UCA Elementary Newsletter

Week of April 19th, 2021

UCA Elementary--Go Eagles!

Dean--Lauren O'Brien lauren_o'brien@uwharriecharter.org

Assistant Dean--Beth Kearns beth_kearns@uwharriecharter.org

Receptionist--Yanett Gomez yanett_gomez@uwharriecharter.org

Data Manager/Treasurer--Charity Shore charity_shore@uwharriecharter.org

K-2 Remote Days and EOG Testing!

Kindergarten, first and second grade students will be remote on Tuesday, 5/18 and Wednesday, 5/19 due to EOG testing. Third and fourth grade students will be taking their EOG tests for reading and math on those days. If your student is in 3rd or 4th grade and is virtual only, they will be testing on Tuesday, 5/18 and Wednesday, 5/19 face to face as well. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions.

Virtual Talent Show!

Dear Parents!

I am thrilled to announce UCA's 2nd Annual Virtual Talent Show!! Please click the link below for all the details!


Mrs. Blackwell


Zaxby's Night!

Our next PTO sponsored Zaxby's night will be April 27th from 5:00-8:00 pm. This will be at the Asheboro location on 64. Our school will receive 10% of all sales! Thank you for supporting our school!

Symptom Screening!

Due to updated guidance from our state, we will no longer be completing temperature checks in the mornings. We will need your help to monitor for symptoms and wellness. Please keep your child at home and do not bring them to school if they have developed any new symptoms such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Temperature (external) of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from usual)
  • Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, check for a change from their baseline breathing)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

If your child has any of these symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others. Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school each day and monitor for symptoms that changes from usual or baseline health. Please let Mrs. O'Brien know if your child or another family member in the home is tested for COVID. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/symptom-screening.html#strategy

Pick Up!

Please pick up your student prior to 3:15 in the afternoons. After 3:15, we will be coming inside the building and your child/children will wait with after school care. You will need to walk down to the front patio and ring the buzzer if you arrive to pick up after 3:15 pm. If you arrive consistently after 3:15 pm, there will be a charge.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Early Checkout!

Parents, please note that you cannot pick students up for early dismissal after 2:00 pm in the afternoon. If you arrive after 2 pm, you will be asked to use the staging lot and follow the normal traffic route. Our dismissal begins promptly at 2:30 each day.

Per our handbook, "701~ CHECK OUTS--A student cannot be checked out of school within the last 30 minutes of the school day. The reason for this policy is to prevent interference with dismissal traffic and to maintain safety for our students and staff. Please be mindful of this policy should you need to pick up your student early due to an appointment. It is imperative for students to remain in school for the entire school day, however, we understand that there may be emergent circumstances that occur in which a student may need to leave school early."

Bottled Water!

Due to covid, we cannot use water fountains at this time. As the weather continues to warm, students may need to refill their own water bottles more often. We do have a couple of water coolers but the teacher or assistant has to leave the room to get to it and has to be the one to refill the water for the student. If you are able to, please send an extra bottle of water with your student or a class set of bottled water for the teachers to keep in their classrooms. Thank you for your help and support!


Each day we get a lunch count from our classrooms first thing in the morning so we know how much food to order for the day. If your student arrives after 9 am, lunch count and ordering has already been completed for the day. From now on, if a student arrives after 9 am and needs lunch, we will provide an alternate lunch.

Live Instruction!

Thank you for your patience with us as we have been navigating through tech issues with live instruction. The expectation for live instruction is that remote students attend each session on the days they aren't face to face so that they will receive live instruction and also be counted present for the day. Our daily live-session schedule will be shared by teachers. For special circumstances where students are not able to attend live sessions, teachers will have recordings posted that students must watch at a later time in order to be counted present for the day along with completing independent work. Your students must either attend the live session or watch the recorded session and complete assignments in order to be counted present.

Specials' Google Site!

The specials teachers have created a Google Site as a resource for students and families! Our student advocate, Pam Roach, also has a site for student services. The link is included below! Check it out!! The Zoom links for our specialists are also included on this page. I have included an attachment with the links as well.


Important Dates!

Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday May 19th--EOG Testing