Laburnum Community Connection

Family Edition - October 3, 2021

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Greetings Laburnum Families,

It's hard to believe it's October already. We love having our kids in the building to watch them learn, grow, and simply be amazing. Continue reading for important information and updates.

Archived Laburnum Community Connection Newsletters 2021-2022

Fundraiser - Reminder

There is still time to participate in our school fundraiser. The fundraiser closes on October 7th. See the information below.

Our goal is to raise money for essential programs not currently funded through traditional means.

It's as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Register NOW at
  2. Share custom support links with family & friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text and more.
  3. Student Goal: 5 Online Supporters.

REGISTER-SHARE-WIN: Sharing gets you tickets for chances to win over $100,000 in instant prizes.

Fundraiser Links:

On behalf of myself and the staff at Laburnum Elementary School, thank you for doing your part to make our fundraiser a success.

Family Honor Roll

Our Family Honor Roll (FHR) will begin in October. Family Honor Roll recognizes families for attending school events such as PTA, workshops, Back to School Night, conferences, etc. Start earning points NOW by joining the PTA. You can use the link below to view your point totals throughout the year. Please note that we currently do not have any volunteer opportunities for points due to COVID guidelines.

Parent Honor Roll Points

See flyer below for more details. Thank you for all you do to support our school community!

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Student Leadership Opportunities

Morning Announcements News Crew

What: Students are responsible for developing and delivering morning announcements each day to our school. This is great opportunity for any student who may be interested in communications, journalism, or the entertainment industry.

Who: This is open to 3rd - 5th grade students ONLY.

How: Students can get a paper application from their classroom teacher or Ms. Heberling, our librarian. They can also complete the online form instead. Both forms are linked below.

Morning Announcements News Crew Application

Safety Patrol

What: Students help ensure that other students are being safe in the hallways as they get to their classrooms in the morning.

Who: This is open to 5th grade students ONLY.

How: Interested students can get an application from their classroom teacher.

School Council Association

What: SCA is a school based leadership organization that provides input regarding school operations through a student lens.

Who: SCA offices (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary) are held by 4th and 5th grade students. Classroom representatives are selected from each grade level. Students are elected to these positions.

How: Additional information is forthcoming from our SCA Teacher Liaison, Mr. Osborne.

School Health Updates

As a reminder, we will not be reporting positive COVID cases and exposures in our newsletter rather than a separate communication. Please see below for this past week's update.

This week (9/20 - 9/24) our school recorded 0 positive COVID case 0 exposures.

All safety information and processes can be located at https://henricoschools.use/health-safety

Please note that contact tracing is conducted by the Richmond Henrico Health Department for positive cases. This is independent from the school. You must wait to hear from Richmond Henrico Health Department for your official return to school date. They will refer to the return to school date as an isolation/quarantine agreement.

Classwork while Quarantining:

While your student is quarantined at home, we will do everything we can to keep you and your child up to date on classwork.

  • Your child's teacher will reach out to you (via phone or email) within 24 hours to establish a plan for how your child will remain up to date with assignments.
  • Students can access Dreambox, Lexia, or SmartyAntz (KG only).
  • Some assignments may be posted on Schoology.
  • The work provided will be sufficient to ensure that students are up to date on what's being taught in class. The work will not be equivalent to a full day of instruction at school.

Reminders from the Nurse:

  • If your child is sick, please do not send him/her to school. Contact the nurse at (804) 228-2720.
  • If your child must stay home, be sure to follow the guidance from the nurse to avoid delaying your child's return to school.
  • Students must be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. This is true even if they have a return to school note.
  • If you are required to provide a doctor's note, we must receive the note BEFORE your child returns to school.
  • Please see this flowchart for the most recent information regarding students with a positive COVID test or is a known exposure to a an individual who tests positive.


It is important that students attend school each day and arrive on time to ensure they are receiving all of their instruction. Please see below for important information regarding attendance.

  • School starts at 7:20 each day. Students are considered tardy if they arrive 7:40 or later.
  • Notify the school by calling the front office at (804) 228-2720 if your child will be absent from school. See below for acceptable reasons to excuse a student's absence.

Acceptable excuses for temporary absence from school include the following:
1. Illness of pupil (including mental health and substance abuse illnesses)
2. Serious illness in family which reasonably necessitates absence of the pupil
3. Death in family
4. Special and recognized religious holidays regularly observed by followers of
particular faith
5. Quarantine
6. For middle and high school students, one school day per school year to
engage in a civic event
7. Other reasons approved by the principal

  • Our attendance team regularly monitors student attendance. Families of students with five or more unexcused absences will require to meet to develop a support plan for attendance.

Dismissal Procedures - Reminders

General Information

If you are picking up your student after 1:45 PM, you will need to go through the car rider line. We will not be dismissing students from the office after this time.


If you are walking your child to school or walking home with your child, please wait at the top of the sidewalk near the parking lot. Due to safety concerns we do not want people crossing through the buses on the bus loop in the morning and afternoon. Please have your orange pick up/car rider tag with you.

Car Riders

Please have your car rider tag displayed in your vehicle upon arrival. If someone else is picking up your child, they must have your car rider tag.

Please note that the traffic pattern has changed to allow for a safer flow of traffic during arrival and dismissal. Please see the linked map below of the updated traffic pattern.

Traffic Pattern Map

Lastly, vehicles are not permitted to park in the bus loop, which is located directly in front of the building.

Early Dismissal

All early dismissal requests must be submitted in writing to the classroom teacher. We cannot honor early dismissal requests via email or phone. Early dismissal will not occur after 1:45. This is a busy time as we prepare for dismissal.

Important Dates

Laburnum School Calendar of Events - Click the link below to see our school events for the entire year. This dates are subject to change due to circumstances.

Laburnum Events Calendar 2021 - 2022

October Events

11 - School Closed

11 - Q1 Interim Reports Due, 1st - 5th ONLY

19 - PTA General Meeting/Parent Workshop

26 - Principal Chat & Chew

PTA News

Join the PTA

Don't forget to join our wonderful PTA! The cost is only $7.00 if paying cash. If you pay online, there is a .50 cent processing fee. Use the membership link below or stop by the school. There are additional links for grandparents, business owners, and community members. Please share the links where appropriate. Parent/Guardian Link Grandparent Link Business Link Community Link

Papa John's Fundraiser - Use the code "Laburnum" when ordering pizza from Papa John's. Our PTA will receive a portion of the money to support our students and staff. See flyer below.
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Follow us on Social Media

Stay in the know by following us on social media at the accounts below. We post important events and pictures to share all the great things happening at Laburnum.

Just click like or follow. We will also share information via those accounts. You can also scan the QR codes below with your phone and be taken directly to each page.

Twitter: @LaburnumES

Instagram: Laburnum_Elementary

Facebook: @LaburnumLions

Laburnum Elementary School

Vision: Every student will demonstrate grade level mastery of the standards in math, reading, and science.