• 2/17/2021

    A message from Portland Public Schools

    February 17, 2021

    From the Principal

    What a weekend, Richmond families! I know that many of you lost power due to the ice and I hope that it has since been restored. I hope you also had an opportunity to play a bit. 

    All of our families should have received a PPS Fourth Quarter Learning Choice Form email on Friday (2/12) with a specific-to-your child link asking that you respond by next Monday 2/22 to let us know your learning choice (participate in Hybrid, or remain fully in CDL) so that PPS can plan staffing, transportation routing, and other logistics. It is a very brief survey form that contains a general description of the hybrid model and a link to the more informative slides used to update the Board on PPS's Reopening plans from 2/9 with some of the details being bargained with PPS labor partners. 

    Until our Q4 student participation numbers are known, the district and each school cannot plan the specifics of their Hybrid/CDL program. We do know that the model PPS is proposing is intended to support continuation of 50/50 DLI for all of our students whichever their choice. While we also hope to keep students with their current teachers to the greatest degree possible, participation numbers will be a factor in planning. Students will also be assigned to am/pm sessions based on these numbers, and only families with siblings may be offered a specific am/pm opportunity to support transportation and exposure-containment. 

    Reports that the Q4 Survey links have timed-out are happening, so it may be best to check out the slides before clicking your link. Please email our secretaries Kirstin and Karen if you are unable to complete your choice survey and need your link re-sent to you. 

    We've added this week's QnAs to the top of our Family Answer Doc and will continue to respond weekly to the Q's we get through our Family Q&A Form

    Also A BIG THANK YOU to the ~45 Richmond families who have already responded to this year's PPS Successful Schools Survey! Families take one survey for each school that their child(ren) attend - want more info, check out this PPS FAQ doc. Click here to Take yours today - accessible on a computer, tablet, or smartphone & should only take about 15-20 minutes of your time. If you need a paper copy, please fill out this super-quick form & we'll get one into the mail for you! We do hope that ALL of our Richmond families will participate & share their perspectives about Richmond's school climate with the district!

    Have a great week, 

    From the School

    Kindergarten Lottery Registration Begins Today! 
    Exciting news! The 2021 / 2022 Lottery Cycle opens today, Wednesday, February 17th at 8am for families interested in enrolling students in Kindergarten for the 2021/2022 school year. The lottery will run for one month and will close on March 16th at 5pm. If you currently have a student at Richmond and will be enrolling a sibling in Kindergarten, you must apply through the lottery. Siblings are given preference in the lottery process, but are not guaranteed a spot.  Please click on this link to read about the steps for kindergarten enrollment.

    This year, instead of a mandatory meeting, there will be an Explore Your Options virtual event for all PPS families on Thursday, February 18th, from 6pm - 8pm.  It is highly recommended that you attend, but it is not mandatory. 

    Community Conversations Thursday, February 25th at 8:15 am
    We will be hosting our next Community Conversations event for our Richmond families on the morning of February 25th at 8:15 am. Topics include Hybrid, staffing and addressing questions submitted in the Family Q&A Form. Join us for the event via Google Meet at meet.google.com/daw-yjrd-tei You can also call in to the meeting with the following ‪+1 662-527-2143‬ PIN: ‪159 992 500# Not able to attend? No worries, we’ll record the event and share in the following week’s Bulldog Bulletin.

    From the Library
    Let’s Get Reading! The Richmond library team is looking out for you! We follow ODE's Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance to ensure library books are quarantined and reorganized before redistribution for everyone's safety. We love seeing you on Mondays/Thursdays and can’t wait to get more books into your hands! Pick ups/returns are from 11am-3pm at the Richmond cafeteria/parking lot. Don’t forget to drop off your previously borrowed library books at the same time. Stop by and grab a bag of library books to go!

    February Schedule:
    (2/18): Everyone welcome!
    (2/22, 2/25): Everyone welcome!

    From Our Counselors
    Richmond Spirit Day Let us show our love for Richmond on Thursday the 18th. Wear any Richmond gear, such as bulldog shirts and Oya No Kai outfits, or any of the school's colors, which are red, white, and black. Here is a Flipgrid link for students to share their spirit!  https://flipgrid.com/437a0d3e 

    Richmond Recess is on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:15-11:55. Code is Rich Recess.

    From Our Nurse
    School Exclusion Day is February 17th. Click on this link for a list of student health centers that administer school vaccinations to get caught up.

    From the Community

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

    Have you explored the “learn more” section of the website? Lots of information and links to help keep you informed. Check it out. 



    PTA General Meeting! 
    When: THIS Friday 2/19 at 8:15am
    Where: Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82092378743?pwd=dko1Rnl3TXg5NnZWL2wrdWdxcmhLUT09

    Please join The Richmond PTA for our second General Meeting of the year. We will provide updates on PTA’s activities thus far, and insight into what’s to come. State Representative Rob Nosse will also be joining us for an informative discussion of his priorities for 2021 and answer any questions you may have.

    8:15am Welcome and introductions 
    8:20am Approval of minutes
    Treasurers report & annual audit information
    8:25am Committee Updates
    8:35am PTA initiatives and Upcoming Events
    8:45am Guest speaker Rob Nosse
    9:05am public comment

    Japanese Community Cooking Event: Let’s Cook Japanese Curry Together!
    This school year it's been particularly hard for our families to maintain a feeling of connection to the larger school community. And, it’s not always easy to incorporate authentic Japanese cultural experiences in the home that support our student’s academic efforts in the school. Richmond PTA wants to bring this cultural experience into your home! 

    To participate, sign up for a meal starter packet that includes: Japanese curry sauce, printed bilingual recipes, cooking demo (accessed online), grade-leveled bilingual activity sheets, and extra supplies to enhance your authentic Japanese meal. 

    Learn more and reserve a meal starter packet here. The deadline for reserving a packet is Friday, February 26, 2021. 

    Parent Volunteer Needed: Bulldog Gear
    The PTA is looking at ways to once again make Bulldog Gear available to students & families, and needs a parent volunteer to oversee the implementation of this project into and through the 2021/22 school year. Please email: richmondptapdx@gmail.com for more information.

    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.


    Reparations: States have a legal duty to acknowledge and address widespread or systematic human rights violations, in cases where the state caused the violations or did not seriously try to prevent them. Reparations initiatives seek to address the harms caused by these violations. They can take the form of compensating for losses suffered, which helps overcome some of the consequences of abuse. They can also be future oriented—providing rehabilitation and a better life to victims—and help to change the underlying causes of abuse. Reparations publicly affirm that victims are rights-holders entitled to redress. 
    Source: https://www.racialequitytools.org/glossary

    賠償:州には、広範囲または体系的な人権侵害が起こっている事実を公的に認め対処する法的義務があります。州自体が違反を引き起こした場合、または違反防止対策を怠った場合にも法的義務が適用されます。被害者には損害賠償請求権があり、これらに関した損害に対処する為の賠償支援対策が行われています。損害賠償を受ける事によって苦痛が軽減されたり、またリハビリを通して将来希望のある生活に戻る事が期待できるでしょう。州の法的義務を表面化させ追求していく事で人権侵害の原因改善にも繋がります。(Translation by: Tomoyo Uemura) 

    Learn more: 
    Read this article from the ACLU about HR40 legislation and the call for Restorative Justice.
    Listen to this Podcast featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones talking about how systemic racism has prevented Black Americans from building wealth.
    Sign-up for the Japanese American Day of Remembrance hosted by Portland JACL and Vancouver NAACP. Honor and reflect on the Japanese American Redress Movement. Japanese Americans are the only ethnic group to have received an apology and reparations from the federal government for the wrongs committed against Japanese Americans during World War ll. JACL believes Japanese Americans have a moral imperative to support Black Americans seeking a similar path for structural remedy.

    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: https://forms.gle/xPSeWc7cquihj1Wt5

    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 おやのかい

    Community Survey Results
    Thank you to everyone who came to Oya No Kai’s general meeting on Feb. 10! And extra big thanks to the volunteers who analyzed and presented results of our community survey about PPS Enrollment & Program Balancing. We received 425 responses showing a full range of opinions and perspectives in our diverse community. 

    If you missed it, we’ve got you covered. You can download the presentation and watch a recording on the Oya No Kai website. The password for both the website and the Zoom recording is: 2OHNERB!

    Here are some more details on topics covered in the meeting:

    • Yoko’s remembrance: We will remember Yoko Niki-Breyfogle in a virtual ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 (Portland) or 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 (Japan). You can also donate to a fund for her son.
    • Enrollment Balancing: Volunteer to represent Mt. Tabor or Richmond on the SE Guiding Coalition on this Google form
    • Auction: To help with the virtual auction April 3, contact Yumi Wong at auction@oyanokai.org
    • Japanese Conversation Partners: Encourage older students (senpai) and younger students (kouhai) to sign up on this Google form.

    If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please talk with any board member or email us at info@oyanokai.org. ありがとうございました!Thank you!