PES Panther Parent Update
9/20 to 9/24/21
We are a family of learners who trust each other and work together
to ensure all are safe and successful.
PES Updates - Message from Mr. Angeloni - UPDATED
Dear PES Parents,
This newsletter has several pieces of important information for coming up. This information will also be posted on our website blog and Facebook page. The main news of this week is that all CCPS Elementary School Back to School Nights has been canceled. Please see the information in the newsletter for details.
4th Grade will be taking their Fall MCAP testing this week. Please make every effort to get your students to school on time and make sure they get a good night's sleep:) Thank you for your help!
Transportation - It is stressful when your child’s bus is delayed. This happens occasionally but never more so than in the first few weeks of school as students and families are adjusting to a new schedule, and bus routes are being modified to accommodate unexpected numbers. When a delay is experienced, our first priority is to ensure student safety and correct the issue causing the delay. However, we will make every effort to send a SchoolMessenger call or email to advise of a delay. Please make sure your contact information is accurate by calling our front office staff with any changes. Please also see this newsletter for Car Rider Line Tips!
Technology - All students are receiving laptops or iPads this year, depending on their grades. We ask for your patience as we work through assigning devices and dealing with issues that may require the attention of our Technology Department. No student will be held responsible for schoolwork that requires using a device they have not yet received.
Please note, before allowing a student to take a device home, we must have:
the student’s device from the previous school year
a signed Device Agreement - teachers will be sending home device agreements for signatures and will be contacting parents as well
Health & Wellness - Our students did very well overcoming any first-day jitters and nervousness. However, the first weeks back to school, especially given last year’s challenges, may result in unexpected anxiety for some students. Please be assured that staff is here to help in any way possible. If you or your student would like to speak with a school counselor, administrator, or staff at the School-Based Health Center, please just ask. We have the resources at hand to ensure students have a healthy and successful school year.
All CCPS students and staff, regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks while at PES. regardless of whether students are present. In addition, mask-wearing is still mandated on all of our buses per federal and state instructions. Please see below, in this newsletter for comments from me on the mask mandate and resources from CCPS behind this important decision. I am confident that by continuing the strong community partnerships we have built, and by following the outlined health and safety protocols PES will continue to be safe for all of our staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, if you have any questions related to transportation or the happenings at PES please reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling the school directly.
Here are the contents of this week's newsletter:
- Message from Mr. Angeloni - UPDATED
- CCPS Elementary Back to School Nights Canceled - NEW
- Join our team! - NEW
- PES Fall Picture Day - REPOST
- CCPS Mask Requirements - REPOST
- PES Car Rider Tips - REPOST
- PES School Lunch Menu - REPOST
- Free Lunch and Breakfast for All Students during 21-22 - REPOST
- Fall MCAP Testing for Grades 4/5 Information - REPOST
- CCPS 21-22 Calendar - REPOST
- This week at PES - UPDATED
- PES Parent Title I Information - REPOST
We appreciate all of the patience, kindness, and flexibility our community continues to show our staff!
PES Tutoring for Quarantined Students
Dear PES Families,
Quarantined students in need of help with assignments may now connect with a tutor at their school.
Elementary School: 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, beginning Thursday, September 23
Middle school hours: 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, beginning Thursday, September 23
High school hours: information coming soon – check the next Principal’s Newsletter
Zoom links for tutors may be found on student’s Google Classroom.
If no Zoom link exists for your particular grade level please reach out to your student(s) teachers or the PES front office via email or phone call with questions until tutoring is available.
A.J. Angeloni - Principal
CCPS Elementary Back to School Nights Canceled - NEW
Back to School Nights for Caroline elementary schools have been canceled. As much as we would love to welcome families into schools for this traditional event, the logistics of bringing people together in spaces that have limited capacity for distancing does not make it possible. As always, our primary goal is to keep students and staff healthy and in school for in-person learning, and we are making sure all activities and events support that goal. Principals and staff are looking at ways to share the information that would have been provided in person, and appreciate your understanding and support as that is worked out.
Join our team! - NEW
PES Fall Picture Day - REPOST
This link below will allow you to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals, and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, parents should be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.
Below is also a digital image of the order form. Pictures can be ordered online, and we will also be sending home paper forms soon.
CCPS Mask Requirements - REPOST
Dear PES Families,
Please see the following information on the mask mandate in CCPS. I encourage any of our families to reach out to me with questions. I know that no one enjoys wearing masks - as a father and principal I am keenly aware of this - however; I firmly believe our PES teachers are the best in the world, and that the very best thing we can do for our kids is to keep our doors open for in-person instruction - 5 days a week, 180 days of the year! To do this, and to keep our kids from quarantine based on the information below, masks provide us with the best strategy to accomplish that goal. Please read the press release and the FAQ that has details on the data that went into this decision. Thank you for your support and for always advocating for our PES students.
- A.J. Angeloni, Principal of Preston Elementary School
Do students have to wear masks?
Masks are now required for all individuals inside Caroline County Public Schools buildings, regardless of vaccination status, when students are present. In accordance with the Federal mandate, all students and staff are required to wear masks while riding a school bus.
Masks are required because we want our students to stay in school, in person. If a child is not wearing a mask and tests positive for COVID-19, the unvaccinated students around that child (masked or unmasked) are then required to be quarantined. However, if all students are masked and at least three feet apart in the classroom, only the child testing positive would miss school days. There may be other settings such as the bus or the cafeteria where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Our best chance at keeping classrooms and schools safe and open is to require everyone to wear masks and maintain three feet whenever possible.
Masks should cover the nose and mouth without holes, valves or vents, and be in
accordance with the dress code.
Stay home if:
- You have had any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or another illness in the last 10 days
- You have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Please visit the CCPS Back to School page which includes a Frequently Asked Question section about the mask requirement.
PES Car Rider Tips - REPOST
Some important reminders for our car rider:
- Please have students ready to get out of the car when you get to the loop.
- PES staff will assist in opening car doors to help speed the process along.
- Please clearly display your car rider number tag on your mirror or sign visor.
- Finally, please help your student(s) memorize their car rider number to help with dismissal procedures.
We will continue working to tighten up how we execute our car rider procedures to help keep Main Street flowing. By doing the things above we can continue to work together to make sure our car rider arrival and dismissal is a great experience for everyone!
Free Lunch and Breakfast for All Students during 21-22 - REPOST
Fall MCAP Testing for Grades 4/5 Information - REPOST
This week at PES and beyond - UPDATED
- CCPS BOE Work session - 6 PM - 9/21
- 4th Grade Math and ELA Fall MCAP Testing - 9/21 to 9/23
- No School - 9/27 - Professional Development Day
- 5th Grade ELA Fall MCAP Testing - 9/28 to 9/29
- Fall Picture Day - 9/29
PES Parent Title I Information - REPOST
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.
If you have any Title I questions please do not hesitate to school the school directly.