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April 17: Schoology for Parents, Meals, Registrations

Dear Parents/Caregivers, Students & Staff:

As we conclude the end of our fourth week of non-traditional classes, I want to thank everyone for your on-going efforts to work together for the benefit of our students. I also want to take this opportunity to stress the importance of continued learning as we continue learning remotely.


Like any learned skill, if it is not practiced and perfected, it is lost a little at a time. As our community, state and nation recover from this pandemic, our lives will gradually return to some semblance of normal. At some point in the future, traditional classroom instruction will resume and we need to be able to hit the ground running or be as close to the starting line for the next school year as we can be.


Our students, families, teachers and staff have worked hard on learning activities that support student growth. We recognize that whenever we return to the classroom, content area skills will need to be reviewed, and some will need to be introduced, but I want you to know that the goal of these learning activities provided by our teachers and schools are designed to help decrease the learning gap that could occur if not "practiced".


I know it was hard to get back into the rhythm of practicing our instructional skills when returning from Spring Break but I strongly encourage all students and families to continue putting forth your best efforts in completing these learning activities. This will help students be prepared for the next grade level or courses they will be pursuing.


Some may say that practice makes perfect. In this situation I want to say, practice reduces the possibility of a learning gap. I look forward to seeing your efforts awarded at the finish line by being prepared for the next level.


MORE INFORMATION BELOW:

Curbside Meals

Prek/K Registration Updates

School Counselor of the Year

Schoology Training Sessions

Socio-Emotional Health Services

Scam Alert

Be well, stay safe

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

Curbside Meal Service Available, Monday, April 20th at South Middle School

Curbside meal service will be available at one location, Monday, April 20th from 11 am to 1 pm from Martinsburg South Middle School using 2 lanes of Bulldog Boulevard. Please be patient and follow safety and health procedures in place for the welfare of both the recipients and the providers.


Important Details

  • Curbside Meal Pickup is for 1 day only and will include 5 days worth of breakfast and lunches per child.
  • When ordering the number of meals needed, please lower the window of your vehicle to protect both you and our volunteers.
  • At the curb, a volunteer will signal to you when a family member must step out of the vehicle to personally load food into car.
  • Vehicle must be in line by 1 pm.
  • Meal kits are available while supplies last and cannot be consumed on-site.


MEDICAL DIETS: If your student has a special medical diet on file, please contact Office of Nutrition and leave a voicemail at: 304-267-3510 ext 76004

UPADTE: Pre-K Enrollment Instructions for 2020-2021 School Year

Enrollment and Preference forms are located online through the BCS website. These easy to fill forms can be completed and emailed to the contacts provided below. Physical and dental forms must still be completed by your health professionals but may be sent to the Pre-K office at a later date. Immunization records will be required prior to the start of school.



More information at the link below.

Online Kindergarten Registration is Coming! Stay tuned for More Details.

This year, Berkeley County Schools will offer online Kindergarten registration to our families/caregivers. Beginning April 22, 2020, families with students reaching five (5) years of age on or before June 30, 2020 are invited to complete Kindergarten registration for the 2020 – 2021 school year by accessing the Berkeley County Schools website. At this time, basic information will be gathered with follow up appointments being scheduled later this summer. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW NEXT WEEK.

School Counselor of the Year Nominations Accepted Now

The 2019-2020 School Counselor of the Year award recognizes a school counselor for outstanding service and achievement and can be nominated by a parent/caregiver, student, BCS administrator, faculty/staff member, or school counselor colleague. Pictured is Bethany Jennings, 2018-19 recipient.


DEADLINE TO NOMINATE IS MAY 11, 2020.

Schoology Training Sessions for Parents/Caregivers

Need help navigating Schoology? Join us on Zoom for guidance and a time for questions and answers.


To receive a Zoom invitation, click HERE and provide your email to us using the attached form .


Questions about Schoology or this training opportunity, contact Sharon Collins smcollin@k12.wv.us.


Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, April 21st at 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday, April 21st at 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL HEALTH RESOURCES

During the time children are out of school due to COVID-19, children and adults may find themselves in need of some emotional support. You will find we have listed some non- crisis supports for families to access below if they would like to talk to a professional counselor.


1. Project AWARE students that have been seen at school by therapists from EastRidge Health Systems, can talk to their therapist by calling 304.263.8954 and selecting menu option #1 and scheduling a time for your therapist to contact you.


2. Berkeley County students grades 1 through 12 who are not a client of Project AWARE at EastRidge Health Systems can enroll and make an appointment to begin services by calling 304.263.8954 and selecting menu option #1 and ask to enroll your child as a Project AWARE client.


3. If your child has a relationship with a therapist at another mental health agency it is recommended that you try to make a contact with that therapist. Most agencies have made accommodations to see their clients during the outbreak of COVID-19.


4. National Suicide Prevention Hotline Number - 1.800.273.8225


5. SAMHSA Natural Disaster Crisis Counseling Helpline - 1.800.985.5990


6. Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741


Suicide Crisis Supports/Options

*If your child is saying that they are suicidal but have not done anything to cause themselves physical harm, you can make an appointment at EastRidge Health Systems by calling 304.263.8954 and selecting menu option #4 for a crisis assessment.

*If your child has attempted suicide, then please call 911 immediately.

*Taking your child to the emergency department.

SCAM ALERT! BE CAREFUL OF SIMILAR OFFERS BEING MADE AT THIS TIME

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This communication contains the most current information available at this time: April 17, 2020 at 3 pm.

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