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McAlpine Minute

The McAlpine Minute is a weekly email newsletter sent to McAlpine families containing the most up-to-date information on school activities.
It contains the details parents need to know to start each week! To sign up CLICK HERE.

McAlpine Houses

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.

The Mighty McAlpine Eagle

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.

McAlpine Family Fridays

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!

House Meetings

Students go to their ¨ḧouses" and participate in collaborative and community activities.

Buddy Activities

Each class is partnered up with another class so that each child has a reading & activity buddy in a different grade.

Friday Clubs

Each student is in a club of their choosing that meets 1-2 times a month.

Getting Involved

At McAlpine, volunteers are a critical part of our success, and we pride ourselves on our strong family environment and sense of community!  Even with a remote start to our school year, we need volunteers that will help build our McAlpine community and keep our staff and families connected through outreach and enrichment initiatives among our neighborhoods.

And when our students are eventually allowed back into the school building for in-person learning, we will need volunteers more than ever to help us get back to hosting activities and events like book fairs, fall festivals, school dances, student art appreciation nights, and staff appreciation celebrations!

To find details on various committees and sign-up to share your time and talents:visit www.mcalpinepto.org/back-to-school and look for the “Volunteer” box.

For questions or to learn more about getting involved, contact Katie Killius, VP of Volunteers: katie.killius@gmail.com

Volunteer Registration


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: https://www.cmsvolunteers.com/.

If you’ve already registered in a previous year, simple login to the CMS Volunteer site and confirm your information to continue.

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.

Pay4School

In an effort to “go green”, facilitate better communication, and increase efficiency we now offer online registration and payment for many forms and activities. https://www.pay4schoolstuff.com/

Use Pay4SchoolStuff to:

Join the PTO Membership
Make a tax-deductible donation to the Everyone Counts Campaign
Order Special Event Items  (like Fall Family Fun Night Tickets and 5th Grade Fundraiser Items)
Provide your Harris Teeter VIC card information
Pay the Spirit Rock Reservation fee
Make End of Year Teacher Gifts
Check payment history of items purchased

New Families

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.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/Pages/Enrollment.aspx

After School Enrichment Program (ASEP): https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/asep/Pages/default.aspx

CMS Handbooks, Forms, and Notices: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/families/resources/Pages/HandbooksForm.aspx

CMS Transportation: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/transportation/Pages/default.aspx
Here Comes The Bus App: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/transportation/Pages/Here-Comes-The-Bus.aspx

CMS School Nutrition Services: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/nutrition/Pages/default.aspx
Cafeteria Menus: https://cms.nutrislice.com/menu/

SCHOOL TOURS:
The McAlpine PTO is happy to provide you with information about our school. At this time, however, we are unable to provide tours.

KINDERGARTEN 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!



5th Grade Parents

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. More information and the Yearbook Dedication form will be coming soon.

Room Parents


QUICK LINKS:
- Information on the Room Parent Role in 2020-2021THIS DOCUMENT
- Sign up to be a Room Parent for your child's teacher: McAlpine Room Parent SignUp Genius
- Find the Room Parent Guide HERE and more Room Parent Resources HERE.
- Room Parents can request a reimbursement check for Room Parent supply purchases using THIS FORM.
- Teacher Favorite Things can be found HERE!


FULL INFO:
Thank you for your interest in serving as a Room Parent for the 2020-2021 School Year!
This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know and serve your child's teacher in ways that he/she will greatly appreciate. As the primary liaison between the teacher and the students' families, Room Parents initiate and promote the fluid school-to-home relationship for which McAlpine prides itself!

During this time of 100% Remote Learning, our McAlpine teachers still need the support of a Room Parent, but the role will be more about helping with communication rather than class parties and other in-person events.

We are looking for Room Parents to fulfill the following key responsibilities in 2020-2021:
1. Serve as a liaison between the teacher and the parents to help facilitate communication.
2. Communicate to parents any materials requests or parent help needed by the teacher (for example:forwarding a teacher's Amazon Wish List to parents).
3. Pass along important school or PTO announcements to parents in a timely manner (within 24 hours ofreceipt from the PTO or Room Parent Coordinator).
4. Create a class directory of contact information for parents/guardians.
5. Help celebrate teacher birthdays or other important special events by notifying the class of the dateand sharing a Teacher "Favorite Things" list (provided to you by the PTO).
6. Encourage class participation in PTO-directed Teacher Appreciation Week activities (May 2021).

In addition, it is necessary for a Room Parent to:
1. Be a registered CMS Volunteer: https://www.cmsvolunteers.com.
2. Have a computer and the ability to email parents, including creating a SignUp Genius, if needed.
3. Have the ability and desire to communicate in a clear and timely manner with parents via email.

You are welcome to share this job with another parent in the class! We need to ensure that each teacher has 1 Room Parent, but having more than 1 will help you to share the workload and collaborate ideas.

To sign up as a Room Parent for your child's classroom, select one (or both) of the slots for your child's teacher on this SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050845A4AE2CA5F58-mcalpine

See the Room Parent Guide for more details on the role of Room Parent. More resources can also be found in the Room Parent Google Drive.

If you have any questions, please contact Room Parent Coordinator, Laura Brizes: laura.brizes@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting your child's McAlpine teacher!

Remote Learning

Remote Learning tips and materials for 2020 - 2021 school year will be posted on theMcAlpine Elementary School website.
https://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/mcalpineES/

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WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

Join us on Facebook! @McAlpine PTO This is a private Facebook group to connect with McAlpine parents and staff.

Read the PTO’s weekly e-newsletter, McAlpine Minute. Click
here to sign up. 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.

Visit the
McAlpine Elementary School website regularly. In addition to school announcements, this is the place to find teacher and staff contact information, the school calendar, quick links to parent resources such as the PowerSchool Parent Portal, and much more.

Ensure your address, email, and phone number are correct with the school to receive important calls, texts, and emails with timely information and updates.

PTO Treasurer Forms

See below for various forms to request reimbursement checks from the PTO Treasurers, document PTO expenditures, or for teachers/satff to request supplemental materials. These forms will be automatically submitted to the treasurers, but you will need to email any receipts or other documentation to the treasurer as outlined in the instructions on each form. If you have any questions, email mcalpineptotreasurer@gmail.com.

Teacher Supply Fund

Click the green "Teacher Supply Fund Reimbursement" button below to request a reimbursement check for purchases made with your Teacher Supply Fund allowance. Follow the instructions at the end of the form to email your receipts to the treasurer.

Teacher Supply Fund Reimbursement

Room Parent Fund

Click the green "Room Parent Reimbursement" button below to request a reimbursement check for applicable Room Parent supply purchases. Follow the instructions at the end of the form to email your receipts to the treasurer.

Room Parent Reimbursement

General Reimbursements

Click the green "General Reimbursement Request" button below to request a reimbursement check for purchases made related to your PTO volunteer position & budget category. Follow the instructions at the end of the form to email your receipts to the treasurer.

General Reimbursement Request

Vendor Payment Request

Click the green "Vendor Payment Request" button below to request payment from the PTO Treasurer to pay a vendor for an approved service or purchase. Follow the instructions at the end of the form to email the requested documentation to the treasurer.

Vendor Payment Request

Debit Card Usage Form

For PTO Officers only: All purchases made using
the PTO card require this completed form and
accompanying receipts/invoices. You must be signed
in to a Google account to utilize this form.

Debit Card Usage Form

Supplemental Materials Request

For Staff Members: Please complete this form to request materials/tools purchased for you by the PTO.  PTO Officers will discuss and vote on these requests once a month.

Supplemental Materials Request Form

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