Sawnee Elementary

September 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Mrs. Davis


Dear Sawnee Families,


August flew by us and now we are in full swing. We are excited to welcome volunteers and visitors back into the building! If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to your child's teacher to find out different options, both inside the building and outside the building. Remember - you must enter the buildings through the front entrances in order to check in with your identification. This is for volunteering as well as any check in, check out, or tardy.


A special note for car riders in the morning: when you hear the announcement for staff to report to duty, please do not allow your child to exit your vehicle. Students need to wait on adults to get to their posts to maintain a safe environment for everyone.


September also means our PTO fundraiser, Sawnee SOARS, is this month. The students are excited to see what challenges administration will do when they reach certain monetary amounts. Stay tuned to social media for more information. A special thank you to our PTO for all of their hard work coordinating SOARS. They have done a fantastic job coordinating spirit nights once a month. Again, be sure to check out our social media for reminders as well as the Important Dates below for locations.


With changing weather, more items have a way of finding a home on the playground than with their owners. Please remind your student to check the lost and found for any items left behind. It is a great idea to put your child's name in or on any items brought to school so we can help them get back to their owners.



As always, it is a pleasure to partner with you.


Kimberly Davis

Principal

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What's Happening at Sawnee?

7 Mindsets - We are Connected

The We Are Connected Mindset teaches us that everyone who comes into our lives can help us to achieve and live our dreams. Working with, for, and through others is crucial to realizing our dreams. When you understand this and constantly seek the positives from relationships with others, your performance in every area of your life improves. In the lessons for this mindset, we help students explore synergies with others, embrace diversity, and relish the competition that will allow them to maximize their potential by working with and through others.


The 4 critical components of We are Connected are:

1. Embrace Everyone

2. Maximize Positive Relationships

3. Build Your Dream Team

4. Lead with Value


Click here to learn more!

Fall Picture Day

SAVE THE DATE!

Fall pictures are scheduled for September 14th. Be on the look out for more information regarding prices.

Cafeteria News

Harvest of the Month:

Apples and Peanuts


There are over 2,500 varieties of apples so they come in a lot of different shapes, sizes and colors. Apples are 25% air so they are less dense than water which is why they can float.


Peanuts and peanut butter have about 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. A peanut was brought to the moon by astronaut Allan Shepard. Peanut butter was originally made for people who didn’t have teeth!


**Please click HERE for more information about school meal prices and access to the online application for free or reduced lunch.

Clinic News

Our clinics are in need of new size 5 underwear, gently used shorts/leggings size 5-10, crackers and ziplock sandwich bags. We so appreciate your donations! 😊


Please note that all Allergy and Asthma care plans need to be completed and signed by a physician June 1, 2022 or later to be accepted for the 22-23 school year. Also, all prescription medications will need a Request for Administration of Medication form completed by a physician. All these forms and care plans can be found on our webpage https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/domain/1005.

**Just a reminder that all medication needs to be brought to the clinic by a parent/guardian. Students are not permitted to carry medication at school per Forsyth County School Policy.


Forsyth County Schools are in need of Substitute Nurses. If you are a RN or LPN and would like more information, please contact Nurse Robyn or Nurse Kate. We would love to have you!


We always welcome your calls and emails. Nurse Robyn (PreK-1) RFreeze@forsyth.k12.ga.us and Nurse Kate (2-5) F36415@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Counseling Information

  • School Attendance is very important to the success of each student.

Sawnee Elementary has a “Strive for Less than Five” unexcused absence per year policy. We support every student in reaching his/her greatest potential and encourage parents to support children in maximizing academic instruction opportunities. Some of the potential consequences of absenteeism are listed below. We understand that injuries and illness occur. As such, parents should send in a doctor's note for necessary absences. Student Attendance Flyer


  • We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors will be presenting body safety lessons beginning in October. Please see the attached letter for more information. Parent Letter


  • Interested in being a student mentor at Sawnee Elementary?

- Contact Meagan Soles at 770-887-6161 ext: 772108 or email at f41281@forsyth.k12.ga.us

STEM

We need your help! Would you like to become a chicken tender? Chicken tenders help us care for our chickens by collecting eggs, feeding, watering and coop maintenance. If you would like to volunteer to help, please click on the Signup Genius link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CAEA629A2FDCE9-chicken1. Thanks! Sawnee STEM – Courtnie Downs and Priscilla Rasher
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Quick Links

My Payments Plus - online payment program. If you have any questions, contact Allison Taylor


Birthday Ice Cream Treats - Birthday Ice Cream Packs are available for $25 for the entire class including the teacher. These must be ordered 3 days prior to the day you want the ice cream pack served. If you are unable to purchase 3 days ahead we will be able to serve ice cream but we won’t have time to give the students a choice of what they will be served. In those cases, they will enjoy ice cream cups (including dairy free juice rush cups). You may bring in store bought treats for your child’s birthday, but we cannot allow homemade items due to student allergies. The ice cream packs may be purchased through www.mypaymentsplus.com. If you have questions, you may contact Allison Taylor by email at aytaylor@forsyth.k12.ga.us.


Sawnee Zone Information - Our Sawnee Zone pick-up location is located in the front of our Back Building. Please make sure to bring your ID with you as we will follow all procedures that we do for student check-outs. For any questions or more information about Sawnee Zone, please click here.

Important Dates to Know

Sept. 2 - Early Release Day (School releases at 12:30p)

Sept. 5 - Student/Staff Holiday/No School

Sept. 6 - Sawnee Soars Fundraiser Begins

Sept. 6 - Spirit Night - Dulce Luna's Mexican Tavern

Sept. 10 - Suicide Prevention Awareness Event @ EFHS

Sept. 14 - Fall Picture Day

Sept. 14 - Family Connect Night

Sept. 26-30 - Fall Break/No School

Oct. 19-20 - Early Release Day (School releases at 12:30p)

Oct. 21 - No School / Professional Development (Student Holiday)

Sawnee PTO

2022-2023 Board Members

President- Taylor Milburn

VP Fundraising - Cheryl Ewell

VP Hospitality & Events - Melissa Fagan

VP Family Engagement - Jenny Morgan

Treasurer- Becca Lopez

Secretary- Sara Deal


Sawnee SOARS FUNdraiser: Sawnee SOARS Flyer


Amazon PTO Wish list link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3USYYD58FFKSD?ref_=wl_share


* Spirit Nights- This is a way to support our families, raise money for our school and do our part to stimulate our local economy. We're excited to partner with local restaurants and give you a break from cooking! Stay tuned for additional details.


* Spirit Wear is available to order 24/7 with new styles being added all the time! And yes, it will be delivered straight to your house. Visit the spirit wear shop to view the awesome new Sawnee swag options available this year!


Contact us: sawneeptoboard@gmail.com


* Teacher Supply Drive- This year we've set out to stock the teacher's supply closet and we need your help! We'd love to provide them with the supplies they use the most throughout the year and we've made it easy to chip in! Visit the Amazon wishlist to take a look at what they need and all orders will be shipped directly to the school. If you'd prefer to purchase supplies on your own, you can drop off at the front office of building 1!

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Partners In Education

Do you have a local business that would like to become a partner with Sawnee Elementary? Please contact Lauren King if interested.

Partners In Education Form

In the Community

September is Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. East Forsyth High School will be hosting a Suicide Prevention Awareness Event along with a 3k/6k run/walk! See below for more information and how to register. Please help us spread the word about this event by sharing it with your teams and networks.
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Facebook

We will continue to utilize Facebook as a way to share our daily story with you. If you haven't followed us yet, please do so as this is a great way for us to post pictures and share great things going on at Sawnee. Please follow us at facebook.com/SawneeES


We are also working on setting up our Instagram account and will be coming very soon!