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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 contains the details parents need to know 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 are available for purchase at www.pay4schoolstuff.com.
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.
At McAlpine, volunteers are a critical part of our success, and we pride ourselves on our strong family environment and sense of community! Volunteers help build our McAlpine community and keep our staff and families connected through outreach and enrichment initiatives among our neighborhoods.
After a year of not having many PTO events due to COVID-19, we will need volunteers in 2021-2022 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 [CHECK BACK SOON FOR UPDATED 21-22 VOLUNTEER FORM LINK].
For questions or to learn more about getting involved, contact Katie Killius, VP of Volunteers: email@example.com
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.
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
Purchase a House Shirt
Make a tax-deductible donation to the Everyone Counts Campaign
Order Special Event Items (like event tickets and 5th Grade Fundraiser Items)
Provide your Harris Teeter VIC card information
Pay the Spirit Rock Reservation fee
Make End-of-Year Teacher Gift donations
Check payment history of items purchased
We want to welcome you and your child to McAlpine Elementary! We hope that you find the following information helpful as you prepare to join our McAlpine Family!
Please register your rising Kindergartener using the above enrollment link.
Kindergarten Beginners Night:
Our school hosts a Kindergarten Beginners Night in the spring for rising Kindergartener families. Check back in 2022 for Kindergarten Beginners Night details!
The McAlpine PTO is happy to provide you with information about our school. At this time, however, we are unable to provide tours.
Please reach out to the McAlpine Office (980-343-3750) with questions, or contact a PTO Officer
OTHER USEFUL LINKS FOR NEW FAMILIES:
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
Fifth Grade is an exciting point in your elementary students' school career. There will be opportunities throughout the year to create memories and celebrate. Celebrate 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! Check back in Spring of 2022 for more information.
2021-2022 ROOM PARENT QUICK LINKS:
- 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.
- 2021-2022 Teacher Favorite Things can be found HERE!
TEACHERS & STAFF: Please fill out the 21-22 Favorite Things Form!
MORE INFO on the Room Parent role:
Thank you for your interest in serving as a Room Parent for the 2021-2022 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!
We are looking for Room Parents to fulfill the following key responsibilities in 2021-2022:
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 of receipt 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 date and sharing a Teacher "Favorite Things" list (provided by the PTO).
6. Encourage class participation in PTO-directed Teacher Appreciation Week activities.
7. Potentially coordinate materials and organize activities for classroom celebrations throughout the year, if parties are allowed this school year.
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 responsibility with another parent in your classroom!
We need to ensure that each teacher has at least one dedicated Room Parent, but having more than one Room Parent 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, if you would like to serve as the sole Room Parent) of the slots for your child's teacher .I
If you have any questions, please contact Room Parent Coordinator, Deedee Buzzard: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a majority of the Room Parents have signed up, Deedee will reach out to you with further instructions.
At this time, we are just making sure all of our teachers and students are settled in.Thank you for supporting your child's McAlpine teacher!
To sign up as a Room Parent for your child's classroom, select one (or both if you'd like to be the sole Room Parent) of the slots for your child's teacher on this SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050845A4AE2CA5F58-mcalpine4
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.
Thank you for supporting your child's McAlpine teacher!
Stay tuned for updated Grade-Level Websites!
Remote Learning tips and materials for 2020 - 2021 school year will be posted on the McAlpine Elementary School website.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 on the form to email your receipts to the treasurer. This form and receipts are due no later than January 10, 2022.
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. This form and receipts are due no later than June 10, 2022.
Click the green "General Reimbursement Request" button below to request a reimbursement check for purchases made related to the PTO budget category with which you are involved. Follow the instructions at the end of the form to email your receipts to the treasurer.
Click the green "Vendor Payment Request" button below to request that the PTO Treasurer provide payment to an outside vendor for an approved service or purchase. Follow the instructions at the end of the form to email the requested documentation to the treasurer.
For PTO Officers only: All purchases made using
a PTO debit card require the completion of this form,
as well as the receipts / invoices verifying the purchase.
Users must be signed in to a Google account to utilize this form.
Staff Members: Please complete this Supplemental Materials Request form to request materials/tools to be purchased by the PTO for your class/grade/department. PTO Officers will discuss and vote on these requests once a month.
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