Every year, the RES PTA provides many programs and events for the benefit of both the students and staff of our school.  We hope you will join us in continuing to make these programs fun and successful for everyone.

Auction: (Committee Chairs: Julia Preusser, Lori Loomis, Kate Knerr, Betsy Mangum and Cristin Drummond)
The biennial Robious Auction is now known as "Raising the Rails for Robious".  Save the date for our own Robious Orient Express on Saturday, March 25th from 6pm-11pm.  The auction, this year held at the Salisbury Country Club, raises money for the amazing programs that the PTA uses to provide to support our fantastic teachers, staff and of course our own kiddos.  There will be a time for both silent auction and live auction, followed by a fun night of dancing and fellowship with other parents.  This will be a night to remember.  Visit our Auction Page for the most updated information.  

Green Team Programs: (Committee Chair: Julie Mitchell)
The Green Team supports a number of programs to help RES be more environmentally friendly including organization of recycling, promoting of walking school bus days and Earth Week programs, and maintenance of the school landscaping in cooperation with Chesterfield County.  
 
Green Apple Day of Service - School-wide effort to help keep our school beautiful and develop outside learning spaces.  Coincides with the National Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, September 24.  

International Walk to School Day/Walking School Bus - International Walk to School Day is a global event where communities from over 40 countries walk and bike to school on a single day to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking to school.  This year, the event will occur on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. In the same spirit, other Walking School Bus days have been scheduled for November 4 and December 2, 2016 as well as April 21 and May 26, 2017.

Clothing to Cash Program - Supports the recycling and re-purposing of used clothes while benefiting RES (white collection bins can be found in the parking lot near the baseball fields).


Enrichment Programs:

Book and Breakfast:
 (
Committee Chairs: Tami Bigger/Jenn Brace)
A Book Club for interested Third and Fourth graders who will read a book and meet prior to the start of the school day to discuss themes and point of interests in small groups with parent leaders.  This program encourages outside reading as well as an opportunity to improve their expressive skills and interact 
with students across their grades.   
            • 3rd Grade: December 8, 2016; February 9 and April 27, 2017
            • 4th Grade: December 9, 2016; February 10 and April 28, 2017

 Battle of the Books: (Program coordinated with the RES Library Staff)
An incentive program for Fifth Graders. All of the questions in the competition begin with the words “In which book” and the correct answer is always the title and author of the book. The competition takes place in the Spring, usually in March

One School, One Book: (Committee Chairs: Tami Bigger/Jenn Brace/Jennifer Flournoy)  
One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school community. A chapter book is chosen, every student receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of a single month. Activities at school coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience.
  
Caboose Camp: (Committee Chairs: Shannon Smalley, Heather Strakele, Tyler Carlton and Katie Hill) 
After-school enrichment camp that runs from the January through the beginning of March on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A variety of classes are offered such as Peak Experiences Rock Climbing, Chocolate Making, Tae Kwan Do, Game Design, Lego Bricks, and Emergency Safety. More information on registration coming soon - Visit our Caboose Camp page for the most updated information.      

Reflections Program: (
Committee Chair: Allison Cohee)  The theme for this year's Reflections contest is: "What is Your Story"

The PTA Reflections contest is a national program that encourages children to express themselves artistically by creating an original entry in one of the following categories: 
Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition, Photography or Visual Arts.  
  

The deadline for submitting entries to the school is TBD. All entries can be dropped off in the PTA inbox near the office or the Cultural Arts mailbox.  For additional details, visit our Reflections page.

All RES students who participate in the Reflections Program are recognized at a special reception in January.   First place winners in each category advance to the next level of competition.


RES Kids Care Club (in Partnership with Hands On Greater Richmond):  (Committee Chairs: Kara Mann and Michelle Pendelton)
The RES Kids Care Club offers a variety of programs that allows RES Students and Staff as well as their Friends and Family to give back to their community. Beginning in 2016, we are partnering with Hands On Greater Richmond, a local non-profit organization that strives to develop & inspire the next generation of compassionate leaders.  Through this partnership, we will be able to provide additional volunteer opportunities for youth and their families for the benefit of our larger community while also continuing to offer those programs that directly benefit those with the RES Community.   New this year, we are excited to provide evening family-centered activities, morning kid-centered activities, and weekend community-centered activities on a rotating monthly basis. This will give us an opportunity to attack a community service from a variety of directions, and to develop a more well-rounded awareness. To learn more, please visit our RES Kids Care Club page.  

Wellness/Fitness Programs:

Robious Roadrunners Running Club
:
(Running Club Coordinator: Liz Scioscia)
Before-school running club with incentives to encourage wellness in students. Meets weekly on Wednesday mornings starting September 28.  Parents/Guardians of participants must complete and submit the Robious Roadrunner Running Club Permission Form prior to student participation.  Running Club will run through December 14, will not meet in January & February, and will start again March 1 through May 31.  

Run for Robious 5K and Kids Fun Run:  
(Committee Chair: Kate Knerr)
Annual race that has not yet been scheduled for a Saturday, in May. Race begins in front of Robious Middle School and ends in the bus loop at RES.  There is even a 1 mile Fun Run for kids through Grade 5.  This will also help the Running Club celebrate the culmination of a year well run.

Staff Appreciation Programs: (Committee Chairs: Cristin Drummond, Casey Payne)
The Staff Appreciation team puts together numerous events throughout the school year to help ensure our teachers and staff know how much they are appreciated.  Events include Luncheons, Treat Days, and the annual Staff Appreciation Week that is filled with daily activities.  There are numerous ways you can help our Staff Appreciation team throughout the year, so be sure to signup to be a part of their committee.

Study Buddy: (Committee Chair: Kelly Pemberton)
The Study Buddy program pairs parent volunteers to work with students, identified by their teachers, who would benefit from one-on-one time in completing select classroom tasks (e.g. reading, writing, math, etc.).  The group focuses on ways to help students, with volunteers working with their student(s) on a regular basis each week. 

Special Programs: (Committee Chair: Lauren Klute)
Monster Mash - This annual event starts with a pizza party in the cafeteria and ends with a dance party in the gym.  Dress up in your favorite costume!  It is occurring on October 28.

Dad's Night - Held in November, this is a hour of fun for Dad's and kids only.  Be prepared to play games, build towers, run races and much more.  Fun happens on November 16 in the RES gymnasium. 

Parent-Child Celebrations - Two years ago was the first year for the Mother-Son Dodgeball event in the gym which was met by raving reviews.  Last year, we celebrated Daughters and their Daddies at the Daddy-Daughter Dance.  We are back again, with an exciting new Mother-Son event.  The activities involved will be revealed soon, but be sure to save the date for February 24, 2017.



Book Fair and Ice Cream Social: (
Committee Chair: Carissa Smith)
The Book Fair is a joint effort between the RES library staff and the PTA. A school-selected outside vendor sets up a mobile bookstore in the gymnasium where the children are allowed to shop and create wishlists during their Library resource hour.  

The Book Fair will take place February 23-March 3, 2017, and the Ice Cream Social will occur on March 2.  All ages are welcome to shop!


Parent Coffees:  (Committee Chair: Cristin Drummond)
Held year-round, Parent Coffees are sponsored by the PTA in conjunction with the Guidance department to host speakers discussing topics relevant to elementary age children such as Gifted Program qualifications, online safety-your child's digital footprint or transition challenges to middle school.  Please check your child's Friday folder for upcoming dates and topics. 

Class Celebrations:

Winter/Spring Party(Committee Chairs: Jayda Justus/Tiffany Metacarpa)
Students get the opportunity to relax and have some fun with their classmates, with the help of some parent volunteers, ahead of their Winter and Spring Breaks.  Students will do crafts, play games, and enjoy a peanut/tree nut free treat.
  • Winter Party - December 16, 2016
  • Spring Party - April 7, 2017
RES Birthday Celebration(Committee Chairs: Jayda Justus/Tiffany Metacarpa)
         Happy 47th Birthday Robious Elementary School - February 1, 2017!  
Students will celebrate, along with their friends and RES leadership, on February 1 during lunch.

Fifth Grade Party: (Committee Chairs: Jenner Watson/Heather Johns) 
End of year celebration for graduating Fifth Graders.  A fitting end to a great elementary school experience!