Barack Obama Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Moore

    Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff of Barack Obama Elementary,

    Congratulations on making it through the first marking period of the 2020-2021 school year.  I am proud of the hard work that the students, faculty and staff have put forth to make this the best school year ever. I know that virtual instruction has been a challenge, but I am so grateful for the patience and grace that all of you have exhibited as we have adjusted to the changes this school year has brought.  

    As happy as I am with the hard work that I have seen, absenteeism has been an issue. It is imperative that students login for instruction every single day. We do not want them to miss any instruction. Please let your child’s teacher or me know if you have any questions or concerns about virtual instruction expectations.

    Finally, as the holiday season quickly approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy Holiday season to all students, parents, and staff. Thank you to everyone for making Barack Obama Elementary the best school in Richmond!


    Have a happy and healthy holiday season,

    Mrs. Jennifer K. Moore




  • Free Flu Shots on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Registration Information Here

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  • FOOD

    December 4, 11 & 18

    In Partnership with FeedMore and Nia Inc.

    No Preregistration - Drive Up | Walk Up | Pick Up - Rain or Shine * While supplies last!

    29 Elm St, Petersburg (2-4 PM)  |  700 East Belt Blvd, Richmond (4-6 PM)  |  4247 Creighton Rd, Henrico (4-6 PM)


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    It's Santa Shop Time! Although things will be a little different this year, all details about this annual Barack Obama Elementary tradition can be found here. Santa Shop is open until December 11th, 2020

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  • Check out Barack Obama Elementary on Social Media!




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  • It is really important that our students are doing everything possible to take care of their Chromebooks and devices. You are responsble for damage that happens to them, so here are some pointers on how to take care of them: 

    Caring for Your Chromebooks (English)

    Cuidando tus Chromebooks (Espanol)

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  • The Lit Limo will be taking the week of November 2-6 off for some maintenance, but will return the week of November 9-13 with books and prizes to give away, and a brand new schedule!

    lit limo

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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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  • RPS Family Academy - With live workshops and a virtual resource library, the Family Academy provides RPS families and advocates the opportunity to connect with each other and get engaged with our childrens' education and future. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions here.

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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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Upcoming Events

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 30, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that seven staff members and four students have tested positive for COVID-19: Academic Office – 2 staff members (last at City Hall on 10-28) J.L. Francis Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) Maymont Preschool – 1 staff member (not physically present this academic year) Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) Richmond Alternative School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) River City Middle School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-17) Thomas Jefferson High School – 2 staff members (one was last there on 10-21) and 1 student (not physically present this academic year) YMCA Facilitated Learning Center at Miles J. Jones Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-24; as a result, entire site closed until 12-9) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501.

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  • 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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