingly in favor of adding ‘Be Kind’ to our 3 Be’s (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible) on our new Bulldog Blossom Tickets that we use to acknowledge all the positives. So, I’m sending virtual Blossom kudos out to all - students, families, and staff for making the beginning of our year together as joyous as it can be.

    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:

    PPS Ramp Up to School Schedule
    ✩ 9/1 Today! First Day of School for All 2nd-5th Graders - YAY!
    ✩ 9/1 & 9/2 Today & Tomorrow, Half of 1st Grade attends each day; Kinder families have distance-connection conversations with their teachers 
    ✩ 9/3 Fri. & ALL 1st Grade attends - YAY!  Half of Kindergarten attends
    ✩ 9/6 Mon. - HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL ANYONE
    ✩ 9/7 Tues. Other half of Kindergarten attends
    ✩ 9/8 Wed. EVERYONE ATTENDS - YAY! 
    ✩ 9/8 Wed. PTA hosts the New Family Tea outside on the blacktop directly after Arrival for Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and any other families new to the Richmond Community
    ✩ 9/30 Thurs. Back to School Night (online) 6:00-7:30 pm 

    PPS OPERATIONS - Pandemic Updates
    For more detailed information from PPS, please explore the PPS BackToSchool2021 site which is being updated in an ongoing way and informing all of our planning.

    VERY IMPORTANT REPEATS: Please remember to conduct family screenings at home each morning - we are partners in keeping our community as safe as possible. Our 2021-22 Campus Maps have the Arrival & Dismissal info and now also some lunch slides. Haven’t submitted your child(ren)’s Dismissal (&Bus) Plan Google Form? PLEASE do it right NOW! We need to know where kiddos are supposed to go after school to help them get there safely. Is your child usually riding the Bus on Wed (or Thurs or Fri, you get the idea) but not today (or any other day of the year) BE SURE to use that very same GForm to submit a Change Plan! We had some hiccups today, but think tomorrow will be better. 

    Lunch… We submitted our Meals Plan & it appears to have been approved. With a note that moving Caf tables outside is too potentially damaging to them, like most other schools, we’re sitting on the ground and now branding outdoor lunch as ‘Picnic Everyday’, because we’ll be at ground-level - as soon as our supplies arrive. After principals asked the district for help in making this happen, all schools received an Outdoor Lunch allocation based on $15 for every Historically Underserved student. We’ve spent $750 of our ~$850 on 1’ square gym mats for kiddos to sit on, and are spending about $500 more to buy class tarps (think blue camping tarps) to serve as ‘picnic table’ strips for each class to be spaced out by at least 3’ nose-to-nose. This will also allow for our Cafeteria to have tables set up in case we have to move inside during lunch due to weather. The Outdoor & Indoor table layout is the same to support consistency and maintains 6’ distance between each class (cohort). We considered other options besides tarps (cloth to launder but would have to get multiples & launderers, and 12 yd oil cloth rolls for picnic tablecloths, but they were either too expensive or impractical - so landed on the pragmatic and durable tarp.) We think our community will get used to all this too & as KG Teacher Jill said, “It’s a Picnic!”

    We would love to have Community Collaborators serve as Essential Volunteers at Lunch, and the rules have changed again. Currently Essential Volunteers must be fully vaccinated, approved by PPS, and spend no more than 15 minutes inside the building after having been Signed-In by Staff. PPS is updating their application to add questions related to vaccination and it is not possible to apply to become a new volunteer until Wednesday, September 1st.  Not sure if you’re approved or if your volunteer background check is still valid? Check here.- THANK YOU, ありがとうございました Arigatōgozaimashita!)|

    We encourage everyone to complete a Covid-19 Symptomatic Testing Consent Form for their child to receive a Covid test at school so that if the occasion arises where your child is demonstrating symptoms, we can help you to move forward in the process MESD uses to guide isolation and quarantine parameters. It’s ideal if we have permission on-file for every student. 

    NOTES & Reminders 

    School Supplies
    REPEAT: Thank you very much to the ~300 families who have already donated to our school supply fund ask of $25/child! If you have not yet done so and are able to, please make a donation. With the Covid-safety measures, we are buying more supplies than ever. This model of All Who Can Donating What They Can supports everyone, and we hope that it works for you. Here is the SchoolPay link to donate online. Not sure how to use SchoolPay? Here’s Directions : ) Checks can also be given to staff on campus. Thank you for your generosity!

    Mark your Calendar for Back to School Night: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:00-7:30 pm will be online again this year!

    Back to School Night this year will be an online 90 minute program with a series of 3 repeating sessions. We hope the schedule offers you the opportunity to attend a Specialist presentation, or multiple grade levels if you have more than one child at Richmond, or just added flexibility for your busy schedules. More info will come from teachers in the coming weeks about how to access their Virtual Classrooms. 

    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Session # 1
    6:30 - 7:00 pm Session # 2
    7:00 - 7:30 pm Session # 3

    Apologies again for not including the critically important Dismissal & Bus Plan Form link in last week’s edition. We need this information for EACH and EVERY student so we know how to hand them off after school safely every day. So if you have not yet submitted one for each of your children, please do this now. You use the same form if you have a Temporary Change in Plan (ideally in advance of the day, but also Same Day) or need to update your plan permanently. The development of this electronic system last year was one of those pandemic-silver-linings because it also allows us to make Bus Tags, which is not a simple thing for a school where students come from everywhere. Bus Tags are required for any student getting on a bus - even it’s just a one-day thing. Families are welcome to use this pdf to print & handwrite a Tag as needed. We make Yellow Tags for all KG & 1G students automatically to indicate to drivers that the student should not get off the bus (and be returned to the school for family pick-up) if there’s not an adult waiting for them at the stop. IF your child is in 2nd-5th and you want us to reprint their Tag in Yellow, please email Kirstin in the Office (and for all things related to the Form and Dismissal Plans) kyamakawa@pps.net 

    REPEAT: Yearly Online Verification for 1st -5th Grade families only:
    (Kindergarten and other new-to-PPS families can disregard this message)

    Each year parents/guardians need to review and update the information on file for their children in the PPS system. This information can be reviewed, edited, and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE. A link to ParentVue can also be found in the quick links section of our school homepage here. If you need to reset your password, please see these instructions under "Further Information" down towards the bottom of the page. If you need other help logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact school secretary Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net.

    Community Conversation Follow-Up from Friday’s event with Interim Principal Alicia sensei and Kyoto sensei, Michelle Strickler, our now official new Assistant Principal - here are the slides, which include links to the PPS SOPs and our updated lunch plan info. Also, we fell behind with getting Dismissal info & Bus Tags out today, so we’ll be sending our Welcome Packet as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience!


    コミュニティから
    From the Community

     

    PTA

    It was wonderful to see so many families at the Community Care & Connection Day, cleaning up the campus and enjoying our All School Play date on Saturday! We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to view your child’s class list, get to see old friends and get to know new ones.

    New Family Welcome Tea
    Wednesday September 8th 8:15am
    Calling all Kindergarten, First Grade and other Families New to Richmond! You are invited to join the PTA after drop-off Wednesday September 8th for an informative and welcoming gathering. You’ll have a chance to hear from Richmond’s Parent Groups and interim Principal McMillen, as well as ask questions, get ideas and make new friends. Grab a blanket for a picnic-style meetup on the South Lawn. We hope you can join us!!
    Masks and social distancing required.

    Calling for Volunteers to Support Outdoor Lunch!
    The PTA is working with the school to support outdoor lunch for students. We are seeking volunteers who can work with the custodial team until the other supplies arrive (this week & next) to move cafeteria tables outside before lunch, and back in afterwards. After the first two weeks of school, updated opportunities to help will be available, we will keep you posted. 

    Currently volunteers must be approved by PPS and vaccinated. PPS is updating their volunteer application to add questions related to vaccination and it is not possible to apply to become a new volunteer until Wednesday, September 1st. Not sure if you’re approved or if your volunteer background check is still valid? Check here.

    We need volunteers for two slots, one at 9:30 - 10:00 and another from 12:00 - 12:30. Sign up  to volunteer for slots via Konstella, here. At the start time, check in with Kirsten at the doors near the basketball hoops. Volunteers will be asked if they are vaccinated, as vaccination is required (proof of vaccination is not required).

    PTA Communications
    Konstella: Keep up to date on all things PTA by joining Konstella, Richmond PTA’s communications tool. By joining, you will receive regular updates and info, gain access to our events calendar, take advantage of easy volunteer sign-ups and more. 

    • New to Konstella? Click the following link, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in your email: https://www.konstella.com/cd/UXJDK7
    • Joined Konstella last year? Click the following link to find Your Children under Settings, and select your child’s class, to ensure you get messages from your PTA Classroom Reps, as well as schoolwide communications throughout the year: https://www.konstella.com/app/settings/children

    FaceBook: The JDLI Facebook page is a friendly forum for the entire Richmond School Community and a great place to get connected. Each class also has its own JDLI Facebook page, just search the year of your child’s graduating class and join.

    PTA Website: General information on the Richmond PTA can be found at: www.richmondptapdx.com

    PTA Super Green Team
    Thank you amazing Richmond community for showing up last Saturday to clean up the school grounds! We’ll meet again on Saturday September 11th from 9am-12pm to continue chipping away at the weeds. 

    Start saving your plastic clamshells and plastic film for our first Ridwell collaborative drive! We’ll collect your clean sorted plastics at our 9/11 grounds clean up and volunteers will drop off at Ridwell’s community event!

    PTA General Meeting Tuesday 9.21.21
    Save the date, PTA’s first general meeting of the year is coming up!
    Details will be provided in next week’s Bulldog Bulletin.

    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.

    リッチモンド小学校PTAは公平性に焦点を当てています。
    この章では、公平委員会が公平性への取り組みに関連した用語を英語、日本語の両言語で共有、紹介します。これによって、私たちは学習すること、共通言語を使用すること、そして公平性に関わる問題について話し合う機会を設けることができます。また、学校コミュニティとして共に成長することができます。

    Affinity Groups/Caucus: White people and people of color each have work to do separately and together. Affinity groups provide spaces for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups. For white people, an affinity group provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege, and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white affinity group also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than relying on people of color to teach them (as often occurs in integrated spaces). For people of color, an affinity group is a place to work with their peers on their experiences of internalized racism, for healing and to work on liberation. Source: www.racialequitytools.org 

    アフィニティグループ:白人と有色人がそれぞれ、そして一緒に考える場所。白人は白人同士で白人至上主義について向き合い理解していく場所を提供し、仲間からそれを学ぶ。有色人は自分たちの経験してきた人種差別の経験などを話しあい癒されていく場所である。(Translated by: Chifumi Brown)

    アフィニティ グループ:白人と有色人が一緒または 同じ人種、民族、文化グループに分かれて活動するグループです。白人グループでは意図的に白人の特権や文化を明確にし、個人の厳密な解析力を高めていきます。また白人グループでは、有色人に教えを頼るのではなく、自分たちで向き合い理解していく事を重視します。有色人グループでは、差別体験などをシェアしてお互いに癒される事を目的とし、自由に向けて活動します。 (Translation by: Tomoyo Uemura) 

    Are you interested in attending an affinity space with other Richmond parents? 

    Current Affinity Space offerings available: 
    -    AAPI Affinity Space, 3rd Thursday of every month via Zoom, approx. 1 hour, First meeting, Thursday, Sept 23rd. Facilitators: Yukie Bean, tbd
    -    White Affinity Space, 3rd Wednesday of every month via Zoom, First meeting Wednesday, September 22, 6:30PM-7:30PM.  Facilitators: Kamla Hurst, Melissa Kuser, Poppy Levin, Amy Stuczynski, Julie Miner
    -    Japanese Language Affinity Space, 3rd week of every month via Zoom, day and time TBD.  Facilitator: Tomoyo Uemura

    Future Affinity Space offering being planned: 
    -    BIPOC Affinity Space, 3rd week of every month via Zoom, Facilitator needed

    For more information, to join a mailing list, or for Zoom meeting links, please email richmondequitypdx@gmail.com.  

    Learn More:
    Watch this 90-second video THE IMPORTANCE OF AFFINITY GROUPS by high school seniors
    Read One step back, two steps forward — How family affinity groups start conversations about race in schools by Ali M. Collins

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Welcome!

    Oya No Kai invites you to join our parent group and get involved in supporting the PPS Japanese Dual Language Immersion (JDLI) Program from kindergarten through 12th grade. 

    We create opportunities for JDLI students to experience Japanese culture and language through cultural exchanges, need-based scholarships, hosting Japanese teaching assistants, and more. 

    Here are two easy ways to get connected: 

    1. Join the Oya No Kai Online Directory to receive news and information about our cultural exchanges and other programs: www.oyanokai.org/directory. Because of PPS privacy policies, the directory is the only way we can communicate directly with you. Joining the directory also gives you access to JDLI family contact information. If you have registered for the directory in the past, please log in to make sure your contact information is current and pay your optional $30 annual membership fee. 
    2. Join our Oya No Kai group on Facebook to follow the online conversation, share information and connect with other families.

    Go back-to-school shopping with Chinook Book
    Make back-to-school shopping easy with mobile coupons in your Chinook Book app while supporting Oya No Kai and local businesses. You can buy your app on the Oya No Kai Chinook Book website and find deals for: 

    * Quality footwear with Danner shoes
    * New glasses at Fetch eyewear
    * Outdoor gear from Bridge City Kid 
    * Clothes and backpacks at Black Wagon 
    * And much more!

    Better yet, ask your friends and family to buy their mobile Chinook Books from Oya No Kai. The same app can be used in Washington, Colorado, California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. Arrive in a new city and local offers will automatically appear in the app. This is a great way for families afar to support an Oya No Kai fundraiser while benefiting from discounts at their local shops. Email courtney.knudson@oyanokai.org with any questions.

    Richmond Foundation リッチモンドファウンデーション 

    Foundation NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
    We need community members who would like to volunteer their time to help support Foundation goals through serving on the Foundation board. If you’d like more information, please reach out at rsf.pdx@gmail.com or check out our new website https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/. 

    REPEAT: Last year our Community came together in these challenging times to complete funding for a critical core teacher position! With the Covid-19 enrollment decline that happened at Richmond last year, our PPS Staffing allocations were cut in unexpected ways, and we did not feel we could ask our community to do more than help fund one position given the economic landscape. We would like to invite anyone in our community who can, to contribute now in an effort to restore our two lost half-time Education Assistant positions. We are about 4K away, and there’s not an official deadline that we have, but we do still need special permission to use funds raised after June 30 to restore positions for this year. If we can’t we will at least have built a small cushion toward our annual Spring needs.