"Learning takes your places!"
Family Newsletter September 2020
Message from the Principal
Message from Dr. Kimberly Jones-Goods, Principal!
Greetings from Sumner Elementary School! We are so thrilled to work with your family this year! While this year will be much different than most other years, it is our sincere hope that you will find this year challenging, exciting, and rewarding. Our Sumner staff is committed to supporting our students, families, and the community both during periods of remote learning and periods of face-to-face instruction. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with updates as we finish the second half of the first quarter.
Enclosed is your student’s first quarter interim report. If you have questions about their progress, please contact their homeroom teacher. Also enclosed is a letter indicating if your student is missing the required health assessment or immunizations.
Who to Call (Call 336-316-5888)
Please see the below list of Sumner ES staff who can most efficiently address your questions and concerns; ask for the listed staff member when calling.
Classroom Teacher: Logging into Canvas, Assignments, Connectivity Issues, Device Troubleshooting
Dr. Jones-Goods or Ms. Chavis: Reopening concerns/questions
Ms. Wescott (Students last name A-J) /Mrs. Edwards (Students last name K-Z): Family needs/concerns
Front Office Staff: PowerSchool issues, PowerSchool/Student ID Number, Updating contact information
Mrs. Martin: Spanish Interpreter
Updated Contact Information
Families, we need your help! In order for us to ensure you receive the most updated and accurate information, please be sure we have your correct email address and phone number on file. Please contact the front office at (336) 316-5888 to update this information.
During the period of remote learning, students will be marked present by 1) attending live lessons, 2) viewing the pre-recorded lessons, 3) participating in a student/teacher conference, 4) participating in discussions, or 5) completing work assignments. Students will be marked present on a remote learning day if they attend a live lesson and will be marked present for any missed live lessons by completing one of the listed activities within seven days.
Where to Get School Meals/Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Sumner Elementary is again a lunch site for grab and go meals. Meals will be available for school age students Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at all GCS school sites. Families can visit any school to pick up the meals, which include breakfast and lunch, free of charge. Parents are still encouraged to fill out a meal benefits application at www.lunchapplication.com, so students are still able to receive free meals when the waivers expire at the end of December. Parents may reapply at any time during the year if their financial situation changes.
Would you mind giving a few minutes of your time to help our school get more federal funding? If you complete the 2020 Census, you’ll be doing just that. Go to 2020census.gov and complete the form online. Your census responses help determine our community’s federal funding for school lunches, special education, PreK services, and teacher training, as well as support for children’s healthcare, hospitals, housing, firefighters and unemployment assistance. The 2020 Census also determines how many seats our state and region have in Congress. Let’s make sure Guilford County counts, and go to 2020census.gov!
Students Receiving Special Education Services
Parents who need to request Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings or schedule time for related services appointments (like occupational therapy and physical therapy) that cannot be provided remotely should contact Sumner Elementary School; we will direct you to the appropriate EC case manager.
Technology and Hotspots
GCS will send out 125 smart buses with internet access while students are participating in remote learning. Buses will be located at various sites throughout Greensboro and High Point. Wireless internet access is available in several school parking lots. The list of the 24 schools with outdoor internet can be found at https://www.gcsnc.com/Page/64905
In order to ensure physical distancing and to assist you as efficiently as possible, please call 336-316-5888 to set an appointment should you need to conduct office business. Phones will be answered Mondays through Fridays 8 am until 4 pm.
GCS 2020-21 Academic Calendar
Message from Dr. Kimberly Jones-Goods, Sumner ES Principal
Families - You will receive a mailing this week with information about the COVID-19 student symptom screener. There is no need to complete this screener at this time, this is just so you know the questions that will be asked of all students and families. Please see CLICK HERE to see an overview of Hygiene and Cleaning Protocols that have been and will be followed when school buildings re-open.
Message from Mrs. Hrinko, Sumner ES Reading Specialist
Thank you parents for your patience and understanding as we attempt to complete the iStation assessment. If you are continuing to have trouble downloading iStation, please try this: Go to http://isip.istation.com
- There is a box on the right. Please type the school name, Sumner Elementary, and click on the school name.
- When the next screen pops up, please check to be sure Sumner Elementary appears as the school name.
- Enter your child's username and password.
- Please do not include spaces, dashes, or other characters.