Principal's Weekly Update

Volume 2 Issue 30: March 7, 2021

Message from Mrs. Aulmer

I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air this weekend. Next Sunday, March 14th, we will begin Daylight Savings Time which means we need to SPRING our clocks FORWARD one (1) hour.


On February 18th the board of directors voted for the teachers and students, who opted into in-person instruction, to return to the building. The teachers returned last week and the students who opted into in-person instruction will return to the building on Monday, March 15th. March 15th will be an asynchronous day for all students who are remaining with remote instruction. At this time we are only able to accept the students that opted into in-person instruction into the building. If you want your scholar to come to the building for in-person instruction and you did not opt into it, then you can reach out to your grade level Dean and they will be able to communicate with you about the waitlist option.


Ms. Beatty (k-2): abeatty@queencitystem.org

Ms. Griffith (3-5): mgriffith@queencitystem.org


For those families who opted into in-person instruction: we are finishing up finalizing our plans and we will share information with you soon on what to expect, protocols, supply lists, etc. For the families who have reached out to see if there is anything they can help us with during this transition we do have a few items on the list. If you can help with any of the below items for our classrooms it would be greatly appreciated:


  • Lysol Spray
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Items can be dropped off in the main office. You can specify a teacher you would like to receive the donated items or you can add them to our supply closet for those who need them first. Thanks for your help!



This Friday will mark the end of the third marking period. All assignments for this marking period are due by 12 pm (noon) on Wednesday, March 10th. Please check Schoology and encourage your scholars to complete any missing assignments for this marking period. If you have any questions, please reach out to your teachers.



Our school calendar for next year has been approved. Please see a picture and a file to the document below. Please be mindful of the date that school starts. We must have all students present the first day of school. Thank you for your assistance.


Have you had a great experience at QCSS? Is there anything we are doing that you feel is great? If so, could you please take a few minutes to write a review on our Google profile? https://g.page/QueenCitySTEMSchool/review?gm



Thank you for your continued partnership with QCSS as we work to make this a successful year for all of our scholars! I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.

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Rising 6th Grade Night

We will host a rising sixth grade parent night on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6 pm. Please access the live ZOOM session by going to https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/92098506565


Please see the letter below for more information.

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Virtual Parent Academy: Cyber Safety

Our March Virtual Parent Academy will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6 pm. We will be discussing tips and helpful information on keeping our scholars safe and happy while navigating the online world. We will have a special guest, Officer Logan, from CPMD University City Division. We look forward to seeing our families at this month's virtual event.
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Do you need help paying your heating bill?

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services is offering help to residents this winter by providing Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) funds to eligible households. If you need help and want to know if you qualify, please open the document below and follow the steps.

Emergency Rent Assistance Program

If you're experiencing a financial hardship with paying your rent due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic) the Emergency Rent Assistance Program for the City of Charlotte (ERAP-CLT) may be able to assist you. ERAP-CLT is a partnership between the City of Charlotte and The Housing Partnership.


ERAP-CLT may be available to individuals and families who are experiencing a delay in making their rental payments due to COVID-19. Please note that due to limited funding, applications will be approved, and assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis.


For eligibility requirements and to complete the online application, please visit www.rampclt.com If you have any questions, please email erapclt@cmhp.org or call 980-406-7509.

Accreditation

TMSA and QCSS are going through the accreditation process with Cognia. This is a three year process and we are now in year two. Cognia works with schools and systems of all types and sizes to clearly assess the quality of the institution and to help the schools meet the needs of every student. Cognia provides an explicit set of standards and criteria for accreditation and certification. Meeting and exceeding those standards results in a valuable recognition of excellence.


Please see the Readiness Report for Accreditation below. We will keep everyone updated as we progress through this process.


In December of 2020, a survey was sent out to families asking for them to respond to some questions about the Climate and Culture at QCSS. We had 100 families at the elementary school respond to the survey. The staff looked over the responses and created the presentation below. Please take a few minutes to look over what our families responses were. The team at QCSS will continue to revisit this data to improve our processes at QCSS.

School Counseling Schoology Groups

Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Bagley, has created Schoology groups for our students to help students receive resources during virtual learning. The groups include Social and Emotional Learning activities, character education lessons, and much more!


If your scholar is interested in joining the groups, please have them use the access codes below to join.


The group access codes:

K-2 School Counseling Group: 3K54-K6KH-X746P

3-5 School Counseling Group: NQGT-WNHG-NVVX7

Shout Out a Staff Member

Parents,


If you have a teacher or staff member that you would like to "Shout Out" or "Brag" on, please go to the the link below and give them a shout out. The little words do go a long way! Thanks.


https://padlet.com/abeatty8/fmprl44z0vsgigm0

What's Happening at QCSS?

Wednesday, March 10th: All assignments for the 3rd quarter must be turn in by 12 pm (noon) this day.


Friday, March 12th: Last day of the 3rd quarter


Sunday, March 14th: Daylight Savings Time Begins (SPRING FORWARD an hour)


Monday, March 15th: Students who opted into In-Person instruction return to the building.

Asynchronous Learning Day (no live ZOOM sessions, assignments posted by 9 am, work must be completed in order to be marked present for the day).


Wednesday, March 17th: Report Cards go home


Thursday, March 18th: Virtual Parent Academy Night at 6 pm. The focus is on Cyber Safety


Friday, March 19th: Asynchronous Learning Day (no live ZOOM sessions, assignments posted by 9 am, work must be completed in order to be marked present for the day).

Parent/Teacher Conferences


Tuesday, March 23rd: Rising 6th Grade Night


Friday, April 2nd- Friday, April 9th: NO SCHOOL: SPRING BREAK


Wednesday, April 21st: 3rd/4th/5th MAP Reading Test


Thursday, April 22nd: 3rd/4th/5th MAP Math Test

Progress Reports Go Home


Friday, April 23rd: 3rd/4th/5th MAP Science Test


Monday, April 26th: K/1st/2nd MAP ELA


Tuesday, April 27th: K/1st/2nd MAP ELA


Wednesday, April 28th K/1st/2nd MAP Math


Thursday, April 29th: K/1st/2nd MAP Math


Friday, April 30th: K/1st/2nd Reading Fluency MAP

Remote Instruction Schedules

Please follow the schedule below for your scholar's grade level. Students' daily schedules will be from 9 am until 2 pm. There will be a time for students to complete assignments for their specials areas teachers, a lunch break, and time for homework/physical activity/ and or one-on-one time with their teacher(s).

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

1) What are the phone numbers for the campuses?

Elementary Campus: 980-299-6633

Secondary Campus: 980-321-7744


2) Who do I contact if I need my Powerschool login information and/or to update my contact information?

Ms. Williams – jwilliams@queencitystem.org



3) Who do I contact if I need my student google login information?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator- sbushman@queencitystem.org


4) I need a chromebook, who do I contact?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator- sbushman@queencitystem.org


5) My chromebook isn’t working/battery is low, what do I do?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator- sbushman@queencitystem.org


6) I’d like to talk with a school counselor. Who can I reach out to?

Ms. Bagley: kbagley@queencitystem.org


7) Are there any resources for parents to help with remote learning?

https://sites.google.com/dpi.nc.gov/remote-learning-resources/home/parent-resources?authuser=0


8) My scholar has an IEP who can I speak with?

Ms. Robinson: hrobinson@queencitystem.org


9) My scholar has a 504, who can I speak with?

Ms. Bagley: kbagley@queencitystem.org


10) Can we use a tablet for virtual instruction?

As long as you are able to access ZOOM, Schoology, and any other platform the teacher will be using.


11) Will speech therapy or occupational therapy be remote as well?

Yes, the service provider for speech and OT will be reaching out to families soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Robinson.


12) Will tutoring be offered?

Yes, please reach out to your scholar(s) teacher(s) to discuss options


13) How does my scholar access Schoology?

You must use the following website: queencitystem.schoology.com

-If you received a chromebook from the school, your scholar will be logged in when they enter the website above.

-If you are using a personal device, then you will need to make sure you are logged in with your QCSS Google information.

-Codes are not needed to access classes in Schoology. All class schedules are pulled from PowerSchool.

Video to show you how to login.


14) When I log in to Powerschool I see my student's grades from last year, how do I see this year's grades?

If you are using the app you may need to log out completely and sign back in to refresh the data.


15) My scholar attends the secondary campus who is the principal?

Mr. Alkan is the principal for the secondary school. You can reach him at malkan@queencitystem.org


16) My elementary scholar has four (4) special area classes assigned to them. How do I know what class to tell them to attend daily?

This is up to you and your child. The scholar must complete one (1) assignment per class each week. We suggest that you make a schedule together and stick to that schedule. An example is: Monday- music, Tuesday- Art, Wednesday- PE, Thursday- STEM Class.





Remember that your first point of contact should be your scholar's teacher(s). If you have questions about navigating platforms, assignments, or grades, please reach out to the teacher via email. Also, please utilize the school's website for distance learning information. queencitystem.org

Board Meetings

Board meetings will be held on the following dates and times. These will be virtual meetings and links will be communicated closer to the date of the meeting.


-Thursday, April 1, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, June 3, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Box Tops for Education

THE NEXT GENERATION OF BOX TOPS IS HERE.

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.


Please download the Box Tops for Education App from your App store, sign up, connect with QCSS and begin earning money for the school.

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