Hilltop Happenings from Dr. Bearden

It's Always a Great Day up on the Hill!

For the week of September 30th, 2019

Each week, Hilltop Happenings will be saved and archived on the SHE website under the parent tab: (http://school.fultonschools.org/es/summithill/Pages/default.aspx

Follow Summit Hill ES on Twitter: @summithillhusky and Instagram: @summithillesmiltonga

Summit Hill PTO website is another great source of information for SHE families: SHE PTO or follow them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/SummitHillPTO/ or Twitter: @summithillpto

News about Fulton County Schools, including weather updates, transportation, and calendars can be accessed at www.fultonschools.org

A Message from Dr. Bearden

Good morning, SHE Families,

There was a lot going on at SHE during the past week and a bunch of great things coming up!

I want to thank the management of Old Blind Dog for hosting the SHE spirit night and, as well, a thank you to all the families, who attended the SHE spirit night. We had a great crowd and I enjoyed seeing/talking with families! What a fun night and I am looking forward to future spirit nights.

The 5th grade trip to Rock Eagle was so much fun!! Thank you to the 5th grade teachers for a well-organized event filled with learning, fun, and making new connections. Thank you to the chaperones, who accompanied the trip and shared the fun with our students! We could not take a big trip like this without the support and participation of parent chaperones! If you would like to see some of the pic, check out Twitter #SHeagle2019, where we posted all of our fun pictures of students using pioneer tools, hiking, canoeing, and learning about lake ecology! In the next few days, we will get the SHE Rock Eagle photos posted to the SHE website on our scrolling pictures link.

A few SHE family reminders:

Lunch dates are a great way to enjoy a birthday lunch with your child(ren); however, please refrain from bringing latex and/or mylar balloons to the cafeteria. Many or our children have latex/mylar allergies and, as well, it tends to be disruptive for our students, who remain with their classes. Also, please be mindful that, for safety, only your child(ren) should be invited to the stage to have lunch with you. Thank you for understanding and for helping us to be able to accommodate lunch dates for families and their children, with minimal disruption to our normal school day.

Car Pool (in the morning and during dismissal) is running smoothly for the most part. Please be sure that you are staying aware of the following:

  • Your car slows down significantly as you approach and leave the car pool areas
  • Your child only enters/exits your vehicle on the school side curb, where staff can assist
  • Your child, including his/her belongings, has completely exited your car and the door is closed before pulling away from the curb
  • Bring your fur friend along on Waggin' Wednesday! We have doggie treats for all of our SHE fur friends!

There are several events next week, which are open to all families. On Tuesday, at 7 am, the SHE School Governance Council is meeting.

In addition, I will be available on Tuesday, 10/1, at 9 am for any parents, who would like to attend the Principal Chat. This month, those who attend will learn more about the new math curriculum pacing, which is beginning in Kindergarten this year. This new enhanced curriculum allows pacing such that will advance or accelerate children in math, without skipping any levels of math. If you would like to find out more, please join me on the stage at 9 am on Tuesday, 10/1.

Lastly and one of my favorites, the SHE carnival is next Friday, October 4th. Be sure to check out the SHE PTO website for more information on how to get tickets. The Carnival has a fall theme this year and is sure to a lot of fun! All families are invited to attend carnival on Friday, October 4th, from 5 pm to 9 pm. I am really looking forward to Carnival and hope to see you all there!!

I promise to keep you updated and, as always, thank you for reading and for your partnership! Please reach out if you have any questions or anything to share. Take care, Lorrie

Save the Dates! Upcoming Events for SHE (Updated Weekly)

Every Friday is SHES Spirit Day: Wear SHE or House colors;

Tuesday, October 1st: SHE School Governance Council Meeting at 7 am in PTO room; All are welcome to attend;

Tuesday, October 1st: SHE Principal Chat with Dr. Bearden at 9 am in PTO room; Talking Point: Student Support and Enrichment Plan for SHE students;

Friday, October 4th: STAGE IS CLOSED; Lunch Dates are not available on this day.

Friday, October 4th: SHE Fall Carnival hosted by PTO; 5 pm to 9 pm at SHE; Lots of opportunities for volunteers so please check out SHE PTO for more info

Friday, October 11th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, October 14th: Columbus Day Holiday; All FCS Schools and Bldgs are Closed.

Tuesday, October 15th thru 18th: Red Ribbon Week (More details forthcoming)

Monday, November 4th: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School for Students

Tuesday, November 5th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, November 25th thru 29th: Thanksgving Holidays; No School for Staff/Students

Monday, December 23rd thru January 2nd: Winter Holidays; No School for Students/Staff

Friday, January 3rd: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; No School For Students/Staff

Monday, February 3: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School For Students

Monday, February 17th: President's Day Holiday; No School For Students/Staff

Friday, March 13th: FCS Teacher Work Day; No School For Students

Monday, March 16th: SHE Full Release Day for Professional Learning; No School For Students

Tuesday, March 24: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. There will be no school for students due to Georgia Elections Processes.

Monday, April 6th thru 10th: Spring Break Holidays; No School For Students/Staff

Tuesday, April 21st: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. Students will not come to school but participate in a digital learning day. (More details forthcoming)

Tuesday, May 19th: This day is a FCS Teacher Work Day. Students will not come to school but participate in a digital learning day. (More details forthcoming)

Friday, May 22nd: Last Day of School for Students

Calendar Updated Weekly and Includes FCS and/or SHE Calendar Days Off for Students

NEW INFORMATION for This Week's Hilltop Happenings

SHE counselor, Ruth Bowen, named as a Semi-Finalist for GA School Counselor of the Year

I am very proud to report to you that our sweet counselor, Ruth Bowen, was selected as a finalist for counselor of the year by the Georgia School Counselor Association! Of course, we all know how fabulous Ms. Bowen is and how she puts SHE students first. What an honor for Ms. Bowen to be recognized by her colleagues around the state of Georgia. The winner will be announced at the GSCA conference in mid-November.
SHE Announcements: NEW Entries Will Be Listed First :-)

SHE Daily Announcements in a Variety of Areas, Which Families Need to Know. New Information Will Always Be Listed First and Older Information Will Follow, in case you missed it in an earlier newsletter.

Parent Information: The Leader in Me

Parents, If you would like more information on our Leader in Me culture at SHES, click this button. There are also resources for parents on this website.

Parent Information: Bus and Carpool

SHE Parents, This link will open information regarding bus and carpool information.



There are several times during the year when the stage must be closed for a variety of reasons. When the stage is closed, lunch dates are unavailable. For instance, on Friday, October 4th, our stage will be closed due to setting up the cake walk area for the carnival. Later in October, we will administer the Iowa Tests to the 3rd and 5th graders. During a state testing window and due to testing security, only Fulton County employees are allowed to be in the building. Parents and visitors may visit the front office areas only. We will do our best to give you as much notice as possible, when the stage has to be closed and/or parents are allowed in the front areas only. If your child's birthday falls on one of the days, when the stage is closed, please consider having a lunch date on a different day. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

We will always list days, when the stage is closed, is the calendar at the beginning of this newsletter. 2019-20 Lunch Schedules by Homeroom Teacher

#SHEShares: SHE students and staff community service opportunities.

September: Students collect and donate spare change for American Cancer Association Research on Childhood Cancers: Huskies raised more than $1500!! We are so proud of our Huskies!

Beginning in August:

-SHE students are collecting raw fruit and veggie waste in the cafe to share with local farmers

-SHE students and staff are collecting styrofoam lunch trays to reuse and recycle

-SHE staff members, Mrs. Eichele and Mrs. Williams are exploring a farm to table club for students...stay tuned for more information.

Summit Hill Elementary School Governance Council (SGC)


The purpose of the School Governance Council is to provide parents, school, staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school.
The School Governance Council is a governing body that is representative
of the community and the school, but operates under the control and
management of the Board of Education. The Council is responsible for
making decisions regarding the strategic direction of the school including:

a.) Approve the school strategic plan and updates
b.) Approve the annual budget and annual resource allocations
c.) Manage the Request for Flexibility process
d.) Participate in hiring the principal (in case of a vacancy)
e.) Provide annual feedback on principal performance

SGC meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month @ 7 am in the PTO room. All are welcome to attend. After each meeting, minutes and agenda for the next month will be posted on the SHE website.

If you would like more information about the SGC work and/or meetings, visit our SHE website:. http://school.fultonschools.org/es/summithill/Pages/School-Governance-Council-(SGC).aspx

SHE Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Summit Hill Elementary is very lucky to have such a wonderful community and the PTO offers monetary and volunteer support to keep our staff/students equipped with the best learning experiences possible. SHE loves our PTO support!! If you have not already done so, please consider joining the PTO. There are different levels of membership and every membership is vital to the PTO and its work. Find out more about the PTO and how you can join at:

Summit Hill Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization

PTO CoPresidents: Kristen Vasser and Kelly Cravens

SHES Website Links-All In One Place


Below are the links to access SHES websites and/or newsletters.


Kindergarten: https://summithillkindergarten.weebly.com/

1st Grade: https://summithill1stgrade.weebly.com/

2nd Grade: summithill2ndgradeweebly.com

3rd Grade: www.thirdgradeshe.weebly.com

4th Grade: www.she4thgrade.weebly.com

5th Grade: 5th grade Website

SHES Media Center Newsletter:


SHE Talented and Gifted:

Follow us on Twitter: @SummitHillTAG

TAG Website: http: http://shetagoverview.weebly.com/

SHES Advanced Strategies Lab (Ms. Leeson)


SHES Chorus (Ms. Goldfuss, 2018-19 SHE Teacher of the Year:


Follow SHE Chorus on Twitter @HuskyHarmonies

Upcoming Events for Summit Hill ES Families

FCS Board member, Katie Reeves, Community Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6:30pm

13025 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA

Please join Board Member Katie Reeves, District 2, for her community meeting.

AGENDA: Forthcoming; For more information see links below:

Board Services ï Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW ï Atlanta, GA 30339
470-254-6895 ph ï 470-254-1246 fax
boardservices@fultonschools.org ï www.fultonschools.org

FCS Board member, Katha Stewart, Community Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6:30pm

11595 King Road

Roswell, GA

Please join Board Member Katha Stuart, District 2, for her monthly community meeting.

for more information, see links below:

Board Services ï Fulton County Schools
6201 Powers Ferry Road NW ï Atlanta, GA 30339
470-254-6895 ph ï 470-254-1246 fax
boardservices@fultonschools.org ï www.fultonschools.org