Cedar Forest Chronicle

January 17, 2021

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Principal's Corner

Dear Families,


We hope that everyone had a restful weekend! A reminder that there is no school for students on Monday, and Tuesday is an asynchronous day of learning. We will see everyone for live instruction on Thursday.


Make sure to check out our upcoming spirit week that begins on the 25th. We are excited to kick off with kindness week! Students will also be having house meetings that week as we prepare to transition back to in person instruction on February 1st.


Thank you again for your continued flexibility and support this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our administration.



Warmly,

Allison Langridge

A message from the Superintendent

“We have the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love

into the veins of our civilization.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I hope that all of our students and families are enjoying a safe and restful weekend. Thank you for your continued support and partnership! Below are some announcements and reminders as we look to the week ahead:


Announcements & Reminders

  • Tuesday, January 19th will be an asynchronous day for all students in an effort to support staff with the ability to access the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Tuesday, January 26th will be an asynchronous day of learning for high school students ONLY. This is to accommodate those students who are taking the PSAT.

  • As was indicated in the email shared with staff and community on January 12st, our School Board will be meeting on January 26th to review our current COVID-19 case data. Our goal is to resume the blend of hybrid in-person and optional virtual learning on February 1st. We do understand that advance notice of any changes in scheduling is very important to our students, families, and staff.

  • We engaged our Teacher Advisory Team and STAND (Student Advisory) in meetings this week.

  • As a reminder, our COVID-19 Dashboard is updated weekly and can be viewed in the Return to Learn section on each school’s website or by clicking this link: SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard. Also on our webpage is a link to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Dashboard. This site provides data and statistics regarding COVID-19 positivity rates and cases per 100,000 by locality, region, and state.

  • We know and understand that the virtual setting for school can be a challenge. If you are in need of a hot spot, please contact your child’s school. We have some remaining. Additionally, if you need support for your child, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school. We are here to assist!

  • The mobile hotspots have been placed in the following location parking lots throughout the county:

    • 7XPRESS (2976 Partlow Rd, Partlow, VA 22534)

    • Dollar General (5720 Courthouse Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22551)

    • Belmont Community Center (7124 Belmont Rd, Mineral, VA 23117)

    • Super Value Inn (5321 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

    • Stay 4 Less (5308 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

    • Garden Inn (5308 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408)

    • Todd's Tavern (10719 Catharpin Rd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553)

    • Dollar General (1500 New Bridge Rd, Mineral, VA 23117)


Never before in my lifetime can I recall a more important time to reflect on and press forward in the spirit of Dr. King’s words and mission. Our students, families, staff, and entire community need to receive the gift of love, expressed through not only words, but in direct service.


Have a great week!

Dr. S. Scott Baker

Note from our Nurse

Home-Based Symptom Screening

If your child has any of the following symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others. Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school.


Symptoms


  • 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever



If your child HAS any of the symptoms above:


  • Keep them home from school
  • Consider whether your child needs to see a healthcare provider and possible COVID-19 testing. CDC has a Coronavirus Self Checker* available in its website, which may help you make decisions about seeking medical care for possible COVID-19
  • Call the school and report that your child is sick. The school nurse may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school.



If your child does NOT have any of the symptoms above:


  • Send them to school as usual.



*Coronavirus Self Checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/coronavirus-self-checker.html

Instruction Highlight

Grades K-2


What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success.


Here are 10 ways to help your child with phonemic awareness!

Learn more about phonemic awareness!

Phonemic Awareness Activities


Grades 2-5


The Florida Center for Reading Research has great activities to help your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader to enhance their vocabulary knowledge.


Please check out the games to help practice synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.

2nd-3rd grade activities

4th-5th grade activities

Social Emotional Learning

January is often a challenging month even during a normal school year. Winter break is over, it’s cold, it feels as though it’s dark all the time, and spring feels so far away! During this time of year, it is more important than ever for children to practice gratitude. Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation towards what you have or what you experience. Try asking your child to name at least one thing they are grateful for each day. Here is a template you can use to get them started:


Practicing Gratitude

Virtual Art Show

Please check out the first Virtual Art show that Mrs. Ramey created in conjunction with Ms. Goll for the "hour of code." The theme for the hour of code this year is "I am a problem solver, I can do hard things. The attached slide show presents the work that the students submitted for the show.


Virtual Art Show

APEX Dance Remix

Thank you for your support of Cedar Forest Elementary and the investments you make in your children’s lives. We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Dance Remix major fundraiser this year! The virtual Apex program will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Virtual Pep Rally on Friday, February 5th. More information will be coming soon!

Weis & Publix Partnership

If you shop at Weis or Publix please link us to your shopper cards! Cedar Forest will receive money quarterly based on sales linked to our school. Attached is a flyer for linking Cedar Forest to your Weis shopper card. You can go to this website to link Cedar Forest to your Club Publix shopper card.

House Program

Our students have done an outstanding job showing Wolf Pride this year. Wolf Pride means being respectful, responsible, productive, and showing our house traits of Kindness, Resilience, Integrity and Respect. We say our Wolf Pride Pledge each morning, and our students earn house points when showing Wolf Pride.


This week the Red House (Resilience) takes back the lead! Ask your students how they earn house points in their classroom, and how they have shown Wolf Pride.

Additional Resources for Enrichment

Here are some additional resources called Recipes for Success that you can complete with your student(s) at home. These are a great resources provided by our Title 1 funding that provide additional activities for Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.


Click here for the January activities. Click here for the Spanish version.

Library Curbside Pick Up

Curbside pickup for library books will continue for virtual students on Wednesdays only. Please contact Mrs. Crandol at jcrandol@spotsylvania.k12.va.us for more information if needed.

Updated Information from Food Services

For students accessing in person learning, breakfast and lunch is available for free for all students.


Food distribution will only take place on Wednesdays from 8am - 4pm. Food service will again be extended to all students 18 and under at no cost. You may visit any of the distribution locations and students do not have to be present.


For additional information please visit the food service website by clicking here.

Our Building is Open

Cedar Forest is open daily from 8am-4pm. Please know that we are implementing social distancing in our building and facial coverings are required. We appreciate your support to keep our Cedar Forest community healthy and safe!

Contact Information

Allison Langridge, Principal

Holly Taylor, Assistant Principal

William Bart Nave, Administrative Intern