Meadowcreek Community Newsletter
March 7, 2023
Mark Your Calendars
March 1-31- Social Work Month
March 6-10- Exceptional Children's Week
March 6-10- National School Breakfast Week
March 6-10- School Social Work Week
March 9- Rising Kindergarten & Dual Language Immersion Meeting 5:30PM-6:30PM (Media Center)
March 9- Coffee With the Family at Lilburn Middle School 6:00PM
March 10- SEL Day 2023
March 12- Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward +1 hour)
March 14- Spring Pictures (Individual & Class Pictures)
March 14- Spirit Night @ Stevi B's at 5:00PM
March 15- GCPS Family Resources at 10:00AM at The International Newcomer Center (INC)
March 13- 16- College and Career Week
March 16- Career Day
March 16- Progress Reports Go Home
March 17- Digital Learning Day
March 20 - 21- Mobile Eye Clinic
March 23- Heritage Night 5:30-7:00PM
March 27- Rising 6th Grade Presentation at Radloff Middle School 6:00PM
April 3 - 7- Spring Break
Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) for Families
GCPS Families, it is your turn to provide feedback about your experience with GCPS. The Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) for Families closes on Friday, March 10. You may find the link in your Parent Portal Account or follow this URL: https://ceesurveys.questionpro.com/gcps-fam-23?CID=312656&DVB=345355
Rising Kindergarten & DLI Meeting
The Rising Kindergarten and Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Meeting for the 2023-2024 school year will be held on Thursday, March 9 in the Media Center from 5:30PM-6:30PM. This is for all families with children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2023.
Coffee With The Family @ Lilburn MS
Join us for this special event on Thursday, March 9 at 6:00PM at Lilburn Middle School with Dr. Watts! This event will primarily be in Spanish with English translation available.
Exceptional Children's Week 2023
Exceptional Children's Week is the week of March 6-10. Help us celebrate exceptional children by dressing up on these days! See the flyer below for details.
SEL Day 2023
The office of Social Emotional Learning welcomes you to celebrate: SEL Day 2023 on March 10, 2023. Wear a shirt with a positive message on it to help spread POSITIVI-TEE!
GCPS Readers Rally Competition
Congratulations to our Readers Rally team for competing in the GCPS Readers Rally competition!
National School Breakfast Week
We're celebrating National School Breakfast Week! Thanks to our TeamGCPS School Nutrition Program staff, a tasty, nutritious meal is a recipe for the success of each and every student!
Social Work Month
March is Social Work Month! Social workers support teaching and learning to help ensure that each and every student remains in school, graduates, reaches their fullest academic potential, and grows socially and emotionally. Social Work Breaks Barriers that affect students' academic achievement. Thank you to all of our social workers for your commitment to excellence, empathy, and equity in education!
GCPS Tapestry Exhibit 2022-2023
Check out our Meadowcreek students' artwork at the GCPS Tapestry Exhibit 2022-2023! Thank you to our art teacher, Mr. Stamps, for instilling the love of art in our young mustangs!
The Mobile Eye Clinic is Coming to MES!
The Mobile Eye Clinic will visit Meadowcreek Elementary on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21 during school hours. If you registered your student for the upcoming eye exam, please be sure to complete the forms sent home and return as soon as possible. Your student must have these forms completed in order to participate.
Daylight Saving Time
Spring Picture Day
College and Career Week
Meadowcreek Elementary School is having Career Day of Thursday, March 16. Students are encouraged to show their excitement for the future and participate in the following spirit days! See flyer below!
Please join us for our third Spirit Night of the semester! This is an opportunity to make connections with others in our school community. Some of the proceeds collected from your pizza purchases will be donated to Meadowcreek Elementary in order to further support students’ needs. The Meadowcreek ES community will gather at Stevi B’s pizza on Tuesday, March 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Please be sure to let Stevi B’s Pizza know you are from Meadowcreek Elementary School. We hope to see you there!
Are you a Lucky Leprechaun?
Our Student Council is hosting a Fundraiser for the Norcross Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries. On Thursday, March 16th, bring $2.00 to buy a lucky coin. Every coin wins a prize! How lucky will you be? Coins will be sold on Friday morning in the hallway next to the cafeteria.
Digital Learning Days
- Friday, March 17
To ensure that students have a nutritious breakfast and lunch to fuel their learning, our bus drivers will be on the road and at every bus stop to deliver meals prepared by the School Nutrition Program staff. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. These delivered meals are provided at no cost to families and are available to anyone 18 years old and under.
Rising 6th Grade Presentation
Annual Parent Involvement Survey
Who: Families of students who are receiving special education services
What: Each state is required to conduct a parent survey to measure parent/family perceptions of the success of parent engagement between home and local schools.
When: Available January 23, 2023 – May 31, 2023
Where: Please use the following link to access the survey: https://survey.gadoe.org/SPEDParentSurvey
Gwinnett County Public Schools App
Get news, updates, announcements, school resources, and more! Download the new GCPS App today!
March PBIS Star Students of the Month
Each month, our teachers nominate a PBIS Star Student of the Month in their class. These students were nominated by their teachers because they consistently demonstrate positive behaviors that align to our school-wide PBIS expectations. Each student photographed is a responsible, respectful, problem solver. Way to go, Mustangs!!
February PBIS Star Students of the Month Celebration
We celebrated our February PBIS Star Students of the Month for their positive mustang behavior!
Education Tips for Parents
Have your child create a practice test
There are many things your child can do to study for a test, but one of the best is to think like the teacher. Have your elementary schooler review class notes, then make a list of questions that might be on the test. Then your child can prepare to answer them. Chances are, some of your child's questions will show up on the test. Students feel confident going into tests if they've thought through the answers ahead of time.
Sweet Dreams: A Spring Concert
1st Grade and Chorus Club present Sweet Dreams: A Spring Concert! Come see the 1st graders and the Musical Mustang Chorus Clubs sing about their big dreams on April 20th at 6:00PM in the Meadowcreek Elementary School cafeteria!
Regular school attendance is vital to your student’s success. At Meadowcreek ES, our goal is to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by getting to school on time (in class by 8:15) and attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. You can help your student learn that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Below are the times we expect students to be at school:
- Students arrive no earlier than 7:40 am
- The bell rings and instruction begins at 8:15 am. Attendance is taken in class.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
- Have your child ride the bus as this assures your child will get to school on time. If you have to drive your child to school, leave yourself extra time in case of traffic or inclement weather. Our doors open at 7:40, so you can drop your child off starting then.
- An unexcused tardy means your child arrived in class late (after 8:15) because of sleeping in, traffic, missing the bus, running late, etc. Examples of excused tardies are illness, health condition, medical appointment, and family emergency. You must come inside the building to sign-in your child with the reason why your child was tardy.
- Arriving late to school/class impacts a student’s learning as well as the classroom atmosphere. Being on time for school/class is a positive goal for each of our students. Research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success.
If your student is going to be absent or late, please contact your child’s teacher. If your student is absent, you will need to send in an excuse letter for the absence.
Meadowcreek is tracking students with perfect monthly attendance! Students with perfect attendance will receive a certificate of perfect attendance by the end of each month. If your student receives a perfect attendance certificate, their name will be entered in a drawing for a NEW BIKE! We will pick the winner at the end of the semester. Good luck!
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PBIS Staff Shout-Outs
Early childhood experiences are so important to lifelong learning. If you have a child between the ages of one month and 5 years old and are looking for ways to encourage him/her to play, learn, and grow; consider joining our FREE Play2Learn Program here at Meadowcreek Elementary. For more information, please contact Mrs. Pena-Perez at (770) 381-4248 or visit the school. There is a waiting list.
GCPS Tech Tips
This year’s series is focused on our 1:1 initiative. Each week, a new video will be released which focuses on how to effectively use your Chromebook and other tips/tricks. Check out the entire playlist here. You may also visit the 1:1 Parent Support Site.
Please visit the GCPS Tech Tips YouTube Channel for more tech tips: GCPS Tech Tips Channel
Parent Center/Community Resources Assistance
Meadowcreek Elementary families have the opportunity to connect with the Parent Center in person, by phone, or Zoom to become familiar with:
Checking out free educational games and resources to help your child at home
Creating an email account
Registering/navigating the Parent Portal
Completing free/reduced lunch application online
Supporting your child with eCLASS/Google classroom
Making payments on MyPaymentsPlus (cafeteria, school field trips, spirit wear, etc.)
Anything else that you may need support with!
In-Person: Parents may visit the Parent Center Tuesday - Friday 9:00am-11:00am
Virtual: Click on the following link from 1:00pm-2:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays: https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/j/92626367024
Phone: Mrs. Rosell: 770-638-2374 or Mrs.Pena-Perez: 770-381-4248
We look forward to serving you!
Parents are now welcome to have lunch with their children! Students can have no more than 2 visitors for lunch. Strollers are not allowed in the cafeteria. Parents may sit at the Parent Table with their students during your student's scheduled lunch time. Students are expected to return to their class and teacher when the class dismisses from the cafeteria. If a parent needs to check out a student after lunch; please go to the front office to request a student checkout with your ID. Parent visitation beyond the cafeteria is not allowed. Thank you for helping us to maintain a positive, safe, learning environment for our students.
Please remember that strollers are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch. Strollers have to be left in the hallway next to the cafeteria.
Please refrain from bringing in birthday treats and outside food for a class. We want to remain sensitive to classroom allergies. Ice Cream is available to purchase for a class if you desire. Please no cupcakes, balloons, flowers, etc.
Car RiderDuring morning arrival, please do not park in the parking lot and walk your child inside the school. Please remain in the car rider lane and drop your child off in line with a staff member. We do not want students and parents walking across the car rider lane. This slows the line and creates a safety concern.
Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. Students should be in class and ready to begin instruction by 8:15 am every day. When students are late, it is disruptive to the learning environment. Please help us make sure our students are prepared for daily learning by being on time.