Dear Miles Jones Families,
I welcome you back to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. We have been very busy preparing for our virtual first semester here at Marvelous Miles Jones. We as a school have accomplished a great deal and made some very significant changes in the lives of all our students. There is so much to be proud of and I truly believe that our accomplishments were made based solely on the most important element: our students.
As we embark on another great year of teaching and learning, I’m very excited about another chapter we are about to write in our book of student achievement. During the 2020-21 school year, we will continue to build upon and refine our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions, and continued excellence in education. We will continue to:
Embrace New Opportunities. ……Unlock Potential… Continue To Inspire Excellence.
Everyone at Miles Jones plays an integral part to ensure that our school is a highly effective center of learning. We will continue to focus on our school community, which is a community united around its children. We recognize that in order to be successful during virtual learning, our children need support from home, school, and community. A strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. We ask that you guide and support your child’s virtual learning by ensuring that he/she:
- Attends school daily and log in on time, which is 9:00 AM, ready for the day’s learning experience
- Completes assignments given by teachers
- Read daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
- Shares virtual school experiences with you
- Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
- Knows that you expect him/her to succeed during our virtual learning semester
I anticipate a most successful year as my team and I support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child at Virtual Miles Jones Elementary School. During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of Miles Jones with the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world-class leaders. As Principal, my virtual office hours are from 8:00-4:30 PM Monday-Friday. Please feel free to schedule an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this an outstanding year.
As a reminder, the first day of virtual learning is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The school hours for K-2 students are 9:15-3:00 and students in grades 3-5 are 9: 15-3:30.
Mrs. Sonya Shaw, Principal
#ReopenWithLove - For the latest information on fall reopening plans and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution, technology distribution, school supply kit distribution, and other critical information.
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
New Student Enrollment - RPS is enrolling all new students for the 2020-2021 school year! Head to the Enroll RPS portal for more info & online enrollment. Contact your zone school if an appointment is needed for in-person support. Note - this process is NOT for transfers within the RPS system (i.e., students moving to a new school because of zoning changes or a change of address). If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, To all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, RPS wishes you a "Shanah Tovah Umetukah," a Good and Sweet Year! In my family, brisket is the go-to food for this holiday. Mine's been cooking all day; can't wait to hear the boys' verdict :). Thank you again for all the feedback about our virtual instruction. As I shared yesterday, we're drafting some adjusted schedules based on your input. We'll have details at Monday's School Board meeting. In the meantime, feel free to keep emailing any thoughts you have! As you have likely seen from my special RPS Direct messages, we've had a number of positive COVID-19 cases recently. These cases are a reminder that the coronavirus is still very active in our community, and we all need to take every precaution. A few reminders for RPS employees:
Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that two RPS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees is a staff member at Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary School. This individual was at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School on 9-11. The other employee is a member of the Transportation Team and was at the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office on 9-17. Both employees are in isolation, per CDC and local guidelines. At the direction of the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD), we encourage anyone who was present at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School or the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office on the dates listed above to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. Individuals can also contact RCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501.