Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for December 6, 2021.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 8 which is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. 

We are having an increase in students engaging in inappropriate online behavior including sending messages, posting pictures, and using others’ accounts on school accounts and social media platforms. I urge you to monitor your children’s social media activity and discuss online safety and appropriate behavior. I also urge students not to share passwords with others. If students are found to be engaging in bullying or harassment via online tools, they will receive consequences according to the Student Code of Conduct. Our goal is to provide a safe, encouraging environment for everyone, and this includes our online spaces. 

Students in grades 6-9 will take iReady and students who are enrolled in Reading Plus will take the middle of year (MOY) diagnostic starting this week. 

Make-Up Pictures:

December 8–Grades 6-11

December 10–Seniors

Winter Spirit Week will be held the week of December 13. Students may represent any holiday around the world during this Winter Spirit Week. 

Monday, December 13—Favorite Holiday Character

Tuesday, December 14—Holiday Sock Day

Wednesday, December 15—Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday, December 16—Holiday Hat Day

Friday, December 17—Class Color Day (Class Color Day is when each grade level wears a particular color, from top to bottom if they like. We will have a survey to determine the color for each grade level.)

There will not be  any club meetings or other afterschool activities during the week of December 13-17.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personally meaningful. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By…”.

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, and Special Artist

Just turn in your artwork and entry form, which includes your artist statement, by 11:59pm on December 10, 2021. Awards will be given out. Details at: 

https://thescsptsa.com/

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

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

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

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