• 4/5/2021

    A message from Portland Public Schools

    April 5, 2021

    From the Principal

    It is with great excitement that I welcome our Richmond students and families back to the Richmond campus for in-person learning and/or back to our virtual campus for continued distance learning. The teachers and staff members at Richmond are thrilled to resume instruction after a week of Spring Break and a week of asynchronous learning. No matter how our students will finish this school year, we are confident that our school year will end on a positive note. 

    Most grade levels are beginning slightly altered learning schedules this week; because each grade is unique, please look for direction from your child’s teacher and reach out to them directly with any questions. 

    We’ve got many additional updates/reminders in this issue of the Bulletin, so please take some time to read through carefully. 

    Have a great week,

    From the School

    From the School - Updates & Reminders:
    We'll continue to add QnAs to the top of our Family Answer Doc and respond weekly to the Q's we get through our Family Q&A Form, and also hope the info below is helpful.

    MAP Growth Score Reports & State Testing - for families with students that completed distance Map benchmarking, the district will be mailing the individual student MAP Growth Reports to parents toward the end of next week. Here is a sample of the report. PPS will not be hosting a Spring MAP benchmarking round. You may have also heard in the news that the federal government denied Oregon's waiver for state standardized testing this spring. ODE is submitting an amendment for limited testing that they believe will be approved. PPS will be planning and communicating more information about this soon.

    Hybrid Safety Maps - for all families, we shared a link last week, but have been making updates (minor) as logistics are refined and this link may be easier to use & flip through the slides, especially if you select the 'Enter full screen' option from the lower right kabob (3 vertical dots) if you see that option.
    ---You'll see that we have 2 Grab & Go Meal locations happening at both hybrid day (M/Tu/Th/F) dismissals for ALL families, one in front of the school by the South gate to the field, and one in the back on the blacktop near the East gate entrance. Our Nutrition Services Team of Yoshiko Brines and Kumiko Fiske deserve a big shout out for all of their hard work! Locations across the city can also be found here.  
    ---Our Let's Get Reading Book Bag distribution time and location has changed to: Wednesdays 11am-3pm at the South door to the field just up the steps from the Library

    Reminder that Campus is closed 7:45-2:45: Now that our school is open to students, our campus and play areas are closed to all but PPS employees, students attending their Hybrid session, and the on-site emergency childcare program students/staff from 7:45-2:45 on Hybrid days (M/Tu/Th/F). Please help spread this message to other families and community members. At AM dismissal, this means we need in-person pick-ups to leave the campus through the gates as soon as their students are released to them and they've picked up any Grab&Go Meals. The campus re-opens to the public after our PM dismissal officially ends at 2:45pm, so we ask that folks please stay clear of the class line areas before and after student release (maybe move to the fence) since we have a lot of children moving to Bus Lines until then and more bodies makes this confusing for our littles. 

    QFSA Kick-Off Event
    Reminder that we are hosting our very first Queer Families and Students Alliance (QFSA) event, a fantastic kick-off night to build community this Thursday, April 8th from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Please come if this sounds meaningful to your family. Use the info below to Join is for 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. 

    Link meet.google.com/fik-byky-sau
    Phone Numbers(‪US‬) ‪+1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪805 887 193 2030#‬

    For families with students attending in-person: If you haven't already, be sure to submit a Dismissal / Bus Plan (formerly After-School Plan) response to our new GForm asap; we have also updated the links in our Hybrid Handbook & Safety Maps to the PPS poster version for engaging your child(ren) in the COVID 19 Daily Self Screening before leaving home each day and prior to arrival on-site. 

    --4/9 is a No School for any students (including no asynchronous assignments) for a Teacher planning day

    From Our Counselors and Social Worker
    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, office hours, and QSA will be on pause the week of April 5th-9th. 

    Now, more than ever, safe community gathering spaces are important.  To meet the need for this, several Richmond parents and alumni have come together to create a Richmond BIPOC affinity group. The group is meeting every other Wednesday with the next meeting on April 14 from 7-8pm. Please see the flier for more details or email RichmondBIPOCcommunity@gmail.com.

    From the Library
    Let’s Get Reading!  We have modified location and distribution days as hybrid in-person instruction emerges. Book bags are now available on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are 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

    Greetings Richmond Community,
    We are looking for community members who would like to volunteer their time to help support Foundation goals through serving on the Foundation board. The Foundation has members that are graduating with their child and therefore need some new folks to join the team. If you’d like more information, please reach out at rsf.pdx@gmail.com or check out our new website https://www.richmondschoolfoundation.org/.


    New Family Tea April 19th at 8:30am!
    Please join PTA for our second New Family welcome event of the year. And what a year it has been! We invite parents and caregivers who are new to Richmond this year to get together via Zoom for a chance to connect, ask questions and just talk about how the year is going so far. 
    Zoom link for April 19th at 8:30am:
    Meeting ID: 853 8565 5087
    Passcode: 219417

    Super Green Team - Spring Plant Sale - Final Week! 
    The spring plant sale will end this week on April 10th. Thank you to the many of you who have already ordered! All orders are online through the PTA Store: https://richmond-pta.square.site/
    Pick-up is scheduled for May 7th at Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club, SE 50th Ave/Lincoln (Richmond family business!). You will drive up and we will load your plants into your vehicle. There will be a sign-up closer to the pick-up date. 
    One caveat:  The greenhouse, New Leaf Greenhouse, has been sold and options are fewer. They are selling their bestsellers this year:  tomatoes, vegetables, geraniums, and planters.  
    Any questions please reach out to Kristina with Super Green Team: greenteamrichmond@gmail.com
    Thank you for your support!  

    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.

    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)

    Would you be interested in joining an affinity space at Richmond? Please fill out the short anonymous form to let the Equity committee know what type of affinity space would best meet your needs. Link to form.
    どのような活動をご希望か簡単な匿名アンケートにお答え下さい。Link to form

    Learn more: 
    Read this article about why people of color need spaces without white people. 
    Read this one to understand how affinity groups are the secret sauce in antiracist schools.
    Richmond BIPOC Community Meeting will meet every other Wednesday from 7-8pm 
    Next meeting is 4/14. See link to flyer for more info and contact.

    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

    Three cheers from Oya No Kai!

    It’s been a big week for Richmond and Oya No Kai, and we’d like to take a moment to thank our community for coming together to support our students. Three big cheers for: 

    1. Everyone who made our first virtual auction on Saturday night a big success. Thanks for attending, donating, volunteering and helping in countless other ways. It felt good to celebrate our program and raise funds for future trip scholarships, interns and our other Japanese educational and cultural programs. We are so grateful!
    2. Richmond students who are transitioning to hybrid instruction or continuing CDL this week. Welcome back!
    3. Our teachers and staff who have worked so hard to make the partial return to campus as smooth and safe as possible. We appreciate you! 

    Thank you very much!  ありがとうございました!