October 2022

News You Can Use: From the Principal

We had a wonderful turn out to our 'Let's TACO about Title I" and Curriculum Night. Thank you for coming and partnering with us to ensure that your child succeeds this year. Our teachers are dedicated to their work and strive to provide instruction that is engaging, and meaningful. They plan collaboratively using data that drives their instruction. This month we will begin our after school tutoring program,. This free tutoring service will be called "Game Changers Academy." A flyer will be sent home this week. We will be tutoring 1st-3rd graders in ELA and 4th-6th graders in Math. Students will be invited based on results from State and Star testing and transportation will be provided.

Tacos and Title I Information Shared

More Taco Tuesday Photos

I'm so glad we had so many parents and grandparents come to our 1st Curriculum Night.

Our School Song

"Game Changer"

This is our official school song for the 2022-2023 school year. BIG thanks to Mr. McGowan for sending information about our school to a music producer. The music production team created our 1st ever school song. Mr. Alexander shares the song every Friday afternoon on the intercom. Those of you in the car rider line can hear it each week.

Clara McGowan

Game Changer — South Smiths Station Elementary (Jason & Clara) by Clara McGowan

Our Lunchroom! 🥗

  • Classes eat together in the lunchroom
  • Some students eat hot lunch and some bring a bag lunch from home
  • Starting this month, extra milk will cost $1.00
  • Breakfast / Lunch are not FREE this year unless you qualify and complete paperwork
  • This is the link for the Free/Reduced Application

Here's What's For Lunch in October:

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Grandparent's Day Lunch was a HUGE success! We LOVE our Grandparents!

Our School Library 📖

  • Mrs. Burkhalter recently conducted interviews for our 2022-2023 News Crew
  • Our daily NEWS will begin SOON!
  • We will continue our 20 book challenge this year. Can't wait to see your child meet their goal and earn the yard sign to proudly display in your yard


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Mark Your Calendars:
  • Oct. 3- Class Pictures and Individual Picture Make-Ups
  • Oct. 10-14- Fire Prevention Week
  • Oct. 14 - Report Cards go home & 4th Grade Field Trip
  • Oct. 17- Game Changer Academy (after school tutoring) begins
  • Oct. 18- Hero Flu Shots
  • Oct.19-21- No Pre-K (Teacher @ training)
  • Oct. 24-28 Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 25 - Trunk or Treat (5:30-7:30 CST)
  • Oct. 26- Kindergarten Field Trip
  • Oct. 27- 5th Grade Field Trip
  • Oct. 28- Book Character Dress-Up Day

About Us

South Smiths Station is a Pre-k through 6th grade elementary school in Lee County, Alabama.

More Dates for the YEAR:



End of 1st Nine Weeks---October 7, 2022

Report Cards - 1st QTR---October 14, 2022

Schools Closed---November 8, 2022

Progress Reports---November 9,2022

Veteran’s Day Holiday -No School---November 11, 2022

Fall Break- No School---November 21-25, 2022

End of 2nd Nine Weeks---December 16, 2022

Winter Break- No School---December 19- Jan. 2, 2023

Students Return---January 5, 2023

Report Cards - 2nd QTR---January 13, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King Day- No School---January 16, 2023

Progress Reports---February 7, 2023

Professional Learning Day (No Students)---February 20, 2023

End of 3rd QTR---March 10, 2023

Report Cards - 3rd QTR---March 17, 2023

Spring Break---March 27-31, 2023

Schools Closed---April 7, 2023

Progress Reports---April 24, 2023

Field Day---May 12, 2023 (alternate days May 18, 19)

Awards Ceremony---May 23, 2023

6th Grade Award & Graduation---May 24, 2023

End of 4th Quarter---May 25, 2023

Report Cards - 4th QTR---May 25, 2023