South Shades Crest Elementary News

April 13, 2023

No School Tomorrow- eLearning

Don't forget that tomorrow is eLearning Day. There will be no in-person school for students. Your child should have received a paper copy of their eLearning plan several days ago. An electronic copy is below for your convenience.

Have a great long weekend.

PK eLearning plan,

K-2 eLearning plan

Upcoming Dates


14- eLearning Day PK eLearning plan, K-2 eLearning plan

20- Kindergarten and New Student On-site Enrollment Verification and Tours 4-6pm

26- Progress reports go home


4- K Program (Brinkman, Chapman, Dixon, Gilliam, Howell, Smith)

5- K program (Jett, Knerr, Mayson, Miles, Norton)

5- National Lunch Hero Day

10- National School Nurse Day

16- PTO Board Meeting

18- Field Day

24- Early Dismissal, PK11:00, K-2 11:30

25- Early Dismissal PK11:00, K-2 11:30, Last Day of School

HCS Calendar

Kindergarten Parents,

The Kindergarten Music Program "Take Me Out to the Barnyard" is coming up soon! Please note when your child's class is performing.

Thursday, May 4 at 8:30am: Brinkman, Chapman, Dixon, Gilliam, Howell, and Smith

Friday, May 5 at 8:30am: Jett, Knerr, Mayson, Miles, and Norton

Student attire for the program is a solid white shirt and blue jeans.

Please email me at if you have any availability on Monday, May 1st from 7:45-8:30am to help decorate for the program.


Emma Tosney

Music Teacher

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PTO Information

Please like the PTO Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to stay updated on fundraisers, contests, and more!

South Shades Crest PTO Facebook

SSC PTO Instagram

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April Spirit Night

Get ready! We have a new Spirit Night location this month. We are partnering with Biscuit Belly at Brock's Gap on April 26 from 7am-2pm. All the details will be coming home with your student next week so be on the lookout for that information sheet.
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Morning Carpool Volunteers

We are in need of extra hands to help us move the carpool line quicker in the mornings! We would love your help in the morning from 7:15-7:45 for the remainder of the year. Please sign up using the link below. Thank you!

Morning Carpool Volunteers


Are you interested in volunteering for the school this year? If you are, click the link below and fill out this short Google Form.

SSC PTO Volunteer sign-up

PTO 2023-2024 Slate

*** The Revised PTO By-Laws, PTO Board slate, and PTO Budget will be presented and voted on at the PTO general meeting prior to the Kindergarten musical on May 4th. Please direct any questions to
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PTO By-Law Revision

Please see below for the proposed PTO By-Law revision notes. Direct any questions to

PTO By-Laws Revision 02.28.23 (3)

*** The Revised PTO By-Laws, PTO Board slate, and PTO Budget will be presented and voted on at the PTO general meeting prior to the Kindergarten musical on May 4th. Please direct any questions to

PTO 2023-2024 Proposed Budget

Please see below for the proposed PTO Budget for the 2023-2024 school year. Direct any questions to

2023-2024 Proposed Budget

*** The Revised PTO By-Laws, PTO Board slate, and PTO Budget will be presented and voted on at the PTO general meeting prior to the Kindergarten musical on May 4th. Please direct any questions to

PTO Executive Board

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I came across an article from Common Sense Media that covers everything you need to know about podcasts. It includes the benefits, the wide variety of options for listening, and more. Enjoy! Parents’ Guide to Podcasts

Karen Darroch

Technology Integration Coach

Hoover City Schools

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PowerSchool Enrollment

Hoover City Schools requires all students to complete online registration each school year through the registration platform PowerSchool Enrollment. This platform allows us to securely collect, verify, and store student data in our student information system.

New Student Registration 2023-2024- Including New Entering Kindergarten

Returning Student Registration 2022-2023

Use the link in the email sent on 2/7/2023. If you need assistance, please contact the school office.

From the healthroom:

Please remember to have a change of clothes in your child's backpack at all times!

All medications have to be walked in by an adult. NO meds in backpacks please.

If your child tests positive for COVID, please click the following link to self report. You will get a response within 24 hours. Thank you!

HCS Attendance Policy

HCS Attendance Policy

Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the HCS Attendance Policy. Click here to learn which absences are excused/unexcused, how to submit notes, and the do's and don'ts about an Anticipated Absence form.

Some important points:

  • Students can ONLY be checked out by those listed in Powerschool. You may ADD to your contact list by emailing Include your student's name, the individual's name(s) and contact phone number, and your signature. REMEMBER: A PHOTO ID is required from every person every time a student is checked out.
  • When your student is absent, you have THREE days to return a school excuse to the attendance office. Parent notes and DR excuses may be sent to the teacher via backpack mail or brought into the main office.

Meals at SSC- Breakfast, Lunch and Special Treats

Beginning August 2022, all students who buy lunch will be charged for school breakfast and lunch unless their household qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.

The application is available at in (5) languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese Mandarin.

Prices for school meals for SY 2022-2023 are as follows:

  • Breakfast: Elementary/Intermediate $1.75
  • Breakfast: Secondary $2.00
  • Lunch: Elementary/Intermediate $2.50
  • Lunch: Secondary $3.00
  • Reduced-price Breakfast: All schools $0.30
  • Reduced-price Lunch: All schools $0.40
  • There will also be à la carte items such as extra snacks and beverages for an additional fee.

Breakfast Adults $3.00

Lunch Adults $4.00

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menu SSC Menu

Due to manufacturing supply shortages and food/supply distribution disruptions, the menu will be subject to change each day. The entree menu may also be limited to only (1) hot choice instead of (2) at times, but we will always offer a variety of vegetables and fruits and provide the USDA-required food components.

Parents may join their children for lunch after Labor Day. This will give us a few weeks to learn all of the lunch routines! Your classroom teacher will share their schedule at parent nights.

Set up an account to pay online through My School Bucks.

If families believe they are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, an application can be found and submitted at In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, all families that receive approved benefits are eligible for a 2022 Summer P-EBT payment of $391.00 for each child.

Families must apply for free or reduced-price meals no later than August 31, 2022, to be awarded the distribution from the Alabama Department of Human Resources.