Dear Woodville Elementary School Families,
I am hoping that this email finds you healthy and well, and enjoying the sunshine! With school fast approaching, I know that you have many questions about how school will “work” this fall as we begin the year in a remote learning environment. I appreciate your patience as our school (and school systems around the country) are adjusting plans to respond to the constantly changing environment brought about as a result of COVID-19. We have been hard at work as a district, and at the building, in putting together a solid plan for remote learning and the RPS Reopen with Love Guide is posted on the webpage and I will continue to communicate additional details and/or updates by August 31, 2020.
Below I have outlined a couple of important items:
Back to School Pick-Up Day
When students come to the school on their designated pick-up day and time they will receive:
- School Supplies (Student Learning Kits) that your student will need on hand at home
- Hot Spot Device
- The “Bell Schedule” that we’ll be following during remote learning
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Woodville is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.
First Day of School
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This year we will start in the virtual environment. The focus of the day will be meeting the students in each class and orientating students and parents to the virtual environment.
As always, I pledge to do my very best each day for Woodville Elementary School. I consider it my home, and I will treat it and the students with great care. The times we live in are unprecedented, and we still plan for this year to be another excellent adventure for us all. We will learn, grow, work, and refine our practices together. Most importantly, we will have fun. We look forward to seeing the students, in both the virtual world and on campus. I cannot wait to see the creativity and the innovation of how we will learn this year. The triangle of success between parents, the school, and the students will only grow stronger as we move through the year. It is my privilege and an honor to serve you as your principal of Woodville Elementary School. I look forward to the start of school on Tuesday, September 8th!
Principal Shannon M. Washington
Please join us for our annual Back To School Night on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 2p.m.-4p.m.; this is an opportunity to chat with your son/daughter's teacher(s) and ask questions regarding their progress! Please click on the image below and scroll through to find your child's teacher. Once you have found their teacher, there will be a Google Meet Link for you to join them and chat.
Attention Woodville Families,
Beginning Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8:00a.m. families may submit open enrollment, specialty school, and governor’s school applications for the school year 2021-2022 all in the same Enroll RPS portal (Attend RVA Schools).
Specifically, students may apply for:
· Any specialty school for which they are eligible (specialty schools include Franklin Military Academy, Open High School, Richmond Community High School, and the IB Diploma Programme at Thomas Jefferson High School [for rising 11th grade students])
· Out-of-zone schools via the open enrollment lottery (maximum of three school choices). This year this includes the IB Middle Years Programme at Lucille Brown Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School, and as with last year, the STEM Academies at MLK and Henderson.
· Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts via a separate open enrollment lottery (if eligible)
· Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and/or Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (the application for CodeRVA is managed separately by that school)
· The Governor's STEM Academy at Richmond Technical Center (a part time program for students attending an RPS high school; rising 9th graders are eligible to apply).
Families will have until Tuesday, December 1st. 2020 at 4:30 PM to submit applications, regardless of school type.
Woodville Elementary Community!
Our Factulty/Staff/Students will be participating in our very first Virtual Spirit Week beginning October 26, 2020 and we would love for you to participate along side us! Please take the opportunity to click on the schedule below which will give you the layout for the week.
Be sure to take pictures of your participation and share them with your son/daughter's teacher or Ms. Washington our Principal.
Woodville Community & Stakeholders,
Greetings! As many of you know we RPS School Board approved a revision to the daily schedule of students and teachers that is scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Please find the newly approved and revised schedule in the link below.
If you have questions, we encourage you to contact your child's teacher. As always, we thank you for your continued support of the students, faculty & staff of Woodville Elementary. Woodville Elementary Revised Schedule
Parents, Guardians, & Community Stakeholder,
Please see the attached information regarding MAP Testing that all students in Grades 2nd-5th in Richmond City Public Schools will participate in beginning October 12, 2020. A letter is also being mailed to the home of each of our students.MAP Testing Letter To Parents
If you have specific questions regarding MAP Testing, please do not hesitate to reach out to your son/daughter's teacher.
Attention Woodville Families!!
The RPS Lit Limo will be making weekly stops at Woodville Elementary on Mondays! Please take a moment to visit the Lit Limo for amazing reading materials, a chance to win prizes and say hello to Woodville's very own Mrs. Berry-Hale!! Take a moment and check-out the Lit Limo schedule and be sure to share it with your family & friends!!
Woodville Families & Community Stakeholders,
If you have not already done so please take a moment and review the Richmond City Public Schools Reopen with Love Guide. This guide shares a great deal of information that is vital to how we will reopen school for the 2020-20201 school year. Also, please see the link for Meal Distribution for RPS Students; as a change students will not need their lunch codes in order to recieve meals.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
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
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