Monday, October 19, 2020

Parent Update-October 19

 Hello Little River Community!

Periodic updates will be shared each week during the school year regarding school via phone, email, and text. See updates below!

Mark your calendars!

  • Monday, October 19, is a remote learning day as well as a teacher workday. Students are to engage the day in asynchronous learning activity. Synchronous activity will resume on Tuesday, October 20.

  • Friday, October 23-Quarter 1 grades will be available in Parent Portal. Some parents have received a prompt from the school either by phone or email to update Parent Portal. All DPS students are required to have their information updated in order to best serve the needs for remote learning and when ready it will help with the return to in-building learning. For the immediate time being, having this information accurate will enable you to access your child’s report card at the end of the week.

News you can use!

  • Take the Little River PTO Reading Challenge! We are challenging our students to come together and collectively read 2,020 books between now and December 31st. Log your reading here: https://tinyurl.com/LR2020Readers And check the PTO Facebook page and weekly updates on Good Morning Beaver Nation to find out how we're doing! PTO will be tracking the number of books read AND the number of pages, and classes that come out on top for either of these metrics will earn some fun rewards. And parents, it ABSOLUTELY counts if you read TO your student! Don't forget to log books that are read to younger kids in videos on Canvas, and let's see how much we can read!

  • Need some new books to start our reading challenge? Did you know that Book Harvest provides FREE books? Currently, they are advertising book pick ups every Wednesday from 9am-5pm and Fridays from 1pm-5pm, but check their website to confirm these times. Also, very soon students will again have access to titles in the Little River media collection. Tune in to this week’s Good Morning Beaver Nation for more information!

  • As we start the second quarter of the school year in virtual instruction, please be mindful of a few items-

    • See the adjustments to our school Remote Learning Schedule here;

    • Parents of Elementary Students-Please be mindful that Encore is a part of the required school day. Be sure that your child engages in the planned asynchronous activities. If you have to miss a course, please email the teacher that subject;

    • Parents of Middle Grades Students-Teachers will be taking period attendance beginning with the second quarter of virtual instruction. If you child has to miss a class, please email your child’s subject teacher.

  • Durham County Public Health is working with DPS and school nutrition services to celebrate the NC Crunch this Wednesday!  The NC Crunch is an annual event where people across the state bite into an apple at the same time.  Apples will be provided in school meal distribution this week. The DPS school meals program is for all students! Sites for pick-up can be found on: www.dpsnc.net/nutrition. See information flyer here- NC Crunch. Here is a 5 minute video to help connect NC Crunch to Wellness Wednesday content this week.


Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN!

Best,

CHogans


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Parent Update-October 12

 Hello Little River Community!

Mark your calendars!

  • Monday, October 19-Remote Instruction Day/Workday

  • Friday, October 23-Report Cards (in Parent Portal)

News you can use!

  • The first quarter of the school year will be ending this week, so students, particularly in upper elementary and middle grades have opportunity to complete assignments this week to close the quarter strong. Have your child consult h/her teacher if any clarification or support is needed regarding final quarter assignments. Also, be sure your Parent Portal access is up to date as report cards will be shared through this platform.

  • Thanks to a program recently created by the NC General Assembly, most North Carolina families with school-age children are eligible for a $335 coronavirus relief payment to help with virtual schooling and childcare costs. Please refer to www.ncdor.gov/extracredit for all information on qualifying.

Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN!

Best,

CHogans


Monday, October 5, 2020

Parent Update-October 5

 Hello Little River Community!

Periodic updates will be shared each week during the school year regarding school via phone, email, and text. See updates below!

Mark your calendars!

News you can use!

  • As you know, DPS will continue with remote learning through at least the second quarter, but DPS is actively working on plans for the safe return of students and teachers for in-person learning while monitoring our community’s progress in fighting COVID-19. To help us plan, we need to hear from DPS families who want to stay in remote learning full-time even after our doors open to students. Once we resume in-person instruction, students who wish to stay in remote learning will receive it through Ignite Online Academy. We therefore encourage all families at all grade levels who are interested in sticking with remote instruction to register today, even if you indicated your interest earlier this year. Click here to register.


Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN!

Best,

CHogans


Monday, September 28, 2020

Parent Update-September 28

 Hello Little River Community!

Periodic updates will be shared each week during the school year regarding school via phone, email, and text. See updates below!

We wish a reflective Yom Kippur to the Little River Community!


Mark your calendars!

  • September 28, 2020-Teacher Workday

  • October 16, 2020-Close of First Quarter 1

  • October 19, 2020-Teacher Workday/Remote Learning Day

  • October 23, 2020-Report Cards


News you can use!

  • Durham Public Schools will continue operating on fully remote learning—“Plan C”—through January 15 for traditional and year-round schools, and December 23 for specialty high schools, following a recommendation by Superintendent Pascal Mubenga at the Sept. 24 meeting of the DPS Board of Education. DPS is working to put in place improvements to students’ and teachers’ schedules to make remote learning easier while awaiting the opportunity to return to in-person instruction. Look for more information soon as to the impact of these improvements to the Little River remote learning scheduling.

  • Thank you to everyone who came out to our virtual Curriculum Night last Thursday. We hope that you were able to gain a sense of the academic program your student will engage. Please consider providing feedback on your experience to help us work to improve our virtual events. Click here to give feedback.

  • Durham Parks and Recreation is offering virtual learning, after school and school break programming.  Please see this flyer for more information. To register or for more information please visit DPRCarePrograms.org.


Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN!

Best,

CHogans


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Parent Update-September 21

 September 21

Hello Little River Community!

Periodic updates will be shared each week during the school year regarding school via phone, email, and text. See updates below!

This week teachers will provide progress reports on student performance. We hope you will find this information helpful in your support of your child’s learning. 


Mark your calendars!

  • Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 24, 6pm. Meeting link/phone connect-

News you can use!

  • The PTO GoPlaySave fundraiser is underway! You can buy mobile access or order paper books online and share the purchase link with friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers. Each purchase supports the PTO! Send PTO an email at littleriverpto@hotmail.com and they will be sure to keep you in the loop on ALL of the PTO’s upcoming events! Sign up and receive a digital preview of the GoPlaySave fundraiser.

  • The Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Durham Public Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information about your child’s education records. However, Durham Public Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District that you opt out of disclosure of some or all of your student’s directory information. If you wish to opt out from the release of your child’s directory information, in whole or in part, please reply to this email to inform Dr. Hogans of your desire to do so.


Need help or support? Click these resources

  • Every wonder about how to best use some of the virtual tools that is a part of virtual learning? Ever desire to connect with other families about managing the stress of the pandemic? DPS offers virtual parent academies to support parents. Reply to this email for more information!


Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN!

Best,

CHogans


Monday, September 14, 2020

Parent Update-September 14

 Hello Little River Community!

Periodic updates will be shared each week during the school year regarding school via phone, email, and text. See updates below!

Our PTO held it’s Quarter Action yesterday. We thank them for their continuing support! Visit our PTO page here to learn more and get involved!


Mark your calendars!

  • School Improvement-Leadership (SI-L) meets today at 3:45. Email Cory.Hogans@dpsnc.net for the meeting link/phone connect.

  • Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 24, 6pm. Look for meeting link/phone connect  info next week!


News you can use!

  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins this week, as well as Constitution Week. Join us as we take time to virtually acknowledge contributions to our culture and civic basis of our society in each of these areas.


Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN! Check out a special 9/11 edition here.

Best,

CHogans


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Parent Update-September 7

 Welcome back to school. I hope you had a great holiday weekend! Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our virtual PTO meeting last Tuesday! Your support of your child’s teacher greatly enhances our ability to serve you. Your partnership is critical to your child’s success, particularly during these challenging times we all are enduring. 


Mark your calendars!

September 14-3:45pm-School Improvement-Leadership Team Meeting


September 24-Curriculum Night


Missed this week’s Sunday phone message? Click here!


Missed a birthday announcement? Watch GMBN!