Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Richmond School

A nationally recognized model program
for early second language education

2276 SE 41st Ave | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-6220 | Fax: (503) 916-2665

Two-hour late opening, Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16 is a two-hour late opening for most elementary, K-8 and middle schools; classes commence two hours later than usual.  The following schools are closed a full day: Chavez, George, King, Lane, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vernon, Whitman and Woodmere. High schools are on normal schedule and not impacted by this professional development day.

Important Dates

April 2014

Happy April Fool's Day!

Friday, April 11:  No School

Wednesday, April 16:   10AM Late Start

School News & Announcements

Student Store is Open!

When:  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Where:  On the stage in the cafeteria

Time:  7:30 - 7:55 AM

What:  Bring the Bulldog Bucks you have earned to buy cool prizes ranging from 1 - 20 BullDog Buck$!

Details:  Enter the stage on the right hand stairs only.  Spend a few minutes browsing and then head to the cash registers where Student Council members will check you out.  Items are lined up in price order.  Exit the stage on the left hand side stairs closest to the music room. 

Richmond Nature Walk taking Shape

Over the summer, the north garden will be transformed into a beautiful nature walk.  The PTA Super Green Team is leading this great effort.  A big thank you to Sara DeLuca and Kristien Forness for the time and energy they both have already put forth on this project.

The path will not only provide a wonderful space for our community, but it will also help guide pedestrians safely into our school.  You can be a part of this effort by purchasing a personalized brick (In English and/or Japanese) which will be installed within the walkway.  Honor someone special, write a poem, recognize a favorite staff member, or anything that inspires you.  

See a map of the project and to order a brick, CLICK HERE.  Please turn in forms into a marked box in room 110.  Feel free to contact Sara DeLuca, sarackdeluca@yahoo.com with any questions.

Invitation to the First "Sheberu-Kai"

Feeling like speaking Japanese?  Come have some tea or coffee and talk about your kids, school, your hobbies etc...  It's a great place to meet people who you can speak Japanese to around Richmond.  Our first introduction will be Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the Richmond Library.  

For recent news about Richmond, please read our monthly newsletter.  To download a copy of The Richmond Shinbun...Click HERE 

Lottery & School Choice Transfer - Closed for 2014-15.

Please refer to the Enrollment and Transfer website: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/schoolchoice.htm  to answer questions regarding the process and requirements to be eligible in the school choice transfer lottery.  Please call Enrollment and Transfer if your questions are not answered after viewing their website  503.916.3205.



PTA Volunteer Opportunity

The Richmond PTA is a very active group of parents and grandparents   Volunteers are always needed for special activites, in the classrooms and projects that can be done from home or at night.  If you are interested in helping please contact Amy Starr Thomas by email at amystarrthomas@mac.com.

Daily Schedule: 2012-2013

 7:45 a.m.  Breakfast
8:00 a.m. First Bell
8:05 a.m. Tardy Bell
11:05 a.m. First Grade Lunch
11:15 a.m. Second Grade Lunch
11:30 a.m Third Grade Lunch
11:40 a.m Fourth Grade Lunch
11:55 a.m   Fifth Grade Lunch
12:05 p.m   Pre-K/Kindergarten Lunch
2:15 p.m     Dismissal



Gratitude Grove

Thank You!  Domo Arigato! 

Oya No Kai's annual Auction = success!!  Thank you to Sara Tam and her crew of hard working volunteers who made this year another very fun and successful event!  The children's art somehow exceeded last year's exceptional pieces by the lead of Corinna Hammer and Kyle Begely. 

Intern Farewell = has it really been a year already?  Thank you to each Japanese teaching intern who gave so much to each classroom and every child in the JMP program!

Book Fair, round two = busy!   Thank you to Amy Seaholt and her Scholastic Book Volunteers!   Looking for a new lead next year...is this you???  Contact Amy Seaholt if interested: amy.seaholt@comcast.net

PTA Movie Night = Family Fun!  Sponsoring a movie night for all families is a wonderful PTA event that gets all of us out and enjoying an easy evening together!

Battle of the Books = Going for the GOLD!   While 17 teams battled here at Richmond and did fabulous - our 5th grade, "Black Guardians of the Books" team took FIRST place at Regionals and is off next to the State competition...Thank you to all parents for supporting their children in reading!  A giant thank you to Sue Baer & Amy Star Thomas who organized and helped judge with Moderator, Kari Shawen all the battles here at Richmond!!

Science Fair = Ka-Boom Success!!  Thank you to Rebecca Harrison for heading this annual event!  Her team of volunteers and judges made for a big night of fun for all future scientists!!

Samura Cultural Exchange = Tanoshii!!  Thank you to hosting families and Yoko Niki-Breyfogle for showing off our school and city of roses. 

Intern Hosting =  Again, another shout-out for Yoko Niki-Breyfogle who is working hard to insure we have homes for all of our incoming interns....contact Yoko ASAP if you are interested!!



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PPS News

Brand new Faubion one step closer

April 17, 2014

The Portland School Board unanimously approved the Master Plans for the rebuilt Faubion PK-8 that is being developed in partnership with Concordia University.   “It’s incredibly exciting and we are all thrilled to see this unique partnership move forward," said Board Director Ruth Adkins. 


Parents raise record amount for schools

April 17, 2014

The PPS parent community continues to fill gaps and break records with their fundraising, illuminating the countless volunteer hours spent by PPS parents in support of the entire district. In 2012-13, PPS parents raised a record $4.1 million. One-third of all monies raised by parents is set aside in the Portland Public Schools Foundation (PPSF) Equity Fund.


Gray MS teacher Siedel is Milken winner

April 15, 2014

Milken Foundation Co-Founder Mike Milken surprised Robert Gray Middle School math teacher Teresa Chan Seidel with the national Milken Educator Award April 15 amid a jubilant all-school assembly. Called the "Oscar of Teaching," the award includes a $25,000 prize.


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