2021-2022 Archive

PTA General Business Meeting May 2022

Please join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 7 pm for our final MES PTA general business meeting (virtual only)! We hope you can join us! Topics to discuss include Staff Appreciation Week recap, the PTA and SIT elections, and end of the year celebrations! All are welcome!

Staff Appreciation Week 2022/La Semana de Agradecimiento al Personal

taff Appreciation Week is coming up on May 2nd - 6th. This year we are going to GO BIG for our teachers and staff! It's been 2 years of CRAZINESS and our teachers and staff have been superheroes. They have bravely shown up for our kids every day so we’re going to Knock'Em Out with Gratitude! Throughout the week, we will be doing daily raffle prizes, a super hero breakfast, a taco Tuesday buffet, and more! Photos from Staff Appreciation week are here. On Thursday at 7am, we will show up to cheer for them as they enter the school. There are several ways you can sign up to help. We recognize that everyone’s schedule is different and we appreciate any help you can give.


Questions? Suggestions? Reach out to StaffAppreciation@mesptanc.org

La semana de agradecimiento al personal se acerca del 2 al 6 de mayo. ¡Este año vamos a IR EN GRANDE para nuestros maestros y personal! Han sido 2 años de LOCURA y nuestros maestros y personal han sido superhéroes. Se han mostrado valientemente para nuestros hijos todos los días, ¡así que vamos a Knock'Em Out con gratitud! A lo largo de la semana, haremos rifas diarias de premios, un desayuno de superhéroes, un buffet de martes de tacos, ¡y más! Las fotos de la semana de agradecimiento al personal están aquí. El jueves a las 7 am, nos presentaremos para animarlos cuando entren a la escuela. Hay varias formas en las que puedes registrarte para ayudar. Reconocemos que el horario de cada persona es diferente y apreciamos cualquier ayuda que pueda brindar.

¿Preguntas? ¿Sugerencias? Comuníquese con StaffAppreciation@mesptanc.org

MES 2022 Yearbook Now Available for Order/ Ahora están disponibles los anuarios de MES para el año 2022

The yearbooks books will cost $21 each, and are available to order at https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/Home/Login until April 29th. The yearbooks should be delivered in early June. After you log in with your account, please select School Fees. You will then be able to select available fees, and information about purchasing the yearbook should appear on your screen. You can also pay by sending cash or a check to McDougle Elementary.

Los anuarios costarán $21 cada uno y están disponibles para ordenar en https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/Home/Login hasta el 29 de Abril. Los anuarios deberían ser entregados a principios de Junio. Después de iniciar sesión con su cuenta, seleccione Tarifas escolares. Luego podrá seleccionar las tarifas disponibles y la información sobre la compra del anuario debería aparecer en su pantalla. También pueden realizar los pagos enviando efectivo o un cheque a nombre de McDougle Elementary.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM/ EL EQUIPO DE MEJORAMIENTO ESCOLAR

The School Improvement Team (SIT) is a school committee made up of school administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students for the middle and high schools, who serve as an advisory body to the principal in developing, reviewing, and implementing the School Improvement Plan (SIP). The School Improvement Team is required by NC State Law. The term “parent” refers to a student’s parent or legal guardian. SIT is an organizational body in the school system that is dedicated to improving the educational system and its outcomes through a school specific/local and cooperative framework. Schools are encouraged to advertise SIT openings in forums that will draw the attention of diverse populations.

The School Improvement Team (SIT) typically meets monthly for approximately 1-2 hours. SIT members serve a two-year term. You can be elected to two - consecutive two-year teams (4 years total). The SIT for each school will determine the meeting schedule for each year and the dates are posted on the school website. CHCCS policy 3430, states that at a minimum, schools will have the following suggested representation of parents from grades: Elementary - 2 parent representatives (K-2 and 3-5). MES has multiple openings for parent representatives available for the upcoming academic year term.

The application for the School Improvement Team (SIT) is found at https://forms.gle/pmi1VSp1TqVovaaF7. The deadline for applying for the SIT is MAY 2, 2022 for both electronic and paper submission. For paper applications, this is the date the application must be mailed/postmarked.

If you have questions about this application, please contact Aleza Friedman at communications@mesptanc.org.


El Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar (SIT, por sus siglas en inglés) es un comité escolar compuesto por administradores escolares, maestros, personal, padres de familia y estudiantes (en los equipos de las escuelas de secundaria media y superior), quienes sirven como un cuerpo asesor del director para desarrollar, revisar e implementar el Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar (SIP, por sus siglas en inglés). Los SIT son obligatorios según la ley estatal de Carolina del Norte. El término "padre" se refiere al padre o tutor legal de un estudiante. SIT es un organismo organizativo en el sistema escolar que se dedica a mejorar el sistema educativo y sus resultados a través de un marco cooperativo / local específico de la escuela. Se anima a las escuelas a anunciar las vacantes del SIT en los foros que atraigan la atención de las poblaciones diversas.


Generalmente, el Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar (SIT, por sus siglas en inglés) se reúne mensualmente durante aproximadamente 1 a 2 horas. Los miembros de SIT sirven por un período de dos años. Un padre/ madre/ tutor puede ser elegido para servir en dos periodos consecutivos de dos años (4 años en total). El SIT de cada escuela determinará el calendario de las reuniones para cada año y las fechas se publicarán en el sitio web de la escuela. La política 3430 de CHCCS establece que, como mínimo, las escuelas tendrán la siguiente representación de padres sugerida, según el nivel de grado: Primaria: 2 padres representantes (uno de K-2, y otro de 3-5). MES tiene múltiples vacantes para representantes de padres disponibles para el próximo año académico.


La solicitud para el Equipo de Mejoramiento Escolar (SIT) se encuentra en https://forms.gle/pmi1VSp1TqVovaaF7. La fecha límite para presentar el formulario de solicitud del SIT es el 2 de mayo, 2022. El formulario se puede presentar electrónicamente y en papel. Para las solicitudes en papel, esta es la fecha en que el formulario de solicitud debe enviarse por correo / estampillada.


Si tiene preguntas sobre este formulario de solicitud, por favor comuníquese con Aleza Friedman a communications@mesptanc.org.


Please join us on Monday April 25, 2022 at 7 pm for our next MES PTA general business meeting (virtual only)! We hope you can join us! Topics to discuss include Staff Appreciation Week, upcoming elections for PTA Officers and SIT, and end of the year celebrations! All are welcome!

Staff Lounge Snack Donations


As a part of the staff lounge renovation, the PTA would like to begin a Staff Appreciation program of providing snacks in the lounge to all MES staff members for the remainder of the year (ideally). The success of this program and being able to maintain it will depend on the generosity and support of parents in the MES community. The Staff Appreciation Committee has created an Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3RYF2E8P6FLQQ?ref_=wl_share to provide parents with ideas of what types of snacks staff have enjoyed and love receiving. Parents are not required to purchase items from this list, however. You can choose to purchase items from any of your favorite stores and have them dropped off at the school's front desk. Additional donations that are not included on this list, but are highly appreciated are: fresh fruit and cheese sticks If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brandie.ehrmann@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support of our MES Staff!!!

Family Portrait Sessions!

Danell Beede photography is holding an MES family portrait fundraiser day for MES on April 9th from 9-6 pm. This is separate from the MES school picture day. For information on these minisessions, and to schedule your time slot, please visit https://www.dbeede.com/events/mcdougle-elementary-photo-fundraiser. Danell Beede Photography está organizando un día de recaudación de fondos por medio de retratos familiares para MES el 9 de abril de 9 a 6 pm. Esto es independiente del día de fotografías escolares de MES. Para obtener información sobre estas minisesiones y para programar su horario, visite https://www.dbeede.com/events/mcdougle-elementary-photo-fundraiser

Campaign for Racial Equity - April 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm

The next "Ending School Racism: What Can White Parents Do?" program is this Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00. We'll be focused on School Improvement Teams (SITs). What are they and how can they advance equity? Our program leaders will be Vickie Feaster Fornville (parent representative and co-chair of the McDougle MS SIT) and NaTasja Jeter (Founder of the Black and Brown Student Union at Chapel Hill High School and BBSU representative on the SIT). Ms. Fornville was also a member of the McDougle Elementary School SIT when her daughter attended MES. You may register now for "How Can School Improvement Teams (SITs) Advance Racial Equity?"

Staff Lounge Remodel


In March, a group of parent volunteers took time out of their busy schedules to work on our MES Staff Lounge. The renovation was completed in just one weekend!! We want to take a moment to thank MES parent Elizabeth Benson with Side Kick Designs, https://www.sidekickdesigns.com for all her assistance in making this project quick and easy. Photos from the remodeling efforts are here.

Thank you to Robby, Elizabeth, Heather, Sarah, Jessica, Brandon, Betty, Laura, and Kathleen for all their help this weekend!!! And also the MES and MMS students who joined in on the fun.

Parent Opportunity: NC Department of Public Instruction's New Parent Advisory Council

Superintendent Catherine Truitt is launching a new Parent Advisory Commission to elevate the voice of parents in students’ education. The 48-member advisory board will include six parents or guardians from each of the state’s eight educational regions to ensure diverse geographical participation with the application available for parents today. Members will share their aspirations for public education in the state and discuss challenges it faces, helping to put together recommendations for elected officials and policy makers in North Carolina, while providing direct feedback to Truitt.

The commission’s membership will include parents with students enrolled in traditional public schools, charter schools, as well as homeschool and private schools to ensure broad representation of all school choice options across the state and include diverse feedback. This advisory board of parents will advise, inform, and engage leaders and public policy officials on various aspects of education and student well-being.

Once convened, members will work collaboratively with other parents in their communities to facilitate engagement and ensure that many parent voices are heard.

The composition of the commission includes:

  • 2 traditional public schools

  • 1 charter public school

  • 1 homeschool

  • 1 private school

  • 1 at-large public-school member from the largest county in each region, including: Buncombe, Catawba, Cumberland, Guilford, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Pitt, Wake

“This Commission is focused on giving parents a seat at the table and strengthening parent and family involvement in education,” Truitt said. “Parents play an integral role in encouraging their child to achieve excellence in the classroom.”

Parents from across the state can apply through March 31. Members will serve two-year terms, with the full commission aiming to convene quarterly beginning this summer. The full commission will be composed of regional sub-groups, which will hold monthly meetings conducted both in-person and virtually to accommodate parents’ schedules.

“Data shows us that students with parents who are involved in their education are more likely to achieve academic success and have a more positive attitude towards learning,” Truitt said. “This commission is an important way we can create better outcomes for students, as we are hearing from parents about what’s working and what we can do better. We need to engage families in district and policy-level decisions, and this commission helps that work get underway.”

The application can be found on the Department of Public Instruction’s website or by clicking https://ncdpi.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JTHhYIT5aaDUqi

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

CHCCS will be holding Pre-K and Kindergarten registration event - "Popsicles in the Plaza" on March 19, 2022 at the Food Lion @ Carrboro Plaza,104 NC-54 Unit A, Carrboro, NC 27510 from 11:30-2:30. There will be chalk drawing, face-painting, Buster the Bus, and other activities!

Campus Beautification Meet-Up on March 20, 2022

All are welcome to the next MES Campus Beautification committee (Gardens & Grounds) event on Sunday, March 20th from 1pm to 4pm. Sign-up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A48A5AA2BA2F58-mcdougle .

Do you use a compost service? Now is a great time to donate your compost to MES. If you have compost to donate please contact Heather Kennealy at hskennealy@gmail.com. We will use it!!

For more information on meeting goals and needed supplies, see https://www.mesptanc.org/programs-and-events/gardens-and-grounds. We look forward to seeing you!

Staff Appreciation Committee Updates

The PTA is in the beginning stages of planning for Staff Appreciation Week. We are seeking volunteers to help with organizing the agenda for that week and helping to execute the events we hope to hold. If you are interested in helping out, please email Brandie Ehrmann at brandie.ehrmann@gmail.com. A committee meeting (virtual) will likely take place in early to mid March.

The MES PTA Board is looking for 6-8 volunteers to assist in the cleanout of the current teacher lounge area. There are some items that require HEAVY lifting, so a mixture of people with cleaning skills, organizational skills, and physical strength is essential to making this a success. The current dates for this event are March 12th and 13th. The initial goal on the 12th is to work for a minimum of 4 hours beginning at 9 am on Saturday and see how efficiently the crew is able to empty the space. We aim to clear the current lounge area and then clean the space and prep for painting. On Sunday March 13th from 1-5 pm, we will finish emptying and prepping the room, as well as begin to re-paint the space and prepare it for the new furniture additions and decor. The Staff Appreciation Committee is targeting the completion of this renovation by the first week in May (Staff Appreciation Week), so getting off to a strong start this particular weekend in March is essential to meeting this goal. If you are able to help (even if for a couple of hours during these windows on this weekend), we ask that you sign up using this link to let the Committee know. We appreciate you volunteering your time and energy in order to make this a successful project for the Spring of 2022.


La Junta de la PTA de MES está buscando de 6 a 8 voluntarios para ayudar en la limpieza del área actual de la sala de maestros. Hay algunos artículos que requieren un levantamiento PESADO, por lo que una combinación de personas con habilidades de limpieza, habilidades de organización y fuerza física es esencial para que esto sea un éxito. Las fechas actuales para este evento son el 12 y 13 de marzo. El objetivo inicial del día 12 es trabajar durante un mínimo de 4 horas a partir de las 9 am del sábado y ver qué tan eficientemente la tripulación puede vaciar el espacio. Nuestro objetivo es despejar el área del salón actual y luego limpiar el espacio y prepararlo para pintar. El domingo 13 de marzo de 1 a 5 p. m., terminaremos de desocupar, preparar la habitación. También comenzaremos a pintar el espacio y lo prepararemos para la decoración y los muebles nuevos. El Comité de Agradecimiento al Personal tiene como objetivo completar esta renovación para la primera semana de mayo (Semana de Agradecimiento al Personal), por lo que tener un buen comienzo este fin de semana particular de marzo es esencial para alcanzar este objetivo. Si puede ayudar (aunque sea por un par de horas durante estas ventanas de este fin de semana), le pedimos que se registre utilizando este enlace para informar al Comité. Agradecemos su tiempo y energía voluntarios para hacer de este un proyecto exitoso para la primavera de 2022.

2022-2023 MES PTA Executive Board

Building a strong community takes the whole community. The MES PTA Nominating Committee is responsible for finding nominees for the Officers for the Executive Board of the 2022-2023 McDougle Elementary School PTA. We are looking for people to join the McDougle Elementary PTA in leadership roles for the 2022-2023 school year. According to our bylaws, these elected positions include: President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary.


Additional board seats include up to three Members at Large, Advocacy Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Communications Chair, and Nominations Committee Chair. Additional board positions are available for teachers and staff members.


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of the 2022-2023 MES PTA Board, please contact any board member by email or by submitting the google form by March 4, 2022. Together we can make a difference!


Construir una comunidad fuerte requiere de toda la comunidad. El Comité de Nominaciones de la PTA de MES es responsable de encontrar candidatos para los funcionarios de la Junta Ejecutiva de la PTA de la Escuela Primaria McDougle 2022-2023. Estamos buscando personas para unirse a la PTA de McDougle Elementary en roles de liderazgo para el año escolar 2022-2023. De acuerdo con nuestros estatutos, estos cargos electos incluyen: Presidente, Vicepresidente, Segundo vicepresidente, Tercer vicepresidente, Tesorero, Secretario


Los puestos adicionales en la junta incluyen hasta tres miembros en general, presidente del comité de apoyo, presidente del comité de auditoría, presidente de comunicaciones y presidente del comité de nominaciones. Posiciones adicionales en la junta están disponibles para maestros y miembros del personal.


Si usted está interesado en obtener más información sobre cómo convertirse en miembro de la Junta de la PTA de MES 2022-2023, comuníquese con cualquier miembro de la junta por correo electrónico o completando el formulario de Google antes del 4 de marzo de 2022. ¡Juntos podemos marcar la diferencia!

MES PTA FEBRUARY MEETING TONIGHT

Please join us on February 8, 2022 at 7 pm for our next MES PTA general business meeting (virtual only)! We hope you can join us! All are welcome! Topics to discuss include beautification of the school grounds, staff appreciation week, and nominations to the 2022-2023 MES PTA Board! We hope to see you there!

The Public School Foundation 2021-22 Teaching Chairs

Nominations open Jan 1-31, 2022

The Public School Foundation Teaching Chair nomination process is now underway until January 31, 2022. Honor an outstanding teacher by nominating them for this prestigious award and cash prize. The following six PSF Teaching Chairs will be awarded this spring.

  • The Sockwell Chair for excellence in teaching elementary grades (preK-2);

  • The GSK Chair for excellence in teaching middle school math or science;

  • The Bernadine Sullivan Chair for excellence in teaching high school English or Social Studies;

  • The Mary Andrews Chair for excellence in teaching literacy;

  • The Kim Hoke Chair for excellence in teaching exceptional children; and

  • The Zora Rashkis Chair for promising new elementary teacher (preK-5).

Eligible nominees must have three years teaching experience in CHCCS with the exception of the Zora Rashkis Chair for a promising new teacher.

Learn more about the awards and nominate a teacher today on the PSF website.

MES PTA General Business Meeting January 2022

Please join us for our first PTA (virtual only) meeting of 2022 on January 11, 2022 at 7 pm. To join the video meeting, click this link: meet.google.com/hpj-pcxe-gdm. We hope you can join us!

MES SIT January Meeting

Please join the MES SIT on Monday January 10, 2022 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at https://meet.google.com/knu-usdu-qyv?hs=224. The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.

Winter Holiday Celebration for MES Teachers and Staff

As 2021 draws to a close the MES PTA would like to take a moment to thank all MES Staff with a luncheon on Thursday December 16, 2021. We are seeking contributions from the MES community to make this a successful event. The luncheon will feature soups and baked potatoes. There is a sign up form available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4BAFA72EA1FF2-teacher1 for you to contribute your family's favorite recipe or supplies. In order to make this event successful, we need numerous contributions, so please review the sign up and let us know how you can donate. If you want to contribute in a way outside of what is listed on the form, please reach out to our Staff Appreciation Chair, Brandie Ehrmann at brandie.ehrmann@gmail.com. We are also seeking volunteers to assist with set up and clean up before, during and after the event. You MUST be registered as a CHCCS volunteer to participate, so please ensure you are. If you need to sign up, please visit this link for how to register. Thank you all of your support of our organization, and more importantly, our wonderful Staff.

Celebración de las vacaciones de invierno para los maestros y el personal de MES

A medida que el 2021 llega a su fin, el PTA de MES quisiera tomar un momento para agradecer a todo el personal de MES con un almuerzo el Jueves 16 de Diciembre de 2021. Estamos buscando contribuciones de la comunidad de MES para hacer este evento exitoso. El almuerzo contará con sopas y papas al horno. Hay un formulario disponible en registrohttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4BAFA72EA1FF2-teacher1 para que contribuya con la receta o los suministros favoritos de su familia. Para que este evento sea un éxito, necesitamos numerosas contribuciones, así que revise el registro y háganos saber cómo puede donar. Si desea contribuir de una manera diferente a la que se indica en el formulario, comuníquese con nuestro presidente de agradecimiento al personal, Brandie Ehrmann en brandie.ehrmann@gmail.com. También estamos buscando voluntarios para ayudar con la instalación y limpieza antes, durante y después del evento. DEBE estar registrado como voluntario de CHCCS para participar, así que asegúrese de estarlo. Si necesita registrarse, visite este enlace para saber cómo registrarse. Gracias a todos por su apoyo a nuestra organización y, lo que es más importante, a nuestro maravilloso personal.

If you are interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, or are looking for ways to discuss the vaccine with your child/children, you may find the following resources from Johns Hopkins University (available in English, Spanish, and Arabic) and the CDC helpful. The American Academy of Pediatrics created a short video about how mRNA vaccines work available on YouTube.

On December 12, 2021, CHCCS hosted Dr. Danny Benjamin of the ABC Science Collaborative in a webinar regarding the latest science, strategies and research on COVID-19 and children's vaccines. If you missed it, here’s a link to the video recording.

Please click here for helpful resources regarding talking with children about changes related to COVID-19.

Raise Craze - Way to Go Dolphins!

Dear McDougle Community,


Wow! Thanks to your generosity and kindness, this year's fundraiser was a HUGE success. We received over $15,000 in donations for the PTA to support McDougle Elementary School and our children have completed over 500 acts of kindness! We cannot thank you enough for your efforts and contributions and we look forward to putting them to great use!

MES SIT DECEMBER MEETING

Please join the MES SIT on Monday December 13, 2021 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at meet.google.com/qnd-rddj-enj . The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.

Winter Book Fair

Thank you to all the Dolphins, Volunteers, Staff, and Families who made this year's winter book fair such a success! If you still have books on your wish list, Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to MES when you shop at either the virtual fair or the Scholastic book store through December 16! Information is available at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=mcdougleelementaryschool1

Principal Howard will be appearing on the Chris or Jenny Show (a local radio show with McDougle ES Parents Chris Amsbary or Jenny Cook) on FRIDAY DECEMBER 10TH at 10 PM! Check it out at 103.5 FM or online at https://wcomfm.org/

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!

MES SIT NOVEMBER MEETING

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!

MES SIT OCTOBER MEETING

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.

SIT ELECTIONS

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.

BACK TO SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

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

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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.