Hawks Happenings

August 2020 (ANOTHER update)

What a wonderful start!

Besides some technical difficulties this week, we have had a great start to our school year! Thank you so much for your patience and your communication during this time.

Our school staff has focused on the most important things that you need to know right away in order to be successful. We still have a lot to share with you regarding our school but we don't want to overwhelm you. Here are some things that you are probably wondering about:

  • Parent-Student Handbook - coming your way soon!
  • Student Health History that you update each year - this was sent to you via message from BCS Schools - Click HERE if you missed it!
  • WvES Updated Contact Information Sheet - this was sent to you via a newsletter - Click HERE if you missed it!
  • WvES Walking Field Trip Form - we will send this later if needed
  • HAWKS High Fives/PBIS information - We are working out a way to recognize our students even when learning remotely so stay tuned!
  • Leadership Notebooks - We are making a plan for electronic Leadership Notebooks so students can still work on setting their WIGs (Wildly Important Goals)!
  • Student Clubs - We don't know how to do while learning remotely but when we figure that out, we will let you know!
  • Student Lighthouse Team elections - We will let you know about these!
  • Yearbook Cover Contest - We will let you know about this contest!

As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do/plan/share but right now our focus is getting to know your child and ensuring that your child's technology will WORK in a CONSISTENT manner.

Friday, August 21st - Remote Learning Days begin for all students

Please remember that starting on Friday, August 21st, all students are learning from home. We will all stay in 'Remote Learning' from Friday, August 21 through Friday, September 25. Between now and then, the BCS Board of Education will decide what our school day will look like after Friday, September 25th.

Remember that if you signed up for 'Remote Only' learning then your child will stay in that setting from now until the end of December.

Student Material Pickup - Friday, August 21st

Material Pickup for Remote Only students and students who didn't attend school on campus during days 1-4 - Friday, August 21st

Please see pick up times below. If you have children in more than one grade level, pick the time that works best for you and we will give you both child's belongings during that time. Materials to be picked up may include reading books, copies of materials, packets of manipulatives, etc. Students who attended school on campus on Days 1-4 already took these materials home.

2nd - 9:45-11:45 AM

3rd - 1:00-3:00 PM

4th - 7:30-9:30 AM

Other pickup dates may be scheduled at a later date if we need to send home additional materials.

Fourth Grade iReady Diagnostic Assessment

The state of NC has required that all fourth grade students complete a diagnostic reading assessment at the beginning of the school year "no later than the tenth day that school buildings are open to students for the 2020-2021 school year". Our county has decided to use the i-Ready platform for this assessment.

Next week our fourth grade students will complete this diagnostic assessment AT HOME. Your child's teacher will post information Google Classroom and a hard copy of information will be send home Wed/Thurs with Remote Hybrid learners and on Friday during material pickup for Remote Only learners.

Here is what you need to know in a summary:

  • This is a diagnostic assessment that we need to do in order to see what your child needs support with so please do NOT help them. If they don't know an answer, then we need to know that so we can teach them.
  • There is no time limit but it will probably take about 80 minutes to complete. We will break this up over several days.
  • On Tuesday at the 10:45 Zoom, your child's teacher will prepare your child for the assessment.
  • On Wednesday at the 10:45 Zoom, your child's teacher will get all students started on the assessment and MONITOR the students via Zoom. Your child will work for about 45 minutes on this day.
  • On Thursday at the 10:45 Zoom, your child's teacher will get all students started on the assessment and MONITOR the students via Zoom. Your child will work for about 45 minutes on this day (as needed). Most students will finish on this day.
  • On Friday at the 10:45 Zoom, your child's teacher will inform any students who are not finished yet that they need to use this time to finish.

Here is a link where you can learn more information: English Spanish

A message from iReady:

You’ll be tempted to help on the test. We get it – the i-Ready test is hard. But this test is not for a grade. It helps teachers give your child the best instruction possible.

Think of it this way– would you help your child with a vision test? No, because hints won’t help the eye doctor help them. With i-Ready, hints on the test now could negatively impact your child’s instruction later.

Learn how the i-Ready test is different and how you can do your part to help teachers help your student.

This is the same reading assessment system that our students in Grades 2 and 3 will use. We will let you know more details about this process when it becomes available. This will replace I-Station which the state used last year for assessing student reading progress.

Happy First Week of School!

Please visit our school Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WeavervilleES for more pictures!

What does my child's schedule look like on Friday, August 21st?

Friday, August 21st

All classes will have a 8:30 Welcoming Activity. This will be the first time our Remote Hybrid students have 'zoomed' from home so there is A LOT of flexibility on this day. Please try your best and communicate with your child's classroom teacher if you can't get on the Zoom.

Your child will have assignments to complete the rest of the day but no more Zoom sessions UNLESS your child's teacher schedules an Optimistic Closure session at 1:00 to close out your child's school day. Your child's teacher will let you know if they have scheduled this session for your child.

What does my child's schedule look like starting on Monday, August 24th?

2nd Grade Schedule

Big picture

3rd Grade Schedule

Big picture

4th Grade Schedule

Big picture

Parent concerns over live Zoom sessions starting on Monday, August 24th...

Please note that the BCS K-8 Attendance Policy (linked above) indicates that students must attend live Zoom sessions AND turn in work daily to be counted present. We KNOW that OCCASIONALLY you may not get logged into a Zoom session for various reasons. While it is very important that your child attends the live Zoom sessions because this is when they will receive meaningful instruction, we will work with you when emergencies or technology issues arise without penalties to your child's attendance record. Should you have an emergency or tech issues which result in your child missing a Zoom session, please send your child's teacher an email message or call the school to speak with your child's teacher during their posted Office Hours.

If you have a situation that would result in your child CONSISTENTLY missing live Zoom sessions, please contact Heidi Allison at (828) 645-3127 or heidi.allison@bcsemail.org.

We are a TEAM (home and school) and we will work with you to help your child catch up when a Zoom session is missed - we want your child to be successful!

What will my child's 'Specials' look like?

Weaverville Elementary 'Specials'

This year our Art, Music and PE teachers will have their own SeeSaw classroom (for 2nd grade) and Google Classroom (for grades 3 and 4). Art, Music and PE will post the weekly assignments in these learning management systems for your child to complete. STEM Lab assignments will be posted in your child's regular classroom SeeSaw or Google Classroom platform. In order to help organize your child's weekly schedule, please see the chart below of what day your child's assignment will be posted.

How to Read the Schedule:

Third Grade Example - If your child is in third grade, then the weekly schedule is as follows:

  • On Mondays, Mr. Buckley will post a PE assignment in his Google Classroom for students to complete.
  • On Tuesdays, students will have an assignment from STEM Lab in their regular Google Classroom.
  • On Wednesdays, they have a break from specials.
  • On Thursdays, Ms. Roop will post an assignment in her Google Classroom for students to complete.
  • On Fridays, Mr. Martin will post an assignment in his Google Classroom for students to complete.
  • Students should try their best to complete the assigned special on the day it is assigned.

Mrs. Benfield is also scheduling monthly grade level check-ins with students. These are optional but all students are encouraged to participate in these Zoom sessions. She will share more information but here is the schedule:

2nd Grade - 2nd Tuesday of the month - 10:10 - 10:40

3rd Grade - 3rd Wednesday of the month - 12:50 - 1:20

4th Grade - 4th Thursday of the month - 12:30 - 1:00

Mrs. Hyatt will be sharing information soon about how to check out books from the Media Center. We want to support our reading Leaders!

Big picture
Big picture