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By executive order of our governor, public schools across North Carolina are closed due to COVID-19 through May 15. To address these closings, UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to support school-age children learning at home by providing free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access (for more information phone: 919-549-7000).

Watch Rootle Online Anytime!   ( https://www.unctv.org/watch/channels/rootle/)
Watch Rootle, your 24/7 PBS KIDS destination for wholesome, educational and entertaining content for children ages two to eight.  Additionally, each weekday, two blocks of programs on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel will serve students: fourth through eighth grade, from 8 AM-1 PM, and ninth through twelfth grade, from 1-6 PM.  These educational program blocks are available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online here. Specific details can be found at:  https://www.unctv.org/unctv-at-home-learning/


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Published by Beverly McClellan on April 1, 2020

        


The Constellation NewsletterAPRIL 2020

 

Volume 12, Issue 8

The Constellation:
An Assemblage, Collection or Gathering of a Splendid, Radiant or Excellent Sort

ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS

Bookmark for AASL's promotion of School Library Month

The media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, collaborated with each faculty member on plans for incorporating media resources in lessons especially because April is National  School Library Month and it is also National Poetry Month.

All students are able to participate in these observances.  Students and teachers continue to use the free online sources recommended by the media coordinator to increase the minutes spent reading.  Some of the resources will remain on display from our February celebration of Black History Month and the March celebration of Women’s History Month. Books on display promote the various subjects available in our media center. Reading and recommending books and periodicals to read are great ways to participate.

National Poetry Month, an idea from the Academy of American Poets, was started in April 1996. Over the years, it has become one of the largest literary celebrations in the world with people and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

There were opportunities for students to read both fiction and nonfiction books with the exact same titles too. When a class reads a title together they can help each other out with comprehension. They can also compare books in a series that were written by the same author. Prioritizing reading a title as a class increases making reading more fun for each member of the class. During April students had fun reading about the season of Spring since it started on March 19th.  Students really like reading ebooks (electronic books) about a variety of subjects.

The Donors Choose grant for Kindergarten through Second graders for media made it possible for us to get the opportunity to continue reading the periodical, Times for Kids. Front cover of an issue of Time for Kids

Now they are launching the TIME for Kids Digital Library—a collection of 2020 TIME for Kids. The e-magazine format lets kids flip through magazines as they would have done with print editions. The digital library will be free for the rest of this school year, made possible by Google, AT&T, HP and PwC Charitable Foundation.

Each week, they will offer four grade-specific editions of TIME for Kids (new or from the archives). They have also promised to add monthly new editions of Your $, a financial-literacy e-magazine.

Educators can also use the virtual-learning plans and complete access to the teaching materials at timeforkids.com and in the weekly newsletter. Both families and educators can stay informed by reading all of the articles available at timeforkids.com.  We are familiar with ebooks so now it is time to familiarize ourselves with E-MAGAZINES.

Image of chairs facing a book fair sign with plants in them

 

A retired Cumberland County Schools horticulturalist, Mr. Vines, worked with several classes with his donations of plants and supplies. The plants continue to grow and make the media center look vibrant.

 

The media coordinator collaborated with people from the: Cumberland County Association of Educators; North Carolina Association of Educators; and the National Education Association. Resources from these advocates were shared with the FEES faculty and staff with displays of information in the Professional Room (which is now located in the Supplementary Room) in the media center.

The media coordinator collaborated with the Media Advisory Committee (MAC), Mrs. McDowell, Mr. Agor, Ms. Gibbs, Mrs. Huggins, Ms. Jones, Ms. Tipton, Ms. Senegar, Mrs. Bethea, Mrs. Trogdon, Mrs. Williams, Ms. Roey, Ms. Parsons, Ms. Colvin, Ms. Hoggard, Mr. Chapman along with Ms. Snells (from PTO) to continue building and coordinating a strong media program.

The Professional Room is now combined with the Supplementary Room. This was done so that our new guidance counselor, Ms. Roey, could share the previous space allocated as the Professional Room with our social worker, Mrs. Williams, as their joint office. The MAC also continued to discuss efforts to inspire and advise the FEES Family by using The Constellation, a newsletter, and the FEES website (fees.ccs.k12.nc.us).

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE FEES MEDIA CENTER
Cumberland County Schools has authorized media programs to organize fundraisers to assist with building school budgets to purchase resources for media centers. At Ferguson-Easley Elementary School we have organized school fundraising events and we have encouraged parents, guardians and other community members to support these events.
Ferguson-Easley Elementary Media Center hosts Book FairOur media center was improved when you, as a member of the FEES Family, supported the first book fair. Like many things, book prices continue to increase. As a result of the first FEES Book Fair for this school year, we were able to add hard-back books to our media collection. While it may be doubtful we look forward to scheduling our second book fair for this year…or we will simply wait until next school year.

Having a diverse collection of resources in the media center is a more effective way of getting students to learn. Having adequate resources, fiction and nonfiction books on a wide range of reading levels, and books on a variety of subjects are strategies to encourage students to build long-term knowledge.

FEES mascot, the ALL-STARARTS IN EDUCATION
Earlier in this school year we played instrumental Reggae music in the media center.  Numerous students requested that this kind of music be replayed.

What kind of music do  you think you will hear when you next visit the media center?  If your answer is instrumental Reggae music then you would be correct. One of the strategies that the media coordinator uses to make students feel good about coming to the media center is to incorporate the arts into education. We play music.

Not only will our students enjoy the Reggae music, but so will our teachers.  In Cumberland County Schools there are 290 international teachers and ten are assigned to FEES.  Global experiences are gained by our students when they interact with international teachers and when they listen to various genres of music.

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Published by Beverly McClellan on April 1, 2020

        


National PTO logoThe Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of parents, citizens, and organizations. The FEES PTO believes it is their duty to help students to learn and to encourage them to grow and to become responsible  citizens.

The FEES PTO mission is to help keep the school great in any capacity that they can.  They want to help any member of the staff on any level to continue the success and academic achievement of FEES students. The FEES PTO meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium. (Contact president for meeting schedule for April – June 2020.)

Officers for 2019-2020

Michelle Snells, president–E-mail: luv2work24@gmail.com

Mr. Wallace, vice president

Mrs. Bobo-Barber, treasurer

Mrs. Oliver, co-treasurer

Mrs. Williams, parliamentarian

Mr. McGuire, Sargent at Arms

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on April 1, 2020

        


Our partners at the American Heart Association (AHA) have provided FEES with a 10 day virtual Kids Heart Challenge event starting April 6, 2020.  For 10 days, our All-Star families can join in the following activities the AHA have named as:
DANCE; KNOW YOUR HEART; COMPLETE FINN’S MISSIONS; JUMP!; CONNECT THE DOTS; KNOW THE STROKE SIGNS; TIME TO COOK HEALTHY!; GAME DAY; SLAM DUNK! BE GRATEFUL; and MOVE MORE.

Registration for the ten day virtual event is at: www.heart.org/khc.

After registration students/families will get daily emails offering home activities, kid-friendly recipes and tips for parents to keep mental health and physical activity a priority for their children. 

Coach Wood recommends this event to help reduce stress and anxiety and to encourage staying physically active, keeping students moving and eating nutritiously.  Log on to www.heart.org/khc and take up the Kids Heart Challenge.Image result for kids heart challenge 2020

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on March 31, 2020

        


Let’s Keep Reading!!!

We can protect our time away from school by reading, learning and enjoying what we have read and learned. Use the  resources below for your reading and learning pleasure.

Image of Tumble Book Library logo with multiple colors and a blue book character on the sidewww.TumbleBookLibrary.com  

K-6 children’s ebook database

Direct Link:

 

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books
Username: tumble735
Password: books


TumbleMath logo in multiple colors with a blue book character next to itwww.TumbleMath.com

K-6 math ebook database

Direct Link:

 

 https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6


AudioBookCloud  with an open book sitting on a cloud and an internet signal sign above itwww.AudioBookCloud.com

This site is an ALL ages audiobook database, however, the direct link below provides direct access to the children’s section. 

Direct Link:

http://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6&categoryID=33
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 23, 2020

        


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Published by Beverly McClellan on March 17, 2020

        


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

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Published by Beverly McClellan on March 17, 2020

        


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

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Published by Beverly McClellan on March 14, 2020

        


March 3, 2020: Spring Picture Day; &

Parent Math Night–4:30 to 6:30 PM and dinner will be served.

March 10, 2020: Participation in the Cumberland County Schools Battle of the Books Competition at the Educational Resource Center.

March 11, 2020: Fifth Grade Educational Field Trip.

March 13, 2020: End of Grading Period.

March 16, 2020: No School for students/Not Required Teacher Work Day.

March 16-May 15, 2020: Per Governor Cooper, no school for students.

March 20, 2020: Report Cards were originally planned to be sent home by students. Possible Retention Letters were also originally planned to be sent.  Updates on this communication pending.

                                                          

March 23-27, 2020: FEES BOOK FAIR in the media center originally scheduled – 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This schedule was changed due to the closing of North Carolina public schools for students. It is a possibility that our next Book Fair will be held in the new school year rather than this school year.

 

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on March 14, 2020

        


First Book logoBooks are educational resources that are critical to learning.  The First Book Organization, Disney, and  ABC11 Eyewitness News visited the Ferguson-Easley Media Center on March 13th to give each student two brand new books.  First Book has distributed millions of books to children in schools serving low-income communities.  Almost 600 of those books were given to students at Ferguson-Easley.  First Book works with Disney/ABC to provide these free resources during an annual event called the Magic of Storytelling.  Several ABC11 employees participated in the event.  Akilah Davis, ABC11 multimedia journalist, Monica Barnes, Community Engagement Director, Michelle Young, Community Engagement Producer, and Larry Chavis, News Photographer, made the event memorable by reading to our students, and talking with them, and encouraging them to read. Extra, Extra, READ All About It was the message that First Book, Disney and ABC11  broadcasted to the Ferguson-Easley student body. Channel 11 ABC News logo

 

 

 

Photographs from the event taken by Exceptional Children’s teacher, Mr. P. Agor, can be seen too.
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Published by Beverly McClellan on March 13, 2020