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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Oct. 1, 2021

New this week #

Would a mentor be helpful for your child? #

MEGA Mentors makes it easy to sign up and access a mentor for students in grades 3-12. Visit the Mega Mentors website to see curriculum and discussion topics. Register by filling out the MEGA Mentor form in English or Spanish. For more information, email programs@megamentors.org or call 804-639-8774.

Show us your superpowers! #

Not all superheroes wear capes: Some drive buses! Two new videos show how school bus drivers make a difference in the lives of Chesterfield County children. No one understands that better than our drivers and students. Huge shout-outs to Michael Mason, Melissa Johnson, Kellan M. and Ella P. for going on camera and to Bird High theater teacher Robin Harris for narrating. Click here to apply to join our transportation team; starting pay for school bus drivers is $20.21 an hour plus bonuses.

A fabulous evening of marching bands #

Don’t miss the return of the marching band exhibition featuring every high school in Chesterfield County Public Schools! Starting at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 5 at Meadowbrook High School (4901 Cogbill Road), you are invited to experience the bold sounds and precision moves of drumlines, brass and woodwinds alongside the beautiful choreography of color guards as 10 halftime shows march across the field. Admission is free. Rain date is Oct. 12. Here is the timeline for the marching band exhibition:

  • 6:50 p.m. Meadowbrook High
  • 7 p.m. Manchester High
  • 7:15 p.m. Bird High
  • 7:30 p.m. Matoaca High
  • 7:45 p.m. Monacan High
  • 8 p.m. Midlothian High
  • 8:15 p.m. James River High
  • 8:30 p.m. Cosby High
  • 8:45 p.m. Clover Hill High
  • 9 p.m. Thomas Dale High

Do you know a gifted student? #

Gifted learners are students who show the potential for advanced thinking and reasoning, creativity and high achievement. Details about gifted education within Chesterfield County Public Schools are available here.

So that schools can support, challenge, enrich and engage gifted students, Chesterfield County Public Schools conducts an annual referral process to identify gifted students:

  • Parents, teachers, community members and students can refer a student they believe to be gifted by filling out this form.
  • Oct. 27 is the deadline to refer students currently in grades 2-12.
  • March 15 is the deadline to refer students currently in grades K-1 within Chesterfield County Public Schools.

You can nominate outstanding principals by Nov. 4 for R.E.B. Award #

The Community Foundation, in partnership with the R.E.B. Foundation, invites nominations for the 2021-22 R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. This initiative recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. 

The awards will recognize one principal each from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. Each winner will receive a $30,000 grant: a $10,000 unrestricted cash grant to the principal and $20,000 to be used for school-based initiatives of the recipient’s choosing. Nominations are solicited from the school community and the public. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Details and the nomination form are here.

Try your hand at being a school principal #

Chesterfield County Public Schools invites local business owners, community leaders and faith leaders to shadow school principals. Principal for a Morning offers a glimpse into the logistics of connecting with students and teachers, monitoring buildings and grounds, bus duty, morning announcements, classroom walk-throughs, lunch duty and more. Principal for a Morning will take place Oct. 27-28, with each participant spending about three hours shadowing a Chesterfield County principal. If you are interested in learning more about Chesterfield schools, then please please use this link.

Who is a Game Changer in Chesterfield County Public Schools? #

At the roots of a strong public school division are an exceptional faculty and staff and a committed base of community supporters. To recognize the game-changing work of Chesterfield County Public Schools employees, we offer monthly recognition opportunities. Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of students; offer support and access to resources that assist their colleagues; provide an extra layer of support for families outside of the classroom; and who generally make a positive and sometimes life-changing difference in the lives of students, families and their colleagues. To recognize a Team Chesterfield Game Changer in your life, complete this nomination form.

Let’s talk about helping your child succeed #

Parents and caregivers are invited for Coffee + Conversation hosted by Chesterfield County Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Office and Chesterfield County Prevention Services. Click here to register for the first of these free virtual convos that start at 1 p.m. and last one hour:

  • Oct. 6: Helping Your Child Succeed in School hosted by Whitney Kern and Cat Tompkins
  • Oct. 20: Helping Children With Stress and Anxiety hosted by Ginger Dotter and Cat Tompkins
  • Nov. 3: Managing Challenging Behaviors hosted by Whitney Kern and Cat Tompkins
  • Nov. 17: Dealing With Stress and Loss During COVID-19 hosted by Ginger Dotter, Rebecca Lint and Cat Tompkins
  • Dec. 1: Helping Youth Manage Strong Feelings hosted by Whitney Kern and Cat Tompkins

Important dates on school calendars #

The 2021-22 school year calendar includes these upcoming dates:

  • Oct. 22 is a three-hour early release for students and teacher workday.
  • Nov. 1 is a student holiday and parent-teacher conference day.
  • Nov. 2 is a student holiday and half teacher workday/half school-based professional development day.
  • Nov. 24-26 are student and staff holidays.

 

The calendar for Bellwood Elementary and Falling Creek Elementary (our year-round schools) includes these upcoming dates:

  • Sept. 20-Oct. 1 is an intersession break (academic/enrichment programming).
  • Oct. 4-8 is an intersession break (school closed).
  • Oct. 11 is a student holiday and parent-teacher conference day.
  • Nov. 2 is a student holiday and half teacher workday/half school-based professional development day.
  • Nov. 24-26 are student and staff holidays.

Virtual internships #

The Virginia Department of Education offers a virtual internship series with Danny Rubin, an award-winning author and speaker. You can view previous programs here. Here are registration links for upcoming virtual internships, which are free:

Oct. 30 open house at VCU #

Find out how you can drive the future of business through the power of creativity at an information session with the VCU School of Business. Learn about majors (including a special session on actuarial science), scholarships, internships and how creativity is found in all aspects of the business curriculum. Click here to register for VCU’s open house, then students interested in actuarial science should select financial technology as an area of interest.

In case you missed it... #

Pink Flamingo Week will help get coats for kids who need them #

Chesterfield Education Foundation, in support of and in partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools, is sponsoring Pink Flamingo Week Oct. 9-16 to make sure every Chesterfield student who needs a warm coat this winter can get one. There are so many things children must focus their attention on, and being cold should not be one of them. See how you can support this initiative.

Free school meals for all #

USDA has extended national waivers for all students to continue receiving free breakfast and lunch daily during the 2021-22 school year. Meals will be available curbside for students learning in a virtual environment. Face-to-face elementary and middle school students who bring their lunch from home to school may add a fruit, a vegetable and a milk free. Face-to-face high school students who bring their lunch from home may choose from these free options:

  • add a fruit, two vegetables and a milk
  • add two fruits, a vegetable and a milk
  • add two fruits, two vegetables and a milk

Five days of breakfasts and lunches for children under the age of 18 will be distributed curbside 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Bon Air Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, Matoaca Elementary, Carver Middle, Elizabeth Davis Middle, Manchester Middle, Providence Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bird High, Cosby High, Thomas Dale High, Meadowbrook High, Monacan High and CTC@Hull. Children do not have to be present for pickup. 

Questions? Call Food and Nutrition Services at 804-743-3717. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Work where you can help young people succeed #

Chesterfield County Public Schools has jobs available. We are hiring teachers, bus drivers, food service associates and many more positions. Every open position is posted on our website. Apply today to join Team Chesterfield!

COVID-19 #

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools has expanded the information available on our COVID-19 page.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to all. VaccineFinder.org provides accurate and up-to-date information. Also, the Chesterfield Health District provides COVID-19 vaccines to those 12 and older at the Rockwood Vaccination Center (10161 Hull Street Road) 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.
  • An anonymous COVID-19 text notification system provides Chesterfield County residents with updates from the Chesterfield Health District and county government. Residents can text CfieldCOVID to 888777 to sign up for text notifications.
  • Free or discounted Lyfts to vaccinations are available.

Seeking outstanding STEM teachers #

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program honors excellent teaching and promotes STEM education. Anyone (principals, teachers, parents, students or community members) may nominate exceptional individuals who teach science, technology, engineering, math or computer science in grades K-6 for this award year. Jan. 7 is the deadline. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves. Details are here.

General Assembly page program #

Students have opportunities in 2022 to participate in page programs in the Virginia General Assembly. The purpose of the programs is to facilitate a structured environment in which young Virginians embrace responsibility and accountability, develop professional characteristics through strict standards of conduct and engage in the legislative process through work, observation and discussion. Click here for details about applying to be a page at the Virginia Senate or the Virginia House of Delegates.

Bring out your denim #

The Denim Drive is set for October. Here’s how it works: Families donate used denim clothing of all kinds. Goodwill weighs the denim donated on behalf of each Chesterfield County school, then awards nine cash prizes ($1,000, $750 and $500) to the top three elementary, middle and high schools. The denim is sold in Goodwill stores or recycled. Collection dates are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16-17 at Bird High School (10301 Courthouse Road) and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at CTC@Hull (13900 Hull Street Road). Sponsors of this event are Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Chesterfield County Council of PTAs Chesterfield County Public Schools.

  • October is Computer Learning Month.
  • October is Disability History and Awareness Month.
  • October is VSBA Bullying Prevention Month
  • October is School Bus Safety Awareness Month.
  • October is Farm to School Month.
  • October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
  • October is LGBTQ History Month.
  • October is National Principals Month. 
  • October is National Physical Therapy Month.
  • October is National High School Activities Month.
  • October is Filipino American History Month.
  • October is German American Heritage Month.
  • October is Italian American Heritage Month.
  • October is Polish American Heritage Month.
  • October is Global Diversity Awareness Month.
  • Oct. 2 is National Custodian Appreciation Day.
  • Oct. 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week.
  • Oct. 4-8 is Virginia Farm to School Week.
  • Oct. 5 is Crunch Heard ’Round the Commonwealth.
  • Oct. 6 is National Coaches Day.
  • Oct. 6 is Walk to School Day.
  • Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day.
  • Oct. 11 is Columbus Day.
  • Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day.
  • Oct. 11-15 is National School Lunch Week.
  • Oct. 15 is Dasara.
  • Oct. 17-23 is America’s Safe Schools Week.
  • Oct. 17-23 is National Chemistry Week. (Oct. 23 is Mole Day; observed from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. Mole Day commemorates the Avogadro constant, a measuring unit in chemistry that is denoted as 6.02×1023.)
  • Oct. 18-22 is Digital Citizenship Week.
  • Oct. 18-22 is School Bus Safety Week.
  • Oct. 20 in Virginia is School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day.
  • Oct. 20 is International Pronouns Day.
  • Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.
  • Oct. 24-30 is Read Aloud to a Child Week.
  • Oct. 27 is World Occupational Therapy Day.
  • Oct. 31 is Halloween.
Updated on October 1, 2021
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