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CAES Weekly Updates: December 2019

A message from CARROLLTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Carrollton Families,

Don’t tell your kids, but that was me looking like Mr. Claus Tuesday. This was my first time to wear a Santa beard and it was pretty magical. First of all, whenever I caught my reflection in a window, I felt much thinner; my bowl full of jelly isn’t quite as full as the Big Guy’s. Secondly, I’ve never seen so many smiles in the car loop -- watching the students’ eyes light up was nice, but it was seeing all you parents grinning that really made my morning. Those fond memories of childhood make this a special time as we adults reflect about what made us happy back when we were kids. I hope you’ll re-experience that childlike wonder this holiday and that you’ll create opportunities for your children to find the priceless joys found in family and traditions and quiet moments. Our children don’t need (and probably really don’t want) what Santa can bring: What they truly desire is the lovecomfort, and stability that’s found in the togetherness of family. May you give and receive these precious gifts in abundance this season. 

 

F.Y.I.               

  • Reminder: We have a new School Gate Guardian system in the office and it’s being used for guest check-in/check-out. Besides recording guests in the building and issuing visitor stickers, the system also runs a mandatory background check, therefore, only a valid driver’s license or state photo ID card can be used. Effective January 6, 2020, no one will be admitted past the office without one of these forms of identification.
  • Check out the Resource Center website at ParentResourceCenterIWCS.weebly.com.Please email dpearson@iwcs.kk12.va.us for more information.
  • Our Cardinal tweets can be found on Twitter at @CarrolltonES.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at http://iwcssupt.blogspot.com/.
  • Speech therapist Mrs. Brant and kindergarten teacher Mrs. Mann both made the effort to apply for grants through the Isle of Wight Education Foundation and both of their requests were fully funded for a total of $2,200 to enrich their students’ learning!

 

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 1   – Happy New Decade!

Jan. 6   – First day back to school

Jan. 16 – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Jan. 20 – No school: MLK Day

Jan. 29 – End of the first semester

Jan. 30 – No school: Teacher clerical day

Jan. 31 – No school: Teacher professional development

 

Encore! Encore!        

Here’s the link to Mrs. Hall’s “Simply STEM” newsletter for December: 

https://phall29.wixsite.com/simplystem/post/december-stem-snippets-news

And here’s a link for those who would like to see all those wonderful inventions that our families created and that were on display in the lobby:

https://phall29.wixsite.com/simplystem/post/november-stem-snippets-news

You can view the art projects your children make in Ms. Enyingi’s class at this website: https://henyingicaes.wixsite.com/caes2019-20/ 

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … to the William A. Cage Library Trust for their generous donation towardincreasing the books available in our school library!
  • … to Carrollton Ruritan Club for financially investing in our reading program!
  • … to all who contributed to the staff gifts from the PTA – those sweatshirt blankets will be fantastic for napping and the gift cards are perfectly timed!
  • … to Mr. Summitt who orchestrated quite a show Tuesday night – our 3rd graders did a wonderful job getting us into the holiday spirit!
  • ... to each of you who sponsored a car for the Pinewood Derby -- because you gave, every 3rd grade student will get to build a car as part of their Engineering class!

 

May all be calm, merry, and bright!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

You know the saying, “When it rains, it pours”? Well, I think I may have my own personal rain cloud – like Olaf’s but different. Because of the rain-soaked ground lately, our basement flooded. Fortunately, I’m the proud owner of a sump pump; unfortunately, it quit working. While I was standing in the deep end of our basement with a plunger in hand, I was aware that my daughters were standing in the doorway watching me. At that point, I had some options: A) fall face down in the water and just float pathetically; B) whack pipes with the plunger and scream PG words; C) suck it up. I chose option C, using a wet-vac and acting like it was going to be okay. As parents, we’re being watched by our kids and they’re learning from our examples how to behave. We adults represent to children what “grownup” is supposed to look like – scary thought, huh? They need us to model calm in chaos, composure in commotion. We shouldn’t hide the fact that life isn’t always unicorns and rainbows because our sons and daughters need to be exposed to reality, within reason. Our kids need to see us demonstrate resilience as we struggle with the bumps (and sump pumps) of adulthood. If they witness us deal well with our big stressors, they will be better equipped to do the same with those issues that feel big to them. 

 

Last week our students raised $292 for the United Way through their two spirit days (Disney+ Day was a big hit!). If you’d like to make a donation to increase that amount, please contact Mrs. Bonnie Carr at bcarr@iwcs.k12.va.us.

 

F.Y.I.               

  • Reminder: We have a new School Gate Guardian system in the office and it’s being used for guest check-in/check-out. Besides recording guests in the building and issuing visitor stickers, the system also runs a mandatory background check, therefore, only a valid driver’s license or state photo ID card can be used. Effective January 6, 2020, no one will be admitted past the office without one of these forms of identification.
  • The next Special Education Parent Resource Center's Parent Session is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 11 in Room 40 at WES (IEP topic - Goals and Objectives); Workshop: Sensory Overload. Mrs. Juda (occupational therapist) will provide information and strategies to help our sensory friends cope with the over-stimulation from the saturation of holiday decorations, holiday lights/songs, events, and all of the things most of us find exciting for the holidays but are a significant challenge for kids with sensory needs.  
  • The Resource Center has a website on Weebly.com. It is a work in progress, but check us out at ParentResourceCenterIWCS.weebly.com.Please email dpearson@iwcs.kk12.va.us for more information.
  • 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

Dec. 17 – Date change for “Happy Holi-DAZE” 

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

Dec. 18 – Polar Express & PJ’s day 

Dec. 19 – Jan 5. – Winter Break 

Jan. 6  – First day back to school

 

Encore! Encore!        

Here’s the link to Mrs. Hall’s “Simply STEM” newsletter for December: 

https://phall29.wixsite.com/simplystem/post/december-stem-snippets-news

And here’s a link for those who would like to see all those wonderful inventions that our families created and that were on display in the lobby:

https://phall29.wixsite.com/simplystem/post/november-stem-snippets-news

You can view the art projectsyour children make in Ms. Enyingi’s class at this website: https://henyingicaes.wixsite.com/caes2019-20/ 

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … to Smithfield Music for their very generous donation to enhance our music instruction!
  • … to Tiffany Walker for bringing holiday cheer to our building!
  • … to all who donated to our United Way campaign!
  • … to Principal Sullivan and the Windsor High School Theater Department for hosting some very grateful Cardinals at a matinee performance of the musical Elf, Jr.!
  • … to our creative, big-hearted, hard-working PTA officers for accommodating Santa’s visit!
  • … to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to swing by the school!

 

Just three more days of school!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

When my wife asked if I had bought a plane ticket to Algeria, I knew there was trouble. Not because I had, in fact, planned a secret trip out of the country, but because I hadn’t. I also didn’t buy anything from the electronics store in California or the insurance policy based under a different last name or the Dominos pizza. Skimmed, hacked, phished, flim-flammed – whatever it was, it happened to me, and it’s a pretty creepy feeling. With my identity stolen, I’ve become suspicious about every piece of junk mail and every robo-call received lately. And I’m mad that someone is using my credit card and fraudulently. I’ve had another identity crisis lately: annoyed to know others have a false impression based upon someone else’s misguided perception. Have you ever second-guessed who you are or what you can do because of another’s misjudgment? Have you ever let a mistake imbalance your self-worth? I’m a firm believer that good credit is important, but I believe that a good name is much more valuable. The moral to all this: Work to protect your financial standing and work even harder to protect your self-esteem from charges that would decrease their value. (Gotta admit, I'm still pretty perturbed that I paid for a pizza that I didn’t eat.)

 

F.Y.I.               

  • We have a new School Gate Guardian system in the office and it’s being used for guest check-in/check-out. Besides recording guests in the building and issuing visitor stickers, the system also runs a mandatory background check, therefore, only a valid driver’s license or state photo ID card can be used.  Without it, they are not allowed in the school. Effective January 6, 2020, no one will be admitted past the office without one of these forms of identification. 
  • A flyer is attached announcing the Isle of Wight County Parks and Rec Holiday Drive-In event.
  • Each guest intending to enter the building must show picture ID at the front door and state the nature of his/her visit. Please do not allow others who do not show ID to “piggyback” on your receipt of clearance to enter.
  • Reminder: When automated calls go out, 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.
  • Last year CAES contributed $3,183 to the United Way and we’re hopeful to surpass that record this year. We’re is excited to kick-off the 2019-2020 IWCS United Way campaign and Cardinal families can help support the United Way and change the odds for others in the following ways:
    • Tuesday, December 10th - Students may bring their favorite stuffed animal to school for a $1 donation.
    • Friday, December 13th - Students may dress up as their favorite Disney+ character  for a $1 donation

 

Mark Your Calendar

Dec. 10 – United Way Stuffed Animal Day (for a $1 donation)

Dec. 11 – Interim reports come home

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

Dec. 13 – United Way Disney+ Day (for a $1 donation)

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

Dec. 17 – Date change for “Happy Holi-DAZE” 

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

Dec. 18 – Polar Express & PJ’s day 

Dec. 19 – Jan 6. – Winter Break! 

 

Encore! Encore!        

Our Engineering class is energizing, hands-on, and centered around solving problems. Engineering employs exiting scientific knowledge, mathematics, and technology to create, design, and develop new devices and objects that meet the needs of society. This Encore class prepares students for college, careers, and life by engaging students in lessons that take them through the entire engineering process: 1) Ask what is the problem. 2) Imagine solutions. 3) Plan. 4) Create a model. 5) Test and improve the model. 6) Share.  Students use collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication for every lesson, and, like in all our classes, they are expected to demonstrate GREAT citizenship and GRIT.  Students learn that mistakes are for learning and to fail forward. Over the course of the year, our students will explore different types of engineering and careers such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, biomedical engineering, software engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, and environmental engineering.

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … to the “Mystery Gardener” who planted the mini evergreens in our pots out front!
  • … to the parents, grandparents, and guardians who came to school and conferenced with teachers Friday!

 

I believe you are valuable!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES