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    Brooks' View 03/12/2020

    March 12, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    ​I hope you are looking forward to a week of relaxation during our Spring break. We hope that you stay safe and healthy. To that end, please know that the District is setting up alternate plans IF NEEDED. Thank you to so many of you who have responded to having quality access to the internet at home (the survey went out yesterday).

    During the break Ms. DeSambourg, for one, will be covering the office. If there is significant information that you need to share with the school, you are welcome to call the school office (8 – 3:30), or email me at brooksmeg@rsdmo.org. I will respond ASAP.

    With the heightened anxiety levels of late, please make every effort to stay vigilant and smart, but take a deep breath and relax.   

    We look forward to seeing all of our students back on Monday, March23rd! 


    Brooks' View 03/06/2020

    March 6, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    We are grateful…..

    Thank you to so many parents who attended Casino Night. I took several pictures and they are being displayed on our TV set in the lobby. SMILE

    Thank you for your support. Speaking of support, we want to thank Exxon Mobil once again for their $1000 contribution to CES. Several years back, Mrs. Sue Beers-Anthes worked as a Teaching Assistant in our school and her husband worked for EXXON Mobil. Since her departure, EXXON Mobil has graciously donated $1000 to CES. This money has been used to outfit our recess equipment, indoor and outdoor, and our STEAM Studio. We are grateful for the partnership and continued support.

    Congratulations to our First Graders for a wonderful performance of "The Great Nursey Rhyme Disaster" – what a treat! 

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    We just completed our Reading Week. We certainly enjoyed all the fun activities in which our students participated. The author, Tom Watson, who visited with our K-4 students was particularly great and the students truly enjoyed the interactive nature of the presentation. Many of our students were able to purchase the book he wrote with a personal dedication.

    The Book Fair is set-up and that is the sign that we are in parent-teacher conference time of the year. Please know that you are encouraged to meet with your child's teacher if you would find it helpful. If you are not signed up as yet, but wish to be, please don't hesitate to reach out to the teachers. We will be here both evenings, Monday and Wednesday.  Due to the late evenings during the week, we have NO SCHOOL on Friday, the start of our Spring break.

    LOST and FOUND items will be displayed throughout next week. What's not claimed by Thursday, the 12th, will be passed on to Good Will. ​​


    Brooks' View 02/28/2020

    February 28, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    I am glad that Dr. Miles, the Rockwood School Superintendent shared an update on the coronavirus issue that is all over our news. Please know that starting today, we are insisting that every child accesses our hand sanitizer as they enter the cafeteria. This is just a small way we can help teach our students to take advantage of the protections we have available in order to stay healthy. 

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    Our Crazy Hair Day was CRAZY! We took many pictures of the wackiest hair that we are displaying on our tv in the lobby – how fun!

    Reading Week is next week ….

    Monday - Wear a shirt that someone else can read! 

    Tuesday - Hat day

    Wednesday - Animal shirt or animal print day

    Thursday - PJ Day

    Friday - CES Spirit Wear 

     

    Spring Break is around the corner. Please make sure you have notified your child's teacher if you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference.​​


    Brooks' View 02/21/2020

    February 21, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    Parent-Teacher Spring Conferences …. A parent asked me to clarify the OPTIONAL Spring conferences initiative. I thought that this might be a good time to review this as we have so many new families at CES. 

    Whereas we expect 100% parent participation for our Fall Conferences, when the parents play a vital role in setting goals for the school year, based on preliminary data, by the time Spring Conferences come around, we feel that the communication between home and school has allowed many of our parents to feel comfortable enough with their child's progress not to have to meet with the teacher; a request that came from our parent community.  The ongoing use of technology provides daily/weekly information between home and school has helped in keeping our parents updated and in the know. As a result, if you, as a parent, do not need to meet face to face with the teacher, we honor that request. On the other hand, if the teacher feels that there is additional information that needs to be shared, parents are invited to meet with the teacher. 

    Our teachers are here both evenings on the designated dates. They are available to parents and even can offer a longer time than the designated 15 minutes for those parents who may need it. We feel it's a win-win. 

    ​New Teacher Assistant ….. We were able to hire a new Teacher Assistant, Ms. Chanda Zirkelbach, who will start working with our students on Wednesday. If you remember, Ms. Amanda Hill has moved to teach Technology in lieu of Ms. Gina Cunningham's resignation. She is a parent of Rockwood students and recently has moved to the St. Louis area from Florida. Expect to see her in the café and at recess! We welcome her to our CES family. 


    Brooks' View 02/14/2020

    February 14, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    We are truly hoping that this cold spell will be our last one for this year.

    Thank you to our parents who made our Friendship Parties such a success!

    Our Second Graders performed a wonderful musical this week, called Giraffes Can Dance. As one of our parents put it …. " it was clear how much went into in in the background on all of your (teachers)  parts.  I am sure that as educators faced with all of the things that must be done and taught, it's difficult to make the time and energy to pull off something like this.  So THANK you!  It means so much more than just entertaining parents and grandparents and some cute pics for Instagram (which is of course fun!).  But the importance of these kids to see their community and families supporting them in the arts and to get up in front of an audience like that is priceless." 

    2nd grade musical

    2nd grade musical

    Staffing news….. Ms. Regina Cunningham, our technology assistant, will be leaving us by the end of the month for a great opportunity. To that end, our current Teaching Assistant, Ms. Amanda Hill, will be taking over the technology position. As a result, we have posted a Teaching Assistant position on our website. We are looking for someone who loves to work with kids and ideally has experience in an educational setting.

    Spring Conferences are coming up!!! As in the past, these conferences are OPTIONAL, in the sense that if neither the parent or the teacher have any concerns, you are not required to meet. Please be watching for a letter explaining the process in more detail from your child's teacher in this week's newsletter.  

    The Penny War is OVER!!!!

    We raised $244.42 towards the animals in Australia through our Penny War. The Primary Grades won the Penny War and will get an extra recess to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who donated.  Way to go CES!!!!




    Brooks' View 02/07/2020

    February 7, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    Overall, I think our Early Release went well. We did have two buses return to school with several children on board, making the difficult decision that maneuvering a school bus up and down steep hills can be unsafe. Thank you to all of the parents that were understanding about this issue and we apologize for any disruption this may have caused for some.

    We continue to fight the many illnesses that we have among us. In addition to a significant number of students, especially in first grade, several of our teachers have come down with flu like symptoms. We continue to relay on the substitutes that are available to help us out during times like these.

    Congratulations to our ROSE NOMINEES. If you recall, the ROSE Award is presented to individuals who truly go above and beyond for Rockwood. The following staff have been recognized: Theresa Rose, Jennifer Cochran, Tina Carpenter, and our Nurse, Ms. Kristin Mueller. The decision to choose the finalists will be made in a few weeks. PICTURES

    The CES Teacher of the Year will be announced at the all-school assembly on Friday, February 14th! Nominees for this prestigious recognition are the following: Dawn Armstrong, Kelly Gannan, Laura Kroepel, Maureen Martin, and Laura Mueller. teacher of the yearteacher of the yearteacher of the year


    Brooks' View 01/31/2020

    January 31, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    It is always SuperBowl weekend – this year is flying by! GO CHIEFS!

    Parent-Pick-up Drop-off Reminder:

    For the safety of ALL – please DO NOT pull out of line until the cars in front of you move forward.

    A NOTE FROM THE NURSE

    ​​It's that time of year when illnesses (influenza, stomach bugs, viruses) are going around in the community, so we need to be aware that we are taking the right precautions to protect our children and others around them.  Here are a few reminders: 

    Please keep your child home if:

    -They have a fever of 100.0 F or higher (WITHOUT the use of a fever reducer-Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.) in the last 24 hours

    -They have a contagious disease such as strep throat (and have not been on antibiotics for more than 24 hours)

    -They have vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours

    -They are simply not feeling well 

    If you are giving your child medicine (Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough medicine) before school, they most likely are not well enough to make it through the school day, please keep them home.  

    HANDWASHING is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection.  Hands should be washed before you eat, after you go to the restroom, after you cough or sneeze, and it is also a good idea to wash your hands when you come home from school.  Please remind your child about this healthy habit.  

    It is NOT too late to get a flu shot. Most convenient care clinics and the health department can provide this without an appointment. If you are unsure where to go, please email me and I can provide some options that work best for your family. muellerkristin@rsdmo.org 

    If you have any questions about whether to send your child to school or not, please feel free to call me. Stay healthy!  

    Is it a cold or the flu?  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/coldflu.htm 

    When should your child go see a doctor?  Download the Kids Care app for free!  https://www.stlouischildrens.org/health-resources/kid-care-app

    If you didn't get a chance to join us for the "postponed snow-day" assembly this week, you missed a good one! Ms. Mathys' class acted out an approach that they are using in their class to show collaboration. One of our fifth graders, Henry Goertz, showed the coolest card trick that had us all mesmerized. Several students recommended the most recent "good reads" in the library. Owen Brauer, a third grade student, shared an piece of writing that he himself wrote about Martin Luther King Jr.

    Following the assembly, we had "Families" where our students completed a survey (older students helped our younger ones) about how they feel about CES. We will review the results, looking for any trends, positive or negative.

    The Rockwood School District Fine Arts Department leads a program called, "Little Thinkers Theatre" in which Elementary students are encouraged to submit original stories to the High School Theatre teachers who select the very best, "translating" the story into a theater production. This year, the teachers were overwhelmed by the number and the quality of the entries. It is truly an honor to have your story chosen and we are thrilled to share the winners from CES this year. Congrats to: 

    • Bailee Mahone (Mitzy Baker - teacher)
    • Emilia Golfo (Melissa Fehr - teacher)
    • Lydia Helgerson and Savannah Dean (Mitzy Baker - teacher)
    • Guatam Iyer and Jake Limburg (Mitzy Baker - teacher) 

    Stay Warm and enjoy the Game! 


    Brooks' View 1/24/2020

    January 24, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents!

    This morning I was greeted with this wonderful message from one of our parents….. "I want to share something really sweet and again tell you how much I love CES.  My child started not feeling well on Tuesday night and was home the past two days. She was so devastated to miss school. She didn't want to miss her math test. I asked her why she was so concerned about the test.  She said she was really excited to take it.  While she's only in second grade, I really appreciate the responsibility she is learning for academics. It's really important to me, and so cool to see".

    The weather continues to be inconsistent. Please encourage your child to dress appropriately as we do our best to go outside every day we can. In the Winter, we will plan to go outside if the wind chill is above 20 degrees. BRRRRR…..

    Monday is our 100th day of school already! Our kindergarten students will celebrate this with an end of the day "parade" where all count to 100 as they walk through our hallways – it's great fun for all!

    Finally, we are rescheduling the assembly we missed because of snow day to this Tuesday, January 28th. We will start our day in the gym and meet for our "Families" at 10:00 am. Our Spirit Day this month is next Friday and it's 80's day.

    Stay Warm and GO CHIEFS!!! 


    Brooks' View 01/10/2020

    January 10, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents!

    Reminder to please check your students' report cards now available on the Infinite Campus Portal.

    Happy 2020! We are back and we are excited to see all of our returning and NEW students at CES. In the past week, 9 new students have joined our family. We are just getting to know them, but we are focusing on welcoming them. To ease with this transition, some of our grade levels are asked to sit with their class, rather than free sit, so that our new friends find an easy place to assimilate.

    We held our annual Spelling Bee this past week. Two representatives from each of our fourth and fifth grade classes took part in the final Bee. Ms. Hogan offered some VERY challenging words for our students to spell. At the end, after numerous "back and forth" between the finalists, Claire Eltoft, a fifth grader, was the overall winner, while Ridhima Kumar was the alternate. Congratulations!  

    It is time to start our process for choosing the CES Teacher of the Year. The decision will be announced at the all-school assembly on February 14th. This is also the time when the District recognized all those individuals that have gone above and beyond with their contributions to Rockwood students – The ROSE Award. Please consider nominating a staff member that has had a profound impact on your child(ren). The LINK will take you to the actual nomination form that has to be completed.

    Enjoy the upcoming weekend and GO CHIEFS!​


    Brooks' View 12/20/20109

    December 20, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season? May the time off give you a chance to relax and enjoy that very special time with your loved ones.

    We ended our December with a bang! We hosted our special guest, Frank Brogan, the Assistant Secretary of Education from Washington DC, Margie VanDeven, the Commissioner of Education for the State of Missouri, numerous representatives from the Chesterfield City and Council, the School Board of Rockwood, including our Superintendent, Dr. Mark Miles, and various Rockwood Personnel, in all some 25+ guests. We had several students share their thoughts with our guests about our school, we visited a number of classrooms, and we presented the various programs we have in place. I felt that the visit was great success and it was very easy to feel very proud of being part of this wonderful school community. 

    This week we were greeted by our strings students and our special chorus.  Our last day before Winter break ended with our annual Sing-a Long. Thank you to SO many guests that came to join us for this wonderful event. It allowed us to finish 2019 strong as a Chesterfield Family and ready to embark on 2020.

    Finally, thank you to so many of you for the wonderful gifts. I am very grateful to be part of this warm and loving school.

    We look forward to seeing our teachers (only) back on January 3rd, and all of our students on January 6th!


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    Brooks' View 12/13/2019

    December 13, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    The Holidays are fast approaching and there is a festive feeling in the air.

    We are celebrating the upcoming season with various activities. Our Special Chorus performed our very first Holiday Concert this week and they sounded great! They will be going to the Children's Hospital next week to brighten up the day for the young patients as well as a surprise "flash mob" at West County Center. Our school is already decorated for the Season and many of our students are wearing their Holiday Gear, not to mention the teaching staff. Our Strings students and singers will be greeting us in the mornings with Holiday sounds. Please join us for our Sing-a Long next Friday at 12:00, the last day (Early Dismissal) before the Winter break. Concert

    ​​As we wind down our school year, we are completing the administration of the STAR test in all grades that will help us identify student needs so we can be ready to start the New Year with a strong plan for each and every one of our kiddos.

    Important change coming next year …

    Rockwood is improving the process for confirming elementary school student absences.  Currently our attendance secretaries make phone calls to parents each morning for students who are marked "unexcused."   Starting January 6, 2020, we will move to an automated system. If parents/guardians have not notified the school office of their child's absence by  9:50 a.m. they will receive an automated call and the absence will be marked as "unexcused".  Please notify the school office at 636-891-6500. 

    If you leave a message, don't forget to include the following: student's name, grade, reason for absence (for tracking commonalities), and your name and relationship to the student. The absence may be changed to "excused" if a valid reason is given within three days.

    Some facts to share from Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition: Screen Time

    Screen time has changed dramatically since the first iPhone was introduced in 2007 and research suggests it's having a big impact on the development of children's brains. Quality screen time and setting limits will help ensure a safe experience. 

    https://www.rsdmo.org/community/drugfree/resources/Pages/Screen-Time.aspx

    Finally, hope to see many of our kiddos at Movie Night TONIGHT 6 – 9!

     

     

     

     

     


    Brooks' View 12/06/2019

    December 9, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    This is the time for giving ….. and our students are involved in a variety of causes to help our community. Our Student Lighthouse Team has divided into groups and each is working on a project that is near and dear to their hearts:

    One group is collecting perishable items for Circle of Concern. Each morning on the broadcast, a student reminds and encourages to bring in food items that could be part of a Holiday Dinner for those less fortunate. Please donate if you can – the boxes sit outside of the library and the collection will end next week.

    Another group is collecting plastic bags. These are used to build "mats" for the homeless as the plastic does not allow cold air to go through. A box for the plastic bags sits in the lobby area. Please send your plastic bags to school for a good cause.

    A third group is asking for donations to support the local animal rescue shelter. Items such as collars, cat toys, hand sanitizers, Purina treats, dog toys, grooming supplies, and towels are appreciated. A cardboard "dog kennel" is located in the main hallway for donations.

    Please support these causes if you are able, as our students exhibit such passion for these projects!

     Our all-school assembly this month focused on "self-control". Mr. Trower of St. Louis Family Martial Arts, conducted a demonstration using Martial Arts, highlighting strategies that help us exhibit self-control. Students were mesmerized watching some of their peers break a board in half.

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    While our students were in the Assembly, our teachers were also learning about an approach called "Acting Right" that integrates the Arts in the classroom management. We had an expert work with our teachers, demonstrating this approach, and then debriefing with them. It was so well received that you shouldn't be surprised if your child comes home using a slightly different vocabulary than we are used to, in describing their experiences in school.

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    Brooks' View 11/26/2019

    November 26, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    On behalf of the entire CES faculty, I want to express our gratitude for YOU, as our school family. This time of the year allows us to reflect on so many things for which we should be grateful and treasure each and every day. For those families travelling, stay safe. For those staying in the area, a warm and yummy feast!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    Brooks' View 11/22/2019

    November 22, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    We have had a very productive week. Our specialists met with each grade level for the second of our "Student Talks". This team, made up of classroom teachers, reading interventionists, speech and language pathologist, resource teacher, our psychometrist, the counselor, and the administration talk about individual students' performance in all content areas.   We always ask ourselves the same question: "What can we do additionally for a student who may not be performing up to their potential?". Conversations lead to individual plans and interventions for students. I believe this has had a tremendous impact on the success of ALL our students as our most recent nationalized data shows us. Speaking of data, Science MAP data will be shared with our parent community in the upcoming days – CES feels very proud of getting the highest score among all Rockwood elementary schools.  

    Congratulations to Emilia Golfo, Eva Tomich, and Maria Golfo for being invited to be part of the All State Choir. The students were recognized by The Rockwood Board of Education and the University of Missouri this past Thursday evening.


    ​Additionally, our own Nurse, Kristen Mueller, will be recognized for completing her National School Nurse Certification. We are so proud and happy for her!

     

    As you know, CES is at capacity for classroom space with our most recent increased enrollment. I met with the Rockwood Facilitates Team this past week to learn that there is a serious discussion about increasing our space, to accommodate the expected continued increased enrollment over the next four years. This is exciting! I will keep you posted.

     

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    Brooks' View 11/15/2019

    November 15, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    We were fortunate that our busses left our campus Monday afternoon on time, although I know that some routes took a lot longer than expected to bring all of our students safely home. It is always so concerning to us when the weather deteriorates during the school day. The District keeps us updated to the minute as to possible early release plans. On another note, I hope we all enjoyed the school-free day this past Tuesday.

    Congratulations to the following Chargers who represented CES last weekend at the annual District, MCTM (Math) competition: Ashvik Kothari, Lainey Bass, Ethan Lanzotti, Pranav Visveswaran, Alexis  Sandberg, Kylie Crohn, Ridhima Kumar, and Nikhil Sharma.  The first five student listed have been invited to represent CES at the Regional competition in April.

    Our Gaga Ball unit is installed and it looks great – thank you PTO!  However, with the new addition to our recess activities come responsibilities on following the rules. We are struggling a bit with students, especially in the upper grades, with being too aggressive during the game. As a result, each morning, I reiterate our expectations of "no chanting", "no targeting", "no sitting on the wall", and "no leaning in from the outside". If your child participates in this game, please talk with your child about these expectations. Feedback is greatly appreciated as we want to make this game a positive experience for all.

    A request from our café supervisors and our Nurse …… please make sure that your child's lunch contains healthy options. Lately, many children are bringing LOTS of candy in their lunches. Unfortunately, often the candies get eaten and the sandwiches, not so much……

    Don't forget that Monday is our re-take picture day. If your child needs to have their picture (re) taken, the photographers will be in the building during the morning hours. 


    Brooks' View 11/08/2019

    November 8, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    I feel like those "busiest" days are now behind us and it hard to believe that we are already thinking of Thanksgiving.

    Over the past two weeks, I hope all of you got a chance to meet with your child's teacher to share how they are doing in school. It was lovely to see so many Grandfriends and Dads while we finished our "hosting" week with a tribute to our Veterans this past Wednesday. If you were not able to join us for the Veterans Assembly, we were honored to recognize the heroes who were able to spend the morning with us. Our most senior veteran, 95 years young, fought in World War II in the European Theatre.  I trust that the assembly, organized by two of our teachers, Ms. Hannah Weber and Ms. Lexi Highatain, had a moving impact on the students and our community.

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    I have to share some good news…. The results of last year's standardized testing in grades 3 thru 5 are in and our school has come up on top. Our students scored the highest in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science. Test scores are not everything, but it affirms that your child is in a school where children learn and our staff works hard in doing whatever it takes in helping them reach their potential. Your children are in good hands.  


    Brooks' View 10/31/2019

    October 31, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    What a wonderfully busy week!

    We hosted over 200 Dads Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with Donuts. Many guests completed a scavenger hunt, visited the classrooms, and stopped by the Book Fair. Thank you for your support and a special thank-you to the organizers of the Book Fair, Mrs. Fakhrzad and Mrs. Pannell. Once again, the event was a great success!

    Our teachers met with our parents in the evenings for Fall Conferences. Our conversations focused more on the overall well - being of each child and how they feel about school. We hope the conversations helped validate the positive and calm any concerns. Please know that we are always available for a follow-up conversation if needed.

    The Fall Parties were a great success as well. Thank you to our Room Parents for organizing such a fun time for our students.

    Fall Parties

    Fall Parties

    ​We wish you a fun and safe Halloween!

    A note from our Nurse Kristin:

    Hearing & Vision screenings have been completed.  Referral letters were sent home for those who did not pass the screening.  No notification of passing is sent home. 

    Say 'Boo' to the Flu!!  Please note, we have entered Influenza Season.  

    Symptoms of Influenza: fever, chills, sore throat, cough, fatigue, and body aches.  The "stomach flu" is NOT Influenza. Please contact your physician if your student is experiencing these symptoms and do not send them to school.  When calling your student in absent with diagnosed influenza, please inform us of the influenza type and date diagnosed, as we work diligently to keep track of this information.  The CDC recommends a flu shot for those 6 months of age and older as the first & most important step in protecting against this potentially serious disease. What you need to know about the upcoming Flu season. 

    Please be aware of these Rockwood Temperature Guidelines:

    Below 20 degrees - Stay Inside

    20-95 degrees - Outside Normal Time

    Above 95 degrees - Stay Inside

    With cold weather, children improperly clothed should not be allowed outside. With warm weather, running should be limited and water/shade available for students. These guidelines are not the same as MSHSAA for after-school outdoor activities. They are recommendations of the Rockwood School District consulting physician Dr. Gerald Lowther, with input from district administrators. 

    Thanks! 

    Kristin Mueller, BSN, RN, CPN, NCSN

     

    We are looking forward to our recognition of our Veterans next week, Wednesday morning.

    Safety Message from Dr. Miles:

    Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles produced a video asking district parents to caution their children about what they post on social media. Please take a few minutes to view the attached through the link.

    https://www.rsdmo.org/news/Pages/Rockwood-Superintendent-Dr.-Mark-Miles-Cautions-Students-Parents-about-Social-Media-Postings.aspx 

     

     


    Brooks' View 10/25/2019

    October 25, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    Dear Parents,

    Look at our new Gaga Pit! Our students love it! 

    Our Grandfriend Day was a HUGE success! Over 200 grandfriends joined us for a light breakfast, listened to an author read her book, completed a CES scavenger hunt, visited classrooms, visited the Book Fair, and then spent some time just quietly reading. We were somewhat overwhelmed with the number of attendees, so we apologize if the lines were too long. We will brainstorm some improvements for next year.

    We expect 100% of parent participation during our evening conferences; our Specialists, such as Reading, Music, PE and Art will also be available to our parents; it is a great time to check out the Lost and Found and visit our Book Fair.

    CES students exploring with STEAM. Check out the picture of some of our fifth grade students who built a "car" for the class pet, the turtle. Way to Go! 

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    We are headed for a very busy week:

    Red Ribbon Week (Monday thru Thursday)

    Book Fair (Monday thru Wednesday)

    Parent –Teacher Conferences Monday and Wednesday (4:00 – 7:30 pm)

    Donuts with Dad on Tuesday and Wednesday (8:15 – 9:00 a.m.)

    Fall Parties on Thursday, October 31st (no costumes please)

    FRIDAY – NO SCHOOL


    Brooks' View 10/18/2019

    October 18, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​Dear Parents,

    The Gaga Pit is almost complete. The students are so excited! All this week, we have had to limit the area our students were able to access during recess due to the construction, however, many were absolutely fascinated by the experience. 

    Gaga Pit

    Gaga Pit

    As we approach our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences, (Oct 28th and 30th)  just a few reminders …...

    There will be NO formal reports cards. "Formal Progress Reports" will be shared with parents ONLY for areas of concern. So, if you don't receive a progress report from your child's teacher, there are no serious concerns at this time. We hope that this will allow us time for a more informal conversation about your child. Please note that we are striving for 100% parent participation during the Fall conferences, so please make sure you have signed up for a time.

    Grand friend Morning is Friday morning, the 25th, from 8 to 10:00. We welcome grandparents and grandfriends to have a light breakfast with us, listen to a story by an author, complete a scavenger hunt in our school, visit our Book Fair, and spend time reading throughout our entire building.

    Lots of interactive fun!


    Brooks' View 10/11/2019

    October 11, 2019 Permanent Link to Post

    ​​Dear Parents,

    Parent- Drop Off – Please make sure your child is completely ready to get out of the car in the morning, specifically, they should have their jackets on as the weather turns colder.

    Our GAGA Pit is coming in the next few weeks! – one of the most popular games right now.  For those parents who are not familiar with this, the game is played in an octagonal structure where children bounce the ball between and to each-other; it resembles four square to some extent. With the generous support of YOU through our PTO, we were able to purchase this for CES. The Rockwood Maintenance department will be leveling the area and laying the concrete next week. Once it is up, we will take pictures and share with you. I know that our students will be grateful!

    Additionally, we are also looking into upgrading the "Natural Play Area"; the area where our picnic tables currently sit. We had to remove the tree trunks as they became infested with insects. We are hoping to outfit that area with more artificial structures that will allow our kiddos to continue to explore and engage in that area.

    Staffing Update: Last Monday, our "last" Teaching Assistant started with us; her name is Amanda Hill. Our Teaching Assistants team of Patti Staszak, Gina Cunningham, Martina Kunzler, and now Amanda Hill, cover recess and lunch duties for all of our grades. We are so lucky to have a wonderful supportive team on board.

    Reminder: sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of October 28th!

    GO CARDS!!!! 


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