Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

March 8, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

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

3/22, 3/23 and 3/24 Remote Learning Days for ALL students

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)

4/12, 4/13, 4/14, 4/15 and 4/16 Remote Learning Days for ALL students

Remote Learning Days for ALL Abbotts Hill Students March 22-24 and April 12-16

The Fulton County School System is working with the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) to provide the opportunity for school system staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. For the district to efficiently accommodate all employees through the vaccination process, schools (per level) will adhere to the following remote learning/work schedule:
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Updates From Dr. Stabler

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, MARCH 12: Teacher Workday

NO SCHOOL MONDAY, MARCH 15: Professional Development Day


Learning Modality Commitment – Last Nine Weeks of School Year
As we approach the midterm of the second semester, FCS is requesting parents make a commitment for how they wish their child to learn – face-to-face instruction vs remote learning – for the remainder of the school year. The last 9-week period begins in March and runs until the end of the semester. Please note the following:

  • No action is needed if you are satisfied with their child’s current learning environment.
  • Only those who wish to change should contact me between March 1-12 and carbon copy Alice Lan at Lan@futlonschools.org.
  • The student’s learning group will remain the same as it stood on March 1, unless the school is notified.


SGC Elections

Voting for new SGC members will occur March 17 – 24, 2021. For more information about our charter system or SGC elections, please click here.


K-2 Textbook Adoption

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 through March 26. The selection of the textbook resource will be recommended to the FCS school board in April, with a final decision made in May. For additional details, please click here.


Spring Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

Spring Registration will be held on March 31-April 1 for NEW students (Kindergarten through 5th grade) who will be joining us at Abbotts Hill in August. Registration will be conducted all online. If your child is currently enrolled at Abbotts Hill, there are no actions needed for enrollment for next school year. If you know of any families new to the area or meet a new family over the summer, please encourage them to enroll as soon as possible! For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.


Student Devices

Grades 2-5 As a reminder, student devices are the property of Fulton County Schools. By accepting a student device, you have agreed to the Device User Acceptance Terms. Students agree to take care of their device, keep food and beverages away from it, use it in ways that are appropriate, and understand that nothing done or kept on the device is private. Please click here to see the full version of the Device User Acceptance Form and help your child understand that the device is school property and things such as stickers should not be placed on the device. Devices should be treated like they treat books borrowed from the media center. Fines for lost/stolen and or damaged devices are included in the User Agreement.


Math Tournament Opportunity for Students in Grades 4 and 5

Northview's Mu Alpha Theta club (Math Honors Society) would like to invite our 4th and 5th graders to their second annual North Fulton Elementary School Math Tournament! The purpose of this tournament is to encourage students' interest in mathematics at a young age so they will be more eager to join advanced classes in middle school and the Mu Alpha Theta / Math Team in high school. This creates a creative, competitive math environment for students, and they hope the participating students will leave the competition with a heightened appreciation for math. The tournament is completely virtual and free of cost this year! The tournament date is set for Saturday, March 13, 2021. More information can be found at https://northviewhsmao.wixsite.com/nofutourn. Students will register and compete individually. The link to register is: https://forms.gle/oxJC3hcAY3y68eRm9.


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. www.fultonschools.org/ReportCOVID

Congratulations to our AHE Teacher of the Year Mrs. Simon!

I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. My mother was my first teacher. She always wanted to be an educator, but never completed her journey, as she chose to get married and pursue a career as a stay- at- home mom. Although, I didn’t realize it at the time, I took a similar path in life, and finished what she had started. Learning has always been important to me. I received a Bachelor in Elementary Education degree from Adelphi University, a Master of Education in Educational Technology degree from Long Island University and a Specialist in Education with a Concentration in Media and Instructional Technology degree from the University of West Georgia. I married my soul mate and taught in New York for 3 years. We decided to move to Georgia with our two incredible daughters, and soon after our amazing son arrived. I took a few years off to be a stay-at-home- mom and then worked for 5 years as a teacher at Parkway Preschool. In 2007 I got an itch to return to elementary school and was hired as a teacher at Abbotts Hill. Abbotts Hill already felt like home for me as all 3 of my children attended school there, and we had been a part of the Abbotts Hill family since its very first year! Little did I know, that one of my children would grow up to be a teacher at Abbotts Hill. How cool is that?!! I guess it is true what they say- “Teaching is in the blood!” Throughout the past 14 years, I’ve taught Special Education, 4th Grade and the 4cit Studio at Abbotts Hill. I have served on the SGC, School Leadership Team and the School Vanguard Team. My love of learning and love of children started me on my journey and has kept me going the entire time. Throughout the years, I have learned and grown as a teacher and person. My students have often been my best teachers. They have inspired me to understand how teaching and learning can be fun, and if a child is motivated to learn, they will raise their own bar and excel. I am forever grateful for my school family and I am honored to have spent a good portion of my journey in this special place.

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Congratulations to our AHE Professional of the Year Mrs. Huslak!

I was born and raised on Long Island, and then graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree. After New Jersey the next stop was Cary, North Carolina. For the past 23 years, I’ve lived in Johns Creek, Georgia.

I have been a paraprofessional at elementary schools in NC and GA for 26 years. In 2000, I moved from Dolvin Elementary to Abbotts Hill, where I am one of the original staff members. After 16 years assisting in kindergarten, I have spent the last 5 years as the media parapro in the Learning Commons, which is enjoyable and very rewarding with an added bonus of working with all of the Abbotts Hill grade levels.

My wonderful family includes my loving husband and two children, plus a very energetic dog. Outside work, I enjoy reading, cooking, crossword puzzles, travel, and spending time with my family.

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

As part of your child’s 1st-5th grade Physical Education program, Abbotts Hill Elementary School is participating in the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment. The FITNESSGRAM is a comprehensive fitness assessment for youth. It is designed to assess aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The following FITNESSGRAM assessments will be used to measure the various areas of health-related fitness: PACER (cardiovascular endurance), Push-Up (upper body strength and endurance), Curl-Up (abdominal strength and endurance), Back-Saver Sit and Reach (flexibility), and Body Mass Index (body composition). This assessment will be used to collect data and help the students set fitness goals. For information regarding the FITNESSGRAM assessment, please refer to www.fitnessgram.net or email Coach Johnston at Johnston@fultonschools.org

News From the Learning Commons

Please see the attached News From the Learning Commons document for information regarding:


  • Borrowing and returning books for remote students and face to face students
  • Virtual Learning Commons
  • Morning Broadcast
  • Pet Parade Video
  • Battle of the Books

Reminders from the Clinic

Reminders from the Clinic:

  • If your student has borrowed clothes from the clinic, please make sure to launder and return them to the clinic.

  • Parents must supply ALL medications for students. We do NOT supply Tylenol, Advil or even cough drops.

  • Please notify the school if your student has been diagnosed with a communicable illness (such as strep throat, pneumonia, pink eye, etc,).

This helps us to maintain the highest level of cleanliness & health at our school.


March is National Poison Prevention month. Here are some informational reminders and also the numbers for Poison Help line for you to keep near by. More than 90% of the time, poisonings happen in people’s homes. The majority of these poisonings occur in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.


That is why it is important to follow simple steps to prevent a poisoning from happening at home. Teach your family to never touch or put anything In their mouths unless they know what it is. Keep products in their original containers. Do not use food containers (such as cups or bottles) to store household cleaners and other chemicals or products. Keep all medications and laundry products locked up, high, and out of the reach of children.


If you suspect that you or someone you know has been poisoned, immediately call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center.


Follow these basic steps at the first sign of a poisoning.

  • If the person inhaled poison: Get to fresh air right away. Call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center.
  • If the person has poison on the skin: Take off any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. Call the toll-free Poison help line (1-800-222-1222) or 404-616-9000.
  • If the person has poison in the eyes: Rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222) or 404-616-9000.
  • In some cases, you should not try to give first aid: If the person swallowed the wrong medicine or too much medicine: Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222) or 404-616-9000.

PTA News

Staff Appreciation Week: Save the date for Staff Appreciation Week March 29th- April 2nd. Help us show Abbotts Hill staff our appreciation, especially this year. Visit the Sign up Genius to view a list of requested donations. See flyer for more information about the activities planned for our Lights, Camera, Staff Appreciation Week.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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

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New Student Registration Days for 2021-2022 School Year

New Student Registration

New Student Registration Days for the 2021 – 2022 school year are Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1. Parents are encouraged to use the online enrollment application process to register online at their convenience. If your child is currently enrolled in Pre-K in Fulton County Schools you do not need to register your child.

K – 5 Registration

1. Complete the online registration process https://www.fultonschools.org/enrollment.

2. Email your application number to Alice Lan at lan@fultonschools.org.

If you do not have access to online registration, contact Alice Lan, lan@fultonschools.org to make an appointment for registration.

All documents will be reviewed and verified before completing the registration process.

Required Documentation

1. Certified Proof of Date of Birth (https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/660)

2. Original Social Security Card or Waiver Form (https://school.fultonschools.org/ms/northwestern/Documents/Documents_Forms/Waiver-SocialSecurity.pdf)

3. Current Immunization Record (GA Form 3231) Signed by Doctor

4. Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental, Nutrition (GA Form 3300)

5. Government Issued Picture ID

6. Proof of Residency- Required to provide One Current Utility Proof AND One Residence Proof

7. Academic Record (if applicable)

Approved Residence Verification List

· Current utility bill (electric or water)

AND

· Copy of home mortgage payment

· Lease / Renters Agreement

· Current bank statement

· Copy of Section 8 / HUD housing contract

· Copy of home contract

· Homeowner's / Renter's insurance card

· Current paycheck stub

· State driver's license / ID with current address

· Current HOA Bill / Statement

Staff Appreciation Week March 29 - April 2

Hi Parents,

Staff Appreciation Week is quickly approaching Monday, March 29th- Friday, April 2nd. We need your help to make this week special for our STAR AHE STAFF! Please sign up to help out or send in a donation.


2021 Lights, Camera, Appreciation Donation Sign up Genius

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F4AAEAF22A6F85-lights


Lights, Camera, Staff Appreciation Weekly Schedule:


MONDAY 3/29 is T-Shirt Day!! Wear your teachers’ favorite color t-shirt or

design a t-shirt to wear to show your teacher they are SUPER STARS!

*Virtual Students post your t-shirt on seesaw for teachers to see.


TUESDAY 3/30 is RED CARPET CARPOOL PARADE- Staff & Students wear

their best Red Carpet Attire for the day & walk in on the Carpool Red

Carpet or Bus Lane Red Carpet. Decorate your car for the parade

with a poster, play fun music, honk your horn, get creative while

being dropped off. Bus students may hold up a small sign in window.

*Virtual students may participate and drive though carpool as well

and just wave and post your best Red Carpet Pose on seesaw.


WEDNESDAY 3/31 Encore Performance Bring flowers for AHE Staff.

*Virtual students may drop off flowers in carpool lane to volunteers;

deliver flowers to front entrance by 8:00am to be delivered, or post

a virtual picture of flowers to teachers and staff.


THURSDAY 4/1 Send Fan Mail to favorite POP STAR Teachers!

(Don't forget specials teachers)

*Virtual Students can post/email Fan Mail to teachers and staff.


FRIDAY 4/2 School-wide PAJAMA DAY!!! Everyone can wear PJ’s

Thank You!

A huge Thank You goes out to our AHE Girl Scout Troops 19106, 21017 and 21011 for the fabulous sidewalk art! All of the drawings, positive sayings and well wishes were the best way to start our week as we arrived at school on Monday.
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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 https://osp.osmsinc.com/FultonGA/. Please send any questions to Mrs. Roles at roles@fultonschools.org.

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