Morris Memo

August 23, 2021 LWE Newsletter

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Principal's Letter

Dear Lake Windward Families,


We have really had a great two weeks! Students and teachers have worked to build community in their classrooms as well as get to know and understand routines and procedures at LWE. Our "Start With Hello" campaign has been a fun way to encourage students to get to know others and has given them the tools to strike up conversations with peers they aren't already well acquainted with.


I have been busy visiting classrooms, meeting our new students, welcoming our returning students, and reading the book Giraffes Can't Dance. This book has opened the door for some great conversations about accepting each other's differences, encouraging one another, and not giving up. I've been so impressed by how deeply our students have been thinking and reflecting on these topics when I have visited with them.


As you are probably aware, the number of Covid-19 cases has risen in our community which is impacting our school as well. Please be sure to watch your child for ANY symptoms of illness and keep them at home if they are presenting with symptoms that are not typical. Even a runny nose or slightly sore throat can be symptoms of infection. We need your help with keeping your symptomatic children at home, and reporting illness to the Covid-19 parent reporting portal.


As the SEAT process (aka 10 Day Count process) concludes, we are not expecting any changes to our homeroom teacher allocations. Although our numbers in first grade are lower than projected, our district leaders are giving us some grace and letting us keep all current homeroom positions.


Our virtual curriculum nights are coming up this week! See below for more information. Our teachers will be recording their live sessions in case there are parents who have a conflict. Please be on the lookout from your child's homeroom teacher for a link to their curriculum night meeting.


As always, I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful school community. It is a pleasure to work with each of you as we strive to provide the very best school environment for our LWE students!


Warm regards,


Julie Morris

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TAG Screening and Referral Process

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Celebrating Success!

2021 Georgia Milestones Scores have been released by the state. There are various websites which rank schools across our country based on assessment results as well as many other factors. I am proud to say www.schooldigger.com has Lake Windward ES ranked as number 8 in the state! This is out of over 1,200 schools!! WOW!! Let's keep up the great work!!

https://www.schooldigger.com/go/GA/schoolrank.aspx

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FCS Late Start Days

You may notice that on the FCS calendar there are six "Late Start Days" listed. The superintendent added these days to give teachers some additional time to review student data and to make instructional decisions in collaboration with colleagues. At Lake Windward ES, these days will not impact students' arrival times. Our buses, carpool, and breakfast schedule will remain the same as always on these "Late Start Days". Teachers will be in meetings on a rotational basis and we will provide coverage for the teachers while in meetings. Therefore, we'd like all students to arrive by 7:40 am, as usual, on these dates. Schools have some autonomy with how this will work. Therefore, if you have children at other schools, their schools may give you other instructions for these days.

Fulton County Code of Conduct

Please access the Fulton County Code of Conduct at https://www.fultonschools.org/studentdiscipline .


Once you have read the electronic version and have reviewed the contents with your student(s), please take a moment to complete the Acknowledgement of Receipt Form by using the provided link below. All parents and students (over 10 years old) MUST sign this form found within your INFINTE CAMPUS PARENT/STUDENT PORTAL ACCOUNT.


We need each family to acknowledge receipt of this document at https://www3.fultonschools.org/codeconduct and are asking for you to complete this by Tuesday, September 1st.

FCS "Start With Hello" Campaign @ LWE

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Counseling Department Partner- Chris 180

Chris 180 is proud to be in partnership with Lake Windward ES to provide support to students and staff. Some of the issues we can help with are trauma, anxiety, depression, anger outbursts, self-esteem, peer relationships, suicidal thoughts, and many others.

Counseling services can be a positive support to all students with a wide range of needs. Over time, these services can help students:

• Cope with their feelings which should lead to fewer calls home

• Understand why they are having difficulty and learn better ways of

responding

• Improve focus in the classroom

• Maintain better relationships with family, friends, and school staff

LWE's identified Chris 180 therapist is Ms. Zaqayvia Johnson. Ms. Johnson has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University and is currently in the process of working to become a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. Ms. Johnson is passionate about education, trauma informed spaces for adolescents, and social and emotional expression. She will be working at LWE on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please reach out to her if you are interested in learning more about therapy opportunities for your child during the school day.

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Important Dates To Note

Virtual Curriculum Nights 6:00-7:00 pm (will be online using MS Teams)-


August 25th- 1st, 3rd, 5th & Self-contained special education

August 26th- Kindergarten, 2nd & 4th grades

September 6th- Labor Day Holiday (no school)

Health & Safety Precautions

Please see the health and safety precautions in the attached document that we are implementing at this time.

Community News

PTO Sponsorship Campaign

Thank you so much to the families who have already donated to our campaign! We'd really like 80% family participation in the hopes of meeting our 30k goal!


All of the funds we collect will go directly back to the school and will fund:

-Media Center Makeover

-STEM Lab Mural

-Teacher Mini-grants - teachers apply for grants so that we can provide them with much-needed classroom items

-Teacher Luncheons

-School events: Girl's Gala, Son Fun Night, Fall Movie Night, and more!


Your donations are tax deductible, and you can choose from any of the incentive packages or you can donate any amount of your choosing. Please see the attached flyer for the different donation packages.


To donate, please visit our website: SPONSORSHIP CAMPAIGN

Thank you for your support!!!


Sincerely,

LWE PTO

Another Easy Way to Support LWE PTO! Do You Already Shop At Amazon?

If you register for Amazon Smile, they will automatically donate a portion of your sales to the LWE PTO. All you have to do is sign-up!!

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  3. Select your charity : Lake Windward Elementary School PTO Inc. Alpharetta, GA.
  4. Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for your chosen charity.
    Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.

How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app
  2. Navigate to the main menu: the 3 lines next to the cart icon at the bottom of the screen (=)
  3. Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile” from the list
  4. Select Lake Windward Elementary School PTO Inc. Alpharetta, GA., and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  5. Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.
    Note: The tablet app is not yet supported.
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Links to Save

LWE Parent University:

https://lweuniversity.weebly.com/


Classlink for students:

https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs