Cardinal Connection

Duncan Creek Elementary

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February 2020

Dear Duncan Creek Parents,

Spring is quickly approaching! Please keep the following guidelines in mind as warm weather is coming.

A student’s clothing should be comfortable and allow for maximum learning. Clothing which is not socially appropriate (dirty or skimpy) will make it more difficult for students to focus on school. Shirts with offensive slogans or with references to drugs or alcohol are prohibited. Shoes with cleats are not appropriate for school. Hats, tank tops, bandanas, sunglasses, or visors may not be worn in the building. Students may wear shorts; however, these must be of an appropriate length. Our upper grade students often grow over the winter and shorts sometimes are too short by spring. Parents are asked to use good judgement in dressing students for school.

We continue to focus on safety each year. I want to ensure parents that we talk regularly with students about safety. We consistently practice fire, severe weather, and lockdown drills. Part of this process includes administrators collaborating with our School Resource Officer to discuss ways to improve our procedures. We have a comprehensive school safety plan in place and review this monthly with staff. Also, please be reminded that ALL visitors to Duncan Creek show a picture ID. This includes volunteers, lunch guests, etc. If you know someone will be coming to eat lunch with your child, such as grandparents from out of town, please send a note with the visitors’ names to your child’s teacher. The teacher will send the note to the lobby desk. If you need to update your contact list on who may check out or have access to your child, please stop by the front office to update this in person or through the Parent Portal. We will be checking visitor names against this list. It is also very important that ALL visitors sign out at the end of their visit. Should we have to evacuate the building in an emergency, it is extremely important we know who is in the building for accountability purposes. Please do not open side doors for anyone at any time. Staff members have keys for access. All others should enter the building through the front doors. Please wear your visitor sticker in a place that is easily seen. Our staff is trained to stop anyone without a GCPS name badge or a DCES visitor sticker.

The window for the Georgia Milestones Assessment is April 7 – 28. Students in grades 3-5 will take this assessment. 3rd through 5th grade students will take the English/Language Arts and Mathematics tests. Student in grade 5 will also be tested in the areas of Science and Social Studies. A student who is well rested, well fed, at school on time, and has a positive attitude about testing will be best prepared for the assessment.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Duncan Creek Faculty & Staff.


Carrie Yougel



Duncan Creek Elementary is looking for Cafeteria Monitor Substitutes. If you are interested in being called upon in the event that one of our Cafeteria Monitors is absent, please reach out to Pegge Savage at 678-714-5809.

If you were called in, the hours would be 10:30-1:30 M-F. The pay is $15.00 per hour.

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Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) 2019‐20 school calendar includes two make‐up days to address school days missed due to inclement weather. In addition to these days, GCPS also has the option of using Digital Learning Days to make up days missed due to inclement weather. Should a decision be made to cancel school, students, parents, and staff will be notified of the closing and if the day is a Digital Learning Day.

How will it work for students?

  • · On the day that school has been canceled, teachers will post assignments on their eCLASS C&I course pages. High school assignments will be posted by 8 a.m. Elementary school assignments will be posted by 9 a.m. And, middle school assignments will be posted by 10 a.m.
  • · Students will use the MyeCLASS student portal to log in to their eCLASS C&I course pages where they will access assignments, resources, and other materials. If the power is out, a student may access the teacher’s course page when power returns. If a student does not have access to a computer or device (tablet, smartphone, etc.), the student can get the assignment once school resumes.
  • · Student work will be expected to be turned in to the teacher (either digitally or in person), using a school’s process for turning in work following an absence. For example, if your school allows students to turn in work two days after a missed day, the Digital Learning Day assignments would be due two days after classes resume.
  • During the school year, teachers will share additional information with students about Digital Learning Days, including how they will support student learning during the day. (For example, some teachers may set up a discussion board while others may use online conference tools or be available via phone.)

Parents and students who need a refresher course on how to access eCLASS C&I course pages can go to the following web page for helpful resources and information:

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PTA News

Thank you to all our volunteers that helped with the Father/Daughter Dance,
it was a huge success.

If you would like to be considered for the PTA Board next year, you can pick
up a nominating form at the front desk.

March 1st at 7:30 there will be an opportunity to help the Taube family.
Please go to our Duncan Creek PTA Facebook page for information on how to
purchase tickets.

Middle School Volleyball

Girls that will be in grades 6-8 for Fall 2020 that are interested in trying out for the Mill Creek Jr Hawks Middle School Volleyball Team: Please go to the Mill Creek High School Volleyball website or click on the following link to register for tryouts. Mill Creek Volleyball Tryout dates will be April 20-21 at Mill Creek High School from 6-8pm. You must have a current Physical. There will be two teams made up of 12-14 girls. If you have any questions please email Coach Adams.

Bo Adams

Mill Creek High School

Head Volleyball Coach