The Dolphin Digest

October 12, 2020

Upcoming Events

October 12th- CMS PreK returns to in-person instruction

October 15th- Parent Town Hall Meeting (Procedures & Safety) @ 9am (link below)

October 16th- Quarter 2 Student Material Pick-Up 10am-2pm

October 19th- No School -Teacher Workday

October 22nd- Hungry Howie's Smithfield Spirit Night

October 29th- Parent Town Hall Meeting (Last Minute Questions) @ 9am

October 29th-November 11th- Smithfield Virtual Book Fair

November 2nd- CMS In-Person K-5 Begins

Parent To Do's:

Quarter 2 Student Material Pick-Up (10/16)

Calling all K-5 families! Please come to the Smithfield Bus Parking lot on Friday, October 16th between 10am-2pm to pick up the materials your child will need for the 2nd Quarter. Students will also be receiving important items to assist with returning to the building for instruction, including student masks and daily health screener information.

CMS/Smithfield Afterschool Enrichment Program Opens TODAY 10/12

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted recently to enable CMS to begin offering fee-based After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) and Before School Enrichment Program (BSEP) services. These services will begin for Elementary students in grades K-5 as early as Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, and for Middle School students in grades 6-8 no earlier than Monday, Nov. 23. Discover more: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/News/Pages/Re-Opening-of-BSEP-ASEP-for-Elementary-Aged-Students.aspx

Smithfield K-5 Return to School Instructional Plan

We are excited to welcome our K-5 students back into the building beginning November 2nd. Here is the Smithfield Instructional Plan/Schedule for Plan B. https://www.smore.com/sk21g


Missed the Smithfield Instructional Plan Parent Town Hall on 10/9? No problem. Check out the recording below.

Parent Town Hall 10/9

Procedures, Logistics, & Safety at Smithfield Information Coming Out TOMORROW!

Procedures, Logistics, Health, & Safety Parent Town Hall Meeting 10/15 @ 9am

All Smithfield parents are invited to join a Parent Town Hall Meeting reviewing the procedures, logistics, health, and safety at Smithfield for Plan B. The meeting will be virtual on Thursday, October 15th at 9am. The zoom link is below:


Topic: Smithfield Parent Town Hall

Time: Oct 15, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88577747425?pwd=Q2t6V1RZUFovZkV6Q3ZTQVlxZmRrdz09


Meeting ID: 885 7774 7425

Passcode: iW87V5

CMS Return to In-Person Guide

As we prepare for in-person instruction, the safety, health and well-being of our students is a top priority for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As we navigate COVID-19 together, CMS remains committed to facilitating growth and new opportunities all the while ensuring access to quality education. We want students and families to know what they can expect when they arrive at school. This guide will help families better prepare for health and safety practices, as well as family and student expectations for in-person instruction.
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Student Medicine for In-Person Instruction

Parents are asked to bring any required student medication for in-person learning along with the required paperwork to Smithfield M-F 8am-2pm.

For CMS Medication Authorization and Self Carry Order forms and various Action Plans/ Order forms (example: Asthma, Allergy, Diastat for Seizure):

https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/csh/Pages/Forms%20and%20Documents.aspx

Plan B Smithfield Family Communication Plan

Week of October 5: Understanding the Smithfield Plan B Instructional Plan

October 9: Parent Town Hall @ 9am (link above)

Week of October 12: Procedures, Logistics, Health and Safety at Smithfield

October 15: Parent Town Hall @ 9am

Week of October 19: Preparing our Dolphins

Week of October 28: Responding to Last Minute Questions

October 29: Parent Town Hall @ 9am


If you are unable to join the Virtual Parent Town Hall Meetings, we will send out the recording of the meeting to all families.


*Please note, the Zoom Parent Town Hall meetings are limited to the first 100 attendees.

PTA Fall Book Fair

Hi Smithfield Dolphins! We hope you are all staying well, and getting excited to come back to school sometime in November. Since we can’t be together yet, we wanted to let you know that we will be hosting another virtual Scholastic Bookfair! Please follow the link below to enter the fair, which will run October 29th through November 11th. Remember, a $25 books-only purchase will get you free shipping!!

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/smithfieldelementaryschool8

"Looking for a fun activity for your family? We have just the thing for you!"

October Fun with Mrs. Solar : A Pumpkin Book Report!

Choose one of your favorite children’s book characters and decorate a pumpkin to look like that character!

How creative can your family get?

Snap a picture of your finished pumpkin and send it to Mrs. Solar by October 25th: sara1.solar@cms.k12.nc.us

All pictures will be published in the Dolphin Digest and on Smithfield’s FaceBook and Instagram!

Some examples for inspiration:

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Join the Smithfield PTA!

Please consider joining the Smithfield PTA by competing this form: https://smithfield.memberhub.store/

The Way to a Teacher's Heart... Snacks!

We are supplying a daily snack cart with cold drinks and yummy grab-and-go options for our staff, however our supply is running low.

If you are able, families can drop off canned drinks and individual packaged snacks and fruit. Please pull to the front of the school and call the front office (980-343-6550). We will come right out to get the donations from your car.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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CMS Meal Bundles

CMS Eats at Home

This week, CMS Eats at Home had a total of 20,426 meal bundles ordered for pick-up and delivery. For next week, 22,402 bundles have been ordered. As students return to school, they will receive breakfast and lunch daily in school. The meal bundles will still be available to them during weeks they have remote learning.


How to sign up

You can pre-order meal bundles through a new or existing PayPAMS account.

Click here to log in to PayPAMS

Learn more about PayPAMS

  1. Delivery by Transportation to your designated bus stop during the assigned timeframe.

  2. Pick up at one of 40 CMS school locations between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    View locations.

Students do not need to be present for pick up or delivery. Name must be provided to receive the meal bundle. Meal bundles must be pre-ordered. You will receive a confirmation email when you have completed the order process.

CMS Meal Benefits

Families can now apply for meal benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. This applies to students who will be learning at school or from home. Approved students may also qualify for discounted fees for college applications, pay-to-play athletics, academic tests (SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement) and internet access from some providers.
https://mealapps.cms.k12.nc.us/lfserver/CMS_FRA_APP_ENG-20-21

Meal prices will remain the same next year. All students will receive breakfast at no charge. Lunch prices are $2.50, pre-kindergarten; $2.75, kindergarten to eighth grade; and $3, ninth to 12th grade.

Stay Connected!

  • Each child will have an Agenda that will go between home and school every day.

  • Weekly ConnectEd email newsletters

  • Facebook (Smithfield):

www.facebook.com/smithfieldelem

  • Facebook (Smithfield PTA):

www.facebook.com/SmithfieldElementaryPTA