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Weekly Parent Newsletter: 8.23.20

Greetings Lucille Brown Panther Families!

This is your principal, Dr. Gaines, and I hope you’ve had a productive week and restful weekend.  I’d like to thank all the parents that joined me during Tuesday’s virtual town hall meeting; your questions and feedback were useful, and we will continue utilizing that space to maintain connections with you and our students.  Please continue listening for this week’s new announcements. 

School Days: The first day of school for all RPS students is Tuesday, September 8th.  Also, please be mindful schools will close at noon every Wednesday during the first semester, and no lunch will be provided on those days.

Childcare Survey: RPS is partnering with the City of Richmond to coordinate emergency childcare for working families who have no other options. If your family needs this support, please complete this survey as soon as possible. 

Required Tdap Vaccination for 7th Graders: As of July 1, 2019, Virginia law requires that all 7th grade students receive a TDAP booster vaccination prior to 7th grade entry. Sixth grade girls are required to receive the HPV vaccine prior to entering sixth grade. However, parents and guardians have the right to decide if they want their children to receive the HPV vaccine or not.  Click the following links for the informational flyers:

English Flyers: DWW Flyer, TDAP FAQ, HPV Info

Spanish Flyers: DWW Flyer, TDAP FAQ

Student Kits: This fall, every RPS student will receive a #ReopenWithLove Learning Kit that will include all kinds of instructional supplies for our virtual semester. However, due to COVID-related shipping delays, middle school kits won't be ready until a few days after we start. Thank you for your understanding!

To pull all this off, we need your help – lots of it. If you can volunteer to pack and/or distribute kits, please sign up at handsonrva.org/rps-backtoschool. Here are the dates:

Middle/High Schools:

  • Packing: September 8, 9, 10
  • Distribution: September 10, 11, 12

6th Grade Orientation: Join me Monday, August 31, 2020, from 9:30-10:30 or 3:00-4:00, for our virtual 6th grade orientation!  We are excited about meeting our new panthers and families and have an information packed session planned for you. The Google Meet access information is below:

Meeting ID (Click link to join via computer or phone): meet.google.com/dhz-sqck-iaf

Phone Number (Dial number and enter pin to join via phone): (‪US) 1-567-707-0196 | PIN: ‪524 122 041#

7th & 8th Grade Parent Meeting: Join me Monday, August 31, 2020, from 6:00-7:00, for our virtual 7th and 8th grade parent meeting!  This will be an informational session for all returning families and an opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming school year.  The Google Meet access information is below:

Meeting ID (Click link to join via computer or phone): meet.google.com/dhz-sqck-iaf

Phone Number (Dial number and enter pin to join via phone): (‪US) 1-567-707-0196 | PIN: ‪524 122 041#

LMBMS PTA Officers Needed: Our Lucille Brown PTA needs you!  Are you interested in joining a dedicated group of parents who care about our students, staff and teachers?  Please consider signing up to lead our PTA in the next school year. We are looking for PTA Officers for 2020-2021. If you, or someone you recommend, would like to run for a position please email Laura Brady (lpb.fabrie@gmail.com) for more info.

Officer positions include: • President • Vice President, Programs • Vice President, Membership • Secretary • Treasurer

Follow our PTA on Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/LucilleBrownPTA/

Student Schedules: Student schedules will be mailed August 25-28. Once you receive your child’s schedule in the mail, please review it immediately for accuracy and email the appropriate grade level counselor to request any changes.  An updated student schedule will be emailed to you by September 2, 2020.

Student & Parent Tutorials: In an effort to support students and parents with virtual learning, we have compiled a number of online tutorials for you to peruse.  Click here to access the tutorial links.

Student Enrollment: To enroll your child to RPS, please use the online platform, Enroll RPS to upload all required documents.

School Office Hours: Now that our school division is operating virtually, we are able to assist families in person by appointment only.  The phone number to the school is 804-319-3013.

Mobile Tech Support: If your child has a Richmond Public Schools Chromebook that is broken or has malfunctioned, please email the helpdesk@rvaschools.net or visit one of our mobile tech support locations for repair:

Tuesdays

  • Armstrong HS: 8:00-10:00 (Cafeteria A)
  • George Wythe HS: 2:00-4:00 (Main hallway on Midlothian side of bldg.)

Thursdays

  • Boushall MS: 2:00-4:00 (Inside student entrance)

This concludes my message for this week.  If you missed any portion of it, have no fear!  My weekly messages can always be found on the school's webpage under "School News".  Again, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  Have a great evening!

Dr. Gaines

Principal