Virtual Gratitude Campaign 2022: Join Our Gratitude Jamboard!

Gratitude Campaign 2022 Header

As we transition into fall, you may notice the weather is a little cooler, the days are a little shorter, and the trees and plants around us have begun to transform. They are shedding what they no longer need in preparation for new growth in the spring.

Fall is a symbolic time of year when we get to reflect on where we are in life, where we want to go, and how we want to get there. It’s also a time of acknowledgement. Sit with those feelings you are ready to release, similar to the way the trees gently let go of their leaves. Can you align yourself a little more with the environment around you and use this time to shed what no longer serves you? Is there something you need to work through in order to let go? Can you invite the intention of new beginnings?

As everything around us spins, feverishly transitioning and transforming, allow yourself some time and grace, just as you would do for your best friend, your child, your partner. May this guide be a gentle reminder to check in with yourself and a resource to refill your cup. After all, it’s almost the season of giving, and you can’t give from an empty cup! And remember, after a period of transformation, there is new growth.

Letting Go Can Be Beautiful

1. Reminisce


Something causing you trouble? Look back to the earliest time you can remember feeling that way.

Journal about it: What happened? Who was there? How did you feel? What conclusions did you come to?

3. Review


Examine the beliefs you have now identified. Try viewing the situations that led to those beliefs from other angles, other perspectives even. Were you unnecessarily hard on yourself? Did you absorb the beliefs of other influential people in your life without recognizing that YOU HAD CHOICES?

Re-View: Consider it from another point of view and give yourself some grace. Choose a new belief that works better/best for you.

5. Receive


Great! Now what?! Releasing thoughts renews your energy and allows you to receive that energy back. Imagine the leaves, released from the grip of spring and summer, resting on the forest floor. As they turn to compost, the once vibrant nutrients return to the soil, supporting the ecosystem within.

2. Reflect


Now, take those memories that you reminisced about and reflect. How would you sum up what you believed in that moment about yourself or about your life?

Write it down. Reflect on all the ways that belief has played out in your life. You may unearth other projections of that belief that branched out into other areas of your life and then reinforced it.

4. Release


Just as the trees release their leaves, consider releasing these thoughts altogether. It is SO much easier to let go of unhealthy thoughts and beliefs when you’ve gone through this process of Reminisce-Reflect-Review, because it takes the mystery and power out of them. Ultimately, there are simply just different ways to perceive and react.

Just like the leaves, at one point in your life, those feelings and beliefs probably served a purpose, but that time is long over. Thoughts should be used to serve a helpful purpose and then released so that new inspiration can flow. Rather than just telling your thoughts to go away, practice presence. Shift your attention to what is right here, right now.

When you let go of negative thoughts, you receive back all of the energy you were expending on keeping them alive. That’s some powerful thought composting! Everything in life offers us something in the present moment.


Now that we have some extra space, let’s start refilling that cup with positivi-tea! Being more grateful can lead to enhanced well-being, deeper relationships, improved mood, and better physical and mental wellness and more!

We welcome you to join us in sharing about some of the people, places, things, etc., in your life for which you are grateful or that bring you joy! You can tag a work friend or colleague as a public shout-out in a moment of gratitude, or you can leave an anonymous comment about something that holds value for you. Let’s hold space for one another as we enter into this holiday season:

Feel free to comment on more than one page if you’re feeling extra thankful! Our 2022 Gratitude Jamboard will be editable through the end of November 2022.

Stay safe, and happy writing!

Our Employee Assistance Program Is Here for You

Guidance Resources Online

As we navigate through the next few days, please remember: Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has counselors available if you or someone in your household needs support. Our EAP provider, GuidanceResources, offers an abundance of self-serve tools, including 24/7 on-demand counselors. You are entitled to 8 free sessions per calendar year. Call 833-306-0108 (toll-free) for direct, 24/7 access to a GuidanceConsultant who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources, or visit (Web ID: ALBEMARLE). Continue reading

Great American Smokeout & Tobacco Free Tuesdays

Albemarle BeWell

On behalf of BeWell Albemarle, we are sharing the following resources associated with the Great American Smokeout, an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives, coming up on Thursday, November 17. To celebrate the Great American Smokeout, community members who quit tobacco and nicotine will share their quit journey on Tuesday, November 15, at 10 a.m. To hear these inspiring stories, please register to join the webinar. Continue reading

Updated Workers’ Compensation Contact Info & Important Reminders

Albemarle BeWell

In an effort to better streamline the workers’ compensation process for all school division employees, we are happy to announce the activation of a new email address! Effective immediately, you can email any documents, questions or requests related to workers’ compensation to

When you send an email to this address, you will reach all members of the HR Safety Team. Continue reading

HR Weekly Update: We’re Expanding Self-Serve Options in ADP & an Update on Our Vaccination Clinics

benefitsFOCUS header

Starting next week, we are expanding the self-serve options available in the ADP Employee Portal to include reviewing your benefits elections and requesting changes to your benefits enrollments in conjunction with a mid-year Qualifying Life Event. Also, our vaccination clinics are well underway! ALL Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools employees and public safety volunteers are eligible to participate with no out-of-pocket cost. Please read on to learn more about each of these announcements. Continue reading

2022 ACPS Vaccination Clinics: Schedule Now Available

Flu Vaccine Promo Image Sept. 2022

The following article was updated on September 28, 2022, with links to the clinic schedule and vaccine consent form.

We are happy to announce that ACPS and Giant have partnered again this year to bring important vaccinations to 50 school and local government locations throughout Albemarle County. All ACPS employees (including part-time, temporary, substitutes, interns, and student teachers) are eligible to receive flu and other vaccinations with no out-of-pocket cost, even if you do not participate in the school division’s health insurance program.

Onsite vaccination clinics are underway and will continue into mid-November. Click here to view the full schedule.

You are welcome to attend any of the clinics held at any of the locations listed on the schedule. You are not limited to your work site or the date on which your work site falls. Continue reading

ComPsych Newsline: Ukraine Crisis, Uncertainty, Tax Season & More!

Albemarle BeWell

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, you’re familiar with the pre-flight safety routine when the flight attendant demonstrates how to put on an oxygen mask and reminds you to put on your own mask first before helping others. ACPS is focused on student mental health, but we know we also have to support the mental health and well-being of our staff so they, in turn, can support students.

One way we do this is by providing the services of our Guidance Resources® Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In addition to resources like the ones below based on current events, EAP also provides employees and their families with an opportunity for confidential one-on-one support. Continue reading

A Reminder from Human Resources: Employee Assistance Program

Albemarle BeWell

We know that life can be stressful—whether you’re facing personal, family or work challenges. As such, our Human Resources team would like to remind everyone of a valuable resource available to all employees for free. GuidanceResources, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is available to you and your household members. The program is a confidential, free benefit that offers short-term counseling as well as information and resources on emotional, financial, legal, family and work-life issues. Continue reading

Flu+ Vaccine Clinics Now Underway

fall leaves with bandage that reads: Get the shot, not the flu

All Albemarle County employees (including part-time, temporary, substitutes, interns, and student teachers) and all public safety volunteers (Fire Rescue, Police, Sheriff’s Office) are eligible to receive flu and other vaccinations with no out-of-pocket cost, even if you are not covered on the County health plan. On-site flu clinics are now available! Continue reading

Visitor Management: Safety & Security Updates

ScholarChip logo

This post has been updated to reflect that installation of intercom systems at school entrances is still underway.

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We wanted to take this opportunity to share a new visitor management practice with you. Effective immediately, visitors to our schools will need to sign in through a new visitor management system, called ScholarChip, located in the front office of each school building. Continue reading