Outreach to our Spanish Speaking Sycamore Creek Families

Mrs. Post, our Music teacher, will be in the office every day from 8:00-8:30 AM.  She will be available to help families on the phone or in person with questions, concerns, or messages that need Spanish translation.  

¡ Hola Padres! Bienvenidos al año escolar 2018-2019 de Sycamore Creek Elementary. Estamos muy entusiasmados de tener a sus hijos en nuestra escuela. Mi nombre es Mrs. Natalie Post, Profesora de Música en Sycamore Creek Elementary, y estoy disponible para servirle como traductor. Si necesita ayuda para traducir con el maestro de su hijo, la administración y llenar formularios yo estaré en la oficina desde 0800-0830. ¡ Espero con ansias conocerte este año!

Early Release on Friday

Don't forget that Friday, August 17th, is an Early Release Day.  SCES staff is dedicated to ensuring that our Early Release days are rigorous, relevant, and meaningful for our students.  There will be no recess and no specials.   Students will dismiss at 12:30 PM.  Please make sure that you child's classroom teacher knows how your child/children will be going home Friday if it is different than a normal day.  

During our staff development on the afternoon of Early Release, we will focus on equity and creating professional development plans that align to our School Improvement Plan. 

Sidewalk around Carpool Loop

If you are parking and coming into the building during arrival or dismissal time, please use the sidewalk to go around the carpool loop.   I know it seems inconvenient, but it is very unsafe to cross straight across to the front door.   We had a few close calls this week that we do not want to experience again.  Thank you!

 

Interims for Tracks 1 and 2

WCPSS experienced difficulties with our new PowerTeacher Pro gradebook.  Due to these issues, interims for Tracks 1 and 2 have been extended for all elementary year round schools until Friday, August 17th.

    

Fitness Testing for Grades 2-5

All 2nd-5th grade classes have started preparing for Fitness Testing in their PE Specials.  Students will be assessed in the Mile Run, 100 yard dash, Shuttle Run, Standing Broad Jump, Pull Ups, and Speed Rope.  The most difficult of these for most students is the Mile Run.  Mr. Miller is preparing students and helping them to improving their endurance by increasing their warm up jog by 2 minutes each class.  On their fifth PE class, students will complete a practice mile and then, weather permitting, will have the Mile Test the following class.  Please talk to your child and get a feel for where they are with their endurance.  Students are encouraged to practice and prepare outside of school.  Thanks in advance for your assistance in helping them prepare.  If you have any questions that your child cannot answer, feel free to contact Mr. Miller at mmiller@wcpss.net.

Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

You are invited to "PERCEPTIONS OF GIFTEDNESS AND SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF GIFTED" at Crossroads II, 110 Corning Drive, Cary, Room 1600, tomorrow, August 13, 2018 at 12:30-1:45 pm or 3:45-5:00 pm.   Please RSVP to Tanya Byrd Robinson @ tbyrdrobinson@wcpss.net if you plan to attend.  * No Childcare available. 


The special guest speaker will be Richard Dennis Courtright, PhD. Richard Dennis Courtright, PhD, gifted education specialist for Duke TIP, is a lifelong educator with more than 40 years of experience. Dr. Courtright was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, and a gifted education program administrator. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an emphasis on gifted and talented education. Dr. Courtright’s professional interests include consultation on curriculum and program development, program evaluation, and teacher training in gifted and talented education. He has co-written and co-edited several works, taught a variety of courses and workshops in general, gifted, and special education, and presented at state, regional, and national conferences.  

 

Kick-off to Kindergarten at Marbles Museum

Parents of students who are in kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year:

To celebrate and support the milestone of starting school, Marbles Kids Museum is partnering with the Wake County Public School System along with many other community partners to host Kick-off to Kindergarten for local students on Saturday, August 18 from 9 am to 5 pm. The event is free for rising kindergartners and their families. 

 Kindergartners and their parents will participate in "purposeful play," such as practicing how to navigate the lunch line, participating in PE or music class, hopping on a school bus and exploring circle time. Educators will be on hand to answer questions and provide take-home resources. For more information about the event visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/kick-off-to-kindergarten

Literacy Resource for 3rd-5th grade Families about EL

We are excited that there is now a now a resource for families that allows you to know what your child is learning within each of the Module Units of EL Education.  The Homework (HW) for Families is a wonderful way to engage families in how to have the conversations with your child on their learning at school and the importance of their child spending time reading each night.  

This resource can be found on the Sycamore Creek website.  Go to Parents -> Homework Resources.  It is available in English and Spanish.

Third Grade Testing Information  

3rd grade BOG Tracks 1, 2, and 3 

Third grade students on Tracks 1 and 2 should have received their score reports and an information brochure about Read to Achieve and reading in third grade in their Friday folders this past Friday.  This information will be going home to Track 3 students the week they return to school.  If you have any questions about the report or Read to Achieve please contact our Testing Coordinator, Jessica Kronen (jkronen@wcpss.net). 

 

3rd grade BOG Track 4 

As your child begins third grade, you will see a concentrated focus in ensuring that he or she can read at or above grade level and progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success. As part of the Read to Achieve law (G.S. §115C-83.1) passed by the General Assembly in 2012, your child will take the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) English Language Arts/Reading Test to establish a baseline measure of how he or she is reading. This test will be administered on Wednesday, August 15th.  Following the test administration, you will receive an individual student report with your child's score. As you review the report, make notes about your child’s test score and other questions you may have. Be sure to discuss your questions with your child's teacher when you attend a parent-teacher-student conference.  Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before the test and they eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.  

 

3rd grade CogAT Testing for Track 1 Only 

Track one third graders will be taking the CogAT Test on Monday, August 20th, Tuesday, August 21st, and Wednesday, August 22nd.  A detailed score report will be sent home following the test.  Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before each test and they eat a healthy breakfast each morning.