Hawks Happenings

January 2021

A Message from Mrs. Allison

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued support and patience this school year. I know that with each change our district or our school implements, it is difficult for your family. Please know that we are working diligently to partner with you to provide the best educational experience for your child. I hope that we will soon receive some type of reprieve from COVID-19 and we can transition back to a traditional school setting. We miss seeing your child on campus each day.


Here's to a new year - may we all be filled with love, health, patience, and understanding.


Working Together,

Mrs. Allison

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Makeup Pictures that were scheduled for January 5 and January 7 will be rescheduled.

January 5 through January 15 will be synchronous remote learning days for all students, K-12. There will be scheduled virtual instruction throughout the day. Students are expected to follow a full day schedule (times vary slightly between schools). Teachers will be in touch regarding scheduling prior to January 5th. During this time period, Wednesdays will remain asynchronous/independent learning days.

It is the intent of the school board to return to Plan B on Tuesday, January 19 with Group A students reporting to school on that day. Wednesdays will remain asynchronous learning days for all students. Group B students will report Thursday (1/21) and Friday (1/22). January 18 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and there will be no school that day.

Plan B will remain in effect pending any future change directed by the Governor or BCS Board of Education.

Changes to the daily schedule

Due to the hour increase in the school day, our daily schedules are changing in January. I realize that you may have just adjusted to our school schedules but please note that the regular school day is from 7:55 AM until 2:25 PM. These are the hours of instruction that our school counts to satisfy the state requirements for public instruction. In order to get credit for this amount of instruction, our school must provide instruction during this time. (Note our remote schedules are 8:00 until 2:15. This 15-minute difference is due to the reduction of normal transition times within our school building if students were on campus.


Please see each grade level schedule below. It is important that your child attend schedule Zooms and complete assigned work each day.


Please note that Leaders Achieve is a time where your child will receive Literacy instruction based on their individual needs. This is our Intervention Block. Title 1 staff will hold small group reading lessons during this time for students who are HYBRID students. Title 1 staff will hold small group reading lessons for students who are REMOTE students at another time during your child's day. Even though we will all be remote for two weeks in January, we will keep this arrangement so this consistency can continue after we return to Plan B (hopefully on January 19th).


During Leaders Achieve, if your child is not in a Zoom with a staff member working on their reading skills, then they may be given the assignment to work on the Imagine Literacy & Learning (online program), Imagine Reading (online program), or another literacy task targeted to increasing their reading skills. This is an important part of the school day.

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Meals during Remote Learning

Schools will serve curbside meals beginning January 4, Monday-Friday for families to pick up between noon and 1:30 p.m. We encourage you to pre-order these meals through our cafeteria manager, Ashley Mendoza. School nutrition will also provide 7-day meal kits all Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. if picking up meals once a week works better for your schedule.

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Quick virtual parent workshop from our Family Engagement Action Team!

Family Engagement Video January
Dr. Becky Bailey Answers, "What Do I Do If My Child Is Having A Temper Tantrum?"

Changes to Bus Procedures (FYI for when we come back to campus)

Buncombe County Schools has transitioned from our HSSA program (bus health monitor) to a parent attestation program. This means parents will need to perform the wellness check before sending their child to the bus stop.


When we come back to campus for learning under Plan B in January (date to be determined at this point), parents will need to take their child’s temperature and answer “no” to the provided health questions in order to allow their child to ride the bus.


Please know that bus riders, just like car riders, will now receive their wellness check and temperature screening when they arrive at school.


The question’s you’ll need to ask are:

--Have any of the children you are sending to the bus stop had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?

--Since you were last at school, have you or anyone in your household had any of these symptoms?

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New cough

  • New loss of taste or smell

--Since you were last at school, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please do not send your child to school.


Students brought home a paper version of the letters below in November.

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Kelly Starling Lyons - Author Visit coming in March!

https://www.kellystarlinglyons.com/


We are very excited that our Literacy Team and WvES Title 1 Department have chosen Kelly Starling Lyons to be our visiting author in March for our Read Across America celebration!


Kelly Starling Lyons' picture book, Tiara's Hat Parade, has been chosen as the National Education Association's Read Across America's picture book for the month of March! - https://www.readacrossamerica.org/tiaras-hat-parade/.


Our school will focus on two of Lyons' books leading up to Read Across America Week - Tiara's Hat Parade and Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon. Please see the information about these books below.


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Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include CCBC Choices-honored picture book, ONE MILLION MEN AND ME, ELLEN’S BROOM, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection, TEA CAKES FOR TOSH, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, HOPE’S GIFT, an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices selection and ONE MORE DINO ON THE FLOOR, a Scholastic Reading Club pick. Her Jada Jones chapter book series debuted in 2017 with ROCK STAR and CLASS ACT. 2019 brings two more book in her series – JADA JONES: SLEEPOVER SCIENTIST and JADA JONES: DANCING QUEEN and two picture books, DOWN HOME WITH DADDY and SING A SONG. She’s honored to be a contributor to anthologies including WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES and BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. A native of Pittsburgh, Kelly lives in North Carolina. She does author visits, conferences and festivals around the country.

Reminders! Reminders! Reminders!

Reminder about how to sign up for the PowerSchool Parent Portal

Parent Portal (PowerSchool) Instructions

 Go to buncombeschools.org

 On the right side of the page, click on Quick Links

 Click Parent Portal

 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.

Free and Reduced Meal Program! How you can help Weaverville Elementary!

The Leader in Me Habit Leaders at Home

Habit Leaders at Home


We strive to recognize students in a variety of ways. When students demonstrate the Leader in Me habits at home/outside of school, we like to know about it! Please use this form to submit a short story and photos about how your child is living the 7 Habits in his/her life outside of school.


Click here for the Habits at Home Submission Form

Support Weaverville Elementary when you shop!

Sign up your Ingles Advantage Card to support WvES!

Make sure to link your Ingles Advantage Card to Weaverville Elementary! This has to be done EVERY year! Share this link with your family and friends too!


THE NEXT GENERATION OF BOX TOPS IS HERE

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.


Use Amazon Smile and designate your purchases to support Weaverville PTO! https://smile.amazon.com/

The Weaverville Schools PTO is amazing!

The Weaverville Schools PTO will have wonderful things planned to support your child and our community schools this year! If you haven't already 'liked' the Weaverville Schools PTO Facebook page, please do! https://www.facebook.com/WeavervillePTO/

COVID-19 School Dashboard

Starting Thursday, November 5, a new online COVID-19 report will be provided for Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools, as well as any other school in Buncombe County that would like to participate in this project.

Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) is assisting with building the report, and MAHEC School Nurses will provide and update the data in partnership with the school systems.

The COVID-19 reports can be accessed on the Buncombe County Schools Return to Learn page (ReturnToLearn.BuncombeSchools.org), on the Asheville City Schools homepage, and BCHHS will also provide a link to the report and a helpful FAQ on the BuncombeReady.org page.

This dashboard will update weekly at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. It will show staff and student cases together, organized by school location, including Central Offices. The cases reported will only include staff and students who report to a building for work or in-person learning. Staff and students who teach and learn from home will be excluded from this reporting tool.

Only cases from the previous Wednesday through Tuesday will be reflected. As such, COVID-19 confirmed cases that are reported Wednesday will appear on the following week’s dashboard refresh.

If you are identified as a close contact to a case, you will be notified immediately!

The dashboard will begin with new case counts as of Wednesday, November 4. The reporting will combine staff and student numbers and include only this information:

• New Cases (As of) __
• Active Cases (As of) __
• Released From Isolation

To protect the privacy of our staff and students, no names or identifying details will be posted to the dashboard.

As part of this new procedure, schools will communicate directly with families via a phone call to inform them of the staff or student case before it appears on the dashboard.

With cold and flu season merging with the community spread of COVID-19, we anticipate this dashboard will help ease fears and control rumors through the fall and winter as people stay home with traditional seasonal illnesses. Also, we feel that this dashboard balances a need to inform our community with maintaining confidentiality and respecting student and staff privacy.

Note: If there is a cluster (5 or more cases that are epidemiologically linked) in the school setting, the schools will work with BCHHS to notify staff and school communities. School-based clusters are publicly reported by local health departments to NCDHHS and clusters are reported on the NCDHHS dashboard.


https://www.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=7529855

Upcoming Dates

January 4 - No School - Workday for Staff

January 5 - 15 - Remote learning for all students; Wednesdays are asynchronous assignment days

January 8 - Report Cards available on the Parent Portal

January 12 - PTO Meeting via Zoom - 6:30 PM

January 14 - Board of Education Meeting @ 5:30 PM

January 15 - WvES Advisory Council Meeting - 9 AM

January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 28 - School Improvement Team Meeting at 2:45 via Zoom

February 12 - NB District Advisory Council Meeting - Time and Location TBA

February 25 - School Improvement Team Meeting at 2:45 via Zoom

March 3 - Kelly Starling Lyons Author Visit for celebration of Read Across America Week (more info to come!)

March 25 - School Improvement Team Meeting at 2:45 via Zoom

April 5 - 9 - Spring Break!

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