Knight Messenger



Tuesday, August 2, 2022
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Our School Vision

Knight Vision: To share in the commitment of rigorous and high-quality instruction to meet the needs of every child.

Our 2022-23 school theme "TEAM KNIGHT...ALL IN!" is directly aligned with our continued vision and instructional expectations for Knight: to share in the commitment of rigorous and high-quality instruction to meet the needs of every child.

Knight Mission: To provide a positive, stimulating, and secure environment that empowers the individual to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually in order to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Knight Belief: We believe all kids can learn…

…and we will establish high standards of learning that we expect all students to achieve. It is our job to create an environment in our classrooms that engages students in academic work that results in a high level of achievement. We are confident that with our support and help, students can master challenging curricula, and we expect them to do so. We are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and parents to achieve this shared educational purpose (DuFour, 1997a).


Dear Parents,

Welcome to another great year at Knight! We enjoyed meeting our students and families at Meet Your Teacher Day!

Our theme for the 2022-2023 school year is, “TEAM KNIGHT ~ ALL IN!” Team Knight will continue our commitment and dedication to providing a supportive school community. Team Knight will continue to provide high quality instruction and accelerate learning. Team Knight will continue to C.A.R.E. I look forward to Team Knight being All In to support each and every student achieve success this school year! We are TEAM KNIGHT!

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2022-2023 school year. To maximize instructional time with your child, teachers check their emails after student dismissal at 3:20 p.m. Our teachers and administrators are available for scheduled conferences as well as communication via ClassDojo or email. On behalf of the Knight Elementary School faculty and staff, I thank you for allowing us to provide your child with the best education possible. This will be the best year ever!

Best Regards,
Dr. Toni Ferguson

First Day of School & Staggered Start

All students begin school on Wednesday, August 3rd.

  • Students in grades K & 1, as well as students with special needs who are served in a small group homeroom, will start in-person learning on Wednesday, August 3rd, with all other students participating in digital learning at home.
  • On Thursday, August 4th, students in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 will start in-person learning.

Parents will receive additional information and a detailed schedule at Meet Your Teacher Day on Monday, August 1st.

Beginning of School Reminders

Just a few general reminders as we prepare to embark on the best school year ever!!

Parents are able to walk their students to the classrooms on the first days of school. In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for our students, we are requesting that parents not enter the building during arrival or dismissal after Friday, August 5th. Thank you for helping us stay safe and establish "normal" daily routines.

  • We will have all hands on deck throughout the school to make sure each student is able to navigate their way to the appropriate classroom.

Be prepared to be patient during the first week as we work to teach students our afternoon dismissal procedures.

  • The first week always takes a little bit longer, but we will get it down to a science before long!
  • As the drivers get to know students and routes, we will see an improvement each day.
  • Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure that each child gets home the right way!

Arrival & Dismissal Information

As we provide the best learning opportunities for your child this year, we ask for your support in reviewing the following transportation information:

  • Students should be dropped off in the car rider lane no earlier than 8:20 a.m. There is no adult supervision for students before this time. For the safety of all students, we kindly ask that all cell phone use be discontinued upon entering the car rider lane.
  • Car riders may only be dropped off and picked up at the designated location which is the side entrance to the school. Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. must be walked into the building by an adult.
  • There will be no student check-outs after 2:30 p.m. in order to provide a safe and timely dismissal for all students.
  • Changes in afternoon transportation should be made in advance. Telephone requests for changes in student transportation arrangements will not be honored. Please send a written note with a phone number from the parent or guardian. The note should be brought to the front office by the child to be signed and verified by a school official. If no note is received, the teacher will follow regular transportation procedures for the child. If a change must occur during the day, you will need to email or fax the school a written note (a picture copy of the written note must be sent as an attachment in the email) indicating the change and must include a picture copy of our driver’s license on the email or fax. After you have emailed or faxed the note, please call the school to ensure that the email or fax was received. All emails must be sent to Araceli Rodriguez at
  • School dismissal is at 3:20 p.m. Car riders must be picked up before 3:50 p.m. After this time, car riders will be taken to the front office for parent contact. For the safety of all students, we kindly ask that all cell phone use be discontinued upon entering the car rider lane.
  • The Gwinnett County Public Schools Transportation Department works with local schools to ensure bus safety for all students.

To help your child have a successful experience, please review the following information:

1) Make sure your child knows his/her bus stop location and time of pick-up.
2) Please click the link below for car rider information. Note: "park and walk" is NOT an option.

3) Gwinnett County Public Schools Transportation Procedure: For student safety, students can only have 1 transportation dismissal tag (bus rider, car rider, or daycare rider.) If a student has another form of transportation, a written parent note must be provided EVERY DAY the student’s transportation changes from the dismissal tag. The student will then receive a bus rider, car rider, or daycare rider pass.

School Nutrition Program

Please be reminded that due to the expiration of USDA waivers, effective June 30, 2022, the School Nutrition Program will now transition to pre-pandemic operations.

While meals are no longer available at no charge to all students, GCPS has made a few changes to assist our students and families as we transition away from the USDA waivers.

If you think your child may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, it is important to complete your School Meal Application this year, as federal funding to provide free meals for all students - regardless of income or application - ended on June 30, 2022.


  • At Knight ES, all students will receive breakfast at no charge. (This year in GCPS all Title I schools will not charge students for breakfast).


  • All students will be charged for lunch based on their current eligibility status (Free, Reduced, Full Pay).
  • Meal Prices for lunch are as follows: Reduced - $.40 cents; ES Lunch - $2.25; MS/HS Lunch - $2.50

Free and Reduced Information:

  • As a reminder, SY21-22 Free and Reduced eligibility status will carry over for the first 30 school days of SY23 (through 9/14).
  • The online SY23 Free and Reduced application is now available
  • SY23 Free and Reduced Online Application


  • At this time, lunch visitors are not allowed so we can establish our schedule and procedures.
  • Parent lunch visitation will begin Tuesday, September 6 utilizing the bistro tables in the hallway outside the cafeteria.
  • Please feel free to email your child's teacher ahead of time to confirm lunchtimes.
  • REMINDER - if you do come for lunch, please remember to bring your ID. All adults are required to present their ID to enter the building as a visitor.

Calendar for 2022-23

2022-23 Calendar

This approved calendar features a start date of Aug. 3, seven days of pre-planning for teachers, the staggered return of students, and fourth digital learning days. The four digital learning days are scheduled throughout the year, with two occurring in 1st semester and two in 2nd semester. The calendar also features a fall break in October, a two-week winter break, the addition of a break in February, a week scheduled for spring break, and end date of May 24.

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Knight PTA News!

Please join the PTA this year!

Knight PTA's ultimate goal is to benefit our children and support their learning experience. Membership is an opportunity to connect with other parents and to support our school. Our goal is one membership for each student. Membership is only $5 per person! Please join at:

Membership is $5 per individual adult (not per household or per student as GA PTA does not allow household memberships).

Thank you for supporting the PTA!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Knight Elementary (KES) PTA Officers for the 2022-23 school year!

Co-President ~ Vanessa Estremadoyro

Co-President ~ Jocabed Montoya

Vice President ~ Kelly Morgan

Secretary ~ Denise Carter

Treasurer ~ Cherie Peck

If you are interested in volunteering to help support KES PTA and Knight Elementary, please send an email to

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GCPS Updates

Be sure to visit the GCPSWebsite for all updates regarding the start of school.

Need More Help?

Please feel free to contact Kelli Sheffield, , in our Parent Center. You can also reach them by phone from 9:00am - 3:00pm at 770-806-3887.

Finally, please visit the Knight website often for information and updates at KnightESHomepage Thank you for your generosity and support as we continue to ensure learning for all students at Knight Elementary!