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R-MA December Open House

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

Discover The Power of Rise at Randolph-Macon Academy! Join us for an open house on Sunday, December 8th, with tours beginning promptly at 2:00 pm. Families interested in applying for the second semester (January 27, 2020) or the 2020-2021 school year are invited to come visit with admission counselors, teachers, and students. Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) tours will include classrooms, athletic and dining facilities, and dorms.

Randolph-Macon Academy students thrive in the challenging college-prep environment, and their 100 percent college acceptance rate includes some of the top schools in the country—from the University of Virginia to MIT. The integrated curriculum ensures students engage their curiosity and connect their learning across multiple disciplines. Inspire the Rise within your child. To RSVP to the open house, visit www.rma.edu/open-house, or call 540-636-5484.

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LFCC and Shepherd University sign nursing transfer agreement

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

LFCC and Shepherd University have signed a new 2+2 (two years at LFCC and two years at Shepherd) R.N.-B.S.N. agreement that will provide a seamless pathway for nursing students from LFCC to earn their bachelor’s degree at Shepherd.

Under the agreement, LFCC students who earn an associate of applied science degree in nursing, have a minimum grade point average of 2.7, and who have not matriculated at any other institution of higher education will be guaranteed transfer admission to Shepherd to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

“We now more than ever need healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd provost, during a July 30 virtual signing ceremony. “We’re in an area with vulnerable populations where there is a lack of access to healthcare, and there’s a critical shortage of nurses and advance practice nurses nationwide, so this initial pathway from the R.N. to the B.S.N. is just one step in those students’ journeys.”

Dr. Anne Davis, LFCC vice president of academic and student affairs, called the agreement a win-win for students.

“This feels like it’s a great fit for our students because they’re accustomed to an environment with that personal touch and small class size,” Davis said. “I think Shepherd is a place where LFCC students will find a home, somewhere where they’ll be valued for who they are as a person. It’s an exciting opportunity. It’s pivotal for healthcare in the environment that we’re in now, so we thank Shepherd for opening its doors to our students and giving them this pathway.”

“We’re just thrilled to receive Lord Fairfax students,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey, dean, College of Nursing, Education, and Health Sciences, and director, School of Nursing at Shepherd. “They’re motivated, they’re excellent academically, we just really enjoy having them here, and we want to make this their home. We also want them to keep the connectivity with Lord Fairfax. They don’t lose their identity; they just take on a new mantle of being a B.S.N. from Shepherd University.”

Learn more about LFCC’s nursing program at lfcc.edu/nursing.

Pictured (top row, l. to r.) are Dr. Virginia Hicks, assistant provost, Shepherd Academic Community Outreach; Kathryn Tagnesi, interim director, Lord Fairfax Health Professions; Dr. Scott Beard, Shepherd provost; second row, Dr. James Gillispie, dean, Lord Fairfax Humanities, Social Sciences, and Student Development; Dr. Craig Santicola, dean, Lord Fairfax Professional Programs; Dr. Sharon Mailey, dean, Shepherd College of Nursing, Education, and Health Sciences, and director, School of Nursing; third row, Dr. Michael Groves, coordinator, Shepherd R.N. to B.S.N. Program; Dr. Richard Stevens, dean, Shepherd School of Graduate and Professional Studies; and Dr. Anne Davis, vice president, Lord Fairfax Academic and Student Affairs.

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What should you do if your child has behavioral problems?

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

Is your child failing to respect class rules or acting in a disruptive or violent way? If so, you may not know what to do. Here’s how you can find a solution to this type of problem.

Uncover the source
If your child is acting in an inappropriate manner, it’s important to understand why. Try to determine if the behavioral issue is occurring only at school or if it’s happening at home too. Understanding when and where the behavior is exhibited could provide insight into the situation.

Children may act out for a variety of reasons. In some cases, it’s because their social needs aren’t being met. In others, it’s that the child finds the learning objectives difficult to meet. Tensions at home can also make it difficult for children to manage their emotions. Alternatively, bullying may be the culprit.

Work with specialists
The right professional can help root out the cause of your child’s behavioral issues. This includes:

• Audiologists
• Special educators
• Doctors
• Optometrists
• Speech and language therapists
• Psychoeducators
• Psychologists

These experts are especially helpful if your child’s issues are linked to mental health problems, learning impediments, vision problems or dyslexia. Health-care workers and trained educators can provide your child with a treatment plan. With professional help and a bit of effort, you’re likely to see an improvement.

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3 great reasons to finish your basement

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

Are you wondering whether to invest time and money into finishing your basement? Here are three good reasons to go for it.

1. To lower your heating and cooling bills
An unfinished basement is often uninsulated, making the rest of your house more difficult to heat and cool. Since a key step to finishing a basement involves insulating the walls and floor, a positive side effect of undertaking this project is having a comfortable temperature throughout your home.

2. To expand your living space

Whether you want to make a playroom for the kids, an office for you, or a home theater for the whole family, the basement is the perfect location. If space allows for it, you can also convert it into a small apartment, which might be ideal for your adult children or elderly family members.

3. To add value to your property
If you decide to sell your home, a finished basement typically provides a 50 to 75 percent return on investment. In addition to the increase in value, your property will likely be more attractive to potential buyers.

Keep in mind that renovating a basement may not be as expensive as you think. This is because you can choose different materials than those used in the rest of your home. In fact, the same hardwood flooring that’s ideal for a living room is a terrible option for a basement due to the higher risk of moisture problems.

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Stephens City Baseball Club to host baseball tryouts for team expansion

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

Stephens City Baseball Club is an up and coming youth baseball organization in the Shenandoah Valley Region. Based in Stephens City, VA our goal is to allow area youth to play in competitive baseball leagues and tournaments. Established in 2019 with the 12u Spartans are growing with an 8U, 12U, and 13U team and will host open tryouts on Saturday, August 15, 2020. All players seeking to improve their baseball skills in a fun-safe, team environment are encouraged to participate in tryouts.

What – Stephens City Baseball Club Tryouts for 12U and 13U

Where – Sherando Park, 255 Lakeview Cir, Stephens City, VA 22655

When – August 15, 2020

 13U Age Group, Sherando Park Field 1, 3 PM – 5 PM
 12U Age Group, Sherando Park Field 2, 5 PM – 7 PM

* Player cannot exceed qualifying age before April 30, 2021.

Who – Seeking dedicated hard working ballplayers 12U and 13U who are looking to be part of a competitive growing youth baseball organization in the Stephens City area.

Register for Tryouts – If interested please complete tryout form available at http://stephenscitybaseball.club

If you cannot make these dates and times, please contact us at info@stephenscitybaseball.club to schedule a private try-out.

Photo/Video and Interview Opportunity
 Watch the 12U Spartans team practice Thursday, August 13, 2020 8 PM – 10 PM
 Interview players, coaches and parents
 Sherando Park, 255 Lakeview Circle, Stephens City VA – Field 2

About
Mission – Our mission in starting this new organization is to provide boys a local opportunity to play higher competition baseball at an affordable cost. There are not many available local options for the boys to work on their baseball skills during the fall/winter offseason. Also, it is not just about baseball skill development. We are challenging the boys to be better young men by focusing and developing the following traits: being a great teammate, teamwork, perseverance in difficult moments, being respectful to others, developing mental strength, communication development, overcoming challenges and adversity, hard work, leadership development, good sportsmanship, dedication to a cause, loyalty, and “we” before “I” mentality.

Vision – Our vision is to become the prominent local baseball travel organization that is a short and long term provider of developing local kids from tee-ball up to high school. We will provide an opportunity to develop their skills with a short and long term strategy tailored to each individual player. We will develop a reputation to be the very best youth baseball organization for  development and providing a great experience. For our inaugural season, we started with one team at 12U age level. Over the next few years, we will strategically start adding teams at younger age groups to develop a pipeline for development.

Our focus is more than baseball skills. We challenge our players to be a great teammate, teamwork, perseverance in difficult moments, being respectful to others, developing mental strength, communication development, overcoming challenges and adversity, hard work, leadership development, good sportsmanship, dedication to a cause, loyalty, and “we” before “I” mentality.

Learn more by visiting http://stephenscitybaseball.club

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Town Talk: A conversation with Michelle Smeltzer and Beth Reavis from Social Services

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

In this Town Talk, we’ll have a conversation with Michelle Smeltzer, Warren County Community Liaison, and Beth Reavis, Interim Director of Social Services.  Michelle and Beth will discuss several programs, including the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), Emergency Assistance, Utility Assistance, Emergency SNAP allotment, and a Children’s clothing drive.

The Children’s clothing drive is this Saturday, August 15, 2020, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This will be held at Shelter #5, Fantasyland Park at 903 Warren Avenue in Front Royal. If you need children’s size clothes, including toddlers, they’ll have plenty of “gently-used” items for you.

Please reach out to Michelle Smeltzer at Social Services if you need assistance or have questions about any of the programs discussed. Her telephone number is (540) 635-3430 or by email at michelle.smeltzer@dss.virginia.gov. The telephone number of the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) is 833-437-0114 or visit their website at dhcd.virginia.gov/rmrp.

Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. If you have an idea, topic, or want to hear from someone in our community, let us know. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com

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Adopters can help Winchester SPCA’s holiday wishes come true with $100K from the Petco Foundation

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December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2019-12-08T14:00:00-05:00
2019-12-08T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Randolph-Macon Academy
540-636-5484

Individuals who have adopted a pet from the Winchester SPCA are invited to share how their pet has changed their life to help give your local SPCA a chance to receive a $100,000 grand prize Holiday Wishes grant award from the Petco Foundation. In partnership with BOBS from Skechers, the Petco Foundation is granting more than $750,000 this holiday season to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack with BOBS from Skechers shoes.

“We’re calling on all Winchester SPCA adopters to help us earn a lifesaving grant award this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their stories,” said Winchester SPCA Executive Director Lavenda Denney “Thank you for choosing adoption; now you can make our holiday wishes come true by helping us earn lifesaving funds to bring more pets in need together with loving families.”

Through September 23, adopters can submit their story at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes. Stories should highlight how pets have changed their adopter’s life for the better, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their adopted pet. Submissions must include four photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters must contact the Winchester SPCA for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Holiday Wishes homepage for more information and to read stories from previous winners.

The deadline to submit a Holiday Wishes story is September 23, 2020, noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and submission FAQs, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes.

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