Chimborazo Elementary School

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    Welcome back Chimborazo families, 

    I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2020 - 2021 School Year! Our first day of school will be Tuesday, September 8th, and we are eager to get connected with our students! Getting connected carries a different meaning than previous school years as we begin school virtually through the 1st semester. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly six months since we have been together. I welcome our new students who will be joining Chimborazo, and I am eager to work with the students who are returning. Our teachers have been working diligently over the summer to prepare for our virtual start. This preparation includes, not only the adoption of a new math and language arts curriculum, but becoming adept in instructing virtually. This acclimation process will be something our students will also have to become adept in as they learn to navigate the tools and features associated with online learning, and they also get to know their classmates and teachers. Although our teachers and I are eager to dive into instruction, we also realize that the first couple weeks will require significant modeling and scaffolding with technology that emulate the same approaches we use in learning content. Establishing relationships and building a sense of community will also be an initial focus when we begin school as we work to provide a sense of family, consistency, and support for all of our students. As principal, I anticipate some inevitable hiccups along the way, and I embrace these as we work to refine and reflect our practices. I also encourage parents and guardians to bring solution oriented suggestions to me and our teachers, while extending grace, as we work together to ensure our children are getting the best education possible. Our circumstances will not define us, and I have, as do our teachers, carry the same expectations for our students’ educations that we have for our own loved ones. 

    We will continue our house system here at Chimborazo and our theme: Four Houses One Family (Cuatro Casas Una Familia): “Building the Foundation for our Future.” Each house is represented with a core value and house names which are derived from the four summits of Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador. The house system helps promote leadership, a sense of pride and community, and promotes good citizenship in our school. The core values Choose Kind, Speak up, Lead Wisely, and Stay Curious are more prevalent than ever as we nurture and mold the young men and women who will one day play a vital role in our community and our country.

    We have several new staff members coming aboard to join our crew this year at Chimborazo. Click here to continue reading!

Announcements

  • Spirit Week Next Week!  We will be celebrating a virtual Spirit Week.  Click here to see the schedule or scroll down and click on each day in the calendar for a description.

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  • the side of the lit limo  The Lit Limo will be in the East End Monday! Every child who visits the Lit Limo will receive a book of their own, be able to participate in a read aloud, and sign up for a Richmond Public Library card.  Click here for schedules, maps and stops.

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  • Kindergarten Website is Live! Click here to check it out!

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  • Chimborazo 2020-2021 Virtual Master Schedule. Teachers are excited to #ReopenWithLove on Tuesday, September 8.  Click here to view this year's schedule.

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  • Welcome Ms. Gross! We have a new Assistant Principal here at Chimborazo. Click here to learn more about her.

    a picture of Ms. Gross

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  • Chimborazo Academic Kits - Be sure to check out the 2020-2021 school supplies provided by the district!

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  • #ReopenWithLove Family Checklist. RPS has created a list of helpful resources for families to access the information they need to be ready for our new school year.  Click here to see the family checklist.

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  • Fall 2020 Virtual Reopening Plan.  RPS is excited to #ReopenWithLove.  Click here to stay current on all of the developments and resources.

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  • We are constantly sharing the wonderful "happenings" and events at Chimborazo!

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"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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