February 14 Weekly Message
What will this week of school look like:
Students will not have classes on either Monday, February 15, or Tuesday, February 16.
Classes resume on Wednesday, February 17.
Pre-K through Grade 3 and Special Education Regional Programs students who are not enrolled in the Virtual Academy will return to daily in-person instruction beginning February 17.
Students in Grades 4 and 5 who are not enrolled in the Virtual Academy will return in cohort rotations beginning with Cohort 2 on February 17, 18, and 19.
A calendar showing the cohort rotation weeks for students in Grades 4 and 5 who are not enrolled in the Virtual Academy is posted at this link by WCPSS.
On Thursday and Friday of this week 5th Grades students will participate in a special Artist in Residency virtual experience sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Interim reports about your child’s academic progress for Quarter 3 will be sent home by Friday.
The Positivity Focus for this week is Humilty.
Documents for In-Person Learning: If your child will return to school for in-person learning you must complete both of these forms, if you have not done so already:
- Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols form. Click this link.
- Bus Attestation form at this link.
Families who speak Spanish click here for information describing the return to in-person learning for students.
Stay Home When You are Sick
It’s critical that students who are sick or not feeling well stay home. If a student begins to not feel well, shows signs of illness, or becomes sick during the day, they must immediately tell their teacher. The school will contact the child’s family so that a family member can pick them up immediately.
Students are required to stay home if:
- They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, until they meet criteria for return.
- They have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, until they meet criteria for return.
- They have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.
- Another student or WCPSS employee living in the same house is experiencing a symptom of illness.
Please see wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for the requirements in order to return to school or work.
Meal Benefits, Free & Reduced Lunch Forms: Be sure to complete the 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Price Meal Application by February 26. Information for Meal Benefits can be found at www.wcpss.net/Page/1849. Apply online at MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications can be requested by calling 919-588-3535 or 919-856-2920.
Families should consider applying for meal benefits. For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, the school receives federal funds that benefit the students at the school. These funds provide additional teachers. And this means more services for students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will begin collecting free and reduced lunch data from us to determine the families that will receive Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) that will be issued in the coming months. The P-EBT program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced priced meals at school has been impacted by COVID-19. If you do not apply and qualify for meal benefits, you will miss the opportunity to receive direct P-EBT funds for your family.
Black History Month: The theme for the 2021 Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. Each year a theme for Black History Month is created by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organization founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the famed African American historian known as the “Father of Black History.”
Chinese New Year: The Chinese New Year marks the first day in the lunar calendar, which begins the day after the first new moon appears between January 21 and February 20. This year the New Year started on Friday, February 12. The celebrations usually start on the evening preceding the first day of the new year (February 11), and run until the fifteenth day (February 26), when lantern festivals traditionally take place. The lunar new year is also celebrated in many other countries which either use the lunar calendar or have large Chinese or Chinese-speaking populations. This includes Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and the Philippines, along with Chinese communities in almost every other country in the world. Each new year is recognized with one of the 12 animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. This year is the Year of the Ox, which symbolizes strength and determination.
Technology Support: Families, we are aware that there are issues some chromebooks are having with playing videos. Google Chrome often updates their software and suggests you update the browser often. Linked here are some suggestions that could help support your technology. If you continue to have issues you may want to contact the Wake County Public School Help Desk at 919-694-8100 or send an online requests at studenttechhelp.wcpss.net.
Parks and Recreation Before-School and After-School Programs: Raleigh Parks and Recreation is excited to offer a Before School Program at Pleasant Grove. Visit https://raleighnc.gov/SupportPages/school-x-press for registration information. The program cap will be 24 participants. Additional details about the start date for the program can be found at https://raleighnc.gov/SupportPages/after-school-x-press
Upcoming Picture Days: Pleasant Grove will have a Picture Day for all students who are registered for In-Person Learning on March 2. A Make-Up Picture Day for students will be held on March 19. On March 19, between 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, the school will have Make-Up Picture times available for students who are enrolled in the Virtual Academy on a sign up basis. Virtual Academy families should use this link to sign up for a make-up picture time for their child.
PGES Staff Shout-Out: Is there a PGES Staff Member who you feel is doing a great job you’re your child? Is there a teacher you want to acknowledge or share positive feedback about? Visit http://bit.ly/pgesshoutout and let us know!
Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, information about closing or delay of school is available at www.wcpss.net, local television, and on the radio. During the 2020-2021 school year, an asynchronous learning day will be used when the weather prevents students from having in-person classes. No make-up day will be required. Families will continue to receive an email and text message from WCPSS when the school day is modified due to inclement weather.
Click this link to visit the PGES Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Website
Triangle Camps, Track Outs, and More: Details about summer camps and resources available to families during the summer. Read more here.
Upcoming Calendar Dates
February 15: No School
February 16: No School – Teacher Workday
February 17: In-Person Classes resume PK-3 and Grades 4 & 5 Cohort 2
February 24: Asynchronous Learning Day
March 10: Asynchronous Learning Day
March 11: Asynchronous Learning Day
March 12: Teacher Workday
March 29 – April 2: Spring Break
Burt Batten, Principal