CharlottesvilleFamily May June 2020 Digital Issue

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Just Between Us…

volume 21 issue 3 may/june 2020 PUBLISHERS

Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton


Dear Friends,

SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek Short ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ellen Sewell

As our family celebrated New Year’s Day, we jokingly named 2020 “The Year of Cake” and planned a big party in June for a joyful celebration of graduations,


Barbara A. Tompkins

milestone birthdays and our 25th wedding anniversary. Since then, COVID


has changed the world in ways we have yet to understand; and now, we find

ourselves working from home while tutoring the kids and negotiating how to


get groceries the safest way possible. But, the most important things have only grown in clarity. Friends and family, long walks and phone calls, board games and roasting

Susan Powell Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz


Kris Bordessa, Jennifer Carroll, Tracey

marshmallows fill our time—things we are even more grateful for now. I feel

Crehan Gerlach, Tiffany Doerr Guerzon,

guilty for how much I’m enjoying having all my favorite people in quarantine

Sharon Harrigan, Jennifer Heyns,

with me. If you have kids old enough to drive or go off to college, you’ll totally

Stacey Loscalzo, Whitney Woollerton

Morrill, Katharine Paljug, Teri Pilcher,

Mandy Reynolds, Krissy Vick,

Cheryl Wetmore-Simpson

get it! We are, of course, so grateful for work, health, time with the kids and all the many blessings, but this is an anxious time and little disappointments like struggling with seesaw and zoom or missing prom and graduation are still real. To help, we’ve created this special At-Home Issue of Bloom! to share the resources we know you need. From learning-at-home advice and expert tips on helping the kids manage their fears to safely visiting the doctor for well-baby visits, we’ve got you covered. And, we found the silver linings, too—from community success stories to ways to support local. And, since CharlottesvilleFamily was with you 18 years ago as a new parent and along every step of the way, we wanted to create a tribute to the remarkable class of 2020. They are the bright future! Be well, stay strong and parent on. We will get through this together,


Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

INTERNS Kathryn Jewusiak, Mary Allen Talley DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom Magazine and CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ are published jointly by Ivy Life & Style Media.™ is published weekly online at www., the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and the Magazine is published in print format 6 times per year along with a™ Directory. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. All images not credited are property of and provided by iStock by Gettyimages. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2020. All rights reserved.

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Contents TABLE OF



The Buzz Around Town 10 Are you talking about COVID-19 and the news in front of your children?


News 8

Snapshot 12

Jennifer Koym, Volunteer Director & Local Mom

Healthy Family 22 Boosting Immunity

Our Mother’s Day Essay Winner, Bumble’s “Dad & Me Having Fun” Photo Contest Winner & Festive Craft

Tips & Trends 24 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Exercise & Pregnancy 36 Finding the Activity That’s Right for You

Backyard Water Fun 42 8 Easy DIY Summer Water Activities

Our Schools 14 Stay Safe, Stay Connected & Keep Learning

Editor’s Pick

Things To Do 16

Mother’s & Father’s Day Special Section 32


As we continue in a season of change, we wanted to arm you with everything you could need, from successful and continued at-home learning activities and advice (pg 52), pregnancy tips (pg 36), Mother’s & Father’s contest winners (pg 32) and more.

Virtual Events, Local Hikes & Fishing Holes

Learning Fun At Home Section 52 Teacher Tips for Homeschooling, Library & PBS Resources, Science Fun & More Special Graduation Section 60 Congratulation Messages, Grad Ads & Well Wishes from Area Celebs

HOME & GARDEN Food, Family & Home 26 Ways to Improve Your Family’s Health

Home & Garden 30 Formal Gardens Go Small


Inspiring a Love of the Outdoors 46 20 Reasons Why Playing Outdoors Makes Children Smarter

Cool Stuff 58 Support Local


2020 Pregnancy & Baby Guide 38

Local Resources for Parents-to-Be

Summer Camp Guide Find the Perfect Camp


So Love This! “I am excited to see the special graduation section (pg 60). It’s only fitting that we congratulate our graduates even more so during these difficult times.” — Jenny, marketing consultant



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Be A Helper & Get Help No Family Should be Hungry • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 434-296-3663 • Loaves & Fishes Food Panty 434-996-7868 Every Family Should Have A Safe Home • Charlottesville Rental Relief 434-970-3170 • Piedmont Housing Alliance 434-817-2436 • Salvation Army 434-295-4058 • Shelter for Help in Emergency 434-293-8509

Every Family Deserves Support • Charlottesville Area Community Foundation 434-296-1024 • Monticello Area Community Action Agency 434-295-3171 • Partner for Mental Health 434-977-4673 • Thomas Jefferson Health District 434-972-6244 • United Way 434-972-1701 • Virginia Career Works 434-529-6828 • Virginia Employment Commission 866-832-2363

AT-HOME FUN The Virginia Discovery Museum’s Teddy Bear is seeking a name. Share your idea by tagging @vadiscovery and putting a picture of the teddy bear in your home’s window.

City of Promise Serves Kids In New Ways Local nonprofit City of Promise aims to end generational poverty, and create a community where children graduate from high school and are well equipped to realize their full potential for higher education and beyond. Their mission is more important now than ever, because increased time away from school can widen the achievement gap. Due to the pandemic, City of Promise has suspended on-site programs, but online resources include the Gateway Services and Adult Empowerment program. The Virtual Promise Baby Academy private Facebook group is providing support


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for mothers of children ages birth–8. The organization is also coordinating incentives like pizza delivery and toys/games to keep kids fed, learning and having fun. City of Promise’s Pathway Coaching programs are now connecting with kids in grades 5–8 and 9–12 by phone and online to help support their schoolwork and to encourage them. These virtual “hang outs” often feature special guests and incentives. In addition to their new online services, City of Promise is collecting cleaning supplies and grocery gift cards for families in need. To give or get help, visit

UVA Students Create Mutual Aid Fund

STAB Teachers Produce Daily Podcast for Students at Home After school closings, the staff at St. Anne’s-Belfield School wanted to find a way to remain connected with students and help parents navigate the hundreds of resources available to assist with at-home learning. To solve the issue, Librarian Sarah FitzHenry and learning village coordinator of computer science Kim Wilkens began Morning Meeting, a daily 15-minute podcast for families. During the daily podcast, the teachers tell jokes, give advice to parents on teaching at home, and provide fun daily challenges for listeners. Sarah FitzHenry perfectly sums up the podcast’s goal, “If learners can’t come to our library [and school], we’ll bring it to them!”

As classes continue to advance online and the university’s day-to-day operations have changed greatly, students at the University of Virginia (UVA) have set up a mutual fund to help students struggling with the change. The unexpected changes of closed dorms and online classes have led to a variety of needs among students, causing student bodies across the nation to set up mutual aid funds to assist with the unforeseen costs and necessities of the adjustment. At UVA, Student Council has led the effort, jumping in to help students immediately and matching donations made. In under five days, the Student Council raised over $10,000 for students, making a great impact on the immediate needs of students.

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

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Are you talking about COVID-19 and the news in front of your children?

75% say “yes”

25% say “no”

“It’s hard not to. Also, we want to make sure that he knows it is serious and needs to follow the rules. We don’t talk about the number of deaths, as he is too young, but we make sure he understands that it is a big issue, and it’s important to know the details and what to do.” – Liz B.

“My children, ages 11 and 8, have asked us to leave the news off because it’s too intense and scary. We now read our news exclusively. The 8-year-old has many questions, while my 11-yearold does not want to hear any more, so we make a point to take walks with each to address their needs separately. But, it took a while to figure out that we needed to do that and how to do it!”

“I think it’s valuable for our kid to know what’s happening and why our life has changed.”

– Amanda B., Mother of two girls

– Adrianne, Charlottesville, Mom of a toddler

Visit to answer next issue’s question:

Do you plan to make changes to how your family lives after COVID?

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BIZ BITS OPENINGS Mahana Fresh, Barracks Road Shopping Center, 2142 Barracks Road

CLOSINGS Blue Grass Grill, 313 2nd Street SE The Downtown Grille, 201 W Main Street The Flat Creperie, 111 E Water Street

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative has created a CommUnity Coloring Book everyone can contribute to at community-coloring-book.

Buy Local! New online shops and curbside pick up at: The Wine & Country Shop, Alakazam Toys, Hedge Fine Blooms, Rebecca’s Natural Food, Shenanigans Toys and others. The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) received over $37,000 from the state superintendent to upgrade equipment. Deputy Chief Joe Powers has been appointed as Charlottesville City Fire Marshal and Fire Official, taking over after Battalion Chief Jay Davis retires. Socially responsible farmers markets are open. CityMarket To-Go created online ordering and touchless pickup at multiple locations, which you can see at charlottesvillecitymarket. Food Hub drive-

thru market (& welcomes donations) can be reviewed at micromarket. Green Bean Baby Boutique is relocating to the North Wing of The Barracks Road Shopping Center with plans to open in June. STEAM Discovery Academy created a Virtual Camp-In-A-Box, customized with tools and materials to complete workshops online with instructors. And, Community Climate Collaborative (C3) launched Virtual Climate Camp for kids and parents.

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Jennifer Koym Volunteer Director & Local Mom

For local mom Jennifer Koym, her journey towards starting a nonprofit began when their 4-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. After being housed by a host family in Boston while their daughter was being treated, they decided to start LilyPads Housing, a similar non-profit, back in Charlottesville to help serve out-oftown patients and families coming to the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Today, LilyPads places pediatric families in volunteer host homes; and since starting in March 2019, they’ve hosted 52 patients and their family members for over 100 nights of lodging. Although they aren’t taking in new families due to COVID-19, they are following the lead of the housing collaborative and the Ronald McDonald House about re-opening. What inspired you to start LilyPads Housing? Our daughter, Lily, was born with a very rare and often terminal congenital heart defect. At the time, the only hospital treating this rare condition was Boston Children’s Hospital. However, we were having a difficult time finding housing. The hospital housing there is usually full, and it was going to be a huge financial burden to stay in a hotel for three weeks. Thankfully, we were put in touch with an organization that places families in volunteer host homes. Within a day, we were placed with a host family willing to house us for whatever time we needed to be there following Lily’s open-heart surgery. When we returned home, we wanted to sign up to be a host family to pay it forward, but we realized there wasn’t a program here. How do you find host families, and how can someone apply to be a host? Most of the first families that signed up to host were through wordof-mouth recommendations. Currently, we work to get the word out about LilyPads Housing by being an active part of our community, attending events and venues. We are always looking for more hosts, especially those living within a few miles of the hospital. To be notified when the next information session at the Downtown


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Library will be scheduled, you can sign up at How has starting LilyPads changed you? I am, by nature, a bit of an introvert and homebody. Starting LilyPads has catapulted me out of these comfort zones in the best way possible. I now find myself having to speak at public events, to network with organizations, attend fundraisers, etc. In doing this work, I’ve had the privilege to meet, befriend, and work with some of the most wonderful, compassionate and hard-working people. I’m humbled by the work being done in our community. What are the best parts of your job? The best part of my job is being able to support a family during one of the most difficult times in their lives. When your child is sick, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of getting them care. So many host families provided this for us in Boston, and I feel so very blessed I am now in a position to help other families. What is one thing your parents instilled in you that plays an important role in your work? My parents have always been active and engaged in their community. From an early age, my sisters and I witnessed them working towards making the world a better place through volunteering, leadership roles and financial donations. When we were old enough, “Paying it forward” and “giving back” became acts of love we enjoyed doing as a family. Over time, these values became knitted into the fabric of who we are. What would you say to someone thinking about starting a non-profit? That’s a great question. I would tell them to try and find people that share their passion and vision. It really does take a village. Thankfully, I was able to convince amazingly experienced, knowledgeable and connected people to serve on our board.


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Stay Safe, Stay Connected & Keep Learning Learning never stops. Even though ​ traditional face-to-face school ended abruptly in March for our Virginia students due to the coronavirus, teaching and learning have continued through the creativity and resourcefulness of our Charlottesville school teachers, staff, students and families. ​Our first priority was to make sure students stayed safe—a necessity for learning. We are grateful to an army of nutrition workers, and community volunteers and organizations who have prepared thousands of weekly meals for students in need. This alone is a great reminder to us all that we live in a community that cares deeply for one another. And, we also honor the custodial staff who have continued to keep our buildings clean and safe. We also know it’s important to ​ stay connected. After the closings of schools, principals and teachers quickly turned to platforms like YouTube and Facebook to reach out with daily morning announcements or read-aloud storytimes. Gym teachers have also led virtual dance parties! And, other staff have organized car parades through their students’ neighborhoods to wave, and say “I love you” and “I miss you.” Additionally, our teachers and staff have posted online exploratory and review activities to keep students connected and learning. Meanwhile, our

technology staff has worked to ensure that all families, grades kindergarten through twelve, have access to a computer and the Internet. Once the governor cancelled face​ to-face classes for the rest of the year, we moved to teaching through new instruction to ensure students continued to learn. The goals of every school are to prepare students for next fall, to maintain relationships with students, teachers and the school, and to promote everyone’s well being. For students in kindergarten and first grade, we have sent home learning books. For those in grades two and up, we have asked our teachers to keep learning by picking up new skills for delivering online instruction, whether it be through utilizing learning tools like See Saw and Google Classroom or Canvas. (We also wanted our teachers and staff to stay safe and connected, so they, too, could care for their own families and household needs.) And, our families had to keep learning, as they moved in to new technologies and at-home learning routines. Stay safe, stay connected and keep ​ learning. That sums up our hopes for our community this spring. To learn more about our efforts, visit and follow together on social media.

Krissy is the Community Relations Liaison for Charlottesville City Schools. She can be reached at

Sentara Commits $1 Million for Food System

County Students Win 46 Science Awards At the 39th Annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, students from Albemarle County won 46 awards across 17 different categories, including both Grand Awards. The two Grand-Awardwinning projects came from two sophomores. Meena Ambati’s research took home one of the Grand Awards for its potential to become the first treatment for dry macular degeneration—studying the effects of the antidepressant Fluoxetine on the retina. The second Grand Award winner was Katharina Ravichandran for her mathematical model on the percentage of a population needed to create herd immunity for measles, which could also potentially be applied to other diseases, such as COVID-19. Both girls attend Albemarle High School and will receive $2,000 scholarships, as well as qualify for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Sentara Healthcare and Truist are each giving $500,000 to the We Care COVID-19 Virginia Emergency Food Support Plan in the form of a one million-dollar grant. The grant will help families facing food insecurity during the pandemic and beyond, as the ongoing crisis impacts the income and job security of Virginia residents around the state. The state’s system of food banks and meal delivery services will use the generous donation to help provide nutritious meals to the some of the most vulnerable in our communities. The We Care program includes an emergency food care package containing five days of non-perishable food items to help with the effort of staying indoors, by lengthening the time between necessary food bank trips to both feed and protect our neighbors.

Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville, PLC is pleased to welcome

Dr. Morgan Newsome to our medical practice!

Dr. Newsome will be seeing patients beginning this July at our West Office 2411 Ivy Road


Open 365 days a year. Urgent care is available evenings , weekends, and holidays for sick and injured children. Please call for an


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PLC Comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood


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Things Do Check out our online calendar for more virtual and at-home activity ideas!

VIRTUAL EVENTS VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: THIS FAMILIAR SPACE Now–July 17 Online on Second Street Gallery An exhibition of work by Stacey Evans in collaboration with high school students from Charlottesville and its sister city of Besançon, France, Charlottesville artist Nina Burke, and Besançon artist Gabriel Hopson.


VIRTUAL BIRDWALK: EXPLORING NATURAL & HISTORIC LANDSCAPES May 16, 2pm Online on James Madison’s Montpelier Learn about bird habitats with Dr. Drew Lanham.

Through May, 7pm on Live Arts – Facebook Live Every evening in May at 7pm, Live Arts will be going live on their Facebook page to share an episode of their 30in30 festival. Each episode will spotlight a different artistic season at Live Arts as they journey through three decades of forging theater and community in Charlottesville.



June 8–July 11 at Wildrock Tiny Worlds Trail – a magical daytrip experience featuring installations under the willow, in the woods and along the banks of the stream. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a day of discovery and nature connection. Prepare to find fairies, gnomes and all of their homes. Reserve your spot for a 90-minute timed-trail experience. Visits are scheduled in 30-minute intervals. $20 per car. 434-987-0638,

May 15, 12pm on Virginia Museum of History & Culture Facebook Discover what period images of suffragists tell us about historical attitudes toward women and their role in American civic life.

May 26 on JMRL Instagram Tune into the JMRL teen Instagram to see how to build your own edible terrarium using food around your house.


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Mondays, 3pm on Brooks Family YMCA – Facebook Live Kids join Bonita and Cassandra from the Brooks Family YMCA for a virtual Movin’ Monday exercise class.

VIRTUAL CLASS - MUSIC MONDAY Mondays, 4–4:45pm Online on DMR Adventures A virtual music class for all ages.


Mondays–Thursdays Online on Virginia Discovery Museum Try some activities at home from VDM each day, every Monday–Thursday.

VIRTUAL CLASS – THEATRE CHALLENGE TUESDAY Tuesdays, 3–3:20pm Online on DMR Adventures A virtual theatre class for all ages.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30am on Camp4Real – Facebook Live Get moving and join Camp4Real on Facebook for a live kids workout every Tuesday and Thursday.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3pm on Brooks Family YMCA – Facebook Live Younger children can learn with storytime videos from the Brooks Family YMCA Early Learning Center every Tuesday and Thursday.


Virtual Events See this page.


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Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays on The Front Porch – Facebook Live Enjoy a live-streamed artist/band from The Front Porch’s venue. You can also find these concerts broadcasted live on WTJU (91.1 FM) and streamed on The Tuesday concerts will broadcast the following Wednesday evening from 6–7 pm, the Friday concerts will


Enjoy a video tour of The Inside World with Henry Skerritt, curator, via The Fralin’s website. The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land.

Color me!

The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and was organized by Henry F. Skerritt, Curator, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board, The UVA Arts Council, The Embassy of Australia, UVA Arts Endowment and Arts$. We also wish to thank the Mapping Indigenous World Lab of the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture for their programming support to this exhibition. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

Free Weekly Activities & Walkthroughs Discovery Detectives Cooperative Mysteries Print-at-Home Kits & Pre-Order Box Kits Discovery Challenge Fitness Fundraiser

Science-Powered Fun Premiering Summer 2020

Recommended Free Content & Resources


Favorite Award Winner 2019

Learn more at! Thank You to CharlottesvilleFamily for Donating This Ad on Behalf of the Museum


{our town calendar} The annual Discovery Dash has been transformed into “30 Days, 30 Exercises Discovery Challenge” fitness fundraiser for the Virginia Discovery Museum.

with Deon Ridley from Broadway’s “The Lion King.”

TRAIL ADVENTURES PROGRAM BY APPOINTMENT Every day at Wildrock Wildrock is currently welcoming families to their trail system through their 90-minute Trail Adventures program. This is by reservation only and is designed to ensure social distancing. Make reservations online.



sunday, August 2

broadcast live from 8–9 pm, and the Sunday concerts will broadcast the following Tuesday from 6–7 pm.


Wednesdays, 3pm on Brooks Family YMCA – Facebook Live Kids join Bonita and Cassandra from the Brooks Family YMCA for an educational STEM class online.


Wednesdays, 4–6pm & Fridays, 3–5:30pm at Local Food Hub, 1801 Hydraulic Road Preorder items online from Virginia farmers and pick up via drive-through on Wednesdays and/ or Fridays.

MONTICELLO FOR KIDS LIVE Thursdays, 2pm Online on Monticello Learn from home with Monticello for Kids LIVE. Watch on the Monticello website, Facebook Live or on YouTube.


Fridays, 3pm on Brooks Family YMCA – Facebook Live Kids join Bonita and Cassandra from the Brooks Family YMCA for an online art class each Friday.

CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY MARKET – DRIVE THRU MARKET Saturdays at Penn Park New safe drive-thru pickup at Penn Park. Browse, preorder and select a time block for your pickup.


Friday, September 18

TICKETS ON SALE NOW, Downtown Visitor Center


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Saturdays, 9am–12pm at IX Art Park The market layout, vendors and customers will comply with Coronavirus protocols. Safety is the highest priority. There are several safe ways to access food. You can now order from several vendors online and pick up at the market site, at the booth or in your car. Email: cecile@


Saturdays, 2–2:50pm Online on DMR Adventures. A virtual movement and dance class for all ages

Online on Triple C Camp’s Facebook This Charlottesville summer camp program is now offering free facebook live events and activity ideas for families.


Virtual Streaming on American Shakespeare Center’s Website The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, the only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater, is offering families the opportunity to stream performances from the comfort of their home.

HIKE IT UP! Plan a family outing, immersed in the natural beauty of our area. Try one of the many local hiking spots still open during the COVID restrictions, however be sure to check online for adjusted hours, facilities and playgrounds being open, etc. For those in the family less interested in “hiking,” try phrasing it as “adventuring” and get the kids involved in the preparation process. Have them help you look up places on a map, pack snacks and water bottles, and select the best clothing. Take advantage of this learning opportunity with the different types of tress or plants you might see, or make a game of it—the first to identify five different plants gets to pick a post-hiking snack.

RAGGED MOUNTAIN (Charlottesville)

This 5.9-mile trail promises an exhilarating hike with scenic views. Dogs are allowed, so you can bring man’s best friend out for some exercise.

IVY CREEK NATURAL AREA (Charlottesville)

Located six miles north of Charlottesville, the natural area is home to open fields, streams and seven miles of walking trails. The trails range from easy to difficult, so you can choose the right one for your family’s skill set.

WALNUT CREEK (North Garden)

With various trails to choose from ranging from .5 miles to 3.9 miles, Walnut Creek has plenty of rugged terrain to travel. Most trails wrap around the 45-acre lake where you can canoe, kayak or swim.

RIVANNA TRAIL (Charlottesville)

A handicap-accessible trail that starts at Riverview Park, Rivanna Trail ends 2.3 miles north after a tranquil walk along the riverfront. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on marked portions of the trail.

PEN PARK NATURAL TRAIL (Charlottesville)

Located in Pen Park, this two-mile trail winds along the banks of the Rivanna River and offers an excellent opportunity to observe the local wildlife.


This family campground provides the ideal camping destination with its beautiful lake and the many hiking trails surrounding it. Located in George Washington National forest, this lake is the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

GONE FISHIN’ There is nothing that gets your pulse racing like feeling the tug of a fish on the line. Charlottesville and surrounding areas are homes to numerous fishing holes, many of which also include other family-friendly activities such as canoeing and hiking! Some sites require fishing licenses or access permits, and some have

Local Hiking Trails See page 18.

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CHRIS GREENE LAKE (Earlysville) is a

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also known as Bowler’s Mill Lake, is a smaller impoundment that harbors excellent warm water fish, such as largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. A gravel ramp makes for easy shore fishing access. (540) 967-0401

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JAMES RIVER REELING & RAFTING (Scottsville) provides transportation and basic equipment for camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and rafting. (434) 286-4386,

! For safety, the City and County have closed public playgrounds and pavilions, bathrooms facilities are unavailable and masks ought to be worn when out in public. However, hiking and biking trails remain open, though officials remind people to stay home if they have any symptoms of illness. Before heading out, people should make sure they have properly washed their hands and pack some hand sanitizer to bring with them. In the dog parks, officials say there should be no more than 10 people at any one time right now. For keeping up-to-date on changes and re-openings, visit

LAKE ALBEMARLE (White Hall), owned

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stocks a wide variety of fish for a successful day on the water. It also allows swimming and provides a playground and ample space for picnicking and grilling. (434) 296-5844

RAGGED MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA (Charlottesville) is made up of 980 acres of

forest, two lakes totaling 50 acres and four miles of trails. The reservoirs offer excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. (434) 296-5844

RIVANNA RESERVOIR (Charlottesville)

spans 450 acres and is considered one of the best small fishing lakes in Virginia with excellent fishing for anglers, including largemouth bass, bluegill, black and white crappie, redear sunfish and channel catfish. (434) 970-3268

SHENANDOAH RIVER ADVENTURES (Shenandoah) offers river trips by appointment for everyone from beginners to experts. Spend a day canoeing, rafting, kayaking or tubing on this scenic Virginia river. (888) 309-7222,

SUGAR HOLLOW (White Hall) sits on the

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WALNUT CREEK PARK (North Garden) is

popular for its 45-acre lake with two beach areas and is regularly stocked with a wide variety of fish. In addition to canoe and kayak rental, the park also provides ramp facilities for accessing the lake. (434) 296-5844

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Boosting Immunity

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How Parents Can Help Kids Stay Strong & Healthy

If you feel like your child is always getting some new bug or infection, you’re not imagining it. Kids get sick more than adults because their immune systems are still developing. “Infants are born with a certain degree of immunity they received from their mothers in utero,” explains Gemma Furman, a registered nurse who has worked in Acute Care Pediatrics in the University of Virginia Health System and as a school nurse at Burnley-Moran Elementary. “As babies begin to age, the antibodies from mom go away, and they are left with a ‘naïve’ immune system.” As children interact with their world, their bodies are exposed to viruses, bacteria, microorganisms and other pathogens. This teaches their immune systems to build antibodies to fight future infections. How to boost immunity. Exposure to things that can make us sick is the primary way the immune system grows. However, parents can encourage a healthy lifestyle to strengthen children’s immune response. by Katharine Paljug Sleep. Children under 1 years old need 12–16 hours of sleep a day, including naps; those under age 5 should get 11–14 hours; and children up to age 12 do best with 9–12 hours per day. Teens even need 8–10 hours of sleep a day. Diet. The nutrients in a balanced diet, especially from fruits and vegetables, are essential to a healthy immune system. “Vitamins can be helpful if your child is a picky eater, but they don’t replace a healthy diet,” Furman says. Gut health. A healthy diet also helps build healthy bacteria in the intestines, which is an essential part of a strong immune system. Probiotics, should the doctor recommend, can support gut health, especially after taking antibiotics. Vaccines. Vaccines allow your child to build immunity to serious diseases, such as whooping cough or measles, without the risk that comes with actually contracting these infections. With diseases like the flu that have multiple strains, a vaccine teaches the immune system to fight that specific type of virus, making the infection less severe even if your child is exposed to a different strain. What about essential oils? Alternative treatments like essential oils or herbal medicine may offer some benefit in boosting immunity or navigating an illness. However, many For more information on affect children differently than adults, and the research immunity and vaccine safety, about their use in young people and babies is limited. “It’s visit the American Academy easy to assume that because a product is [labeled] ‘natural’ of Family Physicians at or ‘pure’ that it’s safe and helpful,” Furman cautions. But these products aren’t regulated, and companies often don’t disclose ingredients or provide evidence to support claims about their benefits. If you are considering alternative medical treatments for your child, discuss them with your child’s doctor. When to see a doctor. In general, the many small germs of childhood aren’t something parents should be worried about. However, there are instances when exposure to new illnesses can be dangerous. If your child has a compromised immune system, this level of normal childhood exposure can be life-threatening. And even if your child is otherwise healthy, some diseases can be serious. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s pediatrician if you notice: Symptoms that go beyond a common childhood illness; symptoms are persisting for several days; a high fever; trouble breathing; and anything that seems irregular or concerns you. “When it comes to your kids, trust your gut and be their loudest advocate.”


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SMART EATS "It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Family’s Health Now

If you’re like most parents, you started 2020 with a resolution to make this a healthier year for you and your family. But, with the restrictions and limited supply of certain items, it may already feel like you don’t have enough time or money for nutritious meals. However, you can make a big difference for the whole family with a small amount of effort.

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​Start the Day with Breakfast. It kicks up our metabolism, regulates our blood pressure immediately, and starts the day off on the right foot. It’s almost impossible to get all the nutrients you need if you skip a meal. If you can’t stomach solids in the morning, try drinking a smoothie. Get a Good Night’s Sleep. When we ​ don’t sleep well, our bodies turn on a hormone called greylin that gives the brain a signal that we’re hungry. ​Eat a Healthy Lunch. Try a sandwich on whole-grain bread and a lean protein source, such as turkey, chicken or peanut butter; a lean dairy product, such as cottage cheese, yogurt or string cheese; and a serving of fresh fruit and vegetables. You can wash and cut celery or a red pepper for the week and store it in the refrigerator. Add variety by using different kinds of whole-wheat breads like rolls, bagels, tortillas and pitas. Take out two pieces of bread from the freezer in the morning, and by lunchtime, they will be thawed. Get Children Involved in Food Preparation. Children are more interested and invested in foods when they help

choose and prepare them. Make note cards for each of the food groups with a list of suggestions and then have them pick something from each food group for their meal. You could even take the kids grocery shopping, or help them order the groceries online, allowing them to find the items and teach them how to read labels and compare prices. Get a Boost from Super Foods. Potatoes provide plenty of electrolytes. Fish is another “super food” because it has Omega-3, almost no saturated fat and is an anti-inflammatory. And, remember to eat more fruits and vegetables. Try packing a pasta sauce with earthy, seasonal vegetables or a chili with beans. Beans are not only inexpensive, but also high in potassium and fiber, and offer a natural way to lower cholesterol. Nuts and nut butters are high in potassium, magnesium and protein, and are good for blood-pressure regulation. Try identifying a super food by its color. The darker the flesh, the more anti-oxidants. Dark purple grapes, for instance, are better than light ones. Dark plums are better than apples. Dark greens like kale and spinach are

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Spring Vegetable Salad by Jennifer Heyns It’s a rare occasion in my house when I can find a dish that pleases all four of us equally (with the exception of desserts, of course). Typically, I can expect someone at the table to make a funny face, rearrange food to make it look like less than it really is, or offer up some sort of half-hearted compliment like, “It’s OK, but it’s not my favorite.” So naturally, when I find something that makes all eight eyes go wide with happy anticipation, it’s a recipe that makes it into my special recipe book.

things start to get back to normal and picnics with friends pick-up again, all you have to do is throw the salad together and go—the dressing and bacon can be added on-site.

After a long winter and all of the recent events, it’s sometimes difficult to remember how to lighten up the meals and incorporate fresh, local vegetables back into the daily repertoire. Luckily, a trip into my special recipe book reminds me of great family favorites that hint of spring and summer’s arrival. While this Spring Vegetable Salad offers a melody of various flavors, I think the one that really cinches it for my family is the bacon. I live in a house full of carnivorous males, so adding a meaty taste and texture to an otherwise vegetarian dish garners me extra brownie points. And, while the bacon really does add a lot by way of texture, color and taste to the dish, it’s an easy ingredient to omit, if you’re looking for a completely vegetarian dish. ​Happy faces and bacon aside, one of the things I truly appreciate about this recipe is that you can prepare parts of it ahead of time and it stores easily. I like to double the dressing and bacon and keep the overage in the refrigerator for future use. Even when

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INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup vegetable oil • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 egg yolk • 1 clove garlic, minced • ¾ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced 6 strips bacon 6–8 asparagus spears cut into ½-inch pieces 10 ounces fresh spinach 6 spring onions, sliced

DIRECTIONS Combine the oil, lemon juice, egg yolk, garlic, salt, sugar, mustard and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms and refrigerate for several hours. Fry the bacon until crisp. Crumble. Set aside. Just before serving, toss mushrooms and dressing with bacon, asparagus, spinach and onions.

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packed full of essential nutrients. And, they don’t have to be expensive or hard to prepare. Canned beans and frozen spinach are inexpensive, easy to have on hand and can be zapped in the microwave. Put Healthy Foods at Eye Level. People don’t eat what they don’t see. Put clementines in the middle of the table and see how quickly they disappear. Fill a bowl of whole-grain dry cereal. Make a jar of unsalted sunflower seeds, nuts, dried fruit and a few chocolate chips. Buy Fewer Beverages. One way to quickly cut costs is to eliminate all fluids except milk from your grocery list. Don’t buy orange juice; buy oranges. They not only have more fiber and nutrients but also have fewer calories. Don’t Forget Snacks. Skipping snacks, like skipping breakfast, is counterproductive. People who go for long periods without eating often eat too quickly to realize they’re satisfied, and most oftentimes they overeat, since it takes 20 minutes for the body to tell the brain that it’s full. Try making your own trail mix. Add dried fruit, and children will feel like they’ve had dessert. Muffins are another great choice, especially if they are made with whole-wheat pastry flour. Celery with peanut butter or other nut butter is a good way to slip in a vegetable, while a hard-boiled egg offers quick protein. Children love fingerfoods, such as grapes and cherries, so be sure to make the selection healthy and easily accessible for even the littlest eaters. Sharon is a freelance writer in Charlottesville who always eats breakfast (or will from now on).

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There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments. – Janet Kilburn Phillips

by Tracey Crehan Gerlach

Formal Gardens Go Small In the world of horticulture, the formal garden seems like the ultimate rendering of order-throughnature. The myriad elements create calm and peace through their tidy, repeated designs. Centerpieces and sitting areas along paths surrounded by carefully clipped hedges and mowed grass beckon. The orderliness is pleasing to both the eye and the brain, and you don’t need vast amounts of land to create a formal garden of your own. Repeated Patterns and Shapes. The garden beds will offer the base for setting off on the formal gardening course. Think geometrically, and embrace rectangles, square or circles, using the plants within those beds to connect and resonate the feel and flow of the garden. ​Balance and Symmetry. Formal gardens usually work around an axis, as in crossing paths or one long path down the center with the beds on either side in equal, symmetrical measures. Also, maintain this element with the plants, as well as with hardscaping. ​Interest Piece(s). Consider an architectural piece in the center, such as a birdbath, a sundial, a statue or a bench. Or, include pieces that repeat in expected


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spots throughout the plantings, such as upright clipped evergreens, container plantings that offer an injection of color or height, willow wattle fencing or rustic trellises. ​Plants. To maintain their drama during the offseason, formal gardens should be anchored by year-round greenery, such as boxwoods and other small evergreens. Another “rule” is to constrain the plant palette, limiting it to just a few colors. English gardens usually include antique roses, peonies and hollyhocks, while Italian formal gardens stay closer to clipped evergreens and boxwood topiaries with very little color other than the natural green. ​Need Inspiration? Examples around

Virginia that you can look up online, include: Agecroft Hall (especially the Elizabethan knot garden) and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond; the Pavilion Gardens at the University of Virginia; Anne Spencer’s garden in Lynchburg; and The Enchanted Garden at the Poe Museum in Richmond. For other online inspiration, check out Prince Charles’ gardens at Highgrove Gardens, specifically the formal Sundial garden, or do a search on French parterre gardens. Tracey lives on five acres in Sugar Hollow with her husband and two children. Find her online at

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I Love You, and I Like You, and How Are You?


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The seed that would eventually germinate into motherhood was planted when I was in middle school…maybe earlier. I had always wanted to be a mom, but the desire was undoubtedly fed by the dozens of kids I babysat. As I think about motherhood—from its inception in my pre-teen heart all the way up to watching my oldest leave the nest a couple of years ago—I remember a note, given to me by a little boy named Jonathan when I had arrived at his house to babysit. “I love you and I like you and how are you?” I think I remember those words 30 years later because they are a perfect kidsummation of every true relationship, including the connection I share with my children. ​I love you… I love you just because I do. It’s encoded in every cell of my body, and I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I love you when you’re being kind and working hard; I love you when you’re making mistakes, doing things you’ll be ashamed of later.


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I love you when you leave messes. I love you when you wake me as you’re getting a snack at 3 a.m. (thank you, shelter-inplace sleep schedules). I love you when you fight with your brother, and I love you when you play that game you hate because it’s his favorite. And, you love me. In spite of my many mistakes and failures—and there’s no doubt my own brokenness has hurt you—this unrelenting love is reciprocal. You love me when I make an elaborate birthday dinner, and you love me when I’m too tired to cook. Your love sees beauty where I see age and imperfection. You love me in return. ​And I like you… ​I don’t just love you—I like you. I think you’re funny and cool, and destined for some kind of greatness. I like the way you think, the way you joke around and the way you talk. I like that you are interested in things I know nothing about and that you broaden my horizons in a thousand ways. And, you like me (mostly, except maybe during a couple of years of high

school). It’s especially fun when you start to see who I am apart from a mom who does mom stuff, and you let me know you like that person, too. ​…And how are you? ​This is my favorite part of Jonathan’s note, because it’s a funny surprise, and it’s right on. It’s not enough to know we are loved and liked—we want to be known. I treasure the daily checking-in that happens when life is lived together. How did you sleep; how are you doing; what are you thinking about these days? Sometimes, those inquiries are answered expansively, while other times they are not. Either way, the questions themselves stand as humble tokens of love, of wanting to see and know, of not assuming I do because you’re my blood. And, now, you ask me the same. The green-eyed middle kid knows when I’m lying and asks again. And so, this is what I love about motherhood—it’s the fulfillment of that construction paper note given to me so many years ago, that run-on sentence of affection and curiosity. I love you, and I like you, and how are you?

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I recently met a new super hero. ​ She is my favorite one yet. I love that she is supernaturally gifted, yet so very relatable. She gives me hope in this very confusing, scary time. Her name is Pandemic Mom. Since March of 2020 she has been quietly keeping the world spinning. ​Her days are filled with teaching her children, working from home, working on the frontlines of a healthcare crisis, and figuring out how to feed the herd of people that live in her home and seem to eat all day long. She is amazing under pressure. Her quick thinking enables her to scrap the “new” math her child is struggling with and go back to the old-fashioned “carry-the-one” method, which has saved many tears, including her own. ​She reaches deep within herself and produces the wisdom to let go of her tightly held, previous parenting convictions for the good of her family. She realizes that these are not normal circumstances. And, she is aware that an increase in screen time does not mean her child will fail at life. Pandemic Mom is open to suggestions. She discovers that a day off from school

and just plain missing friends have a tremendous impact on her kids, and she recognizes it. She, too, grieves for these missed opportunities and understands that, yes, her kids are safe, healthy and well fed, but they should still be allowed their feelings. She discovers the healing power of a snack and a nap. She realizes that birthdays, holidays and milestones don’t stop even when it feels like the world has. And, she figures out ways to make these times special—something her kids will remember long after this crazy time in their lives is over. ​She is not perfect, though. That is one super power she lacks. But, she becomes aware that there is a whole gang of Pandemic Moms and that they are there for each other. She rediscovers the truth behind never underestimating the joy that a funny, sometimes inappropriate, meme can bring. She discovers there is power in just checking in on her friends as well as in receiving a check-in herself. She discovers how a simple card in the mail or a sweet text can bring so much happiness and give her the strength to keep on going. She has come to understand and ​ appreciate she is not alone. Her faith, which has always sustained her, reminds

spent at the river is in fact good for every soul living in her house. She is an expert in offering grace. She understands that her kids are grieving, even when they don’t understand. Missed sports seasons, graduations, proms

her that she can do all things…she can do amazing things. Pandemic Mom was born out of necessity, but I believe she will live long after this pandemic is over. Pandemic Mom is you. And, she is me.


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Prepare your apron. Iron your apron before you begin. A hot steam iron works well and makes for a better surface to attach the stencil. Once ready, tape it down to the table with painter’s tape to keep it from moving. Download and cut out the stencil. Download the file from my member’s library page and upload it to your Cricut Design Space or other papercutting system. Size it to the apron and choose the material; I made mine 11.5” wide and printed on a piece of Cricut Premium Vinyl. Attach your stencil to the apron. If you’re using a non-adhesive surface, simply peel the stencil off and position it onto your apron. Use painter’s tape to hold it down, and go. Make sure you have the stencil fastened tightly so the paint won’t




bleed under it. Tip: It can be helpful to run a border of painter’s tape around the entire outside edge of the stencil to give you a little extra wiggle room. Prepare your stencil brush and use a light hand. Don’t load up your brush and start dabbing. It’s best to get some paint on your brush and then “off-load” a bit of it before starting to dab it onto your apron. Paint your stencil. Once you have a bit of paint on your brush, start to stencil! I “worked” the brush in a couple of directions to make sure we were thoroughly getting into the grain of the fabric. Allow it to dry for a few minutes, then add a second coat if necessary. Allow it to dry for about five minutes (check it’s not wet to the touch), and then peel off your stencil.

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​ e know that moderate physical activity is good for expectant mothers and the babies they W are carrying, but what kind of exercise should pregnant women do, and how much is the best amount? Here are some guidelines for healthy activity during pregnancy. While three months pregnant with ​ her first child, Shana Hersch ran a 13.1mile half-marathon in two hours and 15 minutes. “I consulted with my doctor, who agreed since I had been training for months, to go ahead and run the race. He advised me to ‘listen to my body’ and ‘stay hydrated’.” ​Even those of us who don’t want to run marathons will benefit from exercise during and after pregnancy. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), “Exercise may make pregnancy more comfortable, shorten labor and reduce the need for obstetric

interventions.” Other benefits include increased energy levels, relief from back pain, reduced constipation and an overall feeling of well being. ​Most women in good health without obstetric problems can exercise, and the AAFP suggests that moms-to-be exercise through walking, stationary cycling, lowimpact aerobics and swimming. Be sure to always get your doctor’s permission to exercise during pregnancy. ​If you exercised before your pregnancy and have your doctor’s permission, “you can continue your current program with some modifications,” says Candace

Ripken, a mind/body coordinator. “If you’re beginning an exercise program, you should begin slowly with gentle exercises like walking and light-weight training,” she adds. “Yoga is an excellent choice for ​ pregnant women, as it focuses on posture and breathing, and can help relieve both the physical and emotional stress women may experience before, during and after birth,” says Ripken. She also recommends Pilates. “Like yoga, Pilates focuses on posture and breathing. Pilates also builds a strong ‘core’ (abdominals, back and pelvic floor). Many exercises


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will have to be adapted for pregnancy.” “Using the guidance of personal ​​ trainers, I learned how to modify my workouts,” Hersch explains. “While doing step and interval workouts, I lowered a riser, used the platform solely or simply used the floor. As my center of gravity was constantly changing, the balance needed for the bosu and kickboxing became too challenging. In the third trimester, I chose to do basic cardio classes and swim laps.” Many women find it difficult to get ​ out to a gym, but there are plenty of excellent exercises and stretches you can do at home. ​Ripken offers a few tips to keep you and your child safe and injury free. “The pregnancy hormone Relaxin softens connective tissue, allowing them to potentially stretch beyond end range, causing injury to the tendons or ligaments,” she warns. Be careful when stretching not to overdo it. “Avoid exercises that require lying on your back after the first trimester and always work in a neutral, extended spine.” “Your balance changes as the body ​ changes, and standing poses may present a safety issue. Use the wall or a chair for

support and stability,” suggests Ripken. “Always perform a 10-minute ​ warm-up prior to exercise,” says Ripken. “Walking is an excellent choice for both your warm-up and for easing back into a cardio routine.” She also recommends Kegel exercises before, during and after pregnancy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. ​Having trouble choosing a piece of exercise equipment? Try an exercise ball. With its convenience, light weight, ease of use and exercise variations, this might be the ideal equipment for a pregnant mom exercising at home. “I use a stability ball for standing squats and wall squats,” says Hersch, “I’ve seen incredible results with squats.” To find the exercise that’s ​ comfortable for you, try a variety of types of movement and equipment. Listen to your body and your doctor, and have fun while you stay active during your pregnancy. You may even find a new physical pursuit that you’ll continue to enjoy for years to come!

Exercises Candace Ripken uses the following ​ exercises when working with pregnant women. Carefully read her explanation of each exercise’s benefits and techniques beforehand, and perform them as directed to prevent injury and to achieve the maximum benefit. ​Child’s Pose. This yoga pose is a great low back/glute release. It helps relieve low back pain and encourages muscle relaxation. Start on all fours and slowly move your hips back towards your heels, lowering the torso and hips. Rest your arms alongside your body. Your forehead can rest on floor with or without a pillow or blanket for support. Knees can remain separated to allow a deeper fold at the hip and/or accommodate a pregnant belly. Breathe deeply. ​Hip Stretch. This is another deep stretch that alleviates back and hip pain. It can be performed seated on the floor or in a chair after the first trimester. Lie


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on your back on the floor. Bend both of your knees, keeping your feet on the floor. Cross one ankle above the opposite knee, allowing the top leg to release deep in the back hip. To increase the stretch, you can lift the bottom leg off the floor and reach through the center to hold onto the thigh or hamstring. ​Stability Ball Wall Squats. This exercise is a great lower body strengthener. The ball provides support for the spine and also challenges the core muscles to stabilize the body while maintaining a safe, neutral spine position. With a 55–65cm exercise ball, stand with your back towards the wall. Place the stability ball behind you, towards the low back. Stand with your feet hip width apart and forward of the hips. With your torso supported against the ball, slowly bend your knees, lowering your body towards the floor. Stop when the knees are at a 90-degree bend and in line with the hips. Knees should be directly over ankles (you may need to make adjustments). Slowly reverse the direction and rise to the start position. ​Lunges with the Ball. Another terrific lower body exercise, these lunges target the glutes. There are many variations of this exercise. A simple version uses the ball simply as a support mechanism. You can also use the ball to add balance challenges (holding the ball between both hands in front of body) and core challenges (holding the ball between both hands and adding small torso rotations with the lunge). These variations are

good for the experienced exerciser. Stand with both feet hip-width apart, with the ball to one side. Step the opposite leg back. Keeping the torso upright with no lean forward, bend both knees, lowering the body towards the floor. Stop when the knees are at a 90-degree bend. The forward knee should always remain over the ankle, but make adjustments if necessary. Slowly rise to start position.

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Stability Ball Bicep Curls with ​ Shoulder Press. Sit on the ball with your feet hip-width apart or wider for stability. Hold small hand weights naturally beside your body. Turn your palms up. Begin by bending the elbows, bringing the weights towards your shoulders. Once you reach the end of range, rotate the palms in towards one another and press the weights towards the ceiling. Arms are slightly forward rather than directly over your shoulders. Reverse the movements and slowly return to start position. The ball creates a balance and core challenge. You can increase this challenge by moving your legs closer together and/or by lifting one foot off the floor. Pregnant women should maintain a wider base for stability by not moving their feet too close together. ​ S tability Ball Trunk Curls. This exercise can be done by pregnant women and provides an inclined position (perfect for after the first trimester). It helps to maintain abdominal and core strength during pregnancy and aids in redeveloping that strength after childbirth. Seated on the exercise ball, slowly walk your feet forward, allowing your hips to move down the ball just a few inches toward the floor (Note: this is a gentle downward motion, not a deep squat.). Your body is in an inclined position. Place your hands behind your head at the base of the skull. Slowly curl torso forward feeling the ribs move towards the hips. Hips do not change position. Return to start.

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Backyard Water Fun I​ n the dog days of summer, kids love to cool off by playing in water, but they eventually tire of playing in the sprinkler or a kiddie pool. Here are eight easy and inexpensive DIY outdoor activities to keep kids of all ages both occupied and cool this summer!


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8 Easy DIY Summer Water Activities by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Soda Bottle Sprinkler ​urn a two-liter soda bottle into a T sprinkler. Take a clean, two-liter plastic bottle and drill holes all over the sides of the bottle using a handheld drill. You can use a smaller bit and drill lots of tiny holes, or use a larger bit and drill fewer holes. Next, attach a hose connector to the end of a garden hose. Attach the bottle to the hose by screwing it into the connector. Turn on the hose and let the kids play! This sprinkler is fun just laying on the grass, or toss the hose with the attached sprinkler over the swing set or a tree branch to make a “shower.”

Liquid Chalk Paint ​or outdoor art that is a step above F sidewalk chalk, try making your own liquid chalk paint. First, purchase jumbo-sized washable chalk from your local dollar store. You will need to break up the chalk into a powder by either putting the chalk into a sealed plastic bag and pulverizing it with a hammer, or “grating” the chalk using the smallest holes of a cheese grater.

Add the powdered chalk to a food storage container, and mix in water. About onehalf cup of water per jumbo size piece of chalk makes a nice consistency. You will have a few chunks, but the mixture should be mostly liquefied. Repeat the process with different colored chalk until you have several different colors of chalk

with water. Using the handles of the bag, tie the water- filled bag over a tree branch. The bag doesn’t need to be sealed. Let the kids hit the water bag with tennis rackets, plastic bats or a cardboard wrapping paper tube. What a great way to recycle those plastic grocery bags! These water piñatas won’t last long, but getting wet is

paint, each in it’s own container. Give the kids paint brushes and let them paint the fence, concrete porch or sidewalk, then turn the hose on their creation to wash it away and begin again.

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Squirt Gun Target Practice When the kids get tired of squirting each other, set up targets for them to aim and hit! One way is to simply draw targets with washable sidewalk chalk onto a fence. Draw several circles, starting with a small “bulls eye” in the center, then add three or four more circles around the bulls eye, each one bigger than the last. Assign each circle a point value and let the kids compete to see who can rack up the most points. Plastic disposable drinking cups also make great targets. Line up plastic cups side-by-side on a deck railing or stack them upside down into a pyramid shape and shoot away.

Water Piñata Let the kids release some pent-up ​ energy and cool off with a piñata filled with water. Take a plastic grocery sack and fill a b o u t halfway

Ice Excavation ​ reeze plastic toys into blocks of ice for F kids to excavate. To prepare this activity, fill plastic cups or small food storage containers about two-thirds full with water, and then drop one or two small toys into each container. Freeze each filled container until the water is a solid block of ice, then remove the ice block and place outside in a large plastic bowl or metal baking dish. Now, let the kids figure out how to get the toys out of the ice. Offer options such as squirt guns filled with warm water, salt, or cups of warm water. Older kids can chip away at the ice with metal forks. For a fun twist, try tinting the water blue with food color and using ocean-themed toys, or pair green water with tiny dinosaur toys.

Sponge Balls ​ ake fun “sponge balls” from dollar-store M sponges. Cut two rectangular sponges lengthwise into four pieces each, and then stack the strips into two layers of four pieces each. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the midpoint of the stacked sponges. “Fluff” and pull the sponge strips until you have a ball shape. To play, give kids a bowl or bucket of water for dipping


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the sponge balls. Wet sponge balls are great for tag, target practice, or just tossing back and forth between kids.

Colored Ice Cubes ​his is a great one for toddlers. Take T an ice cube tray and add several drops of food coloring to the bottom of each section of the tray, and then fill the entire ice cube tray with water. Once the cubes are frozen, dump the colored ice out into a baby pool or plastic bowl filled with water. Toddlers will enjoy playing with the colored ice, and watching it melt and turn the water pretty colors. Since the water is tinted with food coloring, ice cubes will be safe to nibble on. Of course, parents should always closely supervise children when near any water.

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Water Race Track or Lazy River ​ ids love to watch stuff float down a K stream! Here are two ways to create a mini river or water racetrack. For a racetrack, purchase a short length of a gutter (the kind on roofs) from your local home improvement store. Set the gutter up against the seat of a lawn chair in the backyard so that the gutter slopes down to the ground. To cover up the sharp edges of the gutter, pool noodles can be cut long ways and added as a guard on each edge of the gutter. Place a garden hose at the top of the gutter and turn on the water. Kids can float leaves, dandelions and bathtub toys down the waterway. You can even set up two “tracks” side-by-side and hold a race! Or, make a lazier river by shaping aluminum foil into a gutter shape and put directly on the grass in a place where the ground slopes gently. You can use the hose to create the waterway, or let the kids pour water down your river with a cup or bucket.

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Outdoors! by Stacey Loscalzo


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20 Reasons Why Playing Outdoors Makes Children Smarter ​ ummer isn’t an escape from S education, especially right now, although your children may think so! It’s about children learning and exploring without a script. As more time at home recently has been spent in front of some kind of screen, time for children’s curiositydriven learning is even more important. But, outdoor play over the summer is full of opportunities for wonderful unstructured, open-ended exploration.

Author and clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison writes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” It is through unstructured, open-ended creative play that children learn the ways of the world. While playing outside, children explore with all their senses, they witness new life, they create imaginary worlds and they negotiate with each other to create a playful environment. Here are reasons supporting why playing outdoors boosts a child’s intelligence.

1. Outdoor play is a multi-sensory activity. While outdoors, children will see, hear, smell and touch things unavailable to them when they play

Often, children who have difficulty with pen and paper tasks or sitting still for longer periods of time are significantly more successful after time spent outside.

inside. They use their brains in unique ways as they come to understand these new stimuli. 2. Playing outside brings together informal play and formal learning. Children can incorporate concepts that they have learned at school in a handson way while outdoors. For example, seeing and touching the roots of a tree will bring to life the lesson their teacher had taught about how plants get their nutrients. 3. Playing outdoors stimulates creativity. Robin Moore, an expert in the design of play and learning environments, says, “Natural spaces and materials stimulate children’s limitless imagination and serve as the medium of inventiveness and creativity.” Rocks, stones and dirt present limitless opportunities for play that can be expressed differently every time a child steps outside. 4. Playing outdoors is open-ended. There is no instruction manual for outdoor play. Children make the rules and in doing so use their imagination, creativity, intelligence and negotiation skills in a unique way. 5. Playing in nature reduces anxiety. Time spent outside physiologically reduces anxiety. Children bring an open mind and a more relaxed outlook back inside when they are in more traditional learning environments. 6. Outdoor play increases attention span. Time spent in unstructured play outdoors is a natural attention builder.

7. Outdoor play is imaginative. Because there are no labels, no preconceived ideas and no rules, children must create the world around them. In this type of play, children use their imagination in ways they don’t when playing inside. 8. Being in nature develops respect for other living things. Children develop empathy, the ability to consider other people’s feelings, by interacting with creatures. Watching a tiny bug, a bluebird or a squirrel scurrying up a tree gives children the ability to learn from others. 9. Outdoor play promotes problem solving. As children navigate a world in which they make the rules, they must learn to understand what works and what doesn’t, what line of thinking brings success and failure, how to know when to keep trying and when to stop. 10. Playing outside promotes leadership skills. In an environment where children create the fun, natural leaders will arise. One child may excel at explaining how to play the game while another may enjoy setting up the physical challenge of an outdoor obstacle course. All types of leadership skills are needed and encouraged. 11. Outdoor play widens vocabulary. While playing outdoors, children may see an acorn, a chipmunk and cumulous clouds. As they encounter new things, their vocabulary will expand in ways it never could indoors. 12. Playing outside improves


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Tips from a Local Teacher on Supporting Your Child’s Learning At Home

1. Create a daily learning schedule for your child to follow each day. Think about your child and what time of day is best for his/her learning. Is your child an early riser? Does he benefit from a wake-up period to ease into the day? 2. Set up a learning space in your home where your child can be free of distractions. Consider involving your child in the planning of this space. Ask what would make it more comfortable, such as a favorite stuffed animal, markers and drawing paper, puzzles, etc. If you have more than one school-age child, think about creating individual spaces for each student so siblings do not disturb each other. Ask your child to help decorate the space and give it a name. 3. Check in with your child’s teacher to see what might be needed at home to successfully complete assigned work. This might include notebook paper, pencils with a sharpener, markers, highlighters, a calculator, or even a laptop or iPad. Be sure that your child is ready to start each day with everything necessary nearby. 4. Consider your homeschool day to be the same as a regular school day. For each school day, ask your child to get dressed, eat a healthy breakfast, and get ready to do his best in his school work.

5. Do your very best to stick to the schedule you’ve created in order to help your child make the easiest transition possible into the online learning environment. It’s not always easy to get our own children to cooperate with us as “teachers,” but we increase the likelihood of cooperation and success if it’s something a child understands is part of a daily routine and not optional. 6. Take frequent breaks so your child does not get frustrated with the work. Working online can be a challenge for any child no matter the age. Remember that in the school environment your child is used to having breaks for PE, music, recess, guidance and library lessons throughout the day. There’s no race to get the work completed. If your child needs a break, allow him to get up and move around. 7. Know how to contact your child’s teacher if difficulties arise. Don’t let your child become frustrated with the technology and allow this to get in the way of his learning goals for the day. 8. Create a list of activities or projects that might be exciting when the school day is finished. Start a family garden, build a tree house, dive into an art project, take regular family hikes, or learn to play a new instrument. Consider what your child enjoys doing the most in his free time and then create a family project that gets all onboard. Since social distancing has become a new reality, our daily schedules have been thrown to the wind. As the parent of three college-age/adult children, I recognize that the time we have with our families goes by way too quickly! Although social distancing can be extremely stressful at times, it’s also an opportunity to grow closer to one another and strengthen our family relationships.

Cheryl Wetmore-Simpson, a mother of three daughters, has been teaching elementary school for Albemarle County for 20 years. She previously practiced Social Work both in Hawaii and internationally before becoming an educator. Cheryl is active with several non-profits in the community.


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has been focusing on sharing important educational resources with the community to help families and teachers as they work, teach and learn from home. Their teams have created a variety of engaging online, distance learning resources, including programs that provide instruction for students who don’t have access to high-speed Internet. Here are a few ways VPN|PBS KIDS is helping families learn, grow and connect during this time. Information about these resources and others can be found at • PBS Learning Media is a free online educational resource for distance learning. It includes videos, interactive activities and lesson plans for Pre K–12th grade Virginia students. • VPM PLUS television now features daily programs designed specifically for students. This resource is especially helpful for families without Internet access. VPM PLUS is available on channel 41.2, or with Comcast on channels 265 and 1146. • PBS KIDS 24/7 television channel features programing for toddlers and elementary school students. This channel can be accessed on TV, online or on the PBS KIDS app. • The PBS KIDS app encourages children to engage in skills related to science, math, creativity and more, all while playing free learning games. • Parents and teachers can also take the opportunity to sign up for the PBS KIDS daily newsletter. This short email offers daily ideas for learning at home.



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If you want to talk to someone at the library from home, try the “What Do I Read Next” service, where you complete an online form at It’s as easy as telling them three books or authors you have enjoyed and what type of book you are in the mood for next. Anyone under 18 should provide their age, so recommendations can be tailored appropriately. Within three days, you’ll have an email with some book suggestions.

Let JMRL help you find your next favorite book! Here are a few online resources to keep your family reading and learning at home!

• For online databases, try Novelist, Plus—a database of recommendations that can help you find a book matching your interests. Also, Novelist K–8 provides recommendations for younger readers. • If you are looking for a compilation of lists for all ages, be sure to check out JMRL Reads Wiki webpage ( wiki/Main_Page). You’ll find titles read by JMRL book groups. • On the Same Page Library Podcast ( jmrl) features staff recommendations and recordings from some JMRL programs.

• For a wide range of digital resources from JMRL, visit htm. Here, you will be able to access a variety of online services for magazines, a comic book collection, ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, and more through services like RBdigital and Overdrive/Libby. • Get a temporary library card to access all of these resources, and that will not expire until a couple weeks after the library reopens, at onlinecardregistration

For book recommendations broken down by age, see our website, where you’ll find reading lists compiled by our own JMRL librarians that will last you all summer long.

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The World is Your Science Classroom With school cancelled for the rest of the semester, parents have been catapulted front and center to also be a school teacher. But, we all know that “Wonder Drives Knowledge.” Randy Bell, a former program coordinator for science education at the Curry School of Education, says, “When children can explore a concept first,” says Bell, “they become more engaged and able to think for themselves when the idea is pursued further.” Your role as a teacher-at-home is ​

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The World Is A Science Classroom. Participating in a bird walk, feeling the wind and listening to the leaves in trees all help children become more aware of their surroundings. “Becoming an observer of nature helps with observing the world in general,” says Newman. “Parents also need to get over their reluctance to pick up a worm, to watch a bee gather pollen, to watch a snake slither by or to even hold a toad. Fears— like prejudices—are learned from adults.”

Oobleck Water and cornstarch make an intriguing su bstance that w ill keep kids of all ag es — and ad ults! — busy for hours. Materials: • Water • Shallow tray

• Cornstarch For each ch ild, provide one cup each of corn starch and w ater, a shallo w tray for mixin g and spoons for stirring. (Hands are go od for this, to o!) Have kids blend the w ater and corn starch. Some kids will m ix a spoonf ul at a tim e; whereas, ot hers will du mp it all at once. Either way is fine. Yo u may need to add a bit more water or cornstarch to get the mixture just right. When the cornstar ch and water are entirely mixed, the co nsistency will be unusual. It will appear to be a liqui d, yet when pressure is applied it fe els like a solid.

A child’s innate need to explore and discover will inevitably lead to experimentation. The following projects offer the chance to experiment with some simple science concepts, using items you probably have around the house. Make every effort to allow as much hands-on experimenting as possible. Of course, when using sharp instruments or matches, caution should be used, and there should always be an adult on hand. When you’ve tried all these, visit for more projects. Have fun exploring!


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Kris Bordessa has written for both national and regional magazines, including Parenting, FamilyFun, American Girl and Home Education Magazine.

Borax Crystals What makes a crystal a crystal? It is a solid with a symmetrical shape and flat sides, due to the arrangement of its molecules in a repeating pattern. Snowflakes are examples of a crystal; they always have six sides. With this easy experiment, you can see firsthand how crystals form over a few days. Materials: • Pipe cleaners • String • A wide-mouth jar • Boiling water (with adult help) • Borax (such as 20 Mule Team Borax) • Pencil Twist pipe cleaners into the desired shape. Try wrapping one around a pencil to create a spiral or bend one into a star shape. Attach a short length of string to the pipe cleaner and tie the other end to a pencil. Fill a wide-mouth jar with boiling water. Mix borax into the water one tablespoon at a time. You will use about 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of water. Stir in each addition of borax until dissolved. When you can no longer dissolve any more borax in the water, the water is saturated with borax and you are ready to grow a crystal! Insert your pipe cleaner shape into the jar of water so that it hangs suspended from the pencil but submerged in the water. Place the jar in a safe place where it won’t be disturbed for

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{resources at-home learning} In support of local businesses and in support of at-home learning, we have compiled some items for the kids to enjoy during our time at home. Be sure to also check out new online sites and curbside pick-up options for numerous local shops and stores, including: Alakazam Toys, Hedge Fine Blooms, Rebecca’s Natural Food, Shenanigans Toy Store, The Wine & Country Shop and many others.


STUFF CANDY SCIENCE This kit allows kids to make their own candy, including jellybeans, marshmallows, lollipops and more, all while teaching them the science behind many of their favorite treats. Shop online or over the phone, and then choose whether to have your item picked up, delivered or shipped. Available for $24.99 at Shenanigans Toys.

ABCville by Karen Moulis and Cary Oliva This book is a great way for children to learn about their Charlottesville community while at home. Featuring local spots and teaching children about them, ABCville is an educational way to alleviate cabin fever. This book, along with other kid-friendly toys and games, can be purchased over the phone and picked up curbside. Available for $20 at Wine & Country Shop.

HEADBANZ A fun activity for the whole family, Hedbanz encourages curiosity by prompting children to ask silly questions in order to correctly guess their own identity. The variety of cards and identities children can take on widens their ability to correctly identify objects from creative descriptions. Purchase it online and either pick it up at the shop or have it delivered to your home. Available for $24.99 at Alakazam Toys.


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​ oung gardeners will love celebrating Y the seasons with these easy and fun crafts that use items in the home and garden. 1. Make a tissue cherry-blossom tree with gathered, fallen branches. Cut out 2-inch squares of pink tissue, pinch tightly in the middle to create blooms, and glue them to branches. Display in a tall container. 2. Use eggshells as pots to start seeds and Popsicle sticks to foretell what will pop up. Plant seeds according to package instructions and nestle planters in an egg carton on a sunny windowsill. 3. Pansies and violas have flat, vibrant blossoms that press and dry wonderfully long after the blooms have faded from the garden. Place the petals between paper towels and press in a heavy book for two to six weeks. Apply pressed pansies with glue to make handmade cards or notepaper.


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Congratulations, Graduates!

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” –George Washington Carver

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“My wish for the graduating class of 2020 is to have faith in yourselves

and your ability to not only react to events of our present day but to take advantage of the opportunities that they present. Buckminster Fuller said, ‘Don’t fight the forces, USE them.’ Yes, these are difficult times, but you will surmount the challenges! I pray that where others see only crisis, you will learn to see OPPORTUNITY. Wishing you the best now and going forward!”

– Corey Harris, Blues & Reggae Musician

“My wish for the graduating class of 2020 is that years from now, your life will have given you wonderful stories to tell.”


May/June 2020

– Anne Marie Pace, Children’s Book Author


Dear C H S Class of 2020, ​ et’s face it… You didn’t get the ending L you deserved. For 13 years, we have been watching you grow, learn, stretch your wings, make new friends, develop new skills and passions, and so much more. This spring, we wanted to celebrate with you face-to-face with hugs and smiles, or a handshake and a pat on the back.


Class of 2020!

I​ ’m so glad that we have found a way to invite families to stop by CHS for a walk across the graduation stage and a “victory lap” around the school for photos and more. I’m eager to share our graduation video on June 4 at 7pm—our original date and time for graduation. I hope you’ve enjoyed our other displays of love and appreciation, ranging from social media campaigns and a virtual decision day to yard signs outside your home. ​ ut whether we see each other virtually B or face-to-face, know that you were seen. We cheered you on during games and meets. We have watched you grow from understudies to stars. We have listened to your first (surprisingly good) concerts in fifth grade, and your performances at Buford and CHS took our breath away and earned superior ratings. We saw you overcome challenges inside and outside of class, not the least of which was this coronavirus closure.

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congratulations Class of 2020

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{congratulations graduates} “My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small and that you never need to carry more than you can hold.” – Rascal Flatts


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Village School Congratulations to these students for their performance on the 2020 National Latin Exam Best Wishes and Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Charlotte Bassett Emma Bevacqua Kristen Billings Hannah Cohn Somers Grey Davis Sohie Freeman Ryang Sahana Gupta Maggie Heaphy Larken Hendricks Mariette Hollins Eliza Jaffe

Nava Khurgel Kathryn Lenert Campbell Murray Ellie Schundler Dorothy Seek Carson Stultz Esme Tobias Greer Welte

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Amalie Hendricks, Teresa Pannone, Hazel Brown, Dahlia Becker, Piper Stultz, Sally Beights. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT Shreya Mahadevan*, Isadora Hrabe*, Dahlia Heysell, Leelee Keevil, Elizabeth Cook, Gabby Reppucci, Lily Curtis, Cate Slaughter.

CUM LAUDE Zoë Kershner, Tenzin Pittard, Mariette Hollins, Sohie Freeman Ryang, Grey Davis. MAGNA CUM LAUDE Maggie Heaphy, Greer Welte, Emma Bevacqua, Esme Tobias, Carson Stultz, Dorothy Seek, Elena Reyes, Alice Hoskins.

MAXIMA CUM LAUDE Nava Khurgel, Ellie Schundler, Kristen Billings, Larken Hendricks, Amelia Lynch, Violet Wiley, Maija Eisenberg, Lili Diamond. SUMMA CUM LAUDE Eliza Jaffe, Campbell Murray, Hannah Cohn Somers, Annie Fruscello*, Nora Hayden*, Sophie Mathew, Charlotte Hubert, Lily Allan, Bridget Ciambotti, Caroline Funk, Tess Chirichetti. * indicates perfect score

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{congratulations graduates} “My wish for the graduating class of 2020

is that you use this opportunity to focus on what’s important. Over the last couple of months, we’ve all had to do without much of what makes up our normal lives. My guess is that this has helped you think about what matters and what doesn’t, and my hope as you prepare to begin a new chapter in your lives is that you think hard about what you want to bring with you. The answer will help you determine what really matters in life, and to live your very best version of that life.”

– James E. Ryan, President of the University of Virginia

“My wish for the graduating class of 2020 is that in the midst of uncertain times they become generational catalysts for change in American History.”


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– Chris Long, Former NFL & UVA Football Player


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