October 4, 2020
Happy Sunday Pirate Families!
Tomorrow we are excited to have all of our kindergarten and first grade students (Cohort A & B) back for four days of face to face instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday. In two weeks (Oct. 19th) we will welcome all of our 2nd & 3rd graders and two more weeks from then (Nov. 2nd), we will welcome all our 4th & 5th graders to four days of face-to-face instruction. Wednesdays will remaining remote for all students until the week of Nov. 30th.
All students in Cohorts A and B will continue to go to school on their regular A-B day schedule until the date their grade level is scheduled to transition to Plan A.
Beginning the week of November 30th, elementary students participating in face-to-face instruction will attend class Monday through Friday.
If you have questions or concerns please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students and staff will continue to wear masks and social distance to the greatest extent possible. Visitors are still limited to essential visitors only. I have included a copy of the updated Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit which outlines what schools are required to do under plan A. I have also included a graphic of what Plan A will look like for students throughout Onslow County Schools.Thank you for your support and understanding.
As we prepare for returning back to full capacity, we will be making a slight change to our Car Pick Up procedures. You all are doing a great job with School Dismissal Manager. We will continue to use this program; however, we will modify it slightly in order to be as efficient as possible. Please do not arrive before 2:30pm. At 2:30 pm a staff member will put out a QR code for you to scan as you pull up the the main entrance sign. You will simply need to stop and take a picture of the QR code using your smart phone. This will send a message to your child's teacher stating that you have checked in. We will also continue to utilize the grade specific lanes as we have previously. The only change is that instead of giving your PIN number to a staff member in your lane, we will have one check in point at the Swansboro Elementary sign where you will scan the QR code.
Please take a few minutes to check out our September Students of the Month. We are super proud of these students for demonstrating perseverance. Don't forget that we will continue to hold live teams sessions for all students on Wednesday mornings. It is a requirement for students to attend these live sessions or communicate with the teacher that they will view the recording and complete any assignments that go along with it. Failure to participate and complete remote learning assignments will impact report card grades. On Wednesday afternoon, our enrichment team will host an optional live session weekly at 1 pm. This week is an art & counseling lesson on Spooky the Square Pumpkin. You can find the link in the newsletter to participate.
I am pleased to announce that SBES has adopted Silverhill Elementary in Baldwin County, Alabama to support during their hurricane recovery efforts! We very well know the affects a terrible hurricane can have on people and we would like to help. During Hurricane Florence multiple schools donated to us to help in our relief. We would like to do the same for the families of Silverhill Elementary. The principal of Silverhill has identified 10 families that are in needed of food and personal hygiene items. She has asked if we could help raise funds to support these families.If you would like to donate, you can do so by logging in to School Cash Online account(where you paid your child's school fees) and under view all items you will see a place to donate to Silverhill Elementary. Thank you for being such generous and caring Pirate families!
Optional Live TEAMS session for Art & Counseling
Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 1pm
This is an online event.
Please join our PTO Remind group for updates to future meetings and happenings: @7bedd4
Resources from the School Counselor
Student Tech Support Line: 910-989-2101
Navigating Your Laptop From Home
Parent Module on Using Teams
This is a link to the district website that has other help guides for learning from home.
A Note from Nurse Sammons
Protocol for when students are sent home from school sick:
Dear Parent/Guardian: Date:
Your student _____________________________ is being sent home today because of the following symptoms:
*Fever 100ᵒ F or Higher * Chills Shortness of Breath
*Difficulty Breathing *New Cough *Loss of Smell
*Loss of Taste *Exposure to COVID-19
HE/SHE MAY NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL:
1. A health care provider states the student DOES NOT have COVID-19 and/or they have an alternative diagnosis which explains the COVID-like symptoms OR they have a negative COVID-19 test AND they are fever free (without using fever reducing medications) for 24 hours.
2. IF THEY ARE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19, THEY MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN:
· It has been at least 10 days since the student first had symptoms.
· Fever free for at least 24 hours, without using fever reducing medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
· Symptoms have improved; feels better.
** NC STATE DHHS GUIDELINES STATE: STUDENTS SENT HOME WITH COVID-LIKE ILLNESS AND NOT SEEN BY A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER MUST BE EXCLUDED FROM FACE TO FACE INSTRUCTION FOR 10 DAYS.
STUDENT MUST BE CHECKED IN BY THE OFFICE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL. CONTACT THE SCHOOL NURSE WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.
Instructional Supply: $5.00
Supplemental Reader: $6.00
Technology Usage Assessment Fee (not insurance, rental fee): $25.00
Total for all students (k-5) is $37.
* Music: Recorder fee for 5th grade only: $5 Students will learn finger positions here at school but will only be allowed to actually play the recorder at home due to Covid restrictions. They will have the opportunity to perform virtually.
* New this year. School fees can be paid online safe and securely by visiting our school website. Click on the shopping cart icon found on the right of the screen. You will need to register to get started. If you do not have your students id number, check their computer login sheet which will be sent home the first week of school.
* If you cannot afford these fees, you may request a fee waiver by emailing school administration (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). These will be reviewed by administration and you will be notified once approved.
October Fire Safety Month
October 6 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
October 12 –16 National School Lunch Week
October 12 Fall Pictures (ALL A&B kindergarteners, NO first graders, and Cohort A students in grades 2-5)
October 13 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
October 14 Strategic Planning 7:30 am
October 15 End of Grading Period
October 16 Fall Pictures (NO kindergarteners, ALL A&B First graders, and Cohort B grades 2-5)
October 16 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
October 19 Growth Mindset Parent Workshop via Webex at 7pm
October 22 Report Cards sent home with students (sign & return envelope)
October 23 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
October 26- November 6 NC Check-Ins #1 ( 5th grade Science)
October 26-31 Red Ribbon Week
November 5 Quality Council/ Systems Involvement Team 4:00-5:15 RSC
November 6 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
November 10 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
November 10 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
November 11 Veteran’s Day- NO school for students
November 16-20 American Education Week
November 17 Interim Reports for Elementary Students
November 18 National Education Support Professionals Day (speech, school psychologist, program specialist, occupational and physical therapist, interpreters, etc)
November 20 Substitute Educators Day
November 20 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
November 24 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
November 26-27 Thanksgiving Break- No School
December 1 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
December 4 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
December 8 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
December 9 Strategic Planning 7:30- 8:15 am
December 18 End of Grading Period
December 18 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
December 18 Family Life Class (5th graders with permission slips)
December 21-January 1 Winter Break - No School
December 22 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
January 2021 National Mentoring Month
January 1 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
January 4 Teacher Workday- NO school for students
January 5-19 MOY iReady Math (K-5)
January 5 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
January 5 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
January 11-25 NC Check-Ins # 2 (5th grade Science)
January 11-15 Maintenance Employee Appreciation Week
January 11 Report cards sent home with students
January 13 Strategic Planning 7:30-8:15 am
January 15 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (after school–8:00 pm)
January 18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO school for students
January 26 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00 pm Please leave receipt for donation)
February 1-5 National School Counselor Week
February 2 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
February 4 Quality Council/ Systems Involvement Team 4:00-5:15 RSC
February 5 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
February 9 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
February 10 Strategic Planning 7:30- 8:15 am
February 18 Interim Reports for Elementary Students
February 19 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
February 22-25 Battle of the Books district competition (tentative)
February 23 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
February 27 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament Outer Banks-First Flight (tentative)
March 1-5 Read Across America Week & Book Fair
March 2 Read In Night (tentative)
March 2 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
March 4 OCS Spelling Bee PWE (tentative)
March 5 Read-a-thon Final Day- all payments due by 8:30 am
March 5 Character Day Parade (tentative)
March 5 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
March 7-13 School Social Worker Week
March 9 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
March 10 Strategic Planning 7:30-8:15 am
March 15 End of Grading Period
March 19 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
March 22 Reports cards sent home with students
March 23 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
March 29-April 2 Spring Break- NO school
April 2 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
April 6 Media Specialist Day
April 6 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
April 8 Quality Council/ Systems Involvement Team 4:00-5:15 RSC
April 12-23 NC Check-Ins # 3 (5th grade Science)
April 13 Strategic Planning 7:30-8:15 am
April 16 Spring Fling (tentative)
April 16 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
April 18-24 Public School Volunteer Week
April 19-23 Administrative Professional Week
April 21 Administrative Professional Day
April 21 Chess district tournament grades 2-3 (tentative)
April 22 OCS Global Innovation Showcase (virtual)
April 23 Interim Reports for Elementary Students
April 23 Chess district tournament grades 4-5 (tentative)
April 23 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
April 26- May 7 EOY iReady Math (K-5)
April 26 OCS Multiplication Bee BCE (tentative)
April 30 Global Field Day (tentative)
May 1 School Principals Day
May 3-7 Onslow County Schools Employee Appreciation Week
May 3-7 Onslow County Schools Bus Driver Appreciation Week
May 3-7 Teacher & Teacher Assistant Appreciation Week
May 4 National Teacher Day
May 4 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
May 4 Sweeter Things Ice Cream Shack Spirit Night (afterschool–8:00p)
May 7 School Lunch Hero Day
May 7 Dairy Queen Spirit Night (mention SBES Spirit Night)
May 11 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
May 12 National School Nurse Day
May 13 Papa John’s Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p)
May 17-21 National Educational Boss Week
May 17 EOG Reading Grades 3, 4, 5 Cohort A
May 18 EOG Science Grade 5 Cohort A
May 20 EOG Reading Grades 3, 4, 5 Cohort B
May 21 EOG Science Grade 5 Cohort B
May 24 EOG Math Grades 3, 4, 5 Cohort A
May 25 RTA Grade 3 Cohort A
May 25 Pizza Hut Spirit Night (4:00-8:00p Please leave receipt for donation)
May 27 EOG Math Grades 3, 4, 5 Cohort B
May 28 RTA Grade 3 Cohort B
May 28 Kindergarten Ceremony 9 am, 5th grade ceremony 11 am (tentative)
May 28 Last day of school for students (report cards sent home if all dues paid)
May 31 Memorial Day
June RTA (After reading camp) TBD
June 1 Board of Education Mtg. 6:30 pm RSC
June 1-4 Teacher Workdays
June 4 Swansboro High School Graduation
June 14- 17 OCS Camp Invention