CHES Newsletter

September/October 2020

First Marking Period Hybrid and Specials Calendar

Click on the link to view the Hybrid Group Calendar for the first marking period.

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 9: Picture Day for Group B

Monday, October 12: Picture Day for Group A

Wednesday, October 14: Act 80 Day - No School for In-Person Learning or Remote Learning


Thursday, October 29: Halloween Party with Costumes for Group A

Friday, October 30: Halloween Party with Costumes for Group B

Picture Day for Full Remote Learners

Students who are participating in the CH Remote Learning Program may still have their individual picture taken if you feel comfortable bringing your child to school. A picture form will be available online soon. If you are interested in having your child's picture taken on picture day, please come to the school through the main lobby doors during your scheduled date and time below:

Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.: Remote Learners in grades K-2

Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.: Remote Learners in grades 3-5

If you have children in more than one grade, you can pick one day to bring all your children. A teacher will meet you at the door to bring your child(ren) into the building. All students must wear a mask while walking through the hallways. The mask will be taken off for the picture and then immediately put back on. A teacher will then bring your child(ren) back to the main lobby doors for you to pick up.. This process should only take about 15 minutes. Parents should remain outside the office doors.

Everyone at CHES thanks you for your patience as we continue to improve our programs in school as well as virtually.

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Hybrid Model:

Students who are participating in the hybrid model are considered present when:

1. they attend school in-person on their assigned A or B group day, and

2. they complete the work assigned on their virtual days.

If a student does not complete any work assigned to them on the virtual days, these days will be marked as an unexcused absence, unless a doctor's note is provided.

Full Remote Learning Program:

Students who are participating in the full Remote Learning Program are considered present when:

1. they are connecting to the scheduled Google Meet lessons with their teacher(s) daily, and they are completing the work they are assigned.

If a Remote Learner does not log in to the Google Meets or complete the assigned work, these days will be marked as an unexcused absence, unless a doctor's note is provided.

Free Breakfast and Lunch until December 31 for ALL!

Beginning on Tuesday September 8th, Cambria Heights School District began offering a FREE breakfast and Free lunch to each student for every school day. This also includes the meals handed out for those students learning virtually.

We will follow the same protocol for placing orders for Virtual Learners with a cutoff date of every Friday orders placed by 12 noon. And a pick-up date of every Tuesday between 11:30-12:00 at the selected pick up location for Group A and Monday 11:30-12:00 for Group B. Please refer to the Virtual Learners Meal Order Form on the Cambria Heights Food Services Home Page or the link below. Students who chose all remote learning can pick up for both days.

At this time the free meals for all students will only run until December 31, 2020 at which time statuses will return to Paid, Free and Reduced rates based on qualifications and applications so please return free and reduced meal applications as soon as possible to avoid any gap in benefits.

Create a Proper Learning Environment at Home

  • Designate a space in your home that will always be used for learning. This will always be the place where “school happens”. It gives your student the feeling that they are going to “school” when they are at this designated location in your home.

    • This space should be away from where the student sleeps, plays, watches TV, or plays video games.

    • Use an upright chair pushed into a flat surface (such as a desk or cleared table top) is the best option. Avoid using a couch, bed, or reclining chairs.

    • The lighting in the space should be bright.

    • Create a weekly calendar with your child. This could be completed on a whiteboard calendar or a paper calendar. This will allow your student to visibly see what they are expected to do each day of the week.

    • Schedule multiple breaks within their day. Students should not be seated from 8:00-2:30 without purposefully scheduled times for movement and brain breaks. These breaks can be from 15-30 minutes long.

    • Set out healthy snacks and water that are easily accessible for your child.

    • Students should get dressed, brush their teeth, and fix their hair as if they were heading to school. Do not allow students to wear pajamas or other clothing they wouldn’t normally wear when going to CHES.

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Tartan Tickets

Faculty and staff are on the lookout to catch students SOARing to New Heights. Students will be given a Tartan Ticket if they are: Showing Kindness, Owning Their Choices, Acting Responsibly, or Respecting Themselves and Others. Students can save the Tartan Tickets in order to spend them at our SOAR Store or at one of the many extra opportunities that are provided throughout the year.

Treat your device with great care!

Your district-issued device is assigned to your child for the entire year. It will be used by your child only in school as well as at home. It will be the students' responsibility to use their device properly with an adult's help as needed.

If your device becomes damaged, contact the school immediately at

Second Step - A Social Emotional Learning Program

We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills.

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Your child will be learning a lot this year—and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows.

As a parent or guardian, you can join at home with the ACTIVATION KEY for each grade level to view videos and resources:

Kindergarten Activation Key: SSPK FAMI LY70

First Grade Activation Key: SSP1 FAMI LY71

Second Grade Activation Key: SSP2 FAMI LY72

Third Grade Activation Key: SSP3 FAMI LY73

Fourth Grade Activation Key: SSP4 FAMI LY74

Fifth Grade Activation Key: SSP5 FAMI LY75

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Water Bottle Filling Stations

All four water bottle filling stations have been installed on each floor and wing of the elementary school. With this unprecedented time in history with Covid-19, it is most important that students are able to access and drink filtered water from their personal water bottles. A special thanks to Carrolltown American Legion Post 506, Spangler American Legion Post 569, St. Benedict VFW Post 7783, Patton VFW Post 779 Pennsylvania Skill - Miele Manufacturing, Sheetz Inc., and REA Energy Corporation. Additionally, a special thanks to the Cambria Heights custodial staff for installing the stations in time for the start of the school year. Don't forget your water bottles from home to refill!

Title I Information

A packet containing information about the Cambria Heights Elementary Title I Program will be available soon.