Dear Cougar Families,
I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year in Cougar Country! I am thrilled to welcome so many new families to the Billingsville-Cotswold Family. Billingsville-Cotswold Elementary is a professional learning community in which all staff members take ownership and responsibility for all children.
Families I know this school year will be extremely unique however I want to assure you that our school team is extremely committed to providing rigorous high quality instruction to all our students virtually or in-person.
The whole child approach of teaching and learning is the foundation and philosophy that our school program is built on and that belief continues in all models as we educate our students academically as well as monitor their social and emotional well-being. As many of you know The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has approved its reopening schools plan. The plan, known as Plan C, is the District's Full Remote Learning Plan. As a reminder in the Full Remote Learning plan students will not attend in-person classes. The first day of school for all students is August 17th.
In order to prepare for a successful virtual launch to the school year I have provided some important information about our staff, virtual learning, supply pickup and Open Houses in this welcome back letter.
We are excited to announce our Leadership Team for the 2020-2021 School Year. Alicia Hash-Principal, Amanda McPeters-Assistant Principal (Primary Campus), Sandy Mintz-Dean of Students (Primary Campus), Kurt Fruendt-Assistant Principal (Intermediate Campus), David Watson-Dean of Students (Intermediate Campus).
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE: Families our Virtual Open House will be held on August 13. We will have a virtual information session for our K-2 campus at 5:00, our 3-5 campus at 5:30 and teachers will host individual classroom sessions at 6:00 and 6:30. During the information sessions we will discuss safety, logging on to our virtual learning platforms in CANVAS and academic expectations during virtual learning. The MEETING ID NUMBER for the Virtual Information Sessions will be: 916 0317 4988 and the password is Cougars.
SUPPLY PICKUP: In order to launch a successful virtual kick-off we will host supply pickup days on August 13th and August 14th. We are giving families an option of two days for pickups to support family schedules. The pickup time for instructional supplies, devices, and textbooks will be:
August 13: Kindergarten and Third Grade-12:00-1:00, First Grade and Fourth Grade-1:00-2:00 and Second Grade and Fifth Grade-2:00-3:00
August 14: Kindergarten and Third Grade-11:00-12:00, First Grade and Fourth Grade-12:00-1:00 and Second and Fifth Grade-1:00-2:00
VIRTUAL LEARNING HOURS: We encourage all families to join us for our Morning News Broadcast. Our Cougar News starts at 7:45 on Monday-Friday. The MEETING ID NUMBER for our Morning News show is: 916 0317 4988 and the password is Cougars. After morning news our students will begin their instructional day. Each grade level has a staggered instructional start time: Kindergarten and Third Grade- 8:00, First Grade and Fourth Grade- 8:15 and Second Grade and Fifth Grade- 8:30. Please review the sample student schedule below as an example of what a learning day looks like:
8:00-10:00-Whole Group Learning: Morning Meeting, Whole Group Literacy, Whole Group Math and Whole Group Integrated Studies (IB Units)-LIVE INSTRUCTION
10:00-11:00-Recess and Lunch
11:00-12:00-Small Group Literacy and Math-LIVE INSTRUCTION
12:00-2:30-Independent Work Time
2:30-3:30-Connect: Art, Music, PE, Media, Spanish, STEAM-LIVE INSTRUCTION
We are aware that the above schedule may not work for all families and this years attendance will be coded by the following distinctions: Absent, Present (logged in and work submitted) or Present Offsite (viewed prerecorded lessons and submitted work)
VISITORS: As a District under PLAN C Full Remote Learning we will limit the number of visitors in the building. If visitors do report to campus they will be allowed to enter the building after adhering to health screening procedures. If the District moves to Plan B during this school year we will also limit visitors as well. For example we will not host in-person tutors, mentors or lunch visitors during this academic year.
Alicia Hash, Principal
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