The back to school updates are here! So are Liz Dorneman’s local events and Robious Corridor happenings and even more great local news and tips!


Back to school is creeping up!

Trinity Episcopal School


Back-to-school preparations are underway at Trinity Episcopal School on Pittaway Drive this week. The newest Titans were on campus recently, checking out the selection at the Used Textbook Sale and picking up some Titan-themed back-to-school clothes at the Titan Closet.

Hosted by volunteers from the Trinity Parents Association (TPA), the Used Textbook Sale continues this morning (8/3) from 9 to noon.

More details at


Don’t wait!

Chesterfield County Public Schools

School timeNow is the time to enroll in Chesterfield schools

Schools open Sept. 6 — that’s just over a month from now. Is your child registered? Help your child have the best possible start to the new school year by registering now with Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Registering now helps kindergartners and other elementary students by making sure the correct number of teachers are in place on the first day of school. Registering sooner rather than later helps middle and high school students get into the classes they want. Details about registering students are available here:

During the summer, school offices are open Mondays through Thursdays to register new students. Summer office hours are generally 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it is best to call ahead to your school to make sure someone will be available to help register your student. A list of schools with phone numbers is available at

If you are new to Chesterfield County or have moved within the county to a new home, you can easily find which school your child is zoned to attend by using this online find-my-school feature:

Another helpful resource for parents is the parent handbook. Printed versions go home with every student at the start of the school year, and a digital version is available online:

Don’t wait until the last minute to enroll your child in Chesterfield County Public Schools — act now to help your child have a strong start to the 2016-17 school year. Every day counts!





Liz Dorneman

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Chesterfield County Public Schools


Shop for school supplies Aug. 5-7 and pay no sales tax. Details about Virginia Department of Taxation holiday are here:



A Great Deal on Summer Camp for Kids

The Summer Camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School

The Summer camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School return bigger and better for 2016.

Sea, Sand & Surf in Pastels

surf sun and sandSurf Sand Sea Pastel (1)All new for summer ‘16; Calling all beach lovers, this brand new pastel adventure is a blast. Spend a week creating sea stars, clown fish, sea turtles, the Chesapeake blue crab and a wondrous scene of jellyfish! Every day you will create a large, poster-size drawing that will be sure to amaze. Artists will learn skills and techniques to blend, layer, texture, shade and so much more. If your family owns a beach cottage or weekend getaway then this is the workshop for you; creating beautiful works of art perfect for framing! These classes will be messy, fun, and full of excitement…dress appropriately.

This camp is suitable for campers in grades K-8.

    August 8, 2016 – August 13, 2016

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Click here for link

The Summer camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School have the top camp providers from the tri-city area under one roof for 11 weeks of fun activities for children ages 5 – 14.  Mountain biking, building with Lego blocks, cooking camps, tech camps, art and craft camps, drama camps and much more. 

They have it all!

Pre & Post Camp care plus lunch bridge care are available.

The greatest thing about this summer camp is that your kids can go one full day, one session of the day, or you can mix and match to meet the needs of your schedule.  Brilliant! A summer camp created that fits your changing schedule and one that your kids will love!


Good Shepard Episcopal School

4207 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, Va 23225

Good Shepard Episcopal SchoolRUNS FROM:

NOW through August 26


Have a blast with them this summer – the 2016 SUMMER OF FUN!



acac Midlothian Back to School Supply Stop

August 1 – 19

acac Midlothian

acac Midlothian will be collecting school supplies for children in need at Chesterfield County Public Schools. If you would like to participate, please consider bringing in any of the following and placing in the bins located in the main lobby, tennis, Adventure Central or Kids Zone.

  • Pens & Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils
  • Thin Dry Erase Markers
  • Spiral and Composition Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Binders
  • Construction Paper
  • Colored Copy Paper
  • Post It Notes (3×5)
  • New or gently used books for grades K – 5




MidlothianMidlothian High School

The Fall Sports Parents’ Meeting will be held on August 8.

NOTE –  Football will have a separate Parents’ Meeting the week of August 1.

The net Booster Club Meeting will be held on Monday August 15 at 7:00m in the Midlothian High School Library.




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


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 5 | Olympic Games

Celebrate the 2016 Summer Games with acac. Put your skills to the challenge with our Olympic Games, including a noodle toss, NERF gun target practice, races, and more. Chicken sausages with peppers and onions will be on the grill!

August 12 | Movie Night

 Bring the whole family for a modern mammal metropolis at our showing of Zootopia. We’ll have popcorn and movie candy for sale, plus FREE animal crackers with the purchase of any corndog!

August 19 | Art Party

Bring an old shirt and your imagination for a Friendly Fridays Art Party! We’ll have an assortment of art projects so you’ll have a messy blast, no matter your skill level. And for those who want to get creative with their food, join us for a baked potato bar with sour cream, butter, chives, cheese, olives, bacon and more.

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.

Robious Elementary School


Today, August 3, 2016

back to school and supplies isolated on white background

There will be a Meet & Greet for our new Principal, Mrs. Casta Childress on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the RES library.  Stop by anytime during this time frame to introduce your family and welcome our new principal,  Mrs. Childress, back to the Robious Elementary community.

Don’t Forget to Order School Supplies!

Robious Elementary

Get a head start on next year, and pre-order your school supplies now. 

Your PTA benefits from you ordering your school supplies from The Write Stuff. 

Remember that shipping is FREE for all orders placed before August 1, and purchases are ALWAYS tax free.   ORDER HERE!



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


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5 Pet Food Storage Mistakes that Could Make Your Pet Sick

Winterfield Veterinary Hospital


  1. Pet FoodDON’T Leave Your Pet’s Food Unsealed

To prevent unnecessary exposure to air and humidity, which can rapidly degrade food and increase risk of bacterial contamination like Salmonella, pet food should be sealed in a safe container after every feeding. If your pet eats dry kibble, this may very well be the original packaging if the top of the bag is folded securely. High quality pet food bags have been designed to keep out the elements and maintainits freshness for as long as possible.  If you want to store food in a plastic container, the best option is to use the original bag and place it in a plastic container. If pouring food into the container, you should purchase a food safe. It must be cleaned and dried very well when the container is empty. The oils and food will expire and could cause issues with palatability and GI upset when stored in a non-food grade container

  1. DON’T Leave Pet Food Sitting Out Too Long

How long dry food can be left out will vary depending on the food and manufacturer. Some companies use natural and artificial preservatives that generally are good until expiration, even when open. The best recommendation is to contact the manufacturer to find out the recommendation for your pet’s specific food.

Canned food, once opened, can be left out from 2 to no more than 4 hours. Any unused canned food should be immediately put in the refrigerator. Contact the pet food manufacturer to find out their recommendations for how long the food can still be fed once opened and placed in the refrigerator.

Ideally, unopened dry and canned foods should be kept at room temperature and away from heat, humidity and infestation.

  1. DON’T Forget To Clean Food Bowls Regularly

How often do you wash your pet food bowl –  Every week? That’s not bad, but the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) actually recommends washing pet food bowls, dishes, and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use. This is to prevent infectious agents such as Salmonella or Listeria from accumulating on the items. If you use a plastic container to store your pet food, wash  the container when empty, and make sure it is completely dry before adding new food.

  1. DON’T Allow Young Children to Handle Pet Food

Left unsupervised, children and pet food simply don’t mix. Kids tend to be less reliable in their sanitary habits before and after handling pet food and they are more likely to incorrectly measure an appropriate meal for your pet. This can harm both your child (exposing them to dangerous infectious agents) and your pet (promoting overeating and issues with obesity).

  1. DON’T Keep Pet Food Past Its Expiration Date

Pet food expiration dates (sometimes known as “best by” or “use by” dates) are established to ensure the safety of the food for your dog or cat. These dates are often found on the side or the bottom of the pet food package or can. Can’t find the date? Call the pet food manufacturer. They can easily instruct you as to where the expiration date can be found. Don’t take the risk by feeding your pet expired food.


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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

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acac Midlothian

vegMoney Magazine estimates that the average family throws away about 14% of their produce each week.That can average to about $1300 per year.With all of the great fresh produce available during the summer season, it’s important that we store it properly for the longest freshness and optimal ripeness.

Here are a few tips:

– Line the bottom of the crisper drawer with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

– Line a salad spinner with paper towels to dry fresh berries after washing them in a mixture of 4:1 ratio of water and vinegar. This will help prevent mold growth.

– Cantaloupe and peaches can be ripened in a brown paper bag at room temperature. They should be refrigerated once ripe in a plastic bag and used within 5 days.

– Watermelon can be stored at room temperature up to 2 weeks. Remember to wash the rind of any melon to avoid contamination when it is cut.

– Cherries should be stored in an open bag or bowl in the refrigerator and used within 3 days.

– Cucumbers will last in the crisper drawer for up to 1 week.

– Green beans do best refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to 5 days.

– Corn should be used the same day if possible, but will last up to three days.

– Fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro, chives, and tarragon will last 3 days or up to a week in the vented plastic containers. If fresh herbs have any root attached, wrap them in a damp paper towel or store in a jar with water in the refrigerator.

– Try wrapping whole lettuce heads in a damp paper towel and then put in a plastic bag.

– Don’t wash mushrooms before storing in the fridge but wrap in paper towels to prevent sliminess.

– Put the ends of asparagus in water to store in the refrigerator.

– You can store ripe avocados unbagged in the refrigerator.

– The test for judging if an egg is fresh is to see if it floats; a fresh egg sinks.

– If you have tomatoes with spots or it’s almost too ripe, roast the good pieces in the oven with garlic cloves and store once cooled in a jar with olive oil and the garlic ( and maybe a few basil leaves). Store in the refrigerator- it makes a great bruschetta topping!

Enjoy all of this wonderful fresh produce with less waste.

Written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist




Family Guidance Centers

Robious Corridor

How a Stranger’s Comment

Changed the Way I Parent

Family Guidance Centers


Lauren TurnerWe’d spent a few hours at the beach during our Spring break trip to San Diego when the weather turned and we decided to pack it up and head out. I juggled sandy beach toys and wet towels in my arms and attempted to convince my 2-and-a-half-year-old that it was a good idea to leave the endless playground that is the beach while my husband followed behind with the folding chairs and our crying 4-month-old. As we trudged through the sand, I noticed an older man look at us and heard him comment sweetly to his wife: “Those were the days, weren’t they?”

I stopped — not physically, because that would have sent plastic toys flying and my toddler running — but inwardly, and when we got back to the car my voice cracked as I told my husband what I’d heard. There weren’t actual tears, though that wouldn’t have been too surprising for my sentimental self, but I got emotional thinking about it. These are the days. We’re in them, living them. Right. Now.

It was a powerful reminder for me as a mom. Especially as a mom who, at the time, was only four months in with two kids and who’d spent the first eight weeks after my second son’s birth wondering how on earth anyone has more than one child and their sanity. It had taken me a while to get into a groove and there were more than a few mornings when I had to force myself to get up to tend to a crying child and even more afternoons when I wondered how early was too early to pour a glass of wine.

Juggling 2-year-old tantrums with nap schedules and never-ending bedtime routines makes for some long days, and when you throw in being responsible for actually feeding the entire family and maintaining the relationship that got you there in the first place, it can be overwhelming.

The grocery shopping and the lunch packing and the endless picking up of toys. The busyness of all the little things starts to drown out the beauty of it all as one big thing. It’s easy to lose sight of how magical a time it is when you’re in the middle of the everyday, but that man’s comment reminded me that the days when our children are little are the days that we’ll be nostalgic for once they’re calling us for money instead of whining for more Cheerios.

In the weeks since, I’ve made a conscious effort to replay those words and that scene at the beach in my mind. We were sticky with sunscreen, hair tangled from the wind, hands full of stuff, dragging our babies through the sand, and instead of seeing chaos, that man saw us as a beautiful memory of his own young family. We were the highlight reel.

The potty training accidents, the endless snack requests and subsequent spills, the constant fight over the need to actually be buckled into a car seat — these may not be the highlights of each day, but somewhere along with that first baby smile, the hilarious comments only a toddler is capable of making, and the out-of-nowhere hugs that make you want to freeze time, they all combine to make one amazing lifetime of experiences.

The challenge is remembering that the next time your toddler intentionally throws a plastic fire truck at your infant’s head after they both refused to nap all day and you just realized there’s no food in the house for dinner. Man, these are the days.


written by Lauren Turner

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Eastern Shore Should Take Precautions On the Zika Virus

Mosquito Squad of South Richmond

Eastern Shore of Virginia“Residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia should take common-sense precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes as health officials keep an eye on the Zika virus, the director of the Eastern Shore Health District told Accomack County officials Wednesday.

“’Should this come to our community, this will be hard,’ said Dr. David Matson.

“He advised residents who are thinking of traveling to parts of the world where the virus is prevalent to gather facts before undertaking a trip.

“The virus’ effects on developing fetuses are especially devastating.

“’If you are thinking about starting a pregnancy, it’s time to ask the question about Zika,’ Matson said.

“As of Wednesday, 43 cases of infection have been documented in Virginia since the end of April. All were in people who have traveled. Three of the 43 cases are in the Eastern region of the state.

“All but one reported case of the virus in the United States so far have been in travelers, but the virus can be sexually transmitted. There was a human to human transmitted case reported in Georgia.

“Matson gave the Board of Supervisor members a brief overview of the virus’ history, including how it is transmitted.”

“’We don’t have the virus here right now. Our goal is to get through this year without the virus anywhere in North America,’ Matson said.”


Source: 13 News Now

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Wednesday’s Weather Outlook

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Your Wednesday Weather at a Glance…


Partly sunny, with a high near 87. East wind 5 to 7 mph.


weatherWednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind 3 to 7 mph.



Partly sunny, with a high near 87.


weatherThursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.


weatherFriday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


weatherSaturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.


weatherSunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.




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