Keeping you connected with Silver City ES!
We are beginning week 3, Day 11, of our Extended Online Learning and we are kicking off our Shuttle Spirit Week, which will end in our virtual Galactic Games this Friday, April 3!! Hopefully, lots of our amazing Comets will be able to join in on these fun online experiences and earn points for their Shuttles this week!!
As you know, our time participating in online learning has been extended until April 24th. It is more important than ever that we continue our parent-student-teacher partnership and work together to ensure our students get everything they need to be successful during this time!
Parents, please know that we are here to help in whatever capacity we can, so do not hesitate to reach out if you need some help academically, emotionally, or socially to support your child(ren). Last week, we made some recommendations to help make online learning work better, so you may want to check out last week's edition, if you want to see those suggestions again.
For our students, our expectations remain that they are:
- participating in class meetings via Google Meets (or whatever other platform your teacher uses),
- signing up for one-on-one conferences with your teachers,
- completing all assignments and assessments,
- turning in all the work that is assigned, and
- ASKING FOR HELP when needed.
We are going to be flexible and supportive throughout this online learning time. Do remember that all of this work will go towards our Q4 report cards, so keeping up is not optional!!
Reminder that SPRING BREAK is next week!! Although we realize that our staff and families will not be able to travel, we do hope that you will find creative ways to have a stay-cation and enjoy your time not doing online learning for the week (unless you are behind and can use that time to catch up). Our expectation for our staff is that they will 100% take the time from April 4-12 to disconnect, relax, and rejuvenate. What this means is, we have told them not to answer emails or get onto itsLearning during this time...they can reconnect at the end of Spring Break on Monday, April 13. We just wanted you to be aware that we have told our staff this, so if you think they are ignoring you, it is simply because we have told them to pay attention to their own social-emotional health and completely disconnect, just like we are recommending our students and families do. Thanks for understanding this!
Class Placement Info and KK Registration - UPDATED
Hard to believe that it's already the time of year when we gather information to place students in classrooms for next school year. We solicit a great deal of input from many different sources to assist us in this comprehensive process, including information from current homeroom teachers, speech and special ed teachers, and support teachers and counselors. In addition to that, we would love your input on the type of teacher/environment that would best suit each of your child's needs. Please click the link below for each student in your household that will be in grades 1-5 at Silver City for the 2020-21 school year.
NEW...Thank you for filling this out by Friday, April 17th (this is a 2-week extension) , so that we can begin working on class placements soon after Spring Break. Specific teacher requests or non-requests will not be accepted in any form.
If you have a rising Kindergarten student , we will gather information from you on them during our upcoming screenings on May 12. If you have an upcoming kindergarten student please sign up for a screening appointment using this Sign-up Genius.
Thank you for your input as we use it faithfully to help with class placement decisions.
NEW...Kindergarten Registration Info
We are still registering students using a virtual process and will use that for rising 2020-21 Kindergarten students. You can begin the registration process even without all of the required forms, but your child(ren) cannot start the first day of school until all of the forms are turned in. Any forms needed from a doctor can be turned in at a later day through the upload process. After registering, you will receive an email indicating any forms that are missing and the upload link is also provided.
NEW...Online Book Fair
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Scholastic in offering an On-line Only Fair to promote continued reading at home. We are excited about all of the wonderful reading that is taking place at home by our Comets and have enjoyed getting to see them read and talk about their power goals via Google Meets, Facetime, etc. Below I have included important information along with a link to directly access our On-line Only Book Fair.
- Opening day is Monday, March 30th
- Last day of On-line Only Fair is Sunday, April 12th
- Our On-line Only Fair will be open for 14 days
- Orders will ship directly to your home
- Free shipping on book only orders over $25
- Exclusive titles & prices
- Silver City receives 25% in Scholastic Dollars off every purchase.
Visit our Book Fair homepage to get started:
Check out the interactive book flyer:
Please feel free to contact our Media Specialist, Ms. McCannon, if you have any questions or need additional information.
Thursday, March 26
Enjoy Ms. Sipsy's read aloud from last Thursday
Friday, March 27
Here is Friday morning's Comet News...
Monday, March 30
Check out our Comet News for Monday, March 30, with a Mindful Minute from Ms. Peacock
PROVIDING A GALAXY OF SUPPORT
UPDATED...Need a Chromebook? If you still are in need of a chromebook or hot spot, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher and let them know. You can pick-up a chromebook on Mondays or Wednesdays between 8:30-11:30am or Tuesday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm if you can't get here in the morning. Check-outs will NOT be available over Spring Break (April 6-10) as all staff will be off.
UPDATED...Family Meal Options...There are expanded student and family meal options while school is closed - drive-thru, delivery and mobile pantry (3/19-4/3/20) - Click here for more information. NOTE: For Spring Break (4/6-10) we will not be providing drive-thru or delivery service...for a full list of community supports available during Spring Break, please check here.
UPDATED...Resources from SCES Counselors - Check out the following resources from our Counselors:
- Each week, our District will share out our Wellness Newsletter that provides emotional, social, and other tips and supports for our families, so please check it out!
- For K-2, you can reach out to Ms. Peacock through itsLearning or check in on her Counseling Corner on Google.
- For Gr 3-5, you can reach out to Ms. Hamilton through your Counseling Course in itsLearning for specific supports or to connect with her directly.
Check out these Community Resources...Whether you are able to serve or if you are in need, check out The Place of Forsyth County. They offer a wealth of resources to families in our county.
Coronavirus Resources for Parents - FCS Schools has put together a list of resources for you as a parent, so check them out here.
NEW...Helping Other Families?
If you are looking for a way to support families in our County, we have heard that you can donate specific items or financial resources through The Place of Forsyth County and the United Way of Forsyth County. Both of these wonderful organizations are in the "front lines" of meeting the needs of our community.
As always, use our district website as a resource to keep up with what is going on with Forsyth County Schools.
NEW...Galactic Games Spirit Week!!
On a side note for Team Tuesday, your classrooms will record their Shuttle Cheer together during a class meeting this week, so it just needs to be posted by Friday to earn the points...