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CAES Weekly Updates: January 2020

Carrollton Families,

Ever hear that being an adult means making plans and then wishing you hadn’t? This is often true of me; for example, yesterday afternoon I was ready to go home, put on sweats, sit on the floor with my dog, and stare at the wall. Sure, we had the big Snow Ball, but would I really be missed in that big crowd? I called home and my 8 year old answered squealing, “It’s tonight!” She’d been counting the days since I first mentioned the annual PTA-sponsored dance weeks ago: Eden Jane had made plans and she was sticking to ‘em!  When there’s tension between what I want and what one of my children needs, Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Cinderella” gives me perspective:   “She spins and she sways / To whatever song plays / Without a care in the world / And I'm sitting here wearing / The weight of the world on my shoulders / It's been a long day / And there's still work to do / She's pulling at me saying / ‘Dad, I need you / There's a ball at the castle / And I've been invited / And I need to practice my dancing / Oh, please, Daddy, please’ / So I will dance with Cinderella / While she is here in my arms / 'Cause I know something the prince never knew / Oh, I will dance with Cinderella / I don't wanna miss even one song / 'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight / And she'll be gone.”   Being an adult means following through on your promises, helping your child feel valuable, and the occasional sore feet from dancing in dress shoes. Sore feet and a full heart.

 

F.Y.I.               

  • From our school counselor Mrs. Berkeley: How to Empower Children When They Struggle
  • Items in our Lost & Foundwill be locally donated Friday, Jan. 31.
  • Reminder: The School Gate Guardian system in the office records guests in the building and issues visitor stickers and also runs a mandatory background check, therefore, only a valid driver’s license or state photo ID card can be used. No one will be admitted into the building without one of these forms of identification.
  • The Cardinals Care Club is sponsoring our annual Giving Tree. Located in the lobby, the tree is decorated with donated hats, gloves, and scarves, and these items are for whomever may need them. This opportunity will remain available until Feb. 14, after which all remaining items will be donated to the non-profit organization ForKids that services families that are experiencing homelessness.
  • Mrs. Rosenberry is collected empty tissue boxes for her pre-K students to use.
  • Mrs. Hall is collecting toilet paper tubes for the Engineering class.

 

A Reminder from the Parent Resource Center            

  • Due to schedule conflicts, the Special Education Parent Resource Center will NOT be open January 30, but will be open Friday, January 31, for an Open House. Please drop by between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to see what the PRC has to offer. We are in Room 40 of Windsor Elementary School. Contact Diane Pearson for more information dpearson@iwcs.k12.va.us

 

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 29– End of the first semester

Jan. 30– No school: Staff clerical day

Jan. 31– No school: Staff professional development

Feb. 5  – Class picture day

Feb. 6  – Yearbook picture day for new students 

Feb. 6  – “Stories with a Twist” presentations (schedule change: 9:10 for 2 & 3; 10:10 for pre-K, K, & 1)  

 

Thank you…

  • … Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for your donation to our school – we’ll be able to encourage our students to keep moving forward with their education because of your generosity! 
  • … PTA Officers for all you did to make the Snow Ball a fun evening for so many of our families!

 

Dance with them while you can!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

“Right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” Spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964, this is one of my favorite quotes from this remarkably profound American leader. The concept of right temporarily defeated can be viewed through different lenses, whether spiritual or political, situational or moral. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I can certainly see that evil is triumphant – I really should quit reading the news. When I look around it seems that what is right has been defeated in so many ways: University of Virginia president James E. Ryan recently observed that political polarization is rampant, rates of anxiety and depression are at record-high levels, and trust in established institutions continues to dwindle. Is it just me, or did you also think society would be further along in the 21stcentury than we were in 1963 when MLK shared his dream? He was an activist, a minister, an icon, and a father and it was in that latter role that he longed for a day when his four little children would live in a nation judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Three of King’s children are still alive today, and I can’t help but wonder how they’ll view their father’s legacy this weekend. Do they feel his dream is realized or do they still see evil triumphant? A bigoted assassin cut short Martin's life in March of 1968, making it appear as if right was permanently defeated: it’s up to us as parents and teachers, citizens and humans, to do what is right in order for America to be the great nation that MLK envisioned and that our little children deserve.

 

F.Y.I.               

  • If you haven’t already done so, please complete and return the attached form if your address, phone number(s), and/or e-mail address has changed since your child started this school year. Teachers want to stay in touch!
  • Items in our Lost & Found will be locally donated Friday, Jan. 31.
  • Reminder: The School Gate Guardian system in the office records guests in the building and issues visitor stickers and also runs a mandatory background check, therefore, only a valid driver’s license or state photo ID card can be used. No one will be admitted into the building without one of these forms of identification.
  • The Cardinals Care Club is sponsoring our annual Giving Tree. Located in the lobby, the tree is decorated with donated hats, gloves, and scarves, and these items are for whomever may need them. This opportunity will remain available until Feb. 14.
  • Mrs. Rosenberry is collected empty tissue boxes for her pre-K students to use.
  • Mrs. Hall is collecting toilet paper tubes for the Engineering class.

 

A Reminder from the Parent Resource Center            

  • Due to schedule conflicts, the Special Education Parent Resource Center will NOT be open January 30, but will be open Friday, January 31, for an Open House. Please drop by between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to see what the PRC has to offer. We are in Room 40 of Windsor Elementary School.
  • The January 22, 2020 Parent Session will be conducted as planned. Please join us at 5:00 p.m. for an informative session on social skills (Kaylan Long) and on progress reporting on the IEP as well.  
  • Please contact Diane Pearson for more information at dpearson@iwcs.k12.va.us

 

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 20 – No school: MLK Day

Jan. 22 – Patterns with Pizzazz Expo presented by Mrs. Baker's, Mrs. Odom's, and Mrs. Pealo’s students (6:00 p.m.) 

Jan. 24 – Annual PTA-sponsored Snow Ball (6:00 p.m.) Information came home Friday

Jan. 29 – End of the first semester

Jan. 30 – No school: Staff clerical day

Jan. 31 – No school: Staff professional development 

Feb. 6   – “Stories with a Twist” presentations (schedule change: 9:10 for 2 & 3; 10:10 for pre-K, K, & 1)  

 

Enjoy the extra time with your child this weekend,

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

 

A request To make sure we have updated contact information, please complete and return the attached form if your address, phone number(s), and/or e-mail address has changed since your child started this school year. It’s vital that we can contact you and this is a great time to update our records.

 

A reminder Parking during afternoon pick-up is a concern for our local fire department. Please do not park in such a way that another vehicle can’t safely drive past yours or you block a fire lane.

 

An opportunity  Our Cardinals Care Club is sponsoring the annual Giving Tree. Standing right in the middle of our lobby, the tree is decorated with donated hats and gloves, mittens and scarves, and these items are for whomever may need them.

 

F.Y.I.               

  • Mrs. Sante (a.k.a. Ms. Dallas) safely delivered her healthy baby boy, Maverick, Wednesday. 
  • 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. As a layer of protection for your children, no one will be admitted past the office without one of these forms of identification.
  • You can view projects your children make in Ms. Enyingi’s art class at this website: https://henyingicaes.wixsite.com/caes2019-20/ 
  • Lost & Found is filling up, and the items will be locally donated Jan. 31.

 

From the Parent Resource Center    

  • The Special Education Parent Resource Center will be on a modified schedule for the next couple of months, so please email Diane Pearson to be sure the center is open before coming out (several of our parents do that routinely - and it is always a good idea). The schedule will continue to be Wednesdays and Thursdays but may be limited to afternoons or by appointment. 
  • Our January 22 parent session will cover "Social Skills" (presented by Kaylan Long) and the IEP topic will be Progress Reporting (presented by Diane Pearson). There is seating for 30 at the PRC, with light refreshments provided.  The hour-long session will begin at 5:00 pm. 
  • With the end of the first semester approaching, the PRC will be open during the January 30 and 31 student holidays from 8:00a.m. to 3:30.p.m. It is our hope that more parents will be available then to come in and see what materials are available. For more information, please contact Diane Pearson at dpearson@iwcs.k12.va.us

 

Mark Your Calendar

Jan. 15 – Date change for the School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Jan. 20 – No school: MLK Day

Jan. 22 – Patterns with Pizzazz Expo (Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Odom, and Mrs. Pealo’s students will be presenting their learning.) 

Jan. 24 – Annual PTA-sponsored Snow Ball (6:00 p.m.) More info will be coming home soon.

Jan. 29 – End of the first semester

Jan. 30 – No school: Staff clerical day

Jan. 31 – No school: Staff professional development 

Feb. 6  – "Stories with a Twist" presentations (9:10 for pre-K, K, & 1; 10:10 for 2 & 3)

 

Thank You Very Much…

  • … to those of you who have already contributed items to our Giving Tree -- keep those hats, scarves, and gloves coming!

Happy new decade!

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES