2021 Parent and Guardian CAASPP Notification
CADENCE PARK SCHOOL CELEBRATES
ViRtual International Week 2021!
DON'T MISS CADENCE PARK ADVENTURE DAY!
Class of 2021
Commemorative Spirit Wear now available from@cadence_park_ptsa
📣 Class of 2021 gear is available to purchase now only until April 11th. Hoodies, T-shirts and face masks at cost. Names of all the students are printed in the 2021 numbers. Only a few days left. Once we close the orders you will not be able to purchase them so get them before it’s too late.
CLICK HERE to ORDER TODAY!
Mental HEALTH and Wellness
Tips, Tools & Resources to Keep Your Family Healthy
IPSF IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT CADENCE PARK
More Money for Music! We wish to thank CPS music teacher Karen Sposato, who recently secured $1,150 for a Creative Music-Making Grant proposal via the IPSF Innovative Grants Program! CPS staff members have now received over $20,000 since we opened from IPSF, our partner in educational excellence!
ACE CLasses Now Enrolling! IPSF is excited to offer over 100 fun and interactive online classes for students in grades 1-8 afterschool. This session features classes to expand students minds and creativity. IPSF also has added new advanced sections to some of our most popular classes so your student can take their skills to the next level! Register at www.ipsf.net/afterschool . ACE Online scholarships are available to families demonstrating financial need. For more information and to apply, please visit ipsf.net/acescholarship.
Play STRUCTUREs Re-Open!
Given the drastic reduction in community incidence of COVID-19, we have been given permission to re-open our play structures in the elementary and kindergarten play areas starting Monday, 3/12! Students will still be asked to observe distancing as possible and wear their masks, but full acccess will finally be restored to these high-demand options for recess.
Students will be reminded to engage in hand sanitization after every recess and our playground equipment will be disinfected by site custodial staff every morning.
We are excited to announce that we have received clearance to begin planning for an in-person promotion ceremony for our very first class of 8th graders! More details will be forthcoming regarding separation of cohorts, inclusion of IVA, and parameters for parent viewing and/or participation.
CPS PTSA Presents
Family Game Night - March 18
Cadence Park School is welcoming families of incoming kindergarteners (children born between 09/02/15 – 09/01/16) to join us for a virtual information night on March 4th!
To register for this event, click this link: https://bit.ly/2NG4ZIW
A link to attend will be sent out to all registered families the day before the event.
Your Cadence Park PTSA is in the process of nominating candidates for the
2021-2022 Executive Board.
Please click here for more information and to submit your interest.
Responses should be submitted by February 10th, 2021. No experience needed.
SPECIAL SCHEDULE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY on 2/16
Valentine's Day - COVID Edition
Model Selection Limitation
IUSD ANNUAL SURVEY
Irvine Parent Education Program
ANNUAL SURVEY---> Coming Soon!
We're Purple again...now what?
Report Cards -Available Online 11/20
Today(11/16) marks the beginning of Trimester 2. Parents and students can access report cards for Trimester 1 online via Parent Portal starting this Friday after 3:00 p.m..
THANKSGIVING WEEK HYBRID SCHEDULE
Parents of students in the elementary and middle school hybrid program should be aware that instruction will be entirely online on Monday(11/23) and Tuesday(11/24) of next week. We hope that this will provide greater instructional continuity during this abbreviated week.
Traditional students will report to campus as usual and all students will be off on Wednesday(11/23) through Friday(11/25) for Thanksgiving Break.
PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION
If you haven't do so recently, click here to check out our PTSA website. There are an abundance of resources, offers, and updates available to support our Puma families and school.
At long last, our Pumas will have their annual school photos taken on campus. Schedule is as follows:
Mon. Nov. 16- MS IVA students
Tues. Nov. 17- Cohort B and Traditional students
Wed. Nov. 18-Elementary IVA Students
Thurs. Dec. 10- Cohort A students & and make ups
This book fair will be an amazing opportunity for families and students to build their home libraries as well as our school library collection. Follett has a much more extensive collection of titles compared to Scholastic and Follett credits our school 25% of the profits to be used toward adding to our CP Library Media Center collection.
Follet does not ship to students but will ship your order to the school for pick up.
Click on image or here for direct link
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AT CPS
Part of our ability to ensure our students' well being in the immediate and longer-term aftermath of a major disaster will depend upon the preparedness and cooperation of our parent community. To that end, we wish to make you aware/remind you of the following:
1. Stay Connected: See information below about how we will communicate with you in the event of an emergency.
2. Understand Our Reunification Plan:
Students will only be released to a parent, guardian or contact listed in our database. Be sure that any adult who you may wish to pick up your child in the event that you cannot make it to school is added to your Parent Portal approved contacts list.
In order for us to release your child, we will need to see a photo ID of the Contact who arrives to pick him/her up.
If students are sheltering in place, parents will report to the door of your child's teacher(middle school parents are encouraged to keep their child's schedule handy) where students will be released to parents/approved contacts, one at a time.
In the event of a major earthquake or fire on campus, we will have evacuated the buidlings, so parents are directed to report ONLY to the check-in desk, which will be located adjacent to the child care building(see map below), and not attempt to gain access to campus through any other areas. Once we verify your identity, we will send for your child, and you will meet him/her in the adjacent student pick-up area.
3. Be Prepared at Home: Click here for information about how you can ensure your family's safety and well-being for an extended period in the aftermath of a major disaster. For a more detailed plan for home preparedness, click here.
STAYING CONNECTED TO IUSD DURING AN EMERGENCY IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3.
1.) Check your voicemail, text messages and email first for the most up-to-date information from the District. If you unsubscribed from school or District emails, you will not receive important updates during an emergency. To re-subscribe, email email@example.com.
2.) Check IUSD.org and your school website for alerts and updates.
3.) Follow and like us on social media for real-time updates
For more information, visit iusd.org/connect . To make sure you know who is authorized to pick up your student, visit Parent Portal and view the “Contact” page.
Thank you to our PTSA and all participants in this year's Reflections contest!
The following student entries have received Honorable Mentions:
- Pranamya Aditham (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
- Grace Oh (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
- Kylie Yim (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
- Jaskiran Singh (Visual Arts, Middle)
- Neil Iyer (Literature, Intermediate)
The following student entries will advance to the Irvine Unified Council PTA for the next round of competition:
- Nish Wadhwa (Visual Arts, Primary)
- Kai Hataishi (Visual Arts, Intermediate)
- Teddy Huang (Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Intermediate)
- Xinyuan Zhang (Literature, Intermediate)
- Molly Gabbert (Dance, Photography, Intermediate)
- Rishant Pinnama Reddy (Film Production, Primary)
Congratulations to all! The Reflections programs is designed to give students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts. Every Cadence Park Puma should be proud of their work and effort.
Halloween (10/31) is not a national or school holiday, but we do recognize that many of our students will participate to some extent in the opportunities for fun and revelry that this day presents. With this in mind, students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Friday, 10/30, should they desire to do so. Hybrid students who do not attend on 10/30 will be allowed to dress up on 10/29 should they wish to do so. Children who opt to come to school in costume are asked to observe the following guidelines:
• No masks
• No excessive face paint or gore
• No high heels
• No replica weapons
• No culturally insensitive otherwise offensive or inappropriate attire
Costumes must also be safe and comfortable enough to be worn for the entire day and still permit participation in regularly scheduled activities . Children who do not have a costume or do not wish to wear theirs to school might also opt for an outfit of orange and black that day.
IUSD conducts an annual Multiple Criteria Measure screening process for all students in 3rd through 6th grades to identify students for placement in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. With various educational models this year, we are committed to a universal screening process for each child. To learn more about the MCM screening process for the 2020-21 school year please see this written summary and visit our website for other updated information.
OLSAT Registration is now open on the GATE Department webpage. IUSD offers families an optional fee-based OLSAT assessment each year. When administered by IUSD, OLSAT scores can be considered as one screening measure. Please note, the OLSAT is not required for GATE identification.
For the 2020-2021 school year, the OLSAT will be administered on November 7 & 18, 2020 at a testing center. All health protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of students and staff during the assessment. Again this is not required and is offered as a service to families that would like the OLSAT assessment. Families interested in taking the OLSAT should register here. No dates will be added later in the school year.
*Please note: Students that qualify for GATE in the 2020-21 GATE screening process will be notified via email during June 2021.
Coordinator, GATE and Advanced Learning
The beauty of the public school system is that it is set up for everyone to enjoy and appreciate the same experience, regardless of socio-economic background. To that end, Cadence Park wishes to remind you that whether it's a donation or a fee being requested for an expense or event, your child will never be excluded due to your inability to pay the requested amount. Please see the following helpful links below regarding available support and information:
Can We Switch Instructional Models?
We recognize that making a choice from the various instructional models this past summer was not an easy decision for many, and that in the weeks since, feelings and circumstances may have changed for some students and families. We further understand that as the reopening of schools becomes imminent, some may reconsider their choice altogether. If you find yourself navigating any of the aforementioned sentiments, we ask you to be aware that our capacity to accommodate requests for change at this time is extremely limited outside of emergency circumstances. If you feel your family has encountered such a critical development, you are always welcome to contact us in the event that there is something we can do to support you in your time of need. If, however, your desire is moreso related to personal preferences, we ask that you click the adjacent linked images to be added to the appropriate waitlist. Submitting your preferences via these forms will assist us with tracking and accommodating families who want (vs. need) to make a change, and we'll do our best to attend to such requests as space becomes available down the road. Our staffing across the District was determined by your original preferences, and will ultimately be the determining factor in our ability to accommodate any requests. We thank you in advance for your patience and ask for your understanding of our limited flexibility.
Translations now available!
We are pleased to welcome Janice Chen to the Cadence Park Staff. She will serve as our liaison to our growing Mandarin-speaking community. Parents are welcome to contact her directly for assistance, and one of the services she will be providing is ongoing translation of school documents and correspondence. you may click here and/or bookmark this link for future reference.
That's a wrap!
Last week, Superintendent Walker announced the launch of Optimistic Household, which is part of our ongoing efforts, as a District, to connect our students and families with helpful resources that support learning and social emotional wellbeing at the highest levels for students. Shawn Achor, bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, speaker and renowned expert in the field of positive psychology, who taught at Harvard, will provide a series of six interactive modules designed only for IUSD families.
To learn more about how you and your family can take advantage of this exciting opportunity, visit iusd.org/OptimisticHousehold. To learn more about Shawn and the neuroscience behind Optimistic Households, watch Shawn’s TED Talk, which is one of the 15 most watched Ted Talks of all time, with more than 22 million views.
As we head into the summer months, this is a way for our students and families to stay connected to our school and to IUSD. Through these helpful modules, our students and families can continue to reinforce the importance of grit, resiliency and adaptability, especially now during these uncertain times. We hope you have a moment to utilize the Optimistic Household modules with your family this summer.
We've GOT WHAT YOU NEED
(Services Resume after Spring Break)
STAY FED! IUSD will continue to provide free meals for students in need. Click here for details about when and how to access this ongoing support. Note: changes to protocol are being implemented.
SEE YOU ONLINE! If you need to borrow a chromebook to support your child's access to Emergency Distance Learning, click here!
I LEFT IT IN MY CLASSROOM! Not a problem. Click here to let us know what supplies/materials you need to access from your child's classroom or cubby and we'll gather it for you and place on the pickup table in front of our office the next day.
"LEAP"ING AT HOME
In addition to the academic standards, we spend a LOT of time helping our students learn to L.E.A.P. while at school. Since our students are spending more time at home, we thought we'd share some ideas about what L.E.A.P. behavior might look like at home (to the left). If you'd like to create your own L.E.A.P. chart, then please download and complete the document to the right!
LEAD WITH INTEGRITY --- EMBRACE CHALLENGES --- ACT RESPONSIBLY --- POSITIVELY IMPACT OTHERS
So...I'm THE TEACHER NOW !!?
No. Don't panic, Puma parents! We are still going to take the lead on facilitating your children's education, but moreso than usual, we are going to lean into our partnership. We know that the last eight days of Emergency Distance Learning have presented many challenges, and we are committed to staying in touch with you to make this experience as productive and painless as possible under these unusual circumstances. To that end, we'd like to share a couple resources that may support your child as he/she engages in distance learning:
Until further notice, our campus is closed to students and parents. Some staff may still be reporting to the site on occasion as we continue to support the online learning of our students, but for the most part, we will not be interfacing with the general public.
Access to Learning Materials
During this time, however, we will continue to support parents who need access to materials left in the classroom or assigned by teachers. To request an item, click here. All requests will be responded to the following business day.
In addition, we will continue to welcome and process enrollment of new students through an online process. If you have completed the online enrollment process through the IUSD website, click here for an appointment to complete the process with us.
Unfortunately, the future of our Jog-a-thon remains uncertain due to the school closure. Given the current crisis facing our world, we have also suspended all promotion of our fundraising efforts associated with this event.
That said, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money prior to the school closure, and all channels remain open for donations should people care to continue supporting this effort in the meantime. Our progress & donation page remains accessible online indefinitely.
All funds raised will go directly to support the purchase of additional devices (chromebooks and/or iPads) for student use at Cadence Park to help us maintain a 1:1 student:device ratio.
Let's Keep Moving with 100MC!
While school facilities are closed, we want to offer a little bit of fun to our Cadence Park 100 Mile Clubbers ---26 day CHALLENGE, beginning WEDNESDAY MARCH 18th, 2020. Participation in this challenge is completely OPTIONAL.
For 26 days (or until school resumes, whichever comes first,) all students may earn up to 1 mile per day towards their 100MC goal using the attached mile tracking sheet. This challenge is self-reported and requires a parent/guardian signature for verification of family activities. For every day a student walks or runs, they will write the distance in the appropriate box. If they miss a day, skip and move on to the next day. Parents/guardians are responsible for calculating the distance walked or run per day. Students and families are encouraged to keep healthy and active with smart, safe exercise at home, in a park or in the neighborhood; while still supporting social distancing and minimizing social contact as much as possible.
The 100MC 26 Day Challenge is FREE for all to who download and complete the mile tracking sheet. Please note that miles counted towards your student's 100 Mile Club goal are at the sole discretion of the school's 100MC coaching staff; up to a maximum of 26 miles (1 mile per day).
Our top priority is keeping our kids Healthy, Happy, and Connected.