February 28, 2022 LWE Newsletter
Dear Lake Windward Families,
Can you believe tomorrow is March 1st? Wow, this semester is already flying by! I am grateful that our positive Covid-19 cases have decreased dramatically over the last two weeks. We are hopeful for a healthy and safe spring!
As a result of the decline in Covid-19 in our area, we are getting to do some things that we haven't been able to enjoy in a couple of years! First, we are hosting an "in-person" book fair this week. It has been over two years since our students got to shop for books at school. In addition, next week we are celebrating Exceptional Children's Week. For the first time since 2019, we are going to get to watch live performances of our Exceptional Children's Week shows. Students in our general education classes will get to be the audience for our special education program classes' talent shows. We cannot wait for this LWE tradition to be back and get to celebrate the abilities of ALL Lake Windward ES students!
Have a great week!
Learning & Growing at LWE!
We had fun on TwosDay 2-22-22!
Spring Book Fair Is Happening Now!
Reading Celebration Week Is This Week!
At Lake Windward we are looking forward to Reading Celebration Week, February 28nd- March 4th. Reading Celebration Week highlights the importance of reading and literacy in the continued success of children. We will celebrate all week with fun activities for students to show their love of reading.
Important Dates To Note
February 28- March 4- Reading Celebration Week
March 7-10- Exceptional Children's Week
March 11- Teacher Workday (Students are off)
March 14- Teacher Workday (Students are off)
March 16- Spring Picture Day/Class Pictures
March 21- Early Release Day (dismissal is at 12:20 pm)
April 4- 8- Spring Break- No school for staff & students
April 14- LWE Kindergarten Roundup @ 8:00 AM (see flyer below)
Young Georgia Author's Writing Competition- UPDATE!
Young Georgia Author’s Writing Competition is a competition sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. The purpose of this competition is to encourage K-12 students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, provide a context to celebrate their writing success, and recognize student achievement in the arts and academics.
This year, with the encouragement from our literacy coach, Mrs. Palermo, Lake Windward had 37 second, third, fourth and fifth grade students submit writing for the Young Georgia Authors Competition!
**Two of Lake Windward ES students WON for the district competition! We are so proud of them and ALL of our students who participated. The following two students' writing will now go to the Metro RESA competition.
Grade 2- Evelyn Odell
Grade 5- Sarah Peterson
Congratulations!!! Way to go, Gators!!
LWE 2022-23 Teacher and Professional of the Year!
We are also very proud of our Professional Employee of the Year finalists. Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Hayes (media center paraprofessional), Mrs. Ashley Hawley (special education paraprofessional), Ms. Susie Pratt (speech and language therapist) and Mrs. Janet Adams (data clerk) for being nominated by their peers for this recognition. After the nomination and interview process, Ms. Susie Pratt was named 2022-23 Professional Employee of the Year!
Calling All LWE Parents!
Volunteer Opportunities for LWE Parents!
Spring Carnival- April 22- Please email Desiree Foy-Fisher if you are able to help with this event: email@example.com
Teacher Appreciation Week- April 25-29- PTO is planning some nice things for LWE staff this week to show appreciation for all they do. If you are interested in helping with Teacher Appreciation Week, please email Mary Kaye Pepperman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Georgia Milestones Testing Dates
ELA Parts 1-3- May 4-6
Science- May 10 (5th grade only takes this assessment)
Math Parts 1&2- May 11-12
A Note From Our PE Department
1st - 5th grade FitnessGram Assessment
Students in grades 1-5 will participate in this state mandated fitness assessment. Per Georgia law, students in grades 1-3 are required to have their height and weight recorded annually and students in grades 4-5 are required to have their height and weight recorded annually and submitted to the state; along with their results from the other four components of the FitnessGram test. The following are the five components that all students in grades 4-5 will participate in:
1. PACER test (aerobic capacity)
2. 90 degree Push-Ups (upper body strength & endurance)
3. Curl-Ups (abdominal strength & endurance)
4. Sit & Reach (flexibility)
5. Height & Weight (body composition)
For more information, head to the FitnessGram parent resource page. http://fitnessgram.usgames.com/parents-students.asp
The Physical Education Department
School Governance Council- Declaration Period Ends March 2nd
The School Governance Council has both parent/guardian and teacher positions open for election. We will be looking to fill one parent position in the upcoming election. Parents or guardians of students who will be attending our school during both the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years are eligible to run for the parent/guardian SGC positions.
Our School Governance Council (SGC) plays a critical role in the success of our school. The SGC works with school leadership and the community to help determine the long-term direction of the school, design innovative solutions to increase academic achievement, and serve as school ambassadors to the local community. Specifically, the School Governance Council has the following powers:
- Create, approve, and monitor the implementation of the school strategic plan
- Manage the Request for Flexibility process
- Approve the annual budget recommendations and related allocations
- Participate in the hiring of the principal, in the case of a vacancy
- Provide annual feedback to the Area Superintendent on principal performance
If you are interested in running for a position on the School Governance Council, please complete and submit a Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form.
We are very excited about the work and value-add of our SGC. We hope that you will consider running for a position! The Candidate Declaration period ends March 2nd and voting will take place March 23-March 30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about the charter system or SGC elections visit our school’s website or our Charter System Overview.
A Note From Our School Social Worker
Warm up with some hot soup!
If you need a warm meal, please reach out to our School Social Worker, Kaitlyn Jimenez. Soup will be available weekly.
Chris 180 is here for you!
5th Grade Parents - Middle School Placement Verification
Starting Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, you may view your student’s course request for the 2022-2023 school year on the Campus Parent or Student portal. You will have until Thursday, March 10, 2022 to request any changes.
• In the portal, select "More"
• In the menu to the right select Next Year Course Requests
• If a parent does not have a portal account, then the parent can see the requests via the Student Portal.
Please watch for an email from Cindy Bailey, LWE CST, on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 with more information regarding this process.
The state of Georgia is offering parents the opportunity to give feedback. This survey closes Friday, March 11th.
Please use this link for the Georgia Parent Survey: