The Town Hall meetings are a wonderful way to learn about the exciting things happening in the schools and county departments. You have the opportunity to interact with members of both the school and county governing boards, superintendent, county administrator, and a host of other department leaders within both organizations.

Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) is in the game this year and we need YOU on our Amazing Raise Early Bird team!

The Amazing Raise is our region’s 36-hour online giving challenge that inspires and empowers our community to support Central Virginia nonprofit organizations in an amazing way, regardless of where you call home. And, we need you to help show the region our #GoochlandPride by supporting GEF with a $50 tax-deductible donation during the Early Bird Challenge on Wednesday, September 16th, at 6am. The first 15 organizations to have 50 donors giving $50 will win a $2,500 prize which would be an awesome victory for providing programs and scholarships to our GCPS students.

Let us know if you plan to be an Early Bird team player by visiting WeGotSpirit.org. We’ll keep you posted on event details, share GEF prize announcements, and send a few email reminders as we get closer to the big day.

The Virginia Department of Education is asking parents and other members of the public to complete a 16-item online survey on improving annual School Performance Report Cards for schools, school divisions and the commonwealth.

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous.

The survey may be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolreportcards and will remain active untilFriday, August 14, 2015.

The YMCA is offering all GCPS employees one month’s free membership and wavier of the joining fee for joining the Y! This is the Y’s way of expressing appreciation for the amazing work you do for our great community.

Just in time to enjoy the incredible pool this summer!

To redeem the offer, simply click the picture below and take the flyer to the YMCA:

 

 

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. On May 16, the Goochland Family YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

CLICK HERE to see volunteer opportunities!

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent®

Parenting Classes Begin May 13

As parents you have only a few years to prepare your children for a world that requires responsibility and maturity for survival. That thought alone can send shivers down your parental spine!

Goochland County offers the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® education program, an interactive series of 4 two-hour sessions.  These workshops help parents to provide a nurturing environment which encourages children to make healthy choices.  It is based on a win-win approach to parenting that teaches young people how to be responsible, and parents how to establish healthy controls.

WHEN:      May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 4:30pm – 6:30 pm

WHERE: 

Goochland County Administration Building
1800 Sandy Hook Rd.
Goochland, VA 23063

COST:  FREE  (Space is limited)

Childcare will NOT be offered. 

Please contact the Goochland Office on Youth at 556-5875 to register.   

Click here to view the program/agenda for the 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony to be conducted 10-11am, Monday, May 25th at Goochland Court House.
Music is being provided by the Henrico Concert Band and their participation fostered including a Children’s Parade on the Green to kick off the program.
The Goochland High School Marine Corps JROTC unit will not only provide the Color Guard, but also several Cadets to assist in organizing the Children’s Parade at 9:40am. Major Petruzziello and SSgt Strong also plan to have a platoon of Cadets involved in the opening of the Ceremony. The Purple Heart Fire Truck will also be on sight for all to behold and enjoy complements of Post 215 member Herb Delbridge.

All attendees with thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the Guest of Honor Major Phil True USAFR Retired and veteran of the Battle for Iwo Jima (B-29 Navigator landing his crippled bomber before all hostilities ended) and a 40+ year CIA career. 

Both the Marine Corps League’s Honor Guard and Marine Veterans of the Korean War in battle dress (and displays) will close the ceremony as the Henrico Concert Band’s two Marine Buglers play a Heart Rending TAPS with echo! The Goochland Historical Society will also have open the Museum which has several treats of great interest.

The music begins at 9:40am as the Henrico Concert Band will entertain as the crowd arrives.

The Gifted Advisory Committee is seeking input from parents of students who are currently in the gifted program. If you received survey information in the mail and have not already responded, the GAC would greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts this week.

Here’s a link to the 2015 GAC Parent Survey:  http://www.glnd.k12.va.us/index/news/2015_survey_for_parents_about_gifted_programming/

Students!

You are invited to participate in the Capital Region Workforce Partnership’s first annual InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair.  This unique, regional job fair is a free opportunity for government, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to publicize their summer job, volunteer and leadership development openings suitable for youth ages 14 – 21. Some of the attending organizations include Lowe’s, Chick-fil-A, Richmond Kickers, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Henrico Parks & Rec, DTLR, American Red Cross, Shamin Hotels, and many more.

Please plan to attend! Registration is online at www.InspireYouthatWork.org, and you can  contact Felicia Ainsa at804-226-1941 x 235 or ain001@henrico.us with any questions.

I’m excited to share that the Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) will again be a Rassawek affiliate this year for the Rassawek Spring Jubilee. This event will be held during the weekend of June 6 and June 7 in Columbia, VA (western Goochland) at the Rassawek Vineyards.

GEF will receive 25% of the ticket sales purchased IN ADVANCE through this link

It is important to be aware that only tickets purchased through this specific link and in advance will benefit GEF. If you are interested in attending this wonderful event, please consider obtaining your tickets using the link above in advance.