Hawks Happenings

October 2020

Midterm reports were sent out today. Please review these with your child. Don't forget that you can view your child's grades on the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

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The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a great way to stay up to date on your child's performance. You are encouraged to sign up for the Parent Portal so you can access all of your child's information including class placement and grades. You may follow this link to sign up for the PowerSchool Parent Portal https://www.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=6109261. A 'cheat sheet' of steps is also listed below.


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.

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2020-2021 Yearbook Cover Contest - Deadline EXTENDED!!

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Student Lighthouse Team

Is your child interested in running for our Student Lighthouse Team? Here is the form for your child to complete to share interest in this leadership opportunity: https://forms.gle/7jymH7FfcKcmfHLi7


All students are eligible - both remote only and hybrid students.


On November 2nd, students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades will have a chance to vote for 3 students from their grade level to represent them on the Student Lighthouse Team. This team will meet with Mrs. Allison and be involved in the decision-making process of running our school!

Reminders that we need updated information! These links have been shared previously so you may have already completed this.

  • Student Health History that you update each year - this was sent to you via message from BCS Schools - Click HERE if you missed it!
  • WvES Updated Contact Information Sheet - this was sent to you via a newsletter - Click HERE if you missed it!

October 5th is a Remote Learning Day for ALL students and a Teacher Workday. Students will have assignments to complete while off-campus. No students report to the school campus on this day.

Important Information for Remote Only Students!

With the changes occurring next week, with our Hybrid students (Group A and Group B), your child will have a few minor changes as well.

  • Fourth grade afternoon Zoom times will be at 1:15 PM instead of 1:00. This ONLY applies to Lanning and PJ Wilson's classes.
  • Wednesdays will be an asynchronous remote day for ALL students. Students will have work to do on Wednesdays. These assignments will be tasks that help keep student skills sharp but should not require a lot of adult assistance.
  • On Wednesdays, 2nd grade students will have ONE Zoom at 8:45. This is for attendance purposes and a check in with the teacher.
  • On Wednesdays, 3rd grade students will have ONE Zoom at 8:15. This is for attendance purposes and a check in with the teacher.
  • On Wednesdays, 4th grade students will have a Google Form to complete for attendance purposes and to provide feedback to the classroom teacher.

Teachers will be available to answer questions by email on Wednesdays.

Welcome back to our Hybrid students!

As our remote only students continue with virtual learning, our hybrid remote learners prepare to return to the building next week (9/28 – 10/2) under Plan B. Those in group A will attend face to face each Monday and Tuesday; students in group B will attend face to face on Thursdays and Fridays. Each Wednesday will be a remote learning day for hybrid students. Schools will operate under Plan B until the Board of Education and/or the governor announce any changes.


It feels like we are gearing up for the first day of school all over again with some of our students coming back on campus next week. This newsletter provides many reminders that were previously shared as we prepared for onboarding week back in August. I hope this information is helpful to you!

Back to School Lunch Information

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Students will eat lunch in the classroom. If they do not bring lunch from home, then a school lunch will be delivered to the classroom for them. Students have the option to pack their lunch or eat school lunch.


You are encouraged again to apply for Free or Reduced lunch. Not only does this help your family save money, it helps our school in many ways as well! Here is the link to the application:

https://www.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=253029

If you need help completing this application, we have staff members who are happy to help and will keep your information confidential. Please contact the school at (828) 645-3127 and ask for Mrs. Benfield or you can call our cafeteria manager, Ashley Mendoza at (828) 645-6105. La Sra. Mendoza habla español.

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

Reminders for: Hybrid Only Learners

Reminders for: Hybrid Only Learners
(Remote only learners, this section is not applicable to you)

These reminders pertain to Plan B only. Our school board has voted to be in Plan B for the time being as of the board meeting on September 10th. If any plans change moving forward, the school system will let you know. For now we are in Plan B as a Buncombe County School System with a hybrid schedule of Group A Students coming to school Monday/Tuesday every week and Group B Students coming to school Thursday/Friday every week with Wednesday being a asynchronous remote only day for all Hybrid learners.

  • Group A students: will return to school on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday September 29th. They only attend school in person Monday/Tuesday. On Thursday and Friday, these students will have a class Zoom at 1:45 to check in with their classroom teacher.
  • Group B students: will return to school on Thursday, October 1st and Friday October 2nd. They only attend school on Thursday/Fridays. On Monday and Tuesday, these students will have a class Zoom at 1:45 to check in with their classroom teacher.
  • Students must physically be at school on their assigned days to be counted 'present'. If your child misses school on their assigned days, then they cannot come on the other days to 'make up their absence'.


Wednesdays will be an asynchronous remote day for ALL students. Students will have work to do on Wednesdays. These assignments will be tasks that help keep student skills sharp but should not require a lot of adult assistance.
  • On Wednesdays, 2nd grade students will have ONE Zoom at 8:45. This is for attendance purposes and a check in with the teacher.
  • On Wednesdays, 3rd grade students will have ONE Zoom at 8:15. This is for attendance purposes and a check in with the teacher.
  • On Wednesdays, 4th grade students will have a Google Form to complete for attendance purposes and to provide feedback to the classroom teacher.
  • Teachers will be available to answer questions by email on Wednesdays.


Drop off starts at 7:30 AM. All students are eligible to have a free breakfast that they will eat in their classrooms.


  • How will my child get to school?
    • Bus riders: All bus riders will have their temperatures checked prior to getting on the bus. Parents should be with their student at the bus stop and temperatures and COVID screenings will be done before the child gets on the bus. If the child has a temperature or is displaying symptoms, the child will not be allowed to get on the bus to attend school.
    • How do I know which bus my child rides and what time? Your students’ teacher will contact you about finalized bus times and bus number by the end of this week and a document with times was emailed to you. If you do not hear from your child’s teacher please feel free to call the main office.
    • Car Line: Students that will be Car Riders will go through the car line. Prior to students getting out of the car, our staff will be taking students' temperatures and doing a COVID screening. Please have students stay in the car until a staff member checks them. If the child has a temperature or is displaying symptoms, the child will not be allowed to come to school. Please remember to turn down the heat in your car before coming on campus so your child's temperature can be accurate.


What should my student bring to school?
  • CHARGED iPad or Laptop and notebooks need to be in backpack when students come to school. The device will be sent home each night for charging.
  • Headphones will be used daily (if you need a pair headphones let your child’s teacher know)
  • Student folders (Kids First Folders) will be in backpack daily. Check folders for notes from school. Notes to us should be placed in these folders.
  • Pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, etc that were listed on your child's school supply list. We do not need any of the optional materials sent in. These items will be sent back home each night. Here is where you can find the school supplies if needed: https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/46980-weaverville-elementary. We do NOT expect you to go out and buy supplies this weekend if you don't already have the supplies at home.
  • Washed water bottles should be sent daily. They MUST be in outside pocket of backpacks sitting upright not laying down. We want to avoid mishaps with the devices. If your child needs a backpack, please let us know. Water bottles may be filled up at school. Water fountains may not be used for drinking at this time.
  • MASKS: Students are required to wear masks daily at school. *It might be a good idea to put an extra mask in their backpack in case their original one gets dirty. Please let your child's teacher know if your child needs a mask.
  • Lunch: students are welcome to pack their lunches, pay for lunches in the cafeteria, OR be provided with a free/reduced lunch meals. Free and Reduced Lunch Application
  • During Plan B, our scheduled school day will be modified. Our School day will be 8:00 AM-1:25 PM.
  • Students will go outside for a 30 minute recess (weather permitting). Classes will have designated play areas. Students will continue to wear masks outside UNLESS they are participating in vigorous exercise. Playground equipment may not be shared but your child is welcome to bring in a jump rope or ball for self-play.
  • Students will travel to the specialists classrooms for lessons with the exception of STEM class - it will be in the homeroom classroom.

If you child takes medication at school or has rescue inhalers, then you will need to bring that medication back to school and check it in at the main office. Thank you!

Please help us all stay healthy!

If your child been around anyone who is suspected to have COVID, has ANY symptoms that are among the many COVID symptoms or isn’t feeling well PLEASE keep them at home. We have strict protocols that we must follow. If you send your child with symptoms (whether it is COVID or not) we will have to call and ask you to come and get your student. We are aware that children get sick with many different things, especially in the fall/winter/beginning of school. Sickness is expected, but this year as we face new challenges, we have more precautions and safety measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone. Please see the screening questions we will ask each day in the image below.
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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.


Due to COVID restrictions, parents are not permitted to walk their child to their classroom but you may walk your child to the top of the parking lot stairs to say goodbyes. Please make sure that a staff member who is on car duty completes the health screening for your child if you choose not to go through the car rider line. All students must complete the health screening PRIOR to exiting their vehicle when in the car rider line.


Your patience is appreciated as our drop off and pick up line will be longer than normal due to new requirements. In addition to the health screening in the morning, students will remain in their classrooms until they are called for car riders in the afternoon. This new procedure will help our limit students mingling with students from other classrooms but it will also take longer than normal. All parents MUST use the car rider line to pick up car riders 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.


As a reminder under Plan B school will dismiss at 1:25 PM. Afternoon car riders should be picked up promptly as teachers will have to check in with their off-campus learners at 1:45.

Need to visit the main office?

At Weaverville Elementary we pride ourselves on our partnership with parents and we understand that you may need to visit our front office. When you come to the front door, please ring the bell as normal. Once we grant permission to enter, then you will be required to wear a mask and have a temperature check. You will need to complete a visitor sign-in log before you step into the main office.

Available Resources and Support

We know that this time is challenging for many families and we want to provide any resources we can for your family. One of the resources we offer through school is a weekly Back Pack program through Grace Point Church. This program is where we will send food home with your child for the weekend, if your family would benefit from this service, then please feel free to contact Mrs. Jayme Benfield at WvES. Attached are community resources that you can call to be connected to help for food, mental health services, and transportation assistance. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to call Weaverville Elementary School and let us help you get connected to Buncombe County's many resources.


Need anything else? Please reach out!

Weaverville Elementary Counselors and Support Staff: 828-645-3127


AnnMarie McBride - School Social Worker

annmarie.mcbride@bcsemail.org



Jayme Benfield - School Counselor

jayme.benfield@bcsemail.org



Please don’t hesitate to call us at school if you need assistance or have questions.


Local Resource List

FALL - P-EPT cards are going to be issued based on new criteria. DHHS held holding a press release around noon today. If you receive any questions please have your families call 1-866 -719-0141. Please share this number with your school secretaries, data managers and all related staff.


DHHS is the agency responsible for Fall - PEBT allocation and Q and A's.

We will have a perimeter and full lockdown drill for our Hybrid students before October 9th.

Information about our safety drills

We will practice our Perimeter and Full Lockdown Drill soon. On the morning of our drill, you will see additional police presence at our school. This is a scheduled drill. Our teachers strive to make students feel comfortable during this time by explaining that we may have an unwanted guest in our building such as a bear or mean animal which requires us to lock our doors and hide. If you choose to discuss a different and more realistic scenario with your child, please be aware that some students may not have that same knowledge. In order to respect the parenting decisions of all parents, we allow our parents to decide how much information they want to share with their children.


We will practice the perimeter lockdown, full lockdown and fire drills on both A days and B days.

Upcoming Dates

9/28: First Day Back to School for Hybrid Learners
10/1: Buncombe County Schools Board Meeting

10/5: Remote Learning Day and Optional Teacher Workday
10/6: PTO Meeting via Zoom at 6:30 PM. A link will be shared via email.

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