Cedar Grove Friday Flash

September 10, 2021

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

As we finish out our second week of school, we continue to be so thankful to have our students back in the building. The children have adjusted well and are learning routines and expectations, and they are also enjoying time to reconnect with old friends or meet new friends.

This Monday, students will be able to order supper and snack to take home after school each day. There is no charge for this. If you do not want your child to order/bring home supper and snack, we ask that you notify your child's teacher. Thank you.

Also beginning this Monday, Cedar Grove students and staff will begin our composting efforts to reduce food waste. Please provide your child an opportunity to view this introductory video a few times and share the information in this flyer! Please continue to talk with your child on what items go into the compost bin and what items do not.

You are invited to the next Parent Academy Session on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 6:00-7:00 pm to learn more about the Leader in Me Curriculum. See this flyer for additional information.

MCPS will continue to partner with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for staff and students aged 12 and older. A clinic will be held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 in the Sears parking lot at 11255 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring. Appointments are not required, but if you wish to make an appointment you can do so by clicking on the link below. https://www.marylandvax.org/appointment/en/reg/4869370421

As a reminder, all MCPS students, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in school buildings and offices this fall, regardless of vaccination status. This is one of the most basic strategies we can use to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

See a video message from our students: https://youtu.be/KNiAUxKrzJQ

See a video message from our leadership: https://youtu.be/sdnmRJuBpvY

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

Technology Support

The community technical support phone line will remain open through September. Families who need tech support can call 240-740-7020 and leave a message, send an email to communitytechsupport@mcpsmd.org or submit a ticket via the Community Tech Support portal. A support guide for the portal is available by clicking this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cczbhEXF7x3TBquSMQGUGsxIcqsm_BtG2KBBi_bA0_0/edit

Parent and Community Volunteers

We are very excited to announce that parent and community volunteers may return to Cedar Grove to support in-person instruction, activities, and special events. Having parent and community volunteers in our building has contributed to Cedar Grove’s reputation of being a welcoming place of learning. We have always appreciated the time and efforts that parents, families, and community members spend to engage in volunteer activities in our school and become contributing partners in teaching and learning.

Please consider becoming one of our volunteers. To do the work, MCPS requires some training and documentation.

This form outlines the compliance measures that are required to volunteer dependent on the type of support being provided (recognizing child abuse and neglect training and/or fingerprinting, as appropriate). These compliance measures and expectations for each category of service are in place to ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, and volunteers.

If you intend to become a regular volunteer, you must also complete the mandatory online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training. This training is required for any volunteer who regularly supports schools, chaperones a field trip, etc. and is available in multiple languages.

When the course is completed, a report is created to serve as proof of satisfying the training requirement, which is good for three years. So for example, if you completed the training in the 2018-2019 school year, you will need to renew it for this 2021-2022 school year. However, if you took the training in the 2019-2020 school year, you can wait to renew in the 2022-2023 school year.

Please go to the MCPS Volunteer page to find the support guides and information how to access the Child Abuse and Neglect Training. You may also contact Mrs. Hirschhorn, who will be our school-based volunteer coordinator, with questions about the forms and the training.

Upcoming Changes for Student Password Management

Starting this school year, students in Grades 3 to 12 will be responsible for their own passwords. While students can change their passwords as often as they like, the maximum age of a student password according to MCPS policy is 365 days. What will this look like?

Students are returning to school with their same/current passwords. Students in Grades 3 to 12 will be informed about this change on September 7th and October 1st through Synergy Mail messages. Messages will include directions and a link to the MCPS Student Password Manager (SPM). The MCPS Student Password Manager allows students to change their passwords from within an MCPS building or from home. The process takes about five minutes to complete. Students with special needs may require assistance from an adult.

When students change their MCPS passwords using this new system, their Google passwords will immediately change. Student password reports and lists will be immediately updated. There will be no interruptions in accessing other online platforms.

Starting on October 10th, students who have not updated their passwords will receive frequent password expiration notices to their Gmail accounts. On November 9th student passwords that have not been updated will be automatically changed. These students may need assistance with retrieving their new passwords.

The process only takes a few minutes to complete. Please see the following directions:

  • Student navigates to SPM.mcpsmd.org.
  • Student logs into SPM with their current userid and password.
  • Student enters new password.

Tech Tips and Reminders

Please see our updated, weekly Friday Flash Tech Tips 2020 slide deck for more technology tips to help with online learning a little easier. you solve or prevent some issues that we encounter throughout the school day. You may want to bookmark this so that you always have it handy!

From Mrs. Hirschhorn, Media Specialist

Welcome back everyone! I am so grateful that we can once again allow parent volunteers in the building because our media center needs you! In order to maintain our open circulation program while I'm teaching, you become a key ingredient to keeping our circulation open. Please consider helping our kids to continue to check out books! If you have helped in this way before, you know how meaningful this volunteer position is. If you haven't, we will train you (you get to use a scanner!) and it won't take you long to figure out how much fun it is to interact with our students in this way. Feel free to email me if you're interested, or just sign up here! Thank you so much for your consideration!

There's always so much information in my September Media Monthly, so please make sure you bookmark it and check it often.

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

Parents, each month our Arts team will share a newsletter that will provide you with what grade level students are doing in their classes.

Here is the September 2021 Specialists' Newsletter

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September 16 - No School

September 23 - Back-to-School Night, Grades 1-5, from 7:00-8:30

September 24 - Student Picture Day

October 8 - Early Release, Students Dismiss at 1:20 p.m.