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Name: Kelly C. Armstrong
Date registered: July 11, 2018

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  1. Ipad and Chromebook Distribution to Aid in Virtual Learning for Next Year — July 27, 2020
  2. YEARBOOK PICKUP — July 6, 2020
  3. 5th Grade GRADUATION — June 10, 2020
  4. Classroom Clean out — June 2, 2020
  5. From the Principal — March 31, 2020

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Jul 27

Ipad and Chromebook Distribution to Aid in Virtual Learning for Next Year

I am reaching out this afternoon to inform you of next steps related to the deployment of student devices for the start of the school year.

The HCPS technology department is working on a plan for the distribution of student Chromebooks and iPads needed for virtual learning. In order to keep our students and families safe, we ask that families DO NOT go to the technology hubs to get devices at this time.


It is important to understand that all Pre-K and Kindergarten students will receive an iPad to begin the school year, while students in grades 1-5 will receive Chromebooks. This is a 1:1 initiative meaning that each student in Pre-K – 5th grade will receive a personal device in which to participate in virtual learning experiences.


I ask for your patience as the county outlines the plan for a drive up service to get the needed devices for each household. We realize there are many questions at this time, but a full plan will be outlined for families soon. We will begin deployment in August, and we will let everyone know the distribution dates once they are set. 

Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/07/27/ipad-and-chromebook-distribution-to-aid-in-virtual-learning-for-next-year/

Jul 06


Yearbook pick up and student item pick up is 

Tuesday, July 14th, from 9:00-12:00 and 5-7!

Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/07/06/yearbook-pickup/

Jun 10






Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/06/10/chromebook/

Jun 02

Classroom Clean out

June 3


Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/06/02/classroom-clean-out/

Mar 31

From the Principal

IMPORTANT INFO BELOW!!   Click here to start the survey

The Henrico team is actively working on a plan to get Chromebooks to elementary school families who need them to help support virtual learning.  We would appreciate your time in taking a brief survey.  Your comments will be analyzed and the feedback will be essential in helping us determine the demand for these devices as well as a plan to safely and effectively distribute them.


Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, we greatly appreciate your help and support.




Good evening Seven Pines Families and Staff,

I am reaching out to our families with important information on two significant topics of interest. One pertains to closing out grades for the 2019-20 school year. The other pertains to the availability of learning opportunities for students in the weeks to come.

Students will be receiving report cards for the third quarter. The school division’s period for grading and reporting student progress has ended, effective the date schools closed, March 13. All students in K-5 will be given grades in a different way than in the past. Students in K-1 will receive a S or an N. Student averages in subjects of a 2 or above, will receive a “S” (satisfactory) rating. Students having a 1 in a subject area will receive a “N, (Needs Improvement).  For students in grades 2-5, they will also receive S’s and N’s. Students having an average of a 60 or above will receive a “S,” those below a 60 will receive a “N.” This decision was made with great care and consideration from our Central Office staff. Under these extreme and unique circumstances, we believe this decision is in the best interest of all of our students, and reduces undue stress in student households. We anticipate report cards being available for students in early May.

While the grading period has ended, we will continue to provide a number of avenues for students to engage in learning opportunities in the coming months. These opportunities will be valuable in preparing students for the next grade level or for the next class in which they will be enrolled for the 2020-21 school year.
Beginning on April 14 (the Tuesday after Spring Break), the goal of the continued instructional plan is to ensure students have access to quality, engaging experiences for pre-K through grade 12. Teachers will continue to provide students with differentiated, flexible learning opportunities designed to best meet each student’s and family’s unique needs. Elementary learners will be challenged to hone the 6 C’s in the Henrico Learner Profile as part of #LifeReady Learning. Division of Learning specialists will support teachers by preparing various learning opportunities and modules to assist with learning experiences. Details about the many ways the division will continue to provide learning opportunities between now and when school begins in the fall, will be outlined in our pre-K-12 On-Demand Learning Plan which will be shared with families following our return from Spring Break.

As we travel through these chartered waters, please continue to reach out to teachers, encourage your students to participate in class meetings, keep reading with your children each day, and most importantly, enjoy this unexpected family time together! Thank you and have a great evening!

Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/03/31/from-the-principal/

Mar 22


Seven Pines  will be closed for the remainder of the school year.  More information to come …….






 Reading Makes Cents Challenge has been extended.  Entries must be submitted by May 1st.  Parents can go to the site for a copy of the entry form and book list  if they can’t find the one that was given out.  I have already read these to the kiddos (and it counts as one of their books):

K : Spend It!

1st: Ella Earns Her Own Money

2nd: John Deere, That’s Who

3rd: Uncle Jed’s Barbershop

4th: Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

5th: Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions


The Go Nutz For Reading Program is still underway! Please continue to encourage your kiddos to fill out their bookmarks and hang on to them for when we all return.

A fun activity site to share related to the Squirrels : https://spark.adobe.com/page/MaPJsOCH5gbm4/


Due to the current health crisis and the governor’s “Stay at Home” order, Kindergarten registration for Henrico County Public Schools is not able to occur at this time. We will announce a new registration date as soon as possible. Until then, we invite families of future Kindergartners and other new students to begin filling out the forms, and securing the required documentation that you will need for formally registering your children.

Please go to henricoschools.us/registration for this information, access to online forms, and registration requirements.



Hello everyone,
It is Terri Mothershead, principal, reaching out with some good news! Prior to our school closure the students and staff at Seven Pines were busy working to achieve our Common Sense School Seal. Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of our school’s dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Luckily with the help of Mrs. Gross, our wonderful librarian, and our amazing classroom teachers, we were able to finish all the components necessary to continue our status as a Common Sense School prior to school closing with one exception. The last component is to share a useful link with parents on how to balance media and screen time at home! Please click on the link at the bottom of the email portion of this message to access the Family Tip Sheet. We hope this information will prove helpful to our parents during our present circumstances. Regardless of whether we are in school or not we want our penguins to always stay digitally safe online! Have a great day!  https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/k-5-media-balance-and-well-being


Yearbooks will still happen!!! Yearbook orders will still be collected!! Honestly, that’s all we know at this point!! We promise to keep you updated and we promise there will be a yearbook!!

5th grade parents please continue emailing me their baby pictures and well wishes! (jlrobinson3@henrico.k12.va.us)

More details to come…promise!!!



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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Starts Monday, March 16 – Weekdays at 1:00 PM EDT 


Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.

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.

Draw Every Day with JJK (Jarrett J. Krosoczka)

Starts Monday, March 16  – Weekdays at 2:00 PM EDT 


Learn how to draw with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of Lunch Lady graphic novels, Star Wars: Jedi Academy books, picture books, and more! Videos will be posted on Krosoczka’s YouTube channel each weekday at 2:00pm EDT.

To view the update, click the link below:

We will miss seeing you in the art room during our time of Distance Learning. However, this time at home is a wonderful opportunity to keep creating artwork on your own. Below, you will find a list of sketchbook ideas that can be done at home, as well as links to online resources to help inspire you to keep your creativity flowing over the next few weeks!


Miss O’Connor and Mrs. Thompson

Email: mloconnor@henrico.k12.va.us

Sketchbook Ideas:

  • Draw a sketch/picture everyday–an item in your house, yourself, family members, a pet, something outside; anything!
  • Keep a visual journal of your time away from school. Include images and writings about your activities and feelings. Track the weather, food you ate, chores you did.
  • Create a graphic novel with at least 4 panels. The story should revolve around a major character and use text and pictures.
  • Make a paper weaving using paper or other materials that may be thrown away (but clean!)
  • Experiment with different or like media. For instance, what happens if you draw with yellow crayon and then go over top with blue? Note the results in a journal (or better yet do it in a journal)
  • Create puppets out of paper, socks or other materials. Create and short play based on something you read. Perform it!
  • Keep a stargazing journal. Go outside each night at a set time. Note where certain stars or star groups (big dipper, orion, brightest stars, etc) are located. Draw a star map. Compare the maps after a few days. Same with the moon.
  • Make a board game. Play it!
  • Create an amusement park sculpture out of paper. Cut out shapes to create slides, swings, rides, stores, waterways, and walkways.
  • Create a sculpture using legos. Document and write about what makes the lego construction a sculpture.
  • Write a story about what you think is happening in an image or other work of art.
  • Illustrate an event from a book you are reading.
  • Listen to music while you create!


Online Resources:


Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/03/22/latest-news-from-seven-pines/

Mar 17


Dear 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 school.  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, please utilize the information below:


Henrico Mental Health- East End Location

East End Location:

(804) 727-8100

3908 Nine Mile Road

Henrico, VA 23223


Henrico Mental Health- West End Location

(804) 727-8500

10299 Woodman Road

Glen Allen, VA 23060


Emergency Mental Health Services: (804) 727-8484



Beth Valenta-Three Chopt ES School Counselor


Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/03/17/counseling-services/

Mar 16


While Henrico County Public Schools has closed its facilities to combat the spread of coronavirus, we know that many of our students depend on school lunches and breakfasts as a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Henrico Schools is addressing this need with a plan to set up sites throughout Henrico County to distribute free school meals.


Students can pick up a packaged lunch and breakfast each school day between 11 a.m. and noon, on a first-come, first-served basis. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others age 18 and under. Due to program requirements the school division must follow, adults must be accompanied by each child 18 and under who needs a meal.


Pick-up hours are scheduled for weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon, but hours and locations may increase again, depending on demand. Families should check the latest information about locations and pick-up hours at the HCPS’ COVID-19 webpage, henricoschools.us/covid19/.


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 St., 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 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


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


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


Where can your student pick up meals? Five schools will operate as hubs for distribution, where food will be prepared, packaged and distributed to students. Meals will also be transported to Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31 in Sandston, to be distributed. Locations may be expanded for the week of March 23-27, depending on demand. If the school closure period is extended past March 30, HCPS leaders will assess the status of the food distribution program.


The student meal distribution sites (starting Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m.-noon) are:


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

Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/03/16/grab-and-go-meals/

Jan 30



Field Trips are under review

Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/01/30/sweetheart-dance-2/

Jan 09

Seven Pines “Antiques Road Show”

Don’t miss our very own Seven Pines  “Antiques Roadshow” featuring one of our retired Kindergarten teachers.

You can click on this link to watch the video.  https://youtu.be/AXuWU22ue7M

Permanent link to this article: https://sevenpines.henricoschools.us/2020/01/09/seven-pines-antiques-road-show/

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