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March 20, 2020

Dates to Know!





THREE Options Available for Student & Family Meals for Coronavirus Closing

Meals for Students

Monday-Friday, Drive-Thru Service

@ Sawnee ES and Whitlow ES, 12-1 pm (3/16-4/3)

Note: Open to all pre-school – age 18 (21 for special needs) public and private school students in FC; Providing lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. FCS is only able to serve meals in areas designated by the USDA as an “eligible” area.

M-F, Delivery Service, 7 Routes; 11:30am-1pm (3/20-4/3) https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/cms/lib/GA01000373/Centricity/Domain/1/Meal%20Routes.pdf

Note: Providing lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. FCS is only able to deliver meals to neighborhoods designated by the USDA as an “eligible” area (where 50% or more of its residents are eligible for meal benefits).

Meals for Anyone in Need (3/23-4/3)

Mobile Pantry Service (Partnership with The Place of Forsyth County)

@Locations Below, 11 am-1 pm

Mondays @Cumming ES

Tuesdays @Brandywine ES

Wednesdays @Chestatee ES

Note: Limited to 1 visit at 1 location weekly; Providing shelf-stable groceries for families to supplement grocery budgets.

If you wish to provide food or financial donations contact United Way or The Place of Forsyth.

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Attention 5th Grade Parents - 2020 Junior Law Enforcement Academy

Deputy Gober is happy to share this year's application for the 2020 Junior Law Enforcement Academy. Deputy Gober will be one of the deputies assisting at the Academy again this summer. The Academy is open to rising 6th grade students and will be held June 15-19 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at South Forsyth High school.

Please click here for more information and the application. Applications are due May 1 to Deputy Gober. Applicants will be chosen based on their performance at school (academic, behavior, & overall) as well as their interest in Law Enforcement as judged by the

essay portion of the application.

This innovative summer program introduces young adults to the fascinating career of law enforcement and is sure to have a positive impact for years to come. Students participate in specially tailored law enforcement-based training, including:

• Constitutional Law

• Mock Trial

• Crime Scene Investigation

• Building Clearing

• Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC)

• Traffic Stops

• K-9 Unit Demonstration

• Fingerprinting

• SWAT / CNT / CTOC / Marine Unit / Motor Unit / GSP Air Unit

• Defensive Tactics

• Firearms Safety / Situational Role Play

2020-21 Placement Information

You may email your letter to Mrs. Webb at lwebb@forsyth.k12.ga.us or mail your letter to her attention at 1994 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming GA 30041

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Attention 5th Grade Parents

It's hard to believe but we are beginning to prepare our 5th graders for Middle School! Please visit our Middle School Transition Activities page for more details.

Be a Quacker Backer!

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A Note From Nurse G

Hey there Wildcats! I know this week has been full of new experiences and frustrations, and it's all in the name of staying healthy! As we go through this please know that I am here for all of you! If you have any questions or concerns I am available daily from 7 am - 3 pm please do not hesitate to email me at gsampson@forsyth.k12.ga.us .

Fight Germs!

We are all home to try and stay healthy, so what better time to share this great video from the CDC about good hand washing!


Allergy Season is right around the corner!

It’s hard to focus with watery, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing and a runny nose, headache or sore throat.

Start taking those allergy medications now. Even with all the rain pollen levels are on the rise!

Here are is a good website to check the current pollen count:


Helpful tips:

· Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to keep fluids in motion so irritants are flushed out.

· Rest: Get plenty of sleep so that your immune system can function at its peak.

(6-13 years old need 9-11 hours of sleep a night)

· Clean: Change your pillow cases frequently to stop re-contamination.

· Bathe: Wash hands and shower or bathe after being out in the pollen.

Accessing The Voyage from Home

Steps to Log in and Digital Learning Guide

Navigation Station Login:

1. Go to www.thevoyageforschools.com

2. Click three horizontal bars in upper right hand corner

3. Click login:

Username (case sensitive): teacher@thevoyageforschools.com

Password (case sensitive): #setsailnow!

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Please support our Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are fortunate to have many wonderful businesses involved in our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please take a moment to learn more about our fantastic business partners and consider supporting the businesses that support Big Creek!

Modern Obstetrics & Gynecology of North Atlanta: Leading The Future of Women’s Healthcare

No matter what her stage of life, every woman deserves the very best healthcare services. Modern Obstetrics & Gynecology of North Atlanta (Modern OB/GYN) has a dedicated and dynamic team of physicians and other healthcare providers who are committed to providing personal and compassionate care to every patient.

“We have taken every step to ensure that our services are the very best from routine check-ups to comprehensive gynecological services, including family planning, minimally invasive surgery and comprehensive prenatal care,” explained Dr. John Reyes, who cofounded Modern OB/GYN with his wife, Dr. Ingrid Reyes.

“Our goal has always been to bring the best care to women of all ages, in an environment that is comfortable and open, where candid conversations can take place, and everyone feels appreciated, listened to, and cared for, as an individual,” Dr. Ingrid explained.

From a young age, Dr. John Reyes had many medical professionals in his family to inspire him. Dr. John is one of six obstetricians/ gynecologists in his family. John, his wife Ingrid, his father, his sister, his brother, and his sister-in-law have together delivered over 20,000 babies. Since its founding in October 2010, Modern OB/GYN has grown to meet and exceed the expectations of a changing community.

“We are always pushing ourselves on how to give the best care possible. Ingrid and I wanted to know how we can best serve the women of our community. We seek to provide the best technology and updated medicine while preserving one-on-one service. The community has embraced our practice, and we are very grateful,” Dr. John explained. “Working as a team of providers we pride ourselves on providing everyone with an excellent patient experience while under our care,” Dr. John added.

State-of-the-art Surgical Options Minimally-invasive surgery refers to in office procedures and outpatient surgeries including treatment of heavy bleeding with endometrial ablation, or options for minimally-invasive hysterectomies. As one of the areas few practices using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system, the surgeons at Modern OB/GYN are able to provide their patients with groundbreaking alternatives to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. The use of the da Vinci® system allows surgeons of Modern OB/ GYN to perform hysterectomies and other surgeries through only a few small incisions. Most patients can expect to return to their usual activities within a couple of weeks of surgery.

“In-office procedures in our surgical suite are a safe and excellent option for many patients. It’s great to be able to offer these procedures to women because they can get back to their lives so quickly, oftentimes even the same day. And typically, because these are seen as office visits, the cost to the patient is only their co-pay which makes such a big difference,” says Dr. Ingrid.

“Minimally invasive surgery allows us to perform complex procedures through either small incisions or no incisions at all. Patients benefit by having less pain, shorter recovery times, and few or no scars. In office procedures also allow patients to avoid general anesthesia, hospital costs, and a stay in the hospital” stated Dr. John.

Establishing a good, solid, and trustworthy relationship between a pregnant woman and her delivering physician is extremely important. “We deliver only our own patients; there won’t ever be a surprise when it comes time to delivery. Only the providers of our practice will deliver you—this is often not the case with other practices,” explained Dr. Ingrid. “Finding the balance of safe, appropriate medical care with the personal, special relationship of obstetric care is what is so unique about this field. We all love getting to see these young families grow!”

Hundreds of pictures of patients and their children adorn the walls of the offices at Modern OB/GYN, reminding all who walk in of their commitment to each individual. “We really value educating our patients, so they understand their medical issues, why certain treatments are better than others, and what their options are for treatment,” added Dr. Ingrid. “A close relationship with our patients and their caretakers is imperative in our ability to establish the partnership we seek, as we are all part of the healthcare team.”

The practice reflects a truly special group of renowned experts in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and a team of nationally-certified midwives. Delivering exceptional care to every patient they meet, are, along with Drs. John and Ingrid Reyes, Dr. Natu Mmbaga, Dr. Annie Kim, Dr. Stacey Pereira, and Dr. Christy Kenkel and Certified Nurse Midwives Nuria Nelkin, Kortney Rogers, Emily Dixon, Liz Coleman and Melanie Steen. Modern Obstetrics & Gynecology has an “old school medicine” approach to patient relationships, but an advanced approach to surgical techniques.

For more information about our practice and our office locations in Johns Creek, Cumming, and Alpharetta at Avalon, please visit www.reyesobgyn.com or call 404-446-2496.

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Dr.’s John and Ingrid Reyes with the da Vinci® surgery system

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From left to right: Dr. Natu Mmbaga, Dr. Annie Kim, Dr. Ingrid Reyes, Dr. Stacey Pereira, Dr. John Reyes, Dr. Christy Kenkel and Nuria Nelkin, C.N.M.

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