September Parent Newsletter
West Buncombe Elementary School
9/5, Labor Day, No school for students or staff
9/13, Grade 3 BOG testing
9/15, School Improvement Team meeting, 11:30
9/26-9/30 Scholastic Book Fair
9/27, Open House 5:00-6:30
9/29, Early Dismissal, 12:30
9/30, Picture Day
A note from the principal
We are headed off to a great year here at West Buncombe Elementary. Our staff has been working hard to ready classrooms and prepare instructions to help your child excel. The first few days have gone off without a hitch. The students were excited to be back at school and have been enjoying seeing their old friends and making new ones.
We couldn't be more excited to begin the school year and we look forward to helping your child meet and exceed their goals.
As I stated in a previous message, in order to keep our school as secure as possible we ask that only students enter the school each morning. This helps us monitor the safety of our VIP's, your children. Thanks in advance for your help.
On another note, I have had the opportunity to meet many of you, thank you for taking the time to introduce yourselves. I am really beginning to get a sense of what makes our school such a special place, it is the students, parents, and our staff. Everyone is working together to ensure our children have the best stability and support they can get. Thank you for all you do everyday for us here at West Buncombe. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.
Keeping an Eagle Eye on your Child
Thank you for your help in making sure your child arrives on time and at the correct classroom each morning. Beginning September 6th, only students will be allowed to enter our building. The safety of your child is most important, these measures help us to ensure the safety of your child.
Don't forget, you are always welcome to volunteer or visit by scheduling a time with the classroom teacher and by checking in at our front office. Thank you for your understanding.
3rd grade Beginning of Grade testing
As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring students can read at or above grade level and are making progress in reading proficiency.
Your child will take the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) Reading Test to establish a baseline measure of beginning third-grade reading skills. This test will be administered on September 13, 2022.
Please make sure your child arrives on time that day. Students beginning the third-grade are not expected to demonstrate third-grade reading proficiency on the BOG3 test because they have not yet received third-grade reading instruction.
Following the BOG3 test administration, you will receive an individual student report with your child's score. If your child scores an achievement level 3, 4, or 5 on the BOG3 test, the score will satisfy the promotion requirements of the Read to Achieve legislation.
As you review the report, make notes about your child’s test score and other questions you may have. Be sure to discuss your questions with your child's teacher when you attend a parent-teacher-student conference.
- Complete the lunch application to apply for free/reduced lunch. We have copies at our school or you can apply at www.lunchapplication.com. You'll need your student's ID number. Remember, lunch is $3.50 for each student this year.
- Load money on your child's lunch account at https://www.k12paymentcenter.com. You can also pay with cash.
- Your student can also purchase a la cart items in the cafeteria, but they can not charge them. They must either have cash or money on their account.
- Please communicate with your child about whether you want them to eat breakfast or not. Breakfast is free, so any student can get in line to receive it in the morning. Tell your child's teacher for the future, and they can let the cafeteria manager know.