GWC Eagle's Nest

Week of March 14 - March 20

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4th Marking Period Intent

March 26, 2021 is the deadline for students to switch from virtual to hybrid instruction for marking period 4. Please contact your child’s teacher if you wish to make this switch. Switching from hybrid to virtual remains an option at any time.


Please Complete our School/Family Learning Compact!

Every year we send home a learning compact that explains some expectations that we have for students, parents, and that families should have for Carver. We asked that a grown up, and the student sign the compact before it is returned to school. Once returned, the classroom teacher signs it and a copy is provided to the student. Below, you will find a link to fill out a digital version of our Compact. During this unusual time of learning, it is very important that we are all on the same page and have open lines of communication. We would appreciate it if you would take just a few minutes to read and complete our School/Family Learning Compact. Thank you!

Please view this brief video which provides general information for families regarding COVID-19 protocols.


COVID-19 Protocols for Student Return

This expanded video provides detailed information, including specific steps for students who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or are a close contact.

COVID-19 Process for Student Return

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION!!!

    • Students must have a consistent transportation routine each day. To be compliant with CDC social distancing guidelines we must have an accurate account of the number of students utilizing parent pick-up and riding buses. We will not be able to honor last minute requests to changes in transportation, and bus passes will not be issued. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

    • Students MUST wear masks while on the bus. A student may be denied transportation for not having or refusing to wear a mask.

Picture Day Information!!!

Picture Day for A/B Students:

March 22- A Day and PreK- Ripple & Durst

March 23- B Day and PreK- Logsdon & Santos

Order forms have been sent home.


Virtual Students:

March 26

Students will need to sign up for a time to come to the school to have their picture taken. We cannot have walk-ups due to COVID restrictions. Families can sign up here:


Virtual Picture Sign Up Form



Pictures can be pre-ordered online. Go to www.Classic-Photogrpahy.com

Click School, then Pre-Order Now. Access Key: VA9GCKSY

21st Century Community Learning Grant Survey

Please complete this survey to help us plan for the upcoming learning grant!


Survey in English


Survey in Español

Conscious Discipline Parent Virtual Session!

Conscious Discipline PARENT Virtual Session with Live Q & A with Amy Speidel on March 22.Parents are invited to a Q&A session with Master Trainer, Amy Speidel, as she provides parents with tools and the language shifts to implement Conscious Discipline. Parents who wish to attend must RSVP to receive a meeting link via Google Calendar invitation. Any questions may be directed to ECE Coach Lynn Trehern at pltrehern@smcps.org. Please see the flyer linked below for more information.


Link to RSVP


Link to Flyer

Reminders about Device use:

Grown-ups- Please remember that SMCPS devices are to be used for school purposes only. They are not personal devices. Please do not use them for taking personal pictures or videos. In addition, the only extensions that should be downloaded on laptops are Kami and Google Read and Write, as they are needed for assignments. All other extensions will be removed. Do your best to help your student take care of their device. When it is not being used for school, have them keep it somewhere safe to help avoid any damage. Thank you for your understanding in following these SMCPS device expectations.


News From the Front Office!

We know that returning to the building raises some questions. The link below will provide some guidelines that we will be enforcing here at G.W. Carver. Please read through this document carefully. There is a link in the document to use if you have any questions.


Return to School Parent Communication-English


Return to School Parent Communication- Español



All Students MUST bring their laptops and chargers to school EVERYDAY. Please make sure laptops are getting charged EVERY evening!



Please see the following link, which provides the guidelines to follow should your child exhibit symptoms that resemble those that come with COVID-19 or what to do if your child should come in contact with someone that tests positive for COVID-19.


SMCPS Student Guidelines


Grown-Ups, please remember- If you need to come to the school to pick up a student, you MUST have your ID. This is for safety and security reasons. Please notify the office in the morning if someone is picking up your student who is not listed on their registration.



***If you need to come to the school for any reason( to meet with a teacher or someone in the front office), you MUST make an appointment. Call the school office at 301-863-4076. We cannot accept walk-ins per SMCPS and CDC guidelines.


If you have forgotten your student’s log in information, please contact the teacher or the front office.


If you are having issues with your SMCPS issued device, please follow the link below for instructions on the steps to follow. ALL computer or device questions should be directed to the IT help desk directly at helpdesk@smcps.org



Device Issues- Help Desk Procedures


If you are not receiving weekly Schoology updates, please be sure to "opt-in" to the weekly emails in the settings section of your account in your parent portal. You can follow the link below to do so.


Parent Schoology Weekly Updates Opt In Link


Ms. Hancock and Mrs. Wheeler will now be hosting weekly lunch bunches! Find your grade level day and time with the meeting code below! We miss seeing all your smiling faces and hope you will pop in to see us soon!

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Family Crockpot Meal Night! March 23, 4:30 PM

Would you like to:
Save money on food?
Save time on food preparation?
Offer your family more nutritious meals?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop might be for you.

You must be present the entire time to receive your goodies at the end of the workshop.

Please click on the link and fill out your RSVP! Space is limited.



Link for RSVP

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Carver Eagles Soar!

¡Saludos! Para leer en español, hay un botón para traducir en la esquina superior derecha de los anuncios de Smore cuando se abre por primera vez. Pueden hacer clic en el botón y después seleccionar de la lista de lenguas disponibles.


Students have been working so hard in class. It is great to see them flourishing and enjoying time with their peers. It is hard to believe that 4th quarter is quickly approaching and these kiddos will be headed to the next grade. We hope that the grown ups are as proud of their students as we are. They have overcome some great obstacles this year and have still shown that they can soar.


LEARNING ENVIRONMENT


During these unique times with online learning, please be aware of background noise and disruptions while your child is participating in synchronous live Google Meets. These disruptions not only impact your child's learning but also impacts the learning of others during Google Meets. Thank you for your help with this.


Parents - Please utilize teachers’ Office Hours to ask questions and get clarification. Please avoid using Live Google Meets to communicate with parents; instructional time is limited and teachers need to use that time to focus on students’ instructional needs.


Attendance


Did you know that missing 9 or more days of school sets a student up to be at risk for academic achievement? Missing one day each month of school may not seem like a lot, but it equals 9 days! Attendance matters whether students are in a virtual classroom or the school classroom. Please make sure your students are attending all virtual instruction times including Google Meets, small group, and one on one meetings with their teachers. We want all our students on a path of excellent academic achievement!


Calendar Updates



March 22- Picture Day- A day students

March 23- Picture Day- B day students

March 23- Crockpot Family Meal Night! 4:30- you MUST register and be present the entire time.

March 24- A day students

March 25- B day students

March 26- 2 Hour Early Dismissal

March 29-April 5- Spring Break! No School for students!!!


SMCPS 2020-2021 School System Calendar



This has been a challenging year to say the least. One of those challenges has been attending school virtually. We would like to highlight the efforts of our educators. Have you seen or experienced some excellent online instruction? Teachers and staff who have gone the extra mile to make online content engaging? Let us know!

Click on the document below to find out more information about joining the Girl Scouts!

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GET EXCITED!!!! CARVER CARDS ARE BACK!!!! Contact your kiddos teacher for details about how you can snag one for your family. There are lots of great deals on them for many of your favorite places. As usual, they are $10.
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Click on the Button below to go to our February SOAR Citizen Padlet!!! Once you are there, you can leave kind words for your friends to congratulate them! Great Job to all of our Eagles that Soared in February!

Do you want to participate in a Fundraiser for Carver???

This one is EASY PEASY! All you have to do is grocery shop! Check out the pdf linked below to get all of the details.

Mindful Movements

In this section, you will find fun and easy ways to get your child/children and yourself moving. There will also be healthy tips!! We encourage you to take pictures of your Mindful Movements at home and add them to the Carver Twitter account. There will be an incentive for families who participate!!



Keeping your health in mind is key to working through the challenges that life might throw at you. Join your fellow Eagles in completing all or some of these activities! Do you have an idea for an activity or want to share a picture of an activity that you completed? Email Ms. Hancock your ideas at alhancock@smcps.org

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Judy Center Early Learning Hubs benefit everyone in Maryland by improving the quality of life for families. Through a dedicated staff of early learning professionals, they help prepare children age birth through kindergarten for school readiness. Located at Title I schools in every Maryland county, Judy Centers play an important role in the communities they serve. Click below to access the Judy Center Newsletter.
The Parents' Place of Maryland provides resources, support, and information to parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Below, you will find their most recent newsletter telling about all of the wonderful resources, services, and programs they offer.

COME GET SOME LUNCH!!!!

Starting Monday March 1st, curbside meal pickup will be from 11:30- 1:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!!!


Meal pickups on Friday will now include Saturday and Sunday meals, starting Feb 5th. In addition, we are offering 1/2 GALLONS of milk PER CHILD instead of 1/2 PINTS.

ALL MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS AGE 18 AND UNDER!!!

Wanna Stay in the Loop?

We have the capability to send text messages and updates to our grown ups! You can opt in, and you have the option of declining or stopping notifications at any time. If you are new to our school or have a new number and you would like to receive school messages, text the word YES to 67587 from your wireless device.



Click on THIS FLYER for more information, or HERE FOR SOME FAQ.

  • Masks are required for all students that will be riding the bus and coming to the school building. Before your student returns to school, please work with them on best practices when wearing a mask. Please no loose fitting bandanas, scarves, or gators.

Let's Stay Connected

Check out the links below to find us on Instagram and YouTube. You will be able to keep in touch with us, interact with us, and see what everyone is up to. We will be posting important videos, updates, and tips and tricks to our social media throughout the year, so make sure you bookmark them to your device so you can find them quickly! Our Instagram handle is @carvereaglessoar


Just click each picture and it will take you to our Social Media pages.

Updates from Central Office...

All of the Board of Education Meetings and Town Hall meetings that have happened during the shut down and over summer break are available for you to view. In order to stay informed, please view them by clicking on the link below:


Watch SMCPS Board of Ed Meetings and Town Halls HERE


Here are the letters that were most recently sent to families from the Superintendent's office about the Hybrid Return to School plan.


Letter in English


Letter in Spanish


Students MUST be logged into their STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNTS, not their parents’ accounts when attempting to get into Google Meet and Schoology.


Students MUST use Google Chrome in order to use Google Meet, they cannot access it through Internet Explorer.

Media Center News!

If you would like more information on how to set up your child's public library card please contact Ms. Cannon at mmcannon@smcps.org. Students will be able to use their card to access ebooks from the public library.



For information on how to place a book on hold, please see the GoogleSlide presentation BELOW.

...From Mrs. Fox

Lunch bunch with Ms. Fox (code: foxlb)

All grades: Virtual students Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:30.



Free Webinar on Executive Functioning Skills (brain-based)


Executive Functioning Webinar


There is also a FREE Love and Logic webinar being offered for Parents. Click the link below for more information!

Love and Logic Webinar



Click on the link below to see some tips on how to help your kids be problem solvers.


Tip for parents



Some of us may be dealing with anxiety, stress, or other emotions due to Covid-19 and the strain it has caused on our lifestyles. The county has provided a Behavioral Health Screening that is FREE for anyone in the county to use. Please see the link below if you are interested in using this tool in order to find out what resources may be available for you and your family.


Community Behavioral Health Screening Tool


Please take a look at the form below if you would be interested in Group Counseling with Mrs. Fox.


Group Counseling Letter


There are Mental Health Resources for all ages provided below. Click on the various buttons to access the resource you need.



Click on the Bitmoji Calming Room below. It will open in a new page and you will be able to explore different ways to regulate your emotions. Thanks, Mrs. Fox!

Our Digital Wish Well Board is STILL ACTIVE!!!

During this time apart, it is so important that we continue to stay connected in as many ways possible. We have left our Wish Well Board open and we can continue to communicate through it by leaving messages of love and encouragement. You can access it through the padlet link below. Again, we are all wishing YOU well and are so excited for the start of the school year!

What's the Word???

If you need to reach us, you can use the information found here. All of the staff email addresses can be located by following the link below. Please do not hesitate to reach out.


Staff Email Addresses

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