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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

The crisp, cool weather today is a reminder that September is here. We have completed our second week of school and we couldn't be more grateful for your partnership! Thank you for all you are doing to support your child with virtual learning, ensuring they are online and engaged with their classmates and teachers each day. Next week, the admin team will continue to teach our Student Rights and Responsibilities lessons, reviewing our school rules and how they apply to the virtual environment.

I want to make you aware that substitute funds are not available for teacher absences of up to two days this year, due to FCPS budget shortfalls. At CWES, we are committed to the continuity of instruction to the maximum extent possible and will make sure your children's day begins and ends with a familiar face. When available, staff members will also provide synchronous instruction, but we ask for your patience if your child receives asynchronous assignments on the first or second day of a teacher's absence. (The third day and beyond is substitute-eligible.)

I also wanted to share a word about Mondays. Every Monday morning, we hold a Morning Meeting from 9:00-9:30, during which teachers take attendance and review the asynchronous expectations for the day. Be sure to tell your child's teacher (or reply accordingly to the message sent via eNotify) if your child does not attend Morning Meeting but works on asynchronous assignments that day. Teachers will notify you directly if your child is scheduled for small group interventions on Mondays between 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM. Some classes will begin Universal Screening testing this Monday -- see below for details.

L'shavah Tovah this weekend to our families who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah. I'd like to also remind you to let your child's teacher know if you they will be absent on Monday, September 28 for Yom Kippur. I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night this Thursday -- details and joining information are included below.

I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the weather on this perfect fall weekend! Let us know how we can support your family in the days ahead.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, "Dr. L"

Back to School Night, Thursday, Sept. 24

Back to School Night this year is an opportunity to hear from your child's teachers and administrators about curriculum, grading and classroom expectations for 2020-2021. In order to maximize family participation, we have planned a night with both live and pre-recorded information, depending on grade level:

  • Grades K-3 teachers will provide live presentations in 30-minute sessions with time for questions at the end.
  • Grades 4-6 teachers will provide pre-recorded sessions with live 15-minute Q&A sessions that evening. We ask that you watch the pre-recorded session prior to Q&A.
  • Admin, resource teachers, specialists, and counselors will collaboratively provide live presentations for both sessions. 
  • Access to videotaped message(s) from School Board members will also be provided.

CLASSROOM TEACHERS will send their links to prerecorded videos and joining directions for live sessions the morning of Thursday, September 24. 

To join the OVERVIEW SESSION at your scheduled time, please use the following link:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c465bac8726c4c74b5a3fddeb5479536

This overview session will be recorded for the convenience of families with children in multiple grade levels.

Please use this same overview session link for CWES's first PTA meeting of the year at 7:30 PM! If you haven't done so yet, please join our PTA to support our school. Scroll down to find "Membership" on the PTA's website: https://cwespta.ptboard.com.

Here is the schedule for the evening.

TIME Grades K, 1, 5, 6 Grades 2, 3, 4 6:30-7:00

Overview Live Session (Admin, Resource teachers, Specialists & Counselors)

 

Gr. 2/3: Live Sessions

Gr. 4: Video by 6:45; Live Q&A 6:45-7:00

7:00-7:30

Gr. K/1: Live Sessions

Gr. 5/6: Watch video by 7:15; Live Q&A 7:15-7:30

Overview Live Session

(Admin, Resource teachers, Specialists & Counselors)

 

7:30-8:00 PTA Meeting 

PTA Meeting

Notification of Testing

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted a universal screener assessment for use with all elementary school students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. The universal screener assessment includes a Reading test and a Mathematics test. 

Students in Kindergarten will receive screening for Reading only. Students in Grades 1-6 will receive screening for both Mathematics and Reading.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on universal screener results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. The universal screener reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary students.

The universal screener and any necessary follow-up assessments will be given by October 30 for grades 1-6 and . Depending on grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive screening again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. Your child’s teacher will send out exact testing dates as well as tips for administering the assessment at home.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33718 . If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher or Mindy Milliron, Assistant Principal.

Translations of this letter can be found at the following FCPS site: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36613

Universal Screener & Other Assessments

 

An optional Parent/Guardian Coffee about the Universal Screener with Dr. L will be held this Monday, September 21 at 8:00 AM. This session will be recorded. Join the session at:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d9ce07628eea49fd89764105dd3edb75

In the next few weeks your child will be taking a variety of assessments across content areas, including the universal screener. These assessments are not graded. Their purpose is to provide your child’s teacher with information to plan differentiated learning experiences for your child.  To ensure equity and accuracy, ALL assessments should be completed INDEPENDENTLY by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

In the particular case of the Universal Screener, this computer-adapted test includes items that range widely in difficulty at the onset of each section of the test. The test relies on incorrect answers to hone in on the performance level of each student on each skill tested. Helping your child get an answer correct that they wouldn’t get right independently will result in them being presented with subsequent items that are even more challenging in difficulty. By the end of each section of the test, the difficulty of the items will hone in on the right level of difficulty and become “just right” for your child.


See https://www.fcps.edu/us for resources to prepare you for taking the universal screener at home. This page, available in multiple languages, includes a video and checklist for families about taking the screener at home or other childcare setting.

Remind your child that these assessments are not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year. They will be presented with questions they don’t know to help the teacher identify what they might need to learn this year.

Examples of How You Can Encourage Students During Test Taking

Please Avoid Using These Ideas While Students Take a Test

  • I noticed you are working hard on this question, keep it up
  • Go back and read the question carefully
  • Try your best
  • Take your time, if you need a break get up and stretch
  • Sound out the word, use the part you know
  • Reread, think about what makes sense
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question
  • Providing the answer
  • Giving the definition of a word
  • Sounding out a word with a student
  • Counting with a student
  • Process of elimination with the student
  • Pointing to a specific part of the question

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's learning. We look forward to a great school year!

Parent Resource Center Workshops Alcohol, Drugs, and Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Talking with your teen or young adult can be challenging. Having meaningful, ongoing conversations about drugs and alcohol, however, is key to helping keep your son or daughter healthy and safe.

Presentation Highlights:

  • Current trends in substance use and abuse
  • Impact of substances on physical and emotional development
  • Paraphernalia display and discussion
  • Tools for parents

Presented by Carrie Glasgow, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.

10/16/2020, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Alcohol, Drugs, and Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series Sign up for the next session: 

10/22/2020: Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control (10 - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.) 

Register for Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control

Mark Your Calendar

October 1 @ 5:30 (K-6): Levels of AAP Services Parent  Information Night

October 21 @ 5:30 (2-6): Level IV AAP Referral Process Parent Information Night

Take-Home Tuesday Folders

Once a paper folder of flyers and announcements sent home each Tuesday, we will now be providing weekly digital information for you about various opportunities in the community. This week:

  • Register for the Woodson Pyramid Chorus Concert
  • Learn about Cub Scout Pack 873

Visit this link for more information:

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/take-home-tuesday

 

And don't forget to complete your BEGINNING OF YEAR FORMS

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

Our first week of school was filled with smiles and 98%-99% attendance every day, thanks to your partnership! Teachers, students, and families came together to build relationships and support each other, working to set our year off on a great note of collaboration and community. We proved to one another that "school is not a place."

At the same same, we acknowledge that the road ahead is not easy -- that this Back to School season will contain squalls of stress along with rainbows of connection for us all. We miss being with each other. 

It is important that we communicate openly as we weather this season together with grace, understanding and flexibility. It is important that we focus on the positive for the sake of our children, while acknowledging their feelings of loss for in-person contact this fall. We hope that your child was excited to see their teachers and classmates, to engage in learning, and to have a school routine once again. 

I sent CWES staff the following parody of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss (Seuss, Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. New York: Random House, 1957) after our first day of school to acknowledge their efforts, and I share it with you in this event that your families might find encouragement in it as well.

HOW cWEs STOLE SCHOOL BACK

It was quarter past dawn... All The Cougars indoors,
They were all in at home because Covid locked the doors
Locked up all the classrooms! The paper! The stencils!
The whiteboards! The Smartboards! The blackboards! The pencils!
Six months they were locked up! And collecting dust!
Covid took all their things and eroded their trust.

"No school for the Cougars!" Covid grinchishly hummed.
"They're finding out now the First Day hasn’t come!"
"They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!"
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
Then Canterbury Woods kids will all cry Boo Hoo!"

"That's a noise," grinned the Virus, "That I simply MUST hear!"
So he paused. And Covid put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising, quiet at first
It started quite small. Then it started to burst.
But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!

He stared down at CWES in surprise!
Then he shook! And he couldn’t quite believe his eyes!
Every Cougar was smiling, the tall and the small,
Was smiling! Without any building at all!
He HADN'T prevented The First Day! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Virus, with his grinchy germs, just didn’t see
He stood puzzling and puzzling: "How can this be?”
"It came without buses! It came without cars!”
"It came without backpacks or stickers or stars!”
And he puzzled three hours, really searching his noodle,
"Maybe Teachers" he thought, "really don’t need a schoodle.”
"Maybe Teachers...perhaps...can make magic on Google!

And what happened then? Well...in CWES,
The Virus’s power shrunk down, three times it got less
While the community strengthened and began to get brighter,
In the bright morning light, They smiled wider and wider.
And the First Day was joy! Now the Cougars aware.
They had learned from their teachers, they could learn anywhere!

Here's to a strong virtual start and a stronger CWES community!

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, "Dr. L"
Principal

First Week Forms

Every school year we collect vital information from our Canterbury Woods families during the first few days and weeks of school. Some of these forms are due beginning FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18.

Visit this CWES webpage to view information about how to complete the following required forms. This webpage can be translated into multiple languages for your convenience. Paper forms are also available in our front office, which is open daily from 8:30-4:00.

  • Emergency Care Card Form (NOTE: A paper copy of the information we have on record has been mailed to you for review and updates.)
  • Health Information Form
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities Acknowledgement Form
  • Parent/Guardian Consent Form for Select Digital Resources

You can also access these forms if applicable:

  • Survey of Homeless Students
  • Identification of Military-Connected Students

And you can access these opt-out forms if you so choose:

  • Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy and Related Rights
  • Release of Directory Information to the Public
  • School Counseling 
  • Release of Information for Commercial Purposes
  • Family Life Education 

Visit our website to fill out these important forms.

Electives Start Tuesday, Grades 4-6

We are thrilled to report that over 200 of our students in grades 4-6 have chosen to participate in Band or Strings this fall! All families should have received an email with information about instrument rental. Low-cost instruments are available to any family eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the IFA program.

Instruments are NOT REQUIRED this first week of instruction. All Band and Strings students will have two lessons per week, to be held during the Electives Block or on Mondays.

Other electives (Art, Music, PE or Library) will be held during the Electives block Tuesday through Friday. You will receive direct communication from the specialist or specialists who are teaching your child's electives with the schedule and link to the Elective Google Classroom. Students should CHECK THEIR GMAIL for Google Classroom invitations from their electives teachers before Tuesday morning. The invitation includes the day of the week for the elective.

Schedules and links to all electives have been shared with classroom teachers and our Office Staff to help students access their electives.

Remember, your child will have up to two days a week of Electives Instruction. The other days will be available for your child to practice their instruments and/or complete other supplemental activities.

For easy access to ALL the links your fourth through sixth grader might need each morning (classroom, special education sessions, electives and specials), we recommend that your child begin each day logging into their G-suite account and selecting "Google Classroom" from their waffle.

Technology Help

The Sign Up Genius for laptops has closed, so if you require a laptop or are having difficulties with one you have borrowed, please reach out to our Technology Support Specialist, Keith Duplessis, directly at kaduplessis@fcps.edu.

If you are having other difficulties, call the FCPS Parent Technology Help Desk at 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. 

Woodson Pyramid Choral Concert

Although we do not have chorus this fall, the Woodson pyramid secondary choral teachers are offering a virtual version of the Woodson Pyramid Concert, open to ALL 5th and 6th graders. Students do not have to have prior choral experience to join nor do they have to have been in chorus last year. It's free, although a donation is suggested. Fill out this Registration Form by October 2. More information will be included in next week's (our first) "Virtual Tuesday Folder."

Important Dates

Thursday, September 24: Back to School Night, 6:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, September 24: First PTA Meeting, 7:30-8:00 PM

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First Day Message

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I don't know about you, but the night-before-school butterflies are flapping their wings wildly in my house (and not just for the children who live here either)! Last week, your child hopefully connected with their teacher and is feeling excited for their first day! Our teachers were so energized by the Virtual One-On-One Family visits they conducted last week. It was a joy to meet with students and their families after weeks of intensive online training and meetings.

If you have already met with your teacher, your child already has all the information they need to get to class this first morning. 

I know some families were traveling or have just joined our school community. If your child hasn't yet connected with his or her teacher and needs a little help getting to the right place tomorrow, our "Virtual Front Office" will be open all day to help. Parents or students alike can click on this link if they lose their way: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d9ce07628eea49fd89764105dd3edb75

 

At 9:00, all sixth graders will start their day at that link, and from there will be sent to their first specials class at 9:20.

Anytime from 9:20-3:00, any student who is disconnected or lost can visit the link above; administrators and office staff will be there to help get them back to their classrooms. 

After a long summer, we can't wait for school to start again! Have a WONDERFUL FIRST DAY! If you wish to share any highlights from your child's first day, feel free to tweet them to @Canterbury_Wood with the hashtags, #Firstdayfairfax and #FCPSReady.

We are ready to partner with you to make this unique and unforgettable school year full of friends, fun and positive learning experiences for your children!

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

 

Still Need a Laptop?

We held four laptop distribution days in August and distributed hundreds of computers! We have added days for this week for families who were unable to pick up a laptop in August, or who might encounter difficulty with their own devices tomorrow.

Sign up at: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ca9af23aa8-cwes

Technology Help Desk

FCPS has a toll-free Parent Technology Help Desk to assist families with technology issues. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered 7 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight languages to assist with general questions about FCPS.) We have also created an online portal for older students and parents/guardians to request technology help.

Parental Consent for Digital Resources Due

At Canterbury Woods Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year.

This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

We will send information about our "First Day Packets" (other forms we need you to fill out) later this week.  

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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Virtual Open House Recording

Here is the link to our recording of the Virtual Open House opening session in case you missed it. 

Our New Family Orientation, during which our equity lead, counselors and specialists introduced themselves, might be of interest to all families.

Electives Forms Due, Grades 4-6

Thanks so much to the families who attended the band and strings breakout sessions yesterday. Just a reminder that your electives forms are due THIS WEEK! (There was a glitch in the fifth grade form that has now been corrected.)

Strings (4-6) or Band (5-6)

Students who elect to learn an instrument will receive two days of band or strings instruction a week, either during the electives blocks or on Monday mornings. The remaining days provide an opportunity in their schedule to practice their instrument, enhanced this year with an online program CWES will purchase called Smart Music, which provides individual students with feedback on their playing.

This strings recruitment video is designed for new strings students.

This video is also available with sign language interpretation and with cued speech transliteration.

These CWES recruitment videos for grades 5 and 6 provide an overview of all the instruments available in both the band and strings programs. It features professional musicians and our band and strings teachers. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer Chorus at this time. We await further guidance from FCPS and are hopeful we can add it to the Electives Block at a later date.

Any student who wishes to learn an instrument is encouraged to sign up to indicate their interest. The IFA (Instruments for All) program in FCPS provides qualifying families with free or low-cost access to rental instruments; we are committed as a county to providing equitable access to the arts for all students. County instruments will be distributed at school later in September after virtual fitting appointments are made.

Choice Specials

If students do not elect to learn an instrument, they can elect to participate in an additional choice special once or twice a week, either by joining a synchronous (live) class, or by completing asynchronous (on demand) activities for an area of interest. The choice specials (art, music or PE) are supplemental to the graded traditional specials instruction during the specials block.

The advent of the Electives Block this year is meant to motivate our students to continue pursuing their individual extra-curricular interests supplemental to the expectations for their grade level. We will base our live and on-demand offerings on student interest expressed on the forms below.

ALL STUDENTS in grades 4-6 should complete a Google Form entry (links are below) to indicate their preference for the Electives Block. Choices include:

  • Learn an instrument with live instruction twice a week.
  • Participate in an additional 30-minutes of live choice specials (art, music or PE) once or twice a week.
  • Participate in pre-recorded on-demand specials (art, music or PE) on their own.

FORM RESPONSES ARE DUE THIS WEEK. Non-responses will be considered a request for asynchronous (on-demand) electives participation, and students will not be enrolled in synchronous classes for the Electives Block.

SPECIALS start September 8; ELECTIVES start the following week on September 15. The ELECTIVES block is held 30 minutes preceding the SPECIALS block in grades 4-6. While SPECIALS will be graded and students will remain in classroom groupings, ELECTIVES will be supplementary and student groupings will be mixed across the grade level, based on student choices.

Take a moment to fill out the form here:

FOURTH GRADE ELECTIVES

 

FIFTH GRADE ELECTIVES

 

SIXTH GRADE ELECTIVES

 

Parental Consent for Select Digital Resources Due

At Canterbury Woods Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year.

This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Supplies Update

FREE SUPPLY KITS are available to families in need --email deleipzig@fcps.edu to request your kit and arrange for pick up.

Supply lists are posted on our website.

To communicate maximum flexibility to families, additional clarifications have been added to the supply list for Art:

ART

  • Sketch book (unlined), any size OR folder of copy paper
  • Black Flair Pen OR thin black marker/think black pen
  • Construction paper
  • Heavyweight white paper (needed in October with watercolors)
  • Liquid glue
  • Watercolor set (needed in October)
  • Modeling clay (school provided, will distribute in November)

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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Virtual Open House Monday 9:00-11:00

Monday, August 31: Virtual Open House, 9:00-11:00 AM.

Virtual Open House Link

  • Open to all families, this session provides basic information about the beginning of the school year, the PTA and accessing virtual instruction. Grade level rotations give students a chance to come together with their classes for the first time. (Sessions will be recorded).

Join us on Monday morning at 9:00 for a virtual open house for CWES! The link above will get you into the opening session -- the links to individual classrooms will be provided to you during this opening session. Here is our schedule:

9:00-9:45 Opening Session

9:50-10:10 Rotation 1: Kindergarten & First Grades; Information about Strings (4-6)

10:15-10:35 Rotation 2: Second, Third & Fourth Grades, Information about Band (5-6)

10:40-11:00 Rotation 3: Fifth & Sixth Grades

This event is designed for adults and children alike to attend.

Teaching Teams, 2020-2021

This year, we are proud to present the following classroom teacher teams! Our enrollment is still changing on a daily basis, so there is a small chance this is subject to change. You will see familiar names in new places, as well as some new teachers we are excited for you to meet, whose bios are in the message below. You will find out your child's teacher assignment with an introductory letter from them on Friday, August 28 (tomorrow!) In alphabetical order by last name, here are our classroom teachers for 2020-2021!

KINDERGARTEN

Jordan Bristol

Susan Callahan

Chelsea Germano

FIRST GRADE

Jaime Carroll

Janet Mays

Lauren Tredinnick

SECOND GRADE

Stephanie Crump

Diana Pisera

Joy Stephens

THIRD GRADE

Dana Desposito

Erin Ferguson (AAP)

Molly Haas (AAP)

Karen Helmer (AAP)

Jennifer Quadri

Sarah Simmons

FOURTH GRADE

Melissa Adams

Colleen Gartin

Jessica Leiter (AAP)

Tom Svercl (AAP)

Maddie Vance (AAP)

FIFTH GRADE

Carolina Cappetta

Lynn Nelson

Amber Shaw

Eileen Freeman (AAP)

Mona Mouneimne (AAP)

Suzanne Thweatt (AAP)

Erin Wheeler (AAP)

SIXTH GRADE

Mabry Lewis

Kati Miller

Jeanette DellaVedova (AAP)

Matt Randolph (AAP)

Mandy Stafford-Nielson (AAP)

Meet Our New Staff Members!

We are so excited for you to meet this all-star cast of new CWES staff members!

MABRY LEWIS, 6th GRADE

I’m so excited to be teaching at Canterbury Woods! This will be my first year teaching as well as my first time living in Virginia. I’m from Illinois but it’s easier to say I’m from St. Louis since I lived 10 minutes from downtown! With that being said, I’m a huge Blues fan but an even bigger TJ Oshie fan so rooting for the Capitals will not be a problem :) In my free time I enjoy working out, hiking, doing yoga, and of course spending time with my dog Reece. I’m looking forward to this new journey and what this year can bring!

LYNN NELSON, 5th GRADE

I am originally from rural Minnesota but lived in the DC area for 7 years teaching music in Prince George's County, and then for a year in Boston. I moved back home to Minnesota for a few years to spend time with family. I taught Title One Math and Reading and I also just graduated with my Master of Arts in Teaching! (I'm holding my thesis in my picture since we haven't received our diplomas yet due to COVID.)

I just moved this summer, so I'm still adjusting from my small-town bubble (less than 1,000 people) to the DC Metro area hustle and bustle, but I am truly excited to be back! My hobbies include all things music- playing the piano, guitar, drums, and singing. And if coffee could be considered as an interest- it's at the top of my list. I'm so excited to join the team at CWES! 

BECCA SMITH

I am the new Learning Disabilities teacher at CWES. I’ve been at Canterbury Woods for 6 years as a Kindergarten IA. I live in Burke with my husband Justin, daughter Emily and son Dylan. I have 2 rescue pups, 2 very well fed guineas pigs, 1 parakeet, and a horse. In my spare time, I’m binge watching shows on Netflix, horseback riding, or reading while rocking on my front porch. I am so excited to continue to be apart of such an amazing school family!

BROOKE STREET, 4th-5th GRADE

I served as a Special Education Instructional Assistant working with students at various grade levels last year. I am so excited to be the Multiple Disabilities teacher for 4th and 5th grade this year! I love doing puzzles, reading, taking long walks with my dog, and hiking! Looking forward to a great school year with you all.

SUZANNE THWEATT, 5th GRADE

I will be teaching 5th grade aap. I love theater and love going to Broadway shows. The Lion King and Annie are two of my favorite shows. I love watching ballet. New York City Ballet and the Marinsky ballet are my favorite ballet companies.  I am also a Dallas Cowboys fan.

BRIAN TINGLEY, Counselor Grades 1,3,5 & DHH

I am a diehard sports fan that will be a New York Giants football fan all my days while marveling over the number of rings from the New York Yankees. Born and raised in upstate New York (Binghamton), I attended Gallaudet University for both my Bachelors and Masters, and am proud to be back in the DMV area with all of you. I worked for California School for the Deaf in Riverside, CA and University High School in Irvine, CA the past four plus years.

I am truly excited to be a part of the CWES family and community.  I did my student internship at CWES in Fall of 2014 and am happy to be back!

AMBER TRZCINSKI, P.E.

I will be the new Physical Education teacher this year! I have been a PE teacher for five years. I graduated from George Mason and was a part of the cheerleading team. I am also a FCPS grad from Robinson Secondary. My favorite part of teaching is creating amazing relationships with my students! I am a competitive Irish dancer, lover all things Disney, and an avid crafter.

Schedules & Supply Lists

Visit our website to find our virtual supply lists for the classroom and specials. Our schedules by grade level are posted as well. Note that there are a few tweaks from the original schoolwide schedule shared in the August 14 parent meeting.

New Family Orientation Recording

We had over 100 attendees at our New Family Orientation yesterday! Here is a link to the recording in case you were unable to attend.

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I welcome you to a unique school year full of possibilities and extend an especially warm welcome to our new CWES families! This newsletter will provide weekly updates about our school throughout the year. This week, we subscribed 400 family email addresses to make sure you all had access to information about the beginning of our school year. You can unsubscribe or modify your subscriptions on this page of our website. If this is the first CWES newsletter you are receiving, visit this link to access former weeks' issues. 

As I reminded teachers in our kickoff meeting this past Monday, school is not a place, it's a community of learners. Whatever locations from which we are collaborating with one another, we are one united school. We have a vibrant, diverse and engaged community connected by so much more than a building. I encourage you to explore the PTA's website and join the PTA to lend your ideas for how CWES can create strong relationships while beginning the year virtually.

Under the direction of FCPS, we are committed to putting equity at the center of our work this year. The Woodson Community came together this summer in a town hall to harness the power of conversations to understand and combat racism and bias in our schools. CWES is committed to continuing these conversations with you to make our school a positive and inclusive environment for every student and family. We invite you to reach out to us if you would like to support the work of our school-based Equity Team, led by Mona Mouneimne, fifth grade teacher and CWES Equity Lead.

As educators, we are eager for the rush of hope and joy that working with your children and families will bring after this uncertain and challenging summer. We are excited for the year to come, knowing that together, cWEs CAN do anything!

Our office is now open every day to serve you from 9:00-3:30, so give us a call at 703-764-5600. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, "Dr. L"

English Not Your Home Language?

The CWES website is available in over 80 languages, including the messages from News You Choose, which are immediately posted under "CWES Weekly Happenings." Go to the left corner of our website and choose your language to get started. 

 

Need phone support? Call a parent information phone line in one of 8 languages below.

Se Habla Espanol? 

Alguien puede ayudarlo en español en la oficina de CWES durante las horas de la mañana (9-12) de lunes a jueves: 703-764-5600. 

Use American Sign Language?

Marla Pollack, Lead ASL Interpreter for community members, coordinates sign language interpretation for school events and meetings.

 

Important Dates and Links

Wednesday, August 26: New Family Orientation. 3:00-4:00 PM.

New Family Orientation Session Link

  • This session provides an introduction to CWES programs, key staff members, specials and the PTA for families who are new to our school. (Session will be recorded).

Friday, August 28: Class placement information emailed to families.

Monday, August 31: Virtual Open House, 9:00-11:00 AM.

Virtual Open House Link

  • Open to all families, this session provides basic information about the beginning of the school year, the PTA and accessing virtual instruction. Grade  level rotations give students a chance to come together with their classes for the first time. (Introductory session will be recorded).

August 31-September 2: One-on-One Family Virtual Visits

  • Sometime between August 28 and August 31, your child's teacher will reach out to schedule a brief appointment online or over the phone to meet your child and make sure your family is prepared to log in the first day of school. 

Tuesday, September 8: First Day of School.  Log in at 8:50. 

Tuesday, September 14: First Day of Electives (Grades 4-6)

Thursday, September 24: Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 PM

  • This session will allow teachers to present an overview of the curriculum and expectations for the school year. (Link will be sent closer to the date.)
CWES Virtual Schedule Information

On August 14, we held a session to provide an overview of this fall's schedule to our families. Here is a link to the recording of the session. NOTE: View this email on your phone to enlarge the images below. We will post schedule information on our website as well.

Laptop Distribution

Last week we distributed over 150 laptops, and we are poised to distribute just as many this Wednesday and Friday. If you would like to borrow a laptop this year, there are still spots available on this Sign Up Genius

If you have an FCPS device, be sure to turn it on once a week for 30 minutes to allow it to update so it will be ready to use on September 8.

Electives for Grades 4-6: Sign Up Now!

As a school committed to the arts (learn about our arts partnership with the Kennedy Center at our new parent orientation), CWES highly encourages all students to explore individual interests and passions that allow creative expression, encourage development of the whole child, and promote students' social and emotional well-being. We are so committed to these pursuits that we have set aside an additional 30 minutes Tuesday through Friday for students in grades 4-6 to pursue their interests.

Band & Strings thrive in the virtual environment

Students in fourth grade are invited to begin their FCPS strings experience, learning to play the violin, viola, cello or bass. Students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to continue or start strings or band instruction. Our amazing team of teachers, Ms. Mitchell for strings and Dr. Kohut for band, have been innovating.

Band and strings will be scheduled during the "Electives Block" for each grade level: 8:50-9:20 for sixth grade, 9:20-9:50 for fifth grade, and 10:30-11:00 for fourth grade. This block precedes the 30-minute specials block for these grade levels, meaning that students in grades 4-6 will also get 30-minutes of daily specials instruction for art, music, PE and STEAM/Library. 

Students will receive two days of band or strings instruction a week, either during the electives blocks or on Monday mornings. The remaining days provide an opportunity in their schedule to practice their instrument, enhanced this year with an online program CWES will purchase called Smart Music, which provides individual students with feedback on their playing.

Any student who wishes to learn an instrument is encouraged to sign up to indicate their interest. The IFA (Instruments for All) program in FCPS provides qualifying families with free or low-cost access to rental instruments; we are committed as a county to providing equitable access to the arts for all students.

Take a look at what our talented band and strings sixth grade students last spring were able to accomplish solely in the virtual environment with this rendition of the CWES School Song, "We Can." Special thanks to our lead Sign Language Interpreter, Mrs. Bach-Hansen and lead Cued Language Transliterator, Ms. Woodzell, for making it accessible for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, staff and families to enjoy.

This strings recruitment video is designed for new strings students. This video is available with sign language interpretation and with cued speech transliteration.

These CWES recruitment videos for grades 5 and 6 provide an overview of all the instruments available in both the band and strings programs. It features professional musicians and our band and strings teachers. Please watch this with your child and discuss the instrument options available to them. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer Chorus at this time. We await further guidance from FCPS and are hopeful we can add it to the Electives Block at a later date.

Choice Specials

If students do not elect to learn an instrument, they can elect to participate in an additional choice special once or twice a week, either by joining a synchronous (live) class, or by completing asynchronous (on demand) activities for an area of interest. The choice specials (art, music or PE) are supplemental to the graded traditional specials instruction during the specials block.

The advent of the Electives Block this year is meant to motivate our students to continue pursuing their individual extra-curricular interests supplemental to the expectations for their grade level. We will base our live and on-demand offerings on student interest expressed on the forms below.

Complete Electives Form by Sept. 2

ALL STUDENTS in grades 4-6 should complete a Google Form entry (links are below) to indicate their preference for the Electives Block. Choices include:

  • Learn an instrument with live instruction twice a week.
  • Participate in an additional 30-minutes of live choice specials (art, music or PE) once or twice a week.
  • Participate in pre-recorded on-demand specials (art, music or PE) on their own.

FORM RESPONSES ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. Non-responses will be considered a request for asychronous (on-demand) electives participation, and students will not be enrolled in synchronous classes for the Electives Block.

Schedules will be created based on responses and communicated to families, families will be provided information via email about instrument rental, and Electives Instruction will begin the week of SEPTEMBER 14.

Watch the recruitment video above with your child and then fill out the form appropriate for your child's grade level (one entry per student):

FOURTH GRADE ELECTIVES FORM

FIFTH GRADE ELECTIVES FORM

SIXTH GRADE ELECTIVES FORM

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Yearbook Pick Up & Information Night Tomorrow

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Reminders This is a busy time, so I am sending out some important reminders for tomorrow.   YEARBOOK/SCHOOL PORTRAIT PICK UP

Please come by the school at any time tomorrow (Friday, August 14) between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to pick up your yearbook and/or school picture orders.

  CWES Schedule Information Night for Families

Join administrators tomorrow, Friday, August 14 at 5:00 PM to take a closer look at the daily schedules for each grade level, and ask questions about what the fall might look like for the students at CWES. Join using this link: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d9ce07628eea49fd89764105dd3edb75

  Here are some important notes about laptops. LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION

Last week's News You Choose had a typo:

  • Laptop Distribution by appointment, AUGUST 17 and AUGUST 28

I meant to write the 17th THROUGH the 28! I apologize for the confusion. We are now able to share the particular days for our distribution.

Here's how to get a laptop:

1. Indicate if you want a device by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/LC7haLAQz36YPmki6

2. You will receive an email to SIGN UP for a time slot on one of the following Laptop Distribution days:

  • Wednesday, August 19
  • Friday, August 21
  • Wednesday, August 26
  • Friday, August 28

We are excited to share that we will have a CWES TECH HELP DESK to support families this fall, and that you will be able to come to the school for this support or access it virtually. Keep in mind that we can only support FCPS devices, and that each laptop is equipped with the tools your child requires for distance learning. Thus, you are encouraged to borrow a laptop. 

IF YOUR CHILD IS A RISING SIXTH GRADER, they are eligible to borrow a brand new laptop just purchased by approval of the FCPS School Board. If your rising sixth grader already has borrowed a laptop, please sign up on the Google Form to receive a new one and bring your used laptop to the school so it can be readied for use at another grade level.

Have a school laptop at home?

We want to make sure your laptop is ready for when school starts!  It is important that you do the following EACH WEEK:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet
  • Let the laptop sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.

By doing these things, you will ensure your laptop has all of the updates and you will be ready to go when school starts!

 

Recordatorios

Este es un momento ajetreado, por lo que enviaré algunos recordatorios importantes para mañana.

 

RECOGIDA DEL ANUARIO / RETRATO ESCOLAR

Por favor venga a la escuela a cualquier hora mañana (viernes 14 de agosto) entre las 10:00 am y las 2:00 pm para recoger su anuario y / o pedidos de fotografías escolares.

 

 

Noche de información sobre el horario de CWES para familias

Únase a los administradores mañana, viernes 14 de agosto a las 5:00 p. M. Para ver más de cerca los horarios diarios de cada nivel de grado y hacer preguntas sobre cómo será el otoño para los estudiantes de CWES. Únase usando este enlace:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d9ce07628eea49fd89764105dd3edb75

 

Aquí hay algunas notas importantes sobre las computadoras portátiles.

DISTRIBUCIÓN DE PORTÁTILESEl

News You Choose de la semana pasada tuvo un error tipográfico: Distribución de portátiles con cita previa, 17 y 28 de agosto¡Quería escribir del 17 al 28! Me disculpo por la confusión. Ahora podemos compartir los días particulares de nuestra distribución. A continuación, le indicamos cómo obtener una computadora portátil: 

1. Indique si desea un dispositivo llenando este formulario: https://forms.gle/LC7haLAQz36YPmki6 

2. Recibirá un correo electrónico para INSCRIBIRSE en un horario en uno de los siguientes días de distribución de computadoras portátiles: 

  • Miércoles 19 de agosto
  • Viernes 21 de agosto
  • Miércoles 26 de agosto
  • Viernes 28 de agosto

Estamos muy contentos de compartir que tendremos un CWES TECH HELP DESK para apoyar a las familias este otoño, y que podrá venir a la escuela para recibir este apoyo o acceder a él virtualmente. Tenga en cuenta que solo podemos admitir dispositivos FCPS y que cada computadora portátil está equipada con las herramientas que su hijo necesita para el aprendizaje a distancia. Por lo tanto, le recomendamos que tome prestada una computadora portátil. 

SI SU HIJO ESTÁ EN EL SEXTO GRADO, es elegible para pedir prestada una computadora portátil nueva que acaba de comprar con la aprobación de la Junta Escolar de FCPS. Si su estudiante de sexto grado ya ha pedido prestada una computadora portátil, regístrese en el Formulario de Google para recibir una nueva y lleve su computadora portátil usada a la escuela para que pueda estar lista para usar en otro nivel de grado.

 

¿Tienes una computadora portátil de la escuela en casa?

¡Queremos asegurarnos de que su computadora portátil esté lista para cuando comience la escuela! Es importante que haga lo siguiente CADA SEMANA:

 

  • Conecte la computadora portátil a una toma de corriente
  • Encienda la computadora portátil y déjela arrancar
  • Asegúrese de que esté conectado a Internet
  • Deje reposar la computadora portátil durante 30 minutos. No se requieren inicios de sesión ni actividades adicionales.

Al hacer estas cosas, se asegurará de que su computadora portátil tenga todas las actualizaciones y estará listo cuando comience la escuela.

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Woodson Pyramid Town Hall Tonight!

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Woodson Pyramid Town Hall Tonight!

The Woodson Pyramid Principals would like to invite our communities to come together tonight, August 11 from 7-8 PM to engage in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in our pyramid.


This Town Hall will be facilitated by county Equity Leads and Administrators from each school. 3-5 guiding questions will be presented to solicit feedback around experiences and practices in our Woodson Pyramid community. This discussion will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around Equity and Cultural proficiency/Cultural responsiveness throughout our pyramid.

We hope to see you tonight! Join the session using the link below:

Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/22dcdf9c16734f42a74596bd2324c5d4

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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My apologies for the repeat message -- hoping this copy has correct formatting. From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

To all the new families at CWES, a warm welcome! Our mascot is Cody the Cougar, our motto is cWEs CAN and we have the best teaching staff around!

Two weeks ago FCPS announced the 100% virtual start to the school year, and tears flowed in many students' and teachers' homes, because we so love and dearly miss our school community. My charge as a school leader is clear:

We will work to provide the best virtual start possible this fall.

Planning for the best virtual start means creating balanced classes that consider student needs and teacher and parent input, and that match students to teachers and classmates that will best help them grow and learn.

CLASS PLACEMENT APPROACH

Many of you have asked if we will still place students along hybrid or virtual lines so we are ready to pivot to in-person learning later this year. While we will look at these preferences as one factor in placements, we cannot have a strong virtual start if we group students solely along these lines.

Parent preferences for hybrid or virtual do not align neatly with our staffing. To use a simple example from our school, multiple grade levels with three classes had roughly a 50/50 split between hybrid and virtual, resulting in one and a half classes of each model for each grade, which doesn’t work for a team of three teachers. Grouping students according to parent preference alone would have created inequitable class sizes at the same grade, combination classes across grades and/or classes far above state caps for class size.

We mustn't sacrifice the quality of student experience this fall for a future reopening that will likely not look the same as the hybrid model in its first iteration. We will build balanced classes that meet students’ needs. When it doesn’t compromise the quality of the student experience for the fall, we will look to cluster  students  by hybrid or virtual preferences or parents’ pod requests. (You can still make a pod request by filling out the same Parent Input Form, shared weeks ago: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8)

If there is a partial return to school, there may be students whose parents want them to remain home but whose teachers return to the building, or there may be students whose parents want them to return to school but whose teachers who will remain in the virtual environment. If changes in classes need to be made, we will provide students with opportunities to get to know the other teachers and students at the grade level to better prepare them for a possible switch.

Walt Whitman wrote, “The future is no more uncertain than the present.” Uncertainty seems to fill our days and haunt our nights these days. Even more reason why we must we give our students the best virtual opening we can provide, right now.

FEEDBACK ON DISTANCE LEARNING

CWES is committed to making the fall a powerful learning experience that is more warm, social and engaging than it was this past spring. But we need your help. If you haven’t already done so, please give us your input on your child’s experience with distance learning last spring using this Google Form: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8 

TECHNOLOGY NEEDS SURVEY

We also need to make sure you have all the equipment you need to set your child up for success at home. Next week, we will share a list of general supplies to have on hand to support children in the virtual environment (not as extensive as our traditional supply lists!) We are also excited to share that we are receiving a batch of newer laptops and will be able to accommodate laptop requests for anyone who needs one. Please indicate if you need a device by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/LC7haLAQz36YPmki6

IMPORTANT DATES

Busy days are ahead! Here are some important dates to mark on your calendars. Any meetings referenced below are virtual and an emailed/texted link will be sent through eNotify, our emergency broadcast communication system that automatically pulls the contact information for registered students from the Student Information System. We will have sign language interpretation available at these events and will record the sessions to be sent out afterwards.

  • Woodson Pyramid Town Hall, TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (see below)
  • CWES Schedule Information Night for Families, FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 at 5:00 PM (see below)
  • Laptop Distribution by appointment, AUGUST 17 and AUGUST 28
  • Virtual Orientation for New Families, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 at 3:00 PM (students and adults welcome)
  • Class placements communicated by FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
  • Back to School/Open House, MONDAY, AUGUST 31 from 9:00-11:00 AM
  • Virtual Family Visits (students meet their teachers), week of AUGUST 31
  • School begins SEPTEMBER 8

I am eager to meet our new families and to reconnect online with our returning families. Last spring taught me that school is not a place – it’s a community.  Thank you for playing your part in making this community so vibrant, so diverse, and so committed to each other and to our children. I am honored to lead our school through this challenging pathway, at a  time when the partnership between home and school has never been more important in the life of a child.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Woodson Pyramid Town Hall on Equity

In his Leadership Kickoff address this week, Dr. Brabrand set the course for this school year, putting equity at the center of everything we do in FCPS. To make this work relevant and impactful in our communities, understanding our families' experiences in our schools is essential. We invite you to lend your voice to this pyramid conversation about equity.

The Woodson Pyramid is comprised of Woodson High School and its feeder schools: Frost Middle School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Little Run Elementary School, Mantua Elementary School, Olde Creek Elementary School, and Wakefield Forest Elementary School.  The Woodson Pyramid Principals invite our communities to come together on Tuesday, August 11 from 7-8 PM to engage in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in our pyramid. This town hall will be facilitated by our Equity Leads and administrators from each school.  We will present 3-5 guiding questions to solicit feedback around experiences and practices in our school community.  This discussion will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and Cultural proficiency/Cultural responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools.  We hope you will join us to share your stories. A link to participate will be sent to you via text and email on Tuesday, August 11. 

CWES Virtual Schedule Overview

I know many of you are eager to learn as much as you can about what your child's virtual experience will be like this fall. In order to inform your planning, here is an overview of our school week. Some of the details particular to each grade level may change when teachers return to work in a couple of weeks and have the opportunity to provide input and make suggestions for improvement. However, the overall structure of the week is as follows.

 

MONDAY

On Mondays from 9:00 AM --12:00 PM, teachers will be meeting with small groups of students for a variety of purposes, ranging from intervention to enrichment to social-emotional learning to special education or related services. While all teachers will be working with small groups, not all students will be participating in groups each week. When students are not participating in groups, they will be working on asynchronous assignments, meaning students can complete them at their own pace at any time.

On Monday afternoons, students will work on asynchronous assignments, pursue choice activities provided by the school, or engage with one of FCPS’ digital resources. The School Board has approved and purchases have been made for the following digital resources for all schools:

Monday afternoons are set aside for teachers to participate in meetings, professional development, and planning.

 

 

TUESDAY-FRIDAY

As Dr. Brabrand shared in his update to families you received early this week, schools will be reverting back to last year’s bell schedules. 

Here is the CWES day at a glance.

 

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Morning Meeting

Students will begin each day building relationships with their classmates and teachers. Students should begin the log in process no later than 8:50 so that they can be present for their community-building morning meeting.

9:20 AM – 12:00 PM Instructional Blocks (K-6), Specials (2-6) and Electives (4-6)

We will space instruction across the day differently based upon students’ grade levels, using a developmentally appropriate approach.

  • Students in kindergarten and first grade will engage in all their core academic instruction (math, language arts, science and social studies) before lunch. An emphasis will be placed on movement, engagement, and fun, taking breaks as necessary.
  • Students in grades 2 and 3 will participate in both language arts and math workshops prior to the lunch break. They will also have one thirty-minute special each morning to engage in art, music, PE, and STEAM.
  • Students in grades 4-6 will engage in at least one academic block plus their specials and electives before lunch. Students will have one thirty-minute special each day (art, music, PE and Library/STEAM). In addition, students will have one thirty-minute elective each day, to include band and strings and additional specials of your child’s choice, which may be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. More information will be shared in future weeks, including a survey of your child’s preferences for electives.

Language arts and mathematics are taught through a workshop approach in blocks of 50-60 minutes. These blocks will combine whole-class focus lessons with small-group instruction, meaning that there will be times when your child will be meeting with the teacher, as well as times when your child might log off to read or complete independent assignments at the teacher’s direction.

Screen Break: Every morning students will have at least one ten-minute screen break.

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Schoolwide Lunch and Movement Break

Students in ALL grades will have one hour midday to eat lunch and take a screen break, an opportunity for play or physical activity. We hope this alignment of schedules will be especially convenient for families with CWES students in multiple grades. No instruction will be planned during this time.

 

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM Instructional Blocks (2-6), Specials (K-1), Library and Small Groups (K-2)

After the lunch break, our upper grade students will participate in the remainder of their instructional blocks, including the content areas of science and social studies.

Students in grades K and 1 will have one 30-minute special each day (art, music, PE and STEAM). One day a week, students in grades K-2 will also engage in a Library lesson/read aloud.

Grades K-2 will have additional small group time set aside each afternoon. In the first few weeks of the school year, these small groups will focus on connecting with students to build relationships and meet their social and emotional needs. Later in the fall, these small groups will provide additional opportunities for teachers to provide academic support.

Students may have times when they are not meeting with the teacher in these small groups, and will instead engage in independent activities at the teacher’s direction.

Screen Break: Every afternoon students will have at least one ten-minute screen break.

 

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Closing Circle (K-6)

Three o'clock marks the end of the synchronous day for most students. The Closing Circle is a feature of Responsive Classroom that complements the Morning Meeting, both opportunities for social and emotional learning (SEL) that serve as positive and social bookends to the students’ day. The Closing Circle allows students to reconnect with their classmates and teacher and reflect on the day they’ve had. Teachers will also take this opportunity to set students up for success in the asynchronous portion of their school day.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Specialized Instruction, Small Group Support, and Asynchronous Work

Most students will complete assignments asynchronously at this time, while some students will be pulled for additional small group support from their teachers for a variety of purposes..

Yearbook & School Pictures Pick Up

Our yearbooks are in!

If you ordered a 2019-2020 yearbook to be delivered to the school, or if you ordered school pictures and have not yet picked them up, come to the school to pick them up between 10:00 and 2:00 on Friday, August 14. Please wear a mask and practice social distance. You may authorize a neighbor to sign for your order and pick it up for you. 

Reach out to Cheryl Trimbach at ctrimbach@fcps.edu if you need to schedule an alternate time for pick up.

Have a school laptop at home?

We want to make sure your laptop is ready for when school starts!  It is important that you do the following EACH WEEK:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet
  • Let the laptop sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.

By doing these things, you will ensure your laptop has all of the updates and you will be ready to go when school starts!

Still Have Questions about the Fall? Return to School – Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Frequently asked questions and answers about the Fall 2020 Return to School Plan can be found here. For additional information concerning the 2020-21 School Year, click here.

Return to School – Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education

Frequently asked questions and answers about Child Find, evaluations, reevaluations, eligibility, IEPs, 504 Plans, and special education instruction can be found here

CWES Schedule Information Night for Families

Join administrators on Friday, August 14 at 5:00 PM to take a closer look at the daily schedules for each grade level, and ask questions about what the fall might look like for the students at CWES. Link will be sent via text and email on Thursday, August 13.

In lieu of posting this message in Spanish on our website today, the translated message follows below. En lugar de publicar este mensaje en español en nuestro sitio web hoy, el mensaje traducido sigue a continuación. Desde el escritorio del director

Queridas familias,

A todas las nuevas familias de CWES, ¡una cálida bienvenida! Nuestra mascota es Cody the Cougar, nuestro lema es cWEs CAN y tenemos el mejor personal docente. Hace dos semanas, FCPS anunció el comienzo 100% virtual del año escolar y las lágrimas fluyeron en los hogares de muchos estudiantes y maestros, porque amamos y extrañamos profundamente a nuestra comunidad escolar. Mi cargo como líder escolar es claro: Trabajaremos para proporcionar el mejor comienzo virtual posible este otoño.

Planificar para el mejor comienzo virtual significa crear clases equilibradas que consideren las necesidades de los estudiantes y los comentarios de los maestros y padres, y que emparejen a los estudiantes con los maestros y compañeros de clase que los ayudarán mejor a crecer y aprender.

ENFOQUE DE COLOCACIÓN DE CLASES

Muchos de ustedes han preguntado si todavía ubicaremos a los estudiantes en líneas híbridas o virtuales para que estemos listos para pasar al aprendizaje en persona más adelante este año. Si bien consideraremos estas preferencias como un factor en las ubicaciones, no podemos tener un comienzo virtual sólido si agrupamos a los estudiantes únicamente de acuerdo con estas líneas. Las preferencias de los padres por lo híbrido o virtual no se alinean perfectamente con nuestro personal. Para usar un ejemplo simple de nuestra escuela, varios niveles de grado con tres clases tenían aproximadamente una división de 50/50 entre híbrido y virtual, lo que resultó en una clase y media de cada modelo para cada grado, lo que no funciona para un equipo de tres profesores. Agrupar a los estudiantes de acuerdo con la preferencia de los padres solamente habría creado tamaños de clase desiguales en el mismo grado, clases combinadas en todos los grados y / o clases muy por encima de los límites estatales para el tamaño de las clases. No debemos sacrificar la calidad de la experiencia de los estudiantes este otoño por una reapertura futura que probablemente no se verá igual que el modelo híbrido en su primera iteración. Crearemos clases equilibradas que satisfagan las necesidades de los estudiantes. Cuando no comprometa la calidad de la experiencia de los estudiantes para el otoño, buscaremos agrupar a los estudiantes por preferencias híbridas o virtuales o solicitudes de grupos de padres. (Aún puede realizar una solicitud de pod completando el mismo formulario de entrada de los padres, compartido hace semanas: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8)

Si hay un regreso parcial a la escuela, puede haber estudiantes cuyos padres quieran que se queden en casa pero cuyos maestros regresen al edificio, o puede haber estudiantes cuyos padres quieran que regresen a la escuela pero cuyos maestros permanecerán en la escuela virtual. ambiente. Si es necesario realizar cambios en las clases, brindaremos a los estudiantes oportunidades para conocer a los otros maestros y estudiantes del nivel de grado para prepararlos mejor para un posible cambio.

Walt Whitman escribió: "El futuro no es más incierto que el presente". La incertidumbre parece llenar nuestros días y acechar nuestras noches en estos días. Aún más razón por la que debemos brindarles a nuestros estudiantes la mejor apertura virtual que podamos brindar, ahora mismo.

COMENTARIOS SOBRE EL APRENDIZAJE A DISTANCIA

CWES ​​se compromete a hacer del otoño una experiencia de aprendizaje poderosa que sea más cálida, social y atractiva de lo que fue la primavera pasada. Pero necesitamos tu ayuda. Si aún no lo ha hecho, envíenos su opinión sobre la experiencia de su hijo con el aprendizaje a distancia la primavera pasada utilizando este formulario de Google: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8

 

ENCUESTA DE NECESIDADES DE TECNOLOGÍA

También debemos asegurarnos de que tenga todo el equipo que necesita para preparar a su hijo para que tenga éxito en casa. La semana que viene, compartiremos una lista de suministros generales para tener a mano para ayudar a los niños en el entorno virtual (¡no tan extensa como nuestras listas de suministros tradicionales!). También nos complace compartir que estamos recibiendo un lote de computadoras portátiles más nuevas y ser capaz de satisfacer las solicitudes de portátiles para cualquiera que lo necesite. Por favor indique si necesita un dispositivo llenando este formulario: https://forms.gle/LC7haLAQz36YPmki6

FECHAS IMPORTANTES

¡Se avecinan días ocupados! Aquí hay algunas fechas importantes para marcar en sus calendarios. Todas las reuniones a las que se hace referencia a continuación son virtuales y se enviará un enlace por correo electrónico / mensaje de texto a través de eNotify, nuestro sistema de comunicación de transmisión de emergencia que automáticamente extrae la información de contacto de los estudiantes registrados del Sistema de Información Estudiantil. Tendremos interpretación en lenguaje de señas disponible en estos eventos y registraremos las sesiones que se enviarán posteriormente.

Ayuntamiento de Woodson Pyramid, MARTES, 11 DE AGOSTO de 7:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. (ver más abajo)

Noche de información sobre horarios de CWES para familias, VIERNES 14 DE AGOSTO a las 5:00 PM (ver más abajo)

Distribución de portátiles con cita previa, 17 y 28 de agosto

Orientación virtual para nuevas familias, MIÉRCOLES 26 DE AGOSTO a las 3:00 PM (estudiantes y adultos bienvenidos)

Colocaciones en clase comunicadas antes del VIERNES 28 DE AGOSTO

Regreso a clases / Casa Abierta, LUNES 31 DE AGOSTO de 9: 00-11: 00 AM

Visitas virtuales familiares (los estudiantes conocen a sus profesores), semana del 31 de AGOSTO

La escuela comienza el 8 de septiembre

Estoy ansioso por conocer a nuestras nuevas familias y volver a conectarme en línea con nuestras familias que regresan. La primavera pasada me enseñó que la escuela no es un lugar, es una comunidad. Gracias por hacer su parte para hacer que esta comunidad sea tan vibrante, tan diversa y tan comprometida entre nosotros y con nuestros niños. Me siento honrado de guiar a nuestra escuela a través de este camino desafiante, en un momento en que la asociación entre el hogar y la escuela nunca ha sido más importante en la vida de un niño.

Un cordial saludo,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Ayuntamiento de Equidad de Woodson

En su discurso inaugural de liderazgo de esta semana, el Dr. Brabrand estableció el rumbo para este año escolar, poniendo la equidad en el centro de todo lo que hacemos en FCPS. Para que este trabajo sea relevante e impactante en nuestras comunidades, es esencial comprender las experiencias de nuestras familias en nuestras escuelas. Lo invitamos a prestar su voz a esta conversación piramidal sobre equidad. La pirámide de Woodson está compuesta por Woodson High School y sus escuelas secundarias: Frost Middle School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Little Run Elementary School, Mantua Elementary School, Olde Creek Elementary School y Wakefield Forest Elementary School. Los directores de Woodson Pyramid invitan a nuestras comunidades a reunirse el martes 11 de agosto de 7 a 8 pm para participar en una conversación compartida sobre la competencia cultural / capacidad de respuesta cultural en nuestra pirámide. Este ayuntamiento será facilitado por nuestros líderes de equidad y administradores de cada escuela. Presentaremos de 3 a 5 preguntas de orientación para solicitar comentarios sobre experiencias y prácticas en nuestra comunidad escolar. Esta discusión permitirá a las escuelas establecer similitudes para el trabajo futuro sobre equidad y competencia cultural / capacidad de respuesta cultural en todas nuestras escuelas piramidales. Esperamos que se una a nosotros para compartir sus historias. Se le enviará un enlace para participar por mensaje de texto y correo electrónico el martes 11 de agosto.

Descripción general del horario virtual de CWES

Sé que muchos de ustedes están ansiosos por aprender todo lo que puedan sobre cómo será la experiencia virtual de su hijo este otoño. Para informar su planificación, aquí hay una descripción general de nuestra semana escolar. Algunos de los detalles particulares de cada nivel de grado pueden cambiar cuando los maestros regresen al trabajo en un par de semanas y tengan la oportunidad de brindar información y sugerencias para mejorar. Sin embargo, la estructura general de la semana es la siguiente.

LUNES

Los lunes de 9:00 a. M. A 12:00 p. m.

Los maestros se reunirán con pequeños grupos de estudiantes para una variedad de propósitos, que van desde la intervención hasta el enriquecimiento, el aprendizaje socioemocional, la educación especial o servicios relacionados. Si bien todos los maestros trabajarán con grupos pequeños, no todos los estudiantes participarán en grupos cada semana. Cuando los estudiantes no están participando en grupos, estarán trabajando en asignaciones asincrónicas, lo que significa que los estudiantes pueden completarlas a su propio ritmo en cualquier momento. Los lunes por la tarde, los estudiantes trabajarán en asignaciones asincrónicas, realizarán actividades de elección proporcionadas por la escuela o participarán en uno de los recursos digitales de FCPS. La Junta Escolar ha aprobado y se han realizado compras para los siguientes recursos digitales para todas las escuelas:

Calificaciones ST Math (K-8) I

magine Learning: Lenguaje y alfabetización y lectura

(K-6) Pioneer Valley: Lector digital de huellas de alfabetización (PreK-3)

Los lunes por la tarde están reservados para que los maestros participen en reuniones, desarrollo profesional y planificación.

MARTES -- VIERNES

Como el Dr. Brabrand compartió en su actualización a las familias que recibió a principios de esta semana, las escuelas volverán a los horarios de campana del año pasado. Aquí está el día de CWES de un vistazo.

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Reunión matutina Los estudiantes comenzarán cada día a construir relaciones con sus compañeros y maestros. Los estudiantes deben comenzar el proceso de registro a más tardar a las 8:50 para que puedan estar presentes en la reunión matutina de construcción comunitaria.

9:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Bloques de instrucción (K-6), especiales (2-6) y optativas (4-6) Espaciaremos la instrucción a lo largo del día de manera diferente según los niveles de grado de los estudiantes, utilizando un enfoque apropiado para el desarrollo. Los estudiantes de jardín de infantes y primer grado participarán en toda su instrucción académica básica (matemáticas, artes del lenguaje, ciencias y estudios sociales) antes del almuerzo. Se pondrá énfasis en el movimiento, el compromiso y la diversión, tomando descansos según sea necesario. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y 3 participarán en talleres de artes del lenguaje y matemáticas antes de la hora del almuerzo. También tendrán un especial de treinta minutos cada mañana para participar en arte, música, educación física y STEAM. Los estudiantes en los grados 4-6 participarán en al menos un bloque académico más sus especiales y optativas antes del almuerzo. Los estudiantes tendrán un especial de treinta minutos cada día (arte, música, educación física y biblioteca / STEAM). Además, los estudiantes tendrán una materia optativa de treinta minutos cada día, que incluirá banda y cuerdas y especiales adicionales de la elección de su hijo, que se pueden entregar de forma sincrónica o asincrónica. Se compartirá más información en las próximas semanas, incluida una encuesta de las preferencias de su hijo para las materias optativas. Las artes del lenguaje y las matemáticas se enseñan a través de un enfoque de taller en bloques de 50 a 60 minutos. Estos bloques combinarán lecciones de enfoque para toda la clase con instrucción en grupos pequeños, lo que significa que habrá momentos en que su hijo se reunirá con el maestro, así como momentos en los que su hijo podría desconectarse para leer o completar tareas independientes en la casa del maestro. dirección. Descanso de pantalla: Cada mañana, los estudiantes tendrán al menos un descanso de pantalla de diez minutos.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Almuerzo y descanso de movimiento en toda la escuela Los estudiantes de TODOS los grados tendrán una hora al mediodía para almorzar y tomar un descanso frente a la pantalla, una oportunidad para jugar o realizar actividad física. Esperamos que esta alineación de horarios sea especialmente conveniente para las familias con estudiantes de CWES en varios grados. No se planificará ninguna instrucción durante este tiempo.

1:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Bloques de instrucción (2-6), especiales (K-1), biblioteca y grupos pequeños (K-2) Después de la pausa del almuerzo, nuestros estudiantes de grado superior participarán en el resto de sus bloques de instrucción, incluidas las áreas de contenido de ciencias y estudios sociales. Los estudiantes en los grados K ​​y 1 tendrán un especial de 30 minutos cada día (arte, música, educación física y STEAM). Un día a la semana, los estudiantes en los grados K-2 también participarán en una lección de biblioteca / leerán en voz alta.

Los grados K-2 tendrán tiempo adicional para grupos pequeños cada tarde. En las primeras semanas del año escolar, estos grupos pequeños se enfocarán en conectarse con los estudiantes para construir relaciones y satisfacer sus necesidades sociales y emocionales. Más adelante en el otoño, estos grupos pequeños brindarán oportunidades adicionales para que los maestros brinden apoyo académico. Los estudiantes pueden tener momentos en los que no se reúnen con el maestro en estos grupos pequeños y, en cambio, participarán en actividades independientes bajo la dirección del maestro. Descanso de pantalla: cada tarde, los estudiantes tendrán al menos un descanso de pantalla de diez minutos.

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Círculo de cierre (K-6) Las tres en punto marcan el final del día sincrónico para la mayoría de los estudiantes. El círculo de cierre es una característica de Responsive Classroom que complementa la reunión matutina, ambas oportunidades para el aprendizaje social y emocional (SEL) que sirven como sujetalibros positivos y sociales para el día de los estudiantes. El Círculo de cierre permite a los estudiantes volver a conectarse con sus compañeros de clase y el maestro y reflexionar sobre el día que tuvieron. Los maestros también aprovecharán esta oportunidad para preparar a los estudiantes para el éxito en la parte asincrónica de su día escolar.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 PM

Instrucción especializada, apoyo en grupos pequeños y trabajo asincrónico La mayoría de los estudiantes completarán las tareas de forma asincrónica en este momento, mientras que algunos estudiantes serán retirados de sus maestros para recibir apoyo adicional en grupos pequeños para una variedad de propósitos.

Recogida de fotografías escolares y del anuario

¡Nuestros anuarios están listos! Si ordenó que le enviaran un anuario 2019-2020 a la escuela, o si ordenó fotografías escolares y aún no las ha recogido, venga a la escuela a recogerlas entre las 10:00 y las 2:00 del viernes 14 de agosto. Por favor use una máscara y practique la distancia social. Puede autorizar a un vecino a que firme su pedido y lo recoja por usted. Comuníquese con Cheryl Trimbach en ctrimbach@fcps.edu si necesita programar una hora alternativa para que lo recojan.

¿Tienes una computadora portátil de la escuela en casa?

¡Queremos asegurarnos de que su computadora portátil esté lista para cuando comience la escuela! Es importante que haga lo siguiente CADA SEMANA: Conecte la computadora portátil a una toma de corriente Encienda la computadora portátil y déjela arrancar Asegúrese de que esté conectado a Internet Deje reposar la computadora portátil durante 30 minutos. No se requieren inicios de sesión ni actividades adicionales. Al hacer estas cosas, se asegurará de que su computadora portátil tenga todas las actualizaciones y estará listo para comenzar cuando comience la escuela.

¿Todavía tienes preguntas sobre el otoño?

Regreso a la escuela - Preguntas frecuentes para familias Las preguntas frecuentes y las respuestas sobre el plan de regreso a la escuela de otoño de 2020 se pueden encontrar aquí. Para obtener información adicional sobre el año escolar 2020-21, haga clic aquí. Regreso a la escuela - Preguntas frecuentes sobre educación especial Las preguntas y respuestas frecuentes sobre Child Find, evaluaciones, reevaluaciones, elegibilidad, IEP, planes 504 e instrucción de educación especial se pueden encontrar aquí

Noche de información sobre el horario de CWES para familias

Únase a los administradores el viernes 14 de agosto a las 5:00 p. M. Para ver más de cerca los horarios diarios de cada nivel de grado y hacer preguntas sobre cómo será el otoño para los estudiantes de CWES. El enlace se enviará por mensaje de texto y correo electrónico el jueves 13 de agosto.

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

To all the new families at CWES, a warm welcome! Our mascot is Cody the Cougar, our motto is cWEs CAN and we have the best teaching staff around!

Two weeks ago FCPS announced the 100% virtual start to the school year, and tears flowed in many students' and teachers' homes, because we so love and dearly miss our school community. My charge as a school leader is clear:

We will work to provide the best virtual start possible this fall.

Planning for the best virtual start means creating balanced classes that consider student needs and teacher and parent input, and that match students to teachers and classmates that will best help them grow and learn.

CLASS PLACEMENT APPROACH

Many of you have asked if we will still place students along hybrid or virtual lines so we are ready to pivot to in-person learning later this year. While we will look at these preferences as one factor in placements, we cannot have a strong virtual start if we group students solely along these lines.

Parent preferences for hybrid or virtual do not align neatly with our staffing. To use a simple example from our school, multiple grade levels with three classes had roughly a 50/50 split between hybrid and virtual, resulting in one and a half classes of each model for each grade, which doesn’t work for a team of three teachers. Grouping students according to parent preference alone would have created inequitable class sizes at the same grade, combination classes across grades and/or classes far above state caps for class size.

We mustn't sacrifice the quality of student experience this fall for a future reopening that will likely not look the same as the hybrid model in its first iteration. We will build balanced classes that meet students’ needs. When it doesn’t compromise the quality of the student experience for the fall, we will look to cluster  students  by hybrid or virtual preferences or parents’ pod requests. (You can still make a pod request by filling out the same Parent Input Form, shared weeks ago: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8)

If there is a partial return to school, there may be students whose parents want them to remain home but whose teachers return to the building, or there may be students whose parents want them to return to school but whose teachers who will remain in the virtual environment. If changes in classes need to be made, we will provide students with opportunities to get to know the other teachers and students at the grade level to better prepare them for a possible switch.

Walt Whitman wrote, “The future is no more uncertain than the present.” Uncertainty seems to fill our days and haunt our nights these days. Even more reason why we must we give our students the best virtual opening we can provide, right now.

FEEDBACK ON DISTANCE LEARNING

CWES is committed to making the fall a powerful learning experience that is more warm, social and engaging than it was this past spring. But we need your help. If you haven’t already done so, please give us your input on your child’s experience with distance learning last spring using this Google Form: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8 

TECHNOLOGY NEEDS SURVEY

We also need to make sure you have all the equipment you need to set your child up for success at home. Next week, we will share a list of general supplies to have on hand to support children in the virtual environment (not as extensive as our traditional supply lists!) We are also excited to share that we are receiving a batch of newer laptops and will be able to accommodate laptop requests for anyone who needs one. Please indicate if you need a device by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/LC7haLAQz36YPmki6

IMPORTANT DATES

Busy days are ahead! Here are some important dates to mark on your calendars. Any meetings referenced below are virtual and an emailed/texted link will be sent through eNotify, our emergency broadcast communication system that automatically pulls the contact information for registered students from the Student Information System. We will have sign language interpretation available at these events and will record the sessions to be sent out afterwards.

  • Woodson Pyramid Town Hall, TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (see below)
  • CWES Schedule Information Night for Families, FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 at 5:00 PM (see below)
  • Laptop Distribution by appointment, AUGUST 17 and AUGUST 28
  • Virtual Orientation for New Families, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 at 3:00 PM (students and adults welcome)
  • Class placements communicated by FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
  • Back to School/Open House, MONDAY, AUGUST 31 from 9:00-11:00 AM
  • Virtual Family Visits (students meet their teachers), week of AUGUST 31
  • School begins SEPTEMBER 8

I am eager to meet our new families and to reconnect online with our returning families. Last spring taught me that school is not a place – it’s a community.  Thank you for playing your part in making this community so vibrant, so diverse, and so committed to each other and to our children. I am honored to lead our school through this challenging pathway, at a  time when the partnership between home and school has never been more important in the life of a child.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Woodson Pyramid Town Hall on Equity

In his Leadership Kickoff address this week, Dr. Brabrand set the course for this school year, putting equity at the center of everything we do in FCPS. To make this work relevant and impactful in our communities, understanding our families' experiences in our schools is essential. We invite you to lend your voice to this pyramid conversation about equity.

The Woodson Pyramid is comprised of Woodson High School and its feeder schools: Frost Middle School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Little Run Elementary School, Mantua Elementary School, Olde Creek Elementary School, and Wakefield Forest Elementary School.  The Woodson Pyramid Principals invite our communities to come together on Tuesday, August 11 from 7-8 PM to engage in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in our pyramid. This town hall will be facilitated by our Equity Leads and administrators from each school.  We will present 3-5 guiding questions to solicit feedback around experiences and practices in our school community.  This discussion will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and Cultural proficiency/Cultural responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools.  We hope you will join us to share your stories. A link to participate will be sent to you via text and email on Tuesday, August 11. 

CWES Virtual Schedule Overview

I know many of you are eager to learn as much as you can about what your child's virtual experience will be like this fall. In order to inform your planning, here is an overview of our school week. Some of the details particular to each grade level may change when teachers return to work in a couple of weeks and have the opportunity to provide input and make suggestions for improvement. However, the overall structure of the week is as follows.

 

MONDAY

On Mondays from 9:00 AM --12:00 PM, teachers will be meeting with small groups of students for a variety of purposes, ranging from intervention to enrichment to social-emotional learning to special education or related services. While all teachers will be working with small groups, not all students will be participating in groups each week. When students are not participating in groups, they will be working on asynchronous assignments, meaning students can complete them at their own pace at any time.

On Monday afternoons, students will work on asynchronous assignments, pursue choice activities provided by the school, or engage with one of FCPS’ digital resources. The School Board has approved and purchases have been made for the following digital resources for all schools:

Monday afternoons are set aside for teachers to participate in meetings, professional development, and planning.

 

 

TUESDAY-FRIDAY

As Dr. Brabrand shared in his update to families you received early this week, schools will be reverting back to last year’s bell schedules. 

Here is the CWES day at a glance.

 

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Morning Meeting

Students will begin each day building relationships with their classmates and teachers. Students should begin the log in process no later than 8:50 so that they can be present for their community-building morning meeting.

9:20 AM – 12:00 PM Instructional Blocks (K-6), Specials (2-6) and Electives (4-6)

We will space instruction across the day differently based upon students’ grade levels, using a developmentally appropriate approach.

  • Students in kindergarten and first grade will engage in all their core academic instruction (math, language arts, science and social studies) before lunch. An emphasis will be placed on movement, engagement, and fun, taking breaks as necessary.
  • Students in grades 2 and 3 will participate in both language arts and math workshops prior to the lunch break. They will also have one thirty-minute special each morning to engage in art, music, PE, and STEAM.
  • Students in grades 4-6 will engage in at least one academic block plus their specials and electives before lunch. Students will have one thirty-minute special each day (art, music, PE and Library/STEAM). In addition, students will have one thirty-minute elective each day, to include band and strings and additional specials of your child’s choice, which may be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. More information will be shared in future weeks, including a survey of your child’s preferences for electives.

Language arts and mathematics are taught through a workshop approach in blocks of 50-60 minutes. These blocks will combine whole-class focus lessons with small-group instruction, meaning that there will be times when your child will be meeting with the teacher, as well as times when your child might log off to read or complete independent assignments at the teacher’s direction.

Screen Break: Every morning students will have at least one ten-minute screen break.

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Schoolwide Lunch and Movement Break

Students in ALL grades will have one hour midday to eat lunch and take a screen break, an opportunity for play or physical activity. We hope this alignment of schedules will be especially convenient for families with CWES students in multiple grades. No instruction will be planned during this time.

 

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM Instructional Blocks (2-6), Specials (K-1), Library and Small Groups (K-2)

After the lunch break, our upper grade students will participate in the remainder of their instructional blocks, including the content areas of science and social studies.

Students in grades K and 1 will have one 30-minute special each day (art, music, PE and STEAM). One day a week, students in grades K-2 will also engage in a Library lesson/read aloud.

Grades K-2 will have additional small group time set aside each afternoon. In the first few weeks of the school year, these small groups will focus on connecting with students to build relationships and meet their social and emotional needs. Later in the fall, these small groups will provide additional opportunities for teachers to provide academic support.

Students may have times when they are not meeting with the teacher in these small groups, and will instead engage in independent activities at the teacher’s direction.

Screen Break: Every afternoon students will have at least one ten-minute screen break.

 

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Closing Circle (K-6)

Three o'clock marks the end of the synchronous day for most students. The Closing Circle is a feature of Responsive Classroom that complements the Morning Meeting, both opportunities for social and emotional learning (SEL) that serve as positive and social bookends to the students’ day. The Closing Circle allows students to reconnect with their classmates and teacher and reflect on the day they’ve had. Teachers will also take this opportunity to set students up for success in the asynchronous portion of their school day.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Specialized Instruction, Small Group Support, and Asynchronous Work

Most students will complete assignments asynchronously at this time, while some students will be pulled for additional small group support from their teachers for a variety of purposes..

Yearbook & School Pictures Pick Up

Our yearbooks are in!

If you ordered a 2019-2020 yearbook to be delivered to the school, or if you ordered school pictures and have not yet picked them up, come to the school to pick them up between 10:00 and 2:00 on Friday, August 14. Please wear a mask and practice social distance. You may authorize a neighbor to sign for your order and pick it up for you. 

Reach out to Cheryl Trimbach at ctrimbach@fcps.edu if you need to schedule an alternate time for pick up.

Have a school laptop at home?

We want to make sure your laptop is ready for when school starts!  It is important that you do the following EACH WEEK:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet
  • Let the laptop sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.

By doing these things, you will ensure your laptop has all of the updates and you will be ready to go when school starts!

Still Have Questions about the Fall? Return to School – Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Frequently asked questions and answers about the Fall 2020 Return to School Plan can be found here. For additional information concerning the 2020-21 School Year, click here.

Return to School – Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education

Frequently asked questions and answers about Child Find, evaluations, reevaluations, eligibility, IEPs, 504 Plans, and special education instruction can be found here

CWES Schedule Information Night for Families

Join administrators on Friday, August 14 at 5:00 PM to take a closer look at the daily schedules for each grade level, and ask questions about what the fall might look like for the students at CWES. Link will be sent via text and email on Thursday, August 13.

In lieu of posting this message in Spanish on our website today, the translated message follows below. En lugar de publicar este mensaje en español en nuestro sitio web hoy, el mensaje traducido sigue a continuación. Desde el escritorio del director

Queridas familias,

A todas las nuevas familias de CWES, ¡una cálida bienvenida! Nuestra mascota es Cody the Cougar, nuestro lema es cWEs CAN y tenemos el mejor personal docente. Hace dos semanas, FCPS anunció el comienzo 100% virtual del año escolar y las lágrimas fluyeron en los hogares de muchos estudiantes y maestros, porque amamos y extrañamos profundamente a nuestra comunidad escolar. Mi cargo como líder escolar es claro: Trabajaremos para proporcionar el mejor comienzo virtual posible este otoño.

Planificar para el mejor comienzo virtual significa crear clases equilibradas que consideren las necesidades de los estudiantes y los comentarios de los maestros y padres, y que emparejen a los estudiantes con los maestros y compañeros de clase que los ayudarán mejor a crecer y aprender.

ENFOQUE DE COLOCACIÓN DE CLASES

Muchos de ustedes han preguntado si todavía ubicaremos a los estudiantes en líneas híbridas o virtuales para que estemos listos para pasar al aprendizaje en persona más adelante este año. Si bien consideraremos estas preferencias como un factor en las ubicaciones, no podemos tener un comienzo virtual sólido si agrupamos a los estudiantes únicamente de acuerdo con estas líneas. Las preferencias de los padres por lo híbrido o virtual no se alinean perfectamente con nuestro personal. Para usar un ejemplo simple de nuestra escuela, varios niveles de grado con tres clases tenían aproximadamente una división de 50/50 entre híbrido y virtual, lo que resultó en una clase y media de cada modelo para cada grado, lo que no funciona para un equipo de tres profesores. Agrupar a los estudiantes de acuerdo con la preferencia de los padres solamente habría creado tamaños de clase desiguales en el mismo grado, clases combinadas en todos los grados y / o clases muy por encima de los límites estatales para el tamaño de las clases. No debemos sacrificar la calidad de la experiencia de los estudiantes este otoño por una reapertura futura que probablemente no se verá igual que el modelo híbrido en su primera iteración. Crearemos clases equilibradas que satisfagan las necesidades de los estudiantes. Cuando no comprometa la calidad de la experiencia de los estudiantes para el otoño, buscaremos agrupar a los estudiantes por preferencias híbridas o virtuales o solicitudes de grupos de padres. (Aún puede realizar una solicitud de pod completando el mismo formulario de entrada de los padres, compartido hace semanas: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8)

Si hay un regreso parcial a la escuela, puede haber estudiantes cuyos padres quieran que se queden en casa pero cuyos maestros regresen al edificio, o puede haber estudiantes cuyos padres quieran que regresen a la escuela pero cuyos maestros permanecerán en la escuela virtual. ambiente. Si es necesario realizar cambios en las clases, brindaremos a los estudiantes oportunidades para conocer a los otros maestros y estudiantes del nivel de grado para prepararlos mejor para un posible cambio.

Walt Whitman escribió: "El futuro no es más incierto que el presente". La incertidumbre parece llenar nuestros días y acechar nuestras noches en estos días. Aún más razón por la que debemos brindarles a nuestros estudiantes la mejor apertura virtual que podamos brindar, ahora mismo.

COMENTARIOS SOBRE EL APRENDIZAJE A DISTANCIA

CWES ​​se compromete a hacer del otoño una experiencia de aprendizaje poderosa que sea más cálida, social y atractiva de lo que fue la primavera pasada. Pero necesitamos tu ayuda. Si aún no lo ha hecho, envíenos su opinión sobre la experiencia de su hijo con el aprendizaje a distancia la primavera pasada utilizando este formulario de Google: https://forms.gle/Vr32E9ki1dBrXvBL8

 

ENCUESTA DE NECESIDADES DE TECNOLOGÍA

También debemos asegurarnos de que tenga todo el equipo que necesita para preparar a su hijo para que tenga éxito en casa. La semana que viene, compartiremos una lista de suministros generales para tener a mano para ayudar a los niños en el entorno virtual (¡no tan extensa como nuestras listas de suministros tradicionales!). También nos complace compartir que estamos recibiendo un lote de computadoras portátiles más nuevas y ser capaz de satisfacer las solicitudes de portátiles para cualquiera que lo necesite. Por favor indique si necesita un dispositivo llenando este formulario: https://forms.gle/LC7haLAQz36YPmki6

FECHAS IMPORTANTES

¡Se avecinan días ocupados! Aquí hay algunas fechas importantes para marcar en sus calendarios. Todas las reuniones a las que se hace referencia a continuación son virtuales y se enviará un enlace por correo electrónico / mensaje de texto a través de eNotify, nuestro sistema de comunicación de transmisión de emergencia que automáticamente extrae la información de contacto de los estudiantes registrados del Sistema de Información Estudiantil. Tendremos interpretación en lenguaje de señas disponible en estos eventos y registraremos las sesiones que se enviarán posteriormente.

Ayuntamiento de Woodson Pyramid, MARTES, 11 DE AGOSTO de 7:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m. (ver más abajo)

Noche de información sobre horarios de CWES para familias, VIERNES 14 DE AGOSTO a las 5:00 PM (ver más abajo)

Distribución de portátiles con cita previa, 17 y 28 de agosto

Orientación virtual para nuevas familias, MIÉRCOLES 26 DE AGOSTO a las 3:00 PM (estudiantes y adultos bienvenidos)

Colocaciones en clase comunicadas antes del VIERNES 28 DE AGOSTO

Regreso a clases / Casa Abierta, LUNES 31 DE AGOSTO de 9: 00-11: 00 AM

Visitas virtuales familiares (los estudiantes conocen a sus profesores), semana del 31 de AGOSTO

La escuela comienza el 8 de septiembre

Estoy ansioso por conocer a nuestras nuevas familias y volver a conectarme en línea con nuestras familias que regresan. La primavera pasada me enseñó que la escuela no es un lugar, es una comunidad. Gracias por hacer su parte para hacer que esta comunidad sea tan vibrante, tan diversa y tan comprometida entre nosotros y con nuestros niños. Me siento honrado de guiar a nuestra escuela a través de este camino desafiante, en un momento en que la asociación entre el hogar y la escuela nunca ha sido más importante en la vida de un niño.

Un cordial saludo,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Ayuntamiento de Equidad de Woodson

En su discurso inaugural de liderazgo de esta semana, el Dr. Brabrand estableció el rumbo para este año escolar, poniendo la equidad en el centro de todo lo que hacemos en FCPS. Para que este trabajo sea relevante e impactante en nuestras comunidades, es esencial comprender las experiencias de nuestras familias en nuestras escuelas. Lo invitamos a prestar su voz a esta conversación piramidal sobre equidad. La pirámide de Woodson está compuesta por Woodson High School y sus escuelas secundarias: Frost Middle School, Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Little Run Elementary School, Mantua Elementary School, Olde Creek Elementary School y Wakefield Forest Elementary School. Los directores de Woodson Pyramid invitan a nuestras comunidades a reunirse el martes 11 de agosto de 7 a 8 pm para participar en una conversación compartida sobre la competencia cultural / capacidad de respuesta cultural en nuestra pirámide. Este ayuntamiento será facilitado por nuestros líderes de equidad y administradores de cada escuela. Presentaremos de 3 a 5 preguntas de orientación para solicitar comentarios sobre experiencias y prácticas en nuestra comunidad escolar. Esta discusión permitirá a las escuelas establecer similitudes para el trabajo futuro sobre equidad y competencia cultural / capacidad de respuesta cultural en todas nuestras escuelas piramidales. Esperamos que se una a nosotros para compartir sus historias. Se le enviará un enlace para participar por mensaje de texto y correo electrónico el martes 11 de agosto.

Descripción general del horario virtual de CWES

Sé que muchos de ustedes están ansiosos por aprender todo lo que puedan sobre cómo será la experiencia virtual de su hijo este otoño. Para informar su planificación, aquí hay una descripción general de nuestra semana escolar. Algunos de los detalles particulares de cada nivel de grado pueden cambiar cuando los maestros regresen al trabajo en un par de semanas y tengan la oportunidad de brindar información y sugerencias para mejorar. Sin embargo, la estructura general de la semana es la siguiente.

LUNES

Los lunes de 9:00 a. M. A 12:00 p. m.

Los maestros se reunirán con pequeños grupos de estudiantes para una variedad de propósitos, que van desde la intervención hasta el enriquecimiento, el aprendizaje socioemocional, la educación especial o servicios relacionados. Si bien todos los maestros trabajarán con grupos pequeños, no todos los estudiantes participarán en grupos cada semana. Cuando los estudiantes no están participando en grupos, estarán trabajando en asignaciones asincrónicas, lo que significa que los estudiantes pueden completarlas a su propio ritmo en cualquier momento. Los lunes por la tarde, los estudiantes trabajarán en asignaciones asincrónicas, realizarán actividades de elección proporcionadas por la escuela o participarán en uno de los recursos digitales de FCPS. La Junta Escolar ha aprobado y se han realizado compras para los siguientes recursos digitales para todas las escuelas:

Calificaciones ST Math (K-8) I

magine Learning: Lenguaje y alfabetización y lectura

(K-6) Pioneer Valley: Lector digital de huellas de alfabetización (PreK-3)

Los lunes por la tarde están reservados para que los maestros participen en reuniones, desarrollo profesional y planificación.

MARTES -- VIERNES

Como el Dr. Brabrand compartió en su actualización a las familias que recibió a principios de esta semana, las escuelas volverán a los horarios de campana del año pasado. Aquí está el día de CWES de un vistazo.

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Reunión matutina Los estudiantes comenzarán cada día a construir relaciones con sus compañeros y maestros. Los estudiantes deben comenzar el proceso de registro a más tardar a las 8:50 para que puedan estar presentes en la reunión matutina de construcción comunitaria.

9:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Bloques de instrucción (K-6), especiales (2-6) y optativas (4-6) Espaciaremos la instrucción a lo largo del día de manera diferente según los niveles de grado de los estudiantes, utilizando un enfoque apropiado para el desarrollo. Los estudiantes de jardín de infantes y primer grado participarán en toda su instrucción académica básica (matemáticas, artes del lenguaje, ciencias y estudios sociales) antes del almuerzo. Se pondrá énfasis en el movimiento, el compromiso y la diversión, tomando descansos según sea necesario. Los estudiantes en los grados 2 y 3 participarán en talleres de artes del lenguaje y matemáticas antes de la hora del almuerzo. También tendrán un especial de treinta minutos cada mañana para participar en arte, música, educación física y STEAM. Los estudiantes en los grados 4-6 participarán en al menos un bloque académico más sus especiales y optativas antes del almuerzo. Los estudiantes tendrán un especial de treinta minutos cada día (arte, música, educación física y biblioteca / STEAM). Además, los estudiantes tendrán una materia optativa de treinta minutos cada día, que incluirá banda y cuerdas y especiales adicionales de la elección de su hijo, que se pueden entregar de forma sincrónica o asincrónica. Se compartirá más información en las próximas semanas, incluida una encuesta de las preferencias de su hijo para las materias optativas. Las artes del lenguaje y las matemáticas se enseñan a través de un enfoque de taller en bloques de 50 a 60 minutos. Estos bloques combinarán lecciones de enfoque para toda la clase con instrucción en grupos pequeños, lo que significa que habrá momentos en que su hijo se reunirá con el maestro, así como momentos en los que su hijo podría desconectarse para leer o completar tareas independientes en la casa del maestro. dirección. Descanso de pantalla: Cada mañana, los estudiantes tendrán al menos un descanso de pantalla de diez minutos.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Almuerzo y descanso de movimiento en toda la escuela Los estudiantes de TODOS los grados tendrán una hora al mediodía para almorzar y tomar un descanso frente a la pantalla, una oportunidad para jugar o realizar actividad física. Esperamos que esta alineación de horarios sea especialmente conveniente para las familias con estudiantes de CWES en varios grados. No se planificará ninguna instrucción durante este tiempo.

1:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Bloques de instrucción (2-6), especiales (K-1), biblioteca y grupos pequeños (K-2) Después de la pausa del almuerzo, nuestros estudiantes de grado superior participarán en el resto de sus bloques de instrucción, incluidas las áreas de contenido de ciencias y estudios sociales. Los estudiantes en los grados K ​​y 1 tendrán un especial de 30 minutos cada día (arte, música, educación física y STEAM). Un día a la semana, los estudiantes en los grados K-2 también participarán en una lección de biblioteca / leerán en voz alta.

Los grados K-2 tendrán tiempo adicional para grupos pequeños cada tarde. En las primeras semanas del año escolar, estos grupos pequeños se enfocarán en conectarse con los estudiantes para construir relaciones y satisfacer sus necesidades sociales y emocionales. Más adelante en el otoño, estos grupos pequeños brindarán oportunidades adicionales para que los maestros brinden apoyo académico. Los estudiantes pueden tener momentos en los que no se reúnen con el maestro en estos grupos pequeños y, en cambio, participarán en actividades independientes bajo la dirección del maestro. Descanso de pantalla: cada tarde, los estudiantes tendrán al menos un descanso de pantalla de diez minutos.

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Círculo de cierre (K-6) Las tres en punto marcan el final del día sincrónico para la mayoría de los estudiantes. El círculo de cierre es una característica de Responsive Classroom que complementa la reunión matutina, ambas oportunidades para el aprendizaje social y emocional (SEL) que sirven como sujetalibros positivos y sociales para el día de los estudiantes. El Círculo de cierre permite a los estudiantes volver a conectarse con sus compañeros de clase y el maestro y reflexionar sobre el día que tuvieron. Los maestros también aprovecharán esta oportunidad para preparar a los estudiantes para el éxito en la parte asincrónica de su día escolar.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 PM

Instrucción especializada, apoyo en grupos pequeños y trabajo asincrónico La mayoría de los estudiantes completarán las tareas de forma asincrónica en este momento, mientras que algunos estudiantes serán retirados de sus maestros para recibir apoyo adicional en grupos pequeños para una variedad de propósitos.

Recogida de fotografías escolares y del anuario

¡Nuestros anuarios están listos! Si ordenó que le enviaran un anuario 2019-2020 a la escuela, o si ordenó fotografías escolares y aún no las ha recogido, venga a la escuela a recogerlas entre las 10:00 y las 2:00 del viernes 14 de agosto. Por favor use una máscara y practique la distancia social. Puede autorizar a un vecino a que firme su pedido y lo recoja por usted. Comuníquese con Cheryl Trimbach en ctrimbach@fcps.edu si necesita programar una hora alternativa para que lo recojan.

¿Tienes una computadora portátil de la escuela en casa?

¡Queremos asegurarnos de que su computadora portátil esté lista para cuando comience la escuela! Es importante que haga lo siguiente CADA SEMANA: Conecte la computadora portátil a una toma de corriente Encienda la computadora portátil y déjela arrancar Asegúrese de que esté conectado a Internet Deje reposar la computadora portátil durante 30 minutos. No se requieren inicios de sesión ni actividades adicionales. Al hacer estas cosas, se asegurará de que su computadora portátil tenga todas las actualizaciones y estará listo para comenzar cuando comience la escuela.

¿Todavía tienes preguntas sobre el otoño?

Regreso a la escuela - Preguntas frecuentes para familias Las preguntas frecuentes y las respuestas sobre el plan de regreso a la escuela de otoño de 2020 se pueden encontrar aquí. Para obtener información adicional sobre el año escolar 2020-21, haga clic aquí. Regreso a la escuela - Preguntas frecuentes sobre educación especial Las preguntas y respuestas frecuentes sobre Child Find, evaluaciones, reevaluaciones, elegibilidad, IEP, planes 504 e instrucción de educación especial se pueden encontrar aquí

Noche de información sobre el horario de CWES para familias

Únase a los administradores el viernes 14 de agosto a las 5:00 p. M. Para ver más de cerca los horarios diarios de cada nivel de grado y hacer preguntas sobre cómo será el otoño para los estudiantes de CWES. El enlace se enviará por mensaje de texto y correo electrónico el jueves 13 de agosto.

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

I am so proud of our community. Under extraordinary stress, parents and teachers made thoughtful and difficult decisions while respecting the various perspectives, fears and concerns of others. Together as one school, we will develop comprehensive plans for the two "Canterbury campuses" next year. Thanks to your high level of engagement, 96% of our student choices were submitted before the deadline. 

Here are the results as of July 18 (data may continue to shift with each new student who registers.)*

  • 47% of our students will participate in the hybrid model
  • 53% of our students will participate in the virtual model

You might wonder about the how the results for younger and older students compared. 

In grades K-2, a greater percentage of parents chose to send students in person.

  • 56% of students will participate in the hybrid model.
  • 44% of students will participate in the virtual model.

In grades 3-6, the percentages were reversed.

  • 44% of students will participate in the hybrid model.
  • 56% of students will participate in the virtual model.

Given the less-than-favorable press FCPS has recently received, I truly appreciate the words of appreciation you have shared with me and our teachers about our approach to distance learning this past spring. 

One family shared with a teacher they were "blown away by how much our son enjoyed the online lessons. He so looked forward to live instruction to see you and his classmates. One day, in particular, I noticed he was rewatching the earlier poetry lesson you had given (for maybe the third time?).  I asked him if he was confused by something in the lesson, and he answered, “no, I just wanted to see my teacher.' Regardless of recent rhetoric in the news, I just wanted you to know that our son's experience was incredible." 

A parent sent another teacher an "FCPS Cares Award" about distance learning: "My daughter's teacher, along with her team teacher, provided meaningful learning experiences since the start of distance learning no matter what the challenges...Her teachers skillfully provided assignments and feedback in a way my child could mostly access on her own. I've been incredibly impressed by her pivot to distance learning...she has also made sure kids felt connected and seen by their teacher during this time."

These are just two of many tributes, and that was under the circumstance of "emergency schooling" -- we know we can improve with smaller class sizes and more than double the instructional time. I am confident that students who access virtual instruction next year will be engaged and challenged academically while they build connection and community with their teachers and classmates online. Please take a moment to fill out this form about your child's distance learning experience to help us plan for the coming school year.

I am equally confident that when some students return safely to the building for their instruction, they will be engaged and challenged academically while they build connection and community with their teachers and classmates in person. As I wrote to one worried mom who was conflicted about the hybrid decision, I shared,"if anyone can make distancing and masks still feel like home, our teachers can. They will find creative ways to make school life engaging and joyful." If you have selected the hybrid option for your child, please build your child's stamina for wearing a mask this summer. If mask wearing isn't a distraction, your child can focus on learning when they return to school. "Playing school" for longer periods of time (with distance and masks) may be a good way to introduce the habit of wearing a mask indoors while performing other activities.

The 8th of September is 50 days away, and a lot can change in 50 days. The CWES team will be ready for whatever this fall brings. However your children access instruction, we are committed to helping them thrive.

"Meet & G-Reeder"; School Picture Pick Up Friday, July 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Our school pictures have arrived! We thought this would be a perfect opportunity for you to swing by  the school to meet our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Reeder! Ms. Milliron and Ms. Trimbach, our new Administrative Assistant will be there as well!

While you are there, you can pick up your child's picture order (or your child's proof if you haven't ordered--or can't remember!). Please note the yearbooks are approximately still two weeks from delivery.

We still have the 100+ bags of school possessions as well. Given that so many of our teachers included sweet notes or gifts, we couldn't bear to throw them out without giving you ONE LAST CHANCE to pick them up.

You can also pick up medicines and drop off library books, patrol belts or school instruments. If your child is heading to middle school next year or is otherwise leaving CWES, please also return borrowed laptops -- the middle schools will be distributing devices to all students through FCPS-On. (If your child is returning to CWES in either instructional model, they may keep their laptops for 20-21.)

Parent Input Form, 2.0

The input you provided last spring for class placements was based upon a traditional school year. If you have a special request for the coming year, such as families in a "pod" who wish to be in the same classes, please use this Parent Input form to request it. According to the FCPS hybrid model, students with last names beginning with A-K  attend on Tuesday/Thursday and L-Z attends Wednesday/Friday. However, that breakdown does not always result in even numbers at each grade level at CWES. Therefore, we may be able to honor some requests to change days. Please note that if you require bus transportation or have children at other schools, we may not be able to honor move requests.  

Summer Office Hours

There are still two weeks left for your child to visit summer learning office hours with CWES teachers! Your child was sent a link in June to their FCPS Gmail account. Encourage them to pop in for some encouragement to learn throughout the summer before office hours end on July 30.

 

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

9:00-10:00

3rd grade

Ms. Desposito

1st grade

Mr. Bristol

5th grade

Ms. Freeman

K-2 support

Mrs. Crump

10:00-11:00


4th grade
Ms. Mouniemne


Kindergarten

Mrs. Germano


6th grade

Mrs. DellaVedova

2nd grade

Mrs.Stephens

11:00-12:00

 

5-6 support

Ms. Miller


Special Education

Ms. Castillo


3-4 support

Ms. Stafford-Nielson

Refunds Update & 2nd Grade Shirts

Last week, Bank of America mailed checks directly to families who requested refunds for canceled field trips and drama club. I apologize for the delay.

We have recently heard from the vendor for the second grade musical shirts that the shirts were never printed. If you paid for a shirt and you would like to get a refund, please fill out this form by July 24.

In lieu of posting this message in Spanish on our website today, the translated message follows below. En lugar de publicar este mensaje en español en nuestro sitio web hoy, el mensaje traducido sigue a continuación. Desde el escritorio del director

Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestra comunidad. Bajo un estrés extraordinario, los padres y los maestros tomaron decisiones reflexivas y difíciles mientras respetaban las diversas perspectivas, temores y preocupaciones de los demás. Juntos como una escuela, desarrollaremos planes integrales para los dos "campus de Canterbury" el próximo año. Gracias a su alto nivel de compromiso, el 96% de nuestras opciones de estudiantes se presentaron antes de la fecha límite. Aquí están los resultados a partir del 18 de julio (los datos pueden continuar cambiando con cada nuevo estudiante que se registre). *

El 47% de nuestros estudiantes participarán en el modelo híbrido

El 53% de nuestros estudiantes participará en el modelo virtual.

Quizás se pregunte cómo se comparan los resultados para estudiantes más jóvenes y mayores. En los grados K-2, un mayor porcentaje de padres eligió enviar a los estudiantes en persona. 

El 56% de los estudiantes participará en el modelo híbrido.

El 44% de los estudiantes participará en el modelo virtual.

En los grados 3-6, los porcentajes se invirtieron. 

El 44% de los estudiantes participará en el modelo híbrido.

El 56% de los estudiantes participará en el modelo virtual.

Dada la prensa poco favorable que FCPS ha recibido recientemente, realmente aprecio las palabras de agradecimiento que han compartido conmigo y con nuestros maestros sobre nuestro enfoque para el aprendizaje a distancia en la primavera pasada. Una familia compartió con un maestro que estaban "impresionados por lo mucho que nuestro hijo disfrutó de las lecciones en línea. Tenía muchas ganas de recibir instrucciones en vivo para verte a ti y a tus compañeros de clase. Un día, en particular, noté que estaba viendo la lección de poesía anterior. usted había dado (¿tal vez por tercera vez?). Le pregunté si estaba confundido por algo en la lección, y él respondió: "no, solo quería ver a mi maestro". Independientemente de la retórica reciente en las noticias, solo quería que supieras que la experiencia de nuestro hijo fue increíble ". 

Un padre envió a otro maestro un "Premio FCPS Cares" sobre el aprendizaje a distancia: "El maestro de mi hija, junto con el maestro de su equipo, proporcionó experiencias de aprendizaje significativas desde el comienzo del aprendizaje a distancia sin importar los desafíos ... Sus maestros hábilmente proporcionaron tareas y retroalimentación de una manera que mi hijo podría tener acceso principalmente por su cuenta. Me ha impresionado increíblemente su giro hacia el aprendizaje a distancia ... también se ha asegurado de que los niños se sientan conectados y vistos por su maestro durante este tiempo "

Estos son solo dos de los muchos tributos, y eso fue bajo la circunstancia de "escolarización de emergencia": sabemos que podemos mejorar con clases más pequeñas y más del doble del tiempo de instrucción. Estoy seguro de que los estudiantes que accedan a la instrucción virtual el próximo año se involucrarán y desafiarán académicamente mientras crean conexión y comunidad con sus maestros y compañeros de clase en línea. Tómese un momento para completar este formulario sobre la experiencia de aprendizaje a distancia de su hijo para ayudarnos a planificar el próximo año escolar. 

Estoy igualmente seguro de que cuando algunos estudiantes regresen de manera segura al edificio para su instrucción, se involucrarán y desafiarán académicamente mientras construyen la conexión y la comunidad con sus maestros y compañeros de clase en persona. Cuando le escribí a una madre preocupada que estaba en conflicto con la decisión híbrida, compartí, "si alguien puede alejarse y las máscaras todavía se sienten como en casa, nuestros maestros pueden hacerlo. Encontrarán formas creativas de hacer que la vida escolar sea atractiva y alegre".

Si ha seleccionado la opción híbrida para su hijo, desarrolle la resistencia de su hijo para usar una máscara este verano. Si el uso de máscaras no es una distracción, su hijo puede concentrarse en aprender cuando regrese a la escuela. "Jugar a la escuela" por períodos de tiempo más largos (con distancia y máscaras) puede ser una buena manera de introducir el hábito de usar una máscara en el interior mientras realiza otras actividades. 

El 8 de septiembre faltan 50 días y muchas cosas pueden cambiar en 50 días. El equipo de CWES estará listo para lo que sea que traiga este otoño. Sin embargo, sus hijos acceden a la instrucción, estamos comprometidos a ayudarlos a prosperar.

Conocer y saludar con el Sr. Reeder; Recogida de imágenes de la escuela Viernes 24 de julio, 10:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.

¡Han llegado las fotos de nuestra escuela! ¡Pensamos que esta sería una oportunidad perfecta para pasar por la escuela para conocer a nuestro nuevo Subdirector, el Sr. Reeder! Ms. Milliron y Ms. Trimbach, nuestro nuevo Asistente Administrativo también estará allí.Mientras esté allí, puede recoger el pedido de fotografías de su hijo (o la prueba de su hijo si no ha pedido, ¡o no puede recordarlo!). Tenga en cuenta que los anuarios son aproximadamente dos semanas después de la entrega.

Todavía tenemos más de 100 bolsas de posesiones escolares también. Dado que muchos de nuestros maestros incluyeron notas dulces o regalos, no podríamos soportar tirarlos sin darle UNA ÚLTIMA OPORTUNIDAD para que los recoja.También puede recoger medicamentos y dejar libros de la biblioteca, cinturones de patrulla o instrumentos escolares. Si su hijo se dirige a la escuela intermedia el próximo año o de lo contrario dejará CWES, también devuelva las computadoras portátiles prestadas: las escuelas intermedias distribuirán dispositivos a todos los estudiantes a través de FCPS-On. (Si su hijo regresa a CWES en cualquiera de los modelos de instrucción, puede guardar sus computadoras portátiles durante 20-21).

Formulario de entrada para padres

El aporte que proporcionó la primavera pasada para las colocaciones de clase se basó en un año escolar tradicional. Si tiene una solicitud especial para el próximo año, como las familias en un "grupo" que desean estar en las mismas clases, utilice este formulario de participación de los padres para solicitarlo. Según el modelo híbrido de FCPS, los estudiantes con apellidos que comienzan con A-K asisten los martes / jueves y L-Z asisten los miércoles / viernes. Sin embargo, ese desglose no siempre resulta en números pares en cada nivel de grado en CWES. Por lo tanto, es posible que podamos cumplir con algunas solicitudes de cambio de días. Tenga en cuenta que si necesita transporte en autobús o tiene hijos en otras escuelas, es posible que no podamos cumplir con las solicitudes de mudanza.

Horario de oficina de verano

¡Aún quedan dos semanas para que su hijo visite las horas de oficina de aprendizaje de verano con los maestros de CWES! A su hijo se le envió un enlace en junio a su cuenta de FCPS Gmail. Anímalos a que vengan a buscar algo de aliento para aprender durante todo el verano antes de que las horas de oficina finalicen el 30 de julio.

   

LUNES

MARTES

MIERCOLES

JUEVES

9:00-10:00

3rd-Sra. Desposito

1st-Sr. Bristol

5th-Sra. Freeman

K-2 support-Sra. Crump

10:00-11:00

4th-Sra. Mouniemne

K-Sra. Germano

6th-Sra. DellaVedova

2nd-Sra. Stephens

11:00-12:00

 

5-6 support-Sra. Miller

SPED-Sra. Castillo

3-4 support-Sra. Stafford-Nielson

Actualización de reembolsos y camisas de segundo grado

La semana pasada, el Bank of America envió cheques por correo directamente a las familias que solicitaron reembolsos por excursiones canceladas y club de teatro. Me disculpo por el retraso.

Recientemente hemos escuchado del vendedor de las camisas musicales de segundo grado que las camisas nunca se imprimieron. Si pagó por una camisa y desea obtener un reembolso, complete este formulario antes del 24 de julio.

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CWES July Updates

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

In the last night's Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand we learned that staff and families will have until July 15 to make their preference known for next year. This provides you with five additional days to express a decision, and for those of you who have expressed a decision, five additional days to worry about whether you've made the right one for your child. I can empathize. 

I thought it might be helpful to share where our responses are as of today. We have received responses from about a third of our student body so far.

As of this morning, July 7, 276 parents have responded:

Parents have chosen the HYBRID OPTION for 61% of our students. This involves attending school in-person two days a week with social distancing protocols and learning through asynchronous activities the other three days.

Parents have chosen the VIRTUAL OPTION for 39% of our students. This involves participating in four days of synchronous virtual instruction each week and learning through asynchronous activities the fifth day.

These numbers can change over the coming days, and families can change their preference with a click of a button until that day as well. Also keep in mind that if families do not respond by the deadline, their children will be assigned to the hybrid (in-person) model.

Currently in each grade, there are multiple children who plan to participate in school through each option. Hopefully this puts you at ease that whatever your preference, you are not alone.

If you are still uncertain, here are some resources to help:

Return to School web page 

FCPS Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

CWES Parent Q&A session--recording

Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (July 6)--recording 

And tomorrow, July 8 - FCPS Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (en Español) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

I am here to support you as you navigate this challenging decision. CWES will be ready to teach your children, whether they access their instruction through the hybrid or through the virtual model. WE CAN continue to strengthen our school community and find ways to come together next year. We may have two settings for instructional delivery in 2020-2021, but we are ONE SCHOOL. We are grateful and proud to serve your families.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

How to Make Your Choice by July 15

To select the option that works best for your child(ren), please follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Access the online form athttps://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 .
STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID* and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS). 
STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
STEP 5: Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

* Newly registered students may request a Student ID from Ms. Decatur, our Student Information Assistant, at ALDecatur@fcps.edu.

Meet Our New Assistant Principal!

Meet Scott Reeder, our new Assistant Principal! He comes to us from Haycock Elementary, where he served as Assistant Principal responsible for special education for the past four years. He served as a first and third grade teacher and special education teacher at Westlawn and Providence Elementary Schools. He is excited to partner with Ms. Milliron and I to help lead our amazing school.

Here is an introductory message from Scott:

“I am extremely excited to be joining the Canterbury Woods family.  As an educator for the past sixteen years, I have had many great opportunities to support students, staff, and communities.  I have worked as a general education teacher, special education teacher, and most recently as an assistant principal all at the elementary level.  My leadership style is collaborative, and I strive to build leadership capacity in the school.  I am a lifelong learner, and I enjoy building relationships to better serve the school community.  I am committed to supporting a school culture that values growth mindset where risk-taking is embraced and intellectual curiosity is encouraged.  I am also the proud father of two girls, seven years and a 6 months old.  Nothing brings me more joy than spending time with my family and exploring our new community of Centreville.”

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Reeder!

Summer Learning Schedule

Visit our Summer Learning Resource Page or our Quick Links page this summer for ideas to promote your child’s continuity of learning throughout the coming weeks.

Students currently in grades K-6 should have received both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Workbook in the mail. Digital versions of the books have been posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These workbooks will provide practice activities to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. 

Motivation lagging? Have questions about the workbooks?

Encourage your child to visit summer office hours with CWES teachers on Blackboard Collaborate the weeks beginning June 29th through July 31st. These hours are NOT for direct teaching; they are for touching base with teachers around summer learning activities.

All currently enrolled students received a “CWES Summer” invitation from Blackboard with a secure link to use this summer in their fcpsschools.net Gmail account. Office hours are held between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Mondays through Thursdays. Click on the individual student link in your child's Gmail to visit at these days or times, according to your child’s grade level:

2019-2020 Grade Level - Teacher – Day, Time
Kindergarten – Ms. Germano – Tuesday, 10:00 AM
First Grade – Mr. Bristol – Tuesday, 9:00 AM
Second Grade – Mrs. Stephens – Thursday, 10:00 AM
Third Grade -- Ms. Desposito – Monday, 9:00 AM   
Fourth Grade – Ms. Mouneimne – Monday, 10:00 AM  
Fifth Grade –Mrs. Freeman – Wednesday, 9:00 AM
Sixth Grade – Mrs. DellaVedova – Wednesday, 10:00 AM
Special Education, K-6 -- Ms. Castillo – Wednesday, 11:00 AM

In addition to these times which are open to ANY STUDENT at the grade level, we are providing an extra hour of academic summer support for students who might struggle with reading or math. Please encourage your child to attend one or both of these hours according to his/her grade level:

2019-2020 Grade Levels - Teacher – Day, Time
K-2 – Mrs. Crump -- Thursday, 9:00 AM
Grades 3-4 – Mrs. Stafford-Nielson -- Thursday, 11:00 AM
Grades 5-6 – Ms. Miller -- Tuesday, 11:00 AM

In lieu of posting this message in Spanish on our website today, the translated message follows below. En lugar de publicar este mensaje en español en nuestro sitio web hoy, el mensaje traducido sigue a continuación. Desde El Escritorio del Directora

 

Queridas familias,

En el ayuntamiento de la noche anterior con el Dr. Brabrand supimos que el personal y las familias tendrán hasta el 15 de julio para dar a conocer su preferencia para el próximo año. Esto le proporciona cinco días adicionales para expresar una decisión, y para aquellos de ustedes que han expresado una decisión, cinco días adicionales para preocuparse si han tomado la decisión correcta para su hijo. Puedo empatizar.

Pensé que podría ser útil compartir dónde están nuestras respuestas a partir de hoy. Hemos recibido respuestas de aproximadamente un tercio de nuestro alumnado hasta el momento.

A partir de esta mañana, 7 de julio, 276 de los padres han respondido:

Los padres han elegido la OPCIÓN HÍBRIDA para el 61% de nuestros estudiantes. Esto implica asistir a la escuela en persona dos días a la semana con protocolos de distanciamiento social y aprender a través de actividades asincrónicas los otros tres días.

Los padres han elegido la OPCIÓN VIRTUAL para el 39% de nuestros estudiantes. Esto implica participar en cuatro días de instrucción virtual sincrónica cada semana y aprender a través de actividades asincrónicas el quinto día.

Estos números pueden cambiar en los próximos días, y las familias también pueden cambiar sus preferencias haciendo clic en un botón hasta ese día. También tenga en cuenta que si las familias no responden en la fecha límite, sus hijos serán asignados al modelo híbrido (en persona). Actualmente en cada grado, hay varios niños que planean participar en la escuela a través de cada opción. Esperemos que esto te tranquilice, sea cual sea tu preferencia, no estás solo.

Si aún no está seguro, aquí hay algunos recursos para ayudar:

Return to School web page 

FCPS Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

CWES Parent Q&A session--recording

Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (July 6)--recording 

Y mañana, 8 de julio - Ayuntamiento de FCPS con el Dr. Brabrand (en español) - FCPS Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (en Español) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

 

Estoy aquí para apoyarlo mientras navega en esta difícil decisión. CWES ​​estará listo para enseñar a sus hijos, ya sea que accedan a su instrucción a través del modelo híbrido o virtual. PODEMOS continuar fortaleciendo nuestra comunidad escolar y encontrar formas de unirnos el próximo año. Es posible que tengamos dos configuraciones para la entrega de instrucción en 2020-2021, pero somos UNA ESCUELA. Estamos agradecidos y orgullosos de servir a sus familias.

Un cordial saludo,

Diane Leipzig, Dra. L

Cómo Elegir una Opción de Inscripción antes de 15 Julio

Un ayuntamiento virtual en español se llevará a cabo el miércoles 8 de julio a las 6:30 pm en Facebook en español, con el Dr. Brabrand y otros funcionarios de FCPS.


Estas son algunas de las oportunidades para compartir comentarios sobre los planes de FCPS para reabrir las escuelas este otoño.

Se pueden encontrar detalles adicionales sobre las dos opciones en los enlaces a continuación:
  1. Aprendizaje en línea a tiempo completo: aprendizaje en línea .
  2. Aprendizaje en persona en edificios escolares con distancia social y de salud: aprendizaje en persona .

Si no tiene acceso a Internet, llame a la escuela de su hijo.

Este formulario es accesible a través de dispositivos móviles. Las traducciones del formulario están disponibles utilizando la opción de selección de idioma en la página web.

Para seleccionar la opción que funcione mejor para su hijo o hijos, siga los pasos a continuación:

  • PASO 1: Acceda al formulario en línea 
  • PASO 2: Inicie sesión con la identificación de estudiante de su hijo y la dirección de correo electrónico o número de teléfono del padre que se inscribió en el archivo en el Sistema de información del estudiante (SIS) de FCPS.
  • PASO 3: Haga su selección y termine haciendo clic en el botón "Enviar formulario" en la parte inferior del formulario.
  • PASO 4: revise su correo electrónico para ver si hay un mensaje de confirmación de su decisión de inscripción con información adicional sobre el proceso de inscripción y un enlace para cambiar su selección, si lo desea.
  • PASO 5: Repita este proceso para cada uno de sus hijos que asisten a la escuela en FCPS para el año escolar 2020-21.

Es importante que complete el formulario antes del 15 de julio de 2020.

Sabemos que puede tener preguntas adicionales y le recomendamos que revise nuestras Preguntas frecuentes ( FAQ ). Continuaremos agregando preguntas frecuentes durante el verano a medida que haya más detalles disponibles.

Gracias por ayudarnos a prepararnos para el próximo año escolar.  

Nota: Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, llame a su escuela o a las Líneas de información para padres para obtener ayuda. Los angloparlantes pueden llamar al Centro de Recursos para Padres al 703-204-3941 .

Conozca Nuestro Nuevo Subdirector

¡Conozca a Scott Reeder, nuestro nuevo subdirector! Él viene a nosotros desde Haycock Elementary, donde se desempeñó como subdirector responsable de educación especial durante los últimos cuatro años. Se desempeñó como maestro de primer y tercer grado y maestro de educación especial en las escuelas primarias Westlawn y Providence. Él está emocionado de asociarse con la Sra. Milliron y yo para ayudar a dirigir nuestra increíble escuela. Aquí hay un mensaje introductorio de Scott: “Estoy extremadamente emocionado de unirme a la familia Canterbury Woods. Como educador durante los últimos dieciséis años, he tenido muchas oportunidades excelentes para apoyar a los estudiantes, el personal y las comunidades. He trabajado como maestra de educación general, maestra de educación especial, y más recientemente como subdirectora, todo en el nivel primario. Mi estilo de liderazgo es colaborativo y me esfuerzo por desarrollar la capacidad de liderazgo en la escuela. Soy un aprendiz de por vida y disfruto construyendo relaciones para servir mejor a la comunidad escolar. Estoy comprometido a apoyar una cultura escolar que valore la mentalidad de crecimiento donde se adopte la toma de riesgos y se fomente la curiosidad intelectual. También soy el orgulloso padre de dos niñas, de siete años y seis meses. Nada me trae más alegría que pasar tiempo con mi familia y explorar nuestra nueva comunidad de Centerville ". ¡Únete a mí para darle la bienvenida a Senor Reeder!

Horario de aprendizaje de verano

Visite nuestra página de recursos de aprendizaje de verano o nuestra página de enlaces rápidos este verano para obtener ideas para promover la continuidad del aprendizaje de su hijo durante las próximas semanas. Los estudiantes actualmente en los grados K-6 reciben un libro de ejercicios de práctica de verano de matemáticas y artes del lenguaje esenciales por correo a fines de junio. Las versiones digitales de los libros también se publican en la página de Continuity of Learning Blackboard. Estos libros proporcionarán actividades de práctica para revisar el contenido esencial del año escolar 2019-2020.

¿Retraso en la motivación? ¿Tiene preguntas sobre los libros de trabajo?

Anime a su hijo a visitar las horas de oficina de verano con los maestros de CWES en Blackboard Collaborate las semanas que comienzan del 29 de junio al 31 de julio. Estas horas NO son para enseñanza directa; son para contactar a los maestros en torno a las actividades de aprendizaje de verano.

Todos los estudiantes actualmente matriculados recibieron una invitación de "CWES Summer" de Blackboard con un enlace seguro para usar este verano en su cuenta de Gmail fcpsschools.net. El horario de atención es entre las 9:00 a.m. y las 12:00 p.m. de lunes a jueves. Haga clic en el enlace individual del estudiante en el Gmail de su hijo para visitar en estos días u horarios, de acuerdo con el grado de su hijo:

Nivel de grado 2019-2020 - Maestro - Día, hora

Kindergarten - Sra. Germano - Martes, 10:00 a.m.

Primer Grado - Sr. Bristol - Martes, 9:00 a.m.

Segundo - Sra. Stephens - jueves, 10:00 a.m.

Tercer  - Sra. Desposito - Lunes, 9:00 a.m.

Cuarto  - Sra. Mouneimne - Lunes, 10:00 a.m.

Quinto - Sra. Freeman - Miércoles, 9:00 a.m.

Sexto  - Sra. DellaVedova - Miércoles, 10:00 a.m.

Educación Especial, K-6 - Sra. Castillo - Miércoles, 11:00 AM

Además de estos tiempos que están abiertos a CUALQUIER ESTUDIANTE a nivel de grado, estamos brindando una hora adicional de apoyo académico de verano para estudiantes que puedan tener dificultades con la lectura o las matemáticas. Anime a su hijo a asistir a una o ambas de estas horas de acuerdo con su nivel de grado:

Niveles de grado 2019-2020 - Maestro - Día, hora

K-2 - Sra. Crump - Jueves, 9:00 a.m.

Grados 3-4 - Sra. Stafford-Nielson - jueves, 11:00 a.m.

Grados 5-6 - Sra. Miller - Martes, 11:00 a.m.

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dearest Families,

Summer is upon us, and this is the last formal issue of News You Choose for the school year. As I reflect upon this extraordinary and challenging year, I am so grateful for your partnership and so proud of our incredible staff. I understand we all have more questions than answers about what school next fall will look like. Be sure to complete the Return to School survey at https://www.fcps.edu/survey by TOMORROW to share your perspective.

Whatever the “back to school” season brings next year, we remain committed to ensuring our students continue to receive an excellent education from caring teachers, while protecting their physical and emotional health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if questions or concerns arise as the summer unfolds.

This summer…

May peace take the place of anxiety,

May sunshine be more frequent than rain,

May connection counter isolation, and

May your families find joy and gratitude each day.

 

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr.  L

Summer Learning Schedule

Visit our Summer Learning Resource Page or our Quick Links page this summer for ideas to promote your child’s continuity of learning throughout the coming weeks.

Students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Workbook in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These workbooks will provide practice activities to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year. 

Motivation lagging? Have questions about the workbooks?

Encourage your child to visit summer office hours with CWES teachers on Blackboard Collaborate the weeks beginning June 29th through July 31st. These hours are NOT for direct teaching; they are for touching base with teachers around summer learning activities.

All currently enrolled students received a “CWES Summer” invitation from Blackboard with a secure link to use this summer in their fcpsschools.net Gmail account. Office hours will be held between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Mondays through Thursdays. Click on the individual student link in your child's Gmail to visit at these days or times, according to your child’s grade level:

2019-2020 Grade Level - Teacher – Day, Time
Kindergarten – Ms. Germano – Tuesday, 10:00 AM
First Grade – Mr. Bristol – Tuesday, 9:00 AM
Second Grade – Mrs. Stephens – Thursday, 10:00 AM
Third Grade -- Ms. Desposito – Monday, 9:00 AM   
Fourth Grade – Ms. Mouneimne – Monday, 10:00 AM  
Fifth Grade –Mrs. Freeman – Wednesday, 9:00 AM
Sixth Grade – Mrs. DellaVedova – Wednesday, 10:00 AM
Special Education, K-6 -- Ms. Castillo – Wednesday, 11:00 AM

In addition to these times which are open to ANY STUDENT at the grade level, we are providing an extra hour of academic summer support for students who might struggle with reading or math. Please encourage your child to attend one or both of these hours according to his/her grade level:

2019-2020 Grade Levels - Teacher – Day, Time
K-2 – Mrs. Crump -- Thursday, 9:00 AM
Grades 3-4 – Mrs. Stafford-Nielson -- Thursday, 11:00 AM
Grades 5-6 – Ms. Miller -- Tuesday, 11:00 AM

A Fond Farewell to Mrs. Ladd

We have recently learned that Mrs. Ladd, CWES Assistant Principal for the past three years, will be taking a step back from administration to return to the classroom and to focus on her family. Her leadership and her warmth will be greatly missed by staff, students and families. I encourage you to take the time to write her some words of appreciation (dbladd@fcps.edu). 

Here are a few parting words from Mrs. Ladd.

Dear Cougar family,

Today I write to you with very mixed emotions.

As I look ahead to the summer, I too am hopeful for a return to “regular” school as soon as possible and a return to normalcy for all.

I know I am not alone in saying that these unprecedented times have been tough. This experience has caused my family to re-evaluate and look towards the future with a new lens. Now more than ever, family comes first and creating those cherished family memories is key. Through this difficult time that has been my silver lining.  

With all of this, I have decided to return to my original passion in education, working with students in the classroom.  I will be joining the Westlawn ES community as a 6th grade teacher. In a way it’s like returning home, as I went there as a student myself.  

I am so sad to leave our amazing school, students, and incredibly dedicated staff. Their passion and dedication to your children is immeasurable. I will forever be thankful and honored to have had the opportunity to be part of the CWES community.

I hope this is not a goodbye but rather until we meet again.

With lots of love and gratitude,

Deirdre

Welcome, Mrs. Trimbach

Mrs. Susan Woodfield retired at the end of March. I apologize to those of you who are waiting for refunds – checks will be mailed directly to your home from Bank of America over the next couple of weeks.

I am thrilled to introduce you to Cheryl Trimbach, our new Office Manager, Principal’s Administrative Assistant and Finance Tech. She began work this week and can be reached at ctrimbach@fcps.edu.

Here are a few words of introduction from Ms. Trimbach:

Hello!!  I’m the new Admin Assistant at CWES.  My husband and I recently relocated to Virginia from Houston, TX.  I have over 15 years experience working in a school district in Tomball, TX.  I started out as a receptionist, moving up to AP secretary at a junior high school, and then an Admin Assistant at an intermediate school.  I am so excited to be a new member of the CWES team and am looking forward to serving and assisting our staff, students and community!

Cheryl just started this week. Per FCPS’s guidance to telework when possible, our main office will not have set hours this summer. Please email me or Ms. Trimbach if you need anything.

Yearbook/School Pictures Update

Congratulations to our yearbook contest winner, Linh T., whose artwork will grace the cover of our 2019-2020 CWES Yearbook! And congratulations to our four runners up, Mark S., Satchel B., Madeline C. and Pendry C., whose artwork will be featured on the back cover.

The yearbook has been sent to production. If you ordered it to be mailed to the school, we will notify you this July when it arrives.

School pictures will be delivered next week. If you ordered school pictures to be mailed to the school, we will reach out to arrange a time for you to pick them up.

No Place for Hate

Congratulations to ALL of CWES on earning No Place for Hate® designation for the very first time during the 2019-2020 school year! We earned this designation by signing the No Place for Hate® pledge as a school and by hosting our first No Place for Hate® event, “Celebrating our Differences.” Next year our goal will be to host THREE student-driven, school-wide events with a goal to combat bias and bullying and to promote inclusivity.

While we wish we could celebrate our accomplishment together in-person, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has created a virtual No Place for Hate Ceremony. Please click here to view our virtual ceremony for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Special thanks to:

No Place for Hate® Planning Committee Members - Caroline T, Ezana L, Nadia F, Amanda O, Casey M, Faith L, Grace B, Noah D, Jasmin R-S, Lynaea M, Maddie S, Molly H, Lauren O, Saniyah P and Silas B

No Place for Hate® Special Ops Committee Members - Rekibna G, Paige P, Virginia V, Nhi Nguyen, Nduta K, Zoe L, Christian V, Kaylin L, Alex M, Zahra J, Liam N-S, Dyne L, Alexandra, Gabriel C, Belane W, Amanda L, Eve R, Wyatt D, Henry B, Jessica S, Mikaela S, Enesi L, Iman K, Zoe P-S, Bella A, Ryan G, Ralitsa K, Matilda W, Alice H, Addie B, Joanna K, Avery H, Kebron Y, Emilia B, Caleb G, Joey A and Dallen F

Counselors' Corner Mental Health Tip of the Week

As we dive into summer vacation, it’s important to be intentional about staying connected. Here are some tips for kids to stay connected over the summer:

  1. Talk with your parents to choose the best way for you to keep in touch with your friends. It's important to have frequent contact with people you love, whether it's through video chat, on the phone, or through another social-distancing-safe means.
  2. Schedule virtual play dates. Put them on your calendar to give you something to look forward to!

Some fun games and activities that are easy to play on video chat:

No materials needed: Simon Says, Two Truths and a Lie, 21, tell each other riddles

Both friends need the same physical game: Uno, Guess Who?, Chutes and Ladders, Twister, Battleship (Older kids can play Battleship with graph paper! Find instructions here.)

Free links: Madlibs, Finish the Story, Would you Rather?, Pictionary or Charades, BINGO  

(Have more socially distanced game/activity ideas? Email rawilson@fcps.edu to have your game added to Counselors’ Corner!)

Make a "future fun" jar! It's natural to feel sad if you want to do something fun with your friends and you can't. Any time you can't do something because of social distancing, write it down and put the idea in a jar so that and your friends can look forward to doing it in the future!

CWES Noticias en Espanol

Ahora, puedes leer esta mensaje en español!

We have a created a “Canterbury ES Noticias en español” webpage. Translated messages from News You Choose (beginning with the one dated April 21) will be posted and archived on this page for Spanish-speaking families.

Use this link to access:

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/node/3890

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CWES Weekly Happenings

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families,

The end of the 2019-2020 school year is upon us, and it feels like forever ago that it first began. We started out the year with renewed commitments:

  • we committed to a healthier environment with our first year of the Global Awareness Project and paperless Take Home Tuesday.
  • we committed to social and emotional learning by joining the RULER study.
  • we committed to collaboration and closing achievement gaps in our school improvement plan.
  • we committed to inclusiveness with a diverse group of parent partners through the Welcoming Atmosphere Walkthrough process, and began providing families with front office support in Spanish.
  • we committed to anti-bias with our first year of No Place for Hate. 

We had fun together as a school community with our Cougar Crawl neighborhood walk and block party, the second year of International Night, our first multicultural day, our first-ever Monster Mash and watching Dr. L appear on Wheel of Fortune!

Then COVID-19 changed everything. Or...did it?

It felt like the world had stopped spinning on its axis. But when I reflect back on this spring, I realize our commitments really didn't change at all:

  • we continued our commitment to a healthier environment by teaching our students good hygiene and their role in promoting public health by staying home. We didn't just go paperless with communication, we went paperless with instruction!
  • we continued our commitment to social and emotional learning by supporting students through adversity, helping students embrace resilience and hope, and finding creative, new ways to strengthen connections with family, friends and teachers.
  • we continued our commitment to collaboration and closing achievement gaps with our approach to distance learning, allowing students to connect with other classes and teachers through our digital classroom partnerships. Our teachers came together as teams to thoughtfully plan to meet students' needs more this year than any other. Most of all, we collaborated with families in ways we never have before -- partnering with you in delivering education at home.
  • we continued our commitment to inclusiveness by ensuring all students had meals, school supplies and laptops. We translated News You Choose into Spanish and learned how to use software to make our distance learning accessible for our students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We held our first virtual PTA meeting and Kindergarten orientation, a format that allowed many more families to participate without the challenges of finding child-care or missing work. Our sixth grade promotion ceremony tomorrow is open to extended family from all over the country.
  • we continued our commitment to anti-bias in the wake of George Floyd's murder and amid nationwide protests by choosing courageous conversations over comfort, talking about anti-racism as a staff and with our students, and making sure CWES is a place every student feels celebrated, seen and heard.

This spring, our children experienced loss unlike any that we would ever have wanted for them. No spring sports, no spring concerts, no Fun Fair, no field day, no sixth grade picture and no in-person end of year parties ... the list goes on. We encouraged them to make the best of a challenging situation; to seek silver linings for the clouds that hovered overhead. Now, we owe it to them to make sure the lessons we have learned, the improvements we have made, and the commitments we have reimagined guide our steps into next year and beyond.

Have a wonderful summer break. We will offer supports to promote summer learning, and we will stand ready to meet your children's needs in the fall. Whatever the 2020-2021 school year brings, you can take comfort in knowing our commitments to our students, families and community will be as strong as ever.

Warm regards,

Diane Leipzig, Dr. L

Student Possession Pick Up/Drop Off

Last week, we successfully distributed almost 700 bags of students' possessions, collected countless library books and musical instruments, and returned many student medications. We also significantly thinned out our Lost and Found. However, the photo below shows there are plenty of bags that haven't been retrieved yet.

If you did not come last week, you have ONE LAST CHANCE before student bags and medications are discarded, and before Lost and Found items are donated.

Please contact Diane Leipzig at deleipzig@fcps.edu to arrange an appointment for early next week.

If you don't intend to come to the school to collect your child’s belongings, please click here to communicate that choice.

Summer Learning Kick Off Recordings

Thanks to those of you who joined us to kick off our summer learning program. We apologize for those of you for whom the link was not working properly.

The BBCU recordings will be available using the links below until Monday, and then this information will be available on our new webpage for summer resources, which will go live next week.

1. Overview of FCPS summer programming, i-Ready, CWES Bingo, and other tips for motivating your child to learn in the summer months (Dr. L)

 

2. Tips for challenging and extending your child's thinking (Mrs. Warren)

 

3. Strategies for working with your child on reading (Ms. Abd)

 

4. Strategies for working with your child on math (Ms. Rose)

Summer Learning Options

FCPS is offering several optional distance learning opportunities this summer for students to review and practice essential skills from the current grade. 

  • Students will have access to skill practice using iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. (While there, watch the video introducing the screener featuring our own Dr. L!) Students enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. Students will continue to have access to Dreambox, RAZ Kids, and other FCPS digital libraries through the end of July as well.
  • Students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Workbook in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide practice activities to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year and do not preview content from next year's grade level. 
  • A CWES teacher will be available to meet with students at each grade level for one hour a week on Blackboard Collaborate between June 29th and July 31st to support students as they complete the summer workbooks. The schedule will be published next week. Grade level sessions will be available to all students at the grade level, no registration necessary.
Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Program Imagine Your Story!

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. The Summer Reading Adventure runs June 12 through August 14 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. The theme in 2020 is “Imagine Your Story!” This summer the program will be virtual. Find more information and sign up here.

Departing Staff

In addition to Mrs. Choman, Ms. Brown and Ms. Kornman, mentioned previously, we also say goodbye this year to some wonderful specialists and resource teachers who are off to new adventures, near and far:

  • P.E. teacher Ms. Williams,
  • Theater teacher Ms. Talmadge,
  • Adaptive P.E. teacher Ms. Cleary,
  • Speech/language pathologist Ms. Breunissen, and
  • Special education teacher Mrs. Boucher.

They will be missed!

Community Food Distribution

DeLune Corp in Partnership with Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk present a FREE Food Distribution of Dairy & Produce for families in need.

Drive Thru
Thursday, June 25th
1:00 - 4:00 PM
6427 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

If you are unable to pick up food, contact Maria Franco-Nativi at 703-704-6700 to determine if you qualify for delivery.

Important Dates

Friday, June 12: Sixth grade promotion, 11:00-12:00 on Blackboard Collaborate. JOIN US AT https://tinyurl.com/y7ugdyb (NOTE: Link will not be live until tomorrow morning).

Monday, June 29: Virtual ESY (Extended School Year for students with disabilities) begins

Week of June 29: Weekly CWES office hours begin to support summer learning. Schedule posted news week -- ALL students welcome!

End of June: Final progress reports and summer math and language arts workbooks will be mailed directly to families' homes from central office.

CWES Noticias En Espanol

Ahora, puedes leer esta mensaje en español!

We have a created a “Canterbury ES Noticias en español” webpage. Translated messages from News You Choose (beginning with the one dated April 21) will be posted and archived on this page for Spanish-speaking families.

Use this link to access:

https://canterburywoodses.fcps.edu/node/3890

4910 Willet Drive, Annandale, VA 22003 |  Main Phone: 703.764.5600
Attendance: 703.764.5656 | Web | Twitter

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