Principals' Post 19 | April 13, 2020
Greetings Jet Families!
I hope this message finds you well. As we continue to work through these unprecedented times, I want to give recognition to all the work staff is doing to support continued learning at home! Teachers are learning and becoming adept at using online platforms. They are meeting with their teams, their Instructional Facilitators, with administration, and with district staff. All staff members are participating in online professional development, book studies, and more in their quest for continuous learning. Teachers are reaching out to each family to ensure they are okay and are aware of our plans and resources available. And though it's a personal risk, they are volunteering to help with family services, such as distributing devices and delivering food, snacks, and materials to students. Our staff is doing all of this and more, all while also taking care of their own families, selves, health, & well-being during this pandemic.
As a staff, we have discussed the key words we are relying on during this time. Grace. Flexibility. Encouragement. Just as I know they will extend grace, flexibility, and encouragement with your children, I thank you in advance for also extending grace, flexibility, and encouragement with us. Know that each teacher and staff member is giving his/her very best right now. Know that many staff members are experiencing significant personal stress as they or those close to them are at-risk or even showing symptoms of COVID-19. Know that we love and miss your children and it weighs heavy on our hearts to not be with them. Know that “very best” may look different from day to day, but we are here for each other and we are here for you. If you have a need, please reach out to me, to your child’s teacher, or to one of our School Counselors, Jennifer Lee or Sheila Marshall.
No Lunch Service Today Due to the Severe Weather
Unfortunately, WCPSS has cancelled lunch service today due to the severe weather. It should be back tomorrow!
Crisis and Mental Health Support
We are in a time where many with underlying behavioral and/or mental health concerns can be exacerbated. If needed, Alliance Health can support you. They manage publicly funded mental health, intellectual/developmental disability, and substance use services for children and adults in Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties who are insured by Medicaid or are uninsured. The services are provided by Alliance’s large network of private providers. You can call the 24-hour Alliance Access and Information Line at (800) 510-9132 to learn more or for help with accessing services.
Remote Learning Starts Today!
Today is the day! The official start for remote learning. Each child is expected to spend about 2 hours per day engaged in learning activities. If you find that this is too much right now due to your family’s individual circumstances, please talk to your child’s teacher. The purpose of remote learning is to provide consistency to students, families, and staff through a predictable structure that also allows for maximum flexibility for all. We are providing structures and supports that enable students to continue to make progress toward grade-level standards while schools are closed for an extended period of time. Our plan has been designed to provide structure without creating hardships for students or teachers, so if there is a hardship, please let us know. We will be flexible. To see more about our Remote Learning Plan, please visit our website.
Thank you to the staff that volunteered to help distribute devices to families last Monday and Thursday! Especially to Mr. Pinkney and Ms. Dunn for leading the effort. For those without internet connectivity, the district has ordered hotspots, but we do not yet have information about when they might arrive or how we will distribute them. We will let you know more when we have the information.
Lunch with Livengood Continues This Week
I am so enjoying the Lunch with Livengoods and I hope your kiddos are too. For K-2, we will meet at 12:00 on Tuesday and for 3-5, same time on Thursday. Your student will need to log on to their WakeID and open Google Meet. The code/nickname was sent in the email version of this message and by text message. If you need the code, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Please make sure to turn off cameras and microphones before you join.
The State Board of Education voted not to extend the Istation contract beyond March 31st and as a result, families would no longer be able to access the Ipractice app containing a collection of activities to practice foundational skills, nor would schools continue to access the Istation platform. Prior to the SBE’s announcement, the WCPSS Istation Implementation team had begun to review the content of Istation’s digital curriculum, in order to determine the usefulness of the resource in supporting students in learning and practicing foundational skills. As a result, WCPSS will provide the Istation digital curriculum to families as an additional, optional resource to use in order to practice foundational skills at home.
All students in grades K-3 and select 4th grade students (reading retained students) will be granted access to the curriculum through June 30, 2020. At home, families and students will continue to have access to the Ipractice app and will now have access to the digital curriculum through the NCEd Cloud as an optional resource to practice foundational skills. The digital curriculum is adaptive and creates an individualized pathway for students based on their most recent Istation Indicators of Progress Early Reading (ISIP ER) score.
PTA News and Updates from your PTA President, Brittany Wells
Thank you to all of the BCES families who have contributed to the snack bags that the PTA is making weekly for our families in need. We are making 100 bags a week to supplement the meals that WCPSS is providing to our families. We are planning to continue doing this for our families until we go back to school. Here is the Amazon link if you wish to purchase an item: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3DOZZ4ZG3DTKG?ref_=wl_share .
Our nominations committee is currently searching for volunteers to help fill PTA board positions, and committee positions for the 2020-21 school year. For a list and description of the positions, please visit: http://briercreekpta.org/2020-21-volunteer-opportunities/ .
Each year the BCES PTA has an annual auction that coincides with our carnival. Due to COVID-19, we are not going to be able to have our carnival this year. As a way to give back to our families, we want to do a free raffle of items that were donated to our auction prior to the COVID-19 school closure. We have reached out to these businesses to see how they are doing, and have asked if we can return these items to them. We have been told that they they want us to keep the items, and want our families to have them. We will be collecting responses through May 1st, and will have a drawing for each item. Winners will be notified by May 8th. The FREE RAFFLE is open to all BCES staff and families. We are asking that families only enter the raffle once even if you have multiple children at the school. You will be able to choose up to 3 items that you would like to try to win. Please use this link to enter the raffle: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTmVzbfzBC89YrgdnainQSfiQfREi17KURJo1uvZv2Uhn8Hg/viewform?usp=sf_link .
Our yearbook committee has been busy finishing up the BCES yearbook, and has some important dates for those who have already ordered their yearbook or would still like to purchase one. Yearbooks are still available to purchase ($12.14)!! But beware of some cost and customization deadlines:
- Last day to purchase a yearbook and receive free shipping to your home!
- Last day to enable & create your 2 free custom pages (Note: You must turn on this feature after purchase.)
- Yearbooks are still available for purchase ($12.14)
- $2.99 shipping fee (reduced shipping fee as part of TreeRing’s Covid-19 response)
- Window to update your shipping address
- Yearbooks are still available for purchase ($12.14)
- $7.99 shipping fee
- Custom pages no longer available
Visit http://briercreekpta.org/yearbook/ for more information and links to order a Yearbook.
Wishing each of you well!
Kathy Livengood, Principal