PES Panther Parent Update
9/21 to 9/25/20
We are a family of learners who trust each other and work together
to ensure all are successful.
CCPS/PES Pre-K 2 - Questionnaire - IMPORTANT
Dear PES Families,
Based on current conditions, Caroline County Public Schools is planning to bring Pre-K through 2nd-grade students back to school buildings on a modified schedule.
- Beginning October 5th - Pre-Kindergarten (age 4) and Kindergarten students
- Beginning October 8th - First Grade and Second Grade students
The schedule will be dependent upon how many students are going to return, and will either be:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday every week OR
- AA/BB which is a student attending on Mondays & Tuesdays OR on Thursdays & Fridays.
In order to make decisions about the schedule, CCPS needs to know how many students will be returning to the building, and how many will continue virtual learning at home. Please help us by filling out the questionnaire.
- Transportation will be provided. However, because of social distancing, transportation is a challenge. Please consider if you have options other than using CCPS transportation.
- Face coverings are required for students ages five and up.
- Protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through cleaning, self-assessment, and social distancing are detailed in the CCPS Recovery Plan.
- Virtual Learning will continue for students who remain at home.
Please complete a questionnaire for each student in Pre-K (age 4) through 2nd Grade.
A message from Mr. Angeloni and tips for home learning
Dear PES Families,
First, to all of our Pre-K 4 to 2nd-grade families PLEASE fill out the questionnaire that is detailed above. It is vital that we get that data as fast as possible as we prepare for our transition to phase 3 of the CCPS Recovery Plan. Please note grades 3-5 are not affected by this, and will continue to learn virtually. This also does not affect our connectivity students who will continue to use our resources to learn virtually with their teachers.
In an effort to keep improving our delivery model we have prepared a few tips and tricks for our families to help their virtual learners.
Here are some reminders and tips for learning at home.
Organize your materials each day.
Choose a well-lit place, a spot with some natural light can be helpful.
Reduce any distracting noise.
Think about your background, think about what’s going to be behind you on video during zoom.
Make a plan for breaks that includes getting away from your work area and getting in some movement and fresh air.
Reach out to teachers, counselors, or PES administrators if you need help.
Ask questions when you don’t understand.
Patience is key - we will all work through this together:)
I want to continue to thank all of our parents, families, and caregivers for all of their support during this time. The support we have gotten in emails, calls, and other methods is not only heartwarming, but it reaffirms how wonderful of a community we have here in Preston! Please reach out to us directly with any questions you may have.
CCPS Recovery Plan - Phase 2 - Connectivity Students (Repost)
Just a reminder that we are still in Phase 2 as detailed below. The survey above is in preparation for CCPS's entry into phase 3 per our CCPS Recovery Plan.
As part of our CCPS Recovery Plan (which can be found linked below in this newsletter), we will be entering Phase 2 on 9/14/20. Over the past few weeks, we have been calling and identifying families with low connectivity based on the responses our families provided in the CCPS Parent Technology Questionnaire. We will continue to communicate with our identified connectivity families about Phase 2 of our Recovery Plan and entry into PES to use our resources to participate in Virtual Learning on 9/14/20.
These students will be entering the building tomorrow and will be in our monitor area (combined gym/cafeteria). Each student will have their own socially distanced desk area and must follow health protocols we have communicated to families with identified connectivity concerns. Students will be monitored by a PES support staff employee while their teachers operate their virtual classrooms from another location in PES. We continue to ask any of our PES families to reach out to us with questions or concerns as we begin this new phase of our CCPS Back to School Recovery Plan.
Feedback and changes to our asynchronous Wednesday's (Repost)
Note from Mr. Angeloni: This Wednesday went much smoother, and I thank you for your patience! I am reposting this information to make sure everyone is aware of the adjustments we made to Wednesday's. If you continue to have issues with Wednesday asynchronous work please reach out to the teacher directly or PES administration. Thank you.
We continue to take the feedback you are giving us very seriously, and we know that sometimes technology can be frustrating. We know that rain can be a problem for connectivity in our area and that some of our families had some minor issues with the format of our asynchronous Wednesday. To help address these concerns we are making a few minor changes and clarifying some information.
- The work teachers give our students on Wednesdays is not due until the end of Friday. Students and families have time to reach out to their teachers for help and clarifications
- Asynchronous work will be posted by 12:00 PM on Tuesdays from PES teachers
- If the weather is an issue for connectivity please email your student's teacher so they are aware. Teachers will make arrangements for those students to help them get the work they missed and to post materials to their Google Classrooms.
- Teachers have daily office hours to help assist our students and families (see your student's grade level schedule)
- PES administration can help facilitate any of the above to better help our families stay connected to their teachers and up to date.
PES Fall Spirit Wear Sale
Dear families of PES,
I'm so excited to announce our Fall PES spirit clothing sale! Check out this link below and continue reading the rest of this email for information:
If our families select ′′group sales only ′′ in the box, shipping is free and your order will be shipped to PES otherwise you can pay for shipping to your home. We'll call you when your order is ready and coordinate a no contact collection. This spirit clothing sale will only be available until October 9th, and all products will be shipped to you directly at PES afterwards.
This week at PES
- PES Offices open from 8:30 - 4:00 PM - Monday to Friday
- PES Fall Spirit Wear Sale continues
- Registration information can be found at https://www.carolineschools.org/
- First day of school (distance learning) for Pre-K students – September 17
PES Parent Title I Information
Parents Right to Know
The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions that promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. A parent may request the following information:
Any college or university degree, major or certification held by the teacher
Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a particular grade level or subject area
Whether the teacher holds a conditional teaching certificate
The qualifications of the paraprofessionals serving the student
If you would like to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals, please submit a written request to the principal. The principal will provide the information to you within 30 business days of the date of your request.
Parents may also request information on the level of achievement and academic growth of their child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments.
Parents will receive timely notice if the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.
Parents May Request Teacher Information
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 provides parents of students attending Title 1 schools the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of their child's teachers. Parents of elementary students may request in writing to the school principal information about their child's teacher including college/university degrees of certification held, subject area of the teacher's degree or certification, and Maryland certification status. Additionally, if your child is served by paraprofessionals, parents may request their professional qualifications.
Parent Information Resource Center
Parents are encouraged to visit our Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) located in the lobby outside of the front office. The PIRC has a variety of parenting resources and informational brochures and flyers. These materials are all free. Parents can find booklets from The Parent Institute on topics such as “Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students; Help Your Child Balance School and Extracurricular Activities, and Helping Children Learn to Resolve Conflicts.” Parents can also find information about Adult Education, GED English as a Second Language, Parenting skills and the Program and Activities Guide from Caroline County Recreation and Parks. Please be sure to check out our Parent Information Resource Center next time you come to the school.