Hornet Connection

2021 December Parent Newsletter

The Most Wonderful time of the Year! 🎄

We are approaching the time of year we often call the "most wonderful time of the year" for many reasons! For some of us this is based on our faith and convictions that give us daily hope, for others it is a time to share what we have been blessed with, and for all of us we will surely look forward to time spent with the ones we love. ❤

As we make our plans and enjoy the season we must not forget those who will be missing the blessed loved ones lost in the last few years. During this wonderful time of the year let's focus on the beauty of loving others, sharing our blessings and setting an example of gratefulness to the next generation who are watching us!

I hope this wonderful time of year will also bring some more time interacting together playing, working, eating, reading, traveling, shopping, wrapping, and just being together! Don't forget that for our children every opportunity can be a learning opportunity...we just need to seize the moment! Find a simple thing to teacher your child each day they are home this Christmas Break. Remember you, the parent, will always be your child's first teacher!

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PES Parent Chats!

All parents are invited to the Pelham City School District Parent Chats this month. The first option is virtual at 6 p.m. at the link provided.


The in person Parent Chat will include lunch and a cookie swap at noon in the PCS Board of Ed. Conference Room. Please r.s.v.p. @ 221-2336, if you plan to attend and remember to bring 2 dozen cookies to exchange.

The purpose of the Parent Chats is to share your input into the PCS Parent Engagement Program and express your concerns.

The focus for this meeting will be on parent suggestions for teachers and staff to engage and communicate with parents to support student success.

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Please access the survey below to submit your input and a chance to win a gift certificate!

Favorite Christmas Story of all time!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Book Read Aloud | Christmas Books for Kids | Children's Books

Parent Engagement Winners!!!

Congratulations to two very engaged parents and the winners of our "Celebrate PCS Parents" contest! Parents were asked to access the form imbedded in the November parent newsletter or attend a parent event in the month of November. The names of all these parents were put into a random drawing and the winners are.... Maria Loney and Felisha Williams!

These ladies have won gift baskets donated by our schools. Thanks so much for all parents that participated or came our for events!

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Parent-Child Home Program

The Parent-Child Home Program works with parents and their two & three year old children in one-on-one home visits to help parents prepare their children for school success. This program provides free high-quality books and educational material each week. The visits will be made by a trained facilitator for about 30 minutes each twice a week. We are starting this free program in Pelham in the new year. We are currently taking new applicants for this program. The applications are available in the front office of Pelham Elementary School and in the Parent Resource Center at PES. Positions for in home trainers are also available, please contact Cortney Oneal-Samuel, Program Manager, 229-226-5846 ex. 116.

Parent University

Parent University is a program that works the Camilla House of Hope to provide parenting classes to give parents tools to be successful on the parenting journey. A new series of classes will be starting in person in January. If you are interested in knowing more about these classes and how to join please contact Mrs. Shirley Daniels at 328-7302 or Cindy Smith 221- 2336.

Learn more about Parent University and how many parents have been empowered and engaged through this national program.

Helping our Loved Ones

Sometimes we find our family and friend going through some hard times and one of the recent issues that our society is facing is that of addiction. This is a issue that reaches to all neighborhoods, all ages, all races, and all economic situations. The Tucker Baptist Association is currently providing help and support with Families Facing Addiction, a group which meets at Camilla United Methodist Church every third Thursday, 7 p.m. If you have questions please contact Brother Lee Bradley, 256-452-4016.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein

Stay in the Know!


Please sign up for our Parent Engagement Remind text message. Just text (229-588-2949) and use the code below as the message for your school or schools of choice.

PHS @9-12a123



Cindy Smith, PCS Parent Engagement Coordinator & Homeless Liaison

contact me in various ways...

address: 534 Barrow Avenue Southwest, Pelham, GA, USA

email: csmith@pelham-city.k12.ga.us

phones: 229-2948170 ext. 214 or 229-221-2336

website: pelham-city.k12.ga.us & follow us on Facebook

Upcoming Events!

Dec.2. Parent Chat Virtual 6 p.m (link above in Parent chat info)

Dec. 3 Parent Chat Lunch & Cookie Exchange 12 p.m. at the BOE Conference Room

Dec. 9 PCMS & PHS Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 17, early release

Dec. 20- Jan. 4th Christmas Break!