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Attention 5th Grade Parents

posted Apr 15, 2018, 4:17 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 4:17 PM ]

surf board picture

5th grade parents: Our end of the year celebrations are quickly approaching. Please hang ten with us as our kiddos ‘Surf into Sixth Grade’!

YEARBOOK & PIZZA PARTY: Friday, June 8th, 1pm, cafeteria. Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094eaaa62c7-5thgrade

POOL PARTY: Tuesday, June 12th, Walton Park pool. 7:30-9:30pm. Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4dafae22abfa7-5thgrade

BABY PICTURES: each student may have a baby picture displayed on boards in the lobby of school at the end of the school year. No later than May 4th, send in a 4x6 (NO LARGER) photo of your child with his/her name and teacher’s name on the back. Photos will be returned if they are labeled correctly.

SLIDESHOW: the 5th grade slideshow will be shown at the yearbook/pizza party on Friday, June 8th, and also at the promotion/recognition ceremony on Thursday, June 14th. We want every student to be included, so we need your photos. We’ve created a Shutterfly page to organize photos. . No later than May 4th please send an email to Amy at vpcommittees@jbwpta.com to receive the password for the Shutterfly page.

Field Day Postponed

posted Apr 15, 2018, 6:51 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 6:51 AM ]

With inclement weather predicted over night and into the morning, combined with the fields being wet, winds and low temperatures, Field Day has been moved to Friday, April 20th. As always, if you have any questions please send them! A HUGE Thank You for your assistance in helping Field Day run smoothly! Friday's forecast is more desirable, fingers crossed!
Mr. Cotman

If you're able to volunteer on the rain date, please use the link below to sign up:

Extended School Day April 9th-June 15th

posted Mar 26, 2018, 5:16 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 5:16 PM ]

The School Board approved a makeup schedule last summer understanding the need to be in compliance with a Virginia law that requires a minimum of 990 instructional hours annually. The school division began implementing the makeup plan earlier this winter.

While we have recouped time from outdoor recess lost to rain and/or cold weather, the school division still remains short of the required 990 instructional hours. (State law does not allow recess to be included in the instructional hours count.) In addition, our teacher advisory committee has asked that we find a way to restore the June 15 half-day, so that students are dismissed three hours early on the final day of school in order to allow time for teachers to finalize classroom preparations for the summer.

To meet the state requirement for instructional hours and restore the three-hour early release on June 15, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ instructional day will be extended by 10 minutes starting Monday, April 9. The additional 10 minutes will be added to the end of the school day through Friday, June 15. As a result, June 15 will return to being a three-hour early release for students.

Dismissal Time April 9th-June 14th~ 3:55pm

Dismissal Time June 15th~ 12:55pm

Kindergarten Registration

posted Mar 18, 2018, 3:19 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 3:19 PM ]

kindergarten registration flyer

Kindergarten registration for all school divisions in Central Virginia is April 19. Kindergarten is a full-day program offered in every Chesterfield County elementary school. A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2018, to attend kindergarten.

Every Chesterfield County elementary school will register incoming kindergartners from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on April 19. Parents are asked to take their children to the elementary school they are zoned to attend. To find the correct school, parents may call 318-8743 or go online to mychesterfieldschools.com and click “find my school” in the families section.

Children should come with their parents on April 19 for a brief evaluation. Parents must bring the child’s certified original birth certificate or execute a school age affidavit during registration in accordance with state law. New this year, parents will be able to preregister students online prior to coming to the on-site registration date. Online preregistration will open on April 9 at mychesterfieldschools.com.

To attend Chesterfield County Public Schools, children must reside in Chesterfield County with a parent or legal guardian, so parents must also bring their photo ID and one of these proofs of residency to the registration:

  • lease for at least one year or deed of a residence in Chesterfield County
  • contract or lease free of contingencies to occupy a Chesterfield County residence within two months of the date of enrollment
  • resident manager’s letter on company letterhead stating that residence is a corporate residence in Chesterfield County
  • weekly receipts for temporary residence in a hotel or motel for up to 60 days (requires renewal or evidence of more permanent residency within 60 days of enrollment)
  • Parents submitting a “lives with” form must bring the person they live with to registration. That person must provide a lease, deed or one of the other proofs of Chesterfield County residency, and the parent of the incoming kindergartner must provide two supporting documents showing his or her name and correct address.

Before the first day of school on Sept. 4, parents must supply medical records showing their child has had a physical examination within the past 12 months and listing the dates of each state-required immunization.

Parents can find out more information about kindergarten registration by calling their neighborhood school or by visiting mychesterfieldschools.com.

kindergarten registration flyer

Field Day

posted Mar 9, 2018, 10:06 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 3:13 PM ]

PLEASE READ EACH BULLET & send all questions/concerns to corey_cotman@ccpsnet.net OR christopher_bourne@ccpsnet.net.    


  • April 16th, Rain Date is April 20th!  Grades K, 1, and 2 (9:45 – 12:15).  Grades 3, 4, and 5 (1:00 - 3:30).  In the event of inclement weather, we will send out a messenger notification cancelling FD on Sunday 4/15.  

  • CLICK HERE TO ORDER FIELD DAY T’S.  Students should wear clothing (i.e., socks, shirts, hats, wristbands and etc.) to match with their grade level colors!  (K = Sapphire, 1st = Purple, 2nd = Yellow, 3rd = Lime, 4th = Orange, & 5th = Red).

  • Wear sneakers and athletic attire!    

  • Bring a water bottle with name on it.  We will have additional hydration stations to accommodate thirsty students.       



  • Apply sunscreen before arriving to school!  Please bring a towel and prepare accordingly, there will be some water related stations/activities.       



  • PLEASE arrive on time, so the students can begin on time!  After security clearance in the main entrance, report to the gym.  IF YOU HAVEN'T SIGNED UP YET TO VOLUNTEER, DO SO USING THIS LINK.  WE ARE IN NEED FOR LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS!!!       


            3) SYCAMORE STATION.


  • Please supply your class with a case of 8 oz water bottles.  PLEASE DROP OFF IN THE MAIN OFFICE BY 4/13.

  • Please supply your class with freezer pops (at least 60 per class).  PLEASE FREEZE THE POPS AND BRING THEM IN ON MONDAY MORNING (FIELD DAY).              



Field Day is ONLY for the students at Watkins and due to safety, insurance, and liability reasons family members are not allowed to participate.


Mr. Cotman & Mr. Bourne

Watkins families, 

While we are hoping we will have beautiful weather for Field Day on April 16th, we do have a back up plan just in case mother nature doesn't cooperate with us! Our rain date is Friday, April 20th. If you're able to volunteer on the rain date, please use the link below to sign up:


Thank you in advance for your help!

Bunny Run

posted Mar 3, 2018, 7:55 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Mar 3, 2018, 7:55 AM ]


Each Spring, the Corvette Club of Richmond collects plush bunnies for the Children’s Hospital. The bunnies are delivered by a parade of Corvettes to the entrance at the Children’s Hospital. The goal is for every child who checks into the hospital throughout the year to have a bunny of their own to comfort them during their stay!

This year, second grade is collecting bunnies to donate to this awesome cause! Beginning, March 2nd, 2nd grade will start making announcements in the morning promoting the cause and sharing a fun bunny fact. Bunny collection will begin on March 5th. Students may bring in plush bunnies that are NEW with TAGS. Any size is great! Please also make sure to put each individual bunny you bring in into a plastic Walmart/Target/Kroger, etc. shopping bag.

We will be collecting bunnies from March 5th-March 16th. Anyone who brings in a bunny, will be able to wear a hat on Wednesday March 28th!

Spring Book Fair

posted Feb 28, 2018, 10:28 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 10:29 AM ]

Dear Watkins Families,

The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is right around the corner. The library staff is hosting the book fair from March 19th - March 23rd during your child's library. Watkins now has it's very own Scholastic webpage where you can locate information about the Volunteer Sign Up Schedule as well as the Weekly Shopping Schedule if you want to assist your child. We are greatly in need of parent volunteers to assist in ensuring that the book fair runs smoothly.

We would also like to introduce and encourage the NEW Student eWallet feature where parents can create a student account online and add money for purchasing items. Students will select their items in the library and the library staff will look up the student account and the balance will be subtracted as we ring up the items. This system is similar to adding money to a student lunch account. No more losing checks/money before your child has a chance to shop at the book fair!

Please click on the link below to access the previously mentioned book fair details.

We thank you for your support of the library!

Angel Jester

Relay for Life Shirt Contest

posted Feb 26, 2018, 8:06 AM by Jessica Saunders

JB Watkins Cancer Kickin’ Coal Miners have come up with a great idea to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. We will be holding a contest for students, in grades K - 5 to create a design for our team t-shirts. Students will submit their design (following the parameters listed) for an opportunity to have their design chosen for the shirts. The winning design will be printed on, PRE-ORDERED t-shirts which be available for purchase to all of the JB Watkins community. Even if you’re not walking with us the night of the relay, buy a shirt! All proceeds will go directly to the American Cancer Society to further its mission to provide services to those battling cancer and find a cure for this insidious disease.

All design submissions must be turned in to Mrs. Williams by Monday March 5. Submissions will be evaluated during the week and the winning design will be announced on Friday, March 9th.

T-shirt order will open on Monday, March 12th and will run through Friday March 23.

The orders will be place the following week and as soon as the shirts are in, they will be distributed to the students who ordered them.

We are so excited to see all of the students, staff and family members proudly wear this shirt in support of the JBW Cancer Kickin’ Coal Miners!!

T-shirt Design Guidelines
  • Submission must be on a plain, white, sheet of 81/2” x 11” paper
  • Students may only use black + 2 colors to draw their picture. Color choice is up to the artist.
  • Since the shirt is to be used as our team t-shirt, it must say Relay for Life and the date, June 1, 2018, somewhere on the design.
  • As this shirt will represent our school team, anything that incorporates things specific to JB Watkins such as colors, mascot, school-wide expectations, etc. are encouraged.
  • When creating your design, please be mindful that this will be going on a T-shirt so very small details may not show up as well.

Attention 5th Grade Parents

posted Feb 24, 2018, 4:13 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Feb 24, 2018, 4:13 PM ]

5th grade parents:

MARCH 2nd is the deadline to order t-shirts, so please send in your yellow order form ASAP. If you lost your form (or if it did not make it home with your child), you may print out the PDF version attached to this message.

The schedule of events, including the promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 14th at 10am at Midlothian High School (new location this year) is also attached to this message. Families are allowed to invite no more than 4 guests per student. 

Please see your yellow documents (that came home on January 24/25) for details of all events, or see the email sent to 5th grade parents from school on 2/21/18.

Be sure to check the J.B. Watkins PTA Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

We are excited to celebrate with all of you!
-Your 5th planning committee/parent volunteers
5th grade activities

February Lunch Buddies

posted Feb 18, 2018, 5:14 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Feb 18, 2018, 5:14 PM ]

Lunch Buddy Volunteers Needed

Everyday at JB Watkins over 1,200+ kids eat in one of our two lunchrooms. In fact, we are the only school out of 62 in Chesterfield County that has 2 lunchrooms. With a school this size the saying “it takes a village” is quite appropriate. Our “village” is the staff, administration and countless parent and community volunteers. Please consider signing up to be a Lunch Buddy in one of the two cafeterias. Spread the need about volunteering by word of mouth or on social media. Call a friend to volunteer with you. Come join the village! 

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