Cardinal Connections Parent Copy

September 13th

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Staff Changes

  • We have two One-on-One Para who will start on Monday, September 13th
  • We hired a new Blend Support Teacher named Sabrina Ford. She has been amazing. She's very organized and communicative. She knows what questions to ask to ensure her success. She is working hand-in-hand with Nicole McDermott. Together they will work with our 4th and 5th graders.
  • With great news about Sabrina, I have some bad news about Kendall Shattuck our ECSE Teacher. She will no longer be at Clinton Valley Elementary. There is a need at Fox Elementary for an ECSE teacher, so Ms. Shattuck will be there. While this will be great for Mr. Bellemo, his team, and his families, it's really a sad day for us. Ms. Shattuck, we will miss you dearly, and if you ever need anything, don't hesitate to ask.
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We have had extremely late buses this past week. Some buses were showing up 50 minutes late. I want to thank each of our teachers for staying to help. We want to also thank our parents for being patient with the process. We have had a meeting with the new Director of Transportation to brainstorm ideas to make it better. A few things were said that contributed to the bus delays aside from the traffic and the shortage of drivers. One being the students arriving to the bus without their masks. We will continue to remind our students to make sure they are wearing their masks when getting on the bus. We ask that you remind your students of the same thing at home.

Special Education Services

Resource Room/TC/Psychologist will begin servicing/testing students next week on Monday, September 13th.

Speech/Social Work will begin servicing students the following week on Monday, September 20th.

Testing Starts Next Week (September 13 - 17)

We will begin testing all of our students next week. We will be using FastBridge and Number Corner to assess our K-1 students. We will be using FastBridge only to assess our 2nd graders. We will continue to use NWEA to test our 3-5 students.

Halloween Parties

All schools will have an outdoor parade if weather permits.

  • Parents can be invited to that but the parade cannot take place if it rains.
  • We are not able to move the parade indoors.
  • Classrooms can have a party indoors with students and teachers, but unfortunately, there will be no guests allowed.
  • Costumes are allowed


We can accept treats from parents this year. Please make sure to send only individually wrapped items.

SACC Aides Needed!

The district has approved a $250 signing bonus to any aide who is hired for this year and works for at least 90 days.

Positivity Project Quotes

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Message from Janet about what's happening in 4th Grade

Here are pictures of my class working in groups to learn more about germs and how to stay healthy.

Cardinal Crawl Fundraiser

Look who came in to help us kick off our Cardinal Crawl Fundraiser - Thank you, Kathy Cameron and Karen Walters for everything you did to make this day special for our students!

Parent letters were sent home explaining the fundraiser and talked about how you can participate by donating. If you have any questions please give us a call 586-723-5200

Elementary Assessment Schedule

NWEA - Fall Testing

  • Testing Window - September 13 to October 1
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

NWEA - Winter Testing

  • Testing Window - December 1 to December 22
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

NWEA - Spring Testing

  • Testing Window - March 1 to March 25
  • 3rd - 5th Grade
  • Reading and Math (There is no particular order to test)

FastBridge - Fall Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - September 13 to October 1
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

FastBridge - Mid-Year Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - January 4 to January 25
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

FastBridge - Spring Diagnostic Benchmark Window

  • Testing Window - May 1 to May 25
  • K - 2nd Grade
  • Reading and Math (FastBridge Math in 2nd Grade ONLY)

Progress Monitor (Tier 2 bi-weekly, Tier 3 weekly)

School Meals

All school breakfasts and lunches will be free of charge for all students this school year.

Reminder: Breakfast starts on September 13th.

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COVID Guidelines:

Masks policies:

Masks will be optional this fall. The wearing of masks will be determined by each family and individual. The Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, consider wearing a face-covering while indoors, especially in crowded settings. CVS strongly recommends that students wear a mask in school.


CVS has up-to-date ventilation systems and filters that meet or exceed CDC recommendations for healthy airflow

Masks on School Buses:

The CDC requires masks on all public transportation, including school buses, regardless of vaccination status. All CVS students riding a school bus will be required to wear a mask.

COVID-19 Testing:

Not required.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

Not required. Based on Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and CDC guidelines, individuals that are fully vaccinated and remain asymptomatic will not have to quarantine if they are determined to be a close contact. The MDHHS, the MCHD, and the CDC recommend that all eligible individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Reporting

Chippewa Valley Schools will work with the MCHD on contact tracing and COVID-19 reporting. We will maintain a COVID-19 Case Report on our website and will provide building-level notification to staff and families.

Contact Tracing & Quarantines

CVS district nurses will work with the MCHD on contract tracing and will follow health department requirements for quarantines. Fully vaccinated students and staff who are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine.

Hand Hygiene:

Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be used frequently throughout the day.

Screening for Symptoms

Parents are asked to check their child each morning before sending them to school. Students that are sick should stay home from school.

Visitors at School:

Visitors will be limited at school. Only essential visitors will be allowed.

Visitors, Late Arrivals, Early Dismissals & Dropping Off of Materials

  • Visitors will be limited at school. Only essential visitors will be allowed.
  • PTO will be allowed in the building to do "PTO work."
  • If a student arrives to school late, parents will bring their student to the front door, ring the buzzer, state the students' name(s), and the student(s) will be buzzed into the school. The parent will enter the vestibule and sign the student in and leave back out.
  • We will have bins outside the main entrance. If you need to drop off a lunch or other items to your child, please label it with the child's name and teacher. The bins will be checked twice an hour, and items will be delivered to the student.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

Chippewa Valley Schools is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for our students, staff, and community. All student and staff areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule.

Lunchroom and Classroom Information

  • Students will have assigned seats in the lunchroom and classrooms.
  • Students will be spaced out as far apart as possible.


Students enrolled in the Chippewa Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA) will receive a district-issued laptop and be taught by highly qualified CVS educators online.

PBIS Rewards Platform

Hello Families!

We have a new PBIS Rewards Platform this year we will use across the building. We will use this Platform in many different ways. Below are the different ways:

  • Communication between Families and Teachers
  • Communication between Families and the Principal
  • Student behaviors in the classrooms
  • Rewarding Cardinal Cash points to our students
  • Check-in/Check-out with selected students
  • Allowing student purchases from the Cardinal Cafe

During Sneak Peek, teachers requested you to signup so that you can start getting messages. All parents who have already signed up will receive this Cardinal Connections through PBIS Rewards (still testing it out). Below you will find the video that teachers had you view during Sneak Peek. Please take a look and get familiar with this new awesome tool.

PBIS Rewards - Parent Education Video

School Age Child Care (SACC)

Our childcare program begins on Tuesday, Sept 7. Below you will find the link to access information on how to register.

SACC Hours: AM - 7:00 - 9:00am

PM - 3:44 - 6:00pm

Entrance/Exit Door: #19

In-person learning for students

Last year students had the option of attending school in person or live-streaming their classes at home. With vaccination rates increasing, all students will now be required to attend school in person unless they are currently enrolled in the Chippewa Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Only students required to quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure will be allowed to live-stream their classes. All other students must attend in person unless they are sick or have an excused absence.

PTO Information

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Hello Families! Spirit wear is back again with new designs and more affordable pricing! Be sure to order your Clinton Valley Spirit Wear and show your students the pride you have in their school! There is currently a sale going on (30% off normal pricing!!), so be sure to order before September 15th. The store will be open year-round so feel free to order at any time! ! We can't wait to see you around at our school events sporting your Clinton Valley gear!!


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Important Links