Fulton Science Academy
ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP GIFTED SCHOOL
Week of August 5, 2019
Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,
I hope that everyone had a fantastic first day of school for the 2019 - 2020 year.
It was wonderful to see everyone this morning both returning students and our new families as well. I can't wait to see what this school year has to bring!
Beginning next week, we will be publishing our High School Newsletter weekly, along with this one! If you are, or you have a high school student, be on the look out for the High School Newsletter for exclusive information for our high school students.
For now, there is a lot of very helpful information for our families in this newsletter. Please make sure to read through carefully. In each newsletter, at the end of "Principal's Corner," there is a list showing what all is in each newsletter. Please take the time to read through and please, never hesitate to ask questions! This is how we learn!
You can vote every day. Voting ends August 15th!
Thank you to all of our Parent Volunteers that helped with Orientation on Friday, August 2nd! We cherish our families and everything that you all do to help our precious students and our school. The parents listed below helped immensely during orientation and for that, we thank you! We look forward to a wonderful year ahead with our parent volunteers.
- Chi Chi Akinsanmi
- Yana Edwards
- Elleni Berhe
- Nidhi Dikshit
- Sheva Kachru
- Evangeline Sievers
- Rachel Neil
- Hong Nguyen
- Hanae Smith
- Nagwa Elamin
- Urooj Zaidi
- Kavitha Badger
- Adrienne White
- Gayatri Chandra
- Koel Roy
- Denise Sumner
- Shithal Ghelani
- Yvette Lindo
- Michelle Fields
Please complete this form to be included in the 2019-2020 Parent Carpool Contact List. All information volunteered will be shared via google drive with all people on the list. Once we have enough replies, a map will be created and shared.
Get important clinic forms filled out ahead of time for the 2019-2020 school year!
With Warmest Regards,
What's in this Issue?
- Curriculum Night is coming up!School Hours & Bell Schedule
- Are You Ready For the First Week of School
- A Quick Message From the MSO
- Atlanta Lunch Co. & How to Order
- 2019 - 2020 Club Schedules & Descriptions
- The Borgen Project; A Community Fundraising Program to Raise Awareness and Donations for Global Poverty Reduction Advocacy Measures
- 2019 - 2020 Sports & Try Out Schedule
- 2019 - 2020 Volleyball Schedule
- Soccer Clinics for PK - 8th Grade
- FSA Spanish Trip to Costa Rica!
- Order Your Yearbook by September 30th to get 15% Off!
- IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIREMENTS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM NURSE AMY
- Yearbook Picture Day will be August 28th! Save the Date! More Information to Come!
- FSA Sideline Store
- SMART TUITION
To establish an educational framework designed to achieve the highest academic results and instill enduring strength of character by leveraging innovation and STEAM curriculums for college preparedness and lifelong student success.
Fulton Science Academy Private School envisions to be a nationally ranked and recognized school for pre-K through 12th grade, serving advanced and gifted student populations committed to academic success, civic responsibility, global citizenship, and high ethical values within a safe environment that celebrates diversity and is nurtured by the collaborative efforts of its stakeholders and the broader community.
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Dates / Events Subject to Change
Thursday, August 8 at 9 am: Coffee with Administration for Middle School Families (Information session part of this event will also be broadcasted online beginning at 9:15 am)
Tuesday, August 13: Volleyball Game AWAY at Kings; MS 5:00, VG 6:00
Thursday, August 15: Volleyball Game AWAY at Lyndon; MS 4:30, VG 5:30
Tuesday, August 20: First Cross Country (XC) Meet @ Praise (see Coach Ayres for time)
Tuesday, August 20: Volleyball Game HOME against Fideles; MS 4:30, VG 5:30
Thursday, August 22: Volleyball Game HOME against Cristo Rey; VG 5:00
Thursday, August 22: Volleyball Game AWAY at Cornerstone; MS 5:30
Friday, August 23: New Parent Breakfast, 8:30 am (more info to come)
Monday, August 26: PreK -2nd Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 27: 3rd - 5th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm - 7:30pmTuesday, August 27: Volleyball Game HOME against Kings; MS 5:00
Tuesday, August 27: Volleyball Game HOME against South Atlanta HS; VG 5:30
Wednesday, August 28: 6th - 8th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 28: Picture Day by LifeTouch (more info to come)
Thursday, August 29: 9th - 12 Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00pm - 7:30pmThursday, August 29: Volleyball Game HOME against Lyndon; MS 4:30, VG 5:30
Friday, August 30: Costa Rica Informational Meeting (3:20pm in Room P6)
Curriculum Night is coming up!
Would you like to learn more about your student's curriculum? Do you have questions about what your student is learning at FSA? Check the times below and come join us for Curriculum Night beginning Monday, August 26th!
School Hours and Bell Schedule
Are you ready for the first week of school?
Please go over this information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.
Students were given their class schedules one more time this Monday morning. Please do not worry if you somehow do not have a printed copy of your child’s schedule.
School arrival begins as early as 7:00 a.m. Our arrival process is pretty simple. We will be welcoming students every morning at the front of school. Please see the instructions below:
- Students will use the front entrance by the mustang statue / flag pole to enter the school building during morning arrival.
- Pre-K through 5th grade classes begin at 7:40 a.m. Middle and high school classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Elementary students should be at school no later than 7:35 a.m. and middle and high students should be at school no later than 7:55 am.
- Our faculty members will greet you and will help the children out of the car. All children will be taken to the cafeteria to wait for the beginning of first period. Some of our teachers will be supervising students in cafeteria till the classes begin.
- We will help any elementary student arriving after 7:30 a.m. to directly go to their classes.
- Pre-K through 1st grade parents will use the area next to playground for arrival. Our Pre-K through 1st grade teachers will provide you further guidance on this both during orientation and also through an e-mail. This drop off area will be closed right at 7:40am. For all other grades, please follow arrival instructions below.
- 2nd grade through high school families may drop of their children at the main school entrance as usual.
- Since we have limited parking, we would like to kindly request following from all families to ensure safety during arrival time:
- If you did not bring your school supply during orientation day, please do not bring during arrival time first week of school since it will mean that you will need to park your car during arrival time. You may bring them either during the day or at the end of day.
- Unless there is an emergency situation, please do not plan parking and bringing your child inside the school. Simply drive to school main door with your car as shown in the picture below and our staff will welcome your child and help each child to go to their classes.
- Please be reminded that the speed limit is 15 mph on campus. Please never go above 15 mph on campus.
Important Arrival Instructions
- Please ask your child to get ready for drop off before arriving drop off area. As soon as the car stops, students should quickly get out of the car. We sometimes notice that students playing games, eating breakfast, or just sitting in the car even after car stops. This creates delays during arrival time. It is important that students are ready for drop off and quickly come out of their car.
- Our teachers will open the doors for students in elementary. Middle and high students should quickly open their own car doors and come out.
- Please have your child at the right hand side of the card for quick drop off.
- Student backpacks should be kept inside the car to fasten the process. Opening the trunk to take bags cause delays with the arrival process. We kindly ask for your cooperation on this important matter.
- Parents should not come out of their car at all. Please let staff to help your children. As soon as we take your children, you should be ready in the driving seat to move on.
- Cell phone use is not permitted during arrival and dismissal time.
- The parking area next to gym is for staff parking only. Please do not park there to drop off your children. All parents should follow arrival procedures as it is announced.
Thank you for your cooperation on this important procedures to ensure the safety and happiness of all of us. If we all follow these instructions diligently, we should all have a much pleasant arrival process every morning.
Please be informed that parking in the circular area in front of the school is not allowed during the day. When you bring your child late or come to pick up your child early, please park in the designated parking areas only. The circular area in front of main door should always be kept empty during the day.
SCHOOL DISMISSAL (NEAR THE PLAYGROUND AREA)
We have a barcoded school dismissal system. Please ensure that you have your barcode card ready and available when you arrive to pick up your student. In order for dismissal to run quickly and smoothly, it is important you have your barcode card everyday. The barcoded system makes our dismissal process more efficient and safe for the students. Thank you for your help with this process. If you lose it, you can always get a copy from front office.
Please read following instructions carefully:
- Please note the difference in the traffic flow between drop off and pick up. There will be staff members available to guide you during the process.
- Since there are no clubs this week. We will have two dismissal hours this week:
- First dismissal(Only for Pre-K through 5th Grade) is at 2:37 p.m.
- Second dismissal (For all students) is at 3:16 p.m.
- It is very important that middle school families do not arrive to school before 3:00pm. If they arrive early, there is a big chance that they will delay the carpool for elementary grades leaving with 1st dismissal.
- Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers will inform parents about dismissal because their dismissal procedures are different.
- High school families do not have to use dismissal lanes. When high school parents arrive to school, they can park to a parking place and text their students for pick up. High school students will be allowed to walk to their cars.
- The second dismissal will continue till 3:45pm. After that time, students will be taken to cafeteria for after school care.
- If you come to school after 3:45pm, please park your car and go to cafeteria using main door to pick up your child. Probably the easiest way for dismissal will be coming after 3:45pm since you will not need to wait to pick up your child.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
After School Care is available every weekday till 6:00pm for $15 per day or $200 per month for those who register for the monthly plan. The after school care charge begins after 4:30pm.
- Monthly Payment Plan for After School Care – $200 per student (A savings of about $100 per month)
- Additionally, there will be 10% after school care discount for the siblings when they register for the monthly payment plan.
For those students who regularly use after school care, we recommend the monthly payment plan to save money. Once you register, you will be sent invoices at the end of each month between the months of August and May. If interested, please REGISTER HERE. If not interested in a monthly registration, you do not need to do anything. You will be charged per day as you use these services.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS BEGIN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 12
Please be reminded that there will be no after school clubs during the first week of school.
For a detailed look at all club schedules and descriptions, please read further below in this Newsletter.
The deadline to complete online club selections is Thursday, August 8, and clubs will begin on Monday, August 12.
We will send you your after school club schedule on Sunday, August 11.
Please be informed that student pick-up is not allowed from front office between 2:00 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. for Elementary students & 2:45 - 4:10 for Middle & High School Students.
All families are required to follow dismissal instructions to pick up their children. Any families with doctor appointments or other pre-planned commitments should plan to come to the front lobby and pick up their child before 2:00 p.m.
STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK AND SYLLABUS
Please go over the handbook. The handbook’s first three pages should be signed and returned your homeroom teacher by Monday, August 19. Student/Parent handbook can be seen on our school website. Our class syllabus will come home on Monday with your child and should also be signed and returned by Friday, August 9.
FSAConnect is a wonderful online communications portal where you can locate academic progress, daily homework, class documents, attendance, discipline notes, and other important information online. Individual username and password will be shared via e-mail in the coming week.
LOST & FOUND
Students should put their names in permanent marker on all of their belongings. If items become lost, they can then be easily retrieved from the school’s Lost and Found area in cafeteria.
RETURNING STUDENTS: Please be aware that there are still items left from last year. These items will be donated on Friday. Please take the time to stop by lost and found before the end of the week, otherwise, all remaining items will be donated
Please CLICK HERE for detailed information about school uniforms. Students are expected to arrive on Monday in uniform.
When your student will be absent from school for the entire day, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
A Message from the Mustang Support Organization (MSO)
FSA is proud to have Atlanta Lunch Co. offering school lunches this year!
Dear FSA Families,
We are pleased to announce that this school year we will be having Atlanta Lunch Company https://www.atlantalunch.com/ as our school lunch provider. We believe this change will a positive one, as the ordering process is simplified and also includes an easy to use phone app. We can look forward to some menu changes as well as continuing to see the student’s favorite entrees still being offered. Please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678 390 266 with questions regarding this process. Additionally, there will be no change to the cost of hot lunch and your balances will be transferred to your new account.
The 2019 school fall lunch menu is posted to allow you to get registered and place orders.
The ordering portal will request a SCHOOL CODE which for our students and staff will be
HOW TO ORDER:
• Go to www.atlantalunch.com
• Click on the ORDER Button
• Click the “Parents click here to sign up”
• Fill out the details to create an account
• You will receive a verification email
• Log in to your account
• Add your child(ren) by clicking on the “Children” Tab under your name on the left and clicking on the blue “add a child” box
• You will need a CAMPUS CODE – this is available from the school, email us at email@example.com with the name of your child’s school or call 678 390 2666. Hit the “Verify Campus” link to make sure that your child’s lunch is delivered to the correct place – please check that the school and the campus are both correct (example Preschool or Elementary etc.)
• To order hit the blue “Order” button TWICE, once to order and once to populate the menu
• Once you have selected the meals you require, hit the checkout button and pay the invoice
• You will be prompted to fill out the payment information and will have the option to save payment information for future order processing
• You will receive a confirmation email from the HotLunch website verifying that your order was placed
• Download the following app
• Agree to Terms / Conditions and “continue”
• Enter DOMAIN NAME: Atlantalunch
• You may sign up or log into your existing account
• Click on the Software Support option on the bottom left of your navigation panel
• Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Contact us at 678 390 2666
2019 - 2020 Club Schedules & Descriptions
Pre K through 2nd grade students club schedules are fixed. Students do not choose their clubs until third grade except the paid clubs. To read the schedule, please first find your child’s teacher on the right-hand side of the schedule. Follow that particular row on the schedule to see which club your child’s class will go to each day of the week.
PAID CLUB OPTIONS
New Private Music Instructors at FSA!
We are thrilled to introduce wonderful new additions to our Private Lessons team at FSA for the 2019-2020 School Year. These Instructors are bringing a LOT to our Programs and we are lucky to have them! Check below for their bios
Click here to view the Middle (6-8) and High (9-12) club schedule
Click here to view the Middle (6-8) and High (9-12) club descriptions
2019 - 2020 Academic Team Information
Click here to see the 2019 - 2020 Academic Teams Policies & Procedures, Preference Form, FAQs, and Presentations and Applications
FSA is pleased to offer a wide variety of competitive academic teams to all of its students. Each academic team at FSA has a history of impressive achievements and excellence. Academic teams are a wonderful way for students to reinforce what they learn in the classroom while building teamwork skills, traveling, and building relationships that will last a life time.
FSA Students have the opportunity to become involved in the following competitive academic teams:
- Destination Imagination (Elementary, Middle, & High)
- Science Olympiad (Elementary, Middle & High)
- Robotics & Tech Fair (Elementary, Middle, & High)
- Math Olympiad (Elementary, Middle, & High)
- Future City (Middle School)
- Model UN (Middle & High)
- Reading Bowl (Elementary & Middle)
- History Bowl (Middle & High)
!FSA Spanish Trip to Costa Rica!
The Borgen Project; A community fundraising program to raise awareness and donations for global poverty reduction advocacy measures
The Borgen Project is an innovative national advocacy campaign that aims to bring global poverty reduction to the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. The organization operates through mobilization and congressional outreach; as interns, we work at the grassroots and legislative levels to foster constituent engagement and urge congresspeople to support or cosponsor key poverty-minimizing legislation.
For one of my projects, I have to implement a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $500. For this campaign, I’m organizing a community fundraiser by incorporating performances by music schools and dance academies to encourage participation.
The program will be split into two halves, each spanning a duration of 45 minutes. The first half will constitute classical performances (primarily instrumental thus far) and the second half, semi-classical, Bollywood, etc. I am actively looking for more performers for both halves, one group for the second half, and two groups for the first half. Time slots are flexible and can be adjusted according to the structure of all of the performances. I would appreciate any help with participation in performances and volunteering and will provide acknowledgment and service hours for any academic requirements as well.
Internship & Telecommute Internship Opportunities
2019 - 2020 Sports & Try Out Schedule!
Students can also pick up one of these schedules from Coach Ayres in the Athletic Office.
2019 - 2020 Volleyball Schedule
Soccer Clinics for PK - 8th Grade!
In preparation for the new school year, I wanted to send an email to share our clinic/program information for the month of August. Please keep in mind that all clinics are for students in grades PK-8.
Fridays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm (August 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th)
Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:00am (August 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st)
Please be sure to register online as early as possible so that we can confirm that the sessions will be able to be held. The deadline for registration is August 5, 2019. If we have enough register, an email will be sent August 7, 2019 confirming the sessions. The fee for the August clinic will be $100 payable via cash or check (made out to Oueslati Sportschule).
To register online please follow the link below:
Also, please complete and return the attached waiver and image release form if you have not already done so.
*New for the 2019-2020 school year, we will be introducing an adult fitness class with a women's only option and adult sport leagues such as soccer and basketball for FSA parents and the community. Please email us at: email@example.com if you are interested or for more information.
We will also be resuming our Saturday Street Soccer sessions directly following each of our Saturday morning clinic sessions. These sessions are designed for students to participate in scrimmage with minimal interference but maximum supervision. I would highly recommend participation in these scrimmages to any middle school students interested in playing soccer for FSA in the Spring but not limited to. The fee for this program will be $25 per month.
If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. Thank you for your continuous support!
Have a great day,
Order Your Yearbook by September 30th to get 15% Off!
IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIREMENTS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM NURSE AMY
A Message From Nurse Amy
This is to remind you of the importance of getting your son or daughter vaccinated before they go back to school this fall. Vaccines are the best way you can protect your child from a number of serious diseases, including meningococcal disease, and cancers caused by HPV, and whooping cough.
As you are making your back-to-school checklist for your preteen, I encourage you to make sure your sons and daughters get all the vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for them at ages 11 and 12.
The State of Georgia requires the Meningococcal (MCV4), and a Tdap (booster) vaccines be done for school entry; to learn more about state immunization requirements, go to: www.immunize.org/laws.
Schedule an appointment today for your child to receive all of the vaccines they need for the best protection. CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the National Association for School Nurses all agree that your preteen needs the following vaccines:
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) protects against some of the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease and meningitis. While not very common, these are very serious illnesses and death can occur in as little as 48 hours. Your child will need a booster shot at age 16 to continue providing protection into the late teens/early 20’s.
HPV vaccine protects against the infections that can cause HPV cancer. HPV infection is very common and causes more than 31,000 cases of cancer each year in the Unites States; that’s one case of cancer diagnosed every 17 minutes. Both boys and girls should complete the HPV vaccine series before age 13. Preteens need two doses of HPV vaccine, given six to twelve months apart. If you wait, your child may need three doses over six months.
One dose of Tdap vaccine as a booster is for continued protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). This vaccine keeps preteens healthy and prevents spread of pertussis to babies who are too young to be protected by vaccination.
Preteens and teens should also get the flu vaccine every year, ideally by the end of October if possible.
The State of Georgia requires the Meningococcal (MCV4), and a Tdap (booster) vaccines be done for school entry; to learn more about state immunization requirements, go to: www.immunize.org/laws.
To learn more about adolescent vaccines, please visit CDC’s website for parents about vaccines for children at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents, or you can visit www.middleschoolhealth.org for the Middle School Health Starts Here website.
Medical Care Plan Forms, and Medication Forms, (asthma, food and insect allergies, diabetes, seizures, other health conditions), are available on the Nurse page, of the Student Life drop-down, located on the school website.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to get this done over the summer. Medical care plans will need a doctor signature as well as prescription medications. Always consult with your physician with questions concerns, and to inquire about side effects.
Open House: Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring Over-the-counter medication, as well as emergency medication and prescription medication, with the medical care plan, and /or Administration of Medication Form, to Open House.
Yearbook Picture Day will be August 28th! Save the Date! More Information to Come!
FSA Sideline Store
The site allows the user to select the item, color, logo, and team whether it be academic or athletic; even different sayings! The possibilities are endless! There is everything from cotton shirts to Dri-Fit Nike or UA workout shirts and so much more!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE
FSAPS Tuition Information: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/tuition-information/
Smart Tuition is the tuition management system used by FSA. In addition to tuition, all incidental billing such as aftercare fees, sports and academic team fees, trips, etc., is also done through Smart Tuition. There is a $50 yearly fee for Smart Tuition.
If you have not set up your account or are having trouble setting up your account, please contact our Business Administrator Abdurrahim Kurt by phone or email.
Phone: (678) 366 - 2555 ext. 105
Home Visits; A Great Activity for Your Student, No Matter Their Grade Level!
Here is some feedback from our parents:
- “Early in the school year, a group of teachers took the time to come to our home to meet us and discuss the school program with us. That event brought us back to the time in which schooling was a true partnership between parent and teacher and reaffirmed in our minds that FSA truly cares about the development of our children”
- “We even had two teachers visit us at our home. They were a pleasure to meet and we could clearly see how much they enjoy teaching students.”
- “Thank you very much for your visit and the chocolates yesterday. We enjoyed having you over very much. I also want to thank you for turning math from the most complicated and somewhat scary subject into one of our most favorites.”
- “We all enjoyed your visit last night to our home. It was such a pleasure to informally get to know both of you. My son thought it was really cool that two teachers came to his house. He talked about it the whole way to school this morning in carpool. Personally, I admire the dedication you both have for your jobs. It makes a big difference in a student’s attitude toward school. Your visit left no doubt in my mind that FSA was the right decision for my son.”
- “I just wanted to write on behalf of my husband and I and thank you for visiting our child. He loved having you both come and visit. We appreciate the level of caring and attention that you have consistently shown our family. It is rare to see such a dedication from teachers for their jobs. We can tell that you love teaching and you care for our children. Thank you for visiting our child when he was not feeling well.”
How can I schedule a home visit?
To schedule an elementary school home visit: Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Ms. Unal will be in touch to confirm final details.
To schedule a middle or high school school home visit: Simply email email@example.com with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Mr. Duman will be in touch to confirm final details.
Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends, except Sunday mornings. For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
FSAConnect mobile App
We are happy to inform you that now you can check fsaconnect by mobile app.
Here is how you can access the app:
ITunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radix-mobile/id1159005166?mt=8
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radix.radixmobile
The links can also be found at the bottom of your connect page by the other social media links.
A pop-up banner will appear on top of the screen when users access the school connect on their mobile devices.
Site link: https://fsaconnect.fultonscienceacademy.org
Username: fsaconnect username
Password: fsaconnect password
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR REMIND, OUR SCHOOL NOTIFICATION APPlication
JOIN FSAPS REMIND HERE: https://www.remind.com/join/fsaps
We have created a remind account to keep our community informed and up-to-date with what is happening at our school.
By joining "FSAPS remind," you will receive messages via push notifications, SMS, or e-mail. We recommend SMS option for our families and students.
We will use this tool as an addition to other communication portals we use at our school to keep our families apprised of what's happening at Fulton Science Academy. Thank you.
FSA SOCIAL MEDIA
Please connect with us online and grow our social media following!
FSA is proud to be building a strong social media presence and we encourage you to follow us using one or more of the following links:
4- FSA LINKEDIN
So many of you have LinkedIn accounts. To get news about our school on LinkedIn, simply follow our schools’s LinkedIn page.