Virginia to observe ‘School Readiness Month’ in August

In recognition of the Commonwealth’s commitment to early childhood initiatives as the foundation for success in school and in life, Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed August as “School Readiness Month” in Virginia.  

Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 30 can start kindergarten this fall.  During “School Readiness Month,” parents of all children ages birth to five are reminded that early childhood, or the first five years of life, create the foundation for school readiness.  

In addition to the typical back to school shopping, there are important activities families can do to help their children get ready for the first day of school. 

Some tips from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation include:  adjusting bedtimes so that children will have enough sleep for those early-morning wakeup calls and enough time to eat a nutritious breakfast; encouraging young children to have listening ears, walking feet and inside voices when they’re in a group setting; praising children when they follow directions, take turns and treat others with kindness and respect; and talking to children about what to expect on the first day to make the transition easier. 

Most importantly, children need to be registered and all of their required paperwork submitted before school starts. When children are registered, the school then knows how to contact parents to share important information about bus schedules, events and activities that will help the child feel comfortable on the first day of school. A health exam is required and sometimes the need for additional screenings or immunizations are identified. To get answers to frequently asked questions about registration, parents can dial 2-1-1 on their phones from any location in Virginia or contact their specific school division.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The County of Henrico will host a Senior Forum at 9:30 a.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd. Citizens 60+ years of age are invited to have their voices heard. Goals of the forum include: identify concerns, problems and needs of seniors in local neighborhoods; establish program priorities within context of available resources; and help identify local resources to enhance or expand senior programs. Those interested in attending should contact Jelisa Turner at 501-5065 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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