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CAES Weekly Updates: October 2020

CAES Weekly Update      October 25, 2020

 

Nausea, dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, nausea. These were my symptoms two Thursdays ago. If I were a work day, I would’ve stayed home. But I wasn’t -- I was riding “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” at Universal Studios in Orlando during a vacation planned pre-pandemic. I’ve loved amusement park rides since my first visit to Disney World as a little boy, but this was Hogwarts, not the Dumbo ride, and I’m no longer a second grader. During the course of the ride/harrowing experience, I was gripping my wife’s hand, squeezing my eyes shut, and trying to decide where to deposit my breakfast: between my legs, in the empty seat next to me, or in my mask. In context, all the symptoms listed above made sense as I was being flung around; if I were sitting at home, the symptoms would’ve kept me quarantined for another fortnight. Attending Zoom class times, showing up for virtual reading conferences, completing work through on online app – out of context, these seem extra, peripheral, optional, but in the context of how we are currently “doing school,” these are essential for each Cardinal’s success. Last spring, when a student didn’t tune in to a Zoom, it didn’t impact his attendance record – now it does. If the printed packets of work weren’t completed back in April, points weren’t deducted – now unsubmitted work earns a failing grade. None of us willingly chose to enter Crazy Corona Land but we’re all here together. Virtual instruction may feel like a roller coaster at times and the asynchronous assignments on Canvas may seem like sideshow distractions, but all of it is necessary for our students, your children, to fill in the gaps created by the sudden stop to school last March and all of it is necessary to grow academically during this strange ride we’re all on together. Please help your children attend, participate, and turn in work -- and keep your arms and legs inside this ride at all times.

 

Doing Things Differently

 

It occurred to me one day during afternoon pickup that parents could be confused by seeing the attending staff on their phones. I assure you that they’re not checking Instagram or shopping on Amazon: They’re checking a live Google doc that shows which color cone each student should report to in order to meet the car. Very high-tech!

 

Last week we began offering a squirt of hand sanitizer to students as they entered the front door. (This has been our practice for those entering from the bus ramp.)

 

Taking attendance – A Virtual Cardinal’s attendance is noted by his showing up for Zooms and completing work posted on Canvas. A Hybrid Cardinal is marked present for the days that she attends school and for the asynchronous days when she completes the work posted on Canvas. A student is marked absent when he doesn’t attend required Zooms and when he fails to submit assignments through Canvas. Attendance data is being recorded and reported to the VDOE as part of compulsory attendance legislation.

 

Instructional Supports

 

IWCS Parent Canvas Support will be offered from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the next two Wednesdays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.Here’s the Zoom link for each meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347360835?pwd=dlM1V1RhVUZXSURmeXlrZjNKWU04Zz09
Meeting ID: 833 4736 0835; passcode: 047858 / One tap mobile: +13126266799,,83347360835# US (Chicago) or +19292056099,,83347360835# US (New York)

 

IWCS has created tutorials and videos for you that can help in addressing concerns about Remind and Clever. Click here for iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/online_learning_canvas

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

 

Virtual Cardinals have access to American Reading Company (ARC) Bookshelf through Clever. Some have reported issues with Bookshelf but this may be an Internet connectivity issue. Epic is another great online reading source provided by the public library. Monkey Pen has free book downloads per week. Funbrain has some free books to read online -- even chapter books.

 

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

 

3rd Grade Virtual Parents: Please plan to pick up another Bag of Goodies full of supplemental learning material for the 2nd quarter. The bags will be located on the Bus Ramp for easy access Nov. 2 - 4 from 10:00 - 2:30 and 4:30 - 6:00. This will be a self-serve, grab-and-go system. All bags will be clearly marked with student’s and teacher’s name.  When picking up new bags, please drop off the Magic Treehouse book Dinosaurs before Dark and the Cam Jansen book The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones in the designated box.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher directly. 

 

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot.

The Mission of the Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools is to secure and provide additional financial resources that will support and enhance an exemplary educational experience for all students in Isle of Wight County Public Schools. Check out https://www.iowfoundation.org/, and if you or someone you know is able to donate to the Foundation, please email contact@iowfoundation.org.

 

Please let your child do his/her own work. The diagnostic assessments that the teachers are giving are no good if family members are answering or coaching. If someone other than the student is answering the questions, someone other than the student is learning. 

 

Health Update

 

We still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members and still only 34 Cardinals quarantined due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who has presented symptoms. 

 

Please be aware of and sensitive to any social/emotional health concerns that you may see with our Virtual Cardinals. Reach out to the teachers, our school counselor Mrs. Berkeley, our assistant principal Mrs. White, or me if you need support.

 

ADHD Q & A

 

October is ADHD Awareness Month so I thought it would be helpful to share some insight from adhdawarenessmonth.org about this neurological condition.

Q: What is the connection between ADHD and sleep problems?

A: ADHD and sleep problems are intimately intertwined in 80% of children and adults with ADHD. The sleep loss can result in increased severity of ADHD symptoms, (winter) depression, obesity, and chronic diseases in the long term.

Q: What other diagnoses are seen with ADHD?

A: ADHD goes along with other diagnoses over the life span. In childhood, oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder are frequently occurring with ADHD. In adulthood, mood and anxiety disorders as well as substance use disorders are found most often.

Q: If my child has extra time and other accommodations at school, isn’t that cheating?

A: Recognition of attention problems as a disability allows educators to make evidence-based accommodations specific to the child’s impairments. Accommodations are fair when they give a child the opportunity to show what he/she has been able to learn.

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

10/26    Lockdown safety drill for Hybrid A 

10/27    Lockdown safety drill for Hybrid B

10/28    Book Character Day for Hybrid A and Virtual Pre-K, K, & 1

10/29    Book Character Day for Hybrid B and Virtual 2 & 3

11/3     Election Day (School will be in session.) 

11/5     End of the first quarter

11/11   No school: Veterans Day

11/12   School Board meeting (6:00)

11/19   Report cards come home

 

Still slightly nauseated,

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.

CAES Weekly Update      October 17, 2020

 

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way he learns. That’s a pretty profound thought for educators because we are faced with so many students from so many backgrounds with assorted needs and different abilities. Teaching the way a child learns takes time and understanding – understanding the child and understanding various methods of instruction. There is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to education. (There never was, actually, despite what we and our parents and their parents experienced during our school days.) As an educator, I agree more and more with the need to teach the way a child learns, but as a father I struggle with making that practical – all four of my children came from me and my wife, so why aren’t they all alike?! It only took us having a second daughter to realize that our kids are different, and while those differences can sometimes make training them up more complicated than I have the energy, patience, or wisdom for, it’s those differences that make them unique and lovable in their own individual ways. October is ADHD Awareness Month and one of my girls is diagnosed with the condition; she needs my love just as much – but in a different way – than my other three. I’m learning that more and more. I’m confident that we parents would do our children and ourselves a huge favor to teach each one the way that he or she learns best. No, that’s not easy but it’s certainly important. 

 

Doing Things Differently

 

Taking attendance – A Virtual Cardinal’s attendance is noted by his showing up for Zooms and completing work posted on Canvas. A Hybrid Cardinal is marked present for the days that she attends school and for the asynchronous days when she completes the work posted on Canvas. A student is marked absent when he doesn’t attend required Zooms and when he fails to submit assignments through Canvas. We are still responsible to report attendance data to the State as part of compulsory attendance legislation.

 

Instructional Supports

 

IWCS Parent Canvas Support will be offered from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

  • Oct 21
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 4

 

Here’s the Zoom link for each meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347360835?pwd=dlM1V1RhVUZXSURmeXlrZjNKWU04Zz09
Meeting ID: 833 4736 0835
Passcode: 047858
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,83347360835# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,83347360835# US (New York)

 

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

 

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.

 

Virtual Cardinals have access to American Reading Company (ARC) Bookshelf through Clever. Some have reported issues with Bookshelf but this may be an Internet connectivity issue. Epic is another great online reading source provided by the public library. Monkey Pen has free book downloads per week. Funbrain has some free books to read online -- even chapter books.

 

From Your PTA

 

Please join us for our first General PTA Meeting on Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. using the following Zoom link: 

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7397853767?pwd=Q1piWWNjd1FyWFk4ZXlPcEdBT2VOZz09

We will be voting on the budget and discussing activities for the 2020-2021 school year.  Hope to see you there!

 

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.

 

Check out the cool stuff that our students are doing in their Computer Science Encore class! Click here for Mrs. Pealo’s e-newsletter: https://www.smore.com/r0sqm

 

The Mission of the Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools is to secure and provide additional financial resources that will support and enhance an exemplary educational experience for all students in Isle of Wight County Public Schools. The Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools looks forward to what we can do to help our teachers in the future. Keep up to date on all of our events and giving at https://www.iowfoundation.org/. If you or someone you know is able to donate an item or an experience to our raffle, please email contact@iowfoundation.org. We appreciate all of your generosity over the years and hope you will continue to support our mission.

 

Please let your child do his/her own work. The diagnostic assessments that the teachers are giving are no good if family members are answering or coaching. If someone other than the student is answering the questions, someone other than the student is learning. 

 

Health Update

 

As of the writing of this newsletter, we still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members and still only 29 Cardinals quarantined due to demonstrating COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who has demonstrated symptoms. 

Please be aware of and sensitive to any social/emotional health concerns that you may see with our Virtual Cardinals. Reach out to the teachers, our school counselor, our assistant principal Mrs. White, or me if you need support.

 

ADHD Q & A

 

October is ADHD Awareness Month so I thought it would be helpful to share some insight from adhdawarenessmonth.org about this neurological condition.

Q: What causes ADHD?

A: In most people having the diagnosis, ADHD is likely to be the result of their genetic make-up (i.e. their DNA) and events that happen to them throughout life. Together, these may cause slight differences in the development of the brain.

Q: How common is ADHD in children and adults?

A: ADHD is estimated to be present in 5.29% of the children worldwide. In adults, this is between 2.8 and 4.4%. These are averages, and estimates vary in different countries.

Q: How are ADHD and executive functioning related?

A: ADHD isn’t simply the inability to pay attention or keep from being too restless. Current research tells us that ADHD impacts the brain’s self-management system (a.k.a. executive functioning) which involves setting priorities, getting organized and getting started; sustaining attention and effort, managing alertness and emotions; and utilizing working memory.

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

10/20   PTA General Meeting (7:00 -- more info to come)

10/26    Lockdown safety drill for Hybrid A 

10/27    Lockdown safety drill for Hybrid B

10/28    Book Character Day for Hybrid A and Virtual Pre-K, K, & 1

10/29    Book Character Day for Hybrid B and Virtual 2 & 3

11/3     Election Day (School will be in session.) 

11/5     End of the first quarter

11/11   No school: Veterans Day

11/12   School Board meeting (6:00)

 

Happy weekend,

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.

CAES Weekly Update      October 10, 2020

 

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. (Jane D. Hull, American educator) If that quote sounds familiar, it should: I used it last week! After Zooming with teachers yesterday and receiving some insight from the trenches, I want to remind you of two action items that I shared last week:

  1. Please make sure your child is attending scheduled Zooms and accessing the content posted on Canvas. If a teacher doesn’t see the student on Zoom, the student is marked absent. If the teacher doesn’t see that the student accessed content on Canvas and submitted required assignments, the student is marked absent. When kids get older they can get sneaky, savvy, and free enough to skip school, but for grades K - 3, attendance is a parent issue. Please make it a priority.
  2. Please let your child do his/her own work. The diagnostic assessments that the teachers are giving are no good if family members are answering or coaching. If someone other than the student is answering the questions, someone other than the student is learning. A teacher can’t do her job if her students appear to have nothing to learn. It’s perfectly okay for your child to struggle -- to fail even -- because he has a teacher who is going to help.

As a father, I understand and appreciate your wanting to smooth the path for your children, but allowing them to neglect mandatory school attendance and allowing their work to be done by someone other then them limits chances at success. 

 

Doing Things Differently

 

Taking attendance – A Virtual Cardinal’s attendance is noted by his showing up for Zooms and completing work posted on Canvas. A Hybrid Cardinal is marked present for the days that she attends school and for the asynchronous days when she completes the work posted on Canvas. A student is marked absent when he doesn’t attend required Zooms and when he fails to submit assignments through Canvas. We are still responsible to report attendance data to the State as part of compulsory attendance legislation.

Before letting your child get on the school bus, please make sure he/she has a mask.

 

Instructional Supports

 

IWCS Parent Canvas Support will be offered from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

  • Oct 14
  • Oct 21
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 4

 

Here’s the Zoom link for each meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347360835?pwd=dlM1V1RhVUZXSURmeXlrZjNKWU04Zz09
Meeting ID: 833 4736 0835
Passcode: 047858
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,83347360835# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,83347360835# US (New York)

 

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

 

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.

 

From Your PTA

 

Please join us for our first General PTA Meeting on Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. using the following Zoom link: 

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7397853767?pwd=Q1piWWNjd1FyWFk4ZXlPcEdBT2VOZz09

We will be voting on the budget and discussing activities for the 2020-2021 school year.  Hope to see you there!

 

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

 

From the Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools -- It is with great disappointment and careful consideration that the Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools announces the cancellation of our annual gala and auction for 2020. After much discussion, the board ultimately decided that cancelling the event this year is in the best interest of our community, given the health and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With this decision also came other decisions about our contributions to IOW public schools for this school year. Due to our annual gala and auction cancellation, we will not be able to give our individual teacher grants this year. We are hoping to be back on track for school year 2021-2022. We will, however, continue to give the two scholarships to graduating seniors recognized as Seniors of the Month. We are also very excited to announce that we are adding a new way for us to give back! We will award the 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year for each school building with $250, to reward them for their ongoing commitment to the children of Isle of Wight County Public Schools.

In order to raise the funds for this new endeavor, we will be doing a virtual fundraiser via our website, which will be promoted on our Facebook and Twitter pages! We will be posting raffle items, and packages on the site. Raffle tickets will be sold electronically and cost either $5 or $10, depending on the item. All money raised will go to our 2020-2021 school year giving opportunities!

If you or someone you know is able to donate an item or an experience to our raffle, please email contact@iowfoundation.org. We appreciate all of your generosity over the years and hope you will continue to support our mission.

The Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools looks forward to what we can do to help our teachers in the future. Keep up to date on all of our events and giving at https://www.iowfoundation.org/. The Mission of the Education Foundation for Isle of Wight Public Schools is to secure and provide additional financial resources that will support and enhance an exemplary educational experience for all students in Isle of Wight County Public Schools.

 

Check out the cool stuff that our students are doing in their Computer Science Encore class! Click here for Mrs. Pealo’s e-newsletter: https://www.smore.com/r0sqm

 

Virtual Cardinals have access to American Reading Company (ARC) Bookshelf through Clever. Some have reported issues with Bookshelf but this may be an Internet connectivity issue. Epic is another great online reading source provided by the public library. Monkey Pen has free book downloads per week. Funbrain has some free books to read online -- even chapter books.

 

Adventure Awaits: Gotta Catch Them All! Our librarian, Mrs. Mitra, and our reading coach, Mrs. Smith, are trying to build better readers. Are you up for the challenge? Watch this video Gotta Catch Them All! and log-on to the Library Clever Page to learn more. The challenge started October 5. Happy reading!

 

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot.

 

Health Update

 

As of today, we still have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members! And we have had only 29 Cardinals quarantined due to demonstrating COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who has demonstrated symptoms. 

 

Please be aware of and sensitive to any social/emotional health concerns that you may see with our Virtual Cardinals. Reach out to the teachers, our school counselor, our assistant principal Mrs. White, or me if you need support.

 

Hispanic Heritage Moment

 

The terms Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America. In the US, these terms are often thought of as racial categories and are often used to describe race, in the way that we also use white, Black, and Asian. However, the populations they describe are actually composed of various racial groups, so using them as racial categories is inaccurate. 

This English word Hispanic evolved from the Latin word Hispanicus, which is reported to have been used to refer to people living in Hispania — the Iberian Peninsula in today's Spain   during the time of the Roman Empire. Since Hispanic refers to what language people speak or that their ancestors spoke, it refers to an element of culture.

Unlike Hispanic, which refers to language, Latino is a term that refers to geography. It is used to signify that a person is from or descended from people from Latin America. It is, in fact, a shortened form of the Spanish phrase latinoamericano — Latin American, in English. Like HispanicLatino does not, technically speaking, refer to race. Anybody from Central or South America and the Caribbean can be described as Latino. Within that group, like within Hispanic, there are varieties of races. Latinos can be white, Black, indigenous American, Mestizo, mixed, and even of Asian descent. (Hispanic Network magazine)

Here’s an interesting YouTube video about the topic: Difference between Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

10/14    Pink Out Day! for Hybrid A and Virtual Pre-K, K, & 1

10/15    Pink Out Day! for Hybrid B and Virtual 2 & 3

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

10/20   PTA General Meeting (7:00 -- more info to come)

10/28    Book Character Day for Hybrid A and Virtual Pre-K, K, & 1

10/29    Book Character Day for Hybrid B and Virtual 2 & 3

11/3     Election Day (School will be in session.) 

11/5      End of the first quarter

 

Have a great weekend,

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.

CAES Weekly Update      October 3, 2020

 

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. (Jane D. Hull, American educator and politician) 

When you and I were growing up, parents could get away with not being involved in our school lives – it wasn’t ideal, but it was doable. That was then; this is 2020!Conspicuous parental involvement is absolutely vital for success with education as we are now educating differently. Virtual Cardinals should be on Canvas every day to complete daily assignments, as this is how they generate assessments to be graded.Making sure this happens is the parent’s responsibility.  Bob Beauprez wisely observed, “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectation” but don’t let your high expectations skew our data! I’ve heard that caregivers at home are feeding students answers as teachers are trying to assess the student’s comprehension – we can’t get a feel for what a student truly knows it if dad or grandma or big sister is answering the questions. It’s okay if your child doesn’t know all the answers because that’s why she has a teacher. Please do me a favor: Make sure your child attends the teacher’s Zooms or watches the recording soon thereafter. And then please be mindful and respectful during those live sessions. Students are seeing and hearing whatever is happening on your side of the Zoom: none of our Cardinals should witness profanity, screaming, or immodesty during instruction, so please do your part to be a commendable role model. Television’s original Captain KangarooBob Keeshan, said, “Parents are the ultimate role model for children. Every word, action, and movement has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” I believe it and hope you will, too.

 

Doing Things Differently

 

Taking attendance – A Virtual Cardinal’s attendance is noted by his showing up for Zooms and completing work posted on Canvas. A Hybrid Cardinal is marked present for the days that she attends school and for the asynchronous days when she completes the work posted on Canvas. A student is marked absent when he doesn’t attend required Zooms and when he fails to submit assignments through Canvas. We are still responsible to report attendance data to the State as part of compulsory attendance legislation.

 

COVID-symptom letters – As I mentioned last week, 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. Only when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in a building will notification be distributed.

 

Instructional Supports

 

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

 

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!

As of today, we have had only 28 Cardinals quarantined due to demonstrating COVID-like symptoms such as sniffles, sore throats, fevers, etc. or being related to someone who has demonstrated symptoms. Seven of those were quarantined as a result of close contact with a non-CAES person who tested positive. (I’ve made the list twice so far!)

 

Dr. Thornton shared with the School Board Wednesday how well the schools are doing with our health mitigation strategies. Division-wide, there have only been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 despite the concerning percentage of cases throughout the county. Hybrid Cardinals are doing a super job with washing hands, wearing masks, and watching their distance!  

 

Please be aware of and sensitive to any social/emotional health concerns that you may see with our Virtual Cardinals. Reach out to the teachers, our school counselor, our assistant principal Mrs. White, or me if you need support.

 

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 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

 

Hybrid Cardinals will begin bringing books home Monday, Oct. 5th. Woohoo! We are sending books home on Monday and Tuesday because we need to be able to have them sit for 24 hours before we can rotate them between classrooms. 

 

Virtual Cardinals have access to American Reading Company (ARC) Bookshelf through Clever. Some have reported issues with Bookshelf but this may be an Internet connectivity issue. Epic is another great online reading source provided by the public library. Monkey Pen has free book downloads per week. Funbrain has some free books to read online -- even chapter books.

 

Adventure Awaits: Gotta Catch Them All! Our librarian, Mrs. Mitra, and our reading coach, Mrs. Smith, are trying to build better readers. Are you up for the challenge? Watch this video Gotta Catch Them All! and log-on to the Library Clever Page to learn more. But don't delay...the challenge starts this Monday, October 5. Happy reading!

 

From our Engineering teacher, Mrs. Hall: The following is the link to the September newsletter for families. It has a lot of pictures of what kids have been doing.  http://bit.ly/SimplySTEMSeptNews

 

IWCS to Hear Public Comment on Capital Improvement Plan

The school division annually develops a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to cover large projects related to buildings and other facilities. Information such as enrollment projections and building capacity are referenced as part of the planning process. The proposed plan is submitted to the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors for consideration for inclusion in the county's CIP.

  • The Isle of Wight County School Board will hear Public Comment on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) during the October 8, 2020, School Board meeting. This will be an opportunity for citizens to identify additional capital projects that should be addressed in the CIP or to support projects identified in the plan.
  • The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be held in the cafeteria of Smithfield High School. Citizens will be able to sign up to speak on the CIP the night of the meeting. Comments are limited to 5 minutes per speaker and masks are required. Here is a copy of the proposed CIP https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/news/article/1303095
  • The meeting will be streamed live through the division's Facebook and YouTube pages to allow for an audience while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

 

Free Internet access: The parking lot of each school building in the division is a hotspot.

 

A huge thanks to Ms. Tiffany Kole for handmaking scores of Cardinal red masks for students -- your generosity of time, talent, and materials is greatly appreciated, Ms. Kole!

 

Hispanic Heritage Moment

Appointed by Barack Obama in 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic (and third woman) to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice. She is known for her calls of reform to the criminal justice system and her dissents on issues regarding race, gender, and ethnic identity. Jorge Ramos is known as the "Walter Cronkite of Latin America." This Mexican-born American journalist and author is one of the most influential people in America, and is currently a major anchor for Univision. He champions Hispanic peoples rights through his reporting, and is a staunch advocate of increasing literacy among Hispanic Americans. Despierta Leyendo ("Wake Up Reading") is one of the fruits of his labor and the first book club in the history of Hispanic television. (Redbook 9/15/20)

 

Mark Your Calendar

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

10/7       First quarter interims come home for Hybrid A and Virtual Pre-K, K, & 1st

10/8       First quarter interims come home for Hybrid B and Virtual 2nd

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

10/14    Pink Out Day! for Hybrid A and Virtual Pre-K, K, & 1

10/15    Pink Out Day! for Hybrid B and Virtual 2 & 3

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

10/20    PTA General Meeting (7:00 -- more info to come)

11/3      Election Day (School will be in session.)

11/5      End of the first quarter

 

Still quarantined,

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