Principal's Weekly Update

Volume 2 Issue 25: January 31, 2021

Message from Mrs. Aulmer

We would like to say "Thank You" to all of our students and families who participated in our School Choice Week activities last week. We are excited that you have chosen to partner with QCSS in your child's educational experience.


A big shout out to our kindergarten and first grade students! In celebration of Groundhog Day, many of our kindergarten and first grade students came together to sing “Here’s a Little Groundhog”. Whether Spring comes early, or Winter sticks around, these singers will surely turn any frown upside down!


Please enjoy their first virtual performance by clicking below (look closely, there are a few guest appearances as well):

https://easyvirtualchoir.com/song/7536


We would also like to do a class shout out to Ms. Tucker's Kindergarten class. They are participating in a Reading Bowl and the students are rocking the bowl with the number of minutes they have been putting in. Keep up the great reading!

Week one they read for 1,957 minutes

Week two they read for 2,056 minutes


We are now accepting applications for K-11th grade for next school year. If you have any family or friends who are interested in attending Queen City STEM School for next year, please ask them to visit our website at queencitystem.org and apply for our lottery. Our lottery will be held on February 15, 2021.


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.

Intent to Return Forms

Every scholar at QCSS has the opportunity to inform the school, prior to the lottery date, if they intend to return for the next school year or not. These forms were sent out via email and were due last Friday. If you have not signed your intent to return please reach out to Ms. Williams by noon, Monday, February 1st.


**As of today we still have 83 students that we have not heard from.

**If we don't hear from you then you will not have a "space" reserved for you for next school year.

Lion in the Spotlight

We wanted to begin spotlighting our staff members so that our students and families could begin putting some faces with some names and to get to know our staff. Please see this week's Lion's of the Week, below.


This week we are highlighting Ms. Bethea (1st grade teacher), Ms. Wilburn (4th grade teacher), Ms. Bagley (guidance counselor).

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Digital Portrayal of QCSS

As I searched for Queen City STEM School on the internet it came to my attention that we don't have any recent reviews of our school. We would like a true digital portrayal of what we really are, the things that we do for students at our schools, the amazing parental support, the hard work, and dedication of our students, families, and staff, etc.


If you believe that we are doing something good and doing our best to make a difference in the lives of our students please go to the links below and write a review of QCSS. I would like to state that we do not want anyone to feel compelled to write a good review, but if you do, please consider completing one. We would like to see a balanced portrayal of our school in the online world.


1. Google Reviews: Please just simply google "Queen City STEM School." You will see the Google descriptions of our school on the right pane. You can click on "write review" to write reviews for Google.


2. GreatSchool.Org: https://www.greatschools.org/north-carolina/charlotte/11902-Queen-City-STEM-School/


3. Niche.Com:

https://www.niche.com/k12/queen-city-stem-school-charlotte-nc/

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?

Monday, February 1st: Character Ed Read Aloud: Facebook Live at 8 am


Wednesday, February 3rd: Dine with the Deans on Facebook Live at 12 pm (Noon)


Thursday, February 4th: Board Meeting at 6:30 pm


Friday, February 5th: Progress Reports Go Home


February 8th- 12th: Virtual Spirit Week (see flyer below)


Friday, February 12th: Last day to submit any missing assignments that were due from January 5th- February 5th. Please check in with your teacher(s) if you have questions.


February 15th: Asynchronous Learning Day (no live ZOOM sessions, assignments posted by 9 am, work must be completed in order to be marked present for the day).


February 15th: Lottery Day!

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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, 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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