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October 16, 2020

Dates to Know!

OCT. 19 - VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR KICK OFF

OCT. 20 - FALL PICTURE RETAKE DAY

OCT. 20 - SPIRIT NIGHT AT YOUR PIE, 5-9PM

OCT. 22-23 - EARLY RELEASE @ 11:50 AM

OCT. 23 - BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY

OCT. 22 - SCHOOL NURSES FLU SHOT CLINIC, BROWNS BRIDGE CHURCH, 2-6PM

OCT. 22 - VIRTUAL STUDENT PRIZE CURBSIDE PICKUP, 12:30-4PM

OCT. 26-30 - RED RIBBON WEEK (SEE DRESS UP DETAILS BELOW)

OCT. 30 - DEADLINE FOR 5TH GRADE YEARBOOK TRIBUTES

OCT. 30 - BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY

NOV. 2 - LAST DAY OF VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR

NOV. 3 - ELECTION DAY (NO SCHOOL)

What's For Lunch?

Week of Oct. 19-23

Monday: Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Tuesday: Popcorn Chicken, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Thursday: Cheesy Bread, PBJ, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Friday: All-American Burger, All-Beef Hotdog, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel


Week of Oct. 26-30

Monday: Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Tuesday: Popcorn Chicken, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Thursday: Cheesy Bread, PBJ, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Friday: All-American Burger, All-Beef Hotdog, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel

Free Meals for ALL Children in Forsyth County!

The United States Department of Agriculture, the administrative agency of the School Nutrition Program, has approved a waiver that will allow schools to provide free meals to all students in Forsyth County. This waiver will last through our last school day in December or until federal funds expire.


Both school-based and virtual Big Creek students can take advantage of this service. No action is needed on the part of the parents.


Virtual Students can pick up meals curbside in the car rider line from 11am-Noon. Families may not enter school.


For more information,please visit Free Meals for All Children.

Free & Reduced Meal Benefits

Even though all students currently are receiving meals free of charge, families who qualify for meal benefits should still complete free and reduced-price meal applications to avoid a lapse in meal benefits once the waiver has ended. Meal applications are not required to receive free meals during the time the waiver is active. If you have questions about free and reduced-price meal applications please contact Sandra McKinzie at smckinzie@forsyth.k12.ga.us


We encourage on-line applications because these can usually be approved within 48 hours whereas paper applications can take up to 10 days for approval. The Big Creek website contains all the information and links needed to apply on-line. It also provides information on how to obtain a paper application. The application (on-line and paper) and related information is also available in Spanish. Access the application here.

Transportation Changes

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New Check In and Out Procedures

We also have a new paperless procedure for check-in and check-outs this year. When you arrive to check your student in/out for an appointment, please bring your phone and ID to the security desk. You will scan a QR code to access our online form. You will need to know your child's student ID number. Once completed, we will contact your child's teacher and they will meet you in the security area. Thank you for your patience as we implement these changes!

Picture Retake Day

Wildcats - put your best face forward on Tuesday, October 20th for picture retake day! This picture day is for all students who need a retake or missed the first picture day.


In Person Students will be pulled from classes as needed for photos.

Virtual Students: Don't miss your chance to have your picture made for the yearbook! Please sign up for a time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a45a5a92ba20-bigcreek

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Spirit Night at Your Pie Next Tuesday!


Take the night off from cooking next Tuesday and enjoy a delicious dinner from our friends at Your Pie, located in the Target Shopping Center. Menu items include pizzas, pastas, salads and paninis.


There are limited indoor/outdoor seating options but curbside pickup is available when you order online at https://yourpie.com/stores/johns-creek/

Please type BCE Spirit Night in the Special Instructions box.


A portion of sales will be donated to our school. Thank you for supporting our BCE Wildcats!

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RED RIBBON WEEK DETAILS!

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The Book Fair is Here!

The Book Fair this year is virtual! Explore our online book fair and help your child find their next favorite book! Please encourage your child to visit this link and create an online wish list to share with friends and family. Our eFair code is ZEEYG and orders are due by November 2.

All orders will be shipped to the school after our eFair is complete. We will arrange a pick up time for virtual students. For every purchase made, Big Creek will earn up to 40% back in rewards to help support our school!

Notes From Nurse G

Is Your Child Returning to the School Building?

If your child is currently in a brick and mortar classroom setting or if your child is returning to the brick and mortar setting for the 2nd quarter, and has a medical condition that you have not yet turned in forms and/or medicines for, please send the necessary forms to your child's physician to complete, and return them to me. All forms are on Nurse G’s page of the Big Creek Elementary website. (Click on Student Support and open my School Nurse page and click on Health Forms on the left and then click the link for all forms.) Or you may click here to go straight to the FCSS Health Forms website here. These can be sent electronically to your child's physician. Please remember that the medications must be turned in to Nurse G at the same time as the forms. Any and all medications should by transported by the parent/guardian, children are not permitted to transport medications. Please contact nurse G for any questions.

Free Flu Shots

This year our No Cost Flu Shot Clinic will be Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 2pm-6pm, at Browns Bridge Church. The clinic does require a consent form, which is linked here for English and here for Spanish. The consent form needs to be completed and brought with you to the Flu Shot Clinic. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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5th Grade Yearbook Tributes

5th Grade Parents: choose to add either a 1/8 or 1/4 page Yearbook Tribute to make your child's last year at Big Creek extra memorable! Get those adorable baby photos ready - you can write a personal message and add up to 4 images.


Create and order by clicking on "Yearbook Recognition Ads" - https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1040151/Big-Creek-Elementary-School/


The deadline to create and purchase a 5th Grade Tribute is October 30th! Contact Yearbook@BigCreekESPTO.com with any questions.

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CALLING ALL WILDCATS!! It's Prize Time!

CALLING ALL WILDCATS!!! We surpassed our Wildcat Pride fall fundraiser goal and every student will receive a Party to Go prize pack! Thanks again to everyone for your support!


Prize Pack distribution details:

Virtual Students: We invite all virtual learners to drive through the carpool lane on Thursday, October 22nd anytime between 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm to pick up their prize pack.

In Person Students: will receive their prize packs from their teacher on Thursday, October 22 or Friday October 23rd.

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Say THANK YOU to Your Bus Driver!

Help us send a big THANK YOU to our Big Creek bus drivers on Friday, October 23! PTO will be presenting them with a Big Creek canvas tote bag full of goodies, but we would love it if our bus riders could write a note or create a card to show their appreciation and deliver it to their driver next Friday morning.
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Counseling Corner with Ms. Rounds

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Holiday Help?

The holidays are quickly approaching! If your family is in need of assistance this year, The Place of Forsyth hosts a program where parents/guardians receive gifts for their children from donations of toys and items provided by the community. Families must sign up and show documentation that the family is at the income level to be in need of holiday assistance. Fill out this application and let our counselor, Kate Rounds, know if you have any further questions!

October Wellness Newsletter

Catch up on all the latest tips for embracing balance and well-being in the October Wellness Newsletter.

Online Nurture Group Series for Parents & Children

Parents, check out this wonderful group series on nurturing children! These nurture groups are run by Thornwell, an incredible local agency that offers valuable resources for families. There are 4 virtual sessions being offered and you can attend one or all four for free! Please let Courtney Danner know if you have any questions: courtney.danner@thornwell.org.

The Voyage Adventure - October Patience

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Around Our Community

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Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are always looking for businesses for our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please contact kturner@forsyth.k12.ga.us or khays44@forsyth.k12.ga.us for more information.

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