The Weekly Scoop -- Fall 20-21 Edition #11

Greetings Canarsie Cub Families,


Please see our Weekly Scoop for the week of 12/16-12/22 of the 2020-2021 School Year! I have attached documents, and provided links for all the family resources down below.


Two important notices:

  • Please note that any days that in-person instruction cannot be provided due to inclement weather or other emergency, schools will have fully-remote instructional days and buildings will be closed. This means please prepare to have your scholars log in virtually tomorrow, December 17th, regardless of weather conditions as it will still be considered a remote learning day.

  • Please note that Ascend will be announcing their decision about reopening and potentially returning to school once family survey responses have been reviewed and assessed. We plan to announce this decision in January 2021.



CALS Resources:

December Calendar


The CALS Family Association held its first virtual meeting last week. In case you missed the meeting, see a copy of the PowerPoint presentation here.

  • If you would like to apply for the Family Association, there is still time to apply via this form. The deadline is December 17th, so that the CALS community can vote on their elected officers prior to our next meeting, which will be held on January 12th at 6 PM.

Our Canarsie Ascend Lower School SY2021-2022 Application is now open. Please help us spread the word in your communities, or to your other family and friends! We have schools in Bushwick, Brownsville, Canarsie, Cypress Hills, East New York, East Flatbush, and Lefferts Gardens.

Please help us clear the CALS lobby by coming to pick up your Student Headphones, Fundations Kits for KG, 1st, & 2nd grade, and Literature Circle books for 3rd & 4th grade. We are at the school Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

  • 3rd grade: Drita My Homegirl, Stella by Starlight

  • 4th grade: One Crazy Summer, Seedfolks


K-4 Science Update: We have received your feedback, and are preparing a Monthly Science Calendar for all grades, detailing upcoming review sessions and test dates. Please look out for this correspondence in future communication in your email inbox, and save the calendar for your reference.


Report Card/Assessment Family-Accessibility: This year, families are able to access their student(s)'s report cards and assessment scores via the Illuminate Student Portal using your student(s)'s google credentials. Please see this simple How-To guide for accessing the Illuminate Student Portal. Report cards are now ready for download at https://ascendlearning.illuminatehc.com/ Select the Red "Sign in with SAML” option, and enter your student’s google classroom username and password to access.


Bookmark our CALS Google Family Resource Folder on your browser so you can have easy access to all our resource documents, including the CALS Clinicians’ Team Student Resource Document, class schedules, and more.


Families, show us your holiday spirit! We know that everyone celebrates this time of year differently, and we are not able to come together as a CALS family physically.

  • Please send in a picture or a video to cals_ops@ascendlearning.org of how your family celebrates the holidays, and we will feature it in our upcoming holiday Newsletters 😊


Newsletter Surveys and Forms: If you have not submitted your forms, please do so ASAP. You can email completed forms to cals_ops@ascendlearning.org We ESPECIALLY need your Medical Forms before we return to school in January. Access the Medical Form here via pdf and send in to us ASAP.

Additional Resources:

  • DOE Meal Locations: Charter School Families can now pick up meals at any of these city locations.

  • Introducing SimplyE, the New York Public Library’s FREE, open-source e-reader Mobile App that provides their entire collection of more than 300,000 e-books & audiobooks!! You can borrow up to (3) book titles at a time, and have access to them for (2) weeks.

Contact Us:

  • For tech support, families can call 646-472-1693 or ema. Please email help@scholars.ascendlearning.org, and remember to include your scholar’s name, grade and a callback number.

  • For any other questions or concerns, contact our CALS Operations Team at 347-713-0100 or email us at cals_ops@ascendlearning.org.


In Partnership,

Tenille D. Faria

Operations Manager

Canarsie Ascend Lower School

9719 Flatlands Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11236

t 347-713-0100 x4212

c 917-575-6906