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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – October 2, 2020

Positive Mental Health for Parents and Students #

The Chesterfield County Council of PTAs, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Office of Family and Community Engagement and Chesterfield County’s Prevention Services team are hosting a virtual event for parents and children to learn how to help loved ones through anxiety and depression. 

Chesterfield County students are returning to schools in a phased-in approach during the next several weeks. While children may be excited about the prospect of seeing friends, they also might be feeling anxiety about returning to school and what that will look like in a COVID-19 world. Other children may be silently battling depression due to the lack of stability and normalcy in the world around them.

Eric Faw, an LPC Senior Clinician with Chesterfield County’s Prevention Services, will present Positive Mental Health for Parents and Students on Monday, Oct. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. Chesterfield families will be given resources and guidance on how to help someone who is struggling with anxiety or depression.

Registration is required at bit.ly/formregpta to reserve your spot and to receive your Zoom link and password. If there are specific topics or questions regarding anxiety or depression that you would like to be addressed during the session, they may be submitted on the registration form. Questions must be submitted by Oct. 8.

College Application Assistance Website #

College applications can be challenging. There is a great deal of information to review, transcripts and letters of recommendation to organize, and forms to complete. It is exciting to think of the next steps in a child’s life, but most parents find it difficult to assist them with the college application process as the required information and deadlines can change. 

A family’s first point of contact for the most up-to-date information is their professional school counselor. During times when parents have questions when assisting their child, they might not have the opportunity to reach their counselor 24/7. Now families can get application information and support virtually through the Chesterfield County Public Schools College Application Assistance website! This virtual resource has been made available to assist with this exciting, and for some, daunting task. 

The College Application Assistance website contains information for families of senior or junior students, provides a timeline for navigating the college application process and contains resources responding to frequently asked questions. There is even a page that discusses financial options including scholarships through GRASP, the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program. 

In recent years, the school division’s Office of Family and Community Engagement, in conjunction with the Office of  School Counseling Services, collaborated to hold College Application Saturdays. These sessions were available to all CCPS families and were an open forum for students and their families to discuss the application process with school counselors, learn about funding opportunities from GRASP representatives, and even discuss how to write “the perfect college essay” from literacy specialists. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these assistance sessions could not be held in-person this year as they were in the past. The information, guidance and resources that students and families received previously at the Saturday sessions have been reformatted and transferred to the virtual platform that is now available to all Chesterfield families on the Chesterfield County Public Schools College Application Assistance website. 

Visit bit.ly/CCPSCollegeAppAssistance to get help with your college application process today!

Vacarrao

Virtual College Fair #

The Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors (VACRAO) is proud to present a Virtual College Exploration program for all Virginia students. 

The program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and weekly Virtual College Fairs. 

Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment. All high school students and their parents are welcome to attend. Participation is free.

Students are encouraged to participate live, so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, they may still register for sessions they are interested in and recordings will be made available to them later. Additional information about the program can be accessed here.

Chromebook support and repair sites to continue Oct. 5-8 #

With more than 60,000 personal learning devices being used by students for virtual learning or CCPSOnline courses, Chesterfield County Public Schools will continue to provide support and repair opportunities Oct. 5-8.

Monday, Oct. 5

  • 3-4:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)

Tuesday, Oct. 6

  • 8-9:30 a.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)

Wednesday, Oct. 7

  • 5-6:30 p.m. at Monacan High (11501 Smoketree Drive)

Thursday, Oct. 8

  •  3-4:30 p.m. at L.C. Bird High (10301 Courthouse Road)

A parent and/or student will need to provide a student ID number in order to adjust the school division’s inventory records. Appropriate social distancing protocol will be followed to protect students and staff.

Tech It Out #

As families work together to support their child’s virtual or hybrid learning, the lack of knowledge or experience with apps and devices can become overwhelming. To assist families in keeping up with the constantly evolving developments in the technology applications that children are using for school work, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Office of Family and Community Engagement is hosting their third annual Tech It Out event, albeit virtually. 

Families are invited to explore one resource each day of the week or simply select the topics that are of interest to them from a weekly menu of virtual sessions. Tech It Out sessions will be released each week and will be available at https://mychesterfieldschools.com/, as well as on the Family Resource Hub in the FACE Events section.

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Technology Support #

If you have a Chromebook, Canvas or log-in question or concern that previously would have gone to the Technology Help Desk, please start with the Instructional Designer at your child’s school. The front office staff can connect you.

If they are unable to resolve your concerns, they will put you in touch with a member of our Instructional Innovation team.

Nominate a 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.

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