• 2/22/2021

    A message from Portland Public Schools

    February 22, 2021

    From the Principal

    Last Thursday, we hosted our first ever virtual, citywide, Focus Option/DLI Open House event and more than 300 families attended to learn more about our programs for next year. It was an amazing turnout and a reminder of the resilience of our community in adapting to the struggles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so appreciative of the grace, patience, and flexibility that our community has shown during this tough time. 

    Please remember that it’s very important that we receive a response for every student to the PPS “4th Quarter Learning Choice” form as soon as possible. We cannot begin planning hybrid instruction until we know how many of our Richmond students may attend. The district published a new PPSHybridFAQ page & extended the due date to this Thursday 2/25. Please email our secretaries Kirstin and Karen if you are unable to complete your choice survey and need your link re-sent to you, and you may hear from one of us if we don't get your response soon. We also continue to add 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

    On Thursday, February 25, 2021, we’ll hold our next Community Conversations event at 8:15 am. We won’t have firm answers on Hybrid, but will share any updates available and will take any questions you have, so that we can answer them when able. We’ll record the event and share the recording in next week’s Bulldog Bulletin. 

    Have a great week, 

    From the School

    Survey Series Sharing & Supports
    A SHOUT OUT to the ~70 Richmond families who have already responded to this year's PPS Successful Schools Survey - we're at a 20% response rate and hoping to reach 100% before it closes in March. Here again is the PPS SSSurvey info doc or maybe just click here to Take yours now! Do it in about 15 min on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. 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!

    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 25 at 8:15am. 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. 

    Kindergarten Lottery is Open
    Reminder that the 2021 / 2022 Lottery Cycle is currently open for families interested in enrolling students in Kindergarten for the 2021/2022 school year. The lottery will run until 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 read Lottery Logic for more information about the lottery process.

    Instructions for enrolling in Kindergarten can be found here

    Connect to Kindergarten information can be found here.

    New or returning student enrollment for grades 1-5 is done through a petition transfer process, rather than the lottery. Acceptance is based on space in the program and a Japanese language assessment.   

    From the Library
    Let’s Get Reading! We missed seeing everyone last week! Hopefully, this week will be clear for our regular book bag distribution. If not, we will send a special message indicating otherwise. As a reminder, 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. 

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    Hello, Richmond families of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The school counseling and social work team is very excited to announce that Richmond now has a QSA/GSA. This is an LGBTQIA+ Allies club/student group. The QSA will meet each Monday at 2 pm on Google Meets beginning on March 1st. Room code: Richqsa

    These semi-structured, school counselor supported meetings will provide a safe community space for students to make friends, share ideas, create, and collaborate on projects.

    If you have a younger student who would benefit from something similar or if you have any questions please email the counseling team at cwallace@pps.net Thank you!

    Fourth and Fifth grade students will be working this week and next on coping skills toolkit. The goal is to get the students to think about their feelings and what tools would work best for them. For example, students looked at the feeling "Stressed Out" and wrote down what that feeling looks like to them and shared their stress relief examples, like how they play basketball or spend time with their pet when they feel that way. Go to the school counseling website for more information and tools. 

    Rich Recess is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11:15-11:55. Code is RichRecess.

    SNAP Replacement Benefits
    Did you lose food purchased with SNAP benefits due to storms, flooding, power outages or fires? DHS may be able to replace your SNAP benefits.

    Request replacement benefits within ten (10) days of the food loss, by:

    Phone: 800-699-9075 or Email: SSP.StatewideWorkshare@dhsoha.state.or.us

    Once approved, replacement benefits are issued to current recipients using their existing EBT card.

    If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, School Social Worker at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or email amulliganbrinson@pps.net

    From the Community


    It was great to see so many of you at PTA’s General Meeting last Friday. Each of our committees shared updates and we welcomed guest Speaker State Representative Rob Nosse. We also held some discussion around school funding, as well as making the decision to participate in hybrid learning. If you were unable to attend, click here for a link to the recording. Passcode: u.r=5Bec

    Japanese Community Cooking Event: Let’s Cook Japanese Curry Together!
    Complimentary starter packet!
    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 complimentary 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 free meal starter packet here. The deadline for reserving a packet is Friday, February 26, 2021. 

    Parent Volunteers 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. 

    Advocacy Committee
    We are also looking to grow our advocacy team where we work on issues relating to funding, legislation, equity and more. Currently, budget cuts are impacting all schools throughout the district, and Dual Language Immersion programs are in a particularly unique position when it comes to funding. If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please email: richmondptapdx@gmail.com 

    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.

    During our PTA general meeting on Friday 2/19, House Representative Rob Nosse shared with us some of the issues the state is working on. Among them is the Oregon BIPOC 2021 Legislative Agenda. In order to make real systemic change for Black, Indiginous, and People of Color, we need to change or create new systems and laws. Please take a moment to find your local Representatives and see how you can help.

    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!

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

    Have you explored the “what’s new” section of the website? Lots of information and links to help keep you informed. Check it out. https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Online Celebration of Yoko

    Please join Oya No Kai in celebrating the life of Yoko Niki-Breyfogle, our longtime cultural exchange leader, intern coordinator and Grant Japanese teacher. Yoko’s many friends, relatives, students and colleagues in the U.S. and Japan are invited to share their memories and gain support from others whose lives she touched.


    Saturday, February 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. in Portland
    ポートランド時間 2021年2月27日(土)  午後6時 〜
    (Sunday, February 28, 2021, 11:00 a.m. in Japan)
    (日本時間 2021年2月28日(日) 午前11時〜)

    6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Online memorial
    午後6〜7:30 オンラインメモリアル
    7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Breakout support rooms in English and Japanese
    午後7:30〜8 英語/日本語での心のサポートルーム

    Join us on Zoom
    Meeting ID:  858 7528 5733
    Passcode:  264298