Ellen Smith Announcements

  • Please read these important reminders for parents regarding instruction (both virtual and onsite) this year: www.conwayschools.org/page/860
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  • ES: VIRTUAL STUDENTS ONLY- Deadline tonight for checking out books this week.
    Starting on Friday, Sept. 11 virtual students will be able to check out books from our ES library!
    Fill out the form by Tuesday evening and pick them up Friday morning between 8:30-9:45.
    Click on the links to reserve your books.
    This will be a weekly service provided to our virtual students. A new form must be completed each week

    Kindergarten - 2nd grade form
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfETRVLL4UP8_5E3Rx1zzPkmrjAV3ZVu72Vv4TISv_FL0P7-A/viewform?usp=sf_link

    3rd-4th grades Form
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFMqcDJFq8lj6yFJJoAz0LM2XXOzvEWxT_thP7LVmfCasiLw/viewform?usp=sf_link


    **On site students will start checking out books on Tuesday, Sept. 7th
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  • The federal government has extended a nationwide waiver giving free meals to all CPSD students through December 31st.

    What you need to know:
    • Because of funding regulations, we must still determine a student’s meal status (Free, Reduced, or Paid) this fall.
    • If you qualify or think you qualify for Free or Reduced lunch this year, please complete the application now.
    • The waiver applies to both breakfast and lunch each school day.
    • The waiver applies to all meals purchased beginning Monday August 31st. So- if your student purchased any meals this week, their account will be credited.
    • A la carte choices are not included under this waiver. These items must be paid for at the time of service.
    • The waiver does not affect outstanding lunch balances from last year. If you owe money on your child’s account, please take care of these charges.
    • The waiver currently extends through the end of the fall semester, and we will begin charging student accounts according to meal status in January.


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  • ES: VIRTUAL STUDENTS ONLY
    Starting on Friday, Sept. 11 virtual students will be able to check out books from our ES library!
    Fill out the form by Tuesday evening and pick them up Friday morning between 8:30-9:45.
    Click on the links to reserve your books.
    This will be a weekly service provided to our virtual students. A new form must be completed each week

    Kindergarten - 2nd grade form
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfETRVLL4UP8_5E3Rx1zzPkmrjAV3ZVu72Vv4TISv_FL0P7-A/viewform?usp=sf_link

    3rd-4th grades Form
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFMqcDJFq8lj6yFJJoAz0LM2XXOzvEWxT_thP7LVmfCasiLw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    **On site students will start checking out books on Tuesday, Sept. 7th
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  • ES: Starting on Tuesday, if your child is eating breakfast at school they must arrive before 8:00 AM.
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  • ES: We have had a great first 8 days at Ellen Smith! Please see the below reminders about drop-off and pick-up:
    Front doors open at 7:45
    Please remember you may not turn left into the front drive when coming from Favre
    Cellphone usage is prohibited in a school zone-texting or talking
    Please make sure you have your car tag displayed for pick-up
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  • Reminders for Wednesday
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  • Most students should now be able to login and access our Learning Management Systems without issue.

    If you are still having difficulty, please email studenttechhelp@conwayschools.net.

    When you email this address, someone will get back with you to troubleshoot your specific situation.

    Students are not falling behind because of any technical difficulties.

    Before emailing for help:

    Be sure you have completed returning registration for your student. We still have more than 900 students whose registration is not complete. Their accounts will remain disabled until this is done.

    Be sure you have read the district’s “How to” guides for See Saw and Schoology: https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/829
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  • Conway Public School’s Sallie Cone Preschool still have spots open. They are looking for 3 and 4 year old students to join their school family! You may now fill out an application for children that turned 3 by August 15th, 2020. If you would like more information about their program or to view some of the measures they are taking for Covid-19, please visit their website at conwayschools.org/prek or call the office at 501-450-6693. They would love to welcome you to Sallie Cone this year!
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  • ES: Students that came to school today went home with a chrome book, a chrome book agreement and insurance form. Fill out the paper and if you want chrome book insurance (highly recommended) send $20 to school on Wednesday. Also, a yellow information sheet and lunch form went home. Please fill them out and return them to school on Wednesday.
    We can’t wait to see students whose last names start with N-Z tomorrow!
    Remember those masks, water bottles, and that school doors do not open until 7:45.
    Students whose last names start with A-M stay home tomorrow.
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  • ES: CORRECTION! Only students with last names starting with A-M will be coming on Monday.
    Students with last names N-Z will come on Tuesday!
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  • ES: School starts tomorrow!!! A few reminders..
    1. Staggered start, Monday-students with the last name that starts with A-Z.
    2. Students will need a mask
    3. Front doors open at 7:45
    We are so excited to see you!
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  • ES: We can’t wait to see our Ellen Smith family! A few reminders....
    1. Front doors open at 7:45
    2. Tardy bell is at 8:10
    3. Parents will not be allowed to walk in but we will have plenty of teachers helping to make sure all students arrive safely in their classroom.
    4. Kindergarten and siblings will pick up In the back
    5. First - Fourth grade pick up in the front drive
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  • VIRTUAL FAMILIES: The deadline for ordering meals for next week is 3:00pm TODAY.
    School meals will be available for students doing virtual learning this semester. These must be ordered ahead of time and will be picked up once a week. A student's normal meal pricing is in effect for these meals. For more information and/or to place an order- go to our website: http://bit.ly/virtmeal
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  • ES: We have created a video about new protocols we have put in place to keep our in person students safe this school year. Please go to our Facebook page to watch the video.
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  • CPSD Athletic Events will have some changes this year, including capacity restrictions of no more than 33% and requiring all spectators to wear masks at all times during the event. Tickets for Junior High and Senior High Football games will be pre-sell ONLY this season. Please read the additional details on our website: https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/827
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  • ES: Parents, please be on the lookout for information from your child's teacher about how to connect with us on SeeSaw, our digital learning platform and communication tool. We are excited to begin this school year together.
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  • ES: TODAY is the day! At noon today you can log into the CPSD app and go to the HAC icon on the second screen. Login using your student’s id and password. Kindergarten parents you will not see your child in the system BUT you will receive a phone call today from your teacher. Also, don’t forget about Kindergarten meet the teacher nights, please see the schedule below. Please feel free to email Mrs. King @ kingh@conwayschools.net if you have any problems or questions! They are still working on our phone system so email is the best way. Can’t wait to see all our ES family!

    Wednesday @ 6:00 pm – Mrs. Turner
    Wednesday @ 7:00 pm – Mrs. Fason

    Thursday @ 6:00 pm – Mr. Williams
    Thursday, @7:00 pm – Mrs. Felts
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  • The deadline for decisions about fall re-entry is Friday, August 14 at noon.  Parents who have not made a definitive decision or who wish to change their decision need to contact their child’s school to communicate this information. Once school starts, if adjustments are needed, each family will be afforded the opportunity to make one change during the fall semester.  If the student is attending on-site and wishes to transition to virtual, or if the student is attending virtually and needs to return to on-site instruction, the parent should contact the building administrator to be apprised of next steps. 
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  • ES: We are selling Ellen Smith masks! They say “Ellen Smith Strong” and are $8 each for kids sizes. (Adult sizes are available for presale for $10 each). You can purchase them before school starts from 9-2 Monday - Friday in school office. You must wear a mask to enter the school.
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  • ES: If you selected Virtual Learning for your child, the orientations will take place between the dates of August 10 - August 14. There are times during the day and a few slots available after hours. You should receive an email with a sign up link from our administrators, We ask that you go ahead and schedule your orientation as soon as possible. You may want to bring backpacks for each student. You will have to sign documents, pick up their chromebooks, and get their math workbook and reading booklet. Due to COVID only one parent per household can attend without the children. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F48A5AE28A4FA7-virtual
    Virtual students will be assigned a Chromebook for this school year. It is highly recommended that families purchase insurance for the Chromebook. It will be $20 per Chromebook. Those families that choose the virtual option will need to be prepared to purchase the insurance at their orientation. We can only accept cash or check.
    Any questions please contact Mrs. King or Mrs. Carter via email.
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  • Reminder: The Virtual orientation is ONLY for families that have chosen the virtual option for their child/children. Due to social distancing, no children can attend the orientation and only 1 parent can attend.
    If you haven’t registered yet, please do so ASAP.
    Due to COVID there will only be a meet the teacher event for our kindergartners. Only the child and 1 parent can attend that event. Kindergarten only meet the teacher will be 19th at 6 will be Mrs.Turner, 19th at 7 will be Mrs.Fason, 20th at 6 will be Mr.Williams, 20th at 7 will be Mrs.Felts.
    Class assignments will be made early next week!
    All other grades will have a virtual meet the teacher. Be sure to watch our webpage and facebook for updates!
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  • ES: If you selected Virtual Learning for your child, the orientations will take place between the dates of August 10 - August 14. There are times during the day and a few slots available after hours. You should receive an email with a sign up link from our administrators, We ask that you go ahead and schedule your orientation as soon as possible. You may want to bring backpacks for each student. You will have to sign documents, pick up their chromebooks, and get their math workbook and reading booklet. Due to COVID only one parent per household can attend without the children. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F48A5AE28A4FA7-virtual
    Virtual students will be assigned a Chromebook for this school year. It is highly recommended that families purchase insurance for the Chromebook. It will be $20 per Chromebook. Those families that choose the virtual option will need to be prepared to purchase the insurance at their orientation. We can only accept cash or check.
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  • To help our students and families acclimate back into the school environment and learn new health and safety procedures in place at our school buildings, and to give teachers additional time to support individual students, Conway Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 School Year with a staggered start.  

    Only students whose last name begins with the letter(s) A-M will come to school on August 24th. 

    Only students whose last name begins with the letter(s) N-Z will come to school on August 25th.

    All students will attend school on August 26th. 

    If students reside in the same household but have different last names, the principal will make all accommodations necessary to assist those families.  Please contact your school if you have questions or need assistance.  

    During the first two days of school, teachers and staff will work with students to ensure the following:

    Students have the technology and resources for use at home and at school. 
    Students receive support from the teacher to learn how to use the Learning Management System (Seesaw K-4; Schoology 5-12). 
    Students understand the protocols and procedures put in place for PPE usage and compliance with distancing and other guidelines from the Departments of Health and Education.
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  • ES: All students, virtual and in person students, we will be assigned a Chromebook for this school year. It is highly recommended that families purchase insurance for the Chromebook. It will be $20 per Chromebook. Those families that choose the virtual option will need to be prepared to purchase the insurance at their orientation. In person students, stayed tuned for details in the next weeks about your opportunity to purchase the insurance. Also check out the Ellen Smith Facebook for a video from our principals. 
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  • ES: Parents,
    If you selected Virtual Learning for your child, the orientations will take place between the dates of August 10 - August 14. There are times during the day and a few slots available after hours. You should receive an email with a sign up link from our administrators, We ask that you go ahead and schedule your orientation as soon as possible. You may want to bring backpacks for each student. You will have to sign documents, pick up their chromebooks, and get their math workbook and reading booklet. Due to COVID only one parent per household can attend without the children.
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F48A5AE28A4FA7-virtual

    Any questions please contact Mrs. King or Mrs. Carter via email.
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  • It is now time for our “Returning Student Registration,” where we ask you to update your information for the 2020-21 School Year!  “Annual Required Forms” are now available online here https://ar50000572.schoolwires.net/Page/277 for returning students in grades 1-12.  Please login and complete these forms now.  Completion of the forms is required- for students in both the virtual and onsite learning environments- to begin the 2020-21 school year.  

    You will need your CPSD login and password to complete the Annual Required Forms.  This information has been emailed to you if we have your correct email address.  If you do not have your login, or you need other assistance, please call your child’s school where someone will be available to help you.

    Annual Required Forms should be completed for all students prior to the first day of school. Students will not be able to use computers or have access to digital learning platforms until parents have signed the mandatory usage agreements found in returning registration.

    Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.  We are looking forward to a great school year!
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  • Due to our school remodel, our phone and fax machine are still not working. If you need assistance please contact our principals via email.

    Principal Holly King: kingh@conwayschools.net

    Vice Principal Catrica Carter: carterc@conwayschools.net

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