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CAES Weekly Updates: February 2021

CAES Weekly Update   •   February 27, 2021

 

Educate! Educate! Educate! Get all the knowledge within reach and then use it for the good of the race J. Max Barber, Black journalist (1878 – 1949 I recently finished reading Juan Williams’ book Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America – and What We Can Do about It and especially liked chapter four: “The Radical Goal of Education.” Williams focuses on the fact that Black Americans have every reason to celebrate the US Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. While that milestone decision did not fix the prevalent racist policies and practices of the public school system in that day, it did get the ball of desegregation rolling. “It stands as the mountaintop triumph, the moment in American history when centuries of struggle were rewarded and the walls of legal American segregation began to crumble,” states Williams. “Allowing black children access to better schools is the foundation of today’s black middle class, the most affluent and politically powerful black population in the world.” It’s because of Brown v. Board of Education that this month a Black kindergartener beamed at the face on a book cover in his white teacher’s class and in awe said, “He looks just like me!” It’s because of Brown v. Board of Education that last week a little white girl excitedly told me that she was learning sooooo much about Black history. It’s because of Brown v. Board of Educationthat all of our students and staff can work together and learn together and grow together. W.E.B. DuBois in his The Souls of Black Folks observed, “…education among all kinds of men always has had and always will have an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent. Nevertheless, men strive to know.” Black History Month may be drawing to a close, but the striving to know – despite our melanin level – should carry on.

 

Keep striving to know with these links: 

  • Virginia’s 2019 America Evolution™ commemoration - highlights the significance and modern relevance of several important events that occurred in Virginia in 1619. Explore the 2019 commemoration's education resources, including primary source materials, videos, and innovative lesson ideas to use in your classroom all year long!
  •  Civil Rights and Racial Healing - Discussions about Civil Rights struggles in historic places can help communities toward racial healing. In honor of the American pursuit of justice, the National Park Service highlights teaching with Historic Places lesson plans that focus on Civil Rights and Racial Healing. 
  • The Educating for Democracy Curriculum Website offers a range of teaching tools, including developmentally appropriate lessons that interrogate issues of race, justice and human welfare in the U.S. by connecting the full story of the past with current events.
  • African American History Video Series - WHRO created this video series in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education. These videos are part of the African American History online course content.

 

Good to Know

The Women’s Club of Smithfield made a very generous donation to our reading program this past week!

Morning drop-offs & Early Pick-ups  

·       To ensure their safety, students should not be dropped off in the morning until staff members are on duty so they can greet your child at the car and monitor the sidewalk.  

·       Please limit the number of people in your party when coming into the office since space is limited and we are observing social distancing guidelines. One adult and children who should not be left in a car is best.

·       To facilitate end-of-day operations in the main office, early pick-ups will be not be processed after 3:15 p.m.

This year, the National Education Association (NEA) has rebranded their annual Read Across America program and instead of using the Cat in the Hat in their logo, they are celebrating diversity with “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.” In the spirit of diversifying, our students can celebrate both fiction and non-fiction this year.  Students may dress up in celebratory Seuss gear (favorite character or book theme) OR as a famous American from a favorite non-fiction selection. Read Across America day is Tuesday, March 2.

Visit the CAES PTA’s website using the following link: carrollton.memberhub.store

  • Looking for a way to be more active in CAES?  Join the CAES PTA using the link below:

https://carrollton.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • Spirit Wear is now available to purchase until the end of February but shop fast as there are a limited number of sizes and styles and it is on a first come, first served basis!  Get your orders in now!

The 2019-2020 Superintendent's Annual Report is now available.  We received a copy for every student. Our Hybrid Cardinals were given a copy to bring home and our Virtual Cardinal families are welcome to come up to the building to pick up their copies which will be outside on the bookshelf and in the main office. Here’s the link to a wonderful interactive digital version on the IWCS website:  http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/6e6ba86c#  (FYI: You won’t see CAES mentioned on pages 18 & 19 because those honors are for students in grades 4th and up.)

Because there are students in classrooms who cannot consume or come in contact with certain foods and ingredients, if you want to bring something to the classroom to celebrate your child’s birthday or other event, please check first with your child’s teacher; we encourage non-food items such as games, crafts, goody bags, stickers, books, etc. 

Mt. Tabor Church will be giving away free boxes of food Saturday, Feb. 27, at noon at Westside Elementary School.

 

Health Update

From Nurse Stalls: We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. It is important to note that guidelines and recommendations are subject to change at any time. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, you must keep him/her home. Please call or e-mail the school and report all of the symptoms. If you have other IWCS students in the same household, please keep them home as well. For questions or guidance, you may contact me at any time at tstalls@iwcs.k12.va.us or 757-357-8857.

Only three hybrid Cardinals were quarantined this week due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who presented symptoms or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person. Since September, we’ve only had fourteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

 

From Our Blue Dominion, Our School Photographer

Pictures for the yearbook and for purchase will be taken Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4! You do not need to send money for pictures on picture day; photo orders will be completed online after picture day (more info to follow) There will be no hard copy order forms this year.

  • Students without consent to the online Media Release will not be photographed. 
  • Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed during photos and students will only be allowed to remove their masks during the time that their pictures are being taken.

Virtual Cardinals will be allowed to schedule photo shoot appointment times or submit a photo for inclusion in the yearbook – I sent an e-mail with details February 19 and will send it two more times before March 3.

 

Salute to Our School Board!

February is School Board Appreciation Month.

Mrs. Vicky Hulick was elected to the board in November of 2015 and represents the Carrollton district. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Environmental Science from State University of New York Maritime College and a Master’s of Science in Education with a focus on literacy from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Hulick has been a teacher of earth science and AP Environmental Science as well as a girls lacrosse coach. The parent of three children in IWCS, Mrs. Hulick says, "We all need to work together, not only to make our schools better, but to make our community better."

Voted to serve on the board in January 2015, Mr. Alvin Wilson represents the Hardy district. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Union University and both a Master of Science in Biology and a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia State College (now University). Having served in education for over 40 years in Virginia and North Carolina, Mr. Wilson is owner and proprietor of Alvin and Son's Barber Shop located in Smithfield and serves on the Board of Trustees at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He is a former member and past chairman of the Isle of Wight County Board of Zoning and Appeals.

 

Mark Your Calendar

3/2       Annual Read Across America Day 

3/3       School pictures for Pre-K, Kindergarten, & 1st grade; virtual students by appointment 

3/4       School pictures for 2nd grade & 3rd grade; virtual students by appointment 

3/12     No School: Staff professional development

3/17     Go Green Day – a great chance to channel our inner leprechauns!

3/18     PTA’s Virtual Pizza Bingo – more info to come

 

Keep striving to know!

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   •   February 20, 2021

James Armistead Lafayette was a slave-turned-spy during the American Revolution. Born in Virginia as a slave to William Armistead in 1760, James volunteered to join the Army in 1781. Armistead was stationed to serve under the Marquis de Lafayette, the commander of French forces allied with the American Continental Army. Lafayette employed Armistead as a spy. While working for Lafayette he successfully infiltrated British General Charles Cornwallis’s headquarters posing as a runaway slave hired by the British to spy on the Americans. While pretending to be a British spy, Armistead gained the confidence of General Benedict Arnold and General Cornwallis. Arnold was so convinced of Armistead was a runaway slave that he used him to guide British troops through local roads. Armistead often traveled between camps, spying on British officers, who spoke openly about their strategies in front of him. Armistead documented this information in written report delivered to other American spies. In the summer of 1781, the information in these reports helped Lafayette trap the British at Hampton. Later that summer Armistead’s reports helped the Americans win the battle at Yorktown, prompting the British to surrender. After the Revolution, Lafayette wrote a testimonial on Armistead’s behalf and two years later the Virginia General Assembly emancipated him. It was at this time that Armistead made “Lafayette” his last name, in honor of the French General. 

I was just introduced to this amazing personality from our country’s founding when I was reading Vashti Harrison’s book Little Legends to my youngest daughter a few nights ago. James Armistead Lafayette’s life and exploits are wonderful for anyone intrigued by the American Revolution, spying, and espionage. Did you learn this is school? I sure didn't -- proof, once again, that Black history is our history and it needs to be learned by all of us. 

You can find Little Legends here … barnesandnoble.com/little-legends

You can search for Black-owned bookstores here … oprahmag.black-owned-bookstores

And you can learn more about James Armistead Lafayette here … blackpast.org/james-armistead-lafayette

 

Good to Know

Some parents are dropping off students in the parking lot prior to 8:25 a.m. To ensure students’ safety, please wait until staff members are on duty so they can greet your child at the car and monitor the sidewalk.  

 

Visit the CAES PTA’s website using the following link: carrollton.memberhub.store

  • Looking for a way to be more active in CAES?  Join the CAES PTA using the link below:

https://carrollton.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • Spirit Wear is now available to purchase until the end of February but shop fast as there are a limited number of sizes and styles and it is on a first come, first served basis!  Get your orders in now!

 

Health Update

From Nurse Stalls: We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. It is important to note that guidelines and recommendations are subject to change at any time. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, you must keep him/her home. Please call or e-mail the school and report all of the symptoms. If you have other IWCS students in the same household, please keep them home as well. For questions or guidance, you may contact me at any time at tstalls@iwcs.k12.va.us or 757-357-8857.

Only two hybrid Cardinals were quarantined this week due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who presented symptoms or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person. (And both of those were reported by conscientious guardians who didn’t send the students to school!) Since September, we’ve only had fourteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

 

From Blue Dominion, Our School Photographer

Pictures for the yearbook and for purchase will be taken Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4! You do not need to send money for pictures on picture day; photo orders will be completed online after picture day (more info to follow) There will be no hard copy order forms this year.

  • Students without signed school photo release forms will not be photographed. 
  • Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed during photos and students will only be allowed to remove their masks during the time that their pictures are being taken.

New: Virtual Cardinals will be allowed to schedule photo shoot appointment times or submit a photo for inclusion in the yearbook – I sent an e-mail with details yesterday, Friday, February 19, and will send it two more times before March 3.

 

Salute to Our School Board!

February is School Board Appreciation Month.

Elected to the School Board in November 2011, Mrs. Julie Perkins represents the Windsor District which actually includes our families who live along Route 10 to Suffolk and Nike Park Road. Mrs. Perkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She retired in 2008 as Lead Teacher at Windsor High School where she was previously a science teacher, bus driver, coach, and athletic director. She is also a former Chair of the Paul D. Camp Community College Board and currently serves as a member of the Isle of Wight County Social Services Board. Mrs. Perkins believes that teaching and learning must always be the Board’s top priority. Her priorities are to promote policies and practices that put students first, specifically those that target achievement gaps among student sub-groups and promote the achievement of all students; concentrate on maintaining high standards and providing a rigorous curriculum; and focus on hiring, growing, and retaining high quality teachers.

 

Mark Your Calendar

3/3                 School pictures for Pre-K, Kindergarten, & 1st grade; virtual students by appointment 

3/4                 School pictures for 2nd grade & 3rd grade; virtual students by appointment 

3/12                 No School: Staff professional development

3/17                 Go Green Day – a great chance to channel our inner leprechauns!

3/18               PTA’s Virtual Pizza Bingo – more info to come

 

Read to your kids this 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 IWCS and CAES communication platforms.

CAES Weekly Update      February 13, 2021

The name of Nance Legins-Costley could resonate amid the likes of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and other abolitionist figures. But her story is hardly known. Perhaps her story is more subtle than those of high-profile abolitionist leaders, yet her fortitude was astounding. Barely a teen, she first stood up for her civil rights in a court of law that was stacked against Black people. Even amid legal defeats, she kept seeking the most basic of rights: freedom. She eventually won her freedom, thanks in part to the involvement of Abraham Lincoln. But her victory came in 1841, long before the attorney became the nation’s sixteenth president and more than twenty years before his Emancipation Proclamation. On July 9, 1841, Lincoln appeared before Illinois’ high court, the justices agreed with him, and Legins-Costley and her children were freed from indentured servitude. Thus, Legins-Costley became the first Black person freed from bondage due to the efforts of Lincoln, and her pursuit of freedom spurred the future president toward an anti-slavery stance; it was Nance Legins-Costley’s discussions with Abraham Lincoln and her tenacious pursuit of liberty that caused him to seriously consider the inhumane conditions of slavery and pushed him toward a firm anti-slavery stance. 

Want to learn more about Nance Legins-Costley? Check out this link: usatoday/nance-legins-costley

 

Good to Know

Here are more links that I shared with the teachers to help with their Black history instruction:

Visit the CAES PTA’s website using the following link: carrollton.memberhub.store

  • Looking for a way to be more active in CAES?  Join the CAES PTA using the link below:

https://carrollton.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • Spirit Wear is now available to purchase until the end of February but shop fast as there are a limited number of sizes and styles and it is on a first come, first served basis!  Get your orders in now!

Hybrid Cardinals -- When we blend next week, students will be separated by 6 feet while eating. We will accomplish this by sending half of the class to a virtual teacher's room and rotating two classes at a time into the cafeteria where there are socially-distanced seats marked for student use. Our kindergarten and pre-K kids will be able to eat in their rooms since the number of students is smaller and they can use plexiglass barriers to sit 3 feet apart. 

 

Health Update

 

From Nurse Stalls: We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. It is important to note that guidelines and recommendations are subject to change at any time. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, you must keep him/her home. Please call or e-mail the school and report all of the symptoms. If you have other IWCS students in the same household, please keep them home as well. For questions or guidance, you may contact me at any time at tstalls@iwcs.k12.va.us or 757-357-8857.

Thirty-four hybrid Cardinals were quarantined this week due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who presented symptoms or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person; thirty-two of those were students that were quarantined by the YMCA child care program housed in our building. Since September, we’ve only had fourteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

 

From Our Blue Dominion, Our School Photographer

 

Pictures for the yearbook and for purchase will be taken Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4! You do not need to send money for pictures on picture day; photo orders will be completed online after picture day (more info to follow) There will be no hard copy order forms this year.

  • Students without signed school photo release forms will not be photographed. 
  • Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed during photos and students will only be allowed to remove their masks during the time that their pictures are being taken.

New: Virtual Cardinals will be allowed to schedule photo shoot appointments or submit a photo for inclusion in the yearbook -- more info is coming.

 

Salute to Our School Board!

February is School Board Appreciation Month.

Mrs. Denise Tynes is the Vice-Chairman of the School Board and was elected to represent the Smithfield District in November 2019. She previously served on the School Board from 2011 to 2014. She graduated from Smithfield High School in 1975, received her Bachelor's Degree from Norfolk State University and earned her Master's Degree from Hampton University. Mrs. Tynes is also a former member of the Smithfield Town Council and the Virginia Municipal League Legislative Committee.  She has served on numerous community boards and steering committees, including the Western Tidewater Community Service Board and the Blackwater Regional Library Board. As a former special education educator with IWCS, Mrs. Tynes is motivated to ensure all students have the best education possible. A self-described advocate for the less fortunate and mistreated, her compassionate nature is evident in her work throughout Isle of Wight County.

 

Mark Your Calendar

2/14                 Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, men!

2/15                 No School: Presidents Day

2/16                 The “Big Blend” for Hybrid Cardinals! / Printed report cards will be sent home

3/3                   School pictures for Pre-K, Kindergarten, & 1st grade; virtual students by appointment 

3/4                   School pictures for 2nd grade & 3rd grade; virtual students by appointment 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      February 6, 2021

 

Children learn more from what you are than what you teach. 

(W.E.B. Du Bois) 

An American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868 – 1963) was valedictorian of his high school, earned his bachelors from Harvard University, studied history and economics at the University of Berlin, taught Greek and Latin at Ohio’s Wilberforce University, and was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. Dr. Du Bois knew a thing or two about teaching and learning and his quote above really resonates with me as an educator, mentor, and father. If children learn more from what I am than from what I teach, what are they learning? What am I? Am I empathetic? Honest? Industrious? Positive? Do my actions communicate that I care about them and about learning and about truth? How about you? Who are you to the children in your life? Besides mom or dad or grandparent, who are you? Are you a hard worker? A reader? An example of integrity? Let’s you and I work on being encouragers, truth-tellers, righters-of-wrongs so that our children will learn to be the same. When it comes to training up the next generation, more is caught than taught – let’s hope they catch us being the type of humans we hope they will become.

You can learn more about Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois at https://www.naacp.org/naacp-history-w-e-b-dubois/.

 

Good to Know

 

Here are a few links to resources that I shared with my staff to help them offer engaging, authentic lessons focused on Black history; since you’re doing a lot of supplemental instruction at home, I thought you might like to check these out as well:

 

Visit the CAES PTA’s website using the following link: carrollton.memberhub.store

  • Looking for a way to be more active in CAES?  Join the CAES PTA using the link below:

https://carrollton.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

  • Spirit Wear is now available to purchase until the end of February but shop fast as there are a limited number of sizes and styles and it is on a first come, first served basis!  Get your orders in now!

 

It's important that your child brings his/her iPad to school and that it's fully charged. Since there is no device sharing this year, each student must have the iPad assigned to him/her for use during class.

 

Health Update

 

From Nurse Stalls: We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. It is important to note that guidelines and recommendations are subject to change at any time. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, you must keep him/her home. Please call or e-mail the school and report all of the symptoms. If you have other IWCS students in the same household, please keep them home as well. For questions or guidance, you may contact me at any time at tstalls@iwcs.k12.va.us or 757-357-8857.

 

Fifteen hybrid Cardinals were quarantined this week due to presenting COVID-like symptoms or being related to someone who presented symptoms or being in contact with a COVID-positive non-CAES person. Since September, we’ve only had thirteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread. 

 

From Our Librarian Mrs. Mitra

 
Celebrate Black History month with a read-aloud! Click on the links below or go to Mrs. Mitra's Clever page to find great youtube read-alouds!

 

From Our Blue Dominion, Our School Photographer

Pictures for the yearbook and for purchase will be taken Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4! You do not need to send money for pictures on picture day; photo orders will be completed online after picture day (more info to follow) There will be no hard copy order forms this year.

Important: Students without signed school photo release forms will not be photographed. All students with a photo release form will be photographed. Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed during photos and students will only be allowed to remove their masks during the time that their pictures are being taken.

Virtual Cardinals: Students who are on the 100% virtual track will be allowed to submit a photo for inclusion in the yearbook -- more info to follow.

 

Salute to Our School Board!

 

The Isle of Wight County School Board is composed of five members who are elected by county voting district. They are elected to four-year staggered terms in November, with service beginning on January 1 of the year following the election. The chairman and vice chairman are elected annually during the January organizational board meeting.

Mrs. Jacqueline W. Carr is our current Chairperson and represents the Carrsville district. Mrs. Carr was appointed to the School Board in January 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Leadership from The George Washington University. Mrs. Carr spent twenty-eight of her thirty-three years in education in Isle of Wight County Schools serving as a classroom teacher, lead teacher, parent liaison, assistant principal at Carrollton Elementary, principal at Carrsville Elementary, and retired in 2014 as Director of Elementary Education. Mrs. Carr commits to work diligently to ensure students get the best education in this ever-changing world for the tax dollars spent. She is motivated by the fact that she can be a part of a great team in making a positive impact for our students in the Isle of Wight community.

 

Mark Your Calendar

2/10 & 11         Division-wide “Go Red for Heart Health” days (Let’s wear red to recognize the cause!)

2/12                 Report cards will be made available through PowerSchool

2/14                 Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year.

2/15                 No School: Presidents Day

2/16                 Potential start date for blending Hybrid A and B / Printed report cards will be sent home

3/3                   School pictures for Pre-K, Kindergarten, & 1st grade (or Hybrid A if we’re not blended, yet)

3/4                   School pictures for 2nd grade & 3rd grade (or Hybrid B if we’re not blended, yet)

 

Be a kind human,

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.