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CAES Weekly Updates: September 2020

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