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CAES Weekly Updates: September 2021

Carrollton Weekly Update  9/25/2021

                                                                                                                      

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Twice in the 90s I had the opportunity to go to Venezuela and it was then and there that I learned about the man the locals referred to as their “Great Liberator,” Símon Bolívar. Like our beloved General George Washington, Bolívar was a military manager who was instrumental in leading his people to their independence, waging warfare against the Spanish empire. After experiencing the Enlightenment sweeping across Europe, Bolívar became a strong and vocal proponent of education. It was this leader of Hispanic liberation who once said, “Nations will march towards the apex of their greatness at the same pace as their education. Nations will soar if their education soars; they will regress if it regresses. Nations will fall and sink in darkness if education is corrupted or completely abandoned.” This is rhetorically powerful and categorically true. As a community, county, commonwealth, and country, we will only be as strong as our next generation is educated. So, I encourage you to stay in the fight. When you shut off the screen to open a book and read with your children, you’re being revolutionary. When you practice Power Words, drill multiplication facts, and provide hand-over-hand assistance with letter formation, you are liberating your children. Your support of division-wide initiatives that are data-driven and student-centered is part of how you help your children march toward the apex of their greatness as is your respectfully raised voice to question and inform if you have doubts about the merit of an aspect of their education. I have been invested in private schooling, public schooling, and home schooling as a student, educator, and parent and I am confident now more than ever that the world is waging warfare to dumb down our kids. Most humans left to their own devices (figuratively and literally) are comfortable with the convenient and easy, and truly valuable education is neither convenient nor is it easy. “An ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction. The Ignorance the people live in,” observed Símon Bolívar, “leads them to commit mistakes against their own happiness.” We can see what has happened in places like the Great Liberator’s own Venezuela when education was discounted and ignorance descending. On behalf of the CAES staff, thank you for letting us align with you in this charge forward to help your kids and our country soar.

Want to know more about Símon Bolívar? 

Check out this link: https://www.biography.com/political-figure/simon-bolivar

CARDINAL KUDOS!

A big thanks to the following staff members who made our Smithfield High homecoming parade entry a reality: Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Barrilleaux, Ms. Booth, Mrs. DeLong, Ms. Hunter, Ms. LeCompte, Mrs. McKay

Mrs. Everett is leaving Carrollton next week to begin her new chapter at Windsor Elementary where she will become one of their Reading Interventionists; we’re sad to see her go but are confident that she’ll be a wonderful addition to the WES staff!

F.Y.I.

All of our bus routes now have buses and drivers, so pick-ups and drop-offs should be happening on time.

No students will be released early from class after 3:30 p.m.

When staff are on duty during afternoon pick-up, they’re looking at their devices to check which students should be loading the next vehicles at their flags. (I assure you, no one’s updating her MySpace wall.)

The PTA has a Remind app and will be sending out important information in the next few weeks about volunteers for our upcoming Book Fair. Here’s the link: remind.com/join/3e7fk3f or add a new class in the app using @3e7fk3f.

A student’s immunization record needs to be current and submitted by this Thursday, Sept. 30, in order to remain enrolled.

Boosterthon -- The PTA not only met its fundraising goal of $18,000 but exceeded it with a current total of $20,300 thanks to you -- and your extended families, co-workers, church friends, neighbors, etc. (Word in the halls is that now someone has to kiss a pig…!)

PLEASE & THANK YOU

Mrs. DeLong would love to have someone with a landscaping business come speak to her students; if interested and available, please contact her a [email protected].

Do not enter the car loop before 8:15 for drop-off or 3:40 for pick-up; vehicles sitting in the line are preventing our staff and delivery trucks from arriving/departing as needed and pose an obstacle for emergency vehicles.

Carpool, anyone? (Think of all the time you’d save not sitting in pick-up line traffic…!)

HEALTH UPDATE

Since the start of school, we have quarantined 61 students/staff members, 2 of whom tested COVID-positive; through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/5     BayPort Savings Day

10/6     School picture day for the following classes: DavenportNorton, 2nd grade & 3rd grade

10/7     School picture day for the following classes: LeCompte, Nagy, Rosenberry, kindergarten, 1st grade

10/7     Interim progress reports come home

10/9     Isle of Wight County’s annual Hog Jog

10/11   No school: Staff professional development day

10/15   Cardinal Spirit Day!

10/14   School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

11/4     School picture re-takes/make-ups

 

Luchemos por los ninos!

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update 9/18/2021


The Principal’s Perspective


Miguel de Cervantes is considered the premier Spanish author and his classic Don Quixote is credited as the genesis of the modern-day novel. Quixote, the aging conquistador, is renowned for his misguided nobility and his delusional attacks on windmills that he sees as dangerous giants. It’s because of Don Quixote that we have one of my favorite adjectives quixotic, which describes a person whose efforts are idealistic yet erroneous. In our county, there is a cluster of citizens who have concerned themselves with attacking windmills lately; these windmills include the division’s CRT curriculum (which does not exist), the division’s Director of Equity and Inclusion (who does exist and isn’t the threat they’ve created), and our Superintendent (seemingly because he exists); other windmills at which they’ve charged: school resource officers, library books, and fieldtrip permission slips – oh, and all IWCS educators according to this comment allowed on their social media account: “Isle of Wight County school have to be the worst in my book.” In addition to the poor grammar, there’s a pretty steady thread of misinformation, vitriol, and rudeness permitted on their space, and like “Jerry Springer” or a video of a high school cafeteria fight, you know nothing good’s going to come from paying attention to it but you’re drawn by the dramatics. Lately I have allowed myself to waste time trolling through the unconstructive opinions and I have become agitated. So, since other people’s skewed perspectives can affect my own, I, Mr. Robert Brennan, promise to quit spending time wading through the quixotic mission of those who exert energy stirring strife, not seeking solutions. Una persona positiva convierte sus problemas en retos, nunca en obstáculos -- this Spanish maxim can be translated as “A positive person turns his problems into challenges, never obstacles.” Let’s not tilt at windmills, bother ourselves with those that do, or allow obtuse opinions to become obstacles to genuine progress. I think we’ll be happier and healthier for it. 


Want to know more about Miguel de Cervantes? 

Check out this link: https://www.biography.com/writer/miguel-de-cervantes


CARDINAL KUDOS!


  • We literally could not handle the dismissal process without all of the staff willing to stay well past their contract hours to make sure that students are monitored, buses are loaded, and pick-ups are processed!
  • I saw lots of happy (and slightly damp) chaperones on our trip to the county fair – thank you very much for your help!

F.Y.I.


  • No students will be released early from class after 3:30 p.m.; 12:30 on an early dismissal day.
  • Single-day bus passes will not be issued.
  • A student’s immunization record needs to be current and submitted by Sept. 30 in order to remain enrolled.
  • One of our kindergarten friends couldn’t resist the temptation to touch the shiny red fire alarm pull station yesterday, so we counted the unplanned building evacuation as one of our mandatory drills. (I’ve never understood why those things are at kid-eye level!) 
  • If your child needs to be out for an extended time due to illness or quarantine, he/she should be able to stay relatively current with instruction through what the teacher puts on Canvas; the teacher may also provide packets or scanned work. Zoom can be used for reading conferences but will not be used to “live-stream” classroom instruction. 
  • Boosterthon -- This is the PTA event that will generate funding for additional resources and events for your children this year. The PTA’s goal is $18,000 and as of yesterday…
    • The Kindergarten team has generated the most revenue.
    • The top 3 classes are Mrs. Ward’s, Mrs. J. Smith’s, and Mrs. Luong’s.
    • $621.00 has been donated in corporate matches.
    • Our current total potential profit is $7,125.00.
  • We will have an entry in the Smithfield High School’s homecoming parade Sept. 24, and if you would like to help with the planning and/or participate during the parade, please let me know. 

PLEASE & THANK YOU

 

  • Per CDC and VDH guidance, do not allow your child to wear a gaiter or bandana in place of a standard mask to school. 
  • Do not arrive before 8:15 for drop-off or 3:40 for pick-up; vehicles sitting in the line are preventing our staff and delivery trucks from arriving/departing as needed and have blocked emergency vehicles.
  • For those dropping off students in the morning:
    • Do not leave your student before the doors open at 8:35. Children sitting outside will not be monitored.
    • Encourage your students to be ready to hop out as soon as you enter the parking lot.
    • Allow your children exit the vehicle on their own if you are confident that they can do so safely.
    • Have your children on the driver’s side so they can exit on the sidewalk.
    • Realize that your child will not be marked unexcused tardy if they walk in before or with the car loop crew; also, breakfast will continue to be served until drop-off duty is complete.

Health Update



Since the start of school, we have quarantined 32 students/staff members, 2 of whom tested COVID-positive; through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.

UPCOMING EVENTS


9/23 PTA’s Boosterthon Fun Run 

9/24 Packer Pride Day (Wear blue and gold.); 12:50 dismissal for SHS homecoming parade

10/5 BayPort Savings Day

10/6 School picture day for the following classes: Davenport, Norton, 2nd grade & 3rd grade

10/7 School picture day for the following classes: LeCompte, Nagy, Rosenberry, kindergarten, 1st grade

10/7 Interim progress reports come home

10/9 Isle of Wight County’s annual Hog Jog

10/11 No school: Staff professional development day

10/14 School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)


Positivo!

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update 9/11/2021


Principal Perspective


As I’m sitting here reflecting on the first four days of school, I’m also watching the live coverage from Ground Zero commemorating 9/11. None of the frustrations of last week deserve mentioning as I listen to the victims’ names spoken aloud. Really late buses; unbelievably traffic on New Towne Haven Lane; misguided, negative comments on social media – none of these matters when I reflect on what I felt twenty years ago today. Those annoyances that frustrated us this past week truly pale in comparison to what actually matters, and hearing the names of those we lost two decades ago read by their loved ones brought me perspective. No, arrivals and departures were not perfect last week, but everyone made it to school and back home and that’s what matters. The process will continue to be refined, and soon we’ll forget the momentary inconveniences that aggravated us so much. September 11 stands to remind us to discount the trivial, the mundane, the petty, and to hold fast to those aspects of life that we can all agree are important: family, friends, heroes, sacrifice, purpose.


CARDINAL KUDOS!


  • A big high-five to all of our kindergarteners for making it through their first four days of school!
  • Thank you very much, Ms. C. Brekenridge, for your generous contribution of time and flowers to make our planters out front look pretty!
  • Thank you to the nice folks at Edward Jones for providing the staff a tub of treats!
  • The staff truly appreciates the Cutler family for the sweet surprises found in all our mailboxes!
  • I appreciate the many of you who were willing to look past the “first-week” annoyances with grace and patience and reached out with encouraging words.

F.Y.I.


  • No students will be released early from class after 3:30 p.m.
  • Single-day bus passes will not be issued.
  • A student’s immunization record needs to be current and submitted by Sept. 30 in order to remain enrolled.
  • We will have a fire drill this Monday afternoon, weather permitting. 
  • If your child needs to be out for an extended time due to illness or quarantine, he/she should be able to stay relatively current with instruction through what the teacher puts on Canvas; the teacher may also provide packets or scanned work. Zoom can be used for reading conferences but will not be used to “live-stream” classroom instruction. 
  • Boosterthon: This is the PTA event that will generate funding for additional resources and events for your children this year. The kick-off is this Wednesday and the big event will be Sept. 23.
  • We will have an entry in the Smithfield High School’s homecoming parade Sept. 24! If you would like to help with the planning and/or participate during the parade, please let me know. It’s always great when our kids get to be a part of the fun.
  • Our third graders will be taking reading and math assessments next week so teachers can collect baseline data that will be used to guide instruction; when the students take the SOL assessment in May, we’re hopeful to see a great deal of growth.
  • Ms. Teyaka Booker is your Parent Advisory Council representative again this year.

PLEASE & THANK YOU

 

  • Per CDC and VDH guidance, do not allow your child to wear a gaiter or bandana in place of a standard mask to school. 
  • Please don’t arrive before 8:15 for drop-off or 3:30 for pick-up; vehicles sitting in the line are preventing our staff and delivery trucks from arriving/departing as needed and will block emergency vehicles.
  • For those dropping off students in the morning:
    • Do not leave your student before the doors open at 8:35. Children sitting outside will not be monitored.
    • Have your students ready to hop out as soon as you round the corner into the car loop.
    • Feel free to let your children exit the vehicle on their own if you are confident that they can do so safely.
    • Have your children on the driver’s side so they can exit on the sidewalk.
    • Realize that your child will not be marked unexcused tardy if they walk in before or with the car loop crew; also, breakfast will continue to be served until drop-off duty is complete.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


9/15 Boosterthon kick-off 

9/16 3rd Grade SOL Growth Assessment

9/17 Cardinal Spirit Day (Wear red and black!) / Isle of Wight County Fair fieldtrip 

9/23 Boosterthon event (More details are coming.)

9/24 Packer Pride Day (Wear blue and gold.); early dismissal for SHS homecoming parade

10/5 BayPort Savings Day

10/6, 7 School picture days 

10/11 No school: Staff professional development day

10/14 School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)


Never forget,

Mr. B.