Chimborazo Elementary School

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    Hello Chimborazo families,

    First, I’d like to continue you to thank you in support of our virtual teaching and learning endeavors. You have been extremely supportive of our teachers, and I am thankful for this. I have seen continual progress across all grade levels, and your contributions are certainly a part of this progress. In grades K-3, we have been able to come significantly closer to completing PALS testing, and I appreciate your patience. Kindergarten will have one other small diagnostic during the middle of October, and grades 3-5 will complete Measures of Academic Progress Assessments which will scale how each student at Chimborazo compares to other students nationally in reading and math. This data is very useful as we work to support students in structuring small group instruction.

    This past month our PTA, led by new officers, conducted our first PTA meeting of the new school year. We discussed how to meet the students and teachers needs during this time, and considered events we can conduct in the coming months. I encourage you to attend and share any ideas with me or our PTA officers in the meantime to ensure we are enriching the academic experience for our students without compromising their safety or the safety of others. In this spirit, the University of Richmond's Women’s soccer team has reached out to me in respect to conducting monthly street soccer events, and although initially these will be asynchronous, our hope is to conduct monthly street soccer events that are structed outside that adhere to CDC guidelines and parameters outlined by our school board. When the end of the month approaches, I am also looking forward to Book Character Day on the 30th of October. Regardless as to whether you celebrate Halloween or not, I believe we can all agree that celebrating literacy and the characters we want our children to emulate is beneficial for our young scholars! Besides, dressing up is fun, and our kids love it!

     

    Lastly, I’d be remiss not to acknowledge the loss of our beloved Ms. Hendrick. She will and has had such a profound impact on so many of our lives and personifies the care, love, and selflessness that I strive for in my own life. There will be a sense of emptiness without her in the office and in our halls, but she will be commemorated, and a discussion with local artist, Mrs. Dinan, with administration has taken place to ensure there are lasting symbols of her contributions to remember her. Information has been shared on her viewing, which will take place this Sunday. In the meantime, I look forward to a great October as we continually reflect, refine, and show progress on multiple fronts. There are some large disparities between virtual and in person learning, however, that does not mean our high standards and expectations should waver for our students. We will continue to show resilience in the face of these challenges and the pride that being a Chimborazo Jaguar embodies.

    Respectfully,

    Mr. David T. Peck

    Principal- Chimborazo Elementary

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Announcements

  • New November Lit Limo Schedule: THe Lit Limo is back!  Click here to see the new schedule. 

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  • New Master Schedule Starting 10/20: Click here to see the revised Master Schedule and here to see a breakdown of grade-level schedules.

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  • the side of the lit limo  The Lit Limo will be in the East End Monday! Every child who visits the Lit Limo will receive a book of their own, be able to participate in a read aloud, and sign up for a Richmond Public Library card.  Click here for schedules, maps and stops.

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  • Kindergarten Website is Live! Click here to check it out!

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  • Chimborazo 2020-2021 Virtual Master Schedule. Teachers are excited to #ReopenWithLove on Tuesday, September 8.  Click here to view this year's schedule.

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  • Welcome Ms. Gross! We have a new Assistant Principal here at Chimborazo. Click here to learn more about her.

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  • Chimborazo Academic Kits - Be sure to check out the 2020-2021 school supplies provided by the district!

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  • #ReopenWithLove Family Checklist. RPS has created a list of helpful resources for families to access the information they need to be ready for our new school year.  Click here to see the family checklist.

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  • Fall 2020 Virtual Reopening Plan.  RPS is excited to #ReopenWithLove.  Click here to stay current on all of the developments and resources.

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  • We are constantly sharing the wonderful "happenings" and events at Chimborazo!

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District Announcements

  • RPS Civic Voices Town Hall - Please join us on our Facebook page at 6pm Wednesday, December 2nd for our next RPS Civic Voices Town Hall! The event will be moderated by our very own Mr. Rodney Robinson and will feature RPS educators, community leaders, and advocates engaging in a discussion about recruiting and investing in male teachers of color.

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  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

     
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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

     
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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

     
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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • 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.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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  • Don't Wait, Vaccinate! - Up-to-date physicals and immunizations are required for all students. Learn more and schedule an appointment for free immunizations through the Richmond City Health District and area partners.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 24, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Well, I said "flood" my inbox with shout outs – and flood you did! Thank you for sharing more than 100 beautiful messages of appreciation for our teachers, administrators, support staff, partners, families, and students. (I encourage you to read all the way to the end, as the last one is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.) I can't express how much these words of support, encouragement, and gratitude mean to the recipients. On behalf of RPS, thank you to everyone who wrote in! Before I sign off for the holiday break, I also want to express my profound gratitude to our principals, teachers, and support staff. Since March 13, you have delivered more than 2 million meals, purchased and distributed over 20,000 Chromebooks, facilitated more than 30,000 community circles, and literally reinvented what it means to be a teacher – all with boundless love for our students and families. In short, you have demonstrated that RPS is capable of doing truly extraordinary things. This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for you. With the deepest appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 24, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that three staff members and two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff are from the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office (last there on 11-23), Armstrong High School (last there on 11-17), and the Academic Office in City Hall (last there in October). The student cases are from Ginter Park Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School (neither has been on campus this year). We encourage everyone to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. They can also contact the Richmond City Health District’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community. If you have any questions, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Jason

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