Cardinal Connections Parent Copy

September 27th

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Cardinal Crawl Fundraiser!

Hello Clinton Valley Families:

Our Cardinal Crawl is Wednesday, October 6th, and it's only 11 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 - Susalla - $850
  • 1st - Strohm - $550
  • 2nd - Chimenti and Rees - $330
  • 3rd - Kowalski - $200
  • 4th - Phillips - $880
  • 5th - Roddy - $60

We have raised $4,780.00 as of yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Phillips' class is in the overall lead with $880.00 in donations, with Mrs. Susalla right behind her with $850.00!! We are so grateful to our Cardinal families for your generosity.

Picture Day - Monday, September 27th

Lifetouch will be in to take student and staff pictures on Monday, September 27th. Below you will find the schedule by teacher.
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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.

MTSS - Small Group Interventions

Next week we will begin our small group sessions where we work on targeted skill deficits, while others will work on knowledge extension. We will start with Math at the beginning of the week and adding Reading a couple of days later. Each student has been placed in a group. For eight weeks we will work with the interventions and knowledge extensions. After eight weeks, we will review the data to see if progress has been made.

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What's happening in Science with Ms. Laichalk?

Fun Friday in Science this week was building spaghetti towers that could support a cotton ball. First place goes to 2nd grade for a 27-inch tower! 3rd grade took second with a 23-inch tower, and 5th grade came in third with a 22-inch tower.
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What's Happening in 4th Grade with Mrs. Phillips?

This week during the Positivity Project, Mrs. Phillips' class learned about teamwork and how good communication leads to a great team!
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What's Happening in Second Grade with Mrs. Chimenti?

Positivity Project was all about teamwork this week. Second grade worked in teams to build the tallest tower with only four sheets of paper and tape. Look at their creations!

Coats for Kids - October 17th

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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

Open Mindedness Quotes

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”


“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”


“Progress is impossible without change; those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”


“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.”


“Your goal is the development of your full potential. Why not see who you can become?”


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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Updated 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.


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.

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