November 1, 2020
Picture Day for 'B' students and Remote Only students has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 5th. The times will be the same. Any 'A' day student who was unable to have their picture made on October 27 may come at the grade level times designated for the Remote Only students.
Inclement Weather Days
First Nine Weeks Celebrations
Typically, we have ceremonies in the classrooms and parents are invited to attend. This year things will look a little different. All of these events will be on Wednesdays and will be held via Zoom. The classroom teacher will share more information about the times of your class celebration. If you are unable to attend the live Zoom, it will be recorded and shared with all parents in the class.
2nd Grade - November 18
3rd Grade - November 18
4th Grade - November 18
Be on the lookout for more information from your child's teacher.
Remember that we did not print report cards this nine weeks. Parents may view final grades and report card comments on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you haven't signed up yet for the Parent Portal, directions are included below. If you would like to request a paper report card, please contact Tammy English in the main office.
Parent Portal (PowerSchool) Instructions
Go to buncombeschools.org
On the right side of the page, click on Quick Links
Click Parent Portal
Enter Your First Name
Enter Your Last Name
Enter Your Email
Create your Username (your choice)
Create your Password (your choice)
Re-enter your Password
Next section: “Link Students to account”. Enter Student First
and Last Name
Enter Student Access ID This is your student’s 10 digit
number followed by a capital Z. If your student does not
know this number, it can be found at the top of a report
card. This is also your child's lunch number.
Enter Student Access Password This is your student’s
birthdate, example 4/1/2000 would be 412000
Enter Your relationship to student
Press Enter at the bottom of the page
Your account is now set up and active. From this point forward, when
you choose to log in you will use the username and password you chose.
Parent Portal is accessed through the BCS or Weaverville Elementary
home page or you may download the PowerSchool app on your mobile
device. This looks like a light blue P inside a dark blue box. Accounts
must be set up via desktop or laptop initially, but once set up, you may
access via phone or tablet with the app.
Reminder: Daily attendance and work completion is essential to learning and growing! If you are having a hard time getting your child to participate in school while 'off-campus' please reach out to our school teams so we can help you brainstorm ideas. Our Social Worker, Ann-Marie McBride, and our School Counselor, Jayme Benfield, are always willing to help!
Growth Mindset and Productive Struggle
We appreciate your partnership in your child's education. This year you have had even more responsibilities placed on you than in years past due to the unique setting of our school year. We are thankful for your support and we want to ensure that we provide support for you as well.
Two concepts that we discuss often as educators are Productive Struggle and Growth Mindset. These concepts place a high value on how we learn - specifically how mistakes help us learn. Below I have added some information about these concepts. As your child is working at home, we do not expect them to answer everything correctly - in fact, if we are able to see their mistakes then we can identify any misconceptions and address those gaps so your child has a greater understanding.
Please watch the video below to learn more about these concepts. If you are interested in learning more about Growth Mindset, you can google Carol Dweck and Growth Mindset.
Thanks for helping us give your child the gift of challenge and productive struggle.
BCS Digital Learning Help
Our BCS Digital Learning team maintains a helpful YouTube channel filled with instructional videos for teachers and students with topics relevant to Remote Learning! You'll also find support for English, Spanish, and Russian speakers with videos addressing access to Zoom, Seesaw, Clever, Google Classroom, the PowerSchool Parent Portal, and more.
Changes coming to Art, Music, PE and Media Classes for Hybrid Learners
Bottom line is that your hybrid student will have an additional Zoom on the days they are learning at home. Here are the times of the Zooms. More information will be shared by the specialists and your child's classroom teacher.
This DO NOT apply to Remote Only learners.
2nd grade: 11:00 - 11:30
3rd grade: 12:05 - 12:35
4th grade: 12:45 - 1:15
Important Announcement for Remote Only learners
We must have this decision by no later than Friday, November 20th. The reason there is a November deadline is because your decision could impact many things at our school including the master school schedule, teacher assignments, and even potentially room locations. We need time to prepare for 2nd semester. Thank you for understanding.
PTO Fundraising - A message from the Weaverville Schools PTO
We are excited to announce a new fundraising opportunity for our schools this year. We will be working with ShopWithScrip to offer gift cards for fundraising. Gift card fundraising is a great way to raise money for our organization. Buy gift cards from your favorite brands to earn on your daily purchases. No extra money spent.
How it works:
Raise money by purchasing gift cards at face value
Shop 750+ top brands and immediately earn up to 20% on every gift card you buy. You can easily raise $1,000 or more every year.
Use gift cards at full value for your daily purchases Earnings come from brands, not from your pocket, so gift cards are worth every penny. Raise money simply by doing everyday things—like grabbing your morning coffee or ordering dinner for the family.
How to get started
Create an account on the RaiseRight app or at ShopWithScrip.com using our organization’s enrollment code.
Seamlessly check out and receive eGift cards faster by securely paying online with a linked bank account or credit card.
Check your email in the next few days for more information about how to get started!
Questions? Join us at the PTO meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 to learn more! A Zoom link will be sent to families via email!
Information for Food and Nutrition Department
Weaverville Elementary School's Food and Nutrition Department will be providing 7 Day Meal Kits for Remote Only Students. Families will receive 7 Breakfasts and 7 Lunches for free since they are not attending in person school. Pick up is available on Wednesdays from 10:30-1:30PM curbside at Weaverville Elementary School (use the bus circle). If you'd like to sign up for free 7 day meal kits, please call Ashley Mendoza at (828) 645-6105 or the main office at (828) 645-3127.
5 Day Meal Kits: Hybrid Students
Weaverville Elementary School Food and Nutrition Department will be creating 5 Day Meal kits Hybrid students to provide breakfasts and lunches to last them through the 5 days that they do not attend school. Group A students can pick up their meal kits in the Car Rider line on Tuesdays. Group B students can pick up their meal kits in the car rider line on Fridays. Feel free to pick one up when you pick your child up. If you'd like to sign up for free 5 day meal kits, please call Ashley Mendoza at (828) 645-6105 or the main office at (828) 645-3127.
If your student is a bus rider, 5 day meal kits can be picked up on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2-6PM at North Buncombe High School.
- Meals served through June 2021 are open to all students including charter, private, and home school students at for FREE.
- BCS families are urged to fill out a free/reduced meal program application for this school year (2020-21). Even if you do not think you will qualify, we urge you to fill out a form to access federal programs and for funding purposes. This will ensure quick access to any additional state or federal programs that could be implemented in the future.
For more information about meals provided by Buncombe County Schools, please go to Buncombe County Schools Nutrition Page.
REMINDER ABOUT FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATONS
OUR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PERCENTAGE IS STILL BELOW THE COUNTY AVERAGE OF 40% BUT WE DO NOT THINK OUR CURRENT PERCENTAGE IS ACCURATELY REFLECTS OUR LEVEL OF NEED IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY.
PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING A MOMENT TO COMPLETE THE FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE IN FILLING OUT THIS FORM, YOU CAN CONTACT ASHLEY MENDOZA IN OUR SCHOOL CAFETERIA.
Remember that families who qualify for this program may have other opportunities for support made available to them in the next few months.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT OUR SCHOOL COULD FACE DRASTIC CUTS IN OUR BUDGET ALLOCATIONS IF WE DO NOT HAVE AT LEAST 40% OF OUR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR THIS PROGRAM. OUR TITLE 1 FUNDING AS WELL AS OTHER FUNDING SOURCES IS BASED ON OUR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PERCENTAGE.
A message from Mrs. Benfield about the Panorama Survey
As you know, Buncombe County Schools has a strong commitment to educating the whole child. This means understanding how each child’s social-emotional skills contribute to their success in school and life. Social-emotional skills include such things as problem-solving, emotional management, and relationships with others. Many studies support the strong link between social-emotional skills and success in school and in future careers.
Between November 2nd and 13th, students in third and fourth grades will complete the Panorama Social Emotional Learning Surveys. I will be in the classrooms, as well as meeting with classes who are remote only, to help ensure that students can access their survey. The information will be used in planning instruction and emotional supports that meet the needs of all our students. The survey asks students to identify their strengths and challenges in everyday school and life activities and gives the school an overview of what issues need more direct instruction, intervention, or support. The results are not used by themselves to identify specific students for services of any kind. If you would like more information about this survey or to view the survey questions, please contact me at the school by phone or by email, which can be found on the school website.
Information from our Family Engagement Action Team
Parents - check out Mrs. Benfield's page on our school's website that contains resources for mindfulness and calming strategies, etc.
Required Title 1 Information
Each year we are required to share information with you about how our Title 1 Program benefits our school. Please see the video below about our Title 1 program.
We will share the video below with you on SeeSaw and Google Classroom through your child's account. We will ask that you sign a Google Form to document that you have reviewed the video. This is an assignment for parents and we need this documentation.
Grade level Title 1 Family-School Compacts are also included below for your review.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this!
Here is some infromation from our School Nurse, Shannon Burgess
Blue Mountain Pizza is holding their 15th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner. See the flier below for more information.
Hopefully, we will be able to host a special event for families later in the school year.
Third Grade students will take the North Carolina Beginning of Grade 3 (BOG) test in December. This is a baseline data point and students must take the assessment on campus. More information will be shared with 3rd grade families.
November 3 - OTWD - Remote Learning Day (asynchronous tasks assigned)
November 5 - Tentative PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM
November 9 - Art, Music, PE and Media will start having off campus Remote Hybrid learners Zoom in to the class lessons.
November 11 - Holiday - Veteran's Day - no work assigned for students
November 17 - Thanksgiving Meal for A students (still eating in the classroom)
November 18 - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Hawk Achievement Awards via Zoom - more information to come!
November 19 - Thanksgiving Meal for B students (still eating in the classroom)
November 20 - WvES Advisory Council Meeting at 9 AM
November 20 - Deadline for Remote Only students to share 2nd semester choice
November 25 - November 27 Thanksgiving Break
December 2 - BOG Test for 3rd Grade Remote Students (on campus)
December 3 - BOG for 3rd Grade 'B' Day Students
December 4 - BOG Makeups for 3rd Grade 'B' Day Students
December 7 - BOG for 3rd Grade 'A' Day Students
December 8 - BOG Makeups for 3rd Grade 'A' Day Students
December 9 - BOG Makeups for 3rd Grade Remote Students (on campus)
December 21 - Jan 1 - Winter Break and Holidays
January 8 - Report Cards