Trojan Times

Elementary Office Update -11/16

Greetings NC Elementary Families!

I hope this email finds you and your family members doing well. I wanted to send you a quick update as we make our way through November. Thank you for collaborating with our staff during Conferences. Your partnership is more important than ever as we support students' emotional wellbeing and academic growth. During conferences many families asked about ways to support learning at home. The two biggests supports would be to encourage nightly reading and really make sure your child has mastered math facts for their current grade level. Having that math fact fluency is so vital as students progress through more difficult math concepts. I have included the chart again below on what each grade level focus should be.

In a normal year, parenting is a challenge. As we head into our 8th month of the pandemic, parenting young children can feel exponentially more challenging. As a parent myself, I am looking ahead to the upcoming cold months indoors with some trepidation. Parenting writers and pediatricians have shared ideas on how to keep children busy during this strange time as well as ideas for parent self care. I often remind teachers that they can not give from an empty cup. This sentiment also rings very true to parenting. In the resources section below, you will find ideas and articles about these two topics. Please reach out if you need supports or resources.

Our district has quite a few winter jackets and snow pants that have been recently donated. If your family would like winter clothing, please call or email me and I am happy to get them set for winter fun.

Have a wonderful week,

Amanda Killeen

Elementary Principal


Upcoming Dates

Wed. 11/25 - Friday 11/27 - No School

Monday 11/30 - Trimester 1 Report Cards Home, Virtual Students will get it mailed

11/23-11/26 - Virtual Book Fair (more information to come!)

12/18 - Full Virtual Families please contact Mrs. Killeen by the 18th if you would like to switch back to in person after winter break

Collective Responsibility

As we see cases on the uptick in our local communities, our district is asking all families to recognize our collective responsibility in slowing the spread. We can agree that those who have selected in person learning for the semester have students who learn best while in the building. To keep our in person learning possible, we need the help of all of you. As you head into making Thanksgiving plans and look for ways to fill cold weekends - please remember the ripple effects of your actions. While your family may be relatively low risk, consider the students, families, and teachers in your child's cohort. We have many households with a grandparent living with them, those with autoimmune disorders, and a multitude of other risk factors. We urge all families to follow the CDC guidelines of wearing a mask in public spaces, limiting trips outside the home, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. We are all in this together and need to rely on collective responsibility to keeping our community safe and school open. #trojanpride
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What Parents Can Do When They’re Stressed During COVID-19

Blog from Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Taking Care of Yourself During Covid 19

Blog from Atlanta Children's

How to Keep Kids Active as the Weather Cools and the Pandemic Rolls On -

Article from the Washington Post

39 Fantastic, Frugal Indoor Activities for Kids This Winter

- Blog Money Saving Mama

*At my house we do lots with Cardboard Boxes :)

49 Fun Winter Activities You Can Still Enjoy (Even During a Pandemic)

-Real Simple Magazine