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CAES Weekly Updates: April 2022

Carrollton Weekly Update   4/2/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Notice the term used now is acceptance and no longer awareness – awareness is so 2019! To be aware of something just takes mental cognition: I am aware of the statistic that teenagers benefit from having at least seven solid adults in their lives. Acceptance implies moving beyond understanding and moving into action: I’ve chosen to put myself in the middle of adolescent angst and activity for years by working with my church youth group. Awareness is knowing while acceptance is doing. We can give consent to the fact that we have many wonderful students on the autism spectrum but accepting their uniqueness and making sure that they feel truly valued at Carrollton takes action. One way you can help at home is to discuss autism with your children and encourage them to demonstrate kindness to those peers whose behaviors they may not understand. One in fifty-four children diagnosed with autism so there’s a very good chance your student knows a fellow Cardinal or teammate or neighbor on the autism spectrum; here’s a link to help discussing autism with younger children: sesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/autism and one for older children: familyeducation.com/autism/teaching-kids-about-autism.

We will take the opportunity to recognize Autism Acceptance Month with some unique dress up days. Here’s the plan:

Tuesday, April 5, is World Autism Acceptance Day.

Love and acceptance go a long way. Gold is the color commonly associated with wisdom, enlightenment, and optimism, so we’ll be wearing gold/yellow to show our support and acceptance of individuals with autism!

Friday, April 8, will be Pokémon Day

Satoshi Tajir, the creator of Pokémon, has autism. He was passionate about collecting bugs as a child and used his unique perspective to create the world of Pokémon. To celebrate his work, Cardinals can dress up as Pokémon characters or create ones of their own!

Thursday, April 28, will be “I’m Unique!” Day.

One characteristic of autism is to show an incredibly focused passion for topics of interest. Ask your children what they are passionate about and encourage them to dress up to represent what they love. (Anyone have a big book about Abraham Lincoln that I could fit into?!) Everyone will be encouraged to wear his/her favorite color, too.

I appreciate how you model acceptance at home,

Mr. B.

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Thank you to those families who donated money to the Usborne Book Fair for students in need! We had over $250 donated and Usborne Books & More matched half of that for a total of $375 of books donated to students who might otherwise not get a book from the book fair!

Cool Cardinal Café winners for the week: Grade level winners are Mrs. Luong’s kindergarteners, Ms. Booth’s 1st graders, Mrs. Oparaji’s 2nd graders, and Mrs. King’s 3rd graders, who are also the overall winning class who will get the Golden Spoon to display in their room for the second week in a row!

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

SPRING BOOK FAIR with Usborne Books & More:

Thank you so much for supporting this Spring's Usborne Books & More Book Fair! 50% of the sales from the book fair will be used to purchase books that go directly back to our school! A final total will be sent out in next week's weekly email update! Stay tuned!

If you missed out on attending our book fair or would like to purchase more books, go to: tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022 

Thank you to our book fair volunteers: The Bogard Family, The Burnett Family, Angie Wallace, Stephanie Zwick, Kim Thomsen, Ashleigh Jedlowski, Elizabeth Chandler, Johanna Wiggins, Johnathan Hardee, Sherri Mitra, Brianna Benning, Becky Hemmis, Christina Gray, Diane Butler, Rykeshia Haywood, Tiffany & Carole Kole, Cat Breckenridge, Sarah Rowe, Ruth Cummings, Lorel Marshall, Tiffany Walker, Danielle George, Sarah Dale, Grayson Rowland, Aubrey LeCompte, Karen Waldrup, Lauren Gaskins, Nisha Everson and anyone else we may have missed...THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! We couldn't have done this without you!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Drive is going on NOW through April 8th! Donate 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.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success and while some absences are unavoidable, excessive absences can have an adverse impact on a child’s academic progress. Absences can add up quickly and a child is considered chronically absent if he/she misses just two days every month! Research shows…

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Please reach out to our assistant principal, Mrs. White, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance record.

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).

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

4/5       Bayport Savings day  /  World Autism Acceptance Day (Wear gold to show your support.)

4/6       End of the third quarter

4/8       Pokeman Day! (Kids are encouraged to dress as Pokeman characters or create their own!)

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

4/28      “I’m Unique!” day

4/29      No school: Elementary staff clerical day

 

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   4/9/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

By now you may have heard that Dr. Thornton is retiring at the end of June and the School Board is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. This new person will be my “big boss,” and while you may have not have had as much personal interaction with Dr. Thornton or other superintendents as I have had, the person who fills this position is important to you, too. A school division superintendent is vital for making positive connections in the community, casting vision, and leading the way to improve what is offered to students and available to staff. Our School Board is seeking your input on the qualifications you would like to see in our division’s new leader. The Board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is availableat https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IsleofWightSuperintendentSearch, and on the home page of the IWCS website. Hard copies of the survey are also be available at the school board administration offices and at each school – we have copies in our office. In addition to the survey, the board will hold two public hearings. The first will be Tuesday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Westside Elementary School, and the second public hearing will be Saturday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Georgie Tyler Middle School. 

Dr. Thornton has done wonderful things for IWCS and our students have been and will continue to be the beneficiaries. His successor will be making decisions and paving the way for further to enhance our facilities, to improve our instructional programs, and to develop our personnel– all of which will profit your children. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked above (it’s a good one!) and come to one of the public hearings. 

I hope you’ll be able to enjoy some family time with your kids during spring break -- Happy Easter!

Mr. B.

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Thank you so much for supporting this spring's Usborne Books & More Book Fair! Fifty percent of the sales from the book fair were used to purchase books that go directly back to our school, which means we were able to receive $7,288 in FREE BOOKS for our Cardinal classrooms! 

Cool Cardinal Café winners for the week: Grade level winners are Mrs. Luong’s kindergarteners, Ms. Booth’s 1stgraders, Mrs. Oparaji’s 2nd graders, and Mrs. King’s 3rd graders, who are also the overall winning class who will get the Golden Spoon to display in their room for the second week in a row!

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

If you missed out on attending our Usborne Books & More book fair or would like to purchase more books, go to tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022 

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

F.Y.I.

Our annual Kindergarten Information Night will be Wednesday, April 20, for 6:00 to 7:00. This is a chance for caregivers of rising kindergarteners to meet the staff, tour the building, and ask questions. If you are planning to attend, please call the office to let us know. If you know folks in the community that should attend, please let spread the word.

https://www.opensourcephonics.org/ is a resource that provides free phonics materials for caregivers.

Spring Portrait ordering info:

Class photos can still be ordered!

  • Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
  • Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93  
  • Photo orders will 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.

Upcoming Programs at our Nextdoor Neighbors at the Carrollton Library

  • Spring Break Survival Kits, now through April 16 -- Check out our Spring Break Survival Kits! Each themed kit comes with a DVD, two books, a snack, and an activity pack for kids ages up to 11. Just return the DVD and books when you are done and the rest is yours to keep! Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Craftsy @ Carrollton, First Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. -- Join us for our adult craft class! We will be making cute spring-themed bunny signs for the April craft. All supplies provided. Registration is required.
  • Byte Size Basics Computer Assistance, Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. -- Need extra computer-related help? Appointments are available for assistance navigating the web, accessing websites, filling in forms, Microsoft Office assistance, and other basic computer help. Appointments required, so please call to schedule.
  • Mother Goose Story Time, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. -- Join us for lap time stories and rhymes, music and more for your babies up to 24 months.
  • Little Explorers Story Time, Mondays at 10:00 a.m. -- Join us for stories, music, movement and more for preschool-aged children; 3 to 5 years old.
  • After School Explorers, First Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. -- Join us on the first Monday of the month for After School Explorers! Complete Lego challenges with Brick Builders, discover science can be fun with Full STEAM Ahead and create works of art in Masterpiece Makers. For school-aged youth in kindergarten through 5th grade. 

Register for programs by calling 757-238-2641 or emailing [email protected]blackwaterlib.org

April is Autism Acceptance Month. With one in fifty-four children diagnosed with autism, there’s a very good chance your student knows a fellow Cardinal or teammate or neighbor on the spectrum; here’s a link to help discussing autism with younger childrensesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/autism and one for older children: familyeducation.com/autism/teaching-kids-about-autism.

In the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools will return to our previous use of the Virtual Virginia platform. Virtual Virginia courses will be utilized for the following reasons: 

1.     A students wishes to access/take a course that we do not offer for in-person instruction or

2.     A student needs a course to graduate that will not fit in his/her current schedule.  

IWCS will not be offering a full-time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year.  If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student.  Please note, you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork.  Information about home instruction can be found here: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/homeinstruction.  

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success and while some absences are unavoidable, excessive absences can have an adverse impact on a child’s academic progress. Absences can add up quickly and a child is considered chronically absent if he/she misses just two days every month! Research shows…

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Please reach out to our assistant principal, Mrs. White, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s attendance record.

UPCOMING EVENTS

4/18     Return from spring break 

4/20     Day of the Military Child (We’ll wear purple since that’s the color of the military branches’ colors combined.)

4/20     Kindergarten Information Night for the incoming Class of 2035! 

4/21     Pre-K field trip  

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

4/22     Pre-K field trip to the Virginia Living Museum

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

4/26     1st grade fieldtrip to the Land Lab in Windsor

4/27     Report cards come home

4/28     “I’m Unique!” day 

4/29     No school: Elementary staff clerical day

5/3       2nd grade fieldtrip to Farm Day

5/4       National Nurses Day

5/6       ECSE fieldtrip to Bluebird Gap Farm

5/8       Mother’s Day

 

 

 

 

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   4/16/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

This is an "encore" of my comment from last week because it's important and your input is valuable:

By now you may have heard that Dr. Thornton is retiring at the end of June and the School Board is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. This new person will be my “big boss,” and while you may have not have had as much personal interaction with Dr. Thornton or other superintendents as I have had, the person who fills this position is important to you, too. A school division superintendent is vital for making positive connections in the community, casting vision, and leading the way to improve what is offered to students and available to staff. Our School Board is seeking your input on the qualifications you would like to see in our division’s new leader. The Board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is availableat https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IsleofWightSuperintendentSearch, and on the home page of the IWCS website. Hard copies of the survey are also be available at the school board administration offices and at each school – we have copies in our office. In addition to the survey, the board will hold two public hearings. The first will be Tuesday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Westside Elementary School, and the second public hearing will be Saturday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Georgie Tyler Middle School. 

Dr. Thornton has done wonderful things for IWCS and our students have been and will continue to be the beneficiaries. His successor will be making decisions and paving the way for further to enhance our facilities, to improve our instructional programs, and to develop our personnel– all of which will profit your children. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked above (it’s a good one!) and come to one of the public hearings. 

Happy Easter,

Mr. B.

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

A huge thanks to each of you who have consistently made it a priority to get your children to school on-time, healthy, and ready to learn -- you only have 42 more school days to do it and I know you can!

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

If you missed out on attending our Usborne Books & More book fair or would like to purchase more books, go to tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022 

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

F.Y.I.

Our annual Kindergarten Information Night will be Wednesday, April 20, for 6:00 to 7:00. This is a chance for caregivers of rising kindergarteners to meet the staff, tour the building, and ask questions. If you are planning to attend, please call the office to let us know. If you know folks in the community that should attend, please let spread the word.

https://www.opensourcephonics.org/ is a resource that provides free phonics materials for caregivers.

Spring Portrait ordering info:

Class photos can still be ordered!

  • Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
  • Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93  
  • Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Upcoming Programs at our Nextdoor Neighbors at the Carrollton Library

  • Craftsy @ Carrollton, First Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. -- Join us for our adult craft class! We will be making cute spring-themed bunny signs for the April craft. All supplies provided. Registration is required.
  • Byte Size Basics Computer Assistance, Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. -- Need extra computer-related help? Appointments are available for assistance navigating the web, accessing websites, filling in forms, Microsoft Office assistance, and other basic computer help. Appointments required, so please call to schedule.
  • Mother Goose Story Time, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. -- Join us for lap time stories and rhymes, music and more for your babies up to 24 months.
  • Little Explorers Story Time, Mondays at 10:00 a.m. -- Join us for stories, music, movement and more for preschool-aged children; 3 to 5 years old.
  • After School Explorers, First Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. -- Join us on the first Monday of the month for After School Explorers! Complete Lego challenges with Brick Builders, discover science can be fun with Full STEAM Ahead and create works of art in Masterpiece Makers. For school-aged youth in kindergarten through 5th grade. 

         Register for programs by calling 757-238-2641 or emailing [email protected]blackwaterlib.org

April is Autism Acceptance Month. With one in fifty-four children diagnosed with autism, there’s a very good chance your student knows a fellow Cardinal or teammate or neighbor on the spectrum; here’s a link to help discussing autism with younger childrensesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/autism and one for older children: familyeducation.com/autism/teaching-kids-about-autism.

Reminder: In the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools will return to our previous use of the Virtual Virginia platform. Virtual Virginia courses will be utilized for the following reasons: 

1.     A students wishes to access/take a course that we do not offer for in-person instruction or

2.     A student needs a course to graduate that will not fit in his/her current schedule.  

IWCS will not be offering a full-time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year.  If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student.  Please note, you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork.  Information about home instruction can be found here: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/homeinstruction.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

4/18     Return from spring break 

4/20     Day of the Military Child (We’ll wear purple since that’s the color of the military branches’ colors combined.)

4/20     Kindergarten Information Night for the incoming Class of 2035! 

4/21     Pre-K field trip  

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

4/22     Pre-K field trip to the Virginia Living Museum

4/22     Our annual Fancy Shmancy Friday! (We're gonna dress to impress!)

4/26     1st grade fieldtrip to the Land Lab in Windsor

4/27     Report cards come home

4/28     “I’m Unique!” day 

4/29     No school: Elementary staff clerical day

5/3       2nd grade fieldtrip to Farm Day

5/4       National Nurses Day

5/6       ECSE fieldtrip to Bluebird Gap Farm

5/8       Mother’s Day

 

 

 

 

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   4/23/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

Something pretty amazing happened at the school board meeting Thursday night: Agreement. For almost a full minute there were no allegations or accusations, just accolades. No posturing, just praising. No finger-pointing, just clapping. And what, you may wonder, was the cause of the applause? Our kids! Each month a different school presents during the “I on Instruction” portion of the School Board meeting and our turn was Thursday, so Ms. Davenport’s students shared about their Cardinal Dash service – think Uber Eats but way cuter! Ms. Davenport’s students are learning vital life skills such as counting, sequencing, and communicating by preparing and delivering snacks that staff orders each week. These little friends are developing valuable social skills as they interact with faculty members all over our building and peers outside of their classroom. You see, Ms. Davenport’s kids have all been identified with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and while there was a time when society hid young people who weren’t deemed typically developing, we refuse to live in that shadow, so our instructional coach Mrs. Hager and Ms. Davenport decided to let this precious group have center stage at the School Board meeting. And for a brief, shining moment Isle of Wight citizens with various opinions and agendas agreed. Lately it seems that a typical Board meeting has become an occasion for recrimination over issues like masking (life-saving or freedom-smashing?), CRT (taught history or total hysteria?), equity efforts (informative or divisive?), and politicians (legislators or educators?). While I’m all for healthy, intelligent dialogue, a lot of what's happening during school board meetings across our county is not healthy, is not intelligent, is not dialogue. It was refreshing to see the smiles on the adult faces Thursday evening, and then something I’ve never seen at a School Board meeting: a standing ovation! Our kids earned that applause, and it was refreshing to see adults who lately just talk about one another actually stand with one another. Don’t all IWCS students deserve all the grownups standing together with a singularpurpose: seeking the students’ best interest while being our better selves?

Sincerely,

Mr. B.

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Here are our winners of the Dog Days raffle:

  • Those who will receive the next two books in the series are Lucy Rountree, Claire Lanois, Evelyn and Lenora Brown, and Quinn Wallace 
  • Those who are getting their very own Carlotta the Pomeranian are Khloe Cunningham, Megan Draughn, Katherine Alimbuyao, and Harper Nichols.

Cool Cardinal Café winners for the week: Grade level winners are Mrs. Luong’s kindergarteners, Ms. Booth’s 1stgraders, Mrs. Oparaji’s and Mr. Evans’ 2nd graders tied, and Mrs. Hinton’s 3rd graders, who are also the overall winning class who will get the Golden Spoon to display in their room!

Our Fancy-Shmancy Friday winners didn’t get announced Friday afternoon, so the only folks who will get to know before Monday are those of you reading this: Mrs. Lee’s 3rd graders definitely brought the snazzy and earned the Cardinal Spirit Stick!

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

Nominations for our 2022 - 2023 PTA Officers:

  • Co-Presidents: Becky Hemmis and Brianna Benning
  • Vice President: Diane Butler
  • Secretary: Emily Rupert
  • Treasurer: Jason Burnett

There will be a general meeting Zoom to vote on the nominated board May 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Please be on the lookout for some volunteer opportunities coming up for our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, May 2, and Field Day on June 9. Be sure to join the PTA Remind Page @3e7fk3f for all of your PTA info! 

If you missed out on attending our Usborne Books & More book fair or would like to purchase more books, go to tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022 

F.Y.I.

Our School Board is seeking your input on the qualifications you would like to see in our division’s new superintendent. The Board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is availableat https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IsleofWightSuperintendentSearch, and on the home page of the IWCS website. Hard copies of the survey are also be available at the school board administration offices and at each school – we have copies in our office.

https://www.opensourcephonics.org/ is a resource that provides free phonics materials for caregivers.

Spring Portrait ordering info:

·       Online only; please read the instructions on the login page.

·       Ordering link: http://blue-dominion-studios.hhimagehost.com/CAES2022SpringPhotos

·       Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not the school).

Class photos can still be ordered!

·       Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.

·       Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   

·       Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Programs at our Nextdoor Neighbors at the Carrollton Library

  • Craftsy @ Carrollton, First Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. -- Join us for our adult craft class! We will be making cute spring-themed bunny signs for the April craft. All supplies provided. Registration is required.
  • Byte Size Basics Computer Assistance, Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. -- Need extra computer-related help? Appointments are available for assistance navigating the web, accessing websites, filling in forms, Microsoft Office assistance, and other basic computer help. Appointments required, so please call to schedule.
  • Mother Goose Story Time, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. -- Join us for lap time stories and rhymes, music and more for your babies up to 24 months.
  • Little Explorers Story Time, Mondays at 10:00 a.m. -- Join us for stories, music, movement and more for preschool-aged children; 3 to 5 years old.
  • After School Explorers, First Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. -- Join us on the first Monday of the month for After School Explorers! Complete Lego challenges with Brick Builders, discover science can be fun with Full STEAM Ahead and create works of art in Masterpiece Makers. For school-aged youth in kindergarten through 5th grade. 

Register for programs by calling 757-238-2641 or emailing [email protected]blackwaterlib.org

April is Autism Acceptance Month. With one in fifty-four children diagnosed with autism, there’s a very good chance your student knows a fellow Cardinal or teammate or neighbor on the spectrum; here’s a link to help discussing autism with younger childrensesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/autism and one for older children: familyeducation.com/autism/teaching-kids-about-autism.

In the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools will return to our previous use of the Virtual Virginia platform. Virtual Virginia courses will be utilized for the following reasons: 

1.     A students wishes to access/take a course that we do not offer for in-person instruction or

2.     A student needs a course to graduate that will not fit in his/her current schedule.  

IWCS will not be offering a full-time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year.  If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student.  Please note, you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork.  Information about home instruction can be found here: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/homeinstruction.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

4/26     1st grade fieldtrip to the Land Lab in Windsor

4/27     Report cards come home

4/28     “I’m Unique!” day (Kids can dress up to represent their favorite color, hobbies, pastimes, stuff!)

4/29     No school: Elementary staff clerical day

5/3       2nd grade fieldtrip to Farm Day

5/6       ECSE fieldtrip to Bluebird Gap Farm

5/8       Mother’s Day

5/11     Nurses Day (new date)

5/13     Interim reports sent home

5/16     Our 3rd graders will take a trip to Westside to see what 4th grade is like.

5/19     Math 3 SOL assessment

5/24     Reading 3, part 1 SOL assessment

5/25     Reading 3, part 2 SOL assessment

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   4/30/2022

                                                                                              

THE PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

There are four topics that we just don’t talk about here at Carrollton:

  1. Politics – Kids in pre-k through 3rd grade really don’t care about who’s running for which office or who voted for which bill. 
  2. Religion – Our building is used by the congregation of Gethsemane Baptist Church on Sundays. And while our staff isn’t made up of a bunch of unholy heathens, the instruction Monday through Friday here is secular.
  3. Sex – When I see in the news about what other school divisions are dealing with regarding gender studies and sex ed., I feel like a sanctimonious Pilgrim! I can’t imagine why any educators think that little kids need to know about all that much less want to know about it. (We have students who think they’re unicorns and superheroes and we’re not telling them any differently!) At Carrollton, our teachers barely have enough time in the day to teach about the classic 3 R’s without adding one for reproduction. That’s your job as caregivers to have those conversations; we'll teach about real birds and real bees and leave The Talk to you at home.
  4. Bruno

Parenting is a huge responsibility and I’m honored to partner with you, 

Mr. B.

Is there a teacher that has made a difference in you or your child's life? Do you know someone who deserves a round of applause? Our teachers work incredibly hard all school year long!

Please join us in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by submitting a Thank You message to a teacher.  Your message will be delivered to the appropriate staff member throughout the week (May 2 - 6).

 

CARDINAL KUDOS!

Our very own Ms. Christine Brett will be featured as a WAVY TV Excellent Educator! Tune in next Wednesday, 5/4, between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and again at 6:15 a.m. on WAVY and between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and again between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on FOX 43. It'll also be on WAVY.com.

I’m very thankful for the participation of Shawna Bloodgood and Stephanie Brennell on the division’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee; they contributed valueable time and important input and represented CAES well!

Cool Cardinal Café winners for the week: Grade level winners are Mrs. Luong’s kindergarteners, Ms. Morgan’s 1stgraders, Ms. Cornett’s 2nd graders, and Ms. Chappell’s 3rd graders. Ms. Cornett’s kids earned best overall and will get the Golden Spoon to display in their room!

We’ve had several staff members get married recently, so congratulations to Ms. Enyingi, Ms. Ortolano, and Ms.Blose for each tying the knot!

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

Nominations for our 2022 - 2023 PTA Officers:

  • Co-Presidents: Becky Hemmis and Brianna Benning
  • Vice President: Diane Butler
  • Secretary: Emily Rupert
  • Treasurer: Jason Burnett

There will be a general meeting Zoom to vote on the nominated board May 10 at 5:00 p.m.

The PTA is looking for volunteers to give our teachers a duty-free lunch during our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Monday, May 2! Please check out the link to see how you can volunteer! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4FAEA823A5F94-teacher1

If you missed out on attending our Usborne Books & More book fair or would like to purchase more books, go to tinyurl.com/CAESBookFairSpring2022 

F.Y.I.

Field Day is quickly approaching! June 9 will be the big day! Information about the event, how to volunteer, and how to order a t-shirt will be sent home in early May so please keep an eye out for it! Afternoon volunteers are very much needed if you’re interested! Thank you for your support and willingness to help!  Please contact Mrs. Madden via email at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Field Day T-shirts will be available for purchase May 2 - May 13. Order forms will be sent home with your child so be sure to check their folders! Please make sure to read carefully and fill out the order form correctly since there are three color options. Checks should be made out to CAES.  There is also an online order option available this year if you prefer.  

Mrs. Hall will gladly take your empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls again to be used for Engineering projects. 

Spring Portrait ordering info:

Class photos can still be ordered!

  • Online ordering only; please read the instructions on the login page.
  • Ordering Link: https://AccessMyEvent.com/F62D93   
  • Photo orders will ship directly to the address you provide (not to the school).

Our School Board is seeking your input on the qualifications you would like to see in our division’s new superintendent. The Board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is availableat https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IsleofWightSuperintendentSearch, and on the home page of the IWCS website. Hard copies of the survey are also be available at the school board administration offices and at each school – we have copies in our office.

Reminder: For the 2022-2023 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools will return to our pre-pandemic use of the Virtual Virginia platform. Virtual Virginia courses will be utilized for the following reasons: 

1.     A students wishes to access/take a course that we do not offer for in-person instruction or

2.     A student needs a course to graduate that will not fit in his/her current schedule.  

IWCS will not be offering a full-time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year.  If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student.  Please note, you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork.  Information about home instruction can be found here: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/homeinstruction.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

5/3       2nd grade fieldtrip to Farm Day

5/6       ECSE fieldtrip to Bluebird Gap Farm

5/8       Mother’s Day

5/11     Nurses Day (new date)

5/13     Interim reports sent home

5/16     Our 3rd graders will take a trip to Westside to see what 4th grade is like.

5/19     Math 3 SOL assessment

5/24     Reading 3, part 1 SOL assessment

5/25     Reading 3, part 2 SOL assessment

5/27     Red, White, and Blue Day to honor those who have served in the military

5/30     No school: Memorial Day

6/10     No school: Staff clerical day

 

 

 

 

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.