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  • Principal Jones Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  What a profound change we’ve experienced over the past few months.  As we now know, RPS is prepared to implement Distance Learning for all students, beginning September 8, 2020.    Virtual or Distance Learning is defined as instruction in which the students and the teacher are in different locations.  It’s important to note that Distance Learning includes a range of methods and strategies, not limited to a full day of digital/online learning.  Our teachers will connect with each of their students on a regular basis, prioritizing their time together to focus on the most important, relevant learning.  For this to be effective teachers and parents must work as a team to co-facilitate learning, design consistent routines, and establish a learning environment in which students can thrive. Our unique journey together has just begun, so please be ready to keep adjusting in the weeks ahead.  Let’s work together even harder to strengthen our partnership and commitment in order to make this a Great Year of Learning for our Ginter Park scholars!  We appreciate your patience, support, and grace as we move forward together.  Gator Nation...Stronger TOGETHER!!

Announcements

  • Click Here for Details about Student Materials Distribution DayStudent Materials Distribution Day

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  • Please review the Revised K-5 Schedule.

    Schedule

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    UPDATE - OCTOBER 9TH
     
    Are You Taking Your Eye Break?
     
    Digital eye strain has been evolving as a significant problem and because COVID-19 has so many of us working from home and children learning virtually, it's more important than ever to limit screen time and give your eyes a break.
     
    The Conexus Blink 20 program recommends a four-pronged approach to preventing damage to your vision:
     
    20-20-20: Everyone should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. This will give your eyes a break!
     
    Adjust Your Work Space: Arrange your space so that your eyes are 23-25 inches from your computer screen.
     
    Blink Often: Blinking will help your eyes from getting dry.
     
    Get Outside: Natural light and utilizing multi-distance focal points are great ways to keep your eyes healthy.
     
    Additional information is available HERE.
     
    Conexus Dispenses Glasses
    Over the last couples of weeks, the Conexus team has been able to get back out to several schools in Richmond and Petesburg and dispense glasses to students that were served mere days prior to the COVID shutdown.
     
    By dispensing these glasses, we can be confident that poor vision is no longer a barrier to their success in the classroom!
     
    The schools we visited were Blackwell Elementary, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, George Carver Elementary, Miles Jones Elementary, Broad Rock Elementary, and Westover Hills Elementary in Richmond as well as Lakemont Elementary in Petersburg.
     
    Even with masks as a COVID precautionary measure, you could still see their smiles as they were seeing the worlds around them clearly for the very first time!
     
    WTVR 'Virginia This Morning' Features Conexus and the Blink 20 Program
    Thank you Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 WTVR CBS 6 News for helping us raise awareness about the importance of Blink 20 in the fight against digital eye strain!
     
    If you missed the segment, please click HERE.
     
    Conexus is Stocked With New Frames
    Our latest styles of frames arrived this week for the 2020-2021 Mobile Vision Clinic program. We are so excited to get out to the schools and bring healthy vision to thousands of children this school year.
     
    Thanks to the generosity of VSP Vision Care and their Eyes Of Hope, we received 7,500 pairs of glasses of all colors, styles, shapes, and brands. Frames we know the kids we serve will love to wear!
     
    Conexus VisioCheck Sreening Update
    Our VisioCheck screenings have begun and Conexus techs have visited two school divisions, Norton and Cumberland.
     
    So far, we screened 3,292 students, finding 819 children with vision problems; a 25.3% referral rate.
     
    This school year, we have provided screenings to Patrick County, Bath County, Richmond County, Brunswick County, Grayson County, Buchanan County, Warren County, Giles County, Dickenson County, Cumberland County, the City of Norton, and the City of Danville.
     
    Next week, Conexus techs will be visiting schools in Russell County and Brunswick County.
     
    Last year, our VisioCheck program screened more than 59,000 students.
     
    Healthy Vision Matters!
     
     
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  • RPS will deliver meals to the following stops between 7 and 9 am Monday through Friday. Additional information can be found at our district website: https://www.rvaschools.net/meals

    Meal Distribution

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  • Protect your child against Whooping Cough and HPV Cancer.

    TDAP/HPV Clininc

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  • K-5 Supply Lists

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - October 29, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Last night's episode of RPS Live! featured a wonderful conversation about our new Community Hub model for family engagement. We have three hubs (Southside, East End, and Northside/West End) with 23 "family liaisons" who spend nearly all of their time IN neighborhoods – talking to families, checking on students, and providing support. Joining me for the discussion were Dr. Erin Brown, our new Director of Family Engagement, Chasity Rodriguez, our Southside Hub Coordinator, and Doron Battle, one of our East End Family Liaisons. I encourage you to watch this episode if you missed it! Switching gears, I invite you to show your love for our amazing school leaders by nominating them for an R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The nomination window closes Thursday, November 5, so don't delay! Speaking of deadlines, I want to remind RPS employees that tomorrow, Friday, October 30, is your last opportunity to make any benefits changes for 2021.

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  • RPS Direct Update - October 28, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Earlier this year, CoStar Group donated 90,000 masks to RPS families and announced the Mighty Mask Design Challenge for K-8 students. Today, the winners were announced. Congratulations to the following students! K-2: Peter Yeager, 1st grade (Holton ES) 3-5: Iyaan Reavis, 4th grade (Marsh ES) 6-8: Kamini Mason, 8th grade (Binford MS) Grand Prize: Meredith Crider, 8th grade (Binford MS) Meredith's design (in the image below, it's in the top row, third from left) is called “We’re all in this together.” It will go on an additional 90,000 masks that CoStar Group will donate to RPS. The company is also giving an art supply kit to each of the winners, and a monetary award to their schools. Thank you, CoStar Group, for your continued partnership and for highlighting our amazing students! Don't forget to tune in for RPS Live! tonight at 7 pm on our Facebook page. I'll be joined by Dr. Erin Brown, Director of Family Engagement, Chasity Rodriguez, Community Hub Coordinator, and Doron Battle, Family Liaison, to discuss how we're engaging families through our new Community Hub model. You can also join the conversation in Spanish during RPS en Vivo tomorrow at 5:30 pm on the RPS en Español Facebook page. Finally, check out the 3rd grade science "Chicken Cam" at Broad Rock ES. I can't wait to see these little guys hatch! With great appreciation, Jason

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