Hawks Happenings

May 2021

The countdown is on!

It is hard to believe that we have 20 days of school left! The year has been filled with ups and downs; bright spots and stressful moments; laughter and tears. It has not been easy being a parent, educator or student during a pandemic! Thank you for your dedication to your child during this time. We appreciate your support of their academic, social-emotional and physical well-being. This year will certainly be one to remember!


As we approach the end of the year, you will notice that some of the traditional closure activities will still be hindered by restrictions. We will do what we can within the guidelines to celebrate our 'graduating' fourth graders and welcoming our upcoming second graders to our school.


I appreciate your continued support of Weaverville Elementary!


Mrs. Allison

Leader in Me MRA (Measurable Results Assessment) Survey

Parents and Guardians,

Please take a moment to take this caregiver survey from Leader in Me that will help us plan future endeavors for our school.


https://www.leaderinme.com/s/weaverville-elem-nc/parent

Important message from BCS Communications

Hello BCS Families-


We want to let you know that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expanding it’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program into the summer months.

This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school. Families can use the P-EBT benefit to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers.


What do you need to do? The most important step for BCS families to take right now is to update their contact information in PowerSchool. You may call your school’s data manager to complete this process. Please call the data manager at the school of your youngest child.

Next, you’ll need to apply for the Free/Reduced meal program. The state will use these applications to determine who will receive the increased benefits. Children are eligible for this temporary nutrition benefit – loaded onto an EBT card that can then be used to purchase food – if they are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year or if they are under age six and live in a SNAP household. Families of eligible children typically receive $6.82 per child, per weekday, or roughly $375 per child over the summer months.

For more information about P-EBT, please visit the P-EBT website.

Why does our school want you to complete a Free and Reduced lunch application?

  • Our school's Title 1 status is based on our Free and Reduced Lunch percentage. Right now our school is at 29% but we NEED to be at 40% or more to continue to be a Title 1 school.
  • If we cannot improve our percentage, then we will lose access to a lot of funding that allows us to employ a Reading Specialist (Mrs. Sarah Harrison) and a Title 1 Assistant (Ms. Deb Solomon). In addition, we would lose funding that we would normally use to buy books for student use, classroom materials, pay for professional learning, etc. Not only would we lose this funding for future purchases but we will have to GIVE BACK any materials that we have purchased with Title 1 funds in the past.
  • In addition, if you qualify for Free and Reduced lunch, it will help your family qualify for additional services (see above).


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE fill out a Free and Reduced lunch form! Hard copies of Free and Reduced lunch forms will be sent home this week. You may also apply online at Free/Reduced meal program

Check out this information from our Family Engagement Action Team and Title 1 Reading Specialist, Mrs. Sarah Harrison!

Summer Soar Video from Family Engagement


Family Engagement-Summer Soar - Google Slides - Watch Video


Attached:


  • Summer Soar Parent Flier (English and Spanish)
  • Summer Soar Packet (English and Spanish)
  • Summer Soar Gameboard (English and Spanish)
  • FREE Book Journal (English and Spanish)


End of Year Title I Parent Survey

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEVgTSkBroEaNSHj7tpq8ZYDpMDy1QkdU2HmSuYFGUx8VggQ/viewform?usp=pp_url



FREE Books!

Barnes & Noble is once again excited to be offering our Summer Reading journal for students in 1st-6th grade. Students who read eight books over the summer and record them on our journal can come in and pick a FREE book out! Journals are attached to this email in English and Spanish and include the list of eligible free books to pick from! Journals can be redeemed July 1st through August 31st.

Changes to Health & Safety Protocols

Reminder: Beginning Monday, May 3, students will no longer be required to have their temperature checked by school staff before entering the school building. Parents and families are responsible for monitoring symptoms before allowing students to board the bus or be dropped off at school. Students should be kept at home if they have a fever of 100.4 or higher, sore throat, new cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or vomiting, or new onset of severe headache. Parents should review this form (see pictures attached) each morning and keep students at home who answer yes to any of the questions.


Students and staff will now be able to remove their masks at recess. Masks are still required when indoors.


Please note that staff will not be required to wear masks at car rider duty but all staff and students will wear masks inside the building per BCS guidelines.

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Eblen Charities Walk, Run, or Roll Event

This year, Eblen Charities has moved one of their major fundraisers, The Walk, Run, or Roll, to a virtual event. Our school system is invited to participate in this important initiative.

Participants can walk, run or cycle any time between May 8-15 to raise much-needed funds for emergency housing assistance, keeping Buncombe County families with children in their homes. This year Eblen has seen a significant increase in need due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

Every individual who raises $100 or more will earn a 20th anniversary commemorative T-shirt. It’s a virtual event, so you can participate whenever you want; wherever you want!


Here is a note from Leah Wilson who is leading our school team:


Good afternoon,

Below is the link that staff, students, family, and friends can use to register for the event. When registering, they will choose "Weaverville Elementary School" as their team. I made our school goal $500 due to the short time to raise money.


https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NC/Anywhereyouwant/EblenCharitiesWalkRunOrRoll#event-476898


Here is the link for people who would like to simply donate!

https://runsignup.com/Race/107991/Donate/DhZz4XUD9RopdI1E


Thank you!

Leah Wilson - 2nd Grade Teacher

Upcoming Dates

May 3 - May 7 - Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 3 - May 7 - Book Fair!

May 7- School Nutrition Heroes Day!

May 18 - EOG Reading Test

May 19 - EOG Math Test

May 19 - EOG Reading Test Makeups for any 3rd-grade students absent on May 18th

May 20 and May 21 - Makeup for EOG Tests

May 25 - 3rd Grade RTA Assessment for those who need it

May 27 - Proposed date for 4th Grade Celebration

May 28 - PBIS Reward Day (if we meet our school-wide WIG)

May 31 - Optional Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL

June 1 - Last day of school and early dismissal

June 2 - DTWD

June 14 - July 27 Summer Academy for students (no school on July 5)

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