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Ms. Chidester's Weekly Message: 11/27/20


Dear Conn Magnet Elementary School Families,   


We hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday break! On Monday, November 30, we will welcome back ALL Plan B Cohorts PreK - 3rd grade and Regional Programs as well as Cohort 2 4th and 5th grade students! As you prepare for your student’s return, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the important information contained in our Conn Magnet Elementary Return to Campus Guide 


PreK - 3rd Grade & Regional Program 

All PreK - 3rd Grade  

Regional Program 

Daily in-person instruction for all cohorts 


4th & 5th Grade  

Cohort 2 

November 30-December 4

*Remote Learning Asynchronous Day- Wednesday, December 2

Cohort 3 

December 7-11 

*Remote Learning Day- Friday, December 11 

Cohort 1 

December 14-18 

*Remote Learning Asynchronous Day- Friday, December 18  

Cohort 2 

January 4-8 

*Remote Learning Asynchronous Day- Monday, January 4   

Cohort 3 

January 11-15 

*Remote Learning Asynchronous Day- Wednesday, January 13 


Transportation: As Plan B families transition back to campus, please review all of our arrival and dismissal procedures in our Conn Magnet Elementary Return to Campus GuideBe sure to access carpool proceduresbus procedures and bus route information on our school website.   


Carpool Arrival: Please remember to wear your face mask so our school community stays safe during the health screenings. If you plan to arrive on campus before 8:30 a.m. to line up for carpool, please pull into the East Millbrook Middle School parking lot and wait until we are ready and stationed at the health screening checkpoint. This health screening checkpoint is located in front of the main office. We will begin screening procedures at 8:40 a.m. Please do not pull through until a health screening has been conducted with your student(s). 


Bus Attestation Form: Parents/Guardians are required to submit the Bus Attestation Form stating that you and your child will abide by all health and safety protocols for bus ridership. Students are not permitted to ride the bus until this form has been submitted. You will need to submit a form for all of your children who plan to ride the bus during the 2020-21 school year. Submit form online | Español 


Plan B Cohort Rotation Schedule: Please refer to the WCPSS 2020-2021 Semester 1 Elementary Traditional Calendar and 2020-2021 Semester 2 Traditional Calendar for all the important dates to remember when transitioning back to in-person learning. Second semester will continue to include Remote Learning/Asynchronous days, per this schedule.


Virtual Academy Application Window: The Virtual Academy application window opens Wednesday, December 2 and will close on Wednesday, December 9. This opportunity will allow you to change your student's registration.  

You don't need to complete the application if: 

  • Your student is currently registered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the full year and wishes to continue for the spring semester; 
  • Your student is currently registered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the fall semester only and wishes to switch to Plan A/B/C for the spring semester; 
  • Your student is registered for Plan A/B/C and you wish to continue with Plan A/B/C. 

You should complete the application if:  

  • Your student is not currently registered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the spring semester but wants to be; 
  • Your student registered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the fall only and wants to continue for the spring semester; 
  • Your student is registered for the WCPSS Virtual Academy in the spring semester, but wants to change to Plan A/B/C.


WCPSS Turns Pink: WCPSS is turning pink the week of November 30 - December 4 in the fight against cancer! Collectively, we will raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. You can support WCPSS and the fight against cancer by participating in #GivingTuesday by donating here! Our school will be showing their support by wearing pink on Friday, December 4 for Conn's Pink Out! 


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Rising Middle School Families: Please know the magnet application window closes on January 28, 2021. Middle schools are offering virtual tours and resources to assist you in this process. You can sign up for their virtual tours on their school's website. For more information regarding the application window, click here. If you have any questions or need support during this process, please email our Magnet Coordinator, Ms. Carrie Bolding, at 


Beginning of Grade 3 Testing: All Plan B students will participate in the Beginning of Grade 3 Test (BOG) on Tuesday, December 8 starting at 9:30 a.m. Please be sure that your student arrives on time and has a nutritious breakfast! More information will be coming soon for our Virtual Academy students. 

Library2GO: Our Library2GO is suspended until January 11, 2021 as we prepare for our move! In future school messengers, we will be sure to share all about the opening of our new library, the amazing new books for students, and our plan to resume our Library2GO. Until then, be sure to utilize all the wonderful digital literacy resources linked within our virtual libraryNC Kids Digital LibraryNCWiseOwl, and Wake County Public Library offers a variety of eBooks. Happy reading! 


Chat with Chidester: Conn Magnet Elementary is officially on the move! Please join me for our next virtual 'Chat with Chidester' event on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. during the general PTA meeting. During this time, I will be collaborating with our PTA to discuss our transition and all other important information related to our new campus. We can't wait to continue the rich legacy of Conn Magnet Elementary back at home!   


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Gabriel Chidester, Principal   



Important Dates to Remember 

  • Monday, November 30- All Plan B Cohorts PreK – 3 and Regional Programs students and Cohort 2 4th and 5th grade students return to campus  
  • Monday, November 30- Picture Day for 4th and 5th grade Plan B Cohort 2
  • Wednesday, December 2- Remote Learning Asynchronous Day 
  • Monday, December 7- All Plan B Cohorts PreK – 3 and Regional Programs students and Cohort 3 4th and 5th grade students return to campus   
  • Monday, December 7- Picture Day for 4th and 5th grade Plan B Cohort 3  
  • Tuesday, December 8- Plan B 3rd grade BOG Testing 
  • Friday, December 11- Remote Learning Day 
  • Monday, December 14- In-Person Learning for All Plan B Cohorts PreK – 3 and Regional Programs students and Cohort 1 4th and 5th grade students 
  • Wednesday, December 16- In-Person Learning Day (change in date)
  • Friday, December 18- Remote Learning Asynchronous Day (change in date)
  • Monday, December 21- Teacher Workday 
  • Tuesday, December 22 to Friday, January 1- Winter Break 
  • Monday, January 4- Remote Learning Asynchronous Day (change in date)
  • Tuesday, January 5- First day in our new building! In-Person Learning for All Plan B Cohorts PreK – 3 and Regional Programs students and Cohort 2 4th and 5th grade 
  • Wednesday, January 6- In-Person Learning Day (change in date)