So Very Thankful- Chestatee Elementary School
A Letter From Dr. Tennies, Our Principal
We completed our first quarter of school and are starting a new period of learning. I hope you found last month’s connections of parent teacher conferences valuable. When families and schools work together, great things can happen.
Parent Teacher conferences are on our school calendar twice: once in October and again in March. Although it may be understood, I would like to say that any time you have questions and want to partner, we are here for that. Staff have emails that can be used. During the day, it is difficult to stop teaching and answer the phone, so you could leave a voice mail. We will return your call when teaching is done.
Communication is an important part of our partnership. This month is Family Engagement Month in the state of Georgia. One thing I learned from researching family engagement is that it can occur from home. When parents ask about how school was, when they inquire about assignments, and when they share how important it is to go to school, those are all examples of family engagement from your home. You may have noticed our weekly messenger on Sundays that now delivers some important pieces of information before school starts for the week. I would like to invite you to our November Coffee Chat on Nov. 30th at 9:30am in the Family Resource Room.
Communication between home and school is so important.
Thank you for partnering with us. Our partnership is vital for student success.
Together we are Chestatee!
Dr. Polly Tennies
Chestatee Named a 2021-22 PBIS Distinguished School by Metro RESA!
Have You Seen Our New Eagle Mural? Thank You to Mrs. Hubbard!
Thank You, Kristi and Ellie, for Painting the Rock for October!
- 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.
- Georgia law requires the school to send attendance letters after 5 or more unexcused absences.
The New Sign is Coming!
Highlights of the T....
Students with Positive Office Referrals
A Class Positive Office Referral...
Homecoming Spirit Days
Great Reading, Lexia Readers!
Car Line Fun!
One East Fall Festival
Amazing Art Work with Mrs. Hubbard
Red Ribbon Week Fun- Celebrating Healthy Choices
2nd Grade Adjective Fashion Show
5th Grade Spooky Book Tasting!
The 50th Day of School!
1st Grade Celebrates Oz Day!
Walk and Treat Fun!
Dr. Bearden Came to Visit
Congratulations to our Staff Member of the Month for October- Courtney Dougan!
We are proud to announce Courtney Dougan, as our October Staff Member of the Month!
We are proud to announce Courtney Dougan, as our October Staff Member of the Month! Ms. Dougan has been a Chestatee Eagle for 14 years with experience in kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade and fifth grade! This year, she is one of our resource teachers and supports third grade classrooms. Courtney has been nominated many times over the years. Her attention to details and organization along with her calm attitude, big heart and warm smile are noted by many in her nominations. One nomination read, “… She can be seen leading groups and engaging kids in awesome ways to enhance their learning…”
Courtney and her husband, Marty, have two kids and live in the Chestatee community. Their son, Walker, went through Chestatee and is now in 7th grade at Little Mill. Their daughter, Bailey, is a fifth grader at the T. Courtney loves nature, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She is often at events cheering on her kids!
We are very grateful that Courtney is a part of our amazing Chestatee staff. Congratulations to Courtney Dougan!
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
10/31 Best Ice Cream on Wheels comes for class winners, special delivery from PTO for school
11/1 CFA biscuits in car line for $4.
11/11 Veterans Day/ Virtual Celebration in Classrooms
11/11 Bingo Night 6 PM- Cafeteria
11/17 High Flyer Ceremony (Special Invites will be sent to students being celebrated)
11/21-11/25 Thanksgiving Break
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!
Your Support Goes Right Back to Staff... Teacher Grants
PTO Set Up a Special Delivery!
Upcoming Events! BINGO!
Thank You for Your Feedback!
Boosterthon was a Success! Thank You, Families!
Thank You for the Amazing Amount of Candy Donations for Walk and Treat! Here's a Treat Back to the Kids!
A Note from Nurse Kristen
It is difficult to make those early morning decisions as to whether a child is too sick for school. Please use this to help when you are making the decision to stay home or not.
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
A child should stay at home:
- If there has been any fever(100.4 or higher) in the last 24 hours.
- If vomiting and /or diarrhea has occurred within the last 24 hours
- If a child has a frequent, persistent cough.
- If a child has a persistent pain (stomach, ear, etc.)
- If an antibiotic was prescribed, the student must be on the antibiotic for 24 hours or longer if directed by a physician before returning to school.
- Bacterial pink eye (red or pink watery eyes that may have white or yellow discharge
- Ring worm (may return after 24 hours of treatment and area must be covered with a bandage while in school until area is resolved).
- Chicken pox (must stay home until all lesions have crusted over
- Wide spread rash
- If influenza, staph infection, communicable childhood disease, illness or organism has been medially diagnosed by a physician, please alert your student's teacher.
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.
Let me know as you have questions,
Our Communi-T-y is the BEST!
Ricky Bryan Made a Donation to Our Book Fair!
NRS Sanitation Sponsored Best Ice Cream on Wheels for Class Winners of Candy Donations!
Hunter and Erica Xander Brought the LED Sign for Walk and Treat!
Browns Bridge Church Began the Be Rich Campaign! Helpers Came to Beautify the T!
United Way Donated School Supplies and Snacks!
Partners in Ed- Faye and Rusty Tarsches from Mathnasium of Coal Mountain Support Our School!
One East Community Corner!
Community Corner and Resources
Volunteer Group of the Month: Car Line Helpers
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
A Few Words From our Family Engagement Coordinator
Dear Chestatee Families,
I love you, November! You are one of my favorite months for so many reasons. Not only can I pull out my favorite sweaters, jackets, hats and jeans, but I can cozy up with a fire and watch football all weekend long. You grant us a week off to celebrate Thanksgiving which is my favorite holiday. Turkey, family, friends, gratitude, being together. You are so kind, November.
There’s another reason why November is my favorite. Family Engagement Month happens every November in schools across the state of Georgia. It’s such a great month to celebrate our partnership. In years past, we posted pictures of ways our families get involved. Let’s face it, our families are amazing!
Lunch guests, Watchdog Dads, Boosterthon and fundraisers, helping with homework, partnering with the teachers, attending APTT meetings, viewing social media, keeping up with Messengers, emails, newsletters, coming to performances, PTO events, LSC, Parent Advisory Council, special projects, volunteers in classrooms, the media center, and car line, … the list goes on and on and on. We have involved families…. That is for sure! I love November so that we can look back at all the ways every year and smile! Our families are the best!
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a training on mindfulness. Some of the key factors I learned were how important it is to slow down, to do one thing at a time, to breathe. If you know me, you know I can be high strung. I also am a worrier. I drink a lot of coffee, go 100 mph all day, and crash when I get home. I was the mom scrolling my phone while my family was talking. A multi-tasker with a capital M. I was doing a lot, but I’m not sure that I was doing things all that well. I really learned the science behind slowing down, monotasking, taking time to breathe and for self-care.
So on this month of family engagement- I want to ask the adults of our families- are you taking care of yourselves so that you can keep this great engagement going? That’s important for all of us to remember. Slow down. Take care of yourself too. Find something you love and do it. Grant yourself some time for self-care. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Whether it’s exercise, nature, camping, nails, hair, shopping, a movie, date night, puzzles, reading, hobbies, or something else… find something. Doing something for yourself will be what helps you keep up all the great family engagement you have been doing.
A wise woman said to me…. Okay, Dr. Tennies said to me at the beginning of the year, “Meg… remember that this is a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself.” I encourage you to do the same. Thank you for all you do for the beautiful children you send to Chestatee each day. Happy November and happy Family Engagement Month, Chestatee Families!
See you soon!
Family Engagement Coordinator
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!