MCES Family Updates

News from Principal Miller

Welcome Back Track 4! Enjoy Track Out Track 3!

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Important Dates

July 29 - Curriculum Night for Track 1, 2, and 3 1st-5th grade families - 1st Session 6:15-6:50; 2nd Session 7:00-7:30. There will be a brief message from the PTA at the start of the first session. Curriculum Night is an in-person (mask required) or virtual event. All teachers will share a virtual meeting link for this evening.

July 30 - Teacher Workday - No school for students

August 2 - 1st day for Track 4

August 9 - 1st day for all Track 4 Kindergarten Students/ MCES Spirit Day at Ruckus Pizza (Tryon Road location) 20% of all sales from 11 a.m. -11:00 p.m. go to our MCES PTA

August 17 - BOG Testing for Track 4 3rd graders

August 19 - Curriculum Night for 1st-5th grade Track 4 families - 1st Session 6:15-6:50; 2nd Session 7:00-7:30. There will be a brief message from the PTA at the start of the first session. Curriculum Night is an in-person (mask required) or virtual event. All teachers will share a virtual meeting link for this evening.

September 6 - Labor Day holiday - No school for students

NC Beginning of Grade for 3rd Grade Students

Each year the state of North Carolina requires all third-grade students to take the Beginning of Grade Reading test. The tests will be administered to Tracks 1, 2, and 3 students on July 22 and Track 4 students on August 17.

mClass Formative Assessments for K-3

Last month the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction selected mCLASS as the K–3 formative and diagnostic assessment for Read to Achieve in North Carolina. In the coming weeks, all year-round K-3 students will be completing this assessment. The results of this assessment are used (along with other data and observations) to inform instruction. We look forward to sharing more information with you about mCLASS at one of our upcoming events.

Curriculum Night

Please see the image below. Note the date change and times. Curriculum night is intended for Grades 1-5. All sessions will be offered in-person and virtually. All in-person guests will be required to wear a mask. The classroom teacher will send a link for the virtual meetings.
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Bell Schedule

The building will open at 8:00 a.m. for students to enter, and the tardy bell will ring at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Has Your Phone Number/Email Changed?

Please email Roxanne Carter, Data Manager, if your email address(es) or phone number(s) have changed. We rely on the information in PowerSchool to contact you for emergency situations and to send you school messages.

Visitors on Campus

Only essential visitors will be allowed on school campuses in an effort to protect the health and safety of our students.

We will have staff on hand to ensure all students get to their classroom on the 1st day of school!

For our Kindergarten families - Parents will be permitted to walk their kindergarten students to their classroom on their staggered entry day.

!Technology Updates!

  • All students will be assigned a student Chromebook at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. If your student has no district Chromebook checked out, they will receive one at the beginning of the school year. It is highly recommended that all students receive a district-issued Chromebook. For students with a Chromebook checked out, they may be required to return the Chromebook to receive a new one, or they may be required to continue using it, depending on the model. Your school will let your student know if they are eligible to receive a replacement or will continue using the Chromebook they have.

  • Any problems with Chromebooks that are currently checked out must be reported to your school or the WCPSS Technology Help Desk as soon as possible. Please send reports to Student devices that are not functioning because of a defect in the device will be repaired or replaced as needed. Devices that are damaged or lost will be replaced once during the device loan period. Students who experience a second incident of damage or loss will be limited to in-school use of a device only. All families will be expected to sign an agreement at the beginning of the school year acknowledging this and other student expectations. Find the agreement and additional information. Schools will provide a copy to students at the beginning of the school year.

Carpool Safety Reminders

For arrival and dismissal, please review the following procedures to help carpool run more smoothly:

*Students will dismiss by their carpool number. The carpool tag should be prominently displayed during afternoon dismissal.

* Follow the designated traffic flow.

* Proceed to the first available space before stopping in the carpool lane. During morning arrival, you may drop your child off once you have reached or passed the flagpole. We will be utilizing safety patrol students this year to assist with drop-off.

* Drivers should never exit the vehicle in the carpool lane. If you need to fasten a seat belt or otherwise secure your child, please pull forward past the bicycle rack as to not hinder the flow of traffic.

* Please maintain a single file line around the curb and keep the left lane for free-flowing traffic. Please do not pull around other cars in the carpool lane.

* Ensure that your student(s) get out of and into your vehicle on the passenger side for safety reasons. Students are not permitted to walk in front of cars and load on the driver’s side. This is for their safety. (Please see point sometimes don't follow the rules and pull around. This is why it is of the utmost importance that your child load from the passenger side.)

* During dismissal, please do not call or wave to your student(s) while you are pulling forward. Students MUST wait for all cars to stop before loading.

*Please refrain from using cell phones during carpool.

*Please remain polite and courteous to our staff working carpool.

Walker Updates

Walker Registration:

For the 21-22 school year, only families within the WCPSS “No transportation zone” will be allowed to be considered a walker for afternoon dismissal for the upcoming school year. You can find your designation by going to Please use this link to register your child/children as a walker for the 21-22 school year: . The registration can also be found on our website.

  • Walkers requiring a parent pick-up or buddy will be dismissed from the same door at 3 p.m. each day. Parents should wait outside by the exterior of room 303 (near our current Walker pick-up location). Carpool tag must be presented in order for students to be released as walkers to parents/guardians. There will be an assigned staff member calling each student by number.
  • If there is a change of transportation (due to rain, etc…) parents must call the school prior to 2:30 p.m. and speak with the receptionist to change the mode of transportation.
  • Parking a vehicle, and then walking to pick-up a student who is or is not identified as a walker, is not permitted.

Bus Transportation

All families wanting to utilize bus transportation should go to www.wcpss.transportation and register for bus service for the 21-22 school year.

Bus tags will be provided to students on their first day of school.

Kindergarten Staggered Entry for Track 4

Track 4 staggered entry dates are August 2, 3, 4, and 5. This track will have a Meet the Teacher (adults only) in which the classroom teacher will review important information on August 6 at 4:00 p.m. The first day of school for Track 4 Kindergarten students is August 9.

School Meals

School meals (breakfast and lunch) will continue to be free for all students. The July menu can be found here. Please know the menu is subject to change due to the availability of specific items.

Covid-19 Updates/Protocols

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, our school follows all COVID-19 health measures required by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Review our Safe Return To School Plan before the first day of school. Remember, all students must stay home when sick, wear a face covering in school and should maintain as much physical distance as possible on campus. Please notify your student’s teacher or me as soon as possible if your student is diagnosed with COVID-19, so we can work with health officials for confidential contact tracing. Together, we can keep our students, staff, and community healthy in a safe and welcoming environment at school.

  • Face Coverings: All students and staff are required to wear a face-covering when inside the school, unless a face covering exemption has been approved. Face coverings are optional when outside.
  • Handwashing: Students will use hand sanitizer/wash their hands numerous times a days. Required times include: upon entering the classroom, before/after eating, before/after recess, and before/after sharing community materials.
  • Eating/Drinking Guidelines: *Updated 7/2/21 from WCPSS. NC Department of Health and Human Services does not provide health guidance about students eating in schools. To best meet their nutritional and social-emotional needs, students may talk during meal times. We will have assigned seating in the cafeteria.
  • Recess: Students are not required to wear a face-covering at recess. Currently, classes do not mix for recess. Please note that this protocol could change once school begins.
  • Stay home when sick.

    All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:

    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
    • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
    • Instructed to quarantine
    • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
      • 100.4° fever or higher
      • Sore throat
      • New cough
      • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • New severe headache

    In addition, students must be free of any symptoms of illness unless the student has a confirmed diagnosis from a healthcare professional attributing the symptoms to something other than COVID-19.

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