Principal's Weekly Update

Volume 2 Issue 12 : October 11, 2020

Message from Mrs. Aulmer

I hope everyone has had a great weekend, even though it was rainy, and is continuing to stay safe and healthy.


Last week was the end of the first marking period and we are working to make sure all grades in Schoology are matching the grades in Powerschool. Report cards will be sent home Wednesday of this week. The report cards will be emailed to the email addresses we have on file in Powerschool. Please remember to check your scholars grades in Schoology weekly. Schoology is the platform we use to grade assignments.


Thanks to all parents who attended last week's board meeting. The Board of Directors approved to continue with Plan C (fully remote instruction) through the second marking period, which runs through December 18th. IF your scholar has an IEP/504 and you are wanting them to attend the school building, please fill this form out by Wednesday, October 14th. If you are an essential worker and you are experiencing an undue hardship, please fill this form out by Wednesday, October 14th.


This Friday is parent/teacher conference day and your scholar's teacher(s) should be reaching out this week if a conference is needed. If you feel that you would like to request a conference, please reach out to the teacher by the end of the school day on Wednesday.


Since Friday is a parent/teacher conference day, students will have school by participating in asynchronous instruction. This means that there will not be any live ZOOM sessions to attend Friday, but work will be assigned by 9 am in Schoology. Attendance will be taken based off of assignments being turned in. If assignments aren't turned in then the scholar is marked absent for the day.


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.


We have enabled Go Guardian on all school issued devices. This tool helps filter inappropriate content. Unfortunately, some sites our teachers use can be filtered using Go Guardian, like Youtube. If your teacher assigns a link and your scholar can't open the link due to this filtering, please communicate with your teacher so they can have the site whitelisted and accessible. Thanks for your support and help.


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!

Board Committees

Families, our Board of Directors are forming committees for this school year and we are in need of one parent to serve on each committee (a total of 7 parents). If you are interested in being a part of the committees to help QCSS improve, please sign up. Thanks for your continued support.


https://forms.gle/PHzho2zeefoUVYVg7

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

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What's Happening at QCSS?

Wednesday, October 14th: Report Card go home (via email)


Friday, October 16th: Parent Teacher Conference Day; Students will have asynchronous virtual learning assignments will be posted by 9 am


Wednesday, October 21st: Unity Day- Students wear ORANGE to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.


Friday, October 23rd: Teacher Workday; No School for Students


Monday, November 2nd: Facebook Live Read Aloud @ 8 am


Wednesday, November 4th: Dine with the Deans Facebook Live at 12 pm


Wednesday, November 11th: No School


Friday, November 13th: Progress Reports


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


Wednesday, December 2nd: Dine with the Deans Facebook Live at 12 pm


Monday, December 7th: Facebook Live Read Aloud @ 8 am


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

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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Updated Specials Area Zoom Sessions

Instead of live classes via zoom, Special Area content will be delivered using pre recorded video instruction. These videos will be posted on Schoology for you to access at any time during the week. It is recommended that students focus on one special area video and assignment each day to stay on track. In addition to these video lessons, we will be hosting open drop-in hours. This way, if you need help with an assignment or concept, you can speak directly with the teacher that can help. This format will allow us to help you more and while adding a little more flexibility in your day.

There is no schedule as to which class you must attend on which day. You will be able to connect with any Specials Teacher for whom you have a question during your grade level’s scheduled time on any school day. When connected to your teacher, you may be placed in a waiting room, this is so one-on-one help can be offered. If you do not have a question or need help, then you are not required to connect with us on Zoom that day.


Kindergarten Drop-in time will be from 9:40-10 each day.

Coach Collins (PE): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/94250916616

Ms. Green (music): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/96061465494

Ms. Georgevich (science): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/98242488973

Ms. Richards (art): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/92328044054



4th and 5th grade Drop-in time will be from 10:15-10:35 each day.

Coach Collins (PE): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/689163250

Ms. Green (music): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/399062398

Ms. Georgevich (science): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/757386559

Ms. Richards (art): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/133633958


2nd and 3rd grade Drop-in time will be from 11:00-11:20 each day.

Coach Collins (PE): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/688008184

Ms. Green (music): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/876409698

Ms. Georgevich (science): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/257150974

Ms. Richards (art): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/475202787



1st grade Drop-in time will be from 11:30-11:50 each day.

Coach Collins (PE): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/387283263

Ms. Green (music): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/837179332

Ms. Georgevich (science): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/981570434

Ms. Richards (art): https://tmsapcs.zoom.us/j/393445971

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

Email Filters?

Please do not miss out on updates from our schools and TMSA Central Office.


Email Communication:

Make sure your e-mail providers do not filter us! Some email providers filter messages based on various criteria and may put our emails into a bulk or junk mail folder. Please make sure @tmsapcs.org and @queencitystem.org is on your approved sender list.


If you have problem getting emails of Superintendent Ben Karaduman, please update your email address with Mr. Mustafa at TMSA Central Office. You can reach him at mmustafa@tmsapcs.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, September 24, 2020 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:30 PM 8:30 PM


-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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