• 3/29/2021

    A message from Portland Public Schools

    March 29, 2021

    From the Principal

    Welcome back! Hope you had a nice spring break. Tomorrow we will share detailed information about hybrid. Thank you for your patience as we organize for our reopening.


    From the School

    Learning Schedule This Week
    Students in kindergarten and 1st grade will engage in asynchronous learning March 29-31, then begin the hybrid in-person instruction schedule on April 1. 

    Students in grades 2-5 will engage in asynchronous learning March 29-April 2, then begin the hybrid in-person instruction schedule on April 5.

    Details regarding hybrid will be in a special Bulldog Bulletin tomorrow.

    QFSA Kick-Off Event
    Richmond is excited to announce that we will be hosting our very first Queer Families and Students Alliance (QFSA) event, a fantastic kick-off night to build community! If this sounds meaningful to your family, please mark your calendars for Thursday, April 8th from 5:30 - 6:30pm. It will be an online virtual event with chat and games (have some paper & coloring tools on hand : ) Feel free to ‘bring’ your snacks/dinner and get ready to have fun with other LGBTQ+ kids and families. (We'll include the actual GMeet info in next Monday’s Bulldog Bulletin, so keep your eyes open : )

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    Richmond's Counseling and Social Worker team wants our community to know that we stand with our Asian community members and families. We are saddened to hear about what happened in Atlanta and the increase of violence and racism against our Asian community members. We are here for you. 

    The Social Work/Counseling department has put together some resources, tips, and tricks for parents and guardians to help students who are feeling distressed by the upcoming shift in school plans. Whether your student is remaining in CDL or shifting to returning for hybrid and in person learning, check out this PowerPoint for some helpful tips and even some sneak peek pictures of the school! Click here

    Due to Hybrid and ongoing changes. Recess and QSA will be on pause the week of March 29th-April 2nd.

    From the Library
    Let’s Get Reading!  We are changing location and distribution days as hybrid in-person instruction emerges. Beginning March 31st, book bags will be available on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will be supplying books from the stairwell door on the south side of Richmond. Basically, we’re on the opposite side of the building. Enter from the gate located south of the main entrance by the field and grab a bag of library books to go! Invariably, we will continue to follow ODE’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance to ensure library books are quarantined and reorganized before redistribution for everyone’s safety. See you Wednesdays!

    Continuing at Richmond Next Year? 
    Attention KG - 4th Grade Families: If you do not plan to return to Richmond for the 2021 / 2022 school year, please let us know by emailing Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net. Thank you!

    From the Community

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

    Welcome back! We want to share with everyone the latest information regarding budget changes and the new classroom arrangement proposed for the 2021-2022 school year. 


    *Foundation will be launching a fundraiser soon so stay tuned for further details.


    Super Green Team - Spring Plant Sale! 
    The spring plant sale is going forward this year, hooray!  Keep an eye out for more info in a week and a link to order your plants online. We will have a designated location for drive by order pick up. The sale will start right around Spring Break and orders will be due April 10th. 

    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.

    Model Minority: A term created by sociologist William Peterson to describe the Japanese community, whom he saw as being able to overcome oppression because of their cultural values.
    While individuals employing the Model Minority trope may think they are being complimentary, in fact the term is related to colorism and its root, anti-Blackness.
    The model minority myth creates an understanding of ethnic groups, including Asian Americans, as a monolith, or as a mass whose parts cannot be distinguished from each other. The model minority myth can be understood as a tool that white supremacy uses to pit people of color against each other in order to protect its status. Source: Asian American Activism: The Continuing Struggle

    モデルマイノリティ:この言葉は社会学者のウィリアム’ ピーターソンが抑圧に打ち勝つ日本人の文化や価値観から生み出した言葉である。言葉自体は敬意を表しているが、実は肌色差別や黒人差別に関係している。モデルマイノリティの言葉はアジア系アメリカ人すべてをひとまとめにする俗説として使われ、白人至上主義を守るうえで他のマイノリティと対抗させるために使われるとされる。(Translated by: Chifumi Brown)

    Learn more:
    Watch this 10 min video explaining why the myth was created and why it is harmful.
    Read this article with anti-racism resources to support the Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
    Report AAPI Hate here Dispel the Model Minority Myth of keeping quiet about injustices.
    Check out Tsuru For Solidarity, a Japanese American organization building community with other communities of color.

    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

    Silent Auction is Open! Register Now!
    Bid on beautiful handmade crafts, reserve your set of Amabie juice glasses, and sign up for a party during the Oya No Kai Silent Auction, open now through 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. Register now for a free ticket to the auction to bid on these items and more. Get your iPad raffle tickets by noon on Friday, April 2 for a chance to win one of two iPads. Winners will be drawn at the live, virtual event at 7 p.m. this Saturday. See you there!