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Ms. Chidester's Weekly Message: 02/26/21


Dear Conn Magnet Elementary School Families,    


We had another wonderful week at Conn Magnet Elementary! Our classrooms, playgrounds, and hallways were filled with happy students enjoying the new building and being arounds friends. We can't wait to have our whole CONNmUNITY back one day! 


We are excited to welcome back Cohort 1 4th and 5th grade students who are returning following a three-week cohort rotation beginning on Monday, March 1. We will also continue in-person instruction for all PreK – 3rd grade students and Regional Programs. Please reference the 2020-2021 Semester 2 Calendar in order to know which days your student(s) will engage in remote learning as opposed to in-person learning at the school.   


March 1 – March 5 

Wednesday, March 3: Remote Learning/Asynchronous Day 


All PreK – 3rd Grade Students and Regional Programs 

Cohort 1 4th and 5th Grade Students 




Calendar Updates: On Tuesday, February 16, the WCPSS Board of Education approved school calendars for the remainder of the spring semester that better align the number of in-person learning days across the three rotation cohorts. 

Here are the changes to note: 

  • Each calendar now indicates which cohort will report to school for in-person learning on that day. All changes to rotations occur in the fourth quarter of this school year, with one exception: March 10 and 11 have been changed to in-person learning days for Cohort 2 on the traditional calendar. 
  • New asynchronous days have been added to the calendar. These days were added to support teacher collaboration while also providing students with opportunities to engage in small group instruction and to have time to seek extra help if needed. 

The WCPSS Board of Education will continue to explore opportunities to improve this calendar to maximize the benefits of in-person learning. 


CONNmUNITY Read Aloud: Join us on Monday, March 1 for Conn's first CONNmUNITY Read Aloud Night! Beginning at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Lyons and Ms. Shore will share two read alouds. Use this link to access the live stream. The link will also be posted in your student's google classroom. See you there!   

Middle School Registration: It is an exciting time for our 5th grade students as they begin thinking about middle school electives next year! Please read through this attached letter that details where you can preview electives at each middle school and how students register for electives. Contact your child's homeroom teacher or Ms. Hottle with any questions!  


Single Subject Acceleration: Students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English Language Arts through Single Subject Acceleration (SSA). Parents interested in learning more about SSA can find information on the main page of Ms. Hanley's Google Site. 


Apply Before April 30 for Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-22 School Year: WCPSS offers a free, high quality pre-kindergarten program for children who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2021. Students spend the full day at school with their classmates learning skills appropriate for their age through exploration and discovery. The goal is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Applications must be submitted by April 30. Learn more and apply today. 


Snacks Available for Purchase: Our wonderful CNS department is now offering snacks for purchase during lunch. Snack money can be sent in with your child in a sealed envelope or loaded on your child's MySchool Bucks account. 


Return to New Campus Guide: As we return to our new campus for in-person instruction, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the important information contained in our Return to Campus Guide. This guide contains critical information that will assist all of us in making a smooth transition back to our new campus and building. We know this is a unique school year, and we all must do our part to work together to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Please click here to access our Return to New Campus Guide!   


Carpool Tags: If your child will be carpool, they will receive a carpool tag for their bookbag that matches the carpool tag for your rearview mirror. If you have not been given a carpool tag or have misplaced your carpool tag, you need to contact the front office at 919-856-7637. Parents/Guardians who arrive to campus without their carpool tag displayed will be asked to park and come to the front of the building to check out their child. Please make sure you have proper identification with you in this case.  


Bus Transportation Information:  Please click here to view the most recent information regarding bus routes and stops. All families should be able to access bus stops in PowerSchool. Bus route information is also included in our Return to Campus Guide.  If you have any questions regarding bus transportation, please call the main office at 919-856-7637.    


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    


Walkers: If your child will be walking home from school, they will have a tag on their bookbag that will indicate this is their primary afternoon transportation method. You will also receive a "Parent Pass." Please make sure you bring your parent pass with you every day when picking up your child as this acts as an identification method for securely picking up your child. If you would like to grant your 4th or 5th grade child permission to walk home alone, please email Ms. Gabriel Chidester at 


Yearbook Orders: Given the unusual nature of this school year, we have ordered a drastically reduced number of extra yearbooks. This means that if you don’t place an order now, there might not be any extra yearbooks to purchase later. Please visit to place your yearbook order today! For questions, please email the Yearbook Committee at 






Gabriel Chidester, Principal    




Important Dates to Remember   


  • Monday, March 1- All PreK - 3rd grade students, Regional Programs, and Cohort 1 4th and 5th graders return to campus for in-person learning; CONNmUNITY Read Aloud Night at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 3- Remote Learning/Asynchronous Day  
  • Friday, March 12- Teacher Workday 
  • Wednesday, March 24- Remote Learning/Asynchronous Day 
  • Thursday, March 25- End of 3rd Quarter  
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2- Spring Break 
  • Monday, April 5- Calendar Out Day 
  • Tuesday, April 6- Teacher Workday