Chateaugay Central School
PO Box 904 - Chateaugay, New York 12920
(518) 497-6611 Fax (518)497-3170
Due to the amount of information we are trying to share on this site I made some changes. Please use the buttons to access the PreK-6 Page and 7-12 Page I created for the school closure information. Information that benefits the district as a whole will remain on this main page. I hope this helps.
From Mrs. Dwyer - March 27, 2020
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
I want to first start by saying how proud I am to be a part of this community, and how happy I am to be back as part of Chateaugay Central School. In some of our most trying times, I am taking comfort in seeing our school staff and community come together to weather this storm.
For the past 9 months, I have been working as the elementary principal at St. Regis Falls Central School, but officially came back to Chateaugay Central School as the new Middle School/High School Principal on March 16th. I am incredibly proud to be a Bulldog once again, and am looking forward to seeing our students in the halls, hopefully soon!
During these trying times, our teachers have been working diligently to make sure our students are able to continue their learning, have access to resources, and are supported in their work on a daily basis. Their efforts to provide online learning, as well as provide options for students who do not have internet access, has been inspiring and gives me hope that whatever happens in the future, our teachers will do whatever it takes to keep our students learning and productive.
In my new role as your principal, I look forward to supporting our families and students in any way that I can.
If you have any questions, need anything, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-497-6611 ext. 2400.
Sincerely - Kate Dwyer
Thank You - Thank You - Thank You
To all those who are making meal deliveries possible.
We are preparing 145 meals each breakfast and lunch to be delivered to families within the community. I am asking that anyone affected by the COVID-19 and laid off and financial situation changed please take a moment are re-apply for Free and Reduced meals. Now is the time. Stay Safe All - Doreen Roach - Abbey Group
Dear Castle Learning Community,
We are seeing online learning picking up considerable momentum as reflected in the extremely high user volumes we are experiencing on Castle Learning. Unfortunately, at times, high usage is causing slow response times within the application, which can be very frustrating for teachers and students working to create and complete activities. We are seeing peak activity between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and faster response times outside of that window.
We apologize for the inconvenience and are working quickly to boost performance of the environment. This will be an ongoing effort over the next several days and we will provide updates on our progress.
We greatly appreciate your use of Castle Learning and your patience as we absorb the increase in volume.
Sincerely - Ron Borowski - Director of Customer Support
Dear Down Dog Community (the Yoga App we can use for free right now)
In light of the lockdowns and quarantines still in place all over the world, we are extending free access to all of our apps until May 1st.
We hope that Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout will continue to support your mental and physical health during this time.
Please help us get the word out and share this widely with those you think would benefit from this extended free access. More information can be found at downdogapp.com.
Stay home and stay healthy.
With love - The Down Dog Team
- p.s. If you are a student or teacher (K-12 or college), go to downdogapp.com/schools to get free access until July 1st.
- If you are a healthcare worker, you can visit downdogapp.com/healthcare to get free access until July 1st.
- If your company has shifted to remote work and you'd like help extending wellness resources to your employees, please send us an email at email@example.com and we'll do what we can to help.
Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country
"If you are considered essential personnel and you are in need of child care, you can call our agency at 518-561-4999 and dial 106 for Courtney."
From Mrs. Reynolds/Mrs. Fowler - instructions for enrolling are listed below.
An important message about services available to all residents of Franklin County
Community Connections of Franklin County is an agency that provides for ongoing needs within our community. At this time, Community Connections is extending their hours of operation as well as providing extra help to those who require assistance in meeting their basic needs. They will be open 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week until the current state of emergency declaration has been lifted.
Basic needs that Community Connections can assist with include:
- Hygiene items
- Pet food
- Toilet paper (limited supply right now)
- Laundry soap
- Prescriptions (if your pharmacy does not deliver)
Community Connections of FC is also able to assist with other needs. If they are unable to help with your individual needs, they will connect you with an agency that can.
Ordinarily, Community Connections welcomes individuals to call their office directly in order to seek assistance. At this time, however, 95% of their staff is working from home. Therefore, any requests for services must be done through a service provider. CCS is able to make this request for you. If you would like to have a member of their team contact you, please email your name and a contact number to:
- Susan Jones-King at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bruce Gugliotta at email@example.com
- Danielle Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you do not have access to email, you can call Loretta Fowler at 497-6611, ext. 2300.
In addition to these services, Community Connections staff will provide outreach to anyone in Franklin County who would like to request regular phone calls from them. They would like all members of our community to know that they have someone to talk to in these anxious times. If you would like to request this outreach service, you can email Darren Dumas at email@example.com
New - Mrs. Fowler has made sure that CCS is signed up for some wonderful resources. All the information you need is in the PDF file below.
HAS YOUR INCOME CHANGED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OR OTHER REASON?
FREE AND REDUCED MEAL ELIGIBILITY PROGRAM
RE-APPLY NOW FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!
Through participation in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National School Lunch Program NSLP), Chateaugay Central School is able to offer free and reduced meal eligibility program to those eligible, which aids CCS in providing healthy, nutritious, and affordable meals to students.
Fill out the application at the link below and mail or scan to the address below:
Mail or email application to:
- Mary Legacy, Reviewing Official
- Chateaugay Central School
- 518-497-6611, ext. 2301
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Guidance Corner Video for March 27
Guidance Corner for March 26, 2020
-- Hidden stressors from the change in circumstances can sneak up on kids and parents alike. Start and end your day with this short 1 minute breathing exercise. Also when you find your reaction taking over your brain or your child's reactions taking over their brain, pause with them and run through this 1 minute breathing exercise.--
Guidance Corner for March 25, 2020
Today's resource is for our littlest bulldogs and their parents. If you follow the link below, you'll find a wonderful article about how to talk with your kiddos about COVID-19 in an age-appropriate manner. Within the article, you will also find links to several video clips, games, apps, and other activities to help teach children about healthy habits.
Guidance Corner for March 24, 2020
Today we are sharing a video by Counselor Keri called Worry Warriors: What Exactly is Worry?" This is the first in a series of five videos made by Counselor Keri, all about what worry is and isn't, how worry can affect us, and how to deal with worry. If you find this video helpful, the rest of the series can be found on Youtube by searching "Counselor Keri worry."
The Counseling Department will be sharing items related to social emotional learning, mindfulness, and general wellbeing. We have included links to videos, mindfulness exercises, and kid's yoga videos. One of the best tips we can give is to set a schedule. We have posted a sample one. Though there may be temptation to treat these days off like a regular emergency closing, sleeping in and binge watching (some of my favorite things to do on a snow day) but,this is no regular closing! Keeping your children on a regular schedule will give them a better sense of security. We have shared an article about this.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We will continue to update these items.
Motivation Monday - March 23
Alright grab your deck of cards for your work. You can do an individual work-out or compete against each other. The person who completes the deck of cards first wins. I have attached photos of all the exercises in order. If you're a beginner just start with half the amount repetitions or half the deck.
- Ace - 15 Burpees
- King - 10 Push-ups
- Queen - 10 Mountain Climbers
- Jack - 10 Jumping Jacks
- 10 -10 Tuck Jumps
- 9 - 9 - Plank Jacks
- 8 - 8 Plank Shoulder Taps
- 7 - 7 Squats
- 6 - 6 High Knees
- 5 - 5 Split Lung Jumps
- 4 -4 Supermans
- 3 -3 - Bicycle ABs
- 2 -2 - Inch worm - make sure you go out and back up = 1 rep
As all of us around the world confront this difficult new period, we recognize the importance—and the challenge—of staying relaxed and entertained, especially for kids at home who are missing the stimulation of the classroom. From the beginning, Audible has served as an antidote to loneliness and even isolation, as a way to hear words that inspire and transport and for many – words that teach and entertain in deeply intimate ways.
With all of us experiencing varying degrees of social distancing and school closures, we have created something that we hope makes our customers’ lives a little easier. At stories.audible.com, you will find hundreds of our titles available completely free. The collection has been handpicked by our editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18.
These stories offer a screen-free option that we hope may help break up the day for families with students home from school.
There are selections for our listeners in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
To access the free titles, just visit stories.audible.com from any web browser.
The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen.
We wish you and your loved ones good health, and we hope that listening to a good story will offer some respite during these unsettling times.
All of us at Audible
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State Education Department and New York's Public Television Stations Announce Expanded Remote Learning During Statewide School Closure
Local Public Media Channels to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K to 12th Grade
New Remote Continuity of Learning Resources Website Launches
The New York State Education Department and New York's nine public television stations announced today that expanded educational resources and "Learn-at-Home" programming is now available for all of New York's students in response to school closings across the state. In addition, NYSED has launched a dedicated website featuring remote continuity of learning resources to provide districts and teachers with increased options.
Students from prekindergarten through 12th Grade will have access to PBS educational programming every weekday starting Monday, March 23rd on-air. These efforts will help ensure that all students can "Learn-at-Home", whether they have a computer or broadband at home.
"As we adapt to the ever-evolving situation around COVID-19, we're seeing heroic efforts by educators and parents to ensure that children have equitable access to home-learning," Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. "Our partners at PBS have once again stepped up to provide easily accessible, high-quality educational resources for New York students and I encourage educators and parents to make use of these additional resources."
"PBS has a long history of supporting teachers, parents and, most of all, children through its excellent educational programming and we're proud to support and recommend these resources during the unprecedented school closures," Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said. "It's crucial that we limit learning loss during this time as much as possible and these free instruction and learning resources offer ideas and inspiration for parents and educators across the state."
"Online learning is not an option for a lot of kids at home because they lack access to broadband or a laptop," said Bill McColgan, Chair of the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York. "That's why we are ensuring that all kids can access this at-home learning via our free, over-the-air broadcasts."
PBS to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K Through 12th Grade
All nine public television stations in New York are providing "Learn-at-Home" enrichment for students through their broadcast stations and increased online educational resources.
Pre-K and young learners can still watch familiar shows like Sesame Street. Elementary student broadcast schedules include trusted programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Cyberchase. Middle school and high school programming include shows like Nova, History Detectives, and Shakespeare Uncovered. As always, many additional programs are also available to stream on the free PBS Video and PBS KIDS Video apps.
Since every PBS station in New York has multiple digital channels, programming will be available for young children (PreK to 4th Grade) and older children (5th to 12th Grade) on different digital channels. They can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable.
"PBS ensures that its content is not only engaging, but aligned to state and national learning standards, so parents can feel comfortable knowing it's going to reinforce what has been taught," said Rachel Friedman, a Suffolk County teacher. "I am so glad that PBS is providing this so quickly in this crisis."
Parents and educators should check local listings for their local public television stations for additional information on schedules and channel lineup. You can find your local PBS station by using the PBS Station Finder.
Local stations will also provide more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents, and teachers.
New York's educators and parents can continue to access free educational resources that supplement and augment learning on the website, PBSLearningMedia.org. PBS LearningMedia provides original digital content and supplemental viewing guides for on-air programming that assist in learning. New special collections have been created for each grade level to make it easy for parents and teachers to select appropriate content if they are new to using the service. Webinars and online support materials have already been taking place and will continue to help educators make use of PBS LearningMedia as a distance learning tool.
For more information, please visit your local station:
- WNED - Buffalo
- WXXI - Rochester
- WCNY - Syracuse
- WSKG - Binghamton
- WPBS - Watertown
- Mountain Lake PBS - Plattsburgh
- WMHT - Albany/Troy
- WNET - New York City
- WLIW - Long Island
Remote Instruction and Continuity of Learning Resources Website
NYSED's remote Continuity of Learning Resources website is live now and includes options and examples of technology and non-technology-based resources for districts and schools, as they develop distance learning plans for students during closure due to the Novel Coronavirus.
Among many other resources, this new site features lists of digital content to enhance distance learning in a dozen subject areas including early learning, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Educators will also find digital tools to assist in communicating with students and families and creating engaging instructional opportunities for students.
NYSED's site also provides non-technological suggestions for schools and parents to consider when planning for continuity of learning. There are many ways students can continue learning that do not require access to a computing device.
NYSED will continue to update and add resources to this dedicated website as they become available.
Important Update for CCS employees covered by Excellus. Please help get the word out to all including retirees.
THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW. WHEREVER. WHENEVER. (click the arrow to expand)
(Note - if you are a retiree who is over the age of 65 and have medicare as your primary insurance you can not use telemedicine. )
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for everyone as our communities battle this deadly virus. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow in New York state and across the country.
New York state is requiring all insured health coverage to waive the member cost share for COVID-19 testing and the site visit where the testing takes place.
To assure that everyone has access to testing and diagnosis for this serious virus, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is implementing these benefits now for all employer groups.
Effective 3/16/2020, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will implement the following benefit changes:
* Prior authorizations will be waived for diagnostic tests and for covered services that are medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidance for members if diagnosed with COVID-19.
* Coverage of medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to COVID-19 at no cost share to the member.
* Members will have coverage with no out-of-pocket expense to them, for in-network provider office visits, in-network urgent care visits and emergency room visits resulting in testing for COVID-19. If an in-network provider is not available, the Health Plan will cover testing at an out-of-network provider with no out-of-pocket expense to the member.
* Members with high deductible health plans will not be responsible for copayments, coinsurance and deductibles for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing even if the deductible has not been met, under new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service. This also means that an individual with an HDHP that covers these costs may continue to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).
* During the state of emergency, all telemedicine visits will be covered in full. Members will have no cost share.
For all our members, we are making dedicated clinical staff available to address inquiries related to medical services, ensuring timeliness of responses related to COVID-19. The Health Plan will also ensure that patient testing and any subsequently needed care are done in close coordination with federal, state and public health authorities.
These are uncertain times and we appreciate your understanding.
Telemedicine gives you fast access to medical care 24/7/365, from the comfort of your home, desk or hotel room. Through Excellus’s partnership with MDLIVE, you’ll receive the same quality of care you receive from your own doctor, but more conveniently via your phone, tablet or computer.
When to use telemedicine?
Instead of going to urgent care or the emergency room for minor and non-life threatening conditions
Whenever your primary care doctor is not available
If you live in a rural area and don’t have access to nearby care
When you’re traveling for work or on vacation
Don’t wait until you need it. Here are some easy ways to activate telemedicine today.
WEB: Register/Log in at ExcellusBCBS.com/Member
APP: Download the MDLIVE app
TEXT: Text EXCELLUS to 635483
VOICE: Call 1-866-692-5045
School Closing - Mental Health and Stress -Take Care of your WHOLE Self Please
With the current closing of Chateaugay Central School, we want to make sure that all members of our community are being taken care of. These are stressful times for all of us. We have all heard the things that we need to do to keep ourselves physically healthy. We would like to offer some tips for helping to stay emotionally healthy as well.
Things you can do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
There are many things you can do to support your child
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
- Try to keep a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
Here are some resources you may want to take advantage of if you feel you need some support for yourself or your child(ren):
- Community Connections of Franklin County will offer assistance and information. If they are unable to help they will connect you with an agency who can. Call 518-521-3507
- North Star Crisis Center is available for mental health needs, 24 hours a day. Call 518-481-8160
Physical Education and Health
- Fitness Tracking Sheet - FYI to students: please don’t stress over filling the sheet out. Just do your best to stay active!
- Physical Activity Recommendation 6-17 years of age https://health.gov/sites/default/files/2019-11/PAG_MYW_Kids_FS.pdf
- Physical Activity Recommendation 3 year to 65 years & older https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pdfs/FrameworkGraphicV9.pdf
- A google classroom has been created for my elementary, middle, high school classes. Everyone has been invited, so please check it for your work!