Barack Obama Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Moore

    Dear Students, Parents, and Staff of Barack Obama Elementary,

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This school year will be unlike any other one that we have had before; spending the first semester learning virtually due to COVID-19 will be challenging and will cause a lot of changes to our normal back to school process. However, one thing that will never change is how hard the administration and faculty of Barack Obama Elementary will work to provide the best education possible for the students, or how deeply we care about the safety and health of your children.

    We’re excited to make the 2020-2021 school year one of our best yet as we welcome new families and continue fostering positive relationships with returning ones. At Barack Obama Elementary, we strive to provide productive, challenging and rewarding learning experiences for each student in a safe and positive environment.

    In order for this school year to be successful, parental support will be key to your child’s achievement. As the school year begins, I would like to remind everyone how vitally important it is for students to attend school every day; this includes virtually. Numerous absences equal lost instruction time and we want our Obama Stars to be as prepared as possible. Please assist me in this endeavor. The lines of communication remain open and we are readily available for assistance to ensure optimum success for students.

    The safety of our children is and will continue to be our top priority. The 2020-2021 Barack Obama Elementary Parent and Student Handbook will be posted soon and will outline our routines and procedures, and the only way to improve our systems is to consistently practice.  

    I know this school year will be challenging, but together we can have a great school year. Thank you to everyone for making Barack Obama Elementary the best school in Richmond!


    Mrs. Jennifer K. Moore

    Principal, Barack Obama Elementary


  • Free Flu Shots on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Registration Information Here

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  • FOOD

    December 4, 11 & 18

    In Partnership with FeedMore and Nia Inc.

    No Preregistration - Drive Up | Walk Up | Pick Up - Rain or Shine * While supplies last!

    29 Elm St, Petersburg (2-4 PM)  |  700 East Belt Blvd, Richmond (4-6 PM)  |  4247 Creighton Rd, Henrico (4-6 PM)


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    It's Santa Shop Time! Although things will be a little different this year, all details about this annual Barack Obama Elementary tradition can be found here

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  • Check out Barack Obama Elementary on Social Media!




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  • It is really important that our students are doing everything possible to take care of their Chromebooks and devices. You are responsble for damage that happens to them, so here are some pointers on how to take care of them: 

    Caring for Your Chromebooks (English)

    Cuidando tus Chromebooks (Espanol)

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  • The Lit Limo will be taking the week of November 2-6 off for some maintenance, but will return the week of November 9-13 with books and prizes to give away, and a brand new schedule!

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District Announcements

  • RPS Civic Voices Town Hall - Please join us on our Facebook page at 6pm Wednesday, December 2nd for our next RPS Civic Voices Town Hall! The event will be moderated by our very own Mr. Rodney Robinson and will feature RPS educators, community leaders, and advocates engaging in a discussion about recruiting and investing in male teachers of color.

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  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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  • Don't Wait, Vaccinate! - Up-to-date physicals and immunizations are required for all students. Learn more and schedule an appointment for free immunizations through the Richmond City Health District and area partners.

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Upcoming Events

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 24, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Well, I said "flood" my inbox with shout outs – and flood you did! Thank you for sharing more than 100 beautiful messages of appreciation for our teachers, administrators, support staff, partners, families, and students. (I encourage you to read all the way to the end, as the last one is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.) I can't express how much these words of support, encouragement, and gratitude mean to the recipients. On behalf of RPS, thank you to everyone who wrote in! Before I sign off for the holiday break, I also want to express my profound gratitude to our principals, teachers, and support staff. Since March 13, you have delivered more than 2 million meals, purchased and distributed over 20,000 Chromebooks, facilitated more than 30,000 community circles, and literally reinvented what it means to be a teacher – all with boundless love for our students and families. In short, you have demonstrated that RPS is capable of doing truly extraordinary things. This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for you. With the deepest appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 24, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that three staff members and two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff are from the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office (last there on 11-23), Armstrong High School (last there on 11-17), and the Academic Office in City Hall (last there in October). The student cases are from Ginter Park Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School (neither has been on campus this year). We encourage everyone to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. They can also contact the Richmond City Health District’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community. If you have any questions, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Jason

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