Carpool Tag and Q2 Supply Pick-Up

Come by the school on Friday, Oct. 23, to pick up supplies for the second quarter. Also, there are two times available if you need to pick up a carpool tag or drop off medication.

Here’s the schedule:

9-10:30 OR 2-3 – Plan B carpool tag pick-up, medication drop-off
10:30-11 – Kindergarten Virtual Academy (VA) supply pick-up
11:15-11:45 – 1st Grade VA supply pick-up
12-12:30 – 2nd Grade VA supply pick-up
12:45-1:15 – 3rd Grade VA supply pick-up
1:30-2 – ALL 4th Grade supply pick-up
2:15-2:45 – ALL 5th Grade supply pick-up

A Message from Principal Burns Re: Plan B Return to School 10.15.20

Good morning, Plan B Families!  We are excited to begin welcoming students back to campus soon!  We have been working tirelessly to create a safe plan for all students and staff.  Below you will find a link to a folder with important reopening information that I urge you to read carefully.  When you open this folder, you will have access to information about Arrival & Dismissal, Day to Day Guidelines, Before & After School Care, Symptom Screening Procedure, When Your Child Can Return to School After Illness, Learning Schedules; and, a school map.  

We will hold a question and answer session on Monday, October 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via the following Google Meet link: meet.google.com/afx-edfk-tjj.  We will also be issuing carpool numbers to families and collecting medication on Friday, October 23, from 9:00-10:30 & 2:00-3:00 via the bus loop (parking lot to the right of the school).  

¡Buenos días, familias de Plan B! ¡Estamos emocionados de comenzar a dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes al campus pronto! Hemos estado trabajando incansablemente para crear un plan seguro para todos los estudiantes y el personal. A continuación encontrará un enlace a una carpeta con información importante sobre la reapertura que le recomiendo que lea atentamente. Cuando abra esta carpeta, tendrá acceso a información sobre llegada y salida, pautas del día a día, cuidado antes y después de la escuela, procedimiento de detección de síntomas, cuándo su hijo puede regresar a la escuela después de una enfermedad, horarios de aprendizaje; y un mapa escolar.

Realizaremos una sesión de preguntas y respuestas el lunes 16 de octubre, a partir de las 6:00 p.m. a las 6:30 p.m. a través del siguiente enlace de Google Meet: meet.google.com/afx-edfk-tjj.  También daremos números de carpool a las familias y recolectaremos medicamentos el viernes 23 de octubre de 9: 00-10: 30 y 2: 00-3: 00 a través del circuito de autobús (estacionamiento a la derecha de la escuela).

Virtually Unstoppable,

Derek H. Burns

Important Updates: Food Distribution and Child Care

Food Distribution

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

Child Care

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.

Please visit Digital Dragons – Douglas Teachers Read

Good morning Dragon families! In the coming days we will be sharing some read-alouds from staff. They will be reading books relative to diversity, equality, and civil rights. We invite your families to come together to listen to our staff members share these stories. We hope that these will provide an opportunity for education, conversation and comfort for our school community.

Love,

Your Douglas PTA

Supporting Student Success

teacher and two elementary school students

As part of the PTA’s plan to increase family engagement this year, we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program.  After receiving parent survey responses this fall, we have been provided with a “roadmap to excellence” to help us improve in areas where we are potentially falling short. With that in mind, we will be sharing a short item with you throughout the next few months that we hope you will find useful.  

This month’s topic is Supporting Student Success.

Empowering families to support their own and other children’s success in school is powerful. It is important for parents to be prepared to monitor their children’s progress and guide them as they advance through elementary, middle and high school graduation; postsecondary education; and into a career.

The National PTA has published grade-specific guides that parents can review to see what their students will be learning at each grade level. These provide “clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.”

They are all available in English and Spanish at this link:  https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/Parents-Guides-to-Student-Success

We hope you’ll be able to check them out and learn a little more about what your children are learning at Douglas!