• 05/18/2022

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    May 18, 2022

    From the Principal

    Dear Richmond Families, 

    The fundraising progress for the Richmond Foundation Goal is going really well. Thank you so much to all who have donated to help us keep our current staffing for next year. If you have not yet given and are still thinking about it, please give it serious consideration, any amount is great and will truly help make a difference for students for next year.

    We are fortunate that the company the PTA rented the lunch coverage tents from has not come to pick them up so we have had coverage longer than was expected which has been helpful with all the rain. Tent removal has been resdcheduled to today (Wednesday) at 3pm, so please avoid that area once you see the workcrew after Dismissal. Some have wondered why we are not just eating at the tables in the cafeteria. The reason is twofold. With the increase in Covid cases it seems prudent to continue our status quo of keeping lunch spots ~6 feet apart nose-to-nose, and table spacing doesn’t work great for that. The other more practical reason is timing: our K and 1st grade students have never sat at the tables and it requires some teaching time to show them which tables they sit at and how to navigate the cafeteria when they’re at their tables. Second graders have not used tables since the beginning of March of the K year so also a big change for them. With just 4 weeks left of school keeping things as they are, especially with the hope that on most days we will continue to eat outside, seems to make the most sense.

    Please see below for the information about returning student Chromebooks. All 5th graders are required to return their Chromebooks by June 3. They will be issued new ones in the Fall at their middle school. 

    Have a great week,
    Jill Bailey, Interim Principal and Sarah Lewins, Interim Principal


    From the School

    Richmond Items of Note - see below areas for any event meeting links/detail
    ✩ May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
    ✩ 5/19 Thurs. Connect to Kindergarten Virtual Information Night 7-7:45 PM - see details below
    ✩ Next Week is Spirit Week (see below for Student Council’s plan : )
    ✩ 5/24 Tue. Connect to Kindergarten In Person Playdate 6-6:30 PM - see details below
    ✩ 5/24 Tue. PTA General Meeting 6:30 PM
    ✩ 5/25 Wed. ONK General Meeting & Board Election 7:00 PM
    ✩ 6/3 Fri. Community Conversations 9-10 AM
    ✩ 6/5 Sun. PTA Super Green Team Last Work Party 9AM-Noon


    SPIRIT WEEK is next Week 5/23-5/27 Student Council has planned a fun Spirit Week for next week and is hoping that everyone will participate! If you’re a plan-ahead kind of family, please talk with your kiddo about each day’s theme and how to show-up in school&weather-appropriate ways.  

    Monday ~ PJs / Bedhead /Stuffy (no slippers pls & consider layering for weather)          
    Tuesday ~ Be Your Hero - Super or otherwise, IRL or fictional (reminder, no masks)
    Wednesday ~ Your Cultural Identity - think heritage (a great discussion at home)
    Thursday ~ a Favorite Character (from any media) or Twin-Triple-It with others
    Friday ~ Monochrome Rainbow (YOU dress in all ONE color & TOGETHER we’re a rainbow)

    Chromebook end of the year process for 3G, 4G, 5G ALL CHROMEBOOKS need to be returned to school by Friday, June 3rd. 3G and 4G will have the opportunity to fill out a permission slip to hold onto their devices over the summer and brought home after 6/3. Here is a link to the permission slip. Hard copies will also be sent home. ALL 5G and students not returning to Richmond will need to turn in their devices. 

    From Our Health Room It's getting close to the end of the school year, which means it's also time to start thinking about picking up your student's medication. If your student has medication in the health room, please pick it up by the end of the school year. Per policy, medication that is not picked up by the last day of the school year will be disposed of.  

    Please contact the health staff, Toby Barrow (health assistant) tbarrow@mesd.k12.or.us or Erika Wallin (nurse) ewallin@mesd.k12.or.us if you have any questions. Thank you!

    From Our Library Students & Families - It’s time to Bring Back the Books to the Richmond Library!
    Do you have library books at home? Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library. Please send them to school with your student(s) for return during library class. Help us keep our library materials available for all to use and enjoy.

    New as of 5/16/22 BUS RIDERS Please disregard the flier your student may have received or any information you receive from transportation and / or PPS regarding a transportation survey.  Because we are not a neighborhood school, we are not able to participate in this survey.  Please contact the Transportation department with any questions at transportation@pps.net or 503 916-6901.

    2022 / 2023 RISING KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES Lottery results have been sent out and we are preparing to welcome our new students and families to Richmond!  Two events are scheduled for our rising Kindergarten families this month.  Please join Principal Jill Bailey and our Kindergarten teaching teams this Thursday, 5/19 at 7pm for a Kindergarten Connect virtual information night. Here is the meeting link which is also posted on the school website calendar and Kindergarten page.  It will further be shared in an email coming your way in the next few days. Then, on Tuesday, 5/24 at 6pm, please join us for an in person playdate on the Richmond playground.  Meet rising families and students, mingle with staff, after care and parent support organizations, take home a goody bag.   

    NOT RETURNING TO RICHMOND NEXT YEAR?  Please email Kirstin at kyamakawa@pps.net if you do not plan to return to Richmond next year. This is important information for grade-level enrollment numbers that may affect our PPS staffing allocations. 

    BUILDING ACCESS AFTER SCHOOL  Staff use after school time for lesson planning and meetings.  We love our families and students, but we unfortunately are not able to allow access for bathroom and other general use after school.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Thank you for understanding.

    LOST & FOUND REMINDER Lost and Found is outside the Dance Studio during the day, so remind your kiddos to look as they come and go from class. Amazing family volunteers bring the racks out front after school on Wednesdays as possible; please sign up in Konstella if you can help with this. IF you’re missing something specific & need help, connect with one of us in safety vests outside at Arrival and Dismissal, or call the Office so we can support you. Student Council’s working on a picture gallery & GForm to get items back where they belong, so stay tuned!

    As the PPS Friday family email expressed last week, with the increase in cases in Multnomah County, families are strongly encouraged to have their child resume masking in school through the end of the year. The PPS Dashboard is here Covid+ cases in PPS and we continue to juggle with the ongoing substitute shortage (ex, PPS Unfilled Sub Job #s last Thurs=185, Fri=240, Mon=189.) Also, please note that when staff are absent, they are of course not working. So, IF your kiddo is also at home & you’re looking for learning activities for them, please consider this PPS resource site. (If teachers supplied other info, please refer to that, but this site was designed to support students when staff are out.) Doing the best we can & super love all of your support in Staying Informed & Using the Tools: Family Daily Illness Screening every day before coming to campus; Stay Home If Ill; communicate all absences/symptoms/positive-test-results to the office asap (503.916.6220 & select Attendance option to leave a detailed message or email Kirstin kyamakawa@pps.net); keep up on the news CDC, MultCo, and MultCo Vaccination opportunity info. These are links to: the 3/13 PPS Covid Update FAQ with answers to many common questions about current PPS policy & practice; our Richmond PPS Covid Safety Info & Updates GDoc, and PTA’s Richmond Families Doc. OHSU spit-test drop-offs are Tuesday mornings & please do not turn one in if positive within the last 90 days (it will likely be a positive result no matter what & ties up their system.) THANKS for making your family’s Masking-Optional expectations clear to your child(ren).

    Looking for a different Bulletin reminder? Click HERE for the Bulletin Archive on our school website. We’re trying to not repeat ourselves so much : )  Covid - Binax - 5 day - masks - uptick - sub rates

    From the Community

    Foundation ファウンデーション

    First fundraising target smashed, thank you for your generosity!  

    The Richmond learning community has come together to meet our first fundraising goal to fund a full-time teaching position for next year. Thank you! Let’s keep up the momentum to fund our our two amazing Kindergarten Educational Assistant positions for another year! These positions will be fully funded at $155k and $188k.

    Please join the 262 donors that have contributed to our fundraising drive this month alone, and the countless other families and community members who have contributed to similar drives in past years. We have until June 3rd to raise these funds together. 

    You can make a tax-deductible donation at richmondschoolfoundation.org and click on the 'Donate 寄付はこちら' button.

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars and join the Richmond School Foundation at our 'Dine Out for Dollars' event at Tacovore PDX (3707 NE Fremont St.) next Wednesday, May 25th from 12-8:30pm. Please join your fellow Bulldogs in purchasing lunch or dinner at this local taqueria which serves tacos, tasty beverages, and more made from scratch using local and sustainable ingredients. All orders on the 25th count towards our total; no secret words required. Proof of vaccination required for indoor dining; there's plenty of outdoor tables (with no vaccination requirement), and you can also order online for takeout. We hope to see you there!



    PTA General Meeting 
    May 24th, 6:30pm
    New Board Members Needed Urgently!
    Board elections are next Tuesday where our members will vote in a new President or co-Presidents as well as a Treasurer, however, these positions currently sit empty!

    These positions are essential to the operations of our PTA, without someone stepping into these roles, the Richmond PTA cannot operate next year. If you’ve ever considered giving back to the community in this capacity, NOW is the time. Please email us for descriptions of these positions as well as to learn more about additional open volunteer opportunities for next year, such as: Vice President, co-Secretary, Equity Group Chair and Science Fair Lead. richmondptapdx@gmail.com

    General Meeting Agenda
    *Budget changes: 
    *Equity in Fundraising Proposals
    *Vote-in of new Executive Officers

    6:30–  Greeting
    6:40-  Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
    6:45-Initiatives & Committee Reports
    7:05pm– Treasurer’s Report
    7:10- Equity in Fundraising Proposals
    7:30 -Budget vote
    7:35-Volunteer Opportunities & Board Elections
    7:50-Public Comment 
    8:00- Adjourn

    Online Japanese time every week for all students!
    Motto Nihongo!  Click here for details. If you missed it, this is the link for recording. 

    Caterpillar May 11th Canceled
    May 12th Butterfly https://youtu.be/J8x5KWwn6Z0

    Because of limitations with the PTA Zoom account, we’re starting to archive Motto Nihongo class recordings to a private YouTube account. These videos are not publicly-accessible or searchable within YouTube. You can access class videos only via their links in the class session Google Doc. All Recording : Motto Nihongo! 

    From Cultural Committee

    PTA Super Green Team
    Save the date: Sunday June 5th 9am-noon for the last work party of the school year!
    We will focus on some planting, weeding, and new rocks for the front Japanese garden. We will celebrate our efforts with Coco Donuts and seed sharing!!!

    SGT is also hoping to find several families (on standby) that can help when it’s time to inoculate the elms, we’ll need to gently excavate the roots of 5 trees. We’re also looking to hire a handy person and seeking families that can help with summer watering. Please reach out! greenteamrichmond@gmail.com

    Oya No Kai おやのかい

    Hina! Sugita! Hina! Sugita!
    Many thanks to everyone who came out in the rain to cheer for Hina Sugita at the Thorns game last week. It was so fun to hear your voices and taiko drums supporting her from section 221. We’re sure she felt the love as well. Check out the coverage: 
    FOX12 Oregon
    The Oregonian/OregonLive 
    NWSL Twitter
    Thorns Twitter

    Interns available for Japanese tutoring 
    Richmond’s 12 new interns have settled into their classrooms and are available for one-on-one Japanese tutoring. Tutoring is $10 for 30 minutes for elementary students. Summer tutoring is also available, but families and interns have to arrange a time and place, because we can’t use the Richmond building. Please email the interns directly to request tutoring. 

    Kirine Nishiya sensei (kindergarten), knishiya@pps.net
    Airi Uemoto sensei (kindergarten), auemoto@pps.net
    Nonoka Kuroda sensei (1st grade), nkuroda@pps.net
    Akiho Maeda sensei (1st grade), amaeda@pps.net
    Taeka Abe sensei (2nd grade), tabe@pps.net
    Ayano Abe sensei (2nd grade), aabe@pps.net
    Arisa Matsuki sensei (3rd grade), amatsuki@pps.net
    Mirei Nakano sensei (3rd grade), mnakano@pps.net
    Mai Noda sensei (4th grade), manoda@pps.net
    Kaori Oura sensei (4th grade), koura@pps.net
    Takeru Matsumura sensei (5th grade), tmatsumura@pps.net
    Mai Watanabe (5th grade), mawatanabe@pps.net

    Short-term host families needed this summer
    Oya No Kai needs a few more short-term, backup host families for interns this summer while their regular families are away. We are looking for families to host:

    ● Ayano Abe, 2nd grade, 6/20-7/2
    ● Mai Watanabe, 5th grade, 6/26-7/30
    ● Ryotaro Miyazaki, Mt. Tabor, 6/26-7/1

    This is the perfect chance to try hosting without making a longer commitment and to get to know some of our amazing interns! If you are interested, please contact Midori Yamanaka, midori.yamanaka@oyanokai.org. Thank you!

    We also need five more host families for October-March
    Our 18 Japanese interns will switch host families in October, and we still need five more families to open their homes to them. The interns will stay with their second host families until March. 

    Don’t miss your chance to become a host family for this group! It is one of the most fun, rewarding, and popular parts of our program. If you are interested, please contact Midori Yamanaka, midori.yamanaka@oyanokai.org. Thank you!

    Save the Date: ONK General Meeting & Board Election on May 25
    Please join the Oya No Kai Board  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, to elect new board members and get updates on our JDLI promotion ceremonies, interns, cultural exchanges and more. Join us on Zoom.  Meeting ID: 871 6523 8467 Password: 703130

    Join the Oya No Kai Board
    We are looking for a new Assistant Treasurer for 2022-23 with the eventual goal of stepping into the Treasurer position. The new board member will help with the following tasks: 

    Process deposits and make approved expenditures
    Record income and expenses in accounting software
    Reconcile accounts and organize financial records in electronic format
    Draft and maintain general operating budget
    Work with program leads to draft program-specific budgets
    Prepare data for tax information returns (handled by external CPA)
    Respond to other financial questions as needed

    Please contact ONK Treasurer Tricia Waineo (tricia.waineo@oyanokai.org) if you are interested.

    Register for Kurabu 2022
    Oya No Kai's Japanese summer camp, Kurabu, is open for registration for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in fall 2022. 

    We are excited the camp is returning in person this summer with five weeks to choose from June 27-July 29. Kurabu offers children a bi-lingual summer camp experience that is rewarding, fun and reinforces their Japanese language skills. 

    LOCATION: Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St. Portland, OR 97215
    TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except 4th of July week) 
    COST: $275/week for 5-day week, $220/week for 4th of July week. 


    *Do you know any JDLI high school students who are interested in volunteering at Kurabu? They can sign up here.

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