Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

April 24, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 32

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

Important Dates

April
  • 27 - Start of 4th Marking Period


May
  • Early May - Report Cards will be available through Family File.

Take A Look at our Welcome Back Video!

Welcome Back CCES Cougars

From School Administration

On behalf of our entire staff, we hope that this communication finds you, your cougar(s), family members, loved ones, and neighbors well. Our staff has been working diligently over the past several weeks preparing for distance learning. They have come together in this new virtual world so beautifully and I am proud of their efforts, positive mindset, and perseverance during this time. They are collaborating to best leverage our technology platforms, supporting each other at all times, and constantly sharing ideas with our leadership team and each other on how to best serve our students. Our student services team is well-positioned to support our students as we embark upon distance learning. It was so nice to see students during the orientations on Wednesday this week, and we can't wait to see our students during check-ins this each week.


I am thankful for the support of Dr. Martirano, our HCPSS Leadership Team, and our Curriculum and Central Office colleagues for their tireless efforts during this transition to distance learning. It is a big task. Their ongoing support and thoughtful and intentional professional learning provided to us has been outstanding.


Thanks to our families and staff members who participated in our Virtual Spirit Week and our Reading with the Cougar activities over this past month. It was so much fun to see all of your pictures and videos! It made me feel more connected to you all and I hope it did the same for you. Thank you for joining in on the fun!

Families, please ensure you have received Canvas announcements from our classroom teachers. Canvas is going to be an essential component for communication and learning between our teachers, students, and families. Please double check your Canvas notification settings to ensure you are receiving announcements and assignments from teachers.
Directions on updating your parent profile and notification settings are available online. Parents/guardians unfamiliar with Canvas may find it helpful to review the features in this Canvas Orientation.


It is important to note that a student MUST be logged into his/her hcpss.me account to access virtual learning. In order to ensure that your child(ren) can login correctly, we recommend using an incognito window on your Chromebook browser to log in to hcpss.me. If you are not using a Chromebook, we recommend that you open a new private window in Firefox or Safari on your preferred device. Just a reminder that students can reset their usernames and passwords independent of teachers and staff. Directions on using self-service can be found online.

Families that require technology access, or have a greater need than anticipated, can still request to borrow a device. There is a new process for requesting devices, now done via HCPSS Connect. Details can be found online. Information about wifi sources is provided on our HCPSS website.


Thank you for continuing to be such an incredible community during this period of time. Please continue to reach out to me, Mrs. Hurd, or your teachers if you need any support.


Mr. Cosentino

NEW INFORMATION

Consideration Form 2020-21

Each year, we ask parents for input about their child for the upcoming year. Please click the form below to read about how we do classroom placements. You may need to be on a computer if the image below if not displayed.

Google Meet Behavioral Expectations

While our students will be using Google Meet to meet virtually with their teachers and other classmates, we wanted to review expectations for these check-ins. We expect all CSES students to:

  • Follow our ROAR Rules - Respectful, Organized, Achieving, and Responsible.
  • Students will only be permitted into a Google Meet virtual check-in session with an HCPSS email account.
  • Adhere to HCPSS Policy 8080 Responsible Use Technology and Social Media and other relevant HCPSS policies.
  • Inappropriate/offensive/threatening comments, misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive participants (invited or uninvited) during Google Meet virtual check-in sessions will not be tolerated.
  • Do not share login information with others, as this violates the confidentiality rights of other students and places them at risk.
  • Students who are disruptive and/or “trespass” Google Meet virtual check-in sessions will be immediately reported to the administration and will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the HCPSS Code of Conduct. Consequences may result in temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which will also result in a student's inability to participate in Google Meet virtual check-in sessions; assignments will be provided to parents.

Free Meal Services Extended Through May 15

HCPSS will continue to provide free Grab-N-Go meals to anyone age 18 and under and/or any HCPSS student, regardless of age, throughout state-mandated school closures, extended through May 15.

Participants will be given a Grab-N-Go snack, lunch and dinner for that day, as well as a Grab-N-Go breakfast for the following day. Friday distributions at school-based locations only also will include meals to sustain children through the weekend. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day.

Children do not need to be present; parents/guardians may pick up meals for their child(ren). There is no application, enrollment, or fees to participate in this program.

More information, including a list of meal distribution locations, is provided online.

Staff Appreciation Week: May 4-8, 2020

Though we will not be back in school for Staff Appreciation Week this year, the PTA would still like to celebrate our awesome staff. This year the PTA will be purchasing eGift Cards for all staff members. In addition, you may use the Staff Appreciation Template provided to help your children say “thank you” to the ENTIRE CCES staff. Please print the paper, have your child color and fill out the form, then take a picture of their work and email it to Mr. Cosentino (edward_cosentino@hcpss.org) so that it can be shared with our staff over Facebook.
(Your child may also create their own thank you card for the ENTIRE staff if they do not want to use the form or you are unable to print it.) We ask that the thank yous be e-mailed on the following schedule: Monday-Kindergarten, Tuesday-1st Grade, Wednesday-2nd Grade, Thursday-3rd Grade, and Friday-4th and 5th Grades. As always, participation in Staff Appreciation Week is not mandatory. The room parents will be contacting you about celebrating individuals.


CCES PTA Staff Appreciate Committee

Canvas and Canvas Announcements

Teachers have and will continue to send messages to students using Canvas.
Visit https://www.hcpss.org/connect/faq/#notify to ensure that your child is set up to receive notifications. This page is also a great resource to make sure that you understand Canvas and Synergy. Parents/guardians unfamiliar with Canvas may find it helpful to review the features in this Canvas Orientation.

New Chromebook Requests

If you requested a Chromebook already, those computers have been shipped and should have already arrived. Please be sure to follow the instructions from Mr. Cosentino's individualized email earlier this week.


Here are the new procedures to request a Chromebook:

  1. Parent logs in to HCPSS Connect (https://www.hcpss.org/connect/)
  2. From the left menu, the last choice, click on “Student Technology”, then choose “Student Technology” near the top center of the screen
  3. On the HCPSS Student Technology screen, use the drop-down arrows to indicate the Technology Requested for each student. Changes are saved immediately.
  4. If a device has already been issued, it will appear in the inventory list.
  5. The request list will be synced with the distribution team by 8:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and devices will be shipped shortly thereafter. If a student already has a device issued, the request will not be processed.

Device Return Procedures

If you no longer need an HCPSS issued device, please email Mrs. Marshall at christy_marshall@hcpss.org. She will process your request. You will receive information from FedEx for device return.

Dr. Eng's Office Hours

Hello CCES Parents and Teachers,

Our school psychologist, Dr. Eng, will be holding office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

If you need to reach him, you can schedule a time to access my services by clicking on the link below.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUJaaXNSa3pGYVNGfGRlZmF1bHR8M2JiNmYzY2FlODVmYzViNTkwMDEyMmNkMTUwYjBiNTc

When you click on the link, you will be taken to a google calendar with the available time slots. Please click on the time slots entitled Dr. Eng Office Hours to choose a time to meet. Please type in the following information in the description box and click the SAVE button at the bottom of the page.

Counseling Connections

The HCPSS Elementary School Counseling Connection Newsletter is a great resource for students and parents to read together.

Included in the School Counseling Connection newsletter are celebrations, activities for home as well as self-care ideas.

Click on the first two issues below:

INFORMATION WORTH REPEATING

Mrs. Rogers' Office Hours

Dear CCES Students and Families,


I hope you are doing well. I have been thinking about you and missing you! I look forward to reconnecting with you!

I will have office hours available daily from 9:30am - 11:30am and from 12:00pm - 1:00pm starting Tuesday, April 14th. I will be scheduling appointments to meet during that time.
We can meet virtually (I’d love to see you) or on the phone. Please use this link to request your appointment. Click here to schedule a time with Mrs. Rogers


The School Counseling Department will also be making announcements and posting college, career, and our class lessons on Canvas in the upcoming weeks.

I look forward to talking with you in the upcoming days and weeks. Please know that I am still here to talk with you. Stay safe and well.


Fondly,

Mrs. Rogers

School Counselor

Food Resources

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Mission 19

REVEAL Global Consulting is located in Maple Lawn and they are looking for ways to give back to the local community during this time when many are struggling. They have Food Lion gift certificates and in a way of also supporting local restaurants, they have purchased many (thousands of dollars worth) gift cards from them for the families to use. CVS cards will be available also to help with Prescription assistance.

Visit their website, mission19.org. If you feel you need help (teachers and their families also), they can apply directly on the website for assistance. They will arrange drop off/pick up of the Gift Certificates abiding by social Distancing rules.

They are 100% Non-Profit along with volunteering time and resources to help.

Columbia Cares Community

Pick up 7 days/week, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1miJk0X1Yc-8AlssxrVfog-9b9nCARpB6ykP_MPWY3IE/edit

Food pick-up locations:

Swansfield ES

Lake Elkhorn MS/Cradlerock ES

Howard HS

Oakland Mills HS

Wilde Lake MS

Food pick-up dates have been extended. Effective 4/25, our donation sites will be closed on Sundays.

Sites will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Also, please note that we will close our sites in the event of a forecast of severe weather or lightning. The safety of our families and our volunteers is our main concern!


Howard County Food Bank

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 5:00-8:00 p.m. by appointment only

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by appointment only

If it is your first time, bring ID and proof of HoCo residency. They will give you prepackaged food (instead of shopping in the food bank)

9385 Gerwig Lane

Columbia 21046

https://www.cac-hc.org/programs-services/food-assistance/


FISH of Howard County

https://www.fishhowardcounty.com/

410-964-8660; Call and leave a message for a return call.

FISH Emergency Services:

  • Food (7-10 day supply delivered to clients’ homes)
  • Limited financial aid for: -Rent -Utilities - Fuel Oil - Other Emergencies
  • Financial aid for Prescription
  • Personal hygiene, laundry, paper supplies
  • Follow-up calls to clients with ongoing needs
  • Information & Referral


Howard County React

www.howardcountyreact.org

410-782-0432

This service is intended to assist Howard County citizens that cannot leave their homes during the COVID-19 crisis and are having trouble getting groceries delivered in a timely fashion.

To get started:

  1. Place your order for PICKUP with any Howard County Safeway, Harris Teeter, or Walgreens (Medications only)
  2. Please set up a pickup date and time at least 24 hours from now
  3. Once you place your order, please fill out the form below
  4. When the form is completed, a representative from Howard County REACT will touch base with you shortly

If you are having trouble placing your request, please call 410-782-0432.

SNAP (also known as food stamps) - View Flier below

SNAP has issued an emergency allotment for families who already are receiving food supplemental support or have recently signed up due to changes to their financial situation. For the months of April and May, households will receive the maximum amount of SNAP support according to the household size. I have included the flyer for further information.

CCES PTA Nominating Committee

The Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to chair several positions during the 2020-2021 academic year. We would love to tell you more about them! Many do not require regular PTA meeting attendance and there are varying levels of time commitment. Please consider joining in the fun and supporting our great school! Click here to see openings.

Kindergarten Registration

Parents/guardians of new incoming students and those entering Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year (who are not already enrolled) are able to begin the enrollment process online, followed by completion of the registration process with the registrars when schools reopen. Online registration is not required and parents may elect to complete the full registration in person at the time of reopening.

Once school buildings reopen, parents will be contacted to complete the registration at the child’s school. Parents or legal guardians must visit their child’s school and provide proof of parental relationship and any other documents not provided during the online registration process.

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