Hilltop Happenings from Dr. Bearden

It's Always a Great Day up on the Hill!

For the week of September 23rd, 2019

Each week, Hilltop Happenings will be saved and archived on the SHE website under the parent tab: (http://school.fultonschools.org/es/summithill/Pages/default.aspx

Follow Summit Hill ES on Twitter: @summithillhusky and Instagram: @summithillesmiltonga

Summit Hill PTO website is another great source of information for SHE families: SHE PTO or follow them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/SummitHillPTO/ or Twitter: @summithillpto

News about Fulton County Schools, including weather updates, transportation, and calendars can be accessed at www.fultonschools.org

A Message from Dr. Bearden

Good morning, SHE Families,

There was a lot going on at SHE during the past week and a bunch of great things coming up! Beginning this week, in addition to outlining the upcoming events in the "Save The Dates" section, I have listed all of the dates when students do not come to school for the remainder of the school year. Being at school every day is important and I hope that having the list of days off helps you to plan. Please consider planning appointments, trips, etc. on these off days so that our Huskies miss as little school days as possible! However, when he or she does need to be absent, please work with his or her teacher to take care of missing work, if any. If any absence is due to sickness or other medical reason, please send a note so the absence can be marked appropriately and excused.

Next week, on Thursday, the majority of the 5th graders will embark on the annual overnight field trip to the Rock Eagle Campground located in Eatonton, GA. Students, staff, and parent chaperones will leave very early on Thursday morning and will spend two days exploring, hiking, canoeing, and learning. We return home on Friday afternoon. I went on this trip last year and had so much fun! I am really looking forward to spending time with this year's 5th graders as they learn, explore, hike, canoe, and learn. I will share some pictures thru HH next week!

Last week, I told you about #SHEShares and how we value community service and being kind to others. Our Huskies generously brought in spare change to donate to Coins For A Cure: A fundraiser to bring awareness to Childhood Cancers and raise money for research. PTO volunteers help coordinate this fundraiser and were in the rotunda each morning to greet students and collect the coins. Proudly I report to you that, in just five days of collecting, our Huskies donated a total of $1,501.52 for Coins 4 Cure (Cure Childhood Cancer)!!

House of Friendship - $434.57

House of Unity - $504.46

House of Creators- $562.49

The week closed out on Friday with a PJ day for staff and students, as well as a pep rally for all! I hope that all of your Huskies enjoyed the fundraising and the Friday Fun!

Looking ahead and October is a busy month! I promise to keep you updated and, as always,

thank you for reading and for your partnership! Please reach out if you have any questions or anything to share. Take care, Lorrie

Save the Dates! Upcoming Events for SHE (Updated Weekly)

Every Friday is SHES Spirit Day: Wear SHE or House colors;

Tuesday, February 24: SHE Spirit Night at Olde Blind Dog from 3 pm to 6 pm; All are invited so bring your friends!

Thursday, September 26th & 27th: 5th Grade Students' Trip to Rock Eagle (Details for parents from 5th HR teacher)

Tuesday, October 1st: SHE School Governance Council Meeting at 7 am in PTO room; All are welcome to attend;

Tuesday, October 1st: SHE Principal Chat with Dr. Bearden at 9 am in PTO room; Talking Point: Student Support and Enrichment Plan for SHE students;

Friday, October 4th: STAGE IS CLOSED; Lunch Dates are not available on this day.

Friday, October 4th: SHE Fall Carnival hosted by PTO; 5 pm to 9 pm at SHE; Lots of opportunities for volunteers so please check out SHE PTO for more info

Friday, October 11th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day Holiday; All FCS Schools and Bldgs are Closed.

Tuesday, October 15th thru 18th: Red Ribbon Week (More details forthcoming)

Monday, November 4th: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School for Students

Tuesday, November 5th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, November 25th thru 29th: Thanksgving Holidays; No School for Staff/Students

Monday, December 23rd thru January 2nd: Winter Holidays; No School for Students/Staff

Friday, January 3rd: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; No School For Students/Staff

Monday, February 3: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School For Students

Monday, February 17th: President's Day Holiday; No School For Students/Staff

Friday, March 13th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, March 16th: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School For Students

Tuesday, March 24: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. There will be no school for students due to Georgia Elections Processes.

Monday, April 6th thru 10th: Spring Break Holidays; No School For Students/Staff

Friday, May 22nd: Last Day of School for Students

Calendar Updated Weekly and Includes FCS and/or SHE Calendar Days Off for Students

NEW INFORMATION for This Week's Hilltop Happenings

Update on New Playground

  • New Playground and Equipment Update: With the money raised from Boosterthon in February, 2019, and a $25,000 donation from PTO, we were able to purchase:

  • A therapy swing and small tunnel/climbing structure for the front special needs preschool playground

  • A new grouping of mid-level climbing structures and slide, which will be located behind the 3rd grade wing on the grassy area.

  • Two regulation soccer goals and an assortment of playground balls for each grade level. (Currently being used by all grade levels)

  • The installation of the playground climbing structures is still TBD, pending meeting FCS protocols for installation of new equipment. Click for a sketch of the new playground structures.

SHE Announcements: NEW Entries Will Be Listed First :-)

SHE Daily Announcements in a Variety of Areas, Which Families Need to Know. New Information Will Always Be Listed First and Older Information Will Follow, in case you missed it in an earlier newsletter.

Parent Information: The Leader in Me

Parents, If you would like more information on our Leader in Me culture at SHES, click this button. There are also resources for parents on this website.

Parent Information: Bus and Carpool

SHE Parents, This link will open information regarding bus and carpool information.



There are several times during the year when the stage must be closed for a variety of reasons. When the stage is closed, lunch dates are unavailable. For instance, on Friday, October 4th, our stage will be closed due to setting up the cake walk area for the carnival. Later in October, we will administer the Iowa Tests to the 3rd and 5th graders. During a state testing window and due to testing security, only Fulton County employees are allowed to be in the building. Parents and visitors may visit the front office areas only. We will do our best to give you as much notice as possible, when the stage has to be closed and/or parents are allowed in the front areas only. If your child's birthday falls on one of the days, when the stage is closed, please consider having a lunch date on a different day. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

We will always list days, when the stage is closed, is the calendar at the beginning of this newsletter. 2019-20 Lunch Schedules by Homeroom Teacher

#SHEShares: SHE students and staff community service opportunities.

September: Students collect and donate spare change for American Cancer Association Research on Childhood Cancers: Huskies raised more than $1500!! We are so proud of our Huskies!

Beginning in August:

-SHE students are collecting raw fruit and veggie waste in the cafe to share with local farmers

-SHE students and staff are collecting styrofoam lunch trays to reuse and recycle

-SHE staff members, Mrs. Eichele and Mrs. Williams are exploring a farm to table club for students...stay tuned for more information.

Summit Hill Elementary School Governance Council (SGC)


The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school, staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school.
The School Governance Council is a governing body that is representative
of the community and the school, but operates under the control and
management of the Board of Education. The Council is responsible for
making decisions regarding the strategic direction of the school including:

a.) Approve the school strategic plan and updates
b.) Approve the annual budget and annual resource allocations
c.) Manage the Request for Flexibility process
d.) Participate in hiring the principal (in case of a vacancy)
e.) Provide annual feedback on principal performance

SGC meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month @ 7 am in the PTO room. All are welcome to attend. After each meeting, minutes and agenda for the next month will be posted on the SHE website.

If you would like more information about the SGC work and/or meetings, visit our SHE website:. http://school.fultonschools.org/es/summithill/Pages/School-Governance-Council-(SGC).aspx

SHE Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Summit Hill Elementary is very lucky to have such a wonderful community and the PTO offers monetary and volunteer support to keep our staff/students equipped with the best learning experiences possible. SHE loves our PTO support!! If you have not already done so, please consider joining the PTO. There are different levels of membership and every membership is vital to the PTO and its work. Find out more about the PTO and how you can join at:

Summit Hill Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization

PTO CoPresidents: Kristen Vasser and Kelly Cravens

SHES Website Links-All In One Place


Below are the links to access SHES websites and/or newsletters.


Kindergarten: https://summithillkindergarten.weebly.com/

1st Grade: https://summithill1stgrade.weebly.com/

2nd Grade: summithill2ndgradeweebly.com

3rd Grade: www.thirdgradeshe.weebly.com

4th Grade: www.she4thgrade.weebly.com

5th Grade: 5th grade Website

SHES Media Center Newsletter:


SHE Talented and Gifted:

Follow us on Twitter: @SummitHillTAG

TAG Website: http: http://shetagoverview.weebly.com/

SHES Advanced Strategies Lab (Ms. Leeson)


SHES Chorus (Ms. Goldfuss, 2018-19 SHE Teacher of the Year:


Follow SHE Chorus on Twitter @HuskyHarmonies

Upcoming Events for Summit Hill ES Families

FCS Board member, Katie Reeves, Community Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6:30pm

13025 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA

Please join Board Member Katie Reeves, District 2, for her community meeting.

AGENDA: Forthcoming; For more information see links below:

Board Services ï Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW ï Atlanta, GA 30339
470-254-6895 ph ï 470-254-1246 fax
boardservices@fultonschools.org ï www.fultonschools.org

FCS Board member, Katha Stewart, Community Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6:30pm

11595 King Road

Roswell, GA

Please join Board Member Katha Stuart, District 2, for her monthly community meeting.

for more information, see links below:

Board Services ï Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW ï Atlanta, GA 30339
470-254-6895 ph ï 470-254-1246 fax
boardservices@fultonschools.org ï www.fultonschools.org