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CAES Weekly Updates: September 2020

September 27, 2020 - Weekly Update

 

CAES Weekly Update      September 27, 2020

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape. Our Engineering teacher, Mrs. Hall, shared that quasi-Beatitude with me in response to my e-mail to the staff yesterday. In that e-mail I explained that my wife received a positive COVID test result and that “being a virtual principal was certainly not part of my lesson plans.” Last Sunday I had a few of the symptoms found on the signs on our school doors – you know the signs: the ones that warn “Do Not Enter If…” I was pretty sure I had a sinus infection, maybe a head cold. If this were 2019, I would’ve just come to work feeling blah, but it’s 2020 and I knew better. So I quarantined last week, waiting for my COVID test result, which came back negative. (Does the fact that my wife’s test was positive mean that she studied harder or that my body has a superhuman immuno-shield?) I tried being flexible last week, wanting to be at school yet being grateful for the chance to recuperate. Being flexible until I can return in mid-October is going to be a lot harder. I don’t do well with working from home: My daughters are much easier to love when I can come back to them after a long day at the office -- they probably say the same about me. I’m going to try to be flexible and be the best virtual principal I can since getting bent out of shape won’t make the situation better but will create negativity and additional stress. I hope whatever you’re facing right now (or will be facing because there are still three months left in 2020) that you’ll be able to muster the positivity needed to demonstrate flexibility. I know it’s hard but the alternative is to get all bent out of shape, which breeds negativity and isn’t a good look on any of us.

Doing Things Differently

COVID-symptom letters – Notification will no longer be sent from Dr. Thornton to an entire building if a student or staff member is sent home with COVID-like symptoms. As we approach cold and flu season, no one wants a letter every day because people have headaches, sore throats, or runny noses! Moving forward, only when a case of COVID-19 is confirmedin a building will notification be generated and distributed.

Afternoon Pick-ups – No student will be dismissed for pick-up from the office after 3:15 p.m. This will prevent your child from getting caught in the flow of students heading to the car loop or the bus ramp or YMCA aftercare. 

Fall Pictures – Usually we start thinking about school pictures for purchase and to go into the yearbook; our photographer has asked that we postpone these until second semester.

Instructional Supports

Canvas 101-- The division is offering live training Zooms for parents and caregivers! Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 the topic will be using Canvas on iPads; Chromebooks are Wednesday and Macbooks Thursday. A flyer is attached.

IWCS has spent a lot of time creating tutorials and videos for you that can help in addressing some of your concerns about Remind and Clever. Click here for iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/online_learning_canvas

Virtual Cardinals should be on Canvas every day to complete daily assignments, as this is how they generate assessments to be graded. If you are still unsure where to begin, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Be sure to visit our school website (caes.iwcs.k12.va.usfor lots of great resources.

The IWCS Clever Portal provides users an easy, one-stop-shop approach to access all the learning applications students typically use at school, plus a few extras that will help increase student engagement while learning from home. If you haven’t already received your child’s Clever log-in badge, please contact his/her teacher.

Health Update

As of today, we have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members!

Hybrid Cardinals are doing a super job with keeping those masks on in the building – thanks for sharing that expectation. 

Your assistance is appreciated in making sure that your child has his/her mask in place before pulling into the car loop in the morning.

Please remain diligent in conducting the Daily Home Screening before deciding to go to work or send you child to school.The Daily Home screening document includes all the symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19.  The new document is attached to this message. 

From Your PTA

AmazonSmile customers can now support Carrollton Elementary School PTA in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

To learn more about PTA membership, please check out carrollton.memberhub.store.

Good to Know

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot; I’ve attached a document detailing other Wi-Fi hotspots around the county. Take advantage of the free Internet access by simply driving up and logging on!

Any requests to move from one instructional track to the other (for example, virtual to hybrid) must be made in writing with a rationale for the request. The request should be sent to me and I will look at our numbers to see if the move is possible. Currently, our virtual classes are at-capacity, so instructors from other IWCS schools will be providing instruction for those requesting the virtual track. 

Hispanic Heritage Moment

The U.S. Hispanic population reached a record 60.6 million in 2019, up 930,000 over the previous year and up from 50.7 million in 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. Over the past decade, however, population growth among Hispanics has slowed as the annual number of births to Hispanic women has declined and immigration has decreased, particularly from Mexico. Even so, Latinos remain an important part of the nation’s overall demographic story. Between 2010 and 2019, the Latino share of the total U.S. population increased from 16% to 18%. Latinos accounted for about half (52%) of all U.S. population growth over this period. Latinos are our country’s second largest racial or ethnic group, behind white non-Hispanics. (Pew Research Center)

Mark Your Calendar

9/29       IWCS Live training via Zoom about using Canvas on an iPad (7:00 p.m.)

9/30       IWCS Live training via Zoom about using Canvas on a Chrombook (7:00 p.m.)

9/30       Special-called School Board meeting to discuss the next phase of instruction for grades 4 – 12 (10:00 a.m.)

10/1       IWCS Live training via Zoom about using Canvas on a Macbook (7:00 p.m.)

10/6       Payment deadline for optional IWCS-offered iPad insurance ($19 cash or check written to CAES)

10/7        First quarter interims come home

10/8       School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

10/16    No school for hybrid or virtual students; staff professional development

 

Flexibly yours!

Mr.B.                       

Mr. Brennan

 

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


File attachments:
Daily Home Screening (rev. Sept. 20).pdf
Canvas Can Do! .pdf
 
September 20, 2020 - Weekly Update
 
 

CAES Weekly Update    •   September 20, 2020

It’s not a matter of if, but when. This would be pretty exciting if the topic were potential snowfall or it would be relatively terrifying if discussing the probability of a zombie apocalypse. But, like everything else we seem to discuss lately, this was opinion about the likelihood of COVID cases in schools shared by Superintendent Dr. Thornton with the principals on a Zoom session before school started. While on the surface, it may seem like a somewhat pessimistic perspective, it’s actually realistic – and somewhat prophetic. This past week, we sent three students home from school because they were presenting COVID-like symptoms and two of them had siblings we asked to quarantine as well. None has tested positive and two were cleared by their doctor to return tomorrow. Nurse Stalls and I are erring on the side of an abundance of caution by notifying families of the need to quarantine if someone demonstrates any of the symptoms listed by the CDC. Yes, it’s conservative, maybe even somewhat rigid, but we’re serious about keeping our Cardinals safe.  And this is why we’re remaining diligent with wearing masks, washing hands, and social-distancing – just like in 2019, people will get sick, so in true 2020-fashion we will keep doing what we can to prevent the spread. 


Doing Things Differently

Free Meals – The FDA has approved the distribution of free school meals for all students in Isle of Wight county. Next week Hybrid teachers will be sending home copies of the Meal Participation Form for you to note which if any meals you would like for your child to have; please return the competed form by Thursday, Sept. 24. (A copy is attached.)

Afternoon Pick-ups – To prevent your child from getting caught in the flow of students heading to the car loop or the bus ramp or the YMCA aftercare, no student will be dismissed for pick-up from the office after 3:15 p.m.

Fall Pictures – Usually we start thinking about school pictures for purchase and the yearbook; our photographer has asked that we postpone these until second semester.


Instructional Supports

Virtual Cardinals should be on Canvas every day to complete daily assignments as this is how they generate assessments to be graded. If you are still unsure where to begin, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Be sure to visit our school website (caes.iwcs.k12.va.usfor lots of great resources.

The IWCS Clever Portal provides users an easy, one-stop-shop approach to access all the learning applications students typically use at school, plus a few extras that will help increase student engagement while learning from home. If you haven’t already received your child’s Clever log-in badge, please contact his/her teacher.


Health Update

Students and staff did a fantastic job wearing their masks and social-distancing this past week!

Please remain diligent in conducting the daily health screening before deciding to go to work or send you child to school.

Information about health insurance for students is attached.


From Your PTA

Thank you to Yard LOVE for providing the wonderful signs to welcome the students and staff back to school! 

AmazonSmile customers can now support Carrollton Elementary School PTA in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

To learn more about PTA membership, please check out carrollton.memberhub.store.


Good to Know

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot; I’ve attached a document detailing other Wi-Fi hotspots around the county. Take advantage of the free Internet access by simply driving up and logging on!

Any requests to move from one instructional track to the other (for example, virtual to hybrid)must be made in writing with a rationale for the request. The request should be sent to me and I will look at our numbers to see if the move is possible. Currently, our virtual classes are at-capacity, so instructors from other IWCS schools will be providing instruction for those requesting the virtual track. 


Hispanic Heritage Moment

Initially a week of celebration that first began in 1968, the recognition of Hispanic heritage expanded to a month in 1988 to recognize U.S. Latinos, their culture, and their history. Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of September to coincide with national independence days in several Latin American countries, including Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.


Mark Your Calendar

10/6    Payment deadline foroptional IWCS-offered iPad insurance ($19 cash or check written to CAES)

10/7   First quarter interims come home

10/8   School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

10/16  No school for hybrid or virtual students; staff professional development

 

Be safe,

Mr.B.

Mr. Brennan


 

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


File attachments:
Back-to-School Health Insurance Flyer.pdf
Meal Participation Form (2020).pdf
 
September 12, 2020 - Weekly Update
 
A message from CARROLLTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Carrollton Family,

If Plan A fails, the alphabet has 25 more letters.   Like all of us have experienced through most of 2020, the unpredictable seems to have become the norm. Tuesday was a great first day back in the building with teachers and Hybrid B students (and masks and plexiglass shields) and Cardinals on Zoom. Then came Wednesday. Flooding was nowhere on my radar but it was all over the National Weather Service’s radar! Our Day One with the Hybrid B Cardinals was washed out, disappointing many. But haven’t we kinda’ gotten used to this pattern this year? We hold out hope, we plan, and then we face reality and go with Plan B if necessary. Our Plan B is to see Hybrid A kids Monday and I can’t wait! (Plan C is for a swarm of locust, plague of frogs, or fire from the skies causing school to be closed – or at least delayed for two hours…)

 

Doing Things Differently

 

New end – Students will be dismissed to the carloop starting at 3:30 p.m. and the buses at 3:50 p.m.

 

Stay in your car– At morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, only students and staff should be on the sidewalks.

 

No bus passes– As a health mitigation strategy, the number of students on a bus must be controlled, therefore, we are not able to grant permission for students to make temporary bus changes. If you need a permanent change, please submit your request to the IWCS Transportation Department at 757-357-9920.

 

Instructional Supports

 

caes.iwcs.k12.va.us   Our school website is a great repository of instructional information!

 

IWCS Clever Portal    The Clever Portal provides users an easy, one-stop-shop approach to access all the learning applications students typically use at school, plus a few extras that will help increase student engagement while learning from home. If you haven’t already received your child’s Clever log-in badge, please contact his/her teacher.

 

Health Update

 

Students and staff did a fantastic job wearing their masks appropriately last week!

As mentioned in the division’s health mitigation guidelines, gaiters (those turtleneck-style face coverings) should not be worn as a substitute for a cloth mask.

 

A “Daily Home Screening” checklist magnet will be coming home next week to help you determine if you should go to work or send your child to school.

Smithfield Middle School’s nurse Ms. D. May is partnering with our Nurse Stalls to provide support in our clinic.

 

Both the clinic and our new Health Annex will have their windows covered with an opaque material to provide privacy for students and staff being cared for by our nurses. 

 

Good to Know

 

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot; I’ve attached a document detailing other Wi-Fi hotspots around the county. Take advantage of the free Internet access by simply driving up and logging on!

 

Any requests to move from one instructional track to the other (for example, virtual to hybrid) must be made in writing with a rationale for the request. The request should be sent to me and I will look at our numbers to see if the move is possible. Currently, our virtual classes are at-capacity, so instructors from other IWCS schools will be providing instruction for those requesting the virtual track. 

 

The yellow form attached is a copy of the IWCS Acceptable Use/Devise Usage form that each Cardinal will receive if he/she will be using a school-issued iPad. Hybrid Cardinals will be bringing copies home to be returned filled out if you’re interested in one of our iPads.

 

A flyer about Cub Scout Pack 36 is attached and it announces a kick-off event scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 19.

 

The Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program graciously donated a very generous sum to the school which we will be using to assist students in need throughout the year. We are truly grateful for Christian Outreach's love in action!

 

Encore! Encore!

 

Our Encore Team will be providing videos linked on our website and on Canvas starting Sept. 14. These videos will allow your children to see their Encore teachers share activities involving art, music, coding, engineering, reading, physical education, and SOAR. 

 

Encore LIVE! is an exciting opportunity kicking of Monday, Sept. 14, providing our Virtual Cardinals real-time interaction with select Encore teachers. Look for details to be coming soon.

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

9/12   Grandparents Day

9/13   Day 1 for Hybrid A Cardinals

9/15   Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month begins (ends 10/15)

10/7   First quarter interims come home

10/8   School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

 

ALL together NOW!

Mr.B.

Mr. Brennan

September 8, 2020 Weekly Update

 

Carrollton Family,

"The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”   Chadwick Boseman at Howard University Commencement

I can’t tell you how many times in the past month I’ve considered how much easier it will be next year when we get ready to come back to school. The weeks leading up to Day One are typically demanding, and this time around it was compounded by all the restrictions and uncertainty that come with genuine instruction in a time of continued pandemic. The staff has experienced a heightened level of struggles and stressors along the way but it feels as if most of those dissolved at Open House – as the building finally had students in it for the first time since March 13, we were reminded of our purpose. I can tell we’re ready. We’re ready to greet Cardinals in classrooms and on Zooms. We’re ready to build community with students separate into A’s and B’s and those who connect via a device. We’re ready to model how to stay healthy and teach how to read well. We’re ready to get back to our purpose and our purpose is teaching your children. You, too, have undoubtedly struggled along the way since mid-March and I’m hopeful that you are shaped and ready for your purpose: to partner with us as we guide our young people from where they are to where they should be, where they can be. 

Gone too soon, Chadwick Boseman is attributed with another profound thought: “You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, [AND] you are under pressure.” May the struggles shape our purpose as we do as much we can the best that we can while we can! 

 

Doing Things Differently

Check for COVID-19 symptoms I’ve attached a “Daily Home Screening” checklist provided by the CDC to help you determine if you should go to work or send your child to school.

New start – Students can enter the building at 8:25 a.m.

New end – Students will be dismissed to the carloop and buses starting at 3:30 p.m.

Stay in your car – At morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, caregivers will remain in their cars.

  • This means no walking kids from the parking lot to the front door.
  • Kindergarten parents will not be permitted to escort their Cardinals to class.
  • No adults taking pictures/waving/crying on the bus ramp as the kids disembark.

No bus passes – As a health mitigation strategy, the number of students on a bus must be controlled, therefore, we are not able to grant permission for students to make temporary bus changes. If you need a permanent change, please submit your request to the Transportation Department.

Easing back in – Please don’t look for a great deal of intense academic product during the first week or so. The teachers will be easing students back into the routines and expectations of school-life while focusing on community building and social-emotional health. 

 

Feel free to visit school this long weekend and take pictures in front of the sign or by the front door – it has a big number one on it which could stand for

the first day of a new school year!

 

Instructional Supports

caes.iwcs.k12.va.us   Our school website is a great repository of instructional information!

IWCS Clever Portal    Isle of Wight County Schools has launched a feature that will provide all students and families with easy access to online resources. The Clever Portal provides users an easy, one-stop-shop approach to access all the learning applications students typically use at school, plus a few extras that will help increase student engagement while learning from home. Your child’s teacher will be providing a Clever log-in badge.

Our SEARCH students will be receiving services from Mrs. B. Robbins via Zoom.

 

Health Update

Smithfield Middle School’s nurse Ms. D. May will be partnering with our Nurse Stalls to provide a second set of (gloved) hands in the clinic.

We have converted the space traditionally called the “PTA Room” into a health annex to have a secure, separate, monitored location for students or staff waiting to go home after presenting COVID-19 symptoms. 

Social-emotional health will be the focus of school counselor Ms. E. Bowman who is covering for our Mrs. Berkeley while she’s finishing up her maternity leave.

Health mitigation signs and floor decals were placed around the building yesterday, and symptom-checker magnets for home-use are coming next week.

 

Good to Know

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot; I’ve attached a document detailing other Wi-Fi hotspots around the county. Take advantage of the free Internet access by simply driving up and logging on!

Our Encore Team will be providing videos linked on our website and on Canvas starting Sept. 14. These videos will allow your children to see their Encore teachers share activities that will promote creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. 

Encore LIVE! is an exciting opportunity kicking of Monday, Sept. 14, providing our Virtual Cardinals real-time interaction with select Encore teachers. Look for details to be coming soon.

Any requests to move from one instructional track to the other (for example, virtual to hybrid) must be made in writing with a rationale for the request. The request should be sent to me and I will look at our numbers to see if the move is possible. Currently, our virtual classes are at-capacity, so teachers from other IWCS schools will be providing instruction for those requesting the virtual track. 

The yellow form attached is a copy of the IWCS Acceptable Use/Devise Usage form that each Cardinal will receive if he/she will be using a school-issued iPad. Hybrid Cardinals will be bringing copies home next week to be returned filled out if you’re interested in one of our iPads.

 

Mark Your Calendar

9/8    Day 1 for Hybrid B and Virtual Cardinals

9/9    Day 1 for Hybrid A Cardinals

9/11  Patriot Day

9/12  Grandparents Day

9/15  Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month begins (ends 10/15)

10/7  First quarter interims come home

10/8  School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

 

ALL together NOW!

Mr.B.

Mr. Brennan

 

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


File attachments:
Free Wi-fi spots.pdf
AUP_Devise Loan Agreement.pdf
Daily Home Screening checklist.pdf