The CPES BobChat
April 19, 2020
What Are We "Stressing" about E-Learning?
Was this the picture at your house this week? We have just concluded our fourth week of E-Learning. There is no question that this process can be stressful. As I've listened to teachers and parents over the past few weeks, we are learning from each other so we can best teach our kids. Here's some guiding thoughts for all of us to help keep perspective. 1. Keep expectations high but realistic. As parents and teachers, we want our kids to learn as much as they possibly can during this time. (Yes, they really can learn lots right now.) But, we are also juggling the realities of financial stress, isolation, self-care, and appropriate health care (among 1000 other things.) We must all figure out what's the right balance between what's enough and what's too much for remote learning. Each family has unique situations and needs and challenges. What is too much instruction for some is not enough for others. We are all trying to balance that tension of doing what's doable. 2. Let us know how it's going. We are realizing as teachers that our roles have shifted from "direct to support." Two months ago, we were on the front lines and we needed your backup. Now, you are on the front lines and we are the backup. Just as we have always worked to tailor our instruction to the individual needs of kids, we want to extend that effort to you as our partner teacher. Whatever the problem is, we can work with you to help your child be successful. If you're unsure what's most important, let us know. If you don't know how to send in work, let us know. If your child just isn't "getting it," let us know. If you are hitting the wall and are stressed to the max, let us know. I've said it countless times that we can't respond to what we don't know. Our staff wants to know the issue or concern so we can provide the support you and your child need. 3. Focus on best effort not perfect work. Work turned in doesn't have to have everything spelled correctly in kindergarten. We don't expect dissertations for fifth grade. We simply want to see your child's best effort. Honestly, we know where they left off with us. If you're spending tons of time getting the work "just right" before we see it, we appreciate that effort but that may not be helpful to your child (or to you) or to us so we can know what we really need to support. Picking one or two teaching points for improvement are much better than making a 100 on the assignment. During this time, we have the luxury of focusing less on the grades and more on the learning. What is that next best step in your child's reading, writing and problem solving? If you don't know, just ask us. (Just like we expect best effort from your child, your best effort in teaching your child is good enough. No need for guilt trips.) We want you to hear our cheers for you. You have always been (and always will be) your child's first and best teacher. Now, that role is a little different than it was a month ago. We appreciate all you do and know that we stand with you during this time. Hear our applause for your effort. More than ever, we are "One Team on One Mission for One Rock Hill." Blessings and strength to you.
Mr. Maness, Principal
1. Grading Guidelines for Fourth Nine Weeks--Click on the button below for a video concerning how students K-12th grades will be graded this nine weeks. (This was sent from the District on Friday in email.) Please do all you can to have your child (or help your child) to regularly turn in their work so we can assess them appropriately.
2. Notification for School of Choice--Should happen this week. For all rising kindergarten students who receive a spot, know that your acceptance is not complete until you do your online registration. Click on the button below in order to register your rising kindergarten student.
3. Need Help? If you need assistance, please contact the district at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our dedicated phone support hotline, 803-980-2016 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. You can also access resources on our District webpage: https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/ (Please see below if you need technology assistance.)
5. Spring Pictures Refunds--We have decided to cancel Spring Pictures. If you have already paid online with Lifetouch, they will refund your credit or debit card. If you wrote a check, we will give your check back to you.
6. Refunds for Field Trips that Will Not Be Rescheduled---Know that once we are back in school, we will let you know of the process to request refunds for any field trips that could not be rescheduled. We are not able to process those requests at this time.
7. Opportunity to Help--This is from Mary Ann Kennedy, one of our CPES parents: "I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve felt helpless in this time of crisis trying to figure out how to help. My family is collecting individually wrapped snacks to make snack bags for healthcare workers. We all probably know someone that works at a hospital or a senior living place, and it is a difficult time for them. Let’s show them a little love and appreciation for what they do. If you would like to provide snacks or drinks, there is a plastic tub outside of our church on the porch of the office- Northside Baptist- 1140 Curtis st. off of Dave Lyle Blvd. I’m going to pick it up everyday between 3-4. If you can’t get there, but would like to help please send me a private message- email@example.com."
Click here so you can know how your child will be graded during the fourth nine weeks this year.
Please read the information on this webpage, scroll to the bottom and click on the "Register Now" link. This will take you to the online registration portal. Know that we will collect birth certificates and immunization records at a later time.
Update Your Contact Info
Staff Email Addresses and Office Hours--Can be found in the links below.
Technology Assistance--For technical issues such as logging into Canvas and Launchpad, connecting to wifi, resetting passwords, device troubleshooting, etc., the Rock Hill Schools Technology Department staff will be on-call from 8:00am - 8:00pm and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (803) 985-3531. Technology help tutorials will be published at: https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rock-hill.k12.sc.us%2Felearning&data=02%7C01%7CPMANESS%40rhmail.org%7C10c38360cc8d442c802808d7cdca73c5%7C57b835c11a6c40088e2fb2a16e5f738a%7C0%7C0%7C637204141727260450&sdata=YuZ8uNvg%2BLbNyY%2FZF9ppuTRY2C1dJRTrYoa2JBVDLSw%3D&reserved=0. Click on the Parents & Students button in the left-side menu for access.
Or your child's teacher can submit a tech request as they normally would. Each school tech is still monitoring tech requests as usual.
French and Spanish Resources--Click on the button below for some helpful resources to support your child in continuing to learn a second language.
South Carolina Educational Television Resources--Please click on the button below to find out about ETV resources and shows to help during this time.
Need Wifi Access? See below flyer from Comporium about how to access free Wifi for 60 days.
Mr. Jones, our World Language Coordinator, and our French and Spanish teachers gathered some family friendly sites to help continue your child's second language acquisition. Know that these are for enrichment and extension.
SC ETV has modified its TV programming schedule to include instructional content for all students. Early learning content (K-5) is scheduled for 8am - 1pm each day. Middle and high school content is scheduled from 1pm - 6pm each day.
PTO and SIC Information
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 next year. School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 (in the Fish Bowl) and our Parent Teacher Organization meets at 6:30 (in the Media Center.) Elections were held in the spring for these organizations but all parents are welcome to attend to help provide input and volunteer. Meetings will be held on March 9, April 13, and May 11 (if needed.)
Calendar of Events
All school events before, during and after school have been canceled until May 1.
May 21--Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Field Day (in AM)
June 1--9:00 AM Fifth Grade Graduation (Sullivan Auditorium)
June 2--Third, Fourth and Fifth Field Day (All Day)