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CAES Weekly Updates: November 2019

Carrollton Families,

If what I observed in Engineering last week is any indication, you all ate well yesterday. I got a big kick out of watching your children solve this problem posed by Mrs. Hall: “Farmer Brown lost all his turkeys. Can you create a device to trap more?” Boy could they ever! With aluminum foil and pipe cleaners, students collaborated, thought critically, communicated, and demonstrated some impressive creativity. Assuming they put their knack for engineering to good use, you’ll have leftover turkey for quiet some time! It certainly is encouraging to watch our young people have fun while thinking hard and working together, and I’m looking forward to observing more of their smartness when we get back Monday, December 2. 

 

ReminderIsle of Wight County Schools is currently participating in the federal government's Impact Aid Program. Impact Aid is a federal grant program designed to help pay for the education of federally connected children. The amount of funding is based on the number of IWCS students whose parents are connected with the federal government. A copy of the form is also attached to this e-mail. All information that you provide on the Impact Aid Program Survey Form will be treated confidentially. Please return the signed form to school by December 2, 2019.(As of November 26, we had 364 out of 720.)

 

F.Y.I.               

  • Each guest intending to enter the building must show picture ID at the front door and state the nature of his/her visit. While it may seem polite to hold the door open for the person behind you, this circumvents our first line of security. You don’t want to be the one that lets in the wrong person, so please do not allow others to “piggyback” on your receipt of clearance to enter. 
  • When automated calls go out (like with what happened with Bus 10 Monday), it is the phone number of the first parent listed that receives the call. If you would like to make sure that the appropriate person is listed first, please send a note or e-mail to Mrs. True (jtrue@iwcs.k12.va.us) with the information and she will make requested adjustments.
  • The first round of photos orders were delivered to the school this week. If you ordered on or after the Oct. 31 deadline, your order will be processed with the makeup and retake orders. Makeup, retake, and late orders will be delivered to the school in mid-December. All students should have received an envelope (regardless of order status) that included instructions on how to place orders in the future. 

 

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 3  – BayPort Savings Day

Dec. 6  – No school:Parent-teacher conferences 

Dec. 11 – Interim reports come home

Dec. 12 – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 14 – PTA-sponsored "Visit with Santa!" (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Dec. 17 – 3rd Grade Holiday performance (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 18 – Happy Holi-DAZE spirit day (Festive is in vogue this day!)

Dec. 19 – Jan 6. – Winter Break 

 

Parent Pointer

According to National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, parents can empower their children in the classroom by being present. Though it's common for both parents to juggle full-time jobs in this day and age, it’s vital to make every effort to attend, support, and encourage your child’s interests and extracurricular activities. “This doesn’t mean you must attend every concert, event, or sports activity. Show up a few times. Cheer on your child,” says Manning. “You might see your child’s teacher there, too. It means so much to kids, builds their confidence, and gives them pride to see your face in the crowd.”

 

Encore! Encore!               

Computer science fosters creativity and teaches students critical thinking skills to become proactive learners, so elementary school is the ideal time for students to be introduced to computer science. In the words of Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org, “Computer science is about technology, but the reason we should be teaching it to our students is because, actually, computer science is broader than that. It’s about logic, problem solving, and creativity.” Students in our Computer Science & Technology class will have opportunities to engage in activities that teach them to use technology and digital tools while learning about how computers and networks work. In addition to exploring computer programming (coding), they will also learn about digital citizenship, cyber security, hardware and software, and how computers impact our human experience. 

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … Mrs. C. Rosenberry for all you do to prepare our youngest Cardinals to be successful – congratulations on being selected by your peers for the honor of our Teacher of the Year!
  • … Wavelength TechnologiesHarvest Fellowship Church, and Old Point National Bank for donating meals and gift cards to benefit families this holiday season!

 

I’m grateful for you!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

Isle of Wight County Schools is currently participating in the federal government's Impact Aid Program. Impact Aid is a federal grant program designed to help pay for the education of federally connected children. The amount of funding is based on the number of IWCS students whose parents are connected with the federal government. To determine if our school system is eligible for funding, each school will need to conduct a survey. The information from these surveys will be used to support our request for Impact Aid funds. An Impact Aid form was sent home with each student's report card, and a copy of the form is also attached to this e-mail. All information that you provide on the Impact Aid Program Survey Form will be treated confidentially. Please return the signed form to school by December 2, 2019. The more Federal funding we receive, the more we can do for students, so I appreciate your assistance with ensuring we have proper documentation for the IWCS Impact Aid application.

 

F.Y.I.               

  • You’re invited to the following upcoming events:
    • 1st graders will be presenting a Thanksgiving performance Nov. 25 at 9:45 a.m.
    • The 3rd graders’ holiday performance will be Dec. 17 at 6:00 p.m. 
  • Last year the division was able to work with a partner to provide flu shots for all students who had parent approval. Unfortunately, IWCS will not be able to provide that service this year.  Please make arrangements through your child's doctor or other flu shot provider to ensure your child is vaccinated for the current flu season.
    • The Smile Virginia mobile dentist will be here Wednesday, Jan. 8. Permission slips were provided to each teacher by our school nurse given and should be returned by next Tuesday, Nov. 26. You can also sign up online at the website www.MySchoolDentist.com
  • Your child should read each weekday evening for 30 minutes and record 2 steps in his/her reading log; on weekends, only 2 steps are required. Please encourage your child to keep up with this so his/her reading ability will grow.

 

Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 25– 1stGrade Thanksgiving performance (9:45 a.m.)

Nov. 27-29 – No school: Thanksgiving holiday            

Dec. 3   – BayPort Savings Day

Dec. 6  – No school:Parent-teacher conferences 

Dec. 11– Interim reports come home

Dec. 12– School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 17– 3rdGrade Holiday performance (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 18– Happy Holi-Daze spirit day – A great day to dress twinkly, tacky, festive, and fun!

Dec. 19 – Jan 6. – Winter Break 

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … forall those plastic bagsfor our Engineering class – we have enough for now! 
  • … to all that participated in the “Create Your Own Invention” STEM family project.  It’s been exciting to see the students' inventions and interests. They were amazing! Our Junior Engineers shared their projects with confidence and inspired others to create inventions. I'm so pleased and proud of all the students. This was a huge success because of you. Thank you for supporting your child and STEM.  (The projects are displayed in the lobby and will be sent home after Thanksgiving.) – Mrs. P. Hall
  • … to everyone who contributed time and food so the staff could have a special duty-free Thanksgiving luncheon Friday!

Be intentional over the next several days to take time to relax with your family and reflect on all the many reasons you have to be grateful – happy Thanksgiving!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

Recently one of our bus drivers needed some assistance with quieting riders. I boarded the bus and (feigning disappointment), reminded the kids of my expectations for their behavior. In the silence before I finished, a little head lifted above a seat back and a little voice cautioned, “And remember, God and Santa are watching.” This was enough motivation for him to behave, so what more could I add to that? (After his warning, I’ve been trying hard to be good for goodness sake!)

 

F.Y.I.               

  • Your child should read each weekday evening for 30 minutes and record 2 steps in his/her reading log; on weekends, only 2 steps are required. Please encourage your child to keep up with this so his/her reading ability will grow.
  • Our Cardinal tweets can be found on Twitterat @CarrolltonES.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at http://iwcssupt.blogspot.com/.
  • After years of faithful service,Mrs. Bull has resigned as our pre-K instructional aide. If you know of anyone interested in serving in this capacity, please direct him/her to the IWCS employment site.
  • You’re invitedto the following upcoming events:
    • 1st graders will be presenting a Thanksgiving performance Nov. 25 at 9:45 a.m.
    • The 3rd graders’ holiday performance will be Dec. 17 at 6:00 p.m. 

 

Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 25– 1stGrade Thanksgiving performance (9:45 a.m.)

Nov. 27-29 – No school: Thanksgiving holiday            

Dec. 6  – No school:Parent-teacher conferences 

Dec. 11– Interim reports come home

Dec. 12– School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 17– 3rdGrade Holiday performance (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 18– Last day of school before winter break 

 

How You Can Help

  • The PTA would like to provide a “Thankful Luncheon”on Nov. 22 for the staff from our families. Please let the officers know how you can participate at signupgenius-thankful. ​
  • Wanted: Volunteers to provide teachers duty-free lunch on Nov. 22 to enjoy that meal mentioned above; please sign up through this link: signupgenius.lunchduty
  • Mrs. Hall needs lots plastic shopping bags (like they give you at Walmart, Food Lion, etc.) Please bring/send these to her by Dec. 2 for a project in our Engineering class. 

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … to Mrs. Gilchrist for being a special part of our Cardinal family for the past three months; we wish her the best of luck as she assumes the fulltime school counselor position at Hardy Elementary!
  • … to our amazing PTA Officersfor orchestrating another fun Pizza Bingo night!

 

Only 41 days until Christmas…

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

Told when to show up, told where to sit, told when to talk, told what to focus on – it’s not often that I have to follow someone else’s stringent guidelines, but this past week I served jury duty for the first time. For three days I was really surprised by how tired my brain became having to concentrate so intently for so long – doodling, daydreaming, and dozing were frowned upon by the judge. I received quite an education in “lawyer talk” and the workings of a courtroom and was also reminded of the fact that following rules is a huge part of my life as an adult (despite what I thought as an adolescent). It’s mandatory that we parents establish clear expectations for our children, letting them know what they can and cannot do and holding them accountable to these expectations. It’s just as important that we encourage our children to comply with the guidelines that make school run smoothly; we can do this by modeling respect for teachers and supporting their decisions. Our goal as grownups is to shape productive citizens in our homes and classrooms today so they will be ready for jobs and jury boxes tomorrow.

 

F.Y.I.              

  • The heat is now turned on in all schools; the building’s HVAC unit either produces cold air or warm air, not both. 
  • You can check out the school lunch menu at this link: iwcs.nutrislice.com/menus
  • Our Cardinal tweets can be found on Twitter at @CarrolltonES.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at http://iwcssupt.blogspot.com/.

 

Mark Your Calendar

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14 – Report cards come home  /  School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

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

Nov. 27-29 – No school: Thanksgiving holiday                   

Dec. 6   – No school: Parent-teacher conferences

Dec. 11 – Interim reports come home

Dec. 12 – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Dec. 18 – Last day of school before winter break

 

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.
  • Cardinal spirit wear is now available to order online!  Simply follow the link, make your selections, and checkout!  Order deadline is November 15, and the delivery time is approximately 4 - 5 weeks later. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, order forms will be coming home soon.  If you have any questions, please contact the PTA. https://carrollton.memberhub.store/

 

Thank you very much…

  • … to the Smithfield High School Ladies of Distinction for coming to read to our Cardinals!
  • … to the following staff members recently recognized for their years of service: 5 years – Mrs. Artis, Mrs. Berkeley, Mrs. Brant, Mrs. Buggs, Mrs. DeLong; 10 years – Mrs. Oparaji; 15 years – Mrs. Bloodgood, Mrs. Fraas, Mrs. Hill; 20 years – Mrs. Rosenberry; 25 years – Mrs. J. Smith; 35 Years – Mr. Evans

 

Thank you very much to all who have sacrificed to serve our country -- Happy Veterans Day!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

Happy November! By next Friday we will have made it through the first quarter of the school year. I could tell November was on the horizon when I saw Christmas decorations at Walmart in late September. This month you’ll have extra family time as school will be closed Friday, Nov. 8, so the staff can have a day for professional development and clerical tasks and then closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Once again we get the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off, so our break will be Nov. 27 – 29. Then it’s December. (Wow, that happened pretty quickly, didn’t it?)

 

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.
  • Cardinal spirit wear is now available to order online!  Simply follow the link, make your selections, and checkout!  Order deadline is November 15, and the delivery time is approximately 4 - 5 weeks later. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, order forms will be coming home soon.  If you have any questions, please contact the PTA. https://carrollton.memberhub.store/

 

F.Y.I.              

  • Since Lost & Found is so full of outerwear, I’m waiting an extra week before donating the items locally; check for missing hoodies, jackets, lunchboxes, and water bottles by Nov. 8.
  • Our Cardinal tweets can be found on Twitter at @CarrolltonES.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at http://iwcssupt.blogspot.com/.
  • Our flags will be flown at half-staff until Nov. 28 per Gov. Northam’s order in honor of former Governor Gerald L. Baliles.
  • Reminder: 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

Nov. 3 – Daylight Savings Time ends

Nov. 5 – BayPort Savings Day  /  Election day

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

Nov. 11 – No school: Veterans Day

Nov. 14 – Report cards come home  /  School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

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

11/27-29 – Thanksgiving holiday                                 

12/6   – No students: Parent-teacher conferences

 

Thank you very much…

… to each of you who made the students feel extra special by coming out to wave and take pictures during our Book Character Day Parade!

 

Be sure to exercise your right as a citizen and vote next Tuesday,

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES