News Tips – Feb. 22, 2016

100th day of school

For the 100th day of school on Feb. 24, Spring Run Elementary kindergartners will read 100-day books and perform related hands-on activities in math. Students will bring in a baggie of 100 items from home, which they will count, weigh and sort. For more information, call 639-6352.

Preschoolers at Midlothian High

Midlothian High service learning students invite preschoolers and their parents to a free event for Read Across America Day. The March 2 event, which starts at 10:45 a.m. and lasts until noon in the school library, will include storytelling, crafts and refreshments. The deadline to register is Feb. 24 via this form: For more information, email

Reading carnival

Bellwood Elementary will celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss with a carnival 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the gym. For more information, call 743-3600.

March Madness and Read Across America

Reams Road Elementary will celebrate March Madness and Read Across America Feb. 29-March 4. The school will spotlight four authors during morning announcements, staff members and students will dress as favorite storybook characters, and classes will meet with their Ram Buddies (two different grade levels partnering to promote literacy). For more information, call Melinda Manz at 674-1370.

Gaming tournament

The Cisco networking class will host a gaming tournament 5-11 p.m. March 4 at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse. This year’s featured game is Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but other games, such as Minecraft, will also be available. Individuals and teams can register. Individual registration is $20 or $25; team registration costs $90 or $125. For more information, go to

Hand to Heart greeting cards

At Midlothian High, students in the autism suite are learning new skills by operating a greeting card business. They are using embossing and die-cut machines to craft holiday cards, thank you notes and other cards. For more information, call 378-2440.

All about Egypt

Woolridge Elementary second-grade classes will present information about Egypt 7-8 p.m. Feb. 23 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 739-6330.

Dr. Seuss parade

Woolridge Elementary first-graders will hold a Dr. Seuss parade at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26 throughout the school hallways. For more information, call 739-6330.


Reading event

Hopkins Elementary will hold Reading Counts Night 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Students will hear guest readers, take Reading Counts quizzes and shop the book fair. For details, call 743-3665.

Ready. Set. Hire.

Students will practice their interviewing skills during Ready. Set. Hire., organized by the Chesterfield Business Council at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse 8-10 a.m. Feb. 26. Businesses and organizations will conduct mock interviews with students in information technology programs (advanced computer-aided design, Cisco, computer systems technology, Oracle and digital arts and design). For more information, call 768-6160.


Dr. Seuss Week

Swift Creek Elementary welcomes guest readers during Dr. Seuss Week 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 29-March 4. For more information, call 739-6305.

Dr. Seuss Day

Wells Elementary welcomes guest readers March 4 for Dr. Seuss Day. For more information, call 768-6265.

Lucky Clover 5K

Clover Hill Elementary is holding a Lucky Clover 5K and kids fun run March 12. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes. For more information, go to

Playwriting showcase

Thomas Dale High will host a student playwriting showcase March 3-4 in the small auditorium of the main campus. For more information, call 768-6245.


Elizabeth Davis Middle theater students will perform “Disney’s Lion King Jr.” at 3:30 p.m. March 2, 7 p.m. March 3, 7 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 5. Tickets cost $5 in advance, $6 day of show. For more information, contact

Reading event

With the theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Providence Elementary families will gather March 8 for reading adventures. Dinner will be served 5-7 p.m. Activities will run 6:15-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1345.

Youth Art Month

Bellwood Elementary will celebrate Youth Art Month with fun attire. Throughout March, students and staff members will wear items with patterns on Mondays, warm colors (red, yellow or orange) on Tuesdays, cool colors (blue, green or purple) on Wednesdays, animal prints on Thursdays and Bellwood spirit colors (green, yellow and white) on Fridays. For more information, call 743-3600.


The Spring Run Elementary PTA will offer after-school enrichment classes Feb. 8-March 25. For more information, call 639-6352.

Rain Forest Island

Crenshaw Elementary students will explore Rain Forest Island 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Fridays through March 11. Focusing on social studies, ecosystems, and life sciences, this program offers challenges for adventurous tribes. For more information, call Jackie Maclin at 748-1123.

Cardinal Craze

To celebrate Youth Art Month, the halls at Crenshaw Elementary feature cardinals (the school mascot). On Feb. 19, students will take home large posters to decorate. Students can use any type of material, mimic a famous artist, pattern their cardinal on a book character or another animal, give it colorful designs or try any other original idea. Starting March 7 and continuing throughout March, the colorful creations will hang throughout the school. For more information, email

Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee seeks to inform and involve parents in special education matters that affect more than 7,000 students with disabilities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. March 9 to discuss testing and diploma options for students with disabilities. The committee meets at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Enter through Door 1 (facing Hull Street Road). Call 639-8918 for details.

Motorcycle reading event

Curtis Elementary students, parents, teachers and staff members are reading “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary. Each student received a copy. Teachers are reading the book to their classes, and students are reading at home with their parents. To end the reading activity with a roar at 6:30 p.m. March 15, the PTA will show a movie based on the book during a movie night in the school cafeteria. Before the movie, a local club will hold a motorcycle parade at 5:30 p.m. that will travel down Route 10 and end at Curtis Elementary. Students will have the opportunity to look at different motorcycles and talk with the riders, including police officers. For more information, email

Steel Pan Festival

Scheduled March 19 at Bird High, this regional Steel Pan Festival will promote the music of the Caribbean and include an instructional workshop and a concert. The 1-3 p.m. workshop will teach students in grades 3-7 how to play the steel drum; registration is required for the workshop. The 7-9 p.m. concert will include performances by Chesterfield’s Hands and Pans group, the Rhythm Project of the Virginia Arts Festival, George Mason University steel pan ensemble and Longwood University steel pan ensemble. The evening will end with a joint performance by all groups — a 50-plus-member steel pan ensemble. Concert tickets cost $5. For more information, email



Elementary students from Chesterfield County Public Schools will demonstrate enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during STEAMmania 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. in Richmond. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. STEAMmania will include minute-to-win-it challenges, such as balancing four empty soda cans on a paper plate floating in water or bouncing a pingpong ball onto a piece of bread covered in marshmallow fluff. In addition to minute-to-win-it competitions for elementary school teams, there will be opportunities for parents, siblings and others to participate in minute-to-win-it games and additional hands-on engineering activities. STEAMmania will also include

  • timed competitions that challenge school teams to creatively and efficiently solve problems in the areas of science engineering (2016 theme is weather and static electricity), math engineering (theme is mega-math Minecraft), art engineering (theme is towers), social engineering (theme is Native Americans), musical engineering, technology engineering and STEAM
  • displays of student projects created through scientific investigation or innovations achieved using the engineering design process or scientific method
  • awards ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. for grades K-2 and at 1:30 p.m. for grades 3-5

Parents and family members of Chesterfield County Public Schools students who are participating in STEAMmania can enter the event at no cost; others will have to pay admission to the Science Museum of Virginia. More information about STEAMmania is available in the events section of