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Ms. Chidester's Weekly Message: 05/28/21


Dear Conn Magnet Elementary School Families,   


Family Engagement: We want to hear from you! The WCPSS Title I office and Conn Magnet Elementary School are asking for your feedback to help our school improve. Click here to take this short, anonymous online survey by June 11 to share your input! 


Big Idea Week 2021: We are thrilled to announce that our CONNtrepreneurs will be wrapping up their 2020-2021 school year by participating in our annual Big Idea Week competition. This event has become a special Entrepreneurial Design tradition! Students will be active problem-solvers as they utilize our IDEAS Design Thinking Cycle to discover their big ideas. June 1 – 8, students will be forming unique solutions by developing a realistic product or service. Students will explore what makes a great product or business name and how to design a captivating logo. They will also have the opportunity to experience sharing, reflecting, and improving their ideas by creatively pitching their ideas to an audience. We look forward to all the innovation that is ahead for our little thinkers and their big ideas! 


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EL Texts for 2nd - 5th Grade Families: If you have not yet returned the texts students read during Literacy instruction this year, we need them back so they can be used again next year. See this link for titles and pictures of the covers of the text that need to be returned at each grade level. There will be bins at each of the Community Event sites on May 26 as well as a bin outside the school door where books can be returned.   


5th Grade Promotion Parade: We are thrilled to share that we will be celebrating our Conn 5th graders with a drive-thru promotion parade on Thursday, June 10. If your child is a current Conn 5th grader, we invite you to come by Conn between 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. You will begin your drive-thru route by driving through the carpool loop and then ending at our bus loop. Our staff will be there to celebrate your rising middle schooler. Students will collect goodies along the route. Thank you, Conn parents and PTA, for your support of this celebratory event! 




Before/After School Care Interest Survey: Please complete this Google Form in order to express your desired interest in a possible before/after school care offered at Conn for the 2021-2022 school year.  


Yearbook Orders: We are entering the homestretch of the school year! If you are interested in ordering the 2020-2021 school yearbook, please visit to place your order today. More information regarding yearbook distribution for both In-person and Virtual Academy students will be shared soon. In the meantime, please email the Yearbook Committee at with any questions. 






Gabriel Chidester, Principal    



Important Dates to Remember   


  • Monday, May 31- Holiday 
  • Wednesday, June 2- 5th Grade Science EOG 
  • Thursday, June 10- Last Day of School and 5th Grade Promotion Parade 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, June 11- Teacher Workday