Cardinal Connections

December 20, 2020

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Happy Holidays!

We are in the home stretch. We only have two more wake-ups before the break begins. During this Holiday season, you always seem to stop and reflect on things you are thankful for. I am thankful for all of you. You are a great group of families that I have the pleasure of working with. You have done more work now with your students in Remote and Hybrid than you probably ever had to do before, and I applaud you for all your efforts. Please take this time to love on your family and relax and enjoy what the Holiday Season brings.

Next Week's Schedule

Monday (12/21) - School in Session

Tuesday (12/22) - School in Session

Wednesday (12/23) - No School - Break Begins

Thursday (12/24) - No School - Break (Christmas Eve)

Friday (12/25) - No School - Break (Christmas)

Return - January 4th

New things happening in the Valley!

Hello Team!

Things that are going on.....

  • We hired Enes Sunje as our new gym teacher. He is currently teaching in a charter school and has an extensive background. He presented himself as humble, concern for the kids, knowledgeable in his craft, and passionate about teaching. Please stop by and meet him when you get a chance. He begins on January 4th.
  • Math meetings with students are going well. Hoping that the work that we are doing is enough to engage them in learning.

Semester & Quarter Mark

Hello Everyone!

January 25th starts our Second Semester & Third Quarter. This will change Specials for the students. Below you will find the classes that are assigned to the different Specials.

Art - Roddy, Stark, Rees, Metcalfe, Susalla and Strohm

Gym - Phillips, Kowalski, Shawnee Classes

Music - Laichalk, Kroll, Tech, Avila, Chimenti

Science - Shawnee Classes

CVVA Materials Pick Up

Mrs. Kroll's 1st Grade CVVA Materials Pick Up Day is Monday, December 21st, from 8:00-3:30 at Clinton Valley. Please remember to wear a mask when you arrive at the door.

What's Happening in 1st Grade with Mrs. Kroll...

Mrs. Kroll's 1st Grade-CVVA- We are having so much fun during our Spirit Week. So far, we have had Crazy Hair Day, Mismatched Clothes Day, Holiday Headwear Day, Winter Wonderland Day, and Christmas Colors Day, where we wore red and green.

What's Happening in 1st Grade with Ms. Avila & Mrs. Strohm.....

Here is a little 1st Grade update! ( This is for Avila & Strohm's classes!)

For the last 3 weeks, 1st graders have been traveling the globe learning about how other countries celebrate the holidays! We have visited Israel, Germany, Mexico, Africa, Italy, and brushed up on our traditions in the USA!

We read stories, made crafts, and learned facts about each of these unique countries! It was a month full of learning and lots of "travel "

Check out these pictures from Ms. Avila & Mrs. Strohm's students!

What's Happening in 5th Grade with Ms. Laichalk....

We had sweatshirt day today, and we finished our Mold Terrarium experiments for science today.

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Christmas in Clinton Township is a charitable organization based out of Metro Detroit. Their objective is to help less fortunate families during the holiday season. In the first 9 years, they gave over $100,000 to schools in our district, which has benefitted more than 2,100 kids.

Elaine and Greg Adamo, a husband and wife team, are the founders of the organization. After going through some tough times during 2008 and 2009, they decided to start Christmas in Clinton Township. They have gone through hard times and know how stressful it can be for parents to raise a family under those circumstances. Unfortunately, not many people have the support of family and friends to pull through tough times, so they decided to bring the network to them, bringing Christmas joy during the holiday season.

Since I have been Principal of Clinton Valley, they have made donations to our families each year. I am very grateful for this organization. This year they blessed us with $2,000 worth of Gift Cards to give to families in need. These families have already been called by our Social Worker, Monica Weaver, to come to the building to pick up the gift cards. We have been able to bless families in enough time for the Holidays.

Thank you, Christmas in Clinton Township! We appreciate your generosity.

If you would like to donate to this organization, please visit their website at

Attendance Procedures

Reading Videos Resources

Reading Instruction Videos

Here are a few short reading videos to use with your students.

For Parents:

Goal Setting for Your Student

Students learn why they should set goals and how goals will help them succeed in school and life. Students are taught to think about what they want and plan to do what is needed to meet their goals.

Lesson Objectives:

  • The students will understand how to recognize the importance of goals and goal setting.

Shared Vocabulary:

  • Goals – Something you plan to do or want to do either now or in the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Setting goals help you succeed. It helps you to stay focused on the goal.
  • Goal setting can teach you how to be responsible, use time wisely, and to keep trying.
  • It’s important for you to plan how you will meet your goals.

Continue the Conversation:

  • Why is it important for you to set goals?
  • How can setting goals help you with your schoolwork?
  • Name three reasons why you should set a goal?
  • Tell how you will set a goal?
  • How will setting goals now prepare you for the future?

Follow Up Activity/Prompt

  • Have the students journal a school goal and a life goal. Next, have them journal how they will use goal setting strategies to reach those goals.
  • Have kids brainstorm ways to help them set goals.

Additional activities/resources/suggested reading:

Self Control Positivity Project Rees Metcalfe

Virtual Assembly Calendar

Positivity Project Quotes

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Lifetouch Coming Soon! - February 8th & 9th

Lifetouch + Shutterfly Fall 2020 Photography

Picture Day Safety - What it will look like this year

Picture Day Safety | Lifetouch
CVS Back-to-School Updates for Families

Link includes access to recordings of Board Meetings

CVS Return to School Guidelines

These guidelines were developed with the guidance of the Macomb County Health Department. Our plan is based on these parameters.