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What Parents Need to Know Vol. 2 Ed. 15

Raise Your Hand!

Good Afternoon Parents!


This 2020 continues to be one for the record books. We continue to experience things in this country and in the world that we have never seen before. These are strange times we are living in and that is why it is more important than ever to provide our students, this next generation, with the love, support, and skills that they will need to be successful and productive members of society.


This Wednesday is Veterans Day. It is a day that we should all take time to remember those who served our country and gave it all in order for us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Unfortunately, Covid-19 and safety protocols prevent us from have a Veterans Day assembly this year, but we will not miss an opportunity to honor our veterans and teach our children about their importance. We will be having a virtual Veterans Day Program on Wednesday and the link to the video will be up on Youtube and our social media sites for all to view.


So if you are ready for an AWESOME week full of gratitude, growth, grit, and goal smashing...Raise Your Hand!


Please continue to read the rest of the newsletter below for more up to date information. I feel like an infomercial, but I must continue to add the phrase, "Subject to Change." Have a great week!


Sincerely,


Travis A. Chapman

Principal

864-397-2800 ext. 2810

travischapman@pickens.k12.sc.us

Week 4 of Positivity Project - BRAVERY

Each week at Dacusville Elementary we will be focusing on a different topic or character strength. This week we are focusing on BRAVERY. Can anyone think of a better example of bravery than the men and women in our military who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in this country? I certainly cannot. They accept the challenges in the face of danger. They are willing to sacrifice it all for others. They are selfless and courageous. These are all virtues we want to see in our students. Think of your own examples of bravery that you can share this week to connect with and encourage your children to be brave!


Here is the character strength card for this week: bravery


Here is the link for the Character Strength Calendar https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XIwG-06dkeRVVih77apSHSPYBy8cvqmR_IOKRkgZvYs/edit?usp=sharing


We are so excited to be beginning our 3rd year of the Positivity Project (P2) at Dacusville Elementary. P2 focuses on empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing character strengths within themselves and others. To learn more about P2 you can read the following Parent Information Letter.



Finally, we are thrilled to announce the newest feature of the Positivity Project, P2 for Families! This web resource provides support for you to discuss the importance of character and relationships within your own family. Go to the follow website https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/ , click your child's grade band below, then the character strength you are interested in and when prompted enter the password: P2. Here you will find descriptions of the character strengths, videos and thoughtful questions to discuss with your child. We are so grateful to come along beside you and help to shape the wonderful people our students are becoming. Thank you for all you do to help your student succeed, and allowing us to be a part of it.


Joni Howard

DES School Counselor

Joshua Wheeler, Delta Force Master Sergeant
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eLearning Assignments from October 29 and 30

Remember that assignments for eLearning on Friday, October 30 will be due on or before Tuesday, November 10 and assignments for eLearning on Thursday, October 29 will be due Monday, November 9th.

Quarter 1 Report Cards

1st Nine Weeks Report Cards will be coming home on Monday, November 9th. Please be sure to check your child's bookbag for this report card on Monday. Be in contact with your child's teacher regarding progress and hopefully you have either had already or have a conference planned with your child's teacher to discuss how your child is doing this year.

Declaration of Intent - DUE BY NOV. 23rd at Noon!

If you have not already completed the 2nd Semester Declaration of Intent form letting the district know what your desire is for your child during the second semester, please complete the survey below ASAP! Do not put this off. It will sneak up on you and once the deadline closes on November 23rd at noon there will be no exceptions and your child will remain in the setting they are in currently (face to face or virtual). Thanks!


2nd Semester Declaration of Intent Form

Fall Picture Days!

If your child had their picture made a couple of weeks ago yoru child has or will be given a paper from the company and/or a QR code for you to be able to pull up the website to see the pictures and place your order. Pictures would not be up on the site for 2-3 weeks so some teachers did not send the QR codes home immediately. Please contact your child's teacher if you have not received the QR coded yet. I am not 100% sure at this time if the pictures are up on the site, but please hold on to the paper and the QR code for when they are viewable. If you missed your picture day or you are PCVA see below for information about make-up pictures.



*** PCVA Students:

ALL DES students who are enrolled in PCVA will have their pictures made on November 17th, which is also Make-Up Picture Day. Click here to see the PCVA and Make-Up Picture Schedule

November 23rd - 24th

These two days prior to Thanksgiving will be remote learning for face to face students. There will not be any live sessions these two days. Students and Parents will be given their child's assignments for these two days by November 16th. You may complete ahead of time and take the entire week to spend with your families! For PCVA students, there will also be no live sessions or WebEx meetings.


Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 25th - Friday, November 27th.

PCVA NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Important News for PCVA Parents!

Winter MAP Testing is coming and we need all of our PCVA parents to please read the letter linked below as well as click on the sign-up genius and sign up for testing sessions as stated in the letter. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Kim Nix kimnix@pickens.k12.sc.us or Mr. Travis Chapman travischapman@pickens.k12.sc.us. Please sign up for your session(s) by November 19th. Email Mrs. Nix if your child will not be able to test in person as described in the lesson. Thanks!


Letter to PCVA Parents Regarding MAP Testing

The links to the Sign-Up Genius are in the letter.

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Mr. Josh's Behavior Tip for Parents

Let Kids Have a Choice

As kids grow up, it’s important they have a say in their own scheduling. Giving a structured choice — “Do you want to take a shower after dinner or before?” — can help them feel empowered and encourage them to become more self-reliant.

Pledge Videos Are Back!

I would love to restart our video announcements, but I need your students help. Some of you joined in during the school closures in March - May so you know what to do. Here's what we need. Video your child or children saying the pledge of allegiance and send it to Mr. Chapman at travischapman@pickens.k12.sc.us. We will get it on the Morning Announcements. Thanks in advance!
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#KeepLovingKason - Book Donations

As many of you know already, one of our teachers, Mrs. Stelling, lost her 4 year old son in August of 2019. Mrs. Stelling and her husband have communicated a desire to have books donated to our library in Kason's memory. I know many parents have already reached out about how to support this family so I wanted to share with you a couple of options. You can go directly to BTBSbooks for DES and order a book off this website that will be shipped directly to us. You may also send in a financial donation via cash or check in an envelope marked, "KeepLovingKason." We will earmark this money to be spent on new books for our library. All books donated or purchased in his memory will be stamped with a seal we have created to remember Kason. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and for supporting Mrs. Stelling and her DES family.

Title 1 Important Information

Parent & Family Engagement Policy DRAFT: The purpose of this document is to describe how parental involvement requirements of the ESSA legislation will be carried out. This is meant to be jointly developed. Please give suggestions and feedback on the document by completing the “suggestions” survey in the link.

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Suggestions


School-Parent Compact DRAFT: The purpose of this document is to clearly identify responsibilities of parents, staff and community members in student achievement. This is meant to be developed jointly. Please give suggestions and feedback on the document by completing the “suggestions: survey in the link.

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Suggestions


Title 1 Newsletter: (3 pages) This newsletter includes important Title 1 details and information. You can keep this for your records.

Newsletter

DSO Board for 2020-2021

We would like to say thank you to these AWESOME PARENTS for volunteering their time and congratulate them on being our 2020-2021 DSO Board Members!


  • President - Tammy Gregg
  • Vice president - Mandy Bush Roach
  • Secretary - Melissa Hazel
  • Treasurer - Jill Landers
  • Funds Development - Jade Burgess
  • General Board Members - Luke Raxter & Mary Jones

FREE Meals for All Students

We are pleased to announce that last week the Trump administration extended Summer Food Service Program waivers through THE END OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR. dependent on available funding. This means that all students will be able to receive meals at no charge for both breakfast and lunch. This is fantastic news to help ensure all students receive nutritious meals and are prepared to learn! PLEASE continue to fill out the free and reduced lunch forms because the free meals for all ends December 31st and students will be charged for meals unless a new Free and/or Reduced Lunch Form is completed and approved before the first of the year.


Remote Learning Weeks:

For information on how to get free meals during Remote Learning, click the link below.

Free Meals During Remote Learning


For all the full information from SDPC regarding Bus Delivery Times by areas and much more please click the following link: Free Meals for Students .

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Meals for Virtual Students

Virtual Academy Students:


MEALS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH. YOU MAY PICK UP TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY OF THIS COMING WEEK!


Each week an order form is emailed out on Friday for meals to be picked up on Mondays between 9-1 for Pickens County Virtual Academy student meals. If you would like to order meals for your student, please click on the link to place your order.

To place an order for meals for the week (dates at the top of the form), please click here.

We will provide 5 days of meals (5 breakfasts & 5 Lunches) to be picked up at the home school. If you need to pick up meals at a different location other than your home school, please include this on the order form. Meals will be charged according to the student’s meal status.

SDPC Tech Help Information

The SDPC Tech It Home site has some useful tips for parents and students. This link has some technical tips: Tech It Home Technical Tips


Other Internet Accessibility Options

For families who do not currently have home internet access, SDPC recommends the following options:

School Parking Lots

Students can access school Wi-Fi from all of our school parking lots.
Click here for directions on how to connect to school Wi-Fi. Gates to our parking lots will remain open so that students can park on our properties and access school Wi-Fi. Students will not be allowed to congregate outside their vehicles. Students seen meeting outside their vehicles will be asked to leave.

SDPC Wi-Fi Buses

Buses will be parked at the following locations on school days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during remote learning weeks except for Wednesday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 15:

  • Flat Rock Baptist Church, 115 Slab Bridge Road, Liberty, SC 29657
  • Georges Creek Baptist Church, 1991 Saluda Dam Rd, Easley, SC 29640
  • Holly Springs Baptist Church, 3450 Table Rock Road, Pickens, SC 29671
  • Shoals Creek Baptist Church, 130 Shoals Cree Church Road, Easley, SC 29640
  • Mile Creek Baptist Church, 104 Lakeside Dr, Six Mile, SC 29682

Pickens County Public Library


The Pickens County Public Library system operates facilities throughout Pickens County and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Internet Safety


Click here for instructions on how to monitor your children's activity on their school-issued devices.


Regards,

John Eby

SDPC Coordinator of Communication

Need Help with Schoology?

Parents of ALL Students need to understand and be able to utilize Schoology, our district's platform for assignments, grading, and more. If you need a quick overview or a tutorial video, please click the link below for the slideshow and a video link is included. Thank you to Betsy Masters for putting this together for all of our parents.


Schoology Training for Parents

Tech News

Please note that all students must pay the Tech It Home Fee. The fee is $20 and that is the cost for all students. It covers loss, theft, and damages. You can pay by cash, check, or online at MySchoolBucks.


More about Tech It Home can be found by clicking on the links below.

TECH IT HOME HANDBOOK

SDPC Tech It Home

Health Information

Safety Updates

Our district is committed to doing everything it can to provide a clean, safe, and healthy environment for our students and staff when schools reopen in August. Here are just a few things that either have been done or will be done in the near future.



  1. Foaming hand sanitizer stations in each classroom.
  2. Sanitizing spray bottles have been purchased along with spray guns that can disinfect surfaces and larger areas like classrooms.
  3. Water fountains will be closed. The district has purchased hands-free water bottle refilling stations that we are currently awaiting on to arrive and then be installed.
  4. Posters and other window and floor signage indicating warning symptoms, traffic flow, and social distancing have been printed by the Career and Technology Center and will be installed this week.
  5. Masks have been purchased for all students in grades 3 -5 and for staff as well as face shields for staff desiring them.
  6. Digital Thermometers have been purchased (2 per school) to help with screening students and staff.
  7. Students in elementary school will be placed in cohorts, groups of students like a homeroom, that they will remain in for core academic classes, related arts, lunch and recess. Students will not change classes for academics and or related arts.
  8. Students will utilize class bathrooms if possible and will be asked to wash hands before and after entering the restroom.
  9. Gang bathrooms will be used for washing hands prior to and after transitions such as lunch and recess.
  10. Arrival and Dismissal procedures will be altered to allow for more social distancing. Buses will be operating at less than full capacity and elementary students will be separated out from middle and high school students.



More information can be found in the SDPC Reopening Plan.

Birthday Celebrations and Outside Food

Add this to another change for this year due to Covid-19, but until further notice we will not be able to pass out food items such as cupcakes or other snacks in celebration of a child's birthday. Parents may send a cupcake or birthday treat with their own child, just not items for the entire class.


In addition, we will not be able to allow visitors right now to attend lunch with their child for birthdays or any other lunch days due to limits/restrictions on outside visitors. Thank you for your understanding.

Afternoon Dismissal Procedures

Please be sure to have your car tag displayed clearly from your rearview mirror.


  • We dismiss 4K and 4K siblings first at 1:45
  • Followed by K5-2nd
  • Finally grades 3 - 5 at 2:00.

If you have multiple children use the time of the youngest child. Thanks again for your support!

Library Books, Chromebooks, and Charger Still Needed

Some of you still have library books from last year that you may not have been able to return before. Some of you have Chromebooks that were not turned in before June 4th and/or chargers, etc. Please bring those and you can turn those in during LEAP Week (this week)!

PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION GATEWAY

Each year we ask all of our parents to complete Registration Gateway. I know it may seem like a pain, but it is vital to ensuring we have the most accurate information and documentation needed to keep your child safe and communicate with you as the parents. Several of you have emailed about receiving several emails about this and stating you have already completed it. If you have not completed the Back to School Update (returning students) or the New Student Registration (new students to SDPC) since July then you will need to do that. Again, this is extremely important and will make everything go much smoother at the start of the year and throughout the school year.


Links are below for Back to School Update and New Student Registration. Several of you have asked about your child's username (student number) and password. You should have received an email last week with that information. It would have come from the School District of Pickens County or John Eby.


Back to School Update Link


New Student Registration Link


If you are new you will need to provide the following documents. Mrs. Waters will contact you after you complete Registration Gateway to set up a time to collect any missing documents.


  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • 2 Proofs of Residence such as Power Bill, Water Bill, Gas Bill, or Current Cable Bill)
  • Court or Custody Papers

School Supplies

Many of you have asked about our School Supply Lists. We intentionally held off on sharing this information because we were not sure what school was going to look like or when we would be going back to school. You can click the link below to access the list for this year.


School Supplies for 2020-21.

After-School Care

At this time we do plan to have ASC for the 2020 - 2021 school year beginning on Day 1 of the school year. If you are interested in ASC we need you to read the handbook below and complete the Registration Google Form (below). We will accept the first 25 students in K-2 and the first 25 students in 3rd - 5th. Others will be put on a waiting list in the order that registration was completed. Please note the following major changes:


  1. We WILL HAVE ASC during Week 3 for ONLY GRADES 4K - 2nd.
  2. ASC will be closed to all students during Week 4.
  3. Cost has basically increased $5 across the board to help with cleaning and operational cost.
  4. ASC will be held in the cafeteria and pick up will be in the bus loop, but only after 2:45 p.m.


Key Documents:


BIG NEWS! DES is Title 1 for the 2020 - 2021 School Year!

Dacusville Elementary School was identified as a Title 1 school for the 2020-2021 school year. Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.


The purpose of Title I, Part A of Public Law 107-110, is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children. This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as:


  • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
  • promoting schoolwide reform through schoolwide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
  • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.


For more information on Title 1 please click the link below:

https://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html