Hurricane Forecast September 2022

Castle Hayne Elementary School Family Newsletter

Dates to Remember~

Thursday, September 15th - Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 20th - Title 1 Curriculum Night PTA Meeting 5-7pm

Wednesday, September 21st - Picture Day (see details below)

Monday, September 26th - No School, Teacher Workday

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

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Castle Hayne Celebrates Exceeding Growth!

The NC Department of Public Instruction released school letter grades based on testing proficiency as well as Growth Indicators measured by EVAAS. Castle Hayne exceeded academic growth! Castle Hayne Elementary School is one of 6 schools in the county that exceeded growth and the only school in the county that went from not meeting growth to exceeding growth. Way to go Hurricanes!!!

Daily Reminders

1) What time does school start?

We begin instruction at 7:50 am directly after the Pledge of Allegiance, the S.T.O.R.M Skills, and any quick morning announcements. We allow students to enter the building at 7:20 am and the late bell will ring at 7:50 am. Students should go directly to the cafeteria if they intend to eat breakfast prior to class. Students should arrive at school by 7:40 am to ensure they have enough time to get through the line for breakfast.

2) What is the procedure for checking my child out for an appointment?

Everyone who enters the building must ring the "doorbell" on the wall at the front door. Let Ms. Kristin know that you are at school to check your child out, and the lock will open for you to enter and come to the lobby. Once you are in the lobby, your ID will be checked and you will sign your child out on the blue card, your child will be called down to the office to meet you. You must bring your ID each time you check out a student even if we know you. This policy is to keep your child safe. Front office staff are finalizing the daily transportation information at 2:00 pm; so, there are no check-outs after 2:00 pm.

3) What is the procedure for checking my child into school?

School starts daily at 7:50 am. Please make sure your child is in the building prior to 7:50 AM. If you arrive after the 7:50 bell, someone needs to accompany the child into the building and sign them in at the computer that is located in the lobby. Please provide any medical notes upon arrival. Breakfast is provided prior to 7:50 but we cannot guarantee availability once the school day has started.

4) What should I do if I need to make an afternoon transportation change for my child?

**All transportation changes must be made in writing. Should you need to change the way your child is getting home in the afternoon, please send a note to your child's teacher or email the teacher to let them know that there is a change for that day. Please call the front office so that we can make sure the teacher sees the email.

All transportation changes must be received by 1:00PM.

Curriculum Night and PTA Meeting

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Ms. Cleary - Art Room Wish List

NEED MET- Thank you for all the donations!

If you are able to donate any of the following items to the art room,

it would be greatly appreciated!

  • Plastic grocery bags

  • Bottle caps - plastic

  • CD’s

  • Rocks to paint (for front entrance bed)

  • Chinet paper plates

  • Plain white paper cups

  • Zip-loc bags - all sizes

  • Large round coffee filters

  • Straws

  • Chopsticks

Safety is our TOP Priority - News from Nurse Ashley

Covid Guidelines

NHCS will be following the CDC's Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools

  • If your child tests positive for Covid please alert Nurse Ashley Leverrett (ext 71226).
  • Your child should stay home from school for five days from symptom onset (not positive test date).
  • Your child may return to school after their five day quarantine if they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication (tylenol, advil, etc.).
  • Please have your child wear a mask to school for five days once they return to school.

For more information, please visit:

Medications at School

  • If your child requires medication at school, please contact Nurse Ashley Leverrett (ext 71226) to obtain required forms.
  • ALL medications must be checked in with the nurse by a parent/guardian.

Diet Orders

  • If your student has a food allergy, please have your child's physician complete a NHC Diet Order Form.
  • Please return all completed Diet Order Forms to the Nurse's Office ASAP, so that cafeteria staff can be aware of the food allergy.

Vision Screenings

  • Vision Screenings for all 1st and 3rd graders will occur on 9/29.
  • Information sheets will be sent home on 9/26.
  • If you DO NOT want your child screened, please contact Nurse Ashley Leverrett (ext 71226).

Cafeteria Message

This school year every student receives FREE breakfast and lunch. However, we will be utilizing My School Bucks to access your child's cafeteria account for any a al carte items. I have included a link to the website below as well as a link to the NHCS Child Nutrition Website. You can find more information regarding My School Bucks under the "Pre-Payment Options" link. If you do not wish to add money electronically via My School Bucks you are still able to send cash or check.

If you choose to bring cash or check to school personally or send it with your student, please put it in an envelope clearly marked with the student's first and last name, their ID#, their teacher's name, and the amount enclosed.

Calendar Menus will be posted on the CHES Child Nutrition website monthly.

My School Bucks

NHCS Child Nutrition

The Cafeteria Staff at CHES look forward to serving you this year!

Girls on the Run- Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Girls

Open to all girls 3rd-5th grade

  • The season will begin September 26th.

  • We will practice Tuesday and Thursday at Castle Hayne Elementary each week from 3:15-4:30.

  • We will wrap up the season by celebrating with a 5k race on December 10!

Registration Link:

  • Cost is $75 and this includes practices after school, GOTR t-shirt, water bottle, and 5k race fee. Financial assistance is available through the link below.

Please contact Leslie Hobbs with any questions!

Title 1 Family School Compact

What is a Family-School Compact?

A Family-School Compact for achievement is an agreement that parents, students, and teachers will honor for the success of their student. It explains how parents and teachers will work together to make sure all students reach and exceed grade-level standards.


Link to the goals of the School Improvement Plan

Follow the NC Standard Course of Study

Focus on student learning skills

Share strategies parents can use at home

Explain how teachers and parents will communicate

Describe opportunities for parents to participate

District Goals

The New Hanover County Board of Education sets goals for the entire district. The district goals are:

  • Through rigorous academics at every grade level, students demonstrate a readiness for productive citizenship, as well as higher education opportunities or meaningful employment.

  • Strengthen and increase community partnerships that directly enhance student opportunities and achievements Streamline and encourage high impact engagement opportunities.

  • Provide facilities and services focused on safety and wellness to enhance teaching and learning.

  • Ensure a supportive environment so that staff will perform their duties using the most effective methods possible to achieve optimal student learning.

  • Students and staff agree that their school/worksite is an inclusive, equitable, and diverse place where they have a strong sense of belonging and connectedness.

  • Increase meaningful family engagement and involvement across all schools.

  • Strengthen and increase community partnerships that directly enhance student opportunities and achievements.

Communication Resources

We are devoted to communicating regularly with families about students. The ways in which we communicate are:

  • District and school websites

  • School Messenger phone calls

  • Castle Hayne Elementary School Facebook and Twitter page

  • "Hurricane Forecast" monthly digital school wide newsletter

  • Teacher newsletters

  • Parent—Teacher Conferences

Questions about your child’s progress? Contact your child’s teacher by phone at 910-602-4970.

Our School Goals

Castle Hayne Elementary has a School Improvement Team that analyzes school data and conducts a comprehensive needs assessment in order to create a School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan can be found in NC Star. For further information regarding our current School Improvement Plan go to

In The Classroom

The teachers at Castle Hayne will work with students and their families to support students’ success in reading and math. Some of our key connections with families will be:

  • Send home materials for parents to assist their children with current math concepts.

  • Send new words to families each week with information on how to connect learning to real world context.

  • Creating opportunities for families to learn more about reading and math strategies.

  • Update our class webpage with current links to family-friendly websites for building vocabulary

At Home

The home and school connection is vital to our students’ success in school. Here are some ideas about how families can support students. Families may have other ideas to add to this list:

  • Read the class newsletter each week.

  • Read nightly with my child and talk about how the story connects with things my child has experienced.

  • Look for the class newsletter and check out the school website regularly for new ideas to support our child.

  • Play games to review classroom skills.

  • Celebrate my child’s success

Events we have to help build partnerships with our families:

  • Open House

  • Curriculum Night

  • Family Home Projects

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Field Trips

  • Fun Days

  • School Wide Activities throughout the year

Family & School Together

This Family-School Compact for Achievement was created to support our students, their families, and our school community. Teachers suggested home learning strategies, parents added ideas to make them more specific, and students told us what would help them learn. Meetings will be held each year to review the compact and make changes based on student needs.

If you would like to volunteer at our school, please contact your child’s teacher or the front office at 910-602-4970.


Castle Hayne Elementary students can join the efforts of their parents and teachers to develop ideas about how they can succeed in school and unlock their potential to excel in reading and math. Here are some ideas of how students can assist in making connections between learning at home and at school:

  • Set goals for themselves to learn new words and read every day.

  • Think up new words to put on the family “word wall.”

  • Keep a log of the games they play at home to practice new vocabulary words and math.

  • Help make the grocery list and estimate how much the food will cost.

  • Read and tell their family about what they read.

¿Qué es un pacto entre la familia y la escuela?

Un pacto entre la familia y la escuela para el logro es un acuerdo que los padres, estudiantes y maestros honrarán para el éxito del estudiante. Explica cómo los padres y los maestros trabajarán juntos para asegurarse de que todos los estudiantes alcancen y superen los estándares de nivel de grado.


Se vinculan con los objetivos del Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar.

Siguen el curso de estudio estándar de CN

Se centran en las habilidades de aprendizaje de los estudiantes

Comparten estrategias que los padres pueden usar en casa

Explican cómo los maestros y los padres se comunicarán

Describen las oportunidades para que los padres participen

Objetivos del distrito

La Junta de Educación del Condado de New Hanover establece objetivos para todo el distrito. Los objetivos del distrito son:

● Lograr un 85% de competencia según lo medido por los resultados de las pruebas EOG o EOC.

● Establecer asociaciones comunitarias y comerciales con el 100% de las escuelas del condado de New Hanover.

● Tener el 100% de las aulas utilizando tecnología del siglo XXI.

Recursos de comunicación

Estamos dedicados a comunicarnos regularmente con las familias acerca de los estudiantes. Las formas en que nos comunicamos son:

● Sitios web del distrito y de la escuela

● Llamadas telefónicas de Blackboard Connect 5

● Página de Facebook y Twitter de la Escuela Primaria Castle Hayne

● Boletines informativos de maestros

● Reuniones de padres y maestros

¿Tiene preguntas sobre el progreso de su hijo? Llame al maestro de su hijo al 910-602-4970.

Nuestros objetivos escolares

La Escuela Primaria Castle Hayne tiene un Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar que analiza los datos de la escuela y realiza una evaluación integral de las necesidades para crear un Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar. El Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar se puede encontrar en NC Star. Para obtener más información sobre nuestro Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar actual, visite

En el aula

Los maestros de Castle Hayne trabajarán con los estudiantes y sus familias para apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes en lectura y matemáticas. Algunas de nuestras conexiones clave con las familias serán:

● Enviar materiales a casa para que los padres ayuden a sus hijos con los conceptos de matemáticas del momento.

● Enviar palabras nuevas a las familias cada semana con información sobre cómo conectar el aprendizaje con el contexto del mundo real.

● Crear oportunidades para que las familias aprendan más sobre estrategias de lectura y matemáticas.

● Actualizar la página web de nuestra clase con enlaces actuales a sitios web aptos para familias para desarrollar vocabulario.

En casa

La conexión entre el hogar y la escuela es vital para el éxito de nuestros estudiantes en la escuela. Aquí hay algunas ideas sobre cómo las familias pueden apoyar a los estudiantes. Las familias pueden tener otras ideas para agregar a esta lista:

● Leer el boletín de la clase cada semana

● Leer todas las noches con mi hijo y hablar sobre cómo la historia se conecta con cosas que mi hijo ha experimentado

● Buscar el boletín informativo de la clase y visitar el sitio web de la escuela regularmente para obtener ideas nuevas para apoyar a nuestro hijo

● Jugar juegos para repasar las habilidades del aula

● Celebrar el éxito de mi hijo

Eventos que tenemos para ayudar a construir alianzas con nuestras familias:

● Jornadas de puertas abiertas

● Noche del plan de estudios

● Proyectos para las casas de las familias

● Reuniones de padres y maestros

● Excursiones

● Días de diversión

● Actividades escolares durante todo el año

Familia y escuela juntos

Este Pacto entre la familia y la escuela para el logro fue creado para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, sus familias y nuestra comunidad escolar. Los maestros sugirieron estrategias de aprendizaje en el hogar, los padres agregaron ideas para hacerlas más específicas y los estudiantes nos dijeron qué les ayudaría a aprender. Se llevarán a cabo reuniones cada año para revisar el pacto y hacer cambios según las necesidades de los estudiantes.

Si desea ser voluntario en nuestra escuela, llame al maestro de su hijo o a la oficina principal al 910-602-4970.


Los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Castle Hayne pueden unirse a los esfuerzos de sus padres y maestros para desarrollar ideas sobre cómo pueden tener éxito en la escuela, y desbloquear su potencial para sobresalir en lectura y matemáticas. Aquí hay algunas ideas de cómo los estudiantes pueden ayudar a hacer conexiones entre el aprendizaje en el hogar y en la escuela:

● Fijarse objetivos para aprender palabras nuevas y leer todos los días.

● Pensar en palabras nuevas para poner en el “muro de palabras” de la familia.

● Mantener un registro de los juegos que juegan en casa para practicar palabras nuevas de vocabulario y matemáticas.

● Ayudar a hacer la lista de compras y calcular cuánto costará la comida.

● Leer y contar a su familia sobre lo que leen.

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Lost and Found

Starting the school year by labeling all outerwear with your child's name makes it easier locating the owner of a found item. Every year our LOST and FOUND is overwhelmed with jackets, sweatshirts, hats and even water bottles. Please label everything so we can return the items back to their owners. Thank you!!

Ways to stay connected to your school!

  1. NHCS uses School Messenger to connect with families regarding district and school happenings. Use this link to opt-in to receive text messages from School Messenger. Flyer below with instructions.
  2. Follow us on Facebook.
  3. Our website.


Tracking your child's bus has never been so easy. New Hanover County Schools is implementing a new smart phone app that will allow parents to see where their child's bus is located in real time. Edulog Parent Portal app can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.

Castle Hayne Elementary School PTA

It was so nice meeting so many of you at Open House. We are continuing our PTA Membership drive through the end of September. Please consider becoming part of the PTA by purchasing a $7 membership. The membership and CHES swag can be purchased here.

Please follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and information regarding the PTA.

Easy ways to support your PTA:

sign in with your login and password

choose your charity as: PTA North Carolina Congress Castle Hayne Elementary School PTA

Login to

under my account-

"Link your school below".

Enter Castle Hayne Elementary School in school search and select

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Volunteering at Castle Hayne

Volunteers are our partners in education. They take an active role to support and enhance the development of our students. Every day, family and community member volunteers bring enthusiasm and skill into our schools while assisting staff, teachers and students. All volunteers are required to obtain volunteer training annually.

If you would like to move forward with volunteering at Castle Hayne Elementary School these are the following steps you will need to complete:

  1. View the volunteer orientation presentation/Spanish and volunteer handbook/Spanish.

  2. Submit the Volunteer Application Form/Spanish to Danielle Metty, via email or send a printed copy to school with your student labeled with Danielle Metty, Family Liaison.

  3. Complete the Volunteer Orientation Assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  4. To become a level 2 volunteer, complete a background check application ($20 until October 1 then the cost will be $22.50). You will receive a verification email and card from the Background Investigation Bureau upon approval.

Notify Danielle Metty, when you have completed steps 1-4.

If you are interested in volunteering or chaperoning a field trip at Castle Hayne you MUST complete the Volunteer Training, please contact Danielle Metty at
The "Hurricane Forecast" is a monthly digital newsletter that contains information regarding all things happening at Castle Hayne Elementary School. We hope you find this communication helpful!

Castle Hayne Elementary School

Our mission at Castle Hayne Elementary School is to work together to achieve success by applying our STORM skills!

Spread Kindness~ Take Responsibility~ Own our Learning and Actions~ Respect Everyone~ Maintain Safety

Please direct any questions related to this newsletter to Danielle Metty, Family Liaison