Happy Summer CTES Families!


Wow, it’s been a year! A year none of us anticipated or expected. However one thing that I think we all have learned during these unprecedented times is that our CTES community is Stronger Together


It has been my privilege to serve this past year as President of Colonial Trail Elementary Schools’ PTA. I have repeatedly witnessed what a devoted community can do to expand their children’s environment for success. 


On behalf of the PTA Board, I want to thank our entire school community for their support of our many programs and events for our CTES students. From PTA memberships to donations to chairing an event or program, from volunteering to simply attending an event, your contributions of time, effort, and/or money validates and broadens your child’s educational experience. Further, with your support of the CTES PTA we can expand every child’s opportunity for growth. 


We’ve had an amazing 2019-2020 school year despite it being cut short. From our Fall Family Picnic to our Heritage Night and all the other events in between, I am proud of our accomplishments. With your support the PTA has been able to purchase Quaver for our music program, purchase new and advanced technology for our students, create and implement our Mobile Maker Space Project, build a GaGa Pit for our playground and supply our teachers with the ever growing supply needs. We have beautified the school with art and enriched the imaginations with assemblies. We have helped celebrate birthdays, holidays, and staff appreciation days. And none of this would have been possible without your donations, support from the staff, teachers, parents and many volunteers. So, thank you all for helping the PTA do more for our teachers, our school, and most importantly, our children.


In addition, I’d like to mention the significant contributions and exceptional talents of my fellow board members and chair people. A huge Thank You to the following for your dedication and devotion: 


PTA Board Members:

Treasurer - Emily Piacentino

Secretary - Katii Sapp-Lessick

VP Membership - Tara Dira

VP Volunteers - Kristine Quann

VP Ways and Means - Sataroopa Banerjee

VP Student Programs - Joanna St. Jacques

VP Family Programs - Anna Gooden

VP Communications - Rose Bose

County Council - Jenifer Meehan


PTA Chair Positions:

Hospitality - Lois Rothel

Facebook/BoxTops - Sally Nystrom/Kelly Shaffer

Coke Rewards/Marquee - Justin Simpkins

School Kits - Blair Parker

Spirit Wear - Kristine Quann

Spirit Nights - Roop Bassan

Virtual Talent Showcase - Rose Bose

Teacher Appreciation Week - Kristin Quann

Yearbook - Mei Johnson

Copy Room Chair - Tianna Bethea


And a big thanks to our countless volunteers, room parents, donors, mystery readers, library volunteers and anyone that made a difference at CTES!


As we are still unclear as to what our 2020-2021 school year may look like, I feel confident that our CTES community will succeed and persevere through anything. Thank you all for your support during my first year as PTA President. I look forward to a great 2020-2021 school year. Over the summer if anyone has any questions please feel free to reach out to me. 


Until September, I hope all our cub families have a fantastic summer filled with sun, fun, relaxation and laughter.  


C.T. is truly a great place to be....Go Cubs!



Heather Kirschner

CTES PTA President




PTA Open Positions


The PTA is looking to fill the following positions for the 2020-2021 School Year!


Board Positions: 

President Elect: Responsible for assisting the President with the day to day functions. 


VP Family Programs: Responsible for providing leadership and overseeing after school/evening programs to enhance the relationship between the families and their experiences at school. 


VP Volunteers: Oversee all volunteer need and the Room Parent Program. 


County Council - Responsible for representing/attending the CTES PTA at the Henrico County PTA County Council meetings and reporting the proceedings to the CTES PTA Board Members. 

Chair Positions: 

Year Book - Chairperson handles selection, pricing & contracts with Jostens. Works with vendor on theme & content for memory book. Manages overall photography, layout, & info. Communicates info to families throughout year. Distribution to students


Hospitality - Coordinates providing refreshments for certain events, teacher breakfasts on workdays, and handling the special recognition for teachers and staff.


Spirit Wear: Coordinates with Spirit Wear company. Chooses design for items. Handles flyers, posters, online sales and distribution of items.


Spirit Night: Coordinates Spirit Nights at local restaurants for proceeds to benefit CTES. Creates and distributes flyers at school.


If you are interested or know someone that is interested,

please contact Heather Kirschner, CTES PTA President, at ctespresident@gmail.com




Kindergarten Registration 

Henrico, Va. May 18, 2020 — Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open for kindergartners, as well as new students in grades 1-12. In order to help slow the spread of coronavirus, HCPS is conducting registration online, rather than in person. Register your new student with his or her school using the new HCPS Online Registration portal.

  1. Go to henricoschools.us/registration/, where you’ll find a link to the registration portal, as well as instructions and information about the documents you’ll need to register your student.
  2. Click the button to go to the HCPS Online Registration portal.
  3. Complete the three forms available in the portal:
    1. Enrollment Form (parts 1 and 2).
    2. Home Language Survey.
    3. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act screening form.
  1. Upload the additional documents spelled out on our registration page.
  2. Submit your registration to your school online.


For more information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, go to henricoschools.us/registration/.


Information is also available in Spanish at henricoschools.us/registro-de-estudiantes/.


If you need to find the school your child will attend, use the HCPS School Locator by going to henricoschools.us/school-locator/.



Great job Cubs!! Check out the talent at CTES!!




Thank You 


As we end out the year, we want to thank all of you who have contributed to our PTA fund through the cub club donations and membership! Even during this pandemic we have continued to receive donations and we are truly thankful that you have kept us in mind!


If you still wish to contribute it's not to late.

Please see link below. 



Click on the video below to see how your donations help our school!  










Click below to view the School Supply List for the First Nine weeks. 


Supply Lists - Online for the First Nine




7:50 a.m. – School doors open (Students may not be dropped off prior to this time as there is no adult supervision)
8:10 a.m. – Tardy bell rings
2:40 p.m. – Afternoon dismissal begins for *bus riders, daycare and **car riders.

(On Early Release Days, dismissal begins at 11:35 a.m.)
4:00 p.m. – Office hours end


*Bus assignments and schedules will be posted in the main hallway*

**You must display a “Yellow Car Rider Card” in your windshield**  

***No transportation changes will be accepted over the phone, by fax or by e-mail. A note to school from home is required for ALL changes in dismissal***




Do you want to connect with other CTES Families?

Click here to select your Directory & Privacy Preferences to decide what information you would like others to see.

*Please note that purchase of PTA Membership is required to access the CTES Family Directory. 



      This application is required if you plan to chaperone a field trip and volunteer for any classroom, PTA, or school activities in the 2018-2019 school year. Parents must fill out a new form every school year.  We recommend that you complete this application now and send it in with your student on the first day of school so your background check is done and approved prior to any event.  Thank you for volunteering!



Thank you to our Sponsors:


Platinum Level Sponsor


 List Tutoring Club on Facebook for the latest virtual offerings. 






Silver Level Sponsors 





Start your summer off right by GETTING YOUR SMILE ON!!!!  Your corporate sponsor, Richmond Virginia Orthodontics, is offering $1,000 off full braces or Invisalign treatment to all Colonial Trail teachers, staff, students, and families!  Our PRIVATE TREATMENT ROOMS are perfect for safely treating our patients during this time. Additionally, the first 8 cubs who call will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card just for booking their complimentary consultation. RVO is also offering VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS that can be completed from the comfort of your own home. Call before June 30th and mention that you are affiliated with Colonial Trail Elementary to qualify! 804-884-9906 or www.rvorthodontics.com 

 Bronze Level Sponsors 








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