The Eagle's Call 🦅
Friday, March 11th, 2022
From Principal Tim Huber
Daylight Savings Time! 🌞
This Sunday March 13th at 2am is the official start of Daylight Savings Time. We'll "spring forward" in preparation for the coming sunny spring days! Be sure to adjust any clocks and check to be sure your phones adjust automatically. Be sure to do this on Sunday so that your children are on time and ready for a brand new week on Monday morning. I hope you enjoy the extra evening sunlight!
Did You Know?
According to timeanddate.com, "although modern DST has only been used for about 100 years, ancient civilizations are known to have engaged in comparable practices thousands of years ago. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months of the year to adjust the daily schedules to the solar time."
Thank you for your continued support of your children and our school. Together, we will help our children SOAR to reach their greatest potential!
[NEW] 2022-23 School Year Track Changes: Volunteers Needed by March 18th ✋
We are currently asking for volunteer families to move their child(ren) to Track 2 or 3. Track 3 is available K-5th and Track 2 is available K-4th. We expect to be able to add Track 2 5th grade for the 2023-24 school year. Here is the link to 2022-23 Year Round Calendar.
A major benefit of a track change is the opportunity for your children to meet a whole new group of peers! If you would like to volunteer to move to Track 2 or 3, please email our Data Manager, Ms. Edgreen at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Huber at email@example.com as soon as possible but no later than March 18th.
Please note that if there are not enough volunteers, nonvoluntary track changes will be made. Communication about track changes will be sent soon. Thank you!
[UPDATED] WCPSS Volunteer Registration
[UPDATED] March Madness Read Across America! 📚
Which book does the Harris Creek community think is the best! We'll find out soon! The picture below shows the bracket posted on the wall outside the Media Center!
Use the link below to see the latest results, access videos of read alouds (by Harris Creek staff members!) for all the books, and access the form for your child to vote and the form to enter the book giveaway contest.
[NEW] Retention Letters
WCPSS Board Policy 3420 requires schools to notify parents if their child is at risk of retention due to not making sufficient or adequate progress toward grade level benchmarks. If you receive a letter it is because your child is not demonstrating proficiency on grade level benchmarks.
We recognize that due to the nature of the pandemic, this year has been incredibly difficult, and these letters may increase stress and anxiety levels for our families and students. That is not the intention, however, we must notify parents of their child’s academic performance. If you receive this letter, it should not be the first time you’re hearing of your child’s struggles. Additionally, if you receive a letter, it does not mean that your child will be retained. There are many factors that go into the decision to retain a student and these factors will be considered by the school retention committee prior to deciding. If you have questions or concerns regarding receipt of the letter, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
Spring School Pictures 📷
PTA News 🤝
- Eagle Fun Fest May 13th: volunteers will be needed! No rain date has been set
- Yearbooks are on sale now! Price is $15.00, Make Checks Payable to: HCES PTA or you can purchase online at: https://harriscreek.ptboard.com/ NOTE: Limited quantity of extra copies will be ordered and sold on a first come, first serve basis
- PTA Angel Fund: Please consider a donation to fund field trips for other Eagles! Click the link to donate: all donations go towards funding individual students for future field trips
- Check out the School Spirit Wear Online Store! Check out the sale on new Tie Dye options!
- Help Stock The Teacher's Lounge! 😋
- Join the PTA online
- Follow the Harris Creek Elementary PTA Facebook page
Kids Heart Challenge Has Started ♥🏃♀️🏃♂️
Coach B has started the American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge for 2022! It's the 15th year of this for him. Flyers went home this week and the goal is to raise $1000. A portion of the proceeds go to PE Equipment which will benefit the entire school.
For 5th Grade Families: Preparing for Middle School
Informational letters were sent to 5th grade families today 2/25. Use the links below to access the letter.
To stay up to date on all Rising 6th grade information, including parent nights, deadlines, and course registration please visit our student services website: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/13757
Single Subject Acceleration Testing Requests Due Soon ✍
Students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English Language Arts through Single Subject Acceleration (SSA). This ensures opportunities for appropriate levels of academic challenge. Only students who are currently enrolled and attending a WCPSS school during the open nomination and testing window are eligible to be considered for SSA. More information can be found at https://www.wcpss.net/Page/3799
Test Request Deadlines
Test Requests for the 2022-23 school year must be submitted during your school’s calendar deadline.
Leadership Academies, Modified and Year-Round Track 1: Feb. 25, 2022
Traditional Calendar and Year-Round Tracks 2, 3 and 4: March 25, 2022
The SSA Contact at Harris Creek is our AIG Teacher Sherri Matheson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Center Additions! 📚
We're Hiring! 🏫🚌
- Bus Drivers for our area! Learn more at https://www.wcpss.net/busjobs
- Special Education (ECS2) Instructional Assistant, Track 4
- Special Education (ECS1) Instructional Assistant, Track 4
Health and Wellness Reminders ♥
To read details about how schools and our school system are responding the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.wcpss.net/covid19.
MASKS: The WCPSS Board of Education recently voted to make masks “recommended, but not required” in schools, effective March 7th. Masking is a decision that each family and staff member will make. Please talk with your children about this change and reinforce that it is a personal and private choice whether to wear a mask or not. Stay tuned for more updates as we approach March 7th.
ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING:
Wake County Public School System, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin offering weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and staff. COVID-19 testing is an effective way to reduce transmission, especially when layered with other precautionary measures.
We strongly recommend all families participate in this free program. Participation helps safeguard the wellbeing of the entire school community and gives you information to help you keep your children healthy.
Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com
NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES: If your child or a household member receives a positive COVID test or if they are exposed to someone with COVID, please emails to your child's teacher and to email@example.com right away. An office staff member will reach out to assist with next steps.
View wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for requirements to return after a COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms. Be sure to review recent updates which include that students are no longer considered exposed while at school as schools are following all health precautions. Students will only be sent home if they are showing symptoms of illness.
Communication: Send ALL COVID-related emails to your child's teacher and to firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Academy: Virtual Academy remains closed and there are no exceptions.
COVID-19 VACCINE: Vaccines are now available for children ages 5+. Wake County Public Health encourages parents to protect their children aged 5-17 with the COVID-19 vaccine – it's safe, effective, and available at no cost. Read more about the vaccine for kids: Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 5+). Wake County Public Health is offering special kids-only vaccine days. Families can go to WakeGov.com/kids to sign up. Pediatrician offices, pharmacies and children's hospitals are also providing vaccine appointments for children in Wake County. Visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/kids to find a vaccine near you.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our kids in school!
Transportation Reminders 🚗🚌
AM Carpool Efficiency Reminders
Please remember to pull forward as far as possible, have your student(s) open their own door, and put on your hazard lights if assistance is needed. Thank you!
Please Display Carpool Number Tags Every Afternoon
In order to ensure an efficient carpool process, please remember to hang carpool number tags to display clearly from your vehicle's rearview mirror. Please reference the image below for proper placement. This is a critical step to ensure students leave their classrooms and come outside to the correct location on the sidewalk to be picked up. Thank you!
Bus Tracking App
Please use the Here Comes the Bus app (App Store or Google Play Store) to monitor the location of your student’s bus and when it is approaching his/her stop. To sign up: https://herecomesthebus.com/parents/get-started/ . The WCPSS school code for school bus tracking is 67500. You will need to use your child's student ID number as well.
You can also follow @HCESBuses on Twitter to confirm when your child's bus leaves campus each afternoon.
ACTION REQUESTED: Restart Your Child's WCPSS Chromebook Weekly 💻
WCPSS Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features.
Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.)
Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.
How to Easily Set Your WCPSS Communication Preferences
We recognize that you may be receiving a large volume of communication and we want to make sure you always see the information you need the most!
Set your SchoolMessenger message preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger Parent account. With this account you can select what information you receive and how you would like to receive it. You can create your account by downloading the SchoolMessenger app on your mobile device or go to https://go.schoolmessenger.com/.
- Use the email address entered for your student in PowerSchool to sign up.
- Most messages from Mr. Huber and WCPSS are sent as email and text using the General School Info broadcast.
- To receive text messages, text YES to 67587.
- For more information and instructions on how to create an account, visit: https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger.
Upcoming Dates to Remember 📆
- Mar 13: Daylight Savings Time ends
- Mar 24: Quarter 3 Ends (Tr 2,3,4)
- Mar 7-27: Track 1 Track out
- Mar 28-Apr 17: Track 4 Track out
- Apr 4: PTA Meeting 6pm
- Apr 4: School Library Media Coordinator Day
- Apr 4-8: National School Administrator Appreciation Week
- Apr 12: Spring Pictures (Tr 1,2)
- Save the Date: May 13 - Eagle Fun Fest!