Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School

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  • Principal Gordan April 2, 2021

    Greetings Oak Grove Bellemeade Elementary Families 

    This is Principal Gordon 

    We hope you are doing well. 

    We'd like to continue to encourage you to sign up for the free tutoring that RPS is offering! Also, the following information is important for parents who have students currently in 3rd through 5th grade in regards to the Spring 2021 SOL tests. Below is a link to a survey that will serve as a means to indicate your intent in your child's participation in upcoming state-wide assessments. We will be contacting each parent individually after Spring Break. 

    Spring 2021 In-Person Testing Intent Form-Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments are approaching and we want families to understand their options when it comes to testing. To review options and let us know of your intentions for the Spring SOL Assessments, please click here https://survey.k12insight.com/Survey1.aspx?k=SsRPPWTsYPsPsQsP&lang=0 and complete the survey by April 17, 2021. 

    Spanish Translation 

    "Saludos familias de la Escuela Elemental Oak Grove Bellemeade 

    Soy es el director Gordon. 

    Esperamos que se encuentren bien . 

    Nos gustaria animarle a que se registre para las tutorias gratuitas que ofrece RPS. Tambien, La siguiente informacion es importante para los padres que tienen estudiantes actualmente en los grados 3-5 respecto a las pruebas SOL de primavera de 2021. 

    A continuacion se muestra un enlace a una encuesta que servira como un medio para indicar su intencion en la participacion de su hijo en las proximas evaluaciones estatales. Nos comunicaremos con cada padre individualmente despues de las vacciones de primavera. 

    Formulario de intencion de pruebas en persona de primavera de 2021: las evaluaciones de los estandares de aprendizaje (SOL) se acercan y queremos que las familias comprendan sus opciones cuando se trata de pruebas. Para revisar las opciones y hacernos saber sus intenciones para las evaluaciones de Spring SOL. visite https://survey.k12insight.com/Survey1.aspx?k=SsRPPWTsYPsPsQsP&lang=0 y complete la encuesta antes del 17 de abril de 2021. 


    James A. Gordon, III



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District Announcements

  • Spring 2021 In-Person Testing Intent Form - Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments are approaching and we want families to understand their options when it comes to testing. To review options and let us know of your intentions for the Spring SOL assessments, please visit www.rvaschools.net/sol and complete the survey by April 17, 2021.

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  • Calendar Reminders – Monday, April 5th, is the start of Spring Break, which goes through Friday, April 9th. All schools will be closed during this time. Classes will resume on Monday, April 12th.

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  • The 2021 Virtual Fine Arts Festival is Live! - Come celebrate the artistic expression of our students! Each year, RPS hosts a Fine Arts Festival to culminate Arts in Our Schools Month. This year is slightly different because it is being held virtually! Check out our student's work and join the conversation of the impact of art in our lives!

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • RPS Staff First Dose COVID-19 Vaccination - Please complete this form if you are seeking an appointment for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. We will contact you as soon as we have information about the next vaccination event.
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  • Wellness Opportunities for RPS Staff - Don’t miss "Mindful Mondays" and "Be Well Wednesdays" with our partners at SCAN and BareSOUL! Check your RPS email account for previously sent registration links.

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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 Helpline 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - April 2, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Spring Break! I hope you're able to take some time for yourself this week – to rest, reflect, and recharge. I'm going to practice what I'm preaching so there won't be any RPS Direct next week. Look for the next one when we return on Monday, April 12. Thanks for your understanding! RPS Senior in the News – Check out this amazing story about Harold Aquino, senior at George Wythe High School. Harold will graduate at the top of his class with a 5.0 GPA (!) and multiple Associate Degrees. He's been accepted to his dream school, VCU, among many others. If Harold decides to attend VCU, he'll enter as a...senior! Harold, we are so proud of you! Continental Societies Donation – Many thanks to Continental Societies, Inc., Richmond, Virginia Chapter, for their donation of 5,000 children’s masks for our fall reopening.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 1 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Lots to cover tonight! RPS Live! Recap – I want to express my profound gratitude to the amazing panelists who joined RPS Live! yesterday in celebration of National Women’s History Month. And even though the month has come to a close, we honor and celebrate all of the extraordinary women in our lives every single day. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are! Cheryl Burke, School Board Chair Anne Holton, Former Virginia Secretary of Education Latonya Waller, Principal, Boushall Middle School Meaghan Rymer, History/Social Studies Teacher, River City Middle School Tiffany Sneed, History/Social Studies Teacher, Miles Jones Elementary School Chasity Rodriguez, RPS Hub Coordinator No Kid Hungry Grant – We're thrilled to receive a $150,000 grant from No Kid Hungry Virginia to extend our grocery delivery program to 150 of our most vulnerable families.

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