5th Grade Graduation News

Please click the link below for our fact sheet and permission form for the 5th grade graduation ceremony and pool party. It contains a great deal of important information, so please take a moment to review it.

The highlights:

  • When and where:  June 4th at 9:00 a.m. in the RES cafeteria.
  • The pool party follows at the Goochland Family YMCA from 10:30 to 2:30. Lunch is provided and volunteers are needed to help out.
  • A professional photographer will be at the ceremony. You can order prints using the attached form.
  • There is a suggested contribution of $5 per student to help offset the cost of the occasion.
  • The deadline for returning the permission form is Friday, May 23rd. 


Graduation ceremony and pool party form:  5th Grade Grad Form

Are you ready for Field Day fun?




The annual battle is on, Friday, April 25th:  Green vs. Gold for the RES Trophy!


The grade levels will go two classes at a time, rotating among four games inside, snack or lunch, then continuing to four games outside.


This will only require two volunteers per class, helping the class through either the inside game time or the outside games. We will also need two volunteers to serve as runners for two grade levels.


The GREAT thing about this plan is that you can sign up to volunteer for your child’s class so that you don’t miss any of the excitement!


Please sign up to help with Field Day using the link below:




Thanks again for all of your support! Please feel free to contact Leigh Paulin (leighpaulin@comcast.net)or Kerri Nagle (naglekerri@gmail.com) with any questions.


Caroline Juran, RES PTA


Year-round schooling? Curious? GCPS would like your opinion.

Good afternoon parents of GCPS elementary students.

GCPS invites you to participate in a brief survey designed to gather your opinions regarding the feasibility of a year-round school pilot in one of our elementary schools. Please follow this link to give us your feedback.

Thank you for participating. Your input is critical to our study.

Amie Potter
Year-Round School Feasibility Coordinator
Goochland County Public Schools

5th Grade Graduation Meeting

gradcapsIt’s hard to believe that graduation will be here before we know it!  The new date for the ceremony is Wednesday, June 4th.

The 5th grade teachers have met, and the bones of the plan are in place.  We’d like your help in putting it all together.  If you’re able to help organize and execute this event, you’re invited to attend a planning meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd at 3:15 at RES.  If you’d to help but cannot attend the meeting, please email Liza Dameron at dameron23@aol.com.

We would like to create a photographic journey of our children’s time at RES. The slide show will be shown prior to the start of the graduation ceremony.

We need your help to create this slideshow. We’re looking for pictures from kindergarten through 5th grade: candid shots of your child participating in RES activities, having fun with Roadrunner friends, or interacting with RES teachers and staff. (No yearbook photos, please.)

Please send digital photos in jpg format (no larger than 1MB per photo) to Kendall Hoffler at khoffler@comcast.net.  All photos must be submitted by Friday, May 16. Thank you for helping us create this unforgettable walk down memory lane!

Snow Day 17: One Mom’s Perspective

Leigh Ann Pruitt is an RES parent and chairperson of this year’s Reflections Contest. She graciously agreed to share her thoughts about the effects of this school year’s weird winter weather on everyday life at the Pruitt house.  Thanks, Leigh Ann!

Remember back to our first snow day? (Was it December? I’m not really sure anymore.) Today is Day 17, and I’m wondering if tomorrow might be Day 18. In my house, no one wants to go outside anymore. No sledding requests, no snowman requests…nothing.

Back on one of the early snow days, we did go outside to play – we really did! It took us about 15 minutes to get everyone zipped, buckled, boots on, mittens on. They would stay out for ten minutes, come back in, and leave something like this at the front door. Awesome.


I’ve come to realize that snow days can bring two extremes out in us.  First, there are the days when we are as much, if not more, excited than the kids. On these days, we are the first to throw snowballs, break out the sleds, begin the snowman, and get the hot chocolate ready. Then there are the days that we literally weep when the phone rings at 5:30 in the morning, knowing exactly what we will hear when we pick up:   “Hello. You have an important message from Goochland County Public Schools. To listen to this message, please press 1.”  Sound familiar?

Note to working parents: I commend you. I cannot imagine the childcare (re-) arrangements required by this school year. They add another layer of complication, and you each deserve a gold medal for having done it.

I love a snow day. (Notice I said “a snow day,” as in ONE snow day.) I love the surprise break it gives to the schedule, and the excuse to watch a movie, pop popcorn, bake cookies, and sleep a little later. But once snow days became our normal schedule, challenges began. We stayed up late, slept late, and had zero structure to our day. No hairbrush was touched for days (which led to one girl cutting the gigantic tangle out as a solution, which, in turn, led to an emergency hair cut).  And pajamas were just traded for different pajamas. Each day it seemed okay, because at the time, we had no idea just how many snow days we would have. Before I knew it, snow days that had once looked like this:


and this:


had morphed into days that looked like this:


So here we are: waiting to hear about tomorrow and waiting to hear how today’s snow day will impact the necessary school hours; wondering if my second grader has forgotten all the continents for her upcoming test, and why my preschooler forgot the name of her best friend at school. (True!)

But in the midst of this, we’ve become pretty good at navigating a snow day, right? In my house, my girls are brushing their hair every day now, no matter what. I’m sure you have adjusted your original snow day protocol, too.

But we can do it, Roadrunner parents and teachers! The end is in sight. If you’re like me, you look at the 10-day forecast regularly, checking for better weather.  And I have news: it’s coming! We’ll see each other at the pool and say, “It’s so hot today!”  I promise.

So tomorrow might be another snow day…at this point, we’re experts.

Snow Day 18, bring it.

Spaghetti Dinner Night: a sneak peek at all of the items up for auction!

Silent Auction Items

1.) Acme Fire place wood gloves value=$35
2.) Mad Science – In Class Workshop/science field trip w/out the bus (in school session, for entire class) value=$129.00
3.) Coleman’s Florist (Centerville Location) pink silk floral arrangement value=$27.50
4.) River City Gift certificate and t-shirt value=$100.00
5.) Chuck E. Cheese 1 large 1 topping pizza, 4 drinks, 30 game tokens value=$29.00
6.) Dr. Glick Dentistry Take home teeth whitening kit value=$250.00
7.) Cardinal Camera: 1 free 11×14 Enlargement, Free 11×14 Canvas Wrap, Free 8.5 Linen Cover Photo Book value=$ 100.00
8.) Goochland Animal Clinic Free: Annual wellness Exam for a cat or dog value=$100.00
9.) Master Cho’s 2 free uniforms and 2 weeks of class value=$200 each / Total=$400.00
10.) Kangaroo Jacks 10 free visits walk in bounce sessions value=$55
11.) Victory Lady 1 month free value=$35
12.) Hermitage Country Club Round of golf for 4, and cart fees Value=$368.00
13.) Boggy’s Sport Park 5 complimentary passes, either 1 small bucket, 1 round mini golf, or 5 batting cage tokens value=$40.00
14.) Ethan Allen value=$100
15.) Young Chef’s Academy 1 drop in class session value=$30.00
16.) Richmond Squirrels (4 tickets to 1 game) value=$44
17.) Family Chiropractor certificate for free spinal analysis, consultation, exam,and X-rays, and pillow value=$300.00
18.) Dr. Murchie Family Dentistry teeth whitening in office value=$250 X 2 =$500.00
19.) Kathy Nails 10172 West Broad Street location value=$12.00
20.) Jumpology 2 Flight Passes value=$24.00
21.) Aspire Dace Academy 1 summer session value=$70
22.) Palm Beach Tan 1 free month, and 1 free Versa Spa Sunless Tan value=$65
23.) Bundle of Joy sign up by March 31st, 4th week Free Tuition value=$250 (plus $25 Food Lion gift card)
24.) Sycamore Creek 3 series lessons with Golf Pro Gray Thouron value=$120.00
25.) Bowl America 6 person party value=$100.00
26.) Faith Photography mini photo session value=$120.00
27.) Bricks for Kids towards Birthday Party value=$50.00
28.) Young Rembrants towards Summer program value=$50.00
29.) Goochland Custom Builders ceramic pig value=$35.00
30.) Lisa’s Companion Services: up to 4 hours of elderly care (sitting, light meals, no hands-on care.) value=$60
31.) Bowl America Short Pump location, Party for 6 value=$100.00
32.) Agee’s ( West Broad Street location) Lime Green child’s small helmet value=$29.99
33.) Merchant’s Tire# 419 Short Pump location, 3 Oil change packages at $60 each, total value=$180.00
34.) Rainbow Station (get well place for mildly sick children) 5 Get Well Baskets at $220 each total value=$1,100.00
35.) Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair $5 gift card vouchers ( hand out at auction table)
36.) School of Rock certificate for any music programs, and t-shirt value= $300
37.) YMCA- (Goochland Location ) 1 free week to Camp Gooch value=$145.00
38.) Sweet Frog gift certificate value=$85
39.) Goochland Parks and Rec, activity series summer camp
40.) Mathnasium tuition credit
41.) GUSA soccer credit
42.) GYAA Football Cheerleading credit
43.) Goochland HS Bulldogs Football Tickets
44.) Wendell Powell Studio Portrait Session, 11×14
45.) Wendell Powell Girls’ Night Out for 11, 25 4×6 photo book

Fun with Teachers

1.) Bogey’s Sports Park for 2 with Tysinger
2.) Breakfast for 6 with the 4th grade teachers
3.) Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for 2 with Martin
4.) Color me Mine for 1 with Alvis
5.) Nature Hike/Picnic RES for 3 with Gates
6.) Lunch & Movie for 2 with Jackson and Gill
7.) Ice Cream Party for 4 with Shannonhouse and Ross
8.) Courtyard Sundaes for 4 with the 2nd grade teachers
9.) Movie, Shopping and Lunch for 2 with Lawson
10.) Sweet Frog for 2 with Ross

Classroom Baskets


Martin:  Wild About Baking

Austin:  Arts & Crafts Galore

Alvis:  Kitchen Crazy

Tysinger:  Friday Pizza Night

Neiditich:  For Dogs Only

1st Grade

Pechan:  Fun at the Beach

S. Wilson:  Precious Pets

Biggs:  Friday Fun Gift Cards

2nd Grade

Dinger:  At the Car wash

Vaughan:  Family Fun

K. Wilson:  “Treat Yourself” Gift Cards

3rd Grade

Gates:  Gardening

Gooding:  Wine & Cheese, Please

Gentry:  Snack Shack

Lawson:  Weekend Fun Gift Cards

4th Grade

Ferguson:  Outside Fun

Hadd:  Fiesta Fun

Rowan-Turner:  Take a Hike

5th Grade

Hatcher:  Rainy Day Fun

Sowers:  Family Movie Night

Gill:  Spectacular Sports

Jackson:  Lawn & Garden Help

Updated PTA Bylaws for your review

Dear PTA members,


Every five years, our PTA reviews its bylaws and then sends the updated document to our National PTA for approval.  This year happens to be our 5th year, and the bylaws have been updated and are ready for review by our membership.  Click the link below to access the document.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the bylaws, please contact Liza Dameron at dameron23@aol.com.  They will be voted on to approve on March 7, 2014.



Thank you,

The Bylaws Committee:

Liza Dameron

Kendall Hoffler

Shannon Whitlock

Stephanie Casey


It’s not too late to get a Roadrunner Tervis!

Did you see those very cool Tervis Tumblers we’re selling right now? A flyer with all of the details came home in backpacks recently, and we have samples set up on the counter in the main office. New this year are insulated sport water-bottles.

Didn’t send in the form with your order? Not to worry:  we extended the ordering deadline to March 7th, AND to make it really easy, Shannon Whitlock will be in the Library Media Center on Spaghetti Dinner Night (March 7th –but you knew that already) from 5 to 6:30 to take your order. You can pay with cash, check, or credit card.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon at smwhitlock@hotmail.com.


The Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction is right around the corner and we need your help.

The Randolph PTA’s annual fundraiser is coming up soon:  Friday, March 7th, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Make your dinner reservations in advance to guarantee your meal choice (or that you’ll have a meal at all: we’ve sold out in previous years!)  This year you can choose between spaghetti or pizza from Dominos. To reserve yours, return this form to school ASAP:  SpaghettiDinnerFlyer2014
  • Your child’s room parent(s) are collecting items for the classroom auction baskets. Each basket has a theme, and you should have received a letter from your room parent telling you what’s needed. Remember: items don’t have to be brand new, and gift cards always rock.
  • An army runs on its stomach, but our events run on VOLUNTEERS, and to pull off an event like this one, we need many — volunteers, that is. (Although we do need lots of stomachs as well.)  Please take a look at the signup page to see where help is still needed:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F45A9AC28A20-spaghetti
  • This year the Book Fair will be running, too, so if you missed a chance to get there during the week, you’ll have a chance to browse and purchase great books. The “Book Fair Fiesta” will be held in Room 104.

This is always a fun night for the entire family: No dinner to fix (!), good food, lots of games to keep the  kids busy while you go check out the very cool items up for auction in the Media Center, and the Book Fair.

PTA hopes to see you there!

Interested in fun, after-school classes for the kids? Don’t wait too long.

Folks, your last chance to sign up for the Randolph Elementary School After-School Classes is approaching fast. The deadline to register is this Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The after school programs are held from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays:  February 25, March 4, March 11, and March 18.

Listed below are the classes with the openings remaining:

Fun with Literature – 7 opens spots
Mad Science – 8 open spots

Master Cho’s – 1 open spot

Picture Perfect – 4 open spots
School of Rock – 7 open spots
Touch Football – 5 open spots

Wild About Animals -6 open spots

Young Rembrandts – 10 open


Turn in the registration form  TODAY to secure a spot! Need a form? Click the link below.