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Ms. Chidester's Weekly Message: 9/11/20


Dear Conn Magnet Elementary School Families, 


I hope everyone had a great week of remote learning! 


Istation Assessments: Wake County students in grades K-5 will be using Istation as a way for teachers to measure student progress and provide appropriate instruction to all students. Students will take the first assessment the week of September 14. The following video will provide you with more information about the assessment. 

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Most families will need to download Istation onto their device before students will be able to access this resource. Please see this video for directions on how to download and access Istation from your device. You will only need to download Istation once. After that, use this Click Steps Reference Guide for accessing Istation.   

Students will begin taking the assessment in the upcoming week. Please wait for information from your child's teacher before allowing them to complete the tasks. This is an assessment that will help teachers develop appropriate instruction for your child in order to meet their specific needs, so please do not assist them once they are logged in. The assessment will take between 20-40 minutes, but students do not need to complete the entire assessment in one sitting. Istation keeps track of the time students spend on the assessment, so please use the pause or stop buttons to allow students to take breaks. Istation will save their progress when students click the exit button to log out.   


Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students: Students in all grade levels can receive a free breakfast and lunch from an operating location until December 31 or until funding is depleted. Please visit for a list of operating sites. Students are not required to visit their assigned school and do not have to be present to receive meals. The curbside meal service will operate Monday through Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost! No student ID number required to receive meals.  


Join the PTA: Just a reminder to all parents/guardians to sign up for the PTA or renew your membership. The PTA raises money to support many wonderful programs including educator support, parental outreach, and advocacy programs. It is simple to join online, just click on this link If you have any questions, please contact the PTA at 


I am looking forward to our next 'Chat with Chidester' event scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. during the General PTA meeting. More information regarding this event will be coming soon from the PTA.  





Gabriel Chidester, Principal