Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • 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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  • Free Tutoring - RPS offers flexible virtual tutoring to K-8 students at NO COST to families. Families can pick from times before and after school to be paired with certified RPS teachers, including LIEP and Exceptional Education teachers. Click here to learn more and register!

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  • SOL Testing Survey - Click here to fill out the RPS SOL survey to learn about testing options and let us know your decision.

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  • Technology Assistance at Oak Grove - Check out the flyer below for our In-House Tech support! Also be sure to stop by the Lit Limo on Wednesdays!

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  • Kids Run RVA Challenge - Let's get Fit! March 1st through May 31, 2021. Click here to learn more!

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  • Meal Distribution - Don't forget to stop by and grab your school meals! Click here to see the schedule!

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Division Announcements

  • High School Summer School Bus Stops - The 2021 Summer School session for High School students begins Monday, June 28th. Click here to find a bus stop nearest you.

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  • Armstong and Richmond Community Graduation Changes - Please be aware that the Armstrong High School graduation ceremony has been moved up 1 hour tomorrow (June 22) to 8:00am and the Richmond Community graduation has been moved to Wednesday (June 23) at 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

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  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • Student Device Collection - All RPS technology devices, including Chromebooks, hotspots, tablets, and laptops should be returned to schools with the exception of those attending summer school. Click here to learn more. 

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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

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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 - June 22, 2021

    Correction* Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy*, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there! Tonight's Updates: Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer! VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for coming to you later than usual tonight – we just wrapped up John Marshall's graduation ceremony at The Diamond! That was our third one of the day: this morning was Huguenot HS and this afternoon was Open HS. All three were all absolutely fantastic (see below for some pix of our valedictorians). Big shout out to Principal Gilstrap, Principal Carleton, Principal Murray, and our Chief Schools Officer, Harry Hughes, for planning and executing beautiful ceremonies! And, of course, congratulations to our amazing, pandemic-defying graduates.

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