September 18, 2023
Upcoming Dates at Minor
- September 14- Progress Reports go home with Students
- September 15- Digital Learning Day
- September 21- Little Learners Academy 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
- September 21- Berkmar Cluster Schools Parent Technology Workshop- Berkmar High School- 6:00 PM
- September 22- Fermando Padres (Parent Workshop for Spanish Speaking Families)
- September 28- Fairy Tale Fall Festival (in celebration of Literacy) 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
- September 28- Elementary AKS Spotlight- Virtual Workshop provide by GCPS Federal Programs Department- 6:00-7:30 PM
- September 29- Fermando Padres (Parent Workshop for Spanish Speaking Families)
- October 4- Fall Pictures
- October 5-9 Fall Break- NO SCHOOL
- October 18-19- Early Release/Parent Conferences
Click on the picture of the calendar or the link below to see the GCPS calendar for 2023-2024 in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Minor Elementary Presents... A Fall Fairy Tale Festival
in Celebration of Literacy
Thursday, September 28
5:30 - 7:00 PM
- Dress up as a fairy tale character (no scary costumes, please)
- Concessions and Pink's Frozen Ice available for purchase
- Bouncy Castle
- Cake Walk
- Book Walk
- Dunk Tank (students should complete book log to earn a ticket)
- Fairy Tale Literacy Learning Activities
Virtual Parent Workshop for Families of Elementary Students
ELEMENTARY AKS SPOTLIGHT - FAMILY NIGHT
ALL GCPS FAMILIES GRADES K - 5 ARE INVITED TO JOIN US
SEPTEMBER 28, 2023 6:00 - 7:30 PM
During this session, GCPS families of students in grades K - 5 will receive information about the curriculum being taught in the classroom and learn strategies and activities to support your children at home.
English and Language Arts (ELA): What is "The Science of Reading" and how to support at home
Math: First semester activities to support the new AKS at home
Science: Birth – 5 grade fair support
Social Studies: K- 5 Personal Finance
Presented by Anna Mary Smith (ELA Director), Michelle Bellamy (Math Director), Kristin Luthi, (Science Director), Jeremy Nix (Social Studies Director), GCPS Teaching & Learning Division
Interpretation provided in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese
Use the links below to see the flyer in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese:
Baked Goods Donations Needed For Fairy Tale Festival
Cakes and baked goods are needed for our Cake Walk at this event. This is an activity in which each time the game is played, one winner is selected and will receive a free cake or baked good to take home with them.
If you are able to donate an item to be used, please bring it by the school or send it with your child by Monday, September 25th.
- All food times must be store bought and prepackaged. Please no home-cooked items for this event.
- Suggestions are cakes, pies, packages of cookies, boxes of miniature cakes (such as boxes of Little Debbie Snacks or Twinkies).
- Please do not send individually packaged items that are not grouped together in a box, such as one cookie or a single slice of pie. Boxes and containers should be unopened when they are donated.
Thank you in advance for your support, and we hope to see you all at our SCHOOL event on...
Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 PM.
If you have questions, please contact:
Anita Hutcheson (770-806-2227) Anita.Hutcheson@gcpsk12.org
Angelica Loper (678-245-3160) Angelica.Loper@gcpsk12.org
Resources at Minor
Little Learners Academy
A once-a month, drop-in class for children ages birth to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers!
Our next class is Thursday, September 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Open to the community
- No pre-registration required
- Adults attending must bring photo ID
- For more information call 770-925-9543
This class is a shortened version of our weekly Play 2 Learn class for those who are not able to commit to a weekly schedule.
For more information, call 770-925-9543
Social and Emotional Learning
September Character Trait: Respect
As we continue to focus on one Character Trait each month at Minor Elementary, September’s focus is on RESPECT. One way to think about Respect is “seeing value in all people
and things and treating them with care.” We hope this month inspires discussions with your
family about what Respect means to you and how you can practice it together.
This month in their classrooms, students will be learning about resolving conflicts with others while showing respect.
They will practice using the Tree of Choices, which
is a simple tool for successful conflict resolution.
1. The Roots of the Tree:
- Identifying if the problem is big or small.
- Big problems require assistance from an adult, usually when someone is being hurt physically or emotionally.
- Small problems can be solved on their own without adult assistance.
2. The Heart of the Tree:
- Naming the emotions you are feeling.
3. The Branches of the Tree:
Make a choice to:
- Move it out (step away from the problem)
- Talk it out (talk through the issue or connect with a friend/trusted adult)
- Breathe it out (practice calming strategies before responding.)
Home Conversation Starters: RESPECT
- Can you share or show what Respect means?
- Why do you think it is important to be Respectful as a friend?
There Are Lots of Ways for Working Parents to Get Involved
To help your child feel safe and secure in this sometimes dangerous and uncertain world, create a relaxing bedtime routine. Tuck your child in every night. This can be a cozy time for you to share a positive thought about your child. Your child can also share hopes and dreams with you.
You can also sing a bedtime song or read a story to your child. Make this time a relaxing, special time for you both.
Brought to you by:
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Community Resources and Events
Camps for Children who have Lost a Parent, Sibling, or Loved One
Camp MAGIK/Camp Erin- 2023 Fall Announcement
Camps for Kids Age 7-18 Who Have Lost a Parent, Sibling or Other Close Loved One--
Oct 27 – Oct 29, 2023 Clarkesville, Georgia
Deadline to apply October 13, 2023
Camp MAGIK is pleased to announce its 2023 fall schedule of healing camps for children and
teens. Camp MAGIK (Mainly About Grief In Kids) serves children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member within the past three years. Camp MAGIK will provide an opportunity for children and teens to meet, talk, and process their grief with professional grief counselors. Time will also be spent on play and fun as a way to help the children heal from the experience of death in the family. Activities may include archery, canoeing, a ropes course, nature hikes, treasure hunts, hay rides, campfires, story-telling, and a talent show. Each camp will be divided into two groups, one for ages 7 - 11, and one for ages 12 - 17. Application forms are available at www.campmagik.org under the “join us” tab.
Please click on link below for more details...
Camp MAGIK - Fall Announcement 2023
Camp MAGIK/Camp Erin - 2023 Fall Announcement --Special Camps for Kids Age 7-18 Who Have Lost a Parent, Sibling or Other Close Loved One-- www.campmagik.org Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2023 Clarkesville, Georgia Deadline to apply October 13, 2023 Camp MAGIK is pleased to announce its 2023 fall schedule...
Gwinnett County Public Schools Resources and Information
How to Set Up A MPP Account for Parents:
How to Review Signed Documents in MPP: