Crabapple Crossing Elementary

Principal's Newsletter

May 5, 2017

Dr. Rachel Williams, Principal

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From the Principal

Dear Parents,

I have so many recognitions and celebrations to share with you this week! First, I want to recognize Mrs. Becky Jones, a CCES parent. Many of you may know her because of the multiple hats she wears here in our school. She is one of two moms who runs our Science Lab. She also writes the PTO Corral, assists in our Literacy Bookroom, and runs the Copy Center. We could never thank her enough for the amount of time and energy she puts into our school. She is like an extended faculty member. Thanks, Becky for all you do! Last Friday, she was recognized at the GA Tech Conference Center as being CCES’s Volunteer of the Year! Please see photo above.

Also this week, our SGC was recognized. CCES had over 90% of staff and over 25% of parents participate in the last election. We had the highest voting percentage in the Northwest Learning Community and third highest in the entire district! You all know I am competitive, so I was hunting down that first place finish, but….. This is proof of our community’s engagement in our school. I want to send a farewell to the following parents, Tara Spolan and Melissa Lynch, who will be rolling off of our board as well as staff members, Ayo Richardson and Kelly Miller. Newly appointed members will be announced soon. Our SGC is a great group of people who work together to push forward school goals and initiatives. These are typically academic and social in nature. If you ever have a question about meetings and what is discussed, everything can be located on our CCES school website.

Lastly, our Employees of the Month for April were Vicki Miller (K Para) and Gina Steffensen (Art). Please see photos below. Vicki is a para who has been with us for many years and will be transitioning into retirement. You made it, Vicki! Gina is our new Art teacher and had big shoes to fill replacing Tracy Kuzminsky. She has done an excellent job making art fun and creative for kids. She is now moving into creating art on our school walls, so when you return in August, you will see some slight changes!

These last few weeks are fun and exciting, but teaching continues here daily. I was at a community meeting recently, and a parent asked what we do after a test and I said, “WE TEACH!” No time is wasted to get your student fully prepared for the grade ahead. We look forward to seeing you at Field Day on May 18th and class party days which are listed in the upcoming events at the end of the newsletter. Have a great weekend!

FCS Strategic Plan 2022


Please click on the link below to view the draft of the FCS Strategic Plan 2022. A short video was also shared on Twitter last Friday by Dr. Williams. If you would like to give input, feel free to do so. There is an email address located on page one in the golden shaded area at the bottom.

CCES Chorus sings National Anthem at Georgia Swarm Game

Our CCES Chorus sang the national anthem at the Georgia Swarm lacrosse game on Saturday. The invitation to sing for the Swarm was quite an honor as they only have six home games. CCES was the only elementary school chorus to participate! Enjoy the pictures below.
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Clever Colts compete in the Cheetah Cup!

4th and 5th grade Clever Colts competed in the 8th Annual Cheetah Cup Math Olympiad Competition this past Saturday at Creekview Elementary School. Students competed in both individual and team events. They did a great job and it was a fun event!

Mrs. Geurin and Mrs. Holcombe

Spring Book Fair 5/5/17-5/12/17

The Book Fair is here! Don’t miss out on shopping with your child for Summer Reading books!! In a separate attachment you will find a list of class shopping times.

All Book Fair volunteers will receive a 10% Discount:

End of year reminders

Please remember to pick up any student medications from the clinic by the last day of school, Thursday, May 25th. Fulton County policy does not allow medications to be stored over the summer. Any medications not picked up will be discarded.

If you can't find your child's belongings - lunchbox, coat, sweater or jacket, please stop by the school and check the lost and found located by the gym. Any items not claimed by May 19th will be donated to various charities.

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NWMS Spring Chorus Concert

You’re invited to the Northwestern Middle School Spring Chorus Concert. You’ll hear lots of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Dance favorites! It’s going to be a great show you don’t want to miss on Monday, May 15, 7pm, Milton High School Auditorium. Admission is free. We hope to see you there and we would love for rising 6th graders to sing with us next year! Please email Ms. Grant at to register for 2017-18 6th grade chorus at NMS. Go Wildcats!

Student Release Days 2017-18

CCES will have three full student release days for the 2017-2018 school year. These dates are: September 1, October 5, and March 8. All of these dates coincide with a long weekend. Please keep in mind, student attendance has an impact on our school score; otherwise, known as CCRPI. We strongly encourage you to take a look at the FCS calendar and make plans for extended vacations on these dates if possible. Our SGC strategically picked these dates to align with Milton and Northwestern; therefore, all students are out of school making travel easier for our families. We appreciate your consideration as we strive to make student attendance a priority.

Upcoming Events

5/9 K Concert, 6:30 pm

5/11 Spring Chorus and Orff Ensemble Concert, 6:30 pm

5/18 Field Day

5/22 4th grade party - 12 pm

5/22 1st grade party - 1 pm

5/23 2nd grade party - 1 pm

5/24 3rd grade party - 9 am

5/24 Kindergarten party - 1 pm

5/24 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

5/25 Last Day of School