Welcome to the Creative City Connector! This will be replacing Monday Mailer that we previously had for announcements. We're excited to have one place for families to receive their weekly Creative City updates!
Report cards for the first trimester are now available on Infinite Campus through the Campus Portal (www.baltimorecityschools.org/campus). Instructions for logging in to Campus Portal for the first time were sent home with progress reports. If you do not have your log on information, you may contact our office at 443-642-3600. If you have multiple children, you should see all of their information once you are logged in once. To view the report card, click on "grades" on the left-hand side, and "T1" at the top. You can switch between children on the top right corner.
In the days before winter break, we will be distributing important materials that your child will be using in class in January and February. Please plan to come during one of the following times - note the weekend times that are available. If you ordered Creative City Gear, it will also be available for pick up during these times!
Saturday, December 19 from 10am to 2pm
Sunday, December 20 from 10am t0 2pm
Monday, December 21st and Tuesday, December 22nd from 9am to 4pm
Wednesday, December 23rd from 9am-11am ONLY!
Winter Break starts December 24th and goes through January 3rd with Monday, January 4th being our first day attending school in 2021!
Community School Update
To get ahead of the winter storm, food pantry will take place this Wednesday, December 16th, 1pm – 3pm instead of Thursday. Please sign up here to reserve your pick up time. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044AACA628A4FC1-creative6
Park Heights Renaissance is relaunching HIPPY--Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. On Thursday, Dec 17th at 5:30pm preK/K parents are invited to a fun event to kick-off the HIPPY relaunch and learn more about the program.
RSVP to receive Zoom info
Coat & Diaper Giveaway
Friday, December 18, 2020, 10am – 1pm
101 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Free adult and children’s coats, diapers, wipes and formula. First come, first served.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is participating in an initiative called “Operation Warm” during the month of December which is a free winter coat and book distribution at several library branches. “Operation Warm” distributes new coats and books to children in Baltimore City! Come get a new coat and book for your toddler, child, or teen."
Tuesday, December 15th, 12pm-4pm: Herring Run
3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, MD 21213
Friday, December 18th, 12pm-4pm: Southeast Anchor Library
3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
Tuesday, December 22nd, 12pm-4pm: Brooklyn
300 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore, MD 21225
Many of you have already heard today's news that Baltimore City Public Schools are moving towards a limited re-opening of in-person instruction for some groups of students.
We do not yet know Creative City’s re-opening timeline within this plan. We are placing extremely high priority on opening Creative City for some students as soon as we are safely able, while placing equally high priority on the health and safety of our staff, our students, and their families.
We are actively discussing our readiness towards opening with the school district to determine the appropriate timeline for our school community. We are also speaking with our staff. Any return to in-person schooling at Creative City this fall would be voluntary and limited for both staff and families. We will keep you posted on when we expect limited re-opening to begin at Creative City.
To read a longer message about the path to re-opening for in-person learning, view our letter to families.
Just a quick note! Did you miss the session we had at Back to School Night about setting up your parent account in OTUS? No worries - watch a recording here!
School is virtual this year but Back to School Night is still very real! Please join us Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00pm at the same link you usually use for Community Breakfast for school wide announcements and a Parent Orientation to OTUS, the system we will be using to organize all instructional materials and assignments for students. Before you attend, click to take a peek at this resource where we have compiled many OTUS family resources in one place. We hope this makes it easier for you to get started.
If you had trouble logging in to Zoom today for class, you are not alone. Beginning 9/17/20, Baltimore City Public Schools tightened security restrictions on Zoom, and students can not log on unless they are signed in with their bcpss.org user name and password.
Here are instructions that we hope will help you do this:
Please make sure you are logging in with your student’s district ID. This is the log on that looks like ######@bcpss.org, password: CCPstudent19
1. Go to the Zoom app (if you are using a student laptop you borrowed from our school, the Zoom app is pinned to the bottom of the screen)
2. Select “sign in” at the top
3. Do not enter your user name and password yet!
4. Select “sign in using SSO” on the right hand side
5. When it asks for Company Domain enter: bcps-k12-md-us
(note: those are hyphens between each section, not periods)
6. Enter your BCPS log on (#######@bcpss.org, CCPstudent19)
Now Zoom is associated with your child! You will only need to do this series of steps one time.
Next, select “join meeting” and enter your meeting ID and/or click the meeting link - you will join the meeting
Hello! It’s nice that we will all be modeling how to learn something new for our students by getting educated about Distance Learning!
To start off, let’s make sure you have what you need to get started online!
Every student has a BCPSS Student ID Login. This login is different for each student, but the password is the same.
• Username: (StudentID#)@bcpss.org
• Password: CCPstudent19
If you did not receive your child’s ID # logon when you picked upmaterials/devices, you will receive it through direct message on Class Dojo, an automated text message, OR you can call the school office beginning at 8:30 am tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
You will need this information to activate the Zoom Account as well as OTUS, our online learning system that is taking the place of Google Classroom this year. However, you will not need it to getinto the FULL SCHOOL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST Tuesday morning at 8:15 am because you will have at the link and sign in information, below:
Join Zoom Meeting - Tuesday 9/8 at 8:15am - WHOLE SCHOOL
Meeting ID: 980 4154 3056
SIGNING ONTO A DEVICE BORROWED FROM OUR SCHOOL
The directions to sign on to the school-loaned device are located on the green sheet that came with the form. The sign in is (FirstName)@student.creativecityschool.org with a unique password.
• To Activate your child’s Zoom Account, access via https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us and use your BCPSS log on if required
• To Log into OTUS, the platform we are using instead of GoogleClassroom
a. Go to the Clever Portal: https://www.clever.com/in/bcpss
b. Click "Log in with Active Directory”
c. Sign in using BCPSS Student ID Login
d. You will now be in the Clever Portal. Scroll down to Otus and click on the app.
Please feel free to reach out to us through Class Dojo, our SchoolFacebook Page, or by calling the school at8:30 am startingtomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2020. We are also addressing other Frequently Asked Questions here.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!
We know that you are as excited to meet your teacher as they are to meet you!
School starts on September 8 and we have created times this week for you to informally connect with your teacher and start getting a sense of all of the great things that await you this school year.
Sign up to "take a peek" this week! www.signupgenius.com/go/CCPCSpeek
Classroom assignments were shared via robocall and text last week. If you did not receive this information or you registered after the messages were sent, contact our office at 443-642-3600 to find out your teacher assignment.
"Take a peek" will take place in zoom and you can access with a computer or a smartphone.
Our staff have been so busy planning for students' virtual arrival on Tuesday, September 8. Part of this is making sure that students have EVERYTHING they may need at home to support learning. As we put the finishing touches on at-home learning kits and get our student technology ready to lend out, the only thing we need now is YOU.
It is important that you sign up for a time this Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday to pick up the items your child will need to participate in distance learning at Creative City. We will have paper, pencils, hard copy books, art materials, math workbooks, and more for our first round of supply distribution. There will be a supply kit for every enrolled student at Creative City.
Additionally, those who need to borrow a student device or a hotspot will be able to do so at the same time. ALL LEARNING WILL BE VIRTUAL / ONLINE, so ensuring that each student has a working device at home is extremely important.
Reserve a time to pick up your materials now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C45ACAE22A6F85-school
We are having people reserve time to make sure that we are avoiding large crowds and handling distribution of materials and devices in a way that is as safe as possible for all.
If you have questions or need more information, call our office between 8:30 and 3:30 at 443-642-3600 or contact Ms. Lee, our Community School Coordinator, at 410-598-2538 or MLee@phrmd.org.
(Later this evening, we will post links for you to sign up to take a "Peek at Your VIRTUAL Seat" with your child's teacher!)
Did you receive Ms. Canino's robocall tonight? It had important back to school information. Here is what it said (just in case!):
"We are getting very close to the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8! School will be all virtual in the fall.
I'm calling to share information about how to access learning materials, borrow student technology, and meet your child's teacher before school begins. Our final deliveries of chromebooks, hotspots, and learning materials are being received at school this week and we will be open for pick-up at our school this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. To limit crowds and maintain health safety, we will be asking families to sign up for a slot to pick up their items. This sign up will be available by Monday evening.
We will also be hosting virtual "Take a Peek at your Seat" sessions for you and your child to meet your teacher, learn about the school schedule, and begin getting ready for school. These will be small group Zoom sessions and will also be by appointment. Sign ups will be on our website by Monday evening as well.
We are really looking forward to getting started with everyone. We wanted to call this evening so that you could enter the week with as much information as we had available to share. Be well, and we will notify you when the sign up forms are available Monday evening."