Principal's Nest - Parent Edition

September 3rd, 2020

Dear Wise Owl Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! Spring of 2020 has challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our champions to champion from afar. What I have most learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise our teachers bring to West View, the ways in which our students continue to work hard to grow and overall, appreciation for the little things in life - giving a high five, a hug or being able to dance in the hallways on Mondays and Fridays with students. What I MOST appreciate about West View is how even under circumstances we have never experienced we are still a learning and caring community.

Normal is such a simple word and it is our goal at WVE to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever impact the learning environment of our students.Though we have started the year virtually, we will remain committed to supporting each student in building his/her academic and social/emotional strengths and have a plan in place to ensure rigorous online instruction and individualized support. Every week there are new types of learning experiences teachers are piloting and much of what is learned will continue to be used in the future. Our fall may not be “normal,” but our learning will not only continue, but it will thrive. We can’t wait to move on to the next phase of learning under Covid-19 and we know, all returning and new students to West View will be welcomed with open arms (from 6 feet away) to our community - we will continue to grow!



Sincerely,

Mrs. Mangum

A few Reminders

1. We are trying to be as flexible as possible to accommodate working parents. If you can not get onto a Google Meet at the exact time of the live meet, don't worry. It would be great if you could join, but if your child can't, there should be some lessons posted and an exit ticket for you to complete by Sunday Evening. (This will count as your attendance)

2. We ask that you please not post any of our teacher's videos on social media or other platforms. Our teachers are doing their absolute best, as the world is watching. When there are questions or concerns with their instruction, please go to that teacher and try to seek clarification.

3. If you are experiencing trouble with your technology and you need assistance, please go to this link and some one will get back with you.


4. School-wide Beginning Of Year (BOY) MAP testing dates are as follows


    • Reading-Tuesday, September 15th (K-5)

    • Fluency-Wednesday, September 16th (K-4)

      • (4th will only take the fluency during the BOY window)

    • Math-Thursday, September 17th (K-5)The Summer Feeding Program has been extended until December 31, 2020. This is great news.

5. Effective this week, FREE Breakfast and Lunch meals will be provided at ALL schools in Johnston County for residents under 18 years old. The New serving times are 11:00 - 1:00. Student ID's ARE NOT required in order to receive food. Starting September 8, 2020, service will be provided ONLY at Elementary Schools.


6. I will be hosting this year's first "Virtual Coffee and Chat" in hopes to keep you informed, make connections with parents, and give general information about our awesome school.

Please use this link if you are interested in signing up. All sessions will be on Google Meet and the flyer is below


7. Investigations Math Books- We have gotten these from the county. The math workbook can be found online but we also want to offer a tangible workbook option.

Also, School Planners/ Agendas have been ordered for all 3-5 students

Pick Up Options 9/9 and 9/10 from 11am-3pm. Please come through the front of the school as you did with the first book pick up.

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