Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

November 16, 2020

Important Dates

November 16 - SGC Meeting 7:30 am

November 16 - Last day to order Thanksgiving Meal Kits

November 16 - December 11 - AHE Helping Hands Program

November 18 - Virtual PTA Meeting at 5:00 pm to vote on the 2020-2021 proposed budget

November 19 - Spelling Bee closes (for 4th and 5th graders)

November 26 - Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday (school closed)


December 1 - Deadline to turn in AHE Yearbook Cover Art

December 8 - Picture Day (rescheduled from October 30th)

Thanksgiving Meal Kits

On Friday, November 20, 2020, Abbotts Hill Elementary School will provide meal kits with 10 Meals (5 Breakfast + 5 Lunches). These meals are free for all students. These meals will consist of about two (2) grocery bags filled with frozen food items, produce, dry goods and milk for students. Meal kits can be picked up on Friday, November 20th from 8:30AM-9:30AM at Abbotts Hill Elementary School.

If you would like to receive a meal kit, please sign up by clicking here. Please sign up by Monday, November 16, 2020.

Lunch and Forgotten Items Cart will be brought in at 10:20 am each day. (New time)

Updates from Dr. Stabler

Picture Day

Abbotts Hill Elementary School’s Picture Day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 8th. We are thrilled to be able to offer school pictures to all of our Jaguars, both face-to-face and remote! To order your school pictures, click here and enter the Picture Day ID: EVTNZPVQ7. Please be sure to submit your order on or before Tuesday, December 8th!

Remote students are invited to come to Abbotts Hill Elementary School to have their pictures taken too. If you haven’t done so already, please click this link to sign up to participate in Picture Day if your child does not attend school face-to-face.


School Nutrition Updates

On Friday, November 20th, Abbotts Hill Elementary School will provide meal kits for our face-to-face students for over Thanksgiving Break with 10 Meals (5 Breakfast + 5 Lunches). These meals are FREE. Meals will be distributed through our bus lane on Friday, November 20th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Each meal kit will consist of approximately two grocery bags filled with frozen food items, produce, and dry goods for students. Please complete the survey by clicking here by Monday, November 16, 2020 if you would like to receive a meal kit.


Meals for our virtual students over the break will be included in the regular meal packs that can be picked up on Wednesday, November 18th. Please see below for more details.

Fulton County Schools will continue to provide free meals to all children 18 & under, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs. All children, regardless of school enrollment or meal eligibility status, can receive free meals. Students attending school face-to-face will continue to receive free meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes. Limited extra sale items will be available. Students must have money on their lunch account to purchase “extra” items.


Meal Kits will still be available for virtual learners at 93 Curbside Pick-Up locations on Wednesdays. Curbside Pick-Up provides an opportunity for families to drive-thru and pick up free grab & go meal kits for all children 18 & under. Elementary school locations will be open Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Middle school and high school locations will be open Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Grab & go meal kits can be picked up from any Curbside Pick-Up location. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal kit. A student’s ID number is not needed. Each meal kit will contain 10 meals. Click here to access and submit the online preorder form each week by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.


For more information about Fulton County School Nutrition please click here.

Thanksgiving meals will be available to families in need on November 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the FCBOE North Transportation Center. Please click here for more details.


Fulton County Schools COVID-19 Information Site

The FCS COVID-19 site provides updates regarding resources, cases, positive trend rates, and pediatric reports. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Fulton County, please click here to access the site.


FCBOH Student COVID-19 Reporting System

The Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools have developed an on-line portal for FCS parents/guardians to report student COVID-19 related cases. Please make a report to the FCBOH when your student is COVID-19 positive, has a pending COVID-19 test result, or has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Also, please use this resource for official reporting rather than alerting the school and/or teacher. If you must engage the school/teacher, please do so after you have made an official report to the FCBOH. Lastly, to ensure the protection of our school community, please do not allow your child to attend school or school-sponsored events when he/she is ill and/or has any of the above COVID-19 concerns.

Please click here for more details and consider posting this document in a visible location for easy access. Should any situations arise, Fulton County will follow the Closing Matrix (click here) to determine next steps.


The Y Afterschool Program at Abbotts Hill Elementary School

The Y Afterschool Program returned to Abbotts Hill on October 14th. Unfortunately, they have been experiencing extremely low enrollment numbers. As a result, they are going to “pause” the program beginning November 20th.


I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments. Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and enjoy time with loved ones.

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“Go Blue” for the Westlake Community

As some of you may have heard, Fulton County Schools and the Westlake community suffered a tragic loss last week. On Friday, November 13th, we participated in a “Go Blue” tribute show our support for the Westlake family as they mourned the unexpected loss of Principal Jamar Robinson and his wife.

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Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th graders is open and will close on Thursday, November 19th.

News From the Clinic

The clinic is looking for donations of long pants and shorts to loan our students who may have accidents or spills during the day. Currently we are in need of Boys size 4-6 (small). Sweatpants or adjustable elastic pants work the best as they can fit a wide range of student needs, but any donations are greatly appreciated. Also, please launder and return any borrowed clothing as soon as possible.

If your student has a medical condition that require emergency medication be kept at school, please make sure you have provided that medication with completed forms to the clinic. All prescription medication requires a PHYSICIAN’S signature. All medication (prescription & over the counter) must be in the original container from the store or pharmacy. Forms can be found electronically under Clinic on Abbotts Hill website https://www.fultonschools.org/abbottshilles or by contacting me at Pereras@fultonschools.org / (470)254-9023.

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Book Fair Book Delivery

Book Fair books are scheduled to be delivered to school the week after Thanksgiving Break. Books will then be delivered to classrooms for our in-school learners and pick-up notices will be posted on Seesaw for our remote learners.

Has YOUR child borrowed books from the Learning Commons yet this year? More than 2,000 books have already been checked out to eager readers! Every child should always be in the middle of reading a wonderful book.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOK CHECKOUT LIMITS HAVE CHANGED!

ALL STUDENTS (K-5TH) MAY CHECK OUT UP TO TWO BOOKS AT A TIME.

***Please be sure to check your Seesaw Journal daily for important messages from Mrs. Huslak, our amazing Media Para Pro, about student book requests.

Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are in The School Building for Face-to-Face Instruction

Book Return:
As students arrive and walk down the main hallway to their classrooms, they will place books (covers facing down) on the table just outside the Learning Commons to be scanned in. To avoid bottlenecks, please remind your child to have their book in hand and ready to be placed on the table. Students may also return their books in the Book Return Tub on the way to lunch or when they come to the Learning Commons for lessons.

All returned books are quarantined for SEVEN days before being made available for checkout.

Book Check-Out:

Students will continue to follow the remote book checkout process:

NEW Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are in The School Building for Face-to-Face Instruction

Book Return:
As students arrive and walk down the main hallway to their classrooms, they will place books (covers facing down) on the table just outside the Learning Commons to be scanned in. To avoid bottlenecks, please remind your child to have their book in hand and ready to be placed on the table. Students may also return their books in the Book Return Tub on the way to lunch or when they come to the Learning Commons for lessons.

All returned books are quarantined for SEVEN days before being made available for checkout.

Book Check-Out:

Students will continue to follow the remote book checkout process:



Decide which books you want to borrow. You may keep each book for up to 2 weeks. Kindergarteners and first graders may check out up to 2 books at a time! 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders may check out up to 3 books at a time!


Watch this screencast to learn how to browse for books or visit the Learning Commons website for information. The Virtual Learning Commons is also on each class’ Team!


To request books for checkout, simply fill out the form

Kindergarten and 1st grade form

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade form


You can always explore the VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMONS which is filled with virtual series tubs, book recommendation sites, other resources, and lots of hidden surprises!


**Books will be delivered to students who are in the school building and have books ready for pick-up.

Process for Returning and Borrowing Books for Students Who Are Continuing with Virtual Learning (the remote checkout process remains the same):

Decide which books you want to borrow. You may keep each book for up to 2 weeks. During remote learning:

Kindergarteners and first graders may check out up to 2 books at a time! 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders may check out up to 2 books at a time!

Watch this screencast to learn how to browse for books or visit the Learning Commons website for information. The Virtual Learning Commons is also on each class’ Team!

To request books for checkout, simply fill out the form

Kindergarten and 1st grade form

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade form

You can always explore the VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMONS which is filled with virtual series tubs, book recommendation sites, other resources, and lots of hidden surprises!

Books will typically be ready for pick up TWO DAYS after they are requested. All students will be notified on Seesaw that their books are ready for pick up.

The pick-up and return process is safe and contactless! You will come to the side door near the gazebo by the carpool lane. You must wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. Knock and remain outside. MONDAY-FRIDAY 12:15-2:00PM *NEW START AND END TIME

Hold the books you are returning so that each barcode (on the back of the book) is inside the green taped rectangle on the door. Mrs. Huslak will scan them to check them in. Next, place the books in the book return tub and step back at least 6 feet.

We will then place the books that are checked out to you on the table for you to retrieve.

Also… parents/guardians may borrow books too! Simply set up an account with the Learning Commons by emailing your name, your child’s name, and your child’s teacher to Mrs. Dickinson (Dickinson@fultonschools.org). You can then borrow up to ten books! Please complete this form for each book you are requesting. You will be notified via EMAIL when your books are ready for pick up.

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is underway! 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are really enjoying their monthly meetings!

Students may borrow a book from the Learning Commons, read it online through MackinVia, check it out from the public library, or buy it. Please note that only ONE Battle of the Books book may be checked out at a time.

Two questions, answers, and evidence for the book need to be posted by 8:00pm the night before our meeting in order to remain in the club. Advance notice must be provided if students are unable to attend a meeting for any reason. Students should also have posted their FlipGrid introductions and responded to others’ by now.

All meeting schedules and information are available within the BoB Teams. General information is available on the Learning Commons website under “Battle of the Books”.

VIRTUAL Library

Have you explored the VIRTUAL Learning Commons Yet? It is filled with book resources, information, and many surprises! Check it out on the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com
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Morning Broadcast

Our fifth grade Jamming with the Jaguars Broadcast Team has been astounding viewers and working hard to start everyone's day off with a smile! Have you missed a broadcast? Just visit the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com and select "Morning Broadcasts" to watch the episodes. Each one is infused with fun, important information and Jaguar spirit!

PTA News

  • 20th Anniversary Magnets are being distributed to families who signed up for the PTA Gold Membership. These magnets are also for sale at the PTA store for 5$: https://abbottshillelementary.memberhub.store/shopping/items/145479. Grab yours today to celebrate this milestone.
  • Teacher Appreciation: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Abbotts Hill and this unique year. Let's show our teachers how much we appreciate their hard work. Send a picture and quote to aheyearbook@ahe.com. The quote can be something they appreciate about thier teachers, school, or even this year. These notes of thanks will be shared with teachers, and some may be used in the yearbook.
  • Volunteers Needed November 20th from 8:30-9:30 to distribute special meal kits. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4aaeaf22a6f85-meal
  • Meal Distribution

    Your help is needed in distributing the lunch kits at Abbotts Hill. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

    www.signupgenius.com
  • Donations Needed:
  • Staff Appreciation Brunch

    PTA will be hosting a staff appreciation brunch on Friday, November 20th and we need your help with a few items! We will have Bagel Boys sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, and juice, but would love donations of non-perishable breakfast items to round out our spread. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please send in all items by Thursday, November 19th. You can send in items with your student or drop them off in the bin by the front desk. Thank you! www.signupgenius.com

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ARTWORK FOR THE YEARBOOK!

Artwork for the Yearbook:

It's Abbotts Hill's 20th anniversary and what a memorable year it is! From virtual calls to new experiences in the classroom, we want to see the school through our children’s eyes. Send us some artwork to help everyone remember this year forever! To submit your artwork: (1) Give it to the AHES front desk or (2) Contact AHEyearbook@gmail.com for a mailbox drop off in the Hillbrooke neighborhood

DEADLINE FOR COVER ARTWORK: TUES, DEC 1st

Proposed 2020-2021 PTA Budget - Virtual meeting on Nov. 18 at 5:00 pm to vote

  • PTA General Meeting to approve 2020-2021 budget. Wednesday November 18th at 5 pm. The link to join is below.

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TAG Testing Update

We will begin our Automatic Screening for TAG testing this week.


This link will take you to the Notification to Parents of the Screening and Referral Process for Gifted Students 2020-2021.

Notification to Parents of the Screening and Referral Process for Gifted Students 2020-21


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Steven Geddes at geddes@fultonschools.org

News from the School Counselor

Holiday Helping Hands Program

Abbotts Hill Elementary is excited to partner with our sister school again this year for our annual Helping Hands program. This year, Abbotts Hill will provide holiday gifts for approximately 25 students in need at our sister school. Each classroom at Abbotts Hill Elementary will receive a holiday wish list for one child in need to sponsor for the holidays. The students in that class will have the opportunity to provide gifts or a monetary donation for these children. Holiday wish lists will be available the week of November 16, 2020 and will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher. The last day for all donations to be received at Abbotts Hill Elementary is Friday, December 11, 2020. Thank you for helping others.

Emergency Card Information Needed for Every Student - Please Complete This Form

This information is needed in addition to the Blue Card information you provided at the beginning of the school year. Parents please complete the attached Emergency Card for each of your students

  1. Please complete the 2020-2021 Emergency Card that is in a PDF form. The information on this form is used if we have to dismiss students early due to inclement weather, etc.
  2. After completing, please select the SAVE AS option under the File drop down menu. Use your students first initial and last name as the document name (Example: J Smith Emergency Card).
  3. If you do not save the form with a new name, the information that you entered will not be saved.
  4. Please attach the newly save form to an e-mail and return it to your student’s homeroom teacher.

Should you have any questions or problems when completing this form, please contact Mrs. Roles at roles@fultonschools.org or Mrs. King at kingsk@fultonschools.org.

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