Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

September 22, 2020

Emergency Card Information Needed for Every Student

Parents please complete the attached Emergency Card for each of your students

  1. Please complete the 2020-2021 Emergency Card that is in a PDF form. The information on this form is used if we have to dismiss students early due to inclement weather, etc.
  2. After completing, please select the SAVE AS option under the File drop down menu. Use your students first initial and last name as the document name (Example: J Smith Emergency Card).
  3. If you do not save the form with a new name, the information that you entered will not be saved.
  4. Please attach the newly save form to an e-mail and return it to your student’s homeroom teacher.

Should you have any questions or problems when completing this form, please contact Mrs. Roles at roles@fltonschools.org or Mrs. King at kingsk@fultonschools.org.

Important Dates

October 1 - Battle of the Books 3rd Grade 4:00 - 5:00 pm

October 8 - Battle of the Books 4th Grade 4:00 - 5:00 pm

October 15 - Battle of the Books 5th Grade 4:00 - 5:00 pm


PTA/Tanner Family Portrait Dates: (see link below to schedule your portrait)

October 2 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

October 3 - 9:30 am - 11:30 am

October 4 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

A Message From Dr. Stabler

Students have been doing a great job with transitioning to Phase 3 of the Fulton County reopening plan. Thank you for your patience as we make transitions. Be sure to read the Hilltop Happenings newsletter and information sent from your student's teacher for up-to-date information. Please check the Abbotts Hill and Fulton County Schools websites for information as well.


From now until October 2, students attend school ONE DAY per week on their assigned day. Starting on Monday, October 5, we will move to Phase 4, pending a positive trend in data, which includes TWO full days of in-person instruction per week. The hope and intent is to return to full weeks beginning Wednesday, October 14.

The district sent a survey asking families to make a commitment through the end of the semester (December 18). Participation in face-to-face instruction remains optional for the remainder of first semester. The district will make a determination about second semester at a later time. Any student that does not have a completed election form on file will automatically be enrolled in face-to-face instruction.

Please visit the Fulton County Back to School Info Center for frequently asked questions. (https://www.fultonschools.org/F2FElection)


Schedule:

For Phases 3 and 4, we will continue to follow our Universal Remote Learning (URL) Schedule. During Phase 3 and Phase 4, our teachers will be engaging in Professional Development sessions on Wednesdays as we work toward making the necessary adjustments for full face-to-face learning. On Wednesday, 9/23, 9/30, and 10/7, you will most likely see an increase in prerecorded lessons and activities to allow teachers to attend professional learning opportunities. Should your child need assistance on these days while their teacher is in a training, simply email the teacher, and they will get back to you as soon as possible.


Transportation:

Bus stop information, including pick-up and drop-off times, is located at https://edulogweb.fultonschools.org/phase3wq/webquery/.

Make sure you click on the school name to obtain the bus number and route information.


Carpool: Every student will be issued a carpool number for the 2020-2021 school year. They are given to your student on their first day attending face to face instruction. Please replace last year's backpack tag and do not use last year's carpool number as it varies according to grade level. Some numbers will be 4 digit numbers this year (eg. 2200 - these numbers are correct).


Safety:

In effort to keep our students and staff healthy and safe, we want to share a few reminders:

  1. Students will be expected to wear a face covering/mask while at school. Staff are also required to wear face coverings.
  2. If your child is sick, please keep them at home, and make sure they are fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning.
  3. If anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have been advised to isolate or quarantine, please adhere to the public health guidance, and do not send your student to school until after the noted timeframe.
  4. Encourage your student to wash their hands frequently.
  5. If your child becomes sick while at school, you will be expected to pick-up your child immediately.
  6. Please alert school administration of any COVID-19 related concerns. Fulton County Schools has developed protocols and procedures to respond to COVID-19 related cases and concerns. The district will continue to work in collaboration with our local and state public health officials and follow the appropriate guidance.


Cafeteria:

The Fulton County Schools Nutrition Program is looking forward to continuing to support our students with their nutrition needs. If your family needs to apply and/or continue with the Free or Reduced Meal benefits for students, you can complete an online application at www.fulton.schoollunchapp.com.

Each household must complete a new application every year. Free and Reduced Meal benefits will end on September 28, 2020, if the household has not reapplied for the 2020-2021 school year. If there is an interruption in benefits, or if the household does not reapply, the household is responsible for payment of meals until the Free and Reduced Application is approved. To help ensure continuation of benefits, households must complete an online application by September 27, 2020, at www.fulton.schoollunchapp.com.

For questions or more information regarding Fulton County Schools Nutrition and Free & Reduced Meal Applications, please contact the Meal Eligibility Desk at (470) 254-2220 or by email at freeandreduced@fultonschools.org


Birthday Treats:

The cafeteria will not be filling birthday treat orders at this time. The cafeteria will let us know when this option will be able to resume.


Technical Support:

Do you need technical assistance? Help is just a phone call away! Please call the Fulton County Schools Universal Remote Learning Hotline at 470-254-2300. They will be able to assist you with any Fulton County device support. Technicians are available Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Clinic News

Masks With One-Way Valves or Vents

The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html


Medication Drop Off


If your child has medication that you need to leave in the clinic, please drop off the medication prior to your child’s first day. Contact Ms. Sumudi Perera at 470-254-9023 or pereras@fultonschools.org if you have any questions.

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle with them as we will be restricting the use of all water fountains.

Supplies

We invite you to begin sending your child’s school supplies in with them in their backpacks. We realize they may have a lot of items, so we recommend that they do not bring all of their supplies at once; but rather, they can bring supplies to school with them over the course of the next few weeks. We just ask that you please prioritize sending their pencils, pencil box, scissors, crayons, etc…as we will not be using “community supplies” this school year. If your child is unable to bring in their supplies, we will have extras available for them to use.

Learning Commons News

Has YOUR child borrowed books from the Learning Commons yet this year? Almost 500 books have already been checked out to eager readers! The instructions for our contact-less and safe process can be found in your child’s Team under the Learning Commons CHANNEL in the FILES Tab! They are also HERE! You will be notified on your child’s Seesaw journal when their books are ready for pick up. Every child should always be in the middle of reading a wonderful book.

Also… parents/guardians may now borrow books too! Simply set up an account with the Learning Commons by emailing your name, your child’s name, and your child’s teacher to Mrs. Dickinson (Dickinson@fultonschools.org). You can then borrow up to ten books! Please complete this form for each book you are requesting. You will be notified via EMAIL when your books are ready for pick up.


Rick Riordan Fans….The final book in the Trials of Apollo series, The Tower of Nero, is about to be released and the author himself will be appearing in a virtual event hosted by The Little Shop of Stories booksatore in Decatur on October 10th. Read all about it by clicking on HERE! If you purchase a ticket, you will receive a SIGNED copy of the book, a commemorative hat, and access to the exclusive Little Shop of Stories webinar on 10/10. Plus, Roshani Chokshi, author of the Aru Shah series, will also be appearing in the webinar (she visited our school last year!).

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Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is underway! Participating 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students should already be reading their first BoB book. They may borrow a book from the Learning Commons, read it online through MackinVia, check it out from the public library, or buy it. Two questions, answers, and evidence for the book need to be posted by 8:00pm the night before our meeting. Students should also have posted their FlipGrid introductions and responded to others’ by now.

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Morning Broadcast Team

Our fifth grade Jamming with the Jaguars Broadcast Team has been doing an amazing job of starting everyone’s day off with a smile! Have you missed a broadcast? Just visit the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com and select “Morning Broadcasts” to watch the episodes. Each one is infused with fun, important information, and Jaguar spirit!

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship lessons have been taking place weekly for all students.

Has YOUR child told you all that they are learning? Please refer to the Family Tip sheets that are posted on Seesaw for information and discussion starters related to each grade level’s lessons. Our Digital Citizenship curriculum is based upon Common Sense Media. This is a wonderful resource for parents. If you are unfamiliar with Common Sense Media, please explore their site which is filled with valuable resources and information to help you keep your child safe in the digital world.

VIRTUAL Library

Have you explored the VIRTUAL Learning Commons Yet? It is filled with book resources, information, and many surprises! Check it out on the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com
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AHE is a Curriculum Associates Distinguished School!

  • We are a 2020 Curriculum Associates Distinguished School!
  • This is not easy to do! We are 1 of about 200 schools from across the entire country who did this!
  • Great job students completing lessons and trying their best on the Diagnostic!
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Link for Tanner Family Portrait

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Parents:

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News From the Art Department

ART SUPPLIES

Please bring art supplies in a shoe box to school on your child's art day. We will not share supplies due to the corona. I will have paper for the children and when necessary I can provide tempera paint on a paper plate that they can then dispose of it.

They should bring home the supplies and back again on art days.


Bring in a shoebox and or a drawstring backpack if you have one:


  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • pencils - sharpened
  • erasers
  • crayons
  • markers
  • colored pencils (grades 3-5)
  • watercolor paints
  • brush
  • if you have oil pastels that's cool, bring them. If not, you can live without


Leave these supplies at home:


  • simple paints
  • small cup or jelly jar
  • sponge
  • construction paper
  • paper
  • magazine for collage


Thank you! Mrs. Hennig

News From the Cafeteria

Fulton County will continue to provide free meals to all children 18 & under, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs. All children, regardless of school enrollment or meal eligibility status, can receive free meals. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal kit. A student’s ID number is not needed.


Students attending school face-to-face will receive FREE meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes.


Curbside Meal Kit Pick-Up available at 95 schools on Wednesdays from 11:00-1:00. Meal kits are FREE. Bus Stop Meal Kit Pick-Up available at designated locations on Wednesdays from 10:45-12:00. Meal kits are FREE. For a full listing of Curbside Pick-Up locations & designated Bus Stop locations please visit www.fcsnutrition.com


NEW! Families need to pre-order grab & go meal kits each week. Grab & go meal kits need to be pre-ordered online by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Families will provide the number of requested grab & go meal kits and choose a pick-up location. To pre-order online visit -> https://nutrition.fultonschools.org/PreOrder