The Dolphin Digest

October 19, 2020

Upcoming Events

October 19th- No School -Teacher Workday

October 22nd- Hungry Howie's Smithfield Spirit Night

October 29th- Parent Town Hall Meeting (Last Minute Questions) @ 9am

October 29th-November 11th- Smithfield Virtual Book Fair

November 2nd- CMS In-Person K-5 Begins

November 2nd- "A" Group comes to Smithfield for in-person learning

November 3rd- No School- Teacher Workday

November 4th - All students (A/B/FRA) Remote Learning

November 5-6- "B" Group comes to Smithfield for in-person learning

Parent To Do's:

Back to School Student Mailers

Be on the lookout to receive the following in the mail by early next week:


- Bus information

-Plan B overview

-A/B/FRA Schedules

-What to bring to school list

-Daily Health Screener flyer

Student Issued Masks

We know the masks handed out for students during the Material Pick-Up are HUGE. They were provided by the state to all K-12 students. If you wash the masks in hot water, dry them, and twist the ear loops a few times, they may work.

Sorry!!

Meet the Staff at Smithfield

Dolphin Studios Presents...Smithfield Safety Videos

Smithfield K-5 Return to School Instructional Plan

We are excited to welcome our K-5 students back into the building beginning November 2nd. Here is the Smithfield Instructional Plan/Schedule for Plan B. https://www.smore.com/sk21g


Recorded Town Hall Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1v8UjN7Oxg&t=2772s

Smithfield Parent Guide to Back to School

Please read the Smithfield Parent Guide to Back to School for the most up to date information about safety, procedures, and logistics.


Procedures, Safety, & Logistics Parent Town Hall Recording (10/15): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNKJk_oQexU&t=694s

Student Daily Arrival Requirements

All students will be required to complete the CMS Daily Health Screener. The Daily Health Screener can be found at any of the following locations:

- http://bit.ly/healthses

-Smithfield website

-provided QR code in material bag


Parents will be prompted to enter their child's CMS Student ID# to begin the screener.

Please review the video below to find out more.


In addition to the Daily Health Screener, all bus riders must complete the CMS Bus Attestation form once a week (turned in the first day they ride the bus a week). The CMS BUs Attestation can be found at any of the following locations:

-Smithfield website

-Direct Link: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/transportation/

-Q2 Student Material Bag

CMS Symptoms Screener Demo for students
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Student Medicine for In-Person Instruction

Parents are asked to bring any required student medication for in-person learning along with the required paperwork to Smithfield M-F 8am-2pm.

For CMS Medication Authorization and Self Carry Order forms and various Action Plans/ Order forms (example: Asthma, Allergy, Diastat for Seizure):

https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/csh/Pages/Forms%20and%20Documents.aspx

Plan B Smithfield Family Communication Plan

Week of October 5: Understanding the Smithfield Plan B Instructional Plan

October 9: Parent Town Hall @ 9am (link above)

Week of October 12: Procedures, Logistics, Health and Safety at Smithfield

October 15: Parent Town Hall @ 9am

Week of October 19: Preparing our Dolphins

Week of October 28: Responding to Last Minute Questions

October 29: Parent Town Hall @ 9am


If you are unable to join the Virtual Parent Town Hall Meetings, we will send out the recording of the meeting to all families.


*Please note, the Zoom Parent Town Hall meetings are limited to the first 100 attendees.

PTA Fall Book Fair

Hi Smithfield Dolphins! We hope you are all staying well, and getting excited to come back to school sometime in November. Since we can’t be together yet, we wanted to let you know that we will be hosting another virtual Scholastic Bookfair! Please follow the link below to enter the fair, which will run October 29th through November 11th. Remember, a $25 books-only purchase will get you free shipping!!

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/smithfieldelementaryschool8

"Looking for a fun activity for your family? We have just the thing for you!"

October Fun with Mrs. Solar : A Pumpkin Book Report!

Choose one of your favorite children’s book characters and decorate a pumpkin to look like that character!

How creative can your family get?

Snap a picture of your finished pumpkin and send it to Mrs. Solar by October 25th: sara1.solar@cms.k12.nc.us

All pictures will be published in the Dolphin Digest and on Smithfield’s FaceBook and Instagram!

Some examples for inspiration:

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Join the Smithfield PTA!

Please consider joining the Smithfield PTA by competing this form: https://smithfield.memberhub.store/

The Way to a Teacher's Heart... Snacks!

We are supplying a daily snack cart with cold drinks and yummy grab-and-go options for our staff, however our supply is running low.

If you are able, families can drop off canned drinks and individual packaged snacks and fruit. Please pull to the front of the school and call the front office (980-343-6550). We will come right out to get the donations from your car.

Thank you in advance for your support!

CMS Meal Bundles

CMS Eats at Home deliveries end on Friday, Oct. 23, as buses will be fully involved in transporting students to and from school at that point. Beginning the following Wednesday, Oct. 28, pick-up of weekly meal bundles at no charge will begin at the 32 locations below. Pick-ups will take place Wednesday each week from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, and Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Week, pick-up will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and Tuesday, Nov. 24, respectively.

The school locations were identified with a wide geographic distribution in mind to the extent possible, but also where the kitchens and dining areas can support the necessary production and storage areas (particularly freezer space). In addition, School Nutrition Services needed to consider ease of distribution of boxes without transporting them far from the kitchen for long periods of time to allow for food safety and keeping temperatures.

An important and exciting note: Weekly meal bundle pick-ups will be available for all students, regardless of whether they are in school for a portion of the week (i.e., K-5 on A or B rotations can still pick up weekly bundles). There is now a waiver in place which allows us to feed students seven days per week. As such, they can receive their two meals in person each day they are in school (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) and still receive a meal bundle for the remaining five days. The only exceptions to this would be our Pre-K and EC students who are receiving meals in school five days each week.

Bundles will still need to be ordered via PayPams so that School Nutrition Services knows how many to prepare. Families will select their pick-up location and can change that location from week to week if that provides convenience for them.

Finally, in addition to the locations listed below, School Nutrition Services is providing daily breakfast and lunch to the CMS remote learning sites as well as other locations around the community that are not official remote learning sites but have applied to receive meals to support their daily programming with children.

CMS Meal Benefits

Families can now apply for meal benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. This applies to students who will be learning at school or from home. Approved students may also qualify for discounted fees for college applications, pay-to-play athletics, academic tests (SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement) and internet access from some providers.
https://mealapps.cms.k12.nc.us/lfserver/CMS_FRA_APP_ENG-20-21

Meal prices will remain the same next year. All students will receive breakfast at no charge. Lunch prices are $2.50, pre-kindergarten; $2.75, kindergarten to eighth grade; and $3, ninth to 12th grade.

Stay Connected!

  • Each child will have an Agenda that will go between home and school every day.

  • Weekly ConnectEd email newsletters

  • Facebook (Smithfield):

www.facebook.com/smithfieldelem

  • Facebook (Smithfield PTA):

www.facebook.com/SmithfieldElementaryPTA