Titans Bulletin from Mr. DeJesus
May 12, 2020
Dear Cedar Hill ES Community,
As we continue our last few weeks of Digital Learning, I wanted to take the time to thank you all for your support. Your child’s regular school routines and the way of traditional learning was profoundly impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful that as a school district, we had put in place the eClass platform to allow our teachers and staff to be able to provide your child with a digital learning environment. Our teachers and support staff worked diligently to create and deliver top-notch digital lessons to offer the students the curriculum they would have been exposed to had they been here at school. We also understand that some of our students may have faced other obstacles at home that may have prevented them from accessing online resources. For many, they were able to work on the curriculum packets that the teachers created for them.
As a school, we are so appreciative that GCPS authorized schools throughout the district to loan out Chromebooks to our students to use at home. We were able to provide over 70 students with these devices. We are also appreciative that GCPS continued to offer free meals to our students. As of May 8, our school nutrition workers prepared and distributed 14,689 meals: 5, 781 breakfast, and 8, 908 lunch meals.
Next, we get to send off our 5th graders though a virtual celebration. The administrators, teachers, and staff put together a virtual 5th Grade Ceremony, which will be showcased on our school website under the eClass home page. We plan to upload the virtual program by 6:00 pm on May 18. To our fifth grade parents, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for your support during the time that you entrusted your child with us here at Cedar Hill.
GCPS is considering two options for Summer School, based on the start date for the 2020-21 school year.
- July 6 - 21 (12 class days)— These Summer School dates are based on our current school calendar for next year, with August 5 as the first day of the 2020-21 school year.
- August 3 - 21 (15 class days) — These Summer School dates are based on a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year, with September 8 as the first day of school in a revised calendar.
The face-to-face Summer School learning experience will focus primarily on language arts and math skills, and students will attend school from 8 am to 2:30 pm each day. The district will give priority to students who have been recommended for summer classes. We will send invitation letters to those students once a final decision is made at the District Office.
As we close out the school year, we have created a schedule to allow parents and students to come by the school to pick up their belongings and to drop off any school materials and equipment. We have designated certain days for each grade level to accommodate everyone in an organized and timely fashion. Parents with children in multiple grade levels can pick all items upon one visit.
Student Pick-Up Day Plan:
- Parents will drive through the bus lanes and use the inner lane only.
- Station 1: parents drive up and have the name of the student on the dashboard (or provide verbally, if needed). Staff will use a walkie-talkie to communicate with other staff members in the main lobby and request to bring the student’s bag out to the front at station 4.
- Station 2: Drop off any library books
- Station 3: Drop off any textbooks
- Station 4: Pick up a bag with student belongings.
- Station 5: Check-in Chromebooks
Tuesday, May 19
Kindergarten— 8:00 – 11:00 am
First Grade— 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 20
Second Grade—8:00 – 11:00 am
Third Grade— 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 21
Fourth Grade— 8:00 – 11:00 am
Fifth Grade— 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Friday, May 22
Additional Pick Up Day— 8:00 am – 11:00 am
May 26, 27, 28, 29: 8:00 – 2:00 pm: Extra days for personal item pickup and item drop-offs – but must call the office when they arrive (so we can send personnel to the front to retrieve items).
Mark your calendar:
- Last Day of School: May 20
- Kindergarten Registration: Online registration for new kindergartners is now open! Please go to the school’s website for more information.
- School Registration: Online registration is now available for any grade level. Please log into our school website and click under the Parents tab across the top of the page. Then select the “Registration and Withdrawal Information” link.
So, parents, once again, thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming your child back for the 2020-2021 school year.
Jose M. DeJesus, M.Ed.