News Tips – May 16, 2016

Faith leaders

Members of the Chesterfield County School Board will gather with faith leaders at 8 a.m. May 18 in the boardroom of the School Administration Building. Topics will include student attendance and a farewell to Superintendent Marcus Newsome. For more information, call 748-1405.


Water balloons

At Grange Hall Elementary, students will celebrate raising money for the first-grade nightly reading cart by throwing water balloons at their teachers 2-2:45 p.m. May 20. For more information, contact Jessica Drahms at 739-6265.



Crenshaw Elementary’s PTA will host Bingo Night 6:30-8 p.m. May 20. For more information, email



Salem Church Middle will present a performing arts showcase 6-8:30 p.m. June 2 in the Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park. More than 250 students will perform selections showcasing the school’s “Journey of Hope” project-based learning units and other spring pieces. The performance by drama, chorus, orchestra, guitar and band students is free to the public, but there is a parking fee of $4 cash per vehicle. This family-friendly event will have food trucks 5 p.m. for people who would like to buy dinner. For more information, email


Annual 5K

Chalkley Elementary will hold its annual 5K 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21. For more information, go to


Matoaca Elementary prekindergarten

Matoaca Elementary will add a prekindergarten class for the next school year. Applications will be taken at the school 9 a.m.-noon May 18 and 2-6 p.m. May 24. For more information, call 590-3100.


CPR and first aid certification

The Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High will offer a certification class in CPR and first aid 8 a.m.-noon May 21 for ages 11 and older. The cost is $65. For more information, call 378-2480, ext. 271. Register here:


Underwater robots

Six schools will compete 9-11:30 a.m. June 6 at the Swift Creek YMCA with underwater robots they have built. For more information, email


Field trip

Curtis Elementary first-graders will visit Meadow Farm Museum 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19. They will walk around the park and view the farmhouse, cabin and barn. For more information, call 768-6175.


Field trip

Davis Elementary first-grader classes will visit the Metro Richmond Zoo 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 20. For more information, call 674-1310.


Spring plant sale

The Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will hold its annual spring plant sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2-19 on weekdays. For sale will be annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, mixed containers and hanging baskets. For more information, email


Book drive

Reams Road Elementary will hold its annual book drive throughout May. All students are invited to donate gently used books. At the end of the month, students will be able to browse the donated books and choose at least one book to keep as a way to kick off their summer reading. For more information, call 674-1370.


Swimming lessons

Second-graders from Davis Elementary will learn to swim on Tuesdays through May 31 at SwimRVA. Lessons run 10-10:45 a.m., 10:45-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1310.


Healthy Habits

Gordon Elementary will participate in Healthy Habits 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 24. For more information, email


Spring concerts

Matoaca High will present a series of spring concerts in the school auditorium. Admission is $5, and tickets will be available at the door. The Matoaca High choirs, including the Up Front and High Impact show choirs, will present a concert at 7 p.m. May 19. The Matoaca High band will appear in concert at 7 p.m. May 25; this includes the concert band and jazz ensemble. The orchestra and guitar ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. May 27. For more information, call 590-3108.


Open house

Carver College and Career Academy will hold an open house at 6:45 p.m. May 26 for high school students interested in applying for admission. For more information, call 768-6156 or go to


Word wall ball

With a knights and princesses theme, Grange Hall Elementary will hold a first-grade word wall ball 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 23. Students will celebrate their word wall knowledge growth with special entertainment, dancing and games. For more information, call Jessica Drahms at 739-6265.


Kindergarten orientation

Spring Run Elementary will hold orientations for kindergarten parents at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 18 in the school cafeteria. For more information, call 639-6352.


Singing at Kickers game

The honors chorus of Woolridge Elementary will sing at the Richmond Kickers game that starts at 7 p.m. May 21. For more information, call 739-6330.


Field trip

Spring Run Elementary first-grade classes will visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. May 23. For more information, call 639-6352.


JJROTC recognition

The JJROTC of Manchester Middle will recognize its supporters during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 26. The school’s beginner band will perform, then these JJROTC supporters will be honored: Willie Ransom, Robin Byrd, Carol Timpano, Lisa Elko, Linda Caruthers and Bonita Simmons. For more information, email



Providence Elementary students in grades K, 2 and 4 will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. May 24 at Clover Hill High. For more information, email



Providence Elementary students in grades 1, 3 and 5 will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. May 26 at Clover Hill High. For more information, email


Kindergarten year in songs

Watkins Elementary kindergartners will present their year in songs for families and guests during a 2:15-3 p.m. performance May 26 in the cafeteria. For more information, email