CORNWALL CONNECTIONS

NOVEMBER 2020

Dear Cornwall Families,


I can excitedly say that we have made it through 8 weeks of school. Due to our current circumstances, it provides a level of reflection that reminds us as educators about the joy it is to work with, teach and interact with all Cornwall students. The students are to be commended as they are adhering beautifully to the changes and all mitigation efforts. This is a direct reflection of the cooperation of our community and your commitment in helping us provide the best education possible for all students, whether “brick and mortar” or virtual.


As the school year progresses and we start to enter fall and the colder months, please be vigilant in making sure your children are wearing appropriate weather related attire. Recess will be ongoing and warm clothing and jackets will start to become a necessity.

On December 1, 2020 we will begin our holiday shop for all Cornwall students, both “brick and mortar” and virtual. This is a yearly event and is looked forward to each year by all students. Please see the Holiday Shop information sheet located in this newsletter.


Lastly, a friendly reminder that parent-teacher conferences are forthcoming on November 23 and 24, 2020. If you have not signed up for a time slot, please do so. If you would prefer an online conference, please sign up for a time slot and then contact the Cornwall office to indicate you’d prefer a virtual conference. See below for more details.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.


Mr. Nathanial Artz

Principal

Cornwall Elementary School

45 Burd Coleman Road

Lebanon PA, 17042

“Empowering students to reach their individual potential”

CORNWALL CALENDAR

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Cornwall Elementary School will be conducting conferences for parents of all students on Monday, November 23, 2:00 – 9:00 P.M., and Tuesday, November 24, 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Students will not have school on November 23 and 24. The purpose of these conferences is to give parents the opportunity to talk with teachers about their child’s progress. Fifteen (15) minutes will be allocated for each conference. PTCFast will close on November 9th at 7:00 PM.


Conferences will be scheduled online through PTCFast. You will find the link for scheduling conferences on the district website (www.clsd.k12.pa.us) under the Cornwall Elementary School tab. Parents/Guardians who would like to request a virtual or phone conference should schedule a time on PTCFast and then contact the school office.


If you are not able to schedule using the internet, paper request forms will be available in the school office.


If you have special concerns, such as needing an interpreter, or any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cornwall Elementary School office at 717-273-4571.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Inclement Weather Procedures & Skylert Notification System: The decision to close school or open two hours later will be announced before 7:00 AM on the CLSD Home page, www.clsd.k12.pa.us, as well as on the Cornwall-Lebanon School District Facebook and Twitter pages (@CLSD_Schools), and on local radio and TV stations. The Skylert automated notification system also will be used to contact parents/guardians during the school day in the event of a building power failure, hazardous situation, or an early dismissal. Please review the important information that is printed inside the front cover of the 2020-21 CLSD Calendar of Events. The District website is the first place important information is posted. Please, do not contact school or District offices in the case of these events as it is important for our phone lines to be available for emergency communications.

Remember, the Skylert notification system is only as accurate as the information you have provided to the District. Be sure your phone/email settings allow (do not Block) these three numbers: (717) 272-2031; (717) 389-1810; (717) 389-1836 and emails from @clsd.k12.pa.us addresses. Please review your information and make any updates in Skylert (for general information sharing, including school closings):

1. Login to your Skyward account.

2. Click the word “Skylert” in the left menu.

3. Fill-in and check or uncheck your desired settings. Be sure to select at least one email or phone number in each category.

4. Click “SAVE” in the upper right side of the page when you are done and BEFORE you click on Exit.

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NURSE NOTES

Please look at the CLSD web site under Health Services if you have a 2nd or 5th grade student scheduled for a well-child (physical) exam or dental exam. These mandates can be completed during this school year. The nursing office will accept the forms now, and will be sending hard copies home in the month of November.

Health Screenings for October included hearing screenings for students in kindergarten through grade 3. Vision Screenings were conducted in grades 3-5 with K-2 grades taking place later this year. If your child had difficulty with screenings, you will be notified by mid-December.

Nurses Needed

Please note the Cornwall-Lebanon School District is in need of nursing substitutes, for school offices. Applicants must have an active nursing license, either a RN or LPN and Basic Life Support Provider Card. If you have a nursing degree and have the qualifications/clearances to volunteer you, can contact the district at 717-272-2031 or apply on the district website.

Please practice good hygiene with flu season and COVID-19, always remember to have your student wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. In addition, please observe and follow some of the recommendations from National Association of School Psychologist, article “Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19” for mental health concerns. If feeling stressed, the COVID crisis-counseling program is available.

  • Be a role model. Children will react to and follow your reactions. They learn from your example.
  • Be aware of how you talk about COVID-19. Your discussion about COVID-19 can increase or decrease your child's fear. If true, remind your child that your family is healthy, and you are going to do everything within your power to keep loved ones safe and well. Carefully listen or have them draw or write out their thoughts and feelings and respond with truth and reassurance.
  • Focus on the positive. Celebrate having more time to spend as a family. Make it as fun as possible. Do family projects. Organize belongings, create masterpieces. Sing, laugh, and go outside, if possible, to connect with nature and get needed exercise. Allow older children to connect with their friends virtually.
  • Establish and maintain a daily routine. Keeping a regular schedule provides a sense of control, predictability, calm, and well-being. It also helps children and other family members respect others’ need for quiet or uninterrupted time and when they can connect with friends virtually.
  • Offer lots of love and affection.

Sue Robins, CSN, BSN, M.Ed.

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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our day-to-day lives in unexpected and difficult ways. The constantly evolving situation may create significant stress and uncertainty, not only for children and youth, but also for those charged with caring for those students at home and in schools. The National Association of School Psychologist provided the following steps that parents can take to foster their own health and well-being and the health and well-being of children.

Attend to your physical self-care.

    • This includes getting adequate sleep and taking breaks during the workday.

    • Exercise can help calm the physical body and reduce stress. Examples include taking walks or bike rides, or working in the garden.
    • Use stress management techniques such as using yoga, deep breathing, calming self-talk, or soothing music.

Care for your emotional health.

    • Finding a balance between work and home is important, especially during times when crisis demands add to already busy workloads. Keep in mind the difference between things one can change (in the system or the world) and accepting those one cannot.

    • Use meditation and deep breathing strategies. There are several websites, audio files, and apps that can help you with the steps of meditation and deep breathing.
    • Use a journal to take a few minutes and focus on gratitude and write a few things you are thankful for in life. Identifying things to be grateful for in life is a strategy to shift your mindset.

Maintain social connections and focus on social care.

    • Communicate regularly with family and friends. Even though this virus requires social distancing, you can connect using phones, social media, virtual meetings, text messages, and letters.
    • Engage in acts of kindness, activism, or advocacy. These actions can reduce stress.
    • Engage in hobbies or passions for creativity.

Please remember to be kind to yourself and understanding of others! If you have concerns about your child, do not hesitate to contact me at 717-273-4571 or email tmartinez@clsd.k12.pa.us

Mrs. Tessa Martinez, MS, NCSP
Learning Facilitator (School Psychologist/School Counselor)
Cornwall Elementary School
45 Burd Coleman Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042

717.273.4571 ext. 1104

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TOYS FOR TOTS

We will again have a Toys for Tots box in our school lobby. The United States Marine Corps will be collecting new toys for less fortunate children in the Lebanon area. Any donations that you could make would be greatly appreciated. Please send new unwrapped toys to school with your children and have them place the toys in the Toys for Tots box located in the school lobby. Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 18th.

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