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Information About McAlpine Elementary
The McAlpine Minute is a weekly email newsletter sent to McAlpine families containing the most up-to-date information on school activities. It is what parents need to start each week. To sign up CLICK HERE.
All students are selected as a member of one of the four McAlpine ‘Houses’ at the start of their first year at McAlpine. Each house has students from all grades in it. The houses work as teams and families throughout the year, trying to gain points through following rules and showing strong character. The house with the most points at the end of each month will be awarded the ‘House Cup’. The house model increases student accountability as each child’s personal success is transformed into the collective achievement of a shared goal.
House Shirts can be purchased using a House Shirt Order Form, which can be downloaded here, or online through your Pay4SchoolStuff account.
There once lived a great and mighty eagle that soared through the sky and watched over all the animals of the land and the sea. The eagle was the wisest of all the animals, as he saw them and learned from their mistakes as well as their strengths. From the lions he learned leadership, from the ants: teamwork, the dogs: friendship, the sloths: patience, the elephants: loyalty, the penguins: perseverance, and, from the albatrosses, he learned love.
Then, one day, the eagle discovered an abandoned nest upon a cliff. In the nest, lay four golden eggs, unlike any he had seen before. The eagle watched over the eggs, day and night, for weeks until finally, they began to hatch. He stood, astonished, as four strong eaglets emerged. Immediately, an obligation weighed on the wise eagle’s heart. Understanding he wouldn’t live forever, he knew he must pass on all he had learned to the eaglets so that one day they could watch over Earth's creatures.He named the eaglets and taught them each to be a leader in their own rite. He instilled in each of them one trait of spirit and character that, when united, would make their might infinite.
To Fadhila, he taught virtue. Fadhila led with moral excellence. He showed ethic to all he ruled, persevered until excellence was achieved, and was brave in his ambition to encourage others to strive for greatness.
To Hashiki, he taught passion. Hashiki lived life to the fullest, never holding onto regrets. He encouraged those he met to lead with an intense fire in their hearts, and to put all of themselves into work that they felt was truly important.
He taught Ruya to dream. Ruya led life by the motto "no dream is too big." His creativity was infectious to those he met, and he spent his life encouraging others to makes their dreams a reality, no matter how grand.
To Heshima, he taught honor. Heshima led with respect for all creatures, and the courage to stand up for what he believed in. He spent his life lifting up the spirits of those he met along the way, and encouraging them to reach their fullest potential.
Now, the eagles rule over the four corners of the earth. The strength of each is immense, but together what they achieve is limitless and their hearts know no boundaries.
Additional information about the McAlpine Houses can be accessed by clicking here.
Fadhila led with moral excellence. He showed ethic to all he ruled, persevered until excellence was achieved, and was brave in his ambition to encourage others to strive for greatness.
Heshima led with respect for all creatures, and the courage to stand up for what he believed in. He spent his life lifting up the spirits.
Hashiki lived life to the fullest, never holding onto regrets. He encouraged those he met to lead with an intense fire in their hearts, and to put all of themselves into work that they felt was truly important.
Ruya to dream. Ruya led life by the motto "no dream is too big." His creativity was infectious to those he met, and he spent his life encouraging others to makes their dreams a reality, no matter how grand.
Friday afternoons at McAlpine are "Family Fridays." McAlpine is truly a family of students, teachers, and support staff working together to bring out the best in every child. Each Friday during the last hour of the school day, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities with members of their McAlpine family!
Students go to their ¨ḧouses" and participate in collaborative and community activities.
Each class is partnered up with another class so that each child has a reading & activity buddy in a different grade.
Each student is in a club of their choosing that meets 1-2 times a month.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at McAlpine!
We offer a variety of opportunities to McAlpine. Many positions can be handled from home, while others provide opportunities to connect personally with McAlpine parents, teachers, students and staff.
Whether you like to coordinate events, work behind the scenes, tutor children, help once a week or at one event… there is an opportunity for you! Be on the lookout for sign up information from Room Parents, on the PTO Facebook page, and in PTO emails. If you are interested in learning more now, contact Catherine Laurenzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to volunteer at McAlpine or simply coming for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. If you’ve already registered in a previous year, simple login and confirm your information to continue: https://www.cmsvolunteers.com/.
MCALPINE PARENTS, VOLUNTEERS and GUESTS...PLEASE NOTE: CMS and McAlpine Elementary School require all parents, guests, and visitors register as a CMS Volunteer. If you would like to volunteer at McAlpine or simply come for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. For school events, approved CMS Volunteers will sign in on paper or iPads instead of using the Lobby Guard system. This will help the process go more smoothly and allow you to enter the event in a timely fashion. The website is https://www.cmsvolunteers.com/
In an effort to “go green”, facilitate better communication, and increase efficiency we now offer online registration and payment for most forms and activities. https://www.pay4schoolstuff.com/
Use Pay4School to:
Complete PTO Fast Forms (All those Back to School forms!)
Make a tax-deductible Everyone Counts Campaign
Order McAlpine House Shirts
Order a Yearbook
Order Special Event Items (like Fall Family Fun Night Tickets and 5th Grade Fundraiser Items)
Provide your Harris Teeter VIC card information
Pay for PTO Membership
Make End of Year Teacher Gifts
Check payment history of items purchased
We want to welcome you and your child to McAlpine Elementary! We hope that you find the following links helpful as you prepare for this exciting time.
CMS Enrollment Information : https://www.wearecms.com/apps/pages/start
After School Enrichment Program (ASEP): https://www.wearecms.com/apps/pages/registerforasep
CMS Handbooks, Forms, and Notices: https://www.wearecms.com/apps/pages/cmshandbooksandforms
CMS Transportation: https://www.wearecms.com/apps/pages/cmstransportation
Here Comes The Bus App: https://www.wearecms.com/apps/pages/herecomesthebusapp
CMS School Nutrition Services: https://www.wearecms.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1419998&type=d&pREC_ID=1588777
Cafeteria Menus: https://cms.nutrislice.com/menu/menus-eula-splash
The McAlpine PTO is happy to provide you with an informative and informal tour of our school. Tours are provided on an as-requested basis.
Please contact Catherine Laurenzi (email@example.com / 917-842-1330) in order to book a tour for one of the dates listed below:
Monday Dec 9 @ 11:00am
Tuesday Dec 17 @ 8:30am
Tuesday Jan 14 @ 11:00am
Thursday Jan 30 @ 8:30am
Tuesday Feb 11 @ 11:00am
Thursday Feb 27 @ 8:30 am
Tuesday Mar 17 @ 11:00am
Thursday Mar 26 @ 8:30 am
Tuesday Apr 7 @ 11:00am
Thursday Apr 23 @ 8:30am
Tuesday May 12 @ 11:00am
Thursday May 21 @ 8:30 am
Kindergartener Beginners Night: Our school hosts a Kindergarten Beginners Night in the spring for rising Kindergarteners and their parents. Students will visit kindergarten classrooms and be entertained by our phenomenal Kindergarten teaching team, while parents attend an.informative session with McAlpine staff & administrators. We look forward to meeting your future Eagles!
Spring 2020 Kindergarten Beginners Night date will take place Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 6-7pm. Please click our EVENTS tab to learn more about this event.
Fifth Grade is an exciting point in your elementary students' school career. There will be many opportunities throughout the year to create memories and celebrate. Remember the memories that meant the most in the last year of elementary school with a Yearbook Dedication for your 5th grade student. Whether you want to include a special message to them (and surprise them with it when they get a yearbook), or involve your student and their favorite memory, it’s up to you! Buy one for $12 or two for $20 (please use separate form for each order). Click here to download a Yearbook Dedication Form.
Click here to find Room Parent Resources.
The grade level websites for each grade are below. Many grade levels use these sites to post weekly newsletters and curriculum information.
Extensions Website - https://sites.google.com/cms.k12.nc.us/mcalpine-extensions
Pre-K Website - http://mcalpinepk3.weebly.com/
Kindergarten Website - https://sites.google.com/cms.k12.nc.us/mcalpinekindergarten
First Grade Website - https://sites.google.com/cms.k12.nc.us/mcalpine1
Second Grade Website - https://sites.google.com/cms.k12.nc.us/second-grade
Third Grade Website - https://sites.google.com/cms.k12.nc.us/mcalpinethirdgrade/
Fourth Grade Website - https://sites.google.com/cms.k12.nc.us/mcalpine4th/home
Below are documents you can view and download for distance learning due to the COVID-19 virus and "Stay at Home" order:
1. Virtual Zoom Backgrounds:
For teacher appreciation week we are providing a gallery of teacher specific Zoom backgrounds to use.
Click here for gallery of Zoom Backgrounds to choose from, and instructions: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vWg145Tb4uuvuPFh6
Please use the one(s) for your teacher(s) when you Zoom with them May 4th - 8th!
Don't forget to change the background for each teacher, including your specials teachers!
Instructions for how to change Zoom backgrounds are included in the photo gallery as well as below.
2. Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week Daily Schedule:
Click the green image below for details
- Monday: Send your teacher a message of thanks
- Tuesday: Wear your teacher's favorite color on your Zoom calls (or dress up like your teacher!)
- Wednesday: Shout out to Specials Teachers and Teacher Assistants
- Thursday: Send an E-Gift or E-Card to teachers
- Friday: Share an Acrostic or Rhyming poem with your teacher
Check in with your Room Parent for more information and details about Teacher Appreciation Week!
We Would Love To Hear From You