Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments
April 13, 2020 - Volume 41, Issue 30
From School Administration
On April 20, we will begin the next phase of our distance learning model with elementary school students and I would like to share important information to help your family prepare.
Week of April 14
Our staff has been busy engaging in professional learning and planning to prepare for the launch of our new model for teaching and learning. This week, classroom teachers will share information for students to begin accessing DreamBox Learning®, the online mathematics program we will use for the remainder of the school closure. We encourage students to explore and familiarize themselves with DreamBox Learning® this week.
Week of April 20
During the week of April 20, teachers will host family Virtual Orientations via Google Meet to connect with families and communicate our new learning schedule and expectations.
Our school’s orientation schedule is listed below.
Each grade level classroom teacher will hold two orientations to provide as much flexibility for families as possible. Families should join only one session. Grade-level teams will provide an orientation video for families who are unable to join a live virtual session.
Wednesday, April 22
● Grades K and 1 Family Google Meet Orientations: 9:00am - 9:45am and 1:00pm -1:45pm
● Grades 2 and 3 Family Google Meet Orientations: 10:00am - 10:45am and 2:00pm - 2:45pm
● Grades 4 and 5 Family Google Meet Orientations: 11:00am - 11:45am and 3:00pm - 3:45 pm
Week of April 27 and Beyond
Our distance learning model for elementary students will consist of two components:
- weekly Learning Tasks, and
- weekly Virtual Class Check-in via Google Meet.
Students will engage in 1-2 hours of the following learning activities each day, which will be shared through Canvas each Monday morning:
- eLearning for Mathematics via DreamBox Learning®
- eLearning for Reading via Lexia® Core5®
- pre-recorded video lessons in Reading, Mathematics, or Social Emotional Learning
- content learning tasks in Science, Social studies or Health
- Related Arts learning tasks in Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology or Library Media (and Instrumental Music, as appropriate) [K-5]
- optional enrichment activities
Virtual Class Check-ins
One 15-20 minute Virtual Class Check-in will be held via Google Meet each week. The check-in will be an opportunity for students to connect with teachers and classmates to discuss weekly Learning Tasks and to ask questions.
On Tuesday, April 14, you and your child will receive a message from your child’s teacher with more grade-specific information about Learning Tasks and Class Check-ins.
Our Clemens Crossing team is excited to engage with students and families through our distance learning model. Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions.
Ed Cosentino, Principal
Virtual PTA Meeting - April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting will be held online using Google Meet.
You can join the meeting online or by phone. Here is the online link to join the meeting. If you cannot join online, you can call in using the phone number and PIN below.
If you do not have a computer, you can use your smart phone or tablet. Google Play, Android, and Apple Stores have the Google Meet app to download and use.
PIN: 335 304 083#
It is recommended that you use the web browser, Chrome or Firefox.
Additionally, if you would like the Google Meet Grid View extension on Chrome, you can use this link to create that extension. This will allow you to see more than 5 people which is the default on Chrome.
Finally, please review the etiquette below and the Google Meet Orientation to prepare for the meeting.
Mrs. Rogers' Office Hours
Dear CCES Students and Families,
I hope you are doing well. I have been thinking about you and missing you! I look forward to reconnecting with you!
I will have office hours available daily from 9:30am - 11:30am and from 12:00pm - 1:00pm starting Tuesday, April 14th. I will be scheduling appointments to meet during that time.
We can meet virtually (I’d love to see you) or on the phone. Please use this link to request your appointment. Click here to schedule a time with Mrs. Rogers
I look forward to talking with you in the upcoming days and weeks. Please know that I am still here to talk with you. Stay safe and well.
Yearbook Orders - SALE EXTENDED 10 DAYS!
Don’t forget to order your yearbook! Since we are unable to collect paper order forms at this time, yearbooks must be ordered online. The cost is $20 each. Go to: https://www.strawbridge.net/ and type in the code: YB100057 to order yours.
NEW Extended Deadline for orders is April 26.
Your Online Code is: YB100057 NEW deadline to order - April 26, 2020
Gifted and Talented Placement Review
The Howard County Public School System uses the Cognitive Abilities Test, known as CogAT, as one data point for gifted and talented Math placement for third graders entering fourth grade. Due to the school closure, we have shifted several dates related to GT placement.
- Families of 3rd-grade students who wish to submit a request for a placement review for 4th grade GT Math should email Mrs. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org with this request by April 17. Staff will conduct the review and communicate with families by May 1.
- Students who were absent for CogAT testing in December or have entered HCPSS since that time will have an opportunity to take CogAT for potential GT Placement this summer rather than the previously communicated date of May 2. New dates will be determined as soon as possible and communicated to the school community. Students who missed testing will automatically receive an invitation to testing once the dates are finalized.
Parents of students that have tested in or have been placed into GT Math can email email@example.com their permission for that placement.
UPDATE: Spring Pictures - Check Your Email
If your child was in school on March 13, we have a code for you to access their picture.
Please look for a message from any one of our three secretaries in the front office (Stacey Wells, Jennifer Aballo, or Dulce Boyer). One of them sent instructions for ordering your child's school picture through Strawbridge. The email is personalized with information specifically for you and your child.
INFORMATION WORTH REPEATING
CCES PTA Nominating Committee
The Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to chair several positions during the 2020-2021 academic year. We would love to tell you more about them! Many do not require regular PTA meeting attendance and there are varying levels of time commitment. Please consider joining in the fun and supporting our great school! Click here to see openings.
Check Your Canvas Notifications
Parents/guardians should check your Canvas notification settings to ensure you are receiving announcements, assignments, and messages from teachers.
Directions on updating your parent profile and notification settings are available online.
Parents/guardians unfamiliar with Canvas may find it helpful to review the features in this Canvas Orientation.
Student hcpss.me Access
Over the past few weeks, Mr. Cosentino helped numbers of families by providing student usernames and passwords in order to access hcpss.me. You can continue to email him to request your current username and password if you need help.
A Reminder: CCES Playground and Blacktop Area is Closed
As Springtime approaches, we know that our students and community members are eager to play on our blacktop and/or playground, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, these areas are not available to community members. Please inform your elementary, middle, and high school aged children of this mandate. We appreciate your assistance with this.
All HCPSS athletic practices and games are canceled until schools reopen. While the business of the school system continues remotely, all schools and office buildings are closed, including playgrounds, fields, basketball courts and other outdoor spaces.
Counseling Services for Students and Families
The COVID-19 pandemic has made this an especially stressful time for many, especially those already impacted by mental health concerns. In-person assistance may be limited to try to slow the spread of the virus. However, help is still available online, over the phone, and face-to-face when needed. Please also note that Medicaid is covering temporary Telehealth sessions during the state of emergency.
If you or your family need mental health supports, please contact your current health care provider. If you don’t have or cannot reach your current provider, you can find providers in the directories linked below.
If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:
- Grassroots Crisis Intervention team at 410-531-6677
- The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
- The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond
- The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
- Directory of Behavioral Health Services in Howard County
- Directory of Behavioral Health Services for Youth in Howard County
- Howard County Health Department Network of Care for Behavioral Health
- Howard County Bureau of Behavioral Health
- HCPSS Mental Health & Wellness Resources
- Teen Health Matters
- Centers for Disease Control Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Free Internet for Eligible Families from Comcast
To help connect more families to the internet at home, Comcast is offering two months of free internet to new Internet Essential customers. More information
CCES Science Fair 2020
UPDATED INFORMATION: Since the Science Fair is scheduled for the end of May, we still plan to have our annual Science Fair. If school is canceled into May/June, then we will plan on having some type of virtual Science Fair. So, please feel free to continue to work on your Science Fair project. We will have it one way or another.
Your child is invited to participate in this year’s Science Fair on Thursday, May 28 from 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. during our Schoolwide Showcase. The Showcase will highlight the remarkable things our extraordinary students have done this year at Clemens Crossing Elementary School.
The Science Fair, GT Enrichment Fair, PTA Reflections, and Classroom Displays are all part of the annual showcase.
If your child is interested in doing a Science Fair Collection, Investigation, or Invention at home, please download the corresponding attachment below. Students may do projects individually or as a group. Once your child has identified a project, please complete the online, “Intent to Participate form.” Students who elect to participate will have their name read on the morning announcements and their name printed and hung on a hallway wall display.
Directions on where and when to bring in the projects will be shared individually with participants, in future Cougar Comments, and by email correspondences. We are excited to highlight the commitment shown and the hard work done by the CCES students this year.
Many thanks for all of your support at home and in the building this year.
Save the Date - Open House 2020 - 2021
Kindergarten Open House
Friday, August 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
First Grade through Fifth Grade
Friday, August 21, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
We are still working on logistics for Back-to-School Nights and will notify the community in the Spring.
Community News & Information
CNSL Cancels 2020 Season
This applies to the Clary's Forest/Hawthorn/Swansfield Sundevils Swim Teams as well.