Don’t underestimate the importance of having fun participating in school activities. Some of the best times and memories students have are the experiences of belonging to a club or participating in an after school activity. Clubs and activities are important to join just for the enjoyment that they will bring to most students, but they also allow the students to more easily make friends because the groups are small and they get to be themselves!

Clubs and activities provide students with many positive experiences that help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for college or the workplace. It helps students to become active in their school and to feel a connection the school and to others. It provides a sense of pride and school spirit and it is a positive influence on our youth today.

There is something for everyone! Get involved!

The “Green Team” started as a little idea that grew. It was just something the fifth grade was going to do in their classrooms. Then with the help and support of Mrs. Swan, a parent, who had a personal goal of making Clover Hill a “green” school we took it a step further. The fifth grade now collects bins of paper from every class and office in the entire school on a weekly basis. We have a first and second semester team and they consist of about twenty-five students. Along with this, we also collect foil pouches, glue sticks, and pens that are recyclable. Their leadership role in this endeavor teaches them about commitment, responsibility, and promotes pride for their school.

Girls on the Run logo

Girls on the Run is an international program designed to help girls build their self esteem while incorporating excercise and healthy habits into the lessons and running games. CHES began participating in this program in the spring of 2012. The program consists of 12 to 14 third-fifth grade girls, all of whom successfully complete a 5k run at the end of the program. In addition to being a “running program”, these young ladies also make life-long friendships, gain a new found confidence through their accomplishments, and are inspired to live a healthy and motivating way of life! Each year, we look forward to our new group of girls and welcome our past girls to come visit any time!

“Girls on the Run is so much fun!!!!!”

Feel free to visit our Flip Grid each evening to hear a staff member read a chapter.

Chapter 1

This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called One School, One Book™. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Robert Skene Catling’s The Chocolate Touch – and will be asked to read it together at home over the next few weeks. I am personally asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book™program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff will all be following along together.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about The Chocolate Touch!

Feel free to visit our Flip Grid each evening to hear a staff member read a chapter.

One School, One Book™ is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to their parents read the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.

I know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about John Midas, and chocolate…and moderation! “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.

Reading, and understanding what you read, is a skill that everyone needs to be successful. The best way to improve understanding is to read a lot.There is nothing like a challenging book to lift you up or take you to another world. Developing a love of reading will be an asset to your child in all areas of school and give him/her a jump start to a lifetime of reading!
Click here for this month’s family newsletter from The Leader in Me. It ties in reading as a family and the 7 Habits.

The purpose of the Student Council Association at Clover Hill Elementary School is to provide students with an opportunity to show leadership and develop a sense of accomplishment through projects that benefit our school and community.

SCA officers and representatives are elected each fall by the 4th and 5th grade student body. This year, we had fifty-three students run in the primary election, fourteen students run in the final election and six students who were ultimately elected as officers. We held a ceremony for election speeches as well as an initiation ceremony for all fourth and fifth grade students.

Here are some of the things that our school has been able to achieve this year through the leadership of our Student Council:

  • We made collection boxes for each classroom and collected canned food items for donation to the Central VA Food Bank.
  • We were able to assist the PTA with Barnes and Noble Night and Holiday House.
  • We created, sold and delivered Cupid Grams to students. The proceeds from that sale supported donations to the Central Virginia Food Bank Back Pack Program and the Richmond Anima League.
  • We will also be using those funds to purchase books for all of the classrooms for next year, balls for recess and furniture for one of our courtyards.

At Clover Hill Elementary School, selected fifth-grade students are assigned safety patrol duty, both inside and outside the school building. The role of the safety patrol is to assist teachers in assuring safety. Their job is to observe and report any unsafe conditions and to verbally caution students who are not observing safety rules. These students should be at all times a good example for their peers. Students who sign up for the selection review process indicating an interest in becoming a safety patrol will be rated by their homeroom teacher and resource staff

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