Creston Community News

Week of February 7, 2021

From the Principal

CIMS Families -


Thanks to all who helped us celebrate National School Counseling Week this past week by honoring and recognizing our 4 counselors: Mrs. Hanberg, Ms. Allen, Mr. Hauck, and Mrs. Jones!


Also, February is Black History Month. We are excited to continue celebrating and honoring those who have made a profound impact on our lives! Be sure to ask your student for details on the Black History Month Digital Poster Contest -- students received an invitation to participate via email from their school counselor! We look forward to seeing our students' creativity and selecting FIVE winners per grade level!


We hope you stay warm this weekend and throughout next week as we prepare for cold(er) weather! In the event we have a weather-related school delay or closing, please encourage your child to check their Warren email and teacher Canvas pages for directions and daily scheduling information.


A two-hour delay means that school (for both in person and virtual students) would begin two hours later than usual - in our case at CIMS, the school day would begin at 10:55 AM. If students ride the bus, their bus will arrive 2 hours later than normal. A delay would not impact dismissal time. Delays and closings will always be communicated via our school website, Twitter page, and through local news channels.


If a two-hour delay were to occur this coming Tuesday or Thursday (Feb. 9th or 11th) our students who visit the building for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Learning Hubs will instead attend their Learning Hubs virtually via Zoom.


For the coming week, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will continue to have instructional days on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday virtually. Application Days will continue on Tuesday/Thursday.

*6th - 8th grade in-person hybrid learners are set to return on February 17th, again following a black/gold schedule. See below for more details.*


Questions related to scheduling can be directed to your child's grade-level counselor or grade-level administrator.


ATTENDANCE REMINDER: If your child cannot attend a virtual Zoom class, please make sure a parent/caregiver calls CIMS to report the student as absent. The virtual learning environment is different from in person learning for many reasons; however, we still expect a parent/caregiver to notify us of an absence. Student self-reporting of absence reasons is not considered appropriate or official; we must hear from parents/caregivers.


TEXTBOOKS: Some families still have student textbooks to pick up in our main office. Please stop by any school day from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM to pick up your child's books!


UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE:

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 = Midterm 3 Grades available in ParentVue
  • 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.
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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

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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

Food Distribution

Food Distrubtion will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, with UPDATED locations. Food will be available at Moorhead Community Resource Center, Warren Central High School, and Raymond Park Intermediate & Middle School. CRESTON WILL NO LONGER BE A FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITE.


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.**

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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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.

TUTORING

We are excited to offer walk-in tutoring opportunities for CIMS students in both math and reading.


WHO: Any 5th - 8th grader who needs reading or math support.

WHAT: Tutoring Sessions with CIMS teachers.

WHEN: Tuesday or Thursday, 7:45 - 8:45 AM OR 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

WHERE: Creston - students should enter Door 1 if attending.

WHY: To provide additional support and instructional time to students who would benefit.

HOW: Students must be dropped off at CIMS at 7:45 AM for morning sessions, or 4:00 PM for afternoon sessions. **MSD Warren will provide transprotation, via school bus, home from tutoring Sessions. Any student who lives within Creston's district boundaries can ride the bus home at 8:50 AM (if not staying at school for classes) or 5:00 PM.

WHAT TO BRING: Students should bring Chromebooks and any accompanying textbooks or workbooks that support their current class work.

QUESTIONS RELATED TO TUTORING? Please direct questions to your grade-level counselor or administrator.

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

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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