September, 8 2020
Welcome to week 2!
Cedarcrest Parents and students,
Hopefully you received my email on Friday afternoon. If you have not had a chance to read it, I have included it here as there is important information regarding student schedules:
Thank you all for engaging with us in the last week as we worked through the learning curve of this new style of remote instruction! We have felt incredibly blessed to have such a caring and compassionate community to serve. Your positive attitudes and words of encouragement, even in the midst of uncertain times, are truly appreciated! What follows is an important update regarding student schedules. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Each year, after the first few days with students, schools run an analysis of the number of students who are registered to attend vs. the number who have actually shown up. Usually, any discrepancy is due to students moving in or out of the area. This leads to an analysis of the number of teachers at the school. Some schools have too many teachers while others have too few. Teachers then move between buildings to balance the load. This varies from year to year and school to school.
With the number of students moving to the Bethel Virtual Academy, this year is particularly challenging, and CMS is in the position of having too many teachers for the number of students. Therefore, Mr. Colgan, Ms. Satterwhite, and Mr. Bleasdale will be moving to the BVA to support the number of students enrolled there. We will be working tonight, over the weekend, and possibly in to next week to adjust and balance our classes. Although this happens every year to some extent, we recognize that this year is more challenging in many ways. In order to try to minimize the stress on our students we are implementing the following:
Tuesday morning prior to advisory - All students will receive an email from each of their teachers including links to their Zooms. These emails will be sent to ALL students regardless of wether or not their schedule has changed. This will ensure all students have links to attend the appropriate classes.
In addition, all advisory Zoom links will be active, so if a student needs help finding where to go, they can still log in to the advisory Zoom link from this week and there will be someone to help them.
Schedule changes that are made between now and Tuesday will become active on the first day of the school week (Tuesday) and will register in ParentVUE and StudentVUE at that time.
Again, thank you for being such an incredible community. We look forward to an amazing year with the kids!
Cedarcrest Middle School
Bell Schedule for Labor Day Week 9/7 - 9/11
Regular Weekly Bell Schedule
IMPORTANT: IPAD INSURANCE DECISION AND PAPERWORK OVERDUE
* iPad paperwork and insurance (pay or decline) was due September 3. If you have not completed them, it is critical to do so.
** If you need support in completing the online only forms, come to the main office for support (debit/credit payments only) or complete the online forms at the drive-through day/time (debit/credit/check, or exact change only)
Update your iPad Insurance Coverage and Hold Harmless Agreement
iPad insurance coverage and hold harmless agreements needed to be updated by September 3rd. It is critical that you complete the online only forms asap, even if you are declining the insurance coverage.
How to complete the REQUIRED only only iPad forms:
Go to www.bethelsd.org
Scroll down and click on the blue box labeled Payments and Purchase
Log-in using the Username and password guidelines on the screen
Username: Student ID Number (7 digits-Add a leading zero to the beginning)
Password: Student Last Name (in all caps)
Select “Cedarcrest Middle School”
Select “Items At Student’s School”
Select “iPad Coverage”
Select the coverage level that applies to you and click “buy”
Select “Checkout” at the top right
Health and Safety Protocols
The healthy and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The district will regularly review guidance from state and county health departments, as well as the state Department of Labor & Industries to update the district’s measures as the guidance evolves.
You can find the current guidelines for physical distancing, health screening, personal protective equipment (PPE), handwashing, and sanitation/cleaning at bethelsd.org/health.
We’re excited to announce some big changes in how you will manage your student’s education.
Family Access, where you’ve always gone to view class schedules, test scores, and health records, has been discontinued. For the past two years our Technology Department has been hard at work on a replacement. Today they have unveiled ParentVUE.
ParentVUE is one part of the new Synergy system for managing student data. This will be a huge system change with some great improvements for both families and educators. Synergy will provide a modern interface, improved communication tools, and dedicated apps for individual user groups.
The ParentVUE web portal and mobile app will serve as direct lines to your child’s classroom – anytime, anywhere, and in any language, so you always have access to the information you need to help your child succeed.
You’ll be able to see upcoming assignments so you’ll know what’s due, and when. You will have access to class websites with documents and teacher-recommended resources, grades for each class, and notifications about missing assignments. You can also sign up to receive alerts anytime your child’s grade falls below a level you specify.
All of this shows up in real time, as soon as it’s posted.
Both ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be available in Self Service on student iPads, on any web browser, or in the app store on your personal device.
Click here to watch a brief video introduction to ParentVUE: https://vimeo.com/396566366
Are you a parent or guardian of an existing or returning student(s)?
ParentVUE is the main portal to enroll new students and to complete the required annual information updates. Parents will receive an email to the address we have on file that describes the process for activating your ParentVUE account. Please follow the instructions within that email to activate your account. When you first sign in, you will view the Introduction page. Please read through this information and click "Continue" at the bottom to be guided through a process to validate your student's information. If you did not receive this email, please check your Junk or Spam folders. If you still did not receive it, please contact us at ParentVUE@bethelsd.org.
Are you new to the Bethel School District?
Please visit our Enrollment page to begin Online Registration.
The Bethel School District's News and Updates page is a great place to stay up-to-date on the many aspects of school reopening. You can access the page here: https://www.bethelsd.org/Domain/338
Meals in Motion
School meals will be free this fall
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the waiver that allows us to offer free meals to all kids (ages 1-18) this fall, just like we did in the spring and over the summer. This means meals will not be charged as we previously announced. Please keep the meal card you were recently sent in the mail, as the waiver is only extended through December 31, 2020. Because of this, we are encouraging households to continue to apply for the Free and Reduced Price meal program. To apply online, go to: https://emealapps.bethelsd.org. You can learn more and find the list of our 12 meal site locations at bethelsd.org/meals.
There are also CMS hours for iPad checkout and technology support:
Tuesday 9/1 and Wednesday 9/2 in CMS Library 7:45-10:15.
Thursday 9/3 and Friday 9/4 in CMS Library 8:00-10:30.
Beyond 9/5 7:45-10:15 CMS Library any day school is in session.
If you are not available during these times and need support, please click HERE
Medications and Life-Threatening Conditions
Even though students are starting the school year online, you should still provide the school with authorizations for your child's medication and treatments for life-threatening conditions prior to school starting on September 3.
School nurses will start back to work next week and will be ready to prepare care plans and train staff. This will allow the school to be ready to serve your student when they are allowed to return to the school building.
News from Around Bethel
Toray Donates $1,300 for Bethel students
We have the best community partners! Thank you to Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. for once again generously donating school supplies to Bethel families in need. Toray and its employees collected and donated more than $1,300 worth of supplies, including headphones, backpacks, hand sanitizers, and other essential school items.
Getting ready for Online Learning
Our Teaching and Learning Department spent the summer working with teacher leaders to build professional development courses aimed at helping teachers bridge the gap between the traditional classroom and remote learning. Their goal was to ensure that when school started, our students would have access to the best, most rigorous education available Learn more here: https://medium.com/@BethelSD/bethel-teachers-and-students-ready-for-online-learning-99e9b51e0af5