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  • Communication Reminder

    Please frequently check our website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/CentervilleES, follow us on twitter @CESGenerals, and read all emails from Centerville Elementary School to stay up to date on all current and upcoming events, important updates, and invaluable information. Please make sure that our front office has your most current and updated contact information on file.

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  • January 17, 2021

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  • transition to DLD

     

    CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced that Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will temporarily transition all in-person learners to digital instruction beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Monday, January 18, is a school holiday.) District leaders will monitor the COVID situation and its effects on staffing to determine its ability to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 25, 2021.

    In making this decision, Mr. Wilbanks said “As students returned to in-person and digital instruction this semester, we acknowledged the need to monitor the impact the rising COVID numbers within our community might have on our schools. The reality is that our school system—like our community and the state— is feeling the results of the holidays and winter break. We are experiencing higher numbers of cases, suspected cases, and close contacts among our in-person students and staff. The move to 100% digital learning for the coming week will allow us to effectively serve students while also doing what is best for our students and staff given the current situation.

    “The decision to shift to digital is not one that is made lightly,” he said. “However, it is a possibility we have planned for, knowing that the safety of students and staff and our ability to effectively serve students are priorities. While we fully intend to honor the choices our families made for their children in regard to receiving instruction in-person or digitally, the bottomline is that we must have the staff on hand in order to be able to do so.”

         Mr. Wilbanks noted that the post-break impact on the district’s ability to effectively staff schools and serve students is a concern. On January 12, GCPS experienced 125 new reports involving employees who tested positive, were suspected of having COVID and were being tested, or had been identified as close contacts. These new cases brought the district’s total number of staff out of school or work to 785, with 460 of those being teachers. This issue is compounded by the shortage of substitutes available, an issue that school districts across the nation are experiencing.

    The shift to digital learning next week for all students, coupled with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 18), will provide the time needed for many of our employees who are currently quarantined to return to work. “We understand that the move to 100 percent digital may create hardships for families. That said, we do feel that this is a necessary measure that will provide time for ill employees to get well and for those who are quarantined to be cleared for return to school and work,” Mr. Wilbanks said.

    Students will be expected to complete their lessons digitally each day and attendance will be documented. Teachers will report to their schools to deliver their digital lessons. As was done last spring, teachers who have school-aged children will be allowed to bring them to school.

    GCPS will offer meal service during this transition to digital learning (Jan. 19-22). Meals will be available for curbside pick-up at schools, and, the district will deliver meals along all bus routes countywide during this time. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. 

    Updates regarding the return to in-person learning on Monday, January 25, will be shared on the district website and through SchoolMessenger messages.



  • No School - MLK Holiday

    mlk jr. day

    Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

    No School

    All Gwinnett County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.


  • Report Cards Go Home

     Report Cards

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

     1st Semester Report Cards will be mailed by out Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  You may access your student's Report Card electronically as early as Sunday, January 17, 2021 by logging into your student's e-CLASS page or your Parent Portal account.


  • Meal Service During Digital Learning Day
    lunch box

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Friday, January 22, 2021

    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Location: CES Bus Lane

    School buses will also distribute meals along bus routes.

     

    Breakfast and lunch will be available for all students during this transition to digital learning (Jan. 19-22, 2021). Meals will be available for curbside pick-up in our buslane between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    The district will also deliver meals along all bus routes countywide during the week. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. 


  • PTA Needs You!

    join the pta

    We are very eager to get our PTA up and running!  We will need the following Executive Board Members to get started on the work:

    President

    Co-President

    Secretary

    Please contact Ms. Jarrell in the Parent Center at 678.639.3721 for your interest.  Additional information will be provided to all interested candidates.

    You may decide that you want to join a committee instead or that this type of leadership is right up your alley.  Whatever your preference, we are excited to start a fresh new year with a new team.  Please email Fueneequa.Jarrell@gcpsk12.org or call 770.972.2220 (option #6) / 678.639.3721 

    Thank you!


  • AKS at Home

    AKS at Home

    You are an important partner with your child’s teacher and school, whether your child is learning at home or at school.  As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow you to help your children at home.  GCPS AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families so that you truly are partners in your children’s learning.  This support is available for families to access in the format that fits you and your schedule best.  You can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits your schedule, or gain tips and suggestions on how to best help your student(s) through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

    Click on this link to view the Zoom session schedule and to access the AKS at Home website.


  • Parenting Tip of the Week

    Tip of the Week

    Start a Conversation About Reading!

    When students talk about what they've read, they often get more excited about it.  Asking your child(ren) questions can help them think and get them talking about what they've read. Plus, they will learn to express their thoughts so that others can understand them.  Here are a few questions to ask your child(ren):

    What made this book interesting? 

    Did the story or outcome turn out the way you thought it would? 

    How would you change the ending? 

    Would you want the main character for a friend?  Why or why not? 

    Have you experienced something similar to what the main character did?

    What character did you like to most/least?

    Would you recommend this book to a friend?

  • Digital Learning Day (DLD)

    digital learning days

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Friday, January 22, 2021

    All Day!

    All students, in-person and digital learners, will learn from home.  All students are expected to log into their eCLASS prior to 8:10 for synchronous learning, meaning students will learn through "live" lessons.  Your students class schedule will be posted on their teachers Class Dojo page.  Students will be expected to complete their lessons digitally each day and attendance will be documented.

     

    Breakfast and lunch will be available for all students during this transition to digital learning (Jan. 19-22). Meals will be available for curbside pick-up in our buslane between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    The district will also deliver meals along all bus routes countywide during the week. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. 

     

    All Chromebooks/laptops should be returned to the school upon students return to in-person learning.

     

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    All Day!

    All students, in-person and digital learners, will learn from home.  Learning will be asynchronous, meaning that students will not have a scheduled log-in time or planned “Zoom” session.  Instead, they will complete assigned work, at their own pace.  Students who are unable to complete assignments on DLDs will be given the opportunity to complete assignments when they return to school. 



  • Parent Portal

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    Introducing... The Updated GCPS Parent Portal!

    We heard you and we’ve updated the look, feel, and function of the school district’s Parent Portal, with easy access and one go-to location for need-to-know information about your student’s education—from records to resources.  The Parent Portal is a website that will allow you to log in and see your child's information, such as attendance, grades, standardized test scores, etc.

     

    Families that don’t have an account yet can register online at: https://go2.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/parents/PPS/register or print and complete the Parent Portal registration form and return it to the main office M-F 8AM-2PM.  Along with the completed form, you are required to show a photo I.D. for verification.  Learn more about the registration process in this flyer for families.

     

    Don't have time to get on the computer and look up your student's information?  GCPS now offers a mobile phone app for your ParentVUE/Parent Portal.  Click here to view the flyer for mobile ParentVUE app.

     You do not need to register for a new parent portal account every school year.


  • Play 2 Learn

    Play 2 Learn

     Date: Thursday Mornings 

    Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Location: CES or Virtual

    Registration is OPEN to All Gwinnett County residents!

    Looking for a free program for your younger child that encourages them and YOU to PLAY, LEARN and GROW?.... Play 2 Learn is that program.  Children ages birth to 5 years old and their parent, guardian, or caregiver can register to attend 90 minutes of weekly interactive instruction by contacting either Ms. Michelle Bays at (770) 972-2220 or by email at Michelle.Bays@gcpsk12.org or Ms. Jarrell at 678-639-3721/fueneequa.jarrell@gcpsk12.org.

    Registration is required. 

    For additional information, click here to view the flyer or click here to be redirected to GCPS Play 2 Learn's website.

    Please watch the video below to find out all the great things Play 2 Learn has to offer.

     

    Building Babies Brains Flyer


  • Local School Councillocal school council

    We are looking for three parent members to serve on our Local School Council Board.  Centerville Elementary Local School Council is an advisory group which provides advice and recommendations to our Principal, Ms. Banks, on issues such as student achievement and the Local School Plan for Improvement, school-community communication strategies, budget priorities and possible staffing needs.  The Local School Council Board meets 4 times a school year.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please send Ms. Banks an email at Bonita.Banks@gcpsk12.org.

  • Educational Resources

    links and resources

    Below are some links and activities to help keep your student(s) engaged in learning.

  • My eCLASS

    my eCLASS logo

     

    The Student Portal (flyer), allows you to access your eCLASS course pages, the Online Research Library, the Media Catalog, additional resources such as G Suite for Education, Classworks, Safari Montage; as well as your digital textbooks and Gizmos.

    Plus, in StudentVUE (flyer), students can access Messages, Calendar, Attendance, Schedule, Course History, Course Request, Grade Book, Student Info, and Documents. On the Class Schedule tab, you’ll find your classes and teachers. The Grade Book tab shows you your classes and grade averages for the grading period. And with the Detailed Grade Book tab, you can drill down into any class to see a detailed view of current and future
    assignments, including missing work.

    Click here to view video tutorials on how to navigate your student's eCLASS.

  • Tutor.com

    Tutor.com

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    In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), GCPS provides Tutor.com as a free online tutoring resource for students.  Live tutoring support is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  In addition, students can receive study skills coaching and  “drop-off support,” 24-7, by uploading a document for tutor feedback that will be reviewed and returned at a later time.

  • Learning Hub

    Learning Hublight bulb learning hub

    Click here for information, resources, how-to’s, and more related to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ plans for Fall 2020. No matter if you are learning digitally or plan to transition to in-person... this is your go-to source.

  • Talking To Your Child About COVID-19

    How to talk to your children about COVID-19 webinar 

  • Storyline Online Stories

    Online Stories Listen to stories read by celebrities.

  • Gwinnett County Public Library Online Resources

    Gwinnett County Public Library Online Resources

    Self-Guided Learning Resources
    lynda.com

     

    Self-guided learning resources have been made available to all through a collaboration between Gwinnett Public Libraries, GCPS, and Lynda.com.  By following the link below, you will be taken to the county library webpage.  At the bottom of the page, follow the directions.

    Your log-in and password are – for students: Student ID and login password; for all others: Library Card number from back of card and 4 digit password that you created with your library account.

    Lynda.com access link - https://www.gwinnettpl.org/lynda/

  • GCPS Elementary School Online Research Library

    GCPS Elementary School Online Research Library

    Video:Accessing E-Books and Online Research Databases through the GCPS E-Class Portal 

  • Get Georgia Reading

    Great news! Get Georgia Reading is now offering FREE access to myON Digital Library! Students and their families have access to more than 6,400 online books and age-appropriate news articles! Kids can search more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. During our Digital Learning Days, we hope that every student gets to maximize his or her reading time! Signing up is easy.  

    1.     Go to https://www.myon.com/login/index.html  

    2.     School Name: Get Georgia Reading 

    3.     Username: gwinnettcounty 

    4.     Password: read 

    Explore thousands of books and check out the tiles recommended by the Language Arts department!  

     

    Gr Level-

    (Reading Level

     

    Fiction

     

    Nonfiction

    K-(D)

    Max Goes to School by Adria F. Klein

     

    Night and Day by Sian Smith

    1-(I)

    The Country Mouse and City Mouse by Eric Blair

    The Bottlenose Dolphins by Jody Sullivan Rake

    2-(M)

    Up, Up In the Air by Molly Blaisdel

    A Jaguar Grows Up by Amanda Doering Tourville

    3-(P)

    Sounds Like Trouble by Stacia Deutsch

    The U.S. Constitution by Norman Pearl

    4-(S)

    A Star is Born by Sable Hamilton

    Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator by Eric Braun

    5-(V)

    Volar and Victory by Brandon Terrell

    Exciting Engineering Activities by Angie Smibert

  • Locating Books by F&P Reading Level

    Locating Books on your F&P Reading Level

  • Virtual Field Trips

    Virtual Field Trips

    Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links

    (Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!)

    San Diego Zoo:

    The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

    Yellowstone National Park: 

    Mud VolcanoMammoth Hot Springs, and so much more.

    Tour Yellowstone National Park!

    MARS!!!:

    Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

    They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!

    Animal Cameras:

    Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo

    Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams

    Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

    6 Animal Cams at Houston Zoo

    Georgia Aquarium has JellyfishBeluga Whales, and more

    Virtual Farm:

    This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 

    11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.

    U.S. Space and Rocket Museum

    in Huntsville, AL:

    See the Saturn 5 Rocket on YouTube and more on this tour thanks to a real father/son outing.

    Discovery Education

    Virtual Field Trips:

    A few of the field trip topics include

     Polar Bears and the Tundra

     Social Emotional Skills

     STEM

     manufacturing

    The Louvre:

    Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.

    The Great Wall of China:

    This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.

    Boston Children’s Museum:

    Walk through the Boston Children’s Museum thanks to Google Maps!

    This virtual tour allows kids to explore 3 floors of fun.

    Have fun learning at home!