Sunday Memo December 11, 2016

CVMS Highlights

On Friday, December 2nd, our Emerging Bilingual and Advanced Spanish students traveled to Powell's Books in Portland. The goal of the field trip was to reinforce literacy in both English and Spanish and build relationships across culture and language differences. Teachers Beth Stoller and Eileen Brennock collaborated to make this a powerful and fun excursion for CVMS students.

Blythe Darula, our testing coordinator, helped to chaperone the trip. The trip back was very quiet. The kids were reading their new books.

Parent chaperone, Emily Garrick-Steenson, posted this on Facebook and it was shared multiple times - a great way to network and make connections in our community.

reminders for this week

  • Band Concert on Tuesday night @ 7 PM
  • This week is Winter Wonderweek:
  • Monday: Candy Cane Day (free candy canes before school)
  • Tuesday: Snowflakes of Encouragement (notes posted on lockers)
  • Wednesday: Holiday Headgear Day (Santa hats, Elf ears, Reindeer antlers, etc)
  • Thursday: Ugly Sweater Contest (prize for the top ugliest sweaters)
  • Friday: Pajama Day and school-wide movies (Assembly Schedule will be sent out)
  • Wednesday Late-start is a PLC late-start.
  • Principal's Coffee @ 9 AM Wednesday morning in staff room.
  • Parent Group meeting @ 6:30 PM on Thursday.

curriculum highlights

  • Teaching & Learning Council meets on Monday @ 4 PM (D.O.)
  • K12 Principal's Meeting @ 2:30 on Wednesday.
  • Secondary Principal PLC on Thursday @ 9:45 @ NHS
  • Kym LeBlanc-Esparza @ CV for classroom walkthroughs on Friday @10-12.


Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, spoke this statement in a now famous Ted Talk about making connections and believing in the potential of every child. In her TED talk, Rita candidly highlights the many challenges of education and in no way pretends that it is easy. This is a message that is not just confined to the classroom. Every day I see parents, grandparents, friends, staff, coaches, tutors and community members living the truth of the statement, “Every Child deserves a champion.”

Each of us has the potential to be a Champion. Not only to become the best that we can possibly be, but also to use our powers for good, to bring out the best in others.

This kind of advocacy on behalf of an individual student is not a talent that is bestowed, but a skill that is created. It is the belief, advice, encouragement and support of a Champion that creates Champions. Real life generally isn’t a Rocky Balboa style zero sum game, where for one person to win, someone must lose. In reality, when we Champion someone, we all benefit in some way. Rita’s positive message resonated with me so much because it’s the reason why we do what we do at CVMS. I believe that everyone deserves a Champion so that they can realize their full potential. As we work to build relationships with staff, students and families, our goal is to create a Champion culture here at CVMS.

If you want to see the powerful Ted Talk by Rita, here it is:

snow day fun

When teachers and students are home on snow days, the administrative and support team are required to come in to CVMS if the weather allows. Last Thursday, our team came in (and we found a few teachers in the building as well - Ann, Bruce and Wendy G!).

Keep your fingers crossed we have good weather this week. Snow days are fun (even if you are at school!) but extending our school year isn't. Here's to good weather and a great final week before Winter Break. Cheers, Karen

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