Hawk Happenings

September 2020

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Happy September!

As we move into the month of September, I hope we have a wonderful month of meaningful learning and NO technology issues! Thank you for your continued support while we deal with technology hiccups beyond our school's control. We appreciate the two-way communication and the collaboration to make virtual learning work for all stakeholders but especially for our sweet students who we miss dearly!

Soon we will advertise another material pick up day for ALL students. Our county has organized math packets with math manipulatives to send home with all students. We have also used some WvES Title 1 funds to purchase Fundations Take Home kits for second grade students and Leader in Me workbooks for all WvES students. We will advertise these dates once all of the materials have arrived.

Thank you to students and parents who are taking advantage of checking out books from our Media Center! It makes us so happy to know that our students are reading from REAL books while at home!

Please click the link below to give feedback on topics that you would like to learn more about during parent learning sessions sponsored by our awesome Title 1 Department!

Title 1 Small Groups started on 8/31/20!

Parents - our Title 1 Department started working with students in small groups yesterday. If your child has been identified for this extra support, please remind your child to attend these sessions. If your child was selected for Title 1 services based on their data, then the student and the child's parent(s) were sent the link to the Zoom invite. Please check your email to see if your child has been invited to a Title 1 small group session.

If you don't want your child to attend these sessions, then please let Mrs. Harrison know - sarah.harrison@bcsemail.org. If your child can't participate in these sessions, then we want another child to be able to do so.


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Zoom link for PTO Meeting

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Topic: Weaverville Schools PTO Meeting
Time: Sep 1, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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A note from BCS Technology Department

Students should shutdown their devices every Friday. Then have them turn them back on Friday evening and let them sit open, plugged in and on so if there are updates they can happen. This should make your Mondays go more smoothly.

Please note that we are just as frustrated as you are when we have issues with technology. Sometimes our teachers can help you troubleshoot but lately the issues have been out of the control of school staff. When a platform is not working or the power is out or the device decides to update for the third time in 30 minutes, there is NOTHING we can do about it.

While we are extending grace to you and your child when there are tech issues, we would appreciate the same grace extended to our teachers when the problem is nothing we can address. Please do not interrupt a Zoom session to complain to your child's teacher about a technology issue. It is not appropriate for the class to hear adults discussing these types of issues. All of our teachers have Office Hours daily for communicating with adults. Please share this with caregivers if applicable. While we are all very stressed about this challenging situation we find ourselves in, it is important to remember that we are all on the same team and we all want what is best for our students.

SeeSaw Help Video

Seesaw Tutorial For Students

Google Classroom Help Video for parents and guardians of students in Grades 3 and 4

How to Use Google Classroom for Parents!

WvES School Improvement Team

The WvES School Improvement Team is the decision making body of our school. They review data, surveys, feedback and then work collaboratively to make decisions that best meet the needs of our students. Thank you to all of the parents who were willing to serve on this team and thank you to all parents who voted via the Survey Monkey link that was shared in a previous Hawk Happenings Newsletter. This year your parent representatives on the School Improvement Team are Jenn Shatley and Tiffany Franklin.

weaverville elementary advisory council

The WvES Advisory Council is a group of parents who meet quarterly with the principal to discuss things going on in the school and to provide feedback. This is another group of parent leaders who are willing to listen to your ideas and questions. Our 2020-2021 Advisory Council Members are: Bob Lenell (parent of a 3rd grader), Heather Weaver (parent of a 4th grader), Shannon Boles (parent of a 2nd grader and 4th grader) and Kelly Carroll (parent of a 3rd grader). Mrs. Natalie Morris is our teacher representative and our 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year!

i-Ready Reading Diagnostic Assessment for Grades 2 and 3

The week of September 14, our 2nd and 3rd grade students will complete the iReady reading diagnostic assessment AT HOME. Your child's teacher will post information Google Classroom/SeeSaw.

Here is what you need to know in a summary:

  • This is a diagnostic assessment that we need to do in order to see what your child needs support with so please do NOT help them. If they don't know an answer, then we need to know that so we can teach them.
  • Students are only expected to get about 50% of the questions correct. Please talk to your child about this beforehand. If they think about the question but can't figure it out, then they can make a good guess and move on. We do not want our students to get 'stuck' and frustrated.
  • Second grade students will receive directions at their 8:00 AM Zoom each day. After students start on the iReady assessment each day, they will only work for 30 minutes.
  • Third grade students will receive directions at their 9:20 Zoom each day. After students start on the iReady assessment each day, they will only work for 30 minutes.
  • Your child's teacher will send out more information.

Here is a link where you can learn more information: English Spanish

Here is a link to the parent webinar that was held on Thursday, August 27th. You will 'register' and then you can listen to a prerecorded webinar. Family Session

A message from iReady:

You’ll be tempted to help on the test. We get it – the i-Ready test is hard. But this test is not for a grade. It helps teachers give your child the best instruction possible.

Think of it this way– would you help your child with a vision test? No, because hints won’t help the eye doctor help them. With i-Ready, hints on the test now could negatively impact your child’s instruction later.

Learn how the i-Ready test is different and how you can do your part to help teachers help your student.

Please note that we will share information with parents of our students in Grades 2, 3 and 4 once we have a chance to be trained on these reports.

2020-2021 Yearbook Cover Contest

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Reminder about forms to submit and things to do:

Obviously PTO has postponed any school fundraisers for the Fall semester. Please consider making your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile to support our Weaverville Schools PTO.

Click below to learn more about Amazon Smile

Who doesn't love Amazon? Make sure to support the Weaverville Schools when you shop by going to smile.amazon.com and selecting Weaverville PTO Inc as your charity of choice. A percentage of your purchase will go to our Weaverville Schools PTO to support WvES and WPS! The link below includes directions how to turn on this feature on if using the mobile app. Thank you in advance for your support!

Link to mobile app directions: https://smile.amazon.com/b/ref=sma_se_smaf_llm_lm?_encoding=UTF8&node=15576745011&fbclid=IwAR0cVv8MZnTAKTVfAuRNMgIHSe26u1gCxGC3bjvKrM8NFRviXYGO6KEae-k

Buncombe County Board of Education will meet on Thursday, September 10th. Hopefully we will know what our next steps are as far as school arrangements after this meeting.

Upcoming Dates

September 1 - PTO Meeting via Zoom at 6:30 PM

September 7 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL for staff and students

September 10 - BCS Board of Education meeting - at 5:30 PM - live broadcast

September 14 - September 18 - iReady Diagnostic reading assessment for 2nd and 3rd grade students (see information above)

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