Monthly Archives: July 2016

Help your child take an interest in volunteering

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Doing community service helps students develop leadership, initiative and other positive qualities that carry over into their school lives. To find a project that suits your child, brainstorm with him about things he cares about. Animals? The environment? Choose an activity that matches his interests and suits his personality. A shy child might enjoy working …Read More


Trash to treasure: Turn junk mail into a math lesson

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Have your child collect your mail for a week and sort it into two stacks, one for junk mail, one for regular mail. She should track the daily count of each type of mail on a chart. At week’s end, ask questions like, “What is the total amount of junk mail for the week?” “If …Read More


Your child has questions. Show how to find the answers

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Most children like to ask questions. It’s how they learn. But you may not always know the answers. So help your child learn how to locate information. Type his question into an online search engine. (Why do zebras have stripes?) But don’t stop there. Help him think of additional key words to look up (animal …Read More


Teach your teen six steps to problem-solving

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Both in school and out, teens need effective problem-solving skills. Teach your teen this six-step method: 1. Identify the problem. If it’s a conflict, she should state all sides. 2. Think of possible solutions. 3. List the pros and cons of each solution. 4. Decide on a solution. 5. Act on the decision. 6. Evaluate. …Read More


Try three tips when talking about drugs and alcohol

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Some parents find it difficult to talk with their teens about drug and alcohol use. Here are three tips to make it easier: 1. Listen. Be prepared to hear what your teen has to say. If you find yourself getting upset, take a five-minute break. 2. Look. Read your teen’s facial expressions and body language. …Read More


Teens may graduate, but they still need you

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For many high school seniors, life will change after graduation. They will begin to lead more independent lives. But don’t give up on the special things that make you a family. Remind your teen of happy times together. Continue family traditions, like Sunday dinners, or always making homemade greeting cards. They show love and give …Read More


School Board closed meeting notice

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Under Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia to consult with legal counsel on specific legal matters, the Chesterfield County School Board will hold a closed meeting at 3:30 p.m. July 12 in the School Board conference room of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road


#OneCCPS

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Although I’ve been transitioning to Chesterfield County for the last 100 days, I’m finishing up my first official week as your new superintendent. This week I’ve met with elected leaders, business officials and staff members to learn even more about our great school division. I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen and the feedback …Read More


Counter violent influences with caring and kindness

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How can you teach your teen to be thoughtful and caring in a world that can seem violent and unforgiving? Experts say the most important thing is to be kind to him. You can also talk to him about the cruel or selfish behavior he sees on TV or in the news. Ask him what …Read More


Show your teen how to consider both sides

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Some teens can’t admit they are wrong, even when they are. But being able to reconsider will help them in school, and make discipline easier at home. Set an example for your teen. When you two argue, stop and say, “It’s clear you have strong opinions. I do, too. Let’s consider both opinions before reaching …Read More


A message from Dr. Lane

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While today is my first official day in the office, I’ve been in Chesterfield County learning more about our community for the last three months. I’m impressed by what I’ve seen so far – we have great teachers, great leaders and great schools. I look forward to meeting you in the coming months as I …Read More


Make this summer a page-turner for your teen

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Your teen may see summer vacation as a time to forget about school, but don’t let him forget about reading. Reading all summer can build his speed and comprehension, and make it easier for him to readjust to school in the fall. Encourage your teen to compare a book with its movie version, or try …Read More


Encourage your teen’s questions. They lead to active thinking

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The changes your teen is going through aren’t only physical. They are intellectual, too. She is now able to think in a more abstract way. Strengthen her thinking skills by encouraging her to ask questions about the world and pursue the answers. Expect her to find facts to support her opinions. When she asks you …Read More


Keep your child off the ‘summer slide’

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The summer slide isn’t a new piece of playground equipment. It’s the loss of skills that happens when kids don’t have opportunities to practice what they’ve learned during the school year. Look for ways to keep your child learning this summer. You might ask him to keep a journal. Or estimate and measure water volume …Read More


Get your child involved in reading, all around the house

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Here are a few easy things you can do this summer to help your child become a strong reader. Start by keeping a variety of interesting reading materials all over your home. When you read together, stop and ask questions about the story. Be sure to give your child time to answer, and listen and …Read More


Kids who steal pay a high price in consequences

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Your child arrives home with a new video game. But you know he didn’t have the money to buy it. After asking questions, you learn that he and his friends have taken things from stores on more than one occasion. You are not the first parent to discover this hard truth. Groups of children can …Read More