Patriots Family Newsletter
Patriots STEM Elementary School, Nov.20 -Dec 1 2023
- Nov.22nd - 24th: Thanksgiving Break, no school
- Dec.4th - PTO Meeting, 6pm in Cafeteria
- Dec.5th: Skate Night 6:30 - 8:30pm
- Dec.15th: End of Quarter Celebration
- Dec.18th - Jan.2: No school for students, Winter Break
Second Quarter Celebration - Volunteers Needed
We could use your help celebrating our students AGAIN! The first quarter celebration went so well and we had so much fun, we are going to have another one on December 15. All students get to attend and students will be able to participate in different activities based on how many dojo points they have earned.
Grade levels will come to the celebration during their encore time.
Feel free to sign up for as many time slots as you would like. You can come for part of the day, or for the whole day, just sign up for each time slot you are able to cover. If you sign up to help, you will be asked to manage a game/station for that time slot.
We appreciate all of your help!
Also, Please consider helping us by purchasing from our wishlist!
Thank you in advance!
5th Grade Yearbook Ads
Dear Parent or Student,
ORDER BY 12/04/2023 Yearbook Recognition Ads are the perfect way to commemorate achievements and celebrate milestones. In addition, revenues from Recognition Ads help our school create a better yearbook. To purchase your ad online, follow the instructions listed below. Jostens is responsible for our school's yearbook ad sales. Please do not contact or send materials to the school. Please also consider our school's ad content guidelines during the creation of your ad online. All orders must be placed by 12/04/2023.
Attention 5th Grade Parents
The program choice application is now open! The deadline to submit is December 15, 2023.
Program Choice is the opportunity for families to choose an instructional style or theme that is a best fit for their student.
Please see the attachment below for important information concerning timelines, placement process, and individual program Open House schedules.
PTO Dance Committee Meeting - Nov.27th at 6pm
Please come to the committee meeting Nov.27th at 6pm in the media center here at Patriots.
Volunteer Reading Mentors Needed:
We are excited to be partnering with the Cabarrus County Education Foundation to provide the Reading+Mentoring 4 Success Program. The program has three components: Striving Readers Mentorship, Pleasure Reading Incentives and Book-A-Palooza events to help build home libraries. We are seeking volunteers to serve as Striving Reader Mentors for 1st and 2nd graders. This program is designed to help students improve their reading skills before entering 3rd grade when EOG testing begins and reading skills become essential to the entire educational process. These early years are critical for reading achievement. We need community members willing to come alongside our school’s educators to ensure that every child succeeds. Mentors will be paired with a student to meet 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes sessions. Lessons are planned by a curriculum expert. Contact email@example.com to learn more and sign up. The program has already begun, but we still need more mentors, so don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive impact on our school community!
STEM Guest Speakers
New Patriots Website
This is the address of our new school website.
For the week of Nov. 20th -21st students with the last names T-Z & For the week of Nov.27th - Dec.1st students with last names A-G may have visitors for lunch time. Visitors must be listed in PowerSchool as approved contact. If you need to add a contact for your child, please contact the main office.
If you are celebrating a birthday, store bought cupcakes may be brought in . Cakes and balloons are not permitted.
Car Rider Drop-off & Pick-up at Arrival & Dismissal
Starting on the first day of school, August 10th, all car rider traffic will need to enter at CC Griffin Middle School and travel down the newly paved road into Patriots.
Buses & Staff will still use the main Patriots drive.
Cars will exit the main Patriots drive.
Note: In afternoon only, we will use both lanes of newly paved service road to enter Patriots.
Also, please allow CC Griffin Staff to pass through to enter their parking lot.
Parent Square Communication App
Beginning July 1, Cabarrus County Schools will use ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare syncs your contact information directly from PowerSchool and updates daily. If you are receiving this message as an email or text, there is an account established for you in ParentSquare.
If you have not verified that account, you may visit www.parentsquare.com and register. Click "sign in" at the top of the ParentSquare homepage. Once directed to the sign-in screen, look for the "REGISTER" box. To register your account, enter the email or phone number where you received this message. On your initial sign-in, you do not need to enter a password. You will create your account password after you register. You can then follow the instructions to verify your account. If you do not register your account, you will still receive emails, phone calls and texts at this number or email moving forward. However, registering will allow you to enjoy the interactive features associated with ParentSquare and engage with your school community.
Once your account is registered, please visit your account settings page where you can choose your language preference and message delivery methods. You can choose to receive messages instantly, or you may choose to receive all non-emergency messages in one "digest" email at 6 p.m. daily. All emergency or urgent messages from your school or district will override your settings and deliver those messages instantly.
Any time there is change, there will be bumps in the road. However, we believe ParentSquare gives our schools and district an innovative approach to communicating and engaging our school families. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Cabarrus County Schools Director of Communications, Philip Furr, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to find a solution to your problem so you can enjoy the benefits of ParentSquare.
What is ParentSquare?
ParentSquare is a unified communication platform that offers a whole host of tools which allows district, school administrators and teachers to more effectively communicate and engage with families and students. Some features include:
- Mass notifications and Urgent Alerts with two-way communication
- Mobile application for administrators and parents (iOS and Android)
- Attendance notifications
- Teacher and classroom communication
- Direct Messaging with two-way automatic translation
- Appointment Sign Ups (parent-teacher conferences, technology pick-ups, etc.)
- Calendar and RSVP
- Volunteering and classroom supply sign-ups
- And so much more!
Parent Getting Started Guide
Guía de inicio para padres
English Introduction Video
Vídeo de introducción en español
Tips for Parents & Guardians - English
Consejos para padres y tutores - Español
Meal Payments Moving to LINQ Connect
What is changing?
K12 Payment Center will no longer be used to process meal payments. All prepaid balances have been transferred to LINQ Connect, but parents will need to create a new account on LINQ Connect. Other school payments (school fees, etc.) will continued to be payed using K12 Payment Center. FAQs for both the desktop and app versions of LINQ Connect are attached to this post.
What is LINQ Connect?
LINQ Connect is a secure, online portal that allows families to:
• Make an online payment to their student’s meal account
• Remotely monitor their student’s accounts
• Set up automatic recurring payments
• Set up low balance email message alerts
• Submit an online application for free and/or reduced meals
• View online breakfast and lunch menus
How do I get started?
1. Register: Create an account at https://linqconnect.com and selecting Register.
2. Verify your Account: Verify your account by clicking on the email verification link sent to your email address.
3. Sign In: Now you can sign in at https://linqconnect.com using your email and password.
How do I add my children to my account?
You will need to add your student to your LINQ Connect account. Click on + then Type and complete the information to link your student. You will need to complete this process for each student you wish to add.
Where can I get more information or help?
Please see the attached FAQs for both desktop and app versions of LINQ Connect. Contact Maria Antunez in the Cabarrus County School Nutrition Department at (704)260-5554 for further information.
School Bus Tracking App
Here are some links to get started using this app: