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May 18, 2020
I am writing to inform you of our end-of- the-year process to disburse student materials from lockers and school desks, while simultaneously collecting District- owned Chromebooks, textbooks, and other materials. Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9 will be the days for the exchange of materials. To accommodate all students and families in a timely and efficient manner, we have organized these dates into specific time periods and alphabetical last name listing of students. Based on the beginning letter of each student’s last name, we respectfully request that pick-up and exchange of materials occur to the greatest extent possible as detailed in the chart below. We do recognize that given family schedules, this may not always be possible. If necessary, you are welcome to come at a time that is more convenient for you. We hope exchanges outside of the times listed below are more the exception than the rule, as many materials both coming in and going out must be processed by our staff.
Monday, June 8
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Last Names A-D
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Last Names E-H
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Last Names I-L
Tuesday, June 9
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m
Last Names M-Q
Last Names R-U
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Last names V-Z
Pick-up and drop-off of materials will occur in the driveway locations in front of each school building. Families with students attending more than one school building will do so at each individual building. All student desk and locker materials have already been collected and placed into bags with student names. This will be a drive-up and drop-off process only. Please have all school issued equipment available for returning, including:
Textbooks, library books, and other school issued equipment.
The Chromebook (case if issued), as well as the charger and power cord that was provided with each Chromebook. In order that the District can continue to maintain the Chromebooks and reassign them for next year, fees will be assessed for any damaged or missing equipment.
So as not to cause additional confusion and traffic with the materials exchange process, school lunch will not be served on June 8 or June 9. The last day for student lunch distribution will be on Friday/June 5, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school principal. Thank you for your support of this end-of-year process. Even in this limited fashion, we look forward to seeing many of you again!
It has been a very difficult time for students, parents, teachers, and staff. We miss our normal and we miss what we had. For many, this time of virtual learning and the inability to be at school has changed so many things that we have been used to. Some of these changes have been simple interactions with each other and other changes have been system changing. Two very important components, the graduation ceremony and grades/GPAs, have been affected by the current situation. We have researched solutions for both of these topics and made decisions that are in the best interest of our students and families.
Here is a link to a video announcement/explanation of the following information.
On Wednesday Night, I presented the plan for our graduation ceremony at the school board meeting. The document outlining the plan can be found on the school website, specifically, the high school information page of the Stay Healthy - Stay Informed - Stay Connected page. Here is a link to that graduation plan document. I encourage you to read through the explanation. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. These are the important dates to remember. We will hold these dates for a possible in-person graduation ceremony to the extent possible.
At the Wednesday, May 13 meeting, the School Board also approved the plan for grades/GPAs procedures that we will be implementing for the second semester. The document can be found on the same high school information page or by clicking on this link to the Virtual Learning - Grading Procedures - Spring 2020 document. I encourage you to read through this document for a full explanation and further clarification of course completion, grades, and GPAs. A brief summary of the procedures is as follows:
The second semester grade will be determined using the following weights/percentages.
Students will be assigned a letter grade at the conclusion of the semester, but have the option to change any grade to a Pass/Incomplete, by June 30. Only letter grades will factor into a student's GPA.
The last day for seniors is May 29. Seniors that have not met the requirements to complete all courses will be required to attend school until all work is completed, thus meeting those graduation requirements. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will have no new content delivered after June 2. June 5th will be the last day of school for all students who have completed academic coursework in all subject areas. For those students who have not completed work or courses, attendance will be required on June 8 and June 9 to work individually with their teachers to complete the necessary course requirements.
If individual circumstances prevent students from achieving this goal by June 9, an individualized plan for completion will be developed. School personnel will work collaboratively with students and parents to provide the support needed for each student to achieve course completion during the summer months.
Thank you for your patience in these two important decisions. Keep working hard to complete work, meet standards, and learn virtually. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Mr. Josh Ketterhagen, High School Principal
Summer School 2020: The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District will not be offering summer school in June and July of 2020. This decision was based with the best interest of students and families in mind. Our staff will continue to monitor the current COVID-19 situation from now through July to consider offering beneficial summer school programming in August. These offerings could serve as critical pieces in helping students be prepared for next school year. Deciding on when and how summer school may be offered in August is a decision that will be made by the Board and Administration during the month of July. Potential summer school offerings will be considered after a thorough understanding and assessment is done of the pandemic situation in the State of Wisconsin. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Summer School Principal Jeff Kondrakiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of Cedar Grove-Belgium Schools!
Cedar Grove-Belgium Elementary Principal
(920) 668-8518, extension 301, email@example.com
"You can not get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
Dear Cedar Grove-Belgium Parents and Families,
The following dates have been determined for the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year:
May 29 Last day for Seniors
June 2 Last day teachers will present new content material
to students in grades 4K-11
June 3-4-5 End of year wrap-up days: completion of class projects,
presentations, activities and assignments
June 8 & 9 Students who have incomplete assignments or coursework
will work with their teachers toward completion on these
Beginning the week of June 8th, families will be assigned a date and time to retrieve their students locker/desk materials and to turn in District Chromebooks. The drop-off and pick-up of materials will be done curbside at each school building. Students and parents will not be allowed to enter the buildings. Families with children attending in multiple schools will be assigned a common date and time frame within which to accomplish drop-off and pick-up for all children in the family. More information regarding this schedule will be forthcoming to each family later in May.
If you have any questions/concerns regarding this planning for your child, please do not hesitate to contact your child's principal, or Dr. Martin.
We hope these planning dates will help you, and your child, prepare for a smooth conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year!
Dear Cedar Grove-Belgium Staff, Students, Parents and Community,
As you are likely aware, Governor Evers has extended the Safer At Home order for the State of Wisconsin until 8:00 a.m. on May 26. In addition to this order, the Governor has declared that all Wisconsin public and private schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While schools may be "physically" closed, the delivery of educational programming and services to Cedar Grove-Belgium students will continue until the end of the school calendar year. As the State of Wisconsin Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor, has written,
“The closure of school buildings does not mean the end of services to children. The Department of Public Instruction remains committed to supporting schools and districts as they continue to care for their students, advance continuity of learning, provide meals for students, plan for the remainder of the year, and begin to plan for summer school opportunities and next fall due to COVID-19."
At this time, the Cedar Grove-Belgium Administration and staff will begin planning for the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year, under these current circumstances. It is likely that many Spring activities that otherwise would have occurred will be cancelled, or modified for virtual delivery. One activity that will NOT be cancelled, however, is High School graduation for our 2020 graduating class. This event may be modified by date, or method of delivery, but as promised in an earlier letter, we will find an appropriate and meaningful way to celebrate with our senior class. In the coming days and weeks, Mr. Ketterhagen and his staff will be reaching out to the members of the class of 2020 to gather input, review options, and finalize plans. Look for future communications regarding Graduation 2020 coming directly from Mr. Ketterhagen.
The District is also in the process of discussing summer school options for the upcoming summer. It is our intent to have summer school. We just have not finalized how, or in what format, that will be able to occur. Look for more information regarding summer school to come from Mr. Jeff Kondrakiewicz in early May.
I know that I speak for all Cedar Grove-Belgium staff members, when I express our deepest regret in not being able to be physically present with our students at the conclusion of this school year. We all look forward to the day when our school hallways are filled with the sounds of students once again! Until then, we will move forward with our virtual instruction, seeing one another across our computer screens, and knowing that we are helping to keep everyone safer by doing so.
Wishing you all the best for your continued health and safety,
Dr. Claire Martin
CGB will not be serving a grab and go lunch on Good Friday (4/10). We will serve on Monday for Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday for Wednesday and Thursday.
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Cedar Grove-Belgium School District Summer School
As the calendar turns to April, several families have been inquiring about the District's plan for Summer School. At this time, the decision on Summer School for June 2020 has been postponed until May 1. Watch the District's website for information regarding this upcoming decision. The District is discussing potential options for some summer school offerings to occur in early August. The decision regarding an August 2020 Summer School schedule will be made on, or before, July 1. Once again, please watch the District's website for announcements regarding Summer School offerings. It remains our hope that we will be able to provide Summer School 2020 programming, but the current health directives, at the time, will be needed to guide our decisions. Thank you for your understanding.
Dr. Claire Martin, Superintendent
Beginning on Monday, April 6 there will be a mobile food pantry set up from 11am to 1pm at the turnaround by the CG-B District Office AND near the concession stand at the Belgium Park. This is the same time the CG-B lunch pick up will occur at the Middle School and the Fire Station in Belgium, so families in need can stop by either mobile food pantry location for curbside pickup at that time as well. Boxes of food will be distributed from 11am-1pm on Mondays of each week until further notice.
The mobile food pantry is coordinated by the CG-B Food Pantry with boxes of food provided by the Sheboygan Food Bank. The goal is to help those families in need that have had their employment and overall situations affected by COVID-19. Food is available to any CG-B families and residents.
If a family is in need but unable to pick up from the mobile food pantry on Mondays, please contact Sally Ketterhagen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
Beginning on Monday, March 30 there will be a mobile food pantry set up from 11am to 1pm at the turnaround by the CG-B District Office. This is the same time the CG-B lunch pick up will occur at the Middle School, so families in need can come by the District Office turnaround for curbside pickup at that time as well. Boxes of food will be distributed from 11am-1pm on Mondays of each week until further notice.
Dear Cedar Grove-Belgium Parents/Families,
Welcome to the start of Spring Break 2020. I am certain that when this week was planned well over a year ago on the 2020 calendar, this was not the week anyone could have imagined we would find ourselves facing.
The world, as we know it, has changed and there is no playbook for what we are experiencing. I know that this time of uncertainty gives rise to increased feelings of anxiety, loneliness and fear. I want to remind you that you, and your children, are not alone in that regard. While we are currently living in a virtual world, the CGB teaching and counseling staff are "here" to support you and your children in any way possible. Please don't hesitate to reach out to them in the coming days and weeks ahead. We will do our very best to provide you with any resources that we have available. Together, we are stronger and that applies equally to the virtual world as it did to the physical world!
Special thanks to all students and parents that participated in Connectivity Day on Thursday, March 19. We had strong participation with almost every student/family connecting virtually with their classroom teachers. We are encouraged by this first step in delivering K-12 virtual education. The teaching staff is looking forward to connecting with their students daily, although differently, beginning on Monday, March 30. We ask for your patience as we get these "new wheels" rolling from underneath us. I am certain that within a short time, we will have established a sound structure and rhythm of delivery without being overwhelming in nature. If at any time, you find your child(ren) struggling, do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, principal, or me. We are here to help and support one another in any way we can.
While there are many uncertainties swirling around us, there are some things that we do know for certain. We know that social distancing, good hygiene and hand washing are effective against the virus spread, and that the Cedar Grove-Belgium Community will support one another through this. At this time, almost all CGB staff members are currently working virtually. Maintenance staff members are sanitizing the facilities, and our food service workers are preparing free lunches for any child under age 18. Lunches will be served on M-W-F (of any day that school would regularly have been in session). The next day of the Grab & Go lunch program will be Monday, March 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Pick-up locations are in front of the main entrance of the Middle School in Cedar Grove and at the Fire Station in Belgium. Meals are on a “first come, first served” basis. As you know, all other non-essential activities are suspended in our facilities at this time. But when we are allowed to come back - we will be back, stronger than ever and eager to see, in person, our students and families once again.
To our Cedar Grove-Belgium seniors, these are not the circumstances that anyone would have wanted for the final months of your senior year. But know that if you complete your work online, fulfill the requirements of your coursework as established by your teachers that you will graduate. These are times that are requiring us to think differently, do differently and find creative solutions to new problems. We will rely on your leadership and ingenuity, as well, as we move through the school year in the coming weeks/months ahead. We are uncertain as to when school will resume. But when it does resume, we will return to our traditional ways, or if needed, find new, and meaningful ways to celebrate your senior year accomplishments in the Cedar Grove-Belgium Schools. Your input into those processes will be important.
I am hoping you will find many moments of enjoyment and gratitude during our Spring Break week ahead. Hopefully, this week will allow you to take a breath, and relax a bit before our virtual educational programming begins.
All the best to you and yours,
Dr. Claire Martin
Collection of Mental Health & Support Services
Today, March 18, at 1:00 pm all buildings of the CGBSD will close. There will be no public access until further notice. Only essential personnel will have access to the buildings.
These are certainly challenging times filled with uncertainty and concern that are impacting our community, state, and the entire country. As the Cedar Grove Belgium School District moves to providing classes on line, your children may have questions about the reasons behind the closing of school. Below, are some resources for you to use as you discuss this situation with your children. This information includes content for children of all ages, including a comic zine that older children can make and videos of proper handwashing techniques for younger children.
Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
Dirty Hands can be Scary
Daniel the Tiger Handwashing Video
Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Home schooling or distance learning can be stressful. One recommendation is to keep your children on a schedule during the school day. Kids respond to routines. Take the time to create a routine with your children. It will keep them engaged and give them ownership over their education.
Take good care, be well, we are in this together!
Ann Van Eerden MSN, MS, RN, NCSN, CNE
Cedar Grove Belgium School District
CGBSD VIRTUAL LEARNING STRUCTURE
Staff will plan and deliver instruction in a virtual environment to provide quality learning experiences for students in the event of extended school closure, to minimize the disruption of an extended school closure.
-Check email regularly during work day (email will serve as our primary source of staff communication.)
-Check voicemail each work day and respond within 24 hours.
-Consider any electronic file access needs which should be addressed prior to leave.
SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPECTATIONS
Tammy Peiffer, Food Nutrition Manager
920-668-8686 ext. 237
Office Hours: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dear Cedar Grove-Belgium Families:
While schools are closed, CGBSD’s Food Service program will be providing FREE meals to ALL children age 18 and under. (you do not need to qualify for free and reduced lunch) Wednesday, March 18th families will be able to drive-thru or walk up to receive their grab-and-go meals between 11:00 -1:00, at that time a lunch will be provided for both Wednesday and Thursday. We will start up again after Spring Break on March 30th.
Meal pick-up locations:
1. Main entrance of Middle School. 2. Belgium Fire Department (East Entrance) 195 Commerce Street.
Children will receive a grab-and-go lunch. Meals are available to all children, not just those attending CGBSD.
This program is solely for the pick-up of meals; meals will not be consumed on-site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the pick-up locations. Continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or elbow, and stay home if you are sick.
Program locations and times subject to change. Meals available while supplies last. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The Cedar Grove Belgium School District is closed starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 for all District students. Given the most recent directive from Governor Evers regarding the restriction on gatherings of 50 people or more, to include schools, the Cedar Grove Belgium Schools are closed until further notice. Parents/Families: For the latest school information related to the school closure, or for resources that may be helpful to you during this time, please refer to this Website.
Thank you, Dr. Claire Martin
The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District WILL BE open for students on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
The District will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18 for all CGB students.
All CGB staff members will report to work on Wednesday, March 18, per their usual schedule. This day will be utilized by teaching staff members to prepare for the move toward an online learning platform.
On Thursday, March 19, teachers will be connecting with their students utilizing the online learning platforms. The purpose of this day will simply be to establish connections and provide support, as needed, for families/students to virtually connect.
Parents/students will not be expected to connect to school virtually on Friday, March 20. This will be a planning day for all staff members.
Beginning on Monday, March 30 (the Monday after Spring Break) teachers WILL BE delivering online instruction to all CGB students.