Welcome from Mrs.Ravenola
Dear CCS Families,
Greetings! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are excited for our journey this year together. I am so excited to have the honor of being the principal of Cornwall Consolidated School and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. One thing you will learn quickly about me is that I love quotes! When thinking about this letter, I naturally wanted to share one that I felt was appropriate for this strange time we find ourselves in. “The journey of life is not meant to be feared or planned; it is meant to be travelled and enjoyed.” So even though we have to be socially distanced and/or learn together virtually, I am confident that we can enjoy the journey and have fun together. A great example is the support from families who offered to help make special desks spaces for our primary classes. The goal is for all K-4 students to have a special “desk vehicle” to welcome them to their classroom. Thank you to the many families who reached out with support!
I apologize for the long length of this letter but there is much to share. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept 8th and it will be an early dismissal at 1:00 PM. There are many changes this year in order to open the school safely. If you were not able to attend the virtual meeting where I shared the CCS Reopening Plan, I urge you to watch it by going to the Cornwall School Website and clicking on 8/12 Recorded Presentation to Community of CCS Reopening Plan so that you fully understand what needs to be done to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Remember that families can opt for distance learning if they are not comfortable with the guidelines that have been set for Reopening safely. We are doing our best to accommodate the needs of our families and keep us all as healthy as possible.
Please understand that all changes are to ensure that we can keep the school open safely. The following highlight some of the major changes this year:
All staff and students must wear masks on the bus and at school (CT Mandate). We will be doing our best to get outside and allow mask breaks as well. Students will take their mask off when eating in the classroom. Please contact the nurse with any questions or concerns.
Students will be in a cohort of peers in their homeroom. Every student will stay with their group of peers and adults for the entire day. We are doing our best to utilize outdoor space as well so students can work outside with masks off. We have purchased canopy tents so that each cohort will have its own designated covered spot. Please have your child bring a beach towel to leave at school for working outside.
Only staff and students will be allowed in the building. If your child is late to school, you need to drop something off or pick your child up early, please call the office and let us know. We will let you know the procedure for doing so. Again, we are doing this to keep everyone safe and the environment as controlled as possible.
Lunch will be in the homeroom classroom. Students need to bring a cold lunch or a heated one in a thermos. We are not able to have microwaves available to students. There is information and an envelope about purchasing milk for the year included in this mailing. Students will have recess every day as well.
Drop Off and Pick Up procedure will be shared next week. Parents will need to stay in their vehicle and the child will be escorted safely by a staff member to the school or car. Our school day begins at 8:25. Doors will open at 8:15. If you arrive after 8:25, please ring the doorbell and someone will come to escort your child to class.
We will offer limited Before and After School Care for families in DIRE need with working parents. On Friday, 8/28 an email with a hyperlink will be sent out to the CCS community. Families in DIRE need of Before and/or After School care should submit their information. There is a minimal cost to this program and we are only going to accommodate about 10 students which will be selected on a first come first serve basis. Please be aware that children attending Before and After School Care will need to continue to socially distance and wear masks. Outside time will be utilized as much as possible.
I am excited to be in school with your children and although this situation is not ideal, I am confident that the amazing CCS staff will make learning fun and engaging. Over the next week or so, families will receive some videos from staff explaining what the school year will be like for their children. In this mailing, some teachers have included a supply list if they felt it necessary. The school is creating individualized containers of materials for each student so that items are not shared this year.
Bus Schedules: Please watch the following newspapers for the posting of the bus routes, Lakeville Journal and the Republican-American. Please have your child/children ready 10 minutes prior to the listed pick up time, especially the first week. All-Star Transportation manages the bus routes. If you have any questions concerning them please contact All-Star Transportation, Michelle Christian at (860) 435-0352.
Absences & Tardies: If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the school by 8:00 AM and leave a message in the absentee mailbox: 860 672-2939 Ext 304
Also in this packet, there are informational documents and forms that need to be returned by Wednesday, September 2nd. The forms can be dropped off at the school, faxed (860 672-6685), mailed (address at top), or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . It is especially important this year for us to have these forms prior to school starting in case we need to contact you to pick up your child who may be exhibiting COVID like symptoms.
The forms that need to be returned are:
2020-2021 Student Information/Emergency Form (Imperative to have 2 names and numbers in case of emergency as stated above)
Annual Health Information Form 2020-2021
2020-2021 CCS Parent & Student Chromebook Contract (on pg.2 of 2020-2021 Cornwall Consolidated School Chromebook Information)
New Students have a few additional forms as well
Lastly, I apologize again for the long letter. Unfortunately, the storm and power outages put me behind in some communication plans like the Weekly E-News and my personal phone call to each family. I am still planning on achieving my goal of that! I am trying to get the first E News out this weekend so that you can digest smaller chunks of information at a time about the school year. Thank you for all your support and patience. Please do not hesitate to call me or email me with any questions or concerns.
Mary Kay Ravenola