Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saura Weekly Updates - April 5, 2020

Spring Break
This week is Spring Break for students and teachers.  Remote instruction will resume on Tuesday, April 14.  Please encourage students to complete any assignments they may not have completed this past week if possible.  We will have very limited office hours at school this week and the office will be closed on Friday, April 10.  Please remind students to practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently.  We want everyone to have a safe break!

Remote Instruction
Remote instruction will resume on Tuesday, April 14.  We are happy that most students have been able to access their materials and successfully complete assignments.  For students who are confused, please have them reach out to their teachers after spring break.  We have several methods for helping them learn about how to access and submit their assignments and will be glad to help them.  Most of our teachers are delivering content through email, Canvas, Google Classroom, or their websites.  A complete list of where teacher instructions can be found is on our website under Remote Instruction Information.  

When instruction resumes on April 14, we strongly encourage students to check their school email at least once a day Monday through Friday for updates.  If students are unsure about how to check their email, information about how to log into all student accounts can be found in the Saura Tech Center recently created on our South Stokes website under Students.  Communication is essential as we work to make plans to deliver content remotely.  Please have your student make contact with their teachers when they have questions or concerns.

Need paper materials?
We know some students have little or no access to internet.  While we prefer students get materials online as we are able to communicate with them more easily live, if students have limited access to remote instruction, please call the school and talk to administrators about paper/pencil options for students.  

Ms. Gallimore and I are usually in the office at school from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday if you would like to call for more information 336-994-2995.  Office hours will be more limited the week of Spring Break and the office will be closed on Friday.

Please keep an eye on the Stokes County Schools' website, South Stokes website and school social media sites for updates.  We will also send phone messages with relevant information as well.


Information about Special Events & AP Testing

• At this time, Spring Break will occur as scheduled.

• All field trips for the 2019-2020 school year have been cancelled.

• Driver’s education has been suspended until further notice.

• Our high schools will try to have proms and graduations when the mass gathering ban has been lifted even if these events are delayed. We will communicate the details when we have them.

• AP STUDENTS:  CollegeBoard is working on a plan for AP Testing from home and have a list of resources helpful for online learning:  AP Updates for Schools

School Nutrition Information
The district hopes to continue offering meals as long as possible.  Meals will continue to be available the week of Spring Break.

“Free, To-Go Meals” service for all children ages 0-18 are available Monday through Friday from 11:00-1:00 at the following locations:

South District
London Elementary School - 609 School St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Southeastern Stokes Middle School - 1044 N Main St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Palmyra Church - 5076 North Carolina Hwy 8 S, Germanton, NC 27019

North District
Piney Grove Middle School -
3415 Piney Grove Church Road, Lawsonville, NC 27022
Sandy Ridge Elementary School - 1070 Amostown Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046
Brown Mountain Church - 2269 North Carolina Hwy 66 N, Westfield, NC 27053

West District
Chestnut Grove Middle School - 2185 Chestnut Grove Rd, King, NC 27021
Poplar Springs Elementary School - 223 Hobe Kiser Rd, King, NC 27021
Quaker Gap Church - 2265 Flat Shoals Rd, King, NC 27021

Internet Access Points
There are many places throughout our county where students can access free wi-fi if needed.  The district has put together a list of access points in a Community Internet Access Option list.  

Chromebook Help
If students are having problems with the Chromebook, please complete a Tech Support Ticket on the school website or call the school.  We do have a scheduled time for students to have tech support on campus if needed.  Completing the form or calling ahead will allow you to schedule a time for assistance if needed.  Mrs. Campbell also has "Office Hours" each day when students can participate in a Google Meet with her.  If students need to speak with Mrs. Campbell, have them call the school and we will send them an invitation to her office hours.

How Can I Help Students With Online Learning?
We've gathered several resources to help families determine what online learning should look like in their homes and where to find help when needed.  Below are several websites with information about remote learning and how to cope during this time of uncertainty.  Some of the tips we find over and over are listed below along with links to resources.

Best Practices for Learning from Home

1)  Establish a routine

  • Get up at the same time each day
  • Check email when you get started and then again later in the day

2)  Set up a work space
  • Gather all the materials you may need in one space (pencils, paper, calculator, etc)

3)  Communication is VERY important
  • Stay in touch with teacher!
  • Be sure to ask questions
  • If you are not sure how to communicate, check email or call the school 336-994-2995
4)  Use videos like those on YouTube to learn how to navigate online tools if needed

Learn More:

Use Your Chromebook Offline (Helpful if you have internet sometimes, but not others)

Athletic Boosters Cash Giveaway - POSTPONED
The Athletic Boosters will hold their annual Cash Giveaway, but at this time we are postponing the event.  Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, we will let everyone know when a new date is established.  Tickets are $100 and include dinner for two and a chance to win $10,000.  See any Athletic Booster member or call the school to purchase a ticket.  Thank you for your patience as we work to find a new date and for supporting our Saura athletes!

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 6 - Monday, April 13
Spring Break

Tuesday, April 14
Remote Instruction Resumes

Helpful Links
Check out the links below to access for much of the information you'll need this school year!


Stokes County Schools Student Handbook

South Stokes High School Student Handbook

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications
 - Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch

Update Student Information (Contact the school if you need to update student/guardian contact information)

Link to 2019-2020 Stokes County Schools Calendars