BHCS Charter Chatter

April 2021

Seasonal Allergies or COVID-19?

With the Spring season in the air also comes those pesky seasonal allergies. Symptoms of seasonal allergies may be difficult to differentiate from symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to keep a close watch on your child/children and familiarize yourself with those symptoms which are more commonly related to COVID-19 than seasonal allergies. If your child is experiencing any of the following it is important to keep your child at home and consult with a doctor before returning to school:

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever/Chills
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle and/or body aches

The chart linked below can also help you determine the difference between symptoms of seasonal allergies and COVID-19. We appreciate your help in keeping our school healthy!


Spring Picture Orders

Picture proofs were sent home on March 24th and included in the packet pick-up on March 25th. Orders and payments are due by Thursday, April 15. Picture forms are child-specific and additional copies are not available. You may order online or by using the form. If you choose to complete your order online, you will still need to return your child’s form with the online confirmation code written at the bottom. All checks must be made out to Strawbridge. If sending cash, please only send the exact change. The payment envelopes go directly to Strawbridge and change will not be given. Thank you for your attention to this important reminder!

Conference Day

April 30 - will also be a remote learning day for students.

As needed - teachers will communicate with those needing to attend conferences

If you would like to request a conference on this day, please let you child's teacher know.

Remote Students

If you are wanting your child to return to face-to-face learning after spring break, please make arrangements with Mrs. Poole.

Spring Break

Spring Break will be Friday, April 2 - Friday April 9! We hope everyone will enjoy this break from school and take the time to recharge and refresh! Take a walk outside, picnic in the park, read a book, enjoy a family game night, or watch a movie together... however you choose to spend your time, our hope is that you will be safe and come back ready to finish the year Wildcat Strong!

Looking Ahead - Book Fair

BHCS will have a book fair the last week of May. Look for details in the May Charter Chatter.

Testing updates

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year and our End of Year Testing Window. In Grades 3-5, End of Year testing is administered in two windows. The first window includes NC Check-in testing and 3rd Grade Reading Fluency. These assessments help teachers monitor your child’s progress and prepare them for the state mandated End of Grade (EOG) assessments. NC Check-ins and Reading Fluency may be administered remotely. If your child is a fully remote student, you will receive a letter with remote instructions and codes for your child the week before testing. Face-to-Face students will complete testing on campus. These assessments will be completed during the week of April 19.

The second window includes EOGs for Grades 3-5. The NC Department of Education will require all state mandated EOG testing this school year. Testing will not be waived as it was in the 2019-2020 school year. All EOGs are required by the federal and state governments to be administered in person. There will be no remote option for EOGs. If your child is a fully remote student in Grades 3-5, you will be contacted shortly after Spring Break to set up your child’s EOG test sessions. All EOG testing will be completed the week of May 17.

Kindergarten through second grade End of Year testing includes Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in reading and math growth and reading fluency. MAP Growth for Reading and Math assessments help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. End of Year proficiency is measured during this testing window. MAP Reading Fluency measures Foundations of Reading skills, like letter knowledge, and it measures oral reading for children who are ready. Both MAP Growth and Fluency may be administered remotely. If your child is a fully remote student, you will receive a letter with remote instructions and codes for your child the week before testing. Face-to-Face students will complete testing on campus. K-2 End of Year testing will be completed during the week of May 3.

Reading Counts Celebration

We are still in the planning stages for the end of the year RC Celebration and will be getting information about this celebration to you soon. Although we will not be able to go to a Durham Bulls game, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are planning a celebration on the BHCS campus to reward each child's hard work and reading successes this year! Continue to encourage your child to read each night and do their very best on the RC tests each week to meet or exceed their goals. We are so proud of our students and can't wait to celebrate with them!

Person County Soil and Water Poster Contest Winners

Each year the Person County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors Conservation Education contests for eligible Person County students. The contests help promote an attitude of stewardship for our natural resources with a focus on a different theme each year. This year's theme for the contests was "We All Live in a Watershed." Students discussed what a watershed is and how we can work to protect our watersheds and keep them clean and healthy!

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades were eligible to participate in the poster contest. Students in these grades were given the opportunity to create their posters at school and BHCS submitted over 100 posters! We are so proud of all our students' work and the time they put into their posters.

Below are the names and pictures of those who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the County as well as those placing or receiving honorable mention in Area 3. 1st place winners and their teachers are each awarded $50, 2nd place winners are awarded $40, and 3rd place winners are awarded $30. Those placing 1st in Area 3 will now advance to the State competition. Congratulations to those students receiving these awards, we are so proud of you all! Go Wildcats!!!

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Fifth Grade

Mrs. Averette's Class Biome Project

Do you know what a biome is? Mrs. Averette's class sure does! It is a large area of land that is known for having a distinct climate and specific plant and animal life. Parents and students were encouraged to work together to create a diorama of a biome. As you can see from the pictures below, the students did a great job and really went all out! Great work, Wildcats!
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