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)

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Testing Dates

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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

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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

Where: IGNITE Your IMAGINATION Contest Flyer

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

Student Council

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

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December 6, 2022 has been designated as a Digital Learning Day

Gwinnett County Public Schools has 52 schools that will be used for voting on December 6. To provide the highest levels of safety for all school students and students and to allow GCPS principals, election board officials, and district support staff to provide the conditions for an efficient election, December 6 has been designated as a Digital Learning Day.

DIGITAL LEARNING DAYS

On Digital Learning Days, students will access their teacher's eCLASS page and read their morning message for digital learning day instructions. Teachers will not hold live Zoom lessons on 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.

Yearbooks

Yearbooks for the 2022-2023 school year are on sale for $25.00. Please visit our school website to order a yearbook or use this link: https://bit.ly/3vFqU69

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Attendance Matters!

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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Play2Learn

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.

English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12wJVMcF2u_eWl78IuRxVjkAUXrvrJ2c1/view

Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eD4O6OOw8RAR-uZ37NuATOMAzsd82nqE/view

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Building construction

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 Staff Shout-Outs

Remember to give your shout-out to any of our staff members by using this link: https://forms.gle/jNKbE4LmJxwDVsXJA

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!!
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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

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

https://forms.gle/yX5ZjYYm32pAkaLc6

English Language Learners (ELL) Zoom Workshop for Families

English Language Learners (ELL)

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:


  • School procedures

  • 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...

Parent Lunch

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.


Outside food

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 Rider

During 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.


Tardies

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.

English: https://tpitip.com/?12ja18608

Spanish: https://www.parent-institute-online.com/wcs/wcstod2.php?18608-ETIPCKS3-W695215-2022-10-27

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Corners Outreach After School Academy

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Google Form Feedback

Feedback is always appreciated. To provide your input, please click on the link below to complete the Feedback form: