Comet Connection

2022-2023-Family Newsletter #19

Kid's Heart Challenge Update

Comets, we are only one week into our Kid's Heart Challenge, and we are amazed at how awesome we are doing as a school. Over 150 students have signed up and we have raised nearly $7,000 for the American Heart Association already! That puts us close to being halfway to our fundraising goal, but remember, our biggest challenge to all of you is to signup and take Finn's Mission. By taking Finn's Mission you will learn how to keep your heart healthy, identify the signs of heart attack and stroke, and perform hands only CPR. Our goal is for EVERY STUDENT to take Finn's Mission and be a Heart Hero.

Keep up the great work Comets and remember you have until the week of Valentine's Day to fundraise and take Finn's Mission!

Lunch Visitor Reminder

Families, please be reminded that if you are coming to have lunch with your child, you are only to eat with your child during this period. Students may not bring others to the table to eat lunch with their visitor, nor may a parent/guardian write a note for their child to join another classmate and their guest at the guest lunch table. Please see the lunch guidelines.

Thank you for adhering to these guidelines.

January House Reading Challenge!

Our House Reading Challenge is going well! So far, all our Houses have read over 300 books! Thanks for supporting your children with reading each night and turning in their reading links each day!

GT Referrals

Have you been talking to your child's teacher about making a gifted referral? Please make sure you've filled out the initial referral found here:

Your child's teacher is still the FIRST point of communication when you want to make a referral or are wondering if this program would benefit your student; however, if you have questions about the gifted program or gifted testing, feel free to email Mrs. J-D at

Winter Growth Assessments Grades 3-5

Our students in grades 3-5 will be taking Winter Growth Assessments Jan.23-Jan.26. Here is more information. Please contact Aimee Sergent, Assistant Principal if you have additional questions.
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January 27th & January 30th

There will be no school for students on Friday, January 27th- this is a clerical day for teachers as we close out the 1st semester. Also, there will be no school for students on Monday, January 30th as this will be a Professional Learning Day.
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*Report Cards go home on February 8th!

Teacher Job Fair

Are you or someone you know interested in teaching with Hanover County Public Schools? Our HCPS virtual job fair will be held on Saturday, January 28th and the Week of Jan 30 - Feb 2. Interviews will be offered to individuals who are currently licensed or eligible for a provisional license through the Virginia Department of Education and seeking employment for the 2023-2024 school year. Interested candidates are asked to pre-register for the event by completing the application for the Job Fair vacancy through the HCPS jobs website. See flyer

Family Life Education

The Family Life Education will take place from January 31-February 2. Parents who wish to opt-out their child from family life will need to complete the online opt-out request form listed below. By completing this opt-out form, you are requesting a paper copy of the opt-out form to complete. Students will only be opted out of family life education with a signed paper copy that is returned to their classroom teacher prior to the lesson.

*Here's more information about the Family Life Program and the opt-out form.

PTA Updates

January Calendar of events:

  1. OUR RESOURCE AND SPECIAL ED teachers are in need of supplies: baby wipes, kleenex, disinfecting wipes, sharpened pencils, duct tape, sticky notes, & Velcro dots are most needed.

  2. SAVE THE DATE. Our Winter Market is making a come back and will be Friday, February 10 (5:30-7:30pm)

    1. Interested in being a vendor at our holiday market, please complete this form

    2. If you would like to volunteer to help with this even please sign up here

      1. If volunteering please make sure you are registered with Hanover County to volunteer within our schools.

  3. The clinic is in need of size 6 and 8 boys pants. If your child is sent home with borrowed clothes from the clinic, please return them.

  4. PARENTS NIGHT OUT is February 17. Drop your child off at RISE for some dodgeball fun. More information here:

Other Documents

Transportation Note

(please be reminded to use transportation notes to communicate changes with your child's dismissal plan)

Lunch Menu

Lunch Visitor Information

Lunch Visitor Information (Spanish)