• You can visit the Remote Learning resource pages by expanding the menu options. Please check back daily for updates. 

Remote/Home Instruction Learning Plan

Elementary Remote Learning Information and Resources:

  • May 22 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that everyone has a restful and meaningful Memorial Day weekend.  As we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, let us also keep in mind those first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential workers who have been so dedicated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     


    May 21 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that this message finds you and your families well.  Please see below for resources and updates.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. CWC Strong: 10 - 10 - 10

    Sheila Zeman and Kevin Squires, our elementary Health/Physical Education teachers, are organizing a district-wide community fitness event for 10:10am on June 10.  Please see this flier for details:  CWC Strong: 10 - 10 - 10 

    More information will follow as the date approaches.

     

    2.  Resources on mental health, crisis counseling, and miscellaneous activities for children

    Mary Cunningham, our JCHS Counselor and Elementary Counseling Liaison, shares the following resources for families:

    NJSACC Virtual After School Activities Resource Guide 

    NJ Hope and Healing COVID 19 Crisis Counseling 

    NJ Children and Families Fact Sheet 

    Crisis Hotlines 

    Care Plus NJ Grief and Bereavement Services 

     

     


    May 20 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Below are two updates for May 20.

    Please stay safe and healthy,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. A message from NJ Safe Routes to School

    May is celebrated as Walk and Bike to School Month in New Jersey. We might not be able to get together to walk and bike to School this year, but May is still a great time to focus on safety and get ourselves and our bikes ready to walk and roll. We are celebrating Walk and Bike to School Month this May by promoting a themed series of ideas and resources for both parents and students to learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety, stay physically active, and learn about ways to help make our communities more bikeable and walkable. 

    Each Wednesday in May, look for an email or check our social media to find out what that week’s theme is and what you can do to stay ready to walk and roll!

    Visit the NJ SRTS Resource Web Site

     

    2. Mental Health Support/Crisis Counseling Resources

    New Jersey was awarded an Immediate Crisis Counseling Program grant for over $800,000 on April 22nd  - New Jersey Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program

    The Department of Human Services is partnering with Catholic Charities, Family Service Bureau of Newark, and the Mental Health Association in NJ - over 70 crisis counselors have been trained as of May 15, 2020.

    Helpline number - Mental Health Cares number (866-202-HELP) has been broadly distributed. Operation CALL BACK has begun - Helpline callers are given the opportunity to receive a call back from counselors to receive more crisis counseling services. Since its inception on May 7th, there were over 40 call back services provided in both English and Spanish.

    NJ Hope and Healing website has been launched and can be reached at https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhas/initiatives/disaster/.

    For more information, the Mental Health Association of NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling website is https://www.mhanj.org/njhh/.

    Services that have already commenced include crisis counseling, group psychoeducational and supportive counseling, community outreach, virtual stress sessions, and webinars.

    Supportive outreach began at the end of April to the community, including teachers, frontline workers, nursing home staff, homeless shelters, and many more. This outreach has included collaborating with previous networks of organizations to facilitate the program's immediate availability.

    Virtual drop-in support sessions are being offered for first responders, nurses, parents, caregivers, and health care workers. More sessions are currently being developed.

    Webinars are being offered on Operational Stress, Coping strategies, and techniques for managing COVID 19 anxiety and others. To date 11 webinars have been offered with 1,888 participants.

    Attached:  

    Helpline Flier in English 

    Helpline flier in Spanish 

    Emotional support resources for Deaf/Hard of Hearing 

     


    May 19 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope all is well with you and your families.  Below are the reminders for today.

    Best wishes,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Reminder:  The Caldwell and West Caldwell Environmental Commissions, the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, and Morgan Farm of the Cedar Grove Historical Society are hosting a webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00pm by Dr. Doug Tallamy, a noted Entomologist & Wildlife Ecologist. Dr. Tallamy will be discussing "Nature's Best Hope" a new approach to conservation that starts in your own back yard.  Here is the flier: Nature's Best Hope webinar 

    Please send any questions you might have for Dr. Tallamy to Ann Marchioni - amarchio44@gmail.com prior to the presentation. 


    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nv0gnIU7QvGO-Hy0kTpnQQ

     

    2. Reminder: please see this message from our school nurses:  Message from CWC Nurses 

     


    May 18 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Please see reminders/updates below.

    Best wishes for health and safety,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. 2019-20 school calendar change

    The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

     

    2. Resources on Grief, Loss, and Healing from Mary Cunningham 

    Please see this message from Mary Cunningham, LPC, who is the SAC at James Caldwell High School, and who also serves as a liaison for the elementary Bridge counselors.  It includes resources on grief, loss, and healing, and a message from Lou Schwarcz, Bridge CEO.

     

    3. NJ Department of Children and Families

    The NJ Department of Children and Families has shared this attached memo , which provides guidance to parents about planning for the care of children during the pandemic.

     


    May 15 update

    Dear CWC School Family,

    Please see the reminders below about the Caldwell Public Library and the West Caldwell Public Library.  Both continue to offer services.

    Have a safe and healthy weekend,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Information from the Caldwell Public Library.

    The Caldwell Public Library continues to be here for our students and families. Please visit us at www.caldwellpl.org. Our website is work in progress to focus on current services, so if you have any questions or are not seeing information you need, please email us at librarian@caldwellpl.org.

    Free Library Card

    To get a free library card, which provides access to our digital library, databases, and digital resources, please click here: Caldwell Public Library Card Sign Up.

    Take Our Survey

    During our current crisis, we want to do everything we can to help the Caldwell community. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The results will guide us through the "new normal" and beyond. All Caldwell and West Caldwell residents are invited to take the survey, whether they previously used the Caldwell Public Library or not. Everyone's input is important as we are all in this together. Click here for the Survey.

    The First Responders Project

    Join us in a town-wide art project honoring Caldwell's First Responders. These heroes have been on the front lines from the beginning and we know your art and positive messages will make them smile. Art will be displayed on the buildings of the West Essex First Aid Squad, Caldwell Police Department, and Caldwell Fire Department and on the town and library websites. For more information and details, view our flyer   ATTACHED FLYER 

    Programs and Resources for Children:

    Our schedule is constantly evolving. Please visit our Children's Page for activities to keep your children entertained, as well as age appropriate COVID-19 resources.

    Get Up and Boogie!
    Saturday, May 16, 10:00am – 10:30am

    Ms.Kris will lead kids in a virtual music and movement program on Zoom! Best for ages 2-6. CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP and be sent the Zoom link.

    Teens: Easy and fun way to earn volunteer credit?

    Join TAC (Teen Action Committee)

    Fridays @ 3:30 via Zoom

    For more information

    Adults:

    Irving Berlin, an American Institution

    Thursday, May 21st at 3:30 PM

    To attend this free event, email librarian@caldwellpl.org for the Zoom link.

    To learn more about this program, visit here.

     

    2. Information from the West Caldwell Public Library.

    Miss Michelle's Story Time Online
    Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 am


    Join Miss Michelle for her fun Story Times featuring stories, music and crafts online. Follow us on our Facebook page to watch her exciting Story Times!

    Cello Concert

    Virtual "International Folk Dance Music" Concert

    Saturday, May 9 @ 2:00 pm
    Enjoy a virtual solo cello concert titled "International Folk Dance Music" featuring professional cellist Randy Calistri-Yeh. Listen to lively folk dance music from France, Spain, Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Austria, Argentina and the U.S. Stately gavottes, passionate tangos, a stunning waltz, and a traditional Scottish jig are some of the dances that will be performed featuring the music of Bach, Bizet, Brahms, Strauss, Villoldo, Gardel, and Scott Joplin. This virtual concert can be seen on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

    Virtual Strength Training for Seniors
    Each Wednesday at 11:00 am

    Certified instructor Leena Kalle will
    offer weekly classes on Zoom at 11:00 am each Wednesday. Next class is May 13. Increase muscle tone, flexibility, balance & strength. For West Caldwell residents only. To sign-up, email Ethan Galvin at ethan.galvin@westcaldwell.bccls.org​​​​​​​

    ESL Classes

    ESL Classes Available Online

    Monday - Friday @ 1:00 pm

    This popular class is structured for individuals needing help with beginner and conversational English. Running successfully for over 18 years, the program is being conducted online using Zoom Video Conferencing, an easy to use program allowing multiple participants to share live audio & video. Join the class by contacting Kathy Marinaccio at kathy.marinaccio@westcaldwell.bccls.org

     


    May 14 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Below are the reminders/notices for May 14.

    Best wishes for safety and health,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Reminder:  The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 17.

     

    2. The Caldwell and West Caldwell Environmental Commissions, the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, and Morgan Farm of the Cedar Grove Historical Society are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00pm by Dr. Doug Tallamy, a noted Entomologist & Wildlife Ecologist. Dr. Tallamy will be discussing "Nature's Best Hope" a new approach to conservation that starts in your own back yard.  Here is the flier:  Nature's Best Hope webinar 

    Please send any questions you might have for Dr. Tallamy to Ann Marchioni - amarchio44@gmail.com prior to the presentation. 


    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nv0gnIU7QvGO-Hy0kTpnQQ

      


    May 12 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

     I hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy.  Below are two notices/updates for today.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Changes to school calendar

    At yesterday evening's meeting, the Board of Education approved the following changes to the 2019-20 school calendar:

    • Tuesday, June 2 will be a Remote Learning school day
    • The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 17

     

    2. Information from the Caldwell Public Library

    The Caldwell Public Library continues to be here for our students and families. Please visit us at www.caldwellpl.org. Our website is work in progress to focus on current services, so if you have any questions or are not seeing information you need, please email us at librarian@caldwellpl.org.

    • Free Library Card: To get a free library card, which provides access to our digital library, databases, and digital resources, please click here: Caldwell Public Library Card Sign Up.
    • Take Our Survey: During our current crisis, we want to do everything we can to help the Caldwell community. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The results will guide us through the "new normal" and beyond. All Caldwell and West Caldwell residents are invited to take the survey, whether they previously used the Caldwell Public Library or not. Everyone's input is important as we are all in this together. Click here for the Survey.
    • The First Responders Project: join us in a town-wide art project honoring Caldwell's First Responders. These heroes have been on the front lines from the beginning and we know your art and positive messages will make them smile. Art will be displayed on the buildings of the West Essex First Aid Squad, Caldwell Police Department, and Caldwell Fire Department and on the town and library websites. For more information and details, view our flyer   ATTACHED FLYER 
    • Programs and Resources for Children: Our schedule is constantly evolving. Please visit our Children's Page for activities to keep your children entertained, as well as age appropriate COVID-19 resources.
    • Get Up and Boogie! Saturday, May 16, 10:00am – 10:30am Ms.Kris will lead kids in a virtual music and movement program on Zoom! Best for ages 2-6. CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP and be sent the Zoom link.
    • Teens: Easy and fun way to earn volunteer credit? Join TAC (Teen Action Committee) Fridays @ 3:30 via Zoom
    • For more information
    • Adults: Irving Berlin, an American Institution - Thursday, May 21st at 3:30 PM

     


    May 11 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that you and your families are remaining safe and healthy.

    NJ schools have recently received clarifications from the NJDOE, the NJ Office of Emergency Management, and other officials regarding what is and is not allowed with respect to end-of-school-year events.  This statement from the Office of Emergency Management summarizes those views:

    "In light of the components of Executive Order 107, and in the best interest of the health and safety of the public, in-person ceremonies, including graduations, all parades, including "wave parades," that invite people to gather at a certain location, proms, and other similar celebrations violate the enumerated conditions of the order, and should therefore be cancelled or postponed until such time as these restrictions are lifted.  Until such time, virtual celebrations and other remote forms of recognition should take the place of any in-person or public ceremonies."

    We are therefore planning only virtual/video end-of-year programs at this time.  We will keep you posted on any developments.

     

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     


    May 8 update

    Dear CWC Community,

    Below are updates/reminders/resources for May 8.  Have a wonderful weekend, and please stay safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. This is the New Jersey state plan for re-starting the state after the COVID pandemic closures:   The Road Back 

    2. Please see this Message from our School Nurses 

    3. With the definitive closure of schools through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, we are making arrangements for the retrieval of items from the school buildings.  We should have these plans finalized within the next several days.

     


    May 6 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Please see below for updates, reminders, and resources.

    Please stay safe!

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. It was announced on Monday that schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year.  We will continue to implement Remote Learning.  

    2. Please see this Teacher Appreciation Video from JCHS students.

    3. Please see this Message to Families from CWC Nurses 

    4. A message from Safe Routes to School:  

    May is celebrated as Walk and Bike to School Month in New Jersey. We might not be able to get together to walk and bike to School this year, but May is still a great time to focus on safety and get ourselves and our bikes ready to walk and roll. We are celebrating Walk and Bike to School Month this May by promoting a themed series of ideas and resources for both parents and students to learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety, stay physically active, and learn about ways to help make our communities more bikeable and walkable. 

    Each Wednesday in May, look for an email or check our social media to find out what that week’s theme is and what you can do to stay ready to walk and roll!

    Visit the NJ SRTS Resource Web Site


    May 4 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that you and your family are doing well.

    This week, May 4 - May 8, is Teacher Appreciation Week.  While the critical importance of teaching is something we always try to keep in mind, the global pandemic has certainly illuminated for everyone just how vital, and just how challening, that work is.  Over the past several weeks, many parents have reached out with messages of thanks to our teachers, and I know those expressions of gratitude mean the world to our staff.  Best wishes to everyone for a great week!

    Our Class of 2020 seniors have begun to decide what they are going to be doing next year.  Check out this online display of JCHS senior college plans.  Congratulations to these wonderful young men and women! 

    This afternoon, Governor Murphy is expected to make an announcement about the status of schools.  We will keep everyone posted regarding any next steps.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     


    May 1 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Below are some resources/reminders/updates.  Have a restful weekend, and please stay safe!

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Resources for supporting children in a time of grief.  The National Center for Grieving Children & Families (The Dougy Center) shares these resources:

    Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During the COVID - 19 Global Health Crisis 

    Supporting Children and Teens When Someone is Dying 

     

    2. Cybersecurity.  The CWC IT Department shares the following message:

    The NJ Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell security solution has identified and blocked multiple COVID-19 phishing campaigns, including those recently impersonating the US Federal Reserve with economic relief options through the Payment Protection Program in order to steal banking credentials. Phishing emails from the “Federal Reserve System” contain the subject line “Receive payment” and include a link that, if clicked, directs the victim to a spoofed website with legitimate logos, stock photos, and FAQ section. Clicking on the “Get Economic Impact Payment Now” button displays a drop-down menu of banks to choose from. A login box, containing the selected bank and its logo, then prompts the victim to enter their banking credentials. If entered, an error message will display as the credentials are sent to the attackers in the background. The IT Department reminds users to avoid clicking links, opening attachments, or providing personal or financial information in response to emails from unknown senders and exercise caution with emails from known senders. If you are unsure of an email’s legitimacy, contact the sender via a separate means of communication. We also advise users not to take action on emails promising economic relief and, instead, obtain information from official sources. Thank you and stay safe.

     

    3. Free Local Resources.  Local individuals/organizations are offering the following:

    Free Online Fitness/Martial Arts Activities for Children

    Free Zoom Yoga Class for Essential Workers/CWC Staff 

     


     Update April 29

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Below are a few resources and reminders.

    Please stay safe and healthy!

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Breakthrough Junior Challenge

    The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a national contest for students ages 13 - 18.  The prize is a post-secondary scholarship of $250,000.  To take part, students create a short video (3:00 minutes max) to explain a big idea in one of these fields:

    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Life Sciences
    • COVID-19

    Your film can take any form you like: animation, talking head, documentary, dramatic reconstruction, whatever.   For more information:  Click here or go to breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org

     

    2. Gilder Lehrman U.S. History/Hamilton Program

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute is offering free web site access for teachers and families:  Gilder - Lehrman      Opportunities include Edu-Ham at Home, an at-home version of the Hamilton musical resources.

     

    3. Reminder re: Free/Reduced Lunch.  We understand that many families are facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.  If you would like to apply for Free/Reduced Lunch, please complete this confidential application:  

    Free/Reduced Lunch Application - English 

    Free/Reduced Lunch Application - en Espanol 

    Applications can be submitted to the school nurse.  The nurses are at Harrison and the four elementary schools on Mondays and Thursdays between 11am and 12 noon.  Paper applications are also available from the school nurse.  Please contact Maryann Rivera, mrivera@cwcboe.org with any questions.

     


    April 28 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.  Below are a few reminders about resources.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Message from our nurses

    Please see this attached notice from our nurses with reminders about staying safe and healthy: Family Information from the School Nurses 

     

    2. NJTV offers classes for children in grades 3 - 6

    NJTV broadcasts live educational programming for 3rd - 6th graders:  click here for more information.

     

    3. “Navigate Parenthood, Navigate New Jersey” from NJ Parent Link

    www.njparentlink.nj.gov

     


    April 27 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend, and that you and your families are well.  

    Below are resources/reminders for April 27.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

       1. “Navigate Parenthood, Navigate New Jersey” from NJ Parent Link

    www.njparentlink.nj.gov

     

    2. The JCHS Scholarship Committee has established a new scholarship in memory of Mr. James Brown, GCMS Principal.  Please see this attached letter from the Scholarship Committee if you would like to consider contributing to the scholarship:  James Brown Scholarship Donation Letter 

     

     

    3. Wide Open School

    Wide Open School provides a variety of resources for Parents and Teachers for Remote Learning, including academic content in all areas, information about Special Education, social/emotional well-being, etc.: Wide Open School

     


    April 17 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Reminder: As announced yesterday, New Jersey schools will be closed through Friday, May 15.  We are therefore planning for Remote Learning to continue for at least the next four weeks.

    The NJ Department of Children and Families has shared this attached memo , which provides guidance to parents about planning for the care of children during the pandemic.

    I hope that you and your families are safe and well.  We will get through this together.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     


     

    April 14 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.  Below are updates/reminders for Tuesday, April 14.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Social and Emotional Well-Being Program on Tuesday Evening

    The NJ School Counselors Association (NJSCA), NJ Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and the NJ Parent Teachers Association (NJPTA) are offering a free webinar this evening, Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM. It is designed to offer suggestions and resources to help parents through the current crisis. You can register at: 

    Addressing the Social and Emotional Well-Being of the Whole Family
    April 14, 2020; 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

     

    2. School Closure/Athletic Events

    You may have seen that New Jersey is now part of a six-state consortium that will be working together to make decisions about re-opening of various aspects of society, including schools.  We will be monitoring updates on that, and will share all information with the community.  As mentioned, we are planning that we will need to engage in Remote Learning at the very least through May 1.  All athletic events are cancelled through May 11, 2020.

     

    3. BOE Conference Meeting Tuesday, 5:00pm

    There is a virtual BOE Conference Meeting today, Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00pm.  As it is a Conference Meeting, the BOE will not be taking action on any items.  The Regular BOE Meeting will take place on Monday, April 20.  For more information, please see the district web site.

     


     

    April 13 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    Below are the reminders/updates for April 13.

    I hope that all is well with you and your families.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. School Closure/Athletic Events

    As noted last week, we are awaiting an update from Governor Murphy, but are planning that schools will be closed at the very least through May 1.  

    Please note that all Athletic Events are cancelled through May 11, 2020.

     

    2. April 13/April 14

    Reminder:  There is no Remote Learning on April 13.  It is a Professional Development Day for staff.  Remote Learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

     

    3. Childcare Resources for Essential Workers

    Childcare is being offered at various locations for Essential Workers.  Here is information from the NJ Department of Children and Families.  Here is information from the YMCA.  

     


    April 9 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    With Passover having just begun, Easter about to start, and the beginning of Ramadan two weeks away, we recognize that many in our community are or will soon be in the midst of vitally important, albeit altered, celebrations of faith.  Whether or not you are religious, I wish everyone the best in finding peace, meaning, and community in the coming days and weeks. 

    While we are always grateful for the dedicated work of our local first responders and health care professionals, what these individuals are doing during this pandemic is nothing short of amazing.  The volunteer West Essex First Aid Squad is conducting approximately triple its normal workload, under extremely stressful conditions.  Our police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel are likewise going to extraordinary lengths to keep us safe.  Professionals in all areas of healthcare--nurses, physicians, paraprofessionals, office and custodial staff, etc.--continue to put others above self in their service to all of us.  Please find some time to express gratitude to these phenomenal people.

    Although schools are closed, NJ Safe Routes to School continues to provide resources about walking and biking outdoors.  Please click here for more information.

    As noted in a previous update, several companies are providing free Internet resources.  ComcastAltice/Optimum, and Verizon, for example, are all offering ways of gaining free access during this time.

    take care,

    James

     


    April 8 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.

    Below are notifications for Wednesday, April 8.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Information from Governor Murphy

    As you may have seen, Governor Murphy made some announcements yesterday concerning schools and graduation requirements:

    • All statutorily-mandated State-wide assessments for 8th grade students have been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • The graduation assessment requirement for current 12th grade students has been waived for the 2019-2020 school year.
      • Students who have met all other graduation requirements, shall be permitted to graduate without submitting a portfolio appeal.
      • Students will not be required to pass the PARCC/NJSLA examination in order to graduate for the 2019-2020 school year.

     

    2. A CDC resource from our nurses 

    Our nurses pass along this link from the CDC, which includes information on steps to take if you are feeling sick.

     

    3.  A message on cybersecurity from our IT Department

    Across New Jersey, there has been a substantial increase in remote work and the use of technologies. Remote access security is paramount at this time and Caldwell/West Caldwell is following the guidelines of the Principle of Least Privilege, in order to mitigate any possible breach.
    The CWC IT Department controls all downloads and installations, to help reduce the risk of teleconference hijacking and reminds users to remain vigilant during this time and exercise caution with COVID-19-themed emails, social media posts, and websites. We also advise users to be cautious with attachments, links, and spoofed domains received from unknown contacts.

     


     

    April 7 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope you and your families are well.

    Below are the updates for Tuesday, April 7.

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Remote Learning

    Reminder:  Remote learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14.  

     

    2. School Closure

    It is expected that Governor Murphy will soon make an announcement about an extension of the state school closure directive.  When that happens, we will share the announcement within our community as well.  While there is considerable uncertainty about when schools will re-open, we are currently planning that we will be engaging in Remote Learning at the very least through May 1.

     

    3. A message from our nurses

    It is difficult to keep up with the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Please visit the link below for the latest recommendation regarding the use of face coverings. There is also a link to watch the U.S. Surgeon General make a face covering in a few easy steps that you can do at home.

    CDC: Use of face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

    CDC: How to use a face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

    U.S. Surgeon General: How to make a face covering: https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4

    Be safe, Stay home.


     
    April 6 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that everyone has a restful break this week.  Below are updates for Monday, April 6.

    take care,

    James Heinegg

     

    1. Condolences for the Brown Family

    Letters or correspondence to the Brown family can be directed to the following address:

    Brown Family c/o
    Krista Grinkin and Debbie Santulli
    Grover Cleveland Middle School

    36 Academy Road
    Caldwell, NJ 07006

    GCMS staff will personally ensure that each of these letters are safe to deliver to the home. Additionally, they plan on creating meaningful memory books for each member of Jim’s family.
    These letters along with the many memories, photos, poetry etc. which have been shared by colleagues at GCMS and within the district will also be a part of this memory book, so a central location for all items is easier. Pictures, drawings, poetry and letters are all encouraged and accepted. There is no wrong way to show your care and concern for the family and to honor Mr. Brown’s memory.  Thank you so much for your support and concern.

     

    2. NJTV classes for students in grades 3 - 6

    Today, Monday, April 6, NJTV begins broadcasting lessons for students in grades 3 - 6.  Although the district will be on Spring Break, children and/or parents may be interested in checking these out.  For more information, please see NJTV's web site.

     

    3. A message from our nurses

    It is difficult to keep up with the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Please visit the link below for the latest recommendation regarding the use of face coverings. There is also a link to watch the U.S. Surgeon General make a face covering in a few easy steps that you can do at home.

    CDC: Use of face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

    CDC: How to use a face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

    U.S. Surgeon General: How to make a face covering: https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4

    Be safe, Stay home.



    March 26 update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    As you may have already seen in the news, Governor Murphy has announced that the school closure will remain in effect, and Remote Learning will therefore continue, through at least April 17, 2020.

    In yesterday's message about the cancelling of NJSLA state testing, I neglected to provide the attachment. Here it is: New Jersey Cancels Statewide Student Assessments.pdf 

    Many of you have reached out with positive messages about our staff and the great work they have been doing.  It is so heartening to read these words of support, and I know they are making a difference to our staff.  

    Take care,

    James Heinegg

      


    March 19 update

    Dear CWC Families,

    I hope all is well with you and your loved ones.  Just a few brief updates today:

    1. As a follow-up to an earlier message about additional connectivity options, below is some information about specific ways to get connectivity at low or no cost.

    2. While students are still encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, congregating on community playground equipment is not advised.  School district playgrounds are therefore closed until further notice.

    Sincerely,
    James Heinegg

     

    Acquiring Broadband for Students at Home

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently issued a release referencing the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.  Highlights are summarized below.

    Major telecommunications providers are have agreed to the following for a period of at least 60 days:

    1. They will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers due to an inability to pay.
    2. They will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    3. They will open their Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

    Over a dozen companies have signed the pledge, including Comcast and Altice USA.

    Comcast Customers

    Comcast is offering free access to its network for 60 days.  Individual households can sign up online.  After the 60-day period ends, the cost will be $9.99/month. Additionally, Comcast has opened up all of its hotspots to anyone in need. Students may check to see if they are in the range of Xfinity WiFi hotspots by visiting www.xfinity.com/wifi. 

    Altice Customers

    For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Altice is offering Altice Advantage Internet solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint. Learn more.

     


     March 16 update

     Dear CWC School Community,

    Here are the updates for March 16, 2020:

    Please note that we are extending the school closure an additional week.  All Caldwell - West Caldwell Schools will be closed to students through March 27, 2020.  The district will continue to enact its Remote Learning Plan through at least next week, and we will provide updates as soon as possible regarding long-term prospects.

    Your school nurses are available via email if you have any questions or concerns with which they may be able to help.  Ms. Jennifer Sherwood, who will be at Wilson School for the remainder of the school year, will be reachable at jsherwood@cwcboe.org, beginning March 18, 2020.  

    Please note that several companies, including Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are offering free or low cost wifi and/or other connectivity for eligible families during the next few months in response to COVID - 2019. 

    If you have questions regarding CWC technology, please email your questions or requests for support to IT Support: support@cwcboe.org

    Questions regarding a particular learning platform can usually be addressed by those sites, e.g., Seesaw has resources for parents at:

    https://web.seesaw.me/remote-learning-for-families​​​​​​​

     

    Best wishes to you and your families in this difficult time. 

    Sincerely,

    James Heinegg

     


     March 15 Update

    Dear CWC School Community,

    I hope that you and your families are well.  Thank you very much for your continued understanding in this difficult time. 

    Below are a few reminders and updates regarding COVID - 2019. 

     

    1. School Closing Reminder

    Beginning tomorrow, Monday March 16, 2020, schools will be closed to students as we implement our Remote Learning Plan.  It is highly likely that the closure will extend further into the spring; more details will follow in the coming days.

    2. Resources on Remote Learning

    Elementary. This page on our web site contains resources for Elementary families, including Related Arts (Physical Education, Art, Music, etc.), Seesaw guidance for parents, etc.  We will update as necessary throughout the Remote Learning period.

    Middle School.  GCMS families should check this page on the web site for guidelines for our students in grades 6 - 8.

    High School.  JCHS families should review this letter which outlines Remote Learning for our students in grades 9 - 12.

    3. General Resources

    Remember to check the district web page for general resources about COVID - 2019.  The page is updated periodically with articles about how parents can help children deal with emotional aspects of our situation, information about social distancing, factual guidance about COVID - 2019, etc.

    4. Free/Reduced Lunch

    Families eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch may pick up lunches at Harrison School between 11am and noon.

    5. Athletic teams

    During Remote Learning, all athletic team activities--practices, scrimmages, meetings, etc.--are suspended.  While players are encouraged to stay in shape as best they can at this time, they should follow the practice of social distancing by not meeting in large groups or as an entire team.  

    6. Questions/Concerns

    Although the school buildings will be closed to students, do not hesitate to reach out via email with any questions or concerns that you may have.  We will do our best to support our students and families in every way possible.