December 12, 2021
From the Principal
Hello, こんにちは, Kon'nichiwa Dear Richmond Community,
One more week of school before Winter Break, and we miss you already : )
While you are away from campus we hope that you will stay safe in all the ways and enjoy a restful and restorative time with loved ones. We continue to feel awed and thankful for the many layers of community support so generously offered to the school and one another. The collective trauma of this ongoing pandemic is an especially challenging context in which to experience and process incidents of violence and upsetting information coming at us from across the globe, country, city, and street. At school, we use all of our behavioral, emotional, and physical supports and tools to help our students feel and stay safe in our learning community. I’m sure that families are wrapping around our kiddos at home as well. If you’re looking for tips and other resources for talking to your children about what’s in the news you might consider this post from Common Sense Media and their rich cache of options for families. We are, as always, grateful too for the resource sharing by the PTA, below, through Konstella, and in the Richmond Equity Space.
THANK YOU, ありがとうございます, Arigatōgozaimasu!
From the School
CALENDAR Items of Note - see below areas for meeting links & detail:
✩ 12/15 Wed. LAST CALL Lost & Found out front after school
(unclaimed items will be folded into Clothing Closet / donated over Break)
✩ 12/15 Wed. 7:00 PM ONK General Meeting (see ONK section below)
✩ 12/18-01/02 Winter Break
✩ 1/3/2022 Monday - Back to School
✩ Ongoing - Return any PPS chromebook devices/cords from last year asap
SCHOOL NEWS, NOTES & Reminders
NOTES FROM THE WELLNESS ROOM This week 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to apply for Student Leadership/Student Council. This will start after winter break. For more information, please click on this Student Council Letter.
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER VACCINATION CLINICS FOR AGES 5 & OLDER
Please see this linked flyer for information, locations, and scheduling.
OHSU UPDATE We'll have our usual distribution on Monday & Drop-Off on Tuesday morning this week. There won't be collections over Winter Break since there's no school.
COVID SAFETY REMINDER We hope that families will enjoy the Break and continue to keep community safe. We encourage everyone to keep using these tools as they make decisions about how to spend time over the break Family Daily Illness Screening & Stay Home If Ill.
BUS ROUTE UPDATES! There is an AM only route change for Bus 323 effective 12/14/21. The newly added Atkinson Elementary stop is now the first stop instead of the last. The updated schedule is linked here.
From the Community
In response to last week’s terrifying attack on one of Richmond’s parents and students while awaiting the bus to school, many of our community members have reached out wanting to help and support. On behalf of the family we would like to share their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of emotional support they have received. They are working closely with PPS and school staff while processing the incident.
Racist attacks such as these can be triggering, especially when so close to home. The PTA would like to offer some resources we hope you find helpful. These resources are intended to support Asian mental health, help folks talk to kids about racism and more.
Also, Fumiyo Nishimoto, a Japanese counselor who regularly works with Asian families in Portland, and who attended the Japanese affinity space during the Equity Group’s event last Spring has a website that can be explored here.
PTA Focuses on Equity
Thank you to all who participated in the 12/7 event for Cultivating Omoiyari: Identifying and Overcoming Implicit Bias.
Equity term of the week: Code Switch
Adjusting one’s style of speech, appearance, behavior, and expression in ways that will optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment, quality service, and employment opportunities. Source: www.hbr.org
click this link to learn more about Code Switch
OBOB (Battle of the Books)!
REGISTRATION is live! Each individual student participating in OBOB should register HERE! (More info in future editions : )
Oya No Kai
Oya No Kai General Meeting 12/15
Please join the Oya No Kai Board on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15 for updates on these topics and more:
⬩ New Program Manager
⬩ SE Guiding Coalition
⬩ Hosting spring interns
⬩ Cultural exchanges
⬩ Camp Westwind
⬩ 2022 auction
⬩ Finances & fundraising
Join Zoom Meeting
89321714962?pwd= b2l2cEYwS2REUEx0MkVpZW5Nb2R2Zz 09
Meeting ID: 893 2171 4962, Passcode: 335279