Principal's Weekly Update

Volume 2 Issue 19 : December 6, 2020

Message from Mrs. Aulmer

I hope everyone had a great week back from break last week. I can't believe how fast it went for me. Also, I can't believe we only have 9 1/2 days left in this marking period and another break is in our near future. Please begin to have your scholars check their gradebooks in each class, in Schoology, and any assignments that are missing or have a grade of a "1" need to be completed by December 16th. Teachers will be working to ensure all grades are updated and they will be finalizing all grades for the second marking period prior to the Winter Break on December 18th. If you have any questions or concerns about the gradebooks or assignments, please reach out to the teacher as soon as possible.

This is a reminder for all 4th and 5th graders, you will be taking your MAP tests this week. We will begin on Tuesday and complete the tests on Thursday. Make-up sessions will be held later on and communicated by Ms. Williams and your teachers. Please make sure you take your time on each question.

All Kindergarten through third grade will take their MAP tests when we return from Winter Break. The dates for the tests are below in the "What's Happening at QCSS" section of the newsletter.

Our SmartLab installation was completed last week. It looks amazing and I am excited to see our students in this class and the opportunities they will have to experience so much STEM related curriculum. We will give a virtual walkthrough of the room during our Dine with the Dean's Facebook Live event on Wednesday at 12 pm. Please join us!

If your contact information has changed, please reach out to our main office to update the information. This could be your address, phone numbers, or emails. Without this information it is hard for us to stay in contact with you. You can call 980-299-6633 or you can email Ms. Seeley

I would like to request your help with ZOOM session etiquette. We know that attending school from home is not the easiest, however, we are asking that students have a quiet place set up in the house to attend their sessions. While in the sessions we are asking that students are dressed appropriately and are attentive to the teacher. We appreciate your help with this.

I ask that you follow the FAQ section below when you need to reach out to someone. Please make sure you are contacting the correct support person. This will help your questions and concerns get addressed quickly.

Thank you for your continued partnership with QCSS as we work to make this a successful year for all of our scholars! I hope everyone is continues to stay safe and healthy.

Support QCSS

Dear QCSS Community,

Are you looking for a way to earn money for our school without the time commitment of a traditional fundraiser? There are many ways to support QCSS. We have put together a list for you.


It’s easy to support us through Shutterfly. We’ve created an online storefront where you can shop the extensive Shutterfly collection of photo books, gifts, premium stationery, keepsakes, home décor, and so much more. For every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to our organization.

Visit our Queen City STEM School Shutterfly Storefront today and purchase thoughtful gifts and keepsakes for friends, family, and especially yourself.

Amazon Smile:

Do you know you can support QCSS when you shop on Amazon? Click on and choose your charity organization as Charlotte Education Foundation, the parent organization for our school, and start supporting QCSS today!

QCSS will earn 0.5% on every purchase you made!

Harris Teeter:

When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are no limits to how much a school can earn.

Link your Harris Teeter grocery store card to Queen City STEM School and start support QCSS today!

For more info, visit Harris Teeter Together in Education.

Box Tops for Education:

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy.

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.

Please download the Box Tops for Education App from your App store, sign up, connect with QCSS and begin earning money for the school.

Easiest of All: No-Fuss Fundraiser

Queen City STEM School would love to make fundraising easy and painless for you. Here is no-fuss fundraiser. You have nothing to sell, nothing to buy, and nothing to volunteer for. You simply send in a donation. No gift is too large or too small. Even better, every cent of your contribution stays at Queen City STEM School!

Make a no-fuss donation today!

Thank you all for your continued support for QCSS!

Queen City STEM School
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School Counseling Schoology Groups

Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Bagley, has created Schoology groups for our students to help students receive resources during virtual learning. The groups include Social and Emotional Learning activities, character education lessons, and much more!

If your scholar is interested in joining the groups, please have them use the access codes below to join.

The group access codes:

K-2 School Counseling Group: 3K54-K6KH-X746P

3-5 School Counseling Group: NQGT-WNHG-NVVX7

Flu Season

Flu season is among us and our nurse aide, Ms. Grindstaff, would like to share some important information with you on the similarities and differences with the flu and COVID-19. Please click this link for information.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

  • Visit your regular health care provider.

  • Public Health offers flu shots by appointment.

  • Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216 | Map
    • Call 704-336-6500 for an appointment or for information on high dose vaccines and FluMist nasal spray.

  • Drive-thru Clinics
  • Flu Fighter Friday, Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 | Map
    • December 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • December 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Sleeve Up Saturday
    • December 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., (location TBA)

      There is NO out-of-pocket cost for drive-thru clinics. Insurance is not required; if you have insurance, bring your card. Standard dose flu shots only are available at drive-thru clinics.

Shout Out a Staff Member


If you have a teacher or staff member that you would like to "Shout Out" or "Brag" on, please go to the the link below and give them a shout out. The little words do go a long way! Thanks.

Rooted in Reading Wish List

Rooted in Reading is a reading program that supplements the curriculum we already have in place. Rooted in Reading focuses on one read aloud each week so that students can deepen their understanding, focus on the structure of the story, and use the different reading strategies and skills that we match with the story. Rooted in Reading is based on a READ ALOUD where the teacher is reading to the students. The teacher models fluency, expression, thinking out loud, and understanding a text. This ensures that the students take all of those best practices and put them into place when they are reading independently. There are multiple stories that go with this series and our teachers have created a wish list for any parents who would like to donate a book to their scholar's classroom teacher. Please help out if you can.

Kindergarten Wish List

First Grade Wish List

Second Grade Wish List

What's Happening at QCSS?

Monday, December 7th: Character Ed. Read Aloud @ 8 am

Tuesday, December 8th - Thursday, December 10th: 4th/5th Grade MAP Test

Wednesday, December 9th: Dine with the Deans on Facebook Live at 12 pm.

Friday, December 18th: End of the First Semester; Half Day for Students

Monday, January 4th: Character Ed Read Aloud 8 am via ZOOM @ 8 am

Tuesday, January 5th: First day back from Winter Break for students

Wednesday, January 6th: Dine with the Deans on Facebook live at 12 pm

Tuesday, January 12th: K- 3rd MAP Test on ELA

Wednesday, January 13th: K-3rd MAP Test on Math

Thursday, January 14th: K-3rd MAP Test on Reading Fluency

Friday, January 15th: 3rd Grade MAP Test on Science

Monday, January 18th: NO SCHOOL for students

Remote Instruction Schedules

Please follow the schedule below for your scholar's grade level. Students' daily schedules will be from 9 am until 2 pm. There will be a time for students to complete assignments for their specials areas teachers, a lunch break, and time for homework/physical activity/ and or one-on-one time with their teacher(s).

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

1) What are the phone numbers for the campuses?

Elementary Campus: 980-299-6633

Secondary Campus: 980-321-7744

2) Who do I contact if I need my Powerschool login information and/or to update my contact information?

Ms. Williams –

3) Who do I contact if I need my student google login information?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator-

4) I need a chromebook, who do I contact?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator-

5) My chromebook isn’t working/battery is low, what do I do?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator-

6) I’d like to talk with a school counselor. Who can I reach out to?

Ms. Bagley:

7) Are there any resources for parents to help with remote learning?

8) My scholar has an IEP who can I speak with?

Ms. Robinson:

9) My scholar has a 504, who can I speak with?

Ms. Bagley:

10) Can we use a tablet for virtual instruction?

As long as you are able to access ZOOM, Schoology, and any other platform the teacher will be using.

11) Will speech therapy or occupational therapy be remote as well?

Yes, the service provider for speech and OT will be reaching out to families soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Robinson.

12) Will tutoring be offered?

Yes, please reach out to your scholar(s) teacher(s) to discuss options

13) How does my scholar access Schoology?

You must use the following website:

-If you received a chromebook from the school, your scholar will be logged in when they enter the website above.

-If you are using a personal device, then you will need to make sure you are logged in with your QCSS Google information.

-Codes are not needed to access classes in Schoology. All class schedules are pulled from PowerSchool.

Video to show you how to login.

14) When I log in to Powerschool I see my student's grades from last year, how do I see this year's grades?

If you are using the app you may need to log out completely and sign back in to refresh the data.

15) My scholar attends the secondary campus who is the principal?

Mr. Alkan is the principal for the secondary school. You can reach him at

16) My elementary scholar has four (4) special area classes assigned to them. How do I know what class to tell them to attend daily?

This is up to you and your child. The scholar must complete one (1) assignment per class each week. We suggest that you make a schedule together and stick to that schedule. An example is: Monday- music, Tuesday- Art, Wednesday- PE, Thursday- STEM Class.

Remember that your first point of contact should be your scholar's teacher(s). If you have questions about navigating platforms, assignments, or grades, please reach out to the teacher via email. Also, please utilize the school's website for distance learning information.

Board Meetings

Board meetings will be held on the following dates and times. These will be virtual meetings and links will be communicated closer to the date of the meeting.

-Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

-Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

-Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

-Thursday, April 1, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

-Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

-Thursday, June 3, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Box Tops for Education


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.

Please download the Box Tops for Education App from your App store, sign up, connect with QCSS and begin earning money for the school.

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