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CAES Weekly Updates: February 2020

Carrollton Families,

Please come visit our Black History Wax Museum this Wednesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. Under Mr. Sciarrotta’s supervision, his third graders self-selected African Americans to study and embody. Yes, this conveniently coincides with February but this is not a Black History box to check or an effort at appeasement. Mr. Sciarrotta has successfully facilitated this style of project-based learning previously in his career, and this is an opportunity for our students to put their reading, researching, and writing skills into practice. These young people have been getting to know about the lives and contributions of notable African Americans and they will have the opportunity to “become” those individuals Wednesday evening, sharing what they’ve learned with those who come to the expo. The important life skill of public speaking will be on display and even more importantly, the soft skill of empathy – students have been looking at life through the perspective of another and will share those perspectives when they take on those personalities at the “wax museum.”  I've heard James Earl Jones and Bessie ColemanOprah Winfrey and Jessie Owens practicing their lines and have been very impressed, and I can’t wait to push some buttons and watch our kids soar!

 

F.Y.I.               

  • The Water War is on! Each hallway has its own large water bottle to fill with change, and we’re collecting coins until Feb. 28. This is part of Mrs. King, Mrs. Mann, Ms. Enyingi, and Mrs. Mitra's recycling project-based learning opportunity, and they and their students are hoping to raise enough money to have a water-filling station installed here at school.
  • Our Cardinal tweets can be found on Twitter at @CarrolltonES.
  • STOPit access code for CAES: Cardinals1920 /  QR code:

Most Wanted

·      Mrs. Rosenberry is collecting empty tissue boxes for her pre-K students to use.

·      Mrs. Hall is collecting toilet paper tubes and 16.9 clear plastic water bottles for our Engineering class.

 

From Our School Photographer   www.bluedominionstudios.com

It is time to order whole class photos; also, Spring Pictures are coming up, so please mark your calendars!

 

ORDER WHOLE CLASS PHOTOS

Order Deadline: Wednesday April 1
Instructions: Please read all of the ordering instructions on the log in page
Online Ordering: https://AccessMyEvent.com/PSC566

Product Delivery: Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not the school)

 

SPRING PICTURES

When: Thursday March 12

Instructions: These pictures are OPTIONAL! Please let your child's teacher know if you would like for your child to be photographed. The background will be a spring azalea garden. You must have signed a photo release form with the school or your child will not be photographed.

Ordering: Order forms will be delivered to the school about two weeks after Spring Pictures.

 

Mark Your Calendar 

Feb. 24 – 100th Day of School

Feb. 26 – Black History Wax Museum Expo (6:00 p.m.)

Feb. 27 – Kids Heart Challenge evening event (6:00 p.m.) $1 admission donated to the cause

Mar. 2   – Book Fair begins (ends 3/9)

Mar. 6   – Grand Lunch 

Mar. 12 – Spring pictures

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

Mar. 16 – No school: Staff professional development day

 

Thank you very much…

  • … to our School Board for their continued support of all IWCS students, staff, and families and specifically to Mrs. Vicky Hulick (Newport district) and Mrs. Denise Tynes (Smithfield district) for making sure that the unique needs of Carrollton Elementary are well represented. 

 

I hope to see you Wednesday night at the Black History Wax Museum and Thursday at our Kids Heart Challenge family night,

 

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

One of the favorite aspects of my job is conducting classroom observations, and last week I spent some time in Ms. Enyingi’s art class. She displayed dozens of classic, painted portraits and asked the students to raise their hands whenever they saw someone who looked like them or reminded them of themselves. I became uncomfortable when I only noticed one person of color represented in the many, many portraits, yet there sat black and brown students on the carpet searching the faces for ones like theirs. That’s when Ms. Enyingi knocked it out of the park! She asked those who raised their hands the first time to lift them again, to look around, and to see if everyone was represented. The kids’ reaction was just what she wanted: They recognized the inequity and this provided the perfect foundation to build upon for her instruction about African American artist Kehinde Wiley. An effective teacher presents a dilemma and then leads students toward the solution, and that’s just what your children’s art teacher did: She guided the students through the quandary of a lack of depictions of African Americans in classic art and then introduced them to a black artist who seeks to remedy the problem. No mater his or her shade of skin, the students were engaged in purposeful consideration and in meaningful art. (If you’d like to learn about artist Kehinde Wiley, check him out at kehindewiley.com)

 

STOPit Solutions

Your child should have come home with information about the STOPit app that IWCS has invested in to allow students and parents report student incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, violent threats, weapons possession, alcohol or drug-related issues, hazing, discrimination, and ethics violations such as cheating or plagiarism. The STOPit Messenger provides real-time, two-way anonymous dialog with an IWCS staff member, and it allows the school to ask the reporter questions about his/her report in order to conduct an effective investigation. A QR code to access the app can be found on posters in our waiting area, by our clinic, in the office, and in the Door 12 exit hall.

 

F.Y.I.               

·      Items in our Lost & Found will be taken to the CHKD Thrift Store in Smithfield.

·      The items placed on our Giving Tree have been donated to the non-profit organization ForKids, helping families that are experiencing homelessness. 

·      Reminder: Arrival after 8:55 a.m. constitutes a tardy; a tardy is excused if the reason for the lateness meets criteria outlined in IWCS policy (for example, student sickness, a doctor/dental appointment, arrival on a late bus.) 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.

·      Reminder: Because of a generous donation from Delta Kappa Gamma, I was able to order 12” x 30” college pennants to display in the building. We have a set of Ivy League ones and Virginia ones (UVA, Norfolk State, VCU, ODU, Virginia State, Liberty, University of Richmond, and Tech). If you’d like to contribute one to represent your school of higher ed., I’ll gladly add it to our collection!

 

Most Wanted

·      Mrs. Rosenberry is collecting empty tissue boxes for her pre-K students to use.

·      Mrs. Hall is collecting toilet paper tubes and 16.9 clear plastic water bottles for our Engineering class.

 

Mark Your Calendar 

Feb. 17 – No school: Presidents Day

Feb. 21 – 100th  day of school

Feb. 26– Black History Wax Museum Expo (6:00 p.m.)

Feb. 27– Kids Heart Challenge evening event 

Mar. 2   – Book Fair begins (ends Mar. 9)

Mar. 6   – Grand Lunch 

Mar. 12– Spring pictures

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

Mar. 16– No school: Staff professional development day

 

Thank you very much…

  • … for all the candy, cookies, cards, and flowers! On behalf of a very grateful staff, we felt the love on Valentine’s Day!

 

You are loved!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

As you walk through our building, you’ll notice posters of notable African Americans. These posters display inspirational quotes and significant achievements, innovations in science and contributions to society. Staff and students are being exposed to the names and faces and accomplishments of leaders and celebrities and icons. The successes of record-making athletes and barrier-breaking personalities are presented not just as Black History decoration but for American history education; I want all of our students – black, brown, white – to be aware of and comfortable with this information. Yesterday I was holding one of the posters and I asked a class to identify who was on it -- nobody knew. These were second graders of assorted skin colors, and not one of them recognized the man on the poster; when I told him who they were looking at, the blank stares didn’t brighten up, nobody seemed to make a connection. The famous African American? Barak Obama. Sure, these kids were only four'ish when he was in office, but I really expected them to recognize our forty-fourth president! We adults at school and at home have work to do not just this month but all the time to make sure all our students recognize and respect the significance of those that add to the unique story of America. 

 

STOPit Solutions

At the beginning of next week, your child will come home with information about a new app that IWCS has invested in to allow students and parents report student incidents of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, violent threats, weapons possession, alcohol or drug-related issues, hazing, discrimination, and ethics violations such as cheating or plagiarism. The app is called STOPit and it provides schools with awareness of these concerns in real-time. Reporting is completely anonymous and can include text, images, or video. The STOPit Messenger provides real-time, two-way anonymous dialog with an IWCS staff member, and it allows the school to ask the reporter questions about his/her report in order to conduct an effective investigation. There is a poster in our waiting area, by our clinic, in the office, and in the Door 12 exit hall with a QR code, which will allow you to connect to the app.

 

F.Y.I.               

·      Because of a generous donation from Delta Kappa Gamma, I was able to order college pennants to display in the building. We have a set of Ivy League ones (Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Princeton, and Penn) and in-state ones (UVA, Norfolk State, VCU, ODU, Virginia State, Liberty, University of Richmond, VT); Amazon didn’t have CNU or Hampton U., but if you’d like to contribute one of these or one to represent your college, I’ll gladly add it to our collection! (The size of the ones received is 12”x30”.)

 

·      Extension: Items in our Lost & Found will be locally donated Friday, Feb. 14.

·      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.

·      Here’s Mrs. Hall’s Engineering class newsletter for January: http://bit.ly/JanSTEMnews

·      Starting next week, the Cardinals CARE Club is selling Kindness Grams at 50 cents per student gram and 25 cents per teacher gram.

·      The Virginia Zoo will be offering free admissions on Fridays for the month of February. The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a list of animals, amenities and events, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

 

Mark Your Calendar 

Feb. 10 – Kids Heart Challenge kick-off during Encore classes

Feb. 12 – Report cards come home

Feb. 13 – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Feb. 17 – No school: Presidents Day

Feb. 21 – 100th day of school

Feb. 27 – Kids Heart Challenge evening event 

Mar. 2   – Book Fair begins (ends 3/9)

Mar. 6   – Grand Lunch 

Mar. 12 – Spring pictures

 

Thank you very much…

  • … BayPort Credit Unionand Farmers Bank for donating to our “One School, One Book” program! 
  • … to each of you who allowed your kid to buy a yo-yo this week – you’re helping CAES pay it forward to allow another school to have the N.E.D. Show come their way!

 

Please read to your kids!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES