Little River K-8 School

FBB #23

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of January 30, 2023

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Bernard Sterling  bernard_sterling@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Staff Meeting w/Dr. Mubenga– Mon, Jan 30, 2:45-We will have a special, called staff meeting on Monday, January 30, 2:45 in the media center with Dr. Mubenga and members of the Growing Together project team. At our recent staff meeting, it was referenced that Dr. Mubenga wanted to come out to speak personally with our staff. In addition, there is additional information that the Growing Together team needs to share with schools before the end of next week in regard to the initiative and the Board decision. The meeting will be in the media center and there will also be a Zoom option. The agenda will be shared prior to the meeting.

  • UPDATES REGARDING LETRS TRAINING The next scheduled synchronous training for LETRS will be on February 8, 2023 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and includes the following: ESL, PreK, and E.C. teachers. Links for the training will be provided to participants as DPS approaches the training date. Volume One(Units 1-4)needs to be completed by the end of the 2022-2023 academic school year. The Q.R. code and registration for February 8th may be accessed here: Q.R. Code and Registration for LETRS training.Teachers who complete training for all referenced LETRS units for 2022-2023 are eligible to receive the monetary incentive. Please contact Lori McNulty at Lori_McNulty@dpsnc.net or Cicily McCrimmon at Cicily_McCrimmon@dpsnc.net, if you have questions or concerns to share

  • Covid Leave process: HR is no longer requiring a letter from the Health Department as they are no longer issuing Quarantine Letters.  HR will go online to pull the documents that the Health Departments enters into a state-wide shared system.HR now only requires: 

    • a positive PCR Test 

    • a completed Leave Request form approved

  • Transfer Process Please visit this link for information on the transfer process for 2023-2024. In response to feedback, some changes have been initiated. Therefore, please read the process document in its entirety. If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Kimberly Hager.

  • Declaration of Intent The Declaration of Intent process is now live from January 27, 2023 until February 10, 2023. All staff members should complete the survey. Employees will designate their intent to remain in their current position, resign, transfer or whether undecided at this time. Additionally, staff will be able to share any projected leaves of absence. This process will also be utilized to update contact information for all employees; including, emergency contact information to assist with better critical response planning. Finally, it is a process wherein staff this can review benefits beneficiaries.

  • DPS HUB FARM SUMMER EMPLOYMENT Hub Farm Summer Camp planning has begun! If you are looking for summer employment and interested in being outside with a group of enthusiastic educators and students, come to the interest meeting (RSVP) on February 8th to learn more!

  • When: February 8, 2023 from  2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Where: Hub Farm (117 Milton Road, next door to Eno Valley Elementary) 

  • Who: Any DPS teachers interested in working at Hub Farm Summer Camp in 2023. If you have previously worked at Summer Camp, you are not required to attend this interest meeting, but we look forward to your application

  • What: Come meet Hub Farm Summer Camp Administrators and take a tour around the farm! Learn what it is like to be a Hub Farm Summer Camp Counselor and get any questions answered before submitting your application. 

Please send any questions about the interest meeting or summer camp to Ashley Meredith or Erin Carroll.

  • K-12 BLACK HISTORY MONTH LESSON RESOURCES February is Black History Month. A collection of curated social studies lesson plans, lesson resources, useful websites and a calendar of local events to support instruction during Black History Month (February) can be found HERE. Questions regarding resources may be forwarded to Charlene Martin-Klein. DPS wants to be able to share the word with our Board and community about the outstanding work of our schools to observe Black History Month. Please let Dr. Hogans know of your classroom level events.

  • Interested in buying a home?  Come attend the Homeowner information sessions this week. Truist offers a home loan program to purchase a primary home that is PERFECT for teachers!  Imagine buying a home with no money down and no mortgage insurance. You CAN via Truist’s CHIP mortgage combined with a special grant opportunity. The grant can be used with Truist’s 100% financing product as well. Come find out more at one of the sessions below, or email Ernest Sigala directly at Ernest.Sigala@truist.com. Spanish speakers are welcome! In person session dates and times: January 26, 2023 at SDC at 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Register for your face-to-face session here.  Virtual Sessions: January 27, 2023 @ 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. using this zoom link. You may Register here.

  • Duke Athletics will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation game here in historic Cameron Indoor on Thursday, February 23rd, versus North Carolina State at 8 pm! Tickets at a special discounted rate will be available in General Admission and our Reserved seating options ranging from $11-$13 per ticket. CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets!

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-Feb 4-5

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday 10am-2pm

      • Sunday 1pm-6pm

  • PLC Agenda Items

    • Growing Together

 

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

 

 

Monday (1/30/23) Encore Day E

  1. National Bubble Wrap Appreciation/National Croissant Day

Tuesday (1/31/23) Encore Day F

  1. Hot Chocolate Day – in the Pretty Room

  2. National Backward Day


Wednesday (2/1/23) Encore Day A

  1. First day of Black History Month

  2. National Signing/National Freedom Day


Thursday (2/2/23)
Encore Day B

  1. 4th Grade to NC Science Museum

  2. Ground Hog Day!

  3. National Hedgehog/National Tater Tot/Candlemas Day


Friday (2/3/23)
Encore Day C

  1. Wacky Tacky Day

  2. National Carrot Cake/Feed the Birds/Give Kids a Smile/National Wear Red Day

Up Coming Dates
2/6 – SI-L Meeting 2:45
2/8 – Early Release
2/8-2/15 – Kids Heart Challenge Events (During PE class)
2/10 – 100th day of school
2/14 – Valentine’s Day/ Red, White & Pink Day
2/17 – Kids Heart Challenge Slime Event
2/20 – Teacher Workday
2/21 – Evening To Shine (Formerly Evening of Entertainment)
2/22 – Jack Morton Principal of the Day
2/22 – Staff Meeting 2:45

Sunday Bulletin: 

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • Report Cards went out last week. Please be sure you follow up with your child’s teacher(s) regarding celebrations or growth areas. We are excited about where our school performance is at present and look forward to a great second half of the school year.

  • Fourth, fifth and middle grades students received registration flyers for our Robotics Saturday Academy mentioned last week. Please return by Wednesday as program space is limited.

  • Lastly, on Thursday evening, Dr. Hogans and members of the district Growing Together team will host with PTO an information session on the coming change to Montessori and the close of our middle grade program. Look for more information about this meeting tomorrow.

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

FBB #22

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of January 23, 2023

 

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Bernard Sterling  bernard_sterling@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Staff Meeting (January 25): The agenda for our scheduled January staff meeting will be sharing out grade/program level WIG’s, given the adjustment to the agenda of our December staff meeting. We will also likely overview the recent Board decision regarding Growing Together.

  • DPS Board of Education Advances Growing Together Initiative At its January 19 meeting, the DPS Board voted to approve the Growing Together proposal. This vote updates the school assignment plan for the district, starting in the 2024-2025 school year. As a part of the five region model set to now be implemented, Little River will become the third elementary Montessori program. Regarding the eventual close of the Little River middle grades program, the current SY22-23, 5th grade students will be the final cohort with the option to remain in middle school at Little River. Future middle cohort groups will attend their base assigned middle school.

  • Declaration of Intent In an effort to engage in strategic staffing for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, DPS will require staff to complete a Declaration of Intent process for the district, as mentioned in previous FBB. The Declaration of Intent is projected to be live from January 23, 2023 until February 10, 2023. All staff members should complete the survey; including those who are currently on a leave of absence. Employees should designate their intent; for example, to remain in their current position, resign, transfer, or, if they are undecided. Staff will also be able to share any projected leave of absence dates.

  • Let’s Talk Racism Conference This year’s Let’s Talk Racism Conference will be held on March 17-18, 2023.  This year’s theme is What’s at Stake?: Understanding the Attacks on Truth Telling in Education. The keynote address, by  Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, an Associate Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will occur Friday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m. and conference sessions will take place Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at North Carolina Central University. DPS expects interest to be high, so act fast. If you would like to attend, please inform Dr. Hogans.

  • KENAN FELLOWS PROJECTS AVAILABLE TO DURHAM TEACHERS The Kenan Fellows Program currently has four fellowships open to Durham Teachers: From the Mountains to the Outer Banks with the NC State Climate Office is open to teachers of all grades and all disciplines, Biogen Foundation Young Scientists Research Challenge Fellowships are open to teachers grades 6-12 in any discipline, and Cells and More Cells with Dr. Amy Maddox and Memories and Fruit Flies with Dr. Toshihide Hige, both at UNC Chapel Hill, are open to STEM teachers in grades 6-12. Applications close January 27th. More details and application information can be found at the Kenan Fellows website. Contact Emma Refvem with any questions.

  • Homebase Maintenance Weekend (Beginning Friday, January 20) There is a tentative PowerSchool maintenance weekend scheduled from the end of the day Friday, January 20, returning to service by 7 am Monday morning, January 23.

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-January 28-29

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday 10am-2pm

      • Sunday 1pm-6pm

  • PLC Agenda Items

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (1/23/23) Encore Day F

  1. National Pie Day

Tuesday (1/24/23) Encore Day A

  1. Reports Cards Ready for View

  2. Internation Day of Education/National Compliment/National Peanut Butter Day


Wednesday (1/25/23) Encore Day B

  1. Reports Cards Printed/Staff Meeting 2:45

  2. Caleb Auffret Principal of the Day/ LR Elementary Chorus Winter Concert 6:30

  3. Opposite Day

  4. 88th  Day of school – 1/2 way point – 88 more school days!


Thursday (1/26/23)
Encore Day C

  1. National Green Juice/International Customs Day


Friday (1/27/23)
Encore Day D

  1. National Chocolate Cake/National Fun at Work Day

Up Coming Dates
1/31 – Hot Chocolate Day
2/1 – First day of Black History Month
2/2 –  4th Grade to NC Science Museum
2/6 – SI-L Meeting 2:45
2/8 – Early Release
2/8-2/15 – Kids Heart Challenge Events (During PE class)
2/14 – Valentine’s Day/ Red, White & Pink Day
2/17 – Kids Heart Challenge Slime Event
2/20 – Teacher Workday
2/21 – Evening To Shine (Formerly Evening of Entertainment)
2/22 – Jack Morton Principal of the Day
2/22 – Staff Meeting 2:45

 

Sunday Bulletin:   

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • At its January 19 meeting, the DPS Board voted to approve the Growing Together proposal. This vote updates the school assignment plan for the district, starting in the 2024-2025 school year. You can reference information on the proposal in Dr. Hogan’s weekly update from last week. As a part of the five region model set to now be implemented, Little River will become the third elementary Montessori program beginning in 2024-2025. A copy of the presentation to the Board can be found on the DPS website, or available in Dr. Hogans’ weekly update tomorrow.

  • Also included in Dr. Hogans’ weekly update will be registration information for the upcoming Little River Robotics Saturday Academy for students in grades 4-8, referenced in last week’s update.

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom!

FBB #21

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of January 16, 2023

Put First Things First –

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Bernard Sterling  bernard_sterling@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

    • Professional Learning Opportunities (Optional) for January 17 January 17, 2023 optional Traditional work day. See professional development opportunities below:

    • For Classified Staff & Staff who supervise Classified Staff: Staff who supervise Classified Staff should conduct a mid-year conference to review performance. This conference should be conducted by January 31. Please use the Classified Evaluation Instrument revised November 2019. Review it here as a template for your conference. This conference is not an evaluation and does not need to be submitted to Dr. Hogans; however, supervising staff should meet with Dr. Hogans if it is likely that any performance area will be noted ‘Needs Improvement’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ at the mid-year conference.

    • Declaration of Intent See last week’s FBB. The  survey is projected to be live from January 23, 2023 until February 10, 2023. All staff must complete.

    • MATH ENRICHMENT MATERIALS FOR GRADES 4-8 COMING SOON DPS is leveraging Math Enrichment funds for grades 4-8 to provide EOG review books for each student enrolled in EOG math courses (4th-8th grade math). The book that will be purchased is from School Specialty. Please share questions to Dr. Hogans.

    • Leave and Health Update: Note that with Covid-19 related leave that State contagious leave may be applicable. State contagious leave for Covid-19 is still potentially available for those but a lab-certified PCR positive test (not an at-home COVID-19 test) coupled with the letter from the Durham Health Department must be provided..

    • Little River Robotics Academy: Little River is slated to begin a Robotics Saturday Academy beginning in February and operating through March (ending the week before Spring Break).

    • Weekend/Afterhours Access-January 21-22

  • The building will be closed Monday, January 16.

 

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (1/16/23) Encore Day 0

  1. Holiday/MLK Day

Tuesday (1/17/23) Encore Day 0

  1. Teacher Workday

  2. ALL GRADES IN PS


Wednesday (1/18/23) Encore Day C

  1. Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off

  2. National Thesaurus Day


Thursday (1/19/23)
Encore Day D

  1. Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off

  2. MS Verification Due to Dawn

  3. National Popcorn Day


Friday (1/20/23)
Encore Day E

  1. Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off

  2. National DJ/National Cheese Lovers Day

Up Coming Dates
1/24 – Reports Cards Ready for View
1/24 – Reports Cards Printed/Staff Meeting
1/25 – Caleb Auffret Principal of the Day/ LR Elementary Chorus Winter Concert
1/31 – Hot Chocolate Day
2/1 – First day of Black History Month
2/2 –  4th Grade to NC Science Museum
2/6 – SI-L Meeting 2:45
2/8 – Early Release
2/8-2/15 – Kids Heart Challenge Events (During PE class)
2/14 – Valentine’s Day/ Red, White & Pink Day
2/17 – Kids Heart Challenge Slime Event
2/20 – Teacher Workday
2/21 – Evening To Shine (Formerly Evening of Entertainment)
2/22 – Jack Morton Principal of the Day
2/22 – Staff Meeting 2:45

Sunday Bulletin: 

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • Thank you for those of you able to come out to our PTO meeting last Monday. Your support and partnership is very much appreciated. We also are grateful for the staff lunch provided on Wednesday. We appreciate the work of our PTO in supporting our students!

  • There will be no school on Monday and Tuesday of this week due to the holiday and teacher workday. School will resume on Wednesday, January 18. 

  • In last week’s email update from Dr. Hogans, he shared that Little River is slated to begin a Robotics Saturday Academy beginning in February for students in grades 4-8. Look for registration information this week. The Little River Robotics Academy will operate through March 18.

  • One last item, for those who are impacted by the adjustment to car-rider lane access, we thank you for your patience. Little River will have its roof replaced over the next few months and part of the parking lot is being used for staging of materials. We appreciate your cooperation!

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

 

FBB #20

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of January 9, 2023

Put First Things First –

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Bernard Sterling  bernard_sterling@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Teachers (K-5)-Framework for Promotion/Retention Decisions-Report Cards are scheduled to be distributed the week of January 24. For students whose performance may signal them as potential candidates for retention recommendation later in the year, please send home this letter with student report card and note in the Kid Talk spreadsheet in the labeled column you have sent the letter home. As you reflect on student performance, consider these interventions as you contemplate supports for student progress. (FYI: The letter will be followed in quarter 4 with this letter.)

  • Teacher Legislated Performance Bonuses DPS has received the lists from the state and are processing the bonuses for the areas below. These bonuses will be paid after the regular payroll and no later than January 31, 2023. Teachers should receive individual notification if they will receive a bonus by January 15, 2023.

  • 3rd Grade Reading Bonus

  • 4th and 5th Grade Reading Bonus

  • 4th through 8th Grade Math Bonus

  • Professional Learning Opportunities (Optional) for January 17 Please see the Quarter 3 At-A-Glance for professional learning offerings for January 17, 2023 optional Traditional work day.   This document will be populated and refreshed with all options for professional learning days during quarter 3, so check back frequently for updates. 

  • Professional Learning Opportunities for Instructional Assistants Professional learning opportunities have been planned for Instructional Assistants for the remainder of the school year. Plans were made based on the requests that were shared in a Google Form sent earlier this school year as well as with input from principals.  All opportunities occur on Traditional Calendar teacher workdays. Please contact Dr. Hogans with questions regarding learning opportunities for instructional assistants. See current offerings here.

  • Declaration of Intent DPS is planning to implement a district-wide declaration of intent process for employees this year. This is different from the intent form completed for Dr. Hogans in December. Look for more information soon regarding this item.

  • Safe Schools All DPS employees are required to complete their online Safe Schools courses. Please remember to login and complete each course assigned.  If you have questions or need technical assistance, please contact  Dr. Hogans or Safety and Security by emailing safetyandsecurity@dpsnc.net.

  • Common Fire Marshal Violations DPS is committed to keeping our schools free of fire code violations to ensure the safety of students and staff. Please remember to follow the items listed in the Common Fire Code Violations for Classrooms/Offices document.  All schools are inspected bi-annually by the Durham County Fire Marshal’s Office, and principals conduct two monthly inspections to ensure school safety.  

  • DPS Appliance, Space Heater, and Electrical Policy and Guidelines Updated DPS Appliance and Electrical Guidelines can be found here. These guidelines provide information regarding the use of electrical appliances in classrooms, school locations and central service sites. Effective February 1st, 2023, the DPS community is to follow these guidelines in reference to appliances and electrical components in all schools and central service buildings. If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please contact Safety and Security at safetyandsecurity@dpsnc.net or (919) 560-3607.

  • Kyte Learning All DPS employees have accounts with Kyte Learning, a web-based professional learning tool. Courses are designed on a variety of technology topics and are designed to meet the needs of all employees. Users can search topics such as Google, Outlook, and Microsoft Excel. Here is a presentation on how to login and search topics in Kyte Learning. Please direct questions to Dr. Hogans.

  • At the December 9 meeting of the School Board, DPS approved changes to the 2023-24 traditional and year-round calendars. The changes reflect required teacher workdays needed to support mandatory LETRS training for elementary teachers and add two optional teacher workdays that are necessary to meet the 215 contractual required days. The calendars posted to the DPS website under the Calendars tab.

    • Traditional

  • August 17-18: Optional Teacher Workday

  • August 21, November 1, February 19: Required Teacher Workday

  • Thank you staff for responding to the Kid Talk/MTSS Quick Check poll prior to Winter Break!

  • Thank you staff for participating in the Winter Break Shutdown!

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-Jan 14-15

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday 10am-2pm

      • Sunday 1pm-6pm

  • PLC Agenda Items

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (1/9/23) Encore Day D

  1. Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Tuesday (1/10/23) Encore Day E

  1. National Houseplant Appreciation Day


Wednesday (1/11/23) Encore Day F

  1. Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off

  2. Piano Recital 6:30

  3. National Clean Off Your Desk/National Milk/Human Trafficking Awareness Day


Thursday (1/12/23)
Encore Day A

  1. Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off

  2. National Marzipan/National Pharmacist Day


Friday (1/13/23)
Encore Day B

  1. End of Semester 1

  2. Pattern Day

  3. Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off

  4. Korean American/National Gluten-Free/Stephen Foster Memorial Day

Up Coming Dates

1/11 – 1/20 – Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off
1/16 – Holiday/MLK Day
1/17 – Teacher Workday
1/17 – ALL GRADES IN PS
1/19 – MS Verification Due to Dawn
1/24 – Reports Cards Ready for View
1/25 – Half way mark for school year, 88 days so far 88 more to go
1/24 – Reports Cards Printed/Staff Meeting
1/25 – Caleb Auffret Principal of the Day/ LR Elementary Chorus Winter Concert
1/31 – Hot Chocolate Day

Sunday Bulletin: 

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • We hope each of you has had a great break and an even better return to school last week. Thank you for the gifts and cards prior to Winter Break. Thank you also for your support of Operation Hope and your support of our Joys and Toys program. We are also grateful for the donations of our community benefactors to our cafeteria balance. It was very nice to reflect on the appreciation of our community during the holiday season as we return to close out the second quarter and begin the third quarter in just over a week. 

  • Speaking of the community, the PTO is scheduled to meet tomorrow evening. We hope each of you will be able to join us we continue to reflect on support projects and plan future events for the year.

  • Lastly, in follow up to the district communication parents have received about updates to district protocols for visiting during instructional hours. Please refer to the school parent student handbook found on our school website under the ‘Parents’ tab. Look for the sections for Volunteers and Classroom Visits. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Hogans.

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom!  

FBB #19

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of Dec 19, 2022

Put First Things First –

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- people work effectively and efficiently with others to All Posts achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Joes Rebollo   Joes_Rebollo@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Holiday Meal for Staff, Tuesday, December 20! Happy Holidays Everyone!

  • Professional Learning Dates for December There are 2 separate professional learning dates for teachers (and IAs) during December on the traditional calendar. December 20 is a professional learning date for teachers (and IAs). December 21 is an optional teacher workday. (There is no school based training scheduled for this day.) All traditional teachers will have Quarter 3 curriculum unpacking sessions on December 20, 2022. These unpacking sessions are scheduled to be virtual. On December 20, we will also offer a holiday meal for staff!

  • Little River was recently recognized for having consistent coverage for staff absences. This is due to staff timely communication regarding needs, proactive preparation for substitute planning, team effort in coverage, and a reliable substitute core. Thank you for showing up each and every day!

  • Technology Support During Holiday Break Students should take Chromebooks home during holiday break, in the event, due to weather/extenuating circumstances, DPS pivots to remote learning.

  • Teachers MTSS Quick check 2022-2023 brought an updated process to our data collection and progress monitoring process with the change to our Kid Talk Spreadsheet. Please take a few moments to take this short anonymous poll to help survey the strengths and challenges of our school updated Kid Talk Spreadsheet as well as MTSS protocol.

  • Winter Break Shutdown Guide Please do the following before you leave for Winter Break:

  • Unplug all personal appliances (clear and disinfect mini-fridges, leaving the door ajar)

  • Close Your Blinds

  • Turn off your lights at the switch (do not rely of room sensors)

  • Close Your Door

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access

    • The building will be closed December 22-January 2.

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (12/19/22) Encore Day F

Tuesday (12/20/22) Encore Day 0

  1. Early Release/No Elementary Encore

  2. Little River Holiday Lunch/pick-up

  3. International Human Solidarity Day


Wednesday (12/21/22) Encore Day 

  1. Teacher Workday

  2. Winter Solstice


Thursday (12/22/22)
Encore Day 

  1. Holiday


Friday (12/23/22)
Encore Day 

  1. Holiday

Up Coming Dates

12-21 – 1/2 Winter Break
12/25 – Christmas Day
12/26 – Kwanzaa Begins
1/3 – Workday
1/11 – 1/20 – Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser Kick Off
1/11 – Piano Recital 6:30
1/13 – End of Semester 1
1/13 – Pattern Day
1/16 – Holiday/MLK Day
1/17 – Teacher Workday
1/17 – ALL GRADES IN PS
1/19 – MS Verification Due to Dawn
1/24 – Reports Cards Ready for View
1/25 – Reports Cards Printed/Staff Meeting
1/25 – Caleb Auffret Principal of the Day/ LR Elementary Chorus Winter Concert
1/31 – Hot Chocolate Day

Sunday Bulletin:   

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • We hope each of you is gearing up for a great break.

  • In November DPS launched the Edulog app. Effective January 1, 2023, DPS will replace the current Here Comes the Bus tracking app. The new Edulog app is available now for download and use. Use it not only for bus tracking, but to receive updates from school! Edulog’s Parent Portal is available on the Apple App See Dr. Hogans’ weekly update tomorrow for how to download.

  • School will close for winter break this week: Tuesday is an early release day, students will dismiss at 12:15; school is closed from Wednesday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 3. School will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

That is all for now. Enjoy the break, however you choose to spend it, whether in holiday or reflection. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! The next Sunday phone message will be Sunday, January 9. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

FBB #18

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of Dec 12, 2022

Put First Things First –

Habit 4: Think Win-Win- people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Joes Rebollo   Joes_Rebollo@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Little Shops Vendor Show at Little River, December 10, 1 – 5pm, over 50 local vendors participating!

  • Staff Meeting (December 14): The agenda for our scheduled December staff meeting will be holiday themed. We will gather for general announcements for fifteen minutes and then for the remaining duration go into community activity for those interested in participating. (Those not participating may be dismissed from the staff meeting.) We will move the original agenda of sharing out grade/program level WIG’s to our January staff meeting (January 25).

  • Thank you for submitting your Leadership Grant ideas! If your team needs more time to develop your proposal, please let Dr. Hogans know.

  • Staff Intent for 2023-2024: All staff please complete Staff Intent form 2023-2024. This is a nonbinding survey designed to help in planning for 2023-2024 and for planning in the opening of the Montessori program in 2024-2025. Please complete by December 15.

  • Thank you teachers and staff for your help and support with Benchmark administration this past week! Kudos to Ms. Kinder and Mr. Crutchfield on the school plan!

  • Safety: several school safety stories have been reported in the media recently. A hoax audio recording was sent to law enforcement agencies in multiple locations including Durham and Raleigh alleging a shooting incident on a school campus. A school shooting incident occurred this past week in Wake County. You may be fielding school safety questions from parents and perhaps students. Share that Little River, as with all schools, does have a Safe Schools Plan to respond to a variety of scenarios. Further, please ensure your adherence to school safety protocols like keeping your doors locked at all times, ensuring that your emergency plan rosters are up-to-date, and overviewing drill protocols with your students in an age appropriate, developmentally responsive manner. 

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-December 10, 17-18

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday, Dec 10, 10am-6pm (Adjusted for PTO Little Shops)

      • Saturday, Dec 17 10am-2pm

      • Sunday (Dec 11 & 18) 1pm-6pm

  • PLC Agenda Items

    • Teams may forgo PLC meetings for this week due to Dec 20 ERD.

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (12/12/22) Encore Day A

  1. First day of Secret Santa

  2. Gingerbread House/National Poinsettia Day

Tuesday (12/13/22) Encore Day B

  1. Second Day of Secret Santa

  2. National Guard Birthday


Wednesday (12/14/22) Encore Day C

  1. Third Day of Secret Santa

  2. Staff Meeting 2:45/White Elephant Game

  3. Northern Durham Winter Chorus Concert at Northern HS 7:00pm

  4. National Free Shipping Day


Thursday (12/15/22)
Encore Day D

  1. Fourth Day of Secret Santa

  2. National Cup Cake/Bill of Rights/National Wear Your Pearls Day


Friday (12/16/22)
Encore Day E

  1. Reveal Day for Secret Santa

  2. National Chocolate covered anything/National Ugly Seater Day

Up Coming Dates

12/18 – Hanukkah Begins
12/20 – Pajama Day
12/20 – Early Release – Staff Lunch Pick-up
12-21 – 1/2 Winter Break
12/25 – Christmas Day
12/26 -Kwanzaa Begins
1/1 – New Year’s Day
1/3 – Workday
1/13 – Pattern Day

Sunday Bulletin: 

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • We thank you for your support of our PTO Little Shops event yesterday. We hope you had a great time. Thank you also to those of you who came out to the PTO meeting last week as well as those who bought dinner at Alpaca on Tuesday evening. We appreciate your support of the school.

  • This Wednesday evening several of our chorus students will perform  in the Northern Durham Chorus Collaboration with Northern High School, and Lucas and Carrington Middle Schools at Northern High School. We hope you can come out and support this student performance.

  • Also, for parents of students readying to take the ACCESS assessment later in the year, please be reminded of the preparation academies scheduled to begin this upcoming Saturday. Contact Dr. Hogans for more information.

  • Lastly, it’s that time of year to donate to our annual Operation Hope program: We are taking donations for New Undergarments (Underwear, T – shirts, Socks) and Gently Used Clothing (Pants, Shirts, Sweaters) for those in our community who may be experiencing homelessness. Bins are placed at the front lobby of the school to receive contributions.  

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

FBB #17

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of Dec 5, 2022

Think Win-Win

Habit 4: Think Win-Win, people work effectively and efficiently with others to achieve optimal results. Competitive and selfish behaviors  produce win-lose or even lose-lose outcomes. A win-win mentality is a balancing act between courage and consideration that ensures true collaboration taking place in all conflicts.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Joes Rebollo   Joes_Rebollo@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Benchmark Assessments This Week in Grades 3-8

    • Testing Schedule

      • Monday 12/5: ELA grades 3-8 8:00 -10:00 AM

      • Tuesday 12/6: Science grades 5-8 8:00 – 10:00 AM

      • Thursday 12/8: Math grades 3-8 8:00 – 10:00 AM

      • (Makeups will happen on Wednesday 12/7 and Friday 12/9)

    • Encore

Encore Testing Schedule Monday 12/5 Tuesday 12/6  Thursday 12/8
10:46-11:31  MS – 5th Period C MS – 1st Period MS – 2nd Period
11:45-12:30 ES Normal Schedule Day B ES Normal Schedule Day C ES Normal Schedule Day E
12:35-1:20 ES Normal ScheduleDay B ES Normal Schedule Day C ES Normal Schedule Day E
1:25-2:10 ES Normal ScheduleDay B ES Normal Schedule Day C ES Normal Schedule Day E
  • Staff Meeting Agenda for December 14 Staff Meeting will be Leader in Me Focused: Program/Grade levels will share Program/Level WIG’s.

    • SchoolWide WIG’s

      • By June 2023, using the Leader in Me Framework, LRS Grade Level Proficiency will average 55% as compared to 42% in 2021-2022.

      • By June 2023, utilizing the Leader in Me Framework, 80% of LRS students participating in the Student Climate Survey will continue to report “overall, LR is a good place to attend and to Learn.”

  • Professional Learning Dates for December There are 2 separate professional learning dates for teachers (and IAs) during December on the traditional calendar. December 20 is a professional learning date for teachers (and IAs). December 21 is an optional teacher workday. All traditional teachers will have Quarter 3 curriculum unpacking sessions on December 20, 2022. These unpacking sessions are scheduled to be virtual. On December 20, we will also offer a holiday meal for staff and host White Elephant for interested participants. 

  • Classroom Celebrations: Please communicate to the office the day/time for your classroom celebrations, should you plan to hold them, particularly if you plan to have parent participation.

  • BOOK CLUB: THE HOME PLACE BY J. DREW LANHAM This winter, Outdoor Learning Specialist, Erin Carroll, and Riverside High School English Teacher, Emily Ericson, will be hosting a 6-session book club for DPS faculty and staff. Together we will read and discuss the book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Sessions will take place every Tuesday starting January 10th through February 14th. These sessions will be held in person at Riverside High School to allow for in depth discussions and associated application activities. When registering, please ensure that you will be able to make all future meetings: January 17th, 24th, 31st, February 8th and 14th. You may register here. Questions can be directed to Erin Carroll or Emily Ericson.

  • “Call for School Food Advocates” DPS School Nutrition is embarking on a process of system redesign for school meal programs. DPS wants students to be at the center of this process with support from families, teachers, staff, administrators, and the community. And, in addition to student meals, DPS is exploring how our department can best serve all the caring adults across DPS. If you are a teacher or administrator who is interested in learning more and/or serving in an advisory role as we begin this work, please complete this GoogleForm. If you have questions, please email Dr. Linden Thayer(linden_thayer@dpsnc.net).

  • Leadership Grant Grant Proposals Due December 9.

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-December 10-11

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday 10am-2pm

      • Sunday 1pm-6pm

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (12/5/22) Encore Day B

  1.  International Volunteer Day

Tuesday (12/6/22) Encore Day C

  1. National Gazpacho/National Miners/St. Nicholas Day


Wednesday (12/7/22) Encore Day D

  1. Pearl Harbor Remembrance/International Civil Aviation/National Letter Writing Day


Thursday (12/8/22)
Encore Day E

  1. Morgan Collins BABY SHOWER  in Hallmets room B1-2:30

  2. National Brownie Day


Friday (12/9/22)
Encore Day F

  1. National Lama/Christmas Card Day

Up Coming Dates
12/14 – Staff Meeting
12/14 – Northern Durham Winter Chorus Concert at Northern HS 7:00pm
12/12-12/16 – Secret Santa
12/20 – Early Release – Staff Holiday Party 12:45
12-21 – 1/2 Winter Break
1/3 – Workday

Sunday Bulletin: 

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • PTO will meet on Monday evening at 6pm.

  • PTO dine out night at Alpaca will be Tuesday evening.

  • Thank you parents for your tremendous support of the PTO Paper Drive. Our teachers greatly appreciate your generous donations of paper to help serve your students!

  • Students in grade 3 through 8 will take our midyear benchmark testing this week. Testing will start promptly at 8am, so please be certain your child arrives at school on time. 

  • We also hope you can join us at our Holiday Vendor Show, Little River Shops at Little River the Saturday, Dec. 10th here at Little River from 1-5pm Zaxby’s lunch will be available for purchase, there are tons of raffle prizes and shop with over 50 local vendors to complete your holiday shopping!

  • Lastly, it’s that time of year to donate to our annual Operation Hope program: We are taking donations for New Undergarments (Underwear, T – shirts, Socks) and Gently Used Clothing (Pants, Shirts, Sweaters) for those in our community who may be experiencing homelessness. Bins are placed at the front lobby of the school to receive contributions.

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

FBB #16

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of Nov 28, 2022

Put First Things First –
Habit 3: Put First Things First is about time management. The Time Matrix® provides a model for identifying and prioritizing tasks based on urgency and importance. Truly effective people ensure the most meaningful tasks related to their personal mission statement are accounted for in weekly and daily planning.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Joes Rebollo   Joes_Rebollo@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Grade 5 and Grade 7 Students will participate in the Student Climate Survey this week. More information to be shared in PLC.

  • DonorsChoose is planning for a big Giving Tuesday (November 29) for Teachers! They will be doubling all donations on Giving Tuesday, November 29th! PTO is hoping to support Little River teachers with this effort! If you have a Donors Choose, or you set one up before this time, please email PTO directly and send them your link! They will aggressively share your projects on Tuesday 11/29 and PTO will do everything it can to get you funded!

  • Holiday Shutdown for Energy Conservation The upcoming holiday break is a great opportunity for the district to conserve energy while buildings are unoccupied. Before you leave for the holiday, please do the following to help the effort:

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-December 3-4

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday 10am-2pm

      • Sunday 1pm-6pm

  • PLC Agenda Items

    • SEL Kid Talk (All Grades)

Student Climate Survey Admin Directions (Grade 5 & 7)

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (11/28/22) Encore Day C

  1.  National French Toast Day

Tuesday (11/29/22) Encore Day D

  1. Giving Tuesday


Wednesday (11/30/22) Encore Day E

  1. 2:45pm-3:30pm, Staff Meeting re Benchmarks (Grade 3-8/Support Staff)

  2. National Mason Jar/National Personal Space Day


Thursday (12/1/22)
Encore Day F

  1. National Christmas Lights Day


Friday (12/2/22)
Encore Day A

  1. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

 

Up Coming Dates
12/14 – Staff Meeting
12/14 – Northern Durham Winter Chorus Concert at Northern HS 7:00pm
12/12-12/16 – Secret Santa
12/20 – Early Release – Staff Holiday Party 12:45
12-21 – 1/2 Winter Break
1/3 – Workday

Sunday Bulletin:  

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • Welcome back from the recent break. We hope that each of you has enjoyed your time and are ready for a full week of school as we work toward Winter Break.

  • Students in  fifth and seventh grade will be taking a survey regarding school climate and the overall learning environment at our school this week. This survey will help our school learn more about the school’s climate and safety and to help make our school better along with supporting student success. Please encourage your child to take the survey seriously and answer questions honestly.  Thank you for your help and support with our Student Climate Survey.  

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

FBB #15

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of Nov 21, 2022

Put First Things First –
Habit 3: Put First Things First is about time management. The Time Matrix® provides a model for identifying and prioritizing tasks based on urgency and importance. Truly effective people ensure the most meaningful tasks related to their personal mission statement are accounted for in weekly and daily planning.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Joes Rebollo   Joes_Rebollo@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Wednesday, November 23 is a built in Annual Leave day for 10 month staff. No leave form needs to be submitted for this day by 10 month staff. However, this day is a work day for 11 & 12 month staff. Eleven and 12 month staff must submit a leave form for this day if taking leave.

  • Teachers (3-8) Case 21 Benchmark 1 windows (“MOY”) 

    • Traditional CALENDAR (Yearlong COURSES) = December 5-13

    • There will be a called staff meeting of staff to be involved in Benchmark testing the week of November 28. The purpose of this meeting will be to prepare for the Benchmark. Look for notice soon.

  • DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR ALL DPS STUDENTS & STAFF The Durham County Library offers several resources to support teachers, students, and families.

    • Bull City Slam Account- (ENG/ESP) DPS students have Durham County Library cards with their NCEdCloud user ID.  Students should see their school media coordinator to activate their Bull City Slam account. All DPS teachers can get a Bull City Slam account with their NCEdCloud user ID by visiting the Durham County Library Main Branch.

    • Brainfuse Tutoring– (ENG/ESP) DPS students can access online tutoring and homework help using their Durham County Library Card or Bull City Slam Account.

    •  CultureGram– (ENG/ESP) DPS students and staff also have access to CultureGram, a leading reference resource for reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.

  • SORA- EBOOK ACCESS FOR ALL DPS STUDENTS & STAFF All DPS students and staff have access to ebooks, audio books, and magazines via SORA website or mobile app by using your DPS google account login. For additional guidance see SORA guides.

  • Professional Learning Dates for December There are 2 separate professional learning dates for teachers (and IAs) during December on the traditional calendar. December 20 is a professional learning date for teachers (and IAs). December 21 is an optional teacher workday. All traditional teachers will have Quarter 3 curriculum unpacking sessions on December 20, 2022. At-A-Glance documents of professional learning will be released the last week of November for each professional learning day, and staff can always find professional learning using the PL Catalog. 

  • (Instructional Assistants/Teacher Assistants) Professional Learning for Instructional Assistants! The Office of Equity and Professional Development is working to create meaningful professional learning for Instructional assistants at all levels.  To help with this task, please complete this link (instructional assistants) to help us determine what they would like to learn.  

  • Teachers (K-3) mCLASS MOY TRAINING On December 7th from 3:30 – 4:30pm, Amplify will offer a webinar to help teachers prepare for a successful MOY administration using the mCLASS tools. Teachers can register here.

  • Political Neutrality in the Classroom Teachers are invited to a professional development program from UNC and NC State University Philosophy departments to equip educators to confront America’s “knowledge crisis”.    Participants will have the opportunity to think through dilemmas of educational practice that arise when teaching about politically contentious topics, such as the history and legacy of American racism or gender identity.   Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. CEU certificates will be awarded upon completion. Register Here: go.unc.edu/classroomneutrality.  

    • Date: January 14, 2023 (Saturday)

    • Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

    • Location: Poe Hall, NC State University (2310 Katharine Stinson Dr., Raleigh, NC 

  • DPS Soft-Launches Mobile App Families, students, and community members can now get DPS news and information via smart phones and other mobile devices with the district’s new mobile app. The app will soft launch this weekend at the Showcase of Schools but is available for download for your review now. In addition to district news and updates, app users can customize the app by selecting schools for direct information and communication.  The app supports Priority 4 of DPS’s Strategic Plan by enhancing communication with district stakeholders. It is available in the Apple App and Google Play stores by searching for “Durham Public Schools.

  • Homebase Maintenance Weekend The PowerSchool application will be brought down, Friday, November 18, 2022, and returned to service by 7am Monday morning, November 21, 2022.  The application will be made accessible to all users once maintenance is complete.

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-November 23-27

    • The building will be closed November 23-27.

  • PLC Agenda Items

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (11/21/22) Encore Day A

  1. World Hello Day/World Television Day

  2. PTO ZAXBY Night 5-8

Tuesday (11/22/22) Encore Day B

  1. Go For A Ride Day


Wednesday (11/23/22) Encore Day 0

  1. Annual Leave


Thursday (11/24/22)
Encore Day 0

  1. Thanksgiving Holiday


Friday (11/25/22)
Encore Day 0

  1. Annual Leave

Up Coming Dates
12/7 – LR Elementary Chorus Winter Concert 6:30-7:00pm (rescheduled to Jan. 25)
12/12-12/16 – Secret Santa
12/14 – Staff Meeting
12/14 – Northern Durham Winter Chorus Concert at Northern HS 7:00pm
12/20 – Early Release
12-21 – 1/2 Winter Break
1/3 – Workday

Sunday Bulletin: 

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • School will break for the holiday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. School will resume Monday, November 28. 

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

 

FBB #14

The River Way, Every Day!

Updates for the week of Nov 14, 2022

Put First Things First –
Habit 3: Put First Things First is about time management. The Time Matrix® provides a model for identifying and prioritizing tasks based on urgency and importance. Truly effective people ensure the most meaningful tasks related to their personal mission statement are accounted for in weekly and daily planning.

Staff Links

Car Rider Link

Calendar

 Master Schedule  

PLC Folder

Staff Handbook

Outdoor Classroom Sign-up 

DPS Central (curriculum resources)

Joes Rebollo   Joes_Rebollo@dpsnc.net  Please email Mr. Rebollo for custodial issues.

Electronic Financial Forms Web Links

HR Forms – Sick/Vacation Leave Forms

    1. Link to the HR Forms Web Page (Click Here)
    2. Next, scroll/click on Leave_Form_short_version.pdf
    3. Complete the form and sent to Dr. Hogans electronically

Payroll

Purchasing Department

From Cory’s Desk

  • Equity 501 – Advancing #BlackandLatinXcellence in DPS -Staff Meeting, November 16, 2:45-3:30, Zoom.

  • DPS Wellness Fair-November 20-Please see the Wellness Fair Flyer in (English) and (Spanish). What it’s about: A day of workshops and experiences to practice and learn about wellness and mental health for yourself and/or for students. Workshops range from Laugh Yoga to Suicide Prevention to LGBTQIA+ Wellness. This event is ideal for all ages and across all identities, allowing for intergenerational learning. There will also be a community organization fair where you can connect with local Durham orgs, opportunities to engage with the community, and more. Click here to register for the event

  • Showcase of Schools-November 19, 10am-1pm, sign up here for shifts.

  • Montessori Study Group/Growing Together-We had a great visit to Morehead on November 8. There will be a coordinated visit to Watts after the New Year during the instructional day to further build on Montessori awareness. Look for more information soon.

  • Leadership Grant Proposal Deadline-December 9

  • Weekend/Afterhours Access-November 19-20

    • Use this link to Sign-In. Choose the ‘After/off hours access sign-in’ in the Purpose drop down. 

      • Saturday 10am-2pm

      • Sunday 1pm-6pm

    • FYI-The building will be closed November 23-27.

  • PLC Agenda Items

 

From Andy’s Desk

Wave Makers- Link

 

Monday (11/14/22) Encore Day B

  1. National Family PJ/World Diabetes/National Pickle Day

Tuesday (11/15/22Encore Day C

  1. Americas Recycles/National Drummer/National Clean Out your Refrigerator Day

  2. Last day to fill out Secret Santa Google Form


Wednesday (11/16/22)
Encore Day D

  1. Staff Meeting 24:45

  2. International Day for Tolerance/National Fast Food/World COPD Day


Thursday (11/17/22)
Encore Day E

  1. Camo Day

  2. 1st & 2nd Grade to Museum of Life & Science

  3. National Hiking/National Homemade Bread/Great American Smokeout /World Pancreatic Cancer/International Students’ Day


Friday (11/18/22)
Encore Day F

  1. Picture Make-ups

  2. Hot Apple Cider Day -Cider in the Green Room

  3. National Princess Day

  4. Last day to draw for Secret Santa (see Terri)

Up Coming Dates
11/21 – PTO ZAXBY Night 5-8
11/23-25 – Thanksgiving/Annual Leave & Holiday
12/7 – LR Elementary Chorus Winter Concert 6:30-7:00pm
12/14 – Staff Meeting
12/14 – Northern Durham Winter Chorus Concert at Northern HS 7:00pm
12/12-12/16 – Secret Santa
12/20 – Early Release
12-21 – 1/2 Winter Break
1/3 – Workday

Sunday Bulletin:  

Good evening Beavers! This is Ms. Moose for Principal Hogans with some notes for this week. 

  • We hope that you have had a great long weekend and are ready for this full week of school.

  • Thank you for those of you who were able to come out last week’s PTO meeting. We appreciate your support of our teachers.

  • We also hope that your conferences with your child’s teacher have been productive and informative.

That is all for now. And remember: after replanting our seeds in Beaver Nation, Little River leaders are ready to blossom! 

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