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CAES Weekly Updates: March 2021

CAES Weekly Update   •   March 27, 2021

“I did everything Fred did, only backwards and in high heels.” • Fred Astaire, an icon of the Golden Age of Hollywood, is best known for his seemingly effortless skill on the dancefloor. His longtime choreography partner, Ginger Rogers, is credited with the above quote. What a great sentiment to focus on as Women’s History Month comes to a close: Women are equally capable and often have to prove this despite profound odds. For every Fred Astaire in the world that makes accomplishment look easy there’s a Ginger Rogers doing the same, only with a perspective and flare all her own. Thank you, ladies, for balancing your lives as mothers, wives, co-workers, mentors, colleagues, bosses, teachers, and citizens. So many of you provide such strong examples of empowered women and this empowers our daughters and educates our sons. Keep doing what you’re doing – even if it’s backwards and in high heels!

In light of recent violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, our school counselor Mrs. Berkeley shared these resources from Alliance for a Healthier Generation to help when dealing with the topic:


  • Asian Mental Health Collective -- Access online and offline community events, web-based resources, videos, and more resources designed to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community.

  • Stop AAPI Hate National Report -- Familiarize yourself with data and first-person accounts of the many types of discrimination faced by members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Produced by Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition aimed at addressing anti-Asian discrimination amid the pandemic

  • How to Talk to Kids about Race -- Reflect on key points and best practices parents and caregivers can use to support conversations about race and racism, and move from conversation to action. Developed by The Conscious Kid, an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth

 

Good to Know

Interested in our Virginia Pre-school Initiative (VPI) learning center program for next year? Visit the webpage here.


Now that spring is upon us and kids may be pulling out clothes that they haven’t worn since last year, this seems like a good time to highlight warm-weather aspects of our dress code:

  • Shoes should have a back or back strap -- no flip-flops or athletic slides.
  • Straps on tops should be a width of three fingers or more.
  • Shorts and skirts/dresses should reach the end of the fingertips when arms are at the side.

Want to be more involved with CAES?  How about serving on the PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year?  If interested please email our PTA at carrolltonpta@gmail.comIt is a great way to be more involved in the school!  


Parents of Hybrid Cardinals: 

  • Please make sure that your child brings a fully charged iPad to school each day; storing the charging cord/plug in his/her backpack would be helpful, too.
  • Regarding afternoon pick-up
    • Please keep your number card on display all the way through the line.
    • Please do not pass another vehicle once in line.

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

It’s really important for students to read at home, too, even when time for independent reading is built into their instructional day. 

Mt. Tabor will be conducting their food box giveaway the second and fourth Saturday of the month until further notice. The location is Westside Elementary School and they start at noon. For more info, call Alicia Delk at 757-371-3157. 

 

Information for Ordering School Pictures from Blue Dominion

  • Due Date: By midnight Thursday, April 1.
  • Online only (There is no hard copy order form.) https://AccessMyEvent.com/AS7TS0
  • Add-on items can only be ordered with a package, not a-la-carte.
  • Your password is your child's student ID number.
  • You may need to "allow cookies" in your web browser to access your photos.
  • Click your student's photo to see the package options and follow the prompts.
  • You will get an email confirmation when you have successfully ordered online.

Photo Delivery -- Photo orders will be delivered to the school by mid-April and go home with your student. Virtual parents are welcome to come to the school at their convenience and pick up their photo orders in the main office.

Unable to Participate?  If your child was unable to participate in school photos and would like for your child to appear in the yearbook, you can now submit a photo directly to Blue Dominion using the specifications below. The deadline for photo submission is April 1.

  • Submit one digital image of your student (JPEG images are preferred).
  • The photo should be high enough resolution for a two-inch yearbook image.
  • Head and shoulder shots only. A neutral background is preferred.
  • Please RENAME the digital image with the child's first and last name as it should appear in the yearbook.

Our photographer is Blue Dominion. www.bluedominionstudios.com


Health Update

If I read our COVID tracking sheet right, no 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 fifteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

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.

Please continue with the morning symptom-checking to prevent sending your child to school sick or contagious. 

 

Mark Your Calendar

4/1       End of the third quarter

4/2       First day of Spring Break! (We return to classes Monday, 4/12.)

4/16     Fancy-Shmancy Friday (A chance to dress up like on picture day or Easter!)

4/23     School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

4/23     Report cards will be available 

 

Enjoy your family 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   •   March 20, 2021

 

Tenacity: Not giving up when things get tough 

This is the definition that IWCS adopted in 2017 when we began teaching about the concept of GRIT. The T of GRIT stands for tenacity and little did we has a division know that within a couple of years, everyone’s tenacity would be tested: the students’, the staff members’, and yours. I mentioned this last week, but it bears repeating: You have made it through a year’s worth of quarantining, mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing, social-distancing, Zooming, and working-from-home-while-teaching-your-kids. I am proud of you for all you’ve learned; I am proud of you for all you’ve put up with, all you’ve accomplished, and all the ways you’ve grown. You have had to demonstrate tenacity in ways unlike generations before – well, except those alive during the last pandemic over a hundred years ago! I often say that nothing has been easy over the past year and some things are even harder – have you been to a DMV lately?! Thank you for not giving up when things got tough last spring and our world got crazy. Thank you for not giving up last fall when we tried to get back to “normal” with the hybrid continuum and virtual instruction. Each obstacle you’ve overcome, each disappointment you’ve withstood, each struggle you’ve endured has made you stronger and it has been noticed. Whether we like it or not, we parents are living, breathing, very human models for our children; each time we’ve not given up since March 13, 2020, we have exemplified for them tenacity. You have demonstrated tenacity. And just in case you haven’t heard it in a while, I think you are truly amazing!

 

Good to Know

A huge “thank you!” to Langley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring our Virtual Bingo Night! It was a lot of fun and it wouldn’t have been possible without Langley Federal Credit Union’s financial assistance and our PTA officers’ organization.

 

Want to be more involved with CAES?  How about serving on the PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year?  If interested please email our PTA at carrolltonpta@gmail.comIt is a great way to be more involved in the school!  

 

Parents of Hybrid Cardinals

  • Please make sure that your child brings a fully charged iPad to school each day; storing the charging cord/plug in his/her backpack would be helpful, too.
  • Regarding afternoon pick-up
    • Please keep your number card on display all the way through the line.
    • Please do not pass another vehicle once in line.

 

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

 

It’s really important for students to read at home, too, even when time for independent reading is built into their instructional day. 

 

The front doors have been ugraded! After ringing the doorbell and showing your driver’s license/DMV ID to the camera, you can now open either door.

 

The Carrollton Library’s March Mini-Sale runs during their normal hours all next week. They will have books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs ready to purchase, with all proceeds going to support the library. Everything is $1, or bring your own bag to fill for $5 (any size bag you want!) 

 

Information for Ordering School Pictures from Blue Dominion

·       Due Date: By midnight Thursday, April 1.

·       Online only (There is no hard copy order form.) https://AccessMyEvent.com/AS7TS0

·       Add-on items can only be ordered with a package, not a-la-carte.

·       Your password is your child's student ID number.

·       You may need to "allow cookies" in your web browser to access your photos.

·       Click your student's photo to see the package options and follow the prompts.

  • You will get an email confirmation when you have successfully ordered online.

 

Photo Delivery -- Photo orders will be delivered to the school by mid-April and go home with your student. Virtual parents are welcome to come to the school at their convenience and pick up their photo orders in the main office.

Unable to Participate If your child was unable to participate in school photos and would like for your child to appear in the yearbook, you can submit a photo to your teacher using the specifications below. The deadline for photo submission is April 1.

  • Submit one digital image of your student (JPEG images are preferred).
  • The photo should be high enough resolution for a two-inch yearbook image.
  • Head and shoulder shots only. A neutral background is preferred.
  • Please RENAME the digital image with the child's first and last name as it should appear in the yearbook.

Our photographer is Blue Dominion. www.bluedominionstudios.com

 

Health Update

If I read our COVID tracking sheet right, no 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 fifteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

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.

Please continue with the morning symptom-checking to prevent sending your child to school sick or contagious. 

 

Mark Your Calendar

3/24     IWCS Girl Day (Female staff and students are encouraged to wear purple, green, and white.) 

4/1       End of the third quarter

4/2       First day of Spring Break! (We return to classes Monday, 4/12.)

4/16     Fancy-Shmancy Friday (A chance to dress up like on picture day or Easter!)

4/23     School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

4/23     Report cards will be available 

 

This is no time to give up!

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   •   March 13, 2021

When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it. Margaret Chase Smith (1897–1995) 

 

My oldest daughter, who is a high school junior, mentioned to me recently that she has to memorize and present a well-known speech and she wasn’t sure what to select. The fact that she was uncertain was all I needed to provide some unsolicited suggestions – she sometimes forgets that I used to teach high school English so I know a thing or two! I casually dropped a few names, she didn’t respond one way or the other, and I assumed the conversation was over. A few days later, I overheard her practicing her speech, and low and behold, she had selected one by Margaret Chase Smith – one of the strong ladies on the short list that I had recommended! Even if this weren’t Women’s History Month, I would point my daughters to a leader like Margaret Chase Smith because she embodies dignity, strength, integrity, and perseverance. Smith once said, “The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” This is the type of message that I want my daughters to focus on, not the noise that comes from many of the women vaunted by society today. Margaret Chase Smith didn’t have a modeling career or star in any Hollywood blockbusters or earn a Grammy for what passes for talent, but she did serve as a role model for women aspiring to national politics.  At the 1964 Republican Convention, she became the first woman to have her name put in for nomination for the presidency by a major political party.  As the first woman to represent Maine and the first woman to win election to both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, Senator Smith bravely denounced McCarthyism at a time when others feared speaking out would ruin their careers. Her speech known as a “Declaration of Conscious” was a moving, impassioned wake-up call to many in the Senate who were looking to cancel those that they declared dangerous (some things never change). It’s this speech that my Molly is presenting to her class Monday, and I’m pretty proud.

 

Want to know more about Senator Margaret Chase Smith? Check out this link: history.house.gov 

 

 

Good to Know

You have made it through a year’s worth of quarantining, mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing, social-distancing, Zooming, and working-from-home-while-teaching-your-kids – I’m proud of you for all you’ve learned, all you’ve put up with, all you’ve accomplished, and all the ways you’ve grown. You are truly amazing!

 

When our hybrid Cardinals return to school Monday, they will find brand-new desks and chairs that they will get to be the very first students to ever use! 

 

Looking for a way to be more active in CAES?  Click here: carrollton.memberhub.PTAMembership

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

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. 

 

Health Update

Only seven 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 fifteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

 

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.

 

Mark Your Calendar

3/17     Go Green Day – The Cardinal Spirit Stick will be awarded to the class with the most St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

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

4/1       End of the third quarter

4/2       First day of Spring Break! (We return to classes Monday, 4/12)

 

Now that we’ve done this for a year, can we go back to normal?

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   •   March 6, 2021

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your pain? • My fourteen year old was asked this multiple times Thursday night. During her acro class, she was attempting a stunt that required her to do a cartwheel without using her hands. Let’s just say that she didn’t quite stick the landing. When I arrived at the ER and saw the shape her left arm was in – literally the shape it was in – I had to work hard to not gasp, grimace, or create the need for a janitor. During the hours we were in the triage unit, several nurses, doctors, and PA’s came and went and almost every one of them asked Annie to rate her pain. Then again Friday morning when I took her to CHKD, she was asked the same question a couple times. I bet when we go back Wednesday for the surgery to fix her broken bones, she’ll be asked again. Maybe that’s the question we should ask one another instead of “How are you?” The reflexive response “Fine” is the standard reply but is seldom the true response. What if we asked, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how are you coping with this pandemic?” or “On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your satisfaction with your job” or “On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your contentment with life right now”? As I type this, Annie is resting comfortably with her “Get Well” balloon bobbing above her; my daughters Lillian and Eden Jane also have “Get Well” balloons because, between the two of them, twelve teeth were extracted this morning. We’re doing a lot of pain-rating in the Brennan household currently (and when all those medical bills start coming in, I’m pretty sure my pain will be off the scale!). I think I’ll start asking “On a scale of 1 to 10…” questions because I bet I’ll get more genuine reactions and opportunities to really learn how the person is doing, feeling, coping; and with the answers, opportunities to listen. 

 

Good to Know

 

Harmoni, a virtual student of Mrs. Wilde's, won the Cocoa Cozy Cardinals Photo Contest with 118 likes and 30 comments! Harmoni was awarded a case of hot cocoa from the CCC last week, and the big news was submitted to the Smithfield Times

 

All that activity you see happening up on our roof -- and that we can hear in the building! -- is for the installation of solar panels.

 

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.

 

Looking for a way to be more active in CAES?  Click here: carrollton.memberhub.PTAMembership

LAST CALL to sign up for the CAES PTA's Virtual Bingo sponsored by Langley Federal Credit Union on March 18! Please sign up by THIS Sunday, March 7, by clicking the link below. Looking forward to "seeing" you at this free event!

PTA 2020-2021: CAES Virtual Bingo Night 3/18/2021 (signupgenius.com)

 

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. 

 

Pictures for the yearbook and for purchase were taken Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4. Photo orders will be completed online with more info to follow. There will be no make-up picture day but parents may submit photos for the book with the guidelines that Blue Dominion Studio will provide later.

 

Health Update

Only six 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. We had three staffmembers who had the common post-second-vaccine symptoms that made them feel sick temporarily so they stayed home. Since September, we’ve only had fourteen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread.

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.

 

From Our Neighbors at the Carrollton Library

Video Storytime with Ms. Natalie! Every Week -- Missing storytime? Join us every week online as Ms. Natalie reads a new favorite book and leads us through fun alphabet learning activities. Links to storytime are posted on our website and the Blackwater Regional Library Facebook page.

   

Western Tidewater Master Gardeners Spring Pruning Workshop, Tuesday, March 9 (10:00 a.m.- noon) -- Horticulturist Linda Pinkham will be leading this special workshop all about the pruning of trees, roses, shrubs, nandinas, hydrangeas, and the rejuvenation of overgrown shrubs. Demonstration will be outside in the learning gardens. All attendees must wear a mask and social distance themselves. This program is organized by the Western Tidewater Master Gardeners.

 

Adult Crafts to Go, Leprechaun Bookmark, Monday, March 15  -- Quick crafts for adults to enjoy! No registration necessary. First come, first served.

 

DIY Craft Kits: Bird Feeders, Available for pickup Thursday, March 18 -- Our monthly Adult DIY Craft program, at home! Sign up for a kit, stop by the third Thursday of the month, take home and enjoy! *registration required

 

March Mini Book Sale, March 22-26 -- Need more books? Check out our mini book sale for fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs. Everything $1, or bring your own bag to fill for $5.

  

AARP Tax Aide Update -- The Carrollton Branch will not be hosting AARP Tax Aide this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please visit https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ for more information on tax services available this year from AARP.

 

Artwork by the Elizabeth River Artists, March-August -- Stop by and take a peek at the new artwork on display by the Elizabeth River Artists group.

 

Medicare Benefits Counseling -- Get one-on-one assistance navigating your Medicare benefits with a counselor from Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. To schedule a phone appointment, please contact Sam Mizelle at 757-925-4255.

 

Mark Your Calendar

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

4/1       End of the third quarter

4/2       First day of Spring Break! (We return to classes Monday, 4/12)

 

I’m hoping you’re coping at a 10!

Mr.B.                                                                                                                               

Mr. Brennan