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CAES Weekly Updates: March 2020

Breathe easy: Our amazing Instructional Coach Mrs. Street and her colleagues across the county created lesson plans for continuity of learning that will keep your children engaged academically from tomorrow until Spring Break! The plans are attached and identified by the dates across the top. (Print copies will be available for pick-up from a bin at the front door of school starting Monday at 6:00 a.m.)

These plans follow the Virginia Department of Education's Profile of a Graduate and focus on the 5 C's of Citizenship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Creative Thinking. The plans offer engaging, out-of-the-box opportunities for your children to keep their brains active and learn in a style like they're used to from the classroom.

Please consider tagging pictures with #IsleLEARN on your social media platforms to let teachers and the community see what our kids are doing. 

 

Pointer: When it comes to school, the kids should be working harder than the adults!

 

Mr.B.

P. S. Lesson plan for April 20 and beyond are being crafted for you and will be available soon.

 

Please follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Medical questions may be directed to the VDH Hotline: 877-275-8343 (877-ASK-VDH3). I will keep in touch with you during this closure. Pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

Carrollton Family,

A huge thanks and air high-five for making our Cardinal Cruise such a fun time – and for exhibiting such commendable social distancing! Our intention for the parade was to let your children and you know how you're missed. We hoped to spread some happiness and share some love. Little did we know that we would be the recipients of so much love! Your signs and posters, chalk-drawn messages and smiles, were truly what the CAES staff needed. A closing with no closure has been hard on the staff. After going from 40+ hours a week surrounded by 700+ students and 70+ colleagues to being unexpectedly quarantined in our homes is a struggle. Thank you for creating such a wonderful memory for us yesterday as we got out in the sunshine, saw each other in person, and paraded through your neighborhoods. If you spotted a tear in my eye, I’m sure it was from the pollen…

 

From our Reading Coach, Mrs. C. Smith

Here are four local Smithfield and Carrollton Little Free Libraries registered on their website.

  • 222 Main Street, Smithfield (It’s actually down a path.)
  • 105 Jericho Road, Smithfield
  • Eagle Harbor Clubhouse parking lot
  • Jones Creek Landing 

 

A note from our PE teacher, Mrs. Madden, to your kids

This is Mrs. Madden, your PE teacher in case you forgot!  As hard as it is to be away from all of you, I want you to know that I love you and think of you every day.  We will make it through this and in the meantime stay healthy and get fit!  

While working at home and chasing two little girls around, I plan to gather ideas to send you and your family on how you can stay active!  Exercise is an amazing way to keep us healthy, positive, and all around feeling happier.  

I’ve included a link below for you to visit daily (this is OPTIONAL but totally recommended)!  It’s called PE With Joe!  It’s on YouTube every morning at 9:00 a.m.  You just need you and a little bit of space to move around. The 30-minute workouts are suitable for any age.  Get your siblings or parents to join you!  My family and I have been staying active with these videos and we all love it! Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/4wzoy_J3I_c

I hope you enjoy staying active at home!  In the meantime, wash your hands, cover your mouth with your elbow, and stay home!!! Again, I love you and will be in touch soon with new ideas to have PE at home!  Love, Mrs. Madden

 

From our Computer Science teacher, Mrs. Pealo

Many students have been hoping to access their CodeSpark accounts from home, but in the past, we have not been allowed to share the school accounts for home use. Luckily, the makers of CodeSpark have graciously given me permission to share home access with families while IWCS schools are closed! You teacher will be emailing you the codes soon, or you can check out the Home Learning web page for more information.

 

Supports for Your Homeschooling

  • The CAES staff has been working together to collect some of the most interesting activities and best home learning resources so that you have support as we transition students to a home-learning model. Please check out the collection of resources on our website at https://bit.ly/caeshomelearning. We are updating it daily as we discover new opportunities and resources, so check back often!
  • Bowling Green State University has created a guide that actively collects authors and illustrators who are producing content to be used at home. BGSU_read-alouds

 

From the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

Children may be anxious and will look to adults for guidance on concerns about COVID-19.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provide helpful resources for parents on talking to their children about COVID-19. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Specific guidelines include: 

  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible. 
  • Discuss new practices with your child to include activities that improve emotional health such as taking walks, calling a friend, exploring online educational or cultural opportunities, or creating an art project. 
  • Practice and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices. 
  • Be honest and accurate while remaining calm, easing fears and reassuring for your child. 
  • Limit exposure to news and media stories that may be upsetting.

 

Still have questions? (and who doesn’t?!) Check here for answers… VDOE_FAQs

It's Saturday -- that means no schoolwork!

Mr.B.

 

Please follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Medical questions may be directed to the VDH Hotline: 877-275-8343 (877-ASK-VDH3). I will keep in touch with you during this closure. Pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

The Cardinal Cruise is just a day away!

The CAES faculty and staff are excited to be parading through your neighborhoods this Friday afternoon, March 27. We're making it a true school spirit day, wearing our Cardinal Pride colors and I encourage you and your kids to do the same. 

Please line the streets to yell and wave and let us see our Cardinals!

The parade route and estimated times are HERE.

Can't wait to see you!                                                                                                                   Mr.B.

“Maybe family meals at home, spending more time with our children, and living a simpler life based on necessity is the solution to more than just this virus.” I came across this thought this morning, mulled it over, and like it. Then a few hours later I stood in front of the TV, listening to the governor’s announcement and life went from strange to surreal. I don’t understand how schools can be closed statewide for the rest of the year. I thrive with certainty and control and currently have very little of either. I’m burdened for those of you who accepted the challenge to do your best balancing work and school while your students would be home for two weeks, and now you’re facing three months. I wish I knew what to say to my teachers who are overwhelmed, anxious, and sad. The one thing that I did share with them is that no matter what the governor says, they are still your children’s teachers!

Last summer I selected see us SOAR! to be our motto for the 2019-2020 school year. Soaring isn’t easy – it requires gumption and resilience and tenacity. In July 2019 I anticipated how our students and staff would embody these character qualities to reach toward higher goals and bigger achievements. What I didn’t anticipate was this alternate universe we’re currently in where a pandemic impacts every single one of us. These "uncharted waters" just got choppier, didn't they?

I’m here for you and I'll be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

 

Cardinal family, this is our time to soar!

Mr.B.

 

Please follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Medical questions may be directed to the VDH Hotline: 877-275-8343 (877-ASK-VDH3). I will keep in touch with you during this closure. Pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

 

Week two of home-educating starts tomorrow and I want you to feel ready. I reached out to a Cristy Brice, a director of an international homeschooling organization, and asked her, "What advice can you share with my families to help them during this unique time?" Here's what this former teacher and current homeschooling mother feels you to know, and, man, is it good stuff:

 

Greetings, Carrollton Elementary School Caregivers who are now home educating! I’ve had the honor of teaching in the classroom, and I’ve had the honor of teaching my own children at home for the past six years. Having been in both positions of leadership, I want to encourage you during this time that YOU CAN DO THIS! All of our plans have changed, so let’s make something beautiful out of this mess! 

Here are a few tips for home educating

A home school day doesn’t resemble what a school day looks like. You’ll feel overwhelmed when you try to make it the same. It’s going to be a shorter day because you’ll be eliminating little things like lining up, walking in a line, waiting in the lunch line, answering a full classroom’s worth of questions, etc. Your home will not need desks, and the kitchen table/counter along with the couch are great places to learn. 

You don’t need a full routine, but children crave some kind of routine. They want to know what to expect that day. Announcing a few things each morning that will happen during the day will benefit them, particularly a child prone to get anxious. There is a learning curve for scheduling a day, so in the beginning start with three things you are waiting to accomplish. A child can keep up with first, next, and last.
 
Read! Fill as many moments of the day with reading. Read to your kids, with your kids, listen to them read, and let them read quietly. One of the greatest memories you can create with your child is taking them on an adventure with you through the journey of a read-aloud together. Share a book you loved when you were their age. There are also free audiobooks available online that can be played for children when you need to work. 

Model. We learn by watching. Model what you want them to learn.

Repeat, repeat, repeat! Young children learn by repeating information. Information tends not to stick when only heard or seen once. Consider when children learned their ABCs -- they sang it over and over until they got it! When introducing new material, try to present the information in various ways multiple times. 

Enjoy a slower pace of life at home... no early morning rushing to catch the bus, no running from activity to activity.

Use all of your surroundings as your classroom. The kitchen is a great place for learning how to follow instructions on a recipe or how to measure things. Using a ruler or tape measure, learn how to measure area. Make a scavenger hunt by different measurements in the home. Find out how many gallons it takes for a bath. Label items in the house, and let those become spelling words. Use marbles and Legos as counters in math. Take the dice from a board game to practice addition and/or multiplication with each roll. Sort toys into categories. Put several items in a box, and have your child verbally tell a story using those items. Skip count by two’s while finding socks that match in the laundry. Use an old map to learn geography. Your home is filled with educational items if you look for different purposes. 

Play. We learn by playing. Play helps to learn great problem solving skills. 

Go outside! Go for a walk. Plant a garden. Look at the clouds and stars. Draw what you see in nature. Do a color scavenger hunt. Explore!

I know this time is a hardship for many families. Embrace what your day holds with your best attitude because a smile is contagious! Slowing down is a blessing. Use whatever is around you to teach. It’s enough right now, and you are enough for your child! You are stronger and more capable than you realize. 

Sincerely,

Cristy Brice

Home Educator

 

I whole-heartedly agree that you are enough for your child and you are stronger and more capable than you realize! 

Mr. Brennan

Carrollton Family,

 

Be kind, be calm, be clean– these are some of the biggest and earliest lessons we all learned as children, and we taught them to our own. Instructing our children about the Golden Rule (be kind), redirecting their tendencies to tantrum (be calm), and making sure they brush their teeth, take baths, and wash their hands (be clean) are all part of what good parents do. I’ve been thinking about how these three disciplines have become extremely important for adults worldwide as we navigate this new normal.  When we take seriously our authorities’ directive to self-quarantine, we are showing kindness; I have to keep reminding myself that I may not be sick but I may be a carrier. When a parent called the school Monday and chewed out a teacher because the free food offered by the division wasn’t at the spot she thought it should be, that certainly wasn’t demonstrating calmness; there’s more than enough uncertainty and anxiety to go around without injecting more angst. And being clean – did you ever think that good hygiene would be such a game changer? Let’s be good adults by taking care of one another, not feeding into the current crazy, and practicing proper hand-washing. We really will get through this and have some interesting stories to tell our grandchildren!

 

From our Reading Coach, Mrs. C. Smith

While we may be physically distancing ourselves from one another, we are still participating in our community book club.  It makes me happy to think that we are all still reading together at night.  At this point, March 20th, you should be getting to read Chapters 15 and 16 of The Toothpaste Millionaire.  Please remember that the calendar has fun activities that you can do with the book each day.  While we will be finishing it up next week, hopefully you were able to pick up a "new-to-you" book that you can also continue reading as a family each night.  Keep reading, Cardinals, and I hope to see your smiling faces soon!

 

From our school counselor Mrs. Berkeley

I’m sharing the link to Big Life Journal. This website has two seasons of podcasts geared toward kids and with a focus on growth mindset and resilience, to help them face life’s challenges with confidence. Big Life Journal has free resources available for families to print and complete which reinforce the podcasts’ messages. 

Big Life Journal Podcasts

And to get out those wiggles? Try GoNoodle! 

gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home

 

Special Guests for Your Homeschooling!

Popular children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems is hosting a daily “Lunch Doodle” at 1:00 p.m. each weekday – your kids would love to see the creator of Pigeon, Elephant & Piggy, and Knuffle Bunny in action! Here’s the link:mo_willems_lunch-doodle

Children’s book authors and celebrities are doing read-alouds, so be sure to tune in! virtual-author-activities

 

School Calendar/Spring Break/SOL Testing

At this time, no decisions have been made about the nine weeks marking period or SOL testing. Information will be communicated as it becomes available. No decision has been made to change our Spring Break at this time. IWCS and I will keep you updated on any changes in the school calendar.

 

I know that there’s lots of stuff crowding cyberspace, offered to assist the millions of new home-schooling families, and it would be easy to become overwhelmed by it all. Keep it simple: Work on the packets and IRLA-leveled materials we provided first and then check our school website for additional resources our staff deems valuable. I’d like to give a big shout-out to the amazing CAES teachers for organizing the info and Mrs. Pealo for posting it all to our website in such an easy-to-use format.

 

Be kind, be calm, and be clean!

Mr.B.

 

Please follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Medical questions may be directed to the VDH Hotline: 877-275-8343 (877-ASK-VDH3). I will keep in touch with you during this closure. Pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS communication platforms.

Carrollton Family,

I’ve attached two documents that you might find helpful: one is a recommended schedule to help your child stay focused now that normalcy has been disrupted and routine is important for all of us; the other document is from the Center for Disease Control and it provides information for talking with kids about COVID-19.

Most young kids will remember how their family home felt during the coronavirus panic more than anything specific about the virus. Our kids are watching us and learning about how to respond to stress and uncertainty. Let’s wire our kids for resilience, not panic.

Don’t forget: Continuity of Learning packets are available for pick up at school until 10:00 p.m. today. Supplemental material for students with IEPs is being delivered by mail.

Model calm and stability in this uncertain and changing time,

Mr. B.

Please follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Medical questions may be directed to the VDH Hotline: 877-275-8343 (877-ASK-VDH3). I will keep in touch with you during this closure. Pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS communication platforms.

Carrollton Family,

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I’m counting this as the first day of The Great Quarantine of 2020; the weekend didn’t really count (even though my family did “cyber-church” with a laptop) and yesterday the CAES staff was at school working hard. After I spent two hours at the post office mailing packets and feeling the germs crawl all over me, my wife made me take a shower – now I’m clean and hunkered down here within the Brennan Bubble.

So, it’s official: We are all away from one another for the next two weeks. Here’s what you should know about continuing the learning

  • Continuity of Learning packets are available for pick up at school until 10:00 p.m. today and again tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Be sure to know your child’s IRLA reading level/color as there are separate leveled-packets need to be picked up, too.
  • Our Reading Coach, Mrs. C. Smith, has made available free chapter books on a first come, first get basis.
  • Students with IEPs have goal-specific packets being delivered by the USPS; grade-level packets should also be picked up at school.
  • Pre-K packets when home Friday or were mailed Monday to those absent.

My compliments to all of you who already took advantage of our “drive thru” to pick up materials – you did a super job remembering the IRLA-leveled packets and keeping everything organized!

IWCS has coordinated a meal distribution plan to provide breakfast and lunch for any child under 18.  

To maintain the safety guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), meals will be provided using a drive by/pickup model. They will be bagged and include both a breakfast and lunch. Should pickup dates or sites be changed, you will be notified via Connect 5, on the IWCS website, and through IWCS official social media channels. Several of our staff members are volunteering at Eagle Harbor Apartments and The Nest, and they'd love to see you and your kids!

By staying apart, we’ll get through this together,

Mr. B.

 

Please follow the CDC guidelines for keeping safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Medical questions may be directed to the VDH Hotline: 877-275-8343 (877-ASK-VDH3). I will keep in touch with you during this closure and communicate any changes in status. Pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS communication platforms, as well.

Carrollton Families,

I missed the first Monday of the school year. Waking up with pain in my chest, my neck, and down my arm, I figured I shouldn’t just “walk it off,” so I went to my doctor. It’s amazing how quickly you get sent to the hospital when you mention chest pain. At the ER I didn’t even get to sit and thumb through old “People” magazines: I was outfitted in one of those skimpy negligees and hooked to a machine in a matter of minutes. After a series of tests and poking and prodding, the doctor (who looked like he was still in tenth grade) diagnosed my condition as xiphoidalgia which was a huge relief after my research of Web MD -- I had self-diagnosed a cardiac episode or cancer of the esophagus. This is an example of the unintended consequence of our online age: flooded by facts, saturated by statistics, inundated by information, we often fear the worse because we focus on the wrong evidence. That seems to be happening a lot lately.

As a reminder, Isle of Wight County Schools is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation through proven and trustworthy sources including the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Further info can be found at https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/coronavirus

Here are some precautionary measures to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses.

  • Encourage your child to wash his/her hands with soap and water often.
  • Avoid water fountains; have your child bring a water bottle to school. 
  • Pack some tissues in your child’s book bag.
  • Review the proper way to cough/sneeze.

 

One School, One Book

The oldest CAES child in each family should have brought home a copy of Jean Merrill’s The Toothpaste Millionaire Friday. Along with the book, you should have also received a reading calendar and list of suggested daily activities to make the story even more engaging. I’m looking forward to joining with you as we all read chapter one to our kids this weekend!

 

F.Y.I.               

  • The CAES News Crew is hoping to purchase new equipment to make their production more exciting and to incorporate into their morning show  things they learned on their field trip to the 13 News Studios. They need your help! As a fundraiser, they are asking for donations toward purchasing the items on their list. In exchange, your student would be a guest on the “Morning Tweet.” Also, if you have a business, we would love to advertise for you on our broadcast. Please contact Mrs. Berkeley if you have any questions.
  • Here’s your link for Mrs. Hall’s Engineering Newsletterhttp://bit.ly/FebSTEMnewsletter.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at http://iwcssupt.blogspot.com/.
  • Students will not be allowed back to classrooms after 3:50 unless accompanied by an adult who has received a visitor sticker from the office.
  • To assist the teachers, I’m asking that they send home their communication folders just once a week; often they receive papers to announce upcoming events, local opportunities, etc. and feel they need to send those home that day. Expect to see your child’s folder once at week unless the teacher communicates otherwise. 
  • Mrs. Madden and Miss Genevish’s students published a cookbook entitled Our Classroom Family Recipes as part of their recent project-based learning that revolved around math, nutrition, and family meals. You can have your very own copy for a donation – simply send your money to Miss Genevish or Mrs. Madden and they’ll make sure you get your cookbook.

 

Most Wanted

·      Mrs. Haslip is looking for empty plastic Easter eggs for our upcoming Relay for Life fundraising

·      Ms. Enyingi’s Art students are making a sculpture from recycled materials for a project-based learning opportunity and are looking for scrap metal (rinsed out cans from food, small pieces of metal) and large, clear plastic containers (cleaning containers, cheese puff/pretzel containers, etc.)

·      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

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.

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)

 

Mark Your Calendar 

Mar. 9   – Relay for Life Dress-in-a-Costume Day for $1 donation

Mar. 10  – Relay for Life Wear-a-Hat Day for $1 donation

Mar. 11  – Relay for Life Pajamas-at-School Day for $1 donation

Mar. 11  – Expo: To Infinity & Beyond! (6:00 p.m.)

Mar. 12  – Relay for Life Bring-a-Stuffed-Animal Day for $1 donation

Mar. 12  – Spring pictures (optional)

Mar. 12  – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.) This is the meeting when they’ll decide on the budget for next year, so your attendance will be appreciated.

Mar. 13  – Relay for Life Be-Sporty Day for $1 donation (rep a favorite team, athlete, or sport)

Mar. 16  – No school:Staff professional development day

Mar. 19  – Expos: Recycling and Evoking Emotions (both starting at 6:00 p.m.)

Apr. 3   – End of third quarter

Apr. 7    – BayPort Savings Day 

Apr. 7   – Expo: That One Friend (6:00 p.m.)

Apr. 9   – Spring picture retakes

Apr. 9   – School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

 

Thank you very much…

  • … to all who participated in our annual Kids Heart Challenge – you raised $5,856.51! Mrs. Harris and her class won the recess pack for having the most students registered online, and Mrs. Mitra won the $25 Amazon gift card for raising the most out of all the teachers!
  • … to Mrs. Haslip for utilizing DonorsChoose for her “Raising Readers” project – the project was fully funded, meaning Mrs. Haslip’s students will benefit from the $788.24’s worth of additional books in her class!
  • … to Sarah Moore, the PTA officers, and all the volunteers who made our Grand Lunch such a smooth-running, happy event!
  • … to Mrs. Hall for representing CAES, IWCS, and Virginia so well! Mrs. Hall was selected as one of only eight teachers from across the country to receive the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization's 2020 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. I’m so glad that your children get to be in her class!
  • … and lastly, you for reading this! Each time parents tell me that they weren’t informed about a school event, I ask if they get my weekly e-mail; when I’m told they do but they just don’t read it, my eye begins to twitch…

 

Be well!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES

Carrollton Families,

A couple weeks ago I shared that one of the best parts of the principalship is conducting observations of teachers involved in their craft. Another aspect of my job that truly brings me delight is listening to students. Kids crack me up! The other day a first grade class passed me in the hall and in the course of less than a minute, a student told me her grandfather died (several years ago); I was invited to a birthday party; a young man shared that he was going to Great Wolf Lodge; two kids told me what they had in their lunch boxes; and one very excited girl said, “Guess what” -- before I could guess, she squealed, “I’m an African American!” (And she was, by the way.) I’m not sure if her race was a recent epiphany or if she was simply celebrating who she is, but either way it was sweet and it was confirmation that authentic exposure to contributions of all cultures matters and needs to be what we adults should provide our kids as we train them about life.

 

F.Y.I.               

  • Isle of Wight County Schools is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation through proven and trustworthy sources including the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The attached letter provides more information on the IWCS response as well as precautionary measures to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses. Further info can be found at https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/coronavirus 
  • The CAES News Crew is hoping to purchase some new equipment to make their production more exciting and to incorporate the things they learned on their field trip to 13 News Studios into their daily morning show. They need your help! As a fundraiser, they are asking for donations toward purchasing the items on their list. In exchange, your student would be a guest on the “Morning Tweet.” Also, if you have a business we would love to highlight you on our broadcast. Businesses will also be spotlighted on the school website and TV screens in the hallways. The students are calling this fundraiser "March Madness" as we hope to have a student or business guest (or spotlight) on our broadcast each day of March. Please contact Mrs. Berkeley if you have any questions.
  • Please make sure your student is at school on time and stays until dismissal. I understand an occasional late arrival or an afternoon appointment, but we have many students who are chronically missing time in the morning and/or afternoon – that means losing too much instruction. As we near SOL testing, regular attendance for the full instructional day is even more vital for our 3rdgraders. 
  • Here’s your link for Mrs. Hall’s Engineering Newsletter: http://bit.ly/FebSTEMnewsletter.
  • You can check out Superintendent Dr. Thornton’s blog at http://iwcssupt.blogspot.com/.

 

Most Wanted

·      Mrs. Haslip is looking for empty plastic Easter eggs for our upcoming Relay for Life fundraising

·      Ms. Enyingi’s Art students are making a sculpture from recycled materials for a project-based learning opportunity and are looking for scrap metal(rinsed out cans from food, small pieces of metal) and large, clear plastic containers(cleaning containers, cheese puff/pretzel containers, etc.)

·      Mrs. Rosenberry is collected 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 

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

Mar. 3   – BayPort Savings Day

Mar. 4   – Interim reports come home  /  Expo: The New Happy Meal! (6:00 p.m.)

Mar. 6   – Grand Lunch 

Mar. 11 – Expo: To Infinity & Beyond! (6:00 p.m.)

Mar. 12– Spring pictures

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

Mar. 16– No school:Staff professional development day

Apr. 3   – End of third quarter

 

Thank you very much…

  • … IWCS School Board members Mrs. Julia Perkins who represents the Windsor district, which includes our Benns Grant families, and the Hardy district representative Mr. Alvin Wilson who represents the Hardy district where our Lakeside Heights families reside. 
  • … Knox W.’s mom and Cameron M.’s dad for speaking at the School Board’s public hearing on the proposed budget for next year – it’s wonderful when parents voice their support for the teachers and you represented Carrollton so well!

 

Happy March!

Mr.B.

Robert D. Brennan

rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us

(757) 357-8850

Twitter: @CarrolltonES