Dolphin Parent Connection

March 2021 Volume 6, Issue 7

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

April is Month of the Military Child, School Library Month, National Autism Awareness Month, & National Poetry Month

· Monday, April 12th: Asynchronous Learning Day

· Wednesday, April 14th: Adjusted Dismissal for Students at 12:20 PM

· Wednesday, April 14th: Month of the Military Child Spirit Day: Wear Army Green or Marine Red

· Monday, April 19th--Friday, April 23rd: Administrative Professionals Week & Public School Volunteer Week

· Monday, April 19th: Asynchronous Learning Day

· Wednesday, April 21st: Month of the Military Child Spirit Day: Purple Up for Military Kids!

· Wednesday, April 21st: SCA Leadership Council Meeting @ 3:00 PM

· Thursday, April 22nd: Earth Day

· Thursday, April 22nd: Spirit Night: Lucky Oyster @ 4:00-9:00 PM (Be sure to mention Red Mill)

· Monday, April 26th: Asynchronous Learning Day

· Tuesday, April 27th: Kindergarten Registration opens for the 2021-22 school year. Be on the lookout for registration information on April 27th.

· Wednesday, April 28th: Month of the Military Child Spirit Day: Wear Coast Guard, Air Force, or Navy Blue

· Monday, May 3rd--Friday, May 7th: Teacher Appreciation Week

Red Mill Elementary YouTube Channel

Click here to watch our Virtual Morning Announcements

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Spring SOL Testing

Although the Virginia State Board of Education waived the requirement that the 2020-2021 Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores be used to determine state accreditation of schools, the U.S. Department of Education did not waive federal assessment requirements. During the May and June SOL testing window, students in grades 3-5 are expected to take SOL tests to measure achievement of the Virginia Standards of Learning. All SOL tests will be administered in person for students. The SOL testing schedule is posted below. We ask that you please consider scheduling doctor appointments around these assigned dates.

For Option 2 students, the division will provide breakfast, lunch, and transportation at the start and close of the school day on designated testing dates. Parents may also choose to bring their student to school and/or transport them home on those dates. Additional information regarding how to access bus transportation info for Option 2 families will be forthcoming. Option 2 families who choose NOT to have their student come into school and participate as scheduled will need to inform school administration prior to the start of testing indicating the test or tests you are refusing and the reason. Not participating in SOL testing will not directly impact the student’s course grade, promotion to the next grade, eligibility for programs or access to future coursework.

More information regarding SOL testing will be forthcoming in early May. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding SOL testing, please reach out to either Michelle Miller or Nicole Keros by calling the school office at 757-648-3560.

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Trex Recycling Challenge

For the past 10 years, Red Mill has participated in the Trex Recycling Challenge. The challenge is to collect and recycle as much plastic as possible, or more specifically polythylene, which includes grocery and retail bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap and more. You can check out the full list of plastic items we collect at Red Mill has won this national competition the last 9 out of 10 years, and we have been the proud recipient of 9 Trex benches that are placed in various locations around the school, both inside and out. The last day to collect before the winner is announced this school year is Thursday, April 15th. The national winner will be announced on Earth Day. While we do collect plastic all year, please consider dropping off any bags you may have currently collected by April 15th. We want to thank Janice Hart, our school nurse, for leading this challenge every year.

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Pearl School Campaign

Please help Red Mill maintain its Pearl School Designation. Use the links below to become a designated Pearl Home and help our neighborhoods be more sustainable and keep our waterways clean. The application is simple, and you will find that you likely already do many of the activities listed. For more information, go to You can complete the Pearl Home application online at

Remember to add Red Mill Elementary in box 2 on the application. Yard flags and magnets will be delivered to Red Mill, and you will be contacted to schedule pick up.

PTA News


The Red Mill PTA has an annual tradition of giving out scholarships to two graduating seniors who attended Red Mill. Please contact Jen Cardona at for additional information. Information can also be found on Scholarship Central:

Teacher Appreciation Week

Please mark your calendars for May 3rd-May 7th. This is the perfect time to recognize our wonderful teachers and staff.

Easy Fundraising

Please continue to scan your Box Tops and link your AmazonSmile account and Harris Teeters VIC card to Red Mill PTA. Amazon just deposited $72.00 into our account!!


Please “like” our Facebook page in order to receive the most current PTA information.

Joining the PTA

Please go to the following website to pay your $5.00 dues. You will receive a Papa John’s coupon code for joining. The code will be emailed to you after you pay your dues.

Food Service Menus: Please Note the Bold Print

The USDA has extended our ability to provide meal service (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at no charge for all children (under the age of 18 years) at all VBCPS schools. VBCPS Food Services is providing meals for pick-up Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30. If a different pickup time is needed, please email Diane Swan, our cafeteria manager, at Friday bags will also contain meals for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. While students are in school for face-to-face instruction, students can receive a free breakfast and lunch. If your child is back at school face-to-face and you would like for him/her to receive a dinner meal to take home on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, please email Diane Swan. The menus for April are posted below.
Food Services Menus

You can view menus as a guest.

Red Mill Yearbooks Pre-order Now

You can purchase your 2020-2021 Red Mill Elementary yearbook now! Personalized yearbooks are $30 and standard yearbooks are $25.00. Pre-order your yearbook now. We will not be ordering extra yearbooks so please pre-order. Visit the website to order. Use our RMES Yearbook ID: 13007621.

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School Counselor Corner

During the month of April, students are focusing on relationships and how to be a kind and caring friend. We are putting our knowledge of empathy and kindness to use by thinking about how to resolve potential conflicts in our friendships. What do you do when your friend starts spending time with someone new? What if a friend brags, tells hurtful jokes, or has a hard time taking responsibility for their actions? Or worse, what if someone who is supposed to be your friend is treating you like an enemy?

When we really think about it, many behavior "problems" actually stem from feelings of disconnection. This is often the case at school, and it carries over into the home as well. Read the article linked below to learn about the "Magic 5:1 Ratio" and get ideas for family bonding games that will build relationship and foster a sense of connection in your home.

The Red Mill School Counseling website is now up and running! On this page, you will find information about schoolwide programs, monthly lesson topics, and helpful resources:


Erin Whitt and Karen Racicot

Gifted News

Office Hours for Students:

Mondays 8:45-9:15 Google Meet code RMENAT

Email anytime at

Grade 1: First Grade Parents, if you submitted an application for gifted identification and/or ODS by the February 26 deadline, the timeline for the remainder of the identification process is below.

  • May 5 - 7, 2021--Gifted Identification and Placement Committee meetings for grade 1
  • May 13, 2021--Old Donation School Selection Committee meets to review grade 1 applicants for placement in grade 2 for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • May 18, 2021--Old Donation School decision letters for grade 2 emailed to parents/guardians.
  • June 1, 2021--Letters of Intent for grade 2 due to Old Donation School
  • June 15, 2021--Deadline to appeal Old Donation School Selection Committee decisions for grade 2. Due by 5:00 pm to Gifted Office.
  • June 2021--Grade 2 Old Donation School Appeals Committee
  • June 2021--Old Donation School appeal decision letters for grade 2 emailed to parents/guardians

Grades 2-5 Timeline:

  • Mar. 3-5, 2021--Gifted Identification and Placement Committee meetings for grades 2-7
  • Mar. 10, 2021--Old Donation School Selection Committee meets to review applicants for placement in grades 6-8 for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Mar. 12, 2021--Old Donation School selection decision letters for grades 6-8 emailed to parents/guardians.
  • Mar. 19, 2021--Letters of Intent for grades 6-8 due to Old Donation School
  • Mar. 23, 2021--Deadline to appeal Gifted Identification and Placement Committee decisions of applicants not currently identified for gifted services in grades 2-7. Due by 5:00 p.m. to Gifted Office.
  • Mar. 26, 2021--Deadline to appeal Old Donation School Selection Committee decisions for grades 6-8. Due by 5:00 p.m. to Gifted Office.
  • Apr. 1, 2021--Old Donation School Selection Committee meets to review applicants for placement in grades 3-5 for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Apr. 12, 2021--Old Donation School decision letters for grades 3-5 emailed to parents/guardians.
  • Apr. 2020--Old Donation School Grades 6-8 Appeals Committee
  • Apr. 2020--Old Donation School appeal decision letters for grades 6-8 emailed to parents/guardians.
  • Apr. 22, 2021--Letters of Intent for grades 3-5 due to Old Donation School
  • Apr. 26, 2020--Deadline to appeal Old Donation School Selection Committee decisions for grades 3-5. Due by 5:00 p.m. to Office of K-12 and Gifted Programs.
  • Apr. 2020--Grades 3-5 Old Donation School Appeals Committee
  • Apr. 2020--Old Donation School appeal decision letters for grades 3-5 emailed to parents/guardians
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Free Parent & Student Resources

Need Ebook Options for Your Students? Click Below for a Summary of Options.

Having Trouble with Your Chromebook?

Please contact our Technology Support Specialist, Sue Thuma, if your child's Chromebook has an issue, such as speakers, headphone jack, touch pad, keys, etc. You can reach her at

Looking for Support from Our Military and Family Life Counselor? Click Below.

Accessing Student Report Cards

As a reminder, student report cards are available for parents to view in ParentVue. Log into ParentVue and choose "Documents" from the drop down menu. A screen shot is provided below. If you have not signed up for an account, go to
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Guidelines for Student Participation in Virtual Learning

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4, student cameras must be turned on at the beginning of class for teachers to verify attendance. In addition, cameras should be left on during live instruction and group work and may be turned off during independent work.

The Department of Technology is working on a solution for students to be able to either blur their background or to use a virtual background when their Chromebook camera is activated for video conferencing via Zoom or Google Meet. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to assist their children with identifying a suitable location in their home when engaging in synchronous instruction.

If you wish to discuss these requirements or have specific concerns, please contact your child’s principal, who will work with you to resolve those concerns.

2020-2021 Student Face Coverings and the Code of Student Conduct

For the 2020-2021 school year or until further notice, all students are required to wear a cloth face covering at bus stops, on school buses, and in school buildings unless they provide documentation from a healthcare provider that they are unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition. Face coverings are subject to the same expectations outlined in Policy 5-41 and may not depict lewd graphics, display offensive or obscene language, advertise alcohol or an illegal substance, or have any gang-affiliation. With the same parameters a face shield is an acceptable substitute, if a cloth face covering cannot be used. Staff is required to direct the student to place the face covering over the mouth and nose. When a student is not wearing a face covering nor wearing it properly, the teacher shall tell the student to wear the face covering and/or to do so properly. Should a student refuse to wear a face covering after being told to do so by staff, then the student will be cited for violating the COSC.

Not Receiving Text Messages from the School?

Our records indicate that we still have some families not receiving text messages from the school with important reminders and transportation changes. If you have not received any text messages from Red Mill this school year, you may have not yet Opted in to receive text messages. See below for directions on how to Opt In or Opt Out of text messages.

How do I know if I have Opted-in?
You can check if you are opted-in by texting “Y” or "YES" to 67587.

How do I opt-out?

You may opt-out at any time by texting “STOP” to 67587.

What if I opted-out but later decide I would like to opt-in again?
As long as your child’s school has your text-enabled phone number on record, you may request to begin receiving text messages by texting “Y” or "YES" to 67587. If the school does not have your text-enabled number on record, you will need to contact the school.