The Dolphin Digest

Smithfield Elementary's Parent Newsletter: August 24, 2020

Upcoming Events

September 7th- No School- Labor Day Holiday

September 10th- Hungry Howie's Smithfield Spirit Night (see flyer below)

September 28th- No School- Teacher Workday

October 7th- CMS Early Release Day (Instructional Day ends at 11:30am)

October 19th- No School -Teacher Workday

Parent To Do's:

  • If you, or someone you know, wants to sign up to receive the Dolphin Digest, email:
  • Next week, we will be asking parents to provide feedback and suggestions regarding Remote Learning. Stay tuned!

The Way to a Teacher's Heart... Snacks!

We are supplying a daily snack cart with cold drinks and yummy grab-and-go options for our staff, however our supply is running low.

If you are able, families can drop off canned drinks and individual packaged snacks and fruit. Please pull to the front of the school and call the front office (980-343-6550). We will come right out to get the donations from your car.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Smithfield PTA Corner

The following is the link to Smithfield’s Back to School Packet for the year. Inside you will find the

  • CMS school calendar,
  • information on re-linking your Harris Teeter VIP card to Smithfield (has to be done yearly!),
  • the New Box Tops App, how to stay connected with Smithfield, which is so important this year and
  • PTA information

Don't forget to visit the Smithfield PTA website:

Student Materials & Technology Troubleshooting

If NC EdCloud is not working, you can access Canvas by going to:

Here is a youtube video with directions on how to log their child into a Google app using their child's CMS id

You can also visit the Smithfield Online Learning Support page.

Feel free to call the front office (980-343-6550) or come to the front of the school for assistance.

Moving while we work...

  • Please remember that our children are accustomed to being able to move around a lot while they learn. This includes when they are reading, working on assignments, etc. With this in mind, please allow your child to move around if he/she is wiggly.
    • Standing up: From a neuroscience perspective, simply standing up from a sitting position increases cognitive function, improves attention, and enhances memory! Some suggestions for flexible seating are below.

    Flexible Seating at Home

    We have had a few parents reach out about various flexible seating options they could purchase for remote learning that we use at Smithfield. Below are some of our favorites:

    Also- don't forget to encourage the students to stand up and work too! Standing is a great (and free) flexible seating option:)


    We are hearing a lot of background noise in many of our live classes. It is recommended that students use headphones if able. Families can borrow a pair of headphones per student from Smithfield. If you need headphones, please come to the front door M-F between 9am-2pm.

    Thank you!

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    1st two week Afternoon Info

    From today until September 2nd, students will be participating in 1 on 1 assessments with the classroom teacher. Parents are asked to choose two times for their child to complete the assessments. When your child is not participating in a 1 on 1 assessment from now until September 2nd, they can complete the assignments in Canvas, work through the Dreambox app in Clever, and read independently in the afternoons.

    Remote Learning Schedules

    Please see the grade level specific Remote Learning Schedules. Note that when students are not meeting in small group(s) with the teacher, they may have independent work to do.

    Smithfield K-5 Remote Learning Schedules

    Week 1-3 Remote Special Area Schedule

    Sarah's Spanish School- Online Club

    Class Title:

    Elementary Spanish 1

    Class Description:
    Self-paced. Lifetime access. One price for the whole family (not per student).
    15 week introductory online Spanish course for kids! 2-3 classes per week (at your own pace) with vocab lists, PDF printable worksheets and quizzes with answer keys, and online activities, flashcards, and games!

    Through games, songs, stories, and more students will learn the basics of conversational Spanish.
    Taught by the owner and founder of Sarah's Spanish School, Ms. Sarah.

    Includes BONUS cooking classes, craft classes, and more!

    Grades K-6th

    For more information and to register, please visit

    And here's a little sneak peak into the course, in case you're curious what it looks like!:

    Smithfield Student Services Page

    Check out Ms. Carriera, our school psychologist's, website! You will find a lot of parent and student resources.

    CMS Meal Bundles

    School Nutrition has a plan to provide students with access to healthy and nutritious meals while they are remote learning. Below are details regarding the distribution of meals that we would like for you to share with families as you talk to them.

    Meals during August 17 – 31​

    During the first two weeks of school, August 17 – 31, students will be provided one free breakfast and lunch at 40 grab-and-go meal sites across the district each weekday. The 40 grab-and-go meal sites will be open for pick-up from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attached is a list of school sites that will be providing daily meal pick up for the first 11 days of school. Meals distributed during August 17-August 31 do not have to be pre-ordered. Parents can drive through and pick up meals for their student daily.

    Meal Bundles

    Starting September 1, School Nutrition will be distributing pre-ordered meal bundles that include 5 breakfasts and lunches for CMS students. Meal bundles will be available for pick up at a designated meal site (same sites as first two weeks) or delivered to the student’s' bus stop. Attached is a list of student’s in your school that have signed up for the first week of meal bundles (delivery or pick up Sept 1-Sept 4). Deadline to order for the first week of bus stop delivery is this Tuesday, August 18th at midnight. We are asking you to please contact families that you know need this service to have them sign up. The deadline for ordering a meal bundle for pick up for the week of September 1 is August 26.

    We anticipate that most families will need bus stop delivery so we are asking that contacts be made to these families in time for them to sign up before Tuesday at midnight.

    How to Order a Meal Bundle?

    Parents may use their existing PayPAMS account or can go to to create one. They do not need to provide a credit card to create an account. Meal bundles will be available by pre-order only. School Nutrition is using PayPAMS as a method of gathering orders. When placing an order, parents will see the cost as $0.00. This does not mean the meal bundle is free. Once the meal bundle is delivered, CMS staff will use their point of sale system to charge the meal bundle to the student’s account based on their current meal status.

    Cost of a Meal Bundle

    Meal bundles are free for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch or attend a CEP school. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch can purchase meal bundles for $15 per week.

    Meal bundles will be charged to the student’s meal account based on their current meal status. If a student attends a CEP school or qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the bundle will be free. Parents paying for meal bundles are encouraged to add money to their student’s account in PayPAMS to cover the cost of the meal bundle.

    When does this start?

    CMS Eats at Home meal bundles will be available the week of September 1.

    CMS will assign each student to a Group. Each group will be designated a day of the week for meal bundle delivery and pick up.

    • Group A: Tuesday
    • Group B: Wednesday
    • Group C: Thursday
    • Group D: Friday

    The first meal bundles will be available for pick-up and delivery on:

    • Group A: September 1
    • Group B: September 2
    • Group C: September 3
    • Group D: September 4

    Thank you for your helping us reach our families.



    CMS Meal Benefits

    Families can now apply for meal benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. This applies to students who will be learning at school or from home. Approved students may also qualify for discounted fees for college applications, pay-to-play athletics, academic tests (SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement) and internet access from some providers.

    Meal prices will remain the same next year. All students will receive breakfast at no charge. Lunch prices are $2.50, pre-kindergarten; $2.75, kindergarten to eighth grade; and $3, ninth to 12th grade.

    Stay Connected!

    • Each child will have an Agenda that will go between home and school every day.

    • Weekly ConnectEd email newsletters

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