January 4, 2021
Happy New Year!
We hope you are doing well.
We are excited about the virtual teaching and learning at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary. Our students are learning about the writing process and how to become published authors under the guidance of our very own teachers who are also published authors, Mr. Martin Tiller and Dr. Gwyn Griffin. We encourage you to check out their books (Myracle's Hope and Books by Mr. Tiller).
We are continuing our theme of #WeAreWorldChangers! Help us impact the world positively for our students and community. Stay tune for our February Virtual Black History Month Program.
James A. Gordon, III
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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I want to extend a huge thank you to my guests on RPS Live! tonight: Principal Anderson (Blackwell ES), Principal Powell (Cary ES), Principal Hartsfield (MLK PS), Principal London (Henderson MS), and Principal Murray (Marshall HS). If you missed it, I strongly encourage you to catch the video on the RPS Facebook page. It's like watching a TED talk on leadership - but even better. Please join me in expressing our profound gratitude to these extraordinary leaders, and the many others in RPS they represent! As you might recall, in December we celebrated Inclusive Schools Week and we asked our students to submit a t-shirt design to promote inclusion. I'm thrilled to announce the winner: Bella Brownlee, a 4th grade student at Linwood Holton Elementary School!
Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Fairfield Court Elementary School - 1 staff member (last there on 1/21) George W. Carver Elementary School - 1 staff member (last there on 12/18) Mary Munford Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Transportation Department - 1 staff member (last at South Bus Compound and Thomas C. Boushall Middle School on 1/12) Woodville Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Towards that end, we will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community.