Goochland Elementary School

Goochland Elementary is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and AdvancED.
We educate students in grades preK-5 in central Goochland County, Virginia.
GES is home to the Lions!


Calling All Coders

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week  all K-5 students will participate in the Hour of Code Activities. Students will have the opportunity to experience computer programming through a variety of coding activities. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Be on the lookout for pictures and be sure to ask your child about the Hour of Code.


Hour of Code

Holiday Happenings

Wednesday, December 7-Winter Performance at 6:30 in the GHS Auditorium/Work Out Wednesday

Thursday, December 8-Day 2 of the Holiday Shop at GES, students may purchase before school or during lunch

Friday, December 9-Parents’ Night Out sponsored by the GES PTA

Monday, December 12-World Faire at GES

Wednesday, December 14-Work Out Wednesday

Friday, December 16-Holiday Read Aloud/1:00 Dismissal


The MAP testing window will be open from 12/5-12/16.




The First Thanksgiving

Today the GES Kindergarteners taught us all about the First Thanksgiving.

Kindergarten Pilgrims and Native Americans

FAQs About Food and Allergies

Hello GES Parents! I have been receiving clarifying questions about the new policy involving food that comes to school. I thought this page could be useful for everyone.

Question: Does this mean I can’t send home made things in my child’s lunch? Response: No, this change in policy does not impact lunches. This is for food sent to school for birthday celebrations, parties, picnics, events etc.

Question: So, if I want to bring fruit to school, may I take it home to wash and cut it?  Response: No, there is a chance of cross contamination from countertops, utensils etc. if taken home. Even fruits and vegetables need to be prepackaged.

Question: So, does this mean no more homemade treats for class parties? Response: Yes, this means no homemade treats for parties.

Question: Does this include daily snacks?  Response: No, this change in policy does not include individual daily snacks.



Bookaneer Book Fair

ARRRGGGGHHH! It is time to set sail Bookaneers! Ye must READ….or walk the plank! The GES Fall Book Fair will be held November 14th – November 18th. Information about the book fair will be coming home this week.

Preview day at the Bookaneer Book Fair will be held Friday, November 11th. All classes will come to the fair during their Encore time to check it out and create a book fair wish list!

Purchasing Days at the Bookaneer Book Fair will be during regularly scheduled library times November 14th – 18th. ALL students will visit the library. There will be no Classroom Guidance this week. The Fair will also be open daily from 8:00 – 8:30.

Other purchase times at the Bookaneer Book Fair  include Grandparents’s Days Tuesday, November 15th  and Wednesday, November 16th during lunch. Also, the fair will be open during the evening of November 17th before and after the PTA meeting and 1st Grade Chorus Performance.

The Book Fair will also be online beginning November 9th. Please consider volunteering at the Book Fair. You can sign up here or contact Mrs. Smith. Thank you for supporting the GES Book Fair. Visit the Bookaneer Book Fair – Where Reading is the Treasure!


2nd Annual Lion Pride Run!

The Second Annual GES Lion Pride Fun Run and 5k was help on Saturday, November 5th. It was a chilly morning, but fun for all! Thank you to all the  GES students, teachers, parents, and community members who participated.

Watch the start of the Fun Run!

Click here for Results of the 5k and Photos of all the day’s events!

Thank you to our Race Day sponsors:


Bundle of Joy Child Development Centers, Inc.,

Wegman’s Short Pump, 

Goochland Family YMCA, 

Goochland County Parks & Recreation, 


Patient First, 

Short Pump Orthodontics, 

Cub Scout Pack 710 Goochland,

Virginia Service Supply, 

Joy Eades State Farm Insurance Agent, 

Weller and Associates, 

Mountain Road Tree Service and Landscaping


W. Justin Lacy- Financial Services of Virginia, 

Sarah Gerber Wilmer, DDS, PLLC: Manakin-Sabot Cosmetic and Family Dentistry,

Eccoti Restaurant,

Epps Carpentry and Home Repair, 

Tin Roof Rusted, 

PuroClean Property Restoration Professionals,


Dick’s Sporting Goods 

Bogeys Sports Park

Shear Wildness Salon and Spa

Fun Run Runners

What to Remember in November!!!

November 1 Kindergarten goes to the Children’s Museum

November 2 Work Out Wednesday/Speaker Day-Cardboard Folding Competition!!

November 3 Parent Teacher Conference 3:30-7 and Digital Details in the LMC

November 4 Make-Up Picture Day/Grade 2 goes Swimming/After School Enrichment forms due

November 5 Lion Pride 5 K/Lego Robotics Competition

November 7 Fourth Grade goes to Jamestown

November 8 Third Grade goes to Lewis Ginter/First Grade performs at the School Board Meeting/After School Enrichment

November 9 Work Out Wednesday

November 10 Fifth Grade goes to the Science Museum

November 11 Grade 2 goes to Swimming/Patriotic Club goes to GHS for Assembly


National Education Week *Guest readers in the classrooms this week!!

November 14 Book Fair Begins

November 15 After School Enrichment/Grandparents Day for 2,3,5

November 16 Work Out Wednesday/Grandparents Day for K,1,4

November 17 SCA Assembly 8:45 AM/PTA Meeting and Grade 1 Performance at 6:30

November 18 Second Grade goes Swimming


November 22 Kindergarten Thanksgiving Play 8:45/PreSchool Grandparents Day from 12:15-1:15/After School Enrichment

November 23 Student and Teacher Holiday

November 24 & 25 Schools Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29 Special Education Advisory Board Meeting at CO at 6:30

November 30 Work Out Wednesday/Covey Club Meetings 2:15




After School Enrichment

Do you wish you could learn something new and have fun at the same time? Goochland Elementary School is offering nine different after-school classes starting Tuesday, November 8th that will run for four consecutive Tuesdays, ending November 29th. Sessions will run until 4:15 and students will need to be picked up at that time in their enrichment classrooms. The location of each class will be noted in the acceptance letters.

Complete the form sent home with your child and return it to Lisa Brown by Friday, November 4th. If more students register for a session than there are available slots, names will be drawn and a waitlist created. You will be notified on Monday, November 7th of your child’s placement.

Fall 2016 Classes

Lego Challenge! with Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Geyer (grades for K-2)

Do you love to create and build with Legos? This club is for you. Come ready to face the many Lego Challenges presented each week. Come build, design, rebuild and redesign as we construct and deconstruct our creations!


Young Yogis with Miss Brady and Mrs. Bearer-Pittarelli (grades K-5)

We will use cosmic kids yoga to engage you in an interactive yoga class. This is a “sharpen the saw” activity! We will think win-win as we move through our yoga exercises.


Loom Knitting with Mrs. Delong (grades 2-5)

Around and around and around you go and before you know it, you have knitted a hat! Come to this class and learn how to knit using a round loom. You can make a hat, or scarf, or perhaps even learn to make socks! You will need to bring a skein of bulky yarn, gauge 4 or higher to the first class. Looms will be provided to use in class and can be purchased to keep for a nominal fee.


Snack Art with Mrs. Atkinson (grades 3-5)

Do you love art? Do you love food? Join me as we make creative snacks that are fun to look at and fun to eat!!


Sketching with Mrs. Glasco (grades K-5)

Have you always wanted to be able to draw the things around you? Come to sketching to learn how to draw people, objects, and even some cartoons! Please bring a couple pencils but we will be making our own sketchbooks!


Winter Crafts with Mrs. McCay and Mrs. Rigsby (grades 1-3)

Get into the spirit of the season early! You will make different winter crafts each week to take home and decorate your home. Please bring an art smock and a smile.


Actors’ Guild with Mrs. Perry (grades 3-5)

Do you love acting and have you wanted to perform a play? Join me as we memorize our lines, create our costumes, and build a set for a short skit!


Oh Say Can You Speak? with Mrs. Brown (grades K-2)

¡Hola! Guten tag! Bon jour! Nǐ hǎo! Do you wish you could speak a foreign language? Come explore different foreign languages and the associated cultures. Each week we will visit a different country, learn a few key words, and maybe enjoy a typical snack from there.


Wonders of Weaving with Mrs. Ware (grades 3-5)

Do you love yarn? Do you love patterns? This class is for you! Learn a little of the history of weaving, why people make weavings, how people use weavings, and how to create a radial and rectangular weaving with a variety of materials and textures. You will also get a chance to work on a real weaving loom and help with a group project on the friendly loom.