Reconnect for Success
Greetings Families! If you missed last week's Reconnect for Success meeting, here's the YouTube video for you to view. Get updates about tech, grading, attendance and more!
Creative City community: WE NEEd You!
On January 23rd, we are having our last Open House before the lottery application deadline on February 3rd. We want to put together a group video with messages for prospective families about what you love about Creative City! We need parents, guardians, kids, staff, community members, etc. It will only take a short minute or two of your day. Here's the link to add your video: RECORD HERE
Yoga for KIDS
Creative Nomads will be hosting youth yoga programs in the evenings from February to May 2021. These programs have limited spots and the fee is waived for participants.
This program is for youth that reside or attend school in the Park Heights area.
Please see the flyer below and registration link HERE
Weekly Produce Boxes: Every Tuesday
Martin Luther King Day: Monday, January 18th - No School
Middle School Application Deadline: Friday, January 22nd
(contact Ms. Hoard if you need assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Creative City Virtual Open House: Saturday, January 23rd
CCPCS Board Meeting: Monday, January 25th at 6pm
All are welcome to attend.
Professional Development Day: Thursday, January 28th
No School for Students
Lottery Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 3rd
(Tell your friends, family and networks. Apply at www.creativecityschool.org/enrollment )
We hope you had a wonderful break and were able to attend one of our three parent meetings yesterday. If not, never fear! We will have summary available by the end of this week for those of you who missed it.
Materials are still available for pick up at the school this Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. Please come through the front door where the main office is located.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year at www.creativecityschool.org/enrollment Make sure to tell all of your friends, family and networks about Creative City. The lottery application deadline is February 3rd.
Start this year off on the right foot with attendance. Even if your child misses class time they can be counted present if they do the work they missed. Please talk with your child's teacher about any challenges you are experiencing or call the main office at 443 642 3600.
Also, if you are a fifth grade parent who needs assistance with the middle school choice process, please contact Ms. Hoard at 443 642 3612 or by email at email@example.com
Community School Office Corner
Produce Boxes will be available at Creative City on Tuesdays at 1pm. For other produce box sites and mixed boxes that include meat click here for locations in the month of January. Please plan to wear a mask when picking up.
Baltimore Clayworks is collaborating with Sankofa to offer clay classes virtually to children ages 6-22. We are inviting you to enroll the children in your lives for the grand total of $5 per student. The classes are biweekly for 1-3pm Please go to Eventbrite, at the link below for details and to enroll
Clayworks at Sankofa Children's Museum! - NOW ONLINE!! Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
TOMORROW: YOUr Reason for the Season!
Congratulations to Mr. Appel
PCAB: The Parent and Community Advisory Board for Baltimore City Schools recognized Mr. Appel this month for his dedication to his students! Congrats, Mr. Appel,
Plug-In to 2021: New Year Parent Meeting
Its time to start the new year right by receiving important information about the continuation of virtual learning, and hearing key ways that every family can support their students' success in school. The same meeting will be offered to parents/family members three different times on Monday, January 4:
Parents of students in K-2, 9:45am to 10;45am
Parents of students in 3-5, 11:00am to noon
Additional evening session, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
(If you have children in multiple grade levels, please select the time that works best for you. Content will be the same in each session).
These meetings will offer IMPORTANT INFORMATION about attendance, technology, participation expectations, submitting classwork, grading, and more. We hope to see a representative from every family at one of the sessions. Some of this information is new since September.
Each meeting will be held in the Community Breakfast zoom room, log on information:
Meeting ID: 980 4154 3056
Reminder: Apply your child's sibling for the 2021-2022 school year and tell your friends about Creative City! www.creativecityschool.org/enrollment to apply today!
The lottery application deadline is February 3rd!
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!
Traci Johnson Mathena, Principal