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Friday, January 21st, 2022

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From Principal Tim Huber

Winter Weather Thoughts ❄⛄❄


Did your children wear their pajamas inside out this week? Flush an ice cube down the toilet? Put a spoon under their pillow? I was skeptical when my son requested to perform these rituals this week, however, it seems to have worked! According to this today.com article, children and adults everywhere believe that they can make snow days more likely with these rituals. I hope you and your family enjoyed some relaxation today or at least a slower pace. As the snow falls, I hope our Eagles who have never had the chance to play in snow get to do so today or tomorrow!


We are looking forward to welcoming back Track 4 children and staff next week. With the increased volume of carpool traffic, please remember to pull all the way forward to the light pole for AM carpool, and to refrain from cell phone use during PM carpool.


Thank you for your continued support of your children and our school. Together, we will help our children SOAR to reach their greatest potential!

Health and Wellness Reminders β™₯

Please do not send your child to school when they are sick or experiencing ANY of these symptoms of illness: Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea


To read details about how schools and our school system are responding the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.wcpss.net/covid19.


[NEW] Communication: Send ALL COVID-related emails to your child's teacher and to hces-covid19@wcpss.net


Virtual Academy: Virtual Academy remains closed and there are no exceptions.


COVID-19 VACCINE: Vaccines are now available for children ages 5+. Wake County Public Health encourages parents to protect their children aged 5-17 with the COVID-19 vaccine – it's safe, effective, and available at no cost. Read more about the vaccine for kids: Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 5+). Wake County Public Health is offering special kids-only vaccine days. Families can go to WakeGov.com/kids to sign up. Pediatrician offices, pharmacies and children's hospitals are also providing vaccine appointments for children in Wake County. Visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/kids to find a vaccine near you.


NOTIFICATION REMINDER: If your child or a household member receives a positive COVID test or if they are exposed to someone with COVID, please notify your child’s teacher and an administrator right away. An administrator will reach out to assist with next steps. View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms. Procedures have been updated as of January 2022. Be sure to review updates.


TYPES OF APPROVED FACE COVERINGS: The link to guidance on approved types of face coverings can be found here. Mask compliance (over the nose, covering mouth, under the chin) is important. You can continue to help by ensuring your child’s mask is as comfortable as possible, while meeting the criteria for an approved face covering.


Thank you for doing your part to keep our kids in school!

[UPDATED] PTA News 🀝

[NEW] PTA Update For 5th Grade Families Only

Baby Picture (FREE): The yearbook committee is requesting a baby/younger picture for each 5th grade student for the 2021/2022 yearbook. Please send ONE picture (jpeg ONLY) of your 5th grade student to hcesyearbook1@gmail.com. **Please include the child’s full name and teacher’s name in the email so we can properly caption them** You do not need to purchase a yearbook in order to submit a picture and be included***


Student Ad ($25.00): The Yearbook Committee is selling 5th Grade student ads. You can purchase a yearbook student ad to send your best wishes or to congratulate your fifth grader. All ads are ΒΌ page, portrait orientation and can contain a picture (jpeg ONLY).

**YEARBOOK SOLD SEPARATELY**

RECAP: School Lockdown Drill on January 18th

At least once each school year, we are required to conduct a school lockdown drill which ensures preparedness of all students and staff in case of a community or school emergency.


On Tuesday, January 18th, we completed a lockdown drill during the afternoon. After the announcement was made, our office Command Center was activated and all students and staff sheltered and hid behind locked doors. Any students and staff who were outside moved safely away from campus to safe locations as directed by the staff supervising. Our WCPSS Security Administrator and 3 Raleigh police officers assisted with evaluating our preparedness during the drill, which lasted approximately 20 minutes.


We are likely to conduct another lockdown drill later this school year when Track 4 is tracked in.


For information about our plans and procedures to keep your children safe, refer to the Safety and Emergencies page on the school district website.

[UPDATED] Track Change Requests For 22-23 School Year

All families have an opportunity to request a track change for next school year. The request window begins on January 21st and will remain open until February 20th. Note that track change requests will be considered, but are not guaranteed to be fulfilled. Use the following link to submit your request: Harris Creek ES Track Change Request 2022-23

Welcome New Staff Members! πŸŽ‰

  • [NEW] Cora Mitchell, PreK Track 4 Instructional Assistant (tentative start date 1/25)
  • McKenzie Emmons, Kindergarten Track 3 Instructional Assistant (started 1/3)

  • Read some new staff bios HERE on our school website!

We're Hiring! 🏫

Are you or someone you know interested in joining the staff of the best school in the district?! See below for our current and future vacancies and use this link to apply:


Current Vacancies

  • Special Education (ECS2) Instructional Assistant, Track 4
  • Special Education (ECS1) Instructional Assistant, Track 4
Tell us how a Harris Creek staff member has helped or made an impact on you or your child. This shout-out will be shared with the staff at a future meeting! Use the form below to send your shout- out πŸ“£

Resources to Support Health And Wellness πŸ˜ƒ

In addition to the many services and supports that our school offers with the help of our school counselors, psychologist, social worker, and other specialists, the resources at the link below may provide additional help to students and families to improve their health and wellness. We are here to assist you with connecting with these and other programs and services. Visit https://www.wcpss.net/wellness

[IMPORTANT REMINDER] Display Carpool Tags Every Afternoon πŸš—πŸšŒ

Please Display Carpool Number Tags Every Afternoon

In order to ensure an efficient carpool process, please remember to hang carpool number tags to display clearly from your vehicle's rearview mirror. This is a critical step to ensure students leave their classrooms and come outside to the correct location on the sidewalk to be picked up. Thank you!


Bus Tracking App

Please use the Here Comes the Bus app (App Store or Google Play Store) to monitor the location of your student’s bus and when it is approaching his/her stop. To sign up: https://herecomesthebus.com/parents/get-started/ . The WCPSS school code for school bus tracking is 67500. You will need to use your child's student ID number as well.

You can also follow @HCESBuses on Twitter to confirm when your child's bus leaves campus each afternoon.

Register For School Meal Benefits πŸ΄πŸ•πŸ“

Please consider applying for meal benefits as soon as possible. By submitting a qualifying application, families will also support the district in qualifying for additional funds to support students and learning! Also, the NC Department of Health & Human Services is collecting student free and reduced lunch and attendance data from WCPSS to determine any additional Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months! By not applying for these meal benefits, you will miss the potential opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family!

Yes, meals will still be free for all students through June 2022 but we still need you to complete a meal benefits application so our school can be eligible for this extra education funding next school year. Also, this ensures your student is covered for the first few weeks of school next year. Information about applying for Meal Benefits can be found at www.wcpss.net/meals. Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535.

WCPSS Volunteer Registration

In the near future, we are planning to welcome limited numbers of parent and community volunteers for a variety of opportunities to include lunch and recess duty coverage. In order to volunteer, you are required to be a registered and approved volunteer. Volunteer registration must be completed on a computer at any WCPSS school and should take no more than 10-15 minutes. Please stop by as soon as you are able and we will have a school device available for you to use. Thank you for your support!

ACTION REQUESTED: Restart Your Child's WCPSS Chromebook Weekly πŸ’»

WCPSS Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features.

Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.)

Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

Thank you!

How to Easily Set Your WCPSS Communication Preferences

We recognize that you may be receiving a large volume of communication and we want to make sure you always see the information you need the most!


Set your SchoolMessenger message preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger Parent account. With this account you can select what information you receive and how you would like to receive it. You can create your account by downloading the SchoolMessenger app on your mobile device or go to https://go.schoolmessenger.com/.

Notes:

  • Use the email address entered for your student in PowerSchool to sign up.
  • Most messages from Mr. Huber and WCPSS are sent as email and text using the General School Info broadcast.
  • To receive text messages, text YES to 67587.
  • For more information and instructions on how to create an account, visit: https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger.

Upcoming Dates to Remember πŸ“†

  • Jan 24: Track 3 Track Out Begins
  • Jan 24 - Feb 4: Extended Learning Camp for Track 3
  • Jan 31 - Feb 4: National School Counselor Week
  • Feb 1: PTA Meeting 6pm
  • Feb 7-11: National Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • Feb 7-18: School Book Fair
  • Save the Date: May 13 - Eagle Fun Fest!