Flippen Family Newsletter
Greeting Parents and Guardians
Wow, November begins on Wednesday. What an exciting month of giving and thankfulness. At Flippen, we appreciate you and our community partners, Eagles Landing Baptist Church and The Lion's Club of McDonough, for their generous contributions to our PBIS goals and as volunteers. A successful school depends on the support of families and community representatives.
We had a wonderful turnout for STEM Night. Thank you to all the parents who attended.
Please continue to remind your students of our RAD expectations. We are addressing some behaviors that are impacting classroom learning.
Some of you have inquired about homework. Please speak with your child's teacher and inquire. Homework can range from Amira, i-Ready lessons, reading and journal entries, or weekly homework packets. We ask that you monitor homework completion at home.
Trunk-or-Treat is on Tuesday. We have close to 50 cars that have registered and will participate. Please ensure to show your identification at the front office when you arrive. Coach P will guide you as to where to park and set up.
We have over 400 families joining us for the Flippen Family Thanksgiving dinner on November 8th and 9th. Grade-level dining schedules are below. Just to remind you, only those who have RSVP may attend. The Clear Bag Policy and identification are required.
Thank you for continually supporting the Flippen Family.
- For Kindness Week (11/6 - 11/10), We will host a food can drive. Our theme, "Yes, We CAN Be Kind." Please donate any non-perishable foods. We will partner with the United Food Force of McDonough.
- Children are tardy after 7:35 a.m. Instruction begins at 7:40 a.m.after announcements. Please have students at school on time.
- Chromebooks must be charged and brought to school daily. If the laptops are broken or lost, please notify the school.
- Remember to view family events in Henry County.
School Counselor, Mrs. Kelsey Corner: Kindness Week
Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule: November 8th and 9th
Congratulations to Dr. Davis, GA Superintendent Finalist
Parent University: Mr. Johnnie Stafford, Director of School Safety & Security
Math Foundation and Skills
Ways to Build a Strong Math Foundation at Home!!
When a student has a strong number sense, it helps to build a foundation for mathematical understanding. Focusing on number sense in the younger grades helps build the foundation necessary to compute and solve more complex problems in older grades. Building a love for math in your children begins with building an understanding of numbers. Number sense is so important because it promotes confidence and encourages flexible thinking. Below you will find activities that will help to build number sense:
- Take numbers apart and put them back together in different ways: (such as: 5+0=5; 4+1=5; 3+2=5; 2+3=5; 1+4=5; 0+5=5 and so on)
- Compute mentally: solving problems in their heads instead of using a paper and pencil
- Estimating to bring math into your child’s everyday world. Estimate the number of steps it takes to get from the car to the house or how many minutes you have to wait in line at the grocery store.
- Visualize ways to see numbers. Ask your students to visualize a number and tell you what they see. Your child will see numbers in different ways. An eight can look like a snake or a 10 can be thought of as a baseball and bat
- Think about math with an open mind. Instead of asking what is 6+4, ask, "What are some ways to make 10?" This allows for more flexible thinking and builds confidence with knowing more than one answer.”
- Problem Solve With Them. Ask your students to show you how they solved math problems each day. Ask them what they learned and to "show you how." Have them make connect how they would use math in the real world. Ask them to oompute while you are at the grocery store, at home, or shopping online.
Reading and Language Arts
One of the most important gifts we can give children is to help them learn to read and write so that they can succeed in school and beyond. Reading is a skill that we use everyday from reading text messages and emails to deciding what we want to eat from a menu at our favorite restaurants. There are a variety of ways you might improve your child’s reading skills at home.
1. 1. Make reading part of daily life.
Setting aside designated reading-together time. Children should not think reading is something that we only do at school. Read the back of the cereal boxes in the mornings, or ask your child to read road signs aloud to you. Also, read daily with your child or have students read to you. You can write notes to your child and have them write responses back to you. Children will begin to realize the importance of reading once you model a positive reading experience for them.
2. 2. Fill your home with books.
It has been proven that having a library at home is linked to higher test scores. Neighborhood garage sales and thrift stores such as Goodwill have inexpensive books that you can add to your child’s personal library. By exposing children to an array of books, their scope of interests and understanding will expand. There will be an increase in curiosity and enthusiasm about new topics.
3. 3. Support and encourage the learning process.
Learning to read can be a difficult process for most students. Often, your child doesn’t learn one reading-related skill and then move on to the next in step-by-step process. They may be decoding, working on fluency, or absorbing new vocabulary, and understanding what the text says. The more they practice, they will improve their reading skills.
4. 4. Set up a meeting with child’s teacher.
Your child’s teacher can give you insight into his or her reading performance. They will have information from formal and informal assessments of where the students are currently are. This can tell you whether they help with phonics, vocabulary, or comprehension. This gives you a basis to figure out which skills to reinforce at home once you’ve met with teachers.
Below are some useful websites to with guides and resources to assist students at home:
- iReady (students have access on their Chromebooks)
Assessments and Data
During the months of November and December, we begin administering the second round of diagnostic assessments.
F & P evaluates students' reading, reading fluency and comprehension abilities.
MAP Winter Administration: Measure of Academic Progress assesses students progress and growth in reading and math in grades 1-5.
iReady Diagnostic 2: will measure and monitor students growth in Reading and Math from the Fall administration.
Student of the Month Friday Ceremony. November 3rd at 8:30 a.m
No School for Students: Tuesday, November 7th
Thanksgiving Break: No School November 20-24
Literary Costumes for Tuesday: Student/Child Friendly
Congratulations to our Flippen Picture Bowl Scholars
These amazingly talented and bright scholars performed yesterday at Dutchtown ES, during the HCS First K-3 Picture Bowl. I am so proud of these scholars and all our Picture Bowl participants who showed effective effort and solid literary knowledge.
Congratulations: Dylan T, Wes, Carlee, Dylan F, Austin, Mikayla, Zion, Genesis, Kaleb, Charlotte, Addison, Harper, Ethan, David, Semira, and Maliyah
Thank you to Mrs. Gunn and Mrs. Reed for their dedicated support and guidance as Coaches. Flippen deeply appreciates all our parents who participated and supported their children and our school's effort to ensure our scholars have access and opportunities to showcase their gifts.
Flippen Celebrated the 50th Day of School
Pink Out Day at Flippen: Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
Zayleigh and Emmalynn Showing their Flippen Spirit
Scholastic Book Fair: October 23-27
Parents, join us as we discussed important information within the Eagle's Landing Cluster. Clear Bags Policy Required. Thank you.
Trunk-or-Treat, Tuesday, October 31st
Community Conversations with Eagle's Landing Cluster of Schools 10/26
Introducing, Flippen's School Safety Advisory Council Members.
This partnership with HCS and Flippen will allow space to teach and equip student leaders to lead effectively in their schools. This advisory team allows HCS to bring greater awareness to each person's critical role in keeping schools safe.
Congratulations to our PBIS Ambassadors! They will represent Flippen and serve as our leaders in building and sustaining positive behaviors, school-wide celebrations, and reminding students of B-RAD expectations.
Reggina Ramirez Duran
Lena St Rose
More Congratulations: Student Council Representatives
Way to Go! These scholars were nominated and voted by their classmates to serve as Class Student Council Representatives. They will give input and discuss students' issues, concerns and suggestions at Flippen.
Kamden Brown-4th Grade President
Joya Cox- 5th Grade President
Reginna Ramirez Duran
Their first meeting is October 23, 2023 at 7:35 a.m.
Tuesday, November 7th: No School for Students
Thanksgiving Dinner at Flippen: 11/8 & 9:Clear Bags Required
Freddie Falcon at Flippen
We had a fantastic time with Freddie Falcon last Friday. The students were wonderful and fully engaged. We appreciate the Atlanta Falcons choosing Flippen Elementary School and sharing Freddie with us.
A special thank you to the Eagles Landing High School Football Team and Cheerleaders. They did a fabulous job making our scholars feel appreciated.
Thank you parents, for the great turnout of our Falcons wearing their Atlanta Falcon attire.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
At Flippen, we recognize and celebrate our amazing families, and during this month, we will highlight and immerse our scholars in the literature of Latino and Hispanic authors.
El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana comienza del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre. Es un mes para celebrar y honrar la historia, la cultura diversa y las contribuciones de los estadounidenses cuyas familias provienen de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.
En Flippen, reconocemos y celebramos a nuestras increíbles familias y, durante este mes, destacaremos a nuestros académicos en la literatura de autores latinos e hispanos.
Mental Health and Wellness
We congratulate the following Flippen employees for their dedication and outstanding efforts during the months of August and September. We appreciate all our staff but have to highlight the little extra these employees contribute excellently. Thank you for putting the extra in the ordinary things you do daily. Simply Extraordinary!
Ms. Candace Jones: Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Meghan Largent: First Grade Teacher
Ms. Brenda Waugh, ESE Paraprofessional
Ms. Christal Lowery, ESE Paraprofessional
Congratulations, September Students of the Month
The following scholars were recognized Friday for their amazing achievement. So Proud of You!
Micaela Barriga Arce
Flippen Title I Family Compact and Parent Family Engagement Plans
Parents, please review the Flippen School Compact and the Parent Family Engagement Plan. These were jointly created by the parents and school during our Title I Input and Annual Meeting from your feedback and input. Please review both documents and Sign-off.
We are required to have 100% participation.
Parent Acknowledgement Forms: Prizes to the Classes Who Turn them In Quickly:
First Place: Pizza and Juice
Second Place Classroom: Ice Cream
Third Place: Snacks
Thank you. 😊
October Lunch Menu
Free Meals Application
The need for warm meals increases as we get closer to the fall and winter months. I want students to have a meal each day at Flippen, preferably breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, many students with large meal balances must receive an alternative lunch.
Please complete your 2023-2024 Online Free & Reduced Meal Application.
Suppose you have previously qualified for free or reduced status or believe you may be eligible. In that case, we encourage you to complete a Free and Reduced Meal application as soon as possible to ensure your benefits continue throughout the 2023-2024 school year. The carry-over period from applications approved from SY 2022-2023 you were expired Thursday, September 14, 2023.
Completing the application only takes a few minutes, yet the possible benefits for you and your family are many. Qualifying families may be eligible for discounted fees for standard tests and college scholarship opportunities. Completing the application also ensures Henry County Schools received federal dollars to support our students' access to breakfast and lunch, school instruction, and technology improvements.
The Free and Reduced Lunch Application can be completed online from the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. If you have questions regarding the school meal application process, please get in touch with Erica Banon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade Levels Learning Standards
Henry County and Flippen Handbooks
Please don't park in the handicapped parking spot or block the ramps for wheelchairs. I truly appreciate your support.
Also, please remain in your cars when picking up your scholars or dropping them off. This expedites the car rider process and helps to get all scholars into the building by 7:35 a.m. Thanks again!!