Principal's Weekly Update

Volume 2 Issue 37: May 2, 2021

Message from Mrs. Aulmer

I want to start this week's newsletter by saying THANK YOU to everyone who reached out Friday to wish me a Happy Principal's Day! I was so surprised by every single email and card I received! Your scholars are so AMAZING and their heartfelt words made Friday so extra special to me. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Day (Thursday, May 6th). Please take a moment to say "Thank You" to your scholar's teachers and our Nurse Aide, Ms. Grindstaff.


This week our Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade scholars will take their last MAP tests of the school year. All teachers will communicate dates and necessary information to students and families. These tests will let us know how much your scholar has grown this school year and will help guide us when planning instruction for August. Please remind your scholar to do the best they can and to not worry if they come across a question they don't know the answer to. The way the MAP test is set up is if a scholar gets an answer right, then the next question will be a harder question. Sometimes our scholars take the test and end up getting questions from higher grade levels that they haven't received instruction on yet. This is normal and okay. Please remember, if you are home with your scholar, do not help them on this test.


We are in the last four (4) weeks of school. We will have MAP testing this week and then one more week of review before our EOG's begin for 3rd - 5th grade students. Due to us needing to take these tests in-person and keeping to our social distancing protocols we will need to utilize all staff to help with administration of EOG's. This means that all in-person students in grades Kindergarten through second grade will need to remain home on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th. All instruction for these two days will be asynchronous and assignments will by posted by 9 am in Schoology.


Attendance for students who have chosen in-person instruction: students are expected to be present and on campus daily. If a student has chosen in-person instruction and does not show up to campus then they will be marked absent unless they are on a required quarantine. If it is a required quarantine that was not initiated by the school, then parents must show documentation of the required quarantine. If an in-person student stays home and joins the teacher's ZOOM, the student will be let into the ZOOM, but will still be marked absent.


For the families who have reached out to see if there is anything they can help us with during this transition, we do have a few items on the list. If you can help with any of the below items for our classrooms it would be greatly appreciated:


  • Lysol Spray
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Items can be dropped off in the main office. You can specify a teacher you would like to receive the donated items or you can add them to our supply closet for those who need them first. Thanks for your help!


Our school calendar for next year has been approved. Please be mindful of the date that school starts. We must have all students present on the first day of school and the last ten (10) days of school. Also, we do not approve extended travel opportunities. Legally we are required to have school for a certain number of days and hours and your scholar must attend no less than 90% of those days or retention in the grade level could occur. Thank you for your assistance.


Have you had a great experience at QCSS? Is there anything we are doing that you feel is great? If so, and you would like to share, you could write a review on our Google profile? https://g.page/QueenCitySTEMSchool/review?gm



Thank you for your continued partnership with QCSS as we work to make this a successful year for all of our scholars! I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.

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Do you need help paying your heating bill?

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services is offering help to residents this winter by providing Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) funds to eligible households. If you need help and want to know if you qualify, please open the document below and follow the steps.

Emergency Rent Assistance Program

If you're experiencing a financial hardship with paying your rent due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic) the Emergency Rent Assistance Program for the City of Charlotte (ERAP-CLT) may be able to assist you. ERAP-CLT is a partnership between the City of Charlotte and The Housing Partnership.


ERAP-CLT may be available to individuals and families who are experiencing a delay in making their rental payments due to COVID-19. Please note that due to limited funding, applications will be approved, and assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis.


For eligibility requirements and to complete the online application, please visit www.rampclt.com If you have any questions, please email erapclt@cmhp.org or call 980-406-7509.

Accreditation

TMSA and QCSS are going through the accreditation process with Cognia. This is a three year process and we are now in year two. Cognia works with schools and systems of all types and sizes to clearly assess the quality of the institution and to help the schools meet the needs of every student. Cognia provides an explicit set of standards and criteria for accreditation and certification. Meeting and exceeding those standards results in a valuable recognition of excellence.


Please see the Readiness Report for Accreditation below. We will keep everyone updated as we progress through this process.


In December of 2020, a survey was sent out to families asking for them to respond to some questions about the Climate and Culture at QCSS. We had 100 families at the elementary school respond to the survey. The staff looked over the responses and created the presentation below. Please take a few minutes to look over what our families responses were. The team at QCSS will continue to revisit this data to improve our processes 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

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

What's Happening at QCSS?

May 3rd- 7th: TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!


-Monday, May 3rd: K/1st/2nd/3rd MAP ELA


-Tuesday, May 4th: K-2 ELA MAP Test

3rd grade math MAP Test


-Wednesday, May 5th: K-2 Math MAP Test

3rd Grade Science MAP Test


-Thursday, May 6th: K-2 Math MAP Test

3rd Grade Reading Fluency MAP Test


-Friday, May 7th: K-2 Reading Fluency MAP Test


-Thursday, May 13th: NO SCHOOL; Teacher Workday


-Tuesday, May 18th: EOG's Reading (3rd-5th Grade)

Kindergarten - 2nd grade in-person students will remain home

Asynchronous learning for K-2nd grade


-Wednesday, May 19th: EOG's Math (3rd-5th Grade)

Kindergarten - 2nd grade in-person students will remain home

Asynchronous learning for K-2nd grade

Board Meeting at 6:30 pm


-Thursday, May 20th: Science EOG (5th Grade)


-Monday, May 24th - Friday, May 28th: Chromebooks returned to the building (scheduled times will be shared soon)


-Monday, May 24th: Kindergarten Graduation

9 am - 11 am Ms. Geiger's and Ms. Ryan's classes

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Ms. Hall's and Ms. Pickett's classes


-Friday, May 28th: Last Day of School (1/2 day for students) Dismissal at 12 pm (noon)

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.


-Wednesday, May 19, 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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