Welcome back Roadrunners!
I hope that your break was fun and it gave you some extra time with loved ones. Of course sometimes that extra time helps remind us why we also like to spend time here at school with friends and teachers!
It is a very busy week back. Let’s start with the calendar!
- On Monday, I will be meeting with most grade levels to give a welcome back and words of encouragement for the fourth nine weeks. As we travel through April and May I know it can feel like we are on a downward slope, effecting academic focus and healthy friendships. We’ll talk about our compass values of Focus, Dedication, Respect and Relationships. I’d like to convince our kids that our Journey is always one that can be filled with kindness and confidence. After school on Monday the 5th grade chorus will have a rehearsal until 4:15pm to get ready for the School Board meeting.
- 2nd grade starts their YMCA swim program on Tuesday. Don’t forget to send students on those days with proper swim attire as directed by your child’s teacher. There is Recycling Club after school. Tuesday evening the 5th grade will be performing at the School Board meeting.
- Wednesday, April 11th is spring picture day – both individual portraits and class photos will be taken. You must prepay for the class picture online or by sending a check with the group flyer You will pay for the individual portraits later when a sample is printed and comes home. If you want to pre-select the background for those pictures you should also send back portrait flyer with your selection. There is Garden Club after school. Thursday is a 2nd grade swim day again. Also, all day long is Kindergarten Registration day all across the region. We’ll have doors open from 8am to 7pm.
- On Friday we’ll start the day with our 5th Grade Pouring Hope Coffee Shop. Here’s a fun little advertisement about the Journey Project.
And now the announcements:
- Remember the Nuts for Reading Program where students that read 8 books and turned in a bookmark by March 20th would receive a free ticket to the Thursday, April 18th game? Well, we’ve got your tickets! Over 170 kids will be receiving a game voucher as well as an order form for the family to order more tickets! If you thought you turned in a bookmark and do not get a voucher by Wednesday, please call the school to check our list. Anyone, bookmark or not, is welcome to order tickets for $9 to the firework-filled reading celebration game night. Those receiving bookmarks will receive a paper order form. Everyone can go to our website, res.goochlandschools.org, and click on the button “Buy 4/18/19 Squirrels Tix” link. They are absolutely recommending getting your ticket before the event date.
- On Friday, April 26th we will have our PTA Family Night which includes an auction, book fair, bouncy houses, games, face painting, and food trucks! Last week we mentioned needing help on auction items. Now I’m providing the signup link to help us staff the event. Please help us keep things safe and fun! The time is just right for you to work a little and walk around a lot!
- Yearbook sales are now open! Flyers will be coming home this week. We continue to use Picaboo Yearbooks which offers four free personalized pages if you purchase the book through their website. This means you can upload your own images and put your own text to commemorate the year. I’ve used this feature every year, allowing my kids to have pictures of their teachers and friends included with the other school-wide photos. Click here if you are ready to order! If you prefer to pay by check you will return it with the flyer. Orders and online customization is due by Wednesday, May 1st, 2019.
- Our congratulations to two students and a teacher that won the American Legion Auxiliary for Goochland Post 215 Americanism Essay Contest for 2019. Louisa Mills took 1st place in her age division. Camden Wilson took Honorable Mention in her category. Fourth Grade Teacher Jen Gates took first place for her 3rd and 4th-grade teacher category. Well done you three!
- And lastly, Coach Preston Gordon is inviting boys ages 8-15 to sign up for summer Basketball Camp. Here is a flyer. One will come home to the 2nd through 5th-grade boys as well.