The CES Bulldog News

Week of September 19, 2021

IWCS - Vision & Mission

Vision: To create a learning environment that will enable every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents.



Mission: To enhance and expand on each child’s unique gifts and talents to ensure every child is college, career and life ready.

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 24th

- Future Duke Night: The varsity football team will play at Home versus Franklin at 7:00pm. Each student from Carrsville Elementary, Windsor Elementary, and GTMS can get in the game free with a paying adult. At halftime any “Future Duke” can come down on the field and catch touchdown passes thrown. Come out and support our WHS Dukes!


October 7th

- Interim Reports Issues


October 11th

- Staff Professional Development Learning Day (No School for Students)


October 15th

- 1:00p.m. Early Dismissal (CES & WES) Windsor High School Homecoming - See Info Below


October 20th

- Fall Picture Day (Individual Student Pictures)



IWCS School Calendar 2021-2022

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Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Isle of Wight County Schools' Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is an opportunity for parents and school board appointees to have a voice in the way services are provided to students with disabilities.

Please join us Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:00pm via Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88653813486?pwd=VUljYUF6a29DSGpNbVlTd2dxeFFjQT09

Meeting ID: 886 5381 3486

Passcode: L03hdx

OR:

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 225-800-2534‬ PIN: ‪632 072 019‬#

We will learn more about The Parent Resource Center which is located at Georgie Tyler Middle School.

For more information please contact the SEAC Chair Stephanie Brennell at steph8677@msn.com or the Special Education Department at 757-365-1616.

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Celebrating National Hispanic American Heritage Month

An Equity & Inclusion Message


“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures”. ―Cesar Chavez



Happy Hispanic American Heritage Month!


Today, September 15th, is the first day of the United States’ annual observance of Hispanic American Heritage Month. This month-long celebration is created to increase the appreciation and celebration of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.


Hispanic American Heritage Month is a time to learn, recognize, and honor the history, culture, and achievements of the heritages rooted in all Latin American countries. Hispanic people have made extraordinary contributions to American society. Sharing the accomplishments of Hispanic people with our students is a valuable experience and fosters a sense of belonging for our Hispanic families and an inclusive learning environment for all students.


September 15 is meaningful because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Within the 30 day celebration from September 15 to October 15, there is also an observation of when Mexico and Chile celebrated their independence days on September 16 and September 18.


I hope that in Isle of Wight County Schools we can grow in knowledge, respect, and honor for Hispanic History and culture. Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut in space and first female director of the Johnson Space Center said, “I realize that a lot of the students I speak to may not end up as an astronaut or may not be completely interested in those fields, but I want them to at least make sure that they have options in their careers and that they think about setting high goals for themselves.”




Kiyaana Cox Jones

Coordinator of Equity & Inclusion

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COVID Guidance for Schools

As a reminder, all students, staff, and families are to wear tightly fitting masks over the nose and mouth while on school property (gaiters are not allowed) and must practice social distancing measures, to the extent possible.


COVID Guidance for Schools:


https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2021/03/Interim-Guidance-to-K-12-School-Reopening.pdf


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html


We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work through the provided guidance and changing protocols.

Communication

Communication is key to ensuring you are up-to-date regarding important information. We will continue using the Remind App as a communication tool. Your child's teacher will provide you information on how to sign up to use this app. You can also find information on the CES website, FaceBook and Twitter pages.


You are also welcome to contact the following support staff for assistance:


Phone: (757)357-8844


Mrs. Pam Olson, Office Administrative Associate

Email: polson@iwcs.k12.va.us


Mrs. Amy Maye, Bookkeeper

Email: amaye@iwcs.k12.va.us


Mrs. Jaime Brinkley, School Counselor

Email: jbrinkley@iwcs.k12.va.us


Mrs. Pamela Hatfield, Principal

Email: phatfiel@iwcs.k12.va.us

School Hours

Students may be dropped off at school beginning at 8:35a.m. The school day officially begins at 8:55a.m. Any student who arrives after 8:55a.m. will be considered tardy and must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the front office. The school day ends at 3:50p.m. Any student who is picked up prior to 3:50p.m. will be considered an early dismissal. Both tardies and early dismissals impact student attendance and this information is notated in their school records.



Please contact the school office if your student(s) will be a daily dismissal pick up. We will place daily pick up students on the daily pick up list. For student(s) who are occasional pick ups, parents/guardians must contact the school office by 3:00p.m. that day to ensure their student(s) is not placed on the school bus to go home.

Morning Drop Off

Parents/guardians may drop off their student(s) at 8:35a.m. in the drop off loop, located in the main parking lot. Your child will be welcomed by school employees at the drop off loop, therefore the driver does not need to exit the vehicle. We ask that the driver place their vehicle in park while the student(s) prepare to exit the vehicle. The school employee will open and close the door, if needed.


Buses will dismiss students in the bus loop, located in the front of the school. Only buses are allowed to drop off students in the bus loop from 8:35a.m. - 8:55a.m. Vehicles are not allowed in the bus loop during this time frame.

Afternoon Dismissal

Afternoon dismissal will begin at 3:50p.m. Bus dismissal will occur first in the bus loop, located in the front of the school, beginning at 3:50p.m. Once all bus riders have been placed on their designated bus, then the buses will be dismissed from the bus loop.


Similar to last year's pick up procedures, all parents/guardians picking up their student(s) are asked to pull into the main parking lot loop (the same loop used for morning drop off) and wait patiently until given the all clear to move to the bus loop to prepare for pick up dismissal. Once all vehicles are parked, beginning in the bus loop and then weaving around through the main parking lot loop, student(s) "pick up" dismissal will begin. Each parent/guardian must present valid identification prior to receiving their student(s) AND be listed as a student pick up contact in PowerSchool. To ensure the safety of our students, each student will be escorted by a CES employee to their respective vehicles. Once student(s) have been secured in the vehicle with their seatbelt(s), then the driver will receive the all clear to leave the bus loop and exit the school property. Driver's must not pull around other vehicles for safety reasons.


Student safety will be our first priority during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times. We appreciate your patience as we work with division personnel, local law enforcement, and community members to address afternoon traffic concerns.

Bus Protocols

Please make sure that an adult is at the bus stop to receive their student each afternoon. In the event that no one is available to receive the student, then they will be returned to school and parents/guardians will be contacted and required to pick up the student from the school's front office.

Bus Routes

Bus Routes are posted on the IWCS website at: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/backtoschool



MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN ON SCHOOL BUSES TO COMPLY WITH A FEDERAL ORDER.


Please note that runs are continually updated through the first month of school. You should arrive at the stop 10 minutes prior to the listed bus time. For questions, please contact the Transportation Office at 757-357-9926 or 757-357-8816.

Kangaroo Kids (Before & After School Care)

Students who attend Kangaroo Kids will remain in before school care until 8:35a.m. and will enter after school care at 3:50p.m.


Kangaroo Kidz – Kangaroo Kidz offers a fun and safe environment for children at Carrsville Elementary School only. During the program children will have time for games, arts and crafts, and homework. This program is open to Carrsville students kindergarten-5th grade. Fees: Before and After $50 per week. Before or After $30 per week, one time registration fee of $10 due at the time of enrollment. Call 757-569-9810 for more information.

Meal Information from Mrs. Byrd, CES Cafeteria Manager

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*Menu subject to change.

Technology Acceptable Use Agreement & Insurance

Technology Acceptable Use Agreement:


Parents/Guardians must sign the IWCS Acceptable Use Agreement prior to their student using or taking home technology devices. If your student owes money for missing or broken technology, cords, blocks, etc., then technology for the 2021-2022 school year will not be distributed until all monies for these items have been collected. Parents/Guardians who owe money for technology and/or accessories have been notified by mail.


Parents/guardians may come to the school during school hours (8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.) to sign the Acceptable Use Policy and/or pay owed monies. Please contact Mrs. Taplin for additional information. Email: btaplin@iwcs.k12.va.us or Phone: (757)357-8844.


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Insurance Information Below:


Optional Insurance for IWCS iPads


Optional Insurance for IWCS Chromebooks


Worth Insurance

Family Resources:

CES has reading and math resources available for families to check out. These games and activities can be used at home to support your student's learning. Please email or call Mrs. Hatfield (phatfiel@iwcs.k12.va.us) or Mrs. Reeder (kreeder@iwcs.k12.va.us) 357-8844 if you are interested in checking out these resources.

Dr. James Thornton, Superintendent

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