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


  • mask
    Mighty Mask Challenge – This summer, CoStar Group donated 90,000 masks to RPS students as a part of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Backpack Supply Drive. They're going to donate an additional 90,000 masks later this year, featuring the winning designs from the Mighty Mask Design Challenge. Students in grades K-8 are encouraged to submit a mask design that represents what they love the most about RPS. Masks designs can be submitted at:
    The deadline to submit your design is Sunday, September 27. For more information, please reach out to Christie-Jo Adams (
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  • All Richmond Public School students can get a free breakfast and lunch every single day. Please make sure to check out the citywide schedule and get your nutritious meal every day. If you are just interested in the North Side times, you can find that information here

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  • Have you checked out the Lit Limo yet? This library on wheels is a great way to help our students keep up with their literacy skills and get a great book to keep! The schedule is here


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District Announcements

"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - September 18 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, To all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, RPS wishes you a "Shanah Tovah Umetukah," a Good and Sweet Year! In my family, brisket is the go-to food for this holiday. Mine's been cooking all day; can't wait to hear the boys' verdict :). Thank you again for all the feedback about our virtual instruction. As I shared yesterday, we're drafting some adjusted schedules based on your input. We'll have details at Monday's School Board meeting. In the meantime, feel free to keep emailing any thoughts you have! As you have likely seen from my special RPS Direct messages, we've had a number of positive COVID-19 cases recently. These cases are a reminder that the coronavirus is still very active in our community, and we all need to take every precaution. A few reminders for RPS employees:

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 18, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that two RPS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees is a staff member at Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary School. This individual was at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School on 9-11. The other employee is a member of the Transportation Team and was at the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office on 9-17. Both employees are in isolation, per CDC and local guidelines. At the direction of the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD), we encourage anyone who was present at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School or the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office on the dates listed above to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. Individuals can also contact RCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501.

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