CSE Communicator

January 2022

Important Dates

Jan. 10 - Return from Holiday Break with devices charged.

Jan. 11 - AR Pizza with Principals Reward Lunch

Jan. 13 - Report Cards sent

Jan. 17 - Holiday No school

Jan. 24 - LSGT Mtg. 10:15

Jan. 27 - Class Picture Day

Jan. 28 - January Birthday Celebration

Jan. 31 - Jan. Winning Tribe Reward

PBIS Parent Corner

Hello Families, and welcome to PBIS Parent Corner!

The purpose of the Cloud Springs Elementary Schools PBIS Parent Corner is to share ideas and strategies for parents to use at home to strengthen home and school connections. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is composed of five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. The first in our series is to discuss self-awareness. We will define what it means to be self-aware and why it is important for our students to be aware of their emotions and feelings.

What is Self-Awareness?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines self-awareness as “The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a growth mindset.”

Students who have developed self-awareness skills are able to:

● Have an awareness of how their behavior impacts others.

● Display an ability to understand and articulate their feelings.

● Use self-instruction, such as, “First, I’ll do this; next, I’ll do that.”

● Are able to identify what they must learn in order to complete a task successfully.

● Understand their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Visuals to Support Self-Awareness

Visuals and images can often help students describe how they are feeling and help them become more self-aware.

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News from the Parent Place

  • Welcome Back from Title I and the Family Resource Center! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a fun, family-filled winter break. It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the school year! If you haven’t had an opportunity to come by and visit the Family Resource Center, now is a great time. We have many resources available just for parents. Books and DVDs can be checked out of the resource library at any time. Also, if you have time to volunteer, we could use your help anytime between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm. We encourage all parents, grandparents, and guardians to get involved with their child’s education.

  • If you have any suggestions on how to improve our Title I Program, budget input, or school improvement, we welcome your comments. See Kathy Honeycutt, Parent Involvement Coordinator, or Kellie Taylor, Principal.

How does our school spend Title I money?

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Updated CCPS COVID Guidelines 2022

Catoosa County Public Schools will be following the most recent guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) with regards to isolation and quarantines for positive persons within our school setting.

Isolation: Anyone who tests POSITIVE for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) must:

1) Isolate at home for 5 days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test. Stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.

2) After 5 days, IF you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolving, AND you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation. If symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.

Anyone who has been identified as a close contact to a COVID positive person (regardless of vaccination status) is not required to be quarantined by CCPS.

Parents/Guardians have the option to quarantine their child at home for 5 days from the last date of exposure to a COVID positive person. If your child develops symptoms of COVID during the quarantine and is tested, please notify the school if the result is positive.

Any students or staff waiting on COVID test results should remain at home until results are received.

Our schools are excited to welcome students back to campus and will continue to practice COVID-19 mitigation strategies such as hand washing, social distancing when possible, and staying home when sick. Thank you for your support.


January 9th is the LAST DAY to order a free thermometer through the Kinsa program.

1. Download the Kinsa app: Text JOIN to 24020 or search for Kinsa in your app store.

2. Create an account and join Cloud Springs Elementary

3. Fill in the order form for a FREE thermometer.

Business Partner SPOTLIGHT: McAlister's

Special thanks to Michael & Patty Hayes of McAlister's Deli in Ft.O. for donating items for our students and spoiling our staff with delicious goodies and fun treats.

Stop by McAlister's for the best sandwiches, salads, spuds, and famous sweet tea in town, and join us in thanking them for showing support to CSE!

Counselor Corner-Mrs. Swinney

Welcome, Mrs. Cramer!

The CSE Counseling Department is excited to welcome an intern for the Spring 2022 Semester. Mrs. Cramer is a graduate student who comes to us from Southern Adventist University. She is earning a dual degree in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health, and is eligible for graduation in May!

She is looking forward to working with students alongside Mrs. Swinney to promote healthy coping skills and support students through tough situations. She will be interacting with students in individual, small group, and classroom settings and performing all roles of a school counselor under the supervision of Mrs. Swinney and the Southern Adventist Counseling Faculty.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Swinney at 706-866-6640 or eswinney.cse@catoosa.k12.ga.us