Bulldog Bulletin

January 10, 2020

GHES Family Check-In

Families, We are asking everyone to take a moment to check-in with us. Your responses will go directly to our school counselors who are ready to support our families. Thank you.

Welcome Back, Bulldogs!

Happy New Year, Bulldog Families!

CONGRATS to everyone who participated in the Light it up with Lexia challenge! The following classes were awarded the class prize: Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Turner, and Mrs. Sutton...we are so proud of you! Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring the virtual Author visit for the class winners! Congrats also to the individual student winners: Hunter Harris (Lawson) and Rain Requena (Litofsky) - we are so proud of these students and everyone who participated!

Our next challenge for students is the 2021 Virginia PTA Citizenship Essay Content - We want to encourage our students to consider sharing their voices through writing. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?” If you decide to participate, please share a copy of your writing with Principal Jones - courtney_jones@ccpsnet.net - I would love to read them!

We have several student and family engagement opportunities this week:

  • Join Mrs. Tracz, assistant principal, for Storytime via Facebook Live on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 pm.
  • Join Mr. Berge on Thursday, January 14 for a Virtual Family Trivia Night via Zoom (flyer linked below).
  • Check out Ms. Copp & Miss Hevener, our school counselors, via Facebook for their weekly read aloud - posted by 7:30 pm every Thursday night.

Thank you to all of our GHES families for your continued support and encouragement!

With gratitude,

Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Tracz

Lead Learners

GHES Calendar

Jan. 12 - MAPs testing (Reading) for grades 2-5

Jan. 14 - Virtual Trivia Night w/Mr. Berge

Jan. 15 - Gifted Referral Deadline

Jan. 18 - Student and Staff Holiday

Jan. 19 - MAPs testing (Math) for grades 2-5

Jan. 22 - GHES Picture Day - see Candid Color Flyer for details

Jan. 29 - Three hour early release; End of 3rd Quarter

Feb. 1 - Writing Contest Deadline

Writing Contest - Due Date Feb. 1, 2021

Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children – tomorrow’s leaders. To demonstrate the value that Virginia PTA places on good citizenship, we are proud to sponsor, support, and encourage Virginia students to write an essay for the 2021 Citizenship Essay Contest. This year’s selected theme is “How can we stand together when we are so far apart?”

All Virginia students in grades K through 12 presently enrolled in schools with active PTA/PTSAs in Good Standing may enter. A non-graded Special Writer Division is available and limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines. Qualifying students entering this division create their own essay but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult.

In all categories, adherence to the theme as it relates to CITIZENSHIP, originality, clarity, thought and skill in standard written English will be judged. The theme must be used as the essay title and may not be altered in any way.

  • Students in grades 3 through 5 may submit a maximum of 250 words, typed or handwritten.
  • Students in grades K through 2 may submit a maximum of 100 words, typed or handwritten.
  • Special Writers may submit entries typed or handwritten.

February 01, 2021


January 2021 - PTA Updates

Yearbook Committee needs your picture!

The 2020-2021 yearbook is currently in progress and we need your child's picture! Please send a head-shot to your teacher no later than Wednesday, January 13th. To pre-order your yearbook, click here: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/jobSearch/displayHome

Here is the link to order a yearbook:


PE Trivia Night with Mr. Berge!

Ready to test your sports trivia? GHES parents and children are invited to a fun trivia night hosted by Mr. Berge! Test your PE knowledge for the chance to win a giftcard prize! January 14th at 6:30pm. Join via Zoom here: HTTPS://US02WEB.ZOOM.US/J/9810159267

General Membership Meeting

Join us for our general membership meeting January 26th at 6pm via Zoom:


Membership Drive:

PTA Membership Drive is going on all school year! Please go to www.ghpta.com to sign up!

Bulldog Businesses

Do you own a business? The PTA is compiling a list of Grange Hall family businesses so we can put it out to all our members. We all want to support small businesses these days and no better business to support than a Bulldog's business! Fill out this form here: https://form.jotform.com/202718232476051

Email any questions about this to colleenferreira1118@gmail.com

Teacher & Staff Favorites

Want to send your teachers and staff members something to make them smile? Take a look at the teacher & staff favorite things via this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y7RaQBAicRF8tIQ61aMf5QnZql0dhf_knAjDQgV1hF8/edit#gid=0

Grange Hall PTA

GHES PTA website

Gifted Referrals

Gifted education deadlines and processes for the 2020-21 school year have been adjusted due to the pandemic. Referral deadlines are now as follows:

  • Jan. 15, 2021: Students currently in grades 2-12
  • March 15, 2021: Students currently in grades K-1 (CCPS-enrolled students only)

Parents/guardians may submit an online referral form before the deadlines by visiting https://mychesterfieldschools.com/curriculum/gifted-education/

Some important notes regarding adjusted processes for this school year:

  • Gifted education assessments must be administered in person and cannot be done virtually. Testing details will be communicated to families in letters sent after the appropriate referral deadline.
  • Testing will take place in the school building according to an appointment schedule arranged by your child’s school. All safety guidelines will be in place before, during, and after testing.
  • For testing, students will need transportation to and from the school building.
  • Students will complete the paper-and-pencil creativity test, online thinking and reasoning test, and online Student Perception Inventory during this session.

Monitor status students who would be reviewed this year will have their monitor status extended for another year unless a parent/guardian requests evaluation. Referred kindergarteners and first graders from last spring who were not evaluated due to school closures will be evaluated this year during the window of their current grade level. Another referral form is not necessary for these students.

To submit an online referral form or for more information on gifted education in Chesterfield County Public Schools, please visit: https://mychesterfieldschools.com/curriculum/gifted-education/

CCPS Meal Distribution

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services has updated the meals distribution schedule for the month of January in order to best serve families while students are away from school in an all-virtual learning environment. January curbside meals service distribution updates include:

  • Week of Jan. 11, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.

  • Week of Jan. 18, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.

  • Week of Jan. 25, curbside meals distribution will be on Tuesday and Thursday only.

    • Beginning on Monday, Feb. 1, curbside pickup for FREE meals for children ages 18 and under will return to service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. All pickup locations and times will remain the same.

    • Visit bit.ly/CCPSMealsUpdates for more information or to see a current list of available curbside pickup locations. Want an easy to read, easy to print schedule? Here is a January Meals Distribution Calendar for you to download and print.

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