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CAES Weekly Updates: April 2021

CAES Weekly Update - April 24, 2021

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” (Japanese proverb) • Can we agree that it's felt like a thousand days since COVID-19 collided with how we traditionally “did school” and changed the trajectory in a major way? Remember how much you were appreciating teachers around this time last year when the responsibility of being the primary educator fell on you? And when this school year started and you and your children had to figure out Canvas and Zoom and asynchronous instruction and whether it was a Hybrid A or B day? If there’s ever been a time to truly appreciate what teachers do, it’s been over the thirteen months as they’ve had to do it in a different way – with zero training and minimal planning. So, I invite you to help your child show appreciation to his or her teacher by taking advantage of what our PTA has organized. 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is May 3 – 7 and here are easy ways for students to show their gratitude each day:

  • Monday, May 3 – Write a note or e-mail to the teacher.
  • Tuesday, May 4 – Compliment any teacher or staff member.
  • Wednesday, May 5 – Color or draw a picture for your favorite teacher.
  • Thursday, May 6 – Dress as your favorite teacher or wear CAES colors (red & black).
  • Friday, May 7 – Elbow-bump or air high-5 teachers and staff.

Donations toward teacher gifts can may be made on the PTA website at carrollton.memberhub. Be sure to include your student's name and the name(s) of any faculty member(s) whose gift you are donating toward. (Cash will not be collected this year due to COVID.)  The PTA gift drive ends next Friday, April 30.

 

From our School Photographer, Blue Dominion

INSTRUCTIONS FOR YEARBOOK ORDERS:

o   You must "allow cookies" in your web browser.

o   Click the yearbook package, add it to your cart, and follow the prompts.

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

​​Deadline: The official deadline to order a yearbook is June 1, 2021.

Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school during summer vacation. The exact date of the yearbook delivery has not yet been set. More information will be sent out by the school outlining the details of when and how you can collect your yearbook. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A PICTURE FOR THE YEARBOOK: Unable to Participate?: If your child was unable to participate in school photos and you would like him/her to appear in the yearbook, please submit a photo as soon as possible directly to our studio at bluedominionstudios@gmail.com following the specifications below:

- first and last name of the student
- name of the teacher
- grade of the student
- name of the school 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORDERING MORE SCHOOL PICTURES:

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

o   You must "allow cookies" in your web browser to access your photos.

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

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

Photo Delivery: Photo orders placed using the information above will ship directly to the address you provide (not the school). 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PHOTO ORDER PICKUP:

School pictures were delivered to the school Tuesday, 4/20, and your child’s teacher should’ve sent them home sometime this week. If you are the parent of a 100% virtual student, you may collect your photo order in the main office at your convenience.

 

 Good to Know

From our Reading Coach, Mrs. C. Smith -- I hope you are enjoying reading Kenny and the Dragon together each night. I know we are in my house. Usually with One School One Book (OSOB), we have a finalé and door prizes.  This year has been a year of change and new things: OSOB is no different.  Our finalé will be via a recording and Mr. Brennan will read the final chapter, but I would like to invite you to submit pictures of your family reading the book together to our private CAES Padlet page. I may even use them to decorate the school! All who submit a picture will be entered into a drawing for prizes! I would love to see how your family spends this time together.  You may begin submitting picture today but all pictures will need to be submitted by Friday, April 30, to be entered into the drawing.  Please follow this link or use the QR code to add your picture!

Family photos

Directions for Padlet: Drag and drop directly from your desktop, or click anywhere on the Padlet. If you're on a mobile device, double tap anywhere or select the plus (+) button. A simple text post will appear. To attach a file or link, click any of the icons below the text. Please title it with your family’s last name and child’s teacher.

Thanks again for reading with your family each night!  

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. 

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

 

From Our PTA

Shop the Virtual Scholastic Book Fair until April 25bookfairs.scholasticcarrolltonelementaryschool. This is a great way to buy books for your kids while also supporting our school!

Want to be more involved with CAES?  How about serving on the PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year? If interested please email us at carrolltonpta@gmail.com. It is a great way to be more involved in the school! Voting on the board for next year will be held at the General PTA Meeting on May 18 at 7:00 p.m. using the following Zoom link

CAES_PTA_general_meeting_zoom

We encourage everyone to attend the General PTA meeting to learn more about the PTA and how to be involved, even if you do not want to be a Board Member. Remember that not only parents can be involved with the PTA -- grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can be involved too!

 

Health Update

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 seventeen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing we 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

May     Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

5/3-7    Teacher Appreciation Week   

5/5       Mock SOL test administration for all 3rd graders (9:30 – noon)

5/6       Wear-a-Cape Day! (A chance to channel our inner superheroes, magicians, circus performers, princesses, etc.)

5/7       No school for elementary: Staff clerical day

5/9       Mother’s Day

5/10     Interim Reports will be available 

5/18     General PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m. using the following Zoom link: CAES_PTA_general_meeting_zoom

 

Gratefully,

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   •   April 17, 2021

“I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen the land, I might have made it.” • Florence Chadwick was a pioneer for women in long distance swimming. Born in San Diego in 1918, Florence won her first race as a swimmer in 1928, preferring the ocean to swimming pools. In 1952 she attempted to swim from the California mainland to Catalina Island on a very foggy day. After about fifteen hours, she almost gave up but rallied to swim for another hour before finally calling it quits. Once she climbed in the accompanying boat, she discovered that she was just a mile from her goal. It wasn’t that she was too tired or that she wasn’t a good enough swimmer that caused Florence Chadwick to fail. It was the fog. Have you been there? No, not California but in the midst of a struggle where you just wanted to give up, throw in the towel, climb in the boat and quit. Over the past thirteen months we’ve had to navigate through a fog of uncertainty, unsure if and when we’d reach the familiar shore of pre-pandemic life. First, we thought we could see a flattening of the curve after a brief two-week pause; then we knew that things would return to normal by summer; then surely after the election. The end doesn’t really seem to be clearly in sight – but that doesn’t mean I have to quit. To quote a very wise but somewhat forgetful Pacific blue tang fish, I just need to keep on swimming! I don’t have to know when I can trash my mask or, stand awkwardly close to strangers again or quit washing my hands like a brain surgeon. I just have to keep going, even when the shore isn’t in sight. And so do you. Two months after Florence Chadwick’s failed first effort, she made the attempt again and that time she succeeded. And she did it again and succeeded. And she did it a third time. And, again, made it all the way to shore. We’ve come this far, we might as well keep going, right?

 

From our PE Teacher Mrs. Madden

I’m excited to announce that Carrollton Elementary will be participating in the OPEN National Field Day events during the entire week of your child’s in-person or virtual PE Encore class!   


Field Day is an important tradition at our school and we feel that in these incredibly challenging times this national event is a unique way that we can come together, support our peers, and have fun!  


I sincerely hope that your child is excited and ready for his/her PE Encore Field Day Week of 2021!  



P.S. Remember to have your children wear their PE clothes with sneakers and bring their water bottle the week of their PE Encore!  

 

Good to Know

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


April is Autism Acceptance Month. Below is some information from Kaylan Long of the IWCS Special Education Department.

  • Awareness has been upgraded to acceptance.  Acceptance is the action of inclusion, support, love, etc., whereas awareness does not require any action in order to do better. 
  • The autistic community is asking for identity-first language (a big switch from the push of person-first). There is some controversy around it, but the majority is asking for identity-first, meaning “autistic person” as opposed to “a person with autism” unless the individual directs differently. 
  • Puzzle pieces are out! The puzzle piece logo previously used to represent autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be interpreted as autistics having a missing piece, that something is wrong, that they are something to be fixed. So instead of puzzle pieces, the gold infinity symbol is the new visual representation for ASD. 

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. 


Congratulations to Mrs. Everett’s very snazzy 2nd grade class for winning the Cardinal Spirit Stick on our Fancy-schmancy Friday!


From Our PTA


Shop the Virtual Scholastic Book Fair now until April 25: bookfairs.scholasticcarrolltonelementaryschool. This is a great way to buy books for your kids while also supporting our school!

 

Want to be more involved with CAES?  How about serving on the PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year? If interested please email us at carrolltonpta@gmail.com. It is a great way to be more involved in the school! Voting on the board for next year will be held at the General PTA Meeting on May 18 at 7:00 p.m. using the following Zoom link:

CAES_PTA_general_meeting_zoom

We encourage everyone to attend the General PTA meeting to learn more about the PTA and how to be involved, even if you do not want to be a Board Member. Remember that not only parents can be involved with the PTA, but  grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can be involved too!

 

Health Update

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. Since September, we’ve only had seventeen hybrid Cardinals test positive and through our contact tracing we 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

4/21     Purple Up for Military Kids Day! (Let’s wear purple to show our support for our military-connected students.)

4/22     School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

4/23     Report cards will be available 

4/23     Division-wide Autism Awareness Day – Let’s wear red in solidarity!  

5/3-7    Teacher Appreciation Week   

5/5       Mock SOL test administration for all 3rd graders (9:30 – noon)

5/7       No school for elementary: Staff clerical day

5/9       Mother’s Day

5/10     Interim Reports will be available 

 

Just keep swimming!

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   •   April 3, 2021

“Being a parent is exhausting.” • I bet you can resonate with that statement, can’t you? I sure can – and I laughed when I heard it because it was uttered by my 12-year-old as she was cleaning out her hamster’s cage. Lillian is very responsible and that’s how she ended up with the little furry fellow – she provided more stability for him than our college sophomore godson who acquired him from some friends when people were clearing out of their dorms last spring break. With six humans and a dog, what’s one more life in our house? Unfortunately, there’s one fewer life now. Last week we dog-sat for friends. Their lab noticed our hamster cage. We moved the cage to higher ground. Lillian plopped the fuzzball in his plastic ball, put the ball in our bathroom, closed the door and the bedroom door. All very responsible. However, she has a sister less responsible who left doors open and as of last Friday night, we have one less hamster. When I tell you it was tragic, it’s not much of an exaggeration. Being the Daddy, I was called upon to work the crime scene, conduct the autopsy, and prepare the body for internet – fortunately we had an empty PopTart box. As we Brennans sat on the floor, crying, numb, shaken, we talked about how fragile and how precious life is. And we talked about what a great hamster Yolo was. Yes, we named him “Yolo” and we’ll give that same moniker to all the successive rodents who wobble around in his see-through sphere. YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once” and what a perfect reminder this spring and Eastertime of how truly priceless life is. 

 

From our School Counselor Mrs. Berkeley

CAES is going for a Guinness World Record for the longest Recycled Paper Chain of Kindness! CAES will help set a new Guinness World Record by creating a 110+ mile inspirational paper-chain. With Kids for Peace, we've joined hundreds of schools across the country to create the longest Kindness Paper Chain from recycled paper. So far, we are about a quarter of the way to making our goal of 1/4 mile chain.  Students and Staff can help by creating links with recycled paper strips measuring between 11 inches  – 18 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. You may make as many links as you’d like. There is no limit per person!

  • Suggested materials: cereal/food boxes, craft paper scraps, brown paper shopping bags, large mailing envelopes.
  • Students can keep busy creating links at home over Spring Break! 
  • I am collecting the links in a box outside of my office in Suite 311. Links will be on display in our building until April 13. I will be mailing the links on April 15. 

 

Good to Know

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


April is Autism Acceptance Month and the teachers for our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and the Mild to Moderate Disabilities (MiMD) have offered to speak with all of our students about diversity, acceptance, and what the phrase “Acceptance is an Action” means. They will share a read-aloud and encourage the students write or draw a picture of how they can show acceptance on the new symbol that represents Autism Acceptance Month: the infinity symbol; all the infinity symbols will then be displayed on a bulletin board.


Now that it’s spring, 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.com. It 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.

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. 

 

Health Update

Three staff members had COVID-like symptoms after receiving their second vaccination so they stayed home; two siblings tested positive and were quarantined but no other 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 seventeen 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

4/16     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 

 

Happy Easter,

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.