Hembree Highlights

August 12, 2022

Letter from Ms. Smith

Hello Parents and Families!

Week one is in the books. It was a great week filled with lots of laughter and learning. Our students have not really jumped into heavy instruction this week because we are working on establishing routines. This means that we are learning about how things are done at Hembree Springs.

This year our theme is #TogetherWeSoar based on the book All Are Welcome! Our students have been reading the book and talking about our diverse community. We have shared different things about ourselves as we are learning new teachers and classmates. We have also added some new opportunities for students to be responsible. This year students may volunteer to be a cafe helper. That means that students can wipe down the table (towel and water, no soap - custodians sanitize tables to ensure cleanliness) and sweep around the table in the cafe. We are promoting a sense of responsibility and ownership of our shared spaces. Students have been excited to take on these new roles. Our cafe has never looked better.

Lastly, I want to send a special shoutout to our parents! You rolled with the first day of long lines, rain at carpool, and waiting much longer than anticipated at the bus stops. You made sure to sign paperwork and send in the extra change of clothes. You fought back tears when you dropped off your 4-5 year old at the big school for the first time. (It is also okay if you couldn't hold those tears in too.) You carried your child to bed after they fell asleep on the couch at the end of day 3. You got up extra early today because you needed that time to get the coffee in before you started morning routine. I know that this week has brought different experiences for every student, parent, and family. You pushed through and gave a smile and encouraging words no matter what you had going on inside. You sent love and hugs at the bus stop or carpool each day. You greeted your child(ren) with wonder by asking them all about their day. The excitement and success of this week was just as much your doing as the work the teachers and staff. So...THANK YOU! You are truly amazing!

I am grateful to serve this community, your family, and your child!


AJ Smith


Hembree Springs ES


470-254-2905 - office

678-525-7704 - cell

Important Dates

8/19 Bring Your Own Picnic & Social @ school from 5:30-7:30pm see below for details

8/25 PTA General Meeting @ 8am

9/14 "Hembree Perk" and Annual Title I Meeting @ 7:40am in Media Center

9/16 STEM & STAR Night

iReady Diagnostic

Our students are taking their first iReady diagnostics next week. We’re excited for the chance to show what we know and to get good information that will help allow our teachers to plan personalized instruction. Most students will begin at 8:00 on Tuesday for the reading diagnostic, and at 8:00 on Thursday for the math diagnostic. There is nothing to prepare for; a good night’s sleep, a good breakfast, and on time arrival to school are all that is needed. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions, and visit

https://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/ for further information.

Transportation Info

Please see the following link for a Parent and Guardian Toolkit Guide on the FCS Transportation website. It has Here Comes the Bus instructions, how to find your bus stop/times, school bus rules/FAQs: https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/25168

Parents, if your child rides the bus home in the afternoon, please do not remove the bus tag (Pink Pig, Purple Dinosaur, etc.) from their backpack. We use these to do quick checks when loading buses at dismissal. This ensures that students are boarding the correct bus. Thank you!!

Important Reminder

Students are not allowed to bring Pokémon cards and other toys to Hembree Springs. These items are a distraction to learning and should be left at home. Thanks for your help in reinforcing this school rule.

Student Success Skills


If you have questions about the Student Success Skills or the inventory in grades 3-5, please reach out to Shannon Reynolds, Counselor, at reynoldssn@fultonschools.org

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El Inventario de Habilidades para el Éxito del estudiante es usado para medir el crecimiento de éstos a través de los estándares de Habilidades para el Éxito Estudiantil como resultado de las lecciones de ReThink Ed. Los estudiantes completan el inventario respondiendo si casi siempre, siempre, a veces o nunca aplican las habilidades que se enseñan en las áreas de autoconciencia, autogestión, competencia social, Resolución de problemas de forma colaborativa, estrategias de aprendizaje reflexivo y sentido de pertenencia. El Inventario SSS tiene aproximadamente 15-20 artículos y es aplicado a los estudiantes en el otoño y la primavera. Se tarda unos 15 minutos en completarse. Los estudiantes completan el Inventario SSS utilizando la plataforma Illuminate.

- Sesión de otoño: 29 de agosto de 2022 - 2 de septiembre de 2022

- Sesión de primavera: 17 de abril de 2023 – 21 de abril de 2023

¡Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el Inventario SSS, comuníquese con el Campeón de Habilidades de Éxito Estudiantil! Los padres pueden optar por excluir a su estudiante del inventario. Para optar por la no participación, deben enviar una solicitud por escrito a la Directora de la escuela.

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From PTA

School of Excellence Committee

In Aug 2021, we were named a National PTA School of Excellence and received 3rd place in the nation for the Phoebe Hearst award for the work that we did during the 2020 pandemic. We will be participating in the school of Excellence program again this year and would love your support on the committee to make sure we are providing the programming that is relevant and valuable to our community! We need to hear from you! Please take the School of Excellence survey in English or Spanish by September 15th! If you would like to learn more about the committee, please let me know at president@hembreespringspta.org!
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Reflections Arts Program

This is an annual PTA sponsored program that fosters your child's creativity through the arts! This program encourages your child, at any age, to dance, film, play music, draw/paint, write, or photograph their interpretation of the annual theme, which this year is "Show your Voice!" If you are a fan of the arts, we'd love your support putting on the workshop or judging the entries which are due October 3rd! Have your child start working on submissions now!

PTA General Meeting

Please join us on August 25th @ 8am for our PTA General Meeting! We will share more about what we do for Hembree Springs as a PTA and how it supports both the school and PTA missions! Feel free to bring the questions and we'll bring the coffee!

Want to volunteer?

If you have some time, we have ways you can help!! Sign up on our volunteer interest form to get an idea of our programs and let us know what interests you! https://m7scym5f.r.us-east-1.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fforms%2Fd%2Fe%2F1FAIpQLSdimqwAljWazgJZMkVEQCeeQS4y6pdvRRwdwxXWKoPj9ajXow%2Fviewform%3Fusp=sf_link/1/01000182809ce733-7fd94228-980e-46b4-8d9b-b9156bff0f36-000000/ZgKXw4fHqM1mIVX2DACK1VN6cds=281. All volunteers must have completed Fulton County Volunteer training.

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Absence and Excuse Note Policy

Excuse Note Policy for Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Checkouts

Hembree Springs Elementary School

Hembree Springs Elementary is an award-winning Title 1 school in Roswell, GA. According to Niche.com, within the Fulton County School system, we are rated #6 for most diverse public elementary schools, #13 for best public elementary school teachers, and #32 for best public elementary school.

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