The Robious Corridor BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK! Each issue this week will be chocked full of back to school information.


New Educator Orientation

Chesterfield County Public Schools

schoolToday we welcome nearly 500 educators new to Chesterfield County Public Schools.

As part of New Educator Orientation, they’ll spend this week learning more about Team Chesterfield and the school they’ll serve.

Excited by the passion and enthusiasm for a great year!

Before You Send Your Baby Back To School

Have This Conversation

schoolHey Baby.

Tomorrow is a big day. Third Grade – wow.

When I was in third grade, there was a little boy in my class named Adam.

Adam looked a little different and he wore funny clothes and sometimes he even smelled a little bit. Adam didn’t smile. He hung his head low and he never looked at anyone at all. Adam never did his homework. I don’t think his parents reminded him like yours do. The other kids teased Adam a lot. Whenever they did, his head hung lower and lower and lower. I never teased him, but I never told the other kids to stop, either.

And I never talked to Adam, not once. I never invited him to sit next to me at lunch, or to play with me at recess. Instead, he sat and played by himself. He must have been very lonely.

I still think about Adam every day. I wonder if Adam remembers me? Probably not. I bet if I’d asked him to play, just once, he’d still remember me.

I think that God puts people in our lives as gifts to us. The children in your class this year, they are some of God’s gifts to you.

So please treat each one like a gift from God. Every single one.

Baby, if you see a child being left out, or hurt, or teased, a little part of your heart will hurt a little. Your daddy and I want you to trust that heart- ache. Your whole life, we want you to notice and trust your heart-ache. That heart ache is called compassion, and it is God’s signal to you to do something. It is God saying, Chase! Wake up! One of my babies is hurting! Do something to help! Whenever you feel compassion – be thrilled! It means God is speaking to you, and that is magic. It means He trusts you and needs you.

Sometimes the magic of compassion will make you step into the middle of a bad situation right away.

Compassion might lead you to tell a teaser to stop it and then ask the teased kid to play. You might invite a left-out kid to sit next to you at lunch. You might choose a kid for your team first who usually gets chosen last. These things will be hard to do, but you can do hard things.

Sometimes you will feel compassion but you won’t step in right away. That’s okay, too. You might choose instead to tell your teacher and then tell us. We are on your team – we are on your whole class’ team. Asking for help for someone who is hurting is not tattling, it is doing the right thing. If someone in your class needs help, please tell me, baby. We will make a plan to help together.

When God speaks to you by making your heart hurt for another, by giving you compassion, just do something. Please do not ignore God whispering to you. I so wish I had not ignored God when He spoke to me about Adam. I remember Him trying, I remember feeling compassion, but I chose fear over compassion. I wish I hadn’t. Adam could have used a friend and I could have, too.

Chase – We do not care if you are the smartest or fastest or coolest or funniest. There will be lots of contests at school, and we don’t care if you win a single one of them. We don’t care if you get straight As. We don’t care if the girls think you’re cute or whether you’re picked first or last for kickball at recess. We don’t care if you are your teacher’s favorite or not. We don’t care if you have the best clothes or most Pokemon cards or coolest gadgets. We just don’t care.

We don’t send you to school to become the best at anything at all. We already love you as much as we possibly could. You do not have to earn our love or pride and you can’t lose it. That’s done.

We send you to school to practice being brave and kind.

Kind people are brave people. Because brave is not a feeling that you should wait for. It is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd.

Trust me, baby, it is. It is more important.

Don’t try to be the best this year, honey.

Just be grateful and kind and brave. That’s all you ever need to be.

Take care of those classmates of yours, and your teacher, too. You Belong to Each Other. You are one lucky boy . . . with all of these new gifts to unwrap this year.

I love you so much that my heart might explode.

Enjoy and cherish your gifts.

And thank you for being my favorite gift of all time.



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Time to buy your Athletic Passes

James River High School

JRHSThere are three ways to buy a JRHS Athletic Pass

  1. Online at
  2. In Person at JRHS Fee Day (8/24 and 9/2 – Both days from 2-6pm)
  3. In Person at the First Home Football Game (9/9)

Below is the Athletic Pass information you will need. Be on the lookout for a special discount if you buy early.

2016/17 Athletic / Activity Pass Forms

Fee Days:

08/24 – 2-6pm

09/02 – 2-6pm

Fee Payment Site:

Fee Description and Pricing:

Activity Pass – Adult ($100)

Adult (Non-Student). Adult Entry All Home Games, All Sports, Excludes Playoffs, Individual Entry into Fall (9/9) and Spring Tailgate

Activity Pass – Student ($95)

    Current Student. Entry to all school events, excludes playoffs. Individual entry into Fall (9/9) and Spring Tailgate.

Activity Pass – Future Rapid ($50)

    Future Rapid (Elementary or Middle School Student). Entry all home games, all sports, excludes playoffs. Individual entry into Fall (9/9) and Spring tailgate.

Activity Pass – RapidNation Family ($325)

    Passes issued to all immediate family members (Adults, Students and Future Rapids)

    Entry all home games, all sports, excludes playoffs.

    Individual entry into Fall (9/9) and Spring tailgate

    Family Booster membership (A $30 value)

JRHS RapidNation Booster Membership ($30)

10 Punch Multi Event Activity Pass ($65)

    10 admissions in any regular season sporting event

Athletic Event Single Entry Prices:

Football – $8

Basketball – $7

All Other – $6



Show Your Team Spirit

Midlothian High School



Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Midlothian Football.

Come in to the Chipotle at Chesterfield Town Centre, this evening, Monday, August 22nd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

It’s easy to show your support!

Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Midlothian Football.



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Chesterfield County Public Schools

CCPS250x800The Food and Nutritional Services Department of the Chesterfield County Public School system is hiring!

They are currently taking applications for Substitute Food Services Associates.

Some benefits available in the food services field are:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Convenient work schedules
  • Opportunities to advance professionally
  • On-site and classroom training
  • Summers off with your children
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Eligibility to join the School Nutrition Association (SNA)

Apply via the CCPS website at

The complete job description and application procedures are available on the website!

If you have any questions, call 804-743-2390

A Great Before & After School Program in Town

acac Midlothian worry free while your kids stay active, work on homework, and have a great time with friends. Kids are grouped by grade level with our outstanding counselors. They have access to our exciting Adventure Central space including our Game Room, Media Room, Creative Center, Theater and Clubhouse, as well as our outdoor turf field, playgrounds and pavilion. Our elementary and middle school kids enjoy partaking in activities in spaces geared just for their age group. Organized activities keep everyone involved!

Before school opens at 7:00am, and after school closes at 6:30pm.

They are currently serving the following schools:

    Bettie Weaver Elementary

    Bon Air Elementary (after school only, due to school schedule)

    Greenfield Elementary

    J.B. Watkins Elementary (after school only)

    Midlothian Middle (after school only)

    Robious Elementary

    Robious Middle


    Before & After School | Member $425/session | Non-member $465/session

    Before School Only | Member $315/session | Non-member $355/session   

    After School Only | Member $365/session | Non-member $405/session

    Each session is 18 school days

    $45/session fee for acac bus transportation

For more information, call 804-464-0997 or email them at

Friendly Fridays

acac Midlothian

acac MidlothianPool members are invited to bring a guest family for FREE every Friday night this summer from 6:00- 10:00pm for Friendly Fridays. Enjoy activities, food and drinks, swimming, and more every Friday night at the acac Midlothian WaterPark this summer.

See below for the full schedule:

August 26 | Floats & Floats

Join us for a special float night – with pool floats and root beer floats! Parents, we’ll have hard root beer floats for you too. And if you’re still hungry, you can build your own tacos with toppings of your choice or grab a homemade guacamole burger.

September 2 | Movie Night

End summer with a family favorite – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ll have popcorn and movie candy for sale.

*Schedule and food are subject to change and dependent upon weather. Beer and wine are available for purchase for those 21 and older. Please, no outside alcohol.

Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Walk

Virginia Hemophilia Foundation

VHFVHF Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Walk Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113. Here is the event site:

Join the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation (VHF) for a race the entire family can enjoy. The VHF Trick or Trot is a fun and healthy way to show your support for all those whose lives are impacted by bleeding disorders.

Join us to run a 5K course, walk a quick one mile route, or cheer the kids in a Monster Dash, a 100 yard fun run for kids 12 and under. Funds raised will go toward fulfilling VHF’s mission of supporting the needs of those impacted by a bleeding disorder through education, advocacy, and community.

Sign up today – this SPOOKtacular race is limited to 200 runners! Costumes are highly encouraged and you won’t want to miss the pre-race Halloween party with a DJ, food, and more!

Click here for instructions on how to register for the 5K and Fun Walk.

Click here for FAQ’s about the 5K and Fun Walk.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 am – Packet pick-up and pre-race Halloween party begins

10:00 am – Costume Contest

10:10 am – Monster Dash for Kids 12 and under

10:30 am – 5K/Fun Walk begins

11:15 am – Awards Presentation








Dear Teacher: Thank You And I’m Sorry

Winterfield Veterinary Hospital


schoolsWell, the day has finally come — the first day of school.

As I hand over my child, I will first tell you thank you. Thank you for allthethings. After barely surviving the past 95 days at home with my feral heathens sweet cherubs, I was reminded once again just how much we need you. I don’t know how you do it, but you deserve all the awards, dollars, and wine for dealing with these rugrats all day. Seriously.

Following closely on that big giant thank-you, I will give you an almost as big I’m sorry. Back in May, I had big plans for all the educational enrichment we would do over the summer. We would have a family book club! We would practice math facts! We would do science experiments in the kitchen and learn Spanish and play the piano! Summer slide? What summer slide? My kids would come back to school in September even smarter than they were in May.

Yeah…about that…

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that the summer slide turned into the “summer slip and slide” for us because we fell hard and fast and clumsily off whatever educational development train we were on. We had good intentions of reading more books during the summer, but the days were hot and the swimming pool beckoned to us.

I’m sorry for letting the activity sheets sit unfinished and blank, for not keeping a writing journal or doing math facts or practicing flash cards. I had plans to implement some educational time each day, but some days it took all my energy just to keep my kids from killing each other. Math facts just weren’t in the cards. I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that we aren’t even remotely familiar with this concept known as a “schedule” right now. We ate popsicles in the living room and dinner in front of the television. Bedtimes slipped later and later until we weren’t even sure what time bedtime really was anymore. A swim in the pool passed as a bath for days (weeks?) on end. We ate cookies and cupcakes for breakfast some days, and had scrambled eggs and pancakes for dinner on other days. And for that, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for all the good habits we didn’t have and all the bad habits we did have over the summer.

We stayed up late. We spent days and weeks and months at the swimming pool. We jumped off the diving board about 783 times. We picked shells up off the bottom of the lake and learned how to throw a knuckleball. We climbed trees and took road trips. We watched lots of movies and ran in the rain. We played Pokémon Go and ate lots of junk food. We were lazy and busy all at the same time. We were silly and playful and unscheduled.

In other words, we spent the summer acting like little kids. And while I’m sorry for a lot of things, I’m not sorry for that. Childhood is a short and sweet season — just like summer — and sometimes you need to throw the list of “shoulds” out the window and squeeze out every drop of sweetness that you can.

You get it. I know you do. You understand that kids need to be kids. So maybe my apologies for all that we didn’t get done are less apologies to you as they are apologies to me, because in this busy-do-more culture we live in, it’s easy to get sucked into the guilt trap of inadequacy simply for letting our kids be kids.

So as I drop off my sweet cherub disguised as a feral heathen, I give you the most heartfelt thank you and I’m sorry. I’m sorry that the first week (oh, who are we kidding the first several weeks) we will be a crap shoot of overtired kids who forgot how to sit still for 10 minutes, let alone read a chapter book or work on math facts. Our relaxed bedtimes, sugar comas, and general sloth of the summer will make your oh-so-very-hard job even harder.

I’m sorry that while you are dealing with your own the painful transition back into the school year, you will also be helping these tanned, sticky, wild creatures called your students transition into the school year too. I’m sorry for those early days when you’ll want to hide in the janitor’s closet with a bottle of bourbon, but will instead paste on a smile to great these blurry-eyed hoodlums with nothing but enthusiasm and warmth as you ask eagerly, “What did you do all summer?”

And you know that the answer will not be “practiced math facts” or “finished my reading log” because kids should be kids.

Thank you. And I’m sorry. You are nothing short of a superhero. Godspeed. Only 276 days until next summer.  

written by Christine Organ

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If you are trying to get your pet in for grooming and we are booked up give our sister clinic a call, John Rolfe Animal Hospital, to get on Mollys schedule! Plus starting they we will be offering grooming services the second Saturday of each month! We anticipate these spots filling up fast as they are limited due to it being a shorter work day so make sure you call in and book well in advance! Call today (804) 918-4844







Family Guidance Centers

Robious Corridor

6 Reasons Why Moms Cry When They Leave Their Kids at College

Why moms cry when they leave kids at college

Family Guidance Centers


schoolThis weekend we dropped off number two son at college. This is not my first rodeo so I was somewhat prepared for the flood of emotion that comes with this process. Despite the fact that I’ve been feeling weepy for the last week or two, the actual separation went surprisingly well, even though I did feel that familiar lump rise in my throat as we watched him walk away.

If we moms had to explain why we get misty-eyed when we leave kids at college, we’d say, or as I can only speak for myself, I’d say:

  1. My heart is so full of love for you that it aches like a physical pain and it’s that almost unbearable fullness that brings tears to my eyes.
  1. I will miss the way we were. Things will change between us now. We will always be mother and son but I will become an increasingly less important person to you, as it should be.
  1. I will miss you and almost everything about you, your sense of humor, your long, rambling convoluted diatribes, even your closed bedroom door. But it’s not just you I’ll miss, it’s the light and life you brought into this home and your friends who also became dear to me over the years.
  1. I will worry about you because I desperately don’t want you to ever feel lost or alone but I am certain that you will experience those “lost and alone” days. Everyone has them. Thinking about the times that you will not be okay and the fact that I can’t make you okay makes me terribly sad.
  1. I am not worried that you will not succeed. In fact, it’s just the opposite. I have no doubt that you will succeed and that success will lead you further from me. Again, it is as it should be, but sad, nonetheless.
  1. That moment when you walked away from us, we went one way and you went the other. You walked into a bright new chapter of your life where the possibilities are almost endless. I was walking away from a piece of my heart and the poignancy of that moment is not lost on me.

I know that we will all soon adjust and I will be able to see this more clearly as a beginning for both of us and not as an end and, as we drive away I look back and hope that I’ve done most things right or right enough, that you make wise choices and that fortune goes your way.

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A Back to School Video

Mosquito Squad of South Richmond

This heartwarming video illustrates all of the complicated emotions that well up inside of me when they leave home to go back to the childhood grind.

Kids, I love you. Later!









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Your Weather at a Glance…


Sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 6 to 8 mph.



Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Light and variable wind.



Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph.


weatherTuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.



Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.


weatherWednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.



Sunny, with a high near 88.


weatherThursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 70.



Sunny, with a high near 92.


weatherFriday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.



Sunny, with a high near 90.


weatherSaturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 71.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.






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