Ginter Park Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Jones Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  What a profound change we’ve experienced over the past few months.  As we now know, RPS is prepared to implement Distance Learning for all students, beginning September 8, 2020.    Virtual or Distance Learning is defined as instruction in which the students and the teacher are in different locations.  It’s important to note that Distance Learning includes a range of methods and strategies, not limited to a full day of digital/online learning.  Our teachers will connect with each of their students on a regular basis, prioritizing their time together to focus on the most important, relevant learning.  For this to be effective teachers and parents must work as a team to co-facilitate learning, design consistent routines, and establish a learning environment in which students can thrive. Our unique journey together has just begun, so please be ready to keep adjusting in the weeks ahead.  Let’s work together even harder to strengthen our partnership and commitment in order to make this a Great Year of Learning for our Ginter Park scholars!  We appreciate your patience, support, and grace as we move forward together.  Gator Nation...Stronger TOGETHER!!

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  • Flu Info

    In collaboration with the Richmond City Health District (RCHD), two community flu vaccination clinics are being planned. The goal is to have drive thru clinics at Huguenot HS and MLK Middle School. The proposed dates and times are as follows:


    Wednesday, November 18, 1pm-4pm @ MLK
    Wednesday, December 2, 1pm-4pm @ Huguenot

     

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    Vaccine Information Statement

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    Please review the Revised K-5 Schedule.

    Schedule

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    UPDATE - OCTOBER 9TH
     
    Are You Taking Your Eye Break?
     
    Digital eye strain has been evolving as a significant problem and because COVID-19 has so many of us working from home and children learning virtually, it's more important than ever to limit screen time and give your eyes a break.
     
    The Conexus Blink 20 program recommends a four-pronged approach to preventing damage to your vision:
     
    20-20-20: Everyone should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. This will give your eyes a break!
     
    Adjust Your Work Space: Arrange your space so that your eyes are 23-25 inches from your computer screen.
     
    Blink Often: Blinking will help your eyes from getting dry.
     
    Get Outside: Natural light and utilizing multi-distance focal points are great ways to keep your eyes healthy.
     
    Additional information is available HERE.
     
    Conexus Dispenses Glasses
    Over the last couples of weeks, the Conexus team has been able to get back out to several schools in Richmond and Petesburg and dispense glasses to students that were served mere days prior to the COVID shutdown.
     
    By dispensing these glasses, we can be confident that poor vision is no longer a barrier to their success in the classroom!
     
    The schools we visited were Blackwell Elementary, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, George Carver Elementary, Miles Jones Elementary, Broad Rock Elementary, and Westover Hills Elementary in Richmond as well as Lakemont Elementary in Petersburg.
     
    Even with masks as a COVID precautionary measure, you could still see their smiles as they were seeing the worlds around them clearly for the very first time!
     
    WTVR 'Virginia This Morning' Features Conexus and the Blink 20 Program
    Thank you Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 WTVR CBS 6 News for helping us raise awareness about the importance of Blink 20 in the fight against digital eye strain!
     
    If you missed the segment, please click HERE.
     
    Conexus is Stocked With New Frames
    Our latest styles of frames arrived this week for the 2020-2021 Mobile Vision Clinic program. We are so excited to get out to the schools and bring healthy vision to thousands of children this school year.
     
    Thanks to the generosity of VSP Vision Care and their Eyes Of Hope, we received 7,500 pairs of glasses of all colors, styles, shapes, and brands. Frames we know the kids we serve will love to wear!
     
    Conexus VisioCheck Sreening Update
    Our VisioCheck screenings have begun and Conexus techs have visited two school divisions, Norton and Cumberland.
     
    So far, we screened 3,292 students, finding 819 children with vision problems; a 25.3% referral rate.
     
    This school year, we have provided screenings to Patrick County, Bath County, Richmond County, Brunswick County, Grayson County, Buchanan County, Warren County, Giles County, Dickenson County, Cumberland County, the City of Norton, and the City of Danville.
     
    Next week, Conexus techs will be visiting schools in Russell County and Brunswick County.
     
    Last year, our VisioCheck program screened more than 59,000 students.
     
    Healthy Vision Matters!
     
     
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  • RPS will deliver meals to the following stops between 7 and 9 am Monday through Friday. Additional information can be found at our district website: https://www.rvaschools.net/meals

    Meal Distribution

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  • Protect your child against Whooping Cough and HPV Cancer.

    TDAP/HPV Clininc

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District Announcements

  • 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 23, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am heartbroken to share – yet again – that we have lost another student to gun violence. I no longer have the words to convey the sadness and anger I feel in the face of these senseless tragedies. So I'm going to channel my energy tonight into a plea for action. If you, or someone you know, is in trouble, please reach out for help: Mental Health – Call the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority crisis line at (804) 819-4100. Domestic Violence – Call the Safe Harbor crisis line at (804) 612-6126. Child Abuse – Call the Virginia Child Protective Services crisis line at (800) 552-7096. Suicide – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Let's also fight the darkness of this tragedy with light. Please flood my inbox with shout-outs tonight so that tomorrow's RPS Direct – my last before Thanksgiving – turns into one long love letter to our teachers, support staff, families, and partners. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 20 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Just a few reminders tonight: All RPS schools and offices will be closed next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving. Please note that we'll be providing double meals next Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please go to www.rvaschools.net/meals. Our surveys about the second semester are still open. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, please do so using the following links: Family Survey in English, Encuesta de Familias en Español, and Staff Survey. As of 5 pm today, we're up to 2,447 staff responses and 4,913 family responses (English and Spanish). Don't forget that the deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is December 1 at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. The Lit Limo will be very busy tomorrow. We hope to see you! (Westover Hills Elementary School, 9 am; Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School, 9:30 am; Miles J. Jones Elementary School, 10 am; G.H. Reid Elementary School, 10:30 am; J.L. Francis Elementary School, 11 am; Cardinal Elementary School, 11:30 am; Swansboro Elementary School, 12 pm; J.H. Blackwell Elementary School, 12:30 pm) To close out your week, please take a couple of minutes to watch this wonderful video of Bellevue Elementary School students singing "America the Beautiful" in honor of Veterans Day. Go, Dragons! With great appreciation, Jason

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