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December School News

Stay Healthy this Season

BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER 11/2/15—3/31/16 

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season. Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session. If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed… December 21 – January 3, February 15 & 16.

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

School Cancellations and Closings

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

In the event of a 2-hour delay, students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and morning preschool classes will be cancelled.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and / or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.

For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org/Parents/Emergency-Notification/index.html or call 616-696-1204.

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

Beach Santa Shop

December 7 – 11

Volunteers are needed to help students create gifts.

Contact Jeni McIntyre   jeni12796@hotmail.com

PTO welcome any and all volunteers!  These events are not possible without your support!

School Breakfast

Does your child miss breakfast – no time or simply isn’t hungry first thing in the morning?

Here’s a solution:    School Breakfast!

School breakfast provides 1/4 of your child’s daily nutrition needs and research shows breakfast provides fuel for school and boosts brain power.  Breakfast at school is affordable, too.  It’s available for all students and if you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, you also qualify for free or reduced price breakfast.  Encourage your child to join us for school breakfast.

Time Served:  7:10 am  & 8:30 am

Ski & ride

Cedar Springs Public Schools is partnering with the Cannonsburg Ski Area for affordable ski & ride options for K-12 students and PARENTS! These passes can be used every day of the week-even holidays!

4th Grade and up meet on Thursdays with optional busing available for an additional cost. Forms are available in each school building office.   Due by December 5!

Got Health Insurance? 

Cherry Health enrollment staff will provide information about the Affordable Care Act and how to sign up for health insurance.

WHEN: December 14, 2015     3:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE: North Kent Community Services,

10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI  49341

COST: FREE

Contact: 866.299.1339     www.cherryhealth.org

Upcoming Events

December 4:  Student Early Release

December 12:  Cedar View Chorus Winter Concert

December 14:  Board Of Education Meeting     6:00pm

December 17: 6-8th Grade Choir Concert

December 18:  Student Early Release

December 21 – January 1:  Winter Break

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

There is nothing more rewarding to me than being a servant leader – here to serve students, staff, parents and this great community.  To that end, I am pleased to share that we, the CSPS educators and support staff, focus our work each day on serving our nearly 3500 students.

The very heart and soul of our work and desire to serve is teaching and learning.  Although I am in school buildings all the time, the last 3 weeks provided an extra special time at our schools as we conducted “instructional rounds.”  Our district office administrators collaborate with building administrators, teachers and instructional coaches to visit classrooms and observe excellent teaching and learning.

Instructional rounds are explained by educational researcher Robert J. Marzano as “…the most valuable tools that a school or district can use to enhance teachers’ pedagogical skills and develop a culture of collaboration.”  We, at CSPS, couldn’t agree more!

I can share with certainty that our fine educators value the instructional rounds as we collaborate around focused data collection, dialogue and self-reflection.  That leads our staffs to setting goals for continued student success.

It has been an absolute joy to be in each of the classrooms we visited.  Our teachers teach with clear intention, consistency in standards and solid strategies to engage students.  Our students are actively engaged in learning and collaboration as they demonstrate skills and concepts they are learning.  Teachers and students alike focus on assessment of learning, which is impressive to witness!

In addition to our educators focusing all work on students, there are countless examples of how our support staff truly supports teaching and learning.  The hard work and dedication they demonstrate in their day-to-day work is clear.  What is not as well-known is the compassion and commitment they give behind the scenes to ensure educators and students are supported in their work of teaching and learning.  At CSPS, we appreciate the collaborative spirit of our highly valued educators and support staff.

I’ll say it again and again, it is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  Please know I maintain an open door to any and all who would like to talk.  A hallmark of my career has been being approachable to all students, staff, parents and community members.  It’s that servant leadership philosophy that I hold dear in all aspects of my life.  Please do call, write or drop by for a visit at any time.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you and learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have about any topic, such as instructional rounds!

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Office:  616-696-1204 ext. 1001    Cell: 925-899-3111

Email: laura.vanduyn@csredhawks.org

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School cancellations and delays

 

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

In the event of a 2-hour delay, students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and morning preschool classes will be cancelled.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and / or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.

For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org/Parents/Emergency-Notification/index.html or call 616-696-1204.

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Stay Healthy this season

 

Become a Red Hawk Walker 11/2/15—3/31/15 

CSPS-IndoorWalkingThe cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season. Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session. If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed… November 25 & 26, & 30, December 21 – January 3, February  15 & 16.  For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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Cold and Flu Season Ahead.  

 

When To Keep Your Child Home From School: 

A temperature of more than 100.5 degrees orally

Nausea or vomiting

Stomach ache or abdominal cramps or pains

Diarrhea (more than 3 stools in 24 hours)

Pale or flushed face

Headache

Persistent cough

Ear ache

Thick yellowish discharge from nose

Sore throat

Rash or infection of the skin*

Red or pink eyes

Loss of energy or decrease in activity

Shortness of breath or wheezing

Stiff back or neck

Chills

*Note—if your child has a sore/wound that is not draining and can be covered with band-aid/clothing, he/she may return to school. Pl

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2015 Board of Education Meetings

 

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education welcomes attendance of the public and school staff at its meetings.

A school board meeting is the only means by which a school board can carry out its legal duties or exercise its legal powers.  As such, the primary purpose of a school board meeting is to transact business.  Secondarily, school board meetings provide opportunities for creative and constructive decision-making by members of the board while attempting to reach consensus on strategic issues.  In addition, school board meetings offer an opportunity for the public and staff to address the Board of Education.

Location:  Hilltop Community Building

Board Room – 3rd Floor @ 6:45 PM

November 9 – regular meeting

November 23  – work session

December 14 – regular meeting

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November Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Red Hawk Elementary – 11/11 4:00pm to 7:00pm &   11/12 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Middle School – 11/17 & 11/19 4:00pm to 7:00pm

High School – 11/10 5:00pm to 7:30pm & 11/11 3:00pm to 5:30pm

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Senior All Night Party fundraisers

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Cedar Springs High School & H Productions Present

 

CSPS-UpTheDownStaircaseUp the Down Staircase

November 12—14  7:00pm

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

The play stars 30 wonderful high school actors who have put a lot of their time and energy into making this a wonderful show.  Tickets are available at www.hprodcshs.com, High School main office, from a cast member and at the door before the show.

Stay tuned to www.hprodcshs.com for more details.

The play is about Sylvia Barrett, a rooky teacher, and her struggles with unruly students, a demanding administrator, and her own high expectations.

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Upcoming Choir and Band events

Choir Events:

• 6th-8th grade singing at the GR Griffins Game – November 28 @ 7:00 @Van Andel Arena

• High School Band and Choir Holiday Collage – December 10 @ 7:30 in the HS Auditorium

• 6th-8th grade Holiday Concert – December 17 @ 7:00 in the HS Auditorium

The bands and choirs will be selling wreaths as a fundraiser. Orders can be made October 19 – November 2 through band and choir students, or you can contact Linda Janik directly at linda.janik@csredhawks.org.   Wreaths will arrive on November 20.

Band Events:

11/7: MCBA State Finals at Ford Field  – Flight 3 (our flight) will be performing somewhere between the times of 3:45-7:00 PM.

11/17: 6th Grade Band Concert 7:30pm, Red Hawk Elementary Gym

12/3: MS Band Concert 7:30pm, High School Auditorium

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