Help Us Spread the Word: Register Now!

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  The 2021-2022 School Year is Coming Fast! Know Someone Who Needs to Register?

Important school decisions depend on up-to-date student enrollment

 

Contact CPES NOW to register

Stop in between 10:00am-1:00pm Mon-Fri

OR

Contact Mrs. Davila to set up a time: CEDavila@fcps.edu or 703-255-5600

 

We can hardly wait to see you!

Love, Cunningham Park Elementary School

Where everybody knows your name!

 

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Note re. Friday for 6th Grade Families

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Dear Families of Sixth Grade Cardinals,

A tradition at Cunningham Park is for 6th graders to take one final walk together through the school at dismissal.  With this having been such an unusual year, we would love for you to be included in your child’s event as you are able.

This Friday, June 11th, we invite you to gather at 1:10pm between Door 3 and the school’s playground.  Be sure to keep the sidewalk clear, as we will escort our newly minted graduates down that sidewalk, through their proud, cheering parents, and end for photos and goodbyes at the school playground.

Remember to cheer just as much for all 6th graders, as some parents may not be able to be here, and all deserve to be celebrated.

Students who are 100% virtual are welcome to join their classmates outside of Door 3 for that final walk if they would like.

Students whose parents are present may check in with their teachers to be dismissed from the playground. Walkers will dismiss from the playground.  Kiss & Ride students who are being picked up normally will return to the cafeteria like usual.  Bus riders riding the bus as usual will also return to the school building for their buses.

Note: please do NOT park in the Kiss & Ride or bus lane, or in any way that will impede the normal dismissal flow. 

Our appreciation goes to the parents and our 6th grade teachers, who, together, helped plan this special closure for the year.  This will be a fond memory for students.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Friday Dismissal Reminder Friday, School Ends Two Hours Early CPES dismisses at 1:30pm

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Cardinal’s Message

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Cardinal’s Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

2020-2021, has been the year that was... unprecedented... unusual... trying... It was the year of perseverence.  The year of adaptability.  And it was the year we came together as a community -teachers, staff, parents, students- and pulled each other through an extended crisis.  

The novelist, James Lane Allen, said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”  Take a look at our school community.  Throughout the months, we ensured everyone was fed and basic needs were met, the community came out to get neighbors connected for class, volunteers and staff distributed books to all students.  Throughout unprecedented adversity, our families, staff, friends, and students stood tall, and the collective character that was revealed in our community cannot be surpassed.

In reality, it feels like we’re coming to the end of a school-year that started in March of last year. Back then, when we went virtual, I called it “School 2.0.” 

Now, it’s time to look ahead. Let’s not go back to School 1.0. Let’s come out of this even better than when we went in.  We look forward to furthering our work with Advanced Academic strategies like Concept-Based Instruction we began two years ago with a school-wide Play Space PBL.  We are excited to continue working with Positivity Project, and also to investigate ways to further deepen our work with Responsive Classroom and other cutting edge research.  Our primary grades will move forward with implementing word study and systemic phonetic instruction within our comprehensive literacy program - an initiative we began years ago and with which we keep moving forward.  

Our mathematics instruction will incorporate even more higher order critical thinking, while our learning experiences overall will strive to be real-world and highly relevant to all students.  

The beautiful diversity of Cunningham Park - cultural, economic, academic, and otherwise - will continue to be honored and celebrated.  And our students will receive a world-class global education that comes naturally in a setting such as ours.

To our sixth graders moving on, we wish you the best. Remember, once you have been a Cardinal, you are always a Cardinal in our hearts. Take flight and soar, we’ll be cheering for you!

And to everyone, with this as our last Cardinal’s Message for the year, we wish you a wonderful summer full of carefree playing, reading, and enjoyment.  

Next year, we’re back - five days a week.  We have survived a pandemic. Together, we can do anything!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, June 8 - Primary Election Day - School is Online, All Students Are Virtual - Note, the School Office will be Closed

Wednesday, June 9 - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Friday, June 11

  • Wear ANY CPES Spirit Wear!
  • Last Day of School
  • 2 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 1:30pm
One Final Photograph ❤️

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Cardinal's Message

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Cardinal's Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Cicadas, cicadas, cicadas everywhere!  By the sights and sounds outside, we are in full swing with our new friends.  Like always, our Cardinals have welcomed these new visitors with open arms setting up food and water stations during recess time.  Although some may be more excited for our new flying friends to return to the ground, they have definitely brought out the scientist in our Cardinals. 

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, we wanted to share some information regarding student laptops.  Parents of both virtual and in-person students have the option to check out an FCPS laptop for summer use. If you choose to check out a laptop, your child’s teacher will be sending a form home that needs to be completed and returned. Copies of the form will also be made available in the front office.  Upon return of the form, the laptop is checked out for the summer.

If you do not choose to check out a laptop, your child will return their FCPS laptop and charger at the end of the school year.  In-person students will return their laptop to their teachers, while virtual students will be returning their computers and chargers on Friday, June 11, Monday June 14th or Tuesday, June 15th from 9:00am-2:00pm.  Please contact Keri Mina (kdmina@fcps.edu or 571-424-7146) with any questions. 

We hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend and a great Memorial Day!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Positivity Project: A Year in Review

by Dr. Keri Mina, CPES Technology Coach

Our Positivity Project lessons have ended, but we want to remember all the traits we’ve learned about this school year.  The Positivity Project traits all focus on the other people matter mindset.  This includes:  knowing my words and actions affect others, cheering others’ successes, being present and giving others my attention, supporting others when they struggle, and identifying and appreciating the good in others. These overarching themes include all the traits we’ve studied about all year.      

Our digital citizenship connection to other people matter is: We are kind and courageous.  As we have learned all year, what we do online needs to reflect what our actions would be in person, face-to-face with others.  We need to remember to always be kind, be an upstander when we see any time of cyberbullying or drama online.  This means helping others or telling a trusted adult to help.  

Try this at home:  Reflect on all the traits we’ve studied this year.  Click here for a list of the traits.  As a family, talk about which one was your favorite and why.   

Quote of the week: “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”  -Amelia Earhart

Check out CPES social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for P2 and Digital Citizenship tips.

The Vienna Rotary has Supported CPES for Years, and We Love Having a Chance to Support Them Back!  Check out the return of Viva Vienna this weekend! Dates to Remember Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday: All Schools Are Closed

Wednesday, June 2 - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Tuesday, June 8 - Primary Election Day - School is Online, All Students Are Virtual

Wednesday, June 9 - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Friday, June 11

  • Wear ANY CPES Spirit Wear!
  • Last Day of School
  • 2 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 1:30pm
One Final Photograph

Peace, friends ☮️ photo by Clara Goldfield

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Cardinal’s Message

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Cardinal’s Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

It has been a year full of newness, of unpredictability, of trying and trying again, of frustrations, of successes, and most of all, it has been a year to adapt as a united Cunningham Park family.

For those of you familiar with Foo Fighters, you’ll know it’s a Grammy Award-winning band that formed in 1994. They have a song called “Times Like These” that perfectly encapsulates the year.  

In part, the lyrics, “I’m a new day rising, I’m a brand new sky, To hang the stars upon tonight” can easily symbolize the many times we woke to a new day with new events and new expectations. The time we all woke up last March to find schools had closed, and then in April, waking to a new kind of school through virtual learning.  And then this past September, waking to more structured virtual learning, and hoping and hoping again for transition back to in-person.  

And finally, the phasing-in process for students who were to return to in-person, first two days per week, and then to four days per week.  

For a while there, it felt like every day of navigating a global pandemic would be something new.  As the song continues, “I am a little divided, Do I stay or run away And leave it all behind?”  As families, there are many difficult decisions to navigate, and though it could bring frustration, Cunningham Park parents banded together with us and our teachers to guide your children through.  In other words, you didn’t ‘run away,’ you stayed and we walked through this time together.

And we did it. Friends, we loved, learned, adapted, laughed, adapted again, and learned more.

As the song goes on to say,

It’s times like these you learn to live again

It’s times like these you give and give again

It’s times like these you learn to love again

It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these, indeed.  Together, we have walked through PBLs, a car parade, food distributions (with FCPS and with Vienna Foodies), book distributions, laptop and WiFi distributions, laptop distributions again, virtual learning, concurrent learning, illness, health, unpredictability that we couldn’t help, and so much more.

You have donated air purifiers for classrooms completely unsolicited, books to distribute, food for those in need, funding for needed supplies and resources, and immeasurable amounts of time.  

Together, we successfully learned to live, give, and love, time and time again.  

Next year, as we look forward to resuming back to more normalcy, we will have grown and unified and we have so much opportunity ahead of us!  

A few events to look forward to that are in the works for 2021-2022:

  • An evening salsa and merengue dance complete with lessons for first-timers
  • Hallowingo Re-boot (PTA)
  • Holi- celebrated in India to welcome spring with the colors and life the season brings
  • Community Walks
  • Literacy Nights
  • Story-Telling Celebration
  • Maker-events

And so much more!

Instructionally, some things to look forward to:

  • Five days of in-person learning
  • Enriched Concept-Based Instruction re-boot (including PBLs)
  • Fine arts
  • STEAM in FLES
  • Relevant learning
  • EVERYONE here, at Cunningham Park, where we belong... together!

So cheers, friends!  To the year it’s been, to the year it is, and to what’s to come!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Creating Learning Communities for 2021-2022 Parent Input for Class Placement (Link)

Due Monday, May 31, 2021

Spring Virtual Book Fair Is Here!

Just in time for summer … it’s our Spring/Summer Book Fair!

Make a Splash:  Read!

The virtual fair goes through Monday, June 6th.

Go to our PTA site to learn more about redeeming Book Bucks from our Spring Readathon.

Go to CunninghamParkOnlineStore to start shopping for great summer reads, or you can go toBookwormcentral.com and search for Cunningham Park

For orders under $30, you can choose “ship to school” at check out.  Ms. Brinkhuis will be collecting those purchases from Bookworm and you can pick them up at school.  There will be a slight delay in receiving these books as Ms. Brinkhuis will only be driving out to BW once a week.

You can also order books for teachers’ classroom libraries from the Fair.

Thank you for supporting our school library by shopping at the book fair!

Cunningham Park Elementary School earns its 5th ENERGY STAR certification; Outperforms similar U.S. buildings on measure of energy efficiency

FCPS has announced that Cunningham Park Elementary School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance. This is the 5th year that Cunningham Park has earned the ENERGY STAR, reflecting a legacy of continued energy savings.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

We are honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance and appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved in its efficient operation.  Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit www.energystar.gov/buildings

Dates to Remember

May is:

Asian and Pacific-American Heritage Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month

Until June 6 - Virtual Spring Book Fair

Tuesday, May 25 - Virtual Students’ 6th Grade Reading SOL, 12:30pm

Wednesday, May 26 

  • SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your Red CPES T-Shirt!!
  • In-Person Students’ 5th Grade Science SOL, 9:30am
  • Virtual Students’ 5th Grade Science SOL, 12:30pm

Thursday, May 27 - Virtual Students’ 6th Grade Math SOL, 12:30pm

Friday, May 28 - Student Ambassador Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, June 2 - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Tuesday, June 8 - Primary Election Day - School is Online, All Students Are Virtual

Wednesday, June 9 - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your New Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Friday, June 11

  • Wear ANY CPES Spirit Wear!
  • Last Day of School
  • 2 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 1:30pm
One Final Photograph

Future Entomologist

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Notification of False Alarm This Afternoon

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Dear Cunningham Park Families,

This afternoon, the school’s intercom system malfunctioned and projected an alarm sound.  The duration lasted approximately fifteen minutes, and the issue was resolved without incident.

There was no emergency, however the sound may have been concerning to some students.  Mr. Kemmerer, Mrs. Lujan, and I visited every classroom to assure students and staff that we were safe the entire time.  We are so very proud of our Cardinal family, who stayed calm and collected throughout.

If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to me at KTLe@fcps.edu or call 703-255-5600.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal

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Cardinal’s Message

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Cardinal’s Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Although Teacher Appreciation Week came to a close last Friday, please allow us to give one more huge shoutout to our brilliant teachers and staff!  They have tackled everything that has been thrown their way like rock stars and made sure each and every one of our Cardinals has been cared for and loved.  We cannot stress enough how very thankful we are to be surrounded by such innovative, ingenious, loving professionals.

And from cookies to student messages, to notes on doors, to ‘Sunshine in a Bag,’ to lunch, to a supply bar - thank you so much to our fantastic PTA for showering our teachers with gifts of appreciation throughout the entire week! Your thoughtfulness made the entire staff feel loved and appreciated. 

This week, we begin SOL testing for 3rd-6th grades, starting with Reading.  For in-person Cardinals, tests will start at 9:30am, while our virtual friends will begin their tests at 12:30pm on their designated days.  A complete schedule of days and times can be found below.  Please have your children get a good night’s sleep the night before so they are well rested. 

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

The CPES PTA went all out to show the love to our staff!

Positivity Project Focus Last Week: Leadership

by Dr. Keri Mina, CPES Technology Coach

People with this trait value each member of the group and inspire people to do their best. They also have the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal.  A group’s effectiveness and sense of inspiration is tied directly to the leader. Study after study shows that leaders have the biggest influence on group success and morale. Leaders can be developed and it starts with character.

Our digital citizenship connection to leadership is: We are critical thinkers and creators.  As we develop or increase our leadership skills, we need to make sure that we are not believing everything we see and developing critical thinking skills is one way to do this. We also need to make sure that the people who lead us are leading us in the right direction.  With the plethora of information at our fingertips, we need to make sure we are discerning between true and false information.  We can never let down our guard, being careful to never share false information.  

Try this at home:  Go to this website:  https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/  It is a fake website.  Talk with your child about how they can’t believe everything they see on the internet.  Talk about how to tell if something is true, can you verify it in more than one source?  When you google it, do you see the words “hoax” or “fake” anywhere in the search?  Talk about how to verify if something you read is true.  

Quote of the week: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” -MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Check out CPES social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter andInstagram) for P2 and Digital Citizenship tips.

Wednesdays are Cardinal Spirit Days!

 

Thanks to the generosity of the CPES PTA, every CPES student now has a Cardinal red t-shirt that commemorates this unprecedented year of persistence, of laughter, of love, and of #ConnectedLearning!  

Every Wednesday until the end of the school year, we invite all students and staff to wear your red shirts! After all, throughout the craziness of learning through a pandemic, whether virtual or in-person, we are all Cardinals!  

We are #OneSchool.  

Dates to Remember

May is:

Asian and Pacific-American Heritage Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month

 

Monday, May 10, 9:30am - Author’s Visit, Gary Lloyd for Grades PreK-2, Library Google Meet

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00pm - PTA Meeting

Wednesday, May 12 

  • School Nurse Day
  • Student Ambassador Spirit Day: SCHOOL SPIRIT: Wear Your New Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Monday, May 17, 10:00-11:00am - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, Details Coming Soon

Wednesday, May 19SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your New Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Tuesday, June 8 - Primary Election Day - School is Online, All Students Are Virtual

Wednesday, June 9 - SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Wear Your New Red CPES T-Shirt!!

Friday, June 11

  • Wear ANY CPES Spirit Wear!
  • Last Day of School
  • 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:30pm
One Final Photograph

At Cunningham Park, we are all teachers for our children. Thank you for celebrating with us!

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Cardinal's Message

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Cardinal's Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Recently, there have been several stories in the media about the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative. As this is an ongoing process, let us share with you what we know so far.

Some background: Every 7 years, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) revises the standards in each content area and reassesses graduation requirements. VDOE follows an established procedure for standards revision that includes public comment windows and public hearings.

As a part of this regular revision cycle, elementary standards of learning are being reviewed for possible changes to some standards in an effort to ensure alignment.  Any changes to standards would take place in four to five years.

Overall, the emphasis is to increase access to higher levels of mathematics for students, in particular those whose populations tend to be underrepresented in advanced courses, and any students who need increased depth and breadth in learning.  Rigor will remain essential K-12, as deeper conceptual thinking is strengthened.

The dates for a public comment period on the mathematics standards revisions have not yet been announced, watch for this information to be advertised through VDOE and FCPS.

We hope this helps with questions about what's to come mathematically for our students.  We will continue to keep you updated as we are able.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Shirts for this year were given to all staff members to wear with pride. We can hardly wait to get shirts into the hands of all students as well!

Student Cardinal T-Shirts are On The Way!

Thanks to the generosity of the CPES PTA, we have Cardinal-red t-shirts for every Cunningham Park student! Shirts arrived and we began distributing this week. We still have more to distribute, and can hardly wait to get them into the hands of ALL our learners!

Parents of students who are 100% virtual should stop by the school during library pick-up times next week (Thursday, May 6th at 5:00-6:00pm or Friday, May 7th at 12:00-1:00pm).  Parents who are unable to stop by at those times are welcome to designate a different parent to pick up shirts for your children.

Once all students have their shirts, be on the lookout for upcoming spirit days that remind us we are #OneSchool!

P2 Focus This Week: Purpose

People strong in this trait have the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. These people strive to find their true calling in life. It also gives them the ability to cope, even in difficult situations. This trait is one that can be strengthened by realizing that our lives have meaning and what we do matters. 

Our digital citizenship connection to purpose is: We define who we are. The trait of purpose can be strengthened. One way to do this is to make sure that WE define who we are when we are online. Are we kind and helpful? Do we treat others the way we want to be treated? Part of our purpose is to help others feel included in our daily lives. Are we doing this in our online interactions with others? 

Try this at home:  Make three lists with your child:  

  1. What are they good at? 
  2. What do they love to do? 
  3. What is important to them

Notice: Is there anything that shows up on all three lists? Discuss with your child how making these lists can help them find their purpose. Think about ways you as a family can help your child find his or her purpose. 

Quote of the week: “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” -GUATAMA BUDDHA

Check out CPES social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for P2 and Digital Citizenship tips.

A Note from FCPS: All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

Get more information about the primary elections.

Dates to Remember

May is:

Asian and Pacific-American Heritage Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3, 9:30am - Author’s Visit, Gary Lloyd for Grades 3-6, Library Google Meet

Monday, May 10, 9:30am - Author’s Visit, Gary Lloyd for Grades PreK-2, Library Google Meet

Thursday, May 6th,5:00-6:00pm - T-Shirt Pick-Up for 100% Virtual Learners, Outside at Door 3

Friday, May 7th, 12:00-1:00pm - T-Shirt Pick-Up for 100% Virtual Learners, Outside at Door 3

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00pm - PTA Meeting

Wednesday, May 12 

  • School Nurse Day
  • Student Ambassador Spirit Day: Sports Day, wear your favorite sports jersey, shirt, or jacket

Monday, May 17, 10:00-11:00am - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, Details Coming Soon

Tuesday, June 8 - Primary Election Day - School is Online, All Students Are Virtual

Friday, June 11

  • Last Day of School
  • 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:30pm

 

Ongoing:

Curbside Library Book Check-Out @ Door 3 (To place a hold on books for curbside pick-up, fill out this form, or put holds on books in Destiny Discovery.)

  • Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm

Virtual Friday Folders updated weekly

One Final Photograph

In appreciation to the kind donor who supported Rustic Love Vienna and gifted us an official sign!

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Cardinal’s Message

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Cardinal’s Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and  Friends,

We completed our first week of four days of in-person instruction.  It was great to see so many of our Cardinals together in the building again.  We will continue to adjust and make any necessary changes that need to occur to make sure all of our community finishes the school year out strong. 

More students in the building, means longer lines for arrival and dismissal.  When arriving or picking students up from school, please keep safety in mind!  In order to help our Kiss and Ride line move as smoothly as possible, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Be Courteous!  Please remember that you are setting an example for hundreds of students when driving at school. 
  • ONLY students who WALK home southwest (toward McHenry, Kingsley, Cedar) will exit through Door 3.
  • ALL other non-bus riders will either exit through Door 11 (walkers) or report to the cafeteria to be called for Kiss & Ride.
  • ALL students must use crosswalks to cross the parking lot.
  • Students may only cross the parking lot when accompanied by a designated adult.
  • Drivers who enter the parking lot wishing to stop MUST park in a designated parking spot. 
  • Drivers may not park on Park Street blocking or partially blocking the school parking lot entrance or exit.
  • Children must unload from the passenger side of the car.
  • Drivers must stay in their car.
  • Drive slowly and stay alert.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Route for Kiss & Ride

Newest Members of the Cardinal Family

Join the staff in welcoming two new members to our community!

Alexia Candamo (pictured left) joins our front office staff in the mornings. She comes to us with a long history of working for Fairfax County Public Schools, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Mrs. Candamo’s warmth and friendliness fit in perfectly with our office staff, and we are thrilled that she has joined us!

Joining our custodial team is Maria Bernal (pictured right).  Mrs. Bernal, who previously worked in the private sector, comes to us with much experience.  Her can-do attitude make her a perfect match for our school!

Mrs. Candamo and Mrs. Bernal are both excited to be a part of Cunningham Park’s little corner of the world, and we are just as happy to have them here!

Calling All Pre-Covid Library Books - Please Come Home!

This weekend, we invite families to take a deep dive under beds, behind car seats, in old backpacks, and everywhere a CPES library book could be hiding since March 2020 to help us find our long lost treasures.  We miss our gentle readers.
(poem and art by Shel Silverstein)

A Note from FCPS: PreK and Early Head Start

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch thisvideo to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.To apply online: www.fcps.edu search: PreKEmail: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

P2 Focus: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

by Dr. Keri Mina, CPES Technology Coach

People strong in this trait have the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Focusing on appreciating the beauty around us can help us find increased joy and meaning in the world. 

Our digital citizenship connection to appreciation of beauty and excellence is: We find balance in our digital lives. To be able to appreciate the beauty around us, we must first unplug. Making sure we balance our digital lives with other activities helps us grow in our appreciation of beauty and excellence in our world. Technology provides us with many benefits, but so does unplugging and searching for the beauty in other things as well.

Try this at home: Have a technology-free time every day. Learn to appreciate the beauty around you. Take a family walk, go play at a park, take a bike ride or a hike. Talk with your family about all the beauty you see in the world around you. This is fun to do in different seasons, year round. Put on your coats and boots and take a hike in the snow. Put on your swimsuits and play in the sprinkler in your yard when it’s warm outside. Crunch leaves on the sidewalk in autumn. Pick a flower in the spring. Learn to appreciate all the beauty that can be found in all times of the year. 

Quote of the week: “At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough.” -TONI MORRISON

Check out CPES social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for P2 and Digital Citizenship tips.

Dates to Remember

April is:

Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Mathematics Month (M2),Month of the Military Child, Backpack Safety Awareness Month

Thursday, Apr 29 - Poem in Your Pocket Day, Keep your favorite poem in your pocket to share all day!

Friday, Apr 30Student Ambassador Spirit Day - Blue Day to support Autism Acceptance

May is:

Asian and Pacific-American Heritage Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3, 9:30am - Author’s Visit, Gary Lloyd for Grades 3-6, Library Google Meet

Monday, May 10, 9:30am - Author’s Visit, Gary Lloyd for Grades PreK-2, Library Google Meet

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00pm - PTA Meeting

Wednesday, May 12 

  • School Nurse Day
  • Student Ambassador Spirit Day: Sports Day, wear your favorite sports jersey, shirt, or jacket

Ongoing:

Curbside Library Book Check-Out @ Door 3 (To place a hold on books for curbside pick-up, fill out this form, or put holds on books in Destiny Discovery.)

Virtual Friday Folders updated weekly

One Final Photograph

Looks like everything’s going to be ok ❤️

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Cardinal's Message

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Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

On Tuesday, April 20th, we transition to four days (Tuesday-Friday) of in-person learning for all students currently in-person and certain students identified through specific protocol.  With our in-person students nearly doubling we appreciate your patience during our arrival and dismissal process, especially in Kiss & Ride (K&R).  If you live close enough to Cunningham Park, we encourage students to walk to school for fresh air, exercise, and to alleviate long lines in K&R.  Please be mindful of students walking and our younger Cardinals who are just learning the arrival and dismissal procedures as well. 

Our library is putting out an all-call for help hunting down books that were borrowed before school facilities closed last spring. As many of you prepare your children to return to school more frequently next week, please do a deep dive into rooms, under beds, behind car seats, and anywhere you might find some of our books hiding since last March.   

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in-person during the month of May.  A revised SOL schedule for Cunningham Park can be found below. All tests must be administered in-person at school. If you have not already done so, please complete this  Google intent form to indicate your decision to either proceed with or refuse participation in SOL tests this year for your child.

And one last calendar note: due to unforeseen circumstances, the live portion of our planned Poetry Slam is being postponed indefinitely.  We will still celebrate the amazing poets who have made submissions to our flip grid.

Things are certainly hopping, and we have been happy to see so many of you at our recent parent coffees.  It will be awesome to have so many Cardinals back together next week, as we love our learners - whether in-person or virtual!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

P2 Focus Next Week: Fairness

By Dr. Keri Mina, CPES Technology Coach

People with this trait believe that all people have value.  They approach situations with an unbiased mindset & treat everyone with respect.  People that are strong in this trait also believe that no one should be discriminated against for any reason.  This trait can help us become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens and generally moral people. The trait of fairness can also strengthen the aptitude for self-reflection, self-awareness and self-confidence. 

Our digital citizenship connection to fairness is: We are kind & courageous.  When we see someone interacting online inappropriately, we need to make sure we tell a trusted adult so everyone is treated with respect.  

Try this at home:  Talk about fairness and the difference between something being fair and unfair.  Give your family the scenarios listed below and talk about whether each one is fair or unfair and why.

  • Your older sister gets to stay up later than you.
  • Your brother got money for his birthday and you didn’t.
  • Your friend brings her ball to school but won’t let you play with it.
  • Nick always gets to be the line leader.
  • You save a seat for someone in the cafeteria.
  • Your friend lets you cut in line in front of him at the drinking fountain.

Quote of the week:  “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Check out CPES social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for P2 and Digital Citizenship tips.

Rock Painting - Brighten our Garden, Brighten Our World!

Join the CPES PTA Garden Committee on Google Classroom to help brighten up our garden!

Fill out this form for rock painting supplies and then join us in Cardinal Hangout Google Meet on Thursday, April 22nd at 4pm to paint together!

Supplies can be provided to your child through his/her homeroom teacher, or can be picked up at on the days/times indicated. If you additional assistance getting supplies, please reach out to Jen McCarry.

Rocks that are returned to the school will be placed throughout the school garden as decorations.

Dates to Remember

April is:

Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Mathematics Month (M2),Month of the Military Child, Backpack Safety Awareness Month

 

Tuesday,  April 20 - Current in-person and certain identified students begin four day in-person learning

Thursday, Apr 22, 4:00pm - Garden Rock Painting at Cardinal Hangout Google Meet

Friday, Apr 30 - Student Ambassador Spirit Day - Blue Day to support Autism Acceptance

 

Ongoing:

Curbside Library Book Check-Out @ Door 3 (To place a hold on books for curbside pick-up, fill out this form, or put holds on books in Destiny Discovery.)

  • Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm

Virtual Friday Folders updated weekly

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Cardinal's Message

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Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Last week, Superintendent Brabrand sent communication to families and the community about the possibility of schools returning some of their students to 4 days a week of in-person learning based on the staffing and space at each school.  After evaluating our current staffing and our classroom space, we are happy to share that here at Cunningham Park, we will be able to bring back all students (PreK-6) who are currently in-person, for 4 days a week.  This shift to four days a week will begin on Tuesday, April 20th for our current in-person learners. 

FCPS is also permitting the return of certain virtual learners as identified by a system called Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).  MTSS outlines specific protocols followed by teams of teachers and specialists to identify students in need of intervention to achieve grade level expectations in an area or areas of learning.  We are contacting families of students who are determined to be eligible beginning the week of April 13th.

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility throughout this year.  With you as our partners, we will continue our work to make sure our entire Cunningham Park family finishes the fourth quarter strong.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

P2 Focus: Appreciating the Good In Others

by Dr. Keri Mina, CPES Technology Coach

Our Positivity Project trait for this week is appreciating the good in others. People strong in this trait work hard to identify and appreciate others’ character strengths. They are able to freely give sincere compliments and help others feel special. They understand that deeper compliments about someone’s actions or character strengths mean more than surface compliments of looks or the clothes they wear.  These are special people that make us feel welcomed and appreciated in our life.       

  Our digital citizenship connection to appreciating the good in others is: We define who we are.  If we are not one that naturally appreciates the good in others, the good news is, this is a trait that is easy to improve!  We can make a decision to look for the good in others and give out sincere compliments when we see something we admire in other people.  Always remember, WE define who we are and if we see something we can do better, we can make the decision to improve and take concrete steps to make that improvement happen.   

Try this at home: Have each member of your family identify a positive trait for each other family member.  Share a sincere compliment for each family member.  Discuss how it feels to be appreciated.  Talk about how you can share positive feelings by showing appreciation to others in your everyday life.  

Quote of the week: “When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself.”  -Unknown

Check out CPES social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for P2 and Digital Citizenship tips.

With a Little Help from My Friends

When one of our youngest Cardinals struggled with her backpack, Mrs. Wells was there to lend a hand

Dates to Remember

April is:

Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Mathematics Month (M2),Month of the Military Child, Backpack Safety Awareness Month

 

Monday, Apr. 12

Wednesday, Apr 14

  • Student Ambassador Spirit Day - Purple Pride to support Military Families (this is an update from the original spirit day)

Tuesday,  April 20

  • Current in-person students start 4 days a week of in-person learning

Wednesday, Apr 21

  • 4:00-4:30pm - PTA Sponsored Gardening Committee Event: Rock Painting

Friday, Apr 30

  • Student Ambassador Spirit Day - Blue Day to support Autism Acceptance

 

Ongoing:

Curbside Library Book Check-Out @ Door 3 (To place a hold on books for curbside pick-up, fill out this form, or put holds on books in Destiny Discovery.)

  • Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm

Virtual Friday Folders updated weekly

One Final Photograph: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright

When Mrs. Le and Mr. Kemmerer surprised staff with smoothies accompanied by the music of Bob Marley, this preschooler got right into the groove 🎶 

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