SCES TIGER POST

OCTOBER EDITION

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful start to the 2021-22 school year. It has certainly been an exciting and smooth start to what promises to be a fantastic school year. Although no one can deny that COVID-19 poses a challenge, with your help, the faculty and staff of Sussex Central Elementary will continue to work hard to ensure the safety of our students. We feel confident that our health and safety protocols are strong, consistent, and working well.


With our health measures in place, Sussex Central Elementary School has been able to remain a busy and exciting place. While some normalcy has returned, so has state testing. This year we will be administering several assessments including PALS, VKRP, Student Growth Assessments, and division-wide assessments.


Parents are reminded that the school opens at 8:00 a.m. and the school day ends at 3:00 p.m., with pickup immediately after. We know that traffic continues to be challenging, but we are always working on ways to make it better. I will need your help in ensuring that our students do not miss any of their instructional time. We realize we have gaps in learning and we are working hard to provide instruction each day. Keeping this in mind, communication is essential and we strive to connect to our students, parents, families, and community each day. We will continue reaching out to you with robocalls, instant alerts, Class Dojo, and the School Info app. We also encourage you to follow our social pages including Facebook, Twitter, and the division website.


As always, we wish to express our appreciation toward our entire school community. We are also here to answer any questions that you may have and to support you with resources so that your child will be successful this school year. I thank you and may you have a safe, healthy, and happy fall season!


Sincerely,


Denise Webb, Principal

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences are available via Zoom. Dates to be announced. As always, please, contact your child’s teacher or the school office if you have any questions or concerns. Parent-teacher conferences are just one of the opportunities to talk about progress. Parents are welcome and encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher(s) at any time during the school year. It is through our collaborative efforts that our students achieve success.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

COMMUNICATE, LEARN, PARTICIPATE, AND STAY SAFE

*Maintain social distancing

*Wear your mask

*Respect your teacher(s) and peers

*Be on your best behavior

*If you encounter a problem, tell your teacher or an adult

* Do your best and complete your classwork and homework


Powerschool

*Grades are visible to parents and students in Powerschool

*Login information has been sent home

*If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the school

BUS SAFETY

Students were taught bus expectations last week. If your child rides the bus, please review the following expectations with your child each day. Thank you for your help.


SAFETY FIRST on the bus:

*Please stay in your seat and keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

*Stay seated the entire bus ride

*Have your mask on before boarding the bus, and keep the mask on until you get home

*Please listen to your bus driver and bus monitor and be kind to your peers on the bus

CHOIR INTEREST MEETING

If your child is interested in singing in the school's choir, an interest meeting will be held with the school's music teacher, Ms. Newman. The meeting will be via Zoom on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The time will be forthcoming.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM

We will start serving fruits and vegetables in October to our students as part of a grant.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Students continue to receive breakfast and lunch in their classrooms
  • It is not a requirement for students to wear masks during outdoor recess, but students still maintain social distancing
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October 4th - VKRP Assessment Period Begins (Fall)

October 13th - Interim Reports to Parents

October 14th - School Board Meeting 7:00 pm - Sussex County Admin. Office Board Meeting Room

October 18th - PALS Window Opens (Fall)

October 18th - 22nd - Grandparents’ Appreciation Week

October 19th - Fall Picture Day

October 23rd - 31st - Red Ribbon Week

October 28th - Fall Festival - Drive-Thru; Time: TBD

October 29th - PALS Data Period Ends (Fall Opens)

COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The safety of our students and staff are our top priority. To answer some Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 mitigations and public schools, please click on the link above and read the latest from the Virginia Department of Education.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD - DIRECTIONS AND INFORMATION

Our district has a COVID-19 Dashboard which can be accessed through the Sussex County Public School website. Select 'Quick Links and SCPS COVID-19 Reporting Process for Employees & Contact Tracing.' Then select 'Contact Tracing Documentation.' This dashboard is updated daily with a count of any positive COVID-19 cases that have been identified in our school buildings. The totals account for both students and staff. Please note that contact tracing remains in full effect. Close contacts to any positive COVID-19 case will continue to receive notification from our nursing staff, regardless of their vaccination status. In addition, students who are absent due to COVID-19 or quarantine will continue to receive instruction. You may also click on the link directly below to be taken directly to the dashboard.

CLASS DOJO

Parents/Guardians,


If you haven't already done so, please communicate with your child's teacher to download the Class Dojo app. The teacher will provide the necessary information that will walk you through the process.