South Shades Crest Elementary News

May 12, 2023

SSC School Supplies for 2023-2024 School Year

As a convenience for you, the school will offer the opportunity for parents to purchase school supplies for the next school year. We will not be using a company to provide the packages. Dr. Scholl has worked to find the best possible prices from area companies to help bring the school supplies cost down for you. The supplies will be delivered to your child’s classroom before the first day of school.

Orders for school supplies will be taken only until June 2, 2023.

Online payment is preferred at in which you will be able to print confirmation of payment. The school supplies are listed as Public on myschoolfees. Otherwise, you may return your order form with check or money order payable to the school (NO CASH payments will be accepted). Please make checks/money orders payable to South Shades Crest School. Counter or starter checks will not be accepted. Also, include your name, address, and phone number on the front of the check.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Entering Kindergarten Supplies: $37.00

Entering 1st Grade Supplies: $38.00

Entering 2nd Grade Supplies: $39.00

Order Form (if sending check or money order to school)

School Supply List

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Yearbooks have arrived!!! Pre-ordered books have been given out to teachers to be sent home. If you missed the opportunity to buy one, they are 25.00.

Extras will be sold on Tuesday May16th in the library first come first serve.

Upcoming Dates


16- Extra Yearbook Sale, first come first serve, $25 in the library

16- PTO Board Meeting

18- Field Day

24- Early Dismissal, PK11:00, K-2 11:30

25- Early Dismissal PK11:00, K-2 11:30, Last Day of School


2- School Supply Order Due

South Shades Crest Important Dates and Information 2023-2024

Summer Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 7:30-2:30

Due to limited summer staff, you may want to call prior to coming to the school. You are also welcome to call or email and schedule an appointment if needed. 205-439-3000

Dr. Kara School, Principal:

Ms. LaRue Frederick, Assistant Principal:

Mrs. Kelly Glover, Bookkeeper:

Ms. Lori Burke, Registrar:

The office will be closed July 4-8.

Class Placement Announcements:

You will receive an introduction email from your child's teacher on August 7 prior to 1 pm. Be sure you have completed your online registration confirmation by July 28, or you may not receive the introduction email.

Meet the Teacher:

August 8 from 8:30-10:30 am your child will get to meet their teacher, explore the school and drop off their school supplies (pre-purchased will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom).

Back To School Parent Nights:

These meetings will provide you with an opportunity to learn all about your child’s class and what to expect this school year. We encourage parents/guardians only to attend the meeting, no students, please.

  • Kindergarten-Aug 15 @ 5:00-6:00

  • 1st Grade- Aug 14 @ 5:00-6:00

  • 2nd Grade- Aug 22 @ 5:00-6:00

First Day of School

Thursday, August 10

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 4 No School

HCS Calendar

HCS Calendar 2023-2024

PTO Information

Please like the PTO Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to stay updated on fundraisers, contests, and more!

South Shades Crest PTO Facebook

SSC PTO Instagram

May Spirit Night

Order pickup is TODAY! Grab you pizza by 9pm at Papa Murphy’s (5250 Medford Drive- next to Sprouts.)

Thank you for supporting SSC!

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School Nurse Appreciation

This week we celebrated the best school nurse out there! Thank you Nurse McCoy for keeping our SSC family healthy and safe. You are an everyday angel and we appreciate all that you do!
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Field Day Shirts

Thank you to all who ordered shirts! Orders should go home with your student early next week. Just in time for Field day!

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Morning Carpool Volunteers

We are in need of extra hands to help move the carpool line quicker in the morning! We would love your help during morning carpool from 7:15-7:45 for the remainder of the year. Please sign up using the link below. Thank you to those who have already signed up!

Morning Carpool Volunteers

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Are you interested in volunteering for the school this year? If you are, click the link below and fill out this short Google Form.

SSC PTO Volunteer sign-up

BGIS Supply Packs


The BGIS Supply Kit Sale is live! Orders can be placed using the link below. Last day to order is May 15th.

Ordering is easy peasy! Simply go to and enter account number 80095.

You will then have the option to pick your child’s grade for the 2023-24 school year and boy or girl.

The kits, as well as any add-on items you purchase, will get shipped directly to Brock’s Gap.

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PTO Executive Board

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As summer approaches, be sure to check out Common Sense Media to help guide your children with technology over the summer. This is a one-stop-shop website which has family videos, reviews of websites, apps, games, and more, and even has a parent toolkit which has many resources ready for you and your family to use. This website has many articles for parents of very young children all the way to parents of high school students. The number one way to help your child with digital citizenship is to arm yourself with the latest research and information.

A few links to resources you might find helpful:

Karen Darroch

Technology Integration Coach

Hoover City Schools

Healthroom End of the Year Reminder

All medications in the health room must be picked up by an adult before noon on May 25th. New medications forms for NEXT year can be found here

Thank you!


Andrea L. McCoy RN

South Shades Crest Elementary School

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PowerSchool Enrollment

Hoover City Schools requires all students to complete online registration each school year through the registration platform PowerSchool Enrollment. This platform allows us to securely collect, verify, and store student data in our student information system.

New Student Registration 2023-2024- Including New Entering Kindergarten

Returning Student Registration 2022-2023

Use the link in the email sent on 2/7/2023. If you need assistance, please contact the school office.

From the healthroom:

Please remember to have a change of clothes in your child's backpack at all times!

All medications have to be walked in by an adult. NO meds in backpacks please.

If your child tests positive for COVID, please click the following link to self report. You will get a response within 24 hours. Thank you!

HCS Attendance Policy

HCS Attendance Policy

Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the HCS Attendance Policy. Click here to learn which absences are excused/unexcused, how to submit notes, and the do's and don'ts about an Anticipated Absence form.

Some important points:

  • Students can ONLY be checked out by those listed in Powerschool. You may ADD to your contact list by emailing Include your student's name, the individual's name(s) and contact phone number, and your signature. REMEMBER: A PHOTO ID is required from every person every time a student is checked out.
  • When your student is absent, you have THREE days to return a school excuse to the attendance office. Parent notes and DR excuses may be sent to the teacher via backpack mail or brought into the main office.

Meals at SSC- Breakfast, Lunch and Special Treats

Beginning August 2022, all students who buy lunch will be charged for school breakfast and lunch unless their household qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.

The application is available at in (5) languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese Mandarin.

Prices for school meals for SY 2022-2023 are as follows:

  • Breakfast: Elementary/Intermediate $1.75
  • Breakfast: Secondary $2.00
  • Lunch: Elementary/Intermediate $2.50
  • Lunch: Secondary $3.00
  • Reduced-price Breakfast: All schools $0.30
  • Reduced-price Lunch: All schools $0.40
  • There will also be à la carte items such as extra snacks and beverages for an additional fee.

Breakfast Adults $3.00

Lunch Adults $4.00

Please use the following link to view the breakfast and lunch menu SSC Menu

Due to manufacturing supply shortages and food/supply distribution disruptions, the menu will be subject to change each day. The entree menu may also be limited to only (1) hot choice instead of (2) at times, but we will always offer a variety of vegetables and fruits and provide the USDA-required food components.

Parents may join their children for lunch after Labor Day. This will give us a few weeks to learn all of the lunch routines! Your classroom teacher will share their schedule at parent nights.

Set up an account to pay online through My School Bucks.

If families believe they are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, an application can be found and submitted at In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, all families that receive approved benefits are eligible for a 2022 Summer P-EBT payment of $391.00 for each child.

Families must apply for free or reduced-price meals no later than August 31, 2022, to be awarded the distribution from the Alabama Department of Human Resources.