"Stallions on Top" Newsletter

August Parental Newsletter for AVID, PBIS & SEL Updates


Thank you for reading our first issue of the "Stallions on Top" newsletter. Each month, we will provide information, resources, tips on three cornerstones at D.L. Sims Elementary School; as well any other information deemed important. The cornerstones that drive our school's climate and culture are SEL, AVID, and PBIS. Happy Reading!

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Corner

According to CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) "We define social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions." RCPS supports the integration of SEL throughout the schools across the district.

SEL is an educational framework that can help all young people and adults thrive personally and academically, develop and maintain positive relationships, become lifelong learners, and contribute to a more caring world. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is defined as an alignment of education and human development.


At Sims Elementary, we offer several tiers of support for our scholars.

Tier 1(All Scholars)- Receive weekly SEL lessons during their SEL specials class.

Tier 2(Designated Scholars)- Receive weekly SEL small group support and interventions.

Tier 3(Designated Scholars)- Receive a staff mentor for emotional support and development.

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What is AVID? D.L. Sims Elementary School was the first elementary school in Georgia to become an AVID school. AVID's mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. We prepare scholars for their futures by incorporating writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading into all content areas.

Our AVID focus this month is G.R.O.W. Parents/Guardians we need our scholars to G-Get Ready to Learn; R- Review what you know; O-Open their minds; and W-Wonder and ask. Scholars need to be prepared each day with their AVID binders and school supplies. We are excited this school year to see our scholars grow and achieve and develop into their own unique masterpiece.

As mentioned, scholars are required to maintain an AVID binder. We conduct monthly AVID binder checks to ensure scholars have all the required supplies. Scholars receive 15 Class Dojo points for having a completed binder. Scholars can use the dojo points at the monthly PBIS store.

AVID at Home- Please encourage your child to reference their notes to support them with studying for tests and quizzes. Reviewing their notes will also assist with homework completion. Reinforcing the organization of school materials and personal spaces will further support their organization skills.

College Fridays!

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College Fridays!

On Fridays, staff and scholars are encouraged to wear college t-shirts to represent their alma mater(s) and/or favorite college/university. We want to promote post-secondary education and inspire scholars to think about their futures beyond high school. Thank you in advance for allowing your scholar to participate.


PBIS is an evidence-based, tiered framework used to promote a positive learning environment throughout our entire building. We thrive on building relationships in a safe environment through teaching and modeling our essential agreements. At Sims we are Kind-Hearted Scholarly Leaders who Problem Solve.

We are excited to announce the return of “Beckett Bucks”. Our first school store will take place Thursday, September 1st. Scholars earn Beckett Bucks for following our school-wide essential agreements. Parents, please check in on your scholars to see how many Beckett bucks they have earned.

Finally, we are excited about our 2022-2023 election process. Each University will elect one President, while each homeroom will elect a Vice-President. All scholars are welcome to run for a position, but they must follow all essential agreements. Please see the flyer below.

We value your input and want to hear from our parents and community regarding our PBIS Framework. Please complete the 2022-2023 Community Feedback Form.

"We are Kind-Hearted, Scholarly Leaders who Problem-Solve."

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PBIS at Home

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School Safety

Please review the flyer below which highlights our safety routines and participation with safety drills.
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Fry Words

Fry Words are an expanded, updated list of sight words. Scholars should practice these words daily so that they can read them immediately by sight. Please click on the link below to access the list of Fry Words. Continue reading to find out which word list your scholar should know!

Fry Word List

  • Kindergarten: First 100 Words (Page 1)
  • First Grade: First and Second 100 Words (Pages 1 and 2)
  • Second Grade: Second and Third 100 Words (Pages 2 and 3)
  • Third Grade: Third and Fourth 100 Words (Pages 3 and 4)
  • Fourth Grade: Fourth and Fifth 100 Words (Pages 4 and 5)
  • Fifth Grade: Fifth and Sixth 100 Words (Pages 5 and 6)

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Important Dates to Remember:


  • GKIDS Readiness Check – August 1 – September 9
  • 1st Grade Math CUA – August 29 – September 1
  • 2nd Grade Science CUA – August 22 – September 1
  • 3rd Grade – SS Unit 1 Performance Task – August 29 – September 8
  • 4th Grade – Science CUA Unit 1 – August 22 – September 1
  • 3rd – 5th Grade – Writing Performance Task (ThinkCERCA) – August 29 – September 1
  • Acadience Testing (K-3) - August 29 - September 9


  • Simsational Jazz on the Green: 5:00-7:00 PM, September 23rd
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night: 5:00-7:00 PM, September 26th
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