The CPES BobChat
April 11, 2021
How Will We Respond This Week?
Our hearts are filled with sadness by the deaths of Noah and Adah Lesslie. We know that so many families were affected by the tragedy of this week. As a school family, how will we make it through this and how will we help our children in the days and weeks ahead? 1. We will acknowledge the loss. We must do that. There will be two empty desks. We will miss Noah blowing kisses to his teachers. We will miss Adah's telling jokes in English and Spanish. No one will take their places and we all need to grieve. 2. We will not discuss the details how they died. That is not our place nor is it helpful at this point. We desire to celebrate Noah's and Adah's lives and to enable our children to know strength and hope. Recounting events does not bring them back nor does it adequately help our little ones (and big ones) take their next steps to heal. 3. We will provide as much structure, consistency, and normalcy as possible. We know that keeping the same routines and schedules brings comfort and security. When our worlds turn upside down, it is good to know that some things stay constant. This week, we will read books, we will solve math problems, and we will run and play outside just like we've done every day this year. We know things may be interrupted at times this week but we will constantly push towards keeping our procedures and schedules the same. 4. We will be ready to help however needed. Our eyes will be on our children and staff who were close to Noah and Adah. We will also be sensitive to the needs of our students who have experienced tragedy in the past. We will rely on the support and expertise of other school counselors, mental health therapists, and school psychologists who will be available as long as is needed. We will follow the protocols and best practices of the PREPARE Program that our district has used in other situations with great success. 5. We will walk step by step together. We know we can't do this alone. We know we don't have enough right words. At times, we don't have any words. We know we cannot carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. But, we do have the gift of presence in each other's lives. Presence means I am not alone. Presence speaks much louder than words. Presence says I will be here today and tomorrow and the day after that. Presence says I will be here whenever you need me and whenever you don't. We will give the gift of presence every day to each other. As a faculty and staff, know that we feel your presence around us. We know your love and support and your prayers. Together, we will hold hands and walk together with all families devastated by the events of this week. We will do this the only way I now how...together.
Strength and Blessings,
Mr. Maness, Principal
What Can We Do for the Lesslies? So many of you have asked how you can support the Lesslie family. In honor of Noah and Adah, the family has asked for donations to be made to food pantries and Little Free Libraries. As a result, we will do a canned food drive and a book drive. There will be designated place on each hall and by the Media Center where children can drop off items. Financial contributions and memorials can be made to Camp Joy, 918 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 106, Greenville, S.C. 2960. Please see flyer below about the memorial service and prayer vigil tonight at 6:00 PM and for how best to contact the family.
What Can We Do for the Faculty and Staff and Students? As mentioned above, we are planning to try and keep as much of our normal routines and schedules in place. We value and appreciate any and all expressions of love and care and concern for our children and teachers. If you have a thought of something you might like to do, please contact Mrs. Angela Neal in our Main Office and she will assist you in that process. You can call the Main Office at 985-2255 to reach her. Please know that our greatest needs are for your love, support and prayers for our children and staff.
Testing Schedules--We have begun determining tentative test dates. Most likely, we will be doing MAP testing for Grades 1-5 the last two weeks of May (5/17-28). We will have SC READY testing for Grades 3-5 June 1-18. As soon as we have determined the exact dates, we will be sure to notify you. Kindergarten students will assessed on Fast Bridge during those final weeks of school as well. We need all students present for them to do their best on these assessments.
Caps for Recycled Bench at Miracle Park--GT students are leading a schoolwide and community wide project collecting plastic bottle caps and lids to be recycled and made into park benches for Miracle Park. This is a program started by school children in 2010 and in partnership with GreenTree Plastics out of Indiana. Donations can be dropped off at any of the three locations: CPES, Knowledge Perk, or Boyd Hill Rec Center. They can contact me with questions. Students will be sorting and weighing donations in June to prepare for delivery to the location. We will be looking for a driver to deliver the caps to Evansville, IN in late June and bring back our benches for installation in Miracle Park. See flyer below for more info.
Rising Sixth Grade Families--The Sullivan SIC will be filling 4 parent representative spots next year. Here is the Nomination Form Link: https://forms.gle/bbHh2Cbdw9Yczfmy7 if you'd like to consider serving on their SIC. Nominations will be open Friday, March 19th through Sunday, March 26th at 5pm. Elections will be April 16-19th, 2021.
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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 this year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 via Zoom and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 via Zoom. The link for March's PTO Meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82419024222 Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. School Improvement Council members for this year are Carl Thompson, Elizabeth Lowery, Leigh Threatt, Amber Hinson, Kim Crean, Brooke Nies and Phyllis Faircloth. You can contact them at mailto:email@example.com.
April 12--SIC and PTO meetings have been postponed for now.