Cedar Forest Chronicle
January 17, 2021
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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.
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.
- 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Sore throat
- 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
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.
Learn more about phonemic awareness!
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.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:
Virtual Art Show
APEX Dance Remix
Weis & Publix Partnership
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
Library Curbside Pick Up
Curbside pickup for library books will continue for virtual students on Wednesdays only. Please contact Mrs. Crandol at email@example.com 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.