Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

February 22, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

2/28 Last day to register for Fulton County Technology Fair (35r-5th graders only)

3/1 Hardship Transfer Deadline

3/1 - 3/5 Read Across America Week (see info below for each day's theme)

3/3 Spring Picture Day (submit order online)

3/5 Intent forms for next school year are due

3/10 4th Quarter change requests due

3/11 Kid's Heart Challenge Donations due (online only)

3/12 Teacher Work Day (no school for students)

3/14 Last day to purchase AHE 20th Anniversary t-shirts (purchase online only)

3/15 Professional Development Day (no school for students)

3/16 4th Quarter begins

3/17 - 3/24 - SGC Elections

3/29 School Governance Council Meeting 3:00 pm

3/29 - 4/2 Staff Appreciation Week

4/5 - 4/9 - Spring Break (school closed)

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Updates From Dr. Stabler

4th Quarter Commitments

4th Quarter Begins on Tuesday, March 16. At Thursday night’s FCS board meeting, it was shared that all students will remain in their current learning model (Remote or Face-to-Face) UNLESS a parent makes a request directly to the school to make a change for 4th quarter. If you would like for your child to remain in their current learning model, no further action is needed.

Current Remote Learners: If your child is currently Remote and you would like for them to begin attending school Face-to-Face on Tuesday, March 16, please click here to complete a 4th quarter change request.

Current Face-to-Face Learners: If your child is currently attending school Face-to-Face and you would like for them to switch to Remote learning on Tuesday, March 16, please click here to complete a 4th quarter change request. All 4th quarter change requests MUST be submitted on or before Wednesday, March 10. After Wednesday, March 10, the district Learning Environment Hardship request process will go back into effect.

Spring Picture Day

Abbotts Hill Elementary School’s Spring Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3. We are thrilled to be able to offer school pictures to all of our Jaguars, both face-to-face and remote! To order your school pictures, click here and enter the Picture Day ID: EVTHMSB3W. Please be sure to submit your order on or before Wednesday, March 3!

Attention All Remote Learners: Remote students are also invited to come to Abbotts Hill Elementary School to have their pictures taken on Wednesday, March 3. Please click this link to sign up to participate in Picture Day if your student does not attend school face-to-face. On March 3, drive to the carpool lane (not the bus lane) at Abbotts Hill Elementary School a few minutes before your student’s scheduled time and you will be guided as to where to drop off and wait for your student. Please wait in your vehicle while your student is being photographed. Upon completion, your student will be guided back to your vehicle.

Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week is Monday, March 1 through Friday, March 5. During this week, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday while also promoting a love of reading with fun dress-up days. See below for the daily dress-up themes.

  • Monday-Wear any shirt with printed words
  • Tuesday-Pajama Day
  • Wednesday- Wear your favorite color (please note, this is also spring Picture Day)
  • Thursday-Wear a shirt with the name of a place
  • Friday-Wear an Abbotts Hill, high school or college shirt

SGC Elections

If you are interested in running for a position on the School Governance Council, please complete and submit a Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form by clicking here. Forms will be available through Friday, February 26th. Voting for new SGC members will occur March 17 – 24, 2021. For more information about our charter system or SGC elections, please click here.

Fulton County Technology Competition

Student registration for the Fulton County Schools Technology Fair is NOW open until February 28th. This is a 100% virtual competition. All 3rd -12th grade Fulton County students are invited to enter a student created Technology Project that aligns with a variety of categories including animation, digital photo production, mobile apps, robotics, video production and more! All the details can be found by clicking on this link for the FCS Technology Fair Website.

Fulton County Schools COVID-19 Information Site

The FCS COVID-19 site provides updates regarding resources, cases, positive trend rates, and pediatric reports. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Fulton County, please click here to access the site.

Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Reporting Site

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. The portal has been updated to include Spanish, Korean, and Chinese language options. FCS parent/guardians will find a dropdown at the top right for translations. 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 and consider posting this document in a visible location, i.e. the refrigerator, for easy access.

Curriculum Corner by Mrs. Truesdale

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2020-2021 Assessment Guides for the Georgia Milestones. The guides provide practice questions in the same format as Milestones for Reading/Language Arts and Math. For 5th Grade, they also have Science and Social Studies guides for practice. Please use the links below to access those guides for practice.

2020-2021 Georgia Milestones Assessment System study guides

3rd Grade GMAS Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

4th Grade GMAS Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

5th Grade GMAS Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Our district is in the final phases of adopting a new textbook series for Reading and Language Arts for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The textbook options have been narrowed to two resources: Benchmark Workshop and Wonders. There will be an extended public review of the materials at each school. Parents and teachers are invited to review the two resources and complete the electronic survey located on the district website. Materials for the two textbook series will be set up in the front entryway of Abbotts Hill Elementary for public review beginning March 1st – March 19th. The selection of the textbook resource will be recommended to the FCS school board in April, with a final decision made in May.

News from the P.E. Department

February is National Heart Month ❤️! Next week all F2F students will be participating in "Kids Heart Challenge" activities during P.E. class time. They will also receive a collection envelope from their homeroom teacher. Virtual students have a link in Seesaw under activities, Week 24 to access the KHC information and register for the collection part of the event. Virtual students will participate in activities posted in Seesaw. Please review this information with your child. All donations must be online this year, no cash or door to door donations will be accepted. The American Heart Association uses the donations to help people with heart disease. *Donations are due by Thursday, March 11th! "Thank you" gifts will be available for pick up after spring break. We will communicate the date and place for pick up, via Seesaw, at that time. Last year our total amount collected was over $9,000! Let's try to go above that this year! We look forward to seeing your registration for the event! You can register at: and enter Abbotts Hill. Go Jaguars!

News From the Learning Commons

  • Read Across America Week
  • Fulton County Technology Fair (all virtual) for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders
  • Process for Borrowing and Returning books
  • Virtual Library
  • Morning Broadcast - submit a Pet Parade video
  • Battle of the Books

See the attached for news on all of these items!

News From The Clinic - Headaches

Headaches and migraines in children are very common. According to the American Headache Society, a headache is defined as a “throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head.” A migraine is a more severe type of headache that can last from a few minutes to a few days.

We want your child to get the care they need. Most headaches are treated or prevented with some simple changes in your child’s daily activities. Below are some recommended lifestyle adjustments:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Adequate water intake: The goal is to consume the equivalent of ounces to weight in pounds; maximum of 100 ounces per day
  • Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 3-5 times per week
  • Stress and anxiety modification
  • Consider the use of techniques to reduce stress and anxiety (i.e.: meditation, deep breathing, etc.)
  • Consider consulting psychology or psychiatry
  • Diet:
    • Do not skip breakfast
    • Eat three balanced, healthy meals daily
    • Minimize or eliminate caffeine consumption

Intent Forms are due by March 5th

Parents for all students , except current 5th graders, will receive the Intent Form for students' enrollment for 2021-2022 (virtual students will receive it via email). The forms are due by March 5. We will use your responses for planning and staffing. If you are not sure, please check "will return" (we are not asking for commitment). However, if you are moving or have other plans, please check "will NOT return."
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AHE 20th Anniversary T-Shirts for Students

During the week of April 19 Abbotts Hill staff and students will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Abbotts Hill. Special events are planned for each day to celebrate our past 20 years. On one of those days, we will be celebrating by wearing Abbotts Hill spirit wear or school colors (teal or black).

There is also a 20th Anniversary Commemorative T-shirt available for sale. The cost is $7.00. Purchase information is below.

• T-shirts are pre-pay only and purchases should be made through the On-line School Payment (OSP) system. The link is available below and is on the school website. Any debit/credit or pre-paid card with a VISA logo can be used.

• Cash or checks will not be accepted – so please do not send any cash or checks to school with your student.

• The cost of the t-shirt is $7.00.

• T-shirts will be sent home with face to face students the week of April 12.

• T-shirts for remote students will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, April 14

from 8:30 to 10:00 am.

• The purchasing window is open now, but will close on Sunday, March 14.

The link for OSP is Please send any questions to Mrs. Roles at

Registration Information for Parents With Students New to Fulton Schools (Kindergarteners for Fall 2021)

Enrollment / Online Registration (

Please use the link above to begin the registration process.

Some documents you will need include:

Required Documents:

___Original birth certificate with raised seal or passport

___Social Security Card or a social security waiver

___Georgia Immunization Certificate on Form #3231 showing complete

___Georgia Eye, Ear, and Dental Screening on Form #3300

___2 proofs of residence that contain the parent or guardian’s name and current

address including one current Water, Electric bill AND one Residence

document from the list below:

  • *Copy of home mortgage Bill Current bank statement
  • *Valid Driver's license/ State ID Current Paycheck
  • *Copy of home sale contract Current HOA Bill
  • *Section Eight/HUD Housing Document Current Apartment/House Lease
  • *Homeowner's/Renter's insurance registration card
  • Both documents must contain parent or guardian's name and current address.

___Academic records if possible

Once the application is complete, please email our Ms. Lan the application number.

Alice Lan- Data Clerk

Carpool Safety

We are experiencing an increase in our car riders. We ask parents to be patient, safe, and understanding, and allow enough time to get your student to school on time. The tardy bell rings at 7:40. Please allow enough time to make sure your student is able to get to their classroom and in their seat by 7:40.

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.
  • Students should exit the car from the sidewalk side, not the driving lane side.
  • When in the carpool lane, please remain in your vehicle and do not pass other cars.

PTA News

2020-21 AHE PTA Mini Grant Report: The AHE PTA Mini Grant committee awarded $2,500 to Abbotts Hill teachers and staff. These individual grants will fund grade level science projects, enrichment materials, reading and writing resources, art supplies, playground equipment and more. Click here for a complete breakdown of the decisions. A special thank you to the 2020-21 Mini-Grant committee: Penny Grapner (Chair), Meghan Vakulskas, Noelle Brandau, Samantha Feldschneider, Brooke Liley and Nicole Richardson.

Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday morning meal distribution is ongoing! Sign up here to volunteer.

Meal Distribution

Your help is needed in distributing the lunch kits at Abbotts Hill. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Family Date Night!

In lieu of the Daddy/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son night this year, PTA would like to

encourage our AHES families to hold their own family date nights. Get creative! Make your own pizzas, hold a “Minute to Win It” competition, enjoy a movie together, have a baking/decorating contest, play your favorite games, try a new recipe, etc. We would love to document your special dates in the yearbook, so please feel free to send photos to Let’s keep this favorite AHES tradition going! Have fun!

Save the Date! Staff Appreciation Week is March 29 - April 2. More information will be coming soon. Be on the lookout for donation opportunities.

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Hardship Transfer Deadline is March 1, 2021

Hardship Transfer Deadline: March 1, 2021

Hardship Transfer applications are available beginning Jan. 1 for parents who wish to apply for a 2021-22 hardship transfer or to renew a current hardship to another Fulton elementary, middle or high school. Parents will use an online form to enter and submit their information. Get more info and access the application here.