Meadowcreek Community Newsletter
November 15, 2022
Mark Your Calendars
November is National Family Engagement Month!
November 14-18- American Education Week
November 15-17- AKS at Home Sessions
November 16- Last Day for Canned Food Drive
November 18- The Nutcracker at Greater Atlanta Christian School (Grades 3-5)
November 21-25- THANKSGIVING BREAK (No School)
November 29- Social-Emotional Learning Resources Available on our website!
December 5-16- Mid-Year Assessments (Grades 1-5) & GCPS GMAS Benchmarks (Grades 3-5)
December 6- Digital Learning Day
December 8- Holiday Concert @ 6:00PM
December 16- Holiday Parties
December 19- January 4- WINTER BREAK (No School)
AKS (AT HOME RESOURCES FOR PARENTS)
Our next round of live virtual AKS at Home K-5 sessions will begin on November 15, 2022. AKS at Home provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5. Through live virtual grade-specific Zoom sessions and helpful AKS tip sheets, families of students in grades K-5 can learn ways to help their children practice foundational skills in language arts and math.
Who: Families of all elementary school students
What: Zoom sessions and tip sheets to support student mastery of AKS foundational skills in Language Arts and Math
Where: AKS at Home webpage
When: Session 1 live Zoom sessions will be offered from November 15, 2022, to November 17, 2022, in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Please see the attached flyers and advertisements for grade-level specific dates and times.
How: Register for Zoom sessions on the AKS at Home webpage
Imagine Learning “IGNITE Your IMAGINATION” School Contest
Imagine Learning is Kicking off the IGNITE Your IMAGINATION School Usage Contest. Schools will have an opportunity to participate and earn prizes at the following levels (Galactic School, Out of the Universe Classroom, and Shooting Star). The usage goals have been established for all prize categories. See the linked flyer for eligibility criteria and specific contest information.
Who: Imagine Learning site and individual licensed schools
What: Imagine Learning “IGNITE Your IMAGINATION” Contest
When: October 2022 - April 2023
National Parent/Family Engagement Month!
November is National Parent/Family Engagement Month!
We want to take this opportunity to thank every parent and family member who pours their time, resources, efforts, and hours into their child’s education: thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Nothing could be more important than your engagement and involvement with your child’s education and in their school!
We are honoring our families by displaying you and your child's engagement pictures on our Family Engagement Wall of Fame. Please visit the school to enjoy our display.
Coming soon! Social Emotional Learning resources to support you and your child from home!
What: Social-emotional resources (videos, articles, tips, etc.) for MES families
When: November 29, 2022
Where: MES website under the Parents/Social/Emotional Learning Tab!
Social-Emotional Learning Resources
Please take a moment to explore some of the Home and Community Social-Emotional Learning Resources that are provided by the GCPS Department of Student Services:
Social Skills Parenting Guide (Parenting Guides that provide benchmarks and tips for a child's academic, physical and social emotional growth from birth to young adulthood)
Confident Parents- Confident Kids (A site for parents actively supporting kids’ social and emotion development. Up to date with current news and trends, offers support and dialogue)
Choose Love Movement (Free Parent and Community component, lessons are aligned to Common Core, ASCA, and CASEL standards)
These resources are also located on our school website under Parents- Social-Emotional Learning: https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/14931
Congratulations to our Student Council Members!
Officers left to right:
Christian Oropeza Resendiz- Parliamentarian
Mar'kayla Little- Secretary/Treasurer
Melanie Lopez Aviles- President
Tyson Williams- Vice President
December 6, 2022 has been designated as a Digital Learning Day
DIGITAL LEARNING DAYS
- Tuesday, December 6
- Friday, February 3
- 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.
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!
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.
You may have noticed at other GCPS schools, there is a holding area between the doors to the school and the doors from the outside of the school. This security vestibule allows visitors to be admitted from the outside without gaining access directly into the school. Renovations will occur at MES over the next 8-10 weeks in the front lobby to build a security vestibule. We are excited about the security upgrades! We anticipate the disruption to be minimal. We will provide more information as the project goes along!
PBIS Star Students of the Month
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.
If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two, or on a big project, please click on the link below or visit our school's website to complete the google form.
English Language Learners (ELL) Zoom Workshop for Families
ELL simply refers to students who are not currently proficient as English speakers and are in the process of developing their English language skills. During this workshop, you will learn more about this program and how you can support your child from home. More information coming soon.
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!
Common Formative Assessments in GCPS
Throughout the school year, teachers use formative assessments as “check-ins” on student learning. The information allows teachers to know which standards students have mastered and which standards need additional teaching. Following these check-ins, teachers will provide additional opportunities for learning through small group instruction prior to the summative assessment. The district Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) are a category in the grade book at 5% for 1st-5th, however, this grade may be adjusted throughout the semester as students master standards.
A Few Reminders...
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 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.
Parent Academic Tips
How to find books that will turn your child on to reading?
The "right" books for your child aren't necessarily expensive. What matters is that they make your child want to read them. Look for books that match your child's current interests. Choose books that are well-written, with strong plots and well-developed characters. Most of the words should be familiar to your child, but it's OK if a book is a little challenging. You can read it aloud now, and your child can read it independently later on.
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