News Tips – March 14, 2016

Computers for families

At the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse 5:30-7 p.m. March 16, about 40 preselected families will be given computers that have been refurbished by students participating in the Virginia STAR program. Six Chesterfield County schools are part of this statewide program that teaches students to refurbish surplus computer hardware, then donates those refurbished computers to families in need: CTC@Courthouse, Matoaca High, Bird High Meadowbrook High, Carver College and Career Academy and Salem Middle. Through a partnership with Microsoft, each computer is equipped with a new operating system and Microsoft Office software. For more information, call 639-8910.


Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs will visit Ecoff Elementary 3-3:45 p.m. March 14 to encourage reluctant readers in the library. For more information, call 768-6185.


Creating fish mural

To celebrate Youth Art Month and spruce up for the school’s 50th anniversary, the staff and students of Watkins Elementary are collaborating to make a 38-feet-by-5-feet mural. The mural is inspired by the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, which tells of a little fish about to go out into the world. Students will work on elements of the mural in art classes:

making fish out of clay

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon on March 15 and March 17
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:15 p.m. on March 18
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon on March 23

glazing fish

  • 12:45-2:20 p.m. March 15-16
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon March 22-23
  • 9:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:15 p.m. on March 25

Installation of the clay fish is expected to be finished in April. To see images from this project, click this link: For more information, email or


Life After High School

On March 24 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, hundreds of seniors who are not sure what comes next for them after high school will attend a resource fair. On hand to offer information about opportunities will be employers, two-year college representatives, training program representatives and career college representatives. Two sessions will take place: 8:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, email or


Author visit

Clay McLeod Chapman will visit Midlothian Middle 9-10 a.m. March 15 to speak to sixth-grade students about his trilogy (“The Tribe”), writing, his career and his experiences as a writer and artist. He is an alumnus of Chesterfield County Public Schools. This visit is sponsored by bbgb bookstore in Carytown. For more information, email


Symphony field trip

Students from Bailey Bridge Middle, Salem Church Middle, Enon Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Robious Elementary and Clover Hill Elementary will attend Discovery Concerts by the Richmond Symphony at the Carpenter Theatre. Performances will take place 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. March 16 and March 18. For more information, call 804-788-4717, ext. 114.


March Madness Food Bank Collection

Manchester Middle is helping support the Kids Summer Food Program of the Chesterfield Food Bank, which provides food to students who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. To collect as much food as possible for the food bank, Manchester Middle has created a bracket with various grade-level teams competing:

  • Round 1 is March 7-11 — grade levels compete
  • Round 2 is March 14-18 — winners advance
  • Round 3 is March 21-23 — finalists compete
  • Final is March 24 — winners announced

For more information, email


Fire safety

First-graders at Spring Run Elementary will learn about fire safety 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. March 14. For more information, call 639-6352.


Book battle

Spring Run Elementary students will compete in a Battle of the Books 9:45-10:45 a.m. March 16. For more information, call 639-6352.


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.


Field trips

Fourth-grade classes from Spring Run Elementary will take field trips to the Chesapeake Bay 9:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. March 15-16 and 8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. March 17. For more information, call 639-6352.


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


Cardinal Craze

To celebrate Youth Art Month, the halls at Crenshaw Elementary feature cardinals (the school mascot). Earlier, students took 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


Book and breakfast

Ecoff Elementary will hold a book-and-breakfast meeting 8:15-9 a.m. March 16. Students in grades 3-5 read “Ghosts of Belle Isle,” and author Steven K. Smith will be at the meeting. Students will be surprised with a signed copy of his newest book, “Secret of the Staircase.” For more information, call 768-6185.


Visiting author

Shelley Pearsall, author of several books for young people, will be at Falling Creek Middle March 18. Students are reading two of her books, and she will speak with students and sign books in the school library. Here’s the schedule:

  • 10:20-11:30 a.m. meeting with 60 students
  • 11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m. meeting with 60 students
  • 1:40-2:55 p.m. meeting with 90 students
  • 3:15-4 p.m. meeting with 70 students

For more information, email


Dance concert

The Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will present a senior dance concert titled “RESOLUT16N” at 7 p.m. March 18-19 in the auditorium of the main campus of Thomas Dale High. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, go to


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


Run on the Wild Side

Marguerite Christian Elementary PTA is hosting its third annual Run on the Wild Side 5K and kids one-mile fun run on March 19. For more information, click here:


STEAM Night and auction

Woolridge Elementary will gather March 22 for STEAM Night and a class basket auction. Classrooms will be open with STEAM presentations so parents can see the creative engineering projects students have worked on. Money from the auction will help buy new playground equipment. If you own a business and would like to donate a basket for the auction, contact



The fourth annual spring dance at Providence Elementary will take place 6:30-8 p.m. March 23. For more information, email



Field trip

Providence Elementary fifth-graders will visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 25. 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


Dreambox challenge

Crenshaw Elementary is participating in a Dreambox challenge with students from across the world. For more information, call 739-6250.


Music in Our Schools

Spring Run Elementary students and staff members will wear music-themed clothing for Music in Our Schools Spirit Day on March 24. For more information, call 639-6352.


Kindergarten awards

Spring Run Elementary will hold a kindergarten awards ceremony at 2 p.m. March 24. For more information, call 639-6352.


Field day

Spring Run Elementary will hold field day on March 25: 9-11 a.m. for grades 3-5 and noon-2 p.m. for grades K-2. For more information, call 639-6352.