Hawks Happenings

December 2019

Happy December!

December arrived with some interesting weather! From a beautiful sunny day on Sunday to cold and snow on Monday, it looks like December will keep us on our toes! I am thankful we were able to have a two hour delay today so we could still attend the UNCA Education Day. It looked like our students had a wonderful time so I hope you heard a positive report at home. We will now make plans for our 2nd semester PBIS goal and school-wide WIG.


I appreciate your continued support as we work to meet your child's needs in a safe, fun and engaging environment.

-Heidi Allison

Congratulations to our latest Hawk High Five Winners!

(I didn't get to post this picture to Facebook before the Thanksgiving Break - so sorry!)

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We are proud of the leadership and compassion that a WvES leader showed recently. Check this out!

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Our next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at 8:00 AM at Weaverville Primary School!

Make sure your contact information is up to date so you can stay in the 'know' about changes in the school schedule!

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Be prepared for Winter Weather!

Every effort is made to make a timely decision with regards to the closing of schools due to inclement weather. Our goal is to make a determination before 6 a.m. However, the geographic diversity of our county, coupled with weather unpredictability, does not always allow this to occur. The safety of our students and employees remains the highest priority in the decision-making process and is never compromised.

Information regarding school closings is available through multiple sources.

These include:

• Local media outlets (television and radio);

• The school district website (buncombeschools.org);

• The BCS weather information hotline (English): 828-255-5939;

• The BCS weather information hotline (Spanish): 828-255-5948;

• Social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram);

Download the BCS app from the Android or Apple store for push notifications;

• Our BCS notification system (telephone, text, and email) via SchoolMessenger.

As you are probably aware, SchoolMessenger is fully customizable by employees and parents. To receive timely notifications in the manner you prefer, please utilize the School Messenger Dashboard (http://bit.ly/BCSNotifications). Simply use your work email to sign up. We highly recommend 'opting in' to receive text messages via this dashboard. Texts are the fastest notification method.


In the event that closings occur once the school day has begun, efforts will be made to announce the dismissal in terms of how many hours schools will dismiss early. For example, “BCS will dismiss 2 hours early.” This will allow for staggered bus dismissal times.

There are a variety of announcements that may be made due to inclement weather delays and cancellations. These include:


DELAYED OPENING: Most school delays will be for two (2) hours. Our main doors open on a two hour delay and we still serve breakfast. There is no Walk and Talk. Students may go to their classrooms or to the cafeteria for breakfast when they arrive at 9:15. A three (3) hour delay is also an option. Our doors open at 10:15 and we do NOT serve breakfast since lunch service starts quickly. There is no Walk and Talk. Students will report to their classrooms when they arrive at 10:15.


OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY or ANNUAL LEAVE DAY: No school for students.


The Buncombe County School System has devised a plan to open and close schools on a district-by-district basis when circumstances warrant such a decision. As a reminder, if severe weather impacts 3 or more of our districts, the entire school system will operate on the same altered schedule. Weaverville Elementary is in the North Buncombe District.


MAKE UP DAYS: Student days will be made up as soon as possible. Be aware that Saturdays may be utilized for student days, if necessary. Revised calendars will be posted on the Buncombe County Schools website.

Again, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.

Thank you to our PTO for new school signs! We did not have a sign for delayed schedule days and our tardy sign needed to be updated. We appreciate our PTO providing funds for our school that we can use to meet various needs!

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Some of our student headphones need to be replaced. If you can donate a new set of headphones (not earbuds), that would be very helpful!

Our Weaverville Family Tree looks great! Thanks to our Family Involvement Action Team for working on this project! We love to see all of these smiling faces!

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NC Check-Ins for Third and Fourth Grade Students

Our third and fourth grade students recently participated in the NC Check-In which is a short EOG type assessment that is used to provide feedback about instruction and student learning. Fourth grade students took an English Language Arts assessment one day and then both Third and Fourth grade students participated in the Math assessment on another day. The Check-Ins are shorter than EOGs in both time and number of questions. The assessments are not factored into your child's grade and you will not get a score report sent home.


Our teachers and students used the assessment questions as a teaching tool and to clarify any misconceptions. We will complete another Math Check-In during the month of February. The final ELA and Math Check-Ins are scheduled for April. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this process.

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Felicia Spurling will be joining our school family in January. Mrs. Spurling will be our new Media Specialist when Mrs. Kay Aubry retires at the end of December. Mrs. Spurling is a retired Media Specialist and has experience in Buncombe County as well as Mitchell County Schools.

Living the Habits at Home

We always want to recognize our students for living the habits at home!


Here is a submission form that you can complete to tell us what your child does to live the habits outside of school. Here is that link: http://www.jotform.us/form/61263570227149

Gift collection for the St. Nicholas Project

We are currently accepting unwrapped, new toys to support the St. Nicholas Project. You can learn more about this community service by following this link: www.eblencharities.org/explore-our-work/saint-nicholas-project. If you would like to donate, please send your items to the front office. Thank you!

Thank you to our Student Lighthouse Team Candidates for sharing your wonderful speeches with us in November! We appreciate your leadership and bravery!

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In November, our student body elected the members of the Student Lighthouse Team. Congratulations to these students!

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Our Student Lighthouse Team met with Mrs. Benfield and Mrs. Allison recently. They will start working on ideas for their legacy project and service project.

Second Grade Representatives: Skye, Grace, Isabella

Third Grade Representatives: Louis, Ellen, Bryn, Nell (due to a tie in the votes - we have 4 representatives)

Fourth Grade Representatives: Saige, Griffin, Ella

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The Hour of Code is coming!

We will participate in the Hour of Code - December 9 - 13th!

For the past several years, students have participated in the Hour of Code the first week of December through activities in our Media Center and in our STEM lab. Students use code.org and tynker.com mostly during this week to explore coding. Here is a link to the activities on Code.org and games on Tynker.com if your child would like to try this at home: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn

https://www.tynker.com/dashboard/student/#/dashboard


What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.


When is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-13.


Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Did you know?

https://youtu.be/FC5FbmsH4fw

The Book Fair is coming to Weaverville Elementary!

December 6 - December 11

Join us for our Annual Book Fair in the Media Center! The Book Fair is open from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM daily, except Monday, when we have Family Night til 6:00!

General reminders from previous newsletters...

Reminders about important links and information


Check out the links below to learn more about how to stay engaged and involved in our school!


Volunteer Link - Click here to complete the required procedures to volunteer in our school on a consistent basis. We LOVE volunteers!


Parent Portal Link - Parents are encouraged to sign up for an account! Remember that in 2nd grade we only use this system for report card grades but starting in 3rd grade, teachers enter grades either weekly or bi-weekly. In order to create an account you need an information sheet from Mrs. English in the main office. She cannot fax it, email it or mail it.


Contact Manager Link - This link will allow you to choose how you want to be contacted through our SchoolMessenger phone and email system. Please make sure your phone numbers are updated in this system. We also ask that you provide an email address if you have one. The information that you record here is how you will be contacted if we have a change in the school schedule due to weather and/or how you will be contacted if we have an emergency. Please keep this information current!


School Nutrition Link - Click here to read about the School Nutrition program and how to set up an online lunch payment. Remember that we provide breakfast free of charge for all students. If your family needs some support, you are HIGHLY encouraged to click this link to fill our our Free/Reduced Lunch Form - FRL Form. Our Title 1 funding is based on our percentage of students on Free or Reduced Lunch so we WANT families to complete an application. The process is completely confidential. We will also send home hard copies of the application form at the beginning of school. FAMILIES WHO QUALIFY MUST FILL OUT THE FORM EVERY YEAR IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH.

Upcoming Events

Remember that we participate in 'WIG Out Wednesday' every Wednesday! This is a time for your child to work on and/or review their goals so they can accomplish great things! Please ask your child about his/her goals!


December 3 - PTO Meeting at 8 AM at WPS

December 3 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Arboretum - Ingle, Bell & Crayton

December 4 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Arboretum - Henderson, Hamilton & Griffin

December 5 - 11 - Book Fair

December 9 - Book Fair Parent Night

December 12 - 2nd Grade/Chorus Program "Jingle Bell Jukebox" @ 6:30 PM; Students report to classrooms at 6:15 PM; Chorus members report to the Media Center; snow date on December 17

December 13 - Holiday Meal - 2nd grade parents invited

December 19 - Birthday Books!

December 20 - STREAM Clubs - 8:15 - 9:15 and Schoolwide Hawk Huddle - Time TBA

December 21 - January 5 - Winter Break

January 6 - 1st day back to school after Winter Break

January 7 - PTO Meeting at 8:00 at WvES in the Media Center

January 16 - BCS Board Meeting - recognizing Amanda Fields as Math Teacher of the Year

January 17 - Early Release Day - School will dismiss at 12:25

January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School

January 24 - STREAM Clubs - 8:15 - 9:15 and Schoolwide Hawk Huddle - Time TBA

February 4 - PTO Meeting at WvES

February 5 - 4th Grade Math Check-In #2

February 6 - BCS Board Meeting - recognizing Allie Snyder as BCS Beginning Teacher of the Year

February 10 - 3rd Grade Math Check-In #2

February 13th - 3rd and 4th Grade/Chorus "Time Machine" - 6:30 PM Snow Date: Thursday, February 20th.

February 14 - NB District Advisory Council Meeting at 11:30 - NBMS

February 21 - STREAM Clubs - 8:15 - 9:15 and Schoolwide Hawk Huddle - Time TBA

April 24 - Spring Fling - Mark Your Calendar!

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