Weekly Message–October 18-22, 2021

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of October 18, 2021. 

Report Cards were sent home with students Friday. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please contact the individual teachers. Any other questions can be directed to me or Ms. Fleming. 

Students in grades 6-11 will take school pictures October 22. All students will take a photo for the yearbook. If you would like to purchase a picture package, picture envelopes are in the main office.

Our PTSA is forming a Food Pantry Committee and we are seeking parents who are willing to serve on this committee. If you have a passion about food insecurity, please consider serving. This is a project that we have been working on for several years for our community and we’d like to grow our efforts. First meeting is October 19 at 6:30 p.m. Please email president@thescsptsa.com or visit the SCS PTSA website and use the Contact button. 

We will hold our middle school AIG Parent Night October 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please look for invitations from Ms. Taylor. 

Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools. 

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites. 

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is included in the email version of this message, posted on our website and my blog. A hard copy letter will be sent home with your student when we return from break. All testing information and results will remain confidential. 

I encourage our families to register their students for this free opportunity. Together, we can keep our students safe, in their classrooms, and prevent community spread. 

Register your student today with this link: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-dur-688-students


Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

2021 National School Bus Safety Week: October 18-22, 2021.

School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation’s students, and is the

direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. More than 25 million children ride the yellow

bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students,

parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. Here are tips to

keep our children safe at the bus stop.

Getting Ready for School

  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.
  • Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.
  • Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due,ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous.

Walking to the Bus Stop

  • Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
  • Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
  • Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at drive -ways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.

At the Bus Stop

  • Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street.
  • Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.
  • Do not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous.

Getting On and Off the Bus

  • Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
  •  If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Mobile Devices

  • Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as:
  • They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus.
  • Sound is muted or headphones, earbuds, or similar devices are used.
  • Content does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures.
  • Use does not create a distraction for the driver

Virtual 2nd Virtual Annual Spanish Spelling Bee (7th year): 

Date:  10/21/2021

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m 

Zoom Link can be found in Canvas Global Announcements.

This is an annual contest where students in a school system are in a Spanish 1 class. The teacher can choose the way to select the students and prepare them to participate in the Bee. Through the last five years, we have developed a great collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Organization/ Mi Libro Hispano and I have added the history and moments of the competition. You can find more details in Spanish at the following interview link: https://milibrohispano.org/spanish-spelling-bee-aprendamos-espanol/

This year, the contest will also offer a live cultural presentation (by Zoom) with music and folkloric dances by professionals Latin representatives. 

The special guests are:

Takiri: a Latin family sharing values and rhythms. Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, director of Takiri Folclor Latino. They dance rhythms from Latin America, especially from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, including Cumbia, Bambuco, Mapalé, Merecumbé, Plena among others.

 Aztecs Dance: Danza Azteca is a living, evolving, cultural tradition using the artistic, spiritual, and traditions of the pre-Colombian Aztecs. It’s an all-compassing way of life and is a form of ancestor worship, and a way of communicating with the future. Other musicians who are part of the community will also perform. 

Want to order a 2021-22 SCS Yearbook? 

Visit https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/search/YB110739

  • $40.00 until January 14, 2022
  • $45.00 from January 15, 2022, to April 29, 2022 (FINAL ordering date)
  • Want to personalize your yearbook with your name?  Add an additional $10.00 to your order
  • View the yearbook flyer for visual steps.

To recognize Bullying Prevention Month, we are asking all of our community to wear orange on Wednesday, October 20 to show support for bullying prevention. Listen for the daily announcements to raise awareness. 

We will have a fun-filled Spirit Week the week of October 25! Check out the SCS website calendar, my blog, the social media sites, and the signs around the school to start planning your outfits! 

Use this link to access the Transportation page, “Here Comes The Bus” Tracking APP. Families can use this app to track their child’s bus. We will also continue to post alerts on Facebook and Twitter when buses leave campus late. 

DPS -Here Comes The Bus Page https://www.dpsnc.net/page/202

Have a great evening from everyone at SCS where we practice the 4C’s–Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Community. 

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