Virginia Commonwealth University is offering a Mini-Economy Training Institute free of charge this summer to interested upper elementary and middle grades teachers. The 3-day institute carries 18 recertification points and is described as demonstrating “how teachers can design a mini-economy, integrate it with classroom instruction, and leverage the unit as a performance assessment.”

The full description and registration information is available here.

BES’ Alyson Foskey was awarded 3rd place overall in the Richmond District PTA Citizenship Essay Contest.  The topic of the essay was, “I can positively influence my peers by…”  Her family was invited to a reception held last week Atlee High School, where she received a very nice certificate!

We understand Alyson’s teachers are encouraging her to share her exemplary essay at the 5th grade graduation ceremony!

Well done, Allyson!

Congratulations to Randolph Elementary School for being recognized with a 2015 SupportMusic Merit Award by the National Association of Music Merchants. RES is one of only 120 schools throughout the country to receive this recognition.

Randolph’s music program is led by Mr. Andrew Snead.

Music instruction at Randolph Elementary School, March 2015

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. When can children begin kindergarten? State guidelines dictate that a child who is five years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year should enroll in kindergarten.

2. How do I register my child for kindergarten? Thursday, April 16, 2015 (8:00-4:00) is the established day for 2015-16 kindergarten registration across our region of the Commonwealth. Families should plan to register at the elementary school whose attendance zone corresponds to their home address. (Please contact the division transportation department at 556-5361 with individual questions regarding elementary school attendance zones.) Even if families do not have all of the required documents, they should plan to register on April 16 in order to begin the enrollment process.

3. What do I need to register my child for kindergarten? TWO of the following documents are required: Proof of residency documents such as: • tax returns • voter registration card • recent payroll stub with physical address • automobile registration • utility bill (other than cell phone)/deposit receipt

Families will also need to bring the following documents that are required before a child may begin school in the fall: • a certified birth certificate for the child, or, for non-U.S. citizens, other substantiating documentation such as a passport or an I – 94 form • the child’s social security card • a copy of a comprehensive physical examination by a qualified, licensed physician within 12 months prior to the date the child begins school • evidence of immunizations as required by Virginia law.

4. My child will be five by September 30, 2015, but is not yet ready for kindergarten. Do I have to enroll my child this school year? No. Your child’s enrollment may be delayed for one year; however, you should notify the Superintendent in writing of your plans to delay kindergarten registration for one year.

5. My child just misses the deadline for enrollment in kindergarten by a few days. Is there a waiver of the age requirement? No. Goochland County Public Schools does not offer a waiver of the age requirement.

6. Will my child attend a half-day or full-day kindergarten program? Goochland County Public Schools operates a full-day kindergarten program.

7. I am separated from my spouse and I don’t want him/her to visit or pick up my child. Will you make sure that doesn’t happen? Anyone other than the natural parent of a child must provide legal guardianship papers when enrolling a child in school. If your spouse is the natural parent of your child and you do not have legal papers showing court ordered arrangements, we must, by law, allow the parent to see the child. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to provide the school with appropriate legal documents.

8. When is the first day of kindergarten and when will we learn who our kindergarten teacher is? The first day of the 2015-16 school year is Monday, August 24. You will receive a letter in the mail in August from your child’s school stating your child’s teacher assignment.

9. How will I know where and when to wait for the school bus? You will receive your child’s transportation information from the transportation department. This letter will contain your child’s bus driver’s name, bus number, telephone number, bus stop times and location. A responsible adult should be there with your child at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive in the morning and the afternoon. An adult should be at the bus stop until your child reaches fourth grade.

10. Is there an orientation specifically for families of incoming kindergarten students? Yes. Each of our three elementary schools will host a Kindergarten Orientation for families. This event is an opportunity to hear from school administration about day-to-day school operations and kindergarten programming. It’s also an opportunity for kindergarteners to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms. Kindergarten Orientation is typically held on the Thursday before the first day of the new school year.

11. Where may I obtain more information? http://www.doe.virginia.gov/students_parents/student_enrollment.shtml

The GCPS Fine Arts Team hosted a student gallery opening at the Goochland Public Library last night. The show featured impressive work by dozens of students and was well attended by parents, students, community members, and school division staff.

(from l to r) Julie Johnson (GHS), Cindy Shelton-Eide (GHS), Cindy Edmonds (RES), Happy Krickovic (GMS), Ann Rohrer (GMS), and Kim Dalton (BES)

Please mark your calendars for the GCPS Fine Arts Festival which will take place Thursday, March 19th from 5:30-8:00PM at Goochland High School.

  • Student Art Displays
  • Empty Bowls Fundraiser ($10 for handmade ceramic bowl + soup to fight hunger in our community)
  • Jazz Band Performance
  • “Into the Woods” Musical Preview
  • Dance Performances
  • Randolph Elementary Strings Performance
  • Middle School Band Performance