Meadowcreek Community Newsletter
September 5, 2023
Mark Your Calendars
September 5- Lunch Visitation begins
September 7- Mobile Dentist 9:00AM-2:00PM
September 15- Digital Learning Day #1
September 15- Hispanic Heritage Month Begins
September 26- Spirit Night at Skate Along USA 5:00-7:30PM
September 27- Little Learners Academy @ 10:30AM
2023-2024 School Year Calendar
Regular school attendance is vital to your student’s success. At Meadowcreek ES, our goal is to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by getting to school on time (in class by 8:15) and attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. You can help your student learn that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Below are the times we expect students to be at school:
- Students arrive no earlier than 7:40 am
- The bell rings and instruction begins at 8:15 am. Attendance is taken in class.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
- Have your child ride the bus as this assures your child will get to school on time. If you have to drive your child to school, leave yourself extra time in case of traffic or inclement weather. Our doors open at 7:40, so you can drop your child off starting then.
- An unexcused tardy means your child arrived in class late (after 8:15) because of sleeping in, traffic, missing the bus, running late, etc. Examples of excused tardies are illness, health condition, medical appointment, and family emergency. You must come inside the building to sign-in your child with the reason why your child was tardy.
- Arriving late to school/class impacts a student’s learning as well as the classroom atmosphere. Being on time for school/class is a positive goal for each of our students. Research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success.
If your student is going to be absent or late, please contact your child’s teacher. If your student is absent, you will need to send in an excuse letter for the absence.
Meadowcreek is tracking students with perfect monthly attendance! Students with perfect attendance will receive a certificate of perfect attendance by the end of each month. If your student receives a perfect attendance certificate, their name will be entered in a drawing for a NEW BIKE! We will pick the winner at the end of the semester. Good luck!
Parents are now welcome to have lunch with their children! Students can have no more than 2 visitors for lunch. Strollers are not allowed in the cafeteria. Parents may sit at the Parent Table with their students during your student's scheduled lunch time. Students are expected to return to their class and teacher when the class dismisses from the cafeteria. If a parent needs to check out a student after lunch; please go to the front office to request a student checkout with your ID. Parent visitation beyond the cafeteria is not allowed. Thank you for helping us to maintain a positive, safe, learning environment for our students.
Please remember that strollers are not permitted in the cafeteria during lunch. Strollers have to be left in the hallway next to the cafeteria.
Please refrain from bringing in birthday treats and outside food for a class. We want to remain sensitive to classroom allergies. Ice Cream is available to purchase for a class if you desire. Please no cupcakes, balloons, flowers, etc.
During morning arrival, please do not park in the parking lot and walk your child inside the school. Please remain in the car rider lane and drop your child off in line with a staff member. We do not want students and parents walking across the car rider lane. This slows the line and creates a safety concern.
Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. Students should be in class and ready to begin instruction by 8:15 am every day. When students are late, it is disruptive to the learning environment. Please help us make sure our students are prepared for daily learning by being on time.
2023-2024 Free & Reduced Lunch Application is Live!
Xfinity Internet Essentials
Internet available as low as $9.95 plus tax!
Call 855-846-8376 for assistance.
2023-2024 Teacher of the Year
Scavenger Hunt Winners
Congratulations to our Scavenger Hunt drawing winners Liyah Browning from Ms. Hardy’s class and Melissa Tapia Benitez from Ms. Castaneda’s class!
Digital Learning Day #1
Friday, September 15, is a Digital Learning Day (DLD) for all students. On scheduled DLDs, students access lessons in eCLASS and Google Classroom but do not have virtual class time with their teachers.
To ensure that students have a nutritious breakfast and lunch to fuel their learning, our bus drivers will be on the road and at every bus stop to deliver meals prepared by School Nutrition Program staff.
Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. These delivered meals are provided at no cost to families, and are provided to anyone 18 years old and under.
Hispanic Heritage Month
GCPS celebrates #EachAndEvery individual as we cultivate a culture of belonging while leading with empathy, equity, and excellence to ensure that #TeamGCPS students, families and staff feel welcome, safe, accepted, valued, and prepared for the future.
En GCPS celebramos a cada individuo mientras cultivamos una cultura de pertenencia, liderando con empatía, equidad y excelencia para garantizar que los estudiantes, las familias y el personal de #TeamGCPS se sientan bienvenidos, seguros, aceptados, valorados y preparados para el futuro.
Yearbooks on Sale!
Social-Emotional Learning Hub for Parents
Have You Signed Off On Title I Documents in MyPayments Plus?
Our Title I Document, The Plan/The Promise is located on MyPaymentPlus. Please visit MyPaymentsPlus to sign off on these important school documents.
Click on the link below for instructions on how to create a MyPaymentsPlus account AND sign off on Title I and school documents: https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/8600
Click here to visit MyPayments Plus: https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome
For your convenience, a paper copy of our Family and Community Engagement Plan/Promise is available at our Family Center. We can also email you a copy of our Title I documents if you call Ms. Judy Pena-Perez at (770) 381-4248 or email Judy.Pena.Perez@gcpsk12.org.
Spirit Night at Skate Along USA
Please join us for our second Spirit Night of the school year at Skate Along USA on Tuesday, September 26 from 5:00-7:30PM! It is $10.00 per skater. Students must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. A $3.00 slice of pizza and a 12 oz drink will be available for purchase at a concession.
Family Center/Community Resources Assistance
Meadowcreek Elementary families have the opportunity to connect with the Family Center in person, by phone, or Zoom to become familiar with:
Check out free educational games and resources to help your child at home
Familiarize yourself with the new communication tool ParentSquare
Navigate the Parent Portal
Complete free/reduced lunch application online
Support your child with eCLASS/Google classroom
Make payments on MyPaymentsPlus (cafeteria, school field trips, spirit wear, etc.)
Anything else that you may need support with!
In-Person: Parents may visit the Family Center Monday - Friday during school hours
Virtual: Click on the following link from 1:00pm-2:00pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays beginning on September 6, 2023: https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/j/92626367024
Phone: Mrs. Rosell: 770-638-2374 or Mrs. Pena-Perez: 770-381-4248
We look forward to serving you!
Gwinnett County Public Schools App
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GCPS Tech Tips
GCPS Tech Tips is a place where GCPS educators offer quick tips and tricks for technology integration in the classroom. Each week, a new video will be released which focuses on how to effectively use your Chromebook and other tips/tricks. Check out the entire playlist here.
Education Tips for Parents
Teach Your Child How to Read and Remember Nonfiction Text
From the early school years through graduation, your child will be reading to learn. To do this successfully, students need to know how read and remember information from nonfiction texts.
To foster these skills, help your child take these steps when reading nonfiction:
- Preview the text. Your child should read the main headings and look at the pictures.
- Read the introduction and the summary before reading the passage or chapter.
- Read any questions at the end of the text first.
- Read a short section. Your child be sure to understand it before moving on. If it's confusing, your student should read it again.
- Note words in boldface type. These are often key terms. Have your child write the word on one side of an index card and the definition on the back. These cards will come in handy when it's time to review.
- Turn section headings into questions. For example, if the section heading is "The Water Cycle," your child could ask, "What are the steps in the Water Cycle?" and then answer the question.
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Gwinnett County Public Schools
National Parent Engagement Month
To honor you and your engagement with our school, we are asking for every family to submit a photo of you and your child completing an academic engagement activity for our Meadowcreek Family Engagement Wall of Fame!
Below are samples of family academic engagement:
Reading with your child
Assisting or checking student homework
First day of school
Attending Parent-Teacher conferences
Volunteering in the classroom, Parent Center, Media Center
Attending Parent Nights at school
*Must be school-related photos beginning from August 2023-October 2023
Spirit Wear on Sale!
Little Learners Academy (LLA)
We are so excited to offer Little Learners Academy for our early learners at Meadowcreek Elementary! The program will begin on Wednesday, August 30 at 10:30am and will be held the last Wednesday of every month. This program is NOT open to current Play2Learn families. Please see flyer below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pena-Perez at 770-381-4248.