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CAES Weekly Updates: January 2022

Carrollton Weekly Update  1/8/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

I’ve spent the last week on a sleeper sofa in a room with a broken clock and I can’t help but think that this is pretty metaphorical of our combined experience for the past almost-two years. A new inductee to the “Breakthrough Club,” I’ve been relegated to a spare room to ponder when and where I contracted the omicron variant. I’ve also pondered the ceiling a lot as I lay here on a very thin mattress covering all sorts of gears and springs and sharp metal pieces; it’s hard to know if my body aches were a result of the virus or the hide-a-bed/torture rack. The analog clock on the bookshelf has read 8:35 since I began my isolation but it hasn’t mattered since I’ve had nowhere to go, nothing to do. Within reach has been this work laptop (a reminder of what I should do), some books (a reminder of what I want to do), and my faithful chocolate lab, Duncan. These past several days aren’t specific to just me nor are they particular to this experience. Every one of us has been living in an uncomfortable, isolated way surrounded by what used to make sense and unaware of what time it really is. In this sliver of 2022, we’ve quarantined the most Cardinals ever and people in my personal life have been impacted by COVID more than at any other point in the pandemic. Weren’t we all pretty much over this way back in the fall of 2020? Yet here we are flat on our backs with an hour hand that just won’t budge. But you know what: It will get better. How do I know? Because yesterday I took a much-needed shower. And today I barely have a headache. And while I can’t taste or smell, my appetite is back. Tomorrow I may actually go outside. For those of you frustrated, for those of you hurting, for those of you scared or sad, please remember that you are not alone, your pain is real, and we will get through this together. A lot of good can happen in the next 357 days…

CARDINAL KUDOS!

A huge thanks to each of you who continue to demonstrate the integrity to keep your children at home when they are not feeling well, have a fever, throw up, etc. 

The staff had to be especially flexible this past week with so many colleagues out and I am grateful that they are truly team players!

F.Y.I.

The Environmental Club (founded by our 3rd grader, Annabelle from Mrs. Cutrell's Class) will be recycling Christmas trees this year. Just come by the school with your real, undecorated Christmas tree Saturday, January 22, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to drop off your tree for recycling. The trees will be taken to the IWCS working farm (behind Windsor Elementary) where the resident goats will be able to enjoy them. Monetary donations to the club are welcome, but not required. There is much more to come from this club, so keep an ear out for all the awesome environmentally friendly events that are being planned. 

If you didn’t take the opportunity to view our 3rd graders’ 2021 Virtual Holiday Concert under Mr. Summitt’s direction, it’s available at this direct link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyJq4vyHvD4

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.

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, 62 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 272 students/staff members since the start of school; of those, 9 tested positive for COVID-19, making a total of 24 Cardinals since September. Through contact tracing, we found no incident of Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus at school this week; those Cardinals who tested positive were away from the building.     

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

2/1       No School: Staff professional development day

2/8       Bayport Savings Day

2/10     School Board meeting (6:00)

2/11     Report cards go home

 

Hang in there!

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update  1/15/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Monday I heard a report about how political polarization is prompting people of diverse perspectives to bridge the gap through shared experiences. When it comes to polarization in America, the data are unreal. According to a poll shared in the report, a projected 25 million American adults think force is at least somewhat justified to achieve their political goal. That’s scary! Even scarier: In a poll before the 2020 presidential election, 18% of those who identified with a certain major political party approved of violence if their candidate lost. Violence! And 15% of Republicans and 20% percent of Democrats agreed that the country would be better off if large numbers of the opposing party just died. Died! When did our country become so hate-filled? I’ve been trying to think of a time when the mood in the U.S. was so sour, this divisive and I wonder if the tumult over civil rights in the early 1960s may have motivated the same meanness. Historian Jon Meacham goes even further back, comparing today to where America was in the 1850s right before the Civil War. Those were terrible times of darkness filled with hate. Psychologist Peter Coleman, who runs Columbia University's Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, states, “We study deeply divided societies that at some point stop and pivot and choose to change course.” And many Americans are now pivoting with a host of bridging efforts through organizations such as Resetting the Table, Braver Angels, and the Greater Good Science Center; these are just some of the estimated 7,000 organizations and individuals that are officially involved in this new wave of driving out the hate. It’s easy to become discouraged by the discord and the darkness demonstrated in society -- just watch the news or listen to politicians more concerned with soundbites than sound policy or attend a school board meeting. This current polarization is why the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are as important today as when he declared them back in the 1960s: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” As we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy this weekend, let’s model for our children what it looks like to be the light. Let’s work toward loving those on the other side. And let’s drive out the darkness in our little corner of the world.

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Super job this week with morning drop-off! Thank you for prompting your children to safely get out of the vehicle when we were short-handed on the sidewalk.

A huge thank you to the Mysterious Muffin Mom who brought treats to the ladies in the office. Your kindness was well timed and certainly appreciated.

F.Y.I.

5,200 – that’s the number of masks that we have provided students since September!

You’ll see Mrs. Connie Lackey in our front office as our newest administrative associate. Mrs. Lackey’s children and grandchildren attended CAES, and we are glad that she has returned to the Cardinals’ nest!

The Environmental Club (founded by our 3rd grader, Annabelle from Mrs. Cutrell's Class) will be recycling Christmas trees this year. Just come by the school with your real, undecorated Christmas tree next Saturday, January 22, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to drop off your tree for recycling. The trees will be taken to the IWCS working farm (behind Windsor Elementary) where the resident goats will be able to enjoy them. Monetary donations to the club are welcome, but not required. 

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.

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, 65 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 337 students/staff members since the start of school; of those, 5 tested positive for COVID-19, making a total of 29 Cardinals since September. Through contact tracing, we found no incident of Cardinal-to-Cardinal spread of the virus at school this week.

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

2/1       No School: Staff professional development day

2/8         Bayport Savings Day

2/10      School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

2/11     Report cards come home

 

Be the light!

Mr. B.


File attachments:
Girl Scout flyer (Jan. 2022).pdf

Carrollton Weekly Update  1/21/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

I heard there was some confusion on Facebook about the number of COVID-positive cases we’ve had; the statistic mentioned was 300+ cases just at CAES alone but that’s actually ten times as many as we’ve recorded. As of yesterday, we know of 39 students and/or staff members who have tested positive or the virus. Since September we’ve quarantined 400+ Cardinals for showing symptoms or being in close contact with symptomatic and/or positive people, so maybe that’s what caused the confusion. On a different note, you may have heard that Governor Youngkin signed an executive order banning the instruction of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools; fortunately, we at CAES have not, were not, and were not planning on using curriculum or conducting lessons that expose students to the philosophies associated with critical race theory, so this order doesn’t affect our instruction at all. Governor Youngkin also issued an executive order stating that parents can send their children to schools unmasked; our School Board discussed the issue last night and voted to maintain the masking requirement. Realizing that their decision wouldn’t please all Isle of Wight County constituents, newly elected Board member Mr. John Collick, who represents the Carrsville district, appealed to citizens to “respect the process” and to not “give teachers and administrators a hard time” about the Board’s decision (and I second that emotion!).  The constantly changing terrain of pandemic response, the confusion and commotion over CRT, and the debate about masking swirl together to create a distraction from the already intense job of educating children, so your continued patience, understanding, and support are appreciated now more than ever.

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Super job again this week with morning drop-off! Thank you for prompting your children to safely get out of the vehicle when we were short-handed on the sidewalk.

Thanks for being at the bus stop to receive your child -- this keeps the buses moving on time and prevents kids from having to be brought back to the buiding for pick-up. I also appreciate your patience with double-runs as the county continues to cover routes with fewer drivers.

F.Y.I.

If your child misses school, please be sure to communicate in writing with the front office about the absence; we keep those notes/printed e-mails as part of the student’s attendance record. If you have been in communication with our clinic about the need to quarantine your child, those absences are counted as excused. 

The Environmental Club (founded by 3rd grader Annabelle) will still be recycling Christmas trees, but the winter weather warning has impacted how this will be done: Instead of only reporting to school Saturday between 9:00 and noon, feel free to come up at any point with your real, undecorated Christmas tree. There is a trailer for the trees which will then transport them to the IWCS working farm (behind Windsor Elementary) where the resident goats will be able to enjoy them. Monetary donations to the club are welcome, but not required. 

From our Art teacher, Ms. Enyingi: The annual "Doodle for Google" contest has begun! The theme for this year is, "I care for myself by..." and encourages children to show how they make themselves feel better through artwork.  Rules, details, and how to enter can be found at https://doodle4google.com4google.comor a paper form can be picked up from Ms. Enyingi.  This contest will not be done in art class, but students are encouraged to participate. The deadline for this contest is March 4, 2022, and scholarship money will be awarded to winners.  Let's see if we can create some winners!

Our annual Giving Tree will be up in our front lobby through January 28. You can send in new winter weather items such as mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats to decorate our tree. Items left on the tree after Jan. 28 will be donated to a local charity.

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

If interested in serving as one of our new cafeteria monitors, check out the IWCS employment page.

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 66 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 403 students/staff members since the start of school; a student or staff member is quarantined if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, is a close contace of someone who exhibits symptoms, and/or tests positive. Of those quarantined this week, 10 tested positive, making a total of 39 Cardinals since September. 

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

1/28   End of the first semester

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

1/31   No School: Staff clerical day

2/1     No School: Staff professional development day

2/8       Bayport Savings Day

2/10     School Board meeting (6:00)

2/11     Report cards come home

2/14   Happy Hearts Day – Students can wear Valentiney stuff and a class will win the Cardinal Spirit Stick!

 

Happy snow day!

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update  1/29/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

I’ve been thinking a lot about our governor’s tweeted counsel that we love our neighbors. The advice isn’t political; it’s biblical, appearing in both the Old and New Testaments, and no matter where a person may place himself along the faith continuum, the concept is foundational to civility and service. Governor Youngkin’s encouragement to love our neighbors was expressed in the context of the mask debate roiling Virginia schools, but when this latest kerfuffle subsides, the ancient truth will still stand. The declarative statement is metaphorical, not referring to just the folks next door or those living across the cul-de-sac: Our neighbors are everyone that is not us! And loving them requires recognizing their needs and doing what’s in your power to meet them -- big or small, recognized or anonymously. Another way to show love is by what one does not do: not sewing discord, not classifying those on the other side of an issue as evil, not engaging in cancel culture, name-calling, shaming. We are much better adults and parents when we demonstrate for one another and for our children how to love our neighbors, and we are better citizens when we secure for the next generation a population that is more concerned with pursuing right while promoting peace than simply stirring up strife. The basis of loving our neighbors is selflessness, therefore, love is a choice – a daily choice and not always an easy one. Governor Youngkin’s three-word allusion to the Torah and the gospel of Matthew is just as vibrant and vital in 2022 as it’s ever been. 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Third grader Annabelle C. donated her hair to “Locks of Love” (https://locksoflove.org) which is wonderful way to demonstrate love for her neighbor!

Our bookkeeper Ms. J. Sledge consistently seeks to meet the needs of others at their time of great need, and this is love in action!

I appreciate the class you have shown during the last week+ as education’s focus has been diverted from math to masks, from reading to rights. So many of you are loving your neighbors and I am grateful for your example.

F.Y.I.

You are invited to participate in a survey regarding next year’s school calendar. The survey link is https://forms.gle/8ncCJDszbayBndHW8 and the deadline is this Monday, Jan. 31.

The Environmental Club will still be recycling Christmas trees. Feel free to come to school by Wednesday, Feb. 2, with your real, undecorated Christmas trees and place them in the trailer which will then transport them to the IWCS working farm (behind Windsor Elementary) where the resident goats will be able to enjoy them. Monetary donations to the club are welcome, but not required. 

From our Art teacher, Ms. Enyingi: The annual "Doodle for Google" contest has begun! The theme for this year is, "I care for myself by..." and encourages children to show how they make themselves feel better through artwork.  Rules, details, and how to enter can be found at https://doodle4google.com4google.comor a paper form can be picked up from Ms. Enyingi.  This contest will not be done in art class, but students are encouraged to participate. The deadline for this contest is March 4, 2022, and scholarship money will be awarded to winners.  Let's see if we can create some winners!

Parent Portal will be off-line effective Jan. 31 while teachers are inputting report card information. You will be able to access Parent Portal again Feb. 11.

If your child misses school, please be sure to communicate in writing with the front office about the absence; we keep those notes/printed e-mails as part of the student’s attendance record. If you have been in communication with our clinic about the need to quarantine your child, those absences are counted as excused. 

FROM OUR P.T.A.   https://carrollton.memberhub.com/calendar

If you have not received your Spirit Wear Order from Boosterthon yet, please contact the CAES PTA at [email protected]Thank you!

Retired Spirit Wear from 2020-2021 can now be purchased at our Store for a discounted price! Limited sizes and styles are available Check it out at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

Spring Book Fair with Usborne Books & More!

Wednesday, 3/16 - Family Kick-Off Event 6pm-8pm at CAES

Thursday, 3/17 and Friday, 3/18 - Student Preview/Wish List Days

Student Purchasing Days: (exact class times will be sent at a later date)

Monday, 3/21 - PreK and K classes

Tuesday, 3/22 - 1st grade classes

Wednesday, 3/23 - 2nd grade classes 

Thursday, 3/24 - 3rd grade classes 

Friday, 3/25 – Teachers, self-contained, and those students who missed their class day

Volunteers will be needed, so please be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius from the PTA!

Sign up to receive Remind messages from the CAES PTA! Use the class code @3e7fk3f

Don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and Box Tops:

Amazon Smile Registration: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage?orig=%2F

Box Tops for Education Registration and download the app: https://www.boxtops4education.com/

HEALTH UPDATE

This week, 39 Cardinals were quarantined, making a total of 442 students/staff members since the start of school; a student or staff member is quarantined if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, is a close contact of someone who exhibits symptoms, and/or tests positive. Of those quarantined this week, 5 tested positive, making a total of 44 Cardinals since September. 

The CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

1/31   No School: Staff clerical day

2/1     No School: Staff professional development day

2/8       Bayport Savings Day

2/10     School Board meeting (6:00)

2/11     Report cards come home

2/14    Happy Hearts Day – Students can wear Valentiney stuff and a class will win the Cardinal Spirit Stick!

 

Love ya’, neighbor!

Mr. B.