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CAES Weekly Updates: November 2021

Carrollton Weekly Update  11/6/2021

                                                                                                                      

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

It’s that time of year: the leaves are falling, the air is cooling, and the mandatory meme of Cher reminding us to “Turn Back Time” is showing up on social media. My daughters have no point of reference since they don’t know Cher, but that doesn’t stop me from singing like her each weekend that daylight savings ends. Hollywood’s obsession with prequels and remakes proves that turning back time is an appealing – or at least profitable – concept, but I’m really not a fan. I like living now and I don’t want to believe that my best years are behind me. I’m more a carpe-diem kinda guy than a good-ol-days one. A friend shared this sentiment recently that speaks to focusing on the now: Dear high school senior, over the next few months, if you sense I’m just looking at you, go ahead and carry on with whatever you’re doing. It’s fine. I’m just trying to store you up. As the dad of a twelfth grader, this resonated and it reminded me to value the time I have with Molly now so as not to regret missing out on it later. There’s no reason for me to wait until my other three girls are college-bound before storing them up. And there’s no reason for you to wait until your Cardinals have flown far past CAES to create the memories that you and they will cherish years from now. Let’s make the most of the moments we have today and tomorrow and in the present to value the time we have with our kids. We can’t turn back time but we can certainly make the most of it. 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Last month we had 162 new members join our PTA! The ice cream party-winning classes with the most sign-ups were…

Pre-K/K: Mrs. Luong
1st Grade: Mrs. Haslip
2nd Grade: Ms. Brett
3rd Grade: Mrs. Lee

F.Y.I.

Info about ordering school pictures from Blue Dominion Studios (www.bluedominionstudios.com):

  • Your password is your child's student ID number. You must "allow cookies" in your web browser to access your photos. To view siblings, click "add another password" and enter an additional student ID number.
  • Ordering is online only. Add-on items can only be ordered with a package, not a-la-carte. Add-on items will become visible after a package is selected.
  • Photo orders will ship in the mail to the address you provide a few weeks 
after you place your order. Photos will NOT ship to the school. A nominal shipping charge will apply for orders with physical products.
  • Online Gallery Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/3FD4M1
  • Make-up and re-take pictures will be available for online ordering in about two weeks. 

CogAT testing for all 2nd and 3rd graders will take place between Thanksgiving break and winter break.                                                        

New time: Because students are transitioning throughout the building from Encore and/or recess, no one will be released early from class after 3:15 p.m.

Our new 3:35 caregiver pick-up has gone well so far! The vast majority of cars are in and out by 4:00. Please be sure to arrive by 3:50. – great job making this happen!

Per division directive, no bus pass will be issued unless it’s for a permanent change.      

Ms. Enyingi placed art around the building with some Visual Thinking Strategy questions to get students to approach artwork critically and to really observe what's in front of them. There are no right or wrong answers with VTS questions -- students just need to justify their answers.

Find out what your Cardinals have been up to in Mrs. Hall’s Engineering class by clicking this link to access the Fall Engineering Newsletter: https://bit.ly/EngineeringNewsFall21

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.                                                       

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

If you have suggestions for items, programs, or staffing positions to include in the 2022-2023 school budget, feel free to e-mail me at rbrennan@iwcs.k12.va.us.

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)                                                                   

FROM OUR P.T.A.

Upcoming Events:

Teacher & Staff Holiday Gift Drive now through Friday, November 19! You may bring in the attached form with your donation or donate online at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store Let's make our teachers and staff feel extra loved this holiday season! 

Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 4 is a FREE family event sponsored by the CAES PTA, but you must RSVP by Friday, November 19 at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4faea823a5f94-breakfast

See the attached letter for more info!

Thank you to...

BonnieJo Brashares from Crown Design Studio for the awesome graphic designs for all of our flyers so far this year! We truly appreciate your time!

Cure Coffeehouse for donating coffee and Ringo's Donuts for donating 10 dozen donuts to our Breakfast with Santa event! 

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 12 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 165 students/staff members since the start of school; To date, only 5 Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19. Through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.                                                  

UPCOMING EVENTS

11/9     BayPort Savings Day

11/10   Salute to our Veterans Day (The class with the most patriotic wear will win the Cardinal Spirit Stick!)

11/11   No school: Veterans Day

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

11/19   Report cards distributed

11/24 – 26   No school: Thanksgiving break

12/4     PTA’s Breakfast with Santa

 

Carpe diem!

Mr. B.


File attachments:
CAES 2021 Breakfast with Santa (1).pdf
CAES 2021 Teacher Gift Drive (1).pdf

Carrollton Weekly Update  11/13/2021                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

With the recent elections over, most of those yard signs are gone. But you know what signs I’m still seeing plenty of? “Help Wanted,” “Now Hiring,” “Work Here” – it’s as if some cosmic blip (ask a Marvel fan) has considerably reduced our workforce so now restaurants and retail, construction companies and civil services are desperate for peoplepower. This shortage in human resources hits close to home as we struggle almost dailyto provide coverage for classes when teachers are out; and teachers are out because their symptoms or a family’ member’s sickness requires staying home. As is the case across the country, qualified substitutes have become scarce, so our school staff are covering the gaps during their planning times or they’re adding extra students to their class loads (masked and distanced, of course). I’ve noticed other signs lately: on the drive-through windows of both my pharmacy and the local McDonald’s, customers are notified of “new temporary hours to serve you better” (which is another way of saying they have too few employees to work the schedules). I also saw a banner at an urgent care that implored, “Be kind. Be patient” and this was echoed on the door of the Sally Beauty down the road (father of four girls). Thank you for being kind and patient over the past nine weeks of inconveniences caused by a reduced number of bus drivers, an increased number of drop-offs/pick-ups, and quarantines of your children and my staff. The School Board voted to give IWCS employees “temporary hours” in the form of additional no-student days, and I realize that this can be inconvenient. If you know someone who begrudges a teacher time to plan or attend to her mental health, remind him of that 2020 stress of teaching at home. Twenty months ago parents were singing the praises of teachers after just a few weeks of virtual educating, and I know that the Carrollton community realizes and appreciates the service that teachers perform eight hours a day, five days a week – while wearing masks all day and working with about 22 more kids than the average “home school.”

CARDINAL KUDOS!

The following Veterans first served our country and now serve our Cardinals: Ms. A. Cutrell (3rd grade teacher), Ms. B. Harlan (instructional assistant), Ms. M. Keiser (pre-school assistant), and Mr. M. Summitt (music teacher). 

Congratulations to Mrs. Waibel’s 1st grade class for going all out and winning the Cardinal Spirit Stick for their patriotic participation on our “Salute to Veterans” spirit day!

F.Y.I.

Info about ordering school pictures from Blue Dominion Studios (www.bluedominionstudios.com):

  • Your password is your child's student ID number. You must "allow cookies" in your web browser to access your photos. To view siblings, click "add another password" and enter an additional student ID number.
  • Ordering is online only. Add-on items can only be ordered with a package, not a-la-carte. Add-on items will become visible after a package is selected.
  • Photo orders will ship in the mail to the address you provide a few weeks after you place your order. Photos will NOT ship to the school. A nominal shipping charge will apply for orders with physical products.
  • Online Gallery Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/3FD4M1
  • Make-up and re-take pictures will be available for online ordering in about one week. 

CogAT testing for all 2nd and 3rd graders will take place between Thanksgiving break and winter break; more information will be coming home from Ms. J. Ball.                                                      

Find out what your Cardinals have been up to in Mrs. Hall’s Engineering class by clicking this link to access the Fall Engineering Newsletter: https://bit.ly/EngineeringNewsFall21

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.                                                       

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
Interested in being a substitute teacher? Contact the IWCS Central Office's Human Resources department for information.

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)   

FROM OUR P.T.A.

Teacher & Staff Holiday Gift Drive now through Friday, November 19! You may bring in the attached form with your donation or donate online at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store Let's make our teachers and staff feel extra loved this holiday season! 

Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 4 is a FREE family event sponsored by the CAES PTA, but you must RSVP by Friday, November 19 at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4faea823a5f94-breakfast

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 5 Cardinals were quarantine, making a total of 170 students/staff members since the start of school; To date, only 5 Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19. Through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus.                                                  

UPCOMING EVENTS
11/19   Report cards will be made available 

11/22 – 26   No school: Thanksgiving break (Please note the additional days.)

12/4     PTA’s Breakfast with Santa

12/9     School Board meeting (6:00)

12/10   No school: Caregiver-Teacher Conferences 

12/14   Interims available to caregivers

12/18   Winter Break begins

 

Your kindness and patience is noticed and appreciated,

Mr. B.