CCPS Operating Budget for 2014/2015

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The following is a letter the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs has asked us to share with you:

Dear Families of Chesterfield County Public Schools:

Some of you may have heard that the 2014-2015 CCPS Operating Budget has been released, that cuts are proposed, and there is a significant gap to balance the CCPS budget.  Important core elements of public education are at risk in the coming year.  Without an increase in Chesterfield County tax rates, there may be considerable reductions or complete elimination of programs and services.

Our public schools are being starved.  Chesterfield County Public Schools’ operating budget was slashed more than 10 percent during the last five years.  CCPS has been forced to eliminate teachers, support staff, administrators, an entire administrative department, and utility costs.  Our public education system has been cut to the bone; so much that only eight of Virginia’s 132 school divisions pay LESS to educate a child than Chesterfield County does.  Some wear that as a badge of honor.  Others think CCPS is cheap!

A strong public school system keeps our community safe, provides upstanding and productive citizens, and attracts new businesses.  We cannot get there with 32 or more students in a class.  We cannot get there without adequately compensated, award-winning teachers armed with the tools to succeed.  We cannot get there without maintaining and updating our aging schools.

The operating budget proposed by Chesterfield County Public Schools requires additional revenue from county taxpayers.  It is time for our county government to step up and invest in our future.  Join the conversation and voice your opinion:

  • Email your county supervisors (copy your school board members) and tell them you want more money for public education:
    • Bermuda District:  Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, jaeckled@chesterfield.gov. School Board Member Carrie Coyner, ce_coyner@ccpsnet.net
    • Dale District: Supervisor Jim Holland, hollandj@chesterfield.gov. School Board Member David Wyman, ds_wyman@ccpsnet.net
    • Clover Hill District: Supervisor Art Warren, warrena@chesterfield.gov. School Board Member Dianne Smith, dh_smith@ccpsnet.net
    • Matoaca District: Supervisor Steve Elswick, elswicks@chesterfield.gov. School Board Member Tom Doland, tj_doland@ccpsnet.net
    • Midlothian District: Supervisor Daniel Gecker, geckerd@chesterfield.gov.  School Board Member Dr. Jim Schroeder, jr_schroeder@ccpsnet.net
  • Write a letter to the editor of any local paper to express your desire to fully fund the school division’s budget.
  • Speak at the school board’s public hearing on Feb 11 at 6:30 PM and tell them you are willing to advocate for Chesterfield County to fully fund the school division’s budget. (You can register to make public comment by contacting Carol Timpano at 804.748.1405 or carol_timpano@ccpsnet.net)
  • Forward this message to everyone you know!

You will find a summary of the budget presentation on the Chesterfield County Public Schools Homepage.

Our students’ futures are in our hands.  Our futures are in our students’ hands.  Make your voice heard!

Chesterfield County Council of PTAs

Amy Harbert
President
Chesterfield County Council of PTAs

Feed 23112!

Join us on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 AM for the official ribbon cutting ceremony!

Food Insecurity and Hunger are Real Problems in Virginia and here in our local area of 23112.

Of those individuals and families living above the poverty line, many can quickly plunge into a financial crisis by a lost job, a medical emergency, an unexpected expense or loss of income.  Up to 70% of Americans are vulnerable to food insecurity or hunger.  Hunger hurts both mental and physical health. It lowers performance in school and at work and the strain it causes can tear families apart.

Feed 23112 is a new concept developed by local groups in the zip code of 23112 who want to be sure all their friends, neighbors, and students know that there are groups who care about them and don’t want them to go hungry.

Feed 23112 has bee put together by the Brandermill Church, the Brandermill Community Association, Brandermill Regional Men’s Club, Clover Hill High School, Journey Christian Church, Clover Hill School Board Member Dianne Smith, and organizer and founder, Ann Marie Luhmann.

We have begun organizing a food bank and will be ready to distribute food in the very near future.  Food and supplies currently needed include:

  • Water
  • Capri Suns
  • Pop Tarts
  • Chef Boyardee
  • “Flip-top” soups (not tomato)
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • Mac’n'cheese
  • Cereal bars
  • Canned Meats
  • Spoons & forks
  • Napkins
  • Microwaveable bowls
  • Ziploc bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Soap

If you are someone in need or know of someone in need, or if you want to donate, please contact Ann Marie Luhmann at feed23112@gmail.com or call 804-639-4940 ext. 23112.  We will check messages regularly and get back to you soon.

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Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Fair 2013!

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Save the Date!

Barnes and Noble Brandermill will be holding a book fair Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24, 2013 to support the Clover Hill High School Library.   Print this flyer and use it every time you shop, a percentage of the net sale will be contributed to the Clover Hill High School Library.  If you purchase a book for the library, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a brand new Nook HD!

Attend online!

If you can’t visit the book fair in person, but still want to support your school, visitbn.com/bookfairs from November 22 through 29 and enter bookfair ID 11039310 at checkout.

B&N Fall 2013 – Book Fair Flyer with Vouchers

Dodgeball Tournament coming soon!

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Throw it!  Dodge It!

Get your teams together and join us for a great day of dodgeball!  Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM.  Arrive at 9:45 to sign in and get ready!

Plenty of prizes! Grand prize to the winning team!

$10.00 per person, no more than 10 people per team.  Each team must have at least 8 members.  Open to ages 14-21.

Please contact Ann Marie Luhmann with any questions at amluhmann@gmail.com.  Send completed forms to CHHS PTSA, 13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112.

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Sponsored by the Clover Hill High School PTSA.

Denim Drive Winners!

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Thanks to everyone who donated, CHHS wins the denim drive again!

 

2013 Denim Drive

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Do you need a new pair of jeans? Well, make room for them by bringing in at least one pair this week for our Denim Fundraiser. Let’s please not let some other school in the county win  – let’s show everyone what dedication we have! Check with your friends, your family, your teammates and co-workers – encourage them to give you their old jeans and bring them in to our big bin near the main office! As always, GO CAVS!!!

 

Join the Clover Hill High School PTSA at Chipotle on August 25!

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The Swift Creek Chipotle (13300 Rittenhouse Dr) will hold a fundraiser between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM benefiting the Clover Hill High School PTSA.

See the attached flyer!

50% of your order will benefit the PTSA!  See you there!

Start Saving Denim to Support CHHS PTA

Donate your gently used denim to support local charities (Goodwill, Communities in Schools of Chesterfield County) and Chesterfield County will support the PTA.

Clover Hill High School beat out all of the Chesterfield Counties schools last year to take 1st place with the most denim collected. We know it will be hard but we want to do it again. So we are sending this email to remind you to collect and save your denim for the PTSA. Starting September we will be asking you to bring in your denim that will be donated to local charities.

We won $1,500 last year with this fundraiser. Is this fabulous or what? Clean out your closets and help the PTSA. A win-win for everyone.

So let’s start collecting our old used denim. Thank you.

Ann Marie Luhmann, Fundraising PTSA

Post Prom 2013

Post-Prom 2013

Many thanks to Mr. Oscar Ruiz for these great pictures of Post Prom 2013!  You can view the full album of 140 pictures here.

Post Prom 2013 needs your help!

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Post prom is getting closer and closer!  As expenses have already begun to come in we would like you to consider making a donation. If every family could give $25, that money would go along way to help our kids have a night in a safe, alcohol free and drug free environment. We realize that not every family will be able to make that donation and some will be able to give more, just remember, no donation is too small and all donations are tax deductible.

The PTSA is sponsoring and funding this event on Saturday, May 18th. Last year everyone had a great time and more than 500 kids attended. We will be providing entertainment, food, prizes and activities throughout the night. To do this for so many young people is obviously a costly undertaking, but the results have been gratifying.  Now more than ever, we need your support to continue to provide a safe and substance free celebration for our students. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of a safe post-prom celebration – keeping our children safe after prom is a huge priority for the PTSA, and is our biggest event/project during the year.  DMV statistics show that fatalities and injuries from teen alcohol-related crashes decrease significantly thanks to community efforts like Clover Hill’s post prom.

The results would not be possible without the support of parents, faculty and our business and professional community.  As a parent of a Clover Hill HS student or a faculty member, we ask that you please consider donating to the Clover Hill Post Prom Fund.  If you are affiliated with a business that could contribute cash, new merchandise, gift certificates, free coupons or anything else suitable for prizes, we would be very grateful.   In-kind help with copying or postage would be very much appreciated, as would donations from area restaurants to feed all those hungry students.
Please consider the tax advantages in donating prizes or cash to the Post-Prom. Your support speaks loudly to our students; it lets them know that we, as a community, are behind them 100 percent in their desire to have fun with their friends and classmates while remaining safe, sober and drug free.

Please make a donation through our PayPal (below or at the top of every page), or you can mail your donation to:
Clover Hill Post Prom Fund
c/o Suzanne Stoker, Clover Hill HS PTSA Treasurer
2600 Whispering Oaks Place
Midlothian, VA   23112


If you can help by donating merchandise or any in-kind services, or if you know of a business that would like to contribute, please contact Stephanie Lusby at sdlusby@gmail.com ,  804-601-0585 (home),or  404-271-2010 (cell).

Merchandise and prizes can be mailed or delivered to:  Stephanie Lusby, 4501 Heritage Woods Lane, Midlothian, VA   23112

Thank you for your support of our kids and the PTSA.

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