Caroline County Public Schools is concerned about the health of its students and staff. As a result, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and keeping our community informed about the latest developments, best preventative practices, and steps that CCPS is taking to ensure a safe environment.
Hello Lewis and Clark Elementary School parents and students!!!
The teachers and staff are planning to hit the streets to come and see you.!We want you and your children to know how much we miss and love them!! Please read over the flyer and route that the teachers and staff will be taking to see where you should set up to see us.
For safety, we will not be throwing candy and we will not be getting out of our vehicles.
Dear CCPS School Families,
Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health. In accordance with Governor Northam’s March 13, 2020 declaration ordering all K-12 schools to close for a minimum of 2 weeks, Caroline County Public Schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments throughout the two-week closure and notify families as quickly as possible of any necessary changes. At this time, there is no plan to adjust the previously scheduled Spring Break (April 3-April 13).
Continuity of Instruction Plan
Our instructional team has been working diligently in preparation for a potential closing. Daily PK-12 activities in core content areas (math, language arts, history, science, CTE, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and ASOL Special Education) have been developed to allow your child or children to review and reinforce content. Students will work on the various activities at a pace and time that works best for your family. These instructional activities will be available online at the CCPS website on Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00p.m. Paper copies are available for parent pickup, if needed, at your child’s school on Tuesday, March 17 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Further information and directions associated with continuity of instruction activities will be emailed early next week.
Food Service Sites
Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Caroline community. At this time, CCPS will begin providing “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27.
- Bowling Green E.S., Lewis and Clark E.S., Madison E.S., and Caroline M.S. will serve as meal sites.
- Any Caroline County child 18 and under is eligible for “Grab and Go” meals.
- Meals will be prepared by the CCPS Food Services Department and served curbside from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- The parent/guardian (or alternate driver) must pull up to any of the four distribution sites to receive breakfast and lunch items for that day. Please note, the child(ren) must be in the vehicle to receive any meals.
Building and Transportation Deep Cleaning
Throughout the two-week closure, CCPS will conduct a deep cleaning of school buildings and buses utilizing EPA-approved cleaning products and practices.
During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please visit our website to view our “COVID-19” page for the latest information regarding the virus. Additionally, should you have any additional questions, please contact your child’s school. School offices will be open to the public on Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Be sure to stay close to your email for additional information as it becomes available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this national pandemic.
Sarah Calveric, Ph.D.
It’s a fact! Children enjoy reading for fun with their parents. Not only does reading unlock a child’s imagination, it can even help them get into college! Here are some ways you can develop your child’s reading skills:
- Keep books in your home. Update the collection frequently to give your child new choices.
- Read together! It’s fun.
- Set the example. Let your children see you reading.
- Let your children choose their own books.
Our Scholastic Book Fair features a huge selection of engaging and affordable books for every age and every interest. Your child is certain to find a book he will love!
Book Fair Preview days are March 12th, 16th and 17th. Students will have a chance to make a wish list during their Encore specials classes.
Book Fair Sale days begin Wednesday, March 18th. Our book fair will be open during Curriculum Night on Thursday, March 19th, from 5:00-7:00. The sale continues during the school day until Friday at noon.
See you there!
Another successful Kid’s Heart Challenge teacher vs. student game in the books! A special thanks to our teacher helpers, our volunteer refs, our local business raffle donations, our DJ, BETA Club and our LCES Dance Team for helping to make the night so great! We raised over $1,000, taking our total donations for the American Heart Association thus far over $12,000.
March/Music in our Schools Month
2: Read Across America Day/Dress Like
Your favorite Dr. Seuss Character
3: No School/Teacher Workday
6: Spring Picture Day
8: Day Light Savings-Spring Forward
12 End of 3 rd Quarter
13: No School/Teacher Workday
16-20: Book Fair Week
16: PTA McDonald’s Spirit Night
17: Wear Green Day
18: PTA Donuts with Dad
19: Family Book Fair and Innovation Fair 5-7 pm
20: College Basketball Jersey Day/Report Cards
25: PTA Meeting 6 pm
27: School Spirit Day/PTA Treat Friday
Thursday, February 27th
Caroline Middle School Gymnasium
WHAT IS IT? Twenty 5th grade students of Lewis and Clark will face off versus teachers from all
grade levels, administrators and school support staff. The LCES Dance team will perform at half
time. All students and their families are invited and encouraged to come be a part of this fun
filled event! Doors open at 5:30 PM and the game starts at 6:00 PM.
WHY? The PE department is sponsoring this event in correlation with Kid’s Heart Challenge to
raise awareness and funds for heart health and research. All money raised will go to the
American Heart Association.
ADMISSION: $3 for adults
$2 for children
FREE for any student who raised money for Kid’s Heart Challenge!
RAFFLE: Raffle tickets are $1 each OR 6 tickets for $5.
Prize packs include: The Mix House, MS Terrell & Sons, Delta Prime Fitness, Flying Squirrels,
Fredericksburg Nationals, Kings Dominion, Lularoe, The Timbers, Savannah Spieldenner
Photography, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, 31, EM Dodgers, YMCA and MORE!
Tuesday 3/3-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Wednesday 3/4– “Wacky Wednesday” **Wacky hair and/or socks day.
Thursday 3/5– “Oh the Places You’ll Go” **3 E Day- Enroll, Enlisted, Employed- Wear a college shirt, military clothing or dress like your future career.
Friday 3/6– “If I Ran a Zoo” **Bring your favorite stuffed animal (must fit inside your backpack).
CCPS Board adopts calendar for 2020-21 school year
The Caroline County School Board voted Monday, February 10, 2020, to adopt a calendar for the 2020-21 school year that includes:
- Two-week winter break (3 weekends)
- Full week spring break (plus Friday before)
- 3 Day Thanksgiving break
- A shortened School Day (15min. reduction to the end of the school day)
After receiving input from multiple stakeholder groups and an online survey, the school division’s calendar committee made revisions to the initially proposed calendar and requested approval from the school board. The adopted calendar seeks to accomplish a variety of ends, including a pre-Labor-Day start, balanced job-embedded professional learning opportunities and clerical time for teachers, and different days for elementary and secondary parent-teacher conferences. The CCPS school board and
calendar committee are pleased to have an academic calendar that supports high-quality teaching and learning with a shortened school day.
Highlights of 2020-21 CCPS calendar
Aug. 10: First day of school.
Sept. 4 & 7: Pre/Labor Day holiday
Oct. 9: Student holiday, Div. PD
Oct. 12: Fall Break
Nov. 3: Student holiday, Building PD
Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving holiday
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter Break
Jan. 4: Teacher workday (Students return on Jan. 5)
Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Feb. 12: Student holiday, Div. PD
Feb. 15: Presidents’ Day holiday
Mar. 12: Student holiday, Building PD
Apr. 2-9: Spring Break
May 26: Last day of school
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fifth Grade students and parents will:
- Meet and Greet CMS staff
- Receive information regarding ACE/Advanced, elective courses, clubs, and sports
- Have an opportunity to tour the building
Mr. Darin Thompson, Principal
Mrs. Hughes, 6th Grade School Counselor
Caroline Middle School
13325 Devils Three Jump Rd.
Milford, Virginia 22514
The Virginia Department of Education recently held a “Kids Safe Online Poster Contest”. With the help of Stephanie Rowe, the art teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, five entries were submitted in the K-5 category. Mrs. Rowe spoke to several classes about being safe online and had students illustrate what they learned.
Congratulations to Dihana, 3rd grader in Ms. Dockett’s class. Her poster was selected at the state level as a winner in the K-5 category.
Dihana’s poster has been submitted to the national Multi-State Cyber Security Awareness poster contest. If the poster is selected as a national finalist, it will be displayed in the 2021 National “Stay Safe Online” calendar and may also be used in campaigns to raise awareness among children of all ages about internet and computer safety.
Way to go Dihana! We are so proud of you!
Donut Treat Friday is this Friday, January 31st!
February/African American History Month
2: Super Bowl Sunday
3-7: National School Counselors Week
5: Class and Club Pictures
7: College Sweatshirt/Sweetheart Dance 6 pm
10-13: Random Acts of Kindness
10-13: Bus Driver Appreciation Week
12: PTA-Muffins with Mom
13: Wear Red/Parent Conferences – PM
14: No School/Teacher Workday
17: Holiday- No School
21: Dress like your Favorite President Day
25: Staff vs. Students Basketball game @ CMS 6 pm
28: School Spirit Day/PTA Treat Friday
Please help raise money for Lewis and Clark Kid’s Heart Challenge! Wear any hat for the day for a $1.00 donation. The BETA Club thanks you!
January/School Board Appreciation Month
1-3: Winter Break/No School
6: School Re-opens for Staff & Students
10: Report Cards Go Home/Scarf Day
17: Twin Day
20: No School/Holiday
21-25: VA School Principal’s Appreciation Week
22: Kids Heart Challenge: Kick off Assemblies
24: Honor Assemblies/Dress Your Best
PreK- 9:30 am
Kindergarten- 12:30 pm
1 st Grade- 1:15 pm
2 nd Grade- 10:00 am
3 rd Grade- 11:45 am
4 th Grade- 2:00 pm
5 th Grade- 10:45 am
29: PTA Meeting 6pm
31: School Spirit Day/PTA Treat Friday
Due to wet road conditions and temperatures falling below freezing overnight, CCPS will be operating on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, January 8th. 12 month employees report on time.
Welcome Back and Happy New Year LCES Students and Staff!
We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable winter break! We welcome each of our students with open arms and warm hearts as we enter into our third quarter. We have so many accomplishments thus far and we are all ready to set goals for the remainder of the school year! We can’t wait to see you all this week and are ready to show some GRIZZLY PRIDE!
Monday 12/16- Holiday PJ Day
Tuesday 12/17 – Holiday Character Day
Wednesday 12/18 – Holiday Sock and Headwear Day
Thursday 12/19 – Tacky Sweater Day
Due to current weather conditions and a second front forecasted to move through Caroline around 7 a.m., CCPS will be on a 2 hour delay. This additional time will permit bus and student drivers to navigate roads in daylight. 12 month employees report on time – Code: 0. Caroline High School will continue SOL testing with a slightly adjusted schedule. CHS will provide additional information through a future BlackBoard email. Thank you for your support of this seasonal safety measure.
Congrats to our Top 5 LCES Spelling Bee Winners! We wish them luck as they move on to compete in the CCPS County Spelling Bee on Jan. 16th.
Pictured from left to right- Ella Campbell (2nd place), Evan Linn (3rd place tie), Shanelle Esco (3rd place tie), Eleanor Javins (1st place), and Caroline Cardner (5th place).
The holiday season is fast approaching and Lewis & Clark Elementary School would like to help some of our local families. We are hosting our Annual Snow Buddy Program. In the foyer of the school, we have decorated a tree with Snow Buddies. Stop by and take a Snow Buddy from the tree. On it you will find the gender, age, and grade of a child in need. Each Snow Buddy represents one gift. After you purchase an appropriate gift, please return it (unwrapped) to the School Counseling department by December 16th.
Make sure you attach the Snow Buddy to the gift!
If you would like your child to be allowed to pick a Snow Buddy off the tree, please write a letter to your child’s teacher and include the age and gender of the Snow Buddy your family would like to adopt.
The LCES SCA will be kicking off our first service project with our annual “Warm for Winter Drive”. We will be collecting NEW PAIRS OF SOCKS, HATS and GLOVES and NEW OR GENTLY USED COATS to donate to children and adults in our community. We hope you will join our school in helping others stay warm this winter.
When: December 5th – December 18th
Where: Drop-off items in bins in the front of the school or send in with your child.
What: New pairs of socks, gloves, hats and New or gently used coats (Adults and Children)
Come out TONIGHT and join us for the Winter Wonderland Dance for a night of fun! Dress your best or come casual. Visit the photo booth station for a free photo download and be sure to grab dinner and snacks in the cafeteria.
- December 6th from 6-8pm
- $5 per student of $10 for a family
- Adults and children under 4 are free
- Cash and card accepted
- 6: PTA Fall Dance 6-8 pm; LCES Spirit Day
- 7: Bowling Green Christmas Parade 5-7 pm
- 17: LCES Spelling Bee @ 10 am
- and 2nd grade musical 6:30 pm
- 13: Red & Green Day
- 16: PTA McDonald’s Night 5-8 pm
- 19: Last Day of 2nd Quarter; Tacky Sweater Day
- 20-Jan. 5: Winter Break
- **January 6- Back to School
- From 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
- Students will meet in the cafeteria where they can create their own crafts as gifts for the holiday season
- The cost is $5
- Registration & Payment are required to attend. Space is limited!
- Popcorn will be be provided
ONLINE REGISTRATION AND ONLINE PAYMENT are due by December 6th
Please be sure to include student name, teacher name, parent email and parent phone number in the COMMENTS BOX at CHECKOUT
Pick up will be located outside the main doors.
Please email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions!
Popcorn Treat Friday
November 22, 2019
All Treats are $1
On Tuesday, November 12th the School Board, Central Office Senior Staff, and State Legislators toured our building to see all the wonderful things our students are doing and where they might see a need. Visitors watched our morning broadcast of announcements in the library.
As they moved towards the Innovation Center, a few 5th-grade students were in the foyer showing the programs they had written for the Wonder Cue robot. Once into the Innovation Center, Damon, a 3rd-grade student in Ms. Dockett’s class showcased his talent for solving 3×3 Rubik’s Cubes to complete a mosaic. We call Damon our Rubik’s Cube champion! He had been discovered solving 21 cubes in less than an hour on a prior visit to the Innovation Center with his class. We are so proud of him!
November/Native American Heritage Month
- 1: Camo Day
- 6: PTA Meeting 6pm
- 6-15: LCES Food Drive; PTA meeting 6 pm
- 5: No School/Teacher Prof. Development Day
- 8: Super Hero Day
- 11: Red, White, Blue Day & Veterans Day Parade @ 9 am
- 12: YMCA Spirit Night 6-8pm
- 13: Fall Picture Makeup Day
- 14: Interims; 1st gr. Field Trip
- 15: School Spirit Day
- 21: 4th Grade Musical 6:30 pm
- 22: Career Day/Dress like Your Favorite Career/
- PTA Treat Friday
- 26: Pajama Day/Buddy Reading
- 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday–No School
Hello LCES families,
Due to the feedback we have received, we will be collecting PAPER ORDERS until November, 15th.
Please use the attached order forms to collect orders and turn them into us with a check made payable to LCES PTA no later than November 15th.
PLEASE NOTE: Order forms received without payment WILL NOT be ordered. Online sales will remain open as well. We apologize for the confusion.
If you have any questions, please contact me directly.