Crabapple Crossing Elementary

Principal's Newsletter

August 12, 2016

Dr. Rachel Williams, Principal

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CCES Administration

Melanie Moore, CST, Jessica Lundy, School Counselor, Rachel Williams, Principal, Sarah Jones, Literacy Coach, Ayo Richardson, Assistant Principal

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

What a great first week of school. In fifteen years, I am not sure I have had an opening as smooth as this year! Thanks to you and the fabulous staff at CCES we have made it through the first five days with ease. Let me begin by saying if you are not following me on Twitter, you are missing out. My name is CCES_Principal and this week I posted 32 selfies that included all of our homeroom classes. Your kids were overjoyed by the selfie stick! This is a quick and easy way to communicate; therefore, I encourage you to follow. You don’t have to Tweet, but you can stay informed. I promise it is EASY!

Our teachers began instruction on day two as kids moved to new classes for Reading and Math. Schedules came home this week so you should be aware of the teachers your child sees in a typical day. Any parent who was with us last year knows our focus was Writing. This year we have added Reading Workshop. The workshop approach allows students choice and independence. We saw tremendous gains last year and expect nothing less this school year. Your teachers will be inviting you in at various points throughout the year for celebrations. I hope you will join us.

I’ve had a great time seeing so many of you on the bus routes this week. For the first few weeks, I enjoy getting to know our drivers and seeing their routes. The kids are always surprised to see me too! I will be riding each bus until I get through all twelve so watch out for me in your neighborhood!

We are very fortunate to have a strong partnership with Milton High School. This year your three feeder school principals (Williams, Chester, and Jones) have partnered for parent coffees together. The location will be Milton High School. Please see dates and times listed below:

10:00 am-September 27th

6:00 pm-November 29th

10:00 am-April 12th

Also, I am thrilled to announce CCES night at the Milton/Roswell High School football game. Our students will be allowed to go on the field before the game and need to arrive at MHS by 6:50. This will be a BIG game for North Fulton so arrive early. Our students will receive a souvenir from Milton for participating. Please save the date, September 30th. You all know how much I love football and I hope you will join me and the CCES staff for this exciting event!

I wanted to share photos from the first week and a few from our Barnes and Noble event. I hope you and your family are enjoying the Rio 2016 Olympics. I know my four year old niece, Catherine, has been mesmerized by the diving! Go USA!

What is PBIS?

You may hear teachers or students discuss PBIS this year. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The teachers and staff are using the PBIS framework to help set expectations for student behavior at school and reward students when they meet or exceed these expectations. Throughout the school, students are expected to Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Teachers are spending time ensuring that students know and understand these expectations and will soon be rolling out a reward program. Stay tuned to learn more about student rewards and how you can support our efforts at home.

Upcoming Events

8/12 PTO Meeting, 10:30 am

8/16 Katie Reeves' Community Meeting, Summit Hill ES, 9:30 am

8/17 Katha Stuart's Community Meeting, Vickory Mill ES, 9:30 am

8/24 Cub Scout Interest Night, 5:30-7:30 pm

8/25 Girl Scout Interest Meeting, 6 pm

8/25 Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff at Friendship Park, 6:30 pm

8/26 Box Tops Due

8/30 Curriculum Night, K-2, 6-7:30 pm

8/31 Curriculum Night, 3-5, 6-7:30 pm

9/2 Release Day - No school for Students

CCES Book Drive

Are you wondering what to do with all of those already read children's books hanging around your house? Donate them to CCES! We are collecting gently used books to support the Reading Units of Study work our teachers and students are doing this year. Series books (where the same character has multiple books devoted to their adventures, ie: Cam Jansen) at all levels are especially needed. Books can be dropped off at the front office, or in the book room (A133). If you have any questions, please contact our Literacy Coach, Sarah Jones, at Thank you for your donations!

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PTO Spiritwear

Please click on the link below to view and order your CCES Spiritwear. This year, spiritwear will be sold online only with a final sale date of August 19th.

Special Thank You

We would like to give a special thank you to the following people

who helped make the school lobby feel so welcoming and “Crabapple”.

Debbie Wright, Designs for Grant Lee – Custom Wooden Frames

Sarah Margaret Hunter, Phototique – Area Photography

Rhonda McMichael – Decorations, 5th grade gift

Thank you all!