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April 6th - April 10th

What's Happening This Week

Monday, April 6th - Food Distribution - 11-12pm

Tuesday, April 7th - Learning Material Distribution - 9-12pm

Wednesday, April 8th - Food Distribution - 11-12pm

Thursday, April 9th - No School - No Teacher Office Hours

Friday, April 10th - Good Friday - No School - No Teacher Office Hours

Sunday, April 12th - Easter Sunday

Monday, April 13th - No School - No Teacher Office Hours

A Message from the Principal

CMES Families,

In these unique times, I know it could be extremely stressful for you to balance working from home and delivering instruction to your children. Many of us at Cecil Manor are going through the same thing trying to balance both work and home life at the same time. So please, take your time in getting the schoolwork done. Pace yourself! It does not have to all get done in a day. Our teachers are here to support you. If you have any questions about the work or need assistance in accessing the work, please email your child's teacher and they will respond during their office hours. You can find teacher office hours in this newsletter.

The distribution of learning materials is still happening. If you have not already received paper copies or in need of a Chromebook for your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader, please reach out to your child's teachers. Distribution Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9-12 pm.

In times like these, it may be hard to explain to your children what is actually happening right now. If you are not talking to them about it, they will hear about it from those who are misinformed. If you need ideas on how to talk to your child and clam their fears about Coronavirus use this brochure for some guidance.

Calm Your Child's Coronavirus Fears

Stay Safe,

Mr. Stephen

CCPS updates will be posted online at and CCPS social media ( and )

Teacher Office Hours

Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Xfinity is also offering free educational resources that can be accessed with your remote control. Just say "educational" into your remote.

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Coronavirus Questions

CCPS has established a designated email address specifically for questions related to the mandated school closure. Please send these questions to CORONAVIRUSQUESTIONS@CCPS.ORG and we will get back to you!

At Home Connection

The video below will help show you how to access student work online. This resource is to help students keep their learning up to date over this extended school closure. Students will not be graded/held accountable for this work; we simply want students to remain engaged in the educational process. Click here to get to the website.

Our Media Specialist has put up Google Classroom "fun extra" assignments for grades 2-5 in her Media Google Classroom. Here is how to access those assignments: On district-issued Chromebooks - the students log in and the Google Classroom icon should be at the top of the toolbar.

For students using parent devices, go to the link below.

Select “Go to Classroom.” Students will need to log in with their CCPS log in credentials. All the classrooms that the student is a part of will show up.

Library Media: I’ve posted several “fun” assignments for students to do over this furlow! With these “assignments,” students may comment to me privately, and I can help them with whatever issues they may encounter with tech or assignments.

At Home Connection Instructions

Bounce Pages App for Elementary Math Activities

Using a cutting-edge technology called augmented reality, Pearson’s BouncePages app launches engaging, interactive video animations that bring textbook pages to life. Use your mobile device to snap a picture of the pre-tagged Pearson page, and an animation illustrating the page’s concept launches immediately. No slow websites or hard-to-remember logins required. And, in addition to these dynamic animations, many of the pages also include hands-on practice opportunities for students to directly apply what they just learned. The app is available for all Smartphones.
Pearson Bounce Pages Demo
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We now have unlimited access to BrainPop while our school remains closed. We can log in to any of the BrainPOP sites: BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP ELL, BrainPOP Français + Español. Our login is cmesstudents and our password is meerkats2020. Click on the logo or click here to get to BrainPop. Enjoy!

Additional Resources - Special Thanks to Northeast, Elk Neck & Kenmore for providing these additional resources.

Preventing the Spread of Germs

Please remind your children to wash their hands before/after using the bathroom, before eating lunch, after blowing their nose, and after coughing/sneezing into their hands. The nurse has been getting a lot of kids with fevers this week, and we are trying to prevent the spread of germs. Remind them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds (sing happy birthday), and have them wet hands first, then use soap, then rinse. Thank you!

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Cecil Manor Elementary School Vision

Cecil Manor is dedicated to building and sustaining meaningful relationships to maximize student growth and potential.
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