The Eagle's Call ๐Ÿฆ…

Friday, May 6th, 2022

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From Principal Tim Huber

Happy Mother's Day from Harris Creek Elementary School ๐Ÿ™Œ

Each day in our building we see the evidence of the love that is poured into our student by their superhero moms. From sweet notes in the lunchbox to daily practice with sight words or multiplication facts, moms do everything they can to help their children succeed and grow. This week we have celebrated teachers (many of whom are also moms!) and are looking forward to doing the same with all Harris Creek community moms this weekend! We even got a jump start over the past couple of days with Mother's Day tea and breakfast taking place in several classrooms in the school. We were thrilled to invite moms to visit and be celebrated by their children in their classrooms. See below for a picture of Ms. Teel's Track 1 Kindergarten class serenading their moms with beautiful Mother's Day themed songs!


Thank you for your continued support of your children and our school. Together, we will help our children SOAR to reach their greatest potential!

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[UPDATED] Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (Track 3) is Next Week! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

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(UPDATED) Health and Wellness Reminders โ™ฅ

Recently there has been an increase in students with the symptoms below at school. Please be reminded that students with the below symptoms must stay home.


Please do not send your child to school when they are sick or experiencing ANY of these symptoms of illness: Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea


To read details about how schools and our school system are responding the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.wcpss.net/covid19.


MASKS: The WCPSS Board of Education voted to make masks โ€œrecommended, but not requiredโ€ in schools, effective March 7th


ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING:

Wake County Public School System, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin offering weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and staff. COVID-19 testing is an effective way to reduce transmission, especially when layered with other precautionary measures.


We strongly recommend all families participate in this free program. Participation helps safeguard the wellbeing of the entire school community and gives you information to help you keep your children healthy.


Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com


NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES: If your child or a household member receives a positive COVID test or if they are exposed to someone with COVID, please emails to your child's teacher and to hces-covid19@wcpss.net right away. An office staff member will reach out to assist with next steps.


View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms. Be sure to review recent updates which include that students are no longer considered exposed while at school as schools are following all health precautions. Students will only be sent home if they are showing symptoms of illness.


Communication: Send ALL COVID-related emails to your child's teacher and to hces-covid19@wcpss.net


COVID-19 VACCINE: Vaccines are now available for children ages 5+. Wake County Public Health encourages parents to protect their children aged 5-17 with the COVID-19 vaccine โ€“ it's safe, effective, and available at no cost. Read more about the vaccine for kids: Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 5+). Wake County Public Health is offering special kids-only vaccine days. Families can go to WakeGov.com/kids to sign up. Pediatrician offices, pharmacies and children's hospitals are also providing vaccine appointments for children in Wake County. Visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/kids to find a vaccine near you.


Thank you for doing your part to keep our kids in school!

[ICYMI] From Coach B: Splash Day Information! ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Harris Creek Families, the warm weather is here and we are planning on having a special Splash Day during your childโ€™s P.E. Class! There will be water themed stations and activities planned during that time. Please mark your calendar for your childโ€™s scheduled P.E. day during the dates listed below:


Track 1

May 9: John, M. Smith, Tinnerman, Flowers, Hopkins, Mehrer

May 10: B. Clark, Wilson, Lassiter, Teel, Turpin, Woodell


Tracks 2,3,4

June 8-10: TBA for specific classes

June 13-15: TBA for specific classes


(Donations of pool noodles, inflatable beach balls, and simple splash toys to the school would be greatly appreciated. Personal water cannons/blasters will not be permitted.)


Click HERE for full Splash Day details

[UPDATED] PTA News ๐Ÿค

  • ONE WEEK AWAY!! Eagle Fun Fest May 13th: volunteers and donations will be needed so please use the links below to sign up. This is fair weather event only. See the flyer for additional details.

Amazon Donation Wish List

Sign up to Volunteer

Sign up to Donate

Eagle Fun Fest is ONE WEEK AWAY!!! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ

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Career Week and Day Coming Soon! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ

In order to make this Career Week event a success, we need your help! We are looking for volunteers to come into the school, and share about their occupation with students. Career week volunteers will be able to present to students about their occupation by: speaking individually to a class, in a grade between Kindergarten - 3rd grade AND/OR hosting a table to present to 4th and 5th grade students in a career fair style event. If you or someone you know is at all interested in participating, please review the information below! Click here for full details.


The Career Fair for grades 4 - 5 is May 19th from 10 am - 1 pm

For guest speaking in grades K - 3: May 16-20 and June 7-10 (times vary)


If you are interested in volunteering as a speaker for either or both of these opportunities, please fill out the following GOOGLE FORM by April 15, 2022. One of the counselors will follow up with you regarding next steps. Feel free to reach out to jkrauss@wcpss.net with any questions.

[NEW] Career Week Dress Up Days!

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From The Student Services Team: Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities ๐Ÿ‘

Circle of Security is a parent education program offered by SafeChildNC that focuses on building a sense of security and confidence in our children. Circle of Security Parenting is for parents or caregivers of children from birth through teens.


Parents will learn how to:


  • Talk with their children so they will listen and cooperate.
  • Strengthen their relationships with their children.
  • Be present with their children during both the best and the toughest of times.
  • Recognize their childrenโ€™s needs and make sense of their behavior.
  • Learn how to identify barriers to being able to communicate and guide their children effectively.


Additional Opportunities:

  1. May 5 and 12: SAFEchildโ€™s Spanish language programming team (Crianza con Carino) will co-host sessions with TripleP.
  2. Crianza con Carinoโ€™s regular programming information can be accessed here: https://safechildnc.org/crianza-con-carino/
  3. May 7: in support of Mental Health Month, SAFEchild and the Growing Resilience Movement are supporting the Come Out and Play Day at Dorothea Dix. The free event will have family play activities, a movie screening, as well as free goodie bags for the first 300 families.


Access informational flyers for all these events HERE

[ICYMI] Ask Your Child And/Or Teacher About Second Step ๐Ÿ˜Š

At Harris Creek ES and in WCPSS, we believe that Social-Emotional Learning is a foundational component of everything we do as educators. Decades of research shows that children are much more successful in school across all areas when social-emotional needs are being met and skills are being taught. All classrooms at Harris Creek have access to and use the Second Step curriculum for this purpose. Second Step is a "holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning." Please click the link to learn more and then ask your child and/or teacher about what they've been learning recently!
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Major Calendar Change: Affects All Families on All Tracks ๐Ÿ“…

School District Leadership confirmed this week a new state requirement for this school year that all schools offer EOG Remediation and Readministration opportunities for students meeting certain specific criteria.


The summary is as follows:


  • MOST IMPORTANT FOR ALL FAMILIES TO KNOW: The school year essentially will end 2 days before originally scheduled for all tracks. This means the last day for all PreK-2nd grade students and most 3rd-5th grade students is Thursday, June 2nd (Track 1) or Monday, June 27th (Tracks 2,3,4).
  • The purpose of this change is to facilitate the opportunity for 3rd-5th grade students who qualify to receive remediation in tested areas and then retest
    • The criteria to qualify: All students who pass an EOG tested course or subject in 2021-22 but score Not Proficient (scale score ranges) on the initial administration of the EOG will be eligible to participate. For elementary students passing ELA, Math and Science is defined as having a mode score of level 3 or 4 in all strands within the content area for Quarter 3 and the projected Quarter 4 grades. Mode means that most grades for that content area are levels 3 or 4.

    • The number of students who qualify based on this criteria will be small. Students not meeting this criteria WILL NOT have the opportunity to retest and there will be no exceptions.

  • At Harris Creek, remediation and retesting will take place on June 3rd and 6th (Track 1) and June 28th-29th (Tracks 2,3,4). Schedule specifics for those days are TBA
  • Opt-in letters will be sent to the families of qualifying students in grades 3-5 by each child's teacher

Save the Date: 5th Grade Celebrations ๐ŸŽ‰

Additional details about celebrations will be shared by each child's teacher.

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School Supply Shopping Has Never Been Easier! โœโœ‚๐Ÿ–

We are partnering with our amazing new spirit wear company to provide you with ONE STOP SUPPLY shopping for the 2022-23 school year!


We know you are thinking โ€œok the PTA has lost it if it's promoting supplies for next year,โ€ BUT hear us out. Gas prices are sky high, and your time is valuable! Year-round schools never have the advantage of back-to-school sales so why not spend time WITH your family instead of searching for the supplies your student needs when we have them all at the click of a mouse!!


The deadline to purchase your students supply kit for 22-23 is May 31st! All kits will be delivered DIRECTLY TO SCHOOL. Kits have all high-quality brands requested by your students' teachers. Donโ€™t stress trying to find things anymore! Prices are on point with what youโ€™d find in stores, and you wonโ€™t have to worry about getting it all to school!!!


IMPORTANT NOTE: In years past we have offered an alternative to this with an early supply drop off option at school. Due to the way the calendar falls this year this will NOT be a feasible option. If you want to avoid day one hassles of getting supplies to school your best option is to pre-order here!


Order Your School Supply Kit Now!

Tell us how a Harris Creek staff member has helped or made an impact on you or your child. This shout-out will be shared with the staff at a future meeting! Use the form below to send your shout- out ๐Ÿ“ฃ

Transportation Reminders ๐Ÿš—๐ŸšŒ

AM Carpool Efficiency Reminders

Please remember to pull forward as far as possible, have your student(s) open their own door, and put on your hazard lights if assistance is needed. Thank you!


Please Display Carpool Number Tags Every Afternoon

In order to ensure an efficient carpool process, please remember to hang carpool number tags to display clearly from your vehicle's rearview mirror. Please reference the image below for proper placement. This is a critical step to ensure students leave their classrooms and come outside to the correct location on the sidewalk to be picked up. Thank you!


Bus Tracking App

Please use the Here Comes the Bus app (App Store or Google Play Store) to monitor the location of your studentโ€™s bus and when it is approaching his/her stop. To sign up: https://herecomesthebus.com/parents/get-started/ . The WCPSS school code for school bus tracking is 67500. You will need to use your child's student ID number as well.

You can also follow @HCESBuses on Twitter to confirm when your child's bus leaves campus each afternoon.

ACTION REQUESTED: Restart Your Child's WCPSS Chromebook Weekly ๐Ÿ’ป

WCPSS Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features.

Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.)

Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

Thank you!

How to Easily Set Your WCPSS Communication Preferences

We recognize that you may be receiving a large volume of communication and we want to make sure you always see the information you need the most!


Set your SchoolMessenger message preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger Parent account. With this account you can select what information you receive and how you would like to receive it. You can create your account by downloading the SchoolMessenger app on your mobile device or go to https://go.schoolmessenger.com/.

Notes:

  • Use the email address entered for your student in PowerSchool to sign up.
  • Most messages from Mr. Huber and WCPSS are sent as email and text using the General School Info broadcast.
  • To receive text messages, text YES to 67587.
  • For more information and instructions on how to create an account, visit: https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger.

Upcoming Dates to Remember ๐Ÿ“†

  • Apr 18-May 10: Track 3 Track out
  • May 8: Mother's Day!
  • May 9-10: Track 1 Splash Day in PE
  • May 10-13: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week Tracks 1,2,4
  • May 11-Jun 6: Track 2 Track out
  • May 13 5:30-8:30pm - Eagle Fun Fest!
  • May 16-20 - Career Week
  • May 19: 4th/5th grade Career Fair 10am-1pm
  • May 23: Track 1 End-of-Grade Testing Begins - 3rd-5th grade