APRIL 16, 2020

Sew Kind!

When Laurie Trader came to pick up meals for her three children at a Grab and Go site, she wanted to show her appreciation for the bus driver and the four Nutrition Services workers on the route. Trader gave each face masks that she made from scarves. The Wilbur mom said, “ I told them I was making them because I noticed they only have the disposable paper masks. I look after my own. I was a bus driver for 18 years,” Trader said. You can’t see the smiles behind their brand new masks, but the act of kindness was appreciated by all.

Grab and Grow Keeps Growing

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our staff a record number of 109,000 meals have been distributed to students since Delaware’s State of Emergency forced school buildings to close. The Grab and Go program provides children with free and nutritious breakfast and lunch meals while they do remote learning at home. For updated information about dates and times at distribution sites, visit www.colonialschooldistrict.org

The News Journal recognized Colonial's Grab and Grow Program today in "This Week’s Local Heroes" section, check out the link! https://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2020/04/16/restaurants-auto-shops-many-step-up-support-first-responders/5129210002/

Instructional Learning Packets Distributed

Instructional learning packets were distributed Wednesday, April 15th at Grab and Go distribution sites for families without internet access. One mom with two children in the district was among those picking up the packets said “I’m cutting off my internet because I just have one income and things are getting really tight.”  She also expressed gratitude for the breakfast and lunch meals provided for students because she says her children enjoy the food from their school’s cafeteria. “It helps me save money for other necessities,” she said. 

Device Issues?

Do you have a student who still needs a Colonial device or has a device that is not working properly and needs to be replaced? The Technology Support team has a pick-up system where families use a tech support ticketing system to request a device if one has not been issued to them. To Request a Device:
Please visit https://forms.gle/YYGGUBRnhwoHenKbA to submit a technology ticket. 
After you submit a ticket someone from the CSD Tech Team will contact you to schedule a time and date for pickup or device exchange. At the scheduled time, come to the Colonial Operations Center located at 157 Airport Road in New Castle. Pick up times will be Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. You must call in advance to schedule a time.

Wildcats Reading Together

Yep, that’s Wilbur's Assistant Principal Roberta Jacobs in a squirrel costume, something she will do daily as she reads aloud "Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan" by Cynthia Rylant. The book is part of Wilbur’s One School One Book program that encourages all Wilbur students to read the same book with their families each day. Ms. Jacobs will be reading aloud live on Wilbur’s Facebook page because the students are always INSPIRED to love reading!

Educators Keeping Students Engaged

Aside from daily lesson plans, Colonial's staff are doing all kinds of things to stay in touch with students. At Carrie Downie, Principal Doug Timm and Administrative Assistant Dominique Spencer do morning announcements, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Ms. Spencer even shares a daily joke. At Eisenberg, different students are doing the daily announcements and flag pledge. For Pet Week at Castle Hills, fourth-grade teacher Lozetta Hayden showed off her corn snake named Dreamer in a Facebook video for students while giving them a lesson on snakes. Other teachers showed pictures of their pets. What a great way to share and learn!  
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