The Flex Gazette

21st Century Cyber Charter School Newsletter: December 2018

A Note From Our High School Principal

Parents and Students of 21st Century Cyber Charter School,

I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday break and are back into the school mode to finish up the 2018 part of the 2018-2019 school-year!

It is hard to believe we are now in December and Winter break and the end of the quarter will be here soon. The quarter ends January 15th at 4:00 PM. If your child is in danger of failing one or more of their courses for the school year, it’s not too late! Winter break is a good time to complete and submit assignments to get back on track to pass the course for the year. Moodle is available throughout winter break. Please remember that the virtual offices and teachers are not available over break. Teachers are available until December 21st to help create schedules and goals to complete over break.

Once again, I hope you find the following strategies helpful for school success:

  1. Be aware. As a student and as a parent, be aware of the upcoming assignments, tests and quizzes in Moodle. This will help you to prepare and to succeed!

  2. Stay focused. With winter break coming up, it’s easy to be distracted by all of the holiday happenings, but if you stay focused and finish your schoolwork early, it will be a much more enjoyable break!

  3. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. We at 21st Century are here to help you and want to see you succeed through having the best learning experience we can provide.

Please continue to check in on Moodle and the 21st Century Cyber Charter School social media pages to see what fun events and field trips we have coming up. We look forward to welcoming in December with all of our students, parents and staff at 21st Century Cyber Charter School!

A Note From the Director of Special Education, Dr. Nancy Giagnacova

This month’s soft skill is problem solving. In the real world, students encounter problems that are complex and sometimes lack a clear solution and approach. Students need skills to identify possible solutions to solve these problems.

Problem solving skills are taught in a variety of ways through class lessons. For instance, in Math students learn there is more than one strategy to find the answer to the problem. When a student is meeting with his or her advisor to discuss a schedule to complete all necessary assignments during the week, the student and teacher can problem solve together. This is not a problem with a one-size-fits-all solution; for example, some students choose to focus on two subjects a day while other students choose to focus on each class everyday.

Students engaging with their teachers, advisors, and classmates allows them to practice the skill of problem solving often. This practice will only help them as they grow and become strong and thoughtful adults.

Counselor's Corner

Hi 21CCCS Family,

We have made it to December! We talked last month about giving to others, whether it was donating your time or goods. This month we want you to “treat yourself” as some would say. Taking care of yourself or treating yourself can look very different depending on the person. This time of year we spend a lot of time thinking about others, which is great. However, it’s okay to take time to do something for yourself and celebrate yourself. The better you feel about yourself, the more self-confident you will be, which will make you a better student, a better family member, a better friend.

Here are some ideas from the counseling office about how to treat yourself this December:

  • For those of you who work, you can save up and buy yourself something nice.

  • Go on a hike or exploration (make sure your parents know where you are).

  • Take out a free book from the cybrary here.

  • Mr. G recommends coming up with your own “Dad Jokes” and then laughing at yourself, or watching a comedian/funny show.

  • Mrs. Moynihan suggests going for a run; it releases endorphins, makes you feel happy, and relieves stress.

  • Ms. Cooke recommends spending time listening to music that makes you want to sing and dance and look like a fool. As long as you are smiling you know you have the right song!

  • Mrs. McCoy recommends spending time with her family and friends. She is most happy when the home is filled with people she cares about

You matter! How will you celebrate yourself this December?

The counselors know that the holidays are not easy for everyone. Please be sure you are still taking time to reach out to those in need. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to. Your counselors are here for you. Please come see us in the Guidance Virtual Office, send us an email, or give us a call if you want to talk.

Happy Holidays,

~ Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Moynihan, Mr. Galiczynski & Ms. Cooke

From the Health Center

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  2. Stay home when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
  4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Look What's New

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iPad Tip of the Month

iPad Tip of the Month:

We recently added both the Gmail and Google Chrome apps to your iPad! Please make sure that you're only logging into the Google apps with your school email address. Because of the security features with Google Apps for Education, you are required to place a passcode on your iPad in order to access anything on it. You have important information on your iPad and it should be protected! Remember to check out your User Guide in the iBooks Library on your iPad for specific instructions.

Adventure Club

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Upcoming Events

RSVPs are being accepted through December 10 for our cookie baking and decorating parties

at the Downingtown and Murrysville offices.

Come join us for the chance to make and decorate cookies, play games, and make cards for the elderly and U.S. soldiers. Check out the field trips page for more information and to RSVP!

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21st Century Cyber Charter School

Downingtown Location
126 Wallace Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

Murrysville Location
221 Blue Spruce Way
Murrysville, PA 15668