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We've been working to ensure our students all have the opportunity to participate in two key field experiences: Outdoor Education, and 7th/8th Grade Trip to Washington DC. We wanted to make sure no one misses out, while also weighing the uncertainty that COVID presents as we look ahead into spring.

6th grade Outdoor Education: Arrangements and dates are not finalized, but we have been given the greenlight to work on getting both 6th and 7th grades to Outdoor Ed this spring. This will allow last year's group to experience the trip they missed last spring.

Washington DC: This year's DC trip for Classes of 2025 (8th grade) and 2026 (7th grade will be postponed to the Spring of 2022. We are partnering with the high school staff to help us make this happen as these students would attend as 8th graders and Freshmen.

The DC trip for the Classes of 2027 (current 6th) and 2028 (current 5th) would occur in spring of 2023, back on our typical rotation.

These two trips are very different in several ways (closed campus vs open city, local vs distant should a student become ill, and single vendor vs multiple contracts/ticket purchases). These factors were a significant consideration in choosing to move forward with one while postponing the other.

While the delay is disappointing, I hope that it will bring more certainty to planning and overall student safety. Thank you.

As we draw to the conclusion of a very eventful school year, Crestview Middle School would like to thank our parents and community members for the tremendous support you have shown throughout the year, and especially this spring.

Despite the difficulties presented by the spring stay-at-home order and the disruption to instruction, we had the exceptional opportunity to grow and stretch as learners and teachers. I look forward to our hopeful return in fall and we have already begun conversations about how the lessons of this spring can be brought forward to further improve daily instruction, regardless of its context.

As always, I want to encourage all of our Cougar families to take advantage of summer break to explore new learning opportunities! Summer is a great time to explore the outdoors, pursue hobbies, take on projects that are engaging and challenging, and read the things that you find most interesting! Never stop learning!

Stay safe! We can’t wait to see you all soon.

A few notes for the second half of the week

Again we want to thank you for your continued support throughout this transition. I have nothing but positive to say about our interactions with Crestview families this week!

Online Assignments
If at all possible, I want to strongly encourage families to take advantage of the online instruction our teachers are preparing as the primarily method of instructional delivery. This promises to be the most educationally rich option for our students as we move forward.

Assignments for online instruction have been posted on our Student Resources page at crestviewschools.net. Each grade level’s materials are linked from there. Google Classroom is the common base camp for most grade levels and courses. Most students are familiar with this tool.

Print-based Assignments
We are making print assignments available for those students who absolutely cannot access the online materials. If your child work -off-line and did not receive a paper packet before departing school, those will be available tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11:00-1:00 at the middle school entrance. Updated packets will be available weekly on Mondays from 11:00-1:00. If you cannot pick up a pack during this time, contact Mr. Lemon.

Food Distribution
Plans for food distribution are nearly complete and will be out soon. You should have received a text and email asking you to complete a quick survey about food support needs this afternoon. Your feedback is critical.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 28th, when we will hold livestream Year-End Awards Ceremonies for each of our grade levels. These presentations will be archived online after the events as well for families who can’t view the live event. youtube.com/user/cmsvidpro

GRADE 4 - 11:00 AM
GRADE 5 - 12:30 PM
GRADE 6 - 10:00 AM
GRADE 7 - 9:00 AM
GRADE 8 - 1:30 PM

When we think of side effects we usually jump to the negative side effects, how could this negatively impact my life? 

What about the beneficial side effects of kindness? February 17th is the kick off for kindness week. 

There are 5 main side effects of kindness!

  1. JOY- Caused by the elevated levels of dopamine in our brain, which helps in lifting our spirits. When we do something good for others it makes us feel good as well. 
  2. Healthy Heart- Acts of kindness often come with the feeling of emotional warmth produced by the oxytocin in the brain and body. Nitric oxide that is released runs in and expands the blood vessels, which helps in lowering blood pressure. 
  3. Anti-Aging- Oxytocin also helps in slowing down the ageing process by reducing high levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system.
  4. Better Relationships- Kindness helps to reduce the emotional barrier between two people and allows people to be more open and bonded with each other. 
  5. Contagious- Kindness works in the form of ripple effects. The effect is continuously passed on and more people are inspired to be kind. 

In what ways will you spread kindness not just this week but every week?

 

 

 

 

https://drdavidhamilton.com/the-5-side-effects-of-kindness/

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