Return to School 2020

News and Resources for CBSD Families ~ Issue 6

Dear CBSD Students

As we look toward the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, I have a message for our students.


On Tuesday morning, we will begin a school year that none of us could have imagined, or would have chosen. Living through this pandemic together, we have experienced so much change. Whether this is your first year of school or your senior year, I want to reassure you of a few things.


  • Your teachers, principals, and everyone who works in your school cares about you. Even though we are not together in person, that doesn't change how important it is for you to know that. We are here for you, and your teachers will talk with you about ways that we will connect with one another, even from a distance.
  • Like you, your teachers are nervous about the first day of school. It will not be perfect and that's okay. You are not alone. We're all in this together.
  • We know you're depending on us. We'll all be getting used to new things together. We might hit bumps and we might not know all of the answers, but we will figure it out, get it fixed, and get it right - because your ability to learn and be successful is the most important thing to us.
  • We're depending on you, too. We need you to show up, be engaged, and take your learning seriously. We all have a job to do - and your job is to be the best student you can be. We know you will give your best each day.
  • We want you to ask for help when you need it. We're going to be using new technology, and learning in new ways - NEVER hesitate to ask for help - no matter what you need.
  • School will be different. We will still have fun together. We're going to get creative, and we can't wait to hear your ideas, too. Share them with us and with each other. Our students are leaders who show grit and determination. We need that now more than ever.
  • Be kind to one another. Be kind to your teachers and to your classmates. Whenever you can, choose KIND.
  • Be patient. Be patient with your teachers, with your siblings, and with your families. These past few months have been really challenging for our friends and neighbors, school leaders, teachers, families, and for all of you. Show empathy and patience whenever you can.
  • Do your best. Do your best. Do your best.


I am proud of the role I play in helping you reach your goals. I choose to do this difficult work because helping children is important to me. My promise to you is that I will consider what's best for all of you first in every decision I make.


Have a great first day of school!


Stay Well,


John


John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Breakfast and Lunch Program

During the period of online-only learning to begin the 2020-21 school year, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no cost. The student does not need to be present at pickup. Meal distribution will occur as follows beginning on the first day of school, September 8, 2020:


  • Meals will be available for pickup at the following locations on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.:
    • CB East
    • CB South
    • CB West
    • Barclay Elementary School
    • Groveland Elementary School
  • Meal distribution will occur on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Exceptions:
      • Distribution will be held on Tuesday 9/8/20, not on Monday 9/7/20
      • Distribution will be held on Tuesday 9/29/20, not on Monday 9/28/20


In-Person Students

At no cost, breakfast and lunch will also be provided to any student who is attending the district's limited in-person programming during the online-only period. Details will be provided by building principals.

Elementary - The First Week of School

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When CB elementary school students begin school online next week, CBSD teachers will be emphasizing four key areas:


  • Establishing classroom expectations
  • Developing instructional routines
  • Social and emotional wellness
  • Building technology competencies


For the first week of school, all of our 15 elementary school classes will follow the same schedule (above and linked at cbsd.org here). Building relationships with students is key, and we will be starting off slow and steady in order to build independence and comfort among students, teachers, and families.

Music Program Update

All curricular music classes; including band, choir, and orchestra; will run this fall. Central Bucks' music teachers have worked hard to adapt coursework to meet the needs of the online instructional environment, and are looking forward to providing rigorous and relevant learning to students across all grade levels.


The CBSD music department has created an infographic that provides links to detailed information focused on all aspects of the district's curricular music programs. Download it here - and see a graphic below.


Borrowing Musical Instruments

In certain cases, CBSD students will have the ability to borrow school owned instruments for music classes. These include, but are not limited to, large or specific/unique instruments from the band and orchestra program, guitars for the ninth grade guitar course, and instruments/equipment related to music electives like music technology, music creation and production, and exploratory music 8. If your child needs to borrow a musical instrument or specific equipment for a class, please complete the musical instrument agreement form found here.


Elementary Band and Strings Information

Download an infographic with links to lesson information, instrument offerings and rental information, how to sign up, and videos of student performances. CBSD asks that students enroll in elementary band/strings before Friday, September 18 to assure their spot as schedules are constructed. Find all the details here.


Tune-Up Tuesdays

The district's music teachers are introducing tune-up Tuesdays. During these "drive-through" events, music teachers will be available to maintain or repair their instrument or equipment. More detailed information here.


Performances

At this time, performances are subject to the criteria set forth by the district's health and safety plan. Music teachers are dedicated to creating opportunities to showcase the amazing talents of our young musicians throughout the school year! Look for more information to come.

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Technology Resources and Training Modules

The district's technology and innovation department has prepared a number of training modules for families to help them navigate the technology resources students will use. Families will find modules for Canvas, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and more. Visit www.cbsd.org/1to1 and click, "Grade 3-12 Technology Orientation."
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Free and Reduced Lunches

Enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program for the 2020-2021 school year is now open online. Visit www.cbsd.org/freeandreduced for more details on how to complete the necessary forms. Questions may be directed to Renee Ziccardi by sending an email to rziccardi@cbsd.org or by calling 267-893-2000, ext. 2076.

Quick Links

Return to School 2020

The main hub for information and resources related to preparation for the 2020-21 school year. Previous issues of the Return 2020 newsletter may also be found here.

Food Assistance

Updates on support for families, as well as a link to apply for free and reduced lunches.

One to One Program

Information about the district's one device per student roll out from the office of technology and innovation, including student device information, timelines, informational videos, and support.

Community Resources

Resources for food assistance and other aid.

Central Bucks School District

The goal of the Community Relations office is to collaborate with the community and coordinate comprehensive two-way communication between the district and its constituent groups.


Your feedback is welcome! If you have questions or suggestions for areas that require additional communication, please contact Angela Linch, communications and public relations administrator, at alinch@cbsd.org.