Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings
February 8, 2021
Mark Your Calendar
2/10 Curriculum Night for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade - 5:30 - 6:15 pm (virtual)
2/11 Curriculum Night for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade - 5:30 - 6:15 pm (virtual)
2/12 Professional Development Day (no school for students)
2/15 President's Day Holiday (school closed)
2/19 Rising 6th Grade students' course selections are due
2/22 School Governance Council Meeting 7:30 am
2/26 Deadline for Parent SCG Candidate Declaration (see SGC info below)
3/1 Hardship Transfer Deadline
3/5 Intent forms for next school year are due
3/12 Teacher Work Day (no school for students)
3/15 Professional Development Day (no school for students)
3/17-3/24 - SGC Elections
3/29 School Governance Council Meeting 3:00 pm
A Message From Dr. Stabler
NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12: Fulton County Professional Development Day
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15: President's Day
Valentine’s Day is Coming Soon!
Sunday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Please note that in an effort to remain in alignment with district policy, candy, desserts, baked goods (store bought/homemade), or other edible items are not to be sold or distributed by students during school hours. However, each grade level has determined how they will participate in Valentine Day activities. By now, you should have received this communication from your child’s teacher.
New District-Wide Attendance Policy
At the January 21 FCS Board meeting, a new, district-wide attendance policy was approved. Please click here to review the latest updates and policy changes. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our Data Clerk, Ms. Alice Lan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Placement
Attention Parents of ALL Rising 6th Grade Students It’s hard to believe it is already time for our 5th graders to select which courses they will be taking in 6th grade at Taylor Road Middle School (TRMS)! TRMS is asking parents to make their selection for Reading/World Language and Connections. More information and the link to the electronic registration form can be found by clicking here. All Rising 6th Grade Course Selections are due by Friday, February 12, 2021 at noon. If the form is not completed for your student(s), they will be placed in Reading and General Connections. If you have any questions, or if your child will not be attending Taylor Road in the fall, please reach out to Ms. Alice Lan at email@example.com **If your child is in our TAG program, the TAG teachers will be reaching out to you directly regarding middle school TAG courses.**
It is time for the election of new members to our School Governance Council. The School Governance Council has both parent/guardian and teacher positions open for election. Parents or guardians of students who will be attending our school during both the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years are eligible to run for the parent/guardian SGC positions. Our School Governance Council (SGC) plays a critical role in the success of our school. The SGC works with school leadership and the community to help determine the long-term direction of the school, design innovative solutions to increase academic achievement, and serve as school ambassadors to the local community. Specifically, the School Governance Council:
• Creates, approves, and monitors the implementation of the school strategic plan
• Manages the Request for Flexibility process
• Approves the annual budget recommendations and related allocations
• Participates in the hiring of the principal, in the case of a vacancy
• Provides annual feedback to the Area Superintendent on principal performance
If you are interested in running for a position on the School Governance Council, please complete and submit a Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form by clicking here. Forms will be available Wednesday, February 3rd through Friday, February 26th. Voting for new SGC members will occur March 17 – 24, 2021. For more information about our charter system or SGC elections, please click here.
Fulton County Schools COVID-19 Information Site
The FCS COVID-19 site provides updates regarding resources, cases, positive trend rates, and pediatric reports. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Fulton County, please click here to access the site.
Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Reporting Site
The Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools have developed an on-line portal for FCS parents/guardians to report student COVID-19 related cases. The portal has been updated to include Spanish, Korean, and Chinese language options. FCS parent/guardians will find a dropdown at the top right for translations. Please make a report to the FCBOH when your student is COVID-19 positive, has a pending COVID-19 test result, or has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Also, please use this resource for official reporting rather than alerting the school and/or teacher. If you must engage the school/teacher, please do so after you have made an official report to the FCBOH. Lastly, to ensure the protection of our school community, please do not allow your child to attend school or school-sponsored events when he/she is ill and/or has any of the above COVID-19 concerns. Please click here for more details and consider posting this document in a visible location, i.e. the refrigerator, for easy access. www.fultonschools.org/ReportCOVID
Curriculum Corner by Mrs. Truesdale
Student Success Skills
Awareness of Self and Others
Teachable moments arise throughout our day. Take time to introduce and practice strategies to promote Social and Emotional Learning.
- Take advantage of opportunities as they arise to help children identify who they are. Call students’ attention to their strengths, emotions, learning styles, and fears.
- Provide opportunities for students to reflect on who they are. This could include regular time to write in a journal about their emotions, learning styles, and fears to support the process of accepting themselves.
- After a student has completed a major project or test, have students reflect on how their strengths, emotions, learning styles and fears influenced their successes and areas of growth. Allow time for students to share their reflections.
- Display posters and quotes of people who have experienced self-acceptance and self-awareness.
Use your resources to spell…..
When trying to spell a word (or editing to correct the spelling of a word), stop and ask yourself, “Have I seen that word written somewhere else?
Things to consider:
- Make a word journal (word walls at school)
- Word study notebook of new words or root words
Prompts to ponder when spelling a word:
- Do you think you can find that word somewhere?
- Where do you remember seeing that word?
- We had that word in our story yesterday! Go see if you can find it.
- I think that’s a word wall or word journal word.
- Could you find that word in a ______(name a source such as a word wall/journal, dictionary, or storybook)?
News From The Clinic
Simple ways to keep your kids healthy
Hand hygiene has been proven to help prevent COVID-19, colds, the flu, sore throats, pinkeye and many more illnesses and infections. And viruses, such as colds and the flu, are most often transmitted on the hands when you wipe a runny nose, cover your mouth during a cough or scratch itchy, watery eyes.
When should I wash my hands and my child’s hands?
It’s important to know when your hands and your child’s hands should be washed. The recommendations below help make sure you’re preventing the spread of germs as best as you can.
Wash hands before:
- Eating, drinking or feeding your child.
- Treating a cut or scrape.
- Caring for someone who is sick.
- Giving medicines.
- Entering a hospital room or exam room.
Wash hands after:
- Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or wiping your child’s nose.
- Going to the bathroom.
- Touching the garbage.
- Playing with or touching pets.
- Coming home from a public place.
- Handling uncooked foods.
- Helping your child in the bathroom or changing diapers.
- Leaving a hospital room or doctor’s office.
5 simple steps for handwashing
It’s very important for parents to lead by example. Wash your hands in front of your children and show them how easy it can be.
Take the following steps to keep your hands germ-free:
- Wet your hands with warm running water.
- Lather your hands with soap until you get lots of bubbles.
- Wash both hands entirely—including each finger and thumb, under the fingernails, the backs of the hands, inside the palms and around the wrists—for at least 15 seconds. Singing “Happy Birthday” takes about 15 seconds.
- Rinse hands well under running water, rubbing your hands together to remove all soap, dirt and germs.
- Dry hands with a paper towel that absorbs water instead of a cloth towel or jet air dryer. In a public restroom, use a dry paper towel to turn off the faucet.
What if soap and water aren’t available?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible, but if soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer can help you and your child avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
News from the P.E. Department
February is National Heart Month ❤️! Starting the week of February 22nd, we will be collecting donations for Kids Heart Challenge ❤️. All donations go to the American Heart Association, to help people with heart disease. Your child will be receiving a collection envelope with directions to register online, go to heart.org/KHC. There are daily challenges to encourage healthy habits and well-being. Your child can collect donations and earn thank-you gifts and online badges. All students will participate in the heart healthy activities during their regular PE day and time. The donations will be due by Thursday, March 11th.
** All donations are online only this year! No cash or door to door collections will be accepted
Please remind your child to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers on their PE days. If they wear boots to school due to weather conditions, please have them bring sneakers to change into for activity in PE.
News From the Learning Commons
- Fulton County Technology Fair (all virtual) for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders
- Fourth Graders: Consider applying to be part of next year's Broadcast Team
- Process for Borrowing and Returning books
- Virtual Library
- Morning Broadcast
- Battle of the Books
See the attached for news on on of these items!
Intent Forms are due by March 5th
If you did not take a picture with LifeTouch, please e-mail a picture of your student (including the student's name and teacher) to AHEyearbook@gmail.com. We want to make sure all students are included in the yearbook!
Last Call for Virtual Learning Photos for the Yearbook!
E-mail photos of your child during virtual learning (August through present) to AHEyearbook@gmail.com.
Wednesday morning meal distribution is ongoing! Sign up here to volunteer.
Your help is needed in distributing the lunch kits at Abbotts Hill. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Family Date Night!
In lieu of the Daddy/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son night this year, PTA would like to
encourage our AHES families to hold their own family date nights. Get creative! Make your own pizzas, hold a “Minute to Win It” competition, enjoy a movie together, have a baking/decorating contest, play your favorite games, try a new recipe, etc. We would love to document your special dates in the yearbook, so please free to send photos to AHEyearbook@gmail.com. Let’s keep this favorite AHES tradition going! Have fun!
2020-21 AHE PTA Mini Grant Report: The AHE PTA Mini Grant committee awarded $2,500 to Abbotts Hill teachers and staff. These individual grants will fund grade level science projects, enrichment materials, reading and writing resources, art supplies, playground equipment and more. Click here for a complete breakdown of the decisions. A special thank you to the 2020-21 Mini-Grant committee: Penny Grapner (Chair), Meghan Vakulskas, Noelle Brandau, Samantha Feldschneider, Brooke Liley and Nicole Richardson.
News From the Cafeteria
Our School Nutrition Professionals are working hard to ensure that all children in our community have access to nutritious & delicious meals!
Students attending school face-to-face will receive FREE meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes. Nutritious and delicious student favorites will be provided at breakfast and lunch. To view the breakfast and lunch menus, visit www.fcsnutrition.com.
Curbside Meal Kit Pick-Up available at schools for Virtual student on Wednesdays from 8.30 to 9.30. Meal kits are FREE.
For a full listing of Curbside Pick-Up Locations please visit HERE
Don’t forget to pre-order meal kits! Grab & go meal kits need to be pre-ordered weekly online by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. CLICK HERE for the online pre-order form.
Hardship Transfer Deadline is March 1, 2021
Hardship Transfer applications are available beginning Jan. 1 for parents who wish to apply for a 2021-22 hardship transfer or to renew a current hardship to another Fulton elementary, middle or high school. Parents will use an online form to enter and submit their information. Get more info and access the application here.