Easley Weekly Update

Everything You Need to Know For The Coming Week

February 7, 2021

A Note from the principal

APEX Fundraiser

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is almost here and we are so excited as this is always a fun event for our students, staff, and community!


Get Ready! Our REMIX fundraiser and Apex program kicks off next week! We’re going VIRTUAL 💻 so ALL students can participate in this fun and exciting program from the safety and comfort of home.


We love the amazing leadership and character-building portion of the Apex program as it focuses on developing student self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school and life success. This year’s #ApexMIGHTY theme will take students on an exciting journey as they learn the different habits it takes to be a MIGHTY leader! These quick, engaging lessons tie in with our schools’ vision and mission, encourages students to create a positive environment, and inspires them to lead by example.


✅ REMINDER TO SAVE THE DATE: The VIRTUAL 💻REMIX event will be held on Thursday, February 25th!

Additional info on how to make a pledge to support our school can be picked up at our Drive Thru Packet Pick-Up on Monday, February 15th with each student receiving their pledge kit including access code to login at www.myapexevent.com !


✅ 🚗 DRIVE THRU PACKET PICK-UP: Remember families will be able to stop by the school and say hi to our Apex leaders and safely pick-up their Apex Pledge Kit, Daily Leadership Wristbands and Event Day T-shirts on Monday, February 15th @ Easley Elementary: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


#ApexMIGHTY #BuildingLeaders #FundingEducation #ApexLeadershipNC #apexleadershipconc #apexleadership2 #ApexLeadershipCo


School Photos

School Picture Day will be Wednesday, February 24th from 1-3 PM in the gym. A sign-up genius for appointments will be forthcoming.


School Improvement Team Meeting

Our next SIT meeting is tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM via Zoom.


Senate Bill 37 and School Reopening

Legislation has been introduced in the North Carolina Senate that would require school systems to begin offering in-person instruction again for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year within 15 days of the bill’s passage.


Senate Bill 37 would require Durham Public Schools and all other state school districts to provide daily in-person instruction (Plan A) to all students with an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 plan, and either daily in-person instruction (Plan A) or moderate social distancing (Plan B) for all other students in grades kindergarten through 12. School boards would have the authority to close individual schools or classrooms due to COVID-19 exposures on a day-to-day basis.

DPS would also be required to continue providing fully online remote instruction for any and all families who request it.

The Durham Public Schools Board of Education and administrators are following SB 37’s progress closely and communicating with Durham County’s legislative delegation. If SB 37 passes the state Senate, it then would go to the House for consideration and, if passed, to the Governor’s desk. A two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate would be necessary to override a veto.

The DPS Board of Education voted on January 7, 2021, to remain in Plan C remote learning through the end of the 2020-21 school year. DPS administrators previously built a Plan B reopening strategy that would have prioritized daily in-person instruction for elementary students while continuing online-only instruction for grades 6-12. Senate Bill 37 as currently written would require a different strategy. DPS has been developing plans for voluntary in-person learning for students with disabilities who would be served in self-contained classrooms and for English language learners.


Lunch with Principal's

Mr. Bugajski and I are scheduling lunch dates with each grade level. We will post the lunch dates and times on weekly update and teachers will also remind students in the event they wish to attend. This week, first and second graders are invited to a Zoom lunch with the Principals. Please see below for the specific days and times.


Media Update

Ms. Hartley visited several 1st-5th grade classes recently to ask them questions about their reading habits. We’d love to hear from parents as well! Please take the time to fill out this survey (Kindergarten parents received a separate survey but you are welcome to do this one as well)

You have an option to include your email, one participant will be chosen at random to win a $5 Starbucks gift card. The winner will be notified after the survey closes on 2/15/21.

Answers from this survey will help the library staff develop programs and make budgeting decisions. Direct any questions to caroline_hartley@dpsnc.net . Thank you!

English Link: https://forms.gle/JoYTXbP7P9tASb9M8

Spanish Link: https://forms.gle/7eCXCsHYP28f4PpN6


Specials Grab Bag Sessions

Fourth Grade Specials Zoom at 1:30 PM on Monday

Fifth Grade Specials Zoom at 1:30 on Tuesday

You can find the your link on your classroom canvas/google classroom page. If you are having difficulty locating the link, please ask your child's classroom teacher.


Pajama Party Read Aloud - SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for February 18th from 6:00 - 7:15 PM. Cozy up in your pajamas and join us on Zoom for a night of fun read alouds with some of your favorite Easley teachers. Be on the lookout for more details next week.


How May We Help You?

Do you have a question, comment, concern, and aren’t sure who to ask? Please use this form to communicate your needs and we will get back to you ASAP. Front office staff will be monitoring this form throughout the day and will direct your questions to the right individual. Of course you can always reach out to Mr. Bugajski or myself as we are here to support you and our students.

Monday, February 8

  • Media Curbside Pick-up 4-6 PM - back bus parking lot
  • Fourth Grade Specials Zoom at 1:30 PM

Tuesday, February 9

  • Fifth Grade Specials Zoom at 1:30 PM
  • Lunch with Principals - 2nd grade Denton and Gille @ 11:45 , Yehling and Mannino @ 12:15 PM

Wednesday, February 10


  • Wellness Wednesday

Thursday, February 11

  • Library Book Pick-up 11:45 AM-12:45 PM, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Lunch with Principals - 1st grade Alban and Bergquist @ 11:45 , Daniels, Ebbert, and Pendley @ 12:15 PM

Friday, February 12

  • Fifth Grade Love Train 12:00-1:00 PM in the back bus loop.
  • Happy Friday!
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