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RPS Direct Update - November 30 (PM), 2020

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    Dear #RPSStrong Family,
     
    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! In addition to losing multiple games of football keep-away with my boys, I got some much-needed sleep. All ready for December!
    Please see below for a few time-sensitive reminders:

    • Winter Break Meal Packs – TODAY is the deadline to reserve meal packs for Winter Break. You can place your order in English or Español.

    • Open Enrollment – The deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is TOMORROW at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. Please also take a look at our Enroll RPS videos in our Family Academy Virtual Library. 

    • DonorsChoose Bonus – If you make a donation to a DonorsChoose project TOMORROW it will automatically be doubled. So a $20 donation instantly becomes a $40 donation! Teachers, whether you need extra books or a new piece of tech for your virtual classroom, now is a great time to create a project on DonorsChoose. Community members, if you'd like to support RPS teachers, please consider donating here!

    • Civic Voices Town Hall – Please join us via the RPS Facebook page at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 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.

    • Flu Vaccinations – The Richmond City Health District is hosting its next flu clinic on Wednesday, December 2, from 1 - 4 pm, at Huguenot HS. Please see the flyers below for additional information.

    • Second Semester Surveys – Our surveys about the second semester are still open. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, please do so using the following links: Family Survey in EnglishEncuesta de Familias en Español, and Staff Survey.

    With great appreciation,

    Jason

     
     
    Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net. Thank you! 

    • I’d like to send a special shout out to my kindergartner’s teacher, Ms. Shrader at PHSSA. Her kind post card in the mail today meant a lot to us. Also, the resource team has been doing an incredible job of keeping us busy in and in-between classes. We look forward to each one, each day. 
    • I'd like to give a shout-out to Mrs. Lawson, secretary at Westover Hills Elementary School. She always goes above and beyond to assist everyone in the building. Without knowing she was on vacation, I requested student information. She didn't even hesitate to provide the answer to my question! I only hope she decided to relax for the rest her week :)
    • I would like to give a shout out to all the people at Kingdom Village, which is located at Metropolitan African American Baptist Church, for being there to help my son, who is a 4th grader at Cardinal Elementary School. Thank you, Mrs. Cooper and her daughter Jane, Ms. Annie, Ms. Jones, Ms. Pam, and Ms. Wayland
    • Shout out to the wonderful staff who swiftly gave out the Chromebooks today! Your kindness and smiles carried me through a difficult situation today so I was able to pass it forward to someone else who needed kindness and a cheery smile and encouraging words!
    • I am a teacher at FCES and I was having serious problems with my computer. Mr. Deon Washington, help desk technician, and Mr. Sam Banks patiently worked through my computer's issues as I waited for approximately 30 minutes. They never gave up on getting my computers fixed. They are true soldiers of grace and patience. Much love to the RPS tech support team. Way to go!!!
    • I would like to thank the Richmond Public School staff for all that they are doing to make this school year a success. Everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand no matter what is needed. The staff members at the Chromebook distribution for instructional assistants were very kind and courteous.
    • Big shout out to these five beautiful ladies, our preschool centers’ office staff. They make the preschool world go round. Thank you, Ms. Koger, Ms. Williams, Ms. Shelton, Ms. Bouldin, and Ms. Simms for all the work that you do.
    • Congratulations to the following custodians and/or crew leaders for being recognized as the November Custodian of the Month. Cluster 1: Ms. Victoria Boyd, Miles J. Jones Elementary School. She is always willing to help wherever she is needed. She has assisted throughout the virtual learning period in several different locations and job duties. Thank you, Ms. Boyd. Cluster 2: Mr. Roddie Newman, Summer Hill Preschool Center. Mr. Newman is always positive and completes tasks on time and correctly. He helps throughout the building and assists the custodial manager  when needed. Thank you, Mr. Newman. Cluster 3: Mr. Arsenio Moore, MLK Middle School. Mr. Moore has completed several special projects and is always pleasant and receptive of change. Mr. Moore has assisted the custodial managers when needed. Thank you, Mr. Moore.
    • I just wanted to let you know Ms. Branch Wilson went out of her way to help my daughter get another Chromebook. She told me exactly where to go and when to go. I’m just really grateful for her.
    • I would like to shout out my son's 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Peyton at Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts!! It is very clear that she loves her job and her students!! She is very attentive, patient, and goes above and beyond to connect with her students even in the virtual environment. Mrs Peyton, keep rocking it out, you are awesome!
    • Shout out to the November Custodian of the Month, Mr. Roddie Newman! We are so proud and grateful for all that he does for us here at Summer Hill Preschool. Thank you for your superb service and kind heart!
     
     
    Volunteers Needed – Calling all volunteers! If you can help distribute meals at one of our 12 school sites from Tuesday, December 15, through Thursday, December 17, please sign up here. Please note that strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place for all volunteer activities.
     
     
    RPS Voices – Our RPS Voice this week comes from Shaheed “SJ” Ransome, a 3rd grader at Broad Rock Elementary School. SJ tells us a little about what he learned during the 3rd grade embryology project - including his favorite part, watching the chicks hatch (see pic below). Thank you for sharing your voice, SJ!
     
     
     
    City Employee Star Award – Congratulations to Principal Ivy from Albert Hill Middle School for receiving the City Employee Star Award from the Museum District Association (MDA). Every year, the MDA recognizes a city employee who goes above and beyond to support the community. Principal Ivy was honored for her contagious enthusiasm and her deep commitment to the students and staff at Albert Hill. Congratulations, Principal Ivy!
     
     
     
    Yale National Initiative – Teachers, check out the flyer below for an exciting professional development opportunity with Yale University! If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Schwarz at vschwarz@rvaschools.net.

     
     
    Facilitated Learning Centers – As a reminder, there are still seats available at the "facilitated learning centers" serving RPS students. See below for details.

    • Peter Paul Development Center is running a facilitated learning center at MLK MS for 2nd-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 9 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.
    • The YMCA is is running facilitated learning centers at Miles Jones ES, Holton ES, and Huguenot HS for K-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 7:30 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.
    • There are also many other facilitated learning centers not housed in RPS schools across the city. To learn more, click here.
     
     
    RPS Love Store – Show your RPS Love and help us raise money for RPS families in need and local racial justice non-profits by ordering something today from the RPS Love Store
     
     
     
    Support – Please reach out if you need help.
     
    Important Links – I'll note in orange when there have been additions/updates so you you won't miss anything.
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    Local, State, and National Public Health Links
    Local, State, and National Public Education Links

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