Cardinal Connections Parent Copy

October 4th

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Cardinal Crawl Fundraiser! UPDATED as of 10/2

Hello Clinton Valley Families:

Our Cardinal Crawl is Wednesday, October 6th, and it's only 5 days away. Every day we are closer to our $10,000 goal! Thank you to all that have donated!


  • Top-Selling classrooms for each grade level will win a Pizza Party.
  • Classrooms with 50% participation receiving donations of $20 or more per student will receive an ice cream party.

Classes in the lead for the Pizza Party:

  • K - Tech - $945.00
  • 1st - Strohm - $820.00
  • 2nd - Chimenti - $920.00
  • 3rd - Kowalski - $200.00
  • 4th - Phillips - $1,260.00
  • 5th - McDermott and Roddy - $200.00

We have raised $7,035.00 as of this afternoon. Mrs. Phillips' class is in the overall lead with $1,260.00 in donations, with Mrs. Tech right behind her with $945.00!! We are so grateful to our Cardinal families for your generosity.

We have a number of students who have given multiple donations. For all of those students, they will get multiple prizes except for the "Event" prizes. Meaning, if your student donated 4 - $10 donations (1 Goodie bag - prize), they will receive 4 Goodie Bags. However, if your student donated 4 - $30 donations (1 Goodie bag, wristband, and a Slurpee party with popcorn, and a movie), they will receive 4 goodie bags, 4 wristbands, but one Slurpee party with popcorn, and a movie).

All "Event" prizes will only be done on one day. The "Event" prizes are the following:

  • Slurpee Party with popcorn, and a movie
  • Taco Bell Lunch with a friend

As for the raffled prizes, the number of students' tickets that will be entered into the drawing will be according to that prize level donation that was given. An example of this is, your student had 4 - $60 donations. That student will be given 4 raffle tickets to be entered into the drawing.

We will deliver all the prizes at the same time except for the limo ride, movie, and lunch with Mrs. Wright. That will be done on a different day. In order to do this we have to wait to place the order for the T-Shirts until after the completion date of the fundraiser. More information to come on the date of the distribution of the prizes.

Parent/teacher conferences to be offered virtually this fall

The challenges of last year brought about some positive changes and unanticipated good outcomes. One change was our ability to offer easily accessible virtual parent/teacher conferences in a way that increased parent participation.

This fall we plan to bring virtual parent/teacher conferences back for all grade levels. Virtual conferences can be a convenient way for all parents to connect with their child’s teacher, without the need to leave work early, find a babysitter, or navigate busy traffic. It also may allow both parents to attend the conference from two different locations.

Parents can decide whether or not to take advantage of this convenient opportunity to discuss their child's academic performance with the teacher.

Elementary Conference Dates – October 20th & 21st

Parents that cannot attend on designated conference days/times can reach out to the teacher to schedule a personal phone call at another time.

Thank you for your continued involvement in your child’s education.

PTO Events

  • We can do outdoor events, at least through December. We will reassess as time goes on.

  • All outdoor events can have volunteers that are outside.

ECSE No School

ECSE has no school on October 7th and 8th.
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What's happening in Science with Ms. Laichalk?

In September, kindergarten and first-grade students learned about engineers and what they do. Second through fifth grade added in the steps in the engineering design process. Our unit culminated in using the design process to create prototypes of boats. Kindergarten learned about what makes a good boat and then designed one out of Legos that would float. First through fifth grade created boats out of various supplies that would float and carry a load in our first build. In our second build, they created boats that would float and catch the wind to move down our race track.

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Coats for Kids - October 17th

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Just Around the Corner....for Girls

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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

Being Present and Giving Others my Attention Quotes

“Remember then: there is only one time that is important- NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.” –Leo Tolstoy

“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: you create a good future by creating a good present.” –Eckhart Tolle

“I know that the purpose of life is to understand and be in the present moment with the people you love. It’s just that simple.” –Jane Seymour

“When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is a miracle.” -Osho

““Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha

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.

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October Lunch Menu

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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.

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.

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