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."
Welcome Back! We are excited for an adventure-filled year of learning and growing with all of you! This letter contains information that will help you get ready for the first day of school which is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. WE WILL BE ALL VIRTUAL / ONLINE.
As you know, CONNECTION “with each other, our environment, our neighborhood, and our world” is an important part of Creative City’s culture. This year, our theme, “We Connect for Success!” brings our commitment to build, maintain, and strengthen connections to learning into the virtual world.
During virtual learning, our scheduled instructional day (beginning at 8:30 am daily) will include live instruction from our Creative City staff as well as recorded and posted materials to be completed independently. While interaction will be happening on a screen, there will also be hard copy books, work on paper, and other concrete ways that students will interact with school. And of course, we will still form relationships with one another that support success for all.
This year, there is a whole new set of things to learn in order for families to support their children in distance learning. Families and students will participate in our school’s “Doing Digital” sessions, which will teach you how to use the learning platforms, applications, and other online resources your child will be using while we are teaching and learning online. We are also going to have small group sessions where students and families can meet their teacher and get acquainted with the plan for the year.
And, of course, our staff is currently getting their “classrooms” ready. We are prepping At-Home Kits of supplies and resources for each child, including books for home libraries. Very soon, we will reach out again with details for next week when you can pick up school supplies and, as needed, student chromebooks.
You should have received a call tonight informing you of your child's homeroom teacher. We did it this way to get the information to you in the fastest way possible without encountering possible postal delays. Please check your voice mail for a message from Creative City, or contact our office at 443-642-3600 if you did not receive this information.
Please contact us if you have any questions at all between now and the first day of school. We are excited to begin this year with you!
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