Barack Obama Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Moore

    Dear Students, Parents, and Staff of Barack Obama Elementary,

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This school year will be unlike any other one that we have had before; spending the first semester learning virtually due to COVID-19 will be challenging and will cause a lot of changes to our normal back to school process. However, one thing that will never change is how hard the administration and faculty of Barack Obama Elementary will work to provide the best education possible for the students, or how deeply we care about the safety and health of your children.

    We’re excited to make the 2020-2021 school year one of our best yet as we welcome new families and continue fostering positive relationships with returning ones. At Barack Obama Elementary, we strive to provide productive, challenging and rewarding learning experiences for each student in a safe and positive environment.

    In order for this school year to be successful, parental support will be key to your child’s achievement. As the school year begins, I would like to remind everyone how vitally important it is for students to attend school every day; this includes virtually. Numerous absences equal lost instruction time and we want our Obama Stars to be as prepared as possible. Please assist me in this endeavor. The lines of communication remain open and we are readily available for assistance to ensure optimum success for students.

    The safety of our children is and will continue to be our top priority. The 2020-2021 Barack Obama Elementary Parent and Student Handbook will be posted soon and will outline our routines and procedures, and the only way to improve our systems is to consistently practice.  

    I know this school year will be challenging, but together we can have a great school year. Thank you to everyone for making Barack Obama Elementary the best school in Richmond!


    Mrs. Jennifer K. Moore

    Principal, Barack Obama Elementary


  • Make sure to check the RPS website for all information about Open Enrollment!

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  • As a reminder, students have early dismissal on Monday, October 26, 2020. They will be dismissed at 12:00 PM. Please let your child's teacher know if you have any questions. 

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  • flyer

    School Spirit Week is October 26-30, 2020

    Monday- Pajama Day

    Tuesday- Hat Day

    Wednesday- Crazy Sock Day

    Thursday- Favorite T-Shirt Day

    Friday- Character or Costume Day

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  • fall meal schedule

    Meal Distribution Routes for the Northside

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  • Have you checked out the Lit Limo yet? This library on wheels is a great way to help our students keep up with their literacy skills and get a great book to keep! The schedule is here


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District Announcements

"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - October 27, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Great news! About 7,000 Chromebooks from our June (!) order of 10,000 have shipped and are scheduled to arrive later this week! Once they're here, our technology vendor will configure them for student use and then deliver them directly to schools. If all goes smoothly, this means we should be able to begin swapping out tablets late next week. Please keep an eye out for distribution details from your student's school. Thank you for your patience! I also want to take this opportunity to thank the many teachers, principals, and families who reached out to share their very thoughtful concerns about using letter grades at the elementary level during our virtual semester. I'm happy to share that I'll be recommending to the School Board on Monday that we switch to E (Exceeds Expectations), S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement), and U (Unsatisfactory) for K-5 students during the first semester. I'll share more details about this at our meeting on Monday. Again, thank you for the very helpful feedback. Enormous gratitude also goes to Senator Tim Kaine for speaking to a George Wythe government class today about his RVA roots. He charged our students to get involved and make their voices heard, especially right now. He also shared how important bilingualism has been for his work (he's one of only 3 Senators who are fluent in Spanish). We're so grateful to Senator Kaine for his leadership and his support of RPS!

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  • RPS Direct Update - October 26, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Three quick reminders tonight: The portal to apply for specialty schools and out-of-zone schools is open through December 1. For more information, please visit We also encourage you to join one of the three remaining virtual information sessions. Just click on the following links to register: October 28 (4:30 - 6 pm), November 5 (5:30 - 7 pm), and November 19 (5:30 - 7 pm). The Benefits Open Enrollment season will end this Friday, October 30. For more information, please visit the benefits section of our website. Don't forget that we are closed for students and staff next Tuesday, November 3, for Election Day! RVA, get out there and VOTE! With great appreciation, Jason

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