CECFC Middle School Newsletter
March 12th, 2021
SPRING BREAK AND DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
Spring Break begins this Monday, March 15th - 19th. School will be closed.

This Sunday, March 14th,  is the start of Daylight Savings - remember to move your clocks ahead by 1 hour.

We hope you all have a safe and wonderful Spring Break!
IN-PERSON LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
Please see the attached letter regarding In-Person Learning Expectations as our students transition to in-person learning four days a week after Spring Break.  
CLASS WEEKLY UPDATES
3/22 - 3/26
Each week we will be posting updated information regarding classes for all middle school students. Please click the button below to view the class updates.
STUDENT DROP OFF/PICK UP
A reminder as we approach our return to in-person learning. We will continue to stagger student drop off times in the mornings to avoid congestion. Please try to follow your designated drop off time as much as possible.

Drop off times are as follows:
6th grade - 7:30am
7th grade - 7:35am
8th grade - 7:40am

School starts at 7:50am.

If you choose not to drop off/pick up your student(s) in the school line, you may also park along McMurry Avenue. Try to avoid parking on Monte Carlo, as this street will be very busy with traffic from our surrounding schools and businesses.
As always, students MUST use the crosswalks for their safety.
STUDENT SAFETY
Parents, please remind your students to ALWAYS use the designated crosswalks when crossing our busy streets. Please do not allow your student to jaywalk at any time. As students return to in-person schooling, traffic will get busier making our surrounding streets more dangerous to cross. Do not park on the north side of Monte Carlo (Kruse Elementary side) and expect your student to cross the street to meet you, and do not allow your student to jaywalk across the street to the Safeway parking lot. They must use the crosswalks at all times. Parents, please also be aware of our students as they cross our streets. Our students safety is our priority!
FOOD DRIVE!
CECFC MS hosted our annual Food Drive for the last two weeks, and what a turnout we had! We counted 1523 items! Thank you all who participated and donated. The winning class will be announced after Spring Break!
UPCOMING SPIRIT WEEKS!
We are still celebrating our school spirit! Upon our return from Spring Break, we have two more spirit week themes - CEC Spirit Gear/Sweats Day and Passion Day! Our spirit days will now be once a week, since we will be in-person and no longer have separate cohorts. *Come dressed up and show your school spirit! (*dress code still applies)

CEC Spirit Gear/Sweats Day - Thursday, March 25th - show your CEC Wolf spirit by wearing CEC attire and/or lots of blue and gold! (note: if you're interested in purchasing your very own CEC attire, you can do so at our CECFC book store located at our HS!)

Passion Day - Thursday, April 1st - wear anything you are passionate about! A sports team, a favorite music band, a book character, a movie/tv character, a favorite food or animal, a favorite color... the possibilities are endless!
PAJAMA DAY - SAC FUNDRAISER
MONDAY, MARCH 29TH
CMAS TESTING DATES
Testing week has been pushed back to Tuesday, April 20th – Thursday, April 22nd. Please see the attached letter about CMAS changes for this year. Also attached is the CMAS opt-out form. If you would like to opt your student out of CMAS testing, please complete the form and email the form to Delight Hockman. If you have any questions regarding CMAS testing, please reach out to Raychel Carpenter. More information will come soon.
WATER BOTTLES
Now that we are headed back to in-person learning, students must please remember to bring their own personal water bottles. Due to Covid-19, our water fountains have been shut off for safety precautions. Water bottles in our Health Office are reserved for students that are not feeling well. Please remember to label all water bottles that are brought to school.
SUMMER SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES!
Summer Sessions for Current 6th & 7th grade students:

This optional program will be fully in-person and is designed to support students who struggled with remote and hybrid learning this school year.

When: May 24th-28th and continuing June 1st-4th

Time: 8:00am to 2:45pm

Who: These sessions are designed for current 6th and 7th grade students who did not earn passing grades in core classes. (8th grade students are encouraged to sign up for summer sessions through the high school.)

Where: CECFC Middle School (McMurry location)

What: Students would rotate through the following:

Student success skills – Students will work in-person with a teacher and/or school support staff to review and practice skills that will lead to future educational success.

Math class recovery – Students will work in-person with a teacher and/or school support staff to revisit content from their 20-21 math class; on June 4th they will retake the final exam for an opportunity to be promoted to the next math level.


English skill recovery – Students will work in-person with a teacher and/or school support staff to revisit essential language arts skills needed to be successful at the next grade level.

If interested, please click the button below to fill out
the MS interest form by March 26th. 

Summer Sessions: Course and Grade Recovery (for current 8th graders and HS students only):

This option will be fully in-person and designed to support students who struggled with remote learning this school year.

When: July 19th-23rd and continuing July 26th-30th.

Who: These sessions are designed for current and incoming high school students who made significant progress during the year in a particular course, but did not earn a passing grade or would like to improve their grade.

Where: CECFC High School (Innovation Drive)

What: These course and grade recovery sessions will span a two-hour time period each day (per course) in which students will work in-person with a teacher and/or tutor to revisit assignments from the course that they struggled with. As students show proficiency via assignments, grades from the semester will be replaced.

If interested, please click the button below to fill out the
Course & Grade Recovery form by March 26th.
COFFEE WITH CEC -
STEPHANIE LERNER, SOCIAL WORKER

CEC would like to invite you to join Stephanie Lerner, our School Social Worker, for an informal Teams meeting to discuss Mental Health & Wellness, along with other issues affecting our students this year. No need to RSVP! Click the button below to join the chat on Friday, March 26th at 12:00pm.
COVID-19 UPDATES
The graph below will be updated each week to help keep you informed of any Covid cases reported to the school. We will only include information on probable or confirmed cases of staff or students that have been in the school within 2 weeks of the designation. If your student is in close contact with any staff or other students who are a confirmed or probable case, we will contact you directly with specific information. We ask that you please continue to contact the school at: fortcollinshealth@coloradoearlycolleges.org if your student is showing any Covid-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone with Covid-19. 
YEARBOOK!
There is still time to order! Students can bring cash, or a check made out to CECFC Middle School, in the amount of $45. Please bring all payments to Miss HP and she will input your purchase and make sure your student(s) receives one at the end of the year!

Our yearbook will be a 72 page, hardcover, full color book filled with this year's memories!
NEED IT TECHNICAL SUPPORT?
Having trouble with Teams or Infinite Campus? Can't connect or computer running slow? Forgot your IC password? Our amazing IT Support Staff may be able to help! Click the button below for helpful hints and contact information for technical support.
DONATIONS FOR OUR MS GARDEN
Our middle school is looking forward to working in our garden again! If you have any gently used garden supplies that you won't be needing any longer, we would love to take them off your hands! Please contact Mrs. Hughes for donation drop off at: Heather.Hughes@coloradoearlycolleges.org 
INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Attend our next virtual Informational Meeting on Wednesday, March 24th, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm to learn how CEC can be the next step in your student's future.
TUTORING
Our tutoring staff are excited to support you in a variety of ways! Please click the button below and fill out the form if you would like tutoring. We will get back to you with a scheduled tutoring time as soon as we can!
SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE (SAC) NEWS
Dear CEC Families,
 
For quick links to the CEC Website please visit: https://cecfcsac.wixsite.com/parentresourcegroup
 
We would like to invite you to one of our meetings to connect with other parents and the school. You are welcome to give feedback, share stories, bring up concerns, suggestions or ask questions. Research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s education, they benefit emotionally, socially, and academically. No volunteering or commitment is requested. Join us!
Somos un grupo comunitario dirigido por padres que se reúne regularmente para formar conexiones significativas entre padres y para facilitar interacciones efectivas dentro de la escuela. Investigaciones muestran que cuando los padres participan en la educación de sus hijos, éstos se benefician emocional, social y académicamente. El nuestro es un grupo comunitario: no te pedimos que te voluntarices ni que te comprometas a asistir regularmente. Únete a nosotros para compartir comentarios y preocupaciones, o simplemente para hacer preguntas.
Upcoming Virtual Events:
Parent Resource Group Meeting:
Thursday, April 8th at 7pm via Zoom
The invitation will be sent to your email address once you RSVP to: cecfcsac@gmail.com
Encuentro de padres en Español: 
Jueves, el 11 de Marzo a las 7 pm por Zoom
Para recibir el zoom link RSVP a: cecfcsac@gmail.com

CEC SAC Meeting:
Wednesday, April 21st at Noon via Microsoft Teams
The invitation will be sent to your email address once you RSVP to: cecfcsac@gmail.com
 
Thank you very much,
The SAC Team
WOLF BISTRO
The Wolf Bistro will be providing FREE hot, scratch made meals for all on-campus students everyday through the semester. Please click HERE to view our menus. (choose "Colorado Early College Fort Collins" in the drop down.)
If you have questions, please email Jeannine Davison at: Jeannine.Davison@coloradoearlycolleges.org.

We are so excited to serve our students healthy, nutritious, scratch-made meals! Our curbside service will continue thru the semester as well: CEC Wolf Bistro can still support your families with hot, fresh, curbside meals. Children infant-18 years of age are eligible to receive free meals, and you do not need to have your student present when picking up your meals.

Click HERE for more information.

4424 Innovation Dr. Fort Collins
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Monday-Friday
- or -
CEC West 2130 W. Horsetooth Rd. Fort Collins 11:00 am-12:00 pm
REFER-A-FRIEND
Refer-A-Friend for the 2021-2022 school year, and you could be eligible for a $100 gift card! The Refer-A-Friend program has been open as of November 2nd, 2020.
HELPFUL LINKS
In order to help answer questions and alleviate confusion, CECFC has created a Learning Guide to help families navigate this semester. The guide covers Health & Safety protocols, Learning Expectations, and Student Supports available
We know this year has been incredibly difficult, and many members of our CEC family may be struggling. CEC has compiled a Community Resource Guide to help with questions about Financial Resources, Mental Health Support, and much more. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our school Social Worker, Stephanie Lerner.
Do you have a question, concern, or are just not sure to whom you need to speak? The School Contact Information Sheet is a list of helpful contact information for CECFC middle school and high school.