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CAES Weekly Updates: March 2022

Carrollton Weekly Update  3/5/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Did you see the viral video of the father who jumped on his son to protect him from a raging bull? Texan Landis Hook left the safety of the sidelines to enter the rodeo ring where his 18-year-old son Cody was lying unconscious after being thrown from a bull he was attempting to ride. As I watched the video, I wondered what Mr. Hook was thinking as he tried to cover his teenage son’s body with his own, bracing for the impact of the large beast charging around the rodeo clowns. A dad myself, I was thoroughly impressed by his selflessness and bravery – I hope I’d be willing to do the same thing – then it struck me: The father who protected his fallen son is the same guy who let him get on the back of a bucking bull in the first place! No one would’ve been sprawled out on the dirt and sawdust waiting to be stampeded if he were sitting quietly at home watching Disney+! What was the elder Hook thinking?! A self-proclaimed cowboy (he had the boots and big belt buckle to prove it), he explained that the rodeo is part of his family’s culture and central to his son’s passion; as such, he allowed Cody to climb on top of the one-ton creature – and he stood ready at the sidelines. This is pretty much an adrenaline-charged version of us not-cowboy parents, isn’t it? We teach our children to walk then hold their hands as often as we can. We take the training wheels off then run alongside to be part of the zig-zagging glee. We sign them up for football, for karate, for acrobatics then sit at the periphery tense at each tackle, kick, and flip. We let our five-year-olds go to kindergarten where they’re gone for eight hours a day, and we put them on the school bus where we hope they’ll be safe. Being a good parent means knowing when to hold on tight and when to let go, when to lend a hand and when to let our children do it on their own, with the potential of failing/falling. A wise parent knows when to stand back to watch their child grow into her dream, to pursue his passion, to become just a little more independent – and love compels us to stand close by, ready to jump in!

See Landis and Cody Hook here:  https://www.kcrg.com/2022/03/03/dad-jumps-into-action-shield-son-angry-rodeo-bull/

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Thank you to Mrs. S. Dunleavy for helping Coach Madden set up and get ready for the Kids Heart Challenge! 

Our total collected for the American Heart Association through our Kids Heart Challenge is $5,039.56!  

Mrs. Midnight's class came in first place and collected $2,021.41!

Mrs. Lee's class came in second place and collected $335.21!

Ms. Booth's class came in third place and collected $262.93!

Ms. Sante's class came in fourth place and collected $225.91!

F.Y.I.
Class photos are ready to order! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Yearbook ordering information:

·       Yearbook ordering is online only. Ordering link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/NGZ4J8

  • Deadline: The official deadline to order a yearbook is April 15, 2022. No late orders will be accepted after that date.
  • Important: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, you will not receive a yearbook.
  • Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school in late May or early June and go home with your student.

ESS, our substitute teacher partner, will be hosting a job fair next Wednesday, March 9 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Georgie Tyler Middle School. ESS offers competitive substitute teaching pay with benefits. This is ideal for family members with IWCS students as they can enjoy a flexible schedule as well as the same days off as the students.

The Environmental Club is sponsoring the TREX recycling program to collect plastic bags to be turned into park benches and decking materials. It is a competition between several schools in the tidewater area. The Environmental Club will weigh donated plastic each month. Mrs. Berkeley provide magnets for the youngest student in each household and these magnets explain which types of plastics are accepted and that the items should be clean and dry. 

Lost & Found items will find a new home at the end of the day March 14. 

Reminder: K-2 students throughout the division have been struggling with logging on to ST Math due to a update issue with our current iPads; those students who are unable to access the program at school can easily review mathematic concepts on Waterford and can work on ST Math at home on a different device. Third graders are doing fine with their Chromebooks.

HEALTH UPDATE

Contact Tracing

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Virginia Department of Health announced a change in the approach to contact tracing. VDH is no longer conducting contact tracing in most circumstances, stating that “Omicron is now the most common COVID-19 variant and is spreading so quickly, it is not possible or fruitful to track every case.” VDH is now focusing efforts on the follow-up of outbreaks and cases in high-risk settings, as well as promoting disease prevention and mitigation strategies.

Based on this change, and in collaboration with the Western Tidewater Health District, Isle of Wight County Public Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases in our schools.

Isolation

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever occurs first. They may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Those who return to school on day six must wear a well-fitting mask for five days.  If parents do not want their child to wear a mask on days 6-10, they can choose to keep their child home for 10 days.

Quarantine 

  • Students who are currently at home as a result of being identified as a close contact may return to school on Tuesday if they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents may also choose for their child to fulfill the entire quarantine period if they desire and communicate this with the school.
  • If a student learns they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, no quarantine is required as long as they have no symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Note: If your child is identified as being exposed to an outbreak, school staff will reach out with further guidance, which could include quarantine. The number of students exposed to an outbreak is typically small.

The school division will continue to review and update its mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year. 

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.

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

General PTA Meeting Tuesday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom! We will be discussing a nominating committee and the PTA board positions available for next year. Please join us for this very informative and important meeting! 

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85951598142?pwd=UkpHYjNaSnRPdXczdU1aU0g5cXJjUT09

Meeting ID: 859 5159 8142

Passcode: r3jiF0

SPRING BOOK FAIR with Usborne Books & More

Spring Book Fair Family Event: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Book Fair Wish List Days: March 17 &18

Spring Book Fair Purchasing Days during school: March 21 -25 (A schedule will be sent out soon.)

Book Fair Volunteers needed 3/16 - 3/25! Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-spring1

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/4       Interim reports came home – check those backpacks!

3/10     Individual spring portraits (optional)

3/10     School board budget meeting (6:00 p.m.)

3/14     No school: Staff professional development day

3/16     Spring book fair family event with Usborne Books & More (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

3/17     Go Green! day (a chance to channel our inner leprechauns and win the Spirit Stick!)

 

Yee-haw!

Mr. B.

Carrollton Weekly Update  3/12/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

This was a week full of importance, full of events that have me deeply pondering. The continuing unrest in Ukraine; the rising price of gasoline; International Women’s Day; Dr. Thornton’s unexpected retirement news -- all are topics that have depth and have impact but there’s no way you’re gonna sit there and read my perspectives on each. (You’re busy people!) So, I’m opting for a different consequential situation that arose: During Wednesday’s rainy arrival, a first grader asked me, “What’s that?” and when I saw what he was pointing at, I enlightened him. “Wow,” he said with pint-sized awe, “I never saw a real live worm before.” There we stood, squatting together under my umbrella, watching the wriggly guy squiggle along the sidewalk as I imparted my vast knowledge of all things wormy – it didn’t take long. As the student eventually made his way to the front door, he was careful to watch his step, careful to weave between the worms along the path.  In our adult lives that are often clouded by the gloom of real life, it’s flashes of wonder like this brief exchange that can brighten a day. I encourage you to enjoy your kids by turning from the news and the from the screens and from the distractions of adulting and, instead, take some time to focus on the little things that bring your little people big joy. 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

We have a new incentive to help with citizenship in the lunchroom called Cool Café Cardinals; our cafeteria monitor, Mrs. Letchworth, is keeping track of which classes are demonstrating great behavior and last week’s winners for the week of Feb. 28 were Mrs. Luong’s kindergarteners, Ms. Morgan’s 1st graders, Mr. Goerger’s 2nd graders, and Mrs. King’s 3rd graders. The overall winner – and recipient of the Big Golden Spoon – was Mrs. King’s class who demonstrated some amazing inside voices! And for this past week: Mrs. Luong’s kindergarteners again, Ms. Cornett’s 2nd graders, and Mrs. Lee’s 3rd graders who also get to display the Golden Spoon in their classroom next week as the top winners!

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

SPRING BOOK FAIR with Usborne Books & More

Spring Book Fair Family Event: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Book Fair Wish List Days: March 17 &18

Spring Book Fair Purchasing Days during school: March 21 -25 (A schedule will be sent out soon.)

Book Fair Volunteers needed 3/16 - 3/25! Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-spring1

To see the book fair flyer, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Ub4E9mQfp-GuY2Rc6cXBkUXdfiZ92Rt/view?usp=sharing

You can also browse and shop now at: tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022

F.Y.I.

As the weather may start to consistently warm up, please be sure that your children wear shoes with back straps; these are much safer when running around at recess. Also, as a reminder, shorts, skirts/dresses should reach the end of the fingertips when arms are at the sides, and straps on shirts should be a width of at least three fingers.

Lost & Found items will find a new home at the end of the day March 14. The items will be available outside by the front door until 2:00 Monday.

 

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. The traditional colors are yellow and blue and the symbol is colorful socks, signifying the extra chromosome that people with DS usually carry. Get your colorful socks ready!

 

Class photos are ready to order! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Yearbook ordering information:

·       Yearbook ordering is online only. Ordering link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/NGZ4J8

  • Deadline: The official deadline to order a yearbook is April 15, 2022. No late orders will be accepted after that date.
  • Important: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, you will not receive a yearbook.
  • Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school in late May or early June and go home with your student.

Reminder: The Environmental Club is sponsoring the TREX recycling program to collect plastic bags to be turned into park benches and decking materials. It is a competition between several schools in the tidewater area. The Environmental Club will weigh donated plastic each month. Mrs. Berkeley provide magnets for the youngest student in each household and these magnets explain which types of plastics are accepted and that the items should be clean and dry. 

IWCS will not enroll students full-time in Virtual Virginia for 2022-2023. As in the past, students may take an upper-level course if the division does not offer it; however, the only full-time option will be in-person.

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/14     No school: Staff professional development day

3/16     Spring book fair family event with Usborne Books & More (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

3/17     Go Green! day (a chance to wear emerald, lime, olive, and kelly!)

3/21     Colorful Sock Day (in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day)

3/22     Girls on the Run begins (Tue/Thu 4:00 – 5:30)

3/31     Spring portraits (optional) make-up day

4/5       Bayport Savings day

4/6       End of the third quarter

4/11     Spring Break begins (return 4/18)

 

Sincerely,

Mr. B.

 

 

HEALTH UPDATE

Contact Tracing

The Virginia Department of Health is no longer conducting contact tracing in most circumstances, stating that “Omicron is now the most common COVID-19 variant and is spreading so quickly, it is not possible or fruitful to track every case.” VDH is now focusing efforts on the follow-up of outbreaks and cases in high-risk settings, as well as promoting disease prevention and mitigation strategies. Based on this change, and in collaboration with the Western Tidewater Health District, Isle of Wight County Public Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases in our schools.

Isolation

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever occurs first. They may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Those who return to school on day six must wear a well-fitting mask for five days.  If parents do not want their child to wear a mask on days 6-10, they can choose to keep their child home for 10 days.

Quarantine 

  • Students who are currently at home as a result of being identified as a close contact may return to school on Tuesday if they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents may also choose for their child to fulfill the entire quarantine period if they desire and communicate this with the school.
  • If a student learns they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, no quarantine is required as long as they have no symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Note: If your child is identified as being exposed to an outbreak, school staff will reach out with further guidance, which could include quarantine. The number of students exposed to an outbreak is typically small.

The school division will continue to review and update its mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year. 

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.

Carrollton Weekly Update   3/19/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Disease, discord, divorce, death – not the happy stuff of life but each of these trials were close at hand for friends and colleagues of mine this past week. A gravely ill husband. The sting of a wayward brother. A marriage painfully ended. A mother who slipped away. The ordeals that others experience is a steady reminder for all of us that tribulations are part of life. What separates the pessimist who bemoans life’s trials from the optimist who powers through is perspective: When someone doesn’t let a hurt be wasted, he views hardships as a reason to mature, not complain. She who uses the pain to grow, not grouse, will become better, not bitter. I was reminded of this truth when reading to my youngest daughter about the life of Mary Verghese. Mary was a doctor who used a tragedy in her life to invest in the wellbeing of others by founding the first functional rehabilitation center in India. Damage, distress, discomfort, disputes – these painful aspects of life are all-too real, often temporary, and powerfully purposeful. Mary Verghese observed, “At first the threads seemed so tangled and broken, but I am beginning to think that life may have a pattern after all." She didn’t let the terrible hurt she endured be wasted and neither should we let ours hinder us.  

A good book to read to your children during this Women’s History Month is She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton. Check it out here: barnesandnoble.com

Keep persisting!

Mr. B.

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Cool Café Cardinals is our incentive to help with citizenship in the lunchroom. Our cafeteria monitor, Mrs. Letchworth, is keeping track of which classes are demonstrating great behavior and this week’s winners were Mrs. Luong (K),Ms. Morgan (1st), Mr. Evans (2nd), Mrs. King and Mr. Sciarrotta tied (3rd); and the Golden Spoon for overall winner goes to Ms. Morgan’s first graders!

Students in Mr. Sciarrotta’s and Mrs. Cutrell’s classes who achieved 100% on their ST Math progress had the opportunity to participate in the Tidewater Sum Dog Math Tournament. Each had to answer up to 1,000 questions in a week and individuals earned 1 point for each correct answer. Our very own Violet P. came in first place with 971/1000 correct answers! Other Cardinals that made it in the Top 10 and received a certificate were Kason P. (2ndplace), Colin G. (3rd), Gunner H. (8th), and Knox W. (9th)!

 

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

SPRING BOOK FAIR with Usborne Books & More:

Purchasing Days during school: March 21 -25. Click to see when your child's class will be attending: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ApZIPCs_DnjECeLJdR0SMlS5hrHBd0pCbjw1Od_WcQw/edit?usp=sharing

Book Fair Volunteers needed 3/16 - 3/25! Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-spring1

To see the book fair flyer, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Ub4E9mQfp-GuY2Rc6cXBkUXdfiZ92Rt/view?usp=sharing

You can also browse and shop now at: tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022

If you would like to donate money for CAES students in need to purchase a book at the Spring Book Fair, you may do so at https://carrollton.memberhub.com/store

IMPORTANT: The CAES PTA is looking for people to fill our president and secretary positions for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected]

F.Y.I.

Dismissals prior to 3:15 will be processed in the main office. Non-emergency dismissals after 3:15 will be handled through the carloop or the caregiver can wait in the parking lot until the final call for pick-up students. We are hopeful that this will cut down on the steady flow of interruptions to instruction that takes place at the end of the day.

Monday is World Down Syndrome Day. The traditional colors are yellow and blue and the symbol is colorful socks, signifying the extra chromosome that people with DS usually carry.

From our Computer Science teacher, Mrs. Pealo:

Do you have a Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar that your child has outgrown? Consider donating it to the computer science class at Carrollton Elementary School! The Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar is no longer being made, but our youngest students love them and we would love to get a few more so that more students can use them at the same time. If you have one to share, please contact me at [email protected]. Thanks for your support!

Is your child in 3rd grade and interested in programming using Scratch? Are they creative, hard-working, and competitive? They might be interested in competing on the Carrollton Elementary Great Computer Challenge team! I am looking for a team of 3 students to work together to represent our school in the Visual Programming category this year. Please fill out the form below if your child is interested!

https://forms.gle/WtqRWKAFDm3qFeUz7

Spring Portrait ordering info:

Online only. Please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering link:
 http://blue-dominion-studios.hhimagehost.com/CAES2022SpringPhotos

Product delivery: Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not the school).

Makeup & retake day: Thursday, 3/31/22

Class photos can still be ordered! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Yearbook ordering information:

  • Yearbook ordering is online only. Ordering link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/NGZ4J8
  • Deadline: The official deadline to order a yearbook is April 15, 2022. No late orders will be accepted after that date.
  • Important: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, you will not receive a yearbook.
  • Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school in late May or early June and go home with your student.

IWCS will not enroll students full-time in Virtual Virginia for 2022-2023. As in the past, students may take an upper-level course if the division does not offer it; however, the only full-time option will be in-person.

Reminder: As the weather is warming up, please be sure that your children wear shoes with back straps; these are much safer when running around at recess. Also, shorts, skirts/dresses should reach the end of the fingertips when arms are at the sides, and straps on shirts should be a width of at least three fingers.

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/21     Colorful Sock Day (in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day)

3/22     Girls on the Run begins (Tue/Thu 4:00 – 5:30)

3/31     Spring portraits (optional) make-up day

4/5       Bayport Savings day

4/6       End of the third quarter

4/11     Spring Break begins (return 4/18)

 

 

 

HEALTH INFO

Contact Tracing

The Virginia Department of Health is no longer conducting contact tracing in most circumstances, stating that “Omicron is now the most common COVID-19 variant and is spreading so quickly, it is not possible or fruitful to track every case.” VDH is now focusing efforts on the follow-up of outbreaks and cases in high-risk settings, as well as promoting disease prevention and mitigation strategies. Based on this change, and in collaboration with the Western Tidewater Health District, Isle of Wight County Public Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases in our schools.

Isolation

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever occurs first. They may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Those who return to school on day six must wear a well-fitting mask for five days.  If parents do not want their child to wear a mask on days 6-10, they can choose to keep their child home for 10 days.

Quarantine 

  • Students who are currently at home as a result of being identified as a close contact may return to school on Tuesday if they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents may also choose for their child to fulfill the entire quarantine period if they desire and communicate this with the school.
  • If a student learns they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, no quarantine is required as long as they have no symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Note: If your child is identified as being exposed to an outbreak, school staff will reach out with further guidance, which could include quarantine. The number of students exposed to an outbreak is typically small.

The school division will continue to review and update its mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year.

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.

Carrollton Weekly Update   3/26/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

A rite of passage for my daughters toward the end of their 4th grade year has been their “Faces of History” project. This involves researching a figure from the designated time period, writing a paper, and presenting to their class while in costume and with props. It’s interesting how each of my girls has selected a historic personality that pretty much matches her own persona. For example, my oldest daughter selected Abigail Adams; like our second First Lady, Molly is concerned about justice and she’s a bit judgmental. Annie, my 15-year-old, chose to represent Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, which was a good fit as both are spunky and daring. Psychologist and engineer Lillian Gilbreth is the subject of the 1949 book Cheaper by the Dozen upon which the movies have been based, albeit much loosely with each successive iteration, and my 7th grader Lily chose to research Mrs. Gilbreth because she could relate to her ingenuity, her attention to detail, and her desire for efficiency. If my Lillian doesn’t become an engineer, I’ll be surprised. As a father and educator, I’m thankful that there are noble and notable women throughout history for my daughters and your daughters to admire. In a society where women are objectified and fame for females often comes at the cost of their dignity, it’s important that girls can emulate heroes that embody honorable character qualities. Modeling intelligence, empathy, poise, and tenacity are much more valuable than modeling the latest pop culture fads or temporary trends. Which reminds me: Cleopatra was known for her fashion sense, her cunning, and her flair for drama – and it’s this famed Egyptian leader that my small but mighty ten-year-old recently chose as the subject for her “Faces of History” presentation. Should I be concerned?

Learn more about historic women at https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history

Happy Saturday!

Mr. B.

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

The Ecology Club collected and weighed the plastic that has been brought in with the Trex Recycling Program, and as of Wednesday, we had recycled 53 pounds of plastic bags! Thanks for sending in the plastic!

Cool Cardinal Café winners for the week: Grade level winners are Mrs. Sante’s kindergarteners, Mrs. Haslip’s 1st graders, Mr. Goerger’s 2nd graders, and Ms. Chappell’s 3rd graders, who are also the overall winning class who will get the Golden Spoon to display in their room!

 

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

IMPORTANT: The CAES PTA is looking for people to fill our president and secretary positions for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected]. 

F.Y.I.

We hope you are enjoying our book, Dog Days, so far and finding time each night to read as a family. Please take a minute to snap a photo of either your family reading together or your pet enjoying the experience and post it here with your child's name and teacher’s name. I’d love to use these photos to decorate the school. We will also do some random drawings at the end of our event for special prizes for those who send pictures.  Thanks for reading with us! -- Mrs. C Smith, Reading Coach https://padlet.com/seesmittyread/a4c69md0gdz58bb5

Attention all 3rd grade artists! The Franklin-Southampton County Fair is looking for a student artist to design their book cover.  The artwork should be colored and on 8.5" x 11" paper and relate to the theme "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams.”  Please see the attached flyer for more information!  Entries are due soon, March 31.

From our Computer Science teacher, Mrs. Pealo:

Do you have a Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar that your child has outgrown? Consider donating it to the computer science class at Carrollton Elementary School! The Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar is no longer being made, but our youngest students love them and we would love to get a few more so that more students can use them at the same time. If you have one to share, please contact me at [email protected]. Thanks for your support!

Spring Portrait ordering info:

Online only. Please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering link:
 http://blue-dominion-studios.hhimagehost.com/CAES2022SpringPhotos

Product delivery: Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not the school).

Makeup & retake day: Thursday, 3/31/22 – Be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher if you want a picture to be taken

Class photos can still be ordered! Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   Product Delivery: Photo orders will process immediately and ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Yearbook ordering information:

  • Yearbook ordering is online only. Ordering link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/NGZ4J8
  • Deadline: The official deadline to order a yearbook is April 15, 2022. No late orders will be accepted after that date.
  • Important: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, you will not receive a yearbook.
  • Delivery: Yearbooks will be delivered to the school in late May or early June and go home with your student.

Reminder: Dismissals prior to 3:15 will be processed in the main office. Non-emergency dismissals after 3:15 will be handled through the carloop or the caregiver can wait in the parking lot until the final call for pick-up students. We are hopeful that this will cut down on the steady flow of interruptions to instruction that takes place at the end of the day.

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/31     Spring portraits (optional) make-up day

4/5       Bayport Savings day

4/6       End of the third quarter

4/11     Spring Break begins (return 4/18)

4/20     Kindergarten Information Night for the incoming Class of 2035! (more info to come)

4/21     Pre-K field trip  

4/21     School Board meeting (6:00 p.m.)

4/22     Pre-K to VA Living Museum

4/22     Our annual Fancy Shmancy Friday! (another chance to wear those Easter outfits!)

4/27     Report cards come home

 

 

 

HEALTH INFO

Contact Tracing

The Virginia Department of Health is no longer conducting contact tracing in most circumstances, stating that “Omicron is now the most common COVID-19 variant and is spreading so quickly, it is not possible or fruitful to track every case.” VDH is now focusing efforts on the follow-up of outbreaks and cases in high-risk settings, as well as promoting disease prevention and mitigation strategies. Based on this change, and in collaboration with the Western Tidewater Health District, Isle of Wight County Public Schools will no longer conduct contact tracing for individual cases in our schools.

Isolation

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for five days from the date of the positive test or onset of symptoms, whichever occurs first. They may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. Those who return to school on day six must wear a well-fitting mask for five days.  If parents do not want their child to wear a mask on days 6-10, they can choose to keep their child home for 10 days.

Quarantine 

  • Students who are currently at home as a result of being identified as a close contact may return to school on Tuesday if they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Parents may also choose for their child to fulfill the entire quarantine period if they desire and communicate this with the school.
  • If a student learns they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, no quarantine is required as long as they have no symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Note: If your child is identified as being exposed to an outbreak, school staff will reach out with further guidance, which could include quarantine. The number of students exposed to an outbreak is typically small.

The school division will continue to review and update its mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year. 

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.