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.
Sept. 30 deadline for openings on School Board advisory committees #
Advisory committees established by the Chesterfield County School Board are one way community members connect with their local schools. Advisory committee 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. Advisory committee members must reside in the district they represent. Gifted Education Advisory Committee members must have a child currently receiving gifted services.
Please apply online by Sept. 30 if you are eligible and interested in these openings:
- Bermuda District seat on Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Midlothian District seat on Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2022)
- Matoaca District seat on Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
- Matoaca District seat on Gifted Education Advisory Committee (partial term ending June 30, 2023)
Under Virginia’s open government requirements, meetings are generally required to be held in person. The current meeting schedule is available here. If you are unable to meet in person, please note that in your application under “availability for meeting attendance.”
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.
Sept. 25 concert benefits Communities In Schools #
Communities In Schools of Chesterfield will be the benefiting organization of a Sept. 25 concert by the KOS Band at Westchester Commons. They are looking for volunteers to make the night a success, so email Devan Colley to learn about roles and volunteer.
- Where: Westchester Commons Shopping Center, 15786 WC Main St., Midlothian, VA 23113
- When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25
Celebrate World School Milk Day with a virtual dairy farm tour #
Sept. 29 is World School Milk Day, and students and teachers are invited to a free virtual tour of a Virginia dairy farm. The 1 p.m. Oct. 1 tour is tailored to middle and high school students. Regan Jackson, a 17-year-old dairy farmer, will show special guest Kristy Bernardo how Waverly Farm cows are cared for, fed and milked. Bernardo is the recipe creator behind the Wicked Noodle and will prepare recipes using milk after the tour. Click here to register for the tour.
Tech It Out offers resources for families #
Each week in September, we shared tech resources to help families understand and manage the digital landscape that students inhabit in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Tech It Out explains technology so families can support their students. Here is the fourth week of information in English, and here is the fourth week of information in Spanish. In case you missed previous weeks, here are those links again:
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 [email protected] 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.
Bus driver job fair is Sept. 30 #
COVID-19 guidance page and dashboard #
Chesterfield County Public Schools has expanded the information available on our COVID-19 page. In addition to reporting positive tests, information is provided about the number of students quarantined at each school and the percentage of positive tests over the past seven days. Earlier, we launched a quick reference guide that shows an overview of what happens when there is a positive COVID-19 test. An FAQ document on the COVID-19 guidance page offers more details.
Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to providing students with a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. There are many benefits to having students in school: from academic, social, emotional and mental health viewpoints. Students and staff members are wearing masks and following COVID-19 mitigation measures. It is important that students and staff complete the daily health assessment before coming to school each day.
COVID-19 testing #
During September, the Chesterfield Health District is offering free COVID testing at the Rockwood Vaccination Center (10161 Hull Street Road) 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays; 2-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays.
COVID-19 vaccine connections #
- 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.
Virginia high school video contest #
The Virginia School Boards Association is asking high school students to make a short film expressing their thoughts on “Virginia Public Schools: Stronger Than Ever.” Students are invited to submit a 30-second video by completing this form no later than 6 p.m. Sept. 27. Each school system can submit one video in the competition, so Chesterfield County Public Schools will judge the submitted videos, then send the top one to the association.
- Videos will be judged on how well they address the topic as well as the quality of the production and the creativity of the video. No professional assistance can be provided to produce the video. The format of the video is up to the students. Videos can be a commercial, news broadcast, music video, etc. Only videos by public high school students will be judged.
- This form must be completed for every participant shown in the video: https://bit.ly/3jBbrOS.
Do you know a young poet? #
Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria invites students to apply to represent the region as a Young Poet in the Community. Helped by panelists from the Poetry Society of Virginia, she will choose one elementary student, one middle school student, two high school students and one college student from each of six regions. Students selected will receive cash prizes. Submissions are due by Oct. 15 including an entry form with information from the school and work samples. Email questions to [email protected].
Free NASA opportunities for students #
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium provides free science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for Virginia students in grades 10-12. The programs inspire students who possess technical or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. Details are here.
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 [email protected] (13900 Hull Street Road). Sponsors of this event are Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Chesterfield County Council of PTAs Chesterfield County Public Schools.
- September is Attendance Awareness Month.
- September is National School Success Month.
- September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
- Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
- Sept. 24 is National Punctuation Day.
- Sept. 26 is Human Resource Professional Day.
- Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day.
- Sept. 29 is World School Milk Day.
- 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 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.