S.O.A.R Weekly

Freedom Park Newsletter February, 5 2018


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School Council

Our next meeting will be held February 6th @4:30. All parents and teachers are welcome to come. We want to hear your voice! Please visit our school website for more information: https://www.rcboe.org/cms/Workspace/Section/Section.aspx?DomainId=3961

8th Grade Living Wax Museum

8th grade Georgia Living Wax Museum at 10 am Thursday, Feb. 8th in front of the school (by the bus loop). Parents and faculty are welcome to come and learn about various significant figures in Georgia’s history.

Middle School Dance

Student Council Middle School Dance February 9th. We need volunteers. Please contact Dr. Jordan or Dr. Singh at the school.

Georgia Parent Survey

Please complete the parent survey for the state. http://gshs.gadoe.org/Lists/Parents/NewForm.aspx

Field Day!

Field Day, March 29th. Please contact Coach Todd if you can volunteer.

No Students Before 8:20 AM!

We need your help. Middle School students who walk to school are getting to school early and hanging out in the cafeteria. There is no one to monitor them at this time. The custodians are in the building but are cleaning and not monitoring them. If you have a middle school child, please do not allow them to leave for school before the duty schedule of teachers. The duty schedule starts at 8:20. No student should arrive at the school before this time.


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Intellecutal Disabilities

Raising a Child w/ADHD

If you are like me, and raising a child with ADHD, it can sometimes be a lonely place. Here is a link that I have used in the past, to help get me through some of the trouble spots. It is entitled "5 Trouble Spots and How to Avoid Them": https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/avoiding-adhd-trouble-spots?view=slideview

Gifted Education - Acceleration

Many people are unaware that gifted education is also special education. Want to learn more about acceleration? Acceleration occurs when students move through traditional curriculum at rates faster than typical. Among the many forms of acceleration are grade-skipping, early entrance to kindergarten or college, dual-credit courses such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs and subject-based acceleration (e.g., when a fifth-grade student takes a middle school math course). Check out this website: https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/gifted-education-practices/acceleration

IB MYP Updates

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IB Profile of the Month - Inquirer

Inquirers ask questions, look for new information by themselves, are curious, always try to learn and discover new things, and always try to know more.

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Freedom Park Passport

Welcome to FPS passport to knowledge. Student's use their cellphone to scan the QR codes to learn about different countries. Its a big small world.
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Golf Season

The Freedom Park Golf Team will start practice February 12th. Please stay tuned for information regarding tryouts. Coach Scouten is a great source for information.


We want to congratulate our basketball teams and cheerleaders for a wonderful year. We learned so much watching you play. You taught us all the true meaning of self respect and perseverance. The student educated the educator! Congratulations.

First Tee

First tee dates are Jan 30, Feb 14 and Feb 28!

Athletic Department Fundraiser

We have had some amazing students play sports this year. We are raising money to help insure they have an amazing sports banquet. Please be advised of the athletic fundraiser- Blow pop sales during and after school dismissal in the concession area.

Track Tryouts

Middle School Track and Field tryouts start Feb. 5th. Interested parties should turn their physicals in to Coach Todd.


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PreK Update

Pre-Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be January 15th - February 28th. All applications for the Pre-K lottery will be processed online through the District’s website at www.rcboe.org.

February 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018 parents can bring documentation to the Central Office from 8 am-5 pm or Tobacco Rd. from 1 pm - 6 pm.

Curriculum Corner


Milestones Study Guides



Check out this app. It is a great way to help your student learn another language. What the research says: Language learning correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized test measures.

I personally use this app all the time and love it!


Look! This is another great app. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for elementary and middle school students, delivered electronically. Each story comes with Common Core-aligned questions for students to answer. News-O-Matic is available via iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps. Talk to your kids! Ask them what they think. They are some very bright and amusing young people. Can you tell I love my job!

Eagles S.O.A.R

All County Beginner Honor Orchestra

Join us in congratulating some amazing orchestra students. These student have been selected for the 2018 All-County Beginner Honor Orchestra of Richmond County. Membership in this orchestra is a huge honor and means that these string students are among the best Beginner string students in the county. They will proudly represent Freedom Park throughout this six week event. The names of these talented string students are: Dante Hudson, Levi Henderson, Serenity Ford, Taliyah Cummings. Cye Mock, Caden Allen, Alijah Johnson, Sophia Goode, Damien Campos, Joshua Simon, Evionna Hampton,

and Teriauna Williams.

The All-County Beginner Orchestra Concert is Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm at Richmond Academy High School auditorium.

Parenting and Childhood Development

Flu Season

The flu season is upon us. Please view our home page for answers to some frequently asked questions. https://www.rcboe.org/freedompark


Yearbook Sale and Picture Days

Yearbooks are still on sale. Online sales will end March 5th, as well as hardcover sales. To order online, go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter code 10154818. Forms are also available in the office.

February 23 will be our next picture day. Spring individual pictures, class pictures, track, golf, and clubs/groups will be taken. Spring individual and class pictures are prepay only.

March 16, cap and gown pictures will be taken for pre-k, kindergarten, and 8th grade students that prepay only.

Freedom Park T-shirt Sales

The T-shirt fundraiser is going on until Friday February 9,2018. All orders must be placed online or by phone. Please do not send money to the school.

Valentines Day

Student Council selling valentines candy grams, scented roses, and raffle tickets for a basket. Order forms went home Friday.


Staggered Release

Let's try to stagger our dismissal. If we do that, it may not be so busy at the end of the day and you may not feel the need to "invent" ways to make it a more pleasant experience. And because my last name starts with an "S" and I am use to being last, lets start backwards. If your last name starts with the letter "Q-Z" try to get to the school around 3:55. We won't release until 4pm, but you will be first and out by the time others come. If your last name starts with the letter "F-P" try to get to the school at 4:07. That is usually after the first wave. If your name starts with the letter "A-E" try arriving at 4:10. Lets see how this works for the remainder of this week. Lets see if more parking spots open up and if the car line is shorter. If not, we can go back to business as usual. Let's just try it to see if it relieves some of the pressure.

Help w/ Intake, Lunch. and Dismissal - Call 706/ 796-8428

We need your help. As you can imagine, the morning intake, lunch, and dismissal are some of the busiest times of the day. How can you help? If you can help at any of these times, please call the front office.

Morning (8:20-9:00)

  • Help ensure cars do not park or drop off students in the bus loading area.
  • Help ensure students are walked across the street safely (parents should not be letting students out to walk across the parking lot).
  • Welcoming students to school in a cheerful manner (high fives, encouraging words, etc).
  • Cafeteria helper (breakfast).
  • Help students in the morning car line and ensure parents pull as far up as possible to get parents off the street.
  • Help teachers get students started (unpacking, passing out items, collecting items, etc.).
  • Hall monitor.

Lunch (anytime between 10:55 and 1:20)

  • Managing lines and tables.
  • Helping students open items.
  • Any other assistance teachers or food nutrition needs.

Dismissal (3:30 - 4:30)
  • Help ensure cars do not park or drop off students in the bus loading area.
  • Help ensure students are walked across the street safely (parents should not be letting students out to walk across the parking lot).
  • Help students in the afternoon car line and ensure parents pull as far up as possible to get parents off the street.
  • Help teachers get students ready for dismissal (packed, passing out items, etc.).
  • Help teachers get students to designated dismissal area.
  • Hall monitor.