April 25, 2020 - Weekly Update
"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.
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!
Mark Your Calendar
From our school photographer Blue Dominion
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.
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.
April 3, 2020 - Weekly Update
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-
Supports for Your Homeschooling
From our Engineering Teacher, Mrs. P. Hall
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:
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:
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,
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.
CAES Student Belongings Pickup Procedure
Attached Files for April 25, 2020 Weekly Update