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February 5, 2021

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Good afternoon Hortons Creek Elementary Parents/Guardians/Caregivers,


Happy February! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!


Please make sure you are keeping up with the WCPSS family email updates. 

WCPSS Family Updates (linked here).


The Wake County Board of Education approved a plan Tuesday (2.2) evening calling for students not enrolled in the Virtual Academy to begin returning to school the week of February 15. The plan calls for the following: 

  • Pre-K through third grade: Daily in-person instruction
  • Grades 4 and 5: Three-week rotations
  • Middle and High School: Three-week rotations
  • Special Education Regional Programs, K-12: Daily in-person instruction

For all traditional calendars schools: All PreK-3 students NOT enrolled in VA can return to school on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Students in Grades 4 & 5 NOT enrolled in VA can return to school on a rotation basis ONLY. COHORT 2/B students return per the WCPSS calendar.  (Monday and Tuesday at calendar out and a workday for teachers)


ORDER your child’s 2020-2021 YEARBOOK!

Order your Hortons Creek Yearbook today! The deadline is March 10th. Click here to order today! 


We need your help adding candid's for our yearbook! We would love for you to upload any photos you have of your children from this school year: playing outside with siblings, sports pictures, virtual learning, creations made at home,etc! 


Click here to see the steps you can take to upload the pictures for us to use in our yearbook! 


REMINDER/NEW Spelling Bee! 

Hortons Creek will hold this year's Spelling Bee on February 16th at 4:00 PM. This session will take place on Google Meet and students will participate in spelling on camera. This event is open to any student who would like to participate, but it is not mandatory. The winner will advance to the WCPSS Bee, and that winner will head to the Regional Bee.


Please sign up your student if you are interested in them participating.


Students must be registered by TODAY. The word list and student numbers will be emailed out on Feb. 8. Please email with any questions. 


NEW & REPEAT: A note from the Specials’ Team

Winter Olympics for all Specials next week: winter olympics

We are reaching out to tell you that we will be shifting some of our expectations for Semester 2. We have all been working as a community to support our students with virtual learning, and now that we’re all more comfortable, we expect that all students will demonstrate participation in Specials classes by doing the following: 


  1. Attend all specials meetings on time with their assigned class following the current schedule.
  2. Participate in class by unmuting and answering questions when called upon by the teacher, and keep their camera on if possible. 
  3. Turn in any assignments given by a specials’ teacher during class and during Asynchronous/Remote Learning days.


We will use Talking Points or email to communicate with you if your student does not meet the above requirements. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any feedback that could help us support your student. We look forward to a great second semester with everyone.


UPDATE: Positivity Project:

Up Next: LOVE!

The Positivity Project site for family resources is located here: P2 Family Resources password: P2


Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, February 8-12: Specials’ Winter Olympics
    • Monday, February 15: NO SCHOOL Calendar OUT Day
    • Tuesday, February 16: NO SCHOOL Teacher Workday
    • Wednesday, February 17: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return with Cohort 2/B Grades 4-5
    • Monday, February 22: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return with Cohort 3/C Grades 4-5


  • Wednesday, February 24: District Remote Learning/Asynchronous Learning Day


  • Monday, March 1: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 1/A Grades 4-5
  • Monday, March 8: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 2/B Grades 4-5
  • Wednesday, March 10: District Remote Learning/Asynchronous Learning Day
  • Thursday, March 11: District Remote Learning/Asynchronous Learning Day
  • Friday, March 12: NO SCHOOL Teacher Workday
  • Monday, March 15: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 3/C Grades 4-5
  • Monday, March 22: PreK-3 students NOT in VA return, Cohort 1/A Grades 4-5
  • Monday, March 29-April 6: NO SCHOOL, Student Vacation



WCPSS Academically or Intellectually Gifted Updates:

The Office of Advanced Learning Services and the Testing Office have been collaborating to determine how to facilitate CogAT and Iowa testing for the 2020-2021 school year.  At this time, CogAt and Iowa testing for grades 3-8 has been postponed until next school year. We will share more information with you as it becomes available.  


Single Subject Acceleration (SSA):

There is not a date yet for the Spring SSA exams. A sign-up form will be provided when it becomes available if you are interested in your child taking the SSA exam. There are no actions required at this time. 


Club and Recreational Activities

Carolina Wave: Youth Basketball Opportunity

Registration has now opened for an opportunity for students to participate in a local community basketball program. Team selections occur through the months of January and February.  The season begins starting in March. You can find more information at, we have also included a flyer for your reference.


Spanish lessons online for 2nd Semester and taking registrations for the summer. 

HCES students and friends get a 20% discount for the semester! or go to our website at 


Quarter 3 schedule updated for all Virtual Academy/Remote Learning Students

We have updated our Virtual Academy/Remote Learning schedule beginning January 20. You will notice that we have included some additional live instructional support opportunities to differentiate instruction for our students. You will also notice that the length of core instruction has been extended and practice time will follow the live instruction. This additional time will allow for more live instruction to ensure rigorous learning as well as provide feedback to students while they are practicing, just as we would do if we were in the building. 


This additional time does NOT require the students to be on the computer any longer than they are currently. Students can turn off their camera and do their practice work; but the teacher will remain in the Google Meet ready to assist any students with questions or needing assistance.


Office hours have been removed to maximize the amount of instructional time during the school day hours. More small student groups have been embedded into the schedule. 


School Meals

Meals will be free for all students through June 2021. Breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost for all students who are learning in-person within the school, as well as students who are remote learning, including students in Virtual Academy. Click HERE for more info.


Second Semester 2021 School Calendar

Please CLICK HERE to view the updated calendar for the second semester beginning Jan. 20, 20201. Please disregard the cohort information on this schedule as things have changed due to the Jan. 14 WCPSS Board meeting.


WCPSS Devices

WCPSS is not accepting requests for devices at this time.



The Northwest Cary YMCA has you covered before and after the bell rings at Hortons Creek Elementary! Caring, trained counselors lead the program that complies with all state and local safety protocols. Registration opened October 12th. We will be offering registrations by the week, for families flexibility. Learn more about program changes and COVID-19 pre-screenings to ensure the safety of your child. Register today here.

If you have any more questions please contact Dan Werdel at  

HERE COMES THE BUS app is up and running! Click HERE for more information.

Thank you.

Sandy Chambers, Ed. D. Principal