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CAES Weekly Updates: December 2021

Carrollton Weekly Update  12/4/2021

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

I’m not very good at just being still, so when I contracted whatever germ my oldest daughter had the Monday of Thanksgiving break, I struggled more with being inactive than actually being sick. I was bracing to hear from the doctor that I had the latest COVID variant – omicron, DEFCON, Megatron, whatever – but I didn’t. What I experienced wasn’t miserable or painful, just exhausting, and by the time the plague made it through the six of us, all of our plans for the break were cancelled. I was more okay with postponing the big Thanksgiving meal with out-of-town family than I was with missing out on the simple, little things that I had wanted to do. Things like finish a book and start another, binge Disney+, take my girls to see Encanto. My body slowed me down to the point that all I could do was sleep, and when I was awake for the few hours each day, I was still. Very, very still. Tis the season, isn’t it?  This is the time to be intentional about being still. Whether quietly meditating on the miracle marked by Hannukah or contemplating the cause for celebrating Christmas or reflecting on the richness of Kwanzaa’s traditions, as we enter December, it should be a time to be still. Believe me, I know it’s hard with all the gift-getting and socializing and decorating that has overshadowed what should be thoughtful, consequential, sacred. This is a wonderful season for simply being but we’re just too busy doing. I need to be more still and be still more – and I don’t want an over-the-counter drug-induced stupor to be the reason for my quiet contemplation. It should be the glow of candles, the baby in the manger, the warmth of family that calm me, that re-center me. I hope this holiday season that can easily become frenetic that you can focus on being tranquil (without Nyquil!).

CARDINAL KUDOS!

This bears repeating: Mrs. K. Leonard was honored by the staff to represent Carrollton as our 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Leonard is the type of educator who can seamlessly blend highly effective, research-based pedagogy with genuine compassion for those students fortunate enough to call her teacher.


I’m grateful that our Computer Science teacher, Mrs. M. Pealo, has organized an opportunity for your family to code together, and I hope you’ll enjoy the time.


We are truly appreciative for the Woman’s Club of Smithfield for generously donating to our reading program!

F.Y.I.

We are excited to announce that our annual Giving Tree will be up in our front lobby this December and January. You can send in new winter weather items to decorate our tree: mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats. Students that need those items simply picks what they need from the tree. The tree will be up from December 6 through January 28.


SAVE THE DATE! Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 6 - 10, 2021), Carrollton Elementary School is delighted to invite you to participate in our National Family Code Night, a free live-stream event for our families. This is a fun learning event in which children create and problem-solve during an “hour of coding” with a caregiver. No experience needed! The event has been held in thousands of schools nationwide and is now provided to our school via a live stream. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a license to Dash’s Neighborhood, a virtual robotics playground, from Wonder Workshop. So, save the date and get ready for a community learning experience the whole family will value and enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Register for the FREE Virtual Event through CAES at https://bit.ly/CAESFCNreg 


P.S. Looking for more information? View the 1-minute National Family Code Night’s Celebration video at bit.ly/FCNCelebrate.


Regarding conferences with teachers next Friday, Dec. 10: 

  • Be sure to contact your child’s teacher if you would like a conference.
  • Bring no more than two adults and only CAES students with you to the conference.
  • All attendees will need to remained masked while in the building.

 

Info about school picture orders from Blue Dominion Studios (www.bluedominionstudios.com):

USPS can take as little as one week to as long as three weeks to deliver your order.

Orders on or before 11/4 should arrive by 12/15 (latest date).

Orders between 11/5 to 11/15 were expected to ship on 12/1 and should arrive between 12/8 (earliest date) and 12/22 (latest date).

Orders between 11/16 to 11/19 will probably arrive sometime the week of 12/27.

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.

Reminder: If you have a microwave that you’d be willing to donate to the school, I’ll gratefully receive it. Now that our students are eating in their classrooms on a rotating basis, their teachers have limited access to use the microwave in the staff dining room, so if I could get one (or more) centrally located to their classrooms, they would appreciate it. 

HELP WANTED
Interested in being a substitute teacher? Contact the Central Office Human Resources department for information.

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 17 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 198 students/staff members since the start of school; To date, only 13 Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19. Through our contact tracing, we have found no Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus at school.     

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Students

Isle of Wight County Schools, in collaboration with Isle of Wight County Emergency Services and Rite Aid, will be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children between the ages of 5 and 18.

The clinics are only for first doses and will only administer the Pfizer vaccine.

An adult over the age of 18 must accompany the child.

Pre-registration is encouraged using the links below, but walk-ins are allowed. 

The first clinic is scheduled for Monday, December 6, in the gym at Georgie Tyler Middle School from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Georgie Tyler Middle School (ages 5-11)

https://vase.vdh.virginia.gov/vdhapps/f?p=535:205:::NO:205:P205_CLINIC_DETAILS_ID:279477553694725439281983331345514521154


Georgie Tyler Middle School (CVC+) (ages 12 and up) :

https://vase.vdh.virginia.gov/vdhapps/f?p=535:205:::NO:205:P205_CLINIC_DETAILS_ID:279478119222894166040046427205146383650


The second clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, in the gym at Smithfield Middle School from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

IWCS has not received the pre-registration links for Smithfield Middle yet but will send those links as soon as they are received.                                     

UPCOMING EVENTS

12/6 National Family Code Night (See info above.)

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

1/3/22 No School: Staff clerical day

1/4/22 Back to school

 

Happy Saturday,

Mr. B.




Carrollton Weekly Update  12/11/2021

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

“It’s not a burden if we shoulder it together.” I don’t know who originally said this but I like this sentiment even more after recently helping some friends move. My wife grew up as a military kid, moving from Florida to Germany to Virginia to Idaho to D.C. to Louisiana, and every few years she starts missing the smell of cardboard boxes. I grew up in the same house from 2nd grade until I left for college and came back to visit my folks there until they moved eleven years later; I think this is one of reasons I can’t stand the thought of moving. Another reason I’d rather stay put is the thought of lugging all that heavy stuff. The friend that I helped Thursday night was a huge help when my family moved into our current home (that I will never leave), so I felt obligated to lend him a hand. And my back. As I was staring at the rooms full of big furniture, the most amazing thing I’ve seen lately was pulled from a box: a shoulder dolly! Do you know about this miracle of modern engineering? It’s way more than just two harnesses with a strap connecting them: it’s pure genius! As one other guy and I lifted a solid oak table and then an 8-foot cabinet and then a couch and then an antique icebox and lastly a piano, I felt like I was on an infomercial. “I can’t believe how easy this is!” “Why would you ever move without one of these?” “Look, Ma, no hands!” (Actually, there was no one there named “Ma” but it had to be said.) The beauty of the shoulder dolly is that you can have your burden lightened and lighten someone else’s by working together. The weight is shared, the load distributed, the effort cut in half. There has been a lot that we have had to shoulder over the past twenty-one months, hasn’t there? I hope you have friends and family, neighbors and colleagues, teammates and fellow parishioners who you can count on to help shoulder your burdens. And I hope you serve in that same capacity of others because it’s a very satisfying feeling to know that someone is depending on you, leaning on you, trusting in you. I hope you view Carrollton Elementary as a place where people help you shoulder the responsibility of training your children, and I hope we can continue to count on you to join us in this worthwhile heavy-lifting. (And to be truly transparent, I hope I find my very own shoulder dolly under the tree this Christmas!) 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

A big thanks to the following vendors who supported our “Breakfast with Santa” by donating food, items, or time: Mad Hatter Vintage, Ringo’s Donuts, Cure Coffeehouse, Usbourne Books, and Crown Design Studio


We truly appreciate the anonymous donor of the mystery microwave that arrived from Amazon this week! Thank you for thinking of our teachers and being so gracious!

F.Y.I.

We are excited to announce that our annual Giving Tree will be up in our front lobby this December and January. You can send in new winter weather items to decorate our tree: mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats. Students that need those items simply picks what they need from the tree. The tree will be up through January 28.


Lost & Found will be outside by the front door for the next week for your convenience. All items left after Dec. 17 will be donated to the local CHKD thrift store.


From our music teacher, Mr. Summitt CAES Cardinals, family, and friends -- Our 3rd graders have been working very hard to put together our 2021 Virtual Holiday Concert! The concert will be available next Friday, Dec. 17, on Mr. Summitt's Clever Page as well as a direct link that will be provided in the Dec. 18 Weekly Update! Though we wish we could share this experience in person, we hope this helps get you and yours in the holiday spirit as we go into winter break!




Your child will be coming home with a Mentor Code for Waterford before winter break. Waterford is a web-based curriculum designed to help children build a solid foundation in reading. The Mentor app will help you support your child in learning how to read. Here is a quick video to learn more: https://www.brainshark.com/1/player/waterford?pi=zF5z5Ba5JzP2FUz0&r3f1=ebd1affcf0fda5b7e7aad8bfe4e5fab1fba7b796&fb=0

 

Please join IWCS as we learn about the Mentor App from Waterford. We will meet on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. If you cannot make it, no worries! We will share the recording! Here is the Zoom link & Phone Number to dial In.

https://waterford.zoom.us/j/81566750553

Meeting ID: 815 6675 0553
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Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

If you have any questions, please contact the school or Haley Cooprider. She can be reached at [email protected] or 757-357-0758. Thanks! 

 

Info about school picture orders from Blue Dominion Studios (www.bluedominionstudios.com):

USPS can take as little as one week to as long as three weeks to deliver your order.

Orders on or before 11/4 should arrive by 12/15 (latest date).

Orders between 11/5 to 11/15 were expected to ship on 12/1 and should arrive between 12/8 (earliest date) and 12/22 (latest date).

Orders between 11/16 to 11/19 will probably arrive sometime the week of 12/27.

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.

Reminder: If you have a microwave that you’d be willing to donate to the school, I’ll gratefully receive it. Now that our students are eating in their classrooms on a rotating basis, their teachers have limited access to use the microwave in the staff dining room, so if I could get one (or more) centrally located to their classrooms, they would appreciate it. 

HELP WANTED
Interested in being a substitute teacher? Contact the Central Office Human Resources department for information.

We have an opening for a new position: Cafeteria monitor! If interested, check out the IWCS employment page.

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 8 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 206 students/staff members since the start of school; To date, only 14 Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19. Through our contact tracing, we may have found one incident of Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus at school; a Cardinal was quarantined last week due to exposure determined through contact tracing and then that person tested positive while on quarantine.     

UPCOMING EVENTS

12/14 Interims available to caregivers

12/14 Class Color Day (Teachers will let you know what seasonal color their grade is wearing and the Cardinal Spirit Stick will be awarded to the winning class.)

12/15 Festive Sweaters/Tops Day

12/17 Comfy, Cozy Day

12/18 Winter Break begins

1/3/22 No School: Staff clerical day

1/4/22 Back to school

 

It’s not a burden if we shoulder it together,

Mr. B.




Carrollton Weekly Update  12/17/2021

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Two weeks ago I told my staff not to expect our students to work during the winter break because I didn’t expect the adults to work. Then today I got tough with them, letting them know that if they decide to work, Santa will know – hello, he sees us when we’re sleeping and he knows when we’re awake – and they will end up squarely on the Naughty List (where a few teachers already are, but that’s a story for another time…) Some of the craftier ones said they would wait until December 26 to work on school stuff but, of course, that will count against them on the 2022 Naughty List. To practice what I’ve been preaching about needing a sabbatical, I’m going to finish this thought, send it off, close my laptop, and go home to enjoy the break. See you next year!

 

From our music teacher, Mr. Summitt CAES Cardinals, family, and friends -- Our 3rd graders have been working very hard to put together our 2021 Virtual Holiday Concert! The concert is available on Mr. Summitt's Clever Page as well as at this direct link 🡪 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyJq4vyHvD4

Though we wish we could share this experience in person, we hope this helps get you and yours in the holiday spirit as we go into winter break!

CARDINAL KUDOS!

On behalf of the staff, thank you for the cards and gifts! We do what we do because we love kids, but the goodies make it even more rewarding!

F.Y.I.

Our annual Giving Tree will be up in our front lobby through January 28 – and it’s looking very bare! You can send in new winter weather items such as mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats to decorate our tree. Students that need something can simply pick what they need from the tree.


Change: Lost & Found will be outside by the front door all during the break for your convenience. Items left after Jan. 3 will be donated to the local CHKD thrift store.

 

Info about school picture orders from Blue Dominion Studios (www.bluedominionstudios.com):

USPS can take as little as one week to as long as three weeks to deliver your order.

Orders on or before 11/4 should have arrived by 12/15 (latest date).

Orders between 11/5 to 11/15 were expected to ship on 12/1 and should arrive between 12/8 (earliest date) and 12/22 (latest date).

Orders between 11/16 to 11/19 will probably arrive sometime the week of 12/27.

HELP WANTED
Interested in being a substitute teacher? Contact the Central Office Human Resources department for information.

We have an opening for a new position: Cafeteria monitor! If interested, check out the IWCS employment page.

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 4 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 210 students/staff members since the start of school; To date, only 15 Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19. Through our contact tracing, we may have found a second incident of Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus at school; a Cardinal was home sick last week then that person tested positive while away from the building.     

UPCOMING EVENTS

12/18 Winter Break begins

1/3/22 No School: Staff clerical day

1/4/22 Back to school

1/13 School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

1/17 No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/28 End of the first semester

1/28 Pre-K trip to the Children’s Museum

1/31 No School: Staff clerical day

 

Happy everything!

Mr. B.