The Dolphin Digest

Smithfield Elementary's Parent Newsletter: September 8, 2020

Upcoming Events

September 10th- Hungry Howie's Smithfield Spirit Night (see flyer below)

September 28th- No School- Teacher Workday

October 7th- CMS Early Release Day (Instructional Day ends at 11:30am)

October 19th- No School -Teacher Workday

Parent To Do's:

  • If you, or someone you know, wants to sign up to receive the Dolphin Digest, email:
  • Sign up to serve on the Smithfield School Leadership Team *optional* (below)

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments

All CMS students will be taking the MAP Assessments during the month of September. The assessments will be conducted remotely, using their CMS issued device. These assessments will be used as a tool to determine baseline data and help us drive our individualized instruction.
  1. Review the Parent Notice Regarding MAP

  2. Watch the MAP Growth introduction video

  3. Practice the test at

(Username: grow, Password: grow)

Playground and School Grounds

We are thrilled to have a new playground at Smithfield! Unfortunately, at this time, no students are allowed on CMS school campuses. Therefore, our dolphins will have to wait a little longer until they can test it out. Thank you!

CMS Harassment and Bullying Lesson (K-12)

Dear Parent(s)/Caregiver(s):

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students. Toward that end, age-appropriate grade-level lessons have been developed to assist students in the following areas:

  • Identification of bullying and harassment
  • Consequences of bullying and harassment
  • Steps to take if bullying or harassment is experienced at school (notification and reporting)
  • Encouragement to report to trusted adults any bullying or harassment
  • Safe strategies for bystander intervention of bullying or harassment

All Smithfield students will receive one classroom lesson on the above topics on Wednesday, September 16th. The lessons may be reviewed at the following web address:

If you wish to *EXEMPT* your child from the lesson for his/her grade, please complete and sign the form by following this link by September 11, 2020: (English) (Spanish)

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!

Cub Scout Open House

Cub Scout Open House

Cub Scout Pack 256 will be holding a Virtual Open House on Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. for all families interested in joining the Scouting program. Cub Scouting is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and the program focuses on building character and life skills through camping and other outdoor experiences.

You can join our Virtual Open House at or on Facebook at

Typically, Pack 256 meets every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church though schedules have changed due to COVID-19. Contact Cubmaster Andrew Dunn with questions:

EC Mini Sessions for Parents

The EC Department is excited to share the launch of “EC Mini Sessions for Families” hosted by the EC Department this fall. These are sessions for families on topics related to students with disabilities and will occur throughout Fall 2020.

EC Mini Sessions Flyer (English)

EC Mini Session Flyer (Spanish)

Curriculum Night

Smithfield historically has held Curriculum Night in September for families. Due to the current circumstances, we are going to plan a virtual Curriculum Night when the district returns to Plan B. By doing so, the information presented will be aligned to our in-person plans and expectations.
Check out this website from Ms. Solar, our Media Teacher! There are a TON of resources available for students to read digital books!

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Parent Nomination Form: 2020-21 School Leadership Team

We are looking for parent representatives to serve on our School Leadership Team during the 2020-21 school year. The following describes the impact of the School Leadership Team:

Functions of School Leadership Team:

· Facilitate involvement of school community in designing & implementing the School Improvement Plan

· Encourage, support, & create opportunities for involvement from parents of the community

· Coordinate activities associated with the design & implementation of the School Improvement Plan

Monthly meetings will begin at 3pm & will last for approximately 1 hour (virtually)

If you are interested in serving on the SLT this year, please complete the Parent Nomination Form by Friday, September 11th.

CMS 2020-21 Early Release Days

CMS Early Release Dates to add to your calendars:

October 7th

December 9th

February 17th

May 5th

*Smithfield will dismiss at 11:45am*


CMS families are encouraged to have their children immunized for the 2020-2021 school year. Vaccines and health assessments are required by the state for children to attend school. On Aug. 11, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper extended the compliance deadline for immunizations and health assessments to Oct. 31.

Vaccinations are required for students entering kindergarten, seventh grade and 12th grade. Families may receive more information from their doctor, school nurse or the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, 704-336-6500, which has vaccine-only appointments.

Mecklenburg County Public Health has provided multiple school immunization clinics on Saturdays; families can call for appointments for upcoming clinics Aug. 29 and Sept. 12. Click here for details.


We are hearing a lot of background noise in many of our live classes. It is recommended that students use headphones if able. Families can borrow a pair of headphones per student from Smithfield. If you need headphones, please come to the front door M-F between 9am-2pm.

Thank you!

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CMS Meal Bundles

How to sign up

You can pre-order meal bundles through a new or existing PayPAMS account.

Click here to log in to PayPAMS

Learn more about PayPAMS

  1. Delivery by Transportation to your designated bus stop during the assigned timeframe.

  2. Pick up at one of 40 CMS school locations between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    View locations.

Students do not need to be present for pick up or delivery. Name must be provided to receive the meal bundle. Meal bundles must be pre-ordered. You will receive a confirmation email when you have completed the order process.

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.

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.

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