GWC Eagle's Nest

Week of January 10 - January 16

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"This is the New Year" (Carver 2021 Edition)

Impact Aid Forms

Each year we are required to submit a Federal Impact Aid form for every student attending Carver Elementary. We need you as the parent/guardian to complete the forms for your students. We are providing 2 options to you so we can make sure all forms are completed in a timely manner.

First Option: You may log-in to your student's HAC account and complete the form there. If you do not know your log-in, you can call the front office to get it or you may email Ms. Edwards at dledwards@smcps.org or Ms. Flippin at lmflippin@smcps.org

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Second Option: You may come to the school between the hours of 9 am- 2 pm on Thursday, Jan. 7, Monday, Jan. 11 or Tuesday Jan. 13 to fill out a paper copy of the form.

Masks must be worn when coming to the building. Hand sanitizer must be used. If coming into the building your temperature will be checked.


Please know that this form MUST be filled out and turned in no later than this Friday, January 15. This funding is vital for our school and the programs we are able to provide for our students and families. If you have already submitted your form, we thank you!

Welcome to 2021!

¡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.


Welcome back! We have missed you so much and are excited and eager to begin learning with you again. Please note some reminders and very important information below.


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


ALL STUDENTS REMAIN VIRTUAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


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!

All SMCPS Prekindergarten 4, Head Start 4, and PSSE 4 students will participate in a preschool universal screening and progress monitoring program to assess early literacy skills. You can find more information about this screening and what you need to do by following the link below.


PreSchool Screening

Please take a moment to complete the Acceptable Use Policy that is linked below. We need this form completed for each student. Thank you for your attention to this.

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 take a minute to provide us with your input by completing this survey.

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 December 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 December!

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!!


Health and Wellness is something to always keep in mind! Especially during these times. Take a look at our wellness calendar for some ideas to keep you going! If you do an activity on the calendar feel free to share it with us! We look forward to seeing all of your healthy choices! February’s Calendar will be posted with January 31st included and will be out ahead of time to enjoy the calendar everyday. Please feel free to go back and check out the dates in January you might have missed!

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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!!!!

Drop by G.W. Carver on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11-1 for FREE breakfast & lunch pick up for students! ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!!!

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.

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


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



***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 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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  • 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



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.

......From Mrs. Fox

Mrs. Fox is going to be offering a variety of groups. Below you will see the days and times of the groups, as well as the Google Meet codes needed to enter. If you click on the underlined title, it will take you to a specific page that gives you topics for each session. Teachers will also be sharing this information with students during their classes.


Drop in Group Guidance Sessions

Options for meetings with Ms. Fox on Google Meet
Students: Please make sure you ask your caregiver for permission if you want to join a meeting.


Drop-In Skills Group (virtual) (code: foxgroup)

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays @ 2:00 p.m.
January topics: Anxiety (1/12 & 14); Self-Esteem (1/19 & 21); Managing Emotions (1/26 & 28)


Drop-in Chat with Ms. Fox (code: foxchat)
Mondays @ 9:30-10:30
Thursdays @ 10:30-11:30


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

Love and Logic Webinar


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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