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Drug Take Back

Dispose of your unused medications safely

Chesterfield County SheriffThe Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office together with the Chesterfield County Police Department would like to make the public aware of the upcoming Drug Take Back days within the county where unused or unwanted medication can be disposed of properly.

Clover Hill Police Support Facility 2730 Hicks Rd N.
Chesterfield, VA 23235
March 30, 2016 (9:00 AM-1:00 PM)

11th National Drug Take Back Initiative
Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center 6610 Public
Safety Way Chesterfield, VA 23832
April 30, 2016 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM)

Triad Senior Day
Victory Tabernacle Church 11700 Genito Rd Midlothian, VA
23112
May 4, 2016 (7:30 AM-12:45 PM)

If you have questions about these events call their Community Outreach Unit at 804-768-7505.

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STEAMmania

Chesterfield County Public Schools

STEAMmaniaSTEAMmania is wrapping up in the Chesterfield County Public Schools system.

Local elementary schools took part in the finale held at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Elementary students demonstrated enthusiastic problem-solving and teamwork during STEAMmania.

They students and staff had a lot of fun during the event as well, combining their love of the sciences and mathematics with good spirited competition that encouraged the participants to reach beyond their limits.

Highly successful again this year, parents and students can expect this event to grow larger next year as the abilities of the students taking part in the STEAM program increase.

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Spring and Summer Pet Care Tips

Winterfield Veterinary Hospital

Spring Pet CarePools/Lakes: Never leave your pet attended when they are swimming and always make sure they have an easy way out or the pool is enclosed and inaccessible.

Fishing Tackle: Colorful stinky fishing lures are very tempting to cats, dogs and birds and can be very dangerous. Hooks are usually barbed and can not be backed out until the barb is removed. Never try to remove these hooks on your own. Seek veterinary help to prevent tissue trauma.

Pick up Trucks: Dogs love to feel the wind in their faces but uncovered truck beds are a very dangerous place for your pet. Sudden stops or turns can throw your pet from the truck and can cause a major injury resulting from a fall or by being hit by an oncoming car. Additionally, there is a lot of debris and insects moving at high velocities that can cause eye injuries. It is best if your pet is secured inside your truck.

Cars: Never leave your pet unattended in your car. While it is never a good season to leave a pet in a car attended, summer can be particularly deadly. Don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security by leaving the window open. It never takes long for heat to rise and you’re pet to suffer from heat stroke.

Heat Stroke: This is very serious and you should always seek medical care. It does not always take much on a warm day for a dog or cat to experience heat stroke. If your pet experiences a heat related issue cover them with a cool wet towel and transport to your veterinarian immediately.

Bite Wounds: Many of these dogs at dog parks are harmless but when faced with certain conditions a dog can turn suddenly and bite.

Remember to:

    Stay close to your pet.

    Introduce your dog to other dogs and watch their responses.

    If all is friendly, then it is safe to let them play.

    If any type of aggression is shown, take your dog to another part of the park and find a new playmate.

    Do not try to break up a fight by getting in the middle. Use leashes or water to separate the dogs.

    If you or your pet receives a bite wound, seek medical help to prevent infection.

Windows: Whether you live in a private home or an apartment, you’ll be tempted to open windows to let in the fresh air. Be sure to keep screens or protective bars on your windows to prevent your pets from escapes or falls. And bird owners should make sure their feathered friends are protected from drafts.

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Why I Volunteered For The PTA

(Even Though Everyone Told Me Not To)

Robious CorridorI can’t believe the reactions from people when I tell them I volunteered to be the PTA President at my sons’ elementary school. I mean, I didn’t exactly have plans to become the president of our school’s PTA. But I had a phone conversation with the former PTA President who told me that NO ONE else was stepping up to the plate. I thought that was very sad and felt compelled to volunteer as the new president.

Alright, alright. So I have a bit of trouble saying no when I know my help is needed. Especially when it’s something which benefits my children — and even more so when it benefits their education!

So far, when I share I’m in charge of the PTA I am met with horrifying facial expressions and less than stellar words of support.

“Ughhhh, I would never do that.”

“Ughhhh, why in the world did you volunteer for the PTA?!”

“Ughhhh, that would be a nightmare.”

(yes, it always starts with ughhhhh.)

Okay, I get it. I get over the years the PTA has developed a bad reputation. Maybe you’ve heard from family and/or friends it was a nightmare for them. Maybe you think it’s just a bunch of stay-at-home moms with nothing else to do. But I’m inclined to believe most of these thoughts come from a lack of education on what the PTA actually does. As well as rumors or hearsay from parents who can’t or just plain won’t volunteer.

Well, I’m here to quell any of the bullcrap you’ve heard before, as well as tell you why I volunteered for the PTA.

1) Funds raised by the PTA directly support your child’s educational experience.

I know it’s different for each individual school — but money raised by the PTA pays for many of the events and activities your children enjoy on a weekly basis. At our school we have something called the reader feeder. This is a small library where children can go to buy gently used, reasonably priced books. Have you ever been to a book store? Say, Barnes & Noble? Some of the children’s books are $20. Most lower-income families cannot afford to buy one new book let alone provide an at-home library! This PTA-sponsored book store promotes literacy and is one of the most-loved things at school for the students.

2) PTA membership fees are one of the cheapest things you’ll buy all year to support your child’s school.

Have you ever become a member of an organization and you’re like, WHOA, why are the dues so expensive? PTA memberships are very reasonable and at our school, there are different levels such as individual, two adults/two kids, two adults/3 or more kids and business memberships. When I joined I was like, ummm, that’s it? And our family was provided with cool perks, like free entry into school and PTA-sponsored events. You don’t have to ask me twice! A portion of your membership fee helps your children have a better, well-rounded school experience.

3) You don’t have to volunteer for every single event.

I understand you work 40 hours a week. I understand your job is a commute and you’re not close to the school. I understand you have to find a babysitter for your younger children. Guess what? Buying a membership doesn’t mean you have to volunteer AT ALL. You can choose to buy a membership and that’s it! You’re done! Or you can look at the PTA-sponsored event calendar and decide if you’re interested in volunteering for something that sounds interesting. There are so many events throughout the school year. We have fundraisers (hella important!), bingo night, fall and spring parties, and a carnival. Surely something will float your boat. Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to do it all. Pick one (or two!) things and I promise you, your time will be appreciated!

4) I’m teaching my children volunteering is a good thing.

I used to volunteer for everything before I had kids. Then I had three children and was like, LEAVE ME ALONE I HAVE TO KEEP TINY PEOPLE ALIVE! It’s no surprise the things I was passionate about got pushed aside. The passion was still there but the time and energy were not. I completely understand, parents of young children, when you have to say no to volunteering. But now that my youngest is 18 months I am feeling the push to get involved. One of the main reasons for this is I want to be a good role model for my children. I remember my mom volunteered for Meals on Wheels when we were growing up. I will never forget going on those rides to drop off meals for those who couldn’t leave their homes. It made a lasting impression on me. When I told my boys they were going to see me at their school events a lot more they were SO excited. I explained to them why I’m helping — because I care about them and I care about public education. They thought I was pretty cool (I totally am, duh).

5) Change things instead of complaining about them.

Your PTA might have a bad reputation because things are actually bad. But instead of complaining or saying you “hate” the PTA — why don’t you try to change just one thing. Attend a PTA meeting, join a committee, become the chair of an event. One of the reasons I volunteered is because I had ideas on how we could make a particular event better. Now instead of complaining about it (which, ahem, is what I did last school year) I have the ability to suggest changes and make them happen. Be positive and influential. The high road has a great view.

All I’m asking is for you to put away those old feelings and realize the PTA exists to benefit your children and their education. When someone posed it that way to me? Well, you already know what happened. I stepped up. Like I said, I’m not asking you to become the president like me. I’m asking you to buy a membership, attend a PTA meeting to share your thoughts and/or volunteer for one event.

I promise you, in the eyes of your children, it will be worth it.

written by Molly Shalz

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Deadline for Bravo! Nominations is April 1

Chesterfield Education Foundation

Bravo! AwardsApril 1 is the deadline to nominate outstanding alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools for Bravo! Awards.

The 2016 Bravo! Awards gala will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016. All students who have attended CCPS high schools are eligible.

The Chesterfield Education Foundation provides private support for public schools through classroom grants, scholarships, teaching awards, and project start-up funds.

The foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization incorporated in 1989.

For over one hundred years, Chesterfield County has been proud of the quality of its public education programs. Students who have attended our high schools have made remarkable contributions to their professions, their communities, the Commonwealth, and beyond.

The Chesterfield Education Foundation is seeking nominations of individuals who are recognized by their peers as “people who have made a difference” and come from a broad spectrum of fields: the best of the best.
We invite you to nominate a former CCPS high school student who has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession and community.

Alumni are recognized in the fall of each year at a gala awards banquet. This event allows the foundation to support the students and teachers of Chesterfield County Public Schools through grants from the Chesterfield Education Foundation.

Additional nomination forms may be obtained at www.cefva.org, or by calling (804) 639-8774.

CLICK HERE for the online nomination form.

CEF

 

 

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NUTRITION TIP OF THE DAY

Why should we be concerned with portion control?

acac MidlothianOur tastes and cravings today for sugary, fatty, and salty foods have evolved into a super-sized, all-you-can-eat mentality. Overeating by mindlessly snacking on m & m’s or crackers can easily pack on a few pounds each month. According to psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, “a person dips into a candy bowl 71% more often if candy is on a desk rather than a desk drawer and subjects who ate while watching television consumed nearly 30% more food.” The subconscious or limbic part of our brain focuses on the immediate present and emotional desires, while the analytic part of the brain weighs the logical consequences.

Two tips to manage our portions and cravings are to adjust our environment and use smaller plates. Moving to a 10 in. plate from a 14 in. plate can have an amazing psychological impact on portion control without even realizing it.

Also placing healthy foods at eye level in your pantry and refrigerator will increase the likelihood of choosing that Greek yogurt instead of the chocolate pudding. Hopefully. Hide the temptation foods out of sight so the limbic part of the brain won’t take over.

 

 

 

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BASEBALL

Trinity Episcopal 10 Walsingham Academy 3

Collegiate 7 Benedictine 5

Hanover 2 Deep Run 0

Douglas Freeman 10 Henrico 1

SOFTBALL

St. Margaret’s 11 Collegiate 1

Prince George 13 L.C. Bird 5

Colonial Heights 4 Monacan 1

Armstrong 26 John Marshall 11

Hanover 8 Deep Run 0

LACROSSE

Boys

Midlothian 18 Monacan 1

James River 18 Clover Hill 4

Benedictine 11 Powhatan 1

Deep Run 19 Hermitage 1

Thomas Dale 14 Manchester 3

Mills Godwin 5 Patrick Henry 4 (2OT)

Girls

Midlothian 20 Monacan 1

James River 16 Clover Hill 3

Manchester 9 Thomas Dale 7

Deep Run 23 Hermitage 2

SOCCER

Girls

Collegiate 6 Saint Gertrude 0

Prince George 2 L.C. Bird 1

TENNIS

Boys

Benedictine TennisMills Godwin 7 James River 2

Benedictine 8 Bishop Sullivan 1

Clover Hill 5 Grafton 4

Atlee 9 Lee-Davis 0

Armstrong 6 Highland Springs 3

Hanover 9 Patrick Henry 0

York 9 New Kent 0

Girls

Clover Hill 6 Grafton 3

Highland Springs 7 Armstrong 2

Goochland 6 Blessed Sacrament Huguenot 0

Henrico 7 Varina 2

Hanover 9 Patrick Henry 0

Lee-Davis 7 Atlee 2

Golf

Boys

Benedictine 167 Bishop Sullivan 183

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Dogtopia Thursday Weather

weatherThursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

 

 

weatherThursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

 

weatherFriday

A chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

 

weatherFriday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

 

 

weatherSaturday

Sunny, with a high near 62.

 

 

weatherSaturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

 

 

weatherSunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

 

 

weatherSunday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

 

weatherMonday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

 

weatherMonday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

 

weatherTuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

 

 

 

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ON GOING

March Madness Food Bank Collection

Manchester Middle is helping support the Kids Summer Food Program of the Chesterfield Food Bank, which provides food to students who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year. To collect as much food as possible for the food bank, Manchester Middle has created a bracket with various grade-level teams competing:

• Round 2 is March 14-18 — winners advance
• Round 3 is March 21-23 — finalists compete
• Final is March 24 — winners announced

For more information, email Michelle_Balding@ccpsnet.net.

Youth Art Month

Bellwood Elementary will celebrate Youth Art Month with fun attire. Throughout March, students and staff members will wear items with patterns on Mondays, warm colors (red, yellow or orange) on Tuesdays, cool colors (blue, green or purple) on Wednesdays, animal prints on Thursdays and Bellwood spirit colors (green, yellow and white) on Fridays. For more information, call 743-3600.

Cardinal Craze

To celebrate Youth Art Month, the halls at Crenshaw Elementary feature cardinals (the school mascot). Earlier, students took home large posters to decorate. Students can use any type of material, mimic a famous artist, pattern their cardinal on a book character or another animal, give it colorful designs or try any other original idea. Starting March 7 and continuing throughout March, the colorful creations will hang throughout the school. For more information, email Jennike_Duignam@ccpsnet.net.

TODAY

Life After High School

On March 24 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, hundreds of seniors who are not sure what comes next for them after high school will attend a resource fair. On hand to offer information about opportunities will be employers, two-year college representatives, training program representatives and career college representatives. Two sessions will take place: 8:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, email Maureen_Martin@ccpsnet.net or Paula_Tylus@ccpsnet.net.

Induction

The National Technical Honor Society will induct 41 students from the Career and Technical Center @ Hull and the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse during a joint ceremony. The induction will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 24 at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse. For more information, email Karenj_Johnson@ccpsnet.net.

Music in Our Schools

Spring Run Elementary students and staff members will wear music-themed clothing for Music in Our Schools Spirit Day on March 24. For more information, call 639-6352.

Kindergarten awards

Spring Run Elementary will hold a kindergarten awards ceremony at 2 p.m. March 24. For more information, call 639-6352.

TOMORROW

Field day

Spring Run Elementary will hold field day on March 25: 9-11 a.m. for grades 3-5 and noon-2 p.m. for grades K-2. For more information, call 639-6352.

Field trip

Providence Elementary fifth-graders will visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 25. For more information, email Sally_Gerdes@ccpsnet.net.

NEXT WEEK

School dedication

There will be a dedication ceremony for Carver College and Career Academy 8-9 a.m. April 5. Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton will be the keynote speaker. After the program, there will be a reception in the library. For more information, call 768-6156.

Field trip

Fourth-graders from Curtis Elementary will visit Pamplin Historical Park 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5 to learn about the Civil War. For more information, call 768-6175.

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