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CAES Weekly Updates: October 2021

Carrollton Weekly Update 10/2/2021


THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

The smell of crayons, of freshly cut grass, of Smithfield bacon / the laugh of a baby, the snoring of a puppy / when someone smiles and yields in a parking lot / snowflakes, seashells, acorns, ladybugs / a sincere compliment, a hand-written letter, a note on a lunchbag napkin / the circuitous dotted-line path of a butterfly and heavy dips and arcs of a bumblebee / Hispanic-American author of the obligatory high school reading The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros once observed, “The older I get, the more I’m conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn’t it?” Maybe I’m showing my age, but I agree with Ms. Cisneros: It’s the little things that can make my day -- my dog resting his head on my knee, a really gooey chocolate chip cookie, waking up early and realizing it’s Saturday. Cisneros mentions tiny things can make a change in the world; I wonder if that could include making eye contact with your son, holding your daughter’s hand, showing up for the game or performance or recital / spending time, not money, to demonstrate you care / modeling and expecting good manners / listening -- really listening / saying “You can do it,” “I’m proud of you,” “Thank you” / “I love you” / Tiny things can often go unnoticed and little things left undone, unsaid. Before I grow much older, I want to be intentional about not being distracted by the matters that seem so big and stopping to appreciate the tiny things. And I want to make a difference by doing and saying the little things while I can. (By the way, thank you for the smiles in the carloop and your kind e-mails.)


Learn about Sandra Cisneros at https://www.sandracisneros.com



CARDINAL KUDOS!

Aldersgate United Methodist Church made a generous contribution to our STEM program, benefitting all of our students and increasing the quality of our science, technology, engineering, and math instruction!


On behalf of the staff, thank you very much, Wyatt and Travis C.’s mom for the dozens and dozens of cookies! 


Mrs. Hundley made the leap from out kindergarten team to our 3rd grade team this past week and demonstrated flexibility and grace while moving out of her comfort zone. I’m truly thankful that her heart is intent on doing what is best for children, and I’m thankful for Mrs. Lanois and the 3rd Grade Team for helping Mrs. Hundley get everything ready to greet her new students and start this new opportunity for them.


It was great to have Mr. Summitt back in the building this week after he took some time to be home with his new baby daughter!


F.Y.I.

As of Wednesday, our Cardinals have raised $22,991 (including $1,755 in corporate matches) through the PTA’s Boosterthon event! Non-parent givers make up 71% of those who donated and 99% of the donations has been collected. I’m on the lookout for a pig if anyone has one. (One little guy mentioned that his dad works at the Smithfield packing plant and the thought of that made me briefly sad – and kinda’ hungry…)


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.

Reminder: 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.

 

Because students are transitioning throughout the building from Encore and/or recess, no students will be released early from class after 3:30 p.m.

 

I’m attaching a copy of the 2021-22 CAES guidebook in case you didn’t receive a copy when I first made it available at the start of school.

PLEASE & THANK YOU

Make sure your child has a mask that is well-fitting; the staff is reminding students to wear their masks over their noses and mouths, and any encouragement you can provide at home will be helpful. 

Chain of Command is a concept our military-connected families know very well! That same concept works here at CAES, too. If you have a question or concern about a teacher, please reach out to that person directly; contacting Mrs. White or me first simply means that we’re going to go to that teacher, which prolongs the process and may make the teacher feel he/she is “in trouble.” If you have a question or concern about something I have done, please give me a chance to communicate with you before going straight to Central Office; if after we talk you’re still not satisfied, then contacting my supervisor would be the logical next step. 

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.

 

HELP WANTED

Our Engineering teacher, Mrs. Hall, is collecting the following items:

empty toilet tissue rolls

empty paper towel rolls

cereal boxes

8” x 8" pieces of cardboard (like Amazon boxes)

Please send in any of these items to enhance students' engineering experiences.

Mrs. DeLong would love to have someone with a landscaping business come speak to her students; if interested and available, please contact her a cdelong@iwcs.k12.va.us.

We have an opening for a full-time instructional assistant who will work with 1st and 2nd graders as part of a two-year, grant-funded position. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the IWCS Employment info: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/employment

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 40 Cardinals were quarantined, several because of a positive case at a local daycare provider. Since the start of school, we have quarantined 100 students/staff members, 4 of whom tested COVID-positive; through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.

The day a student is sent home to quarantine may not be the day contact tracing takes place because that student may have gone home with symptoms or as a close contact; if a caregiver notifies us later that the child tests positive, contact tracing may be in order.


We have had a few cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease and caregivers of students in those classes were notified by Nurse Stalls.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

10/7 Division-wide Pink Out Day

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

10/11 No school: Staff professional development day

10/15 Cardinal Spirit Day! (We’ll be wearing red & black and awarding the Cardinal Spirit Stick!)

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

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

11/5 End of the first marking period


Haz las pequañas cosas,

Mr. B.




Carrollton Weekly Update  10/9/2021

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

When it comes to children’s literature, I definitely judge a book by its cover. I also judge kids’ books by the quality of their illustrations, the depth of their story, and the readability of their text. As we round out Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to recommend to you one of my favorite books, which just so happens to be about a fellow book lover. An influential contributor to creating a more inclusive collection of resources at the New York Public Library, Pura Belpré became that institution’s first Latina librarian in 1921. The book Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré is a lyrical, colorful, factual story about a woman who demonstrated the gumption to leave her homeland of Puerto Rico and resettle in the United States to work hard for her successes. Belpré’s tenacity made a positive difference for those around her whose stories were similar to hers and for those whose stories differed. Her impact is a constant reminder as the Pura Belpré Award has been bestowed annually since 1996 to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for young people. Reading a children’s book like Planting Stories is one way to help broaden the horizons and enrich the worldview of those who hear the story – and that’s a pretty good return on the price of a children’s book.

You can learn about Pura Belpré at https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/11/12/pura-belpre-library-storyteller

To order a copy of the book Planting Stories, check out  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

CARDINAL KUDOS!

We wish Mrs. Letchworth the best as she leaves us to attend to her parents’ needs. For years she has been a vital part of the CAES community and she will be truly missed.

Mrs. Dickinson was presented a $1,000 grant from BayPort Credit Union for creating the opportunity for her 1stgraders to earn, save, and spend as part of a class economy and store!                                                            

Thank you, Ms. BrekenridgeMs. Hemmis, and Ms. Vega for your assistance with our school picture days!

F.Y.I.

Weeks ago we created a new plan for lunch allowing classes to eat in their rooms in order to provide more social-distancing space in the cafeteria -- then our food service staff lost members, so delivering lunches to classrooms wasn’t an option. Plan B: Clamshell containers so the halls aren’t covered with chicken nuggets, peas, and diced peaches -- the shipment has been delayed. So, as soon as the truck arrives, teachers are ready to start “Operation Eat Everywhere”!

 

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to announce it Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family.  SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are fall virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register.                     

Bus Updates:

  • Bus 107 is now Bus 177.
  • Transportation has been able to get Bus 9 to drop off students by 9:10 a.m. daily barring traffic delays.
  • Approval of two more drivers is on the School Board agenda; one of these drivers only needs to be re-trained, which requires a brief behind-the-wheel refresher.

Since our Cardinals exceeded the PTA’s goal of $18,000 by raising $22,991 through the PTA’s Boosterthon event, I have an appointment with a pig this weekend. Assuming the porker signs a media release waiver, the encounter will be recorded for the kids to see next week.                          

 

Reminder: Because students are transitioning throughout the building from Encore and/or recess, no one will be released early from class after 3:30 p.m.

PLEASE & THANK YOU

Make sure your child has a mask that is well-fitting; the staff is reminding students to wear their masks over their noses and mouths, and any encouragement you can provide at home will be helpful.                                                     

 

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

 

You are doing a super job leaving the car loop empty before 3:45 in the afternoon! Thank you very much!

 

Please pause using your phone while in the car loop during drop-off and pick-up.

HELP WANTED

Our Engineering teacher, Mrs. Hall, is still collecting the following items to enhance students' engineering experiences:

  • empty toilet tissue rolls
  • empty paper towel rolls
  • cereal boxes
  • 8” x 8" pieces of cardboard (like Amazon boxes)                                                    

 

Mrs. DeLong would love to have someone with a landscaping business come speak to her students; if interested and available, please contact her a cdelong@iwcs.k12.va.us.                                                                 

 

We have an opening for a full-time instructional assistant who will work with 1st and 2nd graders as part of a two-year, grant-funded position. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the IWCS Employment info: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/employment                                   

FROM OUR P.T.A.

We have some exciting events the PTA would like to share with you for October! For the month of October, we are holding a PTA Membership Drive! The class from each grade with the most memberships will win an ice cream party sponsored by the PTA! Our contest begins NOW through October 3! Please see the attached flyer or you may use our website to go directly to purchase your membership: https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

 

Our second event for October is our Spirit Wear Launch! New spirit wear is available to purchase NOW through October 22! Check out https://carrolltonspiritwearfall2021.itemorder.com/shop/sale/ to order your new spirit wear!

Last, but not least...our Scholastic Book Fair! Each student's wish lists will be made in school October 21-22 and books can be purchased in school October 25-28. We will hold a special evening event called BOOk 'n Treat on Friday, October 29 when students can wear their costumes, collect candy and purchase their Scholastic Books with their family. Be on the lookout for more info coming soon!

 

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, please sign up for our Remind App (@3e7fk3f) for more information! Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to a fun October with the PTA at CAES!

Sincerely,

The CAES PTA Executive Board

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 11 Cardinals were quarantined. Since the start of school, we have quarantined 113 students/staff members, 5 of whom tested COVID-positive; through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.                              

A Cardinal was in the building last Friday, tested positive this past Monday, and we received word Tuesday, therefore, Tuesday was when we conducted contact tracing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/7     Interim progress reports came home

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

10/11   No school: Staff professional development day

10/15   Cardinal Spirit Day! (We’ll be wearing red & black and awarding the Cardinal Spirit Stick!)

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

10/29   Annual Book Character Day (Info coming soon)

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

11/5     End of the first marking period

11/9     BayPort Savings Day

11/11   No school: Veterans Day

11/12   No school: Staff professional development and clerical day

 

¡Sembrando historias!

Mr. B.


File attachments:
Halloween Flyer.pdf
CAES 2021 PTA Join Ice Cream Flier.jpg.pdf

Carrollton Weekly Update  10/16/2021

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Most of us can probably recount some experience with bullying from when we were younger. (To this day, whenever I smell Mennen Speed Stick I still flinch at the thought of being snapped by a towel in my junior high locker room.) Whether on an elementary playground or trying to navigate the social strata in the high school cafeteria, many of us can remember the discomfort, embarrassment, and fear caused by people’s meanness. The term “bullying” was a trigger word a few years ago so we want to be intentional about helping our students discern the difference between general childish unkindness and actual aggressive, threatening behaviors. We also want to stress the importance of standing up for one another, and that will be our theme next week as our school counselors Mrs. Berkeley and Ms. Ortolano have the following fun stuff planned:

Monday will be “Pinky Promise Day” – Those Cardinals who choose to pledge to treat others respect and to stand up for others who are mistreated can have one of their pinky nails painted blue as a sign of that pledge. (I tell the boys it’s bruise blue to make the nail look tougher!)

Wednesday will be “Unity Day” – In keeping with the color theme for the national Unity Day, everyone is encouraged to wear lots of orange.

Friday will be “Upstander Day” – This is a chance for our Cardinals to dress up as heroes (super with a cape or civic with a badge, helmet, stethoscope, etc.)

Our hope is that by being aware of how to team up to prevent bullying, our students will continue to develop their sense of empathy and be kind on the playground, in the junior high locker room, and beyond!

CARDINAL KUDOS!

We’re very grateful for the Kiwanis Club of Carrollton who made a generous donation that paid for floor mats to keep students from slipping in puddles formed under our water bottle-filling stations and supplies used for scientific investigation lesson provided to all students in grades K – 2 by our gifted resource teacher Mrs. J. Ball.

 

The school received a $500 grant from the William M. Cage Library Trust and we are very thankful!

 

Chick-fil-A in Harbourview provided gift cards for all of our bus drivers as a sign of appreciation for their work.

F.Y.I.

At the October 14, 2021, School Board meeting, the Board voted to approve a change to the current school calendar. Friday, October 29, and Friday, December 10, have been designated as staff work days and student holidays. (December 10 was already an elementary student holiday and includes all students.)  

Items in Lost & Found will be donated to our local CHKD thrift store at the end of the month.

 

Our new plan for lunch allowing classes to eat in their rooms is on hold until the shipment of clamshell containers arrives – probably on one of those ships stuck out in the ocean…

 

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to announce it Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family.  SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are fall virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register.      

 

Reminder: Because students are transitioning throughout the building from Encore and/or recess, no one will be released early from class after 3:30 p.m.

PLEASE & THANK YOU

Make sure your child has a mask that is well-fitting; the staff is reminding students to wear their masks over their noses and mouths, and any encouragement you can provide at home will be helpful. 

 

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

For the safety of those on the sidewalks, please pause using your phone while in the car loop during drop-off and pick-up.

HELP WANTED

Our Engineering teacher, Mrs. Hall, is still collecting the following items to enhance students' engineering experiences:

empty toilet tissue rolls

empty paper towel rolls

cereal boxes

8” x 8" pieces of cardboard (like Amazon boxes)                                              

 

The “Morning Tweet” news team is rebooting this year and we could use your help! We are looking to update our tech setup and would love an extra computer monitor or two to set up as teleprompters and feed monitors. If you have one you would be willing to donate, please contact Mrs. Pealo at mpealo@iwcs.k12.va.us to coordinate a drop off time. Thank you for considering us!

FROM OUR P.T.A.

Please join us for our next general PTA meeting on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, using the link below to review the budget and upcoming events for the 2021-2022 school year.

ZOOM LINK: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/88995337401?pwd=OWowc2o3a0FWZ0JOa1VicFVCSGt5UT09
Meeting ID: 889 9533 7401
Passcode: g4XaES

 

For the month of October, we are holding a PTA Membership DriveThe top classes in each grade currently are PreK/K: Luong, 1st Grade: Haslip, 2nd Grade: Brett and 3rd Grade: Lee! The class from each grade with the most memberships will win an ice cream party sponsored by the PTA! Our contest continues through October 31! Please see the attached flyer or you may use our website to go directly to purchase your membership: https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

 

New Cardinal spirit wear is available to purchase through October 22! Check out https://carrolltonspiritwearfall2021.itemorder.com/shop/sale/ to order your new spirit wear!

 

Scholastic Book Fair! Each student's wish lists will be made in school October 21-22 and books can be purchased in school October 25-28. We will hold a special evening event called BOOk 'n Treat on Thursday, October 28, when students can wear their costumes, collect candy and purchase their Scholastic Books with their family. Save the date and be on the lookout for more info coming home with your student’s wishlist!

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, please sign up for our Remind App (@3e7fk3f) for more information! Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to a fun October with the PTA at CAES!

 

Sincerely,

The CAES PTA Executive Board

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 16 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 132 students/staff members since the start of school; 5 of those tested COVID-positive. Through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.                            

UPCOMING EVENTS

10/18   Bullying awareness “Pinky Promise Day”

10/20   Bullying awareness “Unity Day”

10/21   PTA general meeting via Zoom (7:00) See link above

10/22   Bullying awareness “Upstander Day”

10/22   Deadline for ordering Cardinal spirit wear

10/28   Annual Book Character Day (Info coming soon)

10/28   PTA BOOk ‘n Treat

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

11/5     End of the first marking period

11/9     BayPort Savings Day

11/11   No school: Veterans Day

11/12   No school: Staff professional development and clerical day

11/19   Report cards distributed

 

Have a great weekend!

Mr. B.