Bulldog Bulletin

March 16 - 20

Together We: Learn, Grow, Lead

Grange Hall Families,


As you are now aware, CCPS will be closed through at least Friday, March 27. Our goal is to keep our students engaged in thinking and learning. Please refer to the information below to help guide you through these two weeks. I will continue to keep you informed as we navigate this together.


Hours of Operation

The school will open from 8 am – 1 pm for March 16th through March 20th for parents to pick up instructional supplies (electronic copies of supplies are included in this e-mail). Mrs. Jones, Mr. Ondrish, and Mrs. Lawrence (our office manager) will be working at Grange Hall and answering phones during that time.


Instruction

Teachers have worked hard to prepare “Distance Learning” activities for your children to keep them engaged in thinking and learning over the next two weeks. Please click on the links: Distance Learning & School-wide Learning to access specific activities for each grade level. If you would like a hard copy of the activities, you can come to Grange Hall between 8 am and 1 pm from March 16th through March 20th.

Our special education teachers have all prepared packets for their students. We have hard copies labeled with student names and the materials will be sent to you electronically by your child’s case manager.


Food

Chesterfield County Public Schools will provide free meals to students while the school division is closed during the next two weeks due to COVID-19. Meals are for children ages 18 and younger, and will be available for pickup at a Food Services kiosk located outside of the school. The attached chart provides school and community locations at which food is available and the hours of service. This program provides lunch for that particular day (Monday-Friday) and breakfast for the next morning. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In accordance with federal civil rights law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s civil rights regulations and policies, institutions participating in USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA. List of locations: 0314 Food Service.pdf


Chesterfield Food Bank opportunities: The Chesterfield Food Bank will be providing breakfast/lunch items to children. Items will be available for pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Chester location at 12211 Iron Bridge Road. Distribution begins on Tuesday, March 17. This will be a drive-through distribution, eliminating the need for clients to leave their vehicles. The food will be distributed in the parking lot directly to each vehicle. Friday distributions at the Chester location will continue and start at 4 p.m. Saturday distributions will continue at the normal school locations. Food will be distributed in the parking lot, allowing families to drive through for pickup.The Chesterfield Food Bank is looking for volunteers, as well. To learn more, visit https://www.chesterfieldfoodbank.org/.

  • First Saturday of the month: Hopkins Elementary
  • Second Saturday of the month: Davis Elementary

  • Third Saturday of the month: Ettrick Elementary

  • Fourth Saturday of the month: Chalkley Elementary


Community Resources

Comcast is offering free Wi-Fii for 60 days to low income families during the Corona Virus outbreak. Normally the Wi Fi is $9.95 per month for those same families. Please click here for details.


Guidance Resources and Talking to Your Child About COVID-19

Our guidance counselors are available to help you with any needs over the next two weeks. They have prepared this document with tips for the next two weeks, but are also able to assist with any other counseling needs that may arise and can connect you with community resources as needed. They can be reached at christin_copp@ccpsnet.net and tammie_murray@ccpsnet.net.


Medicine

A parent/guardian may come and sign out medicine if needed/desired. Please have your ID and come between 8 am and 1 pm March 16th through March 30th. If you are unable to make it during that time, please email me at courtney_jones@ccpsnet.net and I will be happy to work with you!


Field Trips/Programs/Events

  • First grade program is postponed until further notice.

  • Fifth grade field trip to Nauticus has been canceled. Refunds will be distributed when we return to school.

  • The Spring Book Fair is tentatively moved to May (dates TBD).

  • PTA events (International Night & Reflections ceremony) are postponed until further notice.


We know that this is not an easy or convenient situation, and we are here to help you. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We will be active on social media over the next few weeks as well with fun challenges and facebook live messages.

As we learn and receive more information, I will share it with you. We will be in constant communication.


In the meantime, let's encourage our students and families to help celebrate why we are LUCKY to be Grange Hall Bulldogs! Click this link to share with us why you feel lucky, and your story could be featured on our school social media pages! #GHESProud #LearnGrowLead

Be safe and healthy!


With gratitude,

Courtney Jones

Principal & Lead Learner

Kindergarten Online Registration is OPEN!

If you are a family of a rising kindergarten student or know of a family who will be sending a child to kindergarten during the 2020-21 school year, it’s time to start thinking about kindergarten registration.


Great news! We’ve got an opportunity to save some time on April 16, which is Kindergarten Registration Day at every elementary school in Chesterfield County.


Visit https://mychesterfieldschools.com/family-and-community-engagement/preparing-for-school/student-registration/kindergarten-registration/ and preregister for kindergarten today. Doing so should cut in half any wait time on Kindergarten Registration Day.


Please remember to share this message with any family you know who has a rising kindergarten student!

Donors Choose Projects @ GHES

Are you or do you know someone who is looking for a way to help out our students? Check out the donors choose projects that our teachers and students would like to bring to GHES:


https://www.donorschoose.org/school/grange-hall-elementary-school/33652?active=true

Grange Hall PTA

GHES PTA website

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