Seawell Peek At the Week

March 19, 2023

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At Seawell We Value All...We Are Committed to All...Believe in All...and Lead with the Heart!!!

Greetings Seawell Seahawk Families,

We are excited to both announce and celebrate our 2023-24 SES Teacher of the Year Ms. Maddi Smith!!!! Ms. Smith currently teaches first grade and is a gifted, nurturing teacher who delivers quality instruction and learning experiences.

Huge Shout Out to all who joined us for the Walk for Education 5K!!! Lots of chilly fun for everyone:)

Curriculum Night

Please plan to join us this week for our in-person Curriculum Night beginning at 5:30. Classroom teachers will facilitate two sessions sharing the same information. Please plan to learn more about what is being taught, instructional strategies utilized and possibly the opportunity to participate in learning experiences similar to those facilitated by your child's teacher. We can't wait to share and answer questions you may have regarding curricular expectations at SES.

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  • Join the PTA for just $10 per person or sponsor a Seawell teacher or staff member for only $5 by clicking on the MemberHub link. As a PTA member there is no obligation to attend the PTA meetings or volunteer. We welcome other family members too, such as grandparents, to become PTA members, too!

  • Seawell Elementary’s Read-A-Thon returns Saturday March 18th to Sunday March 26th! We are excited to bring you this long-running Seawell tradition, with a few small changes to fit this unique school year. While it will still be a PTA fundraiser, with every dollar we raise staying right here at Seawell to help our wonderful teachers, the focus will be on celebrating reading in our school community. And yes, there will still be prizes up for grabs, so get your kids ready to read, read, read! Learn more about it here.

  • Elections for family representatives for the Seawell School Improvement Team (SIT) are upon us. Please consider nominating yourself, or talk to one of your friends or neighbors about taking part in this important committee. The deadline for applying for the SIT is MAY 2, 2022 for both electronic and paper submission. Applications can be submitted via email (, via this form, or mailed to Seawell. For paper applications, date the application must be mailed/postmarked by March 20.

  • Get your Seawell Spirit Wear! The spring sale runs from March 13th thru March 27th. Visit the website now to get 25% off all merchandise You can get $5 shipping on orders under $75 ($50 through Sunday) Free shipping on orders over $75 ($50 through Sunday). Shop at

Women's History Month March 1-March 31

SES COVID-19 Cases

Seawell had 1 positive COVID-19 case during the week of March 13- March 17.

CHCCS encourages eligible students and staff to get an updated COVID-19 booster. The updated bivalent booster is now available for people 12 and older (two months after they finish their primary series or any booster dose). It offers the most up-to-date protection against the latest Omicron variants. The booster, like all COVID-19 vaccines, is safe to get alongside your annual flu vaccine. The CDC also recommends a third dose for children 5 to 11 who have compromised immune systems. Click on these links for vaccination locations and more information on COVID-19 boosters

Families, please be sure to follow the following guidelines :

  • Masks: In general, CHCCS remains a mask-recommended, but optional district. Masks continue to be provided for students and staff upon request. Exceptions to this protocol are outlined on our website as well as the below paragraph about COVID-19 positive staff/students.
    • Also: Schools will no longer require masking in the entire building when there are clusters of 5+ positive cases in a small group or a cumulative total of 15+ positive cases in a school. More on this below.
  • Symptomatic Staff/Students - Will be required to provide*:
    • A negative PCR COVID-19 test, or
    • 2 negative Antigen (Rapid) tests separated 24 hours apart in order to return to work/school, or
    • An alternative diagnosis from a primary care provider.
    • *This is not for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is to prove that the COVID-like symptoms being experienced are not COVID-19. Individuals who choose not to test for COVID-19 or get an alternative diagnosis from their primary care provider are required to follow the COVID-19 positive staff/students guidance.
  • COVID-19 positive Staff/Students - Must quarantine for 5 days and can return on day 6 as long as they are free of vomiting, diarrhea, and fever without the use of medication and all COVID-19 like symptoms are improving (they do not need to be resolved). The individual needs to continue to wear a mask at work/school while indoors for an additional 5 days after returning. Please contact our school nurse for additional information and guidance on returning to work/school.
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March 18 Seawell Read-a-Thon Begins!!!

March 23 - K-5 Spring Curriculum Night - 5:30-6:30pm

This event is new for Seawell and will include individual classroom presentations about curriculum or activities to deepen your understanding about the work that your child is completing.

5:30-Classroom session 1

6:00-Classroom session 2 (Repeat of session 1)

March 25 - College and Career Fair at Carrboro High School

The Equity and Engagement Office is sponsoring a college and career fair for our Black and Latinx students in grades 10th, 11th, and 12th.

This event will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 10:00am - 2:00pm at Carrboro High School .

Here is the Black and Latinx College Experience Showcase flyer

March 30 End of the Third Quarter

March 31 Teacher Workday

April 3-7 Spring Break

Lost and Found: Lonely Jackets @ Seawell ES

This section will now periodically highlight clothing items found around our campus so that parents can alert their children to reclaim what was once lost! All clothing/items pictured can be found in the Lost and Found section of our cafeteria.

Lonely Jackets @ Seawell ES

Classroom Corner

North Carolina’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model is a framework for school improvement. The framework is built around the six critical components in order to effectively implement system change at the district and school level. At the heart of the framework are four essential elements that set the MTSS model apart from other school improvement frameworks. The critical components provide the necessary structures to implement the model, while the essential elements define what makes the model unique.

The four essential elements are the actions or activities associated with the implementation of MTSS. They are the implementation of a tiered instruction/intervention model, screening, progress monitoring, and data-based decision making.

These are each described below:

Essential Element - Definition

Screening - data gathered multiple times in a year (most typically three times) to identify the effectiveness of core instruction and to identify students who may be at risk for poor outcomes and need additional academic, behavioral, and social and emotional support

Progress Monitoring - repeated assessments using valid and reliable tools and processes to assess performance, quantify improvement or responsiveness to intervention and instruction, and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction, interventions, and supports.

Tiered Instruction/Intervention Model - model of integrated academic, behavioral, and social and emotional instruction and intervention supports that are evidence-based and culturally and linguistically responsive

Data-Based Decision-Making -process to include data analysis and problem solving through teaming to make decisions about instruction, intervention, and implementation

Education Acronyms

Take a moment and review a state list of education related acronyms and bookmark to save for future reference

Seawell Library Newsletter - Winter 2023

Check out what has been happening in the Seawell Library!!

Draft 2 of Proposed 2023 K-12 Science Standards

The NC State Board of Education Standard Course of Study Manual specifies that the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will formally collect feedback from educators, administrators, parents, students, institutions of higher education, business/industry representatives, national organizations, and other education agencies on each draft of the revised K-12 Science Standards.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain input from all stakeholders regarding the 2nd Draft of the proposed 2023 K-12 Science Standards and to inform any additional revisions, which may include changes, clarifications, additions, deletions, or replacements to the draft standards.

The survey will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, March 26, 2023

Draft 2 of the Proposed 2023 K-12 Science Standards Survey

Science DPI Update


Please call Seawell at 919.967.4343 ext 33200 or email Evelin Escobar to report absences and tardies.

Educational leave for students must be requested at least ten days in advance utilizing this form.

Volunteer Process

We are now able to have parent volunteers in our learning spaces again! In order to assist you with this process, please access the volunteer registration link . Note that you must go through the district volunteer process in order to chaperone filed trips, but not before beginning to actively volunteer in your child's classroom/school.