Cardinal Connections

December 6, 2020

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Materials Pickup - December 7th & 8th

We have a scheduled Materials Pickup Day for two days next week (Monday, 12/7 & Tuesday, 12/8) from 8:30 - 3:30 for ECSE, 1st - 5th grade. Your teacher should have provided you with information about the pickup. Tables have been set up at the main entrance. Bags have been labeled with each students' name alphabetically. We ask that you ring the buzzer, and identify yourself. We will then let you in to grab the supplies.

New things happening in the Valley!

Hello Families

I just want to keep you in the loop of things going on...

  • We are in the process of interviewing for the gym position. We have 11 candidates, and many of them are really good. I am hoping to recommend someone to HR by next week.
  • More painting will be happening throughout the building (including the Cafeteria)
  • LOCKERS ARE IN for grades 1 - 3.
  • We have a new addition to our family.....Sarah Michlewski had a baby boy - Owen (picture is below) - He was born on November 13th and was a tiny, mighty little guy weighing 6lbs. Grayson (Sarah's 2-year old), is loving his new role.

What's happening in First Grade with Mrs. Kroll?

Mrs. Kroll's First Grade CVVA students made a Family Tree as part of their Families unit in Social Studies. They enjoyed creating and sharing their beautiful projects!

Message from Monica regarding the Giving Tree....

Hello Staff,

This holiday season we will still be having our annual Giving Tree. For those that have not heard of the Giving Tree, it is an opportunity for us and our school families to help support our less fortunate school families through donated items specific to the children in that family in the form of gifts and clothing. This year, we will not be doing physical items due to the risk of exposure so we will instead be doing gift cards.

If you or someone you know would like to donate a gift card(s) to our students please observe the following polite request:

  • Meijer, Kroger, or Target gift cards only.
  • Gift cards no larger than $25 each. This will make it easier to split among families.
  • The deadline to donate is December 11th. This gives you 2 weeks to shop!
  • Leave in my mailbox or office but please label so I know it is for the Giving Tree.

A good majority of our needy families have already been helped through applications to the Good Shepherd coalition or Goodfellows. We will use these donated cards to reach out again to those not already being helped who are also on our Free/Reduced lunch list. If there are any remaining cards I'll keep them to distribute over the course of the year as needs are presented. This occurred with gift cards donated from a Clinton Township group and it turned out to be just what some families needed after losing their jobs to COVID closures after March.

A blurb will be put into the Cardinal Connection for all families so that those that wish to donate can and those that are in need can apply for help. If you have any questions please let me know. This program makes a HUGE difference in the lives of some of our students.

Thank you!

Giving Tree Application for Families

Giving Tree Application

Interested in the Giving Tree? Please fill out the application

Message from Monica Weaver

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Message from Monica Weaver, Social Worker.....

During this remote time, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is for our students to be in attendance every day. Socialization has been noted as a concern for parents and ensuring that your student is consistently in their remote or virtual class will go a long way towards progressing with their social skills. Learning to respond when in conversation, learning to avoid interrupting, learning to empathize with others, learning appropriate online etiquette, active listening, and learning patience are just some of the social skills that can be garnered from remote learning. Keeping cameras on when appropriate also helps to unite students and create community. This can be a year of growth for our students both academically and socially if students attend with fidelity.

NWEA Information for the Upcoming Assessment - Parents

Message from our PTO

I hope all is well.

The PTO needs your help.

Saturday is our last day of the Santa Secret Shop.

Santa's Secret Shop is open until the evening on Saturday, December 6th.

Pick up day will be between 12/10-12/11. More information to come once delivery is received.

Gift bags will be provided, as usual.

How to Shop:

  1. Visit:
  2. Shop Type: Santa
  3. Click the "Enter Here" Button on the Door
  4. Enter Password: E145043
  5. Start Shopping

If anyone has any difficulties, please have them email

Thank you for your help in getting the word out and making this year a success!!

Kristen Murray

Message from our PTO....

Hello Families!!

The Santa Virtual Shop will be opening early on Wednesday, November 25th at around 6 pm. The shop will be open 24/7 until December 2nd!! Please make sure your student does not miss out on their chance to shop!!

Directions on how to shop are on the flyer below!

Thank you all for your continued support and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Positivity Project Quotes

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Lifetouch Coming Soon! - February 8th & 9th

Lifetouch + Shutterfly Fall 2020 Photography

Picture Day Safety - What it will look like this year

Picture Day Safety | Lifetouch
CVS Return to School Guidelines

These guidelines were developed with the guidance of the Macomb County Health Department. Our plan is based on these parameters.