Updates for School Year 2015-2016 & CVE Report Card

As we approach the end of the school year we would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of some personnel changes for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

1. As you may have heard, Mrs. Anne Groth, librarian is retiring. We will miss her expertise in the library but wish her well on her retirement.

2. Ms. Dana Novotny will be our librarian.

3. Ms. Rachel Siegel will be our magnet resource teacher.

4. Mrs. Patricia Woodford will be leaving CVE to take a part-time position at Prettyboy Elementary. We wish her luck in her new position.

5. CVE has been allocated an additional 1.0 FTE (full time) teacher for the 2015-2016 school year.  This means we will have the following classes at CVE:

Kindergarten – 2 classes – Mr. Jones & Mrs. Smith

First Grade – 2 classes – Mrs. Wolfe & Mrs. Command

Second Grade – 3 classes – Mrs. Delaney, Mrs. LeHew, & Ms. Haley

Third Grade – 3 classes – Mrs. Cabezas, Mrs. Casserly, & Ms. Winfield

Fourth Grade – 3 classes – Mrs. Keeney, Ms. Classon & Vacancy

Fifth Grade – 3 classes – Mrs. Falatko, Mrs. Leis, & Vacancy

CVE will notify parents when the fourth and fifth grade vacancy are filled.

CVE staff looks forward to a great 2015-16 school year.

Click here for the CVE REPORT CARD.

May 18th Meeting with BCPS

We would first like to thank Dr. Wheatley-Phillip, Assistant Superintendent, Zone 2, Mr. George Roberts, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction, and Ms.Kara Calder, Executive Director, Strategic Planning from Team BCPS for coming to CVE to discuss the future of CVE. A sincere thank you also goes out to all of the teachers, parents, Mrs. Morrison, and Mr. Gromek for coming out to show your support for CVE!
Here is a summary of what we learned tonight:

*CVE will remain a magnet school.
*Sibling priority placement will remain in effect.
*There will be a catchment zone/neighborhood boundary.
*The application process will remain closed for 2 years.
*The timeline that BCPS has set for CVE is as follows:
*SY 2015-2016: Explore and define CVE magnet exposure program.
*SY 2016-2017: Begin boundary study process & accept magnet                               applications for SY 2017-2018.
*SY 2017-2018: Implement boundary & phase in new magnet exposure program.
*BCPS is looking for community input. Concerns, questions, suggestions can be emailed to: boe@bcps.org. Input and questions will be accepted at this email address between May 19th-June 2nd.
*Dr. Wheatley-Phillip and Mr. Roberts also encouraged people to look at the information that will be presented at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, 5/19/15. That information can be found here. The attached report reflects the work of the Magnet Task Force. The PowerPoint presentation provides an update to the Board on the work of the task force along with only recommendations which are being forwarded to the Board of Education for consideration from the superintendent. A vote on the recommendations will take place at the June 9, 2015, Board of Education Meeting.
*In addition, Laurie Trentler, PTA President has sent a letter to BCPS today re: last night’s meeting. You can read that letter in its entirety here:

Dear Dr. Wheatley-Phillip,

Thank you so much for providing some clarity and direction about the future of Cromwell Valley Elementary School. The information that you provided about our Magnet Status affirms that our magnet program is successful and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. It is also helpful to have a timeline in regards to a catchment zone and magnet application process going forward.

While we are extremely grateful for the information that you have shared, there are still a few outstanding items that we would like to have addressed.

As a result of the last few years of flux, we have lost enrollment as well as faculty. This loss has taken a toll on the morale and engagement at our school. There has been a significant decrease in involvement in PTA sponsored events and fundraisers. Additionally, while students currently seem to show minimal to no impact from the changes going on around them, we are concerned that it is only a matter of time before they are affected.

Parents are very concerned about the loss of faculty and splitting classrooms as a way of managing the decreased student population. This has created a great deal of anxiety for parents, leading some to consider alternative options.

In light of the past uncertainty for our school, we believe that there is a great opportunity to work with BCPS to help make a smooth transition to our future state. We are hoping that BCPS can commit to keeping the current staffing at CVE static, so that teachers and students can continue to fully function in the environment that has been so beneficial for so many years. Understanding that this is a unique situation, we are asking that no further changes to our staffing levels occur and that we have a continued commitment to maintain those levels as we transition over the next few years.

Specifically we would like to ensure:
· Full staffing for all of our special area teachers
· Maintaining full teaching staff (3 at each grade level) for all of our classrooms, regardless of a possible decrease in enrollment

Thank you so much for your continued support and understanding for our school. It means so much to us that you have been responsive and open to listening to our concerns. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Ltrentler@yahoo.com.

Kindest Regards,

Laurie Trentler
PTA President
Cromwell Valley Elementary School

Important Letter Regarding CVE & Kindergarten Registration For 2015-2016



Please mark your calendar for MONDAY, MAY 18th AT 6:00 PM AT CVE: Dr. Wheatley-Phillip and Mr. George Roberts from Team BCPS, will be coming to CVE to discuss with parents and staff the recommendations for the future of Cromwell Valley ES and answer any questions. As most of you know, CVE’s magnet status and zone-free status are under review. Since enrollment numbers may have an effect on every student at CVE, we are suggesting that one guardian be present at this meeting.

We Have A Lot To Be Excited About!

Congratulations to CVE for being the ONLY school in Maryland to be awarded a National Magnet School of Excellence Award for 2015!

Congratulations to Mrs. Falatko for being selected as the winner for the Financial Education and Capability Awards Program, sponsored by the Maryland CASH Campaign, Maryland Council on Economic Education, and the Maryland State Department of Education.  Mrs. Falatko will be honored at an awards reception on the floor of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates at the end of March.  We are exceptionally fortunate to have Mrs. Falatko teaching financial literacy to CVE students!


The 2015-2016 PTA Board Slate Is Approved!

2015-2016 PTA BOARD:

Over the past few weeks our nomination committee met and prepared the PTA Board slate for the 2015-2016 school year. Thank you to Lisa Cabalo, Kim Kuhr, Tara Richards, Elise Cloyd, and Mike Middleton for all of your hard work! A general PTA Meeting was held on Friday, May 8th during the Silent Auction and Movie Night to vote on the proposed slate. The 2015-2016 PTA Board will be:
President: Laurie Trentler
Vice President, Advocacy: Tara Richards
Vice President, Communications: Lisa Cabalo
Vice President, Finance: Jennifer Stano
Vice President, Programming: Melinda Boarman
Treasurer: Marisa Ehrlich
Recording Secretary: Elise DeFilippis

A warm welcome goes out to our new board members-Lisa Cabalo, Tara Richards, Melinda Boarman, & Marisa Ehrlich! To those that are moving on-Kim Kuhr, Nancy Smelcer, Jeanne Pinto, & Nicolee Ambrose-thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to CVE and our PTA!

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