Dear Fairfield Court Elementary Families,
My name is Angela Wright and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new interim principal of Fairfield Court Elementary School. These are unprecedented times and with COVID-19 we know things will look different this year for students coming to school.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. We, as a school team, will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.
Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Fairfield Court Elementary, virtually. And of course I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can be without being in the school house.
Our counselor and social worker will be teaching the 2nd Step Program, which focuses on the emotional, social and academic aspects of the child. This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching with in 1994. I also facilitated professional development and parent workshops. I then worked in Caroline County for twelve years as a teacher and administrator, continuing to reach and teach student leaders on the middle school level. My last three years have been at John B. Cary Elementary in Richmond, Virginia, before transitioning to Fairfield Court Elementary. But my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the mother of two grown sons, Joshua and Caleb, who have carved their own path in the world as young black men. People often say I treat all children in my school as if they were my own. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at Fairfield Court Elementary. Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community.
There are some upcoming dates that we want to make sure you are aware of to ensure all students at Fairfield will be successful!
Here are the 3 W's to reduce the risk of COVID-19
Wear a Mask
Wash Your Hands
Watch Your Distance!
RPS Summer Learning Olympics
In Person Summer School for RPS Students
Kindergarten - Fifth Grade Dates: Monday, July 12 - Friday, August 13, 2021
Monday - Thursdays are In Person
Friday is ALL VIRTUAL
FAIRFIELD COURT STUDENTS WILL ATTEND CHIMBORAZO ELEMENTARY SHOOL FOR SUMMER LEARNING
This program is FREE for RPS students.
CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO TUTORIAL OF HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2021 SUMMER LEARNING OLYMPICS
Virtual Elementary Grading
Based on feedback from teachers, principals, and families about the challenges associated with assigning letter grades at the elementary level during virtual instruction, the Administration recommends that we suspend Policy 5-6.2 Pupil Evaluation and Grading) as it pertains to elementary grades, and instead adopt the following approach during virtual instruction:
E Exemplary: The student demonstrates the skill at an advanced level; the student's performance exceeds standards/expectations; the student consistently produces outstanding work.
S Satisfactory: The student consistently demonstrates the skill at an expected level for their grade; the student's performance meets standards/expectations; the student consistently produces quality work.
N Needs Improvement: The student is inconsistent in demonstrating the skill and needs continued support; the student's performance is approaching standards/expectations.
U Unsatisfactory Progress: The student rarely demonstrates the skill and needs continued support; the student's performance is below standards/expectations for their grade.
Preschool and Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year is NOW OPEN
RPS Preschool offers full-day, high-quality early childhood education to eligible 3 and 4 year old children living in the City of Richmond.
Please upload pictures of child's original birth certificate, proof of income and two proofs of address to your application. An up to date immunization record and physical (performed within the 12 months prior to the date of entrance) will be required for students to start school.
Families of children with special needs are encouraged to apply.
If you need assistance with preschool enrollment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance in English call (804) 254-6181.
Para asistencia en Espanol llama al (804) 254-6180.
Free Extended Day Programming - RPS, in partnership with the City of Richmond, will be providing FREE extended day programming for the 2021-22 school year! This programming will be available for all Preschool-5th grade students and includes academic support and enrichment. Please complete this survey for each student interested by August 11th.
2021-22 Required School Immunizations - As of July 1, Virginia has mandated new vaccinations (unrelated to COVID-19) for any child attending school or daycare in the state. These are in addition to current vaccination requirements. Click here for more information or visit www.rchd.com.
Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 3pm - 6pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so anyone 12+ can attend. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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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Stay Connected on Class Dojo!!!
Fairfield Court Elementary School encourages positive skills, like perseverance and teamwork, with Class Dojo. We'll also rely on it to communicate with one another: instantly sharing messages, updates, events, videos and pictures. It's simple, secure and gives parents a window into their child's school day! We encourage all families to sign up for a parent account on Class Dojo! You can use it on any device: it's a simple, free, mobile app for iOS and Android, and can also be accessed from your computer at classdojo.com.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Summer Fest– Our first Summer Fest event is this Saturday, July 24! We can’t wait to see our students, families, and staff at MLK Jr. Middle School from 11 am - 3 pm. Please see the flyers below for all the details. Free Extended Day Program for Next Year – In partnership with the City of Richmond, RPS will be providing FREE extended day programming – including enrichment and academic support – to any preschool-5th grade families who wish to participate next year. Snacks and transportation will be included. If you're interested, please complete this survey by August 11.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Mask Guidance – Despite today's announcement from the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education allowing for more leniency with mask-wearing in middle and high schools, at RPS, we will be maintaining our 100% mask-wearing policy for all students, staff, and visitors. We feel this is the safest course of action, particularly with the surging delta variant.