Rankin Elementary News

One Town One School One Goal

March, 2020

Rankin is a wonderful place where students experience personal growth and success through the positive support of faculty, parents, and the community.

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On Monday, March 23, Governor Cooper announced that all public schools in North Carolina will remain closed for students until May 15 because of concerns related to the coronavirus. This includes Gaston County.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child

Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — and you want them to hear it from you. Here's how to talk about it.

  • Ask questions geared to your child's age level.
  • Follow your child's lead.
  • Focus on helping your child feel safe, but be truthful.
  • If your child asks about something and you don't know the answer, say so.
  • Speak calmly and reassuringly.
  • Give kids space to share their fears.
  • Know when they need guidance.
  • Give your child specific things they can do to feel in control.
  • Talk about all the things that are happening to keep people safe and healthy.
  • Put news stories in context.
  • Kids and teens often worry more about family and friends than themselves.
  • Let your kids know that it's normal to feel stressed out at times.
  • Keep checking in with your child.
  • Talk about current events with your kids often.

To read the full article, click this link published at KidsHealth.org

Have Some Fun with Music, Art, PE, and Library

Greetings Parents and Students!

We understand that these are challenging times as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you and your families are safe and well. As specialist teachers, we are working to ensure that your children will continue to receive a quality educational experience while at home. Art, Music, P.E., Media, and STEAM teachers have created the following Google Classrooms so that your children can explore some of these fun activities:

Grade Level Specialists’ Google Classroom Codes:

  • K and 1st: fkyhks7

  • 2nd and 3rd: dtatjm4

  • 4th and 5th: h35xu7t

Subject- Based Google Classroom

  • Art: Inside the Studio- Code: yk3og3t

  • Music: ALL Grade Level K - 5 Music Postings will be parked and appear in the Specialists’ classrooms. Drama Class Dojo as well as Mr. 'Jeff's' Ingle Google Music/Drama Classroom Google will be used for Disney’s The Lion King KIDS Experience. Class Code: gppkp4g.

: “Coach Corey’s PE Class,” Classroom Code: pny6rui

Innovation Station: Classroom Code: uztarv7

We miss our students,

Coach Corey (PE), Ms. Abby (Art), Mr. Jeff (Music), and Ms. Williams (media)

Rankin's Family Literacy Spot

Visit the new favorite spot of every reader! Mrs. Johnson, Rankin's Literacy Teacher, keeps us up to date with all things good readers need to know. Join her classroom to increase your Super Reader Powers!

Classroom Code: sng7fri

Logging into Your GCS Google at Home

  1. Go to Google.com
  2. Click on the Sign in
  3. Sign in using your GCS Google Account. Every GCS student has an email even if they have never used it before. It is your first name.last name (last 3 digits of your lunch number) followed by @gaston.k12.nc.us (Example: John.doe123@gaston.k12.nc.us)
  4. Your password is the same as your password for your Chromebook at school.
  5. If you need help with your child's email and/or password, email your child's teacher.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Many of our teachers have utilized Google Classroom all year for their students. When you want to join a new classroom, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Google Apps icon at the top right (3x3 array icon).
  2. Click on the Classroom icon (chalkboard with people).
  3. Click the + at the top right of screen.
  4. Click "join class"
  5. Enter the code given to you for specific classrooms.
  6. Click "join"

I hope this will be helpful as you explore some of the optional activities our teachers are providing.

Lunch is Served!

Grab and Go meals are available at 16 Gaston County Schools locations across the district. The list of sites is available on the GCS website. The closest sites to Rankin are Mt. Holly Middle School and North Belmont Elementary. At each location, distribution will take place weekdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

McDonald's in Mt. Holly and Belmont are also offering McDonald's will be offering students 12 years old or under the choice of a free plain cheeseburger, plain hamburger or 4-piece nugget and a small fry or apple slices, Monday – Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM. Parents must utilize the drive-thru option to order these meals. Students must be present, and parents will need to let the cashier know that they are a Gaston County student

We know these are unusual times. We will continue to be in touch as this situation unfolds. Please utilize the GCS website and the Rankin Facebook page for information. We miss our students and look forward to having everyone back to school.

Mark Your Calendar

Mar. 23 - World Meteorological Day: World Meteorological Day is celebrated to attract attention towards weather and climate for the safety and wellbeing of the society.

Mar. 24 - World Tuberculosis (TB) Day: This Day is observed to educate people about TB, its impact around the world.

Mar. 27 - World Theatre Day: This day is observed to raise the importance of the art form "theatre".

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact us.

Address: 301 W Central Ave, Mount Holly, NC,

Email: dskelly@gaston.k12.nc.us

Phone: 704-836-9136

Website: gaston.k12.nc.us/rankin

Twitter: @PrincipalDKelly

Facebook: Ida Rankin PTA