Dear Fairfield Court Elementary Families,
My name is Angela Wright and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new interim principal of Fairfield Court Elementary School. These are unprecedented times and with COVID-19 we know things will look different this year for students coming to school.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. We, as a school team, will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.
Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Fairfield Court Elementary, virtually. And of course I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can be without being in the school house.
Our counselor and social worker will be teaching the 2nd Step Program, which focuses on the emotional, social and academic aspects of the child. This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching with in 1994. I also facilitated professional development and parent workshops. I then worked in Caroline County for twelve years as a teacher and administrator, continuing to reach and teach student leaders on the middle school level. My last three years have been at John B. Cary Elementary in Richmond, Virginia, before transitioning to Fairfield Court Elementary. But my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the mother of two grown sons, Joshua and Caleb, who have carved their own path in the world as young black men. People often say I treat all children in my school as if they were my own. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at Fairfield Court Elementary. Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community.
There are some upcoming dates that we want to make sure you are aware of to ensure all students at Fairfield will be successful!
Here are the 3 W's to reduce the risk of COVID-19
Wear a Mask
Wash Your Hands
Watch Your Distance!
Spring In-Person Testing Parent Survey
Our Spring in-person testing parent survey is now avilable.
Parents have the option to allow their child to test in person, refuse testing, or refuse testing but allow their child to take the VDOE Remote Assessment. If the parents refuse testing then they can complete the refusal form. The survey also asks parents their intent for the WIDA assessment. Please click on this LINK for the survey.
Virtual Elementary Grading
Based on feedback from teachers, principals, and families about the challenges associated with assigning letter grades at the elementary level during virtual instruction, the Administration recommends that we suspend Policy 5-6.2 Pupil Evaluation and Grading) as it pertains to elementary grades, and instead adopt the following approach during virtual instruction:
E Exemplary: The student demonstrates the skill at an advanced level; the student's performance exceeds standards/expectations; the student consistently produces outstanding work.
S Satisfactory: The student consistently demonstrates the skill at an expected level for their grade; the student's performance meets standards/expectations; the student consistently produces quality work.
N Needs Improvement: The student is inconsistent in demonstrating the skill and needs continued support; the student's performance is approaching standards/expectations.
U Unsatisfactory Progress: The student rarely demonstrates the skill and needs continued support; the student's performance is below standards/expecations for their grade.
Preschool and Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year is NOW OPEN
RPS Preschool offers full-day, high-quality early childhood education to eligible 3 and 4 year old children living in the City of Richmond.
Please upload pictures of child's orignial birth certificate, proof of income and two proofs of address to your application. An up to date immunization record and physical (performed within the 12 months prior to the date of entrance) will be required for students to start school.
Families of children with special needs are encouraged to apply.
If you need assistance with preschool enrollment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance in English call (804) 254-6181.
Para asistencia en Espanol llama al (804) 254-6180.
RPS Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair - Please join us Saturday, May 15th at 9:00am for our Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair! During this time you will get the inside scoop on: - Recruitment Needs - Benefits - Licensure - School Culture AND SO MUCH MORE right from the RPS Staff! Register HERE!
#ReopenWithLove2.0 - RPS is excited to offer students the choice of in-person or virtual learning for the upcoming fall school year. Students choosing virtual instruction must complete the Virtual Enrollment Form (Formulario de intención de instrucción virtual) by June 1, 2021. Students choosing in-person do not need to do anything. Click here to learn more about reopening plans and your options.
Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 11am-4pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is authorized for individuals age 18 and older. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Student & Family Community Conversations - We, as many of our families, are eager to open our doors to our students and staff this Fall! In preparation, check out the virtual, in-person, and community events we will be hosting throughout the Spring and Summer to ensure our communities are prepared, informed, and excited to #ReopenWithLove2.0!
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
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Stay Connected on Class Dojo!!!
Fairfield Court Elementary School encourages positive skills, like perseverance and teamwork, with Class Dojo. We'll also rely on it to communicate with one another: instantly sharing messages, updates, events, videos and pictures. It's simple, secure and gives parents a window into their child's school day! We encourage all families to sign up for a parent account on Class Dojo! You can use it on any device: it's a simple, free, mobile app for iOS and Android, and can also be accessed from your computer at classdojo.com.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Tonight's updates: RPS in the News! – Many thanks to Ronald Carrington of the Richmond Free Press for shining a spotlight on our amazing teacher of the year, Ashley Bland, and for featuring the work of our Engagement Office! More Facilities Updates – Not only are we making health and safety upgrades throughout our schools, but we're also working to ensure that our students return to beautiful spaces that are conducive to learning. Check out this gorgeous mural at Blackwell Preschool created by local artist and frequent RPS collaborator Hamilton Glass.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity! Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Alana Gonzalez, Mary Gresham, Irvin Jackson, and Shawn Mooreer from our Operations Office for enthusiastically explaining all the health and safety investments we're making in our buildings for next year! If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here. Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students tomorrow, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information.Dear #RPSStrong Family, Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity! Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Alana Gonzalez, Mary Gresham, Irvin Jackson, and Shawn Mooreer from our Operations Office for enthusiastically explaining all the health and safety investments we're making in our buildings for next year! If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here. Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students tomorrow, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information.