Weekly Message–November 15-19, 2021

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of November 15, 2021. 

Students who are enrolled in courses that have End-of-Grade or End-of-Course assessments will take Middle of Year Benchmarks this week. It is very important that students arrive to school on time so they are not rushed and have gotten a good night’s sleep and breakfast. Remember that we provide free breakfast to all students. 

Students in (choose appropriate grade:  fifth, seventh, and eleventh) will be taking a survey regarding school climate and the overall learning environment at our school (online) during November and December. This survey will help our school learn more about the school’s climate and safety and to help make our school better align with supporting student success. Please encourage your child to take the survey seriously and answer questions honestly.  Thank you for your help and support with our Student Climate Survey.  

Please join us for the next PTSA General Body Meeting Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The link will be posted in the Canvas Global Announcements. 

Letter from Child Nutrition Director: 

As we continue to address the many ways the pandemic is affecting our communities and our everyday lives, we want you to be well informed that some key items needed for our school nutrition program are in short supply.  Schools across the country are facing supply chain shortages caused by limited supplies, delayed shipments, manufacturer issues and a shortage of truck drivers in the country.

Our School Nutrition program is currently experiencing shortages of some staple food items (juice, cereal, pizza products, and chicken among other items) and supplies, such as plastic cutlery, trays/serving containers. We want to inform you that because of this, the menus for breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snacks may be subject to change without notice. Due to strict food safety regulations, our School Nutrition program is unable to accept food donations.

We continue to work with vendors to source needed products and seek alternative solutions.  Above all else, we want you to be assured that all students will continue to be offered nutritious and well-balanced meals.  We will continue to ensure that food item substitutions meet the nutritional and caloric standards, per state and federal regulations.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our Director of School Nutrition, James Keaten, at James_Keaten@dpsnc.net or (919) 560-3657.

Thank you for your support and patience. Please know that our staff is in constant contact with state consultants about the food/supply shortage issues.

James Keaten, Director – School Nutrition Services

Durham Public Schools

Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, is providing weekly COVID-19 testing at our school each Tuesday 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. 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

I’d also like to remind everyone that we must remain vigilant in our safety measures. Students must wear masks appropriately and stay socially distanced. Please continue to talk with your students about the importance of the safety precautions in place. 

If a SCS family is interested in traveling to Italy with us during Summer 2022, the window to enroll in that trip will close at the end of December 2021. If you have questions regarding the trip being offered at this school, please contact Ms. Sims at Elizabeth_sims@dpsnc.net. There is also a link: www.eftours.com2395056zz

Ms. Sims looks forward to communicating with parents/students about with opportunity. 

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.

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

Dear DPS Families,

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

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