April 12, 2021
The school building may be closed, but we are committed to educating, connecting, and serving our Woodville Elementary School Family remotely. I hope you all had a relaxing Spring Break and a good first Monday back. I also hope that this letter finds you well and that you and your families are remaining healthy during this unprecedented time. We continue to think about you daily and miss you all so much.
While we know this process has not been perfect for everyone we will continue to ensure all students have the ability to participate in the learning process. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
In addition to email, teachers will utilize a communication platform to share information such as Google Classroom, Zoom, Class Dojo, FlipGrid, or See Saw. If you need assistance with the platform, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We will be careful to consolidate information so as to not overwhelm parents with communication during this challenging time. We ask that you please stay connected to your child’s “classroom”. It will be an ever-shifting landscape as we continue to develop our educational program.
The teacher may provide instruction in a variety of ways such as teacher recorded videos (asynchronous learning), live sessions via platforms like Google Classroom (synchronous learning), opportunities for guided practice and collaboration, and/or independent work such as assignments and projects. This allows teachers the flexibility to determine what works best for their students to ensure instruction is meaningful and accessible. Teachers will provide daily interactive learning experiences a week.
We are respectfully asking for your assistance while teachers are engaged in synchronous (live) lessons. We ask that you please support your child as much as possible during these lessons. They sometimes require technical assistance with starting the conferencing application, muting and unmuting the microphone, knowing when to yield to the teacher or classmates, and ending the session. Additionally, please ensure that younger siblings are not participating in their older brother’s and sister’s class time. This can be very disruptive and distracting for the student. Please be sure your child has eaten breakfast, taken care of their hygiene needs, and is “dressed for school” before participating in their live lessons. Please, no pajamas during a lesson. We would like to continue to encourage normal school behavior and habits during this totally abnormal time. If you child cannot “attend” a live class lesson please let the teacher know at your earliest convenience. We will be concerned about her/him. Please know we also understand our current situation and the fact that many of us are parents working from home, have children in every corner of our homes navigating digital learning, and other “real” circumstances happening all at the same time. I ask that we all do our very best, which is more than enough.
I would like to highlight the remarkable efforts of our staff! This has been incredibly complex work and they have risen to the challenge as we knew they would! They will need your continued support during the remaining weeks of
Below you will find the variety of ways you can remain informed about regular updates and other important information:
RPS District’s website: https://www.rvaschools.net/
Woodville Elementary School’s website: https://www.rvaschools.net/WES
Finally, do me a huge favor. Please be easy on yourselves parents. Most of you have been thrown into the role of “teacher” without any training. We know this is difficult, we understand, and are sympathetic. We are here to assist you with this challenge. Please reach out to us. I am available to answer any questions you may have or just to hear about your struggles and successes.
Thanks for being our village!
Shannon M. Washington
Greetings! Richmond City Public Schools will be offering Conexus Vision Screening Event. Please see the information below for dates, times, and locations.
Where: J.H. Blackwell Elementary- 1600 Everett St, Richmond, VA 23224
When: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Grades: K, 2, 5
Where: Huguenot High School- 7945 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
When: Friday, May 14, 2021
Grades: K, 2, 5
RPS Family Liaisons will be actively involved in our communities to ensure all of our families have access to important information regarding reopening and resources. The Community Walks will take place at the following times & locations:
- Woodville Elementary School
- 2000 N. 28th St.
- April 15, 2021 (10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.)
- April 29, 2021 (10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.)
- Creighton Court
- Creighton Court & Walcott Pl
- April 22, 2021 (9:00a.m.-10:30a.m.)
- Armstrong High School
- 1665 N. 31st St.
- May 1, 2021 (9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
- Creighton Court
- Nine Mile Rd
- May 6, 2021 (9:00a.m.-10:30a.m.)
- Woodville Elementary School
Woodville Elementary Support Staff will begin it's Lunch Bunch on Monday, February 1, 2021! This is an opportunity for students to socialize with friends, check-in with support staff, and participate in other fun activites. Please see the attached flyer for more information. We look forward to seeing you for lunch bunch!! Woodville Lunch Bunch
Woodville Community & Stakeholders,
Greetings! As many of you know the RPS School Board approved a revision to the daily schedule of students and teachers that took effect on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Please find the newly approved and revised schedule in the link below.
If you have questions, we encourage you to contact your child's teacher. As always, we thank you for your continued support of the students, faculty & staff of Woodville Elementary. Woodville Elementary Revised Schedule
Attention Woodville Families!!
The RPS Lit Limo will be making weekly stops at Woodville Elementary on Mondays! Please take a moment to visit the Lit Limo for amazing reading materials, a chance to win prizes and say hello to Woodville's very own Mrs. Berry-Hale!! Take a moment and check-out the Lit Limo schedule and be sure to share it with your family & friends!!
RPS Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair - Please join us Saturday, May 15th at 9:00am for our Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair! During this time you will get the inside scoop on: - Recruitment Needs - Benefits - Licensure - School Culture AND SO MUCH MORE right from the RPS Staff! Register HERE!
#ReopenWithLove2.0 - RPS is excited to offer students the choice of in-person or virtual learning for the upcoming fall school year. Students choosing virtual instruction must complete the Virtual Enrollment Form (Formulario de intención de instrucción virtual) by June 1, 2021. Students choosing in-person do not need to do anything. Click here to learn more about reopening plans and your options.
Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 11am-4pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is authorized for individuals age 18 and older. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Student & Family Community Conversations - We, as many of our families, are eager to open our doors to our students and staff this Fall! In preparation, check out the virtual, in-person, and community events we will be hosting throughout the Spring and Summer to ensure our communities are prepared, informed, and excited to #ReopenWithLove2.0!
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.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Tonight's updates: RPS in the News! – Many thanks to Ronald Carrington of the Richmond Free Press for shining a spotlight on our amazing teacher of the year, Ashley Bland, and for featuring the work of our Engagement Office! More Facilities Updates – Not only are we making health and safety upgrades throughout our schools, but we're also working to ensure that our students return to beautiful spaces that are conducive to learning. Check out this gorgeous mural at Blackwell Preschool created by local artist and frequent RPS collaborator Hamilton Glass.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity! Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Alana Gonzalez, Mary Gresham, Irvin Jackson, and Shawn Mooreer from our Operations Office for enthusiastically explaining all the health and safety investments we're making in our buildings for next year! If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here. Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students tomorrow, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information.Dear #RPSStrong Family, Eid Mubarak to all who celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Wishing you much happiness and prosperity! Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Alana Gonzalez, Mary Gresham, Irvin Jackson, and Shawn Mooreer from our Operations Office for enthusiastically explaining all the health and safety investments we're making in our buildings for next year! If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here. Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students tomorrow, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information.