The CPES BobChat
October 25, 2020
Are You Scared?
This is a season of fear...and I wish it was because Halloween is next Saturday. Over the past few weeks and months, I've seen and heard and experienced some of the following fears (also known as worries or anxieties). "Will I get COVID-19? How close am I to a layoff? Is my child really doing OK in virtual (or face to face) learning? How can I get all my work done and help my child at the same time? What are we going to do if _________ gets elected? What if we return back to school full time/if we don't return back to school full time? How can I keep myself and my family safe? Will there ever be a time when I don't have to wear a mask?" You fill in the blank of your own worries. What do we do with all these anxieties? How do we move (and help our children move) to a better place? 1. Name it. Fred Rogers let us know that "feelings are all right, whatever is mentionable is manageable." Even just admitting that we are worried allows us to begin a process of sorting through the causes. Ever so often, I don't want to admit how I really feel because I think I'm supposed to have it all together. During those times, I know I'm just spinning my wheels. Most of the time, we are afraid of what we can't control and we have experienced such a loss of control over the last seven months. 2. Know that fear usually drives us to our old bad habits of coping. We know that eating all the Oreos doesn't work. Yelling doesn't work. Working more doesn't work. Shopping Amazon doesn't work. Binge watching Netflix doesn't work. Our insecurities have a way of immediately triggering those familiar, comfortable, dysfunctional and destructive "fix it" strategies that lead us nowhere fast. Our logical selves tell us that these methods don't work but our emotional muscle memory takes over to revert back to those bad places. Again, call it what it is and know when to say to yourself, "yes, here I go again." 3. Choose which way to go. Once I realize I have "stinking thinking," I know I have to make a choice. Will I stay there or will I intentionally move to a better place? I find that for most of us, it has to be a deliberate, mechanical process. Yes, I acknowledge my emotions and what's triggering them, but I don't have to set up a permanent residence there. I can move out and I can move on. None of this is easy. I'm blessed to have a wife and friends who patiently listen, ask hard questions, and care enough to be there with me and for me to work through this process. None of us can make it alone. The good news is that we can replace our irrational fears with truths based on reality. That process takes courage and responsibility. Our little people do what they see the big people do. As a culture, we find ourselves in a season of deep anxiety and worry. We can lead ourselves and our children to a better, healthier place if we are willing to take the next step. Fear, anxiety and worry become bigger and scarier monsters when we deal with them all alone. We don't have to do that because we are #One Team One Mission One Rock Hill.
Strength and Blessings to You
Mr. Maness, Principal
Red Ribbon Week Activities 2020
October 22, 26-30
National Theme: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free!
All grades create your own Red Ribbon to post on your doors!
Monday B day Oct. 26 - Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week
Students and Staff wear red.
Tuesday A day Oct. 27 - Be a Star Player, wear a team jersey
Students and Staff wear their favorite team jersey, shirt, or school colors.
Wednesday B day Oct. 28 - Show your uniqueness, wear crazy socks or hats
Students and Staff wear crazy socks or hats.
Thursday A day Oct. 29 - Bobcats, Be Happy Be Brave, Be Drug Free! Wear school shirts and colors!
Students and Staff wear school shirts or colors.
Friday B day Oct. 30 - Bobcats, Be Happy Be Brave, Be Drug Free! Wear school shirts and colors!
Students and Staff wear school shirts or colors.
Scholastic Book Fair Will be Online until October 25--Today is the last day to order books!! Over 6,000 items available and all purchases will be mailed to your home. Please click on the following link for more information: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/cherryparkelementary1
Want to Purchase a Yearbook?--Yearbooks from last year came in this week and were distributed to our students. We have a few left for purchase in the office on a first come, first serve basis. The yearbook was late due to the temporary closure of the manufacturing plant due to COVID.
Costumes--We know that many of you are new to our school. We encourage our kids to dress up for the special days for Red Ribbon Week but we ask that you leave all Halloween costumes at home.
Toys for Happiness – We are excited to work as a partner for the annual Toys for Happiness event, which has provided holiday assistance to York County families since 1986. Applications will be accepted from October 26 – November 16. The drive-thru distribution dates are scheduled for December 17 and 18/at the Flexible Learning Center. Click here to learn more about Toys for Happiness.
Parent Help for SeeSaw (K-2nd) and Canvas (3rd-5th)--Our teachers are using these two learning management systems with students to help them access the curriculum both in face to face and virtual settings. Please click on the following link (or the button below) if you need help in assisting your child with these programs: https://sites.google.com/rhschools.org/rhsprofessionallearning/instructional-technology-support/learning-management-systems
Informing the School on Medical Issues--When your child has a medical issue, please be sure to include Nurse Love when you inform your child's teacher if your child will be out due to illness. She will be our lead person for helping with any illness for our school family. You can always reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for your help with this.
District COVID-19 Dashboard--District, level and school data can be viewed at this link to see what case counts are for our schools: https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/covid19 Please remember the following definitions as you review this information.
"Quarantine" includes individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 or who've recently had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
"Close Contact" includes individuals who were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset.
"Isolation" includes individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and individuals who are asymptomatic but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2.
"Positive" only includes individuals with a lab-confirmed positive test.
Individuals who were in proximity to a positive case are notified and will be monitored for symptoms for 14 days.
Sources: S.C. Department of Health & Control, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. School data includes cases known by school and district nursing staff.
Please click here for more information about our online Book Fair for this fall.
Please click here for parent help sessions that you can access to assist your child with using these programs.
This link provides resources to help with technology issues and questions.
Click here for required information to secure your child's device for this year. This presentation and information is in English and Spanish.
Click here if you want to fill out the forms for the Online Mobile Computing Guide.
Need Tech Support? Call 803-324-8324
Click here for District Calendars in English and Spanish and the A/B Day Calendar.
Click here for the most current information about COVID-19 counts in our district.
Click here for details about how we will start this school year.
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 this 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.
October 25--Last Day for Scholastic Book Fair (Online--See button above for more info.)
October 26--Is a B Day
October 26-30--Red Ribbon Week (See activities above)
November 1--Daylight Savings Time Ends (Turn clocks back an hour)
November 2--Is an A Day
November 3--Election Day (Student and Staff Holiday)
November 11--Veterans Day
November 25-27--Thanksgiving Holidays