Week of July 15, 2022
I started putting this newsletter together. The automatic background was this of a track. I felt like that was surprisingly appropriate because our long run begins soon. We have all been in full recovery mode this summer. Our teachers have been preparing through professional development as their learning never stops. I have been hard at work getting everything ready for students and staff. A lot happens over the summer. So maybe it is not recovery, but instead this summer time is training for our big day.
The big day will be here on August 8th. Students will be back in the building. There are lots of nerves around this day for us all. We are going to do everything we can to have the best year yet! I have packed in a great deal of information into this newsletter, but I don't have access to all of our families yet because of the way the system is set up. Please share this link with new families in the neighborhood or at the clubhouse. I want to make sure that all of our rising kindergarteners and new students are fully aware of all of this information.
Enjoy the last several weeks of summer, and I will see you all VERY soon!
Hembree Springs ES
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Safety Updates and Upcoming Townhall
We have some safety practices that are already in place to maximize visibility and supervision. One of the best tools we have is the front door with camera and all exterior doors being locked at all times. We also make sure to keep our gates to the playground locked every day. Here are just a few things that we do:
- Mirrors at the corners of the hallways to help see around the corner.
- Exterior and interior doors numbered to help staff and first responders know which location to enter.
- Safety plan that has been vetted by Fulton County Schools Security and Safety Director.
- Walkie Talkies for all administration and teacher leaders in the building.
- Crisis Go App - a tool to alert all teachers, staff, and district level staff of any type of emergency including fire drills.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I wanted to highlight a few things we are doing. Please plan on joining me at Hembree Springs ES in the cafe on August 2nd, 2022 at 6pm. This event will be recorded and shared out for all parents. We will also have some conversation about volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Important Dates for August 2022
- Tuesday, August 2 - Safety and Volunteer Townhall Meeting 6pm at HSES (it will be recorded)
- Friday, August 5 - Open House (8 am-2 pm, see below)
- Monday, August 8 - First Day of School (7:40 am - 2:20 pm)
- Friday, August 19 - Spirit Night and Welcome Back Social (5:30-7:30 pm)
- Thursday, August 25 - General PTA Meeting
- Saturday, August 27 - Parents' Night Out (details coming)
All families are welcome to attend during your child's given time.
Bring school supplies, meet your teacher, check out the classroom, hear about Hembree Springs and classroom things for the year, sign up for PTA, get official transportation information, complete registration, get cafeteria and meal information, and anything else that you would need to know for the year!
First Grade: 9a-10a
Second Grade: 10a-11a
Staff Lunch Break: 11a-12p
Third Grade: 12p-1p
Fourth Grade: 1p-2p
Fifth Grade: 2p-3p
Hembree Springs Classrooms - Please enter through the front doors.
You will need to be in the classroom by 5 mins after the given time.
All will EXIT the building through the CAFE.
School Breakfast & Lunch Prices
Free and Reduced Meal Applications SY22-23
This is the best way to get current information!
Things to Know about being a bus rider:
- Students in grades PK, Kindergarten, and First must all have a parent, guardian, or designated emergency contact at the bus stop in order the student to be released from the bus. If one is not there when the bus arrives, the student will be brought back to Hembree Springs.
- Parents should wait in a safe place 12 feet back from the bus door.
- Please be 5 minutes early to the bus stop in the morning and allow for 15 minutes after given drop-off time in the afternoon for the first week of school. Ms. Smith will notify all parents of any delays the first week of school. All buses are scheduled to depart Hembree Springs by 2:30. If we dismiss later than that all parents will be notified via text.
What is the "Danger Zone?"
*The Danger Zone is the 12-foot area that surrounds a stopped school bus. This “danger zone” is the area where your school bus driver might not be able to see you or your child. Twelve feet equals 4 “giant steps” for elementary school students.
We ask that students:
a) Stay away from the most dangerous areas at the front of the bus, around both front tires, at the entrance door and around the right rear tires.
b) Make sure you are always able to see the bus driver when outside the bus. If you can see the driver, then they can see you. You must never go behind the school bus!
c) Be aware of the danger of passing cars that do not stop like they should. The danger may be from cars passing from both the front and rear and on both the left and right sides of the school bus.
- Here Comes the Bus has how-to videos for using the app on a mobile device and a computer.
How do I sign up?
- Download the Here Comes The Bus app on Google Play or the Apple App Store or visit www.herecomesthebus.com.
- Click the "Sign Up" button
- Enter school code: 87428
- Click "Next" followed by "Confirm"
- Complete the "User Profile" box
- Under "My Students," click "Add." Enter your child's last name and student ID number
- Once you confirm you information, you're ready to go!
How does "Here Comes the Bus" work?
"Here Comes the Bus" uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to locate and track your child’s school bus. It is powered by software from Synovia Solutions, who are experts at tracking data, which they’ve been providing to fleet managers across North America for over 15 years.
How much does it cost?
"Here Comes the Bus" is available at no cost to all families. It's free!
Do I need separate accounts for each of my children? Or separate accounts if we all want to be notified separately?
You and your children can access all the information about the buses you need using just one "Here Comes the Bus" account.
Is the information private and secure?
"Here Comes the Bus" uses HTTPS, just like a bank or online store, which means that all communications between your web browser and the site is encrypted and secure. (That’s what the S in “HTTPS” stands for – secure.)
I saw a Student Ridership feature on the app. Does Fulton County Schools use this?
Student Ridership is student-tracking software that can be accessed through the "Here Come the Bus" app. It enables parents to see when their child has scanned on and off the bus. At this time, Fulton County Schools has not decided to offer this option.
Can I view the website in a language other than English?
Yes. The "Here Comes the Bus" program was created by Synovia Solutions, and the company has made the website available in Spanish and French. If your computer is already set to display one of these languages, the website will automatically use the same language. Otherwise, you can change the language by clicking the current language (such as English) at the top right of the web page.
Code of Conduct Update
As a reminder this is our standard practice:
· 1st Offense – Warning – student places cell phone in their backpack.
· 2nd Offence – Cell phone confiscated and held in front office. Student can pick up the device at 2:20 pm at the front office.
· 3rd Offense – Cell phone is confiscated and held in front office. Parent/guardian picks up cell phone.
· 4th Offense – Cell phone agreement student/parent/school.
The school is not responsible for personal electronic devices on school property.