The Fort Report

September 30, 2022

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Empathy - Equity - Effectiveness - Excellence

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Family Engagement at The Fort: Thank you to all the families who came out for our Parent Information Session. We hope you found the information helpful! We look forward to seeing you the next time!

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Family & Community Engagement at The Fort: Thank you to our School Safety Committee!

Fort Daniel Elementary has a School Safety Committee comprised of a dedicated group of parents, staff members, administrators and our School Resource Officer.

Thank you for attending our meeting to cover important safety topics! Information about the construction of our new vestibule will be shared once the project has been completed.

Congratulations to Quinn in Ms. Thorpe's 5th Grade Class on being a recipient of the Principal's Kindness Bracelet! Quinn supported some of our Pre-K students with wheelchair navigation on the playground this week. Our students are AMAIZING!!!

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We want to promote a healthy lifestyle for our students and the community. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting the Rock & Run. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology! We are making TRACKS for a new TRACK!! Our Rock & Run this year will fund the installation of a new school track around the playground. Remaining proceeds will go toward school events, classroom and school needs. ~ PTA

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Click Here for details on the Rock & Run Fundraiser!

Find out more about prizes and incentives for students!


What is it? Play 2 Learn is a parent outreach program designed to improve school readiness skills of children birth to five. It is essentially a condensed version of a preschool day in which parents and children are learning together with the goal being for the parent to continue the learning at home.

Who is it for? Parents/caregivers and their child(ren) ages birth to five who live in Gwinnett. The target are families whose children are not in formal early learning centers.

How often does the class meet? The class meets once per week for 90 minutes on Thursdays from 1:00-2:30. Classes run September through May.

Who teaches the class and how can I enroll? Mrs. Crisler Contact me via email or phone: Fort Daniel ES 770-932-7400

Fort Daniel PBIS

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at Fort Daniel Elementary is off to a great start! PBIS is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations, strategies, and with a primary focus on having a positive prevention, not consequences.

What is PBIS at our school?

A unified set of school wide expectations for behavior in our school. We are High Flying Hawks at Fort Daniel, so to ensure that students can easily comprehend our expectations, we have established a 4-star approach for appropriate behaviors posted throughout the school. Your child has been learning these expectations since the first few days of school.

What are the High-Flying Hawk Expectations at Fort Daniel Elementary?

  1. Be Safe
  2. Be On Task
  3. Be Accountable
  4. Be Responsible

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To support students with the expectations in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

  • Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.
  • Provide students with more praise than correction.
  • Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
  • Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
  • Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.
  • Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

One of the incentives students can earn, is our PBIS Rewards Room! Please see examples of PBIS Rewards Room Fun below!

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Syria & Nathan are our HIGH FLYING HAWKS for September! Thank you both for being great role models in our school!

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Congratulations 1st Grade! They collected the most items for our Friday Night Food Fight Challenge! Fort Daniel won at the elementary level in the Mill Creek Cluster for the most donations! Way to go FDES!!

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We look forward to seeing everyone at Literacy Night! This event culminates Hispanic Heritage Month activities! Please feel free to join us in celebrating the culture by wearing typical costumes or attire from any of the Hispanic countries!

Agenda for Literacy Night: 5:00 PTA General Meeting, followed by Literacy Night Activities!

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PTA Membership Drive Winners

Congratulation to the following Popsicle Party Winners! These classes have the most PTA membership on their grade levels! Way to go!

Pre-K -Kindergarten- Fancher

1st - Chase & Hanken

2nd - Knox

3rd - Murphy

4th - Coffield

5th - Wilkins

Please join today! Our goal is that 100% of our students are represented with PTA membership!

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Are you interested in being a volunteer at FDES? We would love to have your support. All potential volunteers must complete our Volunteer Training Session. Please complete the link below to be contacted for a future session.

Thank You to Our Friends of the Fort!

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Oct. 6th - 10th: Fall Break

Oct. 12th: PTA Sponsored Walk to School Day

Oct. 12th-21st: Book Fair

Oct. 13th: Literacy Night: Hispanic Heritage Theme

Oct. 14th: PTA Sponsored Reflections Submissions Due

Oct. 18th: PTA Sponsored Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Oct. 18th: Fall Picture Day

Oct. 19th-20th: Early Release/Conferences

Oct. 21st: PTA Sponsored Fun Run Fundraiser

Oct. 24th-28th: PTA Sponsored Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28th: Book Character Dress Up Day & Parade

Class Ice Cream Birthday Celebrations at The Fort! Click the link below!

Display Your Child's Name in Lights!

Please see the information below to find out how you can display your child's name in lights on our marquee for his or her birthday.