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Ruby Elementary's Green Team

The Chesterfield Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently presented fifth grade students at Ruby Elementary School (RES) with custom made “Green Team” t-shirts in recognition of their hard work.
The students are part of the “Green Team” spearheading a school-wide recycling effort led by fifth grade teacher Natalie Douglas.
“Our fifth graders are the real workers on this project,” said Douglas  “To date, we’ve collected nearly 2,000 pounds of recyclables, which is pretty impressive for a school the size of Ruby.”
Douglas explained that the majority of the plastic, paper and cans which has been collected comes solely from the school, not from home or businesses collections.  The exception is the “Trex” challenge in which plastic bags or overwraps (think the plastic wrap on things like newspapers, bubble wrap, paper towels or toilet paper bundles) are being collected in several places around town, including the Piggly Wiggly in Chesterfield.  The makers of the alternative wood product “Trex” sponsor participating communities with collection bins and promotional materials, and provide any school collecting 500 pounds of plastic with a Trex bench.
As one student explained their roles, “each week we weigh all the recyclables, and post our progress on a school bulletin board. It’s cool to see other classes checking our totals!”
The SWCD wanted to recognize the efforts made by the students, and partnered with Chesterfield’s Sign Press printing and graphics to create the shirts which have the front of the school with the words “Green Team” and “RES reduces, reuses and recycles”.
At Christmas, all RES students received a refillable water bottle with the same slogan, and over the holiday break, a water bottle “refill” station was installed which tracks the number of water bottles saved by “refilling” at the fountain.  In a month, students have saved over 250 bottles from the landfill.
Ruby Elementary is the only school in Chesterfield School District with a school-wide program and the only one with a bottle refill station installed. Also that Rose Gainey of Chesterfield County’s Recycling Coordinator supplied the large collection bins used in the classrooms, and the Town of Chesterfield is loaning the school the five roll carts used to store and transport the collected items  to the Convenience Center weekly.
Roger Smith, Chesterfield SWCD Chairman said he is proud of the students for working on a project that can impact our natural resources and challenged them to continue their hard work.  “Our natural resources will benefit in many ways from your efforts, and I challenge you to double the amount you’ve collected!”
For more information on the project, please contact Douglas by phone 843-634-6310 or  via email: ndouglas@chesterfieldschools.org.
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ABC Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Suzanne Gainey and Mrs. Tina Ellis - the RES ABC employees for February! Mrs. Gainey teaches Child Development and Mrs. Ellis is an assistant in kindergarten. Both of these employees are true examples of ABC employees because they go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty every day for our students.  Thank you, Mrs. Gainey and Mrs. Ellis! RES appreciates you!
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January ABC Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Coach Will Gainey and Mrs. Geraldine Murvin - the RES ABC employees for January! Coach Gainey teaches PE and Mrs. Murvin works in food service.. Both of these employees are true examples of ABC employees because they go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty every day for our students. Thank you, Coach Gainey and Mrs. Murvin! RES appreciates you!
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January Student of the Month

Kindergarten student, David Brown , has been named the RES Student of the Month for January! David's teacher, Mrs. Jordan says, "David is a fantastic student! He works hard, follows directions, and is kind to everyone! He is loved by all! " Congratulations to David on being chosen Ruby Elementary's January Student of the Month! The RES Student of the Month is sponsored by the Chesterfield High School Alumni Association. David has been provided a sign to display proudly in his yard during the month of January!



RES is also proud of all the classroom nominations. These students were presented with a certificate and coupon for a free scoop of custard at Highway 55. They are as follows: Rhett Leviner, Salena Buckner, Landon Shaw, Jakob Hamby, Eddie Reyes, Brody Roscoe, Westley Tyner, Cameron Robinson, Abigail Steen, Bryce Adams, Alivia Burgess, Kaleb Ray, and Luke Perry.
Keep up the good week! RES is proud of you!
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Teachers Have Fun Too!

Teachers Have Fun with Cupcake Decorating!

Ms. Sharon Dutton volunteered her time and skills to teach our teachers how to decorate ornament cupcakes! A fun time was had by all!
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December Student of the Month

Third Grade student, Layla Gaskins, has been named the RES Student of the Month for December! Layla's teacher, Mrs. Gainey says, "Layla is a wonderful student. She always uses good manners and follows directions. She enjoys helping others and always has a smile on her face." Congratulations to Layla on being chosen Ruby Elementary's December Student of the Month! The RES Student of the Month is sponsored by the Chesterfield High School Alumni Association. Layla has been provided a sign to display proudly in his yard during the month of December!

RES is also proud of all the classroom nominations. These students were presented with a certificate and coupon for a free scoop of custard at Highway 55. They are as follows: Jose Vasquez, Peyton Ratliff, Jozalyn Rivers, Haylee Wiles, Harley Hatcher, Dennis Penny, Emory Rivers, Taliya Ellis, Jaydis Robbins, Xavier Streater, Tynashia Cook, NyZeil Wilson
Keep up the good week! RES is proud of you!
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ABC Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Natalie Douglas and Mr. Tawana Kirkley - the RES ABC employees for December! Mrs. Douglas teaches 5th Grade Math and Science and Mrs. Kirkley works in our Attendance Clerk. Both of these employees are true examples of ABC employees because they go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty every day for our students. Thank you, Mrs. Douglas and Mrs. Kirkley! RES appreciates you!
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November Student of the Month

Fourth Grade student, Michelle McFarlin , has been named the RES Student of the Month for November! Michelle's teacher, Mrs. Stokes says, "Michelle is a model student. She always puts what’s important first. She is very responsible and organized. She listens well and does her work right the first time!" Congratulations to Michelle on being chosen Ruby Elementary's November Student of the Month! The RES Student of the Month is sponsored by the Chesterfield High School Alumni Association. Michelle has been provided a sign to display proudly in his yard during the month of November!



RES is also proud of all the classroom nominations. These students were presented with a certificate and coupon for a free scoop of custard at Highway 55. They are as follows: Dennis Penny, Autumn, Angle, Nick Steen, Zachary Morton, Jaley Russell, Adrionna Myers, Raylee Pigg, Kaitlin Cue, Catherine Parker, Gabe Huntley, Mackenzie Blackwell, JJ Hodge, and Jaden Clyburn.
Keep up the good week! RES is proud of you!
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