Guess I’ve still got a little bit of the weeklong fun we had at Randolph in me. The Wild West theme was quite a hit last week. The book fair was a big success – and I certainly appreciate all those grandparents and special guests that came out Thursday night. It was wonderful to celebrate together with such a great community!
I’ve got a large variety of messages to share this evening, so please bear with me – or jump off this call and make sure to read the email or web posting that goes out at the same time!
We’ll start with celebrating your generosity! Many families donated leftover change at the book fair for the Coin Drive. We’ve connected that fundraiser directly to the Everglades City School, one that is a K-12 school in Ochopee, Florida. About 80% of their students’ houses were condemned following Hurricane Irma. The school is hoping to have a reading celebration in January during Florida Literacy Week, where every student in the school will be able to visit and get a new book free of charge. They currently have no books at home and the librarian is hoping to help rebuild their home libraries. We’ve extended our donation deadline to Wednesday, October 25th and will follow up with information on our final gift.
Next up – a request for help on creating this year’s yearbook. We’ve used picaboo.com to design our personalized yearbook for the last two years. It’s a lot like creating a Snapfish or Shutterfly photo book. If you’ve got some time you could spare on designing and coordinating our 2017-2018 memories please get in touch with me and I’m happy to share what is involved. I’m also happy to offer you a free yearbook in exchange for your contributions.
A few other announcements: The Career and Technical Education program is asking for your input. Yes – even though many of their programs hit after elementary school they would love to hear from you to do some long-term planning. Your kids have some wonderful opportunities ahead – why not make them even better by taking a quick survey at this link: http://tinyurl.com/GCPS2017
Dr. Raley, our superintendent, asked that I share information on an evening about The Danger to our Community of Prescription Opioids and Heroin. There will be a documentary film, physician, and Goochland’s Commonwealth Attorney addressing the topic on Wednesday, October 25th from 6pm to 8:45pm.
Looking at this week’s calendar: Students are off on Monday and Tuesday this week. Hopefully, you were able to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher if you wanted one on Monday. We are not able to accommodate additional conferences for Monday if you missed that window. If you did want to check in with your child’s teacher about their progress I urge you to email them or call the school and ask that the get in touch with you to look for another time to get together.
On Thursday the PTA Reflection entries are due. Also, the 4th grade is headed on their Jamestown for a field trip. Friday Preschool heads to Lloyd’s farm.
And on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th the Goochland High School Girls Basketball and JROTC present “The Goochland Meltdown” haunted trail. This event will take place at the GHS football stadium from 7:00pm-11:00pm, and the cost is $5 per person or $8 for two entries into the trail. There will be concessions, a bonfire, pumpkin carving contest, and a costume contest. We do suggest that younger children who wish to attend come on October 27th, as this evening will be a bit less scary and a bit more family friendly.
I hope you have a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.