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A DIVE into the Hive : Principal's Newsletter

A Season of Constant Change

Socrates, the ancient philosopher, stated, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Over two-thousand years later, his words ring truer than ever! Since the onset of this school year, we have spent countless hours preparing for school to reopen. Our typical routines were replaced by social distancing, sanitizing, and strategic scheduling protocols. Although our number one goal has been ensuring the safety of all who enter our building, we are equally focused on providing meaningful and rigorous instruction.

Recent national studies indicate that the pandemic has resulted in a six to twelve-month learning loss. North Carolina has already informed each district that high-stakes testing will occur this school year. Our first round of state testing is scheduled for the week of November 9-13th for grades 3-5. Current reports indicate that the closure of face-to-face instruction in March has resulted in a learning loss ranging from six months to one year. We have work to do, but together we can start closing gaps and moving students forward.

Reading at least 20 minutes each night is proven to increase fluency and comprehension. Research and results-based data prove this one of the most impactful disciplines a student can practice outside of school. Don't have time to listen to your child read? Have them record a one minute read on a tablet or phone for you to listen to at your leisure. Comparing an earlier recording to one more recent will help build your child's confidence and clearly show you marked improvements in their efforts.

Unfortunately, I can't predict what the future holds. My hope is that the Coronavirus becomes obsolete or a safe, effective vaccine becomes readily available. Our classroom environments may look different as we move forward. However, our school will continue to grow minds and prepare students to be well-rounded citizens. We will continue to refine our processes so that everyone remains safe and healthy. And we will continue to build strong character and spread kindness as much as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. It truly keeps us going! As Misty Copeland brilliantly stated, "Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you!"

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Get Your PINK on!

WHO: All Staff & Students

WHAT: Deck out in as much PINK as possible!

WHEN: Friday. October 23, 2020

WHY: Breast Cancer Awareness Month [We stand together against Cancer!]

[Optional] Bring $1 to donate to United Way on behalf of our school!

Remote Learning Day #2

The second state-mandated remote learning day will be Wednesday, October 21st. Teachers will prepare assignments that must be completed and returned no later than Monday, October 26th, for your child to be counted present for that day.
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October 26-30, our school will celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Check out each day's theme:

Monday, October 26th –Don’t worry. Be happy!

Wear something red to show you love yourself.

Tuesday, October 27th –Don’t let drugs mess with you.

Wear your hair in a messy style.

Wednesday, October 28th –I’m Drug-Free from head to toe.

Wear your crazy socks and a hat.

Thursday, October 29th –Be on a Drug-Free Team.

Wear a team shirt, jersey, or a school spirit shirt.

Friday, October 30th – Drugs are scary.

Dress up as your favorite book character.

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The Dental BUS is Coming!

Save the Date: November 2-6, 2020

Mores details coming soon!