Creston Community News
Week of January 31, 2021
From the Principal
CIMS Families -
It's hard to believe we are approaching FEBRUARY, a month with some very important items on the calendar.
First, we are going to be celebrating and honoring our 4 school counselors from February 1st - 5th for National School Counseling Week! Please take a moment to express your gratitude to Mrs. Hanberg, Ms. Allen, Mr. Hauck, or Mrs. Jones some time next week - their commitment to helping our students feel safe & find success is exemplary!
Also, February is Black History Month. Our students throughout each grade level will be engaging in various activities, lessons, and studies related to the profound impact and importance of many African Americans. Students will also be receiving information on a Black History Month poster contest! Stay tuned!
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:
- February 1 = School Picture Day for in person 5th graders
- Week of FEBRUARY 8 = Midterm Grades due!
- 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.
Please Complete our Equity Survey!
We would love to hear your voice and gather your perceptions related to equity in our District! You’re invited to participate in the Warren Equity and Inclusion Diagnostic Survey, between now and Tuesday, Feb. 2. Your participation is entirely voluntary. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.
If you would be willing to participate, please click here to take the survey. We ask that you complete the survey no later than Tuesday, Feb. 2.
¡Nos encantaría escuchar su voz y sus percepciones relacionadas con la equidad en nuestro Distrito! Estás invitado a participar en la Encuesta de equidad e inclusión de Warren, desde ahora hasta el martes 2 de febrero. Su participación es totalmente voluntaria. La encuesta debe tardar aproximadamente 10 minutos en completarse y es completamente anónima.
Si estaría dispuesto a participar, haga clic aquí para realizar la encuesta. Le pedimos que complete la encuesta a más tardar el martes 2 de febrero.
You can find contact information for all Creston staff members here!
Students Attending School IN PERSON Must Follow the CIMS Dress Code
Parent Recommendation for High Ability Program
HELPFUL INFORMATION - All grade levels
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, 8The 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.
*NOTE: Picture day in February applies to IN-PERSON/HYBRID students only. Fully virtual students had an opportunity for pictures back in November.*
- Grade 5 Students - Pictures on February 1, 2021
- Grades 6, 7, 8 Students - Pictures on February 24 & 25, 2021
*Pictures can be ordered online ONLY. Visit www.inter-state.com/order and enter school code: 51320QA.
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. Sessions will continue at least through mid-February.
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.
HOW IT WORKS: If your family believes your child would benefit from in-person tutoring, please make sure the student has not been around anyone who is ill, and that the student feels well themselves. Students must wear a mask at all times within the building. Drop your student off at Door 1 at the time listed above, with all needed materials. A CIMS Staff Member wil be waiting at Door 1 to greet your child and provide tutoring services.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO TUTORING? Please direct questions to your grade-level counselor or administrator.
P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT) Cards
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 January 31, 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!
Please note that in order to follow guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department, we will be limiting spectators at all upcoming athletic events to PARENTS and GUARDIANS of our current student athletes ONLY. Only up to TWO (2) parents/guardians of the athletes participating will be permitted into each athletic event. We cannot safely accommodate younger siblings, Creston students who are not athletes, extended family, or friends. We appreciate your understanding of this.
Want to get updates from the CIMS Athletics Department sent to your phone? Join our Remind Group -- see below!
Spring Super Saturday Program - open to ALL K-12 Students!
The registration to enroll for the Purdue Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute’s (GER2I) Spring Super Saturday program held in February 2021 is now open! At these GER2I camps, students take challenging classes related to their area(s) of interest. We offer hands-on classes in a wide range of subjects, including STEM and the humanities, all designed to be one to two grade levels above traditional classroom content. These classes are taught by esteemed professors, graduate students, and teachers from Lafayette and surrounding areas.
GER2I's Virtual Super Saturday program provides learning experiences that explore advanced material and develop critical and creative thinking. We offer a caregiver-child format for children in PreK - 5th grades so caregivers can spend quality time and gain experience working with their children. This is required. The participation of caregivers of students in 6th - 12th grades is not required, but parents are invited to our parent interest sessions.
2021 virtual spring Super Saturday program will fall on February 6, 13, 20, 27 in 2021. REGISTER ONLINE at: https://cvent.me/2PdBln The registration fee per student is $145. All the students are eligible to enroll, with no prerequisites.
Our 2020 Spring Super Saturday courses are:
The Magical World of Harry Potter
Games with Python®
Get Protected from COVID-19: A Biomimetic Engineering Challenge
Psychobabble: Let’s Talk Neuroscience!
Please visit our Facebook or email Yao Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
For more information about Spring Super Saturday program, please visit our website https://www.education.purdue.edu/geri/youth-programs/super-saturday/
HELPFUL LINKS & RESOURCES
You can locate a copy of the CIMS Dress Code by clicking here.