Cardinal Connections Parent Copy

October 18th

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Halloween at Clinton Valley Elementary!

Hello CVE Families!

We will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 29th, which is also a half-day of school with dismissal at 11:55 am. Our Halloween parade will begin at 10:30 am, with classroom parties to follow right after the parade. The parade will be held outside on the track (weather permitting). If it rains, we will have to cancel the event. All family and friends are invited outside for the parade.

Unfortunately, no volunteers are allowed in the building at this time. The teachers will lead the classroom party fun, and PTO will provide a treat/drink. Families are allowed to contribute individually wrapped and bagged candy for their class if they so choose. Please be mindful of allergies, etc.

Please remember, costumes should not be non-violent. Please no "Scream" type masks, knives, weapons, blood, heavy make-up, etc. A great deal of effort is put forth at Clinton Valley to teach children to deal with problems in a non-violent way and remember what it takes to be a Cardinal (you must be Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind). We are also asking that students not bring props (i.e., skateboards, volleyballs, etc.)

Students should wear their costumes to school because it is a half-day of school, the parade begins outside at 10:30 am, and school is dismissed at 11:55 pm.

Thank you for your continued support, cooperation, and love for our students and staff.

Mrs. Wright


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Parent Teacher Conference Teams Link for Teachers

Please click on the picture to access the Teachers Teams Link.

Joining a Teams Meeting from a Computer, Phone, or Tablet

  • Teams Guest access will be turned on for the conference days, parents will not need to log in to join their conference appointment.
  • Attached are directions for parents to join a Teams conference using a computer, tablet, or phone.

ECSE Conferences

Are you ready to sign up for Conferences in ECSE? Click the link below to access the link.

ECSE - Halloween

ECSE will be celebrating Halloween with an in-class party on October 28th. Students may wear their costumes to school and we will celebrate with fun Halloween-themed activities. AM students do not have school on October 29th. PM students will come to school in the AM from 9-11:55. Transportation will be available.

Cardinal Crawl Fundraiser! - WE HIT OUR GOAL!! - Donations of $10,070.00

Hello Clinton Valley Families:

We delivered all of the prizes except:

  • The three winners of the $20 Gift Cards (will deliver this on Tuesday, October 19th)
  • T-shirts (4-6 weeks out)
  • Limo, Lunch, and Movie wth Mrs. Wright ( will deliver in January.)
  • Classroom Ice Cream Parties will be delivered on Friday, October 22nd

What's happening in Science with Ms. Laichalk?

This week in science, students are pivoting from engineers to coders/programmers as we begin our first technology unit. Last week, we learned how items are classified as technology. Students in all grades were surprised to learn that technology is more than something with a screen and electricity! They learned that forks, pens, erasers, and more are considered technology. During lessons this week, kindergarten through second grades learned what coding is, and practiced coding their fellow “robots” with our Halloween Hopscotch Coding. Third through fifth grades began creating their very own visual code for our Ozobot robots, and some were able to see their codes in action already!
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What's happening in 4th Grade with Mrs. Phillips?

Mrs. Phillips' class had fun enjoying their pizza on Wednesday during the pizza party!

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The Giving Tree

The Holiday season is upon us and we would like to do all that we can to help our families.
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PTO Events

  • We can do outdoor events, at least through December. We will reassess as time goes on.

  • All outdoor events can have volunteers that are outside.

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Coats for Kids - October 17th

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Just Around the Corner....for Girls

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Halloween Parties

All schools will have an outdoor parade if weather permits.

  • Parents can be invited to that but the parade cannot take place if it rains.
  • We are not able to move the parade indoors.
  • Classrooms can have a party indoors with students and teachers, but unfortunately, there will be no guests allowed.
  • Costumes are allowed


We can accept treats from parents this year. Please make sure to send only individually wrapped items.

SACC Aides Needed!

The district has approved a $250 signing bonus to any aide who is hired for this year and works for at least 90 days.

Positivity Project Quotes

Forgiveness Quotes

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” - MAHATMA GANDHI

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.” - OPRAH WINFREY

“Let us forgive each other—only then will we live in peace.” - LEO TOLSTOY

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.” -ROBERT BRAULT

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” -MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Elementary Assessment Schedule

NWEA - Fall Testing

  • Testing Window - September 13 to October 1
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

NWEA - Winter Testing

  • Testing Window - December 1 to December 22
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

NWEA - Spring Testing

  • Testing Window - March 1 to March 25
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

FastBridge - Fall Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - September 13 to October 1
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

FastBridge - Mid-Year Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - January 4 to January 25
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

FastBridge - Spring Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - May 1 to May 25
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

Progress Monitor (Tier 2 bi-weekly, Tier 3 weekly)

School Meals

All school breakfasts and lunches will be free of charge for all students this school year.

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October Lunch Menu

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COVID Guidelines:

Masks policies:

Masks will be optional this fall. The wearing of masks will be determined by each family and individual. The Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, consider wearing a face-covering while indoors, especially in crowded settings. CVS strongly recommends that students wear a mask in school.


CVS has up-to-date ventilation systems and filters that meet or exceed CDC recommendations for healthy airflow

Masks on School Buses:

The CDC requires masks on all public transportation, including school buses, regardless of vaccination status. All CVS students riding a school bus will be required to wear a mask.

COVID-19 Testing:

Not required.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

Not required. Based on Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and CDC guidelines, individuals that are fully vaccinated and remain asymptomatic will not have to quarantine if they are determined to be a close contact. The MDHHS, the MCHD, and the CDC recommend that all eligible individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Reporting

Chippewa Valley Schools will work with the MCHD on contact tracing and COVID-19 reporting. We will maintain a COVID-19 Case Report on our website and will provide building-level notification to staff and families.

Contact Tracing & Quarantines

CVS district nurses will work with the MCHD on contract tracing and will follow health department requirements for quarantines. Fully vaccinated students and staff who are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine.

Hand Hygiene:

Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be used frequently throughout the day.

Screening for Symptoms

Parents are asked to check their child each morning before sending them to school. Students that are sick should stay home from school.

Visitors at School:

Visitors will be limited at school. Only essential visitors will be allowed.

Visitors, Late Arrivals, Early Dismissals & Dropping Off of Materials

  • Visitors will be limited at school. Only essential visitors will be allowed.
  • PTO will be allowed in the building to do "PTO work."
  • If a student arrives to school late, parents will bring their student to the front door, ring the buzzer, state the students' name(s), and the student(s) will be buzzed into the school. The parent will enter the vestibule and sign the student in and leave back out.
  • We will have bins outside the main entrance. If you need to drop off a lunch or other items to your child, please label it with the child's name and teacher. The bins will be checked twice an hour, and items will be delivered to the student.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

Chippewa Valley Schools is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for our students, staff, and community. All student and staff areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule.

Lunchroom and Classroom Information

  • Students will have assigned seats in the lunchroom and classrooms.
  • Students will be spaced out as far apart as possible.

School Age Child Care (SACC)

Our childcare program begins on Tuesday, Sept 7. Below you will find the link to access information on how to register.

SACC Hours: AM - 7:00 - 9:00am

PM - 3:44 - 6:00pm

Entrance/Exit Door: #19

In-person learning for students

Last year students had the option of attending school in person or live-streaming their classes at home. With vaccination rates increasing, all students will now be required to attend school in person unless they are currently enrolled in the Chippewa Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Only students required to quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure will be allowed to live-stream their classes. All other students must attend in person unless they are sick or have an excused absence.

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