May 18 Weekly Message

May 18, 2020


Dear Parents:


Happy Phase One, right?  Over the next two weeks, we wind down the school year.  Each campus principal and/or your child’s homeroom teacher is providing each family with the details governing the procedure for returning items to campus and collecting the report card.  Please know that these procedures have been constructed to respect the safety of all participants in this process.  In advance of anyone returning to campus, additional sanitizing and disinfecting of the classrooms and campus has occurred.  Measures will be taken during visits to maintain a clean environment, including locking classrooms which are not in use as per the schedule.  Group sizes will be limited.  After the exchanges are completed, the campus will be sanitized and cleaned again.  In addition, alternate dates have been established in the event that a family cannot attend at the scheduled time or simply feels uncomfortable attending at the assigned time.  Should you have further questions, you may contact your child’s principal or homeroom teacher directly.  If your concern is with the safety of our plan, I ask that you contact me directly.  Last week, someone forwarded my weekly email to the superintendent to complain about the safety of our plan based upon their misunderstanding of the plan.  It was a waste of time for everyone involved.  Please, if you have a question or concern, contact me directly.  By now, you should know me well enough to know that I am a fair administrator who will not do anything that compromises the safety of our students, parents, teachers or staff. 


Now let’s talk about summer camp.  Since summer camps have permission to open during Phase 1 according to specific guidance for safety, CBS will open its summer day camp program as scheduled on June 8.  In doing so, we will be responding to the great demand from our parents for a summer camp for the children.  Just as important, we will learn valuable lessons about how to best operate under social distancing guidelines.  Ultimately, these lessons learned will enable us to create an effective, efficient plan for our return to campus for school in August.  Those who are registered for summer camp will receive a letter from camp leaders near the end of the month with more information about camp guidelines, including morning screening procedures, group size limits, daily hand washing and hygiene measures, social distancing protocols, cleaning and disinfecting.


Here is an update on the specialty camps.  *  The basketball camp scheduled for June 1-3 has been postponed with the new dates to be announced in mid-June after we have a better understanding of guidelines in place at that time.  Participation will be limited with priority given to those who have already registered for the camp.  If possible, we hope to offer a seventh grade intramural basketball league later in the summer.  Again, participation will be limited with priority given to those seventh graders who previously registered for basketball intramurals during the school year.  *  The Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) camp dates and times have not changed.  They remain on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from June 8 – July 16.  However, the location has been moved to Falcon Field.  Participants who are part of the summer day camp will be escorted to Falcon Field by one of the coaches at the conclusion of camp.  Participants who are not part of the summer day camp must undergo a health screening at the start of the activity before being allowed to participate.  Participants who arrive late and miss the health screening will not be allowed to join the activity that afternoon.  Additional social distancing protocols will be in place, including a limit to the group sizes.  Registration is now open until the program is full.  *  The flag football camp scheduled for June 22-26 at Falcon Field is on as scheduled.  Protocols and procedures are the same as for BFS.  Registration is now open until the program is full.  *  The lacrosse camp scheduled for June 1-3 has been postponed with the new dates to be announced in mid-June after we have a better understanding of guidelines in place at that time.  Participation will be limited with priority given to those who have already registered for the camp.  *  The soccer camp originally scheduled to begin on June 1 has been cancelled.


We offer two more summer programs every summer: Bridge Builders and Academic Excellence Camps.  Information on and registration for both of these camps can be found at cbs-no.org in the summer camp section.  The camp dates and times have not changed.  Participants who are not part of the summer day camp must undergo a health screening upon arrival before being allowed to participate.  Additional social distancing protocols will also be in place.  Bridge Builders Camps focus on organization, test taking, note taking, test preparation, technology implementation, time management, and more.  They are intended to provide students with foundational skills that make them prepared for the academic classroom.  The camp is taught by certified classroom teachers with a low student to teacher ratio.  All new students are suggested to attend and all 5th graders (including rising CBS students) are highly recommended to participate in Bridge Builders to assist with their transition to middle school.    *  The Academic Excellence Camps each have a focus in the following areas: English, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Math.  This camp offers academic support, development, and growth in English, Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Math, including foundational concepts, classroom learning strategies, and standardized test prep tips.  They are taught by certified classroom teachers with low student to teacher ratios.  The camp can provide opportunities for either remediation or acceleration on particular skills based on personalized instruction with parent input.  Please contact Mr. Prat at mprat@cbs-no.org for more information.


I look forward to seeing everyone who returns to campus over these next two weeks to exchange supplies and collect their report cards.  See you real soon!


Live Jesus In Our Hearts,

Joey

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