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!
Virginia Reads One Book - The Tumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Read To Them is proud to offer this unique opportunity for everyone throughout the state of Virginia to read the same book..........together!!
Read with us beginning Monday, March 1, 2021.
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 Sastisfactory: 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 inconsitent 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/expecations for their grade.
School Calendar Survey - RPS would like your feedback on the 2021-22 calendar and year-round school options as we consider new approaches to post-COVID instruction. Parents and caregivers should fill out this survey and RPS staff should fill out this survey.
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.
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, Happy Friday! Today was especially joyous for me, as I had the privilege of presiding over our first-ever Mid-Year Graduation for students from the 2020, 2019, and 2018 classes who have returned to earn their diplomas. These 25 young people have redefined what it means to persevere and we are immensely proud of them! The ceremony today is a result of more than a year's worth of work to find students who left RPS, re-engage them through new programs like Con Ganas (With Determination), and support them through every last obstacle. Please join me in thanking the RPS teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff – along with the students' families! – for making today possible.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'm thrilled to share that we have a new Chief Operating Officer joining RPS on March 1! Alana Gonzalez has spent her entire career helping government agencies work more efficiently and more equitably. She's coming to us from New York, where she served as Executive Director of Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. In this role, she led over 300 recovery and resiliency projects for NY communities affected by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Hurricane Lee. Ms. Gonzalez also held various roles, including Chief of Staff to the General Manager, at the New York City Housing Authority, which provides affordable housing to more than 400,000 low- to moderate-income New Yorkers.