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March 2, 2020

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State of Our School - RSVP Links

9 a.m. meeting RSVP here

6 p.m. meeting RSVP here

From the Principal's Desk

MBES Community,


I wanted to point your attention to Fulton County's districtwide communication related to coronavirus. Please know that Medlock Bridge is following the guidance and emphasizing the importance of healthy hygiene with our students and employees.


Fulton County Schools is aware of the statements made by the CDC Tuesday regarding the potential threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. As we are updated by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), we will continue to follow the lead of local, state, and federal agencies. The GDPH has provided us with information via this link for you.


March will be incredibly busy at Medlock Bridge! We will host our second "State of Our School" Parent Meeting, see our Exceptional Education and Pre-K students deliver an inspiring performance, honor our Georgia Young Authors, and celebrate our "Yes I Can" award winners...and that is just the first week! Later this month we host many events including "Live to Give Night," an opportunity for our students to support the patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Please review our calendar below as there is always something happening at Medlock Bridge!


Have a Great Week!

Matt Vance

Important Dates


March 2nd - 6th: Read Across America Week

March 2nd - 6th: Exceptional Children's Week


Monday, March 2nd

Read Across America Week: The Sneetches - Dress in Green, white, or Yellow!

Pre-K Registration - Front Office


Tuesday, March 3rd

Read Across America Week: The Sleep Book -Pajama Day!

State of Our School Parent Meeting: 9 a.m. (Cafeteria) and 6 p.m. (Room 131)

1st Grade Field Trip to the Georgia Aquarium

Pre-K Registration - Front Office


Wednesday, March 4th

Read Across America Week: Wacky Wednesday - wear Something Crazy!

Wellness Wednesday - No homework for students - spend additional time with friends and family.

Georgia Young Author's Celebration - 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria


Thursday, March 5th

Read Across America Week - Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dress as your future career!

Exceptional Children/Pre-K Performance - 8 a.m. in the cafeteria

Pre-K Lottery - 1 p.m. in Room 131


Friday, March 6th

Read Across America Week - O, The Things you Can Think! - Dress as any book character!

All Pro Dads - 7 a.m. in the cafeteria

School Store - 7:10 a.m. in room 401

"Yes I Can" Awards - 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria

E-Day Business Partner Forum and Luncheon - 12 p.m. in Room 131



Tuesday, March 10th

SGC Meeting - 7:10 a.m in room 131

5th Grade Field Trip to Autrey Mill and River Trail MS - 8:30 a.m.


Wednesday, March 11th

Wellness Wednesday - No homework for students - spend additional time with friends and family.


Friday, March 13

Teacher Workday, no school for Fulton County students.


Tuesday, March 17

Report Cards go home in Tuesday Folders

Linda McCain Community Meeting - 9:30 a.m. at Taylor Road MS

PAL Day


Wednesday, March 18

Wellness Wednesday - No homework for students - spend additional time with friends and family.

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night!


Thursday, March 19

Live To Give Night - 4 p.m to 6 p.m in the cafeteria


Friday, March 20

School Store - 7:10 a.m. in room 401

VIPS Breakfast and Chorus Performance - Honoring anyone who volunteers to support MBES! - 8 a.m. in the Media Center

PTO Meeting and Board Elections - 9 a.m. in room 131


***Looking Ahead***


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

No school for Fulton County students. Changed to a Teacher Work Day due to Statewide Election.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

(state-wide election) will be a student Digital Learning Day and a teacher professional development day.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

(state-wide election) will be a student Digital Learning Day and a teacher professional development day.

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Cafeteria News

Click here for the cafeteria menu. Be sure you are looking at the menu for Medlock Bridge Elementary School.

Georgia Parent Survey

UPDATE: Thank you to the 70 families who have already shared about their experiences at Medlock Bridge Elementary!


Let's share the news about our amazing school! The Georgia Parent Survey is used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. In 2019, Medlock Bridge earned a 5-Star Climate Rating for the first time!


The survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.


Georgia Parent Survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


The survey closes on March 6, 2020!

2020-2021 PRE-K REGISTRATION

Pre-K registration is March 2nd – March 3rd. The Pre-K Lottery will be held on March 5th at 1:00 p.m. in room 131.


Children must be 4 by September 1, 2020 in order to be eligible for the Pre-K program. Due to the limited number of seats available in Pre-K, selection will be by lottery to determine placement. The Pre-K lottery is not on a first come first serve process and all applications received on March 2nd and 3rd will be processed together. Students living in the Medlock Bridge attendance zone will be given priority. If there are extra spots available we will then choose students from out of our attendance zone.


Please visit https://www.fultonschools.org/enrollment for details on registration and documents needed for enrollment.

School Governance Council Elections

Please join us for our next Medlock Bridge SGC Meeting on 3/10 at 7:10 a.m. We will be taking action on a Request For Flexibility (RFF) to support our weekly STEM Special! Details on the RFF are posted on the Medlock Bridge SGC site. If you have comments related to this or other topics, but can't make the meeting please share them using our virtual comment box.


Elections for the parent/guardian and teacher positions on the School Governance Council will be held March 17th – March 24th. Information on candidates who declared eligibility will be available on the Medlock Bridge SGC site soon.


Please click here for more information on the SGC election process!

NEW STUDENT GRADES K - 5 2020-2021 REGISTRATION

Registration for new students in grades K – 5 will be held on April 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and April 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Currently enrolled MBES Pre-K students do not need to attend kindergarten registration.


Please visit https://www.fultonschools.org/enrollment for details on registration and documents needed for enrollment.

7 Mindsets - Attitude of Gratitude

We teach the Whole Child through our Social Emotional Learning curriculum, 7 Mindsets!


Over the next two weeks, our students will wrap up their work in our 5th Mindset, Attitude of Gratitude. The Attitude of Gratitude mindset teaches us the importance of seeking the positives from every experience and being thankful for all that we have. Through this mindset, we learn that we can use the positives or the negatives of our lives as the foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and we embark on path toward disappointment, resentment, and suffering. In these lessons, we guide students to focus on all the things they have, leaving no time to be distracted by what they don’t.



Click here for more information.

United States Census 2020

The United States Constitution mandates a census -- which is a nationwide population count -- to occur every 10 years, and the last one was conducted in 2010. It is necessary to collect updated information because allocation of federal, state and local funds, as well as apportionment of geographic districts for elected offices, are determined by population. As communities grow or become smaller, knowing the size of the community becomes important for planning the future.

As for Fulton County Schools, there must be an accurate count of the population in our communities so public schools can receive appropriate funding and resources for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.


For more information, please visit this site or contact the members of the Johns Creek LCCC.

Parent University @ Abbotts Hill Elementary

Parent University:

Our next Parent University session is scheduled for March 19, 2020 at Abbotts Hill Elementary School from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Please come to the front desk and we will guide you to the classroom.

Self-Esteem: Building Resiliency, Confidence, and Self-love in Your Children.

Come join in the conversation to talk about Overcoming hurdles and obstacles while still maintaining and acknowledging self-worth for all of our children. This discussion will give you concrete practices to utilize at home with your children to build confidence, increase problem solving and intrinsic motivation, and feel worthy of love and acceptance in their lives.

This is an opportunity to come with any questions you may have and to learn more from Summit Counseling Center.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to consolom@fultonschools.org and state how many people will be attending.

Jr. Gladiators Cheerleading

Junior Gladiators Cheerleading will host an informational meeting for Rising 6th graders on
Thursday, March 12th @ 6:30 pm. Cheer Tryouts are Monday-Wednesday March 30th- April 1st. For more information, please visit jrgladiatorcheer.com.

Bus Safety Update

Parents, this is a reminder that students are prohibited from using items during the operation of the school bus which might interfere with the school bus communications equipment or the school bus driver’s operation of the bus per the Fulton County Code of Conduct Rule 20: Interference with School Bus. Please take this opportunity to discuss with your children.

All code of conduct rules applies on school provided transportation and at school bus stops. Students may not violate any direction of the school bus driver. Students may not disrupt the environment of the bus or bus stop in any manner, including but not limited to loud or boisterous behavior; failure to remain silent at railroad crossings; using emergency exits improperly; riding an unauthorized bus; disembarking at an unauthorized stop; throwing objects in the bus, or into or out of the bus; extending body parts or objects outside of the bus; drinking/eating/chewing gum; interference with District recording equipment; [failure to wear seatbelts where fitted on buses, or unbuckling of seatbelts before reaching the destination,] and failure to remain seated.

Additionally, students are prohibited from using items during the operation of a school bus in a manner which might interfere with the school bus communications equipment or the school bus driver's operation of the bus. These items include but are not limited to cell phones; pagers; audible radios; tape or compact disc players without head-phones; mirrors; lasers, or flash cameras. (Consequences may include confiscation of device.) Cell phone use will not be allowed during the operation of the bus because it interferes with the operational technology. However, cell phones may be used with the special permission of the principal, supervising teacher, or bus driver while the student is on the bus waiting to depart the starting location or when the bus returns to its final destination after athletic events, fields trips, or other special situation deemed appropriate by the principal, supervising teacher, or bus driver.

School Store

Dear Parents,


Student council sponsors a school store where students can purchase items such as: Slime, stress balls, pencils, erasers, and so much more. The store is open most Fridays from 7:10-7:35 a.m. Items cost between $0.25 - $2.00. Please support our school by allowing your child to shop at our school store!


Thank you,


Caleb C.

MBES Student Council Member

Carpool

As the weather gets colder, there are more parents dropping off their children through carpool. We are happy to offer carpool drop-off and enjoy seeing you all in the morning! Please remember that due to the increased volume during cold weather, the carpool line will be long and there will be delays. Consider arriving closer to 7:10am to avoid the rush that occurs at 7:40am. In the interest of safety and efficiency, here are a few reminders of how our carpool works.


1. Carpool is open from 7:10am until 7:40am. Parents who arrive before 7:10am should keep children in their cars until the 7:10am bell. At 7:40am, carpool must close to allow staff to return to duties with children inside building. You will notice that the "horseshoe" closes and parents are able to drive through to the top parking lot.


2. When dropping off, please pull all the way through the "horseshoe." Doing so will allow more cars to pull into the "horseshoe," maximizing the space we have available to accept drop-offs and avoid dangerous traffic back-ups.


3. For the safety of all children involved, please only drop your child off once your car is on the "horseshoe." This prevents students from walking dangerously close to traffic. There should also be a staff member close by to assist your children as they exit your car.


4. When making a left turn into the school, please wait until there is space to pull your car all the way on to campus. Doing so allows Medlock Bridge neighborhood cars to drive through the carpool line when necessary.


5. School begins at 7:40am. If you arrive after the 7:40am bell, please walk your child in to the front office to sign in.


For attendance purposes, a student is counted tardy if they enter the building after the 7:40am bell. Students entering the building after the 7:40am bell will be issued a blue pass from the front office. Students riding the bus in the morning are never counted tardy, so if you are concerned about tardies please consider having your student ride the bus.

Digital Learning Days


Fulton County is exploring the use of Digital Learning Days when inclement weather prevents students from physically going to school. Most grade levels already have their tentative Digital Learning Day plans posted to their websites. If a cancelled school day is to be a Digital Learning Day, you will receive an email from me advising as such. Students will be provided adequate time to complete the assigned work in case power outages or any other circumstances prevent them from completing the work on the actual Digital Learning Day.