Mar 24

HCPS Community

To the entire Henrico community,

Moments ago, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that all public schools in Virginia would be closed for the remainder of the current school year in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Like you, I am stunned and saddened to be seeing those words become a reality. However, Henrico County Public Schools fully supports all that is necessary to ensure the long-term health and safety of our community.

A decision of this magnitude creates an entire universe of new questions that we will begin to answer for you. We will be updating any previously communicated information and guidance, and we promise to stay in touch as all of the information that’s important to you becomes more clear. For now, we felt it was important to pass along today’s major announcement as soon as we found out.

Updates will continue to be posted to our COVID-19 page:

Thank you for reading, and please know that the Henrico County Public Schools team will be here with you every step of the way. We will continue to get through this together.



Amy E. Cashwell, Ed.D.


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Mar 24

Monday Morning Announcements & Challenges


Greetings Cub Families,

As I mentioned in my previous communication, staying connected is of the utmost importance these days. To that end, I would like to let you know about some of the things that the CTE staff has planned for the upcoming weeks to keep everyone connected and engaged.  This is the plan:

On Mondays, we will do morning announcements on our school’s Facebook page. During announcements, we will announce things like trail challenges for the week and celebrate birthdays.  The rest of the week we will be posting a variety of challenges from the CTES staff.

We look forward to challenging Cubs, young and old, to participate and share all the amazing things they are doing.  The easiest way to take part in these activities is to join Facebook & Instagram. You can connect with the school at:

Facebook – @colonialtrailelem

Instagram – @colonialtrailcubs

We have also created a Google Photo site for your cubs to share their challenges without posting on Facebook.

Finally, we are setting up a site dedicated to student book reviews.  We would love to hear about what books our cubs are reading and what they think about them.

I hope everyone is up for the Trail Challenges!  Remember, be well and…

Go Cubs!

Mr. Schatz

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Mar 22

An important message for all of our HCPS employees, families and community:

An important message for all of our HCPS employees, families and community:

I’m writing today to let you know that the closure of Henrico County Public Schools and offices will be extended for an additional two weeks (through Spring Break), due to our community’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For your planning purposes, this means that the earliest possible date that schools and offices reopen will be Tuesday, April 14. (Monday, April 13 was already a staff and student holiday.)

Like you, we continue to keep a close eye on local, state and national health recommendations, and we can’t rule out the possibility that this information will change again. I know there are so many changes happening at what feels like lightning speed. Let’s address some of them, bit by bit, as of today:

What does this mean for the next month? On our website, we’ve updated the answers to several commonly asked questions that affect employees, students and families in the long term (for example: Testing, length of the school year, specialty center applications, athletics, and more). Please know that there are many more questions that we will continue to answer throughout this situation.

In the short term, here are some important reminders about the rest of this week:

Internet access for our students, laptop repair: During Henrico Schools’ closure for coronavirus, vans are being stationed at four HCPS high schools to act as mobile technology hubs for students and school division staff. The hubs are designed to support virtual learning in two ways: enable up to 400 students and staff members who don’t have home internet access to get it through distribution of Wi-Fi hot-spot devices; and provide a way for HCPS-issued laptops to be repaired and exchanged. The vans are open weekdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. at:

  • Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Douglas Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.

School meals: Starting Thursday, HCPS will add seven additional food distribution sites and an eighth on Monday, bringing to 14 the number of sites where students can pick up free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the school division’s closure for coronavirus. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others 18 and under. Please note that adults must be accompanied by each child who needs a meal. Pick-up hours are scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon.

Original meal distribution sites (M-F, 11 a.m.-noon):

  • Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Glen Lea Elementary School, 3909 Austin Ave., Henrico, Va. 23222
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, Va. 23075
  • Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238
  • Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31, 5301 Huntsman Road, Sandston, Va. 23150

Additional meal sites opening Thursday, March 19, 11 a.m.-noon:

  • Campus of Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
  • Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227
  • Longan Elementary School, 9200 Mapleview Ave., Henrico, Va. 23294
  • Montrose Elementary School, 2820 Williamsburg Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen St., Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Ridge Elementary School, 8910 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229
  • Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave., Sandston, Va. 23150

Meal site opening Monday, March 23, 11 a.m.-noon:

  • Ward Elementary School, 3400 Darbytown Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

Donations: How can you help? HCPS is accepting donations for Henrico families in need, to serve as supplemental food and supplies on weekends during the HCPS closure period. So far, more than $27,000 in monetary donations have been received by the Henrico Education Foundation. Thank you!

Distance learning: Students have been provided access to instructional activities through virtual and distance learning approaches. Our goal is to ensure that all students have digital and nondigital resources that allow them the option to learn and grow, even outside of school.

Stay informed: Do you have questions about how the COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting Henrico County government operations? Henrico County has set up an information line for citizens at 804-501-5655. The line is staffed by county employees, and operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

A similar line has been set up to answer Henrico County employees’ questions at 804-501-5623.

Also, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have opened a public hotline at 804-205-3501 for health and medical questions related to COVID-19. The line is staffed every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, including health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health, go to the Henrico County government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

In closing, thank you for your continued creativity and flexibility as we confront the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

I join our great partner and friend, County Manager John Vithoulkas, in reaffirming our shared mission: we will continue to serve our community while taking the precautions necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone, including you and your families. Thank you for all you are doing. Simply put, you are the best.



Amy E. Cashwell, Ed. D.

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Mar 22

Virtual Spirit Days at CTES!

Dear families,

We invite you to connect with the Colonial Trail school community by participating in Virtual Spirit Days!!!  Our goal is to encourage connection, normalcy, build relationships, and have fun!!!

Please share pictures of your children and the family participating!  We look forward to keeping in touch with everyone!!!

Tag Colonial Trail on:

Facebook – @colonialtrailelem.   Feel free to add pics to our daily post!!

Instagram – @colonialtrailcubs

Twitter – @colonialtrail


Colonial Trail Spirit Days

Wed., March 18 – Wacky Hair Day!   Who cares what your hair looks like when you are at home!

Thursday, March 19 – First day of spring!  Go outside and find some signs of spring – buds on trees & bushes, flowers in bloom, birds chirping, squirrels scampering around, and more!

Friday, March 20 – Wacky Tacky Friday!  Wear wacky mismatched clothes – who cares if you have on stripes, plaid, and polka dots!

Monday, March 23 – Cartoon day!  Read your favorite cartoon and then create your own cartoon!

Tuesday, March 24 – Toy day!  Pick out your favorite toy and come up with a new way to play with it!

Wednesday, March 25 – Workout day!  Go outside to play or go to and get moving!  It’s free!

Thursday, March 26 – Share your favorite reading spot! Don’t forget to include your reading buddy ~ parent, sibling, pet, stuffed animal, etc.

Friday, March 27 – Whew – you have been working hard, so relax and  wear your pajamas all day!


We miss seeing your cherished children, so join us in some virtual fun!!!

Stay safe.





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Mar 16

Distance Learning


Hello Cub Nation!


While our students are out of school for the next two weeks, it is important that they continue learning. Our Elementary Specialists have compiled meaningful learning activities in core content areas (reading, math, science, and social studies) to help maintain our students’ learning. Today, our teachers shared directions with our students about these learning activities. They have been compiled in a packet, which will be sent home in our stingers’ backpacks.


Grades K-1 Distance Learning Packet 

Grades 2-3 Distance Learning Packet

Grades 4-5 Distance Learning Packet  


On the top of the packet is a letter explaining to families about distance learning. Please check for these items in your child’s backpack. If your child was not at school today you are welcome to pick up the paper copies of packets at school on Monday, March 16th from 7 am to 4 pm..


It is expected that students are to return the following from this Distance Learning packet:

• Performance Task project

• Choice Board Document (indicating which learning experiences they completed during their distance learning experience)


The county also has provided additional online resources to enhance their distance learning experience, which you can access on this Distance Learning Website.


On this site, you will find additional explanation of distance learning, access to the non-digital packets, and the letter to families. At the bottom of the home screen, you will find grade-level specific tabs and a resources tab for additional online learning activities.

(Please contact your child’s teacher if you are unable to access their appropriate Distance Learning Packet.


Also, all students who attended school today visited the library to get a total of 5 books to read during their distance learning time. Feel free to ask them about what they are reading as well as ask about the characters, setting, problem, solution, and sequence of information.


Here are two additional announcements:


Keep in mind that the Festival for the Arts scheduled to be at Deep Run High School this Saturday has been postponed to Saturday, May 2nd. Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, summer school registration packets went home but are also available for viewing on this site. If your child was not here today to receive a hard copy of the brochure, you can pick it up in the main office on Monday, March 16th from 7 am to 4 pm.


In partnership,


Mr. Schatz

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Mar 16

Colonial Trail E. S. Counseling  Resources for Families 

Colonial Trail E. S. Counseling

Resources for Families


March 16, 2020

Dear Cub Families:

We know there is much uncertainty right now, but we believe it is important for all of us to take care of ourselves and our families. While we are away to ensure we are staying physically healthy, we also want to make sure we are taking care of our mental and emotional health. During this time, we understand many different feelings and thoughts can arise. We want to provide resources to help support you and your families while we are navigating this period away from Colonial Trail.  Here are a few links to resources on how to talk to our students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and coping skills.

Managing Fear and Anxiety During Health Pandemic 

Video made for kids about the Coronavirus  and How to talk to your young children about the virus

25 Mindfulness Activities for Kids and Teens

Calming Anxiety – Coping Skills for Kids

Deep Breathing Exercises for Kids


In the event you need access to mental health services, here is the information for Henrico Mental Health Services.

Phone Number: 804-727-8100

East End Location: 

4825 S. Laburnum Avenue

Henrico, VA 23231


Joannie Reece

School Counselor 


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Mar 11

Read Across America Week!

The Kindergarten Teachers at CTES Celebrate Read Across America Week!

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Mar 11

Mrs. Chambers’ 5th Grade Class Makerspace Presentations

Mrs. Chambers’ 5th Grade class presented their Makerspace presentations in front of a panel of leaders from the county.  The students where presented with the challenge of designing a makerspace and designing carts for CTES’ new Moblie Makerspace! The students did an amazing job creating designs on Tinkercad, creating vision boards, creating and balancing budgets on Google Spreadsheets, and creating a slide presentation and pitch.  It was great accomplishment!  Congrats!


Mrs. Chambers’ 5th Grade Class


Mrs. Hartman, Mr. Schatz, Dr. Cashwell, Ms. Franklin






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Mar 11

Check out CTES’ New Gaga Pit! Thank You PTA!

Check out CTES’ New Gaga Pit! Thank You PTA!  4th Grade students enjoying the Gaga Pit!

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Mar 11

Rubik’s Cube Team Wins 2nd Place at Regional Competition

Rubik’s Cube Team Wins 2nd Place at Regional Competition! Congrats! 


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