Bensley Elementary families will eat 5-8 p.m. at Cici’s Pizza.
Hat Day at Hening Elementary will support the school’s Garden of Hope. Everyone who donates $1 can wear a hat all day.
Bensley Elementary fourth-grade students will visit the MathScience Innovation Center noon-2:55 p.m.
The Chess Club at Hening Elementary will meet in the library at 3:50 p.m.
Curtis Elementary families will eat Domino’s Pizza 5 p.m.-close.
The Chesterfield County School Board will hold a work session at 4 p.m. in the boardroom of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road. Work session topics will include implications of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget and a report on on-time graduation. At 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room, 10001 Iron Bridge Road, the School Board will hold a business meeting.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will announce which teachers have achieved National Board certification.
The county spelling bee will start at 7 p.m. in the Bird High auditorium.
Third-graders at Spring Run Elementary will present “No Bullies! Get Real!” at 6:30 p.m. The musical emphasizes the proactive role of the caring majority. In addition to the educational musical, students will lead a question-and-answer session for parents.
The all-county honor choirs will perform at 7 p.m. at Manchester High. The performance will feature middle school and high school students with four guest directors and accompanists Admission is free.
Robious Middle’s beginning band will perform at 7 p.m.
Crenshaw Elementary families will meet 6:45-8 p.m. for family reading and social studies activities, which will include reading aloud, making bookmarks, reading to a dog and book giveaways.
Contact: Lydia Turkaly, 739-6250
The Special Education Advisory Committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. at the Parent-Teacher Resource Center in the Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road.
Robious Middle’s intermediate and advanced band will perform at 7 p.m.
Spring Run Elementary families will eat at McDonald’s 5-8 p.m.
Teachers from Chesterfield County Public Schools and nearby school systems will be honored at 5 p.m. during a regional pinning ceremony at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.
Curtis Elementary families will skate at Chester Skateland 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hening Elementary families will eat 5-8 p.m. at the McDonald’s off Hopkins Road.
Under the direction of Dr. R. Wayne Gallops of Radford University, the all-county high school symphonic band will perform at 5 p.m. in the Monacan High main auditorium. Admission is free.
The School Health Advisory Board will meet 7-9 p.m. at the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road.
Student Council Association students will meet in the front lobby at Hening Elementary at 8:15 a.m.
During the PTA meeting, Curtis Elementary fourth-grade students will perform a recorder concert at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Hening Elementary’s PTO will host Family Game Night at 7 p.m.
Spring Run Elementary families will eat Papa John’s Pizza.
What’s Next? Wednesday
Building on Chesterfield Goes to College Week, the school system will promote college and career readiness with What’s Next? Wednesdays. The emphasis this year will be tying curriculum to careers. Schools will show students how learning in the classroom translates into the world of work.
Students from Chesterfield County Public Schools will participate in Healthy Youth Day at the state Capitol.
Contact: Anne Tierney, 594-1757
The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee will meet at 8 a.m. in Room 203 of the Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road.
Falling Creek Elementary fourth-grade students will visit the MathScience Innovation Center.
Falling Creek Elementary prekindergartners will visit the Science Museum of Virginia.
Contact: Christy Davis, 743-3630
John Swann will present a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. workshop at Clover Hill High to help students prepare for the SAT. Parents are invited to a free presentation about the college application process at 11 a.m. at Clover Hill High.
Led by history teacher Anne Canipe, about 25 Cosby High students will experience the presidential inauguration.
Contact: Anne Canipe, 639-8340
The schools and offices of Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed.
The Chesterfield County School Board will hold a work session at 4 p.m. in the boardroom of the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road, then will hold a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room, 10001 Iron Bridge Road.
Fourth-grade students at Hening Elementary will visit the Virginia Historical Society and the Maggie Walker House 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Spring Run Elementary families will eat at McDonald’s 5-8 p.m.
Curtis Elementary families will eat at Chick-fil-A in Chester.
Spring Run Elementary families will skate 6:30-8 p.m. at Skate-A-Way.
This is the last school day of the first semester.
Hening Elementary families can help raise money for the PTO while enjoying Inflation Nation 6-8 p.m.
Hening Elementary families will eat 5-8 p.m. at Chick-fil-A near Brandermill.
Students are not in school. It is a teacher workday.
Bellwood Elementary will explore science, technology, engineering and math during S.T.E.M. Night. Third- and fourth-grade students will perform at 6 p.m.
The Richmond Symphony will perform in the cafeteria at Bettie Weaver Elementary at 9:30 a.m.
Students at the Chesterfield Technical Center will offer manicures, pedicures and a variety of spa treatments 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays, staying open until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Contact: Matt Roberts, 768-6160, ext. 1046
The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation is seeking graduates of Chesterfield County Public Schools who are making a difference. Bravo! Award nomination forms are available at high schools and online at www.cpefound.org. Nominations are due to the foundation by 5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Falling Creek Middle is recycling cellphones, cameras and other digital devices as well as toner cartridges to raise money and keep items out of the landfill.
Contact: Julie Bright, 743-3640, ext. 5613
Bensley Elementary will offer additional help in reading, math and writing three days a week 3:15-4:30 p.m. through April.
All Chesterfield County schools are fully accredited for the 2012-13 school year. The Virginia Department of Education establishes accreditation status each year based on student achievement on Standards of Learning tests taken during the previous school year.
Grange Hall Elementary is working with Broadfork Farm and former Grange Hall student Noemie Keller on a composting project. Noemie has chosen composting as her senior project at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. Beginning Nov. 26, Grange Hall Elementary students will begin sorting their lunch waste, which Noemie will take to Broadfork Farm for composting. During the first week, PTA volunteers will help students determine what is compostable. This project ties in with the fourth- and fifth-grade science SOL regarding showing how decomposers work within the ecosystem.
Chat ’n’ Chew
Chalkley Elementary third-graders will meet once a week in small groups for Chat ‘n’ Chew book clubs.
Technical education club
Monacan High has a new club: the Technology Student Association Club. Members are enrolled in a technical education course, such as engineering, architecture, carpentry, masonry, drywall, tile laying, plumbing and electricity. The club will offer opportunities for students to use their skills to help the community. In partnership with Monacan’s JROTC, the TSA Club will offer services to families who have a parent deployed overseas.
Contact: Philip Harding, 378-2480
Alberta Smith Elementary students are participating in the Bucket Fillers program. Every time a student is recognized for an act of kindness or good character, a ticket is placed in the classroom bucket. When the bucket holds 100 tickets, the class will receive a reward, which may include class pajama day, hat day, homework passes, extra recess, etc.
Contact: Connie Honsinger, 739-6295
The Chess Club will meet at 8:15 a.m. the first Friday of every month at Watkins Elementary.
Communities In Schools of Chesterfield received $12,500 from the Altria Cos. Employee Community Fund to support Chesterfield Community High. The grant will be used for the school’s Success in School — Success in Life program, which aims to increase the graduation rate by offering online instruction as well as career and technical education to give students real-world experience that will enable them to succeed now and as they enter the workforce.
Partners in the Arts
Clover Hill High won a $6,100 Partners in the Arts grant for the Paths Project, which combines English, History and visual arts to record the experiences of the World War II veterans and their families. Students in grades 10-12 will interpret these experiences in written and visual representations that will be shared online and in print in the Paths journal. Clover Hill is one of just seven schools to win a 2012-13 Partners in the Arts grant from the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The awards allow schools to bring in visiting artists to train teachers and work with students and to buy supplies to carry out the projects. For updates, check out http://bbingham.edublogs.org/.
Throughout this school year, the Student Council Association of Swift Creek Middle is planting flowers, digging up weeds and generally improving the school’s courtyard garden.
Free supplies for school employees
From Crayons to Computers is packed with donated school and office supplies to be given away. Located in the Spring Rock Green shopping center at 7138 Midlothian Turnpike, the store is open to all Chesterfield County Public Schools employees 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when school is in session. Donations are welcome and are tax-deductible.
Contact: 276-7407 or 305-4279