News for the Ottawa Family
Message from Mr. Lockhart
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back everyone. Our entire newsletter (the new SMORE format) will be posted on Ottawa’s website - http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/schools/elementary-schools/ottawa/. The newsletter has quite a bit of important information for you. Please read it over carefully. If you ever have a question or concerns, please feel free to call the office at 723-6600.
Point of Emphasis
This year we, at Ottawa, are going to be emphasizing the amount of effort students put into their tasks. There is a commercial on the radio that asks if you are a dreamer or a doer. I think you need the dream (vision) and then you need to do (make your dream a reality). Our mission statement is Work Hard and Be Nice to People. Everyone knows what this means. Often times mission statements are beautifully worded, but not remembered. We are keeping it short and simple. When asked, our kindergartners know our mission. The other beautiful phrases are added to our “We believe” statements.
Disclaimer- New sections may be added and staffing may change even more.
We are looking forward to another successful year at Ottawa Elementary. We have a few changes to announce at this time.
· Ms. Castillo is new to Ottawa and will be teaching the 3rd/4th grade blend.
· Ms. Voss will be teaching the 1st/2nd grade blend.
· Ms. Carducci will be the 1st/2nd grade blend support teacher.
· Ms. Dubon is our new Speech teacher.
· Ms. Babel is our new Psychologist.
· Ms. Andrus is our new EL teacher.
· Ms. Stabnick is our new Reading Para.
Participation is the Key!
Parent participation is extremely important to our educational process. Please take time to involve yourself in the many events that happen at Ottawa.
Fall Parent/Teacher conferences are Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21. An informational letter about Sign Up Genius will be sent home during the first week of school. You can sign up for conferences from home or at Ottawa.
Entrance Safety –
Chippewa Valley Schools have a buzzer system. The doors on the right side of the flagpole use the buzzer system. To the left of our front door, is a buzzer with a camera and a speaker. Visitors will be asked for identification and will be limited at school. Only essential visitors will be allowed. This is the only door for entrance after 8:33. All other doors will be locked.
School Age Child Care has moved-
SACC is in room 29. Drop-offs and pick-ups can be achieved using the exterior door to the room.
I look forward to working with you as we support your child’s efforts.
Have a wonderful year.
- September 29th - Picture Day
- October 6th - COUNT DAY
- October 20th - 1/2 day of school - dismissal at 11:25
- October 20th - Parent/Teacher Conferences in the evening - 5:30-8:00
- October 21st - 1/2 day of school - dismissal at 11:25
- October 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences in afternoon - 12:30 - 3:00 and evening - 5:30 - 8:00
- October 22nd - 1/2 day of school - dismissal at 11:25
- October 29th - 1/2 day of school - dismissal 11:25
- November 2nd - NO SCHOOL
- November 11th - Veterans Day
- November 11th - Picture re-take day
- November 24th - 26th - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK
- December 3rd - End of 1st Trimester
- December 8th - Report cards go home
- December 23rd - January 3 - NO SCHOOL - HOLIDAY BREAK
School Breakfast and Lunch
Thanks to a program extension from the USDA, Chippewa Valley Schools will now feed all children 18 years and younger for FREE through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. To see if your family qualifies for additional benefits, please fill out a free/reduced application at www.lunchapp.com before October 15, 2021. Applications are good for one school year and should be completed each year unless you are notified that your child qualifies for free/reduced meal benefits for the current school year.
This means ALL students enrolled in Chippewa Valley Schools can receive 1 free daily breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE for this school year.
Spread the Word to Register at Ottawa for School of Choice
Do you know a family who would like to be a part of our Ottawa Family? Let them know about our school and School of Choice options for K-5 families that are outside of our district.
Help us out with a share.
Masks and Vaccinations
The following information comes directly from the Chippewa Valley School district for all schools in the district to follow:
Mask policies for students and staff
Masks are optional for students and staff in our school offices and summer programs. This fall students will return to the classroom full-time and our plan is to offer an optional mask policy. However, we want to remind families that current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that students over the age of two, especially those who are not fully vaccinated, consider wearing a mask indoors, including at school.
We ask everyone to respect each individual’s choice whether or not to wear a mask.
Masks on school buses
CVS recommends that all students, especially those who are not vaccinated, wear a mask while riding a school bus.
Vaccinations & Testing
Chippewa Valley Schools will not separate students by vaccination status or mandate testing for students and staff. While individuals are not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, those who have been fully vaccinated may be exempt from quarantine requirements.
We encourage all families to talk to their healthcare providers about the vaccine and strongly support those that are eligible to consider getting vaccinated.
The health and well-being of our students, staff, and families will always be our top priority.
In our ongoing effort to prevent the spread of the virus in our school community, we will continue our established cleaning and sanitation protocols, social distancing wherever possible, and utilize hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing throughout the day. In addition, as a result of previous bond improvements, our schools are equipped with updated air handling units with filters that meet or exceed current CDC recommendations for ventilation and healthy air flow.
Because we recognize that transparent information on COVID-19 cases in our schools is important to our community, we will continue to provide a COVID-19 case report on our website.
We will continue to work with the professionals of the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) and follow mandates to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff, and community. Our district nurses will work closely with the MCHD on appropriate quarantine procedures and guidelines. We will carefully monitor the virus in our school community and will take any necessary precautions needed to prevent community spread. We will communicate any changes with you.
1:1 technology for all students
Throughout the pandemic technology played an integral role in student learning. This school year CVS is excited to offer all K-12 students their own laptop device. Grade specific expectations will be provided as we get closer to the beginning of the school year. Our Technology Department has developed a new tech newsletter for parents and will provide parents with technology nights so families can become familiar with this new initiative.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Chippewa Valley Schools at 586-723-2240.
Parent Portal Update
Parents of children grades K-12 may access grades, attendance, lunch balance and school messenger settings. Students in grades 6-12 may also access grade and attendance information through their own portal account.
School Age Child Care (SACC)
SACC (School Age Child Care)
SACC at Fox isn't just a child care program before and after school, it is a really FUN program for kids. Whether it is before or after school, kids are able to play and socialize with friends in both a safe and clean environment. All Covid-19 restrictions and protocol are followed to keep kids healthy.
At SACC, kids can get homework help, socialize with other students, engage in fun crafts, play learning games, and get involved in many other fun activities.
For more information please contact our SACC room and speak with Mrs. Kohl: 586-723-5684
- SACC runs Monday-Friday
Half Day Schedule
- October 20
- October 21
- October 22
- October 29
- February 18
- March 23
- March 25
- April 1
- June 14
- June 15
Progress Reports and Report Cards
1st Semester: Ends January 28
First Trimester: Ends December 3
Second Trimester: Ends March 11
Third Trimester: Ends June 15
Progress Report Dates
- Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21- Progress Reports distributed at conferences
- Friday, January 21- Progress Reports sent home with students
- Monday, May 2- Sent home with students as needed
Report Card Dates
- Wednesday, December 8- Sent home with all students
- Friday, March 18- Sent home with all students
- Wednesday, June 15- Sent home with all students
School Transportation Information
School Transportation and Bussing
· Students will log in to their Schoology account. Once your child accesses their Schoology account, your child’s teacher will have directions posted to guide your family through the process.
· To directly access your child’s Schoology account:
o Visit cvs.schoology.com
o Login: email@example.com
o Password: 78glh
Schoology Tech Tip
Your child has a ten digit username. Your child also has a password containing five characters.
- First you will go to cvs.schoology.cvs.k12.mi.us
- Next you will be asked for an email: User your child's ten digit username followed by @cvs.k12.mi.us
- Finally, it will ask you for a password.
Watch the quick video to see how to use your child’s ten digit username as the email needed followed by @cvs.k12.mi.us
Next, you enter your child’s password when you are prompted to.
If you have questions regarding Schoology, please email your child's teacher. You may also email CVS tech support at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families is working to create materials and identify resources to address the needs of our families.
School Messenger- Please sign up
Ottawa Families, our school sends home emails and voice calls as needed to remind you of important updates. Please access the link below for directions on how to receive emails and phone calls from both Ottawa Elementary and Chippewa Valleys schools. It also provides info on Parent Portal in addition to School Messenger.
PARENT PORTAL- Accessing and Receiving Important Information Regarding Your Child
Parents, please update your Parent Portal settings so that you can receive emails and text messages from School Messenger. Important info is frequently sent out on School Messenger and we do not have enough parents with an email address provided. Please us the links below for help in Parent Portal.
Volunteer Criminal Record Check (CRC)- New Yearly procedure: Parents/relatives/friends intending on volunteering in the classroom or on field trips for the current school year, are required to complete a CRC form. Click here to access the form.
PaySchools Central allows parents to pay for school fees online. PaySchools will be used for items that are over $4.00 that need to be purchased for students. Examples include field trip costs, t-shirts and other items to purchase.
Chippewa Valley Schools has adopted PaySchools Central as an online payment resource for the parents in our district. Our goal in utilizing PaySchools Central is to become “cash free” in our schools by April 2019. Use Google Chrome
You can register and access more information about SACC by clicking here. *Please note that your child must be pre-registered before using the SACC program. Please notice the new registration fee as well.