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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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter conducts support group meetings to provide the community with an opportunity to meet for mutual support and to exchange coping skills. A group for caregivers will meet at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., Room 163. For details, call 967-2580. Full text

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