CCS Staff In the Know
Holiday Cards for Our Service Members Drive 

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson Invites Educators, Students, and Others to Send Holiday Cards to Service Members  
  
State Superintendent Mark Johnson wants the help of students and other North Carolinians to show our appreciation for the servicemen and servicewomen who will be away from home this holiday season with his second annual holiday card drive.   
   
“This year we want to celebrate and honor all of the servicemen and servicewomen who will be spending the upcoming holidays away from home and their families. They protect and serve our country, but they will miss many of the things that make the holidays special,” said Superintendent Johnson. “We are proud that North Carolina is one of the top states for our servicemen and servicewomen. These thoughtful and kind messages mean so much to our heroes especially during this very challenging year.”  
  
Johnson is asking students, teachers and others to write holiday notes to those men and women who will not be home this year.  
   
“Everyone can participate. Whether you make this a family project, or a card drive at school, church or with a civic organization, we are calling on North Carolinians to encourage children and adults to send greetings and well wishes,” said Johnson. “Let’s make sure our service members know that we are all thinking of them and that we appreciate their service to our country.”  
   
A copy of streamlined instructions to get holiday cards to members of our armed forces who will be away from home this holiday season can be found here. 
 
   
Holiday cards can be sent in a box or envelope via USPS, FedEx, or UPS to:  
  
Letters to Troops  
4501 New Bern Ave  
Suite 130 #116  
Raleigh, NC 27610  
  
This is the second year for Superintendent Johnson’s holiday card drive. Last year more than 51,000 cards and letters were received from North Carolina residents.
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Professional Development Opportunity: 
 
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TOPICAL WEBINAR SERIES (2020-2021) 
Please share with anyone you feel would be interested (teachers, AU specialists,  
VI and D/HOH specialists, related services, etc.)! 
 
CIDD/ DPI will be offering a 10-session webinar series that will provide up-to-date information on a variety of topics that address the assistive technology needs of students in the schools. Led by local and national AT experts, each session will focus on a targeted area, ranging from best practices, tools and devices, academic supports, and implementation strategies for integrating assistive technology across settings.   
The series will begin December 8, 2020 and subsequently be held on the second and fourth Tuesday between January - May 2021; all are from 3:00-4:00 pm ET. While it is hoped that each of the topics is relevant to your work, you may choose which session(s) to attend.  After you register, you will receive an email prior to each webinar with a description of the session, speaker information, learning objectives and a Zoom link.  There will be a 1-hour certificate of attendance available at the end of each webinar. 
  
PLEASE SEE ATTACHED FLYER FOR SESSION DESCRIPTIONS AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION. 
REGISTER FOR ALL WEBINARS USING THIS LINK (YOU ONLY NEED TO REGISTER ONE TIME!) 
Join us for the Cultural Arts LIVE Conference-December 15th and 16th
You and your students are invited to a free remote learning conference!  In addition to professional development sessions for educators, we have engaging experiences for students including: 
Live Mural Painting with Rosalia Torres-Weiner- Chief Executive Artist at Red Cala Studio 
Gallery Tour: Greater Than or Equal To (All)- Maya Freelon, award-winning visual artist and educator will take students on a tour of her exhibition at the Contemporary Museum of Art then she will lead a workshop teaching students how to make their own tissue paper quilts 
Virtual Field Trip to NCMA- Michelle Harrell, Director of Education at NCMA will highlight works at the museum with discussion 
What Moves You? An Invitation to be Moved by the Wondrous World around Us- Michelle Pearson, Artistic Director of Black Box Dance Theatre at the NC Art Museum 
In addition to sessions for students, there will be professional development sessions for educators: 
Digital Copyright and Fair Use in Arts and Humanities- Chris Smith, Instructional Designer for NC Virtual 
Arts Integration- Sayward Grindley, Dance and Visual Arts Consultant at North Carolina Department of Public Instruction & Brandon Roeder, Music and Theatre Arts consultant at North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
And many more.  
Register for the Conference HERE!
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. 
Hourofcode.com

The Margaret Stancil Professional Development Award Committee would like to announce the Spring 2021 application period is open through January 31, 2021. The purpose of this award is to provide funding for professional development opportunities. Past recipients have used this financial assistance to attend state and national conferences to enhance their instruction and further their professional growth. 

The following link contains award information and application:

https://forms.gle/NMASK1PUC1wDiNDA6

You, as well as your colleagues, are encouraged to apply in Craven and Pamlico counties! Contact Kimberly Little at kimberly.little@cravenk12.org if you have questions.
COVID 19 Communication Protocol and Dashboard
As part of our communication process related to positive COVID-19 cases, Craven County Schools will be updating a district dashboard to display the number of NEW positive cases three times a week. This information will be posted on the district website every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:00 pm. In an effort to protect the confidentiality of our staff and students we will not release the name of the school.The dashboard is located at:
www.cravenk12.org
Facilities Support Services 

Just an FYI….Orders that have been placed might be delayed due to being short staffed in the warehouse. Please be patient as they work diligently to accommodate your requests. Please call if there is an emergency. 252-514-6380
Families in the Know-This week's edition of Families in the Know was distributed on Friday, December 4th to all CCS families through email and text message. To view this publication click here.
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