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

Greetings Canarsie Cub Families,

Please see our Weekly Scoop for the week of 04/08-04/14 of the 2020-2021 School Year!

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

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 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.

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 Updates:

We want to thank everyone that attended our Night Of Hope Virtual event in commemoration of 1 year of the pandemic. THANK YOU for creating such a meaningful space together as a community. See the Event Video here.

Please join us for our next Family Association Meeting this upcoming Tuesday April 13th at 6pm via this link.

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.

CALS Resources:

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

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

Our CALS’ Counselors would like to share the book of the month for April, Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai. Click the link to visit their virtual counseling office, or you can go to their google classroom to access lots of additional info and fun activities.

Contact Us:

For tech support, families can call 646-472-1693 or email, 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, for 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