The Dolphin Digest

November 16, 2020

Upcoming Events

Smithfield PTA Capital Campaign- See below

November 16th-30th- CMS Transportation Survey Due (see below)

November 17th & 20th- Smithfield Spirit Days

November 19th- Hungry Howie's Smithfield Night

November 23rd & 24th- Remote Instruction for ALL K-12 CMS Students (PreK in-person)

November 25th-27th- Thanksgiving Holiday- No School for students and teachers

December 9th- CMS Early Release Day

Due November 30th- CMS Transportation Survey

  • A survey to inform the district about students’ transportation needs for the second semester will be posted on the CMS website and school websites starting Monday, Nov. 16. Families will need their student ID number to complete the transportation survey.
  • The transportation choice will last through the end of the second semester.
  • CMS needs to know the transportation needs for all students whose families intend for them to attend school in-person during the second semester
  • If your child will remain in FRA during 2nd semester, no action is needed.
  • Specific note for current In-person Pre-K through 5th grade learners:
    • If your child has not ridden the bus as of November 20, 2020, we will remove your child’s name from the bus roster and they will not receive a bus stop assignment for the second semester.
    • If your child does need transportation for second semester, you MUST complete the survey indicating the need for transportation.
  • Here are the questions that will be on the survey:
  1. Please indicate your relationship to the student for whom you are completing this survey
    1. Parent
    2. Guardian
    3. Student
    4. An adult who is not the student’s parent or guardian
  2. For the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, beginning second semester, please indicate this student’s transportation needs. (Transportation is based on eligibility. If you are unsure if your student is eligible for transportation, please contact XXX)
    1. Student requires CMS yellow bus transportation in the morning only.
    2. Student requires CMS yellow bus transportation in the afternoon only.
    3. Student requires CMS yellow bus transportation in the morning and afternoon.
    4. Student does not require CMS yellow bus transportation.
  3. Is the student transferring from Full Remote Academy to In-Person for second semester?
    1. Yes, the student will transfer from the Full Remote Academy to In-Person for second semester and I have let my school know in writing.
    2. Yes, the student will transfer from Full Remote Academy to In-Person for second semester and I have not let my school know in writing.
    3. No, the student was assigned to In-Person Learning during first semester and will continue that assignment for second semester.

Requests to transfer between Plan B and Full Remote Academy

If you would like your child to transfer out of Plan B (in-person) and into Full Remote Academy, or vice versa, please complete the form by following the link below. We will be in touch within 48 hours of receiving the form in regards to the approval. Thank you!

Smithfield's Generous Garden

A huge THANK YOU to Emme Barnes (Multi-Classroom Leader) and family for their hard work in growing and maintaining our Smithfield garden. Due to their efforts, they have donated over 1,500 vegetables to the South Meck Food Pantry! What an amazing gift for families in our community!

November 23rd & 24th

All K-5 students will be participating in REMOTE INSTRUCTION. "A group" students will remain home on those two days for online learning. More information will be coming soon from your child's teacher.

Afternoon Carpool Request

If possible, please pull to the right of Smithfield Church Road when waiting in the afternoon carpool line. This will help the Heydon Hall residents be able to pass safely. Thank you!

Fire Drills

Our Dolphins did a FANTASTIC job in their first Fire Drill last week (11/10- A group and 11/13 B group). We are proud at how well they follow directions while practicing our safety drill.

Smithfield Spirit Days!

Show your Smithfield Spirit!!! Students are encouraged to wear their Smithfield school spirit and/or colors on Tuesday, November 17th (A group) and Friday, November 20th (B Group).

2020 Smithfield PTA Capital Campaign

Our 2020 Capital Campaign is still underway. Please note that 100% of your donation goes to Smithield. Check out the video below to see how your donation helps our wonderful teachers. So far, we have raised a little over $2000. We are hoping to make that number go way up. Ways to donate include:

· Cash or Check: Payable to Smithfield PTA

· Credit or Debit Card Online at:

· Venmo: @SmithfieldElem-PTA (Please add Capital Campaign in the memo.)

· Double your donation via Corporate Matching: Contact your employer’s Human Resources Department for details. Some employers who match include: Ally Bank, Aon Hewitt, AT&T, AXA, Bank of America, Beacon Partners, Charlotte Palm Corps, Duke Energy, GE Foundation, Goodrich, Home Depot, Kraft, LPL Financial, Premier, and TIAA.

o Please include a copy of your employer’s matching form

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Randolph Middle School- Open House

Please see note from Brian Bambauer, principal of Randolph Middle School:

We are not hosting in-person Open Houses at this time, so it is important for prospective parents to know about our Virtual Open House website if they wish to learn more about Randolph Middle IB. The CMS first round magnet lottery is Nov 30 – Dec 13, 2020.

Smithfield's After School Enrichment Program has spots available! Register today!

Smithfield's ASEP has spots available for your child during their in-person days and from 8-5 on Wednesday! Read more information and register here:
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Previous Dolphin Digests

Please see the previous week's Dolphin Digest newsletters below:

November 9th

November 2nd

October 26th

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