2021-2022 Archive

McDougle Day at Grata Cafe!

When: Wednesday 11/24 7am-9pm (because who wants to cook the day before Thanksgiving?!)

Where: 200 N. Greensboro St - Suite B12 (in Carr Mill), Carrboro, North Carolina, 27510

Website: https://www.gratacafe.com/

This recently opened local business has generously offered to donate 20% of food sales to support activities at MES! When you place your order, remember to say that you are there from McDougle Elementary School (take-out or dine-in; not applicable to 3rd party app orders). Thank you Grata Cafe!

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By...,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the MES front desk or download it using the links below and return it either to your classroom teacher or directly to Brandie Ehrmann by November 15, 2021 with your entry. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. Don’t forget the NCPTA virtual art gallery!

Entry Form Official Rules Student Packet

Families Helping Families/Families Que Ayudan a las Familias

MES FHF is an easy way to participate in the MES community and provides opportunities to help in a variety of ways, which in turn, enriches all of our lives. Check out the web page and sign up today! More information about Families Helping Families is found here.

MES FHF es una forma fácil de participar en la comunidad MES y ofrece oportunidades para ayudar en una variedad de formas, que a su vez, enriquece todas nuestras vidas. ¡Vea nuestra página web y regístrese hoy mismo! Puede encontrar más información sobre Familias que ayudan a familias aquí.

November PTA General Business Meeting

We hope you will join us at our November 9th MES PTA general business meeting at 7 pm (virtual only). Topics to be discussed include updates on the MES Campus Beautification Committee, the Winter Book Fair, the PTA annual fundraiser Raise Craze, and open discussion. We look forward to seeing you!


Please join the MES SIT on Monday November 8, 2021 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at meet.google.com/kkf-xqfz-rsu. Minutes from the October SIT meeting are viewable here. The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are also available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.

MES Directory 2021-2022/ Directorio de MES 2021-2022

MES Directory Opt In Form (2021-2022 school year). You may choose what is included in the directory. Please submit your response by noon on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Formulario de suscripción al directorio de MES (año escolar 2021-2022). Puede elegir lo que se incluye en el directorio. Envíe su respuesta antes de 12:00 pm del viernes 5 de noviembre de 2021.

Celebrate National Principals Month!

October is National Principals Month! Help us show Ms. Howard how much we appreciate her, and all she does for McDougle Elementary School! You can send Ms. Howard an e-card and have your scholar record a video (using the password "McDougle") on Flipgrid.

Disability Awareness Month

In 2007, Senate Bill 753 declared October as Disability History and Awareness Month. The bill acknowledged that during our lifetimes, each of us is likely to come into contact with someone who has a disability or we, as individuals, may become disabled ourselves. The bill was intended to "increase public awareness and respect for people with disabilities who comprise a substantial percentage of North Carolina's population, teach future generations that people with disabilities have a rich history and have made valuable contributions throughout North Carolina and the United States, and ensure future generations understand that disability is a natural part of life and that people with disabilities have a right to be treated as individuals above all else..." In fact, it is reported that in North Carolina alone there were 2,521,022 adults with disabilities out of a total population of 10,439,388 (U.S. Census Bureau 2020). In the 2018-2019 school year, there were over 203,000 students with disabilities in the public schools in North Carolina, which is almost 14% of the NC public school student population.

Make sure to follow along every week in October for more facts and resources about increasing access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities:

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!/ ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

We will be posting Dolphin created work celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the upcoming weeks. For virtual events and more information celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the resources available at https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ . CHCCS has also created a site celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Publicaremos el trabajo creado por los Delfines para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Hispana en las próximas semanas. Para eventos virtuales y más información sobre la celebración del Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, consulte los recursos disponibles en https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ . CHCCS también ha creado un sitio que celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana.

Hispanic Heritage Month Student and Staff Parade

September the 15th through October the 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. It is our desire to welcome all students and teachers, to be part of an outdoor parade that will take place on October the 15th. Students may wear their parade outfits to school on October 15th or they may bring their clothes to school and change before the parade. Students may also decide to make a poster of the Spanish speaking country of their choice and march in the parade as well. The parade will follow all COVID protocols. This event is for staff and students only. The event will be recorded so that we can share it with all of our families afterwards.

If your child wants to be a participant in the parade, please email Alicia Donovan at adonovan@chccs.k12.nc.us. Please include your child's first and last name, grade level, teacher name and country that will be showcased in the parade. Ms. Donovan will make sure that your child has all the information needed for the parade. We look forward to celebrating and acknowledging Hispanic Heritage Month in this fun way.

October PTA Meeting

Please join the MES PTA tonight, Tuesday October 12, 2021 from 7-8 pm! The agenda for tonight's meeting is linked here. The meeting is virtual, and all information for logging in is below. We hope you can join us!


Please join the MES SIT tonight, on October 11, 2021 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at https://meet.google.com/nde-dmnn-hrs or dialing +1 518-797-6193‬ PIN: ‪999 626 637‬#. The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are also available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.


Please vote for parent reps for the MES SIT by Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Room Parent Sign Up

Interested in volunteering as a Room Parent this year? Please sign up and we’ll be in touch with more details. Thank you in advance for giving your time (and thanks again to those who have already volunteered)!!

Fall Photo Fundraiser, September 26, 2021

This is not your typical school photo fundraiser! Come join fellow Dolphin Danell Beede of Danell Beede Photography for a 10 minute fine art portrait session. The cost of $25 includes the 10 minute session and a gallery of a dozen edited images. Prints and digital images are available for purchase separately. Multiple children are welcome in one session.

100% of the session fee proceeds supports the MES PTA!

You can sign up for a session at www.dbeede.com/fundraising/mes

McDougle Elementary School Picture Day

A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at MES on 9/9/2021 to photograph your Dolphin(s)!

This link will allow you to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child(ren)'s school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, please be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.


MES will have a virtual Open House on September 1st from 6:00pm-7:10pm. There will be two sessions for each grade level in English and in Spanish. Please use the links in the flyer to choose which session you will attend. You only need to attend one grade level session; other open house opportunities include Gifted Education, Specials, Special Education, and meeting Support Staff.

August General Business Meeting

Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm, Google Meet Only

All are welcome to attend! Agenda items include the introduction of the 2021-2022 MES PTA Board, approval of the 2021-2022 budget, discussion of community building initiatives, and time for open discussion.

The agenda for tonight's meeting is available here.

To join the video meeting, click this link: meet.google.com/hpj-pcxe-gdm

To join by phone instead, dial (US) +1 843-790-3306 and enter this PIN: 200 722 736#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/hpj-pcxe-gdm?pin=5040968797973

Outdoor Meals: Urgent Help Needed

Dear MES Families,

Eating school meals outdoors is an important way we can help to keep students and teachers healthy and in school. Our District's COVID safety plan says classes should eat outdoors whenever possible.

Please help us make outdoor meals safe and comfortable for all Dolphin students from the first day of school, August 23, 2021. There are several ways to contribute:

  • Contribute supplies via our Amazon Smile wishlist (https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1CCKEQO7DHFTK), which was created based on input from Principal Howard, teachers and staff. Donations will automatically be mailed directly to the school; you will not need to put in an address.

  • Lend items you may already have at home (most needed: canopy weights or sandbags, stakes) until additional supplies are provided by the District. It is not necessary to use the Amazon list to contribute - all donations are welcome, and may be dropped off at MES Monday-Friday, 8/23-8/27, from 8-3. If you would like to lend or donate a picnic table, please contact MES parent Andrew Nenque (andrew@nenque.com) to coordinate.

  • Donate to support our Outdoor Meals Initiative. You can donate via the McDougle Elementary PTA PayPal site. If you are interested in donating, please contact Jennifer Soliman, PTA President at president@mesptanc.org with any questions.

  • Help set up picnic tables and reinforce tents at a community workday taking place at MES on Saturday, 8/28 at 9 a.m. Please contact Andrew (andrew@nenque.com) for more information on the workday.

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

McDougle Parents

Dear Dolphin Families: Welcome Back! We hope you are enjoying the last days of summer vacation!

The first day for students in grades 1-5 is Monday, August 23rd. School hours are from 7:50am-2:35pm. Students may start arriving to school at 7:30am. MES students will continue to enter the school building like we did this past spring. Signs will be posted at the front of the school. Students will be dismissed from the front of the building. Information about dismissal location (by grade level) and car tags is being coordinated. Masks will be required.

Kindergarten parents should have received separate communication about the start of the school year for incoming kindergarteners. If for some reason you have not received that communication, this letter contains everything that you need to know.

This year, Open House will be held virtually on September 1st from 6pm-8pm. Please stay tuned for more information.

Greetings CHCCS Staff and Families,

August 23 is right around the corner, and there are still many questions needing to be answered. We have compiled this document in an attempt to provide pertinent information in accordance with current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We realize the guidance can, and likely will, change at some point, and we will stay in communication with you as adjustments are made.

To help us know what kind of information would be helpful to you, please take a moment to complete this very short form. Essentially, it asks one question: What information can we provide that will be helpful for your family? While answering every individual question is not feasible, we can certainly look for trends and devote our time to tracking down those answers for future communications.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jeff Nash

Office of Community Relations


Instruction/Remote Learning

  • Our schools will operate on a full-time schedule (5 days per week), implementing in-person instruction using collaborative, experiential, personalized and interactive instructional strategies.

  • We have a Virtual Learning Academy for high school students, grades 9-12. The enrollment period has been extended to August 25, 2021, for high school students who are interested in this option. Any high school students wishing to learn more should contact our Virtual Leadership Academy Administrator’s email: ksmoots@chccs.k12.nc.us.

  • Our plan is to expand our Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) to support students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Although this is not feasible implementation this school year, we are exploring ways to meet the unique needs of our students, PK-12.

  • If a cluster (more than two) of students are out of school due to quarantine, (as determined by OCHD and CHCCS), remote instruction and/or alternative learning arrangements will be provided, which means teachers may have to temporarily shift to hybrid instruction. This year, hybrid instruction will mean using our new poly cams to provide students access to instruction so that students who have to be quarantined can remain at home and benefit from instruction continuing in their classroom. Alternative learning arrangements will be determined on a case by case basis and may look different in classrooms and schools across the district.

  • If a student (K-12) who attends school in-person is absent (unrelated to COVID-19), that student will follow the normal school policies for retrieving school work (Board Policy 4400).

  • For students who cannot return to school due to compromised immune systems, and depending on the situation, parents/caretakers may want to consider homebound instruction.

  • Devices should be taken home daily to ensure preparation to the maximum extent possible for potential closures. In the case of inclement weather, a classroom or school closure, or any other reason that would necessitate the closure of school, it is possible that learning would have to take place remotely on a temporary basis. In that case, we will provide as much notification to staff and families as possible.

Health/Quarantine Protocols

  • Masks will be required both indoors and outdoors for students and staff regardless of vaccination status (unless documented medical need, behavioral condition or disability warrants an exemption). We understand the importance of masking and teachers will provide physically distanced mask breaks outside as needed.

  • We will continue practicing physical distancing to the greatest extent possible for students and staff.

  • Staff and students should self-screen each day before coming to work/school. If in doubt, contact the school before leaving your house.

  • CHCCS will continue collaborating with Orange County Health Department (OCHD) for contact tracing and quarantine protocols.

  • All students that have COVID-like symptoms will be moved to a monitored isolation area until they can be assessed by the nurse and picked up by a parent/guardian.

  • Students sent home with COVID-like symptoms will be allowed to return with a negative PCR COVID-19 test or alternative diagnosis from their primary care provider.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts, but are not exhibiting symptoms will not be required to quarantine.

Arrival, Dismissal & Schedules

  • School begins Monday, August 23.

  • Meet the Teacher events, including dates, times and structure, will be communicated by the respective schools.

  • Students arrive and dismiss using procedures set forth by each school.

  • Temperature checks upon arrival are no longer required.

  • The ABC Science Collaborative app ended with the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year. Attestation forms should be filled out quarterly by staff and students and maintained at the school.

  • Staff and students should self-screen each day before coming to work/school. If in doubt, contact the school before leaving your house.

  • The bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year is as follows:

    • Elementary 7:50-2:35

    • Middle 8:25-3:20

    • High 8:55-4:00

  • All buses will have strict assigned seating to support contact tracing. All drivers should be at least six feet from students. Students will be seated 2-3 per seat.

  • Buses will be fully cleaned and disinfected after the morning routes, and at the end of the day, every day.

  • Students and drivers must wear a mask on any CHCCS bus.

Cafeteria/Meal Procedure

  • Masks may be removed while actively eating or drinking.

  • Outdoor eating will be the priority pending weather conditions and supervision and capacity considerations at each school.

  • Additional picnic tables, and in some cases tents, have been ordered to facilitate outdoor eating (and outdoor learning experiences) as much as feasible.

  • Both breakfast and lunch will be free for all students this year. We will be preparing hot meals. Students will go through the lunch line, students should be three feet apart.

Facility Use, Visitors, Volunteers and Field Trips

  • Per the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12), activities that involve bringing together large groups of people or activities that do not allow for physical distancing (assemblies, performances, etc.) are prohibited.

  • Locker and book bag usage will be determined by each school.

  • Facility rentals have resumed on a limited basis, and regular procedures begin September 1.

  • Safety and security drills will resume.

  • Visitors, volunteers and field trips will be prohibited until further notice. These areas will be re-evaluated quarterly.

CHCCS Food Drive August 2-August 6, 2021

Greetings CHCCS Staff and Families,

Feeding our children has been a school district priority since the beginning of the pandemic. As summer comes to a close, food pantries are running low. Please help by dropping off non-perishable foods to the front lobby of any school in the district (or Lincoln Center) during the week of August 2-6. You can drop off your items between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Your donations will benefit four local hunger relief organizations: IFC, Meals on Wheels, PORCH and TABLE.

Here is a list of items that are especially needed:

Cereal, Pasta, Pasta Sauce

Canned Tuna, Rice, Hearty Soup

Peanut Butter, Jelly

Granola Bars, Macaroni & Cheese

Healthy Snacks, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables

Thank you for the way you continually take care of one another, and thank you in advance for contributing. If you have questions, please contact lauram@porchcommunities.org.