CANCELED: 10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Walk

***Due to the potential for winter weather, this event has been canceled.***

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You’re invited! Woodbrook Elementary School will host their 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Walk on Monday, January 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students, families, and community members are welcome to come to the Woodbrook track and walk for a cause of their choosing. (Location is wheelchair accessible.) The event will also feature a poster making contest, hot cocoa, and tasty treats! For more details, please contact Jamela Jasper. Continue reading

Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood on Sept. 19!

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Hello ACPS team! We have an extraordinary opportunity to make a real difference in our community by partnering with the American Red Cross for our second ACPS Blood Drive! Join us on Tuesday, September 19, by rolling up your sleeves to help save lives! The Red Cross has over 135 years of experience providing humanitarian aid, including more than 75 years of supplying blood to those in need. By donating just a small amount of your time (60 minutes or less), you can help save lives and contribute to a cause that truly matters.

📅 Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Time: 1 to 6 p.m.
🏢 Location: Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville VA, 22902

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Community Engagement Corner

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The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is active on Facebook, Twitter (X) and Insta! Please follow us and feel free to tag us! We will post information on culturally responsive practices, community events, news, and information.

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Community Partner Professional Learning Opportunities

We are fortunate to have incredible community partners supporting all aspects of ACPS, and this includes providing high-quality professional learning! Please see below for details on two opportunities coming up in September. Continue reading

Calling All Musicians!

You’re invited to join the Albemarle County Concert Band! The band is open to employees of all ability levels and performance experiences who are interested in playing in a concert band and making music together. If you played in band during middle school, high school, or college, please consider joining us. If you need an instrument to use, let us know and we’ll try to help you locate one. If you’ve never played an instrument before, but always wanted to learn, let us know and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 to 8 at Burley Middle School, located at 901 Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Jean Flaherty at or

Reminder: Donate to Our Employee Fundraiser by Tomorrow!

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As of yesterday afternoon, ACPS employees have donated $1,200 in support of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a local nonprofit that exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. We will continue collecting donations through tomorrow, Friday, May 19. We hope you will show your ACPS spirit and donate $1 or more to our 2023 fundraiser! Continue reading

Join Us: Friday Is ACPS Spirit & Jeans Day!

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This Friday, May 12, you’re invited to show your ACPS spirit by wearing jeans to work and donating $1 or more to our 2023 employee fundraiser!

All monies raised through Friday, May 19, will benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a local nonprofit that exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. Watch our video to learn more about our 2023 beneficiary: Continue reading

Employee Fundraiser: You Can Now Donate Through May 19!

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ACPS has extended the donation deadline for our 2023 Employee Fundraiser to Friday, May 19! As was shared in the April 28 Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in and a May 5 Compass post, the beneficiary of this year’s employee fundraiser is Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Check out this video on the many ways that Loaves & Fishes serves our Albemarle community:

How to Donate

You can donate using a debit or credit card, or with PayPal, by clicking on the link below: (After you enter your gift amount, please also provide the name of your school or department.)

2023 ACPS Employee Fundraiser: Loaves & Fishes Selected as Beneficiary; Donate by May 12

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In case you missed it in last week’s Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, the beneficiary of the 2023 ACPS Employee Fundraiser is Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry! Our fundraiser is open now and will run through Friday, May 12. We invite you to show your ACPS spirit and donate $1 or more to our fundraiser! Continue reading

2023 ACPS Employee Fundraiser Reminder

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Attention all ACPS employees! As we begin the fourth quarter of the 2022-23 school year, it is essential that we reflect on the four core values of ACPS: equity, excellence, family and community, and wellness. Affirming and empowering our community is one of the goals we have as a school division, and we are proud to work alongside many of the community organizations that serve our students, families and staff here in Albemarle County. With that in mind, we are bringing back our ACPS Employee Fundraiser this spring! This fundraiser seeks to raise funds from our employees to support a local nonprofit that is important to our ACPS family and aligns with our core values. This year, we hope to include some of our student-run projects as well, like empowerHER and Cville Sock Love.

How It Works

This fundraiser is simple:

  1. By by 1 p.m. on Friday, April 14, employees can use our ACPS Employee Fundraiser 2023 Nomination Form to suggest a local nonprofit organization that aligns with our four core values. Continue reading