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CAES Weekly Updates: October 2019

Carrollton Families,

I realized again this week how elementary school is very different than it was when I was a kid. Our kindergartners went pumpkin picking, our 2nd graders had water safety courses at the Y, and our 3rd graders enjoyed hands-on learning at the Virginia Living Museum. Students had the opportunity to explore in each of our three STEM-based classes. iPads were used to hone math skills and dance skills were demonstrated at our PTA-sponsored Family Extravaganza. The highlights of my elementary days were occasionally ordering something from the Troll Book Club flier and cafeteria pizza on Fridays.

Thanks for doing your part to make sure that your child is at school by 8:55 each morning and stays until dismissal – when a student is typically late or regularly picked up before 3:55 p.m., he’s missing out on some of what makes Carrollton a great place to be.

 

From the PTA

  • Carrollton PTA invites you to stay up to date on events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and more via our new online system MemberHub.  Here’s the link for you to join the PTA --https://carrollton.memberhub.store/ or just stay up to date on all things CAES by logging in here --https://carrollton.memberhub.com/ Thank you for your support of our school and kids.
  • Thank you so much to those of you who attended our Grand Event Thursday evening and for each of you who volunteered to help out -- we couldn't have done it without you!

 

F.Y.I.                                                              

  • Lost & Found is filling up and items will be locally donated Nov. 1.
  • CoGat testing will take place next week.
  • If you arrive for morning drop-off after 8:55 a.m., please escort your child into the building so you can provide the office staff with information.
  • No need for costumes at school Oct. 31 since we have Book Character Day next Friday, Nov. 1. Kid-friendly, book-themed costumes are encouraged and so is your attendance at our annual parade in the halls. The plan is for all students to show off their costumes and walk through the building starting at 9:15 a.m.
  • The Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC) is located in room 40 of Windsor Elementary School and the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30.p.m. During the week of November 4th, it will only be open on Thursday (11/7) and Friday (11/8). The next Parent Information session will be on Nov. 13. The IEP topic will be “Present Level of Performance” and the main topic of the session will be Math Strategies. You are invited to join in from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at WES. The sessions are very informal and there is seating for 30.

 

Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 21 – Start of the fall Scholastic book fair (ends Oct. 28) and Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Oct. 22 – Kindergarten field trip to Darden Farms

Oct. 30 – Make-up school pictures

Nov. 1 – Book Character Day and Parade

Nov. 5 – BayPort Savings Day

Nov. 8 – No school: Staff professional development/clerical day

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14 – Report cards come home

Nov. 15 – 1st Grade field trip to Virginia Living Museum  /  Fall Pizza Bingo (6:00 – 8:00)

 

Encore! Encore!              

P.E. teacher Mrs. Madden believes that physical and health education is about creating an atmosphere where each student can develop the skills that will lead to self-confidence and participation in athletic activities throughout his or her lifetime. P.E. is focused on as if it were a core content subject like reading or mathematics. P.E. is the backbone of our nation’s future health and informs many of our recreational and leisure activities. The simple and complex skills learned in the gym can be employed in daily fitness, cooperative activities, appropriate decision-making, and goal setting. Mrs. Madden believes that P.E. should be fun so that students will learn to love working hard and being fit while here at CAES and for the years to come.

 

Thank you very much…

… to all the parents and grandparents that chaperoned our kindergarten and 3rd grade fieldtrips this week!

… to the following staff members who made our SHS Homecoming parade float a reality: Ms. LeCompte, Mrs. McKay, Ms. Terry, Mrs. Seward, Mrs. DeLong, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Bloodgood, Mrs. Ball, Ms. Booth, and Mrs. Artis!

… to the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom program for their generous donation to an exciting hydroponics learning opportunity headed up by Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. Lenz!

… to Sarah Moore and the PTA Officer who made our (first annual?!) Grand Event a fun time for our students and their families!

 

Be sure to visit the book fair before it closes Monday!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

 

“Explode, destroy, fire, shoot, freeze, send the power of the gods and don't even think about stopping! You now have a virtually limitless arsenal: rockets, grenades, automatic rifles, torture instruments…and even a nuclear bomb!” Touted as a “perfect method of stress relief,” the makers of the “Kick the Buddy” game recognize that even if you're a relatively stress-free person you need to blow off steam occasionally. What I feel parents need to know is that “Kick the Buddy: No Mercy” is an app that encourages players to torture and maim a talking stuffed doll for entertainment purposes. Users can stretch the doll's arms and legs and separate its head from its body, shoot it with guns, poison it, use medieval weapons on it, or blow it up again and again, all with the goal of earning points. The violence is meant to be humorous, but the doll does show signs of suffering and does “die” in the game for short periods. The developer requires users to be 13 or older to use the app, however, I learned about the game from one of our 2nd grade students. The debate continues to rage as to whether video games, movies, etc. influence children’s behavior. All I know is that a game like this encourages gratuitous violence and it wouldn’t be the best thing for a student who struggles with regulating his emotions or demonstrating empathy.  

From the PTA

Carrollton PTA invites you to stay up to date on events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and more via our new online system MemberHub.  Here’s the link for you to join the PTA --https://carrollton.memberhub.store/ or just stay up to date on all things CAES by logging in here --https://carrollton.memberhub.com/ Thank you for your support of our school and kids!

 

F.Y.I.                                                              

  • To promote community pride, we will have our own version of spirit week to celebrate Smithfield High’s homecoming next week; here are the days:
    • Monday – Sports Day (jerseys, uniforms, college-level, professional, etc.)
    • Tuesday – Wacky Tacky Day
    • Wednesday – Wear Orange for Unity Day à This is also our UpStander Day, so students can dress as people who stand up for others.
    • Thursday – Twin Day
    • Friday – Packer Pride Day (wear blue and yellow)
  • Reminder: Animals other than certified service animals are not allowed in the building unless previous approval has been granted for an educational purpose.
  • Reminder: Personal devices such as laptops, game systems, cell phones, tablets, e-readers, etc. are not allowed for use at school by our students. Smart watches are permitted as long as they are not used to communicate or access the Internet during the school day; during testing, these watches should be powered off and placed in the student’s book bag.
  • Early dismissals through the office end at 3:30 p.m. After that, all pick-ups are processed at Door 12 until 4:00 p.m.
  • Now that the weather has gotten cooler, Lost & Found is getting fuller! Items will be locally donated Nov. 1.

 

Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 21 – Start of the fall Scholastic book fair (ends Oct. 28) and Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Oct. 22 – Kindergarten field trip to Darden Farms

Oct. 24 – The PTA is planning something special, so block out 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 25 – 1:00 dismissal due to the Smithfield High School homecoming activities

Oct. 30 – Make-up school pictures

Nov. 1 – Book Character Day and Parade

Nov. 5 – BayPort Savings Day

Nov. 8 – No school: Staff professional development/clerical day

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14 – Report cards come home

Nov. 15 – 1st Grade field trip to Virginia Living Museum  /  Fall Pizza Bingo (6:00 – 8:00)

 

Parent Pointer

Parents can empower their children in the classroom by monitoring tech use at home. According to Mandy Manning, National Teacher of the Year, addiction to electronics, whether that’s video games or smartphones, inevitably impacts the student’s ability to focus in class. Manning says the key is to ensure these devices do not interrupt the rest needed for a full day’s work. She suggests making sleeping spaces tech-free zone with no TV or gaming equipment and setting a specific time in the evening to turn off electronics. Keeping the family’s phones plugged in together at night in a central location and having computers stationed in a highly visible designated location are also wise strategies to help our kids when it comes to their tech use.      

 

Thank you very much…

BayPort Credit Union for the generous donation of twenty-five backpacks! Our Cardinals will put them to good use.

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

 

Carrollton Families,

In his book What School Could Be, Ted Dintersmith references former Washington State superintendent of public instruction Randy Dorn when he observed that one of education’s biggest problems is that our kids don’t know why they’re being educated other than to go to college. “The role of intrinsic motivation has been completely lost in our schools,” claims Dorn. He questions why any parent-teacher conference would exclude the student in the equation, noting that in his division, even kindergarteners could lead effective conferences – and that’s exactly what next Monday is all about here at Carrollton! Please be sure to bring your child to school in order to meet with his/her teacher and, together, set goals for academics and behavior. When the adults aren’t talking over the student’s head but actually talking with her, she is bound to take ownership of her progress. Let the student be a part of the conversation since he will largely determine his success. Don’t forget: Monday, October 14, student goal-setting conferences.

 

From the PTA

Carrollton PTA invites you to stay up to date on events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and more via our new online system MemberHub.  Here’s the link for you to join the PTA --https://carrollton.memberhub.store/ or just stay up to date on all things CAES by logging in here --https://carrollton.memberhub.com/ Thank you for your support of our school and kids!

 

F.Y.I.                                                              

  • Animals other than certified service animals are not allowed in the building unless previous approval has been granted for an educational purpose.
  • To promote community pride, we will be mirroring the WSES spirit days that lead up to Smithfield High’s homecoming during the week of Oct. 21. Info is coming soon…
  • Personal devices such as laptops, game systems, cell phones, tablets, e-readers, etc. are not allowed for use at school by our students. Smart watches are permitted as long as they are not used to communicate or access the Internet during the school day; during testing, these watches should be powered off and placed in the student’s book bag.
  • The first Parent Resource Center training is on Oct. 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 40 at Westside Elementary.  The IEP topic will be Eligibility Determination & Review and the presentation topic will be Basics of Behavior. Kaylan Long is presenting. They have room for 30 participants and light refreshments are provided.
  • We will conduct an earthquake drill Thursday as part of the “International Great ShakeOut Day” (www.shakeout.org).

 

Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 14 – No school: Student goal-setting conferences with parents, teachers, and students

Oct. 17 – IWCS Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct. 21 – Start of the fall Scholastic book fair (ends Oct. 28) and Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Oct. 22 – Kindergarten field trip to Darden Farms

Oct. 24 – The PTA is planning something special, so block out 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 25 – 1:00 dismissal due to the Smithfield High School homecoming activities

Oct. 30 – Make-up school pictures

Nov. 1 – Book Character Day and Parade

Nov. 5 – BayPort Savings Day

Nov. 8 – No school: Staff professional development/clerical day

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 15 – Fall Pizza Bingo (6:00 – 8:00)

 

Encore! Encore!

Our newest Encore is SOAR which stands for the Science of Oceaneering, Aerospace, and Robotics. In this class, students are engaged in hands-on exploration and investigation of the ocean and air. Students will build and test kites, parachutes, gliders, planes, rockets, rovers, boats, submarines, and so much more. They will have the opportunity to fly drones, control underwater rovers, and use various other robots. They will explore the history of aviation, space, and ocean discoveries. They will be exposed to some of the problems in these areas as well, with the challenge of developing their own solutions. We would love to hear from some of our local “experts” in these areas! If you have experience in any of these areas and would like to share with our classes, please contact Kristy Vukmanic.  

 

Way to Go!

I’m abundantly grateful for Mrs. C. Wilson who provided coverage for Mrs. Everett these first six weeks of school. Mrs. Everett will return to us Monday, and we hope to see Mrs. Wilson in the building often as she is truly a part of our CAES family!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

 

Carrollton Families,

Here’s a deep thought from G. Lukianoff and J. Haidt’s book The Coddling of the American Mind“Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.” If I had a tattoo-worthy bicep, I’d have this thought emblazoned on my arm! The premise of the book is that parents’ good intentions and bad ideas are setting up children for failure. I admit that it’s hard to let my children experience hurt, but if I swoop in and smother every time there’s the potential of a stumble, my daughters won’t be able to navigate life’s roads well. I remember the way my stomach used to clench whenever my first-born was a toddler and she would begin to run on our driveway. I could try to kick away pieces of gravel and steer her clear of uneven pavement but inevitably she would trip and scrap up those cute little knees. Being a good parent is all about having the wisdom to care for our children along their road without carrying them along that road. We are focusing on the quality of resilience this month, letting students know that life is full of stumbles and falls and those are opportunities to get back up, brush themselves off, and learn how to navigate a better way. As parents, we can’t always change the condition of the roads our children will face but we can sure do our best to condition our children to face them with confidence and resilience.

 

F.Y.I.                                                              

  • October is Bully Prevention Month and here’s what we have planned so far:
    • Oct. 23 is UPstander Day (Nationwide Unity Day) -- Students can come to school dressed as a UPstander (someone that stands up for others/a super hero)
    • Motivational Mondays -- Let’s combat the Monday Blahs by encouraging each other with motivational shirts to spread kindness and remind everyone how amazing they are. (If your child doesn’t have a motivational shirt, please do not feel pressured to run out and buy one.)
  • The first Parent Resource Center training is on Oct. 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 40 at Westside Elementary.  The IEP topic will be Eligibility Determination & Review and the presentation topic will be Basics of Behavior.  Kaylan Long is presenting. They have room for 30 participants and light refreshments are provided.
  • Due to our early dismissal Oct. 25, Grand Lunch will be rescheduled.
  • If your child has a fever, please do not send him/her back to school until the fever is gone (without medicine) for at least 24 hours. 
  • Now that we've gotten the technical difficulties resolved, I've attached a copy of our Family FAQ to help answer questions you may have about how we do things around the school. Please take time to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

 

Mark Your Calendar

Oct. 11 – Lions Club vision and hearing screenings (starts at 9:00 a.m)

Oct. 14 – No school: Student goal-setting conferences with parents, teachers, and students

Oct. 17 – IWCS Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct. 21 – Start of the fall Scholastic book fair (ends Oct. 28) and Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Oct. 22 – Kindergarten field trip to Darden Farms

Oct. 25 – 1:00 dismissal due to the Smithfield High School homecoming parade and activities

Oct. 30 – Make-up school pictures

Nov. 1 – Book Character Day and Parade

Nov. 5 – BayPort Savings Day

Nov. 8 – No school: Staff professional development/clerical day

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

 

Parent Pointer

Parents can empower their children in the classroom by ensuring healthy time management and organization early on. According to National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, positive routines help prevent students from feeling overwhelmed when deadlines arise. Manning suggests that beginning in the early grades and continuing throughout your child’s school career, you should have your child unpack his backpack as soon as he gets home, giving you any notes or reminders from school and going through his homework. Help your children set up a system for their work. If they practice these skills in the early grades and continue to practice them as they grow, the organization will become a habit and help them tremendously in meeting deadlines and being successful both in school and in their adult life. (Sounds life preparing the child for the road, doesn’t it?!)

 

Way to Go!

  • Congratulations to our very own Amber Foreman for being crowned the 2019 National American Miss Virginia Jr. Pre-teen Cover Girl Queen! Next stop: nationals in California!
  • Ms. Morgan took the initiative to contact Donors Chose and as a result her 1st grade classroom will be outfitted with $6,000 worth of new furniture thanks to funding from several contributors including a very generous donation from Sonic Drive-in!

Keep preparing them for the road ahead!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES