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Welcome to the Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley website!

Principal’s Message

In Our Digital World …

Posted: 10/22/2016

Dear Families,

So good to see many of you at the PTA sponsored Harvest Family Dance last night. Thanks to Wind (Violet’s mom) who organized the event with many PTA helpers as a complimentary, community “fun”-raiser!

Annual Halloween Parade 2016: Please join us at 8:30am on Monday 10/31/16 on the black top. Our 6-8 students will lead the parade as they wind through school and pick up the younger students, then come out to the black top for some fun. Please make sure that attire does not include: weapons, or blood. We appreciate costumes that are appropriate for a K-8 school.

Digital Citizenship: We were fortunate to have Connie Williams (PHS Librarian) come to teach our 6-8 students this week about Digital Footprints. If you are on Twitter please check out #mccv for photos of the lessons. You can visit PCS website for more detailed information on the Board Policies regarding technology in the educational environment. Expectations: iPads are wonderful educational tools. We are proud to be able to provide personalized learning. Responsibilities come with this privilege. Responsible Uses: Follow all school/district policies when using the iPad. Keep usernames and passwords private. Treat others with respect and use appropriate language. Properly cite sources. Limit all in-school photography, video and audio recording to educational use. Behavior Not tolerated: Spreading lies or misinformation with intent to bully or harm. Violating copyright agreements. Accessing blocked resources at school. Removing security profiles. More details in the PCS Handbook. Common Sense Media Family Agreement: http://goo.gl/Q9Ysbu has an age-appropriate checklist to guide conversations with your child about responsible use of media and technology. Check it out!

Insurance Donation: We encourage parents to elect to donate $50 per year to the district iPad Self Insurance Program. This donation will be pooled with other parent donations to cover the cost of repair/replacement of the district owned and issued iPad. Thank you for your attention to this. Please make sure that you do not leave iPads in unlocked cars in the parking lot at any time to discourage any “wanna-be” thiefs. Please know there has been an iPad theft recently and we are always vigilant in working with police to keep the school safe at all times.

Track and Field: Thank you to Blair Kellison and Megan Malone (parent reps.) and trinity Pellkofer and Craig Wicks (teachers) who joined me in a Study Session with the Board, District and contractors to discuss a new track and field for MCCS@CV! I will be meeting again next week to finalize moving forward on this project. It is exciting to collaborate on this endeavor for the school and community.

Update on Solar Panel Project: The project is almost complete and as they enter the “clean-up” phase, it should only be a week or so before the fence comes down and students have the play area back in operation. Thanks for your patience with this.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!  Please do not send candy to school for snacks – thank you!

In Partnership Always,

Fran Hansell