April 26, 2020- Message from the Principal

Good evening Grand Oak families. We are heartbroken that our students will not be returning to the building for the remainder of the school year and we will miss each and every smile. The good news is that while the building is closed, teaching and learning will continue. This week new packets of lessons will be made available at Grand Oak for K-3 students on Tuesday, April 28 on tables outside the building beginning from 9-1. Spanish copies will also be available. The workbooks from Mrs. Springs will also be available. Third grade work will continue to be online but hard copies will be available if you would like. The lessons are also available online if you wish to print them out at home. Lessons for grades 4-5 will continue to be distributed electronically. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of students engaging in these lessons. Feedback on certain assignments will be provided by teachers. On Friday CMS announced that they are developing a system-wide grading protocol that will be utilized for the remainder of the school year that will be made available to teachers later this week. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or any other staff member with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Mecklenburg County Department of Health has established a dedicated website for those seeking more information about COVID-19. Click the link below.

Mecklenburg Health Dept.

Mecklenburg County Department of Health has established a dedicated website for those seeking more information about COVID-19. Click the link below.

Mecklenburg Health Dept.

Click the link below for a student-friendly way to talk to your children about the coronavirus. Please review it first to be prepared for questions. We hope it is helpful!


Talking to Your Child about Coronavirus

Check out our school Facebook pages for great at-home activities, scheduling suggestions and parent support.

Grand Oak Elementary
Families of Grand Oak

Past Updates

April 1, 2020- Message from the Principal

Greetings Grand Oak Families,

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement as we all continue to work and learn during these challenging times. This is a new process for us all and we appreciate your patience and support as we move in to a new frontier.

Since March 23, teachers have been providing optional learning opportunities for students.  Beginning on Monday, April 6th, the district has directed us to begin providing new 4th quarter academic instruction.  Based on these district decisions we will be structuring our daily schedule a bit differently and things will move from voluntary to mandatory expectations. We do understand that not everyone will be able to be present at specific times due to their own jobs, but we will have a different options for support from teachers. We will also give flexibility to allow weekends to be used as well to complete work when parents may have more flexibility to support.

Print copies of learning packets for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be made available beginning on April 3rd at North Mecklenburg HS or Hopewell HS between the hours of 10:30-12:30. We also hope to send these packets electronically and we will have some available for pick up at Grand Oak by Monday, April 6th.

Students in grades 3rd through 5th grade will access their materials online and will receive directions from their teachers.
Lessons and learning opportunities will differ based on what grade a student is in.  The information on grading below is still in flux as we are waiting for more direct feedback from the state of North Carolina. Tentatively grading will look like:

Students in Grades K-2 will continue to receive feedback from teachers to help them learn new content and master standards.

Students in Grades 3-5 will receive teacher feedback and informal grades on classwork such as quizzes, virtual group work, in-class tasks, and virtual notebook checks.

If you need assistance with gaining access to a computer, internet access, or have any questions, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher, our counselors or administrators via email.  As always, please refer to the CMS website (www.cms.k12.nc.us) for additional information.

Thank you for your continued support.  Stay safe and be well.

March 23rd

Gov. Roy Cooper announced March 23 that all public schools in North Carolina will remain closed for in-person instruction until May 15. The decision was made amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis.

“Remote learning has been designed so that CMS students can continue learning at home during this time,” said Dr. Matt Hayes, deputy superintendent for academics (click here). Hayes is also encouraging parents to ensure contact information is updated with teachers and principals to enhance lesson continuity.

A lot has been accomplished in a short amount of time, but it became clear this would be a multi-month event. The focus remains on remote learning and meal preparation and distribution, and the Department of Public Instruction already has teams planning for schools and legislative requests that will be required as students remain out of school. DPI is working with the governor’s team, State Board of Education and the General Assembly.

Updates and resources will continue to be posted to the CMS website.

March 14th

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases increase across the state, Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all K-12 schools to close for two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed for students for at least two weeks beginning Monday, March 16. This includes the CMS before- and after-school program. We will work to keep school buildings open on Monday. We will provide more information to staff as we receive more answers from the state.

Given the Governor’s decision, the CMS Board of Education plans to schedule a meeting to vote to return to the original school calendar.

The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented community health concern. CMS executive leaders, in partnership with local and state officials, are developing plans to address these exceptional circumstances. These plans include feeding students and continuing learning using a virtual platform.

We understand that families and staff will be affected by this decision and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to navigate the closure of schools.

In the coming days, parents will receive information about opportunities for students to continue learning. As decisions are made, information will be shared through our normal communication channels. We will continue to provide updates to questions families and staff will likely have. Many responses will depend on decisions at the state level.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. We will communicate more details as they become available.

March 15th- A Note from the Principal

Dear CMS families,
As the coronavirus continues to raise anxiety within our community, we’d like to equip parents and staff with student-centered resources to help explain what the coronavirus is. Learning the facts can help ease you and your child’s mind.
It is important to remember that children often turn towards adults for guidance on how to react and cope with stressful events. Children’s anxiety may rise when they sense adults who seem overly worried. It’s helpful to reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.
“Children need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventative measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.”—The National Association of School Psychologists
The following resources have been created for parents and staff to help explain COVID-19 in an easy to understand, practical manner:
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Coronavirus – BrainPOP Learning Experiences https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

We appreciate your continued support in helping us to instill healthy habits at home and in school by washing hands, coughing into elbows, and staying home when sick.

Estimadas familias de CMS:
A medida que el coronavirus continúa generando ansiedad dentro de nuestra comunidad, nos gustaría equipar a los padres y al personal con recursos centrados en los estudiantes para ayudar a explicar qué es el coronavirus. Conocer los hechos puede ayudarlo a aliviar la mente de usted y su hijo.
Es importante recordar que los niños a menudo recurren a los adultos para recibir orientación sobre cómo reaccionar y enfrentarse a los eventos estresantes. La ansiedad de los niños puede aumentar cuando ellos sienten que adultos parecen demasiado preocupados. Es útil asegurar a los niños que los funcionarios de salud y escolares están trabajando duro para garantizar que las personas en todo el país se mantengan saludables.
“Los niños necesitan información objetiva y apropiada para su edad sobre la posible gravedad del riesgo de enfermedad e instrucciones concretas sobre cómo evitar infecciones y la propagación de la enfermedad. Enseñar a los niños medidas preventivas positivas, hablar con ellos sobre sus miedos y darles una sensación de cierto control sobre su riesgo de infección puede ayudar a reducir la ansiedad “. – La Asociación Nacional de Psicólogos Escolares
Los siguientes recursos han sido creados para padres y personal para ayudar a explicar COVID- 19 de una manera fácil de entender y práctica:
Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (coronavirus): Un recurso para padres Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
Solo para niños: un cómic que explora el nuevo coronavirus Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
Coronavirus – Experiencias de aprendizaje BrainPOP Coronavirus – BrainPOP Learning Experiences https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/
Lavado de manos: las manos limpias salvan vidas Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

Apreciamos su continuo apoyo para ayudarnos a introducir hábitos saludables en el hogar y en la escuela al lavarse las manos, toser en los codos y quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo.

March 13th- A Note from the Principal

Dear Grand Oak parents,

As of today, 3.13.20 we have a few additional changes due to the Coronavirus situation. We will continue to allow parents to come to school to have lunch with their children but we are asking that parents don’t come to volunteer in our classes until further notice. Our staff loves having you and appreciates it a great deal but the district is proceeding with more caution. We also have cancelled all in-house field trips, in addition to out of school trips. If you have already paid for these in-house experiences a refund will come soon. At this time we will still plan on having school on Monday. We had a briefing this morning to discuss our processes and preparation and we are continuing to prepare for any decisions that have to be made over the next weeks. This is a very fluid situation and decisions may be made without much notice. Thanks for all of your support and kind words as we go through this process. Have a safe and healthy weekend.

March 13th

These upcoming events are all cancelled indefinitely:

All School Clubs (before and after school)
Battle of the Books
3.20: All-Pro Dad’s Day
3.22: School Beautification Day
3.30: Math Event at Torrence Creek
Boosterthon- TBD
4.4: CMS Job Fair
4.6: PTA Board Meeting

We will continue to update families on events that are cancelled as they occur. Thanks for your understanding.

March 12th- District update to novel coronavirus
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is taking several proactive steps as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. As a district, we are emphasizing keeping school environments clean, promoting social distancing and limiting students and staff exposure to individuals who may be affected.
Athletic Activities
· The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has suspended interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, through Monday, April 6, 2020. This weekend’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships also have been postponed. We are following similar guidelines for middle school and K-8 athletics, which will be canceled indefinitely. This means that there will be no practices or games for middle and high school athletic teams.
· In addition, any school-based events happening before or after normal school hours are canceled, effective Saturday, March 14.
School-based Activities
· All before- and after-school enrichment programs will operate on a normal schedule.
· Offsite professional development for staff will be conducted using a virtual format.
Community Events
· The CMS Career Fair scheduled for Saturday, April 4, is canceled.
· District-sponsored community meetings – including budget and facility master plan informational sessions – have been canceled indefinitely.
· All Community Use of Schools (CUS) events are canceled until further notice. We will work with our partners who have CUS contracts to issue credits or process refunds as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your patience during this rapidly changing environment. We will continue to monitor this situation and make decisions as they are needed, and we’ll keep you informed. Please visit our CMS website and follow us on social media for additional updates. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and healthy.

March 10th- A Note from the Superintendent

The Coronavirus crisis continues to be extremely fluid. Here is what we have decided to do as of today, March 10. Please note that because things can change so quickly, we may be taking other actions in days to come. As of today, we are suspending all travel. This means that district-sponsored trips of any kind for staff or students are suspended for now.
We are awaiting guidance from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association about next steps. In addition, we will be talking early tomorrow morning with the other large districts in North Carolina about the best way to handle athletic and other competitions, and we’ll share any decisions with you as soon as they’re made.
You may be aware that North Carolina is now under a State of Emergency, too. We are talking regularly and frequently with Mecklenburg County health officials. We will continue to monitor and make decisions as they are needed, and we’ll keep you advised.

March 8th-

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Currently, there are two confirmed cases in North Carolina, one in Wake County and the other in Chatham County. District leaders are aware that the situation could change quickly, and they want to be prepared.
For this reason, teams from CMS have met with other school leaders this week in Greensboro to share best practices, and staff members have been in constant coordination with city and county health and governmental leaders. Out of an abundance of caution, CMS has provided schools with guidance on travel for field trips for students and some restrictions on travel for staff to attend conferences.
“These decisions are made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of all CMS students and staff,” said CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston.
The district is providing families and staff with timely information and resources through CMS social media and in the “Spotlight” section on the homepage of the CMS website. These resources will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
Cleaning standards are being reinforced at schools and office buildings, and the district will continue to educate students and staff about common steps to prevent all respiratory illness. Families are encouraged to keep children at home if they are sick.
“The safety and care of our school family is my top priority as superintendent,” Winston said. “In situations like these, we come to a deeper understanding of how closely connected we are, and I thank you for your help in our efforts to be prepared.”