Principal's Report 5-16-22

News for the Fox Family

Fox Family

I want to again thank our wonderful Fox PTO for all of their planning and support during last week's Teacher Appreciation Week. You truly are so generous to our Fox Family.


It's wonderful to see the students bright with energy as we are now into the middle of May. We truly are excited to have parents and volunteers back in our buildings. We have classrooms and grade levels attending field trips and students engaging in wonderful experiences that will create lasting memories.


BEST OF LUCK to our Fox students and coaches competing in the County Science Olympiad Tournament this weekend. You kids and coaches have worked so hard. We are so proud of you! You have ALREADY won!


We much to be grateful for and look forward to finishing the year strong with all of our students and our Fox team.


Please be sure to read through all of our updates below.


Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend.


We appreciate you and thank you for being a part of the Fox Family!


Mr. Bellomo





Iroquois Parent Night for Incoming 6th Graders

Parent Orientation Night for future 6th graders will be held at Iroquois Middle School on May 17, at 6:30pm in the Auxiliary Gym.

This is a parent only event.



Virtual PTO Meeting- May 19th at 7:00PM

Thursday, May 12th at 7:00PM: Click Here



Kindergarten Kickoff 2022-2023

This year we will be having our Kindergarten Kickoff for incoming 2022-23 kindergartners on Wednesday, June 1st at 6PM at Fox Elementary. Please see the full details below!





Fox 5th Grade Completion Update and Change of Location

Our 5th grade Completion on Mon., June 13th will now be held indoors at Fox Elementary at 5PM on June 13th. *****It will no longer be held at Iroquois this year.*****

Again, our Fox 5th grade Completion Ceremony will be held indoors at Fox Elementary in our cafeteria this year.




2022 Kindergarten Completion Ceremony

When: Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00AM at Fox Elementary




Future Middle School Parents

In preparation for 2022-23 school year, your child’s updated enrollment information will need to be sent to your child’s middle school. Please complete the attached “Roll-Up Form” with current information. We will add this form to your child’s records when we forward them on to middle school.


If you have a new address, please bring in two current utility bills with your name and address on them so we can update this information in our data base. This will ensure that you receive any mailings the middle school may send out.


If you are School of Choice family, your child may continue as a School of Choice student throughout his/her school years. If you have moved out of the district but want to stay in Chippewa Valley, you may apply for School of Choice at: http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/our-district/school-of-choice/


To ensure a smooth transition to middle school, please return the completed, signed form to the Fox Office by Friday, May 6th If you have questions, feel free to contact the office.


If your child WILL NOT ATTEND Chippewa Valley Schools for the 2022-23 school year, please complete an exit form and return it to the main office. https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/forparents/exit_form_elementary_school_rev_3-2022-fillable.pdf




Parking Lot Update

It is time for the monthly parking lot reminder. Please remember that the parking lot procedures and etiquette are always in the newsletter about half way through.

Recent Concerns:

Stop Signs

  • The crossing guards each hold stop signs. Please be courteous and safe and stop if the crossing guard is holding up the stop sign. We have had many reports of drivers not stopping for the signs. Again, please do not drive past a crossing guard holding up a stop sign.

Parking

  • Please try not to park on the street directly across from the entrance and exit of the staff and bus lot. Our busses are having an extremely hard time pulling out of Fox. This creates a dangerous situation. Please park further down away from the entrance and exit of the staff and bus lot.

Interaction

  • The crossing guards truly do not want to upset parents coming to and from school. Remember, if they have to remind anyone of procedures, it is nothing personal. They are doing their best to keep everyone safe. Please do not yell or say inappropriate things to the crossing guards.


As always, thank you for helping to keep our Fox Family safe each and every day upon arrival and dismissal.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Kickoff

This year we will be having our Kindergarten Kickoff for incoming 2022-23 kindergartners on Wednesday, June 1st at 6PM.


When: Wednesday, June 1st from 6:00PM to 7:00PM at Fox Elementary


What to Expect:

  • ·Welcome from Mr. Bellomo and Kindergarten team.
  • ·Kindergarten information and questions.
  • ·Parents will have availability to speak with the health aide, social worker, special education staff, reading interventionists, our Fox PTO and other Fox team members.
  • Sign up for Kindergarten Assessments being conducted on June 6th and June 7th. These short Kindergarten assessments will help us group our students and balance our classes.
  • ·Parent and child tour of our building provided by our Fox Student Council students.


Please see our Weekly Principal’s Report at https://www.smore.com/5fqh6


Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Fox-Elementary-School-237737390407873


Check out our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4JnlZ8P4umgcThAW0cIdw


We look forward to meeting you soon. Please check our website regularly for updates and current announcements. We are excited to begin this journey with you!

Bridge to Kindergarten- Summer Program

Register by Clicking Here: Children will be exposed to literacy and math concepts in small group settings using a variety of materials. This program is a great way to prepare your child to enter school as a new kindergartener.

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023

Fox Family, our kindergarten registration for 2022-2023 is now open. Please register soon if you have an incoming kindergartner. Please let anyone you know that has an incoming kindergartner know that registering sooner than later is best.


Please click here for our Kindergarten newsletter with important registration information and other helpful kindergarten links.


Fox Kindergarten SMORE Newsletter


Kindergarten Registration

A Look Ahead

  • May 17th- 5th graders visit Iroquois for Orientation

  • May 19th- Virtual PTO Meeting at 7PM: Click Here

  • May 27th- 4th grade Wax Museum

  • June 1st- KDG Kickoff at 6PM at Fox

  • June 2nd- Fox Fun Day

  • June 3rd- Fox Fun Day Rain Day Only If Needed

  • June 13th- 5th grade completion ceremony at Fox Elementary at 5:00PM-5:45PM

  • June 14th- KDG completion in the cafeteria at 9:00AM

SACC Summer Camp

Summer SACC Camp at Erie Elementary School
Registration opens Monday, May 16th. Available to CVS students, ages 4 yrs, 9 mths. to 12 yrs.


June 20th to August 11th (closed July 4 – 8). Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 5:45pm. Students will enjoy field trips, presenters, science, gym, sports, outdoor play, STEAM activities, library reading program, and so much more. See flyer for details and registration information.

Summer SACC Flyer


Summer SACC Camp at Erie Elementary School
Registration opens Monday, May 16th. Available to CVS students, ages 4 yrs, 9 mths. to 12 yrs.


June 20th to August 11th (closed July 4 – 8). Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 5:45pm. Students will enjoy field trips, presenters, science, gym, sports, outdoor play, STEAM activities, library reading program, and so much more. See flyer for details and registration information.
Summer SACC Flyer

Updates

Schedule Updates


M-Step Online Testing 3rd-5th graders

Our 3rd-5th grade students will be taking the M-Step online state assessment in April. This test will be done in the classrooms and on laptops.

*Each teacher will have a specific schedule for their class within the testing window.

April 11th through May 6th

  • Grade 3 (ELA)

April 11th through May 20th

  • Grade 3 (Math)
  • Grade 4 (ELA, Math)
  • Grade 5 (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)


M-Step Assessment Resources for Parents

https://www.smore.com/bmr05



2022 Kindergarten Completion Ceremony

When: Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00AM

Where: Fox Elementary in our cafeteria



2022-2023 Kindergarten Kickoff (For all incoming kindergartners and their parents)

  • When: June 1st at 6:00PM
  • Where: Fox Elementary



Kindergarten Registration is Open!

Fox Family, our kindergarten registration for 2022-2023 is now open. Please register soon if you have an incoming kindergartner. Please let anyone you know that has an incoming kindergartner know that registering sooner than later is best.




5th grade Completion

  • Monday, June 13th at 5:00PM at Fox Elementary



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Parent Resources for M-Step

Parents, please click this link for helpful resources, information, and links relating to the state M-Step assessment that our 3rd-5th graders will take in April.

Parking Lot Updates

1-25-22

Please help us keep everyone safe by following our parking lot procedures. Lately there have been a few things that we need help with.


1. The parent drop off lanes are not meant for parking. Please do not park in them. It will help make things go smoothly if everyone is ready to go during the drop off along the sidewalk in the parent drop off area. Please come to a complete stop, let your child exit the vehicle, and continue moving forward.

2. Please pull all the way up in the parent drop off area when dropping off your child otherwise we create a traffic jam.

3. Our busses are having an extremely hard time pulling out of our bus lot after school because parents are parking so close to the Fox bus/staff lot entrance on both the sidewalk side and across the street. This creates a dangerous situation by narrowing the street preventing busses from safely exiting the parking lot. Please do not park so close to the entrance on either side of the street.

4. Please do not speed in the parking lot or past the cars that are in the drop off line on the left side. Parents and children walk through this lot and everyone's safety is the number one priority.

5. Please use the crosswalks where our crossing guards are located.

6. Please slow down. This is very important.


***Below are the normal reminders and expectations for our parking lots.

Parking Lot Etiquette and Procedures

Parents, we kindly remind everyone of parking lot etiquette. Please do not yell, swear, or put down our crossing guards. Their main job is to keep your students and all others arriving and leaving school safe. Although you may not agree with their procedures, these ladies are doing their very best to keep people safe.


Please also remember that we have children demonstrating leadership in safety patrol positions. They too may remind you of procedures in the parking lot and near sidewalks. Please follow the directions given to you by our young safety patrol students. Please also do not share your unwillingness to follow procedures with them. They are children and telling them what you will and will not follow is not acceptable at any time.


If you do not agree with a procedure, please reach out to me before putting down crossing guards and staff. All of our schools in the district have procedures, protocol, and specific ways the parking lots function based on their designs and safety plans. If you have a question, feel free to contact us via phone or email.


*****We will also continue to keep in touch with the Macomb County Sheriff to help be a presence during arrival and dismissal.*****


BASIC REMINDERS FOUND BELOW:


Driving in our Parking Lot

Please remember to drive with caution as you enter and exit our school parking lots. The traffic flow at all schools is slow and that is the safest for our kids.

We have many children and families crossing the streets from Camelot Village and our surrounding Fox Run neighborhoods. Please try not to be in a hurry when dropping off and picking up your children. We have noticed some drivers who have not been driving cautiously and we need to be safe with our children, families, and staff all around.

*You must slow down and drive with caution.


Crosswalks

Please also remember to always use the crosswalks. It becomes unsafe when children and parents walk in and out of cars in the parking lots. The crosswalks are the safest areas to use when walking in the parking lots.


No Unattended Vehicles in the Drop Off Lanes

Please remember, there is no parking in the drop off lane, so please pull all the way up to the front of the drop off lane (by the front of the school), drop your child off (parents/drivers need stay in the car) and then you may keep moving.


If you arrive early and don't want to let your child out yet, please park in a parking spot in the parent lot until ready to drop off. Remember, all students need to use a cross walk with a crossing guard before and after school.


Respecting Crossing Guards and Student Safeties

Please respect the staff crossing guards and our young student crossing guards. There job is to keep everyone safe. At times they may ask you to follow certain rules you may not agree with. Please do not take it personal. They are doing their jobs. The goal is to keep you, your children, and everyone safe. Thank you for understanding.


We will also continue to keep in touch with the Macomb County Sheriff to help be a presence during arrival and dismissal.


Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

Criminal Record Checks for Volunteers

Every Fox volunteer must fill out a Criminal Record Check form each year. If you would like to volunteer at Fox, this must be done with at least two weeks notice. Please fill out this form if you would like to be a volunteer or have been asked to volunteer for something at Fox.


https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/human_resources/crc-volunteer_form_revised_2022.pdf


Transportation

Please click the link below to read important information regarding an app you can download for transportation and bus route arrival.

My Stop App Information

Fox PTO Update

Hi Fox Families! We as a school just partnered with

RXfundraising, a program where we earn funds every time

our supporters use their Rite Aid wellness+ rewards

number. Please support us by registering at the link below!

https://rxfundraising.com/s/?id=FoxFan


Join us virtually for the next PTO Meeting on Thursday, May 12th at 7PM

Click here to join- https://bit.ly/Foxptomeet

Positivity Project

Our daily character education program at Fox is The Positivity Project. A recent character trait that the children have been learning about is PERSEVERANCE.


Perseverance is a character trait that our kids will need all throughout their schooling and adulthood. At Fox, we connect Perseverance to Growth Mindset, Grit, and Resiliency. All of these words have the same meanings. When I hear these words I think of pushing through and the determination not to give up. When we show perseverance we continue working and do our best to get better each and every day!


It's not an "all A report card" that will determine how far a child can get in life. It's not being the "smartest" kid in class or the "best" on the team that will determine their success. It's perseverance.


I'm glad we focus on character education at Fox and I'm proud of the resiliency, growth mindset, and perseverance that our Fox community has!


During the month of February we will be learning about:

  • Cheering Others' Success- Other People Mindset
  • Love
  • Humility
  • Enthusiasm

Character Thoughts

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Update on Covid Procedures

Dear School Community,

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Chippewa Valley Schools has worked closely with the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) and its expert guidance in the development of health and safety protocols. This week, the MCHD has revised its guidance for how schools should approach the isolation and quarantine of students and staff for in school exposure. The most important pieces have stayed the same - sick students must stay home and the district will still notify families of positive cases in the school buildings.

  • Keep those who are sick home
  • Staff/Families must report positive COVID-19 cases and isolation remains at five days
  • Cases will continue to be reported on the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard


PROTOCOL CHANGE
The Macomb County Health Department has adjusted their contact tracing and school-based case notification from individual to entire classroom. No longer will individuals be identified as close contacts. Instead, the entire class where a positive case was reported will be notified of the potential exposure. This DOES NOT mean the entire class quarantines.


Instead of identifying close contacts and having those students quarantine, we will have:

  1. All students and staff in the impacted classroom monitor themselves for symptoms.
  2. Those who have or develop symptoms should isolate and test for COVID-19.
  3. Students in the impacted classroom may quarantine but are not required to unless symptoms develop.
  4. Live streaming is available to students who are required to isolate due to a positive COVID test or quarantine because of an in-home exposure.


These changes follow CDC guidance and will support our commitment to ensure healthy students who do not have symptoms remain in school. They will also help with staffing issues and the massive amount of time being spent in schools on individual contact tracing. The continued daily contact tracing has moved the focus of our staff from other critical work, including supporting students’ social/emotional needs, school safety measures, staff development, and building leadership. We need our education professionals focused on the education and well-being of our students and staff.

The countywide protocol changes will become effective on Friday, January 21. If your student/staff is currently quarantined due to in-school exposure or is on Day 6 or later of a COVID-19 illness and has significantly improved symptoms, they can return to school on Monday, January 24. Students/staff who are in Days 0-5 of a COVID-19 illness and unvaccinated siblings of those in Day 0-5 of COVID should remain home until Day 6 and symptoms improve. The MCHD website reflects the new protocols.

Your partnership remains critical. All families should continue to self-screen every morning and children that do not feel well must remain at home. In addition, I encourage you to take advantage of a federal program (https://www.covidtests.gov/) that provides up to four free COVID-19 testing kits to families.

Thank you for your continued support.

Covid -19 Reporting- please click here for Covid-19 exposures and positive cases

Please complete the following questionnaire to help us determine quarantine time for your child. If you are reporting for multiple children please complete a separate form for each child. After your responses are received the district nurse will contact you as soon as possible. Staff members please contact the District COVID nurse directly to report exposures.


https://forms.office.com/r/2SdHkgwXBk

It's Freezing!

Winter Clothing

Parents, please make sure children are coming to school with winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots as needed. It is always a good idea to pack a change of clothes in your child's backpack in case they get wet outside at recess. If your family is in need of a winter coat or clothing for your child but do not have any, please let us know.


School Arrival

Please remember not to send the children to school too early each morning. It is quite cold in the morning and we do not have enough staff in the building before school to monitor all of the students. On extremely cold days we open the doors a little earlier so children can wait in the main areas until the first bell.

Be a Fox Lunch Buddy!

What: Lunch Buddy


Who: All Special Adults in our Fox Community (Dad, Mom, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, and any other special people!)


When: Lunch Time – 10:45-1:15 on a day of your choice


How: Sign up using the sign up genius link: CLICK HERE


While we cannot return our Watch Dogs Program to its full former glory yet, we would like to invite all special adults to sign up for a day to come in and be a guest in the lunch room. All you have to do is sign up for a day using the link above. Once signed up a Criminal Background Check will be sent home. Please return it ASAP, you will not be able to volunteer without it. We ask that only one adult come per sign up. If two people would like to volunteer, please sign up both volunteers. Criminal Record Check Form


We miss seeing our community members around the school. On your designated day you will be invited in the lunch room where you can help and visit with students. You can have lunch with your student(s) during their assigned lunch time. You will be asked to stay for all the lunches since all students would love seeing you. We cannot wait to see some new and familiar faces! The students miss you!


Any questions please contact Mrs. Theeck – atheeck@cvs.k12.mi.us or 586-723-5670

Emergency Drills

Drills and Emergencies

Please know that our Fox team works tirelessly each day to provide a safe environment for our students. We have several safety protocols, procedures and precautions in place at our school to help ensure student safety. Our district sent communications and a Message from our Superintendent this week but I want to reassure you as both a fellow parent and member of the Fox family.


At Fox, our students regularly have various types of emergency drills including fire, severe weather, and Avoid, Deny, Defend aka as Lockdown and Lockout Drills. In these types of drills the focus is on threats that may Internal or External. The Avoid, Deny, Defend (Lockdown or Lockout) drills focus on the various things our students and staff may need to do in emergency situations should an intruder ever be present either indoors or outside our building. During these drills we focus on key terms or actions known as Avoid, Deny, and Defend). Please know take these drills quite seriously but we also ensure our students are not emotionally upset because of them. We explain to our students why we practice the drills and we do so in a fashion that is appropriate for each grade.


Please know, we do not share details of when our school will be having drills with the community because we want to ensure the safety of our students. Additionally, we often do not give specific times of drills to our staff so that we can have the element of surprise to truly identify areas we need to correct in whatever drill we are practicing.


Immediately before and after the drills, we ensure students know that they are only drills and that they are safe.


The safety of your children and our Fox family is our number one concern.


Emergency Drills at Fox

Fire

  • 9-23-21- completed
  • 10-14-21- completed
  • 10-25-21- completed during lunch
  • TBD
  • TBD


Severe Weather

  • 9-16-21- completed
  • TBD
  • TBD (The 3rd one is extra and not required but we always do it)


Avoid, Deny, Defend aka (Lock Down/Lock Out- threats may be internal or external)

  • 10-7-21 (Avoid) Students read book with class and practice drill
  • 11-11-21 (Deny) Students reviewed book with class and practiced drill
  • 1-14-22 (Defend) Students reviewed book with class and practiced drill
  • TBD (Extra drill not required but we will do this drill)


Cardiac Drill

  • TBD

Fox Substitute Teachers Needed

Fox Building Substitute Teachers Needed:


We are in desperate and critical need of a building substitute teacher or two to assist with relieving our Fox teachers from subbing on their much needed daily prep times. You primarily would work at Fox and the rate of pay is $130/day. Perhaps you only work 2-3 days per week, that's OK! If you're interested contact Mr. Bellomo. @ fbellomo@cvs.k12.mi.us or 586-723-5602 (direct line). Qualifications are listed below...EDUStaff (employment company for Chippewa Valley substitute teachers) accepts the following educational documents:



  • Official Transcripts with a total of 60 credit hours and a minimum 2.0 GPA from regionally accredited colleges/universities
  • Temporary Teaching Authorization
  • Current Michigan Teaching Certificate
  • Expired Michigan Teaching Certificate
  • Out of State Teaching Certificate accompanied by an official undergraduate transcript from a two or four-year accredited college/university showing 60 credit hours and a minimum 2.0 GPA

Character Education and The Positivity Project at Fox

Character education is a focus in our school. We have wonderful families and students and work hard to instill the value of character.


Through character education students can

  • acquire and apply knowledge and life skills to develop positive identities
  • become resilient and demonstrate perseverance
  • better manage emotions
  • achieve goals
  • feel and show empathy for others
  • establish and maintain supportive relationships
  • make responsible and caring decisions
  • learn to demonstrate leadership


When looking at the list above, it is easy to tell that each of these items are an important part of being a contributing member in our communities, having good character, and being a leader in any way that we can.


At Fox, one way we work to help teach and instill good character with our students is through using The Positivity Project. Our teachers use daily lessons focusing on character traits and work with our students to be an empathetic and caring community.


During the month of November and December we are focusing on the following character traits:

Perspective

Bravery

Gratitude

Kindness

How our attitudes, words, and actions affect others. The Other People Mindset


Character is a life skill. We don't have to agree with each other or have the same views, but we can always show good character and respect each other.


As I always say, grades are great, but your character and effort are much more important in life. As parents and teachers, we should applaud our children for their effort and character. Having the best grades won't make you a successful person. Being the best kid on your sport's team won't make you a successful adult. While these things are great, they aren't what's most important. Your work ethic, having a growth mindset, resiliency, and how you treat others means everything and will make all the difference now and later in life.


A team that works together will outperform a team of talented individuals all moving in a different direction.

What we believe at Fox

Purpose

Our purpose at Fox is to connect our COMMUNITY, develop CHARACTER and maintain COMMITMENT to the growth of the whole child.


Vision

The Fox Family will be an environment and culture that nurtures relationships and community, teaches the importance of character, and demonstrates continuous growth in both teaching and learning.


Mission

Our Fox Family is committed to our community, teaching the value of character, fostering continuous student growth and the development of the whole child.


Core Values

Our Fox Family believes in the importance of an environment and culture that nurtures relationships and community, teaches the importance of character, and fosters continuous growth in both teaching and learning.

Attendance reminder

Don't forget to call in any absences for your child. Here is the number that you call for excused absences:

Attendance: (586) 723-5699

Just Around the Corner

• A maturation program to help answer questions that girls might have about their growing and changing bodies.

• The session will cover physical and emotional changes that occur in girls during puberty, including menstruation.

• A short video will be followed by a lively discussion session. Local school districts usually present a maturation/reproductive health program for elementary students during their regular class time.


This class is not intended to replace any current reproductive health programs, which may continue as always. The MISD is offering this class to those interested girls and their parent/guardian IN ADDITION to regular school programming. Open to any adult in the community and any 4th and 5th -grade girl in the community.


Where: VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM

When:

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Time: 6 – 7:00pm (log in at 5:45pm)


Register using the link in the flyer below:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t3Xh3Vt7qjG73_CaRBY_d2dK_bdgD5dp/view?usp=sharing

Remind 101

Mr. Bellomo sends many important messages through email using School Messenger. He also communicates using Remind 101 text messaging. Many of our families already have Remind 101 messaging from last year.


If you are not currently signed up for Remind 101 messaging from Mr. Bellomo, please follow the directions below:


Text Message Instructions


Send a text to

81010


Text this message

@newfoxf


After following these directions you will be added to our Remind 101 messaging.

School Hours

Arrival

  • Doors open at 8:24am
  • Class begins at 8:30am

Dismissal

  • The day ends at 3:14pm

Half Day Dismissal

  • 11:25am

SACC

  • SACC opens at 6:30am and closes at 6:00pm
  • Parents must re-register each year in order for children to use the SACC program: CLICK HERE

School Breakfast and Lunch

Chippewa Valley Schools is pleased to announce that our district will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program for the 2021-2022 school year. This means ALL students enrolled in Chippewa Valley Schools can receive 1 free daily breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE for this school year.

Families who qualify for free/reduced lunch benefits are still being asked to submit a meal application. Please visit www.lunchapp.com to complete the application before October 15, 2021. All information on the application is confidential. If you do not have access to fill out the application online, paper copies will be available in school offices. Should you need further assistance, please contact the Food & Nutrition Department at (586) 723-2110.

Bussing

From our Transportation Department


Routing information will be available on 9/2/21 on the E-Link portal. Instructions to the portal are on the district website on the transportation page, as well as attached to this email.


Transportation routes and times will be available in the eLink system. Please visit https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/departments/transportation/

Please be aware that if your student is utilizing transportation this school year, per the CDC Guidelines and as outlined in the district email, masks must be worn while riding the bus. This means to and from school, as well as athletics and field trips, etc. If you do not have a mask, we will have some on the bus each day.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at Transportation1@cvs.k12.mi.us, and be patient as we handle the questions. As the first day of school is around the corner, it is a very busy time for the transportation office. Please be mindful that our response time will be delayed.


eLink Instructions

Arrival and Dismissal Doors

**Students will be entering through the following designated doors upon arrival each morning unless they are enrolled in AM SACC.


**Students will dismiss from the following locations as well unless they are enrolled in SACC.


**Students arriving late or leaving with an early dismissal will use the main entrance.


**Please do not have students arrive too early because the doors do not open until 8:24AM and there is no supervision before that.


KDG

  • Buckley- classroom door #43
  • Harris- classroom door #44
  • Mlynarek- front of building side door #45

1st and 1-2 Blend

  • Conrad (1-2 Blend)- classroom door #5
  • Marola- classroom door #6
  • Sarvello- classroom door #4

2nd and 1-2 Blend

  • Braun- classroom door #10
  • Theeck- side entrance to cubby hall in parent lot (door #8)
  • Conrad (1-2 Blend)- classroom door #5

3rd grade

  • Bochenek- classroom door #21
  • May- use main entrance door #1 in front of building
  • Kahnt- classroom door #19

4th grade and 4-5 Blend

  • Nicholoy (4-5 Blend)- 4th grade hall entrance (west red wing door #14)
  • Noel- use main entrance door #1 in front of building
  • Skorupski- 4th grade hall entrance (west red wing door #14)

5th grade and 4-5 Blend

  • Fanelli- use door #15 (far west red wing door #15)
  • Alfonsi- use door #15 (far west red wing door #15)
  • Nicholoy (4-5 Blend)- 4th grade hall entrance (west red wing door #14)

ECSE and GSRP

  • ECSE- use classroom door #2
  • GSRP- use classroom door #46

Registration

Spread the Word to Register at Fox for School of Choice

Do you know a family who would like to be a part of our Fox Family? Let them know about our school and School of Choice options for K-5 families that are outside of our district.

Help us out with a share.

https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/for.../enrollment/

1:1 Technology

1:1 technology for all students

Throughout the pandemic technology played an integral role in student learning. This school year CVS is excited to offer all K-12 students their own laptop device. Grade specific expectations will be provided as we get closer to the beginning of the school year. Our Technology Department has developed a new tech newsletter for parents and will provide parents with technology nights so families can become familiar with this new initiative.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Chippewa Valley Schools at 586-723-2240.

YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks will arrive in September for those who ordered one this year. They will be delivered to Iroquois Middle School if your child is entering 6th grade.

Kindergarten Completion

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Parent Portal Update

Parents of children grades K-12 may access grades, attendance, lunch balance and school messenger settings. Students in grades 6-12 may also access grade and attendance information through their own portal account.

Updated Link


School Age Child Care (SACC)

SACC (School Age Child Care)



SACC at Fox isn't just a child care program before and after school, it is a really FUN program for kids. Whether it is before or after school, kids are able to play and socialize with friends in both a safe and clean environment. All Covid-19 restrictions and protocol are followed to keep kids healthy.


At SACC, kids can get homework help, socialize with other students, engage in fun crafts, play learning games, and get involved in many other fun activities.


For more information please contact our SACC room and speak with Mrs. Kohl: 586-723-5684

  • SACC runs Monday-Friday


SACC (School Age Child Care) Help Needed

Fox Families, it is exciting to know that our SACC program continues to grow. The students and families truly enjoy the program and what Mrs. Kohl has to offer our kids.

Please reach out to anyone you know who might be interested in joining our team as a SACC aide. We have AM and PM hours available.

Please refer potential candidates to our SACC line at 586-723-5684 for further details on how to apply.


FALL 2021 SACC NEWSLETTER

District Calendar

CVS District Calendar

Face to Face Changes at Fox

Please see the precautionary steps we have taken to make our school safer for students and staff to return. You will also find scheduling information here as well.

Student Health Screener

Health Screener to be used by families to screen their child each day before sending students to school

Clinton Macomb Public Library

VIRTUAL LIBRARY


Chippewa Valley Schools has partnered with the Clinton-Macomb Public Library (CMPL) to offer students FREE virtual book checkouts through the CMPL online or the CMPL app for smartphones and tablets, regardless of residency.


Students just need their student ID number and PIN (typically this is the last 4-digits of the phone number of the parent who enrolled them in school).


Then, they can easily log into the Overdrive page or Hoopla page to access all eBooks and Audiobooks from their computer. There are also apps available which are viewable on a phone or tablet.


Trendy and timeless titles are available for checkout now!


This link will take you to a brief overview of how to use Overdrive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IK7v6Q2Q-v7W13v2rIcQPZH2gLPSvSkx/view.


CMPL website: https://www.cmpl.org

Half Day Schedule

11:25am Dismissal

  • September 7 – AM

  • October 20 – PM
  • October 21 – AM
  • October 22 – PM
  • October 29 – AM
  • February 18- PM
  • March 23 – AM
  • March 25 – PM
  • April 1- AM
  • June 14 – PM
  • June 15 – PM

Progress Reports and Report Cards

1st Semester: Ends January 28

First Trimester: Ends December 3

Second Trimester: Ends March 11

Third Trimester: Ends June 15


Progress Report Dates

  • Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21- Progress Reports distributed at conferences
  • Friday, January 21- Progress Reports sent home with students
  • Monday, May 2- Sent home with students as needed


Report Card Dates

  • Wednesday, December 8- Sent home with all students
  • Friday, March 18- Sent home with all students
  • Wednesday, June 15- Sent home with all students

Back to School Student Information Forms

Parents, please access either one of these links below to complete important student information for your child. This information includes the basic back to school emergency information and other important details regarding your child.


PLEASE COMPLETE THIS ASAP- Click one of the links below:


use this https://form.jotform.com/202585262503148

or this: https://tinyurl.com/CVSEleStuInfo

Remote Learning Help

Helpful Tips on Schoology, Teams, and Remote Learning

Fox Building Schedule

Please open the Fox Building Schedule. Please know that we will use the Monday schedule for the first ten weeks for specials classes every day. Your child will have the same special for the first 10 weeks.

Virtual Learning Expectations and Habits

Helpful habits for a positive virtual learning experience.

Parent Portal

Parents of children grades K-12 may access grades, attendance, lunch balance and school messenger settings. Students in grades 6-12 may also access grade and attendance information through their own portal account.

Reading 101-A guide for Parents

This is a great resource for supporting your child’s reading and writing at home.

Please Connect With US

Connecting with us on Social Media

Now, more than ever, connecting with us on social media is so important. Each time important information is available I will be placing it on our Fox Facebook page, sending it out in a SMORE newsletter link like you are reading now, attaching it to REMIND 101 and also sending it electronically through school messenger.


The SMORE newsletter you are reading now will have the same link all year. You can save it to the homescreen of your phone or any device you use.


Follow us on Facebook at Fox Elementary School. https://www.facebook.com/Fox-Elementary-School-237737390407873/?modal=admin_todo_tour


Our Facebook account is a great way to follow us! We post things daily!


Please sign up on Twitter and follow us. https://twitter.com/FoxElemCVS

@FoxElemCVS

It's quick and easy and a great way to see our daily story!


Fox on YouTube- Check out our videos!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4JnlZ8P4umgcThAW0cIdw

Remind 101

Parents we have too many families to have only one Remind 101 group to send mass school messages so we had to split it up into five separate groups depending on your last name and if you are a new Fox family. If you would like Remind 101 updates from Mr. Bellomo, please follow the directions below. You only need to sign up one time in your specific group depending on your last name or if you are new.


You DO NOT need to re-sign up if you already signed up last school year.



Directions for NEW FAMILIES ONLY for Remind 101


  • All NEW FAMILIES that were not signed up last school year

Enter this Number (Send a Text to this number)

81010

Text this message:

@newfox



All families who were here last year please follow the directions below:


**Type the exact words you see in the text message area. Please don't be confused and type your last name because that wont work.


  • All families with last names beginning with letters A-G

Enter this Number (Send a Text to this number)

81010

Text this message:

@lastnameag


  • All families with last names beginning with letters H-M

Enter this Number (Send a Text to this number)

81010

Text this message:

@lastnameh


  • All families with last names beginning with letters N-T

Enter this Number (Send a Text to this number)

81010

Text this message:

@lastnament


  • All families with last names beginning with letters U-Z

Enter this Number (Send a Text to this number)

81010

Text this message:

@lastnameuz

TECHNOLOGY ISSUES and CONCERNS

Joining a TEAMS Meeting (New directions and way to join)



TEAMS Sign-In Trouble

*Students must use their username to log in to TEAMS and NOT sign in as Guest. They are no longer to sign in without their Office 365 login.


*Please find the area at the bottom of the login area that says, Sign In For A Better Experience. Then use your 10 digit username followed by @cvs.k12.mi.us

Use this video


Laptop Camera Issues


Schoology Information

Accessing Schoology

(When Necessary)

· Students will log in to their Schoology account. Once your child accesses their Schoology account, your child’s teacher will have directions posted to guide your family through the process.


· To learn more about Schoology including how to access the site and review/learn Schoology basics, visit: Schoology Overview or click to watch the Schoology Video with directions on how to log in.


· To directly access your child’s Schoology account:

o Visit cvs.schoology.com


Example:

o Login: 12345678@cvs.k12.mi.us

o Password: 78glh

Schoology Tech Tip


Your child has a ten digit username. Your child also has a password containing five characters.


  • First you will go to cvs.schoology.cvs.k12.mi.us
  • Next you will be asked for an email: User your child's ten digit username followed by @cvs.k12.mi.us
  • Finally, it will ask you for a password.


Watch the quick video to see how to use your child’s ten digit username as the email needed followed by @cvs.k12.mi.us


https://youtu.be/h7Rebj9cxi0


Next, you enter your child’s password when you are prompted to.


If you have questions regarding Schoology, please email your child's teacher. You may also email CVS tech support at cvstechhelp@cvs.k12.mi.us

Trouble logging into Schoology
Schoology- Remote Learning

Schoology directions in English. The use of Schoology for Remote Learning begins Wednesday, April 22nd.

Fox Family Learning and Links

This SMORE is a resource for Fox Families. It is meant to help parents and students alike. It is NOT meant to be used instead of the Chippewa Valley Learn at Home site. It is an extra. Some items may be the same.

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Connect With Us


Connecting with us on Social Media


Each day at Fox we share our story with you. Connect with us on various platforms so you can know about important updates and most importantly see some of the great things taking place every day.


Follow us on Facebook at Fox Elementary School. https://www.facebook.com/Fox-Elementary-School-237737390407873/?modal=admin_todo_tour


Our Facebook account is a great way to follow us! We post things daily!


Please sign up on Twitter and follow us. https://twitter.com/FoxElemCVS

@FoxElemCVS

It's quick and easy and a great way to see our daily story!


Fox on YouTube- Check out our videos!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4JnlZ8P4umgcThAW0cIdw

Chippewa Valley Coaltion for Youth and Families

The Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families is working to create materials and identify resources to address the needs of our families.

School Messenger- Please sign up

Fox Families, our school sends home emails and voice calls as needed to remind you of important updates. Please access the link below for directions on how to receive emails and phone calls from both Fox Elementary and Chippewa Valleys schools. It also provides info on Parent Portal in addition to School Messenger.


https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/for-parents/parent-portal---school-messenger-help/

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The Superheroes of Fox

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Developing the Whole Child

At Fox, we recognize that it is important not only to support each child academically but to meet the needs of the “whole child.” Each child is valued as a unique learner with individual cognitive, physical, behavior and social emotional needs. It is our belief that the Fox staff members can best support the needs of each child by working in partnership with families and the community. We know that together we can help children achieve a higher level of excellence through greater motivation and engagement by meeting their basic needs: to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.


One of the ways that we support the needs of the “whole child” is through our schoolwide Culture and Climate goal. A key component of this goal is our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system. Throughout the year all Fox students will be learning about ways to demonstrate positive behavior and character in our school. Each month our school holds a Fox PAWS assembly and all positive behaviors are celebrated along with various students receiving Growth Mindset and Character Matters awards.

Additionally, our school staff has been working hard to perform skits to model the Positivity Project character traits that we learn about in all classrooms each week. Click on the link below to learn more about the Positivity Project.

http://nationswell.com/positivity-project-good-values-great-citizens/

POSITIVITY PROJECT at FOX

The Positivity Project focuses on Relationships.


From the Positivity Project:


https://posproject.org/why-relationships/


Why Relationships?


The Positivity Project's mission is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships.

"Why relationships? Because they are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience…and (according to experts) many jobs of the future. That is why we developed a strategy that schools use to inspire positive relationships (student-to-student and student-to-teacher) and cultivate a school-wide #OtherPeopleMatter Mindset." ~Positivity Project


The Positivity Project at Fox is going wonderfully! I just love hearing the conversations and Positivity when I go into the classrooms. Our kids are truly wonderful and POSITIVE thigs are happening.


This year our students will be discussing character traits such as CURIOSITY, TEAMWORK, OPEN-MINDEDNESS, INTEGRITY, PERSPECTIVE, CREATIVITY, BRAVERY, COURAGE, CHARACTER, and GRATITUDE, Knowing Our Words and Actions Affect Others, Kindness, Humility, Self Control, Perseverance, Hope, Optimism, Prudence, Supporting Others When They Struggle, Love, Enthusiasm, Social Intelligence, Cheering Others' Success, the Love of Learning, Forgiveness, Humor, How Other People Matter, Beauty and Excellence, Purpose, Leadership, and more...…

Positivity Project-Character Traits

Check out our Fox made video on character traits!

PBS for Kids- Home Resource

PBS Kids- resource you can use at home with your children.

PARENT PORTAL- Accessing and Receiving Important Information Regarding Your Child


Parent Portal

Parents, please update your Parent Portal settings so that you can receive emails and text messages from School Messenger. Important info is frequently sent out on School Messenger and we do not have enough parents with an email address provided. Please us the links below for help in Parent Portal.


https://ps.cvs.misd.net/public/


http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/forparents/parent_portal_user_guide_vers_7_20131008_104750_18.pdf

Follow Fox on Twitter and YouTube

Check out our Social Media Links below:


Twitter - https://twitter.com/FoxElemCVS (We do not use Twitter as much any more. Please follow us on FaceBook)

YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4JnlZ8P4umgcThAW0cIdw

Fox Elementary School on Facebook

Fox WEBSITE

http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/schools/elementary-schools/fox/


Our Fox website has tons of resources related to our school. Forget your math homework or book? No worries, check out the website to get your book or reosurces online.

Fox Elementary Newsletters

Our school newsletters are a great source of information. Look for them on a bi-monthly basis.

THANK YOU PARENTS and Fox Families FOR Supporting our School

Throughout the year our wonderful PTO organizes fundraisers that you as parents and Fox Family members contribute money towards to help support programs and purchases for our school. In the past, your money has supported Fox with basketball poles on our playground, various playground equipment, painted murals inside the school, computer programs for reading and math interventions for students, leveled library books, and many other items that directly benefit our school.


This year, your donations have continued to support our wonderful school. The PTO fundraisers and your contributions have allowed us to purchase the following:


  • Three new kindergarten playground swings
  • Chain link nets for our basketball poles
  • Watch DOG T-shirts for our positive male role models who are Watch DOGS at Fox
  • School wide grade level shirts for all kids to support our Culture and Climate Initiatives
  • Music Program- Quavers online music program for all grades

Fox PTO Meetings

Our Fox PTO meeting schedule is below.

  • DATES COMING SOON!

Resources for Fox Families

Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families

The Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families joins School, Family, and Community in a partnership to prevent and reduce youth substance use and its negative consequences. Additional parenting info is also available on this district site.

Criminal record Check Information and Forms

Volunteer Criminal Record Check (CRC)- New Yearly procedure: Parents/relatives/friends intending on volunteering in the classroom or on field trips for the current school year, are required to complete a CRC form. Click here to access the form.

Lunch Info

Click here to check out nutritional information and school lunch menus

Lunch Payments

Please know that we do not use PaySchools Central for putting money into lunch accounts. If you would like to put money into your child's lunch account, please send cash or check to the office or you can go submit payment online. Click this link.

Pay Schools Central

PaySchools Central allows parents to pay for school fees online. PaySchools will be used for items that are over $4.00 that need to be purchased for students. Examples include field trip costs, t-shirts and other items to purchase.

Pay Schools Online Payment

Chippewa Valley Schools has adopted PaySchools Central as an online payment resource for the parents in our district. Our goal in utilizing PaySchools Central is to become “cash free” in our schools by April 2019. Use Google Chrome

School Age Child Care (SACC)

You can register and access more information about SACC by clicking here. *Please note that your child must be pre-registered before using the SACC program. Please notice the new registration fee as well.

cONNECT WITH US

Additionally, here are some resources you can use to get to know our school.

Follow us on Facebook: Click Here

Follow us on TWITTER @ https://twitter.com/FoxElemCVS @foxelemCVS

Follow us on YOUTUBE @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4JnlZ8P4umgcThAW0cIdw

Here is a link to our Weekly Principal’s Update: https://www.smore.com/5fqh6

Our Fox Website: https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/schools/elementary-schools/fox/

Here is our Remind 101: text the number: 81010 and type in the message: @foxfamily2

How about Chippewa Valley Youth Wrestling?