The CPES BobChat
May 24, 2020
What Do We Need to Remember on Memorial Day?
Over the past few months, we have been stressed by all the changes in life due to COVID-19. Sickness, job loss, restrictions, and isolation have been (and will be) overwhelming at times. Some days, I need to pause and gain perspective. This video (which is most suitable for adults) helped me do just that. May we pause to remember on Memorial Day.
Mr. Maness, Principal
CPES Battle of the Books Team--Our Battle of the Books team competed against four other elementary schools in a virtual tournament on Thursday May 21st and three of our team members placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd making a clean sweep for CPES. Our three finalist, Xavier Schifferle, Jaxon Thomas and Harper Daigle, will move on to the District Championship next Wednesday. Our CPES Battle of the Books Team 2020 is Xavier Schifferle, Simms Leitner, Robert Allison, Jaxon Thomas, Alexander Mestas, Harper Daigle, Isaiah Wilson and Hayden Powell. We appreciate Mrs. Kelly Schifferle sponsoring our team this year in Mr. Bartless' absence. We are so proud of our students and wish all the best for our three finalists.
Rock Hill PE Virtual Road Trip
During this last month of school, we are going on a Virtual Road Trip! Our goal is to visit 13 of South Carolina’s State Parks and 49 National Parks across the US by adding the miles we walk, run, hike, or bike each day. The only requirement is that the miles have to be self-propelled, so motorcycle and car rides do not count. All elementary students in the district and their family members are invited to participate! We will update the map daily so you can keep track of our progress. You can input your miles as often as you would like, by day or by week, whatever works best for you. If completing miles outside your home, remember to practice social distancing and always get permission from an adult.
If you do not have a way to measure or track distance, here is a tip for estimating your miles:
· walking for 15 minutes would be about 1 mile
· jogging for 10 minutes would be about 1 mile
· riding a bike for 6 minutes would be about 1 mile
Click on this site to log your miles - https://sites.google.com/rhschools.org/rh-elementary-pe-virtual-run/home
Coming Soon - Virtual Related Arts Day!
On June 2, we invite you and your family to participate in our Virtual Related Arts Day! Mrs. Garrard, Mrs. Rezzai, Mrs. Anderson and Dr. Beard have created a list of activities for your family to participate in together to mark the end of our school year. This day is a great chance for everyone to let loose, get active, and have a good time. And at the end of the day, it is all about creating a memorable experience with your family!
In next week’s newsletter and through email, you will receive a link for an instructional video demonstrating how to play each of the activities. To prepare, click on the tab below to see a list of supplies you will need to play all the games that will be posted.
E-Learning through the End of the Year--Here is a schedule for e-learning through the end of the year.
May 25--Memorial Day Holiday
May 26-28--Instructional Days and Activities
May 29--Bad Weather Makeup Day (No Instruction)
June 1--Day 1--Drop Off and Pickup Materials (11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00)/Instructional Days and Activities
June 2--Day 2--Drop Off and Pick Up Materials (7:00-9:00 AM and 11:00-1:00)/Instructional Days and Activities
June 3--5:30-7:00 PM End of Year Parade (See details below.)
June 4--Rain Date for Parade if Needed at same time.
June 5--Teacher Workday
Drop Off and Pick Up Materials on June 1 and 2--Parents will place all student materials for drop off in a bag with your child's name, your teachers' names and grade level on it. Materials for drop off include library books, leveled reading books, books borrowed from the teacher and anything else. Drop Off will be located at the Caswell Entrance near the Main Office. Parents (and students) will stay in the car, pull as far forward as possible, and drop bags of materials in a tub held by a staff member. Materials will be collected from the driver's side window. Students in grades 3-5 can keep their laptops this summer to continue their learning. Pick Up will be located at the Cherry Road Entrance. Every student at CPES will have a bag to be picked up including materials from class, items from lockers, and a special gift. Anyone can pick up your child's bag. Parents need to have a sheet of paper with your child/ren's name, teachers' names and grade level (in big, easy to read letters) written on it. The bag will be retrieved from the school and brought to your car. You can roll down the passenger side window or pop your trunk and it will be placed there for you. Again, please do not allow anyone to get out of the car as a health and safety precaution. Drop Off and Pick Up times are 11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00 on Monday, June 1 and 7:00-9:00 AM and 11:00-1:00 on Tuesday, June 2.
End of Year Parade--After consulting with our Central Office, we have decided to have a "drive through" End of Year Parade on June 3 from 5:30-7:00 PM. (Our rain date is June 4 at the same times.) Kindergarten, Kindergarten Assistants and First Grade will be on the Cherry Road Loop (accessible from Cherry Road). Second, Third, Office Staff and Resource/Support Teachers will be on the sidewalk along Sullivan's Auditorium (which is accessible from Caswell Street). Fourth, Fifth and Related Arts Teachers will be in the Sullivan Bus Loop beside the Tennis Courts (which is accessible from Eden Terrace). This is a chance to wave (and say) goodbye as we wrap up the school year. Wear your Cherry Park shirts and let's celebrate that we made it!! Please know that you will not be able to get out of your car and you cannot give cards or posters to staff during this time. (You can put those in the black box by the main entrance.) Please help us keep traffic moving and all cars will be in one line for each area. This is simply an effort for our school family to come together and celebrate. In addition, we hope to provide a time in the fall for students to go and visit their teachers as well.
Special Area Activities for May--Click on the button below for suggested activities for PE, Art and Music.
Teacher Appreciation--If you still would like to drop off items for staff members, there is a black bin with a yellow top at the main entrance where you can do that.
Need Help? If you need assistance, please contact the district at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our dedicated phone support hotline, 803-980-2016 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. You can also access resources on our District webpage: https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/ (Please see below if you need technology assistance.)
Please read the information on this webpage, scroll to the bottom and click on the "Register Now" link. This will take you to the online registration portal. Know that we will collect birth certificates and immunization records at a later time.
Update Your Contact Info
Staff Email Addresses and Office Hours--Can be found in the links below.
Technology Assistance--For technical issues such as logging into Canvas and Launchpad, connecting to wifi, resetting passwords, device troubleshooting, etc., the Rock Hill Schools Technology Department staff will be on-call from 8:00am - 8:00pm and can be reached via email at email@example.com or via phone at (803) 985-3531. Technology help tutorials will be published at: https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rock-hill.k12.sc.us%2Felearning&data=02%7C01%7CPMANESS%40rhmail.org%7C10c38360cc8d442c802808d7cdca73c5%7C57b835c11a6c40088e2fb2a16e5f738a%7C0%7C0%7C637204141727260450&sdata=YuZ8uNvg%2BLbNyY%2FZF9ppuTRY2C1dJRTrYoa2JBVDLSw%3D&reserved=0. Click on the Parents & Students button in the left-side menu for access.
Or your child's teacher can submit a tech request as they normally would. Each school tech is still monitoring tech requests as usual.
French and Spanish Resources--Click on the button below for some helpful resources to support your child in continuing to learn a second language.
Need Wifi Access? See below flyer from Comporium about how to access free Wifi for 60 days.
Mr. Jones, our World Language Coordinator, and our French and Spanish teachers gathered some family friendly sites to help continue your child's second language acquisition. Know that these are for enrichment and extension.
SC ETV has modified its TV programming schedule to include instructional content for all students. Early learning content (K-5) is scheduled for 8am - 1pm each day. Middle and high school content is scheduled from 1pm - 6pm each day.
PTO and SIC Information
Parent Teacher Organization and School Improvement Council Update
The PTO serves to raise funds, coordinate volunteers and encourage teachers through appreciation activities. Click on the PTO Newsletter button below if you wish to receive the PTO Newsletter: PTO and SIC are tentatively planning to meet on the second Monday of each month next year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 (in the Fish Bowl) and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 (in the Media Center.) Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer.
Calendar of Events
All school events before, during and after school have been canceled for the rest of the year.
May 18--Last Day of Formal Instruction
May 22--Bad Weather Makeup Day
May 25--Memorial Day (No School)
May 29--Bad Weather Makeup Day
June 1--11:00-1:00 Drop-Off and Pick-Up; 4:00-6:00 Drop-Off and Pick-Up
June 2--7:00-9:00 AM Drop-Off and Pick-Up; 11:00-1:00 Drop-Off and Pick-Up
June 3--End of Year Parade from 5:30-7:00 PM (See info above.)
June 4--Last School Day and Rain Makeup Day for End of Year Parade if needed.