Jan 11

Picture Day Jan. 19 – 21

Sign up now to reserve your child’s appointment!

Families will sign up for a 5-minute time slot with Strawbridge to take their school picture. Use this link to sign up.

Families will stay in their car until their appointment time. No more than 2 students inside the gym per appointment time.

At your designated appointment time (wearing a mask), come to the right-hand gym door (closest to the cafeteria) and an adult will ask the COVID visitor screening questions and take your child’s temperature. If you and your child can answer “no” to all of the questions and your child doesn’t have a temperature above 100.4, then your child will proceed to the photographer.

Parents will wait outside. At that time, the child will remove his or her mask in order to take the photo. After the photo is taken, the child will replace the mask and exit the gym from the far gym door (closet to the stage). The parent or guardian should meet the child outside the far gym door.

Yearbook Purchase

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Jan 11

Instructional Material/Library Book Distribution

Wednesday, January 20th – Instructional Material/Library Book Distribution:

Distribution will be 3:00 pm-6:00 pm (This is a change)

To help avoid long lines we are suggesting times based on your last name. If that time doesn’t work for you, it is ok to come at other times during the window.  Please remember to display your child’s name, grade, and teacher.

  • 3:00-4:00: A-I

  • 4:00-5:00: J-R

  • 5:00-6:00: S-Z

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Dec 06

Variance Request Deadline

There are deadlines for requesting a variance, as allowed by HCPS policy, to another HCPS school. The deadline to request a variance for students currently in grades 8 – 11 is February 15, 2021. The deadline for students currently in grades 1 – 7 is March 15, 2021. Students entering kindergarten for the 2021- 2022 school year have 30 days from the date of enrollment to request a variance. Students who move after the deadline have 30 calendar days from the date of a move to request a variance.

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Nov 22

PTA Reflections Contest

CTE just concluded our Reflections contest.  We had a huge turnout with amazing student projects.  Check out these fantastic presentations. A big shout out to our PTA and specifically, Joanna St Jacques and Heather Kirschner for taking the lead on this amazing program. This is just one of many examples of how our PTA supports the school.  We are so proud of all the students who let their creative juices flow!  I know that you will agree that they did a fantastic job!

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Nov 19

What’s the status of Henrico County Public Schools’ 3 ‘redistricting priority areas’?

Henrico, Va., Nov. 19, 2020 — Input and information sessions on three HCPS school attendance boundary “priority areas” have concluded, with one proposal put on hold and the School Board seeking further input on the other two. An update on the proposals, commonly referred to as “redistricting”:

  • At the Nov. 12 School Board meeting, members decided to postpone the proposal related to the way students are assigned to Quioccasin Middle School. It will be revisited for further public discussion in fall 2021.
  • The Board is still seeking public input on two other proposals:
    • Provide written comments anytime by using the General Feedback Form on the HCPS redistricting webpage: https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/
    • Submit written public comments specifically for the Dec. 10 School Board meeting by going to the School Board’s page: https://henricoschools.us/school-board/ (Please note that the public comments form is different than the “General Feedback Form” on the redistricting page, but all comments are carefully reviewed and considered.)
    • The Board will hold a Jan. 14 public hearing on the redistricting proposals for the two priority areas. Depending on the status of the pandemic, the public hearing may be virtual.
    • Jan. 29 (tentative): Possible School Board vote on redistricting changes.
  • The three information and input sessions have concluded, but you can view videos of the sessions at https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/.

The two ongoing proposals for implementation in fall 2021 are:

Effectively using additional capacity at Holladay Elementary School

This proposal would move some preschool students at other schools to Holladay Elementary School, which will double its capacity when a current construction project is completed. The moves would free up instructional space at Crestview, Dumbarton, Johnson, Lakeside, Longan and Echo Lake elementary schools.

Addressing overcapacity at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge elementary schools

This proposal would address overcapacity at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge by moving some students to other schools. Besides Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge, other schools that may be affected are Kaechele, Longan, Springfield Park, Twin Hickory and Echo Lake elementary schools.

A third proposal, for elementary feeder patterns into Quioccasin Middle School has been postponed and will be revisited in fall 2021. This proposal would realign the feeder patterns for Quioccasin Middle School, reducing from three to two the number of high schools that Quioccasin students attend. It would also reduce the number of middle schools that feed J.R. Tucker High School from five to four. Under the proposal, students at MaybeuryElementary School would attend Quioccasin Middle School instead of Tuckahoe Middle School. Students at Skipwith Elementary School, and Jackson Davis Elementary School students who live north of Three Chopt Road would attend Tuckahoe Middle School instead of Quioccasin. Colonial Trail Elementary School students who live in the Trails at Short Pump and the Crossings at Short Pump would attend Pocahontas Middle School and Mills Godwin High School instead of Quioccasin Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School.

See links to interactive maps of the proposals at https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/.

A 2019-20 comprehensive countywide redistricting process had been scheduled to be phased in beginning this year. The School Board announced in April that it would delay that process to allow the community to focus on the public health crisis. In September, the Board announced that it would discontinue the comprehensive process and focus instead on solutions for the three specific areas of concern described above.

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Nov 11

Happy Veterans Day

~ CTES Salute to Veterans ~

Colonial Trail honors all who served.

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Sep 27

How to Check Out Library Books Online

Mrs. LeClair and Mrs. Hitch LOVE for our Cubs to have plenty of books to read!   Check out this cool video Mrs. LeClair made to show you how to check out books from home! 

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Sep 21

Free Meals to ALL Students 18 Years and Younger

HCPS will provide students with free meals. (You do not need to qualify for free or reduced lunch to participate.)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that, in accordance with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the universal meals distribution in effect since the spread of the pandemic in March would be continued through Dec. 31.

Among the features of the HCPS plan:

  • Free meals are available to any child 18 or younger at all HCPS school locations and identified bus stops.
  • Parents and guardians can pick up meals at any HCPS location regardless of where their student is enrolled.
  • Parents and guardians don’t need to provide student names or I.D. numbers to receive meals.
  • Families are strongly encouraged to apply for free and reduced-priced meals benefits, in order to participate after the current meals program expires Jan. 1, 2021.

School curbside service

Distribution of free meals will take place at all elementary, middle and high schools.

  • Monday through Thursday (Friday meals are distributed on Thursdays.)
  • 7-9 a.m.: Hot breakfasts (when available) and cold lunches.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Hot lunches as well as cold breakfasts for the next day.

Neighborhood distribution using school buses

HCPS buses will distribute free school meals to neighborhoods two days a week. Participants should follow social distancing and mask guidelines at bus stops.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, buses will distribute meals for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesdays, breakfasts and lunches will be distributed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as Monday breakfast.
  • Buses will make 30-minute stops at each location, between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Neighborhood meals distribution bus stops:

  • Blue Ocean Lane and Calm Harbor Drive (Colonial Trail E.S., Short Pump M.S., Deep Run H.S., 12:10-12:40 p.m.)
  • Arbor Creek Drive and Arbor Creek Way (Colonial Trail E.S., Quioccasin M.S., J.R. Tucker H.S., 12:55-1:25 p.m.)


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Aug 30

Helpful Resources for Online Learning

Henrico County Public SchoolsHere are some resources provided by HCPS which will be helpful as we begin online instruction:

HCPS Student Virtual Learning Support – In support of Mission Forward – Online for the First Nine, Henrico has a virtual version of many traditional school day experiences.

HCPS Online Support for Families– Once you are on the page, click the 6 circles at the bottom (Device Support, Clever Support, Schoology Support, etc.). These take you to slideshow or video that gives you valuable information about each one.

HCPS Digital Learning Resources for Elementary Families–  This document provides an overview of the digital learning resources with which all Henrico elementary students (grades PreK-5) and their families will interact.



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Aug 30


By joining the PTA, you help us meet our school’s needs that are outside the scope of their budget. It’s also a great way to stay informed about what’s happening at school, and connect in meaningful ways with other parents.

There are no requirements of your membership but, when you go a step further and volunteer to help with events—or join our board— you set a fine example for our students to follow, and greatly encourage our teachers and staff. A one year membership is only $10 for 2 adults.  Our goal is 1 PTA membership per student.   Click here to join.

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