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 email@example.com.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, A huge thank you to everyone who submitted public comment about our schedules for Monday night's School Board meeting, and to the REA leadership for providing feedback directly to Dr. Epp today. We're using all of this input to make a few more adjustments to the draft schedules we shared on Monday. I'll circle back soon with updates. In the meantime, please feel free to continue reaching out to me with any additional thoughts. Don't forget to tune in for RPS Live! tonight at 7 pm on our Facebook page. I'll be joined by Karla Ramos (Manager, Office of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Richmond), Fernando Rodriguez (Communications Director, Richmond & Henrico Health Districts), Jannette Duhart (RPS Bilingual and EL Language Coordinator), and Yahusef Medina (RPS Bilingual Family Liaison) for a discussion of the heritage, culture, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx community in Richmond. With great appreciation, Jason
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am devastated to share that we lost two RPS students last night – one from Franklin Military Academy and one from Richmond Alternative School – in two separate tragedies. The students had connections to a number of other schools, including Henderson Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Chimborazo Elementary School, and Huguenot High School. All of these communities are grieving this evening; please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of RPS, I want to extend my deepest condolences to both students' families. As a parent, I can't bear to imagine the pain they are experiencing right now. I pray that the RPS family will do whatever is necessary to provide them with a glimmer of light amidst the darkness they now face. With great appreciation, Jason