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Oct 07

Short Pump Mile

Thank you to all the Kaechele students and parents that came out to the Short Pump Mile on September 30th. We had so many students participating in this event that we won 3rd place for participation and received $400 dollars that will go towards PE and recess equipment for our school. Mr. Runk was so proud to see so many students running and representing our school. We even had a few students receive plaques for placing in the top 10 for their division. On Tuesday, October 9th , Mr. Runk is asking for all students that participated in the race to wear their Short Pump Mile shirt to school that day. We would love to get a picture with all the participants from our school. Click on the link to see some pictures from the event!

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Oct 07

Mr. Kaechele Day

Mr. Kaechele Day was a HUGE success! We had a wave of blue showcased throughout our building, lots of meatball subs eaten at lunch and golf played during recess. This day helped all our students learn more about who David A. Kaechele was and what contributions he made in our school community. Mr. Kaechele’s daughters and (Karen and Kathy) and John Vithoulkas, HCPS county manager, shared their experienced about Mr. Kaechele with our fifth graders. Later in the day, his daughters visited with the younger classes to read a book, share some memories, and answer student questions about the school’s namesake. What a great way for all of our students to make a connection with this influential man!

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Oct 01

Know an amazing principal? Nominate him or her for a 2018-19 REB leadership award

Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

To find out more and download a nomination form, go to Educational-Leadership.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:

REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

The Community Foundation

Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer

Boulders View Drive, Suite 110

Richmond, Va. 23225

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840. More information is also available at

Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.

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Sep 30

Pizza, Picnic and Playground, Oh My!

Thank you to all the fathers and father figures who attended our annual “line up and sign up”  Watch D.O.G.S. event. We had an amazing time with our 100 dads and their children. If you were unable to attend our event, but wish to volunteer as a Kaechele W.D., then please follow the steps and procedures listed below. We appreciate your willingness to volunteer and look forward to have our Watch D.O.G.S. help during our school year.

Directions to Sign on for W.D’s Volunteer Positions

1. Sign on to the KES website
2. Select the PTA tab then click on the volunteer page and complete these steps:
     1. Please complete the HCPS Volunteer Application and send to Kaechele ES.  If you have already completed a Volunteer
Application, then skip to step 2.
     2. Please review the following Kaechele Volunteer Pamphlet.
     3. Click the following link to sign that you have reviewed and understand the Volunteer Guidelines.

Once you have finished the application process, then follow these steps to sign up for your specific date to volunteer.

  1. Go to  Go to Search by Email enter
  2. Click on picture of students raising their hands
  3. Enter Access Code Coyotes with a capital C
  4. Submit
  5. Search for an open/ available day and sign up.
  6. Thank you for being part of our Watch Dogs!!!

If you have questions please email Jay Jones, KES’s “Top DOG,”  at

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Sep 26

Book Fair Extension

KES Scholastic Book Fair has been extended for one more day!  If you didn’t get a chance to visit the book fair last week, then you have one last chance on Monday, October 15th from 2:30-7:30 PM.


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Sep 26

VIDEO: Peace Day at Kaechele

On Friday, 9/21/18, our school celebrated International Peace Day by participating in a school wide assembly and recognizing ways to be peaceful.  When we find our own sense of peace, then we can share it with others. At KES we show our support for peace by being kind, loving, compassionate, and empathetic with each other.  In past years we have used the symbol of the pinwheel. This year our entire student body created a heart, and each KES student will receive a copy of the heart. Students were challenged by Mrs. Patterson to support peace in our school and community by sharing this picture with an individual person, a group of people or perhaps in a local community organization.  Students can write a note on the heart, color a picture, or just post the picture somewhere. The purpose of this activity is to encourage our students to think about ways to share peace within their community and to also advertise that KES students promote peace. We look forward to hearing how KES hearts have made a difference in our community. Click on the picture to check out a time lapse video of our coyotes creating our heart for peace.

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Sep 26

Back to School Night

Thursday’s PTA Back to School Night was a huge success, and we appreciate your support for our first school wide event. We trust that the information shared that evening was helpful and created a stronger partnership with all our families. If there is anything that we can do to help your experience at KES be better, then please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  

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Sep 04

VIDEO: First Day of School

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Watch as Kaechele Elementary School celebrates the first day of school! Click here to watch the video.

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May 24

Outdoor Classroom Dedication

image of marker for Coyote CourtyardOn June 7th we joined our community to recognize our partners who made our dream of creating an outdoor learning space possible. We were honored to have many members of the Kaechele family as well as special guests from Henrico County Government and Schools with us to celebrate and officially name our outdoor space, Coyote Courtyard: Where we learn and Grow in honor and memory of David A. Kaechele, our namesake. To enjoy all the pictures from the evening’s festivities, including our Kick Off to Summer Reading Book Fair with our partner, bbgb, please click the link below.

2018 Coyote Courtyard Dedication and Book Fair


  • Leave your mark for future generations to enjoySince the creation of our new outdoor learning space, so many KES families have expressed an interest in making a donation for the next phase of landscaping.   KES’s PTA has heard your requests and has created an opportunity for families to make a specific donation and contribution to the landscape design.

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May 18

VIDEO: Heart of Henrico

Learn why Kim Rademacher at Kaechele Elementary is the Heart of Henrico.

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