Charger News Chadds Ford Elementary Monthly Update

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September 2021 Charger School News

Social and Emotional Learning Spotlight:

CFES explores and teaches concepts to help our students develop strong character. The Core Essentials program infuses the social-emotional learning competencies with each of our monthly values.

This month's trait focuses on Initiative - seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Certainly, everyone has already practiced this trait by being prepared for the start of the school year. Perhaps you have taken the initiative to make new friends or create new school routines to help you be successful. Try to think about opportunities to model and practice the trait of taking Initiative! We will be on the lookout this month for students showing Initiative.

☑ SEL Competencies addressed throughout the year: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

☑ Big Idea Values addressed throughout the year: Wisdom, Initiative, Individuality, Contentment, Service, Self-Control, Compassion, Cooperation, Hope, Perseverance


"Work is love made visible" - Kahlil Gibran
Where is the refreshed and updated Chad been hiding? Don't worry Chad will be making his debut soon, he is stuck in shipping and is waiting patiently to meet the CFES Chargers!

School Updates

Attendance, travel plans, and dismissal changes should be communicated to cfeattendance@ucfsd.net, and please cc the homeroom teacher. All changes to dismissal plans should be submitted before 2:30 pm to ensure a safe dismissal process.

Thank you for your patience with the arrival and dismissal procedures. You can assist in the process by:

  • Please stay attentive and pull forward to maximize our car capacity.
  • Stay in your vehicle and advance forward in the loading zone between the cones.
  • Drop off and pick up can occur anywhere between the orange cones, pulling forward helps expedite the process.
  • If you need more time before your journey home please pull into an open parking space or proceed to the lower gravel lot, this will allow the car line to flow smoothly and quickly.
  • Please be mindful of staff entering and leaving the parking areas, you can help by leaving space for parking as needed.
  • Keep a watchful eye on traffic control and flow, watch for staff in yellow vests and signs to direct traffic.
  • When on the driveway entering and exiting the school please yield to the school buses on the smaller bridge area.

Please regularly check your email or voicemail for updates from the school for any upcoming communications or weather-related events that may impact the school day.

September Calendar

September 6th & 7th - No school for students

September 8th - PTO meeting

September 14th - Parent Orientation - Back to School Night - more details to come soon!

September 16th - No school for students

From the Nurse's Office - Mrs. Melissa Hocking


Our students are donning backpacks, lugging lunchboxes and heading into classrooms 5 days a week. It is not uncommon if there are mixed feelings of excitement, first-day jitters, uncertainty of what the year will look like, and anxiety. Here are a few healthy tips to help prepare your child to learn, grow, and thrive!

Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Remember to bring a water bottle to school and refill it at the water bottle refill stations throughout the building.

Eat the RAINBOW! Aim to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day.

Take some time every day to do something that you love, such as reading or physical activity.

Reminder -Currently the UCFSD Health and Safety Plan requires masks to be worn on the bus and while inside the buildings at all times.

Staying Safe Together PSAs - Face Masks

Free Breakfast and Lunch Program

Children need healthy meals to learn. This year, all students are able to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch, as long as the meals meet specific requirements (entree, vegetable, fruit, and dairy). Meal requirements are put in place to ensure that the food items contribute to a sufficient and healthy meal for each child. See the SSO Info page for more detail.

From the School Counselor - Mrs. Sowden

Thank you all for such a warm welcome to the CFES community...I already feel at home!

The start of the school year is a time of transition, often bringing mixed feelings. In times of stress and worry, we may let our minds fill with negativity or ‘what-ifs’. Carving out time each day to reflect on something/someone we’re grateful for can help improve emotional regulation, increase resilience and reduce stress. Please enjoy this calendar with daily prompts to guide you/your family’s gratitude practice.

I’m looking forward to a great year ahead and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns :)

Mrs. Sowden - ksowden@ucfsd.net

Practice gratitude each day!

Student News:

Spirit Day - Friday, September 3rd. Wear CFES gear or school colors, maroon and white to show your school spirit!

Get ready for some high-energy action on Friday, September 3rd for our first school-wide assembly! We will be learning all about making good choices to build strong character.
First day of school - making connections and memories!
Did you know that a local Eagle Scout built a little library box for CFES students for donating or taking a book to enjoy? If you have a book to donate drop it in the box or if you are looking for something new to read take a book to keep!

PTO News:

First PTO meeting of the school year, Wednesday, September 8th, 9:30 am at CFES, or join us on Zoom!

Thank you to the many volunteers and supporters of the CFES PTO! We are grateful for your time, energy, generosity, and dedication to CFES! Please consider how you can be a part of the PTO this school year.

Service Project - School Supplies for Mitchell Elementary

Support our sister school Mitchell Elementary by donating school supplies! Donations are accepted at CFES until September 30th.

Thank you to our entire school community for your excitement, energy, and enthusiasm to kick off the 2021-2022 school year! We aim to keep the positive energy strong and your support is essential to our success! Thank you!

Stay connected and share your story: Twitter #ChaddsFordUCFSD Instagram chaddsforducfsd Facebook @ChaddsFordChargers Search and use CFES hashtags #chaddsforducfsd #cfeschargers #UCFProud. Charge on Chargers!

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Danielle Clark