South Shades Crest Elementary News

August 9, 2019

Welcome Back to School!

Wow! We have had a wonderful first two days of school!! The students have gotten right back into the routine! I am sure they will be extra tired this weekend! If you have not already, be sure to go to the South Shades Crest Elementary School Facebook page to look at all of the photos from the first two days! It is going to be a wonderful year!!

Dr. Kara Scholl


South Shades Crest Elementary

Important Dates:

August 2019:

13- 1st grade parent night 5:30-6:30

20- PreK and 2nd grade parent night 6:30-7:30

September 2019:

2- No School- Labor Day

5- School Picture Day

12- Vision and Hearing Screening

16-20- Book Fair

17- Open House 5:30-7

23- Go Gold Day

25- World Milk Day

October 2019:

7-11 PTO Change for Change

14- No School- Workday/Professional Development Day

15-18- National School Lunch Week

16- Report Cards go home

18- 50th day of school!

28-Nov 1- Red Ribbon Week

November 2019:

7- Books and Bagels- Parent Education 7:30 am

7- 2nd-grade program/PTO meeting 8:30 am

11- No School- Veterans Day

13- Progress Reports go home

20- Thanksgiving Lunch Kindergarten and 2nd-grade families

21- Thanksgiving Lunch PreK and 1st-grade families

25-29- No School- Thanksgiving Break

December 2019:

13- Polar Express Day

20- End 1st Semester

HCS 2019-2020 School Calendar

Lunchroom News:

2019-2020 Meal Prices:

Elementary Lunch - $2.40

Secondary Lunch - $2.65

Breakfast all grade levels - $1.55

Snack Program:

The Child Nutrition Program

will be starting a “Snack Program” beginning

Monday, August 12th, 2019 for students to purchase a snack for classroom snack time.

Snack only= $0.75

Snack and bottled water= $1.25

Monday – Poptart (strawberry)

Tuesday –Rice Krispies

Wednesday- Cereal Bars(different variety)

Thursday - Baked Cheese Dorito Chips

Friday - Popcorn

Free and reduced applications are available on the district website.

August Lunch Menu

August Breakfast Menu

PTO Information

Kindergarten Helpers Needed

Hi parents! We are looking forward to a great school year at SSC! In order to assist our incoming kindergarteners with the start of their school year, we are looking for parents to help at the beginning of the school day and during lunch.

We need volunteers each day through Friday, Aug. 23 at these times:

- 7:00-7:45 - Can you help with the morning carpool line before you head to work? This is a great job for dads and father figures! Opening and closing car doors, guiding students into the school, and being the first smiling face they see!

- 7:45-8:15 - If your day starts a little later, we'd love you to help as a Classroom volunteer! You will be in the kindergarten classes assisting with the morning routine, hanging up backpacks, etc.

- 11:40-12:40 - Why not spend your lunch break helping our kindergarteners in the cafeteria? Lunch volunteers will assist kindergarteners in the lunch line, opening food containers, throwing away trash, and lining up after lunch is over. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to lunchtime with your driver's license ID to check-in.

*Kindergarten parents: we love you, but this volunteer opportunity is not for you! Don't worry! We will have plenty of opportunities for the rest of the school year for you to volunteer!

If you're ready to help, please sign up here:!/showSignUp/4090e4eadaa28a02-kindergarten/43723881

PTO Volunteer Coordinator

The PTO is searching for a Volunteer Coordinator to join the PTO Executive Board. This position coordinates volunteers for all school activities as needed; works with, trains, and communicates with Room Parents regarding their responsibilities; and sends monthly newsletters to Room Parents. If you are interested in this position, please email our PTO president, Allison Carpenter, at

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PTO Fundraising 2019-2020

What are our fundraisers? Our major fundraisers include our annual fall Change for Change drive and our spring Fairy Tale Festival. Throughout the year we will also have school spirit nights, everyday fundraisers, PTO dues and donations, and offer spirit wear. This handout will give you a look ahead at what to expect during the school year and let you know how much money we hope to raise at each event.

Change for Change October 7th – 11th Our annual Change for Change fall fundraiser is a coin drive that kicks off October 7th. This week students will bring in coins, bills and checks. Mondays: Pennies. Tuesday: Nickels. Wednesday: Dimes. Thursday: Quarters. Friday: Any coins, bills and checks. This is a very successful fundraiser for SSC. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for our school.

Fairy Tale Festival Friday, February 28th, 2020 Last year we introduced a new fundraiser that was a huge success! We hope you’ll join us for dancing, stories, activities, character photos, dessert and much more! Dress up as your favorite fairy tale character if you wish. Our Fairy Tale Festival is a community-wide event so bring a neighbor or a friend. Tickets are needed for children 2 and up, and they are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All activities are included in the ticket price and Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase with 10% of sales donated to SSC! The Fairy Tale Festival will also kick off our silent auction fundraiser. The goal of this event, including the auction, is to raise $9,000 for our school.

Spirit Nights There will be four spirit nights held throughout the year - two in the fall and two in the spring. The goal for our Spirit Nights is to raise $1,000 total ($250 per event) for our school. Our first spirit night kicks off the new school year. Come join us after meet the teacher at Let’s Play located near Target at the Grove. Mention SSC and we will receive a portion of all money earned. Kids and parents must wear socks and sign a waiver. Please note the Kindergarten parent meeting begins at 5:30 at SSC. *This was a great fundraiser for our school last year!

  • August 6, 2019 @ Let’s Play

  • November 7, 2019 @ Yogurt Mountain

  • January 16, 2020 @ Let’s Play

  • April 7, 2020 @ Chick-fil-A

Everyday fundraisers - Our everyday fundraisers are ways that you can help us raise money for SSC with things you’re already buying. They include Planet Fundraiser, Box Tops for Education, Publix Partners, and Coca-Cola Give. The goal of our everyday fundraisers is to raise $3,100 for our school.

PTO dues & donations – The goal of PTO dues and donations is to collect $2,500 for our school.

Spirit wear – At the beginning of the school year your family will have the opportunity to purchase spirit wear including t-shirts and car magnets that will each represent South Shades Crest and Hoover. The goal of our spirit wear sale is to raise $1,000.

My School Fees Infomation

Opens August 1, 2019

The preferred way for you to pay fees, field trip costs, and other charges is through My School Fees. This eliminates the possibility of money getting lost in a backpack and provides you access to your payment history should you forget if you paid a certain fee.

Click Here to see what fees are available for you to pay.

**There is a $25 instructional donation, and we encourage everyone to participate. These donations are divided evenly for teachers to use in the classroom.

**Please note that you have the option of paying field trip fees at any time, prior to the field trip. They are available for you to pay now, but is not required at this time.

**HCS will assess a fee for each payment instrument (credit card, ACH/EFT/e-check, and paper check) returned, refused or rejected by a financial institution. This fee shall become a part of the total amount due. (This fee is assessed even if you enter the account number incorrectly.)

**There will be no refunds for fees paid to the school for student materials and equipment, books, camps, field trips, and extra-curricular activities unless eligible according to HCS policy.

Equal Educational and Employment Opportunities

(Notice of Nondiscrimination for all Mass-Distributed Publications/Mass Communications) Updated 2018


(Board policy, 6.6) No student will be unlawfully excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the Board on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, disability, creed, national origin, sex, immigrant or migrant status, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status. All career and technical education opportunities are offered to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. The district also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Mrs. Claire Jones-Moore, IDEA Coordinator
Mrs. Anna Whitney, Section 504 Coordinator
Dr. Debra Walker Smith, Title I Coordinator
Dr. Autumm Jeter, Title II Coordinator
Dr. Debra Walker Smith, Title III Coordinator
Dr. Tera Simmons, Title IX Coordinator

Hoover City Schools


(Board policy, 5.14.1) The Board is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel actions and decisions will be made without regard to factors or considerations prohibited by federal or state law (as such laws may from time to time be amended), including but not limited to race, gender, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, and religious preference. Subject to the limitations set forth in 4.6.2, the general complaint (grievance) policy (4.6.1) may be used to present any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination or harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance and complaint procedures can be directed to:

Mary Veal, Equal Opportunity Employment Coordinator
Hoover City Schools
2810 Metropolitan Way
Hoover, AL 35243
(205) 439-1000