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Daily RPS Direct Update - September 25, 2020

  • Dear #RPSStrong Family,

    Happy Friday! Make sure to read all the amazing shout outs today; there are nearly three dozen! To close out the week, see below for a few pictures of our students' "classrooms" that families have shared with me. They've put a huge smile on my face, and I hope they do the same for you.

    With great appreciation,


     Aniya Taylor (4th grade, J. H. Blackwell ES) & Imani Adewale (10th grade, Armstrong HS)
    Mitzi Knox (1st grade, Elizabeth D. Redd ES)
    Barack Obama ES Pod: Ace Evans (K), Blaize Evans (3rd Grade), Bastian Van Zandt (3rd grade), Sebastian Wisnoski (3rd grade), and Adam Evans (Facilitator)
    Charlvin Jones (7th grade, Binford MS)
    Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net. Thank you! 
    • I am an Instructional Assistant at Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary School. I feel that parents deserve a shout out in your daily news letter. I have witnessed their dedication and the level of commitment first hand during my one-on-one sessions with students. These are challenging times and I think it’s important that we let parents know that we see them and appreciate their hard work!
    • Shout out to the adults at home supporting our learners!!! I am a teacher at Mary Munford Elementary School. Each family is making it work, being flexible, and doing everything in their power to set their child up for success. The students have a positive attitude, which undoubtedly stems straight from the adults at home. Each day, I am thankful for family feedback, questions, celebrations, and ideas. They show their appreciation right back, which only encourages me to work harder! I am so thankful for the incredible partners we have in our families!
    • I would like to give a shoutout to Ms. Charisse Williams and Ms. Kim Brown for making all the kids in their class feel at ease and comfortable with virtual learning. I know that it’s a challenge teaching special needs children virtually, but these two ladies make it work. My appreciation to you!
    • I would like to give a shout-out to Mr. Adam Scott at Lucille Brown. He is so kind and willing to help me anytime that I need it – even when I ask a million questions. Thank you, Mr. Scott. Your demeanor and kindness have not gone unnoticed.
    • I would like to give a shoutout to Ms. Ulanda Friday and Ms. Renee Smith at George Wythe High School. These ladies are awesome. They go beyond the call of duty in their work, they never fail to assist their teachers or their students. These ladies are TRUE soldiers. The exceptional education department at Wythe is a very close family. This team is the epitome of love and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. They schedule IEP meetings, call parents, write IEPs, teach classes, write lesson plans, and care for the students on their caseload. They are AMAZING teachers.
    • I would like to give a BIG shout out to Jessica Sarkees at Ginter Park. Ms. Sarkees has given her time as a reading specialist to the whole staff at Holton. She has offered several information sessions this year and even invited us to join Ginter Park's weekly meetings. It was a breath of fresh air to learn new things and be able to ask questions freely. I love when the RPS family comes together!!
    • I’d like to shoutout Ms. Crowe of Chimborazo Elementary, who works tirelessly behind the scenes (and screens) with ALL grade levels to provide reading and EL Education support. Navigating new curriculum during this unknown virtual setting isn’t easy but your hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Thank you!!
    • I have been so excited with the team at J.B. Fisher Elementary and want to give a HUGE shout out to the folks engaged directly with my 4th grader each week. Big love to Ms. Dawson for using lots of creative ways to keep the students actively participating and interested in learning. She regularly checks in with parents to make sure we are aware of expectations and any challenges our students may be facing. I appreciate the efforts of Ms. Stone (art) and Ms. Beekman (music) to find ways to translate these tactile learning opportunities for the home environment - that has to be so challenging! Kudos to Coach Burton for coming up with awesome ways to get these kids to move their bodies - I loved the P.E. scavenger hunt this week. Ms. Anglada (librarian/media resource specialist) is finding ways to bring the library to life online and has been riding with the Lit Limo. Finally, we are so grateful that Mr. Edwards, our SPACE teacher, has been able to meet with the SPACE kids twice a week online and is filling his Google Classroom stream with video messages and activities to keep challenging my 4th grader's mind and spark her creative thinking. I'm sure there are lots of other teachers, administrators, and staff working hard at Fisher, but these are the ones I am most familiar with. Way to go, Fisher Flamingos!
    • I want to shout out Amelia Smith, the Welcome Center Coordinator, for her hard work on RSP en Español. This week, she started RPS en Vivo, a weekly show on Facebook to support Spanish speaking families in Richmond. She continues to build bridges with families and share how to navigate the school system so students have all the resources and tools to succeed. She is a champion for the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx community.
    • My daughter attends G.W. Carver Elementary as a kindergartener, and the entire staff there has been a tremendous support. I definitely want to thank her teacher, Ms. Stephanie Henley. She has been working so hard to make sure that not just my daughter but all of her classmates, too, are comfortable and focused. My little one tells me even after signing off that she loves her teacher. 
    • Shout out to Dr. Juvenal AbregoMrs. Katrina Holmes, and Mr. Bryan Smith for their hours and hours of work and for their absolute dedication to the students and families in Richmond’s largest elementary school, Cardinal Elementary. They have dealt with the pandemic, technology issues, language barriers, and the new school building by innovating, devising work-arounds, and greeting us every day with smiles and support. They are true warriors of the highest caliber and deserve all the accolades due them. I am proud to be a member of the outstanding team at Cardinal Elementary.
    • I would like to shout out Ms. Waller at Boushall Middle School. She is a perfect example of a principal providing grace and support to her staff, especially to me. As a teacher with an infant at home, she has made every effort to make sure I felt supported and valued while I continue to adjust to virtual teaching. She really has my back and I appreciate that so much.
    • Fairfield Court Elementary School staff had "Back to School" sessions that were interactive and engaging for parents. It was evident the FCES staff is committed to building relationships with their parents and students as a team. Shout out to Siohban Williams for helping to prepare materials for the Kindergarten through Third Grade teachers as they begin PALs testing. Shyanne Hicks, Sgt. Gore, Marquis Davis, Bridget Faison, Suzie Blevins, and the FCES admin team worked collaboratively to locate all of our FCES students. Additionally, Sgt. Gore and Marquis Davis are going to houses to deliver Chromebooks and check-in with some of our students who need additional support. Thank you to Harry Hughes for keeping us focused on reaching each and every child to come to school "virtually"!
    • I wanted to recognize the principal of BellevueMs. Hines. She ran a creative Back-to-School Night. She is always calm and smiling, and always willing to help. You can tell she is 100% dedicated to the students and staff at Bellevue. I can't wait to see her vision play out!
    • I’ve witnessed Mr. Adam Mansfield keeping students engaged and interested during the after-lunch slump during virtual school. The students are excited to discuss the books they are reading with him,  and he readily offers book recommendations that both stretch their reading abilities and introduce them to different genres. I’m thrilled my daughter and her friends are excited about reading this year.
    • My daughter is in Ms. Maicke's class and she is such an amazing teacher. We are so thankful to be new at J.B. Cary this year. 
    • A BIG PreK thank you to Janis Hawkins at MLK Preschool for sharing her wonderful creative ideas. She and Mrs. Stanton are doing so well with their students and families. Ms. Stanton, you ROCK.
    • I would like to shoutout Principal Dr. Elaine Probst on her outstanding leadership over the Blackwell Preschool Team. As a new teacher to RPS, I am extremely thankful for her keeping myself and my team encouraged as we continue to adjust to the virtual learning. She leads with kindness, respect and transparency. These characteristics have been shown consistently! The Blackwell Preschool family is really flourishing! So many great things are happening and it starts at the head. The constant encouragement during Community Time really makes a difference before starting class!!
    • I am so thankful for the hard work RPS and volunteers have put into making sure our kids have meals. It has been a highlight to walk with my kids to Holton almost daily and pick up their breakfasts and lunches for the day. Ms Cynthia is a delight to our family, as she cheerfully serves with a huge smile and a kind heart.
    • I would like to shout out the Preschool Families/Parents! As a VPI teacher, I have been amazed at the participation rate. The parents have not let the technology back order stop them from logging on as much as they can. We appreciate you all, and you are doing an awesome job!
    • I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Mr. Williams and Ms. Brent at Miles Jones Elementary School!!! When I lost my internet service during class, they stepped right in and kept on teaching my lesson, never missing a beat. They're a true example of how teamwork makes the dream work!
    • I wanted to thank the bus drivers, food distributors and everyone involved in providing our kids with breakfast and lunch. We have two elementary students and my husband and I are both working at home while also trying to supervise virtual learning. Not having to worry about meal preparation has been a huge help and the well-balanced options are greatly appreciated.
    • I want to give a HUGE thank you to 3 of the Teacher Leaders in Health & PE! Molly Schmidt at Broad Rock who is being amazingly innovative using sign language for communication on Google Meet; and Nathan Galloway at Westover and Jasmine Williams at MLK for always being available and saying YES to anything that benefits our students!!
    • I want to give a Great Big Shout Out to Dr. Nabors who has been a steadfast leader and cheerleader for the Curriculum & Instruction team! She exemplifies Leading with Love.
    • I would like to shout out my daughter's second grade teacher at Holton Elementary. Ms. Slachiack has my daughter engaged and excited about school each day. She has been extremely patient in teaching them to navigate the different sites and how to log in to each activity. My daughter has a smile on her face all day. I am so thankful for Ms. Slachiack's hard work.
    • I would like to give a shout out to Veronique Bowers-Jackson at Cardinal Elementary. She is an AMAZING exceptional education teacher. Today, I had some technical issues and she took over the class for me so that the students would be engaged while I tried to resolve the issues. She is the definition of a true friend and colleague and I feel so blessed to get to work with her this year! Thanks for all you do, Ms. B-J!!!
    • I would like to give a shout-out to Dr. MJ at Mary Scott Preschool Center. She has created a Daily News email to all her staff to let them know what is happening on a daily basis, and even includes breathing exercises to relieve any stress. I am very proud of her. Thank you, Dr. MJ, for all you do and have done!!!
    • I want to shout-out and THANK Dr. Abrego-Meneses and Mrs. Holmes for taking me in at Cardinal Elementary and making me feel welcome and part of the administrative team. They have taught me so much already and I know together we will have a successful year. Thank you, Dr. Abrego-Meneses and Mrs. Holmes, for all the guidance you have given me so far! The two of you are truly making a difference in my life during my first year as an Assistant Principal.
    RPS Voices / Voces de RPS – Our RPS Voice today comes from Margaret Aquino, a senior at Huguenot HS. In honor of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, Margaret tells us (in Spanish and English) how she and her family celebrate their Guatemalan culture. Margaret, thank you for sharing your voice with us!
    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
    Important Links – I'll note in orange when there have been additions/updates so you you won't miss anything.
    #ReopenWithLove Links
    Local, State, and National Public Health Links
    Local, State, and National Public Education Links

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