Cheetah Chat

April 8, 2016

Administrator Off-Campus Meetings

  • Mrs. Clark~off campus Tuesday, 4/12 for a Principal Meeting

  • Mr. Baughan~On campus all week

  • Ms. Zadell~off campus Monday am and Tuesday for some of the day

Upcoming Events

  • 4/11 - Boosterthon Teacher Party-8:00am

  • 4/11 - Boosterthon Pep Rallies-Tracks 1, 2, & 3 (See schedule for times)

  • 4/11 - Learning In the Fast Lane Book Study (4-5pm)

  • 4/11 - Blue Jay Point-Piatt

  • 4/12 - Sensabaugh

  • 4/14 - PBIS @ 2:45pm

  • 4/15 - Spirit Day (Crazy Hair Day)

  • 4/16 - PTA Health Fair (2-4pm)

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Bus Transportation Procedure Changes~Action Required for ALL staff and all tracks

HSES family, during 4th quarter we will start transitioning to a new dismissal process for buses and vans. This process will begin on Monday, April 11, 2016. The buses/vans will be called aloud and posted on the TV screen. *The change is that ALL students will leave the classroom when buses are called K-5 .* For example: “All students for 3 yellow and 5 blue.” It is imperative that students watch the television screens as well as staff. Please make sure all students leave the classroom when their bus is called. We do not want students missing the bus. For the future, we will be moving to NO ANNOUNCEMENTS. Dismissal will occur through the T.V.’s only but this is in the future so do not worry. We are protecting this time in the future in order to have meetings, etc without interruptions. Also, this will dismiss ALL students from classrooms quicker. Staff on duty~Be prepared in the hallways to assist students. We are scaffolding independence.

PTA~ACTION REQUIRED FOR TRACKS 1, 2, & 3 by 4/14/16

The PTA would like to provide a pizza party for the winner of each track for the best decorated Boosterthon door. The theme this year is Big World Recess. There are some great ideas to get you started on Pinterest. Doors should be completed by Thursday, April 14th and the winner will be declared on the 15th.

Boosterthon~BIG WORLD RECESS

Action required by all staff to read the document found HERE regarding the Boosterthon. The more you promote and follow up the better our school will do! More information to come!

Boosterthon Schedule

Click HERE for a copy of the Boosterthon schedule if you have not yet accessed it. Thanks in advance for all you'll do to make Boosterthon a success!

Retirement Ready Campaign~Action Required by ALL Staff

In an effort to encourage our employees to start planning for their eventual retirement, WCPSS is kicking-off a, “Retirement Ready?” Campaign. By Wednesday, April 12th, all employees will receive a 'Retirement Ready' email with additional meaningful information and details regarding available retirement plans.

This video should be shown during our next staff meeting. I am “flipping” this and asking you to preview it now by clicking on the link: http://bit.ly/WCPSSretire

Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social~Action required by all staff

For this year's volunteer appreciation event we'll be hosting an ice cream social in the media center on April 19th from 4:15-5:15 PM. Please visit the SIGN UP GENIUS to sign up for a time slot to serve. We also need each grade level (K, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) to each sign up to bring toppings. The invitations are printed and can be picked up in the front office and they are available on the shared drive if you would like to email them to your parents. Please encourage ALL volunteers to attend.

Grant Opportunity #1~Action Required by certified staff

This is a wonderful grant opportunity to write about the 4C’s and collaborative learning spaces incorporating technology, etc. You need to complete the Intent to Apply form found HERE and communicate with me, Mrs. Clark. Jeannie Davenport is the grant contact and can help you follow the WCPSS process. Take a risk and apply! Information about the grant is found HERE.

Grant Opportunity #2~Action Required by certified staff

This is a wonderful grant opportunity to write about the 4C’s and collaborative learning spaces incorporating technology, etc. (A teammate and I wrote a grant years ago and won 3,000 for technology for our classrooms~Mrs. Clark.) You need to complete the Intent to Apply form found HERE and communicate with me, Mrs. Clark. Jeannie Davenport is the grant contact and can help you follow the WCPSS process. Take a risk and apply! Information about the grant is found HERE.

Letterland Day~Action Required by teachers

Letterland Day at Pullen Park will be on Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We need your help to make the May 14th event a huge success. To ensure that the children have a fun, safe day, we need volunteers to monitor/run the activities. Each of the activities is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Volunteers would need to stay for at least three hours and arrive 15-20 minutes prior to their scheduled time to review procedures. There will be designated parking for volunteers. You are welcome to dress up as your favorite Letterland character! To volunteer to help with one or more of the activities on May 14th, please sign up using the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0448a4aa22a20-letterland

McTeacher Night

McTeacher Night was a hit! The McDonalds staff was awesome to work with and our staff jumped right in to help take orders, prep some food and serve. Thanks to all involved! Pictures from the event will be added to the shared drive (in a folder labeled McTeacher Night), if you have any to add please feel free to do so.

Elementary Parent Portal

The parent portal will deployed for parents. The modules open to parents are attendance for the current term, school information, student contacts information, transportation information beginning for 2016-2017 school year, courses scheduled to students, and rising 6th grade electives selection. There will be a letter explaining the opening of the HomeBase/Powerschool parent portal both in English and in Spanish (front/back). The second sheet is the Application for Access HomeBase/PowerSchool Parent portal letter in English only. We have Spanish applications available upon request. These will be in your boxes a day before the date outlined below for your track. The parents will need to come into the school with their application/ID and the office will provide them the access letter. Here is the website to include on your websites: http://www.wcpss.net/Domain/69.

A parent information guide can be found HERE. Mrs. Locklair is the contact to handle communications with parents. This will be posted on the website.


Holly Springs Elementary will deploy HomeBase/PowerSchool Parent Portal in the following manner:

  • Track 2 students in Kindergarten-4th grades will receive letters and applications beginning April 13, 2016.

  • Track 1 students in Kindergarten-4th grades will receive letters and applications beginning April 27, 2016.

Job Fair~Action Required by staff interested in transferring to another WCPSS school

The Wake County Transfer Fair and Job Fair are combined this year. Any employee interested in transferring to Oakview or another school in Wake County must apply via Applitrack. You can also attend the job fair. The flyer found HERE includes the information. More information will become available when the transfer period opens.

EOG Dates

Our EOG dates have been finalized for the end of the year. I am sending out information to parents with informational dates, etc. We are almost there and this will go to all families. In the meantime, you can share these dates, publicize them on your website, and share with parents how important it is that children are here. It is imperative that staff are here. Mark your calendars now as I expect staff to be present! The testing dates can be found HERE.

Mark your Calendars~Action Required by ALL Staff

The AA (previously OSP) days for 2016-2017 school year have been confirmed by the district. July 7, 2016 is the dates that Central Services staff will schedule updates and collaborative sessions with different groups.


I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel.

Meet the Cheetahs & Beyond~Action Required by ALL Staff to mark your calendars

Meet the Cheetahs & Beyond formerly known as Meet & Greet) will occur on July 7, 2016 for tracks 1, 2, & 3. Track 4 will occur on July 28, 2016. My expectation is all staff is present for these events and the PTA meeting. Times are as follows:

  • PTA General Meeting-5:00-5:30

  • Session 1-5:35-6:20

  • Transition-6:20-6:30

  • Session 2: 6:30-7:15

Spirit Week

Just a reminder...


Friday, April 15th - Crazy Hair Day

Monday, April 18th - Mustache Monday

Tuesday, April 19th - Dress like your favorite Super Hero Day

Wednesday, April 20th - 60's Day- peace signs, bell bottoms pants and fringe were in then!

Thursday, April 21st - Twin Day - dress like your friend or friends

Friday, April 22nd - Class Choice Day- show your spirit in anyway you class would like!