The Fort Report Weekly News

September 11, 2020

From the Principal's Desk

Hello FDES Families!


This week we completed our 3rd Phase-In to Face to Face instruction as we welcomed back our 4th and 5th grade In-Person Learners. Thank you for helping our school have a smooth transition each week. Serving two different instructional settings at the same time has brought some learning curves, but our teachers and students have tackled each new challenge with unbelievable grit and tons of heart. Thank you for your continued support.


I'm so thankful for our students, teachers, and families. We may have to make many pivots as we tackle new challenges, but I am reminded daily just what a wonderful place we have here at Fort Daniel. Make it a wonderful weekend!


Proud to be Your Principal,

Dr. Barbara Tucker

Administrative Team:

Barbara Tucker, Ed.D., Principal

Jennifer Hicks, Ed.S., Assistant Principal (Pre-K/1st, 3rd and 5th Grades)

Candace Williams, Ed.S., Assistant Principal (Kinder, 2nd and 4th Grades)

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Fort Daniels curb site pick up is 11:00-12:00 Monday- Thursday in the car rider lane.

GCPS to provide meals free of charge to students and to children 18 and younger

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted additional waiver extensions that allow school districts to offer meals at no charge through December 31 through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This extension, paired with guidance received from the Georgia Department of Education, will allow Gwinnett County Public Schools to offer meals at no charge at school sites to all students. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program.

Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their school’s scheduled meal times.

Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners

Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up programs at each school, Monday through Thursday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each day’s pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch with Thursday’s pick-up including meals for Friday. Families should check with their local school for specific curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. (Click here for a list of the 132 schools offering curbside pick-up.)

Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:

As part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals also will be available at no charge to anyone 18 years of age or younger, even to children who are not a GCPS student. Please check with your local school for curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.

Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when this waiver expires. The application is available on the GCPS website or at https://www.nlappscloud.com/.

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Health & Safety Reminders

As we welcome our students back into the building for school, we have some new health guidelines that we need everyone to follow so we can have a healthy and safe year.


Please keep your child home if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms:

-Fever of 100.4 or above -headache -sore throat

-cough -loss of taste or smell -congestion or runny nose

-fatique -nausea or vomiting -diarrhea

-shortness of breath -muscle or body aches


If a student has symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 while at school, they will be sent to the isolation room and you will be notified to pick them up immediately. We will be evaluating suspected cases on a case by case basis according to the Department of Public Health guidelines for when they can return to school.

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  • For those coming to school each day, please double check that your student has everything they will need for the day (lunch, masks, etc.), as we are not having visitors in the building at this time. This will limit the number of individuals who will have to touch items to get them to students.

  • For Digital Learners, be sure to complete the recorded mini lessons and to show up for your small group teacher-led lesson.


Thank you so much for your efforts!

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Tutor Resource

Once again Gwinnett County Public Library and GCPS are partnering to provide an online tutoring resource and, new this year, study skills coaching for our students. Through the service, GCPS students have access to live tutoring support daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click here for more information about how to gain access to this service: Click this link for tutor.com

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Technology Reminder (Headphones)

Don't forget to send in headphones for your child for Technology Specials! You can purchase them from the school using My Payments Plus or filling out this form and sending it in to your child's teacher with $6.00 cash or a check made out to Fort Daniel Elementary School. Headphones will be stored in separate baggies with your child's name and teacher on them.

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Fundraising Chair Needed!

PTA is currently in need of a fundraising chair! No experience necessary, just a willingness to serve our students and school is needed. This position will be fully supported by the PTA board so you will have a whole team working with you. Please email amandaspoto@windstream.net with any questions and interest. We would like to get started planning ASAP! Thank you!


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