Cedar Grove Friday Flash

February 11, 2022

Dear Cedar Grove Families,

Thank you to all our families for donating canned goods and non-perishable items for our "Souper" Bowl Challenge. Your contributions will greatly benefit families in need through Damascus Help. According to the amount of items in each box, both teams look like they have an equal chance of winning the Super Bowl!

iHealth COVID–19 antigen rapid at-home test kits have been distributed this week to all students. Additional distributions will take place later this month and in March. The kits include two tests, which give results in about 15 minutes. They can be used whether or not an individual is experiencing symptoms.

Below is some guidance on when rapid tests should be used:

  • When a student has been identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19—Use a rapid test five days after exposure.
  • When an unvaccinated student is in quarantine—Use a rapid test on Day 5 to return to school on Day 8.
  • When a student has developed COVID-19 symptoms—Use a rapid test at onset of symptoms.
  • When returning from travel or large gatherings—Use a rapid test before returning to school.

As a reminder, positive test results should be reported here.

Last September/October, children in 4th and 5th grades participated in the 2021 Early Fall Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program in English Language Arts and Math. Your child’s Individual Score Reports for these assessment have been delivered to the Post Office. In addition to the school reports, you will receive a guide to assist you in understanding your student’s score on the assessments. Please allow at least one week for delivery from receipt of this message. If you have any questions about your student’s MCAP scores, please contact Penny German at 240-740-6190.

We are happy to share that students are continuing their composting efforts and were able to divert 390 pounds of food from landfills and incinerators in January! Many thanks to the students, parents, and staff members who wrote a postcard to support a bill adding composting programs in Maryland schools.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy Valentine's Day!

Mr. Derby and Mrs. German

4th and 5th grade Chorus Update!

Our initial plan for the winter performance in both chorus and instrumental music was to record our performance pieces in January and share these with you via video recording. However, we decided to forgo recording due to the high number of Covid and quarantine absences. Thus, we decided not to record because we didn't want any child to miss out on the recorded performance! We had also paused chorus rehearsals for a month to help mitigate the spread of Omicron. As we have found this year, even the best laid plans continue to need adjusting due to the times we are still living in with the pandemic. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding!

As we restart chorus and proceed with instrumental music rehearsals through the end of the year, we will instead add these initial winter performance pieces to our Spring Concert. Our Spring Concert is Thursday, May 12. We can't wait to share our performances LIVE with you! Mark the date on your calendars. More details on time and location will be forthcoming!

Singing Masks & KN95 Update for Music Class & Chorus

Well-fitting KN95 masks may substitute for the singing masks. We encourage your child to wear either their MCPS issued KN95 or a KN95 from home on the day they have music class and Chorus. If students are not wearing a KN95 mask on their music and chorus days, they will change into their MCPS singing mask for music and chorus. We are sooo excited to start singing again!

2021-2022 School Yearbook!

Greetings from your Yearbook Staff! We need your help. We are looking for candid photos to include in this year’s yearbook – photos that show learning and having fun in the classroom, the first day of school, spirit days, the welcome picnic, fall parties, Valentine’s Day parties, read-a-loud night, Winter Sing-Along, Winter Wonderland, etc. The sky’s the limit! Photos can be emailed to CGESyearbook2022@gmail.com or uploaded at ybkpix.com (search for Cedar Grove Elementary School). Please label the photos with the event and/or homeroom teacher and provide the highest resolution possible. We can’t wait to document and share this year with you all. Please send any questions to Ivy at CGESyearbook2022@gmail.com.

Summer School 2022

MCPS is planning a range of summer programs for elementary, middle and high school students this summer, with most programs being tentatively planned during July. Generally, in-person programs will take place in the morning through lunchtime. Afternoon programs sponsored by county and municipal agencies and outside providers will be available in selected schools. For most summer school programs, registration will launch in early April in ParentVUE.

The goal of the summer programs is to mitigate learning disruption and continue to engage students in academic, specials and electives, and social-emotional support, while also narrowing focus to students with the greatest need to accelerate learning.

Tentative offerings include:

All programs would be provided to students at no cost, with transportation and meals provided.

Final program offerings will be dependent on enrollment, budget and staffing. For more information, visit the MCPS Summer Programs webpage.

Now Accepting Applications for the Montgomery Virtual Academy 2022 School Year

The Montgomery Virtual Academy, a full-time virtual learning program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Students interested in the program are required to apply for admission and must be approved to participate. (Students currently enrolled in the Virtual Academy do not need to reapply). Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis. Application reviews will begin March 1 for initial enrollment and staffing purposes.

The Virtual Academy serves students in a comprehensive, full-time online instructional program. The program will continue to expand its infrastructure and services, innovative instructional approaches and flexible options to access coursework, particularly for high school students.

Admission considerations include:

  • For elementary school students: Primarily for students with extenuating circumstances related to health or other reasons that can be mitigated through a virtual learning program.
  • For middle and high school students: For students to gain access to innovative courses, flexible scheduling and specialty courses that may not be available in all schools, and for students with extenuating circumstances, including health and other reasons, that can be mitigated through a virtual program.

Applications may be submitted now through ParentVUE.

For families needing to submit paper applications or via PDF, please email MoCoVirtual@mcpsmd.org.

For more information, visit these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or the Montgomery Virtual Academy website.

Note for Rising Kindergarteners

Students who will be kindergartners in the 2022–2023 school year must register at their home school prior to applying to the Virtual Academy. To receive a student ID number, contact your local neighborhood elementary school to schedule an appointment. Application reviews for kindergarten students will begin May 1.

Free, On-Demand Online Tutoring Available for K-12 Students

All students have access to free tutoring and 24/7 homework help to support success in their current courses/grade level, through two new approved tutoring providers, FEV Tutor and Tutor Me Education. As part of comprehensive strategies to mitigate learning disruption, all students will have access to these virtual tutoring services through their MCPS Google account, using Clever.

More information about how to access tutoring services is available here.

Bear Day Information!

May seems like a long way away, and yet...we know it will be upon us in no time! We are going to have our traditional Bear Day celebration on May 20. Save that date! But we cannot do this without parent volunteers. Please take a moment to read this letter, which explains everything in more detail!

Tech Tips and Reminders

Please see our updated, weekly Friday Flash Tech Tips 2020 slide deck for more technology tips to help with online learning a little easier. you solve or prevent some issues that we encounter throughout the school day. You may want to bookmark this so that you always have it handy!

From Mrs. Hirschhorn, Media Specialist

Here is our February Media Monthly which has the media lesson information by grade but also links to our Lunar New Year presentation, our Black History read alouds, and a sneak preview to all the March Book Madness Read Alouds. Please bookmark the link, since I update the media monthly every Friday!

Art, Music, and PE Newsletter

Here is the February Newsletter which gives you a glimpse into what your students are doing in Art, General Music, Instrumental Music, and Physical Education classes.


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Valentine's Day Class Parties - Day and time to be determined by grade level teams

February 21 - Presidents' Day—Schools and Offices Closed