Hawks Happenings

September 2018

Our first full week was a success!

Having a full week of school at the beginning is hard and I hope you are enjoying your long weekend! You certainly deserve it!


Overall, we had a wonderful return to school from the school's standpoint! Thank you to our new families and 2nd grade families for quickly learning new procedures and safety rules. We have students who go various places in the afternoon and it is the job of school staff members to ensure student safety at all times. Please make sure that you adhere to our procedures so we can have a smooth dismissal. Here are some reminders:


Car Riders

  • Our car rider line is quicker each day and in a few days we will meet our goal of 2:45.
  • Thank you for having your yellow car rider card displayed in your car window each day.
  • If the yellow card is forgotten, then you will be asked to park. You will need to go to the main office and show ID. Please make sure to share this procedure with anyone new that you are sending to pick up your child. Also make sure that the person you send is listed on your child's pick up list!
  • Students have started helping with car duty! If your child gets out of the car or loads the car on the driver's side, then the student on car duty will not help.
  • We also ask that your child walks IN FRONT of your car when unloading or loading since you will be more aware of your personal child's location than another parent who may not realize they are walking around your car.
  • Even though there may be room, please DO NOT pass a car in the car rider line since some students will exit on the driver's side of the car.

Walkers

  • Students are walkers if they are physically walking off of our campus with their parent/guardian. You could be walking home or down Main Street to the library but your car should not be parked on our campus. This is to limit the congestion at the gym door and to ensure that our staff members on duty can quickly begin the afternoon dismissal procedures.
  • Parents who park in the lower school parking lot or by the cafeteria and try to pick up as a 'walker' will be asked to join the car rider line.

Bus Riders

  • Thank you for your patience as our bus drivers are working towards consistent pick up and drop off times. Remember that we share buses with Weaverville Primary School, North Windy Ridge and North Buncombe Middle School. If you have a bus concern, your first contact should be to Weaverville Elementary so we can address your concern and coordinate with the other schools if needed.

Changes in Transportation

  • Please remember that we do not take Transportation changes over the phone, via email, via DoJo, etc.
  • If you have an emergency regarding transportation, please call the main office. We will initiate a phone call back to your number that we have on file in the office so we can verify that we are actually speaking with you. Make sure to have your phone numbers updated at all times!
  • If you need to change your child's transportation, please send in a note with your child's first and last name and a detail description of the change. This may include the bus number and/or address of the drop off location or the full name of the child they are going home with. The note should include the date and your signature. All notes are reviewed and approved in the office.


Safety Drills

On Tuesday, September 4th, our morning bus riders will participate in bus safety drills. All students watched a bus safety video last week. Our bus riders on bus 292 and 220 will review the rules and practice exiting out the front doors.


On Friday, September 7th, we will practice our Perimeter and Full Lockdown Drills. On this morning, you will see additional police presence at our school. This is a scheduled drill. Our teachers strive to make students feel comfortable during this time by explaining that we may have an unwanted guest in our building such as a bear or mean animal which requires us lock our doors and hide. If you choose to discuss a different and more realistic scenario with your child, please be aware that some students may not have that same knowledge base. In order to respect the parenting decisions of all parents, we allow our parents to decide how much information they want to share with their children.

Don't forget that we do not have school on Monday, September 3rd due to the Labor Day Holiday.

Check out our Weaverville Elementary Facebook Page!

If you have 'liked' our Facebook page, then you have noticed that we like to post pictures of our leaders! If you do not want us to use your child's likeness, please refer to the Student-Parent Handbook & complete the required request to 'opt-out'.

Weaverville Elementary School Improvement Team

The WvES School Improvement Team is the decision making body of our school. They review data, surveys, feedback and then work collaboratively to make decisions that best meet the needs of our students. Thank you to all of the parents who were willing to serve on this team! This year your parent representatives on the School Improvement Team are Lindsey Kemp and Marci Brigman.

Weaverville Elementary Advisory Council

The WvES Advisory Council is a group of parents who meet quarterly with the principal to discuss things going on in the school and to provide feedback. This is another group of parent leaders who are willing to listen to your ideas and questions. Our 2018-2019 Advisory Council Members are: Jennifer Banks (parent of a 2nd grader and a 4th grader), Dawn Chitwood-Rivers (parent of a 3rd grader), Katie Rice (parent of a 4th grader) and Tiffany Franklin (parent of two 2nd graders and a 4th grader). Mrs. Crystle Hyatt is our teacher representative and our 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!
Stay connected with the Parent Portal by clicking here!

The PowerSchool Student and Parent portal gives parents access to real-time information including attendance, grades & detailed assignment descriptions. (Please note that our 2nd grade teachers don't use the gradebook connected to the parent portal).

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All are welcome to participate in PTO Meetings!

Our first PTO meeting will be on Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 AM at Weaverville Primary School. We hope that you will consider being part of this group to offer support to Weaverville Primary and Weaverville Elementary Schools this year. There are many ways to participate and our PTO leaders can help find something that fits with your schedule!


PTO Mission Statement: To promote the welfare of children and youth in Weaverville Elementary School (WES) and Weaverville Primary School (WPS) and the community by assisting in the education of our children, raising funds for the enhancement of the school budgets, and cooperating with other non-profit organizations and agencies with similar goals and objectives.

Our PTO Blackhawks Fun Run is coming soon!

Parents! In ONE MONTH we’re partnering with the experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run program! This year the theme is focused on 'Mind Spark Mystery Lab'.


MindSpark is a mystery theme that combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science , Technology , Engineering , Arts , & Math ) with character building.

In this incredible, science-infused character theme, your students will help a team of brainy kids solve problems using a super-lab hidden inside a school. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, your students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world:

  • Citizenship
  • Growth Mindset
  • Zest
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork


Check out this video for more information about the Mind Spark Mystery Lab theme!

MindSpark Mystery Lab - Preview Video

Upcoming Events

September 3 - No School - Labor Day Holiday

September 7 - Perimeter and Full Lockdown Drill

September 11 – BOG Test for 3rd Grade students

September 13 - PTO Meeting at WPS - 8:00 AM

September 18 - Early Dismissal - school dismisses @ 12:25

September 20 - WvES Advisory Council Meeting

September 25 - Blackhawks PTO Fun Run BoosterThon Kickoff at 9:45 in Gym

September 27 – School Improvement Team Meeting - 2:45 PM

October 2 - Open House - More information coming!

October 4 – Early Dismissal - school dismisses @ 12:25

October 5 - Blackhawks PTO Fun Run!

October 9 - School Pictures

October 15 - No School - Professional Development Day for teachers

October 25 – School Improvement Team Meeting - 2:45

October 30 - Health Fair

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