PES Panther Parent Update
10/18 to 10/22/21
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 upcoming events. This information will also be posted on our website blog and Facebook page. Important information this week includes: New and extremely important information on updated quarantine procedures for COVID-19 in all CCPS schools.
We also have reposts of the Viral Social Media Challenges affecting our schools, screening for student wellness before sending to school, as well as reposts of information for the tutoring and food services being offered to students currently in quarantine.
Our online bookfair has also begun! Mrs. Blackmon will be sending home information with all students soon, and the newsletter has information on how you order books for your student today!
This week we celebrate National School Bus Safety Week! Thank you to all of our amazing bus drivers at PES!
Transportation - It is stressful when your child’s bus is delayed. 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!
Health & Wellness - 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 Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols/Guidelines - NEW
- Dia de Muertos - Day of the Dead Celebration at PES! - NEW
- Online Bookfair has begun! - NEW
- Viral Social Media Challenges Affecting Schools - REPOST
- Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home - REPOST
- PES Tutoring for Quarantined Students - REPOST
- Food Delivery for Quarantined Students - 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
- 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!
Red Ribbon Week - 10/25 to 10/29/21
Dear PES Families,
RED RIBBON WEEK, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program.
Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. As a tribute to SA Camarena, his high school friend, Henry Lozano, and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created “Camarena Clubs” and the wearing of a red ribbon to show their opposition to drugs. This led to the observation of Red Ribbon Week.
At PES we will have daily announcements about drug prevention awareness during our morning announcements as well as theme days for the week as we have in years past. The themes are as follows:
Monday: Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Twin Day
Thursday: Hat Day
Friday: Halloween Costumes (Halloween information in this newsletter as well)
Dia de Muertos - Day of the Dead Celebration at PES! - NEW
CCPS Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols/Guidelines - NEW
Updated Guidelines for Quarantining Students
Beginning Monday, October 18, CCPS will be following a modified process for quarantining unvaccinated students identified as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19. Based on updated guidance from the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD), quarantining protocols will be as follows:
In settings where all students are masked, an asymptomatic student who is identified as a close contact will no longer need to quarantine from school as long as the following conditions are met:
If at any time the student develops symptoms of COVID-19, he or she should isolate and get tested right away.
The student must continue to wear a mask properly for 14 days after the exposure in all settings.
The student cannot participate in activities within a school or public setting for 14 days where universal masking and social distancing are not in place. This includes sports and extracurricular activities.
Testing is recommended 3-5 days following the exposure.
Parents will be notified by email only if their child is identified as a close contact while masked. Parents should ensure their email address is current with the school, and check their email regularly.
Students currently quarantined under these conditions (all students masked) may return to school on Monday. Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.
If parents choose to keep an asymptomatic child home to quarantine, they should notify the school and the absence will be excused until a specified return date.
Students who are identified as close contacts while not wearing a mask (such as during meals) will continue to be quarantined. Students currently quarantined under these conditions (no masks) must remain quarantined as directed. Please check with the school nurse if you are unsure about the conditions of your child’s quarantine.
Parents will be notified by phone, followed by a letter in the mail. There are two options for quarantined students:
Option A: Quarantine at home for 10 days from the last date of known exposure. Your child can return as long as they remain without symptoms.
Option B: Quarantine at home for 7 days from the last date of known exposure with testing on or after day 5 from exposure. Your child can return to school on day 8 with a negative PCR test result.
For more details, please see the CCPS News Release.
Online Bookfair has begun! - NEW
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Our In-Person Book Fair will take place this year in the Media Center from November 1-5. Students will visit with their class during their Media time and this will be their time to shop and buy. There will be no other events at this time. More information will be sent home. Because of our efforts to keep everyone healthy, there will not be a time for parents or guardians to visit the Book Fair with your child. Thank you for understanding and we hope you will support the Book Fair!
Viral Social Media Challenges Affecting Schools - REPOST
Viral Social Media Challenges Affecting Schools
There are currently various social media challenges affecting school campuses across the nation. In September, a viral trend called “Devious Licks” encouraged students to steal or damage items on school property and then post photos or videos online. This behavior impacted several schools in Caroline, resulting in a significant cost to replace damaged or stolen property and maintenance and custodial staff time to repair or replace equipment.
It has recently come to our attention that there are more challenges posted on social media that span the remainder of this school year, and we are reaching out to our families to enlist your help. These are not harmless pranks; most, if not all of the challenges, have the potential to result in serious consequences including suspension, expulsion, police involvement and monetary fines.
Please talk with your children about these challenges, and how harmful and destructive they can be to other people and property. Also stress with them how much is at stake for students considering participation. If you or your child feel the need to report a potential violation connected to a social media trend, contact your school administrator.
We appreciate your support in this matter and look forward to working with you to encourage a positive school culture.
Dr. Derek L. Simmons
Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home - REPOST
Please Keep Students with Symptoms of Illness at Home
We are doing our very best to keep students in school but we need the help of our families. We are finding that some students who come to school with symptoms of illness are then testing positive for COVID-19. This leads to having to identify close contacts who then must be quarantined, meaning more students are missing school.
PLEASE help us keep students safe and in school as much as possible. Keep your child at home if they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
PES Tutoring for Quarantined Students - REPOST
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
Food Delivery for Quarantined Students - REPOST
Students who are not in school due to being quarantined as still eligible for free meals. Families interested in receiving meals may complete a form:
Student Meal Form, English
Student Meal Form, Spanish
Student Meal Form, Haitian Creole
Questions or concerns may be directed to Caroline County Public Schools Food Services, 410-479-3261.
The form also has information about Caroline Helping Hands which is a volunteer-based organization in partnership with Caroline County Public Schools, serving the children of Caroline County with holiday & weekend food bags.
If requested on the form, this program will provide children in need with a nutritious care pack of food to have as a supplement for weekend meals. This program is provided by generous donations and will continue to serve the community as long as funding is available. This program is absolutely FREE, there is no cost to the family.
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
This week at PES and beyond - UPDATED
- National School Bus Safety Week - 10/18 to 10/22
- BOE Work Session - 10/19 - 6 PM
- Red Ribbon Week - 10/25 to 10/29 - Theme days - info coming via handout and online this week!
- Halloween Parade and Parties - 10/29 - info coming home soon
- 1/2 Day of school for students - 10/29
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.