Castlemont Elementary School

School News

Updated Wed, Sep 23rd

Hello Castlemont Families,

I would like to thank all of you who have taken time out of your evenings to join us for one of our grade-level Back to School Nights and our Coffee with the Principal. We will continue to share as much information as we can as often as we can, especially while we are not able to visit with you at our classroom doors, our office, and our drop-off lines.

Coming up October 5th-9th is another communication opportunity via our parent/teacher conferences.  Your child's teacher will be reaching out to you soon to schedule a conference time.  Between October 12th- 23rd your student will participate in the Panorama survey, which measures perceptions of our school culture and climate. Kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers input their observations of students, and 3rd - 5th grade students take the survey independently.  Staff also takes the survey.

Please take a look at the other articles on our website.  You will find Home and School Club memberships information. Join! It's free and is a great way to stay connected and involved at Castlemont even while we are in distance learning. You will also find an article with information about our new CUSD parent referral form that can connect your child to counseling.  Also, here is the link to our CUSD Distance Learning Guide that can help guide you with accessing our various distance learning platforms.

Have a great week!

~Kristen

Updated Wed, Sep 23rd
English:
Distance learning is a different way of teaching for our staff and learning for our students. We've made adjustments to how we have traditionally operated school. However, we understand the value and need of maintaining and incorporating regular services and supports such as counseling. These services can be accessed through Zoom and/or by phone. We have designed a referral process for families to utilize during distance learning that can be accessed online at any time. 
If you have a concern regarding your child that you would like to discuss with a counselor or if you would like more information about how to obtain counseling services, please complete the CUSD Parent Referral
Español:
El aprendizaje a distancia es una forma diferente de enseñanza para nuestro personal y de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes. Hemos hecho ajustes a la forma en que tradicionalmente hemos operado la escuela. Sin embargo, entendemos el valor y la necesidad de mantener e incorporar servicios y apoyos regulares como el asesoramiento, a los que se puede acceder a través de Zoom y / o por teléfono. Hemos diseñado un proceso de referencia para que las familias lo utilicen durante el aprendizaje a distancia al que se puede acceder en línea en cualquier momento.

Si tiene una inquietud con respecto a su hijo que le gustaría discutir con un consejero o si desea obtener más información sobre cómo obtener servicios de consejería, complete la Recomendación de padres de CUSD.

Updated Tue, Sep 22nd
First HSC Meeting: October 6, 2020 at 7:00 via Zoom
HSC invites you to join our first meeting of the 2020-21 school year. This meeting will be held via Zoom and topics will include:
-Principal's Message
-Charleston Wrap and Upcoming Fundraisers
-Budget Overview: What are your fundraising dollars going towards?
The zoom link will be emailed to all Castlemont HSC Members prior to the meeting.
Not a member? Not a problem! Membership is simple, easy, and FREE! No donations are required. Simply click on the link below and complete the Google Form. We will add you to our database, keeping you updated on upcoming HSC meetings, events, and activities.
Castlemont HSC Membership Link: Castlemont HSC Membership Form
Updated Wed, Sep 16th

Tis’ the season for goblins, ghosts, and ghouls where the air gets chilly at night. Where witches are flying on broomsticks and Halloween is in sight!

Help raise money for our classrooms by buying a “BOO” Bag full of special treats inside! Castlemont teachers will put it together for you and deliver it in the night.

Whomever you choose to “BOO”, we will creep up to their doorstep, and then “POOF,” be out of sight!

Watch this video for inspiration! Boo Bags for Sale Trailer

Cost: $10 per Boo Bag

Delivery Fee (extra): $5

Pick up Dates at 2:30-3:30pm

Oct. 2nd, Oct. 9th, Oct. 16th, Oct. 23rd, or Oct. 30th

*Orders accepted anytime through Oct. 23rd

 

Bags will contain a variety of edible treats and festive goodies. Submit order form & payment from this Boo Bag Flyer to the office, OR submit online order here: Boo Bag Purchase Order Form

Updated Wed, Sep 16th

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser is underway and we have reached 20% of our $10,000 goal in the first week! Keep up the great work supporting Castlemont students and teachers. There are nearly endless choices of gift wrap, kitchen and home items as well as lots of great gift ideas.  If you have not already registered your student to participate in the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com.   Using the organization ID 11751 and family contact information, follow the simple steps to get signed up. From there you can send out emails, text messages and share on social media to get the word out to friends and family.  The fundraiser runs until October 30th and together we can reach our goal!   

Updated Wed, Sep 9th

Shop this Holiday Season from the safety and comfort of your own home. As many of our school fundraisers have been cancelled, we're asking you to please help Castlemont students and teachers with this school-wide sale. Watch this video for more information. All money raised will go directly to help Castlemont Home and School Club for opportunities benefiting EVERY student and giving teachers the opportunity to provide the best materials and curriculum needed for their students. ALL products are ordered online and ship directly to your doorstep! In order to participate, go towww. https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fcharlestonwrapstore.com&c=E,1,ZgxiolA0TQhrJnRTui2kIHV4l_TWeRBWvRikoc5ymcreT8UCW51TSf_207b06bFklxYU6u1NEAeSIoMl4jE5mc_rP7oDxPcXE6aEwg0ch8wWAp1ZSV7n51RIbQ,,&typo=1 and sign your student up using Castlemont's code 11751. Share the fundraiser on social media, through emails and text messages with friends and family.  Let's shop and give back!     

Updated Wed, Sep 9th

Hello Castlemont Families,

Despite distance learning and a quiet field full of geese, our programs are in full swing.  We will not be able to have our New School Year Family Picnic or our Fall Family Fun Fest, but you can still stay connected, participate, and contribute to Castlemont through the following activities:

Annual Charleston Wrap Fundraiser

This is the first week of the Home and School Club's annual Charleston Wrap fundraiser.  Since this is one of the only real fundraisers that we are able to host in the foreseeable future, we are hoping to make it as successful as possible. The fundraiser is 100% contact free in that all orders are placed online, paid on the website and mailed directly to the person making the purchase. The school gets up to 40% of the purchase price of each item back and our sales goal is $10,000.  The sale ends October 30th. Castlemont's code is 11751. Click here to start shopping. Please share this link and our code with your family, friends, and co-workers.

 

School Site Council Parent Representative

Would you like to participate in the school group that provides feedback regarding our school site budget? Nominate yourself or someone else for our School Site Council. Watch you email for the online form this week.  Elections will be held the week of September 28th.

 

Coffee with the Principal

Our first Coffee with the Principal will be held on Zoom at 8:30 am on Friday, August 18th. The theme will be "How to Support Your Child in Distance Learning." A Google form with registration information will be sent home next week.

I hope you will consider participating!

~Kristen

Updated Wed, Sep 2nd

Hello Castlemont Families,

In our Wednesday staff meeting I asked our teachers to reflect upon the meaning of the word "courage."  I provided a quote and a definition from our Character Strong curriculum: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela. In child-accessible language: Courage is to choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.

I then asked our teachers to respond to one of the following prompts through the lens of their current teaching experience:

  • How have you already practiced courage in your life? 

  • What challenges have you overcome? How did these challenges teach or change you? 

  • What helps you persevere even when things are hard or scary?

Common themes came to the surface: learning how to use tech tools was a challenge; getting support from colleagues was vital; and very significantly, we need to do this for our students. 

I know that having your children learning from home is challenging and requires a good measure of courage while navigating new technology and finding a way to balance work with distance learning. Try answering the  prompts above and then pat yourself on the back for being courageous in the face of something none of us have ever experienced  before. I am happy to say that we have early-on reached the goal of having every one of our students participating in the distance learning school day, and it is because all of us have been brave enough to tackle the new and unknown. Well done!

There are additional important ways you can support our school community and your child's learning.  The first is by joining our Home and School Club. The HSC is continuing to support Castlemont students, teachers, and parents even during distance learning. Joining is FREE and is a tremendous way to demonstrate your interest in our school community. Complete this short Google form to join.  Castlemont HSC Membership Form 

The second way you can support your child's learning is to encourage them during our upcoming iReady assessments. The assessment window opens next Tuesday, September 8th.  Distance learning means that assessments must be done from home. I ask you to watch the following video and read over the infographic.  Supporting and encouraging without helping with answers will be important to gathering accurate learning data.

Parent Video (English)

Parent Video (Spanish)

Parent Letter/Infographic 

Thank you for continuing to make Castlemont a very special place.

~Kristen

                                                                   

Updated Wed, Sep 2nd
Are you looking for ways to get involved with our Castlemont community? Join our Castlemont Home and School Club (HSC) today! Membership is simple, easy, and FREE! No donations are required. Simply click on the link below and complete the Google Form. We will add you to our database, keeping you updated on upcoming HSC meetings, events, and activities.
Updated Wed, Sep 2nd

Welcome back to the new school year!  The Castlemont Home and School Club (HSC) wanted to send out the following announcements:

Elections:
We are holding elections for officers and coordinators for the 2020-2021 year and would love to have your help!   Please send a paragraph to castlemont.hsc.bod [at] gmail.com about you and why you are interested in the position by September 21 for voting in our first general meeting in October.  The open positions are:
Officers: President, VP Membership, Secretary, Financial Secretary
Coordinator positions needed:  Communications, Marketing, Box Tops, Book Fair, Volunteer, and Online Auction (assistants)
You can get more information here or by talking to Kristen Prindle, Jenni Avery, Emily Winters or Emily Ah Sing.
General Meeting - Tuesday, October 6th:
In general, our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month.  In order to give families a chance to get settled in the new schedules, we are skipping our September meeting and will hold our first general meeting on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm.  It will be held via Zoom; more information to be provided later this month.  Please contact castlemont.hsc.bod [at] gmail.com if you have any questions about the agenda or attending.  Make sure to register for your free HSC Membership (information also available in this newsletter) to receive emails directly regarding upcoming meeting agendas and invitations.
Upcoming:
Please be on the lookout for information in the next few weeks regarding our annual Charleston Wrap fundraiser and our Giving Drive.  We plan on using these funds to supplement the teacher supply budgets and arranging assemblies and field trips as we move towards Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan.