This is Mr. Ferguson with a New Salem Update.
I want to take a few moments to share with you the most recent updates regarding next school year.
Governor Cooper was scheduled to tell everyone today what plan we would start our school year. He is not going to release that plan today and I have not heard when he will. I fully recognize that parents need to know what direction NC is heading, but that’s out of our control. What IS is in our control is how New Salem is currently preparing for what we do know.
Our teachers have already come together, analyzed the 133 pages of restrictions provided by the state, and made draft precaution procedures for how we should do business to protect our kiddos when they return regardless of if it is “Plan A” or “Plan B”.
Later in July, after the Governor has released his plan and UCPS releases their expectations for principals, our team will again meet and create the New Salem Standard of Excellence for Remote Learning in our school. Our standards will ensure that parents of all grades know what learning will look like this year and our teachers have the resources and structures to allow them to provide excellent learning opportunities if and when we experience remote learning in the future.
I want you to know that New Salem Elementary will be planned and prepared for whatever comes our way. However, since this is all new, we anticipate and expect to make mistakes along the way, which we will leverage to make us better.
Here are a few more details you will be interested in:
*All New Salem vacancies have been filled with highly qualified and experienced teachers.
*Union County Public Schools Board of Education has revised the 20-21 calendar since the RNC is not coming to Charlotte. Please go to the UCPS website so you can see the changes.
*Typically, New Salem releases a calendar of events for the school year that the school hosts, such as the fun run, Grandparents Day, and the like. Because so much is uncertain as to future restrictions we are going to hold off on scheduling school events. It is easier to add events down the road than disappoint our students by cancelling events all along. However, our school team will be considering what events can be enhanced with tech to allow the event to happen in a different way. More information to come as we get more information.
*As we learn more about the restrictions in August we will be able to make some decisions on how Open House will look this year. Currently, we just don’t have enough information to plan those events.
Thank you parents for your ongoing support.
Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Ashley Hayes! Below are a few words from her so you can get to know her better. Welcome to the family! #NewSalemPride
"Hi New Salem Knights!
"My name is Ashley Hayes and I am excited to be your AIG teacher this year! I have been in education for 17 years after graduating from The University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!) with certifications in special education, elementary, and middle grades. I have taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, and have spent 8 years dedicated to gifted education. I believe that students deserve rigorous and authentic activities to enhance their learning. Empowering my students by providing them with choice, interest-based activities, and diverse lessons is a must. I love technology and try to incorporate that as much as possible, especially since students today are digital natives.
On a personal note, I am originally from Mobile, Alabama. After college, I moved to Braselton, Georgia and married my husband, Brad. Of course he’s a DAWG fan, so football games are fun in our house. We have been in the New Salem community for two years now. Together we have three beautiful children. Brady, our oldest, is a rising 8th grader at Piedmont Middle School. We were also blessed with boy/girl twins, Anniston and Hudson, who are rising 1st graders and will join me at New Salem!
In my free time (haha), I like to spend time with my family. You can find us either at the baseball fields, on the motocross track, or outside playing. I do enjoy running, party planning, and crafting.
I am proud to be a Knight and I look forward to seeing you soon!"
Please help me welcome Ms. Lynn Courtney to the New Salem Team. She will be teaching math (which she is over the moon passionate about), science, and social studies for all of our 4th grade students next year. Below are a few words from Ms. Courtney. Welcome to the family! #NewSalemPride
"I grew up in Charlotte, and went to college at UNC Pembroke. I came back to Charlotte to teach in CMS for 9 years and now have been teaching in Union County for the last 6 years. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. I am getting married in July and very excited. I will have new son who is 12 years old. In my free time I enjoy watching documentaries, putting puzzles together, and watching football. GO PANTHERS! I am looking forward to a very exciting year teaching at New Salem."
Please see the attached letter about the recently released NCDPI Guidelines for returning to school. Please know that the state guidelines are living documents and they will change as needed. New Salem Elementary is committed to starting strong no matter the circumstances and we want to keep you informed of what starting options/requirements may be.Regards,-Mr. Ferguson-
UCPS is having a Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair! You can support UCPS schools while discovering favorite characters, series, and collections all summer long. Orders are delivered right to your doorstep and you can take advantage of FREE shipping on book-only purchases over $25.Let's make this a summer to instill a love of reading!
The NSES Kindergarten students have been working hard throughout our time of remote learning. In efforts to encourage students to continue working AND to reward them for their hard work, students have been participating in weekly challenges. Their reward…the Kindergarten teachers completing a silly challenge. Check out the most recent video of our Kindergarten teachers and some special guests completing the CrAzY Sandwich Challenge with crazy sandwich toppings suggested by the Kindergarten students.
Watch the video here!
Next week we will be innovating how we celebrate teachers during teacher appreciation week! The following information is from our wonderful PTO. I hope you all have fun and get creative with showing some love to our amazing teachers.
Staff Appreciation Week May 4th – 8th
As you complete the celebrations please share your photos, videos, cards, messages in a private message to New Salem Elementary and PTO’s Facebook pages or to your classes Classroom Dojo if your teacher uses that system.
Monday Write a letter or make a video message for your teacher or other staff member
Tuesday Show some love to our Specials teachers, Custodians and Cafeteria staff
Wednesday Share your favorite memory of this school year
Thursday Give your teacher something special! You can draw a picture, write a poem, sing a song, send them an E-Card to the their UCPS email address — the sky is the limit! E-mail addresses to be posted on the NSES FB page)
Friday We’re in this Together! Make a sign for your school, teachers or other staff members.
Future Kindergarten Knights Families!
If you need a new registration packet or if you still need to turn in your registration packet,
please email Ms. Gina or Mr. Ferguson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
WORLD’S FINEST CHOCOLATE is finally coming to an end 😊
We still need to collect money for ALL outstanding boxes. There are two options for paying for your chocolate.
Mail check payable to:
New Salem Elementary School
6106 Hwy 205
Marshville, NC 28103
(Be sure to indicate student name and homeroom teacher name in your check memo.)
There is a service fee that New Salem Elem will pay on your behalf; therefore, if you are paying for ONE box of chocolate – enter $57.36 for your payment.
Click on the activity number BH038-VAR1
Indicate student name and homeroom teacher name in description box
Enter $57.36 if you are paying for one box of chocolate
Continue following prompts
We are still counting boxes for prizes and are mailing out prizes that can be mailed. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your patience and willingness to continue helping us raise money for our students. This community always goes above and beyond!! #newsalempride
You may direct any questions or comments with regards to this process to Cortney.firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, THANK YOU!!!
Facebook Challenge Day 10: Science projects! NSES Knights completed science projects today! 3.27.2020
Pic 1: Tate and his family work on a science project!
Pic 2: Caroline make raisins dance in her science project!
Facebook Challenge Day 9: Chores. NSES Knights are a big help around the house! 3.26.2020
Pics 1 & 2: Pollie helps to take care of the new ckicks! Pic 3 & 4: Cody helps out with the trash!
Pic 5: Jordyn helps with painting her room. Pics 6 - 8: Graham feeds his dog and helps to water the plants on the porch.
Facebook Challenge Day 8: Pets! Such cute pets! Check out Facebook for more! 3.25.2020
Pic 1: Maxton and his buddies! Pic 3: John and his dog!
Pic 2: Zoey and Maci. Pic 4: Graham, his Nana, and baby goats!
Pic 5: Camden gets help on his packet from his cat, Pete! Pic 7: Krew and his buddy!
Pic 6: Bentlee and so many animals! Pic 8: Ms. Curtis's kiddos and their cat, Georgia!
Facebook Challenge Day 7: Lego Build! What cool creations! Check out our Facebook page for more! 3.24.2020
Pic 1: Lukis' cool build! Pic 3: Cy and Karsyn with their Lego builds!
Pic 2: Cale and Colt work together to build!
Pic 4: Lincoln's having fun with Legos! Pic 6: Whoa! Those are some big blocks!
Pic 5: Danielle and Caleb show off their builds! Pic 7: Mr. Ferguson and Tate join in the fun!
Facebook Challenge Day 6: Virtual Field Trips/Learning 3.22.2020. Check out our Facebook page for more!
Pic 1: Ethan works on a word problem from Ms. McSwain. Pic 3: Caroline reads from her phone.
Pic 2: Nico explores the Louvre in Paris! Pic 4: Curtis uses Google Maps to learn about Brazil!
Pic 5: Izzy learns about Brazil! Pic 7: Addicyn writes a story about birds from Brazil.
Pic 6: Jimmy reviews Ecosystems materials! Pic 8: Nick and Ginger write a story about birds!
Facebook Challenges for the Week of March 24-27
Facebook Challenge Day 5: Splash! Rainy Day Activities. A look at New Salem's favorite rainy day activites! Check out our Facebook page for more!
Pic 1: Ms. Curtis likes to curl up with a good book! Pic 3: Ms. Austin and Gately go for a walk post-rain!
Pic 2: The Farmer family has all sorts of fun rainy day activities! Pic 4L Samuel and Sonya build a chick coop post-rain!
Pic 5: Ms. Higgins is singing and dancing in the rain! Pic 7: Rain or shine, Curtis is working on a fence!
Pic 6: Mr. Ferguson is handing out packets in the rain! Pic 8: Ms. Sloan hits the water after the rain!
Facebook Challenge Day 4: Outdoor Fun! This beautiful weather has everyone doing fun outdoor activities! Check out our Facebook page for more!
Pic 1: Ms. Batten and her Blue Ninja rocket! Pic 3: Jordyn made a new friend today!
Pic 2: Alivia takes on the Outdoor challenge! Pic 4: Isabell and Liliana work in their garden!
Pic 5: Ms. A Whitley loves to find seashells. Pic 7: Kinsley is busy playing volleyball and soccer.
Pic 6: Kamarri's got one on the line! Pic 8: Lane has a beautiful location for fishing!
Facebook Challenge Day 3: Grandparents! We loved all the sweet Grandparents Pictures! Check out our Facebook page for more!
Pic 1: Ariana loves her Mawmaw because she's so funny! Pic 3: Mr. Edwards' Grandparents
Pic 2: Cy and Karsyn love traveling and playing with their grandparents! Pic 4: Kennedy--love those smiles!
Pic 5: Ethan and his PawPaw share a special bond! Pic 7: Mr. Skipper's Great Grandma who lived to be 107!!
Pic 6: Alissa and Great Grandma Wallace at the park. Pic 8: Abby and Hunter's Grandparents! What a fun picture!
Facebook Challenge Day 2: Show us your favorite reading corner/nook! So many comfy spots and many had siblings and pets! Love the reading together! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!
Pic 1: Ms. Schweiber's reading spot! Pic 3: Ms. Thomas & Logan enjoying the weather!
Pic 2: Nico found a great spot! Pic 4: Ms. Medlin's got a comfy chair!
Pic 5: Hayden reads to her doll! Pic 7: Brystol and Brynley-A front porch swing is a great place to read!
Pic 6: Lincoln, Lucas, and Levi built a fort to read in! Pic 8: Great quote in Leigha's reading corner!
Love the New Salem craftiness! Highlights from the New Salem Facebook Challenge Day 1! Check out our Facebook page for even more crafty pics!
Kaitlyn's Cake! Yummy! Great Picture, Colton! Kindergarten's Leprechauns Paisley made slime! Mr. Skipper's Peach Cobbler!