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CAES Weekly Updates: June 2020

June 13, 2020 - Weekly Update

 

Carrollton Family,

The school calendar said June 11 was supposed to be our last day with students -- hard to believe it was truly three months ago. Thursday was the most anti-climatic last day of school I’ve ever had. I’m sad that we missed field day and class parties and the pre-K celebration. I sorry the Smithfield High seniors didn’t get to do their traditional last walk through our building and even more upset that our third graders didn’t have the chance to do the same before their annual promotion celebration. Yep, we missed out on a lot since March 13 -- but we made it. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t fun, but we made it. You made it and I’m so proud! Now, take a much-deserved break because you’ve earned it! 

Please join me in wishing the best to kindergarten teacher Mrs. Lyons, kindergarten aide Mrs. Meyers, and occupational therapist Mrs. Bailey as they move on to new adventures beyond the CAES nest. They will be missed!

 

FYI 

  • If you borrowed an IWCS iPad and didn’t return it Friday, the next chance is this Monday. Staff will be stationed at Smithfield Middle School to receive tablets and charging cords from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The iPad should be charged and have its original case and charging cable/block. 
  • Summer office hours: All IWCS schools and offices will be opened from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; staff may work remotely Tuesdays and Wednesdays and everyone has Fridays off. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment to visit the office so we can be sure to serve you promptly and efficiently.
  • About Summer School
    • When? New dates: July 13 – 30
    • Who? If you spoke with the teacher and agreed that your child should attend summer school, your child’s name was submitted to summer school director Mrs. Laura Cummings. As a result of the guidance from Governor Northam and Dr. Lane regarding the reopening of schools and to maintain compliance with Phase II restrictions for social gatherings and distancing, IWCS will be offering limited in-person summer instruction for our highest-need students in grades K-3 only.  IWCS is currently working on a plan to provide extensive review and remediation to high-needs students in all grade levels during the fall session. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns about your child's learning needs. 
    • How? Registration will be processed after you complete the form that you will receive from Mrs. Cummings. 
  • Many have returned books and I’m grateful. We still have hundredsthat haven’t been returned! If you have any, please leave them on the cart at the school’s front door or at a meal distribution site with a note to return the book to CAES. 
  • Reminder: Here’s the link to an Aha! Parenting article about how to help your kids stay creative and engaged in opportunities that don’t involve hours of screen time -- check out this list of 115 boredom busters!

Instructional Supports 

  • The collection of resources on our website at caeshomelearning will be available throughout the summer.
  • ARC Bookshelf will be available until June 30.
  • ST Math will be available all summer.

 

From our School Photographer, Blue Dominion

  • ORDER YEARBOOKS
    The official deadline has passed, but you can still place an order until we place the full order to print all of the yearbooks (which will be next week).

Online Ordering: https://AccessMyEvent.com/TH7747

Yearbook Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school in late July. More information on the specifics and details will come from Mr. Brennan as we get closer to delivery.

  • SPRING PICTURES

Online Ordering Only: https://AccessMyEvent.com/U4ET52

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

Important: spring pictures were optional, please read the instructions after clicking the link for more info.

  • ORDER WHOLE CLASS PHOTOS

Online Ordering Only: https://AccessMyEvent.com/PSC566

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

 

Mark Your Calendar

June 15– iPad return day #2 (8:00 to 8:00 at Smithfield Middle)

June 15– Local libraries re-open

June 21– Father’s Day

July 13   – Summer school starts 

July 30   – Summer school ends

 

Happy summer!

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). Pertinent school information will be made available on the IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

 

Carrollton Family,

Can I just say how much I appreciate my teammates? Within the course of one weekend your children’s teachers were forced to transition from doing their jobs in the comfortable confines of their classrooms to a build-it-as-we-go emergency remote education model. When the staff left school March 13, we knew we’d be back March 16 for an already-scheduled clerical day, so we wished our students a happy long weekend and said nothing of the potential two-week break to “flatten the curve.” That was eighty-two days ago. Since then the teachers have had to learn differently plan differently, collaborate differently; they’ve had to teach differently, conference differently, care differently. Don’t tell them I said it, but educators can be control freaks, and since a pandemic proves that none of us has control, they’ve had to let go and reach way out of their comfort zones to remain in touch with your children. Working from home means longer hours, and the teachers have invested them. Holding virtual classes means hoping to see all their students on Zoom and then being worried about those that don’t show. Pausing school as we know it in mid-March means losing sleep over what school will look like whenever we’re all back together.  Months ago, an Isle of Wight citizen started a petition to prevent teachers from being paid since he viewed closed schools as an indication that the educators weren’t earning their keep; over the past eighty-two days everyone has been reminded of just how invaluable teachers truly are.

FYI 

  • Our school counselor Mrs. Berkeley safely delivered her son Sam June 1! He was 8 pounds and 9 ounces and he, mom, and dad are doing great!
  • If you borrowed an IWCS iPad, the return dates are June 12 and 15. Staff will be stationed at Smithfield Middle School to receive tablets and charging cords from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. both days. The iPad should be charged and have its original case and charging cable/block. 
  • We still have 408 library booksthat haven’t been returned! If you have any, please leave them on the cart at the school’s front door or feel free to leave them at a meal distribution site with a note to return the book to CAES. 
  • The Carrollton and Smithfield public libraries will reopen on June 15. 
    • June 22 – Create your own comic book
    • June 29 – Patriotic pinwheels to create and decorate
    • July 6 – Build-a-House! Kits to build a bat house or a bird house
    • July 13 – Kaleidoscope STEAM Kit for amazing reflection designs
    • July 20 – Mystery Craft Bag Book Challenge
    • July 27 – PRIZE DRAWINGS and FREE book give-away!
    •  There will also be a New StoryWalk outside the Smithfield Library every two weeks with a corresponding take-home activity sheet that can be picked up inside the library.
  • Next Friday is the official start of “I’m bored” season. Here’s a link to an Aha! Parenting article about how to help your kids stay creative and engaged in opportunities that don’t involve hours of mind-numbing screen time -- check out this list of 115 boredom busters!

Instructional Supports 

  • The collection of resources on our website at caeshomelearning will be available throughout the summer.
  • ARC Bookshelf will be available until June 30.
  • ST Math will be available all summer.
  • As we finish a second week of unrest and protest, it's vital that we educate our children about where we are in a way that meets them where they are. Here's an article and list of books that helps caregivers have these important, instructive conversations: 

From our School Photographer, Blue Dominion

  • ORDER YEARBOOKS
    The official deadline has passed, but you can still place an order until we place the full order to print all of the yearbooks (which will be next week).

Online Ordering: https://AccessMyEvent.com/TH7747

Yearbook Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school in late July. More information on the specifics and details will come from Mr. Brennan as we get closer to delivery.

  • SPRING PICTURES

Online Ordering Only: https://AccessMyEvent.com/U4ET52

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

Important: spring pictures were optional, please read the instructions after clicking the link for more info.

  • ORDER WHOLE CLASS PHOTOS

Online Ordering Only: https://AccessMyEvent.com/PSC566

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

Mark Your Calendar

June11 – Last day of school!

June 12 – Report cards will be mailed home

June 12 – iPad return day #1 (8:00 to 8:00 at Smithfield Middle)

June 15 – iPad return day #2 (8:00 to 8:00 at Smithfield Middle)

June 15 – Local libraries re-open

June 21 – Father’s Day

July 6    – Summer school starts (more info coming)

July 30  – Summer school ends

 

As we finish a second week of unrest and protest, it's vital that we continue to educate our children about where we've  been and where we are as a country in a way that meets them where they are as developing citizens. Here's an article and list of books that can help caregivers have these important, instructive conversations: parenting/kids-books-racism-protest

The most encouraging thing I saw this past week is this video by Emmanuel Acho. I appreciate his honesty and invite you to listen to him.  youtube.com/emmanuel.acho

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.