The Compass

"Unlock the Treasure in Every Child" - November 15, 2021

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No School!

Reminder - There is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, Nov 24 thru Friday, Nov 26 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday.


This week our students continue their investigation about the the character strength of Gratitude!

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

The parent virtue for bravery is transcendence. These strengths allow people to rise above their troubles and find meaning in the larger universe. Strengths of transcendence are appreciation of beauty and excellence, connection/purpose, gratitude, hope/optimism, and humor.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward

25 Reasons to be thankful

The Amazing Effects of Gratitude

August 2020-April 2021Check out the P2 for Families website, which contains 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions for your family to discuss. This is designed to be easy for parents to use to lead conversations around the importance of character strengths and positive relationships. It is differentiated for grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Most of these webpages are password protected and the password (very simple) is: P2

Grab & Go Snacks for Staff!!

PTA is stocking the teachers' lounge with grab & go snacks and drinks on 11.17.21. Please help by signing up to donate items through the signup genius and for more information. *All items will be collected in morning drop off 11/15 & 11/16. We appreciate your help!

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mClass Parent Support

Reminder: Ms. Michelle Turner, our Literacy Intervention Teacher, will be hosting these sessions. Her goal is to provide an understanding of the mClass assessment and an understanding of how to read the scores. In addition, she will provide you guidance on how you can use the Home Connect information to support your child’s literacy growth at home.

The two sessions on Tuesday, November 16th.

  • 10:00am - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Families

  • 3:00 pm - 2nd & 3rd Grade Families

Families are welcome to join either session; however, the topics reviewed will be geared more towards the grade levels specified. Each session will be recorded and a link will be shared for families who are unable to attend the sessions.

Please use this Google Meet link to join the virtual sessions:

It Takes a Village!

Our next Parent Support meeting, "It Takes a Village", will be Thursday, 11/18 at 7:00 and a repeat session on Friday. 11/19 at 10:00. The discussion will be hosted by our Student Services Team. A link will be mailed out prior to the meeting.


Opening Activity/Question (10 min)

Discuss the first part of the book on Controlling Obnoxious Behavior (success stories, concerns, strategies from you!) (15 min)

New Topic: Internet Safety/ Dangers of Social Media (15 min)

Returning To School After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness

It is important for the health and safety of our school for every member of our community to understand and uphold the health & safety protocols. Please take a moment to review the Returning To School After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness guidelines.

Please know we recognize that every situation for each family is different and that the process is not clear cut. Please feel free to reach out to the school and we would be happy to assist you with your individual situation.

Important Dates


  • Nov 18 - Spirit Night - Panera Bread 4-8p
  • Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School


  • Dec 3 - Interim Report Cards Sent Home
  • Dec 3 - School Spirit Day - Hat Day
  • Dec 13 - PTA Spirit Night @ Freddy's in Holly Springs
  • Dec 17 - Last Day of School Before Winter Break Begins
  • Dec 18-Jan 2 - Winter Break Begins


  • Jan 3 - First Day Back To School From Winter Break