Sawnee Elementary

May 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Mr. Hershey

Dear Sawnee Families,


Can you believe that we are near the end of another school year? The old saying that the days are long, but the years are short continue to be true. Whether your student has learned in a virtual setting, face-to-face setting, or both, we are so proud of the progress we have made this year. I couldn't be more proud of how hard our community has pulled together to support each other and are so incredibly grateful for our partnership.


During our last faculty meeting and on the morning news, we have been encouraging our staff and students to utilize each day to finish the school year out strong. Please continue to support your child by encouraging him/her to come to school every day with a great attitude to learn. We only have four weeks left and certainly want to make the most of it before heading out for summer break!


Thank you again for all of your support...we are grateful for our Sawnee Family. Let's finish the year out strong!


With much gratitude,


Derrick Hershey

Principal

Sawnee Elementary

Be the Difference - Staff Recognitions

Has a staff member made a positive impact on your family? Please take a minute to recognize our staff by completing the short google form. Thank you for taking the time to do this as it continues to feed our staff with positive energy. (Your note will be sent directly to Mr. Hershey and then passed on to the staff member.) Thank you for taking the time to take care of our teachers!

Thank you PTO

The administration and staff at Sawnee would like to give our PTO a HUGE shout-out for all they have organized and accomplished this year. Their leadership and support was instrumental in the success of our school. Thank you for making a difference!

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What's Happening at Sawnee?

Kindergarten Sneak Peek

Do you have a rising Kindergartener? We have our Virtual Kindergarten Sneak Peek live with information including class placement information, dates and for screening, open house, and bus round up. We can’t wait to bring in our newest Sawnee students to our Sawnee Family.

Yearbook

Did you forget to order a yearbook? You can fill out this form to get on the waiting list for extras that we will receive. They will be first come first serve with 5th graders getting priority. Once the books are in, we will notify you if we are able to fulfill your order.

Lunch Visitors

Because of Field Day, class parties, and 5th grade graduation, we will be shifting our lunch schedules. We will not be able to have lunch visitors during Field Day on May 10-12. The last day for lunch visitors for the school year will be on Friday, May 13th.

Field Day Schedule

We are excited to share that we will have Field Day this year!


We would love to have our parents join us this year. If you plan to come please fill out this form. Field Day Visitor Link



May 10 - Field Day Pre-K & KK (9:00-11:00) & 1st Grade (12:00-2:00)

May 11 - Field Day 2nd (9:00-11:00) & 3rd Grade (12:00-2:00)

May 12 - Field Day 4th (9:00-11:00) & 5th Grade (12:00-2:00)


    Please reach out to Coach McCormick (smccormick@forsyth.k12.ga.us) or Coach Poss (tmposs@forsyth.k12.ga.us) if you have any questions!

    Field Day T-Shirts

    Missed ordering your field day t-shirt? You can fill out this form to get on the waiting list for any extra shirts that we may have. Please note, that they will be first come first serve with 5th grade getting priority. Also, the size of the t-shirt being requested will also play a factor in which requests we can fulfill. Once the shirts are in and we are able to sort through them we will reach out to anyone whose request we are able to fulfill. If you have any questions please reach out to Coach McCormick (smccormick@forsyth.k12.ga.us) or Coach Poss (tmposs@forsyth.k12.ga.us).

    Sawnee Zone 2022-2023

    Hello Sawnee Family! It's time again for Sawnee Zone After School Program early registration for school year 2022-2023 starting on Monday, May 2nd!

    The annual registration fee will be $50.00 per child until Friday, May 20, 2022. Please register now as space will be limited!


    Come join in where the fun never stops! This is not any ordinary After School Program, the kids will be engaged, learning, having fun, making new friends and wanting to come every day! Please use link below to register now!


    https://tinyurl.com/SawneeZoneRegistration


    Please make all payments using www.mypaymentsplus.com.


    If you have any further questions please contact Trudy Liles, Director, at Tliles@forsyth.k12.ga.us.

    Car Line Procedures

    Thank you for reviewing our car rider procedures. Our school safety department is actively seeking for a police officer to help with traffic on Spot Rd. Connector for afternoon dismissal. In the meantime, we would like to encourage you to exit to the right on Spot Rd. Connector as a way to avoid cross traffic. Thank you for your support as we continue to find ways to be both safe and efficient.

    STEM

    Science Olympiad

    All Sawnee, rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are eligible to fill out an application and apply for our Science Olympiad team. Parents and students may go to the Sawnee STEAM website to fill out an application for joining either VEX robotics or Science Olympiad https://sites.google.com/forsythk12.org/sawneesteam/home.


    Sawnee Science Olympiad 2022-23 information


    VEX Robotics try-outs are coming up for the 22-23 season! For more information and sign-ups visit the website at https://sites.google.com/forsythk12.org/sawneesteam/vex. All applications are due by May 6th.

    Cafeteria News

    Harvest of the Month

    Vidalia Onions and Blueberries


    Vidalia Onions are fat free, low calorie and a good source of Vitamin C.


    Blueberries have powerful antioxidants that have been shown to increase memory and help the brain to work.

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    Clinic News

    It’s hard to believe, but it is about time for end of school medication pickup. If your child has medication in the clinic , please pick it up by May 26. Any medication left in the clinic will be disposed unless arrangements are made to keep medication in clinic. Reminders will be sent out during the last weeks of school. Also keep in mind that care plans signed by physicians need to be resubmitted yearly at the start of the school year. Summer is a great time to request the care plans from your pediatricians. It has been a pleasure taking care of your children and we wish everyone a happy and safe summer!!



    Please visit our webpage here for reporting a positive Covid-19 test result and more information on Forsyth County Covid-19 guidelines.


    Please continue to keep your children home with any signs of illness. If you have any questions on whether or not to send your student to school please call your nurse to discuss. Please click here for the current Covid Facts for Families. This is an excellent resource for all of our current Covid guidelines .


    **Just a reminder that all medication needs to be brought to the clinic by a parent/guardian. Students are not permitted to carry medication at school per Forsyth County Policy.

    Counseling Information

    Sawnee loves our mentors!

    It is a wonderful way to support our community by visiting a student once a week. Please sign up for a mentor training today!


    Mentoring Forsyth County Schools


    Please check out our updated counseling page for lots of valuable information: Sawnee Counseling Page Link

    Important Dates to Know

    May 2 - GA Milestones - Grades 4 ELA Section 1

    May 3 - GA Milestones - Grades 4 ELA Section 2/3

    May 3 - PTO Takeout Tuesday - Marco's

    May 5 - GA Milestones - Grades 4 Math Section 1/2

    May 10 - Field Day KK (9:00-11:00) & 1st Grade (12:00-2:00)

    May 10 - PTO Takeout Tuesday - Moe's

    May 11 - Field Day 2nd (9:00-11:00) & 3rd Grade (12:00-2:00)

    May 12 - Field Day 4th (9:00-11:00) & 5th Grade (12:00-2:00)

    May 17 - PTO Takeout Tuesday - Marcos Pizza

    May 23 - 5th Grade Graduation (Times to be communicated by Homeroom Teacher)

    May 24 - 5th Grade Graduation (Times to be communicated by Homeroom Teacher)

    May 26 - Last Day of School - Early Release Day

    July 21 - New Family Tours

    July 30 - Ice Cream Social

    August 1 - Kindergarten Bus Round-up

    August 2 - Open House

    August 4 - 1st Day of School

    Quick Access Links

    My Payments Plus - online payment program. If you have any questions, contact Allison Taylor


    Birthday Ice Cream Treats - Birthday Ice Cream Packs have been a big hit this year. The packs are $25 for the entire class. Please order 3 days prior to the day you want the ice cream pack served. You may bring in store bought treat for your child’s birthday but we cannot allow homemade items due to student allergies. If your student has a summer birthday you are welcome to purchase an ice cream pack for their class during the 3 full weeks in May (May 2nd – May 20th). These may be purchased through www.mypaymentsplus.com. If you have questions, you may contact Allison Taylor by email at aytaylor@forsyth.k12.ga.us.


    Sawnee Zone Information - Our Sawnee Zone pick-up location remains to be in the front of our Back Building. Please make sure to bring your ID with you as we will follow all procedures that we do for student check-outs. For any questions about Sawnee Zone, please click here for more information.


    PTO info: Take out Tuesdays: This is a way to support our families, raise money for our school, while stimulating our local economy. So take a break from making dinner and order from one of our business partners. We will be wearing spirit wear each Tuesday! * Spirit Wear is on sale all the time! And yes, it will be delivered straight to your house. Visit the spirit wear shop to view the awesome new Sawnee Swag options available this year!

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    PARENT CORNER

    PTO Information

    We are excited to announce open positions on next year's PTO Board!


    VP of Fundraising, VP of Family Engagement, and VP of Events roles will be vacant and we're anxious to add to our team. We truly are a team, an all-hands-on-deck group, so you're never in a position alone!⁣ ⁣ We are also looking for committee members because support is a huge part of what we do! If you're interested in either a board position or being on a committee please apply at this link.


    Take out Tuesdays: This is a way to support our families, raise money for our school, while stimulating our local economy. So take a break from making dinner and order from one of our business partners. We will be wearing spirit wear each Tuesday!


    * Spirit Wear is on sale all the time! And yes, it will be delivered straight to your house. Visit the spirit wear shop to view the awesome new Sawnee Swag options available this year!


    ~This will take you directly to our new PTO website with all of their information. www.sawneepto.com


    Contact us: sawneeptoboard@gmail.com

    Partners in Education

    Business Partner Spotlight

    Thank You Clear View Insurance Agency for partnering with Sawnee! Clear View Insurance Agency is an independent agency. They specialize in auto, home, and life insurance. Call them today for a FREE quote.


    Do you have a local business that would like to become a partner with Sawnee Elementary? Please contact Lauren King if interested.

    In the Community

    FSC Summer STEM Camp

    STEM Camp Social Media Blast:

    The FCS Summer STEM Camp will be held on July 12-15, held at Lambert High School for rising 4th and 5th graders (current 3rd and 4th graders). Please visit the FCS Summer STEM Camp website for more information and to sign your child up!

    The Cumming Recreation and Parks Department

    The Cumming Recreation and Parks Department has released its 2022 Summer Programming Brochure. Click here to view the 2022 Summer Brochure.

    Hendricks Dance Team Information

    Calling all rising 5th graders interested in being a part of the dance team at Hendricks Middle School! Next year - we will have our first ever dance team! The dance team will perform at basketball games and pep rallies and practice twice a week! If you would like more information about the dance team - please scan the QR code! If you have any questions please contact Coach Lemons at slemons@forsyth.k12.ga.us or follow hendricks.dance on Instagram!
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    4-H Cloverleaf Camp

    Georgia 4-H Cloverleaf Camps are about adventures, friendship, and FUN!


    When: Monday, June 20th through Friday, June 24th (Transportation to and from Rock Eagle 4-H Center is included in the camp fee.)

    Where: Rock Eagle 4-H Center, 350 Rock Eagle Road, Eatonton, GA 31024

    Who: 4-H Cloverleaf Camp is open to all current 4th-6th graders.

    Click HERE for more information about Cloverleaf Camp.

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    Facebook

    We will continue to utilize Facebook as a way to share our daily story with you. If you haven't followed us yet, please do so as this is a great way for us to post pictures and share great things going on at Sawnee. Please follow us at facebook.com/SawneeES


    We are also working on setting up our Instagram account and will be coming very soon!