Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

October 19, 2020

Important Dates

October 23 - Reflections entries due

October 30 - Picture Day - see information below


November 2 - 13 - Virtual Book Fair

November 3 - Professional Development Day/Election Day (students off)

November 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting at 5:00 pm to vote on the 2020-2021 proposed budget

Emergency Card Information Needed for Every Student - Please Complete This Form

This information is needed in addition to the Blue Card information you provided at the beginning of the school year. Parents please complete the attached Emergency Card for each of your students

  1. Please complete the 2020-2021 Emergency Card that is in a PDF form. The information on this form is used if we have to dismiss students early due to inclement weather, etc.
  2. After completing, please select the SAVE AS option under the File drop down menu. Use your students first initial and last name as the document name (Example: J Smith Emergency Card).
  3. If you do not save the form with a new name, the information that you entered will not be saved.
  4. Please attach the newly save form to an e-mail and return it to your student’s homeroom teacher.

Should you have any questions or problems when completing this form, please contact Mrs. Roles at roles@fltonschools.org or Mrs. King at kingsk@fultonschools.org.

A Message From Dr. Stabler

Dear Parents,


I am pleased to report that our first few days of F2F (Phase 5) were very smooth. It was great to see the kids interacting with their teachers and peers both virtually and in person. As we move into the next few weeks, we have some very important Information to share. Please read the following carefully and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Stabler


Carpool Safety

We are experiencing an increase in our car riders. We ask parents to be patient, safe, and understanding, as you can anticipate increased traffic. To increase safety and efficiency please:

  • Begin practicing with your child on how to unbuckle and buckle their seatbelt, and how to independently get in and out of the car.
  • Remain in the carpool lane rather than parking in the lot and walking your child into the building. Utilizing the carpool line is faster and safer than parking and walking students to the front door. Staff is available at the carpool line to assist your child. Staff will check in/out and monitor car riders exiting and entering vehicles; however, they will only assist with car doors if a student has a specific need for help. Should your child need assistance, please do not get out of your vehicle. Simply roll down your window, and a staff member will be over to assist you.
  • When in the carpool lane, please remain in your vehicle and do not pass other cars.
  • Students will be dismissed from the building from two exits, the front door and the media center door. Staff will assist students as they locate their vehicle. Students are to enter and exit the vehicle through the passenger side.

It is critical to make sure you hang your child’s carpool number on the rearview mirror so our afternoon carpool line can run efficiently. We have a much larger number of car riders this year, so your help with this is greatly appreciated.


Picture Day

Our Picture Day is October 30th. Please see the details below. Fall picture day is for all of our students, face to face and remote learners.


FCBOH Student COVID-19 Reporting System

The Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools have developed an on-line portal for FCS parents/guardians to report student COVID-19 related cases. Please make a report to the FCBOH when your student is COVID-19 positive, has a pending COVID-19 test result, or has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Also, please use this resource for official reporting rather than alerting the school and/or teacher. If you must engage the school/teacher, please do so after you have made an official report to the FCBOH. Lastly, to ensure the protection of our school community, please do not allow your child to attend school or school-sponsored events when he/she is ill and/or has any of the above COVID-19 concerns. Please (click here) for more details.

Should any situations arise, Fulton County will follow the Closing Matrix (click here) to determine next steps.


In-Progress Report Cards

In previous years, our students received a report card every 9-week mark (quarterly). To align with middle and high schools, Fulton County elementary schools will now only have two report cards a year, semester one and semester two. Halfway through each semester (at the 9-week mark), students will receive what is called an “In-Progress Report”. The In-Progress Report is a snapshot of the student’s grades at that time in the semester. The grades will continue to average until completion at the end of the semester, at which time students will receive their final report card. If you see an “I” (Incomplete) on your child’s progress report, that means, he/she has not turned in at least 80% of graded assignments for the specific course. Incomplete assignments can and should be made up as soon as possible to prevent your child from having an “Incomplete” on the FINAL semester 1 report card. The In-Progress Report will look very similar to the standard report card. Student In-Progress Report Cards are now available on the Parent and Student Portals. For instructions on how to access your child’s Quarter 1 In-Progress Report please click here.


Safety Concerns

We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously in the Fulton County School District. It is a shared expectation that parents, guardians and students not only take their own health and safety seriously, but that they make the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff THE priority now that we have resumed face to face instruction in our schools. At this time we are asking that parents/guardians of FCS students submit a COVID-19 Report ONLY if your student fits into one or more of the following categories:


a) Has tested Positive for COVID-19 in the past 15 days

b) Currently waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19

c) Has been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the past 15 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

For information regarding the Fulton County Schools Parent (Student) COCID-19 Reporting Portal, click here. We must all work together to ensure a safe and successful school year.

Picture Day is October 30th! Please see information below for Face to Face and Remote Learners

Student pictures are back! On October 30th, Abbotts Hill students will have their Student Picture Day (this day is for individual pictures only, not class pictures). This tradition not only provides our students with valuable memories of their childhood, but it also serves a practical purpose. The District includes the student’s most recent photo in the Infinite Campus system, allowing us to have access to a current image in the event of an emergency.


Students that are attending school face-to-face will take their pictures with their homeroom groups. Students that are engaging in remote learning will have an opportunity to come into the school to take their pictures during a specific timeframe on the 30th.


Click here to sign up your remote student for picture day on October 30th.


Click here to see how our picture day will be conducted this year. Please note that we will not use props. Photographers will be able to photograph a student by asking for their name and/or student number (i.e. lunch number) rather than exchanging a camera card with their information.

Here Comes the Bus App Information

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News From the Clinic - Keep Your Family Flu-Free: Get Vaccinated

Since the influenza virus is unpredictable and can result in serious infections, the best thing you can do to protect your family is to get vaccinated. A flu shot can be lifesaving, especially for vulnerable populations.


"As we continue to face COVID-19, you should wear your masks, wash your hands and watch your distance by keeping space between you and others,” says James Fortenberry, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “And this year—more than ever—it’s important to get your flu shot. These precautions will help reduce the risk of spreading of all respiratory illnesses.”


Please DO NOT send your child to school if your child(ren) meet any of the criteria below. FCS is asking that parents/guardians of FCS students to submit a COVID-19 Report ONLY if your child meets the criteria any of the criteria below.

  • Has tested Positive for COVID-19
  • Waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19
  • Has been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

Directions: COVID Reporting of student cases/exposure/testing


Reporting Portal Link


DO NOT send your student to school or school sponsored events when he/she is ill and has any of the above COVID-19 concerns and/or until you have spoken with your healthcare provider, one of the FCS Student Health Services School Nurses, or a public health official.

Learning Commons News

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Learning Commons News - Virtual Book Fair November 2nd - 13th

Have you heard the exciting news? We will be having a VIRTUAL Book Fair from November 2nd-13th. Please preview the truly incredible selection of books available by looking through the virtual flyer and exploring the online ordering site. Please keep in mind that orders cannot actually be placed until November 2nd.

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Has YOUR child borrowed books from the Learning Commons yet this year? Almost 600 books have already been checked out to eager readers! Every child should always be in the middle of reading a wonderful book.

Also… parents/guardians may now borrow books too! Simply set up an account with the Learning Commons by emailing your name, your child’s name, and your child’s teacher to Mrs. Dickinson (Dickinson@fultonschools.org). You can then borrow up to ten books! Please complete this form for each book you are requesting. You will be notified via EMAIL when your books are ready for pick up.

NEW Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are in The School Building for Face-to-Face Instruction


Book Return:

As students arrive and walk down the main hallway to their classrooms, they will place books (covers facing down) on the table just inside the entrance to the Learning Commons. To avoid bottlenecks, please remind your child to have their book in hand and ready to be placed on the table. Students may also return their books in the Book Return Tub on the way to lunch or when they come to the Learning Commons for lessons.


All returned books are quarantined for SEVEN days before being made available for checkout.


Book Check-Out:

Students will continue to follow the remote book checkout process:

Decide which books you want to borrow. You may keep each book for up to 2 weeks. During remote learning:

Kindergarteners and first graders may check out up to 2 books at a time!

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders may check out up to 3 books at a time!

Watch this screencast to learn how to browse for books or visit the Learning Commons website for information. The Virtual Learning Commons is also on each class’ Team!


To request books for checkout, simply fill out the form

Kindergarten and 1st grade form

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade form

You can always explore the VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMONS which is filled with virtual series tubs, book recommendation sites, other resources, and lots of hidden surprises!


** Books will be delivered to

students who are in the school building and have books ready for pick-up.

Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are Continuing with Virtual Learning (the remote checkout process remains the same):

The pick-up and return process is safe and contactless! You will come to the side door near the gazebo the carpool lane. You must wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. Knock and remain outside. MONDAY-FRIDAY 12:00-2:00 PM (New ending time due to carpool!)


Hold the books you are returning so that each barcode (on the back of the book) is inside the green taped rectangle on the door. Mrs. Huslak will scan them to check them in. Next, place the books in the book return tub and step back at least 6 feet.


We will then place the books that are checked out to you on the table for you to retrieve.

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is underway! 3rd, 4th and 5th graders had so much fun at their first meeting and should be in the process of busily reading their second book!


Students may borrow a book from the Learning Commons, read it online through MackinVia, check it out from the public library, or buy it. Two questions, answers, and evidence for the book need to be posted b 8:00 pm the night before our meeting in order to remain in the club. Advance notice must be provided if students are unable to attend a meeting for any reason.


Students should also have posted their FlipGrid introductions and responded to others' by now.

All meeting schedules and information are available within the BoB Teams. General information is available on the Learning Commons website under "Battle of the Books".

VIRTUAL Library

Have you explored the VIRTUAL Learning Commons Yet? It is filled with book resources, information, and many surprises! Check it out on the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com
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Morning Broadcast

Our fifth grade Jamming with the Jaguars Broadcast Team has been astounding viewers and working hard to start everyone's day off with a smile! Have you missed a broadcast? Just visit the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com and select "Morning Broadcasts" to watch the episodes. Each one is infused with fun, important information and Jaguar spirit!
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PTA News

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Visit www.abbottshillpta.org OR

Scan this QR code

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Reflections Art Submissions Due October 23rd

Reflections Art Submissions are due Oct. 23

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections program is designed to enhance quality arts education. Students explore and prepare original individual forms of artwork using this year’s theme: I Matter Because...

Students may submit works in any of six arts areas: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

Entries due by Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Download Rules and Entry Form HERE.

Proposed 2020-2021 PTA Budget - Virtual meeting on Nov. 18 at 5:00 pm to vote

Please see the proposed PTA budget for review by membership. PTA will hold a virtual meeting on November 18th at 5pm to vote on the budget.

Chattahoochee HS Lacrosse Camps - Free Clinic for Boys 3rd - 8th Grade

CHATTAHOOCHEE JUNIOR COUGAR LACROSSE CAMPS

FREE CLINIC FOR BOYS 3-8TH GRADE TO LEARN TO PLAY

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8th

&

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6th

2:00-3:30pm

AT THE Chattahoochee HS Stadium


FREE TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE FUN, FAST PACED GAME OF LACROSSE. NO EQUIPMENT NECESSARY - BRING A STICK IF YOU HAVE ONE.

To REGISTER PLEASE VISIT:

JrCougarBoysLax.com


QUESTIONS:

Please email: Hoochlaxbooster@gmail.com

Abbotts Hill Jaguars Appreciate their Bus Drivers!

This week is Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Today, we recognized and honored our bus drivers with a grab-and-go celebration breakfast. The students showered our bus drivers with beautifully decorated cards showing their appreciation. We are truly thankful for our bus drivers!

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