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Our new spirit wear is all about being comfy and cozy while we learn from home. Think flannels for PJ day (every day?), soft-spun and regular tees, plush hoodies and fleece blankies to curl up with in front of your next Google Meet.
We also have some loved classics like car magnets and our popular Douglas trucker hat.
We cannot wait to see everyone in their new spirit wear, which is available now for preorder! Items will be distributed at September’s school material pickup event — stay tuned for exact dates from the school.
This year, the early bird award goes to Sam Hershey! He was the very first parent to join the PTA this summer, before school even started. Here’s what he had to say about why the PTA is so important to him:
“We are very excited to be a part of the Douglas community/PTA. We are big supporters of public education, and we understand the important role our son’s teachers and the administrators at Douglas will play in his growth as a person. It’s important to us that they know how much we appreciate them. We also appreciate the many parents before us who have contributed countless hours to make Douglas a great school. Now it’s our turn to step up and continue the tradition.”
Why, thank you Sam! Please follow Sam’s lead and join online today!
Changes to federal food program rules may affect food distribution. It’s important that families fill out the WCPSS free and reduced lunch application no matter where we are currently learning. Please note that last year’s qualifications expire 30 days after the first day of school and this form must be filled out annually. Details here: https://www.wcpss.net/meals
With school now underway, many working parents are facing the added stress of finding a safe place for their children during the day that can also support their remote learning. The good news is that there is ample licensed child care available across the state, and there are a number of organizations helping families access it.
In partnership with Child Care Resources and Referral, the NC Department of Health and Human Services created a free hotline to connect families to licensed care for their school-age children. Families can call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685. DHHS also published a guide for parents on What to Know When Looking for School-Age Child Care.
The Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative is a community effort to help address the childcare needs facing our community during remote learning. There are providers currently offering childcare at below-market rates who have the capacity to enroll more children. Scholarships and subsidies are available on a case-by-case basis. Please visit www.wakefast.org for more information.
In this issue, you’ll meet our awesome school counselors, get resources for food and tips for stress and anxiety, and learn about some fun volunteer opportunities — plus lots more, including a video greeting from our Dragon-in-Chief, Principal Burns. Happy reading!