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Due to the Cumberland County Schools Traditional 10-Month calendar our school will not be open on November 28th and November 29th.

We hope you will enjoy the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday. We also hope you feel respected and valued in the process.

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 14, 2019

        


 
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ACCELERATE ACCELERATE, WITH A BOOK I HAVE A DATE!
READING IS MY OPTIMUM FATE.
KNOWLEDGE IS THE OPENED GATE.
WITH LEARNING THERE IS NO NEED TO WAIT.
BELIEVE ME, TO GET SMARTER IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.
by Ms. McClellan, media coordinator
 
 
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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 6, 2019

        


CCS graphic for Reading Rocks of a bookworm reading a book

Each year Cumberland County Schools allows schools to participate in the Reading Rocks fundraiser.  This fundraiser supports purchases for books for the media center.

Friends of Ferguson-Easley Elementary School, please donate as much money as you would like.

Hopefully, parents and guardians will donate $5.00 per child for the Reading Rocks fundraiser.

We had a school dance for our students on Wednesday, October 16th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Students got some refreshments and beverages after dancing for a while. They also had an opportunity to purchase additional snacks or beverages during the dance. Profit from the dance went to this fundraiser for purchasing books for the media center.

A permission form had to be submitted to the teacher for each student participating in the school dance.  Following the dance transportation had to be provided by the parent/guardian also. The permission form and donation needed to be turned in by Tuesday, October 15th in preparation for the October 16th Reading Rocks school dance.

The Committed Community Correlate for FEES was responsible for organizing this fundraiser.  They, along with other educators and volunteers, donated items and supervised the event.  Domino’s Pizza Bragg Boulevard donated pizza, the Public Works Commission donated bottled water, and families and friends donated funds.  We are especially grateful to the educators who volunteered to supervise the school dance.  We also want to thank the president of the FEES Parent Teacher Organization, Ms. M. Snells, along with Mrs. A. Williams, Mr. Z. Springer, and Mr. M. Elliott for their committed support.  The Reading Rocks school dance was successful.  Together we almost raised $500.00.

Let’s keep on keeping on.  Let’s encourage as many people as we can to donate funds for this important cause–raising money to purchase books.

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 6, 2019

        


2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week. The celebration will take place all Edmentum graphic promoting Children's Book Week's 100th Anniversaryyear long with a dedicated week of celebration this fall, November 4-10!

 Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.  At FEES we join the celebration as we host our November book fair.

 

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 4, 2019

        


Cumberland County Schools Child Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the Community Eligibility Provision is being offered to Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) for this school year.   This provision enables each FEES All-Star student a free breakfast and a free lunch during days that school is in service and the student is in attendance.

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 2019

        


Cumberland County Schools logo for 2019DRESS CODE UPDATE:

Effective September 24, 2019 

By direction of Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.: 

  1. All Cumberland County Schools will make any necessary religious accommodations for any type of headgear or head coverings otherwise restricted or prohibited under existing individual school dress codes. 
  1. No student shall receive Out of School Suspension based solely upon violation of an existing individual school dress code.  

 

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 2019

        


November 2019

Volume 12, Issue 3             The Constellation Newsletter

The Constellation:

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

 

“READING SURE ‘NUFF ROCKS”

Reference and Easy Sections.Like many things book prices continue to increase.  Cumberland County Schools has authorized media programs to organize fundraisers to assist with building budgets to purchase resources for media centers.  The community remembers these fundraisers as the READING ROCKS campaign.

At Ferguson-Easley Elementary School we have organized school events and we have encouraged parents, guardians and other community members to donate to our READING ROCKS fundraising campaign.

Students know that “reading sure ’nuff rocks” and they read and actively try to comprehend and remember information.  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.

Please support the READING ROCKS campaign!

 

ARTS IN EDUCATION

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.  There is plenty of art to view in the media center and guess what?  We play music.

Last school year we played instrumental jazz music.  This school year we will continue to play jazz and we will add one more category of music.  We will play instrumental classical music.  Viewing art, reading books in the 700s, and listening to jazz and classical music helped to make our celebration of National Arts in Education Week & North Carolina’s Arts in Education Week joyful (September 8th-14th) and colorful. Most importantly in our media center our celebration of the arts continues throughout the school year.

 

ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS

The media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, collaborated with each faculty member on plans for incorporating media resources in lessons.

Students in first grade used the Supplementary Collection to start reading from the Fly Guy series.  Students in the second grade used books in the Reference Collection to find out about the five countries that initiated the Hispanic Heritage Month, specifically using atlases and world maps. 

Display of Hispanic Heritage resources Hispanic Heritage Month was from September 15-October 15, 2019.  Students in third through fifth grades were introduced to the numerous opportunities for learning using the online resource called NCWISEOWL. Second through fifth grade classes also read various titles from the Supplementary Collection. When a class read a title together they could help each other out with comprehension and reading books in a class set became more fun. In November students will research the traditions, cultures, and diversity of Native Americans FEES Media Center display of books celebrating Native American Heritage Month to participate in the national celebration during their media class time.

The media coordinator collaborated with representatives from various grants concerning submitted applications. The media coordinator also collaborated with the FEES bookkeeper, Ms. Blount, on several media grants and funds that are already in the media center budget.  For example, the Donors Choose grant for Kindergarten through Second graders provided a reading opportunity. This grant paid for the periodical, Times for Kids, to be available for these classes to use during November.

Plants displayed

In addition during October and November,  a retired Cumberland County Schools horticulturalist, Mr. Vines, worked with several classes with his donations of plants and supplies. Along with reading about plants, students got to put their hands in dirt and plant seeds in honor of National Vegetarian Month which concluded on November first, World Vegan Day

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.Photograph of Tamika Walker Kelly , Carrianne Beverly McClellan,& Carol Stubbs, leaders of Cumberland County Association of Educators & North Carolina Association of Educators

The media coordinator collaborated with representatives from Scholastic to organize a November book fair for the FEES Family. The book fair provides opportunities for students, family members, faculty and staff to view and purchase reading materials and reading incentives. Results of a successful book fair include students wanting to read more and the increase of the FEES inventory of books.  The book fair was planned for November 12-14, 2019.

The media coordinator collaborated with the Media Advisory Committee (MAC),  Mr. Agor, Ms. Gibbs, Mrs. Huggins, Ms. Jones, along with Mr. Chapman to continue building and coordinating a strong media program.  We also designed an area in the Professional Room for the social worker, Mrs. Williams.  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).

 

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 2019

        


Logo for Every minute counts promotion“Curriculum” and “Instruction” are two big words.  Their meanings are equally as large. For Cumberland County Schools curriculum and instruction deals with automatically using the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for each grade level. All public schools in the state of North Carolina adhere to these curriculum standards which are comprised of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and literacy and Essential Standards for all other curriculum areas. 

To promote our school’s adherence to curriculum and instruction standards, we scheduled a FEES Parent Teacher Organization meeting called the “INCREDIBLE TITLE 1/ CURRICULUM NIGHT” for Tuesday, September 24th, starting at 4 pm and ending at 5:30 pm.  Important information was  shared during the event and there were prizes and incredible edibles too, even homework passes were available for FEES students in attendance. Over one hundred people participated in this event.

In preparation for the event several members of the FEES Family worked on Saturday, the 21st, to get the school ready.  The work effort was organized by Mr. Chapman, head custodian.  Mrs. McDowell, Mrs. McRae, Ms. Melvin, Ms. Cauthen, and Ms. McClellan from the staff along with Ms. Snells, president of the FEES Parent Teacher Organization, joined him. (Ms. Alfreda Williams, another parent volunteer, donated decorations for the media center.)

With curriculum and instruction each minute counts.

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 2019

        


Some may remember Hurricane Florence, the disaster that hit North Carolina during 2018.  Now it is 2019 and it is Hurricane Dorian and others being thought about. One thing for sure, it is always good to be prepared for any upcoming disaster. 

Cumberland County is a military community and here are some of the quick reminders from the Military Times ( www.militaryonesource.mil/emergency-contacts-for-disasters-evacuations) to prepare all citizens from the wrath of disasters. 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on October 17, 2019

        


On Friday, October 25th, students had the opportunity to have fun at the Fall Festival. Five dollar arm bands included: 1 hot dog, popcorn & a drink. It also included unlimited tickets to games.  If you chose to not purchase an arm band then you had the chance to purchase tickets for twenty-five cents each for the games and activities that required a ticket/multiple tickets.  The Fall Festival took place in the FEES Pod from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. It was followed by the “Trunk or Treat” event hosted by Kindah Temple, an organization committed to our school’s success.

Image of pumpkin and fall colorful leaves

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on October 16, 2019