Hawks Happenings

August 2021

Welcome to Weaverville Elementary!

Welcome to our 2nd grade students and our newly enrolled students and families! Welcome back to all other students and families! We have another unique school year ahead of us this year! In order to have a successful school year for your child, we must be a team and focus on strong communication, collaboration and care for one another.

The Hawks Happenings newsletter is a monthly publication that is sent out electronically to the email addresses that we have on file in PowerSchool. We will also post the newsletter on our school's Facebook page and on our school website under the Administration tab. It is very important that our families keep us up to date with any changes in your contact information so you can have access to the latest news. We want our families informed and connected!

How do we stay up to date with school news?

Please review the information below. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Heidi.Allison@bcsemail.org or by calling the school. Let's have a great school year!

Working Together,

Heidi Allison

News from BCS Communications (reshare of email sent out on 8.5.21)

Hello, BCS Staff and Families:

We have some important updates to share with you regarding the 2021-22 school year.

First, we want to clarify that we will begin the school year with in-person learning, 5 days a week. The first day for students is August 23. At this time, we will not offer synchronous remote learning (“Plan C”) as we did last school year. However, the BCS Virtual Academy could be a good fit for your family. More information about this opportunity can be found at virtual.buncombeschools.org.

Masks and Face Coverings Indoors

During the August 5th special-called board meeting, our school board members voted that masks for staff and students will be required in grades K-13. Students and staff may opt-out of mask-wearing if they volunteer to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. The board has also asked school administrators to recommend metrics that would be used to consider making masks optional as the health situation in our area changes. Additionally, coaches and participants in indoor sports must wear masks in practice but would have the option to lower them during intense practice activities and while participating in athletic contests.

Face Coverings on buses and other school transportation will be required as this is a federal mandate. Our bus routes will run on a more normal schedule with buses able to operate at full capacity.

  • Face Coverings outside will be optional.

We will continue to coordinate with Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) for contact tracing and case investigation. This process will look different this year. Specifically, if there is a COVID positive case identified in a student, if both the infectious student and their close student contacts were wearing their masks correctly throughout the day, the close student contact may not have to quarantine (this will be determined on a case-by-case basis). Additionally, a student or staff who volunteers to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status when named a close contact may not have to quarantine.

Other safety measures:

  • We have improved our air ventilation procedures in our schools and upgraded all of our air filters.
  • Classrooms and high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • We will work to ensure as much physical distancing as possible throughout our buildings. Specifically, in common areas such as the cafeteria, there will be staggered seating where possible. Other areas in the building and outside will also be utilized for meals. Also, a reminder that breakfast and lunch will be FREE for all students for this upcoming school year.
  • Students and staff will continue to practice healthy handwashing and hand-sanitizing habits throughout the day.
  • While there won’t be required health screenings for staff and students to enter the building, we continue to ask parents to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 and if they feel ill, they should stay home.
  • BCS will continue to work with BCHHS in encouraging vaccinations among our students and staff who are ages 12 and up. Visit buncombeready.org for more information.
  • There are other safety measures that will be in-place in our schools. You’ll be able to find out more at upcoming back-to-school orientation events.***

In closing, we are looking forward to a brand new school year, face-to-face. We will be focused on learning and addressing any educational challenges our students may have faced due to COVID-19 disruptions. The pandemic has shown us that change is the only constant we’ve faced. We will continue to monitor the health situation in our schools and across our county and make any safety modifications necessary to ensure we can maintain a healthy, in-person learning environment.

Have a wonderful weekend.

BCS Communications

***Some of these 'other safety measures' include:

  • Air will run two hours before school starts and two hours after school ends
  • PE equipment and other items commonly used in classrooms and outside playground equipment will be cleaned at the end of the day.
  • The number of students allowed in the restroom at one time will be limited.
  • Students will be given hand sanitizer as they enter the school.
  • Water fountains are available for use.
  • Handwashing will be taught and encouraged throughout the day.

Weaverville Schools Bus Rider Form 2021-2022

If you plan for your child to ride the bus this year, please complete this survey. Thank you in advance to those who have already completed this.


Morning drop-off

The WvES campus will open at 7:15 for morning arrival. No students may be dropped off prior to 7:15 AM. Students will wait either in the cafeteria or Media Center until 7:30 AM.

At 7:30 AM, students will be dismissed to get breakfast and walk to their classrooms. All students should be in their classrooms and ready to learn by 7:55 AM.

Not getting the phone calls or the emails from the school?

You have control over how you are notified using 'Custom Notifications':

Parents have the power to set their contact permissions through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. It is important that you set up an account so you can keep your contact information up to date and you can see your child's grades. https://buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=6110796

Need to set up a Parent Portal account before you set your Custom Notifications? See below!

Parent Portal (PowerSchool) Instructions

 Follow this link: https://www.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=6109261

 Create Account

 Enter Your First Name

 Enter Your Last Name

 Enter Your Email

 Create your Username (your choice)

 Create your Password (your choice)

 Re-enter your Password

Next section: “Link Students to account”. Enter Student First

and Last Name

 Enter Student Access ID This is your student’s 10 digit

number followed by a capital Z. If your student does not

know this number, it can be found at the top of a report

card. This is also your child's lunch number.

 Enter Student Access Password This is your student’s

birthdate, example 4/1/2000 would be 412000

 Enter Your relationship to student

 Press Enter at the bottom of the page

Your account is now set up and active. From this point forward, when

you choose to log in you will use the username and password you chose.

Parent Portal is accessed through the BCS or Weaverville Elementary

home page or you may download the PowerSchool app on your mobile

device. This looks like a light blue P inside a dark blue box. Accounts

must be set up via desktop or laptop initially, but once set up, you may

access via phone or tablet with the app.

How will I find out my child's class placement?

Class lists will be posted outside the main office using student ID numbers on Wednesday, August 18th by 3 PM. You may drive by at your convenience to find your child's placement. If you do not wish to do this, then we will help you at Meet Your Teacher.
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How do I access the school campus? How will car riders work?

Please remember that all school traffic should use Yost Street which is off Merrimon Avenue when dropping off students and picking up students as car riders. In the morning, cars must use Yost Street to enter our car rider line and when exiting the car rider line.

All parents of car riders MUST use the car rider line to pick up their child(ren) in the afternoon.

A few WvES families live next door to the school and they are considered 'walkers'. Parents of 'walkers' may come to the top of the stairs near the staff/visitor parking lot or the side of the school near the cafeteria doors to wait for their child to be called. Please do NOT come to the gym door due to physical distancing guidelines. If you do not live next to the school and walk to campus to pick up your child, this does not apply to you so you must use the car rider line.

2021-2022 WvES Advisory Council Members

Advisory Councils serve schools in an advisory capacity and act as a liaison between the Board of Education and the citizenry. Thank you to these parents and staff members who are willing to serve in this capacity!

Bob Lenell - PTO President

Kelly Carroll - Parent Representative

Robin Newcomb - Parent Representative

Kristin Wooton - Parent Representative

Carol Crayton - Teacher Representative

Weaverville Schools PTO

Hello! We want to take this chance to welcome you to our school. We hope that you, and your children, enjoy your time at Weaverville Elementary and/or Weaverville Primary School. These are two wonderful schools, with great students, great teachers, and great parents. We hope you will want to join us in keeping that tradition going.

Organization Mission: To promote the welfare of children and youth in Weaverville Elementary School (WES) and Weaverville Primary School (WPS) and the community by assisting in the education of our children, raising funds for the enhancement of the school budgets, and cooperating with other non-profit organizations and agencies with similar goals and objectives.

Please follow this link to visit the Weaverville Schools PTO website- Weavervillencpto.com

As we prepare to start another school year it means it's time to link your Ingles Advantage Card to Weaverville Elementary School. This must be done each year to ensure the benefits from your card will support our school! Ingles Tools for Schools makes a huge difference in our school. Thanks for your support.


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A note from Brian Muys, Vice-Chair of the Weaverville Center for Creative and Healthy Living

I'm the Board Vice-Chair of the Weaverville Center for Creative and Healthy Living, a new not-for-profit educational organization established last February and charged to develop programming for Weaverville citizens pertaining to health, education, welfare, and recreation. You're likely aware of the pending grand opening of the new Weaverville Community Center, where we'll be in attendance and subsequently facilitating a number of exciting new activities.

Please attend one of our four upcoming scheduled “Community Center Activity Recommendations” meetings, where you can directly share your interests and concerns. We also need your help in spreading the word to your family, friends, and neighbors. Dates/ times are as follows, all at Town Hall 30 S. Main St. unless otherwise noted:

  • Tuesday, August 17, Noon

  • Thursday, August 19, 6:30 PM

  • Tuesday, August 24, 3:00 PM

  • Thursday, August 26, at 6:30 PM (via Zoom - meeting details to be posted on Town Newsletter)

Our Board has been working diligently to engage Weaverville townsfolk to volunteer to lead a diverse set of activities for the first three months of programming. The responses we have received from those who are reaching out to lend us a hand as an instructor, coach, musician, storyteller, and more has been incredible – with no pay nor promise of future remuneration.

We have 80% of the instructors/ coaches/ leaders that we need to fill the programming slots, beginning on Monday, September 13th and running through the end of 2021. We hope to see you there, and please also be sure to visit, like and follow our own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCCHL!

Upcoming Events

  • August 20 DTWD - Meet Your Teacher 8:00 - 9:30
  • August 23 1st Day of School for Students
  • August 24 Fire Drill at 9 AM
  • August 27 Perimeter and Full Lockdown Drill at 9 AM
  • August 30 - September 20 mClass Assessment Window
  • September 2 Health Fair
  • September 6 Labor Day - No School
  • September 9 BOG Test for Third Grade students - will be given in an online format
  • September 16 9:00 WvES Advisory Council Meeting
  • September 20 Fall Pictures
  • September 22 2 hour Early Dismissal Day
  • September 23 Midterm Reports Go Home
  • October 4 Optional Teacher Workday - No School for students
  • October 11 PTO Blackhawks Fun Run Kickoff - more info to come!
  • October 14 2 hour Early Dismissal Day
  • October 19 PTO Blackhawks Fun Run!!!
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