Cardinal Connection Parent Copy
January 3rd, 2023
Welcome to Week 19
Welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed some time with your families. I know I did. I forced myself to unplug and just be present, which has been difficult for me to do lately!
Before the break, we had fun celebrating the holidays and the winter season! Below are photos of the doors that teachers created to spread joy. Additionally, all of our classrooms created cards for those who spent the holidays at McClaren hospital. There were so many cards, that I was also able to give some to a friend of mine that is a doctor at Acsesion St. John in Detroit. She told me that they brought smiles to faces that she hasn't seen a smile on in weeks.
As we settle back into a routine, the teachers will be focused on reestablishing procedures and classroom expectations. The daily schedule has changed slightly as we align with recommended literacy shifts. Our reading blocks are a little longer, and small group interventions are hard scheduled. This change does not affect you in anyway, it is just a minor shift during the school day.
We have also worked hard to align our new intervention curriculum that is backed by research and science. Our special education providers will also be utilizing this program so that our students who receive services are immersed in a curriculum that is aligned, consistent, and focused. They will also be able to receive grade level instruction in addition to the interventions that are aligned to their goals.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate Alexis John, from Mrs. Roddy's class and Violet Guzman from Mrs. Anderson's class for winning the Smart Moves Essay competition. Great work to both of you for creating such a meaningful message.
Happy New Year! I look forward to a strong start to 2023 at Clinton Valley Elementary!
Behavior Flow Chart
We do have specific procedures that we are still working on implementing. Students must stay in their seats at all times and be at a voice level 2 or lower. This means that any form of yelling or screaming is not permitted. It can get very loud in the cafeteria, so we will continue to remind them to keep the noise levels down. There have been instances where we had to implement a level 0 (no talking) and a level 1(whispering) so that they understand the difference.
Additionally, we are working on making sure that those who go through the lunch line, get everything that they need in order to avoid going back. For safety purposes, we do not want them traveling back and forth from their seats. Therefore, soon, we will not permit it. Instead, we will have a traveling basket for those who need additional items. We have been working on this for an entire month. We also understand that the littler ones may need more practice with this, but ultimately, we would like everyone to stay seated for the entire 30 minutes.