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!
Packing Student & Teacher Kits: August 28, 29, 31 (please call if you feel comfortable volunteering and feel comfortable to help)
Distribution of Kits: September 3, 4, 5 (@ Fairfield court Elementary School)
We look forward to getting to know you and your children. We are working to ensure a smooth transition and opening on September 8th. Our theme for this year is #MissionPossible.
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.
Thank you for your continued support during our virtual semester. We recognize this has been a very difficult time and we want to express our profound gratitiude to you for the incredible work you have done to support your children during this unprecedented period.
Now that we are beginning the second nine weeks, we are starting to discuss how to proceed for the second semester (which begins February8, 2021). We would be enourmously grateful for your feedback via the survey below. All responses will be anonymous and all data will be publicly shared. Thank you in advance for providing your feedback.
New Virtual School Schedules
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the new virtual school schedule will go live!
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DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, November 25- Friday, November 27, 2020- FALL BREAK
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.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, This evening, I’d like to preview the recommendation I’ll be making to the School Board on Monday regarding the second semester. Before doing so, I want to express my profound gratitude to the nearly 10,000 families and staff who responded to our surveys, as well as the hundreds of people who reached out to me personally to share their thoughts. I also want to thank our educators and support staff, our families, and most of all, our students, for showing each other so much grace over the past several months. Though our fall has been far from perfect, I do believe we managed to #ReopenWithLove and we should all be immensely proud of that. At Monday’s School Board meeting, I will recommend that we remain fully virtual for the second semester. I plan to do so for three reasons. First, given rapidly rising infection rates, I continue to be very concerned about the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Just yesterday, the United States experienced the highest number of COVID deaths and hospitalizations ever. Here in Virginia, we also hit a new high for hospitalizations.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Don't forget to tune in at 6 pm tonight on the RPS Facebook page for our Civic Voices Town Hall about retaining, developing, and recruiting male teachers of color. Please note that RPS Live! will return next Wednesday at 7 pm. Switching gears, we're looking for volunteers to help distribute Winter Break meal packs from Tuesday, December 15, through Thursday, December 17. If you can help, please sign up here. Thank you! Finally, in case you missed them, check out these two articles about our 2020 REB Winners and the Richmond Alternative School Turkey Giveaway. Thanks to Kenya Hunter from the RTD for covering these stories!