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August 19, 2022

 

Dear Turner Creek Families, 

 

We have had a lot of excitement at Turner Creek in the past 2 weeks.

 

We have new shade structures on our playgrounds!  The PTA has been on a 3-year mission to get our sun shades replaced and last week we finally accomplished that goal. They look great and our teachers and students are very thankful for the shade in this hot weather.  

Check out our 1st graders enjoying the shade! (linked)

 

A huge thank you to all the Track 1 & 2 families who joined us for Open House.  Our building was hopping!  The Track 3 & 4 Open House is coming up on September 8.  

 

BINGO Winners:

 

Track 1 - 5th grade’s Caitlyn C. 

Track 2 - 1st grade’s Luis Andres M.

 

Winners, please email Amy Brooks at albrooks@wcpss.net your child’s name, classroom teacher, and t-shirt size and we will get them their prize!  

 

If you need anything at all, you can reply to this email or email me directly at ksmall@wcpss.net 

 

 

Updated 2022-2023 Year-Round Calendar

 

**New Announcements**

 

Important!  Mark your calendars today!

Caregivers of 3rd - 5th grade students, please do not schedule appointments or vacations on EOG days.  

 

EOG Dates for Grades 3-5

 

Track 1: 

  • Math: May 24

  • Reading: May 23

  • Science: May 19

Track 2: 

  • Math: June 21

  • Reading: June 20

  • Science: June 16

Track 3: 

  • Math: June 21

  • Reading: June 20

  • Science: June 16

Track 4: 

  • Math: June 21

  • Reading: June 20

  • Science: June 16

 

Board approves change to year-round calendars

 

After feedback from our community and staff members, the Board approved a ‘calendar out’ day for the year-round calendar on Nov. 8, 2022 (Election Day) and June 19, 2023. This means there will be no school for students. The last day of school will be June 28, 2023.

 

To allow this change, we will use two available banked days from the year-round calendar. The following options are available if there is a need for weather make up days this school year:

  • Banked day

  • Schools may provide instruction on a Saturday

  • Remote instruction day

View the updated calendars.

 

Free Pre-K programs available in Wake County

Looking for free, high-quality pre-K for your child? If your child is a Wake County resident and will be 4 years old on or before August 31, apply for NC Pre-K and Head Start.

 

Social Emotional Learning Universal Screener at Turner Creek (Letter Linked)

 

In our continuing efforts to support the well-being of all our students, we will be administering a universal screener of social, emotional & behavioral health. Please click the link above for more information.  

 

Traditional Schools Start on August 29 - Prepare for Changes to Bus Route Schedule

 

The number of WCPSS bus drivers has declined significantly since 2014, a trend that was made worse by the labor shortage caused by the pandemic. To put this in perspective, we had well over 900 available drivers in 2014; currently there are only 615 available drivers.

 

We have increased bus driver pay significantly, including offering signing bonuses, and we continue to host frequent recruiting events, but progress in hiring more drivers remains slow. (If you are interested in becoming a bus driver, visit wcpss.net/busjobs to learn more and apply.)

There are enough drivers for the 584 planned routes for this school year, but operations could still be affected.

 

How will the driver shortage affect bus riders this school year?

  • More buses at or close to full capacity

  • Somewhat longer travel times 

  • More buses that have to make two separate runs in the morning and/or the afternoon.

  • Some students will need to arrive as early as 40 minutes before the school day begins. In the afternoon, some students may need to wait at school for their bus to make its first run before it can return to collect riders for its second run. (Schools will be prepared to accommodate students who need to arrive early or stay late.)

  • Some buses may not be able to run at all on a given day if too many drivers are absent. Schools and parents will be notified as quickly as possible when that is the case.

 

What can you do?

  • Make sure you review the bus route information for your student.

  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to sign up for the Here Comes the Bus app, which allows you to track your student’s bus in real time. It helps to take the guesswork out of when the bus will arrive at your stop. Visit wcpss.net/herecomesthebus to learn more and download the app. It only takes a few minutes.

  • You can also visit wcpss.net/busupdates and click on your child’s school. Any delays will be listed there.

  • If you do not wish to use the bus service this year, please let us know at wcpss.net/declinebus

We appreciate your patience and understanding as our transportation team works hard every day to provide the best service possible to all of our students. 

 

Celebration Books Flyer Linked

 

Donating a book is a very special way to honor your child while promoting a love of reading and supporting the Turner Creek Media Center. If you would like to participate in this program, you can fill out this online form.

 

 

Backpack Buddies Program

 

We are reaching out to all families to see if anyone is in need of our "BackPack Buddy" program. BackPack Buddies is designed to provide children experiencing food insecurity with nutritious, kid-friendly, pre-packed meals for the weekend—when they would not have access to a school’s free lunch and breakfast. The Food Shuttle works with school guidance counselors and social workers across our seven-county service area to help identify students with the greatest risk of food insecurity to be recipients of BackPack Buddies. By replying, saying that you are interested, your child would be sent home with food each Friday afternoon and food for track-out for the family. 

 

Please send an email to jhawkins@wcpss.net saying that you are interested, your child's name, and the number of children under the age of 18 in your household. We will send home a permission form with your student and food home on Fridays. 

 

If you are interested in supporting this program, the following items are in high demand at the moment. Students can drop them off in the front office. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zG8HKy1-9zCJcQYo0gRXVuN1nOe2kdTIcyn8q1Ql7tw/edit?usp=sharing 

 

 

COVID-19 dashboard updates

 

View this week's reported COVID-19 positives for our schools and central services on our dashboard.

 

 

Open House Flyer (linked)

 

Open house is coming up for Tracks 3 & 4.  We hope you can join us to learn more about your child’s class and how you can support the academic growth of your children at home this school year.  

 

Thursday September 8

Tracks 3 & 4

6:00 - 7:30 pm 

 

 

Positivity Project

 

Please see below for more information on the Character Strengths students will be learning about at school in the upcoming weeks.  

 

Perspective

 

Perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner. 

 

Perspective helps an individual make sense of the world. It provides clarity on what matters and what does not. Being able to see things from multiple angles helps individuals remain calm and learn from mistakes; they are typically highly self-aware. Reflecting on their own feelings, thoughts, and motives helps them understand and empathize with other people. These individuals are strong listeners and ask great questions. Individuals with the strength of perspective help their group get through difficult or uncertain circumstances because they’re poised and can identify opportunities for success.

 

To practice and encourage the character strength of perspective with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

 

 

Forgiveness 

 

Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes.

 

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

 

The ability to reconcile differences and move forward positively is a trait of any effective group. When people work together, conflict is inevitable. However, when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contribute to overall success.

 

To practice and encourage the character strength of forgiveness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

 

 

Staff’s Favorite Things (Linked)

 

I ask staff to share their favorite things so we can show them we care throughout the year.  

 

 

2022-2023 Caregiver/Student Handbook (Linked)

 

Please bookmark our handbook.  It will be a “first stop” as you have questions about the everyday operations at Turner Creek.  This handbook will always be in “draft” form as we are in a world where change is the new norm.  I hope it will be a good resource for you and your family. 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monday August 22: Track in day for Track 3

Tuesday August 30: Quarter 1 Interims come home for Tracks 3&4

Friday September 2: Early Release Day.  Students Dismiss at 1:45 pm. 

Monday September 5: Holiday, No School

Thursday September 8: Tracks 3&4 Family Engagement Night 6 - 7:30 pm

September 26 - October 7 Turner Creek Fall Book Fair

Friday September 9: Track Out Day for Track 1 Students

Monday September 12: Track In Day for Track 2 Students

Thursday September 29: Picture Day for Tracks 3&4, Book Fair Family Night Tracks 3&4 5-7pm

Friday September 30: Track Out Day for Track 4 Students

Monday October 3: Track In Day for Track 1 Students

Wednesday October 5: Book Fair Family Night Tracks 1&2 5-7pm

Monday October 10: School-Wide Teacher Workday, No School for Students

 

Take Care,

Kristin Small, Principal