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.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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