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

Greetings Canarsie Cub Families,

Please see our Weekly Scoop for the week of 03/24-04/06 of the 2020-2021 School Year!

I have attached documents, and provided lots of family resources down below. Please take a moment to review them😊

Please note that school is closed next week Monday 3/29 – Friday 4/2 due to Spring Break. We will see you again, logged into class at 8AM on Monday 4/5.





March Calendar


April Calendar



Important Reminders and Notifications


Letter to Families regarding early school year start for SY21-22 school term: School will start earlier in the year for our students, beginning on August 16. This change will add 11 days of learning for CALS students. We are making a change to the academic calendar because students have lost many hours of school this past year. Also, adding instructional time to next year’s calendar will benefit all Ascend students and allow us to begin mitigating post-pandemic impacts sooner. We believe every extra hour of learning matters in preparing our students for success in college and beyond. Please read the letter from our CSO Brandon Sorlie and CEO Lisa Margosian, available in English, Spanish, and creole.


Virtual Picture Day Option: Due to the current remote setting, our scheduled March picture days were cancelled, but families can use the Snaps@Home feature on the Shutterfly app if interested in ordering pictures for scholars. Families can order directly through the Shutterfly app. More info can be found HERE


Updated Expanded Calendar: We have updated our Expanded Calendar with events that are happening at our school. Please review and save the updated calendar attached for your records.


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.



Family Association Resources:

Family Association Community Event: “A Night of Hope”

We are hosting our CALS community-wide evening event commemorating the year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to celebrate our resilience THIS THURSDAY.

Students, families and staff are all invited to attend, so we hope to see you in attendance as we come together. The event will be held this Thursday March 25 via this Ring Central link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join?jid=3738117006 Please bring a candle to light at the event if you are able.


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! Sign up to participate via this form https://forms.gle/Gq5JxouEGvVPEdZu8



CALS Resources


Our Ascend Schools SY2021-2022 Application is still 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 www.enrollascend.org. The lottery draw begins April 1st, 2021.


If you have not yet done so, please complete your Medical Form for your student, and send the completed form to cals_ops@ascendlearning.org.


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


Our CALS’ Clinician’s Team would like to share their Book of the Month, I Can Do Hard Things with you. Please click this link to access, and then click the book to get started. You can also click items on the screen to access amazing content, so click the attached link and give it a try!


Contact Us:


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


Contact our CALS Ops Team at 347-713-0100 or email us at cals_ops@ascendlearning.orgwith questions or concerns, and you can also check our website, http://www.cals.ascendlearning.orgfor updates.


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