Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings
October 5, 2020
Emergency Card Information Needed for Every Student
This card is needed in addition to the Blue Card information you provided at the beginning of the school year. Parents please complete the attached Emergency Card for each of your students
- Please complete the 2020-2021 Emergency Card that is in a PDF form. The information on this form is used if we have to dismiss students early due to inclement weather, etc.
- After completing, please select the SAVE AS option under the File drop down menu. Use your students first initial and last name as the document name (Example: J Smith Emergency Card).
- If you do not save the form with a new name, the information that you entered will not be saved.
- Please attach the newly save form to an e-mail and return it to your student’s homeroom teacher.
AHE School Supply Drive Through Drop Off - October 7th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm
- Please bag the items
- Label the bag (student name, grade level, teacher)
- Place bag in your trunk
- Drive through the carpool lane in front of Abbotts Hill Elementary School
- Stay inside your vehicle
- A staff member will collect the items from your trunk
October 5 - Phase 4 begins
October 6 - Kindergarten Roundup 2.0 at 12:00 pm (see registration details below)
October 7 - School Supply Drive Through Drop Off 12:00 - 2:00 pm (see details below)
October 8 - Battle of the Books 4th Grade 4:00 - 5:00 pm
October 12 - Columbus Day (schools closed)
October 13 - Teacher Workday (students off)
October 14 - Face 2 Face (F2F) Begins
October 14 - Curbside Meal Pick-up: To accommodate lunch service for face-to-face students, the hours of Curbside Pick-Up will change. Beginning October 14th, Elementary School locations will be open Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30.
October 15 - Battle of the Books 5th Grade 4:00 - 5:00 pm
November 3 - Professional Development Day/Election Day (students off)
A Message From Dr. Stabler
I hope this message finds all of our families doing well. It is such a joy to see the children coming to school ready to learn. The students are engaging with their peers, teachers and in their learning. The teachers and I are so proud of all of them.
The following are just a few updates:
Face to Face (F2F) and Universal Remote Learning (URL)
As you know, Phase 4 began today and will end on Friday, October 9. If your child is attending school Face to Face (F2F), he or she will either attend on Monday & Thursday -OR- Tuesday & Friday. If you are not sure which days your child is scheduled to attend, please call the front office.
Phase 5 or F2F
Currently, almost 60% of our students are planning to attend Phase 5 or F2F instruction (Wednesday, October 14 – Friday, December 18). As a result, we are in the process of adjusting classes to meet our student’s needs. The needs that must be considered are continuous achievement levels, gender, special services students receive (TAG, ESOL and IRR) and smaller class sizes to manage social distancing requirements. Some grade levels will require more adjusting than others.
Based on the information above, our goals are to make the appropriate changes before the new phase begins and to limit any additional movement after October 14th. Therefore, thank you in advance for understanding that we will not be able to accommodate specific teacher placement requests nor will we be able to move students between F2F and Universal Remote Learning (URL) throughout the 2nd nine weeks of this semester.
Classroom teachers will schedule a “Meet and Greet” during the afternoon of Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Parents of those students who will have a teacher change will be notified prior to the start date.
The teachers are asking that you please help us by making sure that our F2F children attend school on the days that they are assigned. All children are expected to participate during their regular class hours either virtually or F2F. Attendance is taken daily, and student participation is monitored the entire school day. Finally, teachers have contacted parents regarding missing work. Thank you for reminding your child to complete and return all assignments.
After School Care
Please notify your child’s teacher and Mrs. King at firstname.lastname@example.org , in our front office, if your child will be picked up by an after school daycare provider. Please make sure to include: student’s name, homeroom teacher, name of the after school provider, location, phone number and days the student attends.
Also, registration is now open for the YMCA Afterschool Program, which is held on our campus. The program is open to students in grades K – 5 and the hours are 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Parents must register through the Ed Isakson YMCA. They can be reached at 770-664-1120.
Kindergarten Roundup 2.0
Kindergarten Roundup 2.0 will take place Tuesday, October 6 at 12PM. The theme for the event is Fall in Love with Kindergarten! The purpose of Kindergarten Roundup is to provide parents with an update on learning options, curriculum, and instructional programs offered to Kindergarten students in Fulton County Schools. The TEAMS Live event will feature videos, pictures and interviews from FCS teachers, classrooms and Principals. registration link
For more information contact Montreal Bell (email@example.com).
Clinic News - What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain. It can be caused by a blow or bump to or around the head.
This causes the brain to move inside the skull which can change how the brain works or processes.
Every head injury or bump here at Abbotts Hill is sent to the clinic for basic evaluation and
Monitoring. Almost all incidents here at school are not concussions, but caution is still taken. Each
Student will be sent home with a clinic slip to inform the parent of the clinic visit and parents will be
Contacted for significant head bumps.
It is important to remember anyone who suffers from even a mild head injury should be monitored for the next 24 hours.
Please follow this link for more specific symptoms of a concussion and when to contact a medical professional.
Learning Commons News
Rick Riordan Fans….The final book in the Trials of Apollo series, The Tower of Nero, is about to be released and the author himself will be appearing in a virtual event hosted by The Little Shop of Stories bookstore in Decatur on October 10th. Read all about it by clicking on HERE! If you purchase a ticket, you will receive a SIGNED copy of the book, a commemorative hat, and access to the exclusive Little Shop of Stories webinar on 10/10. Plus, Roshani Chokshi, author of the Aru Shah series, will also be appearing in the webinar (she visited our school last year!).
NEW Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are in The School Building for Face-to-Face Instruction
As students arrive and walk down the main hallway to their classrooms, they will place books (covers facing down) on the table just inside the entrance to the Learning Commons. To avoid bottlenecks, please remind your child to have their book in hand and ready to be placed on the table.
Students will continue to follow the remote book checkout process:
Decide which books you want to borrow. You may keep each book for up to 2 weeks. During remote learning:
Kindergarteners and first graders may check out up to 2 books at a time!
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders may check out up to 3 books at a time!
To request books for checkout, simply fill out the form
You can always explore the VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMONS which is filled with virtual series tubs, book recommendation sites, other resources, and lots of hidden surprises!
Books will typically be ready for pick up TWO DAYS after they are requested.
Notices will be posted on students’ Seesaw journals when requested books are ready for pick up.
The pick-up and return process is safe and contactless!
You will come to the side door near the gazebo by the carpool lane. You must wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. Knock and remain outside. MONDAY-FRIDAY 12:00-2:30PM
**Beginning October 14th, books will be delivered to
students who are in the school building and have books ready for pick-up.
Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are Continuing with Virtual Learning (the remote checkout process remains the same):
The pick-up and return process is safe and contactless!You will come to the side door near the gazebo by the carpool lane. You must wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. Knock and remain outside. MONDAY-FRIDAY 12:00-2:30PM
Hold the books you are returning so that each barcode (on the back of the book) is inside the green taped rectangle on the door. Mrs. Huslak will scan them to check them in. Next, place the books in the book return tub and step back at least 6 feet.
We will then place the books that are checked out to you on the table for you to retrieve.
Has YOUR child borrowed books from the Learning Commons yet this year? Almost 600 books have already been checked out to eager readers! Every child should always be in the middle of reading a wonderful book.
Also… parents/guardians may now borrow books too! Simply set up an account with the Learning Commons by emailing your name, your child’s name, and your child’s teacher to Mrs. Dickinson (Dickinson@fultonschools.org). You can then borrow up to ten books! Please complete this form for each book you are requesting. You will be notified via EMAIL when your books are ready for pick up.
Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books is underway! Our 3rd graders already had their first club meeting. 4th grade meets this Thursday, October 8th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, and 5th grade meets on October 15th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm!
Students may borrow a book from the Learning Commons, read it online through MackinVia, check it out from the public library, or buy it. Two questions, answers, and evidence for the book need to be posted b 8:00 pm the night before our meeting in order to remain in the club. Advance notice must be provided if students are unable to attend a meeting for any reason.
Students should also have posted their FlipGrid introductions and responded to others' by now.
All meeting schedules and information are available within the BoB Teams. General information is available on the Learning Commons website under Battle of the Books.
Digital Citizenship lessons have been taking place weekly for all students.
Has YOUR child told you all that they are learning? Please refer to the Family Tip sheets that are posted on Seesaw for information and discussion starters related to each grade level’s lessons. Our Digital Citizenship curriculum is based upon Common Sense Media. This is a wonderful resource for parents. If you are unfamiliar with Common Sense Media, please explore their site which is filled with valuable resources and information to help you keep your child safe in the digital world.
News From the Cafeteria
Fulton County will continue to provide free meals to all children 18 & under, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs. All children, regardless of school enrollment or meal eligibility status, can receive free meals. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal kit. A student’s ID number is not needed.
Students attending school face-to-face will receive FREE meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes.
Curbside Meal Kit Pick-Up available at 95 schools on Wednesdays from 11:00-1:00. Meal kits are FREE. Bus Stop Meal Kit Pick-Up available at designated locations on Wednesdays from 10:45-12:00. Meal kits are FREE. For a full listing of Curbside Pick-Up locations & designated Bus Stop locations please visit www.fcsnutrition.com
To accommodate lunch service for face-to-face students, the hours of Curbside Pick-Up will change. Beginning October 14th, Elementary School locations will be open Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30.
NEW! Families need to pre-order grab & go meal kits each week. Grab & go meal kits need to be pre-ordered online by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Families will provide the number of requested grab & go meal kits and choose a pick-up location. To pre-order online visit -> https://nutrition.fultonschools.org/PreOrder
News from the P.E. Department
Currently students in grades 3-5 are practicing soccer footwork skills, such as dribbling, passing, and kicking. Students in grades K-2 are working on locomotor and non-locomotor movements in small game situations.
Please remind your child to wear sneakers and comfortable clothing on their PE days. Even when they're working out at home, they should have supportive sneakers on to absorb the shock on the feet, ankles, and knees. It also helps prevent injury. If your child is ill or injured send a note or email me at Johnston@fultonschools.org. If they will need to be out for an extended period of time, send a medical note stating their limitations in PE and the length of time they will need to "sit out". We look forward to working with your children this school year! Remember to stay active!
Chattahoochee HS Lacrosse Camps - Free Clinic for Boys 3rd - 8th Grade
CHATTAHOOCHEE JUNIOR COUGAR LACROSSE CAMPS
FREE CLINIC FOR BOYS 3-8TH GRADE TO LEARN TO PLAY
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8th
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6th
AT THE Chattahoochee HS Stadium
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