Dear Parents, I cannot thank you enough for your encouragement, collaboration and cooperation during the first month of school. We continue to be extremely diligent in protecting our children from COVID and other illnesses, while we strive to do everything possible to keep students in class. To date, we have had to quarantine six classes (each for one week): Liz’s 2 year old class (this past Wednesday), Damaris’ 3A class, Pamela’s 3B, Ingrid’s Kindergarten, 1st Grade B, and 2nd Grade. Covid symptoms have unpredictably ranged from congestion, cough, sneezing, and runny nose to vomiting, abdominal pains, and an earache. In my [...]
The faculty, staff, and school leaders at CBA strive to serve our community efficiently and effectively. To that end, it's important that our families know who to contact with specific questions, concerns, or comments. Many of your questions should be answered via the weekly newsletter delivered to your email on Mondays. Updates throughout the week are also posted on the news section of our website. If you need to reach the school when dropping something off, you can call the school at 843-779-2472. For specific questions, here are your best resources: For questions, comments, or communication with your student's teacher, please [...]
Some parents have inquired about the school offering an option to have lunch delivered to CBA students. To determine if this is a feasible idea for the school, CBA is collecting feedback from more families. Using a company like Food for Thought Charleston there are many lunch options like gluten-free or vegetarian, but having lunch provided requires a minimum number of students opting into the program. We're asking families to take this survey as we gauge interest in this additional offering at school.
Our staff, students, and families must work together to protect our classroom time from the interruptions of illness and quarantines. In order to address the changing landscape of COVID-19, CBA has composed a task force of area doctors who meet regularly to analyze current COVID-19 trends and assess school protocols. The school is implementing a multi-layered comprehensive approach to minimize disease transmission. CBA administration, staff, and teachers are committed to keeping the CBA community informed on what the school is doing to protect students' health. All CBA families must work with the school to that end, and that is why we [...]
This blog was originally written for ACSI by Rex Miller. A year after the first news of a new virus, I remember wondering how dangerous this virus is to watch our world and lives suddenly turned upside down. We still don’t know what the future holds. We are still working with sub-optimal constraints. Teachers are working harder and longer, yet feeling they could and should be doing more. What if these challenges continue or become more demanding or new ones? We will need more than resilience. We will need to acquire the skills to flourish under any conditions. But how, when [...]
https://youtu.be/BP9PmfGiKcw As CBA rounds out the first month of school, Dr. Johnson shared an update on how school is going. So far this year, four classes have been in quarantines. Those classes included one kindergarten pod, two 3-year-old classes, and a second grade class. Zoom schedules and homework packages are prepared for students in quarantine. Those packages can be picked up from the back door of the school, the door that faces the playground, 24 hours after the quarantine is announced. A quarantine lasts seven days if a student produces a negative COVID test and are not showing any symptoms. [...]
We know children get sick for a variety of reasons, and we appreciate you keeping us informed when your student misses school. When your student misses a day of class because of an illness, we ask you to send a note to our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re asking families to keep us informed in the event we need to communicate potential illnesses with other families. Be assured, we are following strict privacy protocols. When your student is ready to return to school, we ask you to send a note to email@example.com from your pediatrician clearing the student to return [...]
When there is inclement weather, the drop-off and/or pick-up locations for our students will be adjusted from the normal routine. For students in the 1.5 and 2-year-old classes, please drop off your student at the same location. Students in Damaris’ class should be dropped off at the main entrance. For students who have class in the blue house, which is 4B and 4C, drop off will be in front of the blue house. Please be sure to drive through the lane closest to the playground and basketball court. All other preschool students, kindergarteners, Mandarin students, and first graders should be dropped [...]
On September 14, CBA will officially launch the first school-wide club focused on chess and board games. Students of all ages are invited to participate following the elementary school dismissal at 3:15 pm on Tuesdays. The games will be played outside on the picnic tables near the basketball court. The games will conclude around 4:30 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. CBA will provide both chess and Connect 4 sets for people to use, but families are encouraged to bring their own too. Sign-up is not required. All players and levels are welcome.
Please help us welcome retired First Sergeant Lenny Johnson. He officially joins the CBA team as the Director of Facilities and Security on Tuesday. Mr. Johnson retired from the Army after 24 years of service during which he earned two Purple Hearts. "A Purple Heart is a solemn distinction and means a service member has greatly sacrificed themselves, or paid the ultimate price, while in the line of duty", according to the USO. He will put his extensive experience to use at CBA (in part) working with our staff and students on our lockdown and security drills. The addition of Mr. [...]