Talking to your child about events in the news #
Events in the news can often be disturbing for children leaving them confused and full of questions. This week’s shocking events at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., left many feeling that way.
Talking to your child about these events can be difficult.
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities shared this helpful resource in the days preceding the election.
Additional resources that may be helpful in your response to students include:
- ASCA: Helping Students in Troubling Times
- NASP: Guidance for Ensuring Student Well-Being in the Context of the 2020 Election
Our community partner, Common Sense Education, has also shared some tips to help families discuss disconcerting topics and news with children.
- Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
- Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news — and listen, too — can help.
- How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
- In a world where even little kids learn about horrific subjects, it’s important for parents to put things in perspective, field questions, and search for answers together.
Mental health resources and supports for families #
Mental Health First Aid Classes
Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can learn to help them.
Chesterfield County’s Mental Health Prevention Services team will offer two monthly Mental Health First Aid classes from January through June. Classes are for adults only.
- Mental Health First Aid Adult
- Mental Health First Aid Youth
To see other available classes for parents, visit the Chesterfield County Prevention Programs website.
Community-based resources for students and families in crisis
At times, students and families face challenges that feel unmanageable. Our Mental Health Support Specialists developed a list of contacts families can call for help in different areas. Many of these contacts have after hours numbers to offer help to students and families at night and on the weekends as well.
Wellness in the new year- nutrition, movement and mindfulness #
Safe Routes to School January newsletter
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t get outside for some fresh air and exercise. In their January newsletter, Safe Routes to School has shared a list of tips to help keep you safe and warm while exercising outdoors during the cold winter months.
Their newsletter also includes brain breaks like this Ball and Book Challenge. Think your child can get to the level 7 or level 8 challenge? We’d love to see it! Share your child’s Ball and Book Challenge videos with us here. All challenge level videos are welcome!
Common Sense Education family resources
If you’re looking for things to do with your children during the cold winter months, look no further! Community partner Common Sense Education has compiled a list of safe resources to help. Below you’ll find links to activities, movies and books to help your family pass the time together.
- Winter Wellness
- Reflect, recharge, and get moving! Discover activities to get kids excited for a new year of possibilities.
- Best Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Apps for Kids
- Whether it’s in physical education (PE) and health class or in core content areas like science, students are sure to find the vital information they need to stay energized and active.
- Device-Free Moments
- Help students learn when it’s appropriate to use technology and when it’s not — and practice making family rules for device-free time at home.
- My Digital Life Is Like …
- Challenge students to truly consider how digital media adds to — or takes away from — their overall quality of life.
Fun nutrition education and activities
Our Food and Nutrition Services team has collected more delicious recipes and fun wellness activities for our families. Included are the January editions of Teen Food and Fitness and Nutrition Nuggets which have tasty recipes, safety tips, and activities to get kids moving.
Whether it’s activities to help you get moving or yummy recipes to try as a family, these resources are a fun way for kids to learn more about nutrition and developing a healthy lifestyle. Click here to see all of our Food and Nutrition Services’ educational resources.
Curbside meals distribution updates for January #
Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services team has updated the meals distribution schedule for the month of January in order to best serve families while students are away from school in an all-virtual learning environment.
January curbside meals service distribution updates include:
- Week of Jan. 11, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.
- Week of Jan. 18, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.
- Week of Jan. 25, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.
Beginning on Monday, Feb. 1, curbside pickup for FREE meals for children ages 18 and under will return to service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. All pickup locations and times will remain the same. A current list of available curbside pickup locations can be found at bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates.
Nominate a #oneCCPS Game Changer #
Does your child’s school have a kind, thoughtful or helpful staff member who stands out? Does your child have an amazing teacher? Is the Food and Nutrition Services staff at your child’s school top notch? Consider submitting a nomination for the Superintendent’s Game Changers Award!
If you would like to recognize a Team Chesterfield Game Changer who has gone above and beyond, simply complete the nomination form at bit.ly/2020-21GameChangers. (Please know that your comments may be shared publicly as the recognition occurs.)
Game Changer nominations are due by the close of business on the 21st of each month.
Assistance available for Chesterfield County residents #
Chesterfield County water/wastewater bills
Chesterfield County Utilities is providing financial assistance to customers who can’t pay their water or wastewater bills due to impacts related to COVID-19. Financial help is available to pay off qualified overdue balances with the funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Applying is fast and simple and the application is available online at: chesterfield.gov/utilities/assistance
Don’t wait! Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone needing assistance completing the form can email their name, address, and phone number to [email protected] or call Chesterfield Utilities at 804-748-1291.
Dominion Energy assistance
Did you know that Dominion Energy has implemented a balance forgiveness program to help families who are struggling due to the pandemic? Did you know that they have payment plans, extensions and assistance?
If you are behind on your bill, click here to learn more about these opportunities.
Comcast Internet Essentials
For our families who don’t have Internet service, Comcast has an Internet Essentials program for customers who qualify. You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. Learn how to get connected today! More details can be found here.
MEGA Mentors virtual fundraiser: Season of Sharing #
Our community partner, MEGA Mentors, is currently hosting their 10th annual Fine Art Sale and Auction fundraiser to benefit our at-risk students. MEGA Mentors is a non-profit organization committed to elevating underrepresented Chesterfield County Public School students academically and holistically.
Join in the fun virtually from Dec. 15, 2020 through Jan. 15, 2021! A Season of Sharing fundraiser includes a stunning art sale, an expansive auction and an exciting raffle. Proceeds support our students through the programs and initiatives of MEGA Mentors.
The Season of Sharing fundraiser will conclude with a live broadcast fundraising event you won’t want to miss!
Click here to learn more or participate in the virtual art sale, auction and raffle today!