CCMS Newsletter

November 29, 2020

 SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK


If you know your student is going to be absent or late, please notify the office at 641-257-6530 by 9:30 am.

Monday, November 30th - Orange
Tuesday, December 1st  - Comet
Wednesday, December 2nd  - Orange
Thursday, December 3rd - Orange
Friday, December 4th - Comet

BLENDED LEARNING SCHEDULE

5th and 6th grade students • Every day Monday - Friday
7th and 8th  grade students are assigned to either an  Orange Team OR Comet Team
7th and 8th grade students will have on-campus learning on alternating days. 

Orange Team - Monday/Thursday
Comet Team - Tuesday/Friday 

Alternating Wednesdays

Please download this calendar (This calendar is accurate and we apologize for any inconvenience from previous communication about what our Wednesday schedule revealed)

We also have a section on the front page of our website with the daily schedule.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Project Rise          Project Rise
   

Students helped unload boxes for Project Rise.

NEWS FROM THE COUNSELOR

Avalon Center is having a Yoga/Mindfulness class for students in 2nd through 5th grade on December 15th and grades 6th through 8th on December 17th.   Attached is the flyer for both.  Please fill out the Avalon Center Yoga/ Mindfulness Class Waiver Form.   You may email them at  or call at 641-715-1183 to register for classes.

NEWS FROM THE NURSE

Please download this letter from the school nurse regarding missing documentation that she is needing. 

NEWS FROM OUR 5TH GRADE

Parents, please take some time to sit down with your 5th grader at home - if you have a device - and have them show you what they have learned this week in school about Remote Learning and how they will access Google Meet and their classwork. If questions come up, have your student talk to a teacher or email them!

With the cooler temperatures approaching, please make sure your child has recess-appropriate clothing! We go outside every day unless it is raining or below 0.

Every 5th grader needs a pair of headphones or earbuds with them every single day for their classes. Please make sure your child has a working pair of headphones or earbuds. Please no Air Pods.

Students should also be bringing their own water bottles to fill.

NEWS FROM OUR 6TH GRADE

Many 6th graders are asking for water bottles and cups during the day. They do need to be bringing their own water bottles for class as teachers do not have a supply of cups or water bottles to hand out.

NEWS FROM OUR 7TH GRADE

Every 7th grader should have a pair of headphones or earbuds with them to be used for their classes when needed. 

Students should also be bringing their own water bottles to fill.

NEWS FROM OUR 8TH GRADE

Reminder to all 8th grade students and parents: the cell phone policy is the same as last year. It needs to be in lockers, or it will be taken to the office.   We have given a lot of grace and moving forward the school expectations will be upheld.  

Please help remind your students to have their Chromebooks charged for the next day at school. 

Students should also be bringing their own water bottles to fill.

GRADEBOOKS AND POWERSCHOOL


A video came out from Mr. Taylor about how to find grades on PowerSchool.  Mr. Taylor does a great job explaining what our gradebooks will look like and why it is this way.  We are seeing a lot of great engagement when students are wondering about their grades and what they are needing to work on to improve their learning and not just get a better grade.  

You can watch the video here

 Mr. Taylor can be reached by email at  jtaylor@charles-city.k12.ia.us or by phone at 641-220-8792.

PICTURE RETAKES

Picture retakes were on November 5th.  Be watching your email for an email from Inter-State.  This will have your child’s proof photo and unique code to order.  You may also check their website at inter-state.com/order.

This is the picture retake code: 51197GA

SNOW DAYS

 As winter approaches, we want to let you know how we will be handling inclement weather days. If inclement weather happens this season, Charles City Community Schools will call snow days, and there will be no required online learning for students.  Snow days are typically called with little notice based upon actual driving conditions. Several of our students and staff do not have access to high-quality internet at home; asking them to find internet access when it's unsafe to travel is dangerous. The thrill of a snow day, the joy of building a snowman, the relaxation of hot chocolate and a book or movie with family, or even just a day to catch up are all part of the culture of Iowa. We aren't going to let COVID take this away from our students too. We have multiple snow days already built into our calendar. If we have a snow day this year, please enjoy the gift of time with your family.

WEATHER DELAY

As we prepare for winter, we are making a change in weather delays for the 2020-21 school year. Due to our new start times, we will only delay ONE hour instead of the traditional two-hour delay. 

High School and Middle School campuses will start at 9:50 a.m. 

Doors will open at 09:30 a.m. Breakfast will not be served. 

There will be no Comet Time and or zero hour during a weather delay. 

CELL PHONE POLICY

- Phones should be in lockers once a student arrives on campus.  7:45am-3:15pm

- Students who don't follow the expectations will have the following consequences:

1st offense- Students will turn their cell phone over to the teacher and be able to get the phone at the end of the day from the Main Office.  (Parent notified)

2nd offense-  A parent will be notified to come and collect the phone from the main office.  Students will NOT be able to get phones from the main office at the end of the day.  

3rd offense - A parent will be notified to come and collect the phone from the Superintendent's office.  Superintendent office is located at 500 North Grand Ave and office hours are 7:00am - 4:30pm M-F.

LUNCH PROGRAM EXTENDED

Earlier this year we let you know that the Summer Food Service Program was extended until the end of 2020. We received notice this week that the program is now extended until June 30, 2021. This means breakfast and lunch for all on campus and School to You families will be covered at no costs to our families for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. Meal extras such as “supers”, milk for cold lunches, extra drinks, and adult meals are not included in the USDA program.

FACE COVERINGS

In response to new guidance released by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Charles City Community Schools is updating our face covering procedures to comply with the quarantining procedures. The guidelines specify individuals in close contact with a COVID positive person no longer have to quarantine if both individuals are wearing a proper face-covering consistently and correctly. Here’s a link to the new student procedures.

COVID INFORMATION

The Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Public Education, and the Iowa Department of Justice changed the details on how public entities such as schools should disclose information about positive cases of COVID-19 to the public. Our dashboard and daily messages will be changing beginning Tuesday, September 29 to accommodate their new guidelines. You can review the new information. 

 This means our daily reports are no longer able to specify the campus where individual cases are identified. The new dashboard can be found here

 We will continue to keep you informed and be as transparent as possible within the legal guidelines stipulated by the State of Iowa. 

EVERYTHING COVID:

http://charlescityschools.org/everything-covid 

 

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