School hours for students for the 2015-16 school year will remain the same as they are this year. This is a change from the previously approved calendar and is based on action taken by the School Board at its meeting on April 13, 2015. The revised calendar may be found by using this link. Please note that the only change is on the second page regarding the school hours for students. The middle and high school student hours were extended 5 minutes and the elementary school student hours were extended 10 minutes to make them the same as they are this year.

Madison: There are currently 11 General Contractors that are considering submitting a bid for the construction at Madison Elementary School. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid meeting at Madison on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for interested contractors to see the area of proposed construction. OWPR, Inc has been in direct contact with the reviewer from DEQ to finalize the revised calculations that validate the storm water drainage design. These will be submitted, via addendum, this week.

Caroline High School: There are currently 9 General Contractors that are considering submitting a bid for the construction at Caroline High School. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid meeting at Caroline High School on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for interested contractors to see the area of proposed construction. OWPR, Inc has been in direct contact with the reviewer from DEQ to finalize the revised calculations that validate the storm water drainage design. These will be submitted, via addendum, this week.

Bowling Green Elementary School: The large scale sample of epoxy terrazzo floor was installed over Spring Break at Bowling Green Elementary School. It is anticipated that all of the rejected polished concrete floors will have epoxy terrazzo installed over them this summer. The new epoxy terrazzo floors are expected to be completed prior to the opening of school in August.

At the Caroline County School Board meeting on April 13, 2015, Mrs. Lora Glass was named the Director of Special Education. Mrs. Glass comes to Caroline from Middlesex County Public Schools where she is currently serving as the Director of Exceptional Education and Federal Programs. Prior to that, she served as the Administrator of Special Education for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 9 years. Mrs. Glass received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Randolph College and her Master of Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Mrs. Glass as our new Director of Special Education and she will begin July 1, 2015.

On behalf of the Board and staff at Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area (SBRA), thank you for joining us once again as we promote school readiness in our region. We are excited to work with you on your “Ready Freddy” Kindergarten Enrollment Day on Tuesday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The SBRA staff has been working on publicity materials and other plans to assist you on your special enrollment day and throughout your Kindergarten Enrollment Month (March 23 – April 30).
1. Attached is a flier promoting Kindergarten Enrollment Month and Day (English & Spanish). Feel free to post and distribute.
2. We will be providing a “Ready Freddy” gift for the first 50 children who register. We will deliver them by April 20.
4. “Ready Freddy” will be visiting as many schools as possible on April 21.

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is working hard to spread the word about registering early for kindergarten.
Radio advertising we be on B101.5 this week, the week of April 27 and May 11.
Two ads will be in The Free Lance-Star.
Print and social media with Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine.
Rappahannock United Way will be helping to promote Kindergarten Enrollment Day.
The Childcare Network is helping to promote Kindergarten Enrollment Day through their listserv.
Fliers have been sent to our VSQI and Al’s Pals child care centers.
We are sponsoring two FREE Kindergarten Readiness events at the Children’s Museum – Fredericksburg on May 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and May 16 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Further details and a flier will be sent soon.

Feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions.

Sara Branner
Executive Director
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area
www.smartbeginningsra.org
Phone: 540.479.6944
FAX: 540.479.1018
sara@smartbeginningsra.org

The Virginia Department of Education, with support from the Virginia College Savings Plan, has developed Learn24VA, a digital learning portal designed to support digital learning across the Commonwealth. Learn24VA aggregates a collection of Web-based tools, applications, content, and courses to provide Virginia students, educators, and families with 24/7 access to high-quality learning resources. The site includes links to many digital tools, including the EduWidgets authoring system and the Infinite Learning Lab, as well as eMediaVA, the Commonwealth’s digital media repository. Learn24VA also provides a database of Virginia-approved online courses, searchable by subject, grade level, course type, keyword, or provider. The portal is accessible at www.learn24va.org.

For additional information, please contact Cheri Kelleher, coordinator for Virtual Virginia, at (804) 786-9281 or via e-mail at cheri.kelleher@virtualva.org.