Back to School Findley Flyer

Engage. Connect. Grow

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Dear Findley Families,


I know that summer break is not over yet, but I wanted to make sure that you are informed of some upcoming events and important updates that you will find in this Back to School Findley Flyer.


We are looking forward to welcoming back all of our students face-to-face for the 2021-2022 school year. I want to thank our summer staff for all that they have done to prepare to open our doors for our students, staff, and parents.


Our teachers and staff will return on Tuesday, August 3 for pre-planning after a much needed break!


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Camille Christopher

Principal

Engage. Connect. Grow

Important Dates

7/28-School Governance Council Meeting-3:00 pm

8/3-8/6-Pre-Planning

8/4-PreK and KK Meet and Greet

8/5-Grades 1-5 Meet and Greet

8/9-First Day of School

8/18-PTA Executive Board Meeting-9:30 am

8/24-Curriculum Night (TAG, ESOL, Special Education, and PreK)

8/25-Curriculum Night (Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th)

8/26-Curriculum Night (1st, 3rd, and 5th)

More information will be communicated regarding Curriculum Nights

9/6-Labor Day Holiday

PTA Information

The Findley Oaks PTA is excited to start the school year! Be on the lookout next week for our first communication including information about Spirit Shirts and the Falcon Fund. If you're new to Findley or haven't been receiving our emails, please visit http://findleyoakselementaryschool.my-pta.org/ and click on Register on the left side. Questions? Please email us at findley.oaks.pta@gmail.com

See you soon!

Meet and Greet Information

Please join us for our Meet and Greet events! Prior to the Meet and Greet, you will receive a welcome email from your child's homeroom teacher. Like last year, parents can find out their child's teacher(s) through Campus Portal. We will send information as we approach the Meet and Greet dates.


PreK and Kindergarten-August 4 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm


Kindergarten Agenda:

3:30-3:50- Meet and Greet in classroom (meet the teacher, supply lists, transportation, volunteer for classroom)

3:50-4:00-Informational meeting for parents (students will do a craft activity with the kindergarten paras starting at this time)

4:00-4:15-PTA information in Food Court

4:15-4:30-Popsicles on the playground



PreK Agenda:

3:30-3:45-Meet and Greet in classroom (meet the teacher, supply lists, transportation, volunteer for classroom)

3:45-4:00-PTA information in Food Court (students remain with PreK paras to complete a craft activity)

4:00-4:15-Brief parent meeting and Q&A

4:15-4:30-Popsicles on the playground



Grades 1-5 Only-August 5 from 8:30 am-10:00 am




Meet and Greet Checklist


Your Child’s Classroom:

Meet teacher

Supply lists (also available on our website)

Volunteer for classroom

Transportation Information

Bus information (also available on the Fulton County website)

Dismissal tags


Food Court:

Prepay Extra Sale items (breakfast and lunch are free for all students again this year)

PTA Falcon Fund, Class Shirts, Volunteer Information


Clinic:

Medical information


Front Desk:

General information


Afterschool Enrichment & Afterschool Care Program information is available on the Findley Oaks website under ‘Activities’.


Can't join us in person? There will be an optional virtual Meet and Greet for all grades on August 5 from 8 am-8:30 am. This will an opportunity for your child to meet his or her teacher. The welcome email from the teacher will include a link to the Teams virtual Meet and Greet for those who choose this option. If your child has medical needs, please reach out to the clinic and be sure to let the teacher know how your child will dismiss each day.

Welcome our New Staff!

  • Jennifer Johnson-PreK Special Education Teacher
  • Dr. Nicole Ciancetta-2nd Grade Teacher
  • Parker Simon-3rd Grade Teacher
  • Hannah El-Shami-AU Support Teacher
  • Caroline Hennessey-TAG
  • Dr. Jennifer Fried-Speech Language Pathologist
  • Chuck McMahan-Instructional Para-Physical Education
  • Beth Floyd-Instructional Para-Tutoring
  • Kelly Littlejohn-Instructional Para-Special Education
  • Evelyn Backa-School Psychologist
  • Colleen Greathouse-Curriculum Support Teacher

Student Handbook

Please take some time to review the Student Handbook for the 2021-2022 School Year, which is located on our website. Click here to access the handbook.

Fulton County Schools Updated Mask Guidance from July 16

Fulton County Schools communicated the updated mask guidance on July 16. Our school will follow our district guidance on masks, physical distancing to the extent possible, frequent hand washing, cleaning of high touch areas and workspaces, and visitors/volunteers.


COVID-19 and related variants continue to be a significant public health concern, and FCS remains vigilant as we prepare for a safe return to our schools for staff and students. Regarding newly issued recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the district’s COVID Executive Task Force has reviewed the guidance on the use of masks and has reaffirmed our current position, with one revision.


CDC directives require masks on all public transportation, which includes school buses. FCS will comply with this order by requiring masks for all bus and school transportation for staff and students. We will strongly encourage masks for non-vaccinated individuals in our schools and administrative buildings. We will also continue to promote general health and hygiene practices and physical distancing, including maintaining 3-6 feet where practicable.

Due to the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, the district will continue to monitor COVID data and recommendations, consult with public health officials and make additional adjustments, as necessary.

We are excited to welcome our students and staff back to in-person learning. Have a wonderful, safe school year.

Important Attendance Policy Update

Fulton County Schools has updated the Attendance Policy for all students. Please be familiar with the changes. A few things to point out regarding Remote Participation and Pre-Approved absences (this is also in the Student Handbook).



Remote Learning Attendance - Students must meet the following participation benchmarks to receive credit for attending in a remote learning setting:

  • Elementary School (Daily Attendance)
    • Participation in synchronous RELA and Math instruction remotely,
    • or, participates asynchronously as defined by the teacher


How does my child get attendance credit for participating remotely?



  • Students can substitute up to 5 absences per semester (a max of 10 per year) with a remote learning day by meeting the remote learning participation benchmarks listed in policy. This would result in the student being counted as present for the day(s) they participate remotely.



  • To be marked present, work must be submitted within 2 days of absence.
  • Students may not use a remote learning day on a test day.
  • Parent/guardian or student must notify teacher in advance to the start of the instructional day (prior to 7:40 am) to utilize the participation benchmark rule. Requests sent after the start of the school day will not be marked as a remote learning day. We suggest notifying the teacher as far in advance as possible.
  • Schools will make their best effort to provide instruction given early notice.




Pre-Approved Absences – If you are planning an extended trip or family vacation, and your trip is educational in nature, you may ask for pre-approval from the principal by sending the pre-approval form via email to christopherc@fultonschools.org. You may also copy the homeroom teacher on the email. The from should be submitted five days in advance of the absence(s). Forms submitted after the absence(s) occur will not be marked as approved.


Attendance forms will be available on our website prior to the first day of school.

Here Comes the Bus

If your child is going to ride the bus this year you will find the "Here Comes the Bus" app useful. "Here Comes the Bus" is a free, easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop, so you can send your child out at just the right time. No more worrying about whether your child has missed the bus! Click here for more information:

2021-2022 FCS Student Code of Conduct

Fulton County Schools is making its Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook available online in PDF format (click the link below). 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 student (over 10 years old) MUST sign this form found within your INFINTE CAMPUS PARENT/STUDENT PORTAL ACCOUNT. This form will be available AFTER Aug 2, 2021. If you would like a paper copy of the Handbook, you or your student can pick one up in your school's front office.

Student Code of Conduct Link

MISSION, VISION, AND MOTTO

Mission: Engage. Connect. Grow


Vision: To create a school community of engaged, connected, and growing learners.


Motto: From Tiny Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks