LHES Community Chronicles

Edition 5, Volume 4

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Greetings Linwood Holton Parents & Caregivers

We take pride in our commitment to partner with you in preparing your child for their future. Building trust and authentic relationships with you is one of our top priorities and is important for us to achieve our school’s mission. Each year, we want to be better at serving your family, not only with the best education possible but also with the best environment for their growth and development. To do that, we need your guidance on what we are doing well and what we can do better.

Beginning May 16, RPS will hold our 2022 Family Engagement Survey. Please take a few moments to provide your honest feedback on our performance as a school. Your voice will help us prepare for SY 2022-23.

Please note the following about the survey:

  • This survey will be open until June 15, 2022.

  • It will take around 10 - 15 minutes to complete the survey.

  • All responses will remain anonymous and no personal information will be shared.

  • If you need assistance completing this survey, please call our Family Support Line at 804-780-6195 or email us at outreach@rvaschools.net.

We encourage everyone to take part in this process and look forward to your feedback. Each survey is confidential and should be completed one time for each student enrolled in RPS. https://survey.k12insight.com/r/remind


Spring 2022 SOL Testing Starts TOMORROW!!

SOL Testing is HERE!

Please ensure your little lion:

  • Gets a good night’s sleep. Going to bed on time and waking early enough to prepare to come to school without rushing will be super helpful for them.

  • Eats a healthy breakfast the morning of testing

  • Arrives to school on time (at 7:30 am) no later than 8:00 am!

  • Testing material check-out is from 7:45 - 8:15 am...testing starts promptly at 9:00 am.

  • Refrains from bringing personal electronic devices into SOL testing rooms. If they go off, this will end testing and cause your child along with the entire class to have to test again. Make sure you have this conversation with your students now.

We also ask that you:

  • Try to avoid upsetting your child about anything before he/she leaves from home. Instead add a positive note to your child's backpack to encourage them during testing.

  • Before your child leaves home, give him/her a hug and words of encouragement.

  • Emphasize the importance of keeping a “positive attitude’ and encourage him/her to complete all items on each test to their best ability.

  • Remember that assessments are important, but they do not determine a students level of success. They are used to determine HOW we help children reach success.

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ALL tests will be in-person at Linwood Holton Elementary School. If you have a student who attends the Richmond Virtual Academy they will need to come to their zone school on the days below to take their SOL tests.


Upcoming Events

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Spring Concert & Art Show

Thursday, June 2nd, 5-7pm

1600 West Laburnum Avenue

Richmond, VA

  • Two (2) guest per student performer
  • RSVP for arrangement of seating
  • Mask MUST be worn at all times by all visitors

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Kindergarten & Fifth Grade Students - Moving on Ceremony

This year we are planning on hosting an IN-PERSON moving on ceremony!!! Both events will be held in our gymnasium. As a precaution, we will be mindful of the community Covid numbers and will make arrangements in the best interest of our students, staff, and families. If Covid numbers continue to rise and affect our school, we will change the moving on ceremony to a drive-thru ceremony or outside event at the school.

The high level information is listed below, more to soon follow.

Kindergarten: Wednesday June 22nd @ 9:00 am & 5th Grade: Thursday June 23rd @ 10:00 am

  • Each student will be allowed 3 guests
  • Masks must be worn by EVERYONE in attendance at ALL times
  • Numbered tickets will be provided for each student/guest

Northside School Gardens Bike Tour

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids has an upcoming neighborhood bike tour that you all are invited to join. Check out the flyer listed below, and scan the QR code to sign up!
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School spirit SWAG is here!

The Linwood Holton Elementary Spirit Wear Store is now Open!

Visit www.linwoodholtonspiritwear.com to shop from our store. Click on the link below to shop anytime. Lots of items to choose from - we have Polos, Zip-Up Hoodies, Face Masks, Shorts, Joggers, Sweatpants and more!

Purchases are delivered directly to your door and all purchases over $50 will receive free shipping.

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PK - 8th Grade 2022 Summer School Information

RPS PK-8th Grade 2022 Summer School will be in person and will provide intensive Reading and Mathematics remediation for students whose learning has been significantly impacted by the pandemic and other factors. The summer program will offer:

  • Intensive Reading Remediation
  • Intensive Mathematics Remediation
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Enrichment (STEM, Fine Art, CTE, PE, etc.)
  • Newcomer Academy

Students invited to attend summer school will receive letters from their home school with personalized QR codes and/or links to register. These links are unique to each student and may not be shared. Please reach out to your student's home school with questions about summer school student identification. Preschool summer students must be registered for Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. The last day for PK - 8th Grade summer school registration is May 30, 2022.

Dates: June 29 to August 3 (Monday-Thursday)

PK - 5th Grade Hours: 8:00am - 2:30pm

6th Grade - 8th Grade Hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Please email summerschool@rvaschools.net for more information.

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Character Trait of the Month: Accomplishment


Pride and appreciation for attaining one's goals

Week 4

(22nd - 28th)


Good judgment; ability to make reasoned decisions; insight.

Week 5

(29th - 31st)


Reflect on your Understanding (Thinking), Caring About (Feeling), and Acting Upon (Behavior) in becoming a good example of positive character this year. A summary. What’s your ROAR?


Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Mikaela Forshay, LHES Grade K Teacher

Mrs. Forshay has been a part of the kindergarten team for the past 4 years! Originally from Chesapeake, she moved to Richmond to attend VCU and has made Richmond her permanent home. She grew up a math "whiz" but found her deepest love is teaching our kindergartners how to read. It is her true passion. The love for teaching runs deep in the Forshay household, as her husband also teaches for RPS.

When Mrs. Forshay isn’t singing and dancing in her classroom, you will probably find her running, biking, swimming, or cooking! This year she is competing in her first ever sprint triathlon and hopes to do more in the future!


Lion Literacy with Mrs. Campbell

Check out the fabulous literacy activities that took place in (and outside of) our building this past week! Your Holton teachers have made building a love for reading a priority for our Lions by teaming up with classes for reading buddy sessions, encouraging writing as a process, and building word recognition skills!


Math Moments with Ms. Bibby!

Mathematics in Everyday Conversation and Play

"How many jellybeans can I fit in my mouth?" This week’s blog describes ways that mathematical thinking is a natural feature of how young children make

sense of the world and their relationships with adults and peers. We also describe how you, as an educator, can more clearly observe, note, and encourage

the mathematical ideas of young children in everyday conversation and play.


LHES Testing Calendar

Current Assessment

  • Grades 3-5: VAAP Math and Read, March 21-June10.
  • PALS: The Spring 2022 Assessment Period begins April 25th and ends June 3rd
  • Grade 3: ELA: EL Unit Assessments (Mid & End) M4 Mid U2 (updated 1/21), May 16-27

  • Grade 3: Science Based Performance Assessment 4. Window opens April 19.
  • Grade 3: History Performance Based Assessment 4, Window Opens May 2
  • Grade 4: ELA: EL Unit Assessments (Mid & End) M4 Mid U2 (updated 1/21), May 16-27
  • Grade 5: ELA: EL End of Module Performance Task & Interim, May 16-27

Future Assessments

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Grades 3-5: VA Non-Writing SOLs The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) created the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments to measure the success of students in meeting the Virginia Board of Education’s expectations for learning and achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social sciences. The reading and math SOLs are also used to meet federal United States Department of Education (USED) accountability requirements. More information about VA SOLs can be found here or at www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/index.shtml.

Students wishing to practice using the SOL test application prior to their tests are encouraged to use the Virginia Department of Education SOL Practice Items found here or at https://va8.testnav.com/client/index.html.

LHES SOL testing schedule *Please ensure your child arrives to school on time for breakfast and attendance. Testing to begin by 9:00 daily!

  • May 23-Grade 4 VA Studies
  • May 24-Grade 5 Reading (part 1)
  • May 25-Grade 5 Reading (part 2)
  • May 26-Grade 3 Reading (part 1)
  • May 27-Grade 3 Reading (part 2)
  • June 1-Grade 4 Reading (part 1)
  • June 2-Grade 4 Reading (part 2)
  • June 3-Grade 5 Science
  • June 7-Grade 3 Math
  • June 8-Grade 4 Math
  • June 9-Grade 5 Math
  • June 8-17-Grades 3-5, Make-up Testing / Expedited Retakes*


Extended Day Overview

LHES Extended Day Program is run by a program administrator hired by RPS and Enrichment is provided through an outside vendor. We will be continuing our partnership with the YMCA. Introducing our Extended Day Administrative Team.


Staff Birthdays for May

Ms. Archer, 5/22

Ms. Tam, 5/26


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May 2022 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

This Month in History:

  • May 1, 1883- "Buffalo Bill" Cody's first Wild West Show

  • May 2, 1963- 3 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • May 7, 1941- Big band leader Glenn Miller records the "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

May, 2022 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

21st: Armed Forces Day -third Saturday

23rd: Victoria Day (Canada) - usually the 24th

30th: Memorial Day - last Monday


LHES Student & Family Resources

LHES Spring Volunteer Sign-up Form (Vaccination Verify)

If you are interested in volunteering in your child's classroom, please complete this form and submit your documentation.

Student & Family Handbook

Click here to view and read our 2021- 2022 Student & Family Handbook

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District Announcements

Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the NSBE Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) are looking to increase the pipeline and supply of minority and female engineers in the workforce. This is done through the SEEK program — an engineering immersion that exposes under-served students to STEM education.

Program Dates and Curriculum:

  • June 13 - July 1 (Virtual Cohort 1)
  • July 18 - August 5 (Virtual Cohort 2 and Middle School Girls Program)
  • This year, students will explore the following curriculum modules: Social Justice in STEM, Coding and eSports Racing.

Registration is Now Open:

Follow Us on Social Media:

  • Facebook: NSBE.SEEK | Instagram: @SEEKNBSE | Twitter: @SEEKNSBE

SEEK Program Video
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RPS Education Foundation (Honoring the Memory Fund)

- this fund is to support families following the loss of a child. Called the "Honoring the Memory Fund," it will help families with funeral costs, co-pays for mental health support, and any expenses incurred for taking time off work to grieve. (Please make sure to select "Honoring the Memory Fund" in the designation pull-down menu.) If you'd like to donate services instead of money, you can do so using this form. Thank you in advance for supporting our parents and caregivers in their darkest hour.

RPS Information about Mask Mandates

  • A parent/caregiver must formally request that their student not wear a mask (no documentation required). They will need to email COVIDrps@rvaschools.net and indicate the child’s name and school.
  • It is the expectation that we respect every child/family’s personal choice regarding masks. We WILL NOT segregate children for their parents making the request/not wearing a mask.
  • Not wearing a mask will increase the number of students quarantined from a positive case because the 3-6 foot waiver does not apply if masks are not worn by both individuals. If parents want to limit quarantine risk, continuing to have their child wear a mask (and get their child vaccinated) are the best strategies.
  • If a student is participating in Test to Stay (versus quarantining at home), they must wear a mask.
SCORE: RPS Student Code of Responsible Ethics

This guide defines appropriate & inappropriate behavior, covers disciplinary consequences, & interventions that may be prescribed as appropriate. SCORE ensures families, students & school personnel are aware of their rights & responsibilities.


Resources & Crisis Support

Crisis Support – Please reach out if you need help.

Local, State, and National Public Health Links