Creston Community News

Week of February 14, 2021

From the Principal

CIMS Families -

Please join me in thanking our All-Star CIMS Staff for their work to support students throughout the ever-changing landscape of this school year, and also for making sure our building and classrooms are ready to welcome back 6th - 8th graders. It's been great to have some of our 5th graders back on campus, and we are so excited to be preparing to welcome back many of our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders next week!

FYI - Midterm 3 Grades are now available in StudentVUE / ParentVUE -- be sure to click Report Card and review the MQ3 report from the dropdown menu.


Reminder:

  • Monday, 2/15 = No School (Presidents Day)
  • Tuesday, 2/16 = eLearning Day (all students access learning material from home / teachers available for Zoom Office Hours from 9am - 12pm)
  • Wednesday, 2/17 = Black Cohort Day for grades 6, 7, 8; Grade 5 resumes
  • Thursday, 2/18 = Gold Cohort Day for grades 6, 7, 8
  • Friday, 2/19 = Black Cohort Day for grades 6, 7, 8


Grades 6-8 resume in person / hybrid learning on Wednesday, following the black/gold schedule. Students and families can expect communication from their child’s bus driver to communicate bus stop information and pick up times by Tuesday morning, February 16. If you have not received a call by Tuesday morning, please contact transportation at (317) 532-2820.


**As always, 5th and 6th grade fully virtual students will get your weekly schedule from your teachers.**


Black History Month continues throughout February. Students -- the deadline to turn in your Black History Month digital poster is WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17th!! You can submit it to your Core Connect teacher. We look forward to seeing our students' creativity and selecting FIVE winners per grade level!


Tutoring will no longer be offered on Tuesday/Thursday mornings and afternoons. If you have specific tutoring requests or needs, please reach out to your child's grade-level counselor.


UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE:

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 = Midterm 3 Grades available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 = No School (Presidents' Day)
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 = District eLearning Day (ALL STUDENTS access learning materials virtually from home)
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 = Hybrid/In Person students in grades 6-8 return to school, resuming the black/gold schedule. Feb. 17th is a black cohort day.
  • MARCH 3 and 4 = School Picture Day for in person learners in grades 6, 7, 8
  • MARCH 5 = End of Quarter 3
  • MARCH 12 = Quarter 3 Report Cards available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE


Students - remember to tune in TUESDAY at 3:00 PM for the Staff Dodgeball Game! Teachers will share the website with you to watch the event via Zoom! We'll see which teacher team will be the CHAMPIONS!

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CLICK HERE to access the CIMS Staff Directory

You can find contact information for all Creston staff members here!

Students Attending School IN PERSON Must Follow the CIMS Dress Code

Students (and Caregivers):

We appreciate your efforts to make sure you are meeting our dress code expectations when you attend school in person. We also realize that many factors may make following certain parts of the dress code more challenging right now than in typical school years.

Moving forward, please note that our school administration will be addressing dress code violations that present safety concerns and/or could disrupt the learning environment. Specifically, we expect that students:

  • Wear a mask that adequately covers your mouth and nose at all times

  • Wear clothing free from inappropriate or offensive language/imagery

  • Wear clothing that provides proper coverage from knees to shoulders

  • Wear safe footwear (feet must be secured with shoes that fasten in front and back)

  • Avoid wearing hats, hoods, head coverings, sunglasses, etc. in the school building

  • Put cell phones, ear buds, headphones away upon entering the school building

CIMS School Administration reserves the right to modify and/or interpret the dress code to ensure a safe, productive learning environment is maintained. Failure or refusal to adhere to these expectations is subject to progressive consequences as outlined in the Student Success Handbook.

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Parent Recommendation for High Ability Program

If you would like to recommend your child for the High Ability program, please click the link below. This form will be open through March 26, 2021.

Parent Recommendation form for 2021-2022 High Ability Program

HELPFUL INFORMATION - All grade levels

Parent Technology Resources

Parents can reach the Technology Helpdesk at 317-869-4321.

Check out our Parent & Caregiver Resource page for resources and tutorials on Canvas, ParentVUE, and more must-haves to support your child's learning, all in one place!

**Visit our district website's transition to virtual learning page for more information and resources.**


Tech Support

We are expanding our technology help desk hours at Moorhead Community Resource Center! Our new hours will be Monday-Friday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. K-4 VIRTUAL students with iPad issues should be brought here. Chromebooks can still be brought to any of the three Intermediate Middle Schools during school hours, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, or the Chromedesk at the High School during 1st and 2nd period, Monday - Friday. If you cannot access the above times and locations for some reason, you can also submit a help ticket through IncidentIQ here.

Semester 2 Calendar - Grades 6, 7, 8

The schedule below applies to in person / hybrid 6th graders, and ALL 7th and 8th grade students.

All 5th & 6th graders who are 100% virtual will maintain their black/gold schedule by last name for all of semester 2.

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Car Rider Procedures - AM Arrival

--Enter Door 1

--For your safety, stay in your car until directed by staff to exit.

--8:45 AM is the earliest we may allow students to enter the building.

--Exit only when your vehicle is stopped, along the curb, and you are directed to do so by staff.

--Exit your vehicle on the right side (curb side) to stay as safe as possible.

--Be ready to get out of the vehicle as you pull up to Door 1; please have your items ready to go.

--Follow staff directions at all times.

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Walker Career Center Videos

Students: You can access a multitude of videos related to the various classes Walker Career Center has to offer! This is especially helpful for our middle schoolers as you prepare for high school. Using your Warren Chromebook (you must be logged in to your Warren email) click HERE and explore!

Order Your Yearbook!

If you'd like to order a yearbook for the 2020-2021 School Year, please place your order by March 12th! Yearbooks are $20.


Order link: https://inter-state.com/yearbook

Order Code: 54909J

SCHOOL PICTURES

*NOTE: Picture day applies to IN-PERSON/HYBRID students only. Fully virtual students had an opportunity for pictures back in November.*


  • Grades 6, 7, 8 Students - Pictures on March 3 and 4, 2021

*Pictures can be ordered online ONLY. Visit www.inter-state.com/order and enter school code: 51320QA.

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P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT) Cards: NEW DATE!

All Warren Township Schools will participate and provide the necessary data to the Division of Family Resources for the 3rd round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). The funds will begin to be mailed out to your home on February 28, 2021. It is essential that you keep your card, as additional P-EBT assistance will be loaded back onto this same card. Again, PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD. For additional questions or information, please feel free to call our Food Service Department at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389, or you can visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/.


If you should happen to move and need to complete a change of address form, please visit the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ur-ZIQmkE0wxBi0WTPYjbJ_x7DdGCFIvwlvRHlpyNNUN1pDMjdWOE1EQ1o5QTJQTkNJTFY0UVlCUi4u

Any Student coming into school for Athletics or Extra-Curricular Activities must follow the procedures below:

Students - ask yourself the following questions BEFORE you leave home to report to school for any athletic or extra-curricular event, practice, or game. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should stay home and notify your coach/sponsor. If you answer NO to all of the questions, you can enter the building between 4:00 - 4:15 PM. Please contact your coach or sponsor with specific questions!

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Order your own CIMS Athletics Legacy Store gear today!

Click here to see what CIMS Athletics Gear you can purchase - various designs, colors, and sizes to choose from!

ATHLETICS INFORMATION

Spring Athletics will start the week of March 8th. If your student athlete has participated in a sport at CIMS already this year OR last school year, they do NOT need a new physician's physical. If they have not participated yet, a physical will be required to get started.

Check the CIMS Athletics Website for more information.


Creston Teams include:

Girls Tennis (5th-8th Graders may all participate)

Boys and Girls Track and Field (5th-8th Graders may all participate)


Township Teams include:

Boys Golf (5th-8th Graders may all participate)

Girls Softball (7th and 8th only)

Boys Baseball (7th and 8th only)


Want to get updates from the CIMS Athletics Department sent to your phone? Join our Remind Group -- see below!

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Experience Girls Inc. delivered in a safe and enriching virtual environment.

Trained mentors and facilitators guide girls through research-based and interactive programs designed to help girls connect, engage, and learn. CLICK HERE for details!


February's Theme:

Women’s Suffrage / Females Fighting for Their Rights

Girls Talk Webinar – “Representation Matters”

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Mentor Mondays

  • Mondays, February 8 & 22, 2021
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Girls Inc. Game Room

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021
    5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm