Panda Family News

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May 18, 2020

We are working to coordinate end of the year pick up plans for any materials left in the classrooms and yearbooks. If you are interested in purchasing your #PES1920 Yearbook please reach out to Mrs. Easterling, we have about 30 left.

We are planning a schoolwide virtual meeting for Thursday, June 4th @ 6:30PM. We are also beginning to plan end of the year celebrations for our 4th graders finishing all of their #PAWSome work in Pandaville. More details to come on both of these events.

Wishing you well #PandaFamily,

Miss Fisher

**All things #VirtualPanda and #CCSAtHome can be found on our PES At Home Website**

Things to Check Out

  • #VirtualPanda - Virtual Talent Show Friday, 5/22 @ 10:30
  • #WeCelebrate PES Young Authors
  • Guidance Lessons with Mr. Dobbin
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Applications & P-EBT
  • State Board Approved Year End Grading Letter
  • Feeding Site Updates
  • PreK and Kindergarten Registration

#VirtualPanda - Virtual Talent Show is THIS FRIDAY, 5/22 @ 10:30

Mr. Dobbin, Mrs. Easterling and Mrs. Jeremiah are hosting a live Virtual Talent Show via Zoom on Friday, May 22nd at 10:30. Priority will be given first to students who have already posted on the Flipgrid. Flipgrid posts will be shown first. If there is time for live performances we will try to make that work.

Please make sure that any acts that are posted are school appropriate.

Flipgrid Post:

Thank you!

The Virtual Talent Show Team

#WeCelebrate PES Young Authors

#WeCelebrate all our PES writers who created stories for the Young Authors Program this year. This voluntary writing program is in it's 32nd year in Chatham County schools and is open to all students in grades k-8. Enjoy this gallery of Book Covers and Author photos. Please note our first three students, Gabriel Delgado, Ellis Good and Alyssa Burke, whose books represent our school at the district level this year. All books are being treasured by Mrs. Jeremiah in our school library. Children can pick them up in the fall, otherwise we'll continue to keep them on display in the library.

*****Check out our #PAWSome Authors here!!!*****

Weekly Guidance Lessons with Mr. Dobbin

Check out Mr. Dobbin's weekly Guidance Lessons here.

Available Lessons

Week 1: Positive Self Talk

Week 2: Deep Breathing

Week 3: Gratitude

Week 4: Practice Empathy

Week 5: Laughter

Week 6: Exercise

Week 7: Talents

You can also access our PES Student Services Website for any other Social Emotional Learning needs or resources.

Student Services Team Referral Form

Mr. Dobbin and Mrs. Rowe are happy to chat with students about any anxieties they may be feeling, grief they may have experienced recently, or any other issue that is affecting their social/emotional health. If you would like to set up a time for Mrs. Rowe or Mr. Dobbin to chat with your student you can either fill out this google form: Student Services Team Referral Form, or email them directly at or

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Chatham County Families May Apply & Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

Those of us in School Nutrition Services of Chatham County Schools would like to share with our community that families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the COVID-19 pandemic and as it subsides. The additional resources provided through the approval process for free or reduced-price meals may be of benefit for families until respective household members return to work and become reestablished after these difficult times.

This information is to provide you with avenues and steps to prepare for the weeks and months to come as the effects of the pandemic subside. If families applied in the past and were denied free or reduced-price meals, they should apply again, accounting for status changes within the household. Families may apply online at, or they could pick up an application at one of our open feeding sites or bus stops. (Completed applications may be turned in for processing either at schools where meals are distributed.)

Once schools return to normal operations, families in August 2020 may begin applying online or submitting paper applications for the 2020-21 school year. If families do not reapply before October 5, 2020, free or reduced-price benefits will expire, meaning students will be expected to pay full price for meals.


  • All children 18 years old and under, regardless of free and reduced-priced status, are encouraged to visit one of our schools or bus stops to retrieve free meals during our community feeding efforts related to COVID-19.

  • We are providing families this opportunity to apply for benefits during this crisis to help those who may qualify; their approval for free or reduced-price meals could enable them receive additional services they need now.

  • Please make sure your address and phone number are up to date. You may update your information by first calling the data manager at your student’s school. Due to school closures, if you are unable to reach your data manager, please contact Debbie Collins at 919-542-6400.

  • Global Student Service Center staff are available to assist with completing free and reduced applications for families as needed. Office hours are 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm. Please contact:

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program: P-EBT

If you need more information related to the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT cards), check out these links:

CCS Feeding Site Updates

Updated Time: 10:30-1PM Monday-Thursday

  • Hot breakfast and lunches for the day - FREE MEALS to ALL CHILDREN ages 18 and under

  • Food will be distributed curbside by School Nutrition staff and school employees to minimize safety concerns.

  • The food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers with a safety label and instructions for safe food handling.

  • The service is open to all children regardless of where they attend school, and they do not have to reside in Chatham County.

State Board Year-End Grading Policy

On Thursday, April 23, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved guidelines for teachers to apply when determining final grades. Elementary school students will not receive traditional grades for this year. Instead of final grades in elementary schools, teachers will provide year-end feedback for students regarding learning from the full academic school year, using a format determined locally.

More information can be found here.

PES Grading Letter to Families:



Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration link for 2020-2021 has opened. Please use the link below to register.

Mrs. Berry will need 2 proofs of residency (copy of driver license and a bill), copies of birth certificate, immunizations, and a Kindergarten Health Assessment completed by your child's physician. The Health Assessment can wait until we return to school. Documents can be scanned and emailed to No worries if you are unable to scan, Mrs. Berry can catch the paperwork up later. If you have any questions regarding registration, please email her.

PreK Registration

We are still accepting pre-k applications but due to this crisis there are changes to how we are distributing and accepting applications. A zoom video is available at our PES School Website with important details. Student must be 4 years old by August 31st, 2020. Make sure every paper is completely filled out, answer every question. Select which slot you are applying for Private pay, NCPREK, or Title 1 slot, you can pick multiple. Attach documentation required: Income Verification, copy of birth certificate, copy of shot records, copy of proof of residency, health assessment if available. When application is complete, mail it to our Pre-k Director. Spanish speaker is available. You can email us with questions.

Miss Lisa Kundig:

Ms. Kelly Rau:

Mail to.

Cindy King, MSA, NBCT, B-K, K-6
PreK Instructional Program Facilitator

7945 Silk Hope Gum Springs Road
Siler City, NC 27344

919-663-3610 ext 1