The Weekly Scoop -- Spring 20-21 Edition #16

Greetings Canarsie Cub Families,

Please see our Weekly Scoop for the week of 02/24-03/02 of the 2020-2021 School Year! I have attached documents, and provided links for family resources down below.

Important Notifications and Reminders:

Reopening Plans: Please see the attached letter in regards to our phased reopening plan for March and April, and note the timeline, also outlined below:

Throughout the month of March, we will be putting efforts in place to bring additional students back to campus. Our CALS Operations Team will be contacting individual families directly with invitations for select scholars to return to campus.

  • Starting on 3/8/21, we will increase our current enrollment in learning pods at CALS. Up to 36 students across grades K-4, will be invited to engage in proctored remote learning from within our school building.

  • Starting on 4/6, we will be able to support up to 36 Kindergarten students with in-person learning from within our school building, by invitation only. You will be contacted if your scholar is being considered for this option.

  • Throughout March and April, we will consider bringing back additional students across grades 1-4, to begin in-person instruction on 4/26, by invitation only. You will be contacted if your scholar is being considered for this option.

All Ascend campuses will be welcoming back a portion of students for in-person learning on April 6th.

  • As we invite students back to campus, the school day will run Monday-Thursday from 7:30-2:30 pm.

  • All students will continue with remote learning on Fridays, off campus. All students returning to campus will need to be in full uniform.

Access Report Cards: Families will be able to pull their child’s report cards beginning Thursday, February 25th using these instructions to access Student Illuminate Portal.

CALS Building Access Changes: Families will only be allowed to access the building by appointment. You can make an appointment by contacting the CALS Ops Team via email or phone. Additionally, anyone entering the building will be expected to fill out the daily health questionnaire and temperature screening.

Technology Access Reminders: Families, please make sure that your scholars are taking proper care of their school technology. We need to ensure they are appropriately used and protected. Families may incur a fee to fix/replace parts of the laptop if they are damaged.

February Calendar:

CALS Resources:

  • 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. Enter the lottery today by visiting

  • 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.

  • If you have not yet done so, please complete the Class Recordings Consent Form and Medical Form, and send the completed form to

  • Submit a Family Contact Update Form if you need to update your contact info with us.

Family Association Resources:

  • In case you missed it, please see the Family Association’s presentation deck from our 3rd meeting on February 9th. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 9th at 6PM.

  • Family Association Community Event: “A Night of Hope” - Please sign up to participate as a speaker for our CALS community-wide evening event commemorating the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in March:

  • “I’ll Be There for You” Parent Support Group - Please fill out this form if you’re interested in partaking in a CALS community group discussing financial advice, social issues, mental health, COVID concerns and more!

Upcoming CALS Events:

  • Black History Month Celebration: Our 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade scholars will demonstrate their talents in a LIVE Black History Month showcase on February 26th from 8:00AM-8:30AM, via this link:

Join Get Empowered Afternoon Activities & Classes

Meeting ID: 854 7399 6349

Passcode: GEwp21

Get Empowered has added more classes so there are now (3) options per day now through the end of March!

Also, please note that the next Get Empowered DJ Dance Party is Friday Feb 12th, 4-5pm (same link)

Contact Us:

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