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CAES Weekly Updates: April 2020

April 25, 2020 - Weekly Update

 

Carrollton Family,

"The sooner we realize that there is no instructional manual for this situation, the sooner we can give each other grace to experiment, learn, and iterate to the best of our abilities in the worst of circumstances.”  -- from J. Spencer and A. Juliani’s book Empower

You are not homeschooling. Homeschooling happens when parents choose to make the sacrifices necessary to have someone at home working with the children, thoughtfully selecting the curriculum and resources best to meet their individual child’s needs, and aligning themselves with a philosophy and a community that supports non-traditional education. You’re not homeschooling because you were thrown into this with no planning and no choice!  You know what else you’re not doing? You’re not providing distance learning because distance learning is a training method that has a fully established curriculum and system of equitable instructional delivery and pedagogical practices suited for the learner and the instructor. That’s not what’s happening because we didn’t have the structures in place pre-March 16; besides, our kids and our teachers do their best when face-to-face. When Governor Northam made his declaration a month ago, you and our staff and our Central Office personnel and the VDOE began building the plane as we were flying it! What we’re all doing now is emergency remote instruction. This takes the best of our abilities in these worst of circumstances, and it’s not easy, so let’s keep extending grace to one another, to the kids, and to ourselves. 

 

Instructional Supports 

  • The Continuity of Learning Modules (a.k.a. learning packets)are available on our website. 
  • The CAES staff has been working together to collect some of the most interesting activities and best home-learning resources to support you. Please check out the collection of resources on our website at caeshomelearning. We are updating it regularly as we discover new opportunities and resources, so check back often!
  • I’ve attached resources from our Special Education Department about learning from home, and the information is applicable to all of us coping with this new instructional model. 
  • Free resource! PebbleGo has engaging modules in science and social studies with lots of reading and read-alouds, perfect for our aged students. The link: pebblego.com/parent-resourcesthe user name: carrollton1; the password: school
  • Got questions about reading instruction?The nice folks at the IWCS Literacy Hotline would be glad to help you from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. The number is 1-720-500-3324, the PIN is 841 239 201# .

 

From our School Counselor, Mrs. Berkeley

Hi Cardinals! I miss you all, and I think about you every day. I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying the time at home with your families. These are strange times. It is okay if you are feeling scared or worried, sad, or even angry about the changes in your life, and how it affects you and your family. If you want to talk about it, I am here. We can arrange a meeting online to chat alone if you like, or you can sign up to have lunch with me and a group for fun or to check in. I can't wait to see you online!  

 

FYI

  • Any student belongings still left at school after our distribution days April 6-8 will be stored at the building until June 30; after that time items will be discarded or donated.  If you would like to pick up your child’s items, please e-mail me for a date. 
  • Reminder: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot. Please take advantage of the free Internet access provided by simply driving up and logging on!
  • Our amazing Encore Team will be providing weekly videos linked on our website starting May 4. These videos will allow your children to see their Encore teachers share about creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. 
  • Mr. Sciarrotta shared this fun video about social distancing: check it out and don’t hurt yourself dancing! flocabulary.com/social-distancing

 

Mark Your Calendar

  • 4/30 & 5/1 – Distribution of tablets to elementary students -- More information coming!
  • 5/1 – Yearbook ordering deadline
  • 5/1 & 2 – Distribution of new learning materials
  • 5/17 – Mother’s Day
  • 5/25 – Memorial Day

 

From our school photographer Blue Dominion

  • Yearbook ordering is online only going forward; if you previously ordered with the hard copy order form, your order will be processed.
  • You can order your yearbook securely online at www.AccessMyEvent.com/TH7747
  • The new yearbook order deadline is extended to May 1, 2020.
  • Yearbooks will be available in late July (but like everything else, that date is subject to change). As that date approaches, more information will be sent out about how you can collect your book.

Whole class photos and spring pictures are currently on hold due to the current non-essential business closures. We will revisit print ordering April 24 and hopefully can begin normal operations.

 

Grace!

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 pertinent information will be made available on the IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

 

 

Carrollton Family,

Children are not a distraction from the main thing. Children are the main thing.  

Multiple times during the past three weeks, I’ve been stressed with trying to balance being Daddy and Mr. Brennan at the same time. Now that my office is our dining room table, the lines between parent and principal are getting very, very blurry. I understand if you’re struggling with harmonizing the pre-March 17 you with the new-normal you – this is the reality that we’re all living. Mrs. Berkeley, our school counselor and expert with social-emotional health, offered this insightful article for me to share with you: solutions-to-save-your-sanity-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-school-closures • Please take the time to read it, cut yourself some slack, and keep a proper focus on the main thing. Let’s get to the other side being glad about how we behaved on the way there.

 

Supports for Your Homeschooling

  • The CAES staff has been working together to collect some of the most interesting activities and best home-learning resources to provide you support. Please check out the collection of resources on our website at caeshomelearning.We are updating it regularly as we discover new opportunities and resources, so check back often!
  • The parking lot of each school building in the division is now a hotspot. Please take advantage of the free Internet access provided by simply driving up and logging on!
  • Our Librarian Mrs. Mitra encourages you to check out PebbleGo for engaging modules in science and social studies (and dinosaurs!) with lots of reading and read-alouds. Here’s the link àpebblego.com/parent-resources,here’s the user name àcarrollton1, and here’s the password àschool
  • Do you shake your head over your child’s infatuation with Captain Underpants? Me, too. Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey iscreating weekly videos for kids who might want to try their hand at drawing while we’re social distancing at home. Pilkey also draws the more respectable Dog Manif you need an excuse to check out this article! dav-pilkey-drawing-classes-library-of-congress

From our Engineering Teacher, Mrs. P. Hall

  • Here’s my newsletter with some activities I've curated with explanations; no need to stress over these as they’re optional and just for fun.  EngagingEngineeringActivitiesForYoungMinds
  • 3rd grade families, I packed up the students' pinewood cars with the parts they need to complete them and put them into their bags that they will be able to pick up next week.

From the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

Learning at Home

Parents and families can support students’ thinking and learning during extended school closures by doing the following:

  • Collaborate with your child to organize the day to include time for learning, activities and exercise. Read to and with your child and have conversations about what you have read together. 
  • Take a walk and ask about what your child is seeing and about being a good citizen. 
  • Encourage critical thinking through cooking together or planning a garden. 
  • Encourage conversations about mathematics in your child’s day. 
  • Explore your child’s creativity by creating art, music, or dance. 
  • Write a letter to a family member or friend or community hero. 
  • Be mindful of screen time and have alternatives for children to play outside. 
  • Listen to your child about his or her feelings and fears and offer comfort, honesty, and reassurance. 

The VDOE encourages you to review resources provided by your local school division, public libraries, public media, civic and community groups, and other resources, including those found on the Department’s website - search for "families" or visit the VDOE_for_families_webpage.   

FAQ  It’s perfectly fine if you have questions. Check here for answers… VDOE_FAQs     

From our school photographer Blue Dominion

After coordinating with Mr. Brennan to best address the 2019-2020 Carrollton yearbook, the following changes will take place:

  • Yearbook ordering is online only going forward; if you previously ordered with the hard copy order form, your order will be processed.
  • You can order your yearbook securely online at www.AccessMyEvent.com/TH7747
  • The new yearbook order deadline is extended to May 1, 2020.
  • Yearbooks will be available in late July (but like everything else, that date is subject to change). As that date approaches, more information will be sent out by Mr. Brennan outlining the details of how you can collect your yearbook.

Whole class photos and spring pictures are currently on hold due to the non-essential business closures caused by the current global pandemic. We will revisit print ordering on April 24 and hopefully can begin normal operations.

 

Let’s keep focusing on the main thing,

Mr.B.

 

If you're planning to pick up your child's belongings at school next week,

please read the attached information.

 

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.