The CPES BobChat

March 22, 2020

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What's the Real Difference between Last Week and This Week?

Here's what we were thinking before last weekend. "I'd really like to spend more time with my kids." "My commute to work drives me crazy." "Wouldn't it be great if we could sit down to a home cooked meal like real families do?" "I wish I had more time to...read my book/work on my yard/clean my house/learn how to play the guitar." All of those thoughts reflected what we wanted to do. This week our conversations are completely different. "My kids are driving me crazy. Our house isn't big enough for all of us." "We can't go anywhere. Nothing is open." "We are having to cook (and wash dishes) again? I did not sign on to be your personal chef." "There is so much to do. Working from home is stressful. Helping the kids with their work is stressful. Shopping is stressful. But, all of it has to get done." This week it has shifted to what we have to do. It is about what is required. What happened? What shifted? Of course, we know the change is impact of the coronavirus. In reality, in my head, what really changed is my sense of control. Last week, I got to call all the shots. I could make decisions and do what I wanted and needed to do. This week, the President/CDC/DHS/Governor/DHEC/State Superintendent of Education told me what I was doing (and not doing.) That dastardly virus is making me and everyone sick...mostly sick in the head. So, I guess we're just stuck and will have to deal with it. Yes...that's true. But...is there a way out of this? Is there a better path? I think so. It is a mindset that breaks me out of the jail of what I have to do so that I can step into the freedom of what I get to do. I get to decide which path I will choose and it is definitely not an easy choice. There is some grieving for what we lost and what we can't do. That is healthy and right and good to acknowledge that loss. But, I know I can't stay there. I get to decide if I will enjoy the time with my kids and wife. I get to decide if I'll try some new recipes for supper. I get to decide which book I'm going to start (and hopefully finish.) I get to decide if I stay stuck or move ahead. I hope you'll join me in helping others (most importantly, our children) learn how to travel from our past "want to's" to our current "have to's" into our "get to's." There is an old bit of wisdom that says we find out what's really on the inside when we get squeezed. I pray that as that happens over these next few weeks, there will be goodness, grace, love and hope that pours out of us. Blessings to each of you in the days ahead.


Mr. Maness, Principal

How You and Your Children Can De-Stress

Click here for information from ETV about how you can help your child reduce anxiety during coronavirus.

How to Talk with Your Child about the Caronovirus

Here's an article from the National Association of School Psychologists.

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School News

Need Help? If you need assistance, please contact Rock Hill Schools at helpme@rhmail.org or call our dedicated phone support hotline, 803-980-2016 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. You can also access resources on our District webpage: https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/

Remote Learning Pictures for Yearbook--There are so many good things happening with our children's E Learning. Please take a picture of your child's activities and send it to mailto:matt.blackston1@gmail.com for our yearbook. (We will use as many pictures as we can.)

Yearbook Order Information--Should also have been (or soon will be) sent home. This is our first yearbook for Cherry Park. Books will be $20 (with soft covers) and $25 (with hard covers.) (We cannot do payment by checks at this point.) You can pay online at http://www.ybpay.lifetouch.com and use the Yearbook ID Code: 14088320 You can also click on the link below. Deadline to order is March 27.

Spring Pictures Refunds--We have decided to cancel Spring Pictures. If you have already paid online with Lifetouch, they will refund your credit or debit card. If you wrote a check, we will give your check back to you.

Spirit Week--We are going to have a Spirit Week this week.

Monday – Reading Monday (Lunes de lectura)--Post a picture of you or you and your family reading!

Tuesday – Trading Places Tuesday--Kids are the teachers today! Kids dress as parents and the parents can dress as the kids! Post your pictures for all of us to see.

Wednesday – Workout Wednesday--Let’s give each other ideas on how to stay active! Post pictures or videos of how you and your family working out.

Thursday – Pajama Day (Journée du pyjama)--Stay in your pajamas all day! Post a picture for us!

Friday - #flattenthecurve Friday--Wear your favorite CPES Bobcat shirt and post your best pictures of eLearning!

Go on Twitter or Facebook and post pictures and use the hashtag #RHSDelearning and you can send them to your child's teachers as well and they will post them, too.

Order Yearbooks

Use the Yearbook ID Code: 14088320 Deadline to order is March 27, 2020.

Update Your Contact Info

If you need to update any of your contact info, please email Mrs. Deyerle mailto:ldeyerle@rhmail.org so you can stay current on information being provided. You can also download our District App below.
District App

Click here for more information about our District App.

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Remote Learning

Staff Email Addresses and Office Hours--Can be found in the links below.

Technology Assistance--For technical issues such as logging into Canvas and Launchpad, connecting to wifi, resetting passwords, device troubleshooting, etc., the Rock Hill Schools Technology Department staff will be on-call from 8:00am - 8:00pm and can be reached via email at helpdesk@rhmail.org or via phone at (803) 985-3531. Technology help tutorials will be published at: https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rock-hill.k12.sc.us%2Felearning&data=02%7C01%7CPMANESS%40rhmail.org%7C10c38360cc8d442c802808d7cdca73c5%7C57b835c11a6c40088e2fb2a16e5f738a%7C0%7C0%7C637204141727260450&sdata=YuZ8uNvg%2BLbNyY%2FZF9ppuTRY2C1dJRTrYoa2JBVDLSw%3D&reserved=0. Click on the Parents & Students button in the left-side menu for access.

Or your child's teacher can submit a tech request as they normally would. Each school tech is still monitoring tech requests as usual.

How Much Is Too Much and How Much Is Not Enough? As we continue to remote learning process this week, please give feedback to your child's teacher if there are unnecessary tears or stress due to the assignments and work. We have taken our best guess as to how much is too much and how much is not enough. This is certainly a stressful time for everyone and our goal is to help keep your child learning and for them to have some normalcy and consistency while things change around them. Feedback is key so we can monitor and adjust.

French and Spanish Resources--Click on the button below for some helpful resources to support your child in continuing to learn a second language.

Need Wifi Access? See below flyer from Comporium about how to access free Wifi for 60 days.

Free Sites to Assist with Remote Learning (Click the title to access the link.)

Sports Illustrated for Kids- Sports news, just for kids!

Wonderopolis- Reading to get kids to wonder.

Tween Tribune & TTJunior- News articles curated by the Smithsonian covering a variety of topics. It features an adjustable text difficulty.

Dogo News- Student news site with many images and videos to accompany articles. The articles can be sorted by a subject of interest. Interest levels range from 3rd through 8th grade.

Greg Tang Math- Online math games and teaching games for a variety of skills.

Caregiver Math Resources- Lesley University’s Center for Mathematics Achievement in collaboration with the Kentucky Center for Mathematics have put together this resource

guide for parents and caregivers to be able to support children’s mathematics learning at home during school closures.

SFUSD Math Elementary Lessons- In preparation for school closures, SFUSD has produced 10 days of activities to complete at home. The stand-alone activities are designed for students to do on paper without technology and are available to all under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Staff Emails

Click here to access email addresses for our staff if you need to reach one of us.

French and Spanish Sites for Second Language Learning

Mr. Jones, our World Language Coordinator, and our French and Spanish teachers gathered some family friendly sites to help continue your child's second language acquisition. Know that these are for enrichment and extension.

Health Information

As of 3/20/20 at 8 a.m., there are 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting 17 counties in SC. One of these confirmed cases is in York County. Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist with SC DHEC, stated in the Governor’s press conference on 3/19, that testing supplies are limited and everyone sick in SC does not need to be tested. SC DHEC advises if you are sick stay at home and only seek care if symptoms worsen. Several South Carolina health systems are offering free telehealth options to the public. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.

Transmission requires significant close contact with a confirmed positive individual. Brief exposure to an individual that has COVID-19 is not considered a high risk exposure. The elderly population and those with serious health conditions are at greater risk of getting COVID-19. In addition to SC DHEC lab, private labs are also starting to process tests for COVID-19. Due to the number of individuals being tested, it is expected that the number of positive test increase as well.

SC DHEC has suggested the following guidelines to protect the health and safety of all South Carolinians.

  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Always wash your hands after you come home from a public place
  • Avoid touching face
  • Stop handshaking
  • Wash hands frequently and prior to eating
  • Follow recommendations for social distancing
  • Consider adjusting or postponing gatherings
  • Do not attend gatherings if you are sick
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay home when you are sick or if you have sick family members
Appropriately dispose of tissues and other items that you have sneezed or coughed into
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PTO and SIC Information

Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council Update

The PTO serves to raise funds, coordinate volunteers and encourage teachers through appreciation activities. Click on the PTO Newsletter button below if you wish to receive the PTO Newsletter: PTO and SIC are tentatively planning to meet on the second Monday of each month next year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 (in the Fish Bowl) and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 (in the Media Center.) Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. Meetings will be held on March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)

PTO Newsletter

Click here if you'd like to sign up for our PTO Newsletter.

Calendar of Events

All school events before, during and after school have been canceled until March 31.

March 27--Last Day to Order Yearbooks (See info above)

April 6-13--Spring Break

May 21--Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Field Day (in AM)

June 1--9:00 AM Fifth Grade Graduation (Sullivan Auditorium)

June 2--Third, Fourth and Fifth Field Day (All Day)

Cherry Park is proud to be part of #One Team One Mission One Rock Hill.

Cherry Park Website

This is the link to our school website.