The Eagle's Call 🦅

Friday, February 25th, 2022

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From Principal Tim Huber

1st Grade: You Made my Week! 🕺🦎


Several 1st grade classes stood out for bringing the fun of learning and growing into their classrooms this week. First, Ms. Turpin's 1st grade class got to choose and class reward after earning 800 Eagles, and they chose a dance party with yours truly! I spent a part of Thursday afternoon dancing around the room a having a blast with the children's favorite dance videos.


On Friday, Ms. Doss' 1st grade class hosted a very special and tiny visitor: Shepard the Gecko! Students have been learning about animal traits and Shepard, a beloved pet of one of Ms. Doss' students, quickly captured our hearts as we got to pet and hold him. See some photos below!


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

Black History Month Fact of the Week

Did You Know?

Anyone who’s taken a ride on a modern elevator has Alexander Miles to thank for the stair alternative’s automatic doors. Because, as the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention, Miles created a mechanism that forced both elevator doors to close simultaneously, thus preventing dangerous accidents.

Credit for image below

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[NEW] Media Center Additions! 📚

Recently the Harris Creek Media Center underwent some fun upgrades! Not only were we able to add some amazing books with diverse authors and characters, but also we added beautiful new rugs and comfy seating! Check it out!

[NEW] Spring School Pictures 📷

NOTE: Virtual Academy students may come on either date during the hours of 9:30am-3:30pm
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[UPDATED] For 5th Grade Families: Preparing for Middle School

Informational letters were sent to 5th grade families today 2/25. Use the links below to access the letter.

Letter to 5th Grade Families - English

Letter to 5th Grade Families - Spanish


To stay up to date on all Rising 6th grade information, including parent nights, deadlines, and course registration please visit our student services website: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/13757

Welcome New Staff Members! 🎉

  • [NEW] Adriana Flores, Regular Education Instructional Assistant (start date 2/28)
  • Mariah Dewar, COVID-19 Coordinator (start date 2/14)
  • Cora Mitchell, PreK Track 4 Instructional Assistant (start date 2/14)

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

Single Subject Acceleration Testing Requests Due Soon ✍

Students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English Language Arts through Single Subject Acceleration (SSA). This ensures opportunities for appropriate levels of academic challenge. Only students who are currently enrolled and attending a WCPSS school during the open nomination and testing window are eligible to be considered for SSA. More information can be found at https://www.wcpss.net/Page/3799


Test Request Deadlines

Test Requests for the 2022-23 school year must be submitted during your school’s calendar deadline.


Leadership Academies, Modified and Year-Round Track 1: Feb. 25, 2022

Traditional Calendar and Year-Round Tracks 2, 3 and 4: March 25, 2022


The SSA Contact at Harris Creek is our AIG Teacher Sherri Matheson: smatheson@wcpss.net

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

  • Bus Drivers for our area! Learn more at https://www.wcpss.net/busjobs
  • Special Education (ECS2) Instructional Assistant, Track 4
  • Special Education (ECS1) Instructional Assistant, Track 4

PTA News 🤝

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 ¼ page, portrait orientation and can contain a picture (jpeg ONLY).

**YEARBOOK SOLD SEPARATELY**

[UPDATED] Health and Wellness Reminders ♥

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.


ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING:

Wake County Public School System, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin offering weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and staff. COVID-19 testing is an effective way to reduce transmission, especially when layered with other precautionary measures.


We strongly recommend all families participate in this free program. Participation helps safeguard the wellbeing of the entire school community and gives you information to help you keep your children healthy.


Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com


NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES: If your child or a household member receives a positive COVID test or if they are exposed to someone with COVID, please emails to your child's teacher and to hces-covid19@wcpss.net right away. An office staff member will reach out to assist with next steps.


View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms. Be sure to review recent updates which include that students are no longer considered exposed while at school as schools are following all health precautions. Students will only be sent home if they are showing symptoms of illness.


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.


MASKS: At a specially called meeting this week, the WCPSS Board of Education voted to make masks “recommended, but not required” in schools, effective March 7th. Masking is a decision that each family and staff member will make. Please talk with your children about this change and reinforce that it is a personal and private choice whether to wear a mask or not. Next, due to federal transportation laws, masks are still required to be worn on Wake County transportation including yellow buses and vendor cabs. Stay tuned for more updates as we approach March 7th.


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

Resources to Support Health And Wellness 😃

Family Support Awareness Month February 2022


Families have been presented with unprecedented challenges over the last two years, underscoring the importance of community-wide access to support, information and positive connections. Home visiting and parent education programs build a system of support for families and ensure children are ready to learn and remain healthy and safe.


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed February to be Family Support Awareness Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the valuable work of home visitors and parent educators across our state. In recognition of Family Support Awareness Month, the Growing Resilience Movement and SAFEchild will offer several free virtual events throughout February. Click here for the flyer with all the event information.


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
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 📣

Transportation Reminders 🚗🚌

AM Carpool Efficiency Reminders

Currently, with Tracks 1,3, and 4 in session together, the volume of cars in morning carpool is much greater than usual. Please remember to pull forward as far as possible, have your student(s) open their own door, and put on your hazard lights if assistance is needed. Thank you!


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. Please reference the image below for proper placement. 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.

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WCPSS Volunteer Registration

We welcome 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 💻

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 📆

  • Feb 14-Mar 4: Track 2 Track out
  • Mar 3: Spring Pictures (Tr 3, 4)
  • Mar 4: Quarter 3 Ends (Tr 1 only)
  • Mar 7: Track 2 students return
  • Mar 13: Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Mar 24: Quarter 3 Ends (Tr 2,3,4)
  • Mar 7-27: Track 1 Track out
  • Apr 12: Spring Pictures (Tr 1,2)
  • Save the Date: May 13 - Eagle Fun Fest!