Getting Ready for School

8-14-20

Getting Ready for School .... Information from the Principal (click on the picture for video)

Important Information about the start of school

The first day of school is August 17, 2020.


All schools in Wake County will begin the school year in online instruction. The first two weeks of school will focus on orientation, meet and greet opportunities, and distribution of supplies.


UPDATE !! : Pre-K and the IDSE Programs were originally set to begin in person instruction on September 8th. However, the county has determined that these programs will remain in the Plan B Transition phase along with all other students, receiving online instruction.

What should you expect with online learning this year?

  • Instruction will focus on new learning.
  • Grades will be given
  • Attendance will be taken daily
  • Students will follow a consistent daily schedule with brain breaks and opportunities for live teacher instruction.

Details on School Opening

Q: How will I find out who my child's teacher is?


A. On August 13th, your child's teacher will be calling you to introduce themselves and gather email addresses to email important directions and student codes so your child will know how to log on, on the first day of school. If you think we may not have correct phone numbers on file, please update your contact information as soon as possible using the link below.


Update your contact information:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddVfr3l-xdiyAfC7BWN3fIa9_q9CXvCn5UO_UWz6L74VTS2g/viewform?usp=sf_link


Q. I don't feel comfortable helping my child with logging on and submitting assignments.

Will the school be offering demonstrations for families?


A. Yes, Creech Road teachers will be facilitating a Virtual Family Orientation on August 17th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Students and families will learn about how to log on to Google classroom, how to navigate the site and how to submit assignments. All teachers will be using the same platform (Google Classroom) and similar Google Classroom layouts to promote consistency throughout the school and to build a level of comfort as students and families learn to navigate the site.


Q. Will Creech Road have a Meet the Teacher Event this year?


A. Yes, Creech Road will have a virtual "Meet the Teacher/Open House" Event on September 3, 2020 from 6:15-7:00 pm. This evening will focus on teacher expectations and academic information about what your child will be learning this year.


Q. Will my child need materials from the school in order to participate in the instruction?


A. Yes, Creech Road will be having a "Back to School" Drive Thru bash.... on days designated by grade level below. Time: 5:00-6:30pm Families should plan to attend these events to pick up needed instructional materials.


August 18th- 4th & 5th grades should come to get materials


August 19th- 2nd & 3rd grades should come to get materials


August 20th- PreK-1st and IDSE should come to get materials


August 21st- Families with with multiple Creech Rd siblings, should come to get materials



Procedures for Families during Material Pick Up Day:


Our school will use the “drive-thru” method for material pick up. Parent’s will remain in their cars the entire time. All items will be issued through the car window opposite the driver’s side. Once on campus, look for signage stating the specific entrances that parents will use based on the grade level of their child(dren). See below for the assigned date that each grade level will obtain their materials from the school.






Technology Needs:


The WCPSS Technology Services Division is preparing devices for all students who requested one through the device needs survey. When your device is ready, you will be contacted by the district (not Creech Road), three days prior to when your device will be ready. You will not be able to pick up your device until that time.


If your child needs a device, please let us know during the Back to School Drive thru event. We will be collecting names and submitting them to WCPSS Technology Services.


EVery child will need an individual computer.



Q. What will the schedule be like this year ?


A. We are facilitating a full day of instruction. See below. Slight changes may occur prior to the first day of school, but this should give a glimpse into your child's school day and allow families to plan. Teachers may also exercise some flexibility and professional judgement regarding the schedule in order to meet the needs of their students.


Breaks have been built into the schedule throughout the day.


K-1st Grade Schedule:



  • reading & math 9:15-11:30
  • Lunch 11:30-12:00
  • Specials 12:05-12:25
  • Recess 12;25-12:55
  • 20 minutes of an online learning resource meant to build reading and math skills 12:00 to 1:20
  • Science/Social Studies will start at 1:25-2:10 (brain break 2;10-2:20)
  • CAT- skill building 2:20-2:40 (we will use this time to fill math gaps)
  • Reading- 2:45-3:15
  • Teacher Office hours and scheduled small group work will occur from 3:15-3:45



2nd Grade Schedule:



  • math, CAT-skill building & reading 9:15-11:50
  • Lunch until 11:55- 12:25
  • Reading- 12:30-1:00 (brain break 1:00-1:10)
  • Science/SS- 1:10-1:55
  • Specials 2:00-2:20
  • online learning resource 2:25-2:45
  • Recess 2:45-3:15
  • Teacher Office hours and scheduled small group work will occur from 3:15-3:45



3-5th Grade Schedule:



  • reading, math, CAT skill building 9:15-12:15
  • Lunch until 12:15-12:45
  • Specials, recess, online learning resource until 12:55-1:15
  • Recess 1:15-1:45
  • online learning resource 1:50-2:10
  • Science/SS 2:15-3:00
  • 3:00-3:20- Reading
  • Teacher office hours and scheduled small group work will occur from 3:20-3:50



Q. What will instruction be like this year? Will it be just videos?


A. Instruction will be a combination of teachers delivering live virtual instruction, student independent practice and some video led learning. Teachers will be teaching new grade level content. It is crucial that students log on and learn daily. Additionally, we will be reviewing and teaching major concepts from last year in order to get our students caught up.


Q. What's happening the first two weeks of school?


A. The first two weeks of school are designed to ease students and their families into our schedule, learning to navigate the Google classroom site as well as allowing time for students to receive a technology device who may not have one. The first week will center around relationship building as well as having students practice logging onto the various online resources and learning how to submit assignments and engage appropriately in an online venue. Week two will begin the transition to new learning. We want to make sure our students and families feel comfortable and equipped to engage effectively in remote learning before moving too fast. Together we can do!


More information regarding the first two weeks of school will be shared soon.



Other Important reminders:



  • Make sure students are up, dressed and ready for the first day of school ; they should log on by 9:00am for morning meeting.
  • Make sure you children have breakfast before they start their school day
  • Make sure students have a quiet place to learn and work-- tvs and other devices should be off or put away.
  • Finally, encourage your students by telling them this is going to be a great year. We can't wait to see them !!

Still have questions about this school year? Submit your question using the link below.

If you still have questions about this school year, please open the link and submit your question.


Questions will be reviewed and answered using this newsletter.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnTDZaFefJRMvfjoi03OSxJC2L1PI92hfryfad_hrRispbvA/viewform

Should you purchase school supplies?

Yes, the purchase of school supplies will be helpful in preparing students for the school year. Each grade level's school supply list is posted on the Creech Road website.