Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

FINAL ISSUE of 2019-20, June 19, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 40

Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Edward Cosentino, Principal

Sonia Hurd, Assistant Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

June

  • 22 - MOVE-UP DAY (information below)
  • 23 - Goodbye Google Meet (information will come from homeroom teachers)
  • 23 - Final Day of School


August

  • 21 - Kindergarten Open House, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
  • 21 - Grades 1-5 Open House, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • 25 - First Day of School for Students

From School Administration

I am sure that we would all agree that the 2019-2020 school year was much different than any other school year! However, despite the challenges and uncertainty we all faced, our entire CCES school community found a way to make it an amazing and memorable year. I am so impressed with the work of our teachers and staff members as they found new and exciting ways to connect with students and keep the learning going when we could not be together in person. I am proud of our students who continued to work hard and stay engaged. I am grateful for our families who supported us and did their very best every day at home to help their child. These past few months have only made us stronger as a school community. THANK YOU!


Even with the school closure, we were still able to give a proper send off to our 5th graders yesterday! The drive-thru was an opportunity for students to see their teachers and school one more time. Last night, we shared the 5th grade online promotion farewell video with fifth grade students and families. It was wonderful as we recognize the important step that our 5th graders are taking as they move on to middle school. Their years as a Cougar at CCES have given them a strong foundation and a love of learning. Congratulations to all of our 5th graders! Thank you to Mrs. Haube, Mrs. McKim, Mrs. Greenlee, and Ms. Parks for their time and dedication as they helped to recognize our 5th grade students.


Finally, as this year comes to a close, I also want to wish our students who will be going to Bryant Woods Elementary or any other school the very best. We all wish you well!


Below, please find our Goodbye Flipgrid from members of our staff. We hope you enjoy it.


Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer!


Mr. Cosentino

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CLICK TO ACCESS THE CCES GOODBYE FLIPGRID

You can click on each person individually, watch the slideshow, or randomize it. Enjoy!

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New Information

Thank you, PTA President, Dani Gardner!

As we wrap up this bizarre school year that presented many difficulties and unforeseen challenges, we wish to give a big ‘THANKS!’ to Dani Gardner. We are so fortunate to have Dani at the helm as our PTA President. Please join us in showing gratitude for her tireless efforts not only within the PTA, but throughout our school as a substitute teacher and active parent. She single-handedly coordinated our yearbook and Paw Print Press. Dani continues to give her all to CCES as well as our community as a whole. She truly values each of our experiences at Clemens Crossing. We appreciate you, Dani, and are so thrilled to have you with us for the year ahead!

MOVE-UP DAY - June 22

Each year, we provide Move-up Day for our students. This provides students to have a preview of their new learning space in their next grade level. Since we cannot do that in person, we are using Monday, June 22 as an opportunity for students to "visit" their next grade level with one of the teachers from that grade.

Your child's current homeroom teacher will share the Google Meet code and the teacher they will be visiting for Move-up Day. The times are listed below for each grade level:


  • 10:00 a.m. – Current Kindergarten students/Rising 1st grade
  • 10:30 a.m. – Current 1st grade students/Rising 2nd grade
  • 11:00 a.m. – Current 2nd grade students/Rising 3rd grade
  • 11:30 a.m. – Current 3rd grade students/Rising 4th grade
  • 12:00 a.m. – Current 4th grade students/Rising 5th grade


*Students who are going to Bryant Woods ES next year are welcome to join their class for move-up day or connect with other students who will be attending BWES next year. Mrs. Rogers is hosting this opportunity. Mrs. Rogers is hosting two google meets for BWES students.

  • Current K, 1st and 2nd students at 10:30 a.m.
  • Current 3rd and 4th students at 11:30 a.m.

DreamBox Learning and Lexia Core5 Access Through the Summer

Elementary students will have access to DreamBox Learning and Lexia Core5 throughout the summer. Students are not required to work with either learning platform, and their progress will not be monitored by teachers. Parent portals for both tools will continue to be available to review student progress. If you choose to have your child work with these tools over the summer, we encourage you to limit use to the recommended amount of 15-20 minutes per day.


For technical support during the summer, please use the following contact information:

DreamBox Technical Support Contact Information

Email: support@dreambox.com

Customer service: 1 (877) 451-7845


Lexia Core5 Technical Support Contact Information

Website: https://www.lexialearning.com/support

Email: support@lexialearning.com

Customer service: 1 800-435-3942


The following links provide additional mathematics and language arts resources for students:

https://www.hcpss.org/academics/english-language-arts/

https://www.hcpss.org/academics/mathematics/

Feedback on Distance Learning and Looking Ahead to 2020-2021

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, HCPSS staff continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year while navigating continuing unknowns of what school will look like in the fall.


“Our primary consideration for fall planning continues to be the health and safety of our students and staff, and equity is a critical priority as we seek to serve the needs of all students, including those who are most vulnerable,” said HCPSS Superintendent Michael Martirano. “While many decisions will largely depend on guidance from the state and health authorities, all plans will be developed keeping in mind the needs and priorities voiced by our students, staff and families.”


Students, staff, families and community stakeholders are encouraged to provide input and feedback to help guide the solutions for the 2020-2021 school year through online surveys.


Surveys, targeted to each group, are open through noon on Wednesday, July 1, and can be accessed through the following links:

Students


Parents/guardians

INFORMATION WORTH REPEATING

Report Card Grades for Primary and Intermediate

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grades

Students will receive one of two grades; PASS (P) or INCOMPLETE for CONTINUITY OF LEARNING (ICL).


Please do not confuse ICL with traditional "I" grade for kindergarten, first grade, and second grades which stands for INDEPENDENT.


We had to add ICL for grades PK-2 since they already have an I for Independent. We didn't want to confuse the Independent with Incomplete.


3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades

Students will receive one of two grades; PASS (P) or INCOMPLETE (I).


If your child receives one or more Incompletes during Quarter 4:
Your child has the opportunity to make up Quarter 4 assignments before September 15, 2020. Work completed on or before that date will earn a Pass. HCPSS will share materials available for students who received Incompletes to complete this summer. Your child can complete the materials independently or as part of the Academic Intervention Summer Program. If your child is able to join the summer program, please email your Assistant Principal who will help you enroll your child. Please know that after September 15, 2020 all remaining Incompletes will become Not Available or NA.


Report cards will be available through Family File at the end of June.


Please do everything you can do to ensure your child is caught up with all 4th quarter Continuation of Learning Requirements. We hope no students earn an (I) or (ICL) for 4th quarter.

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Howard County Public Library Summer Reading Program

As part of the A+ Partnership with the Howard County Library System, summer reading lists developed by HCPSS library media specialists and Howard County Library System Children’s Instruction and Research staff are available for students in all grade levels. Books included are just a sampling of what students may enjoy reading during the summer. Students are encouraged to check out other books by the authors included, as well as explore additional book topics at the library.

Recommended lists for all grade levels are available both in schools and online.

All families are also invited to participate in the summer reading challenge to help make a difference In this challenging time for so many in our community. Beginning June 1, log books and activities in one of three games: Imagine Your Story (for infants to age 10 and ages 11 to 17) and Read for Good (for adults).

Instead of physical prizes upon completion, you will earn a donation to Community Action Council of Howard County.*

Visit hclibrary.org/summer to get started. New activities and challenges added each week online, so keep reading and checking in!

Sponsored by Friends & Foundation of HCLS.

* Friends & Foundation of HCLS will make a donation of up to $5000 in food and goods to the Community Action Council of Howard County after Summer Reading ends. Donations earned by each reader will have a variable value. If you are interested in donating directly to CAC or learning more about their services in Howard County, please visit cac-hc.org.

Are You Moving?

If you have moved or are moving soon, please notify us as soon as possible.

FILLABLE_Change_of_Address.pdf


We are available to assist you with transitioning to your child's new school. Whether it be another HCPSS school, private school, or to a school out of the HCPSS district, we are here to help. If you are transferring to another HCPSS school, our registrars will partner to make the transition as smooth as possible.


If you have an address change, please fill out the attached fillable Address Change Form and email it back to us with your new deed or lease. This way we can electronically verify your school district and update your new address on file. If you have any questions, contact our registrar, Jennifer Aballo: jennifer_aballo@hcpss.org

Device Return Procedures

If you no longer need an HCPSS issued device, please email Mrs. Marshall at christy_marshall@hcpss.org. She will process your request and give you more instructions.

Registration Information

  • Parents/guardians of new incoming students and those entering Kindergarten next school year (who are not already enrolled) are able to begin the enrollment process online.

    While following the online enrollment guide, you will be prompted to create an account for ParentVue through Online Registration Account Access, if you don't already have one for an existing HCPSS student. You can prepare to upload the required registration documents at this point.

    *Notice during this time (Covid-19 school closure), the final step 5 of the registration guide has changed. Your child’s school registrar will contact you to schedule a virtual meeting (e.g., online Google Meet) to complete the registration process. During this virtual meeting, you will be asked to verify guardianship of the child and submit any additional required documentation.

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