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RPS Direct is regularly distributed to over 36,000 stakeholders across the Richmond Public Schools Community, and is read by nearly 20,000 recipients daily. We welcome submissions from the Richmond community that are family-centered and geared towards children ages 0-18. External opportunities must be accessible to all families, i.e. free of cost (or offer financial assistance) and be accessible via public transportation. Events inside of Richmond are prioritized. Each event must be accompanied by a flier clearly stating the financial cost, or a website link where it is available on the home page. Additionally, content deemed appropriate for RPS Direct will typically appear in the publication one to three times, depending on the lead time, as well as a number of other factors. 

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Recent RPS Direct Updates

Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

Tonight's updates: 


Calendar Reminder – The last day of school for all RPS students is this FridayMay 31. We expect to see everyone in class ON TIME this week. Let's finish the school year strong, RPS! 


Student-led Op-Ed – Students at Huguenot High School want the community to know that they are not defined tragedy – quite the opposite, in fact. In their brilliant op-ed published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch this past Saturday, student leaders from the Huguenot Activists Association shared how the school community has worked diligently to refocus the lens through which others view them and their classmates. As they write:

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

Tonight's updates: 


Farm-to-Table Monthly Market – All RPS families are invited to join us at J.L. Francis ES tomorrow, from 2:30 - 4:30 pm, for our final Farm-to-Table Monthly Market of the school year. Be sure to stop by and pick up free, fresh produce to enjoy at home, and be on the lookout for additional markets happening this Summer. 

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

Tonight's updates:

I'm dedicating my entire RPS Direct this evening to a recap of last night's 3rd Annual RPS Shines. We celebrated over 100 teachers, support staff, and administrators – and we did it in style!

Before getting to the awards, I need to thank the RPS Education Foundation and our numerous sponsors – 5th Wheel BowlingAgents of GrowthBingo Beer Co.Casa del BarcoCity of Richmond Office of Children and FamiliesChildren's Museum of RichmondGarnett'sGena J. Co.Public Consulting GroupThe Richmond Folk FestivalRichmond RacewayRRMM ArchitectsThe Park RVASCOOP, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I also need shine a huge spotlight on our planning committee: Christie-Jo AdamsTaikein CooperMildred DeLoatchJodi GrangerAdrienne KernTamika MassieStefanie RamseyRodney RobinsonAlyssa Schwenk, and Deidra Starkes! And last but not least, enormous gratitude to Courage & Co Photography for capturing the essence of RPS Shines. Thank you!

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Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

Tonight's updates:


RPS Shines – Join us tonight at 6:30 pm via the RPS Shines page to watch the livestream of our annual celebration of exemplary RPS team members!


Teacher Spotlight – Dixeen Toliver is a highly respected and veteran member of the Lucille Brown MS community. After nearly 30 years at the school, there are few places she can go where she doesn't run into a former student, their family, or an RPS colleague. Ms. Toliver encourages her students to excel academically while also encouraging them every day to be their best selves. As a colleague, she is always available for advice and words of encouragement – especially for new teachers seeking mentorship!

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Additional Division Announcements

Our revised calendar is available for downloading! Click here to access PDF versions in English, Spanish, and additional languages.

Join the RPS team in teaching, leading, and serving with love next year! We're thrilled to offer sign-on bonuses and paid training for select positions. View our current job openings and apply today! 

Show your #RPSLove and check out our RPS Love 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.