March 26-April 2
Hening Elementary students who donate $1 for the American Cancer Society will have a foot displayed on a school wall to demonstrate “Taking Steps to Find a Cure.”
Contact: Colin Wharton, 743-3655
March 28-April 4
Spring Run Elementary fourth-grade students will take orders for herbs, which will be delivered April 26.
The Chesterfield County Council of PTAs/PTSAs will hold its annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. at Thomas Dale High.
Apply for prekindergarten
One of several sessions to apply for prekindergarten will take place 4-7 p.m. at Harrowgate Elementary, 15501 Harrowgate Road. Chesterfield offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots in these 12 elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Providence and Reams Road. Children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, who show an educational need and who live in the school attendance zone may apply for prekindergarten. Details about what to bring to apply are available online at mychesterfieldschools.com.
Contact: 279-7357, 279-7352 or 594-1671
Elisa Carbone, author of “Blood on the River,” will visit Providence Middle at 8 a.m. to present to sixth-grade students and students from Davis Elementary.
Greenfield Elementary classes will visit the Metro Richmond Zoo at 10 a.m.
Contact: Mary Parsons, 560-2720
Grades 2-3 will have a field day at Evergreen Elementary.
4 Hands 4 Kids
This program is providing tennis instruction and equipment for 55 Crenshaw Elementary students. Cosby High’s varsity tennis players are coaching the Crenshaw students, who will receive free racquets, T-shirts, string bags, tennis balls and instruction booklets. The final sessions of 4 Hands 4 Kids will be 2:45-3:45 p.m. April 2-3 at Crenshaw Elementary. The program began as an Eagle Scout project for Cosby High student J.C. LaRiviere.
Contact: Patrice Wilson, 739-6250
Grades 4-5 will have a field day at Evergreen Elementary.
Hening Elementary fourth-grade students will visit Pamplin Historical Park to learn about the Civil War.
Contact: Bethany Dancey, 743-3655
Battle of the Books
Hening Elementary will hold a schoolwide Battle of the Books 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Contact: Kelly Morgott, 743-3655
Winterpock Elementary’s LEGO League will hold an open house at 6 p.m.
Swift Creek Elementary third-graders will present a Mighty Minds Living History Museum. Performances will be 6-7:30 p.m. April 3 at the Barnes & Noble Commonwealth Center and 6-8 p.m. April 4 at the school.
Apply for prekindergarten
The last session to apply for prekindergarten will take place 4-7 p.m. at the Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road. Chesterfield offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots in these 12 elementary schools: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Chalkley, Marguerite Christian, Davis, Ettrick, Falling Creek, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Providence and Reams Road. Children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, who show an educational need and who live in the school attendance zone may apply for prekindergarten. Details about what to bring to apply are available online at mychesterfieldschools.com.
Contact: 279-7357, 279-7352 or 594-1671
In the Hening Elementary cafeteria, former NFL player and motivational speaker Mark Parson will speak 9:30-10:15 a.m. to grades K-2 and 10:30-11:15 a.m. to grades 3-5.
Contact: Deia Champ, 743-3655
Greenfield Elementary fourth-grade students will visit Pamplin Historical Park.
Contact: Susan Joseph, 560-2720
Salem Middle will hold a Middle School 101 session for rising sixth-graders.
Contact: Jaime Stacy, 768-6225
Bensley Elementary families will eat at CiCi’s Pizza 5-8 p.m.
This is the end of the third nine-week grading period.
Swift Creek Elementary first-graders will dress as their favorite book character and parade around the bus loop 10:15-11 a.m.
Contact: Jennifer Booker, 739-6305
“Dancing With the Stars”
At 1 p.m., James River High teachers and faculty will participate in a “Dancing With the Stars” event. The school will also be decorated in pink. These activities are in honor of a teacher who is battling cancer.
At Curtis Elementary, grades K-2 will have a field day 9-10:30 a.m. and grades 3-5 will have a field day noon-2 p.m.
First-graders at Bensley Elementary will search for eggs throughout the day that contain high-frequency words. After they read their words, they will get a treat.
Battle of the Books
Spring Run Elementary will host Alberta Smith Elementary and Grange Hall Elementary in a Battle of the Books competition.
Battle of the Books
Providence Elementary will hold a Battle of the Books competition.
The Gifted Education Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the School Administration Building, 9900 Krause Road.
Hening Elementary will hold a field day.
Contact: Jason Stanley, 743-3655
Hening Elementary students may participate in Hat Day by donating $1 to help the school’s garden.
Fifth-grade students will hold a Hobby Fair in the Greenfield Elementary cafeteria and library 3-3:30 p.m.
Contact: Cindy Foy, 560-2720
Greenfield Elementary parents are invited to a coffee and chat with school counselor Taryn Adkins at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Contact: Taryn Adkins, 560-2720
Chalkley Elementary third-grade students will visit the Virginia Living Museum.
Falling Creek Elementary families will eat at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Students are not in school. This is a teacher workday.
The Student Council Association of Hening Elementary will meet in the library 8:15-9 a.m.
Contact: Elizabeth Rhodes, 743-3655
Schools will be closed for spring break.
Curtis Elementary families will eat at CiCi’s Pizza 5-8 p.m.
Hening Elementary’s Chess Club will meet in the library 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Contact: Susan Sennewald, 743-3655
Falling Creek Elementary prekindergarten classes will visit Three Lakes Park and Nature Center to observe animals native to Virginia.
Contact: Beth Hetterich, 743-3630
Theatre IV will perform “Jack in the Beanstalk” in the Spring Run Elementary cafeteria at 9:30 a.m.
Matoaca Middle will hold a buy-one-get-one-free book fair featuring books for middle school and elementary school students at the west campus library 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parents night will be 3-6 p.m. April 17.
Contact: Amanda Brata, 590-3130, ext. 5937
Curtis Elementary will hold Science Night 6-8 p.m. Thomas Dale High students will display roller coasters, there will be a recycling contest, and starting at 4 p.m. there will be a blood drive. First-grade students will sing after a short PTA meeting.
Bensley Elementary students will hold a talent show at 6:30 p.m.
Battle of the Books
Woolridge Elementary will hold a Battle of the Books competition 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Spring Run Elementary fourth-grade students will visit Pamplin Historical Park 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
What’s Next Wednesday
Building on Chesterfield Goes to College Week, the school system is promoting college and career readiness with What’s Next Wednesdays. The theme for students on these days is to identify what’s next as they plan for postsecondary education and future career.
A representative of the Virginia Department of Forestry will give an interactive forestry presentation to third-graders at Evergreen Elementary 10-10:40 a.m. This is part of Project Plant It sponsored by Dominion.
The Special Education Advisory Committee will meet 4:30-6 p.m. at the Parent-Teacher Resource Center in the Fulghum Center, 4003 Cogbill Road.
One of the Lost Boys of Sudan will share his experiences with Greenfield Elementary fifth-graders at 2 p.m. in the library.
Contact: Amanda Kehoe, 560-2720
Every elementary school in the county will register children for kindergarten 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Falling Creek Elementary families will eat at McDonald’s.
There will be a science fair at Thomas Dale High will hold a science fair 4-7 p.m. in the library of the main campus.
Spring Run Elementary fifth-grade students will use Husky Bucks to purchase items brought in or created by other students.
Chalkley Elementary prekindergarten classes will visit Maymont.
The Swift Creek Elementary PTA and volunteers will clean up the school grounds in honor of Earth Day 1-3 p.m. Rain date will be April 22.
Contact: Joany Flynn, 612-9088
Fine Arts Festival
The countywide Fine Arts Festival will take place at Clover Hill High 9 a.m-4:30 p.m. April 21 and noon-4:30 p.m. April 22. There will be student art exhibitions from every school, music and theater performances, art activities and face-painting. The festival is free and open to the public.
Contact: Lin Ferrell, 594-1776
Midlothian Middle is hosting students from Erlangen, Germany, for three weeks.
P.E. classes at Swift Creek Middle are holding a Hoops for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association March 12-April 5. Members of the community can donate by calling 739-6015.
Curtis Elementary, Alberta Smith Elementary and Evergreen Elementary are among the schools participating in the Richmond Flying Squirrels reading program Go Nuts for Reading. Students who read eight books and return their completed bookmark will receive a free ticket to a Flying Squirrels game.
April 6 is the deadline to nominate someone for an Outstanding Youth Award. Forms are online at www.chesterfield.gov/youthawards.
Each Friday, two Spring Run Elementary students from every first-grade class will be recognized for academic, study or behavior achievements.
What’s Next Wednesdays
As part of What’s Next Wednesdays, fourth-grade students at Spring Run Elementary have written about their goals, education and jobs in the future. This spring, they will revise and edit their papers, type them and send them to the printer to publish their writings into a book titled “In Twenty Years” that is published for students every year.
Students at the Chesterfield Technical Center offer manicures, pedicures and foot massages 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays, staying open until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Contact: 768-6160, ext. 1046
The art teachers at Watkins Elementary have teamed with Artsonia, the world’s largest online kid’s art museum, to display student artwork at
Watkins Elementary is partnering with the Book Exchange on Midlothian Turnpike to give students who were not able to purchase books at the book fair an opportunity to purchase books. When turning in books for exchange, just ask that Watkins Elementary be on the credit slip. This will allow designated students the opportunity to go to the Book Exchange and choose a book for themselves.
Contact: Mallory Smith, 378-2530
Bensley Elementary runs an after-school program on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 24. Students receive remedial instruction in reading, math and writing. Enrichment activities include Mad Science and a self-esteem group.
Elizabeth Scott Elementary has challenged students to read at least 20 minutes a night. Students are graphing their minutes at school and at each milestone (500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 minutes), they receive a special bracelet and schoolwide recognition.
Clover Hill High’s Interact Club is helping the community in a variety of ways: picking up trash, volunteering at the Midlothian Food Festival, donating more than 700 pounds of food to the Central Virginia Food Bank and sponsoring a Chesterfield family through the Christmas Mother.
Contact: Rebekah Amato, 639-4940, ext. 6315
Monacan High students are making a difference in the community through various clubs. They help build ramps for those in need, hold canned food drives, collect coats, sort food for the Christmas Mother, collect jeans for the homeless and work with ESPN and the Salvation Army to collect sporting goods for children ages 10-17.
Watkins Elementary students have the opportunity to establish a savings account, make deposits and learn about the banking process, supported by Essex Bank. A bank representative will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to assist students.
First-graders at Chalkley Elementary get together with their reading buddies at 1 p.m. on Fridays.
Swift Creek Middle participates in the Accelerated Reader Program. Each book in the library has an Accelerated Reader test that enables students to choose their favorite genre, authors and titles, then check their reading skills after they read.
Alberta Smith Elementary will recognize students for demonstrating the core values during a 7:45 a.m. breakfast on the first Thursday of each month.
Contact: Elizabeth Stefanko, 739-6295
At Chalkley Elementary, small groups of fifth-graders will meet weekly for Manners on the Move.
Family reading nights
Harrowgate Elementary’s library will be open 6-8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month for families to spend quality time together, share interests, discuss books and check out books.
Contact: Susan Bochman, 520-6015
The Watkins Elementary Chess Club will meet 8:15-9:10 a.m. the first Friday morning of each month in the cafeteria.
Contact: Becky Rose, 594-3519
Swift Creek Elementary’s Jog/Walk Club will meet at 8:40 a.m. Tuesdays on the school track.
Student of the Month
Spring Run Elementary fifth-graders will be recognized each month with the Student of the Month program.
Peaceful School Bus
Woolridge Elementary is implementing the Peaceful School Bus program, designed to create a climate of respect and cooperation on the bus. The program aims to build strong, positive relationships among students and bus drivers.
Contact: Nancy Drum, 739-6330
Make A Change
The Make A Change Club at Swift Creek Middle works to eliminate bullying and promote positive social behaviors among students. The MAC Club will work throughout the year to make a difference.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school health and fitness program sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council. The James Farrior Foundation also supports Chesterfield schools involved with Fuel Up to Play 60. This year, six elementary schools in Chesterfield County — Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Davis, Crestwood, Matoaca and Spring Run — are piloting something new for this national program: collecting student data to see how Fuel Up to Play 60 improves health and fitness throughout the school year.
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60, Spring Run Elementary will have a 20-minute morning exercise or activity each Monday and Friday 7:50-8:10 a.m.
Business and Community Resource Bank
The Business and Community Resource Bank offers an easy way to make a difference in schools by connecting people willing to share their knowledge with teachers who need classroom speakers or volunteers. Whether a community member would like to speak about his area of expertise, participate in a career day or mentor a student, the resource bank can make the connection with a school. To participate, fill out the resource bank survey at mychesterfieldschools.com.
Greenfield Elementary’s Mileage Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Contact: Jennie Raugh, 560-2720
Hening Elementary’s Shooting Stars mentoring program is entering its fourth year. The program matches students with staff mentors. Shooting Stars receives support from the Virginia Mentoring Partnership Organization through VCU.
Contact: Kitten Gilmore, 743-3655
At Hening Elementary, the Lunch Lady Program helps students who cannot pay for lunch. It is funded by contributions from the PTA, parents, staff members and community. Last year, more than 2,100 lunches were covered.
Providence Middle teachers are setting a great example for students: They are increasing their vocabulary by participating in Teachers R Reading book group.
Volunteer readers from Enterprise Holdings read to second- and third-grade students at Hening Elementary on most Wednesdays.
Contact: Bethany Dancey, 743-3655
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