The CES Bulldog News

Week of May 8, 2022

IWCS - Vision & Mission

Vision: To create a learning environment that will enable every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents.

Mission: To enhance and expand on each child’s unique gifts and talents to ensure every child is college, career and life ready.


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Attendance Matters

Late arrivals and early pick-ups impact your student's learning. Please ensure that your child is at school for the entire school day: 8:55a.m. - 3:30p.m. (vehicle pick-ups) 3:50p.m. (bus riders).

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Morning Drop Off:

Beginning at 8:35a.m. and 8:55a.m., please drop your child off in the main parking lot loop. Staff members will be there to receive your child(ren).

Afternoon Pick Up:

Beginning at 3:30p.m., afternoon pick up will begin. Vehicles are to line up in the bus loop in front of the school and looped through the main parking lot.

Students who are vehicle pick ups in the afternoon will not be released until 3:30p.m. For safety reasons, families are asked to remain in their vehicle until their student is delivered to their respective vehicle by a staff member.

Do you need to speak with your child's teacher?

Please contact your child's teacher to set up an appointment. Parents/guardians will not be permitted to visit their child's teacher/classroom between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 4:00p.m., during the instructional day, unless the meeting has been prescheduled.

Virtual Virginia Message

In the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools will return to our previous use of the Virtual Virginia platform. Virtual Virginia courses will be utilized for the following reasons:

  1. A students wishes to access/take a course that we do not currently offer for in-person instruction (i.e. japanese, latin, etc.) or

  2. A student needs a course to graduate that will not fit in their current schedule.

IWCS will not be offering a full time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year. If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student. Please note, you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork. Information about home instruction can be found here:


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Hurricane Preparedness Week

The week of May 1 is Hurricane Preparedness Week in Virginia. Throughout the week, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will be sharing important information and amplifying messaging put out by the National Hurricane Center. Below are the daily themes:

Sunday, May 1 — Determine Your Risk

Monday, May 2 — Develop an Evacuation Plan

Tuesday, May 3 — Assemble Disaster Supplies

Wednesday, May 4 — Get an Insurance Checkup

Thursday, May 5 — Strengthen Your Home

Friday, May 6 — Help Your Neighbor

Saturday, May 7 - Complete a Written Plan

Here is a link to the VDEM hurricane page and graphics and attached is our Virginia-specific Preparedness Handbook, Evacuation Guide (other languages can be found here), and the Kid's Preparedness Guide (in English and Spanish).

Our elemetary students and their families are invited to join VDEM and FEMA for a virtual Family Preparedness Night! Preparedness and disaster experts will teach families about different disasters that can happen in Virginia, and how we can ‘Be Prepared, Not Scared!” Participants are encouraged to grab their favorite snack and log on for an hour on Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm. Together, we will help Connor and Emily make the right decisions and learn what we can all do during emergencies through discussion and games.


Upcoming Important Dates:

This week:

Monday, May 9th

- Girls on the Run (4:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.)

Wednesday, May 11th

- GTMS tour - 5th grade students (9:30a.m. - 11:00a.m.)

- Information Night for Parents/Guardians @ GTMS (6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.)

- Girls on the Run (4:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.)

- Kindergarten EXPO (6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.)

Thursday, May 12th

- School Board Meeting @ Westside Elementary School Auditorium

Closed Session begins at 5:00p.m.

Open Session begins at 6:00p.m.

Friday, May 13th

- Interim Reports Issued

- Spring Concert (Grades 3-5) @ 2:00p.m. (see flyer below)


A Look Ahead:

- May 17 3rd Grade Reading Part 1 SOL Assessment

- May 18 3rd Grade Reading Part 2 SOL Assessment

- May 19 4th Grade Reading SOL Assessment

- May 19 PTA Meeting with Pizza, Bingo, and Art Auction (6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.)

- May 20 5th Grade Reading SOL Assessment

- May 22 Girls on the Run Finale - Va. Beach

- May 24 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment

- May 25 4th Grade Math SOL Assessment

- May 26 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment

- May 30 All Schools/Offices Closed (Memorial Day)

- June 1 4th Grade Virginia Studies SOL Assessment

- June 2 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment

- June 9 Field Day (PK-5)

- June 10 Student Holiday-Teacher Work Day (CES - Math Professional Development)

- June 14 Learning Center Registration Event @ CES with Mrs. Cooprider (8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.)

- June 15, 16 Three Hour Early Dismissal for All Schools

- June 15 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

- June 16 Elementary & Middle School Report Cards Issued

- June 16 Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony (morning) & Last Day of School

- June 17 Staff Work Day

- June 20 All Schools/Office Closed (Juneteenth)

- June 21 Begin Summer Hours

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Families are welcome to attend the Spring Concert. The Cafeteria will open at 1:40p.m. for seating. If you plan to take your student home after the concert, you will need to sign your student out in the main office. You will be asked to wait in the main office foyer while your student is dismissed from their teacher. Thank you.
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Family Resources:

CES has reading and math resources available for families to check out. These games and activities can be used at home to support your student's learning. Please email or call Mrs. Hatfield ( or Mrs. Reeder ( 357-8844 if you are interested in checking out these resources.
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Dr. James Thornton, Superintendent

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