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Get a Free Temporary Library Card to Access Learning Resources From Home
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 26, 2020
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Black rectangle public library multi color arrowsSign up for a Temporary e-Card from The Cumberland County Public Library.

There are a lot of resources available online to take advantage of. There are two ways to apply:

“Ask Us Live” Library Chat Service

or Email them at library@cumberland.lib.nc.us

        
Principal’s Minute Script Week of March 23
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 23, 2020
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Principal’s Minute Script

Good evening, this is Kailey Hill the principal at Manchester Elementary School with your Manchester Principal’s Minute times two.

It is the second week of state-mandated school closing in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Schools are scheduled to be closed through at least March 30th. Cumberland County Schools provided a review packet for students to complete over the course of the two weeks called Cumberland@home to deepen learning on skills and topics already taught throughout the year. No grades will be submitted during this 2-week school closure and new learning should not be introduced. CCS is encouraging participation and completion of the remote learning opportunity to prevent the loss of academic skills.

Some of our Manchester Parents inquired about online activities that could be used. Students can log into Success Maker but for the duration of these two weeks, doing so is completely optional and at the discretion and resources of the families.

We continue to provide lunch and breakfast for any child up to 18 years old at W. T. Brown Elementary on Andrews Road and the Spring Lake Community Center on Ruth Street Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To see the full list of locations for Curbside Meal Service, go to the Cumberland County Schools website: ccs.k12.nc.us.

Last but not least, I want to say my most sincere and heartfelt thank you to you our parents and guardians. I know you guys are doing your best to balance your responsibilities and keep a learning atmosphere for your children. Please know that I, along with the Manchester staff, am proud to partner with you. We miss your children so very dearly and we can’t wait for when we can hug them and welcome them back to school.

Until that time, we will follow the guidance of our government and health officials in hopes to flatten the Coronavirus curve.

Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov/COVID19 for the most accurate and timely information about the virus. For more information, visit: and for additional guidance visit www.coronavirus.ccs.k12.nc.us, www.co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19, and www.ncdhhs.gov/.

This has been your Manchester Principal’s Minute. Have a good evening and a safe week.

        
Cumberland@Home
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 17, 2020
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COVID-19 UPDATE: CCS Rolls Out Plan to Keep Students and Employees Safe

Fayetteville, N.C. – In response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement to close all North Carolina Public Schools to limit the spread of COVID-19, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) officials created a plan to engage students in learning beyond the walls of the classroom.

Cumberland@Home www.cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us

During the two-week period, Cumberland@Home, a remote learning opportunity that will allow students to continue to learn beyond the classroom, will become a vital tool for retaining what has been learned this school year. Through the virtual-learning tool, all Pre-K through 12th grade materials will extend learning opportunities previously taught by classroom teachers. These review materials will help deepen students’ understanding and prepare them for the end-of-the-year standardized assessments.

“In light of the Governor’s executive order and the recommendations from heath officials, we are working expeditiously to keep our employees and students safe from the spread of COVID-19,” said Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “While we realize our students will not receive face-to-face classroom interaction for the next two weeks, we are confident that with the support of our parents and ‘teleworking’ educators, Cumberland@Home will keep our students moving in the right direction.”

Pre-K through 8th-grade students will complete paper-and-pencil assignments. Pre-K through 8th-grade materials may be picked up at the following locations (beginning Wednesday):

Cumberland County Public Libraries (all locations; subject to operating hours).

Cumberland County Housing Authority (all locations; subject to operating hours).

Online:  www.cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us

High school students will complete their assignments virtually via Google Classroom and Cumberland@Home.

Teachers will hold virtual office hours from 9 a.m. – noon daily to support students and parents. District staff will be available via a hotline with virtual hours for additional support.

Meals Pick-up Sites for Students

To provide meals for many CCS students during the two-week period, Child Nutrition Services will have curb-side pick-up meals for children ages 18 and younger. Each child will receive two meals: Lunch for the current day and a breakfast for the following day. The meal pick-up sites can be found here: http://bit.ly/mealpickup.

 

        
CCS Introduces Remote-Learning Opportunity for Students
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 17, 2020
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Slide image advertising Cumberland@Home on a white background with red and black lettering of Cumberland@Home A remote learning opportunity that will allow students to continue learning beyond the walls of the classroom

 

        
COVID-19 Up-to-Date Information
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 13, 2020
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Slide image with Coronavirus Update from CCS with caption of Cumberland County Schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16. This includes the Prime Time Before and After School Program. For more information visit coronavirus.ccs.k12.nc.us and the CCS logo in the top corner and a red and yellow swoosh in the bottom right corner

        
Reading Challenge 17 Million Words!
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 10, 2020
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Boy reading books by school lockerOur Reading Challenge kicked off Saturday, February 1st. Each grade level is tasked to reach a goal of words read by April 30th.

Kindergarten’s grade level goal: 100,000 words.
1st and 2nd grade level goals: 1 million words.
3rd, 4th, & 5th grade’s goals: 5 million words.
… for a school-wide total of 17.1 million words.

Schoolwide we are using the resource arbookfind.com to check on the number of words for a given book.

Remember that just 20 minutes of reading per night will help us reach our goal.  And in the words of Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

 

        
Read to Ride Program 2019-2020 at MANES
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 4, 2020
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Girl overhalls helmet bicycle Read to Ride ProgramThe Cumberland Lodge #5 Knights of Pythias will be sponsoring the Read to Ride program again this year.  Through this program, all schools with K-2 students will receive 2 bicycles (with helmets) to be given away as awards for a reading incentive program already in place at the child’s class/school.  A girl bike and a boy bike will be given to each school with grades K-2 to use as a reading incentive prize.

The media coordinator of each school manages this program and coordinates with a member of the Knights of Pythias.  A representative will be invited to be on-site at the time of our end-of-year awards to present the bicycles.  The Knights of Pythias will also provide certificates for all K-2 students participating in our program.
The bikes/helmets will be delivered to our schools around the first of the year.

We thank the Knights of Pythias for their interest in literacy, along with teachers and the MANES parents working with our Eagles to become better readers.

        
Manchester Elementary School Dress Code Policy 2019-2020
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 2, 2020
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Ms. Smith Models School's Dress Code

Manchester Elementary Follows a Uniform Dress Policy

All students are required to follow the school’s dress code guidelines. Students who are new to the district have 10 school days to meet these guidelines.  Coats are to be worn only during outside instructional activities. Students will be referred to the counselor’s office if they are not in compliance. 

There will be opportunities for students to dress down or dress up in non-uniform clothing.  In those cases please refer to the Guidelines for Designated Non-Uniform Days in the MANES Family Handbook with link posted below. 

The complete dress code guidelines can be found in the MANES Family Handbook pages 39-41.  Please click on link to see complete details on the dress code policy.

MANES Family Handbook 2019-2020

        
Here Comes The Bus Is Coming to Cumberland County
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 1, 2020
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Boy red shirt book bag school bus Here Comes The BusFayetteville, N.C. – The Cumberland County Board of Education has approved a contract renewal with Synovia GPS Transportation, which will allow real-time tracking of the district’s 492 yellow buses, 62 activity buses and 42 Transportation service vehicles.

As part of the contract renewal, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will have access to the “Here Comes the Bus” mobile application. The solution will allow the district to track school buses and deliver real-time email and push notification alerts to ensure families arrive at the school bus stop on time.
“This tool will provide another way for our school system to communicate with parents and help keep our students safe,” said Dianne Grumelot, the executive director of Transportation.
“Here Comes the Bus” will be piloted at a few schools in the spring of 2020 and implemented at all schools by the 2020-2021 school year.
The Board approved a 60-month agreement with Synovia Solutions, LLC.
        
Every Minute Counts!
Published by Rebecca McLean on March 1, 2020
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Depicts the Importance of Children Being at School on Time, Each and Every day