Hawks Happenings

April 2020

A new month and a new way of living!

Thank you all for your support and patience as we have transitioned to a new way of living due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is certainly not how I envisioned the second half of our school year. I hope you and your family are doing well. Thank you to all of our parents who are considered 'essential' workers during this time. We are sending virtual hugs and words of appreciation your way!

It is difficult to see everything you have planned to be put on hold or canceled and that is where we are right now. While we cannot reschedule dates because we do not know what the future holds, here is some information about our thoughts regarding the end of the school year if we are able to return after May 15th.

  • We will NOT be able to reschedule Leadership Day however we may incorporate some aspects of what was planned into our end of the year celebrations.
  • We hope to still have a Field Day when we return to school!
  • Mrs. Allison will still select our Principals Art Awards winners for each grade level. Students may be working on their original pieces of art at home. Once a piece of art is finished, parents (or students) can take a picture of the artwork and email Mrs. Allison at heidi.allison@bcsemail.org. In the email, include the student's first and last name. Please make sure to save the original artwork as well so it can be framed if selected as the grade level winner.
  • This year every child will receive a free yearbook courtesy of our PTO! Typically we charge $5 for yearbooks but we were recently informed that due to a lack of Spring Portrait sales, the company would need to charge $10 per yearbook. Our incredible PTO Executive Board approved to cover this cost for all students with the money that was raised from the Fall Fun Run Fundraiser. Thank you so much to our PTO for helping to ensure that our students have a yearbook to look back on this very unique school year! What wonderful support from Weaverville PTO!

Has your financial situation changed due to COVID-19? If so, consider applying for Free or Reduced Lunch!

We all know the huge impact that COVID-19 has had a financial impact on families. If your family has been impacted then we encourage you to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch. You may be wondering why you should do this since we are in Virtual School right now. Here are two reasons:

*When we return to school after May 15th, your child's account would have had time to be reviewed, so if eligible your child will participate in the program right away.

*Our school is in jeopardy of losing our entire Title 1 Department and all Title 1 funding if we do not increase the percentage of students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. By going ahead and applying now, it will help us demonstrate the need in our community.

Please remember that this is always confidential.


Now you can apply on-line for your children to receive free or reduced price school meals. Your application will be sent from a secure web site directly to the Buncombe County Schools School Nutrition office, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced.

LunchApplication.com is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals. It has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. Once your application has been received the district office will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results.

To apply, simply go to LunchApplication.com or CLICK HERE to apply now!

Need a paper application?
Free and Reduced paper applications are also available from your child's school office or your cafeteria. These will need to be filled out and returned to the cafeteria or mailed to:

Buncombe County Schools School Nutrition
175 Bingham Rd.
Asheville NC 28806.

¿Hablas español?
Una version es español está en la parte de atrás de la solicitud de almuerzo gratis y reducido. Otros idiomas están disponibles a solicitud. Si tiene preguntas o necesita ayuda, por favor llame a Nicole Rodeia al 828-255-5927.

(A Spanish version is on the reverse side of the application. Other languages are available on request. If you have questions or need assistance call Nicole Rodeia at 828-255-5927.)

Technology Help Desk

Technology Help Desk: 828-255-5987, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday

Live Chat (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday)

A Spanish-speaking technician (Técnico- Habla Espanol) is available each day from 8am-4pm.

If busy, email helpdesk@bcsemail.org

Support for Spanish speaking families from Mrs. Young

Estimados padres, espero que les vaya bien y que usted y sus familias se mantengan saludables. También espero que continúes conectando con los maestros de clase. Si necesita solicitar un intérprete para comunicarse con el maestro de su hijo, puede llamar a la oficina de servicios de idiomas al 350-2295. Para obtener información sobre comidas gratuitas para familias de habla español, puede enviar un mensaje de texto con COMIDA al 877-877. Si no puede llegar a uno de los lugares de recogida de comidas, o necesita apoyo adicional, puede llamar al Centro de Recursos Familiares del Condado de Buncombe al 828-225-4768. Alguien que habla español está disponible de lunes a viernes de 10:00 a 3:00. Para preguntas sobre tecnológico, puede llamar al departamento de tecnología de BCS al 828-255-5987. Hay alguien que habla español disponible de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 4 p.m.

Dear parents, I hope you are doing well and you and your families are staying healthy. I also hope you are continuing to connect with classroom teachers. If you need to request an interpreter to communicate with your child’s teacher, you can call the language services office at 350-2295. For information about free meals for Spanish speaking families, you can text COMIDA to 877-877. If you can’t make it to one of the meal pick up locations, or are in need of additional support, you can call the Buncombe County Family Resource Center at 828-225-4768. A Spanish speaker is available on Mondays-Fridays from 10:00 - 3:00. For questions about technology support, you can call the BCS technology department at 828-255-5987. There is a Spanish speaking technician available Mondays-Fridays from 8:00 AM to 4 PM.

NB District Food Support - will continue over Spring Break!

We'd like to make you aware that in addition to the drive-thru food service we are offering here at Weaverville Elementary from 7:30 to 8:30 and again from 11:30 to 1:30. The county is also delivering meals to 8 sites within our district. Here are the following sites:

  1. Northview Mobile Home Park
  2. Black Locust MHP
  3. Alexander Baptist Church
  4. 1318 Jupiter Road at Red Oak Crossing
  5. New Covenant MHP
  6. Barnardsville Elementary School
  7. Locust Grove Baptist Church
  8. Reems Creek Fire Department

The meals delivered to these sites will have a warm lunch and a cold breakfast for the next morning. Deliveries should start right at 11:30 and will go until about 1:30, or until the last food is served.

Call 828-255-5932 to let us know about the needs in other areas. No identification is necessary to receive a meal.

For a map of meal delivery sites across the state, click http://nokidhungrync.org/covid19/

The Leader in Me Measurable Results Assessment Survey

The survey is completely voluntary, but we do hope to get feedback from one member of every household. The parent/guardian survey takes about 12 minutes to complete and will ask questions about your child and about his or her experience in our school. If you have more than one child attending the school, you will be asked to think about the oldest child’s experiences as you answer questions related to his or her growth.


BCS Virtual Days Grading Procedures from March 16 - May 15, 2020

Buncombe County Schools is providing remote/virtual learning opportunities for all students. This learning takes place outside the traditional school and classroom setting and uses various media and formats such as but not limited to: video conference, telephone conference, email, print materials, online materials or learning management systems. This information is based on the March 27, 2020 guidance from the North Carolina State Board of Education. School administrators and counselors are available to help with questions. All parents are advised to check their student's Parent Portal account. Delays may occur when posting grades.

BCS expects students to participate in BCS Virtual Days and do their best work. Student learning is enhanced when given feedback by the teacher and opportunities to show growth over time. Teachers and staff are working diligently to provide quality and engaging instruction in order for our students to successfully complete this year’s academic goals and be prepared for their next stage of learning.

Grades K - 2: Student progress will continue to be measured using the same rubric scale that has been used this school year.

Grades 3 - 11: Graded assignments will be evaluated on a numeric scale of 70 to 100 with students being given the opportunity to show mastery and improvement through virtual and remote learning. The code INC (Incomplete) will be used when an assignment does not demonstrate at least 70% mastery or the assignment is not submitted.

Due to COVID-19, daily attendance in K-12 from March 16- May 15, 2020, will not be recorded. Students will not be required to make up attendance for the 2019-20 school year. In the event NC public schools do not reopen for face-to-face learning after May 15, additional statewide guidance for final grading will be provided by the State Board of Education.

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Reach out and connect!

Please watch for signs that your child may be stressed out due to the numerous changes they are experiencing. Mrs. Benfield asked me to share her Virtual Hours and contact information again should you feel that you need support for your child.

Virtual Days phone number 828-484-1202

Office Hours: 9am-1pm
Digital Platform: Teacher's Google Classroom (grades 3-4), Teacher's Seesaw (grade 2)
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact Mobile Crisis at 1-888-573-1006, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room/hospital.

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Spring Break - April 6 -10

Students will have NO school work assigned over Spring Break however students are always encouraged to read daily!

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