February 21 Weekly Message
What will this week of school look like:
Pre-K through Grade 3 and Special Education Regional Programs students who are not enrolled in the Virtual Academy will continue daily in-person instruction.
Students in Grades 4 and 5 who are not enrolled in the Virtual Academy and assigned to Cohort 3 will attend in-person this week.
On Tuesday, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will conduct a Virtual General Meeting for families at 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, February 24, is a Remote Learning Day for all Traditional Calendar Students.
The deadline to submit meal benefits applications for families is Friday, February 26.
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.
The Positivity Focus for this week is Cheering Others’ Success.
Changes to Traditional School Calendar: March 10 and 11 have been changed to in-person learning days for Cohort 2 on the traditional calendar. March 3 and March 24 have been changed to asynchronous remote learning days for traditional calendar students. Visit https://www.wcpss.net/Page/46655 for a list of the remaining asynchronous learning days for students.
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.
Black History Month: Black History is a central part of American History. Teachers, classrooms, students and families can explore Black History as part of their work reading great books, studying the past, and examining the arts all year long. Resources for this work can be found online in the collections of the Library of Congress. Visit this link at the Library of Congress for more details.
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.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will use free and reduced lunch data to determine the families who can 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 for P-EBT funds for your family.
Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Test Request Window: The request window for families to request that their child be tested for possible single subject acceleration during the 2021-2022 school year is open from February 22-March 22. Parents should contact Erin Bloomer, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. See the video at this link for more information.
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.
Technology Support: Contact the Wake County Public School Help Desk at 919-694-8100 or send an online requests at studenttechhelp.wcpss.net.
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 24: Asynchronous Learning Day
March 3: Asynchronous Learning Day
March 12: Teacher Workday
March 24: Asynchronous Learning Day
March 29 – April 2: Spring Break
Burt Batten, Principal