Principal Message Week of September 4, 2022
Good afternoon Davis Drive Elementary students and staff,
What a great week this has been! Having students back in the building fills our halls and classrooms with the joyful sounds and sights of learning. Thank you for your patience as we navigate some new arrival/dismissal protocols. As the week has gone on, dismissal has been going faster each day but please remember that Kindergarten students will be starting regularly on Tuesday, so we may slow down for a bit as they learn all about school and how to navigate around. Please see below for some minor tweaks to dismissal.
Please see the maps on the Carpool Information sheet for the changes in traffic flow through the back parking lot in the morning and afternoon. All transportation information sheets are posted on the DDES website in the Parent > Transportation tab. The only entry to afternoon carpool is from Collins Road.
While maintaining a focus on safety, processes have been adjusted for efficiency and are updated on the Walker Information sheet also posted on the DDES website. Please make sure to remain on sidewalks when entering/exiting campus. Do not cut across the parking lot or grass.
Please submit the Walker Siblings Google Form if your children are to be paired before being scanned and released
Please submit the 3-5 Walker Google Form to verify if your child has your permission to leave campus unaccompanied after scanning or if you would like them to be paired directly with you. If your grade 3-5 student has been entered in the Walker Sibling form you do not need to also submit this form.
These forms will be processed by Friday, September 9th and indicators will be placed on your child’s backpack tag.
Volunteer & Chaperone Information:
The Front Office Staff is working to create lists of cleared volunteers and chaperones for your child's classroom. Are you interested in volunteering or chaperoning in your child's classroom this year? If yes - please review and complete this form If you have questions about this process, please contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCPSS staff members cannot serve as crossing guards:
As many of you know we have had a staff member act as a crossing guard on Collins Road near the RR tracks. We have been informed that schools cannot place a staff member in the position of attempting to control vehicles or pedestrians in a public street or crosswalk. We can only direct traffic and pedestrians once they are on our property. Also, per NC law, the district is unable to hire crossing guards to direct traffic and pedestrians on a public right of way. Please know we are doing all we can to keep students, staff, and families safe on our campus.
Depending on lunch time for grade levels, your child may have snack time during the day. We ask that parents provide a healthy snack and water for their students. If you need help providing a snack for your student or wish to donate snacks to help other students, please contact the counselors.
Andrea Coucoulas Knight (Grade K, 2, 4): email@example.com or 919-387-2130 ext. 21985
Paige Everson (Grades 1, 3, 5): firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-387-2130 ext. 21988
PTA News - Week of September 4th
Join us at a Virtual Information Session to learn how the PTA helps our School Community Thrive!
Volunteer Opportunities: School Beautification is September 10th. Click here to sign up! More immediate needs and opportunities include: Composting, Media Center, The Great Dolphin Clean Out & Grade Level Socials. Visit the Volunteer Page to learn more and start the registration process.
Spirit Wear & Swag - online ordering will resume on September 12th.
Stock the Staff Lounge! You may have heard that this summer, under Project TLC, the PTA transformed the Teachers Lounge! It is a restful, quiet, and cozy oasis for them to catch a break during their busy days. We have stocked it with some snacks and beverages, and could use the help of our parent community to help keep these available for our staff throughout the year! View the sign up here.