What's Up Weekly - updated 6/13/2021 (final newsletter for 20-21)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Here is the final newsletter for this school year. Please get in touch if you have any questions prior to heading in to the summer.
Sending my best wishes for a safe, healthy and fun break!
Hester Nguyen ( Gabe and Toby , 4th G)
Welcome CCES Families!
Below is the last newsletter of the school year newsletter, which will also be posted on the CCES listserv to keep parents informed of current and upcoming activities and events. Prior to the beginning of the new school year, please encourage new parents to sign up so they don’t miss this important line of communication. Any new parents can sign up for this listserv by contacting Jill Fioravanti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Dates Coming Up
Week of June 13th: Rotation A
5th Grade Clap Out (See below)
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Wednesday, June 16th, Early Release
*Complete the Student Attestation Form by Sunday evening each week
Parents of students who are returning to in-person learning (Rotation A this week) are required to fill out the attestation form: Student Attestation Form.
Information for 5TH GRADE PARENTS
5th Grade Clap Out
To Parents of 5th graders, here is the information regarding the Fifth Grade Clap Out:
Also parents, please be sure to have your student’s promotions certificate ready.
Other Important Information for 5th grade parents:
If you have a 5th grader, please review this link for an overview on Student Service Learning (SSL). Current 5th grade students may begin earning SSL hours on June 17, 2021. For more information, see the following presentation:
For any additional questions on SSL hours, please contact Ms. Moreland, School Counselor at: Laurenne_S_Moreland@mcpsmd.org or (301) 657-4994
New from Ms Mooreland
Please check out these interesting websites providing information on fun and learning opportunities over the summer:
For further information and questions, please contact Ms L Mooreland M.Ed., School Counselor, Chevy Chase Elementary at Laurenne_S_Moreland@mcpsmd.org
Reposts from MCPS
Updated Information on the Virtual Academy Application Process
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The 2021-2022 Virtual Academy Application process opened yesterday, June 2, and will close July 2. As a reminder, MCPS will provide an in-person, five-day-a-week schedule for students in the fall. This plan aligns with the resolution passed by the Maryland State Board of Education. We are pleased to also offer a full-time virtual learning program for students in kindergarten through Grade 12.
MCPS initially identified specific criteria for the Virtual Academy to ensure we meet the needs of students and remain aligned with guidance and feedback we received from stakeholders on the return to in-person learning for the upcoming school year. We have made several updates to the application to further clarify that qualifying extenuating circumstances can include physical and mental health-related reasons, as well as demonstrated student improvement during virtual learning.
We apologize for any confusion and encourage all families who feel this program will be a good fit for their child to apply and provide any available supporting materials. All applications will be reviewed and responses will be provided on a rolling basis.
MCPS will host parent information sessions next week to provide you with an opportunity to have questions answered about the Virtual Academy and the application process. A flyer with dates and times of the parent sessions will be shared with the community soon.
As a reminder, parents/guardians can submit an application by July 2 by:
Applying on ParentVUE.
ForFor more information and to complete an application, visit the Virtual Academy website: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/virtualacademy/. Parents/guardians can also send questions/comments to MoCoVirtual@mcpsmd.org.
Please read this community message for information on fall reopening plans, mask-wearing requirements, vaccinations, summer school and the Virtual Academy: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/Community-Update-20210526.html
Please review the following information from MCPS regarding updates on mask-wearing requirements, graduation, and promotion ceremonies:
Also review MCPS Quick Notes here:
More Items (Reposts)
COVID-19 testing began at our school on Monday, April 26, 2021.
We must all do our part to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our schools. This includes participating in school-provided COVID-19 testing to identify cases where the student or staff member may not be showing symptoms. MCPS families were notified about this new effort in February and March. Tests will be provided for all students and staff on a weekly basis. Each swab will be placed in a common tube for that classroom or group and sent off to a central testing laboratory. The test detects whether the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in that pooled sample. Schools will receive results within 2-3 days. A consent form is attached to this message. If you do not complete the consent form, your child will not be able to participate in testing.
As we begin in person learning, MCPS will begin to put in place a schedule of weekly testing at MCPS schools. Pooling is a method that combines test samples from several individuals into a single specimen to test. Parents should provide consent for students to participate. Here is the link to the COVID 19 Pool Testing Consent Form; You must have your child’s Google Account open to access this:
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY FILLED OUT THE FORM, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN.
Consent form - English
Consent form - Spanish
Consent form - Amharic
Please watch this video for more information.
For most age groups, students will be collecting their own swabs and following instructions from teachers. MCPS health and safety protocols will be maintained during the COVID-19 pool testing. Pooled classroom results apply to that group; no individual identifiers or results will be available.
The school will receive the pooled results and take appropriate action, as necessary in the event of a positive pool result.
For further information you can also contact Laurenne Moreland, M.Ed., School Counselor, Chevy Chase Elementary at Laurenne_S_Moreland@mcpsmd.org
Food Drive for CCES Families
As we head towards the end of the school year, there are still many families within our own CCES community who are struggling with food insecurity, especially during the pandemic. We have been able to assist many families this year with food gift cards that were purchased in spring 2020, but our supply of gift cards has now been depleted. Therefore, we are collecting gift cards to Giant, Costco, Safeway, and Food Lion in order to help these families through the winter. We have been told by our CCES administration that this is a time-sensitive need for our school families.
If you are able to help, please purchase one (or more) gift cards in any amount. Gift cards can be dropped off at CCES in the following ways:
There are two locations where you can drop off food gift cards.
● Chevy Chase Elementary School (4015 Rosemary Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815) between 9:00 am-3:30 pm on school days
● Home of our PTA VP of Community Engagement, 3611 Shepherd Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (please put through the mail slot)
● Food gift cards can be mailed to:
Chevy Chase Elementary School
Attn: Principal Jody Smith
4015 Rosemary Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
These gift cards will be distributed to families on an as-needed basis. If you or your family need assistance with food/gift cards, please contact Ms. Quintana at
Julie_A_Quintana@mcpsmd.org. Thank you for helping our community!
For further questions, please contact Maya Godofsky : email@example.com
Amazon Smile - Get the most out of your purchases
Please take a moment to link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile for CCES! Once your account has been connected, every eligible purchase will automatically benefit CCES, and the Amazon Smile donations add up pretty quick! The steps are easy:
Sign Up for Amazon Smile:
2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
3. Choose Chevy Chase Elementary School as your charity of choice! 4. Start shopping! 5. Add a bookmark for http://smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile
Turn ON AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping APP!
1. Open the App and find 'Settings' in the main menu
2. Tap on 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the App
Please consider forwarding this Amazon Smile information to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends so that CCES will receive donations from their purchases as well. For more information, please contact Blythe Geraghty, VP Fundraising: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Final Note
This will be the last newsletter of the school year and while every effort has been made to post accurate and updated information in the newsletter, please continue tocheck the CCES website throughout the summer for any new updates and information:
Compiled by Hester Nguyen, VP Communications (Gabe and Toby Nguyen, 4th Grade)