Henrico County Public Schools’ Family Learning Series

February 20, 2020

Your family needs information: Henrico County Public Schools’ Family Learning Series is here to help

Henrico, Va. Feb. 20, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ winter/spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as vaping prevention, how to incorporate family time into your busy schedule, and providing support for LGBTQ students. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities across Henrico County.

For details on the sessions, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series-winter-spring-2020/.

To register for workshops, email ansimms@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787. Teachers who attend will earn recertification points.

Henrico Schools Winter/Spring Family Learning Series:

  •  “Vaping Prevention Parent and Guardian Workshop” (Feb. 27 from 6:30-8 p.m.)

Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

  • “IEP 1, 2, 3!” (March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m.; sessions in English and Spanish)

Center for Global Citizenship at J.R. Tucker High School, 2910 Parham Road, Henrico, Va. 23294

  • “LGBTQ+: Everyone Needs an Ally” (March 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.

J.R. Tucker High School library, 2910 Parham Road, Henrico, Va. 23294

  • “Raising Children: Parents, Where is Your Village?” (March 25 from 6:30-8 p.m.)

Fairfield Area Library, 1401 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 23223

  • “Quality Family Time: How to Fit It In” (April 8 from 12:30-1 p.m.)

Online class. For more information and a workshop link, email ansimms@henrico.k12.va.us.

  • “Homework Help! Supporting Student Success” (April 22 from 6:30-8 p.m.)

Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St., Henrico, Va. 23230

Calendar Updates and News You Can Use

February 10, 2020

  • Feb. 9th – The student & parent Course Selection window is open until 10 PM on February 9, 2020.
  • Feb. 10- Day 2
  • Feb. 11- WHI & Art 1 Field Trip to VMFA
  • Feb. 12 -14 – Access Testing and Mock Writing Test
  • Feb. 13 – Sweetheart Dance 5:30-7:30 pm.  Semi-formal or classic dress attire.
  • Feb. 14 – “No One Eats Alone” Day
  • Feb. 17 – President’s Day (Half-Day dismissal)
  • New variance deadlines for the 2020-2021 school year.  The new High School Variance deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is February 17, 2020,  for parents of rising 8th graders & April 15, 2020, for parents of 6th and 7th graders
  • Feb. 19Spring Pictures!  The order form will be sent home with each student.  Payment must be received the day of the pictures are taken.
  • “Saturdays with Scientists” is starting up soon for physical science and life science students. Saturdays with Scientists is a FREE opportunity for students to perform science experiments that are led by scientists from the community on 6 Saturdays here at Rolfe. The students perform the experiments on their own under the supervision of scientists and draw their own conclusions. Transportation is provided. Contact your child’s science teacher for more information.
  • JRMS Families, please continue to donate items to the clothing bin in our parking lot. Items may include shoes, jewelry, handbags, clothes, or any textile/cloth. Please seal items in a bag that ties shut.
  • Yearbook Announcement:  Attention 8th-grade parents! The Yearbook staff is now offering you the opportunity to Holla for $2 dollars! Want to give a special shout out to your son or daughter as they prepare to leave their middle school years behind, well here is your chance! Send me the message and the money in a sealed envelope and I will insert your special note in the book just for them.  ~Mrs. Sheppard
  • PTSA Spring Festival – Save the date for March 28, 2020

Charitable Giving at Rolfe

February 10, 2020

Ladies of Focus is still collecting toiletries and purses for their community service project. Their goal is to fill 100 donated purses with toiletries for the homeless. Please, help us to reach our goal. Donations can be given to Mrs. James or Ms. Freeman. Please help us to be the change we want to see in the world.

Power Outage Update

February 7, 2020

Rolfe family,

We are currently experiencing a power outage at John Rolfe. All students are safe and being supervised in their first period class. Central Office is monitoring the situation including details about the following: lunch, early dismissal,  and after school activities. I will be back in touch as soon as possible.

Mrs. George

Yearbooks for Sale!

February 5, 2020

Don’t miss out! Order your 2019-2020 yearbook today.  Follow this link to complete your order.


Online Health and PE for 2020-2021

January 29, 2020

Rolfe 8th graders interested in taking online Health and PE for the 2020-2021 school year, see the attached flyer for more information. Follow this website  www.tinyurl.com/hcps-ohpe20 or click the flyer below for more information.

Click on the image for enlarged view.

Calendar Updates and News You Can Use

January 22, 2020

  • Jan. 20th – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- (School is closed).
  • Jan. 21st – Day 1
  • Jan. 22nd– Benchmark Assessment window begins.  Students will be testing during this time.  It is important for students to be present and focused during this time. Below are a few things students can do to start the day off in a positive way!
    • Asking questions for clarity the day before.
    • A good night’s rest.
    • Arriving to school and reporting to class on time.
    • Eating Breakfast.
  • Jan. 24th – Marking Period 2/Semester 1 Ends
  • Jan. 27th – Jan. 31st – Our School Counseling Team promotes “Kindness Week” at JRMS
  • Jan. 27thStudent Holiday/Beginning of Marking Period 3/School Closed
  • Jan 30thCurriculum Night 6-8 PM
  • JRMS PTSA Spring Festival – Save the date for March 28, 2020!

Gifted Identification Referrals Happening Now!

January 14, 2020

The referral process for Gifted Identification begins January 6 – January 24th.    During this time, a parent/guardian, teacher, community member, or peer may submit the name of any student in Grades Kg, 1, 2, and 6  to be evaluated for gifted services.  Please visit the following links for additional information about gifted characteristics and the process:

Gifted Referrals for Grades 2-12

Gifted Identification Process

Frequently Asked Questions

All requests must be submitted in writing or through email to the school’s Gifted Identification Coordinator,  Kevin Carr(kdcarr@henrico.k12.va.us) or Cameron Smallwood (gcsmallwood@henrico.k12.va.us).  Referrals should include the student’s name, grade, teacher and area of referral (math, language or both areas.) Once the referral has been received, additional information will be sent home in late October.  This paperwork will allow the school to begin the process of collecting multiple criteria to determine the student’s eligibility.

Additional information, including specific dates and details of the identification process, may be found on our school webpage, as well as the HCPS district site, http://henricoschools.us/gifted/ .   If you have additional questions, please contact Kevin Carr (kdcarr@henrico.k12.va.us)  Gifted Identification Coordinator or Cameron Smallwood, Gifted Resource Teacher (gcsmallwood@henrico.k12.va.us)

For Parents: Helping Middle Schoolers in the Digital Age

January 13, 2020

With so many new technological developments it can be a challenge helping a middle school  student maneuver their way through  the problems that arise in the digital world.  Common Sense Media is an excellent resource for parents.  There are reviews on the age appropriateness of movies and apps, tips for social media use, guides on smart devices and more.  Check out the website https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Click on the Parents Need to Know section for articles like “How to Set Parent Controls on Netflix” or “Star Wars Age by Age Guide.”  Topics can also be broken down by age group.

If social media is of a concern, go over the Family Media Agreement with your child. It contains great guides and tips to help your child become #LifeReady with his or her digital tools.  Together we are training Rolfe’s students how to be responsible digital citizens.


Reminder: JRMS Curriculum Night Next Week

January 13, 2020

Reminder: JRMS Curriculum Night for Rising 6th-8th Grade Families is January 30th from 6:00-8:00 pm. See more details in the flyer below. Click the image for an enlarged view.


6901 Messer Road, Henrico, VA 23231
Phone (804) 226-8730 | Fax (804) 236-5764
School Hours: 8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Ms. Debbie George, Principal
Jamar Arvin, Associate Principal
Jamie Hutchinson, Assistant Principal
Nokomis Alston, Assistant Principal