Comprehensive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates, Information, and Resources
Campus is currently closed, and our Remote Learning plan is in effect. The Student Office will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to support our essential services and our teachers’ needs. Please check this page for the most up-to-date information. Our Directors remain available via email. (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Keep Calm and Carden Strong resonated more loudly than ever last Friday as festive cars, school spirit, and excited faces brought sounds of laughter and happiness, once again, to our campus at our first ever Parking Lot Parade. After 38 days of successful Remote Learning and witnessing the amazing efforts of our students, teachers, staff, and parents, we were filled with emotion watching proud Carden Hall Eagles parade in triumph through our little Island of Good.
Seeing everyone’s bright smiling faces reminded us of how much we all treasure our on-campus experience. Although we are eager to return and are prepared with a comprehensive safety plan, after considerable research, discussion, and consultation, we have determined that Remote Learning is the safest and best solution for the remaining 17 days of the 2019-2020 school year.
We will continue teaching and learning through Friday, June 5. During the last week of learning we will enjoy the following celebrations remotely: Grade 5 History Awards Grade 6 Poster Parade Grade 6 Chess Awards Grade 8 Science Fair K–8 Blue/Gold and Sportsman Awards
The final three days of the school year will be reserved for the following closing activities and celebrations:
Monday, June 8: Teachers complete assessments and grading, prepare Report Cards, and gather student classroom materials. Students gather textbooks, learning materials, and other school property to return on Wednesday, June 10.
Tuesday, June 9: Class of 2020 Commencement Service; details to follow.
Wednesday, June 10: Farewell Parking Lot “Sortie” by grade level. Students will receive yearbooks, summer reading information, and art portfolios, while returning books and all school property. Details to follow.
We look forward to welcoming you back on campus for our Treasured Island Summer Enrichment Session where fun learning activities taught by our own teachers will be enjoyed in the open air overlooking the Pacific Ocean in our newly designed outdoor classroom spaces. The 2020–2021 school year is currently scheduled to begin on Monday, September 14; however, we also have contingency plans in place for earlier or later start dates per government mandates and medical recommendations. We will share an update on Thursday, June 11.
Our theme for the 2019–2020 school year is “With Eagle Eyes,” and yet we could have never envisioned that a global pandemic would result in Remote Learning for the remainder of the school year! The timeless truths and treasured values that make us Carden Strong continue to provide us with the structure, foundation, and consistency that we need to face whatever challenges may come our way. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family’s life; we are most grateful for you and your continued support.
May 7, 2020
We are pleased to share that nearly 250 people completed our recent survey regarding Remote Learning, and the results are most affirming! Over 90% stated that they believe Carden Hall has been effective in meeting each of the following objectives, which is consistent with the progress that our teachers are observing through on-going assessment:
- To provide quality teaching and successful learning.
- To prioritize student health and well-being.
- To provide structure and family support promoting calm reassurance.
- To develop perseverance, resilience, optimism, empathy, and gratitude.
While it is clear that parents are eager for their children to return to Carden Hall, there are understandably mixed feelings and opinions regarding returning to campus this school year. Results from the parent survey indicate that 34% prefer that we complete the school year via Remote Learning, while nearly 60% indicated that they would prefer “a modified schedule that includes both Remote Learning and on-campus learning for limited periods of time.” As we prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community, we continue to heed medical advice and government mandates while revising our contingency plans, proactive mitigation strategies, and enhanced safety measures. An update regarding the remainder of this school year and summer enrichment sessions will be shared with you on Monday, May 18.
At Carden Hall learning is the primary purpose of education, and we are committed to teaching children not just curriculum. Miss Carden emphasized the importance of developing people as opposed to measuring, so we see and value each child as a person rather than as a grade, score, or mark. The Latin root for the word assessment is assidere, which literally translates "to sit beside.” Therefore, to assess means "to sit beside the learner." As a result, we believe that the valued process of learning and discovery is best nurtured by encouragement and guidance. In consideration of the challenges associated with the pandemic and Remote Learning, we have revised Trimester 3 Grading Guidelines for 2020 and have modified the grading scales, which are included in the overview found HERE.
Again, thank you for your outpouring of gratitude and continued support. We remain hopeful and optimistic and look forward to seeing you next Friday, May 15, at our Parking Lot Parade.
Mrs. Christy Jones Kalthoff
Dr. Leslie Smith
Senior Executive Advisor
Mrs. Lisa Taylor
Director of Upper Grades
Mrs. Julie Bas
Director of Lower Grades
April 13, 2020
We hope that you enjoyed your untraditional Spring Break and that it provided some opportunities for happy family time at home. Tomorrow we resume classes with week 4 of remote learning.
During this past week we worked closely with Zoom to insure that our Zoom meetings are maximally secure. We now have two additional walls of protection for our classes. To maintain our security, it is imperative that you do not share your student’s FACTS login information with anyone, nor should you share the Zoom links. Additionally, please login to Zoom only through the FACTS classroom links. These links have been updated with embedded passwords to increase security. We have worked to make access to classes as easy and safe as possible so that your students can get directly to learning.
We ask that you remind your children that the links to their classrooms are equivalent to our school gates that we close every day to ensure the privacy and safety of our learners while they are on campus.
Our teachers will continue to update assignments and daily information by 5:00 p.m. the night before instruction. We thank you for having any required materials downloaded or printed before class time so that we can maximize learning.
We understand that every family is experiencing a new ‘normal’ and that it takes time to adjust to this new means of communicating. Happily, the teachers and the curriculum are consistent, so student learning can continue. We are grateful for your support as we navigate our remote learning journey. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs. Bas and Mrs. Taylor
March 29, 2020
Dear Carden Hall Parents,
We extend our continued gratitude for your adaptability, consistency, and trust in us during the implementation of our Remote Learning Plan. Our third week of virtual learning begins tomorrow, and there are a few additions and modifications that we would like to outline.
Special Subjects: This week we are adding Special Subjects to our Zoom meetings.
Grades Pre-K through 6
- Updated classroom schedules (titled “NEW Daily Schedule–Teacher”) with the special subject Zoom times will be available within each FACTS classroom today by 4:00 p.m.
- For Grades Pre-K through 5 Zoom links for special subject teachers can be found in the ATT class AND in the Special Subject Teacher’s Classroom.
- Grade 6 schedules and Zoom links will be posted in the Literature classes.
- Special subject assignments will now be posted in the special subject classes (French, music, art, science, and P.E.) instead of the ATT class.
- Updated schedules will be sent by email. Zoom links for Special Subject Teachers will be in the Special Subject class.
Teachers in Grades K through 5 will now be asking for some completed assignments to be submitted. Please email the assignments as an attachment directly to the teacher who assigned the work. Each teacher’s email can be found on the home page of his/her virtual classroom.
During this time, please remember that our collective goal is to keep students calm, happy, and engaged. We are not intending to cause any additional anxiety or stress. If your student is having difficulty with the assignments or pace, please email your grade level Director immediately so that we can work on supporting both you and your student!
Students in the lower grades are not expected to complete all independent work assignments. This replicates what is done in the classroom. As Miss Carden said, “The clock tells us when we are done.” So, if your student does not finish in the allotted time, it is fine! Extend grace and allow him or her to move on.
Our Student Office remains staffed daily from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to offer essential support for our teachers, parents, and students. It can be reached at 949-645-1773.
Mrs. Gantos remains available for technical support. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, we extend our gratitude to our parents. It is clear now more than ever that we are strong as partners in the education of your children.
The Leadership and Tech Teams
March 24, 2020
Dear Carden Hall Parents,
As we settle in for week two of remote learning, your faculty and staff at Carden Hall are proud to join in partnership with you as we navigate these unprecedented times and provide remote learning opportunities for your children. Next week we shall introduce Zoom classroom sessions with our special subject teachers; schedules will be forthcoming later this week. Looking ahead, we shall maintain our planned Spring Break from Monday through Monday, April 6–13. During this time, there will be no classes or required assignments; however, a list of suggested activities will be provided for your convenience. Remote learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14.
Although we are prepared to return to campus on Monday, April 20, more realistically, we anticipate a later return date. Like you, we shall monitor and adhere to guidelines and mandates established by the Center for Disease Control and our local government agencies. Our Leadership Team continues to meet remotely on a regular basis, and we are in daily contact with our faculty and staff. Please look for updates each Friday in the Eagle Email, and refer to the dedicated page on our website for updates related to COVID-19 and our remote learning plan.
Thank you for your continued support and for sharing your affirming words with your grade level Directors; your words provide much appreciated encouragement to our teachers and staff!
Christy Kalthoff, Executive Director
Carden Hall Leadership Team
March 17, 2020
Dear Carden Hall Parents,
Although COVID-19 (coronavirus) is preventing us from face-to-face learning on our little “island of good,” we are prepared to leverage technology so Carden Hall students can continue to learn remotely with the guidance and support of their dedicated, caring teachers. Thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and patience as we adapt to the challenge of reimagining instruction in a remote setting via our FACTS Class Websites and ZOOM video conferencing. We value your partnership and support as we navigate the uncertainty and rapid pace of changes unfolding before us with COVID-19.
We have designed remote learning to occur daily from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Your child’s detailed schedule, which includes both on-line and independent work time will be shared in a separate email today. Trimester 3 curriculum and instruction will include online classes and corresponding assignments, and attendance will be taken daily. Thank you for making remote learning a priority in your daily routine and for ensuring that your child is prepared with the following each day:
- A structured daily routine that promotes learning
- A fully charged device installed with Zoom for the online learning sessions (smartphone, tablet, computer)
- Headphones (optional)
- Internet access
- A printer with ample supplies of ink and paper
- A quiet, well-equipped learning environment
- Please ensure that your child is ready with class supplies and is logged on to the Zoom online learning session at least five minutes before the session is scheduled to begin.
- Click here for instructions on how to access your child’s virtual classroom and Zoom video lesson.
- While the learning experience is designed only for students, please monitor attention and engagement. We strongly recommend that all students are supervised by an adult when navigating online activities.
- NOTE: To minimize distraction and audio interference, Zoom is most effective when students are not in the same room or too close in proximity.
- Teachers are available during their posted Zoom hours to address academic questions. (Hours are listed on your child’s schedule which will also be posted under the Resources tab in each class website).
- Your grade level directors are available by email as needed.
- For Technical Support, please contact: email@example.com.
To help keep our families up-to-date, we have created a webpage that will be a comprehensive resource for our Remote Learning Plan and supplemental resources. You may access it here.
We will continue to keep you apprised of any changes. We remain grateful for your support, trust, and calm during this challenging time. After several days of preparation, our staff is excited to see their students and to be back to the business of learning together. Hopefully, this “school at home” time will provide great continuity and structure in your children’s lives during this time away from campus. May the joys of learning and family time be a comfort to all during this time of uncertainty.
With eager anticipation,
The Carden Hall Leadership Team
March 16, 2020
Dear Carden Hall Parents,
Because our regular routine of face-to-face learning has been disrupted due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), beginning on Wednesday, March 18, Carden Hall students will begin learning remotely. We appreciate your partnership and support as we introduce our students to online classes through our FACTS Class Websites and ZOOM video conferencing.
In an effort to maintain a semblance of continuity for our students, we have designed remote learning to occur daily from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A detailed schedule, which includes both on-line and independent work time for each grade level, will be communicated tomorrow. Trimester 3 curriculum and instruction will include online classes and corresponding assignments, and attendance will be taken daily. Thank you for making remote learning a priority in your daily routine.
Below you will find detailed information and instructions for the launch of our remote learning plan. It is imperative that every student be actively engaged in the next several weeks of learning. Though we are not physically together, the Carden Hall community remains strong in mind and in spirit, and we thank you for your efforts to implement this plan in your home.
Our Remote Learning Plan is comprised of two main components:
- FACTS Class Websites: This is where students/parents will access daily assignments, upload completed assignments, and find links to the daily Zoom meetings/classes.
- Students will use their own Username and Password to access their virtual classroom.
- Username: first letter of first name and entire last name, all lowercase letters (Ex: Jane Smith = jsmith, joe smith-coleman = jsmithcoleman)
- Families with children with the same first initial will receive a separate email.
- Password: ******* (Please contact technical support for your password now at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Zoom Video Conferencing – Zoom is where virtual classrooms will be hosted via video conferencing. You will click on the provided link where your child then joins his/her teacher and classmates in a group lesson.
For technical support questions, please email at email@example.com.
What We Need From You Today:
- Please make sure that you have Zoom installed and operational on each device by the afternoon of Tuesday, March 17.
- Create a quiet, separate workspace for each child in your home. Zoom is most effective when students are not in the same room.
- For individualized learning, each child will need access to a device for Zoom learning sessions. (smartphone, tablet, computer)
- Internet access.
As we approach the unique challenges presented to us by COVID-19, may we replace fear with faith as we demonstrate confidence and courage and practice common sense, care, and compassion for others.
The Carden Hall Leadership Team
March 13, 2020
Dear Carden Hall Community,
Thank you for your continued support as we monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). For the safety, health, and well-being of our students and the surrounding community, Carden Hall will be closing campus for face-to-face learning at the end of the day today and will begin remote learning on Wednesday, March 18. It is important to note that this is a proactive closure, as there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in our school community.
To continue preparing for this transition, our staff will participate in two in-service days on Monday and Tuesday. We anticipate that remote learning will be in place through March 29. Recognizing that this is a fast moving and fluid situation, we will remain in contact with local health officials and will keep you updated with frequent communication.
At the beginning of next week, all parents will receive an email that includes student login credentials to FACTS Virtual Classrooms as well as instructions and video tutorials for remote learning specific to each grade level. To prepare for this learning plan at home, please help by providing access to the following for your child:
- Computer or Tablet
- Printer (with plenty of ink and paper)
- Scanner or cellphone
- Internet access
Today, students will be sent home with their learning materials. If your child is absent today, you may pick up materials on Tuesday, March 17, between 9:00 a.m. and noon in the Student Office.
As always, we are grateful for our partnership with you and are confident that we can continue to maintain effective learning throughout this challenging time. We realize that this represents a dramatic logistical challenge for each of our families, and we are grateful for your sacrifices as we consider the greater good of our students, families, and community.
With warm regards,
Mrs. Christy Kalthoff