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CAES Weekly Updates: November 2020

CAES Weekly Update      November 29, 2020

 

Thank you. Just in case you haven't heard that in a while, allow me to say it again: Thank you. I have the opportunity to mentor a few young men at my church, and this month I challenged them to share each day something different for which they are grateful. Something I truly appreciate this year is you, my Cardinal parents. I appreciate you because you are genuinely good people who are sincerely concerned for your children. I appreciate you because you have taken on the unique challenge of providing the structure and environment at home to make our virtual and asynchronous instruction work. I appreciate you because you have balanced work with school with life -- all impacted by this pandemic that makes none of it easy. I appreciate you because you are kind and you are gracious and you are patient; in my 30+ years as an educator, I've been in some schools where the parents did not possess those attributes, and it made coming to work less-than-enjoyable. (To be totally honest, my first year here is marked by some parents -- and one grumpy grandparent -- who were downright difficult doozies. They're gone and I'm grateful.) This school year has brought interesting opportunities to be stretched past our comfort zones, yet instead of pushing against the teachers and me you caregivers have teamed with us and have pushed toward the success of your children, whether virtual or hybrid. So, again, I say thank you. This year as I've counted my blessings, you have been on my list. 

 

Health Update

Since school began, only 55 Cardinals have been quarantined due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who has presented symptoms or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person. We still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members! Thanks for doing your part to make this possible!

 

As a reminder, Governor Northam's November 13 mandate requires a face mask to be worn in schools, even if individuals are spaced six feet apart. To comply with the measure, all Isle of Wight County Schools' students and staff are required to wear a face covering while in a school building. Masks are not required to be worn outside or during PE class if proper distancing can be maintained.

 

Help Wanted

The PTA Boon Fundraiser is happening NOW! The fundraiser ends December 31, but if you would like your product by Christmas, all orders are due Friday, December 11. All orders can be placed online and delivered straight to YOU! Please be sure to share on social media so all can participate in this amazing fundraiser! All money will go towards our wonderful Encore Classes at CAES!

Thanks for your support! The CAES PTA

Here's the link to start shopping: www.boonsupply.com/1138664

 

Mrs. Hall would appreciate your help in collecting the following items for projects that your children will be working on in her Engineering class:

  • cardboard from packaging like cereal boxes
  • cardboard from boxes (Please cut it into 8" x 8" or 6" x 6" squares.)
  • empty toilet paper rolls
  • empty paper towel rolls
  • and keep those single-serve water bottle caps coming, please!

 

Fun Ways to Support the United Way

This Wednesday, December 2 & Thursday, December 3 - Superhero Day - Be a superhero and help raise money for the United Way! Students may dress up as their favorite superheroes for a $1 donation. 

Wednesday, December 9 & Thursday, December 10 - Jersey Day - Please help our team raise the most money for the 2020 United Way campaign!  Students may wear their favorite team's jersey/shirt to school for a $1 donation.  

 

Good to Know

This Friday, Dec. 4, is set aside for parent-teacher conferences. Teachers will be reaching out to schedule meetings with caregivers based upon students' demonstrated instructional and/or behavioral needs. To keep folks safe, we will follow the same guidelines as we did for our August Open House: The only guests per student will be two adults and CAES siblings; everyone must be masked and social distanced.

Our school counselor, Mrs. Berkeley, has a website with links to my counseling referral form, a request for check-in, and requests for sessions for virtual students and hybrid students; check it out at CAES School Counseling Website 

 

Mark Your Calendar

12/ 2 & 3              United Way Superhero Day (a $1 donation allows your child to dress as his/her favorite superhero)

12/4                     No asynchronous instruction: Parent-teacher conferences

12/ 9 & 10            United Way JerseyDay (a $1 donation allows your child to represent his/her favorite team)

12/10                   School Board meeting (6:00)

12/14 & 15          2ndquarter progress reports come home 

12/18                    Last day of school for 2020! 

1/4/21                   First day of school for 2021! 

 

I'm grateful for you!

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 IWCS and CAES communication platforms.


File attachments:
Flyer for PTA Fundraiser (2020).pdf

CAES Weekly Update      November 21, 2020

 

Word on the street is that the kids are coming back to the building for five-day instructional weeks. Well, yes. And no. A move to a five-day week is part of the IWCS” Return to Learn” Hybrid Instructional Track continuum. This would mean all students on the hybrid track would attend school for in-person instruction Mondays through Fridays, blending the Hybrid A Cardinals with the Hybrid B Cardinals. Based on the success of the division’s health mitigation strategies, there is a strong possibility that we could enter this phase of the continuum before the winter break. I’ve been prepping for this eventuality for a while and recently tasked my staff with brainstorming what we will need to do differently once we have more students for more days. The prospects are exciting! However, nothing is definite. Moving to a 5-day week is a decision that our Superintendent Dr. Thornton will make in coordination with the School Board and in conjunction with wisdom he receives from his Executive Team and insight from the “trenches” provided by building principals. I assure you there has been ample deliberation and there will be sufficient notice should Dr. Thornton decide it’s time to shift to the fully in-person aspect of the hybrid continuum. So, yes, that’s the buzz right now; but, no, it’s not happening next week! I’ll keep you posted. (And as far as our Virtual Cardinals are concerned, they’ll keep Zooming for the remainder of the first semester no matter what hybrid students do.)  

 

Health Update

 

On Friday, November 13, Governor Northam announced changes to face mask requirements for all Virginians. The new mandate now requires a face mask to be worn in schools, even if individuals are spaced six feet apart. To comply with the new measure, beginning Thursday, November 18, all Isle of Wight County Schools' students and staff were required to wear a face covering while in a school building. Masks are not required to be worn outside or during PE class if proper distancing can be maintained.

Since school began, only 54 Cardinals have been quarantined due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who has presented symptoms or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person. We still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members! Thanks for doing your part to make this possible!

 

Help Wanted

 

The PTA Boon Fundraiser is happening NOW! The fundraiser ends December 31, but if you would like your product by Christmas, all orders are due Friday, December 11. All orders can be placed online and delivered straight to YOU! Please be sure to share on social media so all can participate in this amazing fundraiser! All money will go towards our wonderful Encore Classes at CAES!

Thanks for your support! The CAES PTA

Here's the link to start shopping: www.boonsupply.com/1138664

 

Mrs. Hall would appreciate your help in collecting the following items for projects that your children will be working on in her Engineering class:

  • cardboard from packaging like cereal boxes
  • cardboard from boxes (Please cut it into 8" x 8" or 6" x 6" squares.)
  • empty toilet paper rolls
  • empty paper towel rolls
  • and keep those single-serve water bottle caps coming, please!

 

Fun Ways to Support the United Way

Wednesday, December 2 & Thursday, December 3 - Superhero Day - Be a superhero and help raise money for the United Way! Students may dress up as their favorite superheroes for a $1 donation. 

Wednesday, December 9 & Thursday, December 10 - Jersey Day - Please help our team raise the most money for the 2020 United Way campaign!  Students may wear their favorite team's jersey/shirt to school for a $1 donation.  

 

From our School Counselor, Mrs. Berkeley

Please visit CAES School Counseling Website links to my counseling referral form, a request for check-in, and requests for sessions for virtual students and hybrid students.

We can help families needing a little extra support this holiday season thanks to a generous donation from Old Point National Bank. Due to the nature of our world right now, more families may need assistance this Thanksgiving -- please let me know if you or someone you know could benefit from the generosity of our friends at Old Point National Bank. Feel free to click this link for more information: Thanksgiving Basket Request

 

Mark Your Calendar

11/18 & 19          Report cards came home

11/23                    School-wide Cardinal Spirit Day for Hybrid A and Virtual (Encourage your Cardinal to wear school colors.)

11/24                    School-wide Cardinal Spirit Day for Hybrid B and Virtual (Encourage your Cardinal to wear school colors.)

11/25 - 29            Thanksgiving Break

12/ 2 & 3              United Way Superhero Day (a $1 donation allows your child to dress as his/her favorite superhero)

12/ 9 & 10            United Way Jersey Day (a $1 donation allows your child to represent his/her favorite team)

12/10                    School Board meeting (6:00)

12/14 & 15          2nd quarter progress reports come home 

 

November is Native American Heritage Month

De-Disneyfying Pocahontas

Myth 1: Her name was Pocahontas.

Born around 1596, Pocahontas was reputedly the favorite daughter of Wahunsenaca (known to the English as Powhatan), paramount chief of a coalition of some 30 Algonquian-speaking tribes in Virginia’s Tidewater region. As is possible even today among the area’s Native Americans, she received multiple names, including Matoaka and AmonutePocahontas was merely a childhood nickname, meaning “Little Playful One” or “Little Mischief.” “It would not have been a name she would have kept throughout her life,” says Camilla Townsend, author of Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma. Yet because John Smith, a founder of the Jamestown colony whose interactions with her would propel them both to lasting celebrity, called her Pocahontas in his writings, that’s how she’s become known to history. 

Myth 2: Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life.

Not long after arriving in Jamestown, Smith was captured by Wahunsenaca’s forces and kept prisoner for a few weeks. According to Smith, his captors then held a ceremony at which they were on the verge of clubbing him to death when Pocahontas threw herself across his body and saved his life. This story has since been repeated endlessly and become the main component of the Pocahontas legend, but most historians doubt its veracity because it doesn’t ring true to Algonquian culture. The Algonquians never would have killed a prisoner of war in that way—they would have burned or tortured him to death instead—and that Wahunsenaca never would have indulged his daughter’s wishes in such a circumstance. “They wouldn’t stop just because a little girl says, ‘Stop, I like him,’” Camilla Townsend says. Moreover, as a child of 10 or 11, Pocahontas probably wouldn’t have been allowed to attend such a ceremony in the first place.

Myth 3: Pocahontas and John Smith fell in love.

There is no historical basis for the claim that Pocahontas and Smith were romantically involved. In fact, the two were so far apart in age that any such relationship would have been disturbing: Pocahontas was around 12 during her repeated visits to Jamestown in 1608, whereas Smith was 28. Smith departed Jamestown for good the following year, and the pair would not reunite until Pocahontas’ lengthy trip to England in 1616 and 1617, when, according to Smith, she became so overcome with emotion upon seeing him that she could barely speak. As part of that exchange, she apparently accused the English of constantly lying.                                        (source: history.com)

 

Keep smiling behind that mask!

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 IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

CAES Weekly Update      November 14, 2020

 

Ships don’t sink because of the water that’s around them; they sink because of the water that gets in them. Our Instructional Coach, Mrs. Street, regularly shares inspirational quotes and deep thoughts with the staff and this particular one resonated with me – especially in light of all the negativity that’s been the theme of the past several months. About half of our country is bothered by the presidential election, most of us are annoyed with wearing masks, lots of you are trying to keep afloat with virtual instruction, and then there’s the non-2020 stressors of life that haven’t gone anywhere. Believe it or not, I tend to be more of an Eeyore than a Tigger – just ask my wife! – so I often naturally see the glass as half empty. (Some call it pessimism, I call it realism.) Thanks to Mrs. Street’s deep thought, I’m making a conscious effort to not let what’s going on around me get inside me and weigh me down; I’m keeping up my guard against negative thinking which may require turning the channel, walking away, finding the good. One of the best ways to keep from sinking into pessimism is to reflect on all I have to be grateful for; I challenge you to do the same not just because it’s Thanksgiving season but because it’s good for emotional health. 

 

Health Update

 

We still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members! This wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for your diligence at home and my staff taking our health mitigation strategies seriously at school. And only 48 Cardinals have been quarantined due to presenting COVID-like symptoms, being related to someone who has presented symptoms, or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person.  

 

Help Wanted

 

Mrs. Hall would certainlyappreciate your help in collecting the following items for projects that your children will be working on in her Engineering class:

  • cardboard from packaging like cereal boxes
  • cardboard from boxes (Please cut it into 8" x 8" or 6" x 6" squares.)
  • empty toilet paper rolls
  • empty paper towel rolls
  • and keep those single-serve water bottle caps coming, please!

 

From Your PTA

 

Your new 2020-2021 CAES PTA Board:

  • President - Angie Wallace
  • Vice President - Kathleen Burnett
  • Treasurer - Shelley Hardee
  • Secretary - Stacey Hodges 

We will be having our second General PTA Meeting this Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom to review and approve the 2019-2020 audit. This is a good time to meet the PTA Board and ask any questions that you may have.  Hope to "see" you there.

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

 

THE PTA FUNDRAISER IS HERE! This is an easy fundraiser: all you need to do is go online and shop using the link below and 40% of the proceeds will go directly back to the school!  All funds will go to support the Encore classes (Art, PE, Music, Computer Science, Engineering, SOAR, and Library) and if you list your child’s homeroom teacher, he/she may win a prize, too!  See the attached flyer for more details. Thank you so much for your support!

boonsupply.com/1138664

 

The New Normal for Taking Attendance 

 

For A/B Hybrid Students:

Synchronous Days (when students are scheduled to be in school) -- Students need to physically be in the classroom to be marked "Present."  If they are absent, they should bring a note from a caregiver or a health care provider when they return to school.

Asynchronous Days (when students are learning from home) -- Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete. This work turned in within 5 days of the due date to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.

 

For 100% Virtual Students:

Synchronous Days (when students are scheduled to be on a live Zoom) -- There are several ways students may be counted present:

Students need to participate in the Live Zoom session to be marked "Present." 

Students unable to participate in the Live Zoom but turn in the assigned work within five days will be marked "Present."

Students absent from a Live Zoom with no work is assigned that day may have the absence excused with a note from the parent.

Asynchronous Days (when students have no scheduled live Zooms) -- Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete.  Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment on an asynchronous day, the student will be considered "Present" for that day.

Bottom line: School is still five days a week, it just looks different on some days. The attendance procedure is more complex than during a traditional school year, however, students are still held accountable for their work and they still need your assistance to make sure they are showing up for instruction and completing their assignments. Please regularly check on your child's grades on PowerSchool Parent Portal.

 

Good to Know

 

Mt. Tabor Church will be distributing free boxes of food Saturday, November 21, at Westside Elementary School.

 

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

 

Check out Mrs. Hall’s website full of pictures of fun Engineering activities: http://bit.ly/SimplySTEMOctNews

 

From our School Counselor, Mrs. Berkeley

 

Please visit CAES School Counseling Website links to my counseling referral form, a request for check-in, and requests for sessions for virtual students and hybrid students.

This month is National Military Family Appreciation Month. I have links to resources on my website for this as well. 

 

We can help families needing a little extra support this holiday season thanks to a generous donation from Old Point National Bank. Due to the nature of our world right now, more families may need assistance this Thanksgiving -- please let me know if you or someone you know could benefit from the generosity of our friends at Old Point National Bank. Feel free to click this link for more information: Thanksgiving Basket Request

 

Mark Your Calendar

11/19   Report cards come home

11/23   School-wide Cardinal Spirit Day for Hybrid A and Virtual (Encourage your Cardinal to wear school colors.)

11/24   School-wide Cardinal Spirit Day for Hybrid B and Virtual (Encourage your Cardinal to wear school colors.)

11/25 - 29 Thanksgiving Break

12/10   School Board meeting (6:00)

12/11    Benchmark window closes

12/14    2nd quarter progress reports come home (12/15 for Hybrid B)

 

November is Native American Heritage Month

Centuries before Europeans first landed at Jamestown in 1607, powerful Native American nations and communities thrived in Virginia. Three distinctive tribes dominated the territory now known as Virginia during the late 16th century through the 17th century. The Powhatan, the Monacan and Cherokee spoke three different languages -- Algonquian, Siouan and Iroquoian -- and lived along the banks of the coastal waterways, in woodlands, and in mountain valleys. They worshiped, hunted, fished, farmed, traded, and enjoyed life. Today, Virginia Indians maintain their strong cultural heritage, including diversity, within Virginia's Indian communities. Virginia's eleven officially recognized tribes promote Virginia Indian traditions of culture through dance, art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, and storytelling as well as through their chiefs, reservations, and political activism. Throughout Virginia, one can find examples of museums, attractions and events where anyone can connect with the vibrant, enlightened life Virginia Indians offer today.                                                       (source: virginia.org)

 

Stay afloat!

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 IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

CAES Weekly Update      November 7, 2020

 

Vendor: You can buy one for ten dollars or two for fifteen; which would you like?                        My 9 year old: I’d like the one for five dollars.  If you’re as math-adverse as I am, you may have to think about that a little bit more to get it. At a garage sale yesterday, my youngest daughter was given this deal when she asked the price of a tennis racket. The gentleman was presenting her with a real bargain and not understanding the offer, Eden Jane had even higher expectations. I’m sure this isn’t unique to just my kids. How often have you clearly said something that your child sincerely misinterpreted? It takes wisdom to communicate with children (and street smarts to know when they’re “playing dumb”!) Sometimes I forget that what I say may not be what my kids actually hear; literally and figuratively, our words can often be over the heads of our children. In those times, we need to extend patience and re-state it in a more kid-friendly way. This is how we teach the art of conversation to our children; this is how we model respect for the next generation. Eden Jane ended up buying that tennis racket for just five dollars and I’m not sure if it was because of her difficulty with the math combined with her cuteness or if she truly knows how to drive a hard bargain!

 

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. Attendance data is being recorded and reported to the VDOE as part of compulsory attendance legislation.

 

Instructional Supports

 

Do your kids miss storytime at the library? Be sure to check out the new “Read Aloud” section at the bottom of Mrs. Mitra's Library page on Clever. This week's stories are Froggy Runs for Presidentand Mastering Spy Techniques. Check back weekly for new stories. 

 

Did your child complete October’s reading challenge?If so, remind him/her to turn in the BINGOreading log to Mrs. Mitra ASAP and collect a pumpkin icon. Don’t forget to download November’s reading log from Clever so you Cardinal can earn the turkey icon. To learn more about the challenge click hereHappy reading!

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.

 

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

 

We had an earthquake drill this past Wednesday and will do another one for our Hybrid B students later.

 

Mt. Tabor Church will be distributing free boxes of food Saturday, November 21, at Westside Elementary School.

 

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

Here’s the link to Mrs. Hall’s website full of pictures of fun Engineering activities: http://bit.ly/SimplySTEMOctNews

 

Health Update

 

So far, so good! Still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any Carrollton students or staff members and only 46 Cardinals have been quarantined due to presenting COVID-like symptoms, being related to someone who has presented symptoms, or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person. 

 

From our School Counselor, Mrs. Berkeley

 

I created a website (first time ever!) and on it are resources for parents and students to check out including links to my counseling referral form, a request for check-in, and requests for sessions for virtual students and hybrid students. Please visit CAES School Counseling Website

 

This month is National Military Family Appreciation Month. I have links to resources on my website for this as well. 

 

We can help families needing a little extra support this holiday season thanks to a generous donation from Old Point National Bank. Due to the nature of our world right now, more families may need assistance this Thanksgiving -- please let me know if you or someone you know could benefit from the generosity of our friends at Old Point National Bank.

 

World Kindness Day is next Friday, November 13.

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

11/11   No school: Veterans Day

11/12   School Board meeting (6:00)

11/19   Report cards come home

11/23   School-wide Cardinal Spirit Day for Hybrid A and Virtual (Encourage your Cardinal to wear school colors.)

11/24   School-wide Cardinal Spirit Day for Hybrid B and Virtual (Encourage your Cardinal to wear school colors.)

11/25 - 29 Thanksgiving Break

 

November is Native American Heritage Month

 

One of the first proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. • President Coolidge issued a proclamation in 1915, declaring the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens. • The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. • Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday. • In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.  (source: nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov)

 

Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our country!

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 IWCS and CAES communication platforms.