Save the Date
Monday, March 9: 12:30 – 2:30 PM Alumni Day
Thursday, March 12: No School, LE, UE and MS Conferences Friday, March 13: No School, Professional Development
Wednesday, March 18: 6:30 – 8:30 PM LHU Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19: Spring Portraits
Thursday, March 19: 5-6 PM Upper Elementary Health Curriculum Overview for Parents
Thursday, March 26: 4:30 – 5:30 PM PFA Meeting
Thursday, March 26: 6 -7:15 PM Student presentations for Lower Elementary Families (formally Science Night)
Friday, March 27: Spring Garden Day
Friday, March 27: Camp Stingray: Spring Break Registration Forms Due
Saturday, April 25: International Festival
Reminder: Attendance in the First 20 Days of school
It may seem a bit early to discuss the next school year, but it’s crucial that families who are starting to plan their summer/fall travels understand the impact of student absences in the first 20 days of school. The lion’s share of funding for NC schools is determined by a formula based on attendance during those first 20 days. Every single absence during that period has a disproportionately large effect on the money we receive from the State. Even a relatively small number of absences at the start of school has caused Sterling to lose tens of thousands of dollars in essential funding. Accordingly, only absences due to sickness are excused during this period. Please bear this in mind when planning your family’s activities during the period from August 17th to September 11th, 2020.
“Banked” Inclement Weather Days
Sterling has 5 built-in (“banked”) inclement weather days. We do not need to make up the days we’ve missed so far due to weather events.
Spring Pictures Are Coming! March 18 & 19
These pictures will be individual student portraits. There will be no pre-pay orders, just bring your smiles. Parents will receive proofs a few weeks after pictures are taken. Orders may only be placed online.
This is a great fundraiser for the school with 30% of all Spring Photo Packages sold coming back to the school to fund activities for students.
Thank you for supporting Sterling!
From the N.C. Department of Public Instruction:
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has received numerous inquiries from schools and parents regarding the coronavirus and its potential impact on schools. DPI is aware of the concerns about this developing public health emergency. While the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this particular coronavirus a public health emergency, it is important to stay focused on the facts surrounding the virus.
Thus far there are no cases in North Carolina. The flu infects and results in many more deaths every year than we are currently discussing with 2019-nCoV. The symptoms presented look much like a cold or early flu, and school nurses and schools are being advised to follow their same policies and procedures in place for responding to other communicable diseases.
DHHS has provided this information:
- Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.
- For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website. North Carolina resources can be found on the Division of Public Health website.
Mad Science Club Now Available
A new club is coming to Sterling! The Mad Science Club will be available to students in the 1st through 5th grades and will begin on March 17th.
You can find more information, including how to register, here.
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