The Clipper Chronicle (CCE)
August 24 - 28
My weekly message is below or if you prefer to watch my video version you can by clicking here.
The first week has come to a close, and as I reflect on it, a smile comes to my face. It truly has been a fantastic week! I thought I knew how my first week of being a new principal would feel, however I had no idea how much gratitude and pure joy I would feel. Thank you so much for welcoming me into the CCE family, you all are amazing!
I would also like to thank you for making pick up and drop off run so smoothly. I know that this was a new routine for you. Everyday things went better and better, and we adjusted areas to help them run faster. Thank you so much for your grace and patience. If you have any questions or suggestions for improving this time, please let me know.
Some of my top highlights were:
- Playing with students out at recess
- Reading in classrooms
- Greeting families as they come in to drop off and pick up students
- Watching teachers and students work together to create safe and supportive environments
- Getting to know individual students and learning names :)
- Having a student say to me, "It's a special day because you are in our room Mr. Ryan!"
I cannot wait to see what fantastic things this week will bring. Please share any highlights, positive comments, or concerns with me as they arise. I love talking and working with you!
I hope the day has a good you!
Kindergarteners in Ms. Murphy's classroom are working on their daily calendar as well as their reading and writing skills. You also might notice that it is yellow day :)
It was a student's birthday in Miss Sloan's class this week, and to celebrate he brought Playdoh for all of his classmates. What a thoughtful guy!
Read alouds are a fan favorite for students! Miss Raney was reading....... to her class. What is your favorite picture book to read to your student?
Classroom procedures are key during the first week. Having said that, it is very important to make sure these lessons are engaging. Ms. Hamad used a book to help teach one of her procedure :)
Being a 1-1 district is a great opportunity for students and families!
With the necessity to social distance, but understanding that we all need hugs, Mrs. Somerville created a Super Magical Hug Transporter! It transports hug energy from each person inside it! So cool!
Through a partnership between HACAP and the CCA Community School District we are able to offer families a weekend food BackPack Program. The BackPack Program provides a small food bag of kid-friendly, non-perishable snacks for children each Friday and during school breaks. This is a FREE program, with no specific requirements that families must meet. It is also kept completely confidential – only the counselor will be aware of participating families. If the BackPack Program would be helpful for you and your children, please contact our building social worker, Peggy Somerville at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is PBIS? (Pictures to follow)
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a schoolwide approach to make schools safe and promote positive behavior. There are a few important principles:
Every child can learn proper behavior and it should be taught explicitly.
Children should be rewarded for proper behavior, instead of solely punished for negative behaviors.
Stepping in early can prevent more serious behavior problems.
Following a child’s behavioral progress is important.
Schools must gather and use data to make decisions about behavior problems.
Keep in mind that PBIS is not a treatment or therapy. It’s more like a framework for teachers, administrators and parents.
With PBIS, teachers look for minor issues and prevent them from becoming bigger behavior problems. Before a spitball is thrown, a teacher might notice the student who is craving attention. They might address that need positively before it grows into a need to throw a spitball.
If a student acts out, the school creates a strategy to prevent the behavior from happening again. The strategy might include things like a break time to cool off or a peer mentor. The school may even provide training for parents.
The behavior expectations at Clear Creek Elementary all fall under 1 of 4 core values: We are Safe, Appropriate, Involved, and Learners!
PBIS Expectation Lessons
Students are eating lunch in their rooms this year. To help gain more instructional time back, students dump their trash just outside their rooms and stack their trays for our amazing lunch staff to pick up. The Kinders and 1st graders even have new trays this year! They are doing a great job helping keep the school clean :)
Spacing is important this year, especially when lining up! In Ms. Hamad's class, students practiced how to properly line up. The method of choice: walk like a zombie! :)
Recess expectations are always important, this year even more so! The kiddos did a wonderful job listening to Mrs. Somerville teach the new recess expectations for the year.
Procedures for the Year
DROP OFF IN THE MORNING
School starts at 8:15.
No students are to arrive before 7:45, no exceptions. If you are dropping off your child, 8:00 would be preferable. We do not have supervision until 7:45.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, PARENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO COME INTO THE BUILDING TO DROP YOUR CHILD OFF or to volunteer or eat lunch with your child.
Please do not get out of your car when dropping off your student.
PICK UP AFTER SCHOOL
School ends at 3:10.
Students will exit the building the same way we enter. If you are picking your child up you will use the same procedure as dropping them off (see picture below). When you come in students will be sitting on the grass hill behind the basketball hoops.
Please make sure to pull completely forward before picking up your student. A staff member know who your child is and we will have them come to your car.
PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR
We do not have after school supervision so please pick your children on time!
Students bring their device to and from school EACH DAY. We do not have extras for students to borrow if they forget their device.
Please make sure their devices are charged when they come to school.
ODDS AND ENDS
Children may bring a snack each day(not preschool, their snack is provided). We will have limited extras to give your child so please make sure they have one each day. We cannot store extra snacks for your child.
A change this year is that no birthday treats will be allowed at school. Students cannot share food and this would fall under that requirement. If a child brings a treat we cannot allow them to pass them out.
We take your child's, your family and our staff's health very seriously. We will be doing everything in our power to put procedures in place that keep your child in a cohort all day and mitigation strategies to disinfect throughout the day. Thank you for your help and understanding during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions. My email link is posted lower in this Newsletter.