A Message from Ms. Lilly
RNE Newsletter March 1st, 2018
The Principal's Office
Dear RNE Family,
I wanted to take some time to review our safety protocols we have in place at RNE. This week we held a mandatory faculty meeting to discuss all of safety protocols. We had a rich discussion and received several ideas and suggestions to ensure we are all working together to keep RNE safe. This is a discussion we will continue as staff. As our meeting concluded it was evident that student safety and building security are a top priority for all of us! Below you will find a few reminders when visiting RNE.
All parents and visitors must enter the building through the front door, where they will be buzzed in after stating the nature of their visit.
Visitors are asked not to open or hold the door for anyone.
- All parents and visitors must sign in at the front office and receive a visitor/volunteer badge before proceeding down the hallway to any area of the building.
- Visitors and volunteers should remain in the area where they signed in to visit.
- Anyone checking out a student must present their government issued ID and be on the students approved list of adults who may check them out.
Many of you have asked for a description of the drills we use at RNE to guide conversations with your child (ren).
Soft Lockdown – Soft Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard OUTSIDE of the school building. Whether it is due to violence or criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood or a dangerous animal in the playground. Soft Lockdown uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection. During Soft Lockdown, all interior and exterior doors are locked and student movement inside school is limited. The education process may continue but with heightened sense of awareness. Any outside activity is ended and all students must report inside immediately. Staff should be prepared to quickly transition to Hard Lockdown if needed.
Hard Lockdown—Hard Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard INSIDE the school building or when school personnel determine appropriate. From parental custody disputes to intruders. Hard Lockdown uses classroom security to protect students and staff from threat. During Hard Lockdown, all learning stops, and students and staff take immediate actions to lock and secure doors and make all efforts to hide in the classroom, away from windows or doors. During Hard Lockdown, no students are allowed out of the rooms, and students and teachers who are outside when lockdown is called should use their best discretion whether to return to the school or evacuate to an offsite location.
Evacuation-- Evacuation is called when there is a need to move students from one location to another. This includes evacuation for fire, bomb threat, chemical odor smell or other condition determined by staff. This drill should incorporate the random initiation of the fire alarm system using a random pull station for each drill opportunity. Keep in mind that a school should NOT evacuate during a lockdown if the fire alarm is pulled / sounded, unless you are in immediate danger or if you see or smell smoke.
Shelter-- Shelter is called when the need for personal protection is necessary. This drill also supports spontaneous events such as tornado, earthquake, or hazardous materials.
Next week, Fulton County Schools will engage the community about school safety at two specially held meetings next week – Tuesday, March 6, at Banneker High School and Thursday, March 8, at Centennial High School. Both will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the schools’ gymnasiums. This is an opportunity for you to hear from Dr. Rose and other district leaders. The format of the meeting will also allow for small group discussions to provide feedback to share with safety and security team to strength the district’s current practices.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. We will continue to revisit and refine our practices to maintain the safety of our students and security of our building and hope that everyone will be understanding as we tightly implement our processes and procedures to protect our students and staff.
Super Soiree - Superheroes for Education
IT’S TIME TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!!! The Foundation’s Super Soiree - Superheroes for Education is seven weeks away on Friday, April 20 at Ivy Hall at the Roswell Mill. We are busy planning an amazing event to raise money for our beloved science lab and new technology initiatives. Check your child’s Friday Folder for the invitation and visit the link below to buy your tickets starting TODAY, Thursday, March 1. We hope to see everyone there!!
Congratulations to Mrs. Maples' Kindergarten class for being RNE's most spirited class in February! Get ready because our next spirit wear competition is happening on Friday, March 16th. Have your child wear their RNE spirit wear or something green.
Need spirit wear? No problem! Email Meg McClanahan at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase spirit wear.
Join in the Fun of Artist Day - March 29th
Artist Day is Thursday, March 29th. The kids spend this special day watching and participating in artist demonstrations. The lineup of artists is better than ever, but we also need your help to make the day a success. View the SignUp Genius and please help in whatever way you can.
Lost and Found - Overflow!
It Was A Seuss Filled Week!
Café Celebrates National School Breakfast Week March 5th – 8th!
Apple Raffle Starts Monday February 26th
Children can show their appreciation to any teacher or staff member at school (even custodians, office staff, and cafeteria count!) by buying an “apple” for $.50 and writing why they appreciate that staff member. PTA will be in the front lobby each morning from February 26th-March 8th helping the children purchase and fill out their apples to deliver. This money will go towards a gift card raffle, each time a staff member has an apple bought for them, their name will be entered into the raffle. Please help us support all of the staff at Roswell North!
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming March 5th-8th!
Help us celebrate our teachers! Each day the children will help the PTA show our appreciation for our teachers! Our Theme this year is:
“Having Teachers Like You is a Fairytale Come True!”
Monday March 5th - Snow White - This one is a good apple! (Bring an apple or apple product gift for your teacher)
Tuesday March 6th - Goldilocks and the 3 Bears - These Bear Hugs are just right to say thank you for being so awesome! (Give your teacher a hug and wear your “RNE Bear” spirit wear)
Wednesday March 7th - Once Upon A Time - Thank you for being even better than a Fairytale! (Wear your teacher’s favorite color and bring in a gently used book or game to donate to the classroom)
Thursday March 8th - Aladdin - Teachers should be treasured forever! (Bring in a “treasure” from your teacher’s favorites list)
*PTA will also be providing some treats to the teachers and staff throughout the whole week!
RNE Interact Club News
Starting Monday, March 5th and continuing through March 15th, the RNE Interact Club will hold a "Snack Drive " for our amazing counselor,
Ms. Fofana. Throughout the school year she provides snacks to students when needed. This is especially important in the Spring as testing time approaches. Please help us provide peanut free snacks for Ms. Fofana's friends.
Snacks should be dropped in the box in the lobby March 5-15th. Students who drop off snacks will have their name placed in a drawing for a door prize. Winners will be announced on March 16th.