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Update from Clarence CSD November 5, 2021

Dear Clarence School Family,

As we move further into November, I wanted to remind everyone that there will be no school on Thursday as we observe Veterans Day. More importantly, however, I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the sacrifices made by the members of our school community who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. They have risked their lives to protect the freedoms we all hold dear, and for that we owe them a debt which can never be repaid.

Leader in Me Informational Session

While we want our students to thrive academically, we also want them to develop the interpersonal skills needed to excel in school as well as in life. To approach this work in a purposeful, whole-school way, we have partnered with FranklinCovey to implement the Leader in Me program. Built on the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and leadership abilities, the research-based approach is designed to support the social and emotional needs of students.

To learn more about what Leader in Me looks like in Clarence, please join us for a virtual informational session on Thursday, December 2 from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The evening will involve a presentation from Mrs. Arroyo, Mrs. Dreibelbis, and Mr. Smith, and if you save the time on your calendar, we will send out a link as we get a bit closer.

Weekly COVID Report

Each Friday, we will send out a COVID report with weekly data involving positive case counts as well as the number of individuals placed in quarantine by the Erie County Department of Health. Below you will see the report from this past week.

  • 2 individuals at Clarence High School tested positive, 2 quarantined
  • 1 individual at Clarence Middle School tested positive, 6 quarantined
  • 3 individuals at Clarence Center Elementary School tested positive, 14 quarantined
  • 3 individuals at Harris Hill Elementary School tested positive, 0 quarantined
  • 2 individuals at Ledgeview Elementary School tested positive, 5 quarantined
  • 7 individuals at Sheridan Hill Elementary School tested positive, 26 quarantined

You may notice that our COVID case numbers have gone up slightly over the past week. Although there is certainly no need to panic, it is a reminder that following our health protocols is more important than ever. If your child is experiencing any potential COVID symptoms, it is critical that you keep them home and follow the guidelines (click here) from our Health Office.

Additionally, you likely saw that the Food and Drug Administration just approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11. Any parents looking to get their child vaccinated may call the Erie County Department of Health’s COVID hotline at 716-858-2929.

Diwali Greetings

Happy Diwali, or Dipawali, to our students, families, and community members celebrating this holiday. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avail) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival began on November 4, 2021, and usually lasts five days. For those of you celebrating, may this Diwali come with beautiful beginnings, fresh hope, and bright days.

Bright Spot

Every now and again it is nice to highlight a real “Bright Spot” at #ClarenceProud as a reminder of what education is all about. As the week comes to a close, I wanted to pass along a 1-minute clip (click here) from the High School Band Concert last night. The snippet is from Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music, and it reinforces what is possible when students, staff, and parents all work in partnership with one another on a worthy endeavor.

We have several teams competing in Sectionals over the next couple days. While we wish them all the best of luck, we would like to give a special shout out to our Section VI Girls Championship Field Hockey team as they take on Pittsford Sutherland this Saturday in Regional play!

Have a great weekend. (And don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.)

Matt Frahm, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools