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With sincere appreciation, we thank CPES alumni, Grace Schmorrow, and family for donating two new Little Lending Libraries to our school this summer!
Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,
I hope this finds you enjoying your summer months! Although school is not in session, the building is bustling with activity! Therapeutic Recreation is holding classes, community groups have held camps, and our Preschool Autism Class is here, keeping things lively and hopping.
In other news, work from last year's student PBLs continues. Last fall, fourth grade students proposed installing a Little Lending Library near the playground, and the PTA agreed to fund this initiative. Former student, Grace Schmorrow, who was already installing a little library in Shirley's Garden, heard about it and volunteered to build and install TWO - one near the playground, and a second near the school garden. Not only did she (with a little help from her family) fulfill this wish of ours, she donated them so we could stretch our PTA funds even further for PBL initiatives! Stop by and check out the books already in the lending libraries, borrow what you like, and feel free to leave good books for others to read too!
Play-Space PBL implementation continues in other areas too: a Gaga Ball Pit (Proposed by a group of 6th graders) will be delivered and installed in August prior to school. Our new art teacher is prepping for rising 4th graders to paint the blacktop they designed in 3rd grade once school begins, and for rising 2nd graders to paint the sidewalk gameboard they designed in 1st grade. The new playground equipment proposed by groups in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades has been assembled into boxes ready to place in accessible locations shortly before school begins. And believe it or not, rumor has it, county officials are still discussing the merits and potential pitfalls of installing a zipline (proposed by a group of 6th and 4th graders)!
Also in the works, the new wall-mounted projectors have arrived and are slated to be installed in all remaining classrooms in the next two weeks!
I could not be more excited to see the continuation of such amazing work from the school year, and am beyond excited for what's to come!
Below are a few updates for you. As always, feel free to reach out with questions, compliments, and thoughts.
Katie Le, Principal
(and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal, who is enjoying a much deserved vacation right now)
LOCATION CHANGE: Rising Kindergarten Playdate in the CPES Gym
Due to excessive predicted heat, we are moving this Saturday's Rising Kindergarten Playdate INSIDE into the CPES gym. Rising kindergarteners and parents are invited to come meet each other, play, and enjoy popsicles provided by the CPES PTA. Time is still 10:00-11:00am.
CPES alumni, Grace Schmorrow, completed the work she began with her girl scout troop in Shirley's Garden (in our school courtyard). To enhance this outdoor learning space, Grace investigated the native plants growing in our space, and created QR codes so students may learn about the benefits of each plant to birds, insects, and the world around us.
Grace and her family also donated scientific books at different reading levels for the Little Lending Library she installed in Shirley's Garden.
Thank you, Grace, for using your gifts to give back and help enrich education for current and future Cardinals!
Making New Friends, and Keeping the Old
Now that summer is here, teacher changes are settling in. Here are a few fond goodbyes and excited welcomes to folks who will forever be Cardinals in our hearts.
Goodbyes and best wishes to a few with amazing opportunities:
Amy Rekas (2nd grade) will take a year to stay home with her new baby
Holly Desmarais (Sped) is going back to Madison High School
Jen Bates' position (Sped IA) was eliminated by FCPS, another school is lucky enough to have her next year
Nina Kwartin (Sped IA) has an opportunity with George Mason University
Dave Winfree (part-time PE) has found a full-time PE teacher position
Bethany Thomas (Band) increased her band programs so much that she had to decrease the number of schools she serves
Olga Oliveros (Kinder IA) has a calling to support immigrants new to the country in Arlington
MacKenzie Kowal (3rd grade) is moving back home close to family
Kathleen Gates position (IA) was eliminated, she has found a new direction to pursue
Alice Karny (Art) is enjoying her much deserved retirement
An exciting change:
Rachel Orndorff, 4th grade teacher, is moving with her students to 5th grade this year! Ms. Trivoulides and Ms. Mancuso will hold down the fort with gusto in 4th grade.
While staffing will continue to be finalized throughout the summer, here are a few exciting introductions:
John Moxie (part time PE) will join Mrs. Petty. Mr. Moxie has been teaching PE in FCPS for years, and we are happy to have him here!
Lauren Drew (3rd grade) is certified in early childhood education as well as special education. She spent last year teaching at a different FCPS school and we love that she is bringing her talents to us!
Jennifer Blend (part time Music) is joining Dr. K in our music department this year. She comes to us from another FCPS elementary school and has grand ideas for further bolstering our dynamic performing arts department.
Ellen O'Hearn (Art) is a professional artist, formerly from San Francisco, who fell in love with art education through volunteering her time in schools. She just completed her degree from George Mason University, where she already gained sought-after status throughout GMU and FCPS.
Kelly Krek (2nd grade) is returning to her roots at Cunningham Park. She taught multiple grades here years ago, establishing herself as a "dream-team" member no matter who she taught with. After a few years away, and becoming certified as a Reading Specialist, we could not wait to have her back joining our 2nd grade team.
Melissa Hughes (Special Ed) began her elementary teaching career at CPES two years ago, and when we were broken-hearted to lose her position, she went to a different school for a year. Now she's back, and we could not be more thrilled!
David Cho (Band) follows in Ms. Thomas' footsteps. Having graduated from the same Music Program at GMU, he is highly respected by staff from his department, and has been recruited to teach band at Thoreau as well. He knows well how far our band program has come, and is excited to continue it forward.
Dates to Remember
CPES Summer Office Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursdays, July 18, 25, & August 1, 8 - CPES Pop-Up Library, Thoreau MS Cafeteria, 5:00-7:00pm (free books, snacks, water, and friends!)
Saturday, July 20 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, CPES Gym, 10:00-11:00am
Wednesday, August 7 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, CPES playground, 10:00-11:00am
August 21 - Student Placement Notification Sent to Parents via E-Notify
Thursday, August 22 - CPES Open House, 1:00-2:30
Monday, August 26 - First Day of School
Wednesday, August 28 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2 - Labor Day Break (Schools Are Closed)
Full FCPS 2019-2020 Calendar
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