Principal's Weekly Update

Volume 2 Issue 17 : November 15, 2020

Message from Mrs. Aulmer

I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy. This is our last week before we have a week off for Fall Break. There will not be any school the week of November 23rd- 27th.


Please take a few minutes this week to fill out the survey below. As of today we only have 20 responses. We will use this information to help guide any changes needed moving forward. Your feedback is requested.


Monday night we will host our next parent academy session. This session will be geared towards strategies to increase student achievement. Please use the link to join the ZOOM session Monday night at 6 pm. We look forward to seeing our families!


Progress reports were sent home Friday. Please look over your scholar's report and login into Schoology to check specific assignments. Students will have until 4 pm on Friday, November 20th to submit any assignments they have not turned in that are showing missing on their progress report. Please login to Schoology to view your scholar's grades for each class. If a "1" is listed as an assignment grade that is because the assignment has not been turned in. If a "0" is listed as the grade that means the assignment has not been turned in and the teacher is no longer accepting the assignment. Please login to Schoology and monitor your scholar's grades to ensure they are turning all assignments in on time. If you have any questions about grades or assignments, please reach out to the teacher and include your grade level Dean on the communication (K-2 Ms. Beatty, 3-5 Ms. Griffith).


We are doing a canned food drive at school this week. Please drop your non-perishable items off at the main office between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. At the end of the week we will make a delivery to a local food shelter to help our local families in need.


If your contact information has changed, please reach out to our main office to update the information. This could be your address, phone numbers, or emails. Without this information it is hard for us to stay in contact with you. You can call 980-299-6633 or you can email Ms. Seeley


I would like to request your help with ZOOM session etiquette. We know that attending school from home is not the easiest, however, we are asking that students have a quiet place set up in the house to attend their sessions. While in the sessions we are asking that students are dressed appropriately and are attentive to the teacher. We appreciate your help with this.


I ask that you follow the FAQ section below when you need to reach out to someone. Please make sure you are contacting the correct support person. This will help your questions and concerns get addressed quickly.


Thank you for your continued partnership with QCSS as we work to make this a successful year for all of our scholars!

Survey for Parents

The purpose of this survey is to find out your opinions about Queen City STEM School. We will use these results to help guide any changes needed moving forward. Please complete this survey by Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4 pm. Read each statement and choose the response that most closely matches your opinion. Please answer each item honestly. Your responses will be completely confidential.



https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/147937/p60093

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School Improvement Council (SIC)

We are looking for parents who are interested in serving on our school improvement council. We will meet once a month for the remainder of the school year. Meetings will be held virtually for right now. If you are interested in serving on the committee or know someone who is interested, please fill the form out below by Friday, November 20th at 4 pm. Thanks!


https://forms.gle/uPavHS2PgyjKxs9m6

Kindness-Character Trait of the Month

To celebrate our character trait for the month of November, Kindness, we would like to ask the students to participate in an act of kindness each week:


November 16th-20th: Canned food drive at school. Go through your pantry and collect some canned food/non-perishable items to drop off at school. We will collect the items (Monday-Friday from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm) and take them to a local shelter to donate from all students at QCSS.

School Counseling Schoology Groups

Our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Bagley, has created Schoology groups for our students to help students receive resources during virtual learning. The groups include Social and Emotional Learning activities, character education lessons, and much more!


If your scholar is interested in joining the groups, please have them use the access codes below to join.


The group access codes:

K-2 School Counseling Group: 3K54-K6KH-X746P

3-5 School Counseling Group: NQGT-WNHG-NVVX7

Flu Season

Flu season is among us and our nurse aide, Ms. Grindstaff, would like to share some important information with you on the similarities and differences with the flu and COVID-19. Please click this link for information.

Shout Out a Staff Member

Parents,


If you have a teacher or staff member that you would like to "Shout Out" or "Brag" on, please go to the the link below and give them a shout out. The little words do go a long way! Thanks.


https://padlet.com/abeatty8/fmprl44z0vsgigm0

Rooted in Reading Wish List

Rooted in Reading is a reading program that supplements the curriculum we already have in place. Rooted in Reading focuses on one read aloud each week so that students can deepen their understanding, focus on the structure of the story, and use the different reading strategies and skills that we match with the story. Rooted in Reading is based on a READ ALOUD where the teacher is reading to the students. The teacher models fluency, expression, thinking out loud, and understanding a text. This ensures that the students take all of those best practices and put them into place when they are reading independently. There are multiple stories that go with this series and our teachers have created a wish list for any parents who would like to donate a book to their scholar's classroom teacher. Please help out if you can.


Kindergarten Wish List


First Grade Wish List


Second Grade Wish List

What's Happening at QCSS?

Monday, November 16th: Parent Academy Night (Virtual- see flyer below)


Monday, November 23rd- Friday, November 27th: Fall Break; NO SCHOOL


Wednesday, December 2nd: Dine with the Deans ZOOM at 12 pm https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/94142291918


Monday, December 7th: Character Ed. Read Aloud @ 8 am https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/92328153780


Friday, December 18th: End of the First Semester; Half Day for Students

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Remote Instruction Schedules

Please follow the schedule below for your scholar's grade level. Students' daily schedules will be from 9 am until 2 pm. There will be a time for students to complete assignments for their specials areas teachers, a lunch break, and time for homework/physical activity/ and or one-on-one time with their teacher(s).

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

1) What are the phone numbers for the campuses?

Elementary Campus: 980-299-6633

Secondary Campus: 980-321-7744


2) Who do I contact if I need my Powerschool login information and/or to update my contact information?

Ms. Williams – jwilliams@queencitystem.org



3) Who do I contact if I need my student google login information?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator- sbushman@queencitystem.org


4) I need a chromebook, who do I contact?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator- sbushman@queencitystem.org


5) My chromebook isn’t working/battery is low, what do I do?

Mr. Bushman, IT Coordinator- sbushman@queencitystem.org


6) I’d like to talk with a school counselor. Who can I reach out to?

Ms. Bagley: kbagley@queencitystem.org


7) Are there any resources for parents to help with remote learning?

https://sites.google.com/dpi.nc.gov/remote-learning-resources/home/parent-resources?authuser=0


8) My scholar has an IEP who can I speak with?

Ms. Robinson: hrobinson@queencitystem.org


9) My scholar has a 504, who can I speak with?

Ms. Bagley: kbagley@queencitystem.org


10) Can we use a tablet for virtual instruction?

As long as you are able to access ZOOM, Schoology, and any other platform the teacher will be using.


11) Will speech therapy or occupational therapy be remote as well?

Yes, the service provider for speech and OT will be reaching out to families soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Robinson.


12) Will tutoring be offered?

Yes, please reach out to your scholar(s) teacher(s) to discuss options


13) How does my scholar access Schoology?

You must use the following website: queencitystem.schoology.com

-If you received a chromebook from the school, your scholar will be logged in when they enter the website above.

-If you are using a personal device, then you will need to make sure you are logged in with your QCSS Google information.

-Codes are not needed to access classes in Schoology. All class schedules are pulled from PowerSchool.

Video to show you how to login.


14) When I log in to Powerschool I see my student's grades from last year, how do I see this year's grades?

If you are using the app you may need to log out completely and sign back in to refresh the data.


15) My scholar attends the secondary campus who is the principal?

Mr. Alkan is the principal for the secondary school. You can reach him at malkan@queencitystem.org


16) My elementary scholar has four (4) special area classes assigned to them. How do I know what class to tell them to attend daily?

This is up to you and your child. The scholar must complete one (1) assignment per class each week. We suggest that you make a schedule together and stick to that schedule. An example is: Monday- music, Tuesday- Art, Wednesday- PE, Thursday- STEM Class.





Remember that your first point of contact should be your scholar's teacher(s). If you have questions about navigating platforms, assignments, or grades, please reach out to the teacher via email. Also, please utilize the school's website for distance learning information. queencitystem.org

Board Meetings

Board meetings will be held on the following dates and times. These will be virtual meetings and links will be communicated closer to the date of the meeting.


-Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, April 1, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, June 3, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Box Tops for Education

THE NEXT GENERATION OF BOX TOPS IS HERE.

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.


Please download the Box Tops for Education App from your App store, sign up, connect with QCSS and begin earning money for the school.

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