The Bulldog Broadcast

Friday, August 12, 2022

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THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Welcome Back CSD Parents/Guardians/Students:


First, thank you to all of our students, parents/guardians, staff, and others for a great end to the last school year. We look forward to receiving our outstanding students on August 25, 2022, for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. We hope you had a wonderful, relaxing, and productive summer break. We are excited about the opportunities that exist for a great new school year.


It was a busy summer for the CSD staff as we continued our commitment to making changes to support improved outcomes and experiences for all of our students.

CSD Volunteer Application Improvements


Volunteers (and parent participation) are an integral part of the classroom, building, and school district operations, and we encourage parents and community members to get involved. Over the summer, we have been preparing the implementation of upgrades to the Raptor system to include volunteer management software. Beginning with the start of the 2022-2023 school year, Centennial School District will use the Raptor Volunteer Management System to provide a more efficient and effective process to verify and track volunteer clearances. As part of the implementation, we created an instructional guide to navigate new volunteer management software and updated the website with our volunteer procedures. We will be utilizing this process moving forward. This new fully online system will allow volunteers to fully apply and receive a response from CSD without coming to the CSD administration building unless they choose to do so or are required, if necessary. Please click here to visit the website.


We are committed to continuous improvement activities intended to support our students, staff, and faculty in achieving our newly adopted mission, vision, and goals. So, again, we look forward to seeing our students on August 25th and having an outstanding 2022-2023 school year!


Sincerely,

Dana T. Bedden, Ed.D., CAA

Superintendent of Schools

Dear McDonald Families,


I am very eager to start the 2022-2023 school year as the principal of McDonald Elementary School. Mr. VanBuren and I, and our faculty and staff have been working hard to plan and prepare for an amazing school year. Here at McDonald, we are a family. We take pride in our community and encourage every family to participate in our school-wide events. We believe in partnering with parents and guardians to provide the best education to our children. As bulldogs we follow the four B's plus one. Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Ready, Be your Best, & Be Proud to be a McDonald Bulldog!


Our staff looks forward to welcoming our new and returning bulldogs. Never hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, counselor, or principals with any questions or concerns.


Thank you to all who attended the Family Picnic on August 6th. What a fun event! It was great meeting so many of you.


Here are a few important upcoming events:


Our Kindergarten Orientation Day will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022. Parents and students please arrive promptly at 9:00 am to sign in, collect your t-shirt and find your seats.


Kindergarten Orientation will take place at McDonald Elementary School from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Students will be provided a snack.


New Students from grades 1- 5 are invited to attend an orientation and tour & all returning students and families are invited for a school walk-through at 11:30 am- 12:30 pm.


Bedtime Story with Dr. G on Facebook Live

I will be reading some bedtime stories via Facebook Live on Wednesday August 24th. Look for details on Facebook.


FIRST STUDENT DAY

All students report to school on Thursday, August 25, 2022 for the first student day.


Best regards,


Dr. Diana Garaitonandia & Mr. Mike VanBuren

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

AUGUST

August 15- Homeroom Assignments Available in Skyward

August 22- Kindergarten Orientation, New & Returning Student Tours

August 25 - First day of School


SEPTEMBER

September 2 - Schools Closed

September 5- Schools and Offices Closed- Labor Day

September 7 - Back to School Night (Details to follow)

IMPORTANT LINKS

COMMUNICATIONS

In addition to emails and calls you may receive from individual faculty and staff members, McDonald will communicate in a few additional forums:


“The Bulldog Broadcast”
  • Highlights events, important information, and includes student contributions

Home and School Association
  • Meets monthly at McDonald Elementary School
  • First Meeting September 12, 2022 7:00 PM
  • McDonald Home and School is seeking volunteers for the 2022-2023 school year.


Social Media

Facebook - McDonald Elementary School- Centennial School District

Instagram - @mcdelementary

Twitter- @McDBulldogsCSD

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Arrival:

Arrival begins at 8:25 am.

The school day begins at 8:45 am and dismissal begins at 3:25 pm.

Students have the option to enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria before heading to class.


Lunch:

Students will be seated in the cafeteria by homeroom.

Students will have options for lunch. Menus are provided on our McDonald website.

Students will need to provide their lunch/ID number when they go through the lunch line.

(K-2 students will use a QR code provided by the teacher, which will be scanned).


Dismissal:

Our students end the day one of four ways: as car riders, bus riders, walkers, or in the afterschool program, A Child's Place. More information will be forthcoming about each group.


The details regarding your child's daily schedule and specials will be shared by the homeroom teacher.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

Attendance Notes can be Submitted Electronically via email at mcattendance@centennialsd.org. Please know you will still receive automated phone calls (to the primary phone listed in Skyward) if you have not submitted an absence note via email on the days your child is absent from school.


**Absence notes must be submitted within 3 days of the student's absence, otherwise, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.


E-Mailing Attendance Notes

  • McDonald families may email attendance notifications/notes to the following address: mcattendance@centennialsd.org
  • E-mail notifications are encouraged on the morning of the absence day. However, e-mailed absence notes may be sent on the day following the absence.
  • When sending an absence notification please include the following information:


  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Grade
  3. Child's Homeroom Teacher
  4. Date(s) of Absence
  5. Reason for Absence
  6. Contact Phone # for Parent/Guardian
  7. Other Pertinent Information


  • While you may still continue to call the school on the day of absence, a follow-up e-mail or a written note is still required for the absence to be excused.

TRANSPORTATION

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The Transportation Department would like to thank you in advance for your patience during the start of the new school year. All pickup times will become more consistent after the first two weeks of the school year.


Centennial 2022-2023 Bus Schedule Information
Please click on the below link. Type in your address to access your child's busing information. Addresses with east, west, north, or south use the abbreviation E, W, N, or S with no punctuation. If that does not work, omit using it in your address.


Infofinder i: http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=CSD1JL8SINN1

As a reminder, please have your child/children be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled pickup. If you have any questions, please contact us at 215-441-6000.


Childcare and Shared Joint Custody Forms
Childcare and shared joint custody forms need to be completed yearly and approved by the school administration prior to the start of school. Please click HERE to access the form.

OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY & ONLINE LEARNING

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Opening of School Technology Information and Updates

Dear Centennial Families,


We hope you are enjoying what is left of the summer and looking forward to the start of school!

Please visit the District website, Departments--Technology & Online Learning--1:1 Initiative Resource Center, for updates related to Fall Device Information. These include but not limited to: device return and pick up, technology device agreements, care and responsibility agreements, optional accidental damage insurance*, student/family tech support videos, the Community Help Desk Support Portal, and other technology-related items.

*Please note - as outlined on the CSD 1:1 Student/Family Device Agreement (found on the 1:1 Initiative Resource Center webpage), the payment window will be open from Monday, August 15, 2022 to Friday, September 16, 2022. Please see the Accidental Damage Insurance (Optional) webpage for more information

Skyward Parent Portal

As a reminder, the Skyward Parent Portal will be open for completing the Beginning of the Year Information on Monday, August 15 after 4:00 PM.


After you complete the Beginning of the Year Information you will be able to see your child's teacher/schedule.


Should you have any issues with logging into the Skyward Parent Portal please contact the Skyward Help Desk at x11150.


Should you have any questions regarding your child's elementary or middle school schedule, please contact the school's assistant principal during the week of August 15. For questions regarding your child’s high school schedule, please contact their grade-level house principal during the week of August 15.

Centennial Virtual Learning Academy

Centennial School District is proud to once again be able to offer a 100% asynchronous virtual learning pathway for all students in Grades K-12 who may need flexibility that the traditional school day schedule does afford. Registration for Centennial Virtual Learning Academy (CVLA) for Fall 2022 is open until September 1, 2022.


Current CVLA students will have access to virtual schedules via the process described above for in-person learners: parents will be able to complete the Beginning of the Year Information in Skyward starting Monday, August 15 after 4:00pm. Virtual coursework for students in Grades K-11 will be available in Accelerate beginning on August 25, 2022. Virtual coursework for students in Grade 12 will be available in Canvas beginning on August 25, 2022. Orientation materials for each platform will be shared, via email, prior to the start of classes.


Materials for virtual learning can be picked up from the Central Admin Building starting on Monday August 22 at 7am. New CSD students will be issued a device; current CSD students will continue to use their current devices. All students Grades K-12 will have workbooks and novels (and may have additional elective supplies) to pick up.


For any questions or clarifications regarding CVLA, please contact our Online and Digital Learning Coordinator, Kristin Herman, at hermkr@centennialsd.org

CVLA Centennial Virtual Learning Academy - 2022

FOOD & NUTRITION

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The pricing for meals for the 2022-2023 school year will be as follows:

Elementary Breakfast $1.50 Lunch $3.05


Students who qualify for Reduced Priced Meals will be charged $.30 for

Breakfast and $.40 for Lunch.

Please be sure to check your child(ren)’s Food Service Account in Skyward for

the current balance. Payments can be made online with PayK12 (through

Skyward) or by paying at the register.

The District is encouraging families to fill out the Free and Reduced

Applications as there are many other benefits that come along with it. You

can apply online at schoolcafe.com or contact us to receive a paper

application.

Please check out the website for more information.


Also, if you are looking for a job that works with your child(ren)’s schedule,

please consider a position in the Food and Nutrition Department. Apply here.


If we can be of any further assistance, please contact Lori Deni at

denilo@centennialsd.org (215) 441-6000 ext. 11015 or Colleen Paris at

parico@centennialsd.org (215) 441-6000 ext. 11023.

VITA

FREE Family Literacy classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) families in the Centennial School District Administration Building will have registration open in September 2022. These classes are 5 days a week. They are for parents with at least one child from birth to 8 years old.

Please call (215)441-6000 Ext. 11085 to leave a message in English, Spanish, Russian, or Ukrainian with your name and phone number.

Click below to download flyers:


English/Spanish
English/Ukrainian

English/Russian

Library Information

Library Book Return

  • If you find any library books at home, during the summer, please put them in a safe (memorable) place and send them back to school when we return in August.

  • Families who would like to pay for the replacement of a lost book can email Mrs. McNulty (mcnupa@centennialsd.org ) to inquire about the cost of the book. It is not necessary to pay for a lost book, but it is appreciated.


Warminster Library Information

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