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JULY- NEWS AND NOTES

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MCALLISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VISION:

Committed to Excellence and Success in All We do!


MISSION:

Dedicated to rigorous educational tasks that challenge and motivate students while always being focused on continuous improvement.

Note from the Principal

Dear McAllister Elementary School Parents and Guardians,


We are excited as we prepare to embark on the journey of another school year together.


We are ready for our hallways to be filled with all of our students once again. Their energy and love for learning is truly un-matched and is what motivates us as educators on a daily basis.


Our mission is to continue to create and maintain an environment that is safe, welcoming, and encourages continual academic, social and personal growth for all McAllister Elementary School students. With this mission, our relationships with students and families are crucial. We know that strong relationships between families and educators improve students’ success both inside and outside of the classroom.


I believe open communication is vital to success of a school, so my door will always be open. I will be here to help with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. As partners, our students will continue to succeed!


Thank you for the opportunity to continue to work with you and your child.


Sincerely,

Heather Tucker

Principal

New to Richmond Hill?

Please use the link below to complete the online registration process.

https://www.bryan.k12.ga.us/page/new-student-registration


Please reach out to Katie Flynn if you have any questions or need any help throughout the registration process.

kflynn@bryan.k12.ga.us


COVID Guidelines

Linked here are the current COVID guidelines sent out by the county.

Procedures for 2021-2022

Bryan County Schools is excited to welcome back our students to the 2021-2022 school year. All schools will host an in-person Open House as we prepare for another successful school year. Please take advantage of this time to familiarize your child with their classroom, teacher, and school building. This will help prepare them for a smooth first day. Please note the following school procedures:


  • First Day of School- Students will report to their homeroom class independently on the first day of school. We will continue the same drop-off routine used last year. If you plan to bring your child on the first day of school, please utilize the carline.


  • Lunch Guests and Volunteers- We will follow the same procedures for lunch guests as last school year. Due to safety, we will be unable to accommodate lunch guests. However, we are very excited to have the opportunity to welcome volunteers back into our buildings for the 2021-2022 school year. Volunteers are a crucial part of what we do each day, and we will be able to start scheduling volunteers after Labor Day. We will share information regarding volunteer orientations in the near future. An orientation is a required component prior to being able to volunteer at any Bryan County school.


Thank you for partnering with Bryan County Schools as we strive to create a safe, academically-focused learning environment for our students. We look forward to an amazing school year!

Face Masks

Starting June 1st, face masks became optional in Bryan County Schools for staff and students.

Open House

For the 2021-2022 school year, we are back to a traditional Open House. We are excited to welcome all of our families into our building to meet your child's teacher face to face. McAllister's Open House will be Thursday, July 29th from 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm. You will be hearing from your child's teacher by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 28th. They will call to introduce themselves and invite you to Open House.


We know that class placement is crucial so we are always working on this piece until the very last minute. Rosters will likely not be complete until Wednesday morning. If you have not heard from your child's teacher by the morning of Thursday, July 29th, please call the front office and we will be happy to share the name of your child's teacher with you.

Pre-K & Kinder Camp

This school year, we will again host our Pre-k and Kinder camp prior to the first day of school. Our hope for this time is to get our youngest Wildcats familiar with the building prior to the first day of school. We hosted this for the first time last year and students seemed much more comfortable on the first day of school and knew exactly how to get to their classrooms. Please click here to RSVP by Monday, July 26th.
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Back to School Clinics

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Morning Drop Off

Morning Drop-Off Procedures


Morning drop-off is from 7:05 - 7:35 AM. If you arrive to the school after drop-off is over, you must sign-in your students in the main office.


PK-1st

Families with PK - 1st students will utilize the Dotted Line Traffic Pattern. McAllister staff will open the doors of the cars for these students. If you have a mixed group of students, please utilize this line if there is a PK-1st grader in the car.


2nd – 5th

Families with only 2nd - 5th students will utilize the Dashed Line Traffic Pattern. You will enter through the same lane where buses drop off students. Students should be prepared to exit from the vehicle on their own. McAllister staff will be out to assist as needed.


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Afternoon Pick Up

Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures


All Car Riders

For all students, utilize the road that goes around the back of MES. After you pass the gate, traffic will sort into two lanes. If you are picking up any students in grades PK-1, you must utilize the "inside lane" (right). If you are only picking up students in grades 2-5, please utilize the "outside lane" (left) ONLY. Please utilize the same lane all year long even if one of your children are absent for the day.


Please have the appropriate Transportation Tag(s) displayed during pick-up. These Transportation Tags are what is used to call students out to the loading area and ensure that students are being picked-up by the correct adult.


Make sure that students know their car Transportation Tag number, which is how they are called from the supervised area to line up in the afternoons. If, for any reason, the Transportation Tag(s) is not displayed during afternoon pick-up, the driver will be required to check-out the student through the main office. A picture ID will be required.


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Walkers

Beginning this school year, we will only have Independent Walkers at MES. Students that were previously dependent walkers should be picked up through our afternoon car rider line. See above for specifics regarding car rider dismissal and pick-up.


Below are the requirements for a student to be an independent walker:


Independent Walkers

  • Students must live in Buckhead East.

  • A Walker Permission Form must be on file.

  • Independent Walkers must be in grades 3-5.

  • Younger siblings (in grades K-2) are only allowed to walk home independently when accompanied by older sibling(s). This must be documented on the Walker Permission Form. Pre-K students are not allowed to be an Independent Walker.

  • If the older sibling is absent or not walking home at regular dismissal time, the younger sibling must go home another way.

  • Independent Walkers will be escorted to the crosswalk near the bike rack by staff. Staff members on duty will release students from this area.

  • Multiple students from the same household must leave campus together.

MES School Supply List

Click here for the 2021-2022 school supply list.

MES Essential Information

  • School hours are 7:40-2:40. Students can be dropped off in car line starting at 7:05. Students should be dropped off no later than 7:35 so they are able to be in their classrooms and ready to learn by 7:40. If student arrive after drop-off is over, parents must sign-in their students in the main office.

  • Breakfast and lunch will remain free throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Any changes in a student's afternoon dismissal will need to be documented by a signed note sent to your child's teacher.

MES Parent Handbook

Click here to access the MES Parent handbook. A paper copy of this handbook will not be printed this year, but it will be at the bottom of each monthly newsletter for the remainder of the school year.

Important Dates

  • July 29th 4:00-7:00pm- Open House
  • July 30th- Pre-k/Kinder Camp
  • August 3rd- First Day of School
  • August 9th-13th- MAP Testing
  • August 26th- PTSO Meeting/ STEM Night
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