The Cheetah Chat
Ms. In's Inside Scoop
January 12, 2018
Dear Creek View families,
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I love starting a new year as it always brings a sense of rejuvenation and excitement for new things. As we begin 2018 and move forward with the second half of the school year, I am excited to share with you our goals and focus for a great spring semester. The CVES staff has already begun the important work of learning about growth mindset, GRIT, and mindfulness. Research shows the positive impact these have on overall emotional well-being as well as academic achievement and success. We are going to be doing this important work with all staff members/teachers, students, and parents.
The start of a new calendar year allows us to reflect on the achievements of the previous year and consider goals for the year ahead. For the next several weeks, our CVES community is encouraged to set goals and learn more about having a growth mindset. We’d like to share with you what we are talking about at school so that you can have follow up conversations at home to reinforce your own child’s development of a growth mindset.
Children’s beliefs about themselves shapes learning in significant ways impacting motivation, academic behaviors, responses to challenges or setbacks and overall achievement. We want to support students in recognizing that intelligence isn’t fixed and that through effort we grow. We will do this at school by having open discussions about individual goal setting and challenging our mindsets when they are fixed in a specific area. We ask you to remind your child there will be times when they are faced with difficult challenges, but they can persevere. Remind them when things are difficult, their brain grows if they persist through the challenge. Each time they learn something new, their brain is making new connections. Your child needs to know this is possible.
Some questions you might ask your child while in the car, over a meal, or before bed to help reinforce a growth mindset:
• What are some things that you can’t do yet but hope to be able to do this semester?
• Did you make a mistake today? What did you learn from that mistake?
• What did you do that was difficult today? Do you think practice might make that easier over time?
By sincere belief is that our responsibility is to teach the whole child. This means in addition to teaching students in the area of academics, we must also teach them the emotional and personal skills necessary to be successful. I am excited to begin this journey and partnership with you to provide the best for every child at Creek View.
I wish everyone a wonderful weekend! Go Cheetahs!
FCS Make-up Day - February 16, 2018
Welcome New Cheetahs!
CVES Challenge - Encourage your child to enter for a chance to win a prize!
As we all learn more about having a growth mindset, we need your child’s creativity! Help our school encourage a growth mindset for every student and adult in the building by helping us advertise! Students may work individually or with a partner to create a poster on construction paper (11 x 14 preferred) to promote a new way of looking at some common words below.
Create an advertisement for one of the following words or phrases:
1. FAIL (“If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning.”)
2. FAIL FORWARD (Fail forward and keep moving!)
3. END (“End is not the end. In fact, E.N.D. means Effort Never Dies.”)
4. NO (“If you get no as an answer, remember it means Next Opportunity.”)
• Use your creativity and use color in your poster.
• Let Mrs. Wilson, assistant principal, know if you need materials.
• Turn your poster in to the front office with your name and class on the back.
• DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS WEDNESDAY, FEBRuARY 14TH AT 2:00 P.M.
We can’t wait to see posters all around the building and in classrooms promoting positivity and a growth mindset.
Family Fun Night Winners
Special Areas PBL Unit Kicks Off!
Students enjoyed a sports theme Peachtree Brass assembly this week. Many thanks to Liz Crane for organizing this exciting event. What a great way to kick off our Special Areas CVES 5th Grade Olympics PBL Unit!
Webb Bridge Middle School 5th Grade Parent Orientation
WBMS will host a parent orientation on Monday, March 5, 2018, to provide rising sixth grade parents with information on the important transition to middle school. There will be a general meeting from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. in the WMBS gymnasium. From 6:45 – 7:15 p.m., additional information sessions will be available for parents who have a student receiving talented and gifted (TAG) services in the cafeteria. Parents of students receiving special education (SEC) services will have an information meeting in room 105 from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Flu Season Is Here....
Flu viruses tend to peak between December and March, but the timing of flu season is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta say flu season usually starts to peak in metro Atlanta right after the holidays in January, when all the kids go back to school. CDC and public health officials recommends everyone – 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year.
At school, we encourage students to wash hands frequently. Our custodians are diligent about cleaning classrooms daily and teachers have plans in place to wipe down common areas and student desks. At home, you can help us by reminding your child not to share personal items like drinks, food, utensils, etc. with others. All children could use a reminder to “sneeze in their sleeves” when sneezing or coughing to avoid germs spreading from hands to eyes/nose/mouth. As a reminder, students need to have improved symptoms and be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. More information about the flu and flu vaccine can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm and https://dph.georgia.gov/flu-activity-georgia.
International Day - March 30th
Additional information will be coming in January. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Julie Hagan at email@example.com.
Morning drop-off begins at 7:10 and ends at 7:40
School Governance Council (SGC)
The SGC is continuing the important work of developing goals for our Strategic Plan 2022. On November 30, the council met to discuss goals for People and Culture and Community Collaboration. If you have not had the opportunity to review the new Fulton County Strategic Plan 2022, please do so at the following link: www.1fulton.org
The strategic planning process will continue as our next step will include establishing goals for Fiscal Responsibility. The next CVES SGC meeting will take place on January 18 at 2:45 in the media center.
Please watch the following video: https://youtu.be/LzeTfVam8Ec
On November 1st, we will begin providing Grab & Go breakfast for our students. We are excited to provide Grab & Go breakfast as it will allow students to take their breakfast so they will be able to get to their classrooms sooner and have extra time to prepare for the start of their day.
The monthly school lunch menu may be accessed through our school website or at the following link: http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/Nutrition/Pages/MenuCalendar.aspx
Calling All Volunteers!
Dates to Remember:
January 15 - MLK Holiday - No School
January 16 - RFF day #3 - No School for students
January 18 - SGC meeting - 2:45 in media center
January 24 - Family Fun Night
February 9 - Books and Bingo Night
February 16 - Make up day (originally no school but is now a make-up day)
February 19 - President's Day - No School
February 20 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 9:30 at Alpharetta ES
February 21 - Family Fun Night
March 1 - Spring Picture Day, Musical Performance at 6:30 pm
March 2 - WRAD Day, Musical Performance at 6:30 pm
March 8 - RFF Day #4 - No School for students
March 9 - Teacher Work Day - No School for students
March 11 - Daylight Savings
March 12 - Professional Development Day - No School for students
March 16 - End of Quarter 3
March 20 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 7:00 pm at Alpharetta HS
March 21 - Family Fun Night
March 22 - Quarter 3 Progress Reports go home
March 23 - PTA Basket Raffle
March 30 - International Day
April 2 - 6 - Spring Break (No School)
April 12 - 24 - GA Milestones testing for Grades 3, 4, 5 (No visitors allowed during testing)
April 17 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 9:30 at 4165 Big Creek Overlook
April 18 - Family Fun Night
April 27 - Kindergarten Safari (for rising kindergarten students)
May 8-9 - Rock Eagle field trip for 5th graders
May 15 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 9:30 at Webb Bridge MS
CVES Talent Show at 6:30 pm
May 24 - Last Day of School - Happy Summer!