Shiloh Point Elementary

January 2016 Newsletter

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A Letter from Mr. Hershey

Dear Shiloh Point Families,

Welcome back to school! I hope you enjoyed the two week winter vacation and were able to get some quality family time with your children. I can't believe that we are in the year 2016 as the years just seem to go faster and faster. Each new year I tend to look at my two children and just wonder, "how did they get to be this big?" The old saying "The days go by very slow but the years go by fast" seems to be a truth that can't be explained.

Our Mindset of the Month (7 Mindsets) is 100% Accountable. I think this is a perfect fit for the new year as most of us make some type of New Year's Resolution. Unfortunately for most of us, we get busy with life and we aren't able to fulfill our expectations of ourselves. Two years ago, I finally wised up and quit doing New Year's resolutions because up to that point I was 100% successful at failing! Instead of doing a New Year's resolution, I decided to pick One Word (based on suggestion from author Jon Gordon) that I was going to spend my energy on as a way to focus on something that I wanted to do well for the year. This year, my word is "serve" as I think it fits the role of any new leader. My family members each pick a word as well. We then are able to support each other by gently reminding each other throughout the year to be accountable to our one word. The goal is not to be perfect but to simply improve and become better than we were the day before.

Thank you for all of your help as we partner together to support your child's growth. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you need anything. We are here to serve you and your children.


Derrick Hershey


Car Rider Procedures

As we gear up for the second half of the school year, we are always looking for ways to improve procedures. One thing that consistently comes to my attention from parents is how long our morning car rider line is. We are working very hard to get the 400+ cars through the line each morning in the safest, yet most efficient way.

In order to help us make our morning car line more efficient, please see the 6 guidelines below that have been established to improve this process.

  1. To ensure a timely arrival at school, we strongly encourage students to ride the bus.
  2. While in the car line limit distractions, including the cell phone.
  3. Guide your child in gathering belongings as you enter the school property.
  4. Kiss and hug good-bye prior to rounding the last curve in the parking lot driveway.
  5. Once your car comes to a complete stop, encourage your child to quickly exit on the right side only.
  6. Under no circumstances should an adult get out of the car while in car line. If you need to assist your child in exiting the car, please pull into the parking lot, park, unload, and walk your child to the front door.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We greatly appreciate your assistance and support!


What Do We Believe at Shiloh Point?

Our Vision

At Shiloh Point Elementary, our vision is to provide our students with “a home for the mind, body, and spirit.” We believe in focusing on the growth of the whole child and will be utilizing the Forsyth County School’s Learner Profile to ensure that we are preparing our students for a successful future.

our beliefs...

We BELIEVE in being honest and responsible in our relationships.

We BELIEVE in setting high expectations and working together to meet them.

We BELIEVE in celebrating the successes of ourselves and others.

We BELIEVE in being innovative and resilient.

We BELIEVE in working collaboratively and using our differences as a uniting strength.


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January Mindset of the Month "100% Accountable"

When I think of 100% Accountable, I think that I truly know who I am and am going to hold true to that even during difficult situations. Our children are still young enough where they are developing their own core values along with their family core values. Please take a minute and talk to your children about what this means. Here is a resource that gives some examples of of core values.

“As for the journey of life; at some point you will realize that YOU are the driver and you will drive!”
Steve Maraboli

Make sure to ask your student about what "100 Percent Accountable" means. For more information on 100% Accountable, please click here.

Parent Corner - The 7 Mindsets

How are you using the 7 Mindsets at home? We believe that if we are able to partner as a home, community, and school, we have the best chance of supporting your child into the person that you want him/her to grow into.

If you have a story that you would like to share on how you are using The 7 Mindsets at home, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Mr. Hershey at


What's New at SPES?

Calling All Sharks Who Want to Honor a Hero

Do you know a real life hero? Do you want to honor someone who has made a difference in your life and the community we live in?

The SPES PTA invites students from all grade levels to participate in “Honoring our Heroes”. Write about an individual you know personally (not a public figure, athlete, celebrity or fictional character) who exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, courage, or compassion. Visit the PTA website to learn more about this amazing opportunity to honor your hero at

Holiday Gift Drive Success

Thank you to all of you who supported the Holiday Gift Drive. We had many staff members volunteer at Freedom Tabernacle Church where the Place of Forsyth hosted the event to support families in need. Your "Live to Give" spirit put so many smiles on the faces of parents knowing that they were able to provide gifts to their children over the holidays. Thank you for your generosity!

Contact Information - is it updated?

Many times the school will try to reach out to parents throughout the day and we are unable to reach you because contact information has not been updated. This is very important that you update your information so that in case of an emergency we have your correct information so that we can contact you. You can do this through Parent Portal Access. If you do not have parent portal access or if you are unable to reset your password utilizing the security questions, please bring your drivers license to Laurie Tuttle at our front desk for support.

Let's Stay Healthy - A Message from the Nurse


I am sending you this as a reminder of school policy about illnesses. These are the guidelines from Children’s Healthcare as well as our Student Handbook as decisions are being made regarding sending your child to school when he/she is not feeling well. Many viruses are highly contagious and spread quickly from student to student in a classroom setting.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home: diarrhea, vomiting, persistent cough, reddened eyes with yellowish discharge, unknown rash and fever.

These are the guidelines before returning to school:

Students should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.

Students should be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

Students should be diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.

We all know the importance of school attendance. We also know that children who are sick are not at their optimal learning capacity and are spreading contagious germs to other children and teachers.

Let’s work together to make a happy, healthy environment for your child. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding your child.

Thank You for your cooperation,

Ginger Hogan, School Nurse


Attendance Information

Please send all correspondence regarding absences/late check in/check out directly to Mrs. Tuttle. and copy your child’s teacher on it. This ensures that the front office is not getting classroom information, homework, etc along with the attendance issue.

Out-of-District Requests

If you would like to request an out of district request, please click here for more information on the process. All out-of-district requests are due January 29th, 2016.

Student-led Conferences - Please Help

This was a blurb that was added towards the beginning of the year. We did not get too many survey results and wanted to make sure we have your input so that we can continue to improve. If you could please take a minute to complete the survey listed below, we would greatly appreciate the feedback. Thanks!

Thank you to all of our students, parents, and teachers for all of the hard work that were put into our student-led conferences. As always, we are trying to improve and would love your feedback. Please take a moment to take the short survey below so that we can reflect and make adjustments if needed.


Upcoming Events

Bingo Night

Come join the PTA for a fun filled Family Bingo Night on Friday, January 22nd. Doors open at 5:00. Session 1 is from 5:30 - 6:45 and Session 2 is from 7:15 - 8:30. There will be nine games per session with a cool prize awarded for each game, plus extra fun prizes throughout! Look for the Bingo flyer in your child's folder this week! For questions or to volunteer, please contact Prajakta "Pooja" Patel at or Elizabeth Pehrson at

Internet Safety Night

This year, we are partnering with several other south Forsyth elementary schools to have a community Internet Safety Night on January 28th at Brookwood Elementary School at 6:30 pm. This is a great event that supports parents with Internet Safety. We hope you will be able to join us!

2016 Tech Fair

The 2016 Tech Fair will be held on January 30, 2016 at Whitlow Elementary School. We encourage all students in grades 3-5 to participate. Our Sharks have developed many digital creations that deserve to be highlighted at the fair. Registration closes on January 8, 2016. For more information and the registration link, please visit the Forsyth County Technology Fair website.

Father Daughter Dance

The music is playing, the decorations are set! We're having a luau you'll never forget! The PTA Father / Daughter Luau will be on Saturday, February 6th from 6:00 - 8:00. All 5th graders are invited to the Surf's Up VIP Party starting at 5:00. Invitations will be sent home next week.

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup will be held at the Almon C. Hill Educational Center and not at individual schools. Each school will have a specific week to register (see schedule below). The Almon C. Hill Educational Center is located at 136 Elm Street, Cumming, GA 30040.

Directions: Map and Directions
NOTE: some GPS systems cannot accurately locate the building so to find us, use the link above.

Kindergarten Roundup Schedule: February 15 - 19: Shiloh Point Elementary

If you are unsure which school is zoned for your address, please Click Here.

For all details, click here.


A Sincere Thank You

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot say thank you enough for your partnership with our school by joining our PTA. We believe strongly in our connection between Shiloh Point and the Shiloh Point PTA. The amount of support that they bring to Shiloh Point is immeasurable and has a tremendous amount of impact on student growth. By joining PTA, you are supporting the school in so many ways and we just can't say thank you enough for those of you who have joined.

Derrick Hershey, Principal

Nadine Baker, PTA Co-President

Lisa McRoberts, PTA Co-President

PTA General Membership Meeting

Come join us before Family Bingo Night to hear get the latest update on PTA information. Meeting will be on Friday, January 22nd at 5:15 in the cafeteria.

PTA Board Members Needed for 16-17 School Year

The PTA is in charge of leading a lot of Shiloh Point Elementary's exciting events and activities. Please click on the link below and select "Future PTA Board Member" to let us know that you are interested in becoming a part of our SPES Executive PTA Board for the 2016 - 2017 school year.

"Save the Date" PTA Events

Box Top Collection Week - February 1st - 5th

Mother / Son Event - February 26th

Science Night - March 8th (Please contact Jenny Demos at to volunteer)



Kid Chess, K-5th Graders

Room 1105, Wednesdays, 1st hr: 2:30-3:30, $259 / 2nd hr: 3:35-4:35, $199 / Combo Hrs: 2:30-4:35, $359
Classes start September 9th! All students, all grades, and all skill levels are welcome. 1st hour is for 1st-5th graders and 2nd hour is for K-5th graders. Learn and play a game that is fun and makes you smarter! Register online at or call 770.575.5802.

Girls on the Run @ Shiloh Point

Volunteers needed!

Share your time and energy, and help instill a positive self-image in girls in grades 3rd-5th. Our volunteers are typically parents, coaches, runners, community volunteers, and teachers. You do not have to be a runner to be a Girls on the Run volunteer. The main requirement is enthusiasm and a desire to further the GOTR mission!

Contact us for more information at

Please email or call 404-667-4101

All Pro Dads

Are you a dad and want to get involved in school and don't know how? All Pro Dads may be for you! What does it mean to be an All Pro Dad? Please click here to find out.

Meeting schedule for Shiloh Point 2015 - 2016 will be the 1st Friday of each month from 6:45-7:30 AM. Please go to the website above to RSVP for proper planning.

Jan - 8th
Feb - 5th
March - 4th
No meeting in April (Spring Break)
May - 6th


Business Partner Spotlight

Do you have a local business that would like to become a partner with Shiloh Point Elementary? Please contact Derrick Hershey at if interested.