May 2023: Chestatee
Serving the Community Since 1931
A Letter From Dr. Tennies, Our Principal
Greetings from the T! Welcome, May, time for celebrations and fun.
Here are highlights for our month:
May 11th- K, 2, 4 Field Day
May 12th- 1, 3, 5 Field Day
May 17th- High Flyer Ceremony
May 18th- Timeline through History Fifth Grade
May 18th-May 23: Class parties by grade level
May 24- Fifth Grade Awards and Celebration Day
May 25th- Fifth Grade and Senior Walk
We are looking forward to having a lot of visitors on campus for our end of the year activities. Safety is always our number one priority.
Please remember these tips when visiting:
All visitors will need to come through our front office, sign in and wear a badge while on campus.
Pre-register all your guests if you can. This will help speed up your check-in process.
Bring your photo ID, so we can verify your badge or print you one.
Come early and be patient.
We are very grateful for our Raptor system to ensure that all visitors on our campus are safe to be here.
If you plan to check your child out after a party, you will checkout in the main office as usual. Our office staff will move quickly. This process takes time. Again, thank you for your patience.
Before we know it, May will be a memory. We are excited to make those great memories this month. Together, We are Chestatee!
Dr. Polly Tennies
If You Would Like to Request a Summer Workbook, Please Use this Form.
We have a limited amount of workbooks for summer practice and will give them out to the first families who request them.
- Please remember to send in your child’s excuse within 5 days.
- Families can send up to 10 notes from home for absences before doctor notes are required.
- On email excuses to the teacher, it’s easy to add Ms. Stacey (Sholbrook@forsyth.k12.ga.us) to make sure she gets the excuse.
- Any time you go to see the doctor, please ask for a school excuse. If you forget, contact the doctor and ask them to email or fax the excuse. Fax: 770-781-2281.
- Georgia law requires the school to send attendance letters after 5 or more unexcused absences.
- If your child is checking out from the clinic, the absence is excused.
- When you check your child in/ out on Checkmate, the absence will be unexcused. Please provide a medical excuse if you'd like the absence excused.
Save the Date for Our Kindergarten Night: May 18, 2023
Visitors are Welcome for Lunch through May 17th!
Chestatee Lunchroom Guests- Register for a Table
Lunch guests are welcome after Labor Day at Chestatee on a sign-up basis. Please use this sign up to register. We recommend visiting once per month. When you register, you are signing up for a table with 4 chairs (not the number of guests).
A Round of Applause, Please!
Congratulations to our Battle of the Books winners!
These third and fourth grade winners will continue on to the county level in May!
The Forsyth County Education Foundation Came to See Lexia!
A special thanks to Mrs. Flack, Mrs. Faulkner and Mrs. Hundt along with student leaders, Mayson and Dylan, for showing off this great program!
Congrats to Natalie Garcia, Mentor Me Volunteer of the Year!
We are so proud to announce that one of our Care for Kids employees and former Eagles, Natalie Garcia, was awarded Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Mentor Me program. Ms. Natalie is also an East Forsyth Teaching as a Pathway student in Mrs. Butler's 1st grade class. Way to go, Natalie!
The New Wind Screens are AMAZING!
We were able to purchase these with some of the money raised with our Huggers! Thank you, Families!
Off to the Special Olympics at Forsyth Central High School
Ms. Fyle and Ms. Hopkins' older students represented the T well!
Let the Fun Begin!
Morning Car Line
Staff Lunch from CFA
Fifth Grade Glow Party
More Rock Art
Live to Give Club
Teachers Prep for APTT
K-2 APTT Night had a Huge Turnout!
Another Congratulations is in Order!!!!
Congrats to our High Flyers for Being Problem Solvers!
You may be wondering what a High Flyer Ceremony is! Each month, we will recognize 2 students from each class who have done an amazing job exhibiting the Chestatee Way! Students will receive a special invitation for their families. We will meet in the cafeteria together. We love celebrating the positives in students! We have had these virtually the last two years, and so we have been so excited to have our ceremonies again this year!
So Many Students are Earning Positive Office Referrals and Special Lunches!
Special Lunches, Fire Marshall Experience
Congratulations to our Staff Member of the Month for April- Kristen Knottek
We are proud to announce Kristen Knottek as our April Staff Member of the Month!
This is Nurse Kristen’s first year at the T. Nurse Kristen has been nominated several times this year. Each nomination states that she is calm, patient, and very thorough. Parents appreciate her phone calls home, the way she walks kids to the office, and how she stays calm. They also love how she is very thorough with their kids.
Nurse Kristen moved to Georgia a year ago from outside of Philadelphia. She has 15 years of hospital nursing experience and lots of experience in the emergency room. She was a nurse last year in Gwinnett County Schools.
Kristen and her husband, Travis, have a 7 year old daughter named Sloan. They live in the community and have a cute dog named Santos. They enjoy spending time as a family and recently went to Disney! We are very thankful that Nurse Kristen came to Chestatee. She has been such a wonderful addition to our staff.
A big thank you to our PTO and Mathnasium of Coal Mountain for sponsoring our Chestatee Staff Member of the Month Program!
Teacher and Staff Member of the Month Nominations
What's Coming up at the T?
Important Dates this Month!
May 3- Enrichment after school
May 4- APTT for Grades 3, 4 (Virtual)
Middle School 101 Nights for fifth graders!
*Do you have a fifth grader? Click here for lots of information (updated 5/1/23).
https://bit.ly/3JLjl3N The last APTT meeting will be Middle School 101 at your child’s middle school. Little Mill will be hosting this on May 4th at 6:00 PM. North Forsyth Middle will be hosting on May 10th at 5:00 or 6:30 or Saturday, May 13th.
May 10- Enrichment after school
May 11- Field Day: K, 2, and 4
May 12- Field Day: 1, 3, and 5
Field Day Info: https://bit.ly/3Kk8gqY
May 12- Boys Night Out at the Aquatic Center! 5:00-8:00
May 17- High Flyer Ceremony at 9:00 AM (invitations will be sent)/ Enrichment after school
May 18- Kindergarten Safari- 6:00-7:30/ We will welcome next year's kindergarten students.
May 24- 5th Grade Awards Ceremony
May 25- 5th grade and Senior Walk/ 9:30 AM
May 25- Early Release/ Last day of school!
End of Year Party Dates:
May 18th Specialized classes 12:30-1:30
May 19th: 1st at 9:15-10:15; Pre-K at 10-11; 3rd at 12:30-1:30
May 22nd- 2nd at 12:30-1:30
May 23rd- 4th at 9:00-10:00; Kindergarten at 12:30-1:30
May 24th- Fifth Grade (Graduation and Special Day all day- times shared by teachers)
May 25th- Fifth Grade/ Senior Walk at 9:30/ Early Release and Last Day of School
Together we are Chestatee!
Middle School 101 at both schools will replace the fifth grade APTT meeting.
Little Mill Middle School Middle School 101
May 4 at 6:00 PM- Come meet the staff and see the school!
North Forsyth Middle School Middle School 101
May 10- 2 sessions- 5:00 and 6:30- kids come in and meet teachers/ hear about 6th grade and take a self-guided tour.
Saturday- May 13- one session in the am for families to come visit- same as Wednesday, May 10
Field Day Information!
Thursday, May 11th will be (K,2, 4)
Kindergarten will be participating from 8:00-9:30
4th Grade from 10:00 – 11:30
2nd Grade from 12:30-2:00
Friday, May 12th (1,3,5)
1st Grade will be participating from 8:00-9:30
5th Grade from 10:00 – 11:30
3rd Grade from 12:30-2:00
Spectators will be allowed to come to Field Day after signing in through the front office. All visitors must have a visible badge at all times.
Thank You from Mrs. Hubbard! We Sold 420 Frames- a New Record!
Our PTO is a Great Way to Get Involved!
Our PTO board members raise money to help teachers and our school.
You can support our PTO through our fundraisers, Spirit Nights, events, and spirit wear.
There are no membership dues this year.
Contact our PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org any time!
Our Boys Night Out is Coming, May 12th!
Join us at the Aquatic Center from 5:30-8:00! Every son is invited to bring a special someone and come for swim, souvenirs, and food. We will have the place to ourselves!
Tuesday CFA Biscuits are Back in Carline
The Dunk Tank at the One East Field Day was a Blast!
DQ Spirit Night
PTO Family Night at the Farm at Warbington Farms!
A Note from Nurse Kristen
The main reasons for keeping your child at home are as follows:
- If he/she is too sick to be comfortable at school
- If he/she will spread a contagious illness/disease to another child
Remember: Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications before returning to school. Students must also be vomiting and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.
MEDICATION PICK UP
If your student has unused medication in the school clinic, please plan to pick it up by 3:00pm May 25.
We are unable to store or keep medications during the summer months.
Any medication that is not picked up by 3:00pm on May 25 will be disposed of by school staff.
Please complete new healthcare plan with your doctor after May 26, 2023, for it will be valid for the 23/24 school year. You may bring any medication and completed forms to our open house in August.
Have a wonderful, safe summer!
Kristen Knottek, BSN, RN
770-887-2341 ext. 722151
Our Communi-T-y is the BEST!
Browns Bridge Church
Thank you to Browns Bridge Church for the teacher treats!
Thank you to CFA of Dawsonville for being great partners for us!
Our Friends at Mathnasium Actively Support the T!
One East Community Corner!
Interested in Orchestra Club for Next Year?
One East Family Field Day was a Success!
Community Corner and Resources
Soccer Camp at the T!
Cumming Parks and Rec Program
Great opportunity with Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship...
Our Youth Scholarship provides funding for families that cannot afford the participation fees for our recreation, athletic and camp programs.
Children ages 17 or younger are eligible to apply for this scholarship. They must be county residents and must provide a completed application with supporting documents. You can find the application and more information here:
Our PTO Board Members
Our PTO Board has three open positions for the 2023-24 school year. Selecting new members is a process. We held nominations for 10 days, interviewed candidates, and held a vote because we had so many folks come out for positions this year. Our board members give a lot of time, fundraise, coordinate and execute events, and must be team players. They all have a similar interests in helping the school. Thank you to our Board and proposed members for 2023-24 for making Chestatee even better!
May 2, 2023
Dear Chestatee Families,
The Local School Council, or LSC, is an advisory body that provides advice and recommendations to the school principal and the Forsyth County Board of Education. LSC members are accountable to the constituents they serve. They must be able to attend four regularly scheduled meetings, serve a three-year term, and maintain a school-wide perspective on issues. They serve as a link between parents and community focusing on school improvement as a group. This group works to improve student achievement.
We are currently looking to add members to our LSC for the 2023-2024 school year. Recently two members completed their terms. Below is the LSC nomination form. Please fill out the form and return it to Meg Killingsworth in the front office or by email (email@example.com) by Tuesday, May 16th if you are interested in joining this group, or if you would like to nominate someone.
Dr. Polly Tennies
Thank you to Stephanie Schroeder and helpers for making this happen. It's AMAZING! Feel free to stop by if you come for field day or parties to check for your child's items.
Do You Have 30 Minutes a Week to Change a Child's Life? Be a Mentor!
There are two ways to help:
#1- Wear a WD shirt (we have one to borrow if needed), and help on car line by smiling, greeting kids, and helping them get out of the car.
#2-Wear a WD shirt and spend the day with us! You'll visit the carline, the school news, your child's class, Pathways classes, lunch and recess. You'll be busy and tired at the end of the day!
Questions? Contact Meg Killingsworth
770-887-2341 ext. 723002
Watch DOG (Dads of Great Students) Sign up here!
Our WatchDOG (Dads of Great Students) is an awesome program where positive role models come and spend the day with us! From car line to the morning news to visiting classrooms, our guys will have a blast helping us at the school. Get ready in 5 easy steps! 1.
A Few Words From our Family Engagement Coordinator
We had a great turnout for our third APTT meeting. In many schools, the last meeting isn’t well attended. It’s spring. It’s ball season. It’s busy. But our attendance was as good as winter- if not better. Families came out to see the progress and find out what we can do for summer. Our families never cease to amaze me. You are “ all-in” with partnership and your child’s education. Thank you!
Here are the summer learning activities our staff recommends to beat a summer slide.
Some parents like a workbook for summer learning. We understand that. It’s nice to have a child sit and complete something that can be checked. If you would like to request a workbook, please fill out this form. We have a limited supply and will send them out as we receive the request. Click here to request a workbook.
We always recommend reading EVERY DAY! 15 minutes a day makes a difference. Reading to your child counts as reading. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, right before bed, after work or dinner or after pool time to calm down, find your time. Log that reading for a celebration in August!
We sent home math facts and ways to practice for students in grades 1-4. Becoming sharp on fast facts is key to becoming a better math student. It’s hard to conquer hard skills if a child is struggling with the easier ones.
We have an amazing program called Progress Learning on Classlink. We are using school funds to keep the program active all summer. We really encourage your child to hop online and practice skills throughout the summer. We have been very impressed with this program. Click here for more information.
I really encourage you to find your routine for the summer and settle into that. Have your child do something everyday to practice learning to prevent the summer slide. You’ll be glad you did in August!
770-887-2341 ext. 723002
Kroger and Publix will donate money too...
Publix Partners with Chestatee also. You only need to put your phone number in as you checkout. Publix will donate a certain percentage of their profits to Chestatee from your purchase!
We love our Partners in Education!
Chestatee Elementary School
Location: 6945 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA, United States