R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership #
Congratulations to Gordon Elementary Principal Natalie Bare, who is Chesterfield’s 2022 winner of the R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation of Richmond and the R.E.B. Foundation oversee the awards, which annually honor one principal each from Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover and Richmond. Congratulations also to all of this year’s nominated principals, who were honored at the Chesterfield County School Board’s meeting earlier this month.
Budget process continues at county level: Provide input at remaining community meetings #
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors continues working through their budgeting process. The county budget includes funds for Chesterfield County Public Schools. The Board of Supervisors have two remaining virtual community meetings to receive feedback on the budget, and community members from any district may attend. Meetings are held in person at the Public Meeting Room located at 10001 Iron Bridge Road and also streamed on Facebook Live on the Chesterfield County Government Facebook page. Budget staff will be monitoring questions submitted in the comments during the live stream for discussion during the meeting. Community meetings are planned on the following dates:
- Monday, March 21 – Midlothian District, 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 22 – Matoaca District, 6:30 p.m.
Additionally, the county will hold budget hearings on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.
Supporting middle school families #
Welcome to The Middle Ages, a resource for middle school parents and caregivers. This webinar series is a guide through the middle school years, which can be exciting and challenging. Register here for the first webinar: At 6:30 p.m. March 23, Director of Middle Schools Derek Wasnock will cover the basics of middle school. This is an excellent opportunity for fifth grade families about to embark on the middle school journey.
Over the next few months, the Office of Family and Community Engagement will present virtual sessions on:
- Transitioning into middle school
- Middle school expectations: more classes, more teachers and the power of electives
- Time management and organizational skills
- Student safety and well-being
- Social and emotional transitions
- Transitioning into high school
March 29 is deadline for advisory committee openings #
Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way community members connect with schools. Members are appointed from each of the county’s five magisterial districts and include parents, teachers, staff members, students and others interested in helping Chesterfield County Public Schools achieve its vision of creating a better tomorrow. Click the application button at bit.ly/BdCom to apply by March 29 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:
- Bermuda District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Matoaca District seat on Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
Spring break is just around the corner! #
- For schools on the year-round calendar (Bellwood and Falling Creek elementary schools): March 25 is a student holiday and teacher workday. March 28-April 1 is intersession. April 4-8 is spring break.
- For schools on the traditional calendar: April 4-8 is spring break. April 15 is a student and staff holiday.
Nominate a Hall of Famer #
Do you know a CCPS star? Everyone is invited to nominate former employees and volunteers who made a significant difference in Chesterfield County Public Schools. To nominate someone, just fill out the simple online form at bit.ly/CCPShall. March 31 is the nomination deadline. Questions? Contact the Family and Community Engagement Office at 804-639-8690, ext. 1111.
Learning With You connects with multicultural community #
Learning With You is designed to help members of the multicultural community connect with Chesterfield County Public Schools. This free, four-part program is part of CCPS on the Go! Participants will get an overview of the school division, then take a deeper dive into topics like budgeting, instruction, operations and long-range planning. This is an opportunity to develop an understanding of all the components of one of the largest school divisions in the nation. Each Learning With You gathering will take place 6-8:30 p.m.:
- April 27: overview of school division, strategic plan and School Board
- May 4: operations
- May 12: school leadership and student support services
- May 18: opportunities for students
Chesterfield County Public Schools is seeking multicultural leaders who are connected to their communities to participate in Learning With You, share what they learn about Chesterfield County Public Schools and recommend participants for future opportunities. Click here to register for this opportunity.
Interested in shadowing a school principal? #
Chesterfield County Public Schools invites local business owners, community leaders and faith leaders to shadow school principals. Participants will experience a school day, which may include bus duty, morning announcements, class walk-throughs, lunch duty, assemblies and more. Principal for a Morning will take place April 25-26, with each participant spending about three hours shadowing a Chesterfield County principal. If you are interested, then please please fill out this form.