Chesterfield Community High’s PE Department is holding a fundraiser at Antonio’s Restaurant, which will donate 10 percent from lunches and dinners.
The School Board will hold a retreat 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Castleberry Room of the Country Club at the Highlands, 8136 Highland Glen Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23838. This is a change in location.
Bellwood Elementary will explore science, technology, engineering, and math during S.T.E.M. Night. Third-grade students will perform at 6 p.m.
Watkins Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students will learn about snakes from Rockwood Park naturalists in the cafeteria 2:30-3:30 p.m. as part of the school’s celebration of Chinese New Year. This is the year of the snake.
The brass quintet of the Richmond Symphony will perform for Bensley Elementary grades 3-5 at 10 a.m.
The Richmond Symphony will perform at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria at Bettie Weaver Elementary.
Bellwood Elementary students and teachers will visit Salem Middle.
Contact: Dorothy Herrington, 768-6225
The Richmond Symphony strings will perform at 2:15 p.m. for grades 3-5 at Watkins Elementary.
Contact: Chuck Rhode, 378-2530
Jan. 31-Feb. 2
An evening of one-act plays will be presented in the Manchester High auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Bailey Bridge Middle students will be honored during a breakfast for demonstrating core values.
Feb. 1 and Feb. 4
Watkins Elementary will reward students for reaching reading milestones with dance parties 3:10-3:35 p.m. in the gym. Grades 2-3 will celebrate Feb. 1, and grades 4-5 will celebrate Feb. 4.
Contact: Beth Gray and Mallory Smith, 378-2530
Curtis Elementary families will eat at Domino’s 5 p.m. until closing.
The School Board will hold a budget work session at 4 p.m. in the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road.
Alberta Smith Elementary’s PTA will host Family Health and Wellness Night 6:30-8 p.m.
Salem Middle will hold a sixth-grade awards assembly at 7 p.m. that will start with a presentation about electives.
Contact: Dorothy Herrington, 768-6225
Gordon Elementary families will eat 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Chick-fil-A behind Chesterfield Towne Center.
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road.
Watkins Elementary kindergartners and third-grade students will learn about snakes from Rockwood Park naturalists in the cafeteria 1:30-2:30 p.m. as part of the school’s celebration of Chinese New Year. This is the year of the snake.
The Marguerite Christian Elementary library will be open for students and their families during Family Reading Night. Parents will get a parent account so they are able to check out books.
Contact: Katherine Gilmore, 530-5733
Midlothian Middle will host a talent show in the auditorium at 7 p.m.
Providence Middle’s beginning band and orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Midlothian High will present “The Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 on Feb. 7 and $10 on the other nights.
Watkins Elementary first- and second-graders will learn about snakes from Rockwood Park naturalists in the cafeteria 9:45-10:45 a.m. as part of the school’s celebration of Chinese New Year. This is the year of the snake.
Woolridge Elementary is sponsoring a father-daughter dance 7-9 p.m.
Marguerite Christian Elementary will have three assemblies to showcase student accomplishments for the second nine weeks. Fifth-graders will perform.
Contact: Mandy Gray or Tracey Seamster, 530-5733
Woolridge Elementary families will eat at Cici’s at Commonwealth Center.
Contact: Barbara Schaedel, 739-6330
Matoaca Middle will be the site for the regional orchestra.
Clover Hill High will be the site for the district chorus.
The Appomattox Regional Governor’s School will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Performances start at 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
Contact: Jason Campbell, 722-0200, ext. 009, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matoaca High will host Super Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for families that are about to send children to college or that already have children in college. Members of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will provide free, one-on-one help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Contact: Melloney Johnson, 590-3108, ext. 214, or email@example.com
Feb. 10-March 4
Pennies for Patients
Marguerite Christian Elementary SCA will collect money for the American Cancer Society.
Contact: Latousha Price or Lucinda Wood, 530-5733
Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart
During PE classes, Spring Run Elementary students will jump rope and play basketball to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Contact: Terri Shepherd, 639-6352
Jump Rope for Heart
Evergreen Elementary will participate in Jump Rope for Heart during PE classes to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Contact: Barbara Bly, 378-2400
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. At 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room, 10001 Iron Bridge Road, the School Board will hold public hearings on the capital improvement plan and the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014.
Evergreen Elementary will offer parents practical strategies to help children cope with stressful situations. The session will be 9:30-10:30 a.m.
An ensemble from the Richmond Symphony will perform 2-2:30 p.m. for grades K-2 and 3-3:30 p.m. for grades 3-5 at Marguerite Christian Elementary.
Contact: Ellen Sapko, 530-5733
Evergreen Elementary will hold a book fair and community dinner 5:30-8 p.m.
Gordon Elementary will host a Book and Breakfast in the cafeteria at 8:30 a.m.
Marguerite Christian Elementary will host Literacy Night 6-8 p.m. Activities will include puppeteer Tyrone Travis, a book swap and students and teachers dressed as book characters.
Contact: Kim Corley, 530-5733
Manchester High will host a 7 p.m. pyramid concert that will include Bailey Bridge Middle and Manchester Middle.
Resource Night starts at 6:30 p.m. at Spring Run Elementary.
Midlothian Middle’s Drama Club will perform for grades 3-5 at Watkins Elementary related to Chinese New Year.
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.
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 is tying curriculum to careers. Schools will show students how learning in the classroom translates into the world of work.
James River High’s chorus will host a 7 p.m. pyramid concert, which will include Robious Middle.
The Bird High show choir will host a pyramid concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium that will include Salem Middle.
Monacan High will present Tribal Talent at 7 p.m.
We the People
Midlothian Middle’s We the People team will compete in the state tournament.
Chesterfield County Public Schools are closed.
There will be a 7 p.m. PTA meeting and musical performance by grades 4-5 at Harrowgate Elementary.
The brass quintet of the Richmond Symphony will perform for Spring Run Elementary grades 3-5 at 1:15 p.m.
Contact: Lauren Serpa, 639-6352
Members of the Richmond Symphony will perform at Gordon Elementary.
R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence
Nominate an outstanding teacher for an R.E.B. Award of up to $12,000. The R.E.B. awards are designed to identify, recognize, and support teaching excellence in the metropolitan Richmond public school systems. The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and the community. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 21. Nomination forms are available in schools and online at www.tcfrichmond.org.
Super Teacher Awards
The Virginia Lottery is seeking nominations for its Super Teacher Awards. Winning teachers will receive $2,000 plus $2,000 in classroom supplies. Nominate teachers at www.vasuperteacher.com.
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.
Gordon Elementary students will enjoy a variety of after-school activities every Thursday through Feb. 21.
Spring Run Elementary has fifth-graders who serve as Caring Majority Ambassadors to spread the word about putting a stop to bullying.
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
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
Matoaca Middle is recycling toner cartridges as well as phone books and magazines to raise money for the library and keep items out of the landfill.
Contact: Paige Hannuksela, 590-3110
Matoaca Middle students are participating in the TREX Recycling Challenge for the second year. Students collect and count plastic shopping bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags and food bags. After counting the bags, students graph the data for use in math and science class activities. TREX processes the plastic bags into alternative decking and patio materials. Collections will continue through Earth Day, April 22.
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