Hawks Happenings

March 2021

March is Music in Schools Month!

Students are learning music and games from around the world this week!

Music teacher Cindy Roop taught students the game-song “Obwisana” from Ghana, which traditionally involves singing together and passing rocks to keep the rhythm. While students did not pass any objects back and forth, they did use bean bags to keep the rhythm and had a lot of fun doing it! Students also created their own rhythms by memorizing and rearranging cards with notes on them and then practiced patterns on the djembe.

“It was a joy to make music with them again,” Roop said. “This has been a very, very fun week at Weaverville Elementary.”

Roop's fourth-graders learned to identify notes on a musical staff by playing recorders and xylophones. They also practiced singing the names of the notes while playing them on their instruments.

“The kids have absolutely loved playing simple folk songs together as an ensemble in a safe way,” she added. “Their faces light up when they finally hear the melody.”

In 2018, Ms. Roop served as the North Buncombe District Teacher of the Year in Buncombe County. Watch her profile video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qtgXh9DrvgQ

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Buncombe County Schools Board of Education voted to move to Plan A

The Board of Education voted to move students in Grades K-3 to Plan A, which includes in-person instruction five days a week. This transition will happen on March 8. Students in grades four and five will also move to Plan A on March 15.

Please note that if you chose remote-only instruction for your child this semester, this decision does not impact them. They will remain remote-only.

Students in grades 6-13 will remain in the same Plan B schedule. Due to Gov. Cooper’s directives, students in these grades are not eligible to be moved to Plan A.

Also, we want to let you know about an important calendar change. Because February 18 was converted to an annual leave day due to inclement weather, Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day) will now be an Optional Teacher Workday. Licensed staff may work or take accrued leave. There won’t be remote or in-person learning on this day.

Friday, March 12 will now be an instructional day for students in order to earn more instructional hours to comply with the state calendar law.

Currently, the last student day is June 1, depending on any further winter weather disruptions this season.

The school campus opens for drop off at 7:30 AM. Formal classroom instruction begins at 8 AM.

The end of the school day is 2:25 PM. The car rider line will be longer due to more students on campus.

Please be patient.

All students who leave our campus in a car are considered car riders and MUST go through the car rider line.

How do I access the school campus? Yost Street!

Please remember that all school traffic should use Yost Street which is off Merrimon Avenue when dropping off students and picking up students as car riders. In the morning and afternoon, cars must use Yost Street to enter our car rider line and when exiting the car rider line.

Can I walk my child to class?

Due to COVID restrictions, parents are not permitted to walk their child to their classroom but you may walk your child to the top of the parking lot stairs to say goodbyes. Please make sure that a staff member who is on car duty completes the health screening for your child if you choose not to go through the car rider line. All students must complete the health screening PRIOR to exiting their vehicle when in the car rider line.

Who are considered 'walkers' at dismissal time?

A few WvES families live next door to the school and they are considered 'walkers'. Parents of 'walkers' may come to the top of the stairs near the staff/visitor parking lot or the side of the school near the cafeteria doors to wait for their child to be called. Please do NOT come to the gym door due to physical distancing guidelines.

If you do not live next to the school and walk to campus to pick up your child, this does not apply to you so you must use the car rider line.

What will bus service look like?

Buncombe County Schools has reinstated the HSSA program (bus health monitors). Efforts will be made to have a bus monitor on each bus and each bus route with a focus on the morning bus ride.

Parents are still asked to complete a health screening at home each day to ensure their child is well enough to come to school.

The question’s you’ll need to ask are:

  • Have any of the children you are sending to the bus stop had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?
  • Since you were last at school, have you had any of these symptoms?

  1. Fever
  2. Chills
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. New cough
  5. New loss of taste or smell

  • Since you were last at school, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please do not send your child to school.

Students brought home a paper version of the letters below in November.

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School Nutrition Information - Breakfast and Lunch

All students are eligible to have a FREE breakfast and/or lunch, if desired.

Students will eat lunch in various locations throughout the school campus. If students do not bring lunch from home, then a school lunch will be provided. Students have the option to pack their lunch or eat school lunch.

All students are asked to bring a beach towel or small mat that they can sit on for lunch. Outside locations will be utilized when the weather is nice.

Due to restrictions on utilizing our cafeteria as normal, our classroom teachers are unable to have duty-free lunch every day. Your child's teacher will supervise students and eat their own lunch during your child's lunch break on alternating days. On the other days, an instructional assistant will supervise your child's class. At this time, we are allowed volunteers who we deem are essential to our school day to come into the building. A duty-free lunch break is essential for teachers. If you are interested in volunteering to supervise students during lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher. All volunteers must have a current background check on file and adhere to all health and safety protocols.

You are once again encouraged to apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Please consider applying even if your child will not participate in eating school food. Many funding allotments are based on our school's Free and Reduced lunch percentage. Here is the link to the application:


If you need help completing this application, we have staff members who are happy to help and will keep your information confidential. Please contact the school at (828) 645-3127 and ask for Mrs. Benfield or you can call our cafeteria manager, Ashley Mendoza at (828) 645-6105. La Sra. Mendoza habla español.

Free and Reduced Meal Program! How you can help Weaverville Elementary!

Elementary lunch menu for March (please overlook formatting)

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Virtual and remote learners - Lunch information

Seven-day meal kits may be picked up on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m at North Buncombe High School.

Contact our School Nutrition manager by EMAIL (ashley.mendoza@bcsemail.org) or PHONE (828.645.6105) to arrange pick up of the 7 day meal kit.

This box is intended to provide students with a healthy breakfast and lunch from Wednesday- Tuesday.

Daily lunch pick-ups need to be ordered by 9 AM each day. Please contact our School Nutrition manager by EMAIL (ashley.mendoza@bcsemail.org) or PHONE (828.645.6105) to order.

General Reminders

What should my child bring to school?

  • CHARGED iPad or Laptop and notebooks need to be in the backpack when students come to school. The device will be sent home each night for charging. **This procedure will remain in place due to the slim chance that we have inclement weather or a quarantine situation.
  • Headphones will be used daily.
  • Student folders (Kids First Folders) will be in backpack daily. Check folders for notes from school. Notes to us should be placed in these folders.
  • School supplies such as pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks will be left in your child's desk/cubby. If your child already has any of these school supplies at home that you want to send in, please do so.
  • Washed water bottles should be sent daily. They MUST be in the outside pocket of backpacks sitting upright not laying down. We want to avoid mishaps with the devices. If your child needs a backpack, please let us know. Water bottles may be filled up at school. Water fountains may not be used for drinking at this time.
  • MASKS: Students are required to wear masks daily at school. *It might be a good idea to put an extra mask in their backpack in case their original one gets dirty. Please let your child's teacher know if your child needs a mask. Mask breaks will be staggered in the classrooms.
  • Students will go outside for a 30 minute recess (weather permitting). Classes will have designated play areas. Students will continue to wear masks outside. Playground balls may not be shared (touched with hands by multiple students) but your child is welcome to bring in a jump rope or ball for self-play.
  • All specialists will teach in their own classrooms.

Please help us all stay healthy!

If your child been around anyone who is suspected to have COVID, has ANY symptoms that are among the many COVID symptoms or isn’t feeling well PLEASE keep them at home. We have strict protocols that we must follow. If you send your child with symptoms (whether it is COVID or not), you will have to come pick up your child.

We are aware that children get sick with many different things. Sickness is expected, but this year as we face new challenges, we have more precautions and safety measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone.

Need to visit the main office?

At Weaverville Elementary we pride ourselves on our partnership with parents and we understand that you may need to visit our front office. When you come to the front door, please ring the bell as normal. Once we grant permission to enter, then you will be required to wear a mask and have a temperature check. You will need to complete a visitor sign-in log before you step into the main office.

Check out this important information regarding Attendance procedures.

If your child is an on-campus learner, then he/she must be on campus to be marked 'present' UNLESS your child is in quarantine and monitored by our school nurse. This means that families cannot choose to go on vacation and zoom in to the classroom with the expectation of being marked 'present'.

Students who are quarantined and monitored through the school nurse will be provided learning opportunities to complete (if they are well enough to do so). Students in this situation who complete work and participate in any synchronous learning opportunities will be counted 'present'.

Available Resources and Support

We know that this time is challenging for many families and we want to provide any resources we can for your family. One of the resources we offer through school is a weekly BackPack program through Grace Point Church. This program is where we will send food home with your child for the weekend, if your family would benefit from this service, then please feel free to contact Mrs. Jayme Benfield at WvES.

Listed below are community resources that you can call to be connected to help for food, mental health services, and transportation assistance. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to call Weaverville Elementary School and let us help you get connected to Buncombe County's many resources.

Need anything else? Please reach out!

Weaverville Elementary Counselors and Support Staff: 828-645-3127

AnnMarie McBride - School Social Worker


Jayme Benfield - School Counselor


Please don’t hesitate to call us at school if you need assistance or have questions.

Local Resource List

Stay Connected!

Here are ways to ensure you stay connected with our school!

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The next Weaverville Schools PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 PM. A Zoom link will be sent to all parent/guardian emails. Please do not post on social media. We hope to see you there!

The NED Show is coming to Weaverville Elementary!

Through our work with the Leader in Me, we talk about Growth Mindset. “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015).

A previous Hawks Happenings Newsletter shared a lot of information about Growth Mindset. Here is a link in case you missed that newsletter: https://www.smore.com/cnm3b-hawks-happenings

We are excited to bring the NED Show and their Mindset Mission performance to our school as a way to remind students of the Power of 'Yet'.

From the moment your students enter the room/Zoom, our captivating performer takes them on a 45-minute journey filled with humor, yo-yo and magic tricks, puppetry, and storytelling.

The assembly introduces a cartoon boy named NED who is on a very important mission: to find his mindset. Led by clues and memorable characters, he overcomes Mt. Everest’s toughest obstacles, uncovers inner-treasures on a Caribbean island, and grows his brain while repairing a sputtering spaceship. Throughout the performance, your students discover how to activate their growth mindset to overcome social, emotional and academic challenges.


*Typical the NED Show is paid for by selling yo-yos and other items to students after the show. Due to the unique situation we are in, we did not want to provide a sales opportunity to the company since it may cause a burden for our WvES Families. This show is being paid for by our Weaverville Elementary Title 1 Department and the Weaverville Schools PTO.

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Makeup Picture Day - Friday, March 19

Makeup pictures are only for students who missed picture day in the fall, those who want a remake or new students who were not enrolled on fall picture day.

This link will allow parents to sign up to receive updates via email regarding their child's school portraits.

To pay for pictures online follow this link:

  • www.strawbridge.net
  • Click 'Order Pictures' and enter the following code: FM355577
  • Please note that these are NOT Spring pictures. These are makeup Fall school pictures. For Fall pictures, you order the package you want and pay BEFORE you preview the pictures. This format always make for some memorable and funny pictures to look back on later in life. :-)
  • Only students who missed picture day, want a remake or are new to our school will have pictures made on these days.

Makeup Picture Schedule:

  • 2nd grade Hybrid Students: 8:15 - 8:40
  • 3rd grade Hybrid Students: 8:45 - 9:10

  • 4th grade Hybrid Students: 9:15 - 9:40
  • Remote Only Students: 9:45 - 10:30
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Zooms times for Remote Students

Some of our schedules have changed due to accommodating all requirements of Plan A.

Second grade Zoom times:

  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 10:30
  • 2:00

Third grade Zoom times:

  • 8:30
  • 9:20
  • 12:30 *This is a major change - please take note.
  • 2:00

Fourth grade Zoom times:

  • 8:00
  • 10:30
  • 12:40
  • 2:00

Please reach out to your child's teacher should you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

March 8 - ALL 2nd and 3rd grade students who have signed up for on-campus learning come to school under Plan A (5 days a week)

March 9 - Statewide Tornado Drill for all students in Grades 2 and 3 AND Grade 4 students on campus (Cohort A)

March 9 - PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM - a Zoom link will be sent to all parent/guardian emails on file.

March 11 - Statewide Tornado Drill for Grade 4 students on campus (Cohort B)

March 15 - ALL 4th grade students who have signed up for on-campus learning come to school under Plan A (5 days a week)

March 17 - The NED Show is coming to WvES! 10 AM performance via Zoom

March 19 - Makeup Picture Day

March 25 - School Improvement Team Meeting at 3:00 via Zoom

April 2 - Early Dismissal Day

April 5 - 9 - Spring Break!

April 20 - 4th Grade students will participate in NWR transition activities (more info coming!)

April 29 - Leadership Day

April 29 - Rising 5th grader Parent Night at NWR - 5:30 PM (format TBA)

May 31 - No School - Optional Teacher Workday

June 1 - Last day of school* and Early Dismissal Day

*Important! Calendar subject to change.

EOG tests MUST be administered in the last 10 days of school. We do not have exact dates yet but they will be scheduled between May 17 - May 28.

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