Fulton Science Academy

WEEK OF september 14, 2015

Dear FSA Students, Faculty and Parents,

A wonderful time was enjoyed by students, parents, grandparents, and teachers last Sunday lunchtime. It began with a school tour followed by a luncheon for grandparents of our students, school video and advices from our grandparents to our students during National Grandparents Weekend on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

This day had a threefold purpose:

* To honor grandparents
* To give grandparents an opportunity to get more information about their grandchildren’s school
* To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer

Thank you to everyone who attended. Please see some pictures here:

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“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” -- Rudy Giuliani

Rivers Alive Community Outreach Opportunity

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Join with other FSA families to volunteer at the annual River's Alive Clean-Up Event at Riverside Park in Roswell onSaturday, September 26th from 8:30-11:30
This is Tamara Stevens, the PVO Hospitality V.P.
This is my cell #678-339-9993
& email justgyms@att.net

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Last year participants, including children, received a Rivers Alive t-shirt so I need to try and get an accurate of volunteers with t-shirt sizes. You may either respond to this text or email me.
Details about this program can be found here

Our group has been registered for litter pickup. Safety reflector vests, gloves and bags are provided. On the link above, you may want to download and fill out the waiver for each volunteer in your family, however, don't stress about it if you forget, they will have them onsite that morning!

Thanks for offering to participate in this community outreach event and representing FSA in such a positive way!

Living With Intensity: Understanding the the Gifted Child – Webinar with Dr. Susan Daniels

We have been informed about this very helpful webinar by one of our wonderful parents, Dr. Laura Rencher. Please see it here:

Monday, September 28, 2015, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Pacific Time).

In this webinar, Dr. Susan Daniels will explore the overexcitabilities and complex nature of the gifted child. Overexcitabiities (OEs) – psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational, and emotional – are central to the personality, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development of the gifted. Overexcitabilities confer certain advantages for gifted development and at the same time render the gifted vulnerable to being misunderstood, and potentially, misidentified. We will address the advantages and the challenges associated with overexcitability along with strategies for helping gifted children modulate their OEs and channel these energies most positively.​

Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University – San Bernardino. Dr. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert in the field of gifted education and co-author of “Living with Intensity” (Great Potential Press, 2008).

$40 for unlimited viewing via your browser. If you are unable to join a webinar live, you can register now and view the recorded webinar later. Take $10 if you register for more than one webinar with discount code “multi.” Click to register for “Living with Intensity”.

NOTE: Webinar registration does not currently work on the Safari browser. Please use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera to register.

Anime Weekend Atlanta Middle School Trip

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This is your last chance to express interest in the AWA field trip scheduled for next Saturday, September 26th. If you have a middle school student that would like to attend this trip, please e-mail afichter@fultonscienceacademy.org by this Tuesday, September 15th with your child’s name, grade, and age. The AWA Director of Registration that has worked with our Anime Club group for the last three years must have a rough estimate of our student participation and age ranges to be able to come up with a “membership” estimate. Permission forms and further information will be e-mailed by this Wednesday evening- September 16th.

Interested Middle School students are invited to join in the celebration of Japanese animation, manga (comics), cosplay (costumes), and culture by attending Anime Weekend Atlanta. AWA is a four-day Japanese Animation and comics convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. Parent carpooling and chaperones are being coordinated by Ms. Ashley Fichter. Please go to www.awa-con.com to learn more about this convention.


September 14 thru September 17 - Student Council Candidates will complete their student council application forms and hand them in their homeroom teachers by September 17th. No late forms will be accepted. The homeroom teachers will notify students of their eligibility on September 18.

September 19, 5:30-7:30 Middle School Picnic

September 21 thru September 25 - Campaign week for student council candidates, this can include posters, discussions, and handouts in homeroom. (no candy)

September 22 - 1st Day of FSA College Mentorship / Character Education Program

September 23 - Written campaign speeches must be turned in to homeroom teachers for their approval.

September 26, 8:30 to 11:30 - River's Alive - See more info on this issue of the school newsletter.

September 26 - Anime Weekend Atlanta Field Trip

September 28 (Monday) - Students will give their speeches in homeroom. Homeroom students will vote by secret ballot. Ballots will be collected and counted by homeroom teachers. Counted ballots and results should be handed in to administration clearly labeled. The validation of voting procedures and the announcement of the final Student Council representatives will be the same day.

September 28 - Living With Intensity: Understanding the the Gifted Child – Webinar with Dr. Susan Daniels


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All middle school students and families are invited to attend!

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Our teachers will prepare barbecue chicken, hot dogs, veggie items and salad.

We kindly request that parents bring the following accompaniments according to last name

A-K drinks

L-Z deserts or fruits

There will be fun activities, please come join the fun.


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We need a minimum of 8 students to make this first ever FSA trip to Costa Rica and we have 6 people at this time :) So the deadline is extended to this Friday! :) Please see detailed information here:

Please click here to see detailed information about this trip.

For more info and registration, please contact our wonderful Spanish teacher Mrs. Carmona at ncarmona@fultonscienceacademy.org


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Our Destination Imagination teams are forming and students are excited about the new challenge options this year - it's proving to be a difficult decision for some!

Are you on an academic team? No? Would you like to try DI? The middle school DI teams are looking for additional members - Join NOW!

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Emily Hindes and Violin Student

Mrs. Emily Hindes is showing a Pre-K student at Fulton Science Academy, the correct hand position in which to hold the violin. Mrs. Hindes just started this year as our private violin teacher. She holds a Masters in Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is available Mondays and Wednesdays each week during and after school. For more information about the Private Music Lesson Program at FSA, please contact Melinda Hubbell at mhubbell@fultonscienceacademy.org

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The Apple- A symbol for the beginning of a new school year!

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This week kindergarten students learned about how the apple became the symbol for the start of school and enjoyed many apple activities- Making "Apple Pie Parfaits" and creating a "Counting Seeds" apple math book!


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Experience and research from all over the United States shows that the interaction with the student’s family at their home is a very effective way to help student’s academic and behavioral progress.

Here are some feedbacks from our parents:

“Early in the school year, a group of teachers took the time to come to our home to meet us and discuss the school program with us. That event brought us back to the time in which schooling was a true partnership between parent and teacher and reaffirmed in our minds that FSA truly cares about the development of our children”

“We even had two teachers visit us at our home. They were a pleasure to meet and we could clearly see how much they enjoy teaching students.”

“Thank you very much for your visit and the chocolates yesterday. We enjoyed having you over very much. I also want to thank you for turning math from the most complicated and somewhat scary subject into one of our most favorites.”

“We all enjoyed your visit last night to our home. It was such a pleasure to informally get to know both of you. My son thought it was really cool that two teachers came to his house. He talked about it the whole way to school this morning in carpool. Personally, I admire the dedication you both have for your jobs. It makes a big difference in a student's attitude toward school. Your visit left no doubt in my mind that FSA was the right decision for my son.”

How can you schedule a home visit?

Very simple. Please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at junal@fultonscienceacademy.org and give us three available dates for your child's home visit program. We will get back to you and confirm a date. Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes.

For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to junal@fultonscienceacademy.org. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends except Sunday mornings.

STUDENT Dress Code reminder

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Students are required to follow the school dress code both on uniformed and dress down days. For e.g shorts must pass the middle finger tip, and tops must be sleeved.

Violators will be asked to wear old uniforms from the clinic and to call home for more appropriate clothing.

If in doubt please check the Student-Parent Handbook.


There are students currently enrolled with life threatening nut allergies. While it would be wonderful to make the school entirely nut free, it would be difficult to ensure a 100% nut free environment. However, as a team we can help our students by reducing nuts in school lunches and in snacks whenever possible. We thank and appreciate all student and parental help with this.

A nut free table has been designated in the cafeteria for student use during lunch.


In the interest of all students safety you are respectfully reminded to complete a medical dispensation form for all medicines to be administered at school, including over the counter products such as Tylenol, Advil etc. All medicines need to be kept locked in the clinic area unless it is considered imperative that a student always has immediate access to a rescue device, such as an inhaler or epi pen (the medical dispensation form associated with a rescue device must also be on file in the clinic area).

Please email rcondon@fultonscienceacademy.org if you would like a form sent home with your child. Please note all prescribed medicine forms do need to be signed by a physician.


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Parents are welcome to bring treats to celebrate their child's birthday. Treats can be brought in during the lunch period time only and there must be enough for the whole class. Due to allergies all treats must be store bought with the list of ingredients attached to the packaging, they must be nut free, and if possible kosher. (Publix will make pre-ordered cupcakes kosher). There is a comprehensive description in the parent handbook.

PVO Membership

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The PVO would like to extend a big Thank You to all of our wonderful parents that have taken the time to complete the PVO registration form and for submitting your payment of the Activity Fee.

The Parent Volunteer Organization is counting on all of us to help make this year great! If you have not complete either the registration form or submitted your payment please do so. Both the registration and the payment can be completed online by using this link.


Alternatively you may drop off your check off at the front office during the week.

Please note that the registration and per Student Activity Fee are required for all families.


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Help us get the Media Center up and running. We are combining three libraries into one as well as implementing a new cataloging system, so there is lots to do. No experience is necessary, we will train you.

The best time for drop in volunteers is in the morning before 10:30 AM or in the afternoons between 2:00 and 3:30 PM.

We will also have a work day this Saturday from noon to 3PM. If you are available and would like to help, please email Gloria Stathos (gstathos@fultonscienceacademy.org)

PVO Requests

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The Parent Volunteer Organization would like to invite you to lend a hand:

Please consider helping during lunch time.

The students and faculty need assistance in the FSAPS cafeteria from 10:10 - 1:25 pm. You would be assisting students and teachers by handing out lunches, napkins and cutlery, helping younger children with opening bottles and jars, and heating up lunches brought from home.

If you can assist for some or all of the lunch periods, please enter your name in the VolunteerSpot organizer. We have broken down the time into one-hour shifts for your convenience.


Early Dismissal Procedure change

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Due to the increased size of the student body, there will no longer be early dismissal available between 3:00 and 3:30. If you need your children early, please plan of picking them up prior to 3:00 pm so that we can protect instructional time for our students. Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter.

3:45- 4:20 is club time, during this period teachers and students are focused on their activity and are unlikely to check for dismissal car pool numbers, so to avoid waiting longer than anticipated please consider taking them during first dismissal to avoid disruption.

2015-2016 Yearbook

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The students on the Yearbook Staff have already begun working on creating this year's book, and it is going to be FABULOUS! You're going to want one, so why not order now? :)

TreeRing offers one discount every year to the EARLY BIRDS! Order your yearbook BEFORE September 30th and get 15% off!

How do you order a yearbook?

If you missed the flyers given out during Orientation and Curriculum Night, please find them attached below! They will walk you through creating your account on TreeRing.com, linking your account with FSAPS and creating your own custom pages.

Yes! That's right! EVERY STUDENT has the option to have their very own custom pages printed in their yearbook at NO ADDITIONAL COST!

Simply log in to TreeRing.com, click on the custom pages and start editing and adding photos to your heart's content! Every student can be the star of their yearbook! When you're done, don't forget to click the PRINT READY button in the top right corner!

Not planning to purchase a yearbook this year? You and your student should still create an account, so you can view, share, and send pictures with others at FSA! TreeRing is like a social media page just for FSAPS! Students can sign their friend's virtual yearbooks, send bling and memories, share pictures and more!

Third Grade Symbaloo

Ms.Ramsey and Mrs. Houston have created a personal Symbaloo page for the third grade! Students will find a variety of websites for all four core subjects, as well as extra websites that they believe to be very useful.


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Elementary Science Olympiad needs your help!

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Elementary Science Olympiad is searching for parent coaches! Head coaches Ms. Minor and Ms. Przedpelski are looking forward to another great year with the students who have been chosen to be a part of this Academic Team. However, we are still in need of coaches for some of our events.

Please take a moment to read through the information about the events below that are in need of a coach. Send an e-mail to eso@fultonscienceacademy.org if you would be interested in volunteering your time one afternoon a week (Monday or Wednesday) from 3:30-4:30pm to coach for Elementary Science Olympiad.

If you think you may be interested, but have some questions about what being an ESO coach means... please send an e-mail to eso@fultonscienceacademy.org and we will answer any and all questions you might have!

Events still needing a coach:

Barge Building – Each team will construct a barge of aluminum foil that can support a cargo. They will predict the amount of cargo the barge can hold and then load cargo until the barge takes on water.

Grasp a Graph – Each student will be asked to analyze a group of different graphs and later to organize some data into a graph.

Save Our Earth - Participants learn about different environmental problems and perform simple lab tests to determine problems, such as acid rain, in the environment.

Again, if you have any questions, or if any of these events look like something you would be interested in coaching - please let me know! We are so appreciative of our parent volunteers!

Middle School Science Olympiad Request

Science Olympiad Team needs 2 liter carbonated soda bottles, emptied and rinsed out with the label intact for an upcoming event. Please drop them at the front desk. Thank you.
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Health IT Leadership Summit

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We would like to inform you about Health IT Challenge Innovation Award Competition supported by TAG-ed each year.

This competition is a great chance for students to create a mobile apps. and improve their computer and programming skills. It is time to show what really innovative mobile apps are.

Please check below flyer for details and contact Mr. Sanal at isanal@fultonscienceacademy.org if you have any questions.

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We have submitted a permit application to the city of Alpharetta today for our school playground. Please see a picture of the playground chosen by our teachers. We project that the permit process, shipment arrival and the installation will take about 2 and a half months. It will be a wonderful playground when the project is completed.

We have just ordered a divider for the gym. The divider will allow our students to use the gym for recess during rainy days even if there is a Physical Education class in the gym.

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We are pleased to inform you that we are in the process of building a green house for our school. we will assign an area of green house for each grade at our school. We hope to offer free a salad bar to our students directly from our green house. We have submitted our application to the city of Alpharetta and waiting for the permit to begin the construction of greenhouse.
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Being successful at school starts with arriving on time to school. Research all over the world shows that students who arrive school late are disadvantaged against other students in the school. This does not only reduce their chances of success but also disrupts their classmates as they interrupt the class at the beginning of school day. Therefore, let’s do our best to arrive school on time. This is vital for the success of all of our students.


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Please check this website for detailed information and registration to FSA Band and Orchestra Program:


Since we have after school clubs till 4:20pm, the band and orchestra will start at 4:30pm to avoid possible conflicts with academic teams and club studies. Please check actual days and times on the website - http://www.dolceensemble.com


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We have created a Remind account to keep our community informed and up-to-date with what is happening at our school.

By joining FSAPS remind, you will be receiving messages via push notifications, SMS, or e-mail. We recommend SMS option for our families and students.

We will use this tool as an addition to other communication tools we use at our school.

If interested, please click here to follow the instructions.

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