Monday, August 10, 2020

Week of August 10 - 14

 Underwood Families,

 

Happy Monday to all! This is the last week prior to school starting next week. 

Morning (weekly) Message - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8edfvK-_j8   

Later today,  I will be sending teacher placement and school information via email. Please note that a lot of consideration were put into placement. These are subject to change depending on number of students attending virtual academy in the spring. 

PTA Go Play Save 

                                                                   

It’s GoPlaySave Time

Yes, Underwood Elementary School PTA is selling GoPlaySave coupon books this year!  It’s a great way for your family to help our school and enjoy trying new places or visiting your favorites.  Books sell for $30 and include Raleigh, Durham/Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas. For each book sold, paper or mobile, we will earn $15 for our school’s PTA!  GoPlaySave has over $10,500 in local savings to great restaurants, services, and entertainment and they don’t expire until November 30, 2021. Also, using the coupons in this book is a great way to support our local businesses and to help them get back to normal.  

We will officially start our sale Aug. 17th when school starts, but you can get a head start by clicking on our custom link now www.goplaysavetriangle.com/store/UE2021  and purchasing the mobile book to be used right away or preordering the paper book.  Once there, you can click on the green button to create your own personal link and email or text it to friends, coworkers, and family to help raise money for our school, and earn free books and other prizes. You will receive an email every time you have an online order on your account. Paper books are scheduled to arrive the week of Aug. 24th and we will have pickup options through a carpool line at school on a designated day.  (Watch your PTA emails for further information). If you have questions please email Kerry at underwoodgoplaysave@gmail.com.  Thanks so much for your support!  

 

 

Wishing you well! 




Travis Shillings, Principal


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Wind Down Wednesday Recap

Underwood Families,  

Families,

Thank you to those that took the time last night to participate in our Wind Down Wednesday session last night. Here are two videos in reference to last night's session. The first one is the presentation and the second one is the Q&A portion of the meeting.

Presentation - https://drive.google.com/file/d/18Zd0YisMrIILpgG3g-MAbXxXXMgjM0wF/view

Q & A - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VR7ZkCFWVabfj4hhcXNrM8p0lbsSDNp5/view 

Also on Monday August 10th, I will be sending teacher placement and school information via email. Please note that a lot of consideration were put into placement. These are subject to change depending on number of students attending virtual academy in the spring. 

 

Wishing you well,

 

Travis Shillings, Principal


Monday, August 3, 2020

Week of August 3rd

Underwood Families,  

Happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start! 


Weekly Video Message - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWUMppNIrb4 


Virtual Academy

If you applied for Virtual Academy, you should have received an email from me stating the guidelines and the acceptance of the Academy. We have over 200 students that will be in the Virtual Academy for the Fall session. The district is reviewing the student enrollment and will be making decisions on next steps in Plan B - Transitions for k-12 schools. The WCPSS School Board meets tomorrow. 

Class Assignments

Class assignments will be sent via email to allow for quicker delivery than US Mail. The email will have teacher placement along with other updates and information to have an excellent start to our school year! Some of the information will be about a Virtual Meet the Teacher, at-home supplies that will assist in remote learning, website information to plan accordingly. Please know that with the uncertainties this school year, teacher placement may change. 

 

Wind Down Wednesday August 5th --- Underwood Updates on 2020-2021 School Year - Google Meet Code will be sent via email.

 

No Extensions to Student Immunization and Health Assessment Requirements

As of now, state lawmakers have not made any adjustments or exceptions to the immunization and health assessment requirements for students enrolled for face-to-face instruction or for the Virtual Academy. This includes requirements for kindergarteners, 7th graders, and seniors.

 

Wishing you well! 




Travis Shillings, Principal


Sunday, July 26, 2020

July 27 - July 31

Underwood Families,  

Happy Monday! I hope that your week is off to a great start! 


Weekly Video Message - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vtbjr_D_oY 

Plan B Transition 

The WCPSS School Board has approved all schools to start in remote learning with the goal of transitioning to in person as early as September 8th dependent on the health metrics for DHS. More information to come in the next few weeks. Here is the data sites that the district is using - https://covid19.wakegov.com/ and https://covid19.wakegov.com/about-the-data/ 


Wind Down Wednesday August 5th --- Underwood Updates on 2020-2021 School Year 

 

New Application Period of WCPSS Virtual Academy

All students will have a second opportunity to apply for the WCPSS Virtual Academy on July 27 - July 29. The application will close on July 29 at 5 p.m.  If you have applied to the WCPSS Virtual Academy and would like to withdraw or change your application, please contact your student’s school directly. 

Reminder: Complete Technology Need Survey by July 29

We need all families with a student in K-12 to complete this survey for each student, regardless of your school, whether you have applied to the Virtual Academy, whether you have a device or whether you need a device. (Pre-K students’ technology will be addressed separately by the Office of Early Learning.) This short survey will help us better understand the needs of our students and make sure that we are able to meet those needs. The survey will not be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday due to network maintenance. 

 Updates Regarding Remote Learning for Students with IEPs

We have posted additional information for students with IEPs about Remote Learning under Plan B Transition.

Wishing you well! 




Travis Shillings, Principal


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Wind Down Wednesday July 22

Underwood Families,  

Plan B Transition 

The WCPSS School Board has approved all schools to start in remote learning with the goal of transitioning to in person as early as September 8th dependent on the health metrics for DHS. More information to come in the next few weeks. Here is the data sites that the district is using - https://covid19.wakegov.com/ and https://covid19.wakegov.com/about-the-data/ 

 

Wind Down Wednesday --- Here is the recording of last night’s meeting - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OITVSfKw1O-G1wK0KG_KuY1gn8AQ8HXN/view?usp=sharing. Here are the Q&As in written form - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OITVSfKw1O-G1wK0KG_KuY1gn8AQ8HXN/view?usp=sharing 

 

New Application Period of WCPSS Virtual Academy

All students will have a second opportunity to apply for the WCPSS Virtual Academy on July 27 - July 29. The application will close on July 29 at 5 p.m.  If you have applied to the WCPSS Virtual Academy and would like to withdraw or change your application, please contact your student’s school directly. 

 

Wishing you well! 




Travis Shillings, Principal


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Plan B Transition and Virtual Academy

Underwood Families,  

Plan B Transition 

The WCPSS School Board has approved all schools to start in remote learning with the goal of transitioning to in person as early as September 8th dependent on the health metrics for DHS. More information to come in the next few weeks. 

Wind Down Wednesday --- I will be sharing the updates from the board meeting in a brief presentation and will open up the conversation for questions. Chat will be from 8:30-9:30. Families can join via Google Meet -- https://meet.google.com/jop-hwhd-eog

New Application Period of WCPSS Virtual Academy

All students will have a second opportunity to apply for the WCPSS Virtual Academy on July 27 - July 29. The application will close on July 29 at 5 p.m.  If you have applied to the WCPSS Virtual Academy and would like to withdraw or change your application, please contact your student’s school directly. 

To help understand all the differences between WCPSS Virtual Academy and Plan A/B/C, view this comparison chart. - The chart is not mobile-friendly. Please view on a desktop computer. 

Watch the Virtual Academy Open House

Want to learn more about the WCPSS Virtual Academy? Please watch the Virtual Academy Open House on Youtube. Closed captioning is available in English and Spanish.

 

Wishing you well! 




Travis Shillings, Principal


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Virtual Academy / Plan B Info

Underwood Families,  

Virtual Academy information can be found at https://www.wcpss.net/Page/43730. Applications will close on Monday July 20. Reminder if you chose to have your child attend the virtual online academy, they would continue to be assigned to Underwood Elementary. Expectations and guidelines on level of engagement should be coming out this week, so families can decide if Virtual Academy is a good fit for your child(ren). 

Virtual Academy Open House - beginning at 5:30 p.m.: http://youtube.com/user/WakeCountySchools…. It will also be archived on @wcpss YouTube channel.

Principal Chat on Friday July 17th at 1:00 to answer additional questions about Virtual Academy. 

Parent Summer Connection Survey -- please consider completing this survey. 

I will not receive district information about transportation and sibling assignments until August 3rd so student/family groupings will be sent out by the second week of August.
 
Wishing you well,  


Travis Shillings, Principal