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Chesterfield County Public Schools

Friday Update – Nov. 20, 2020

Family Engagement: Grace in the Time of Pandemic #

We all are doing a lot, seemingly more than ever, during the pandemic.  Hours at the computer, interacting through screens or through masks, longer lines or odd schedules. There are only so many hours in a day. Families are working extra hard, creatively, and are adapting routines.  Teachers and schools are reinventing the traditional culture constantly.  Everyone is engaging and is working toward “normal” and achievable outcomes.  When everything comes together it is a beautiful thing.  However, when frustration occurs, we need to be gentle with ourselves and others.

At this time of year when we focus on gratitude, it is also important to focus on grace.  Grace with ourselves, our families, and each other.  Currently it is a challenging time.  We might not be able to do the things we are used to doing.  

There are ways that families can try new things to create small victories: 

  • Exercise together
  • Get outside together
  • Meditate together
  • Teach and learn together: cooking, laundry, painting or crafts are examples of some hands-on life skills all families can benefit from
  • Family game night or game day
  • Facetime or become digital pen pals with relatives and friends to keep connected. Schools often do “Good News” calls. Try them with a grandparent.
  • Start a positivity challenge
  • Be kind to yourself and others
  • Remind those around us that things don’t always go as planned, but we find the good and promote the positive. 

 

Come to terms that we can only accomplish so much. It is challenging, but when we want things to go a certain way, and they don’t we need to be gentle with ourselves.  How can you be a little bit gentler, and kinder and exhibit grace towards yourself? 

Meals Service for the Upcoming Holidays #

We are grateful for Food and Nutrition Services workers who have created innovative approaches to serving healthy and nutritious meals to our students during these unprecedented times!  The grab-and-go meals at curbside pick-up locations will be available over the upcoming holidays, so all families can have safe and convenient access to free meals.

Curbside pick-up for FREE meals for children ages 18 and under will be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Exceptions are:

  • Nov. 24-29: Meals will be curbside pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • Dec. 21- Jan. 1: Meals will be curbside pickup on Dec. 21, Dec. 23, Dec. 28, and Dec. 30.

 

Click here for the list of meals distribution locations and times. 

November is National Literacy Month- Access free digital books! #

Looking for something for your child to do during the Thanksgiving break? Encourage them to read for pleasure. Whether your child is an emerging reader or they are reading on the college level, they have safe access to free digital books through Chesterfield County Public Schools. 

myOn (preK-5)

Students have access to myON through their virtual backpack which can be accessed on the my.ccpsnet.net dashboard. This application includes an engaging collection of more than 6,000 digital books and includes a wide variety of genres and authors in both English and Spanish. Reading recommendations are matched to your child’s grade level, reading level and interests to make reading more captivating. 

MackinVia (preK-12)

Students have access to MackinVia through their my.ccpsnet.net dashboard. This application is available in both English and Spanish and includes more than 2 million age-appropriate digital books from 18,000 publishers. MackinVia features read-along books and dictionaries to help emerging and beginning readers. It also features highlighting, note taking, book marking, citation and text-to-speech tools for more experienced readers to use as they read. 

Chesterfield County Public Library (preK-12)

Did you know that our local libraries have digital books for children of all ages? They now have a 24/7 library, so you can check out books from their digital collection or other online resources whenever  you want! Visit their website to learn more or to browse their selection!

5 Things You Want Your Child to Be Online! Digital Competencies for 21st Century Learners #

How do you want your child to be online? What will their digital footprint look like? How should children behave on digital platforms? 

Oftentimes, when we think about technology, we focus on the things that we do not want our children to do online. For a change, let’s consider what we do want them to do online instead. Let’s think about all the positive ways our children can interact with technology and use the tools for good. The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) has come up with five key competencies that 21st century learners should all possess. 

The school division’s Office of Family and Community Engagement has created a podcast for families to  gain insight to each of the five key competencies. Chesterfield County Public Schools’ experts Doug Fordham, Kelsey Pacer, Laurie Surles, Teresa Woodroof and Suzanne Heath break down these 21st century skills and give tips to parents to help them shape their child’s technology use.

Click here to listen!

Report Cards Mailed! #

The end of the first marking period was Oct. 30. Report cards have been mailed and should be delivered soon!

Grades for the first nine weeks, as well as up-to-date grades for the current marking period, can be found online by logging into your ParentVue account. Not on ParentVue? Click here to learn how to set up your account!

Fun Nutrition Education and Activities #

Did you know that our Food and Nutrition Services staff has gathered recipes, meal prep tips, nutrition newsletters, and fun learning activities for our CCPS families? Whether it’s a coloring activity for your little one or recipes you can make with your older children, these resources are a fun way for kids to learn more about nutrition and developing a healthy lifestyle.

Click here to see the nutrition educational resources. 

Technology Supports Reminder #

Now that all hybrid students have returned to our buildings, curbside Chromebook support and repair services are back in schools as well. Should your child’s Chromebook need repairs, please follow the steps below to receive a replacement device.

Hybrid Middle and High School Students

If a Chromebook repair is required for a hybrid middle or high school student’s device, students should follow their school’s Chromebook help desk procedures.

  • Chromebook service desk hours will be available at all middle and high school sites every school day, except Wednesdays. 

 

Virtual Middle and High School Students

If a Chromebook repair is required for a virtual middle or high school student’s device, families should take the following steps to request a replacement device:

  • Call the front office to submit a repair request and complete a Chromebook Incident Form over the phone.
  • When it is ready, the school will contact you to pick up the replacement Chromebook.
  • When you go to pick up the replacement Chromebook, please take the old device and charger (if applicable) with you to return.
  • The front office will give you the replacement device to take home.

 

Hybrid and Virtual Elementary School Students

If a Chromebook repair is required for a hybrid or a virtual elementary student’s device, families should take the following steps to request a replacement device:

  • Call the front office or your child’s teacher to submit a repair request and complete a Chromebook Incident Form over the phone.
  • When it is ready, the school will contact you to pick up the replacement Chromebook.
  • When you go to pick up the replacement Chromebook, please take the old device and charger (if applicable) with you to return.
  • The front office will give you the replacement device to take home or the teacher will give the replacement Chromebook to the student.

 

NOTE: All students new to Chesterfield County Public Schools should contact the front office of their child’s school to request a Chromebook.

 

Hotspots

To help bridge the digital divide and support student learning, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Technology Department is making free hotspots available for families in need. Contact your child’s school if you need a device.

 

Technology Help

If you have a Chromebook, Canvas or log-in question or concern that previously would have gone to the Technology Help Desk, please start with the Instructional Designer at your child’s school. The front office staff can connect you. If they are unable to resolve your concerns, they will put you in touch with a member of our Instructional Innovation team.

 

Now hiring substitute teachers! #

Do you have what it takes to join Team Chesterfield as a substitute teacher? We are currently seeking applicants who have excellent people skills, enjoy working with children, and stay calm under pressure. If you appreciate a flexible schedule and value a healthy work-life balance, this is the place for you!

A substitute teacher implements teacher-created lesson plans or works collaboratively with a team of educators to generate lesson plans, providing differentiated strategies to instruct students at all levels. They assume responsibility of all aspects of classroom instruction, assessments and behavior management on either a short-term or long-term basis. 

Applications are now being accepted for substitute teachers! A complete application must include a copy of a high school diploma or college transcript and two professional letters of reference.

Apply online now at https://tinyurl.com/y5mtfuf4!

Bravo! Awards Raffle Benefits CCPS Students #

 

The 2020 Bravo! Awards is introducing a raffle this year that is open to everyone! They have some amazing prizes that you can win, and you are helping Chesterfield students by purchasing a ticket. 

Prizes:

  • One week’s stay at Kiawah Island Seascape Villas.
  • A VIrginia Beach stay and play package
  • A two-night stay at the Grey Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast
  • A $1,000 Amazon gift card

 

Each raffle ticket purchase supports Chesterfield Education Foundation and allows them to support programs that will help pre-K through 12th-grade students become engaged, successful and productive citizens! 

This virtual raffle is open to all, so share it with your friends and family members!

You can buy your raffle tickets here.  The deadline to purchase a raffle ticket is Nov. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

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