Crestdale
Middle School
940 Sam Newell Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Courier #: 353
P: 980-343-5755   |  F: 980-343-5761 
LC: Southeast
Bell Schedule: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grades: 6-8
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Updates from Mrs. Schroeder

Updated: 4/5/20

Good Evening, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle.  I hope you are all having a great Sunday.  


I want to remind you all that tomorrow starts our new instruction for students, you should have received a detailed email about this on Friday.  One adjustment that the district has made since Friday, is they have requested that grades not be entered into PowerSchool at this time.  However, teachers will be providing scores to assignments in Canvas so parents and students receive feedback on their work and can assess their level of understanding.  Teachers will be reaching out to families of students who are struggling to offer support, however, please reach out to teachers directly if you have concerns or questions about any of their classes.  


We will be providing instruction this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then off for Spring Break through April 17th.  I also want to thank everyone who donated to our Saturday food pantry, we were able to help many families in need this past weekend!  


Moving forward, for the safety of our Front Office staff, we will only be able to accept donations on Saturdays from 9am - 12pm.  We will be at the school this coming Saturday, so please come by if you would like to donate or pick up food.  


I hope you and your family have a great week, take care!

Updated: 4/3/20

Good Afternoon Parents,

I hope you and your family are doing well.   I am writing to update you on our instructional plan moving forward.  As I mentioned in my ConnectED message on Tuesday, information would be posted to our school’s website the following day, but I am hoping to outline things for you to add clarity.  I appreciate the feedback that many of you have provided me over the past three weeks, which helped us in the creation of our schedule moving forward.  I also appreciate the questions over the past few days, hopefully many of them are answered through this message.  I thank everyone for your support and flexibility during this time, as you all are aware, information has been changing frequently and I am doing my best to share it with you in the most concise way possible.

Calendar/Grades

  • As mentioned in prior communication, the CMS Board of Education voted to return Spring Break to its original week in the CMS School Calendar.  Therefore, April 13th – 17th will be Spring Break and students will not be required to work from home that week. In addition, next week April 9th is a Teacher Workday, and April 10th is a Holiday, so students will not be required to complete schoolwork on those days either.

  • Our 4th quarter officially begins on Monday, April 6th with new instruction for our students.

  • Teachers may be assigning informal grades to work students are completing.

Academics

  • Beginning Monday, April 6th, all teachers will begin providing new instruction to their students.  

  • Each teacher will post work for their course two times each week on specified days by 8:30am.  

  • Students will have two courses to focus on each day, and it is expected that teachers assign 1 hour of work each day.  With students beginning new instruction, we want to allow our students to focus on a limited amount of material each day, and not overwhelm them with the typical five or six classes.  

  • The schedule for the week is as follows:

    • Monday – Math and Social Studies

    • Tuesday – Science and ELA

    • Wednesday – Electives and Math

    • Thursday – Social Studies and Science

    • Friday – ELA and Electives

  • Students should check teacher online classrooms on each of the days above for new announcements and assignments – remember, these will be posted by 8:30am.

  • Teachers will also host “Office Hours”, as they have been for the past three weeks, on the day of their lessons being posted.  This will give students a two-hour window when they can check in with their teacher for help with their work.  Please note that each teacher has an “Office Hour” in the morning and one in the afternoon during the week to help accommodate student and family schedules – we completely understand this is a challenging time for everyone.  

  • Here is a link to a document with tips for parents and students to assist with at-home learning, along with Office Hour times for all content areas.

  • Here is a link to a document with a recommended daily schedule for your child.  Remember, step one is for students to log on to their teachers’ websites for the day (only those whose courses are to be learned that day).

  • Here is a video that Ms. Noel and I worked on to help parents navigate Canvas.  It can be tricky, so watch her guide you through as a parent J

Contact Information

  • If you have a question, your first go-to is your child’s teacher.  They can help you get through any difficulties you are experiencing.

  • When in doubt, email me directly and I will get your email to the appropriate person.

  • As mentioned before, all teachers have an active Canvas page.  This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team.  These pages will contain instruction, resources and office hours for direct communication.

  • All teachers have created a Remind for parents and/or students to join.  If you haven’t joined your teachers’ Reminds, please be sure to do so – information on how is on their Canvas page.  This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team.

  • I will continue posting “Morning Announcements” each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for our students and families.  These will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as our school’s website.  I hope you check these out for reminders and engaging Crestdale Challenges!

Please be reminded that all teachers have been posting work since March 23rd.  If your child has had difficulty finding their daily work (or A/B day work every other day), please check in with their teacher to ensure they know where to find it.  Hopefully our video above will help you navigate better J  If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.

I continue to be amazed by our wonderful Crestdale staff and how hard they are working right now!  Our teachers continue to find ways to be innovative with their instruction and keeping their students engaged and celebrated, our front office staff continues to provide amazing service to our families in need during the week, and our counselors continue to check in with students and families throughout each week and create lessons to help students with time management and stress.  I also cannot say enough about our fantastic families.  There is so much going on right now, and much being added to everyone’s plates.  Despite that, your level of positivity and support has completely overwhelmed both me and my staff.  Thank you for all that you are doing in collaboration with us, we know this is not an easy time.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with anything that you need.


Stay safe and take care, 

Mrs. Schroeder


Updated: 3/31/20

Good evening families, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle School.  


As I had mentioned in Sunday's call, our district leaders were continuing to work on plans for our next phase of instruction for students.  After working very hard, they were able to share this with us this afternoon, and I wanted to update you as soon as possible, prior to them sharing information with families this evening.


Our teachers will begin delivering new instruction this coming Monday, April 6th.  Tomorrow, we will post on our school's website what students' and teachers' weekly schedule will look like with new instruction, as some has been adjusted to meet the needs of our many families after receiving feedback these past few weeks.  We are very aware of the many factors and needs that families have at this time, and want to be sensitive to those, while providing meaningful instruction for each of our students.  It is important to note that with new instruction, grading will begin on Monday for our 4th quarter.  


It is imperative that you communicate any technology needs to us by Wednesday afternoon so we can ensure each of our students has what they need by Monday.  Please email those needs to me or your child's Grade Level Administrator by tomorrow afternoon so we can get you what you need.  


Finally, several parent have asked about the CMS Calendar and Spring Break.  Students will receive instruction through next Wednesday, then be on Spring Break through April 17th.  If you have any questions, concerns, or needs, please reach out.  


Thank you for all of your support, take care, and have a good night!


Updated: 3/29/20

Good evening parents, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle School.  


I hope you all got to spend quality time with your family this weekend, unplugged from the craziness of the week.  The district and the state is continuing to work on what our next steps are with student instruction.  We anticipate beginning new instruction next Monday, but please stay tuned for detailed information on that as we learn more from our district leaders.  


With that being said, we will continue with our Supplemental Instruction during this upcoming week.  Teachers will continue to post work each morning to Canvas, and host "Office Hours" with students throughout the week to provide additional assistance as needed.  Our teachers are doing an amazing job keeping students engaged in online learning and I could not be more proud and thankful for how hard they are working.  


I am also so thankful for the collaboration of our parents at home; I know it is not easy to navigate all of this work during such uncertain times, but due to our students' engagement, it is evident how hard everyone is working.  As we continue this week through supplemental learning, please keep your child's wellbeing in mind; do not overload them.  This is a great time to get them organized and prepared for next week. 


If you have any thoughts or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.  I truly appreciate each of you who already has; it is helping is to ensure we are on the right foot as we move into our next phase of learning.  


Thank you for all of your continued support, have a great night!

Updated: 3/23/20

Good evening, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle.  


I am calling with updates for today.  First, thank you to all of those who participated in the Crestdale Challenge given this morning during my morning announcements on Facebook!  We are posting pics and the winner as this announcement goes out, so check out the pictures of your teachers and your friends - what a fun way to start out the week!!  


Also, today officially kicked off teachers posting work online.  Teachers will continue posting work each day, and students are encouraged to log in to teachers' "Office Hours" to work with them directly on items they need support with.  We did learn from the district that the 3rd quarter will end this Thursday.  Students have until Thursday to get any missing work in, which includes re-tests and missing tests.  Please reach out to teachers directly to make arrangements for any missing assessments for the 3rd quarter.  


You also may have heard today that the state has extended our time out of school buildings until May 15th.  At this time, I have not received guidance from the district on what that looks like, however, establishing an organized way of getting school work done this week will give us a head start as we move on to the next phase of online learning.  I will update you as soon as I learn what that looks like.  


This Friday has been named as a Teacher Workday for teachers to get grades completed.  Many of our teachers will have work posted for students on Friday if you would like your children to have work to do.  


Lastly, we will continue to provide food for families in need each Saturday from 9am - 12pm.  You are welcome to drop food off during that time or Monday - Friday from 9am - 12pm.  We want to be able to support those in need for as long as we can and the generosity of others is helping us do so.  


I cannot thank you enough for all you have provided.  Please take care and stay healthy.  Let me know if there is anything you need.  Have a great night!


Updated: 3/20/20

Good evening families, this is Jennifer Schroeder, reaching out from Crestdale Middle.  I hope you were able to check out my morning announcement that was posting on Facebook and Twitter this morning - it is still posted and I would love for all of my kiddos and parents to see that each time it is posted!  I will continue to post morning announcements each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! I also want to remind you that we will be collecting donations and handing out food and toiletries to those in need tomorrow from 9am - 12pm.  We will be in the bus lot, by the cafeteria, working in a "drive-thru" format for the benefit of everyone's health.  If you would like to donate, or if you are in need, please come by.  For those who are able to assist, please review the list below for items that we will be collecting, along with gift cards to any grocery store.  If you have any additional quesitons, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  Thank you all for your continued support!

FOOD

  • dried pasta / rice

  • pasta sauces

  • canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)

  • instant mac-n-cheese / ramen

  • cereal / cereal bars / granola bars

  • peanut butter / jelly

  • canned pasta (Chef Boyardee / Spaghetti - Os)

  • canned soups

  • canned fruit / apple sauce

HYGIENE

  • feminine hygiene products

  • shampoo

  • bar soap

  • lotion

  • Lysol/Clorox wipes / hand sanitizer


Updated: 3/18/20

Good evening parents, this is Jennifer Schroeder, calling from Crestdale Middle.  


Hopefully you have had time to read through my email from last night.  If you have not, it is also available on our school's website under "Updates from Ms. Schroeder".  All of our teachers are working on finalizing their Canvas pages; this is the only online platform teachers will be using moving forward.  They are all utilizing the Remind tool to text parents and students reminders, so please sign up for those; directions are on their Canvas pages.  


I would also recommend that you like our Facebook and Twitter pages, and sign up for our school Remind for regular updates.  Many of you have reached out for instructional tools for your children to start working on this week.  


All teachers are beginning to post work on Monday, however several are starting tomorrow, so please begin checking Canvas tomorrow.  If there is not anything from your teachers, you are welcome to click on the "Online Learning Tools" link on the left side of our school website for online tools and a daily schedule for your child to begin.  If your child is having any trouble logging into their Chromebook, click on the "Technology Support" link on the left side of our school website.  If you have any questions, be sure to let me know.  


Please take care, and have a great night!


Updated: 3/17/20

Good Evening Parents,

I hope you and your family are doing well.   I am writing to update you on our instructional plan for the upcoming week and a half.  I appreciate the questions that many of you have brought to me, hopefully many of them are answered through this message.  I also appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility during this time, as you all are aware, information has been changing frequently and I am doing my best to share it with you in the most concise way possible.


Calendar/Grades

  • Last night, the CMS Board of Education voted to return Spring Break to its original week in the CMS School Calendar.  Therefore, April 13-17 will be Spring Break and students will not be required to attend school or work from home that week. 

  • There has not been a decision made yet on when the 3rd quarter will be ending, however, all of our students’ grades have been updated in PowerSchool as of yesterday.  

  • If your child needs to take a retest, we are not permitted to do so yet, but teachers will be providing those students with remediation so they are ready for their retest when we are able to provide it in upcoming weeks.

  • If your child has missing grades for the 3rd quarter, they are encouraged to work on that during this week.  They may turn those assignments in to teachers for their grade to be updated.

Academics

  • Beginning tomorrow, all teachers will be working from home.  On Thursday, will enter a “Remote Supplemental Learning” phase.  As stated, students should be working on missing assignments this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  By Monday, all teachers will have posted directions and expectations for their students on their online classroom.  This will include how the class will operate in an online format, when the teacher will be available for “Office Hours”, when and how instruction will be provided, will there be video learning or “live chat” opportunities, etc.  “Remote Supplemental Learning” will run through March 27.  

  • During this time there will be: 

    • No new course content:  All assignments will be review, reading, writing, studying, etc. This is to prevent students from losing the academic progress they have gained this year and to keep their thinking and their skills sharp.   

    • Supplemental assignments provided from March 19 – March 27 will not be graded.  Supplemental assignments are optional.     

    • Assignments made prior to March 16 which have been due or are due while school is closed can still be due and graded.  Students are asked to please check teacher online classrooms to know the specific details for each class. 

    • Students who have missed assignments or have late work to submit from work due prior to March 16 should contact their teacher and submit those assignments. 

  • Students should check teacher online classrooms each school day for new announcements or supplemental / optional assignments. 

  • After March 27, if school closure continues, we plan to share with you our next steps.  It is expected that this plan will explain how we will teach new content, how assessments will be completed and grades will be earned, how online platforms will be used for teaching and learning, etc. 

Contact Information

  • Our school building will close beginning tomorrow.  All questions, needs and concerns should be directed to us via email.  When in doubt, email me directly and I will get your email to the appropriate person.

  • All teachers have an active Canvas page as of today.  This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team.  These pages will contain instruction, resources and office hours for direct communication.

  • All teachers have created a Remind for parents and/or students to join.  We encourage you to join these no later than this Friday; they will begin sending announcements on Friday.  This includes our Counseling Team, Exceptional Children Team, and ELL Team.

  • We will not be sending the Crestdale Corner right now; communication will come directly from me.

  • We will also take a break on Grade Level Newsletters right now; those will begin again in the upcoming weeks.

 Family Needs

  • If your family is in need of assistance during this time, we will be handing out supplies each Saturday from 9am – 12pm beginning this Saturday, March 21st in the bus lot near the cafeteria.  

  • If you would like to make donations, we will be collecting donations each Saturday from 9am – 12pm beginning this Saturday, March 21st.  Likewise, we will be collecting in the bus lot near the cafeteria.

  • Please visit the CMS website for information on schools who are providing breakfast and lunch for students from 10:30am – 12:30pm each day.

It is critical that students are actively engaged in work during this time.  Should we continue on this path long-term, it is imperative that we establish strong habits now, and have strong home to school collaboration with our families. Our teachers are working on meaningful, clear and appropriate plans for students.  Please help us in getting your child engaged and focused on their work.  Attached to this email is a document to help guide students and parents with virtual learning from home.  If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.


I cannot say enough about our amazing faculty and staff.  They have worked together as a team to get Chromebooks out, assist with our donation program, work on their Canvas and Remind programs, as well as their instruction.  We will all miss seeing our students tremendously, but are creating ways to stay in touch regularly to continue to foster student and parent relationships.  I cannot thank you all enough for your kind emails, thoughts and support during such a challenging time of unknown.  I am here to do all that I can for our Crestdale community and hope you don’t hesitate to reach out to me.


Stay safe and take care, 

Jennifer Schroeder


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