Welcome Back Parent Newsletter

Updated July 28th

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Note from the Principal's Desk

Dear Huntley Hills Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer and looking forward to an exciting school year! I am happy to continue to serve as the principal of Huntley Hills a Cognia STEM certified school!

Our school-wide theme this year is “We Run as ONE: 1 TEAM, 1 GOAL, 1 MISSION".

We are proud to announce HHES is 100% staffed to begin the school year! We have a dynamic group of educators and faculty to make our school warm, welcoming, and successful! Click here to learn about our new staff!

Thank you to PTA and volunteers who came out Wednesday for indoor beautification! #weloveourcommunity

As a reminder, Open House/Meet the Teacher is Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Please follow the last name guide below. If you are unable make Open House, no worries, the school is open M-F from 8:00am-2:00pm to get registered!

Dates to Remember:

August 1st-Teachers and paraprofessionals return-Welcome back!

August 3rd-Open House/Meet the Teacher- 9am-1pm (bring proof of residency)

Last names beginning M-Z 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Last names beginning A-L 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

August 4th-New Parent Orientation at 6pm in the media center

August 5th-3pm-5pm Popsicle social on the playground for PreK, Kindergarten, and new families

August 7th-Outdoor-School Beautification 2pm-4pm

August 8th-First day of school

Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to a great year at Huntley Hills and many celebrations throughout the year!

Proud to Serve,

Mia Ford, Principal


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Join PTA Today!

Join the Huntley Hills Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) through an annual membership.

Your support helps PTA build a stronger school community. We purchase classroom resources, books, instruments, art supplies and so much more. We apply for grants to improve our school, and we address issues that are important to our students, teachers, and school.

Support our school by joining our PTA today! Click here!

Open House/Meet the Teacher

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 9AM-1PM (Registration & Meet the Teacher)

Last names beginning M-Z 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Last names beginning A-L 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Proof of Residency-Please bring a copy of a (July/August only) electric, water, gas, or lease/mortgage that the school can keep. Make a copy for each child. Please complete the Infinite Campus verification.

  • Affidavit (Proof of Residency)-If you live with an individual, you will need to provide proof of residency with a completed and notarized affidavit. The form must be notarized. You can pick up an affidavit from the front office the week of July 25th from 8:00AM-3:00PM.

  • PTA-PTA will be selling spirit wear tshirts & other HHES items. You can also join PTA, donate to help fund our projects that help students and teachers, as well as sign up to volunteer. It is a good idea to bring cash, credit cards or checks. PTA is happy to offer credit card services for your convenience, and an additional fee will be charged.

  • Email communication- Sign up for our Tiger Talk emails from PTA to stay informed about upcoming events and important info. Please plan to sign-up here: https://bit.ly/2lDsxMW or at Open House.

  • Afterschool (Tiger-Time)-HHES provide after school care. Tiger time will have a table in the Cafeteria to register your child for after school care. After care is 2:45-6:00, M-F. The registration fee is $25.00 and $60 each week for 1 child. Please bring cash, money order, or checks for the registration fee and first week payment.

  • Volunteers Needed!- If you are able to help during Open House on Aug.3 between 9am-2pm. Help is needed for Tiger House t-shirt sales, assisting parents with Constant Contact, greeters, cashiers, help parents sign-up to volunteer throughout the year, etc. Any amount of time you can offer is appreciated!!!! Volunteer Sign-up online

  • Beautification Day-Join us for a back-to-school beautification and sidewalk chalk decorating on Aug. 7 at 2-4! PTA will provide the chalk to decorate, as well as supplies to rake and do general clean up. Join us and get to know our school community

  • Donated Uniforms- If your child has outgrown his/her uniform, please bring gently used uniforms to Open House. A table will be setup for parents to donate/collect free gently used uniforms.

Open House Stations

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Returning Students-Registration

Parents of returning students should complete DCSD's annual verification registration in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and bring proof of residency to Open House, Wednesday August 3rd! Infinite Campus Parent Portal to complete DCSD Annual Verification Registration.

Pre-K Students-Registration

Pre-K parents please bring the following documents to Open House. We will make copies for you!

  • Parent/Guardian ID
  • Original birth certificate
  • Immunizations
  • Hearing/Vision and Dental form
  • SS # (optional)
  • Copy of public assistance (Medicaid or food stamps)


• Identificación de padre / tutor

• Acta de nacimiento original

• Formulario de vacunación

• Formulario de audición, visión y odontología

• SS # (opcional)

• Copia de asistencia pública (Medicaid o cupones de alimentos)

Back to School Events

Welcome New Tigers!

Popsicle Social for NEW Pre K and K Students

Friday August 5

3-5 PM

Huntley Hills Elementary School PLAYGROUND

All incoming Pre K and K students and their families are invited to attend! This will be a great way to meet new friends, learn more about our school, and get excited for the new school year! Teachers and faculty are encouraged to stop by as well!

Guests can RSVP on the PTA Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/2qbAmbu0G

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Huntley Hills Announcements

Welcome New Staff Members!

We would like to introduce our new staff members to Huntley Hills!

We say farewell to a few staff members who have retired or have moved on to a new adventure!

Mr. Malone (new beginnings), Mrs. Crawford (retired), Mrs. Powell (dream job), Ms. Robbins (closer to home), Mrs. Loretz, Ms. Branch (retired), Ms. Bytheway (closer to home), Mrs. D. Campbell (closer to home) , Mrs. Walldroff, Mrs. Cooper (closer to home), Ms. Wimby, and Ms. Johnson (teaching in Thailand).

New roles this year!

Ms. Julie King-Art Teacher

Ms. Harvey-1st grade Teacher

Mrs. Thais Jones-Preschool special education

Mr. Gelber-SPID self contained

Mrs. Duany-Upper grades resource

Mrs. Kester-Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Jordan-1st grade Teacher

Ms. Melissa Minern-MTSS

Ms. Sararh Milliron-Literacy Coach/EIP Teacher

Ms. Branch-Title I day tutor

Huntley Hills Summer Reading Program

We will have another Summer Reading Challene for students this summer. Students can complete activities on a BINGO card to win prizes when they return to school in August.

Save the dates

August 1-Report to work at 8:00am

August 3-Open House/Meet the Teacher

August 4-New Parent Orientation @ 6:00pm in the media center

August 5-New PreK and Kindergarten popsicle social

August 8-1st day of school

August -Popsicles on the playground at 1:30pm ALL students staggered by grade level (students only)

August 7-Beautification day

August 18-Title I Stakeholder's meeting at 9am and 5pm in the media center

August 25-Annual Title I meeting and Back to School night at 6:00pm

August 30-Farm Burger Spirit Night

August 31- Maria Montessori's birthday-Montessori students activities

September 2-PAC elections begin

September 5-Labor Day--No school

September 8-ESOL Parent meeting at 10:00am and Montessori Parent meeting at 6:00pm

September 9-Pastries for Parents 7:15am-7:45am

September 22-STEM Family Night!

DeKalb County District Announcements

Parent Volunteers

DeKalb County approved a Volunteer Policy last school year.

If you plan to volunteer as a reading buddy, field trip chaperone, help in the media center this school year, you will need to be approved by public safety.

Level III volunteers must be approved by Public Safety AND the local school principal prior to the volunteer participation in activities involving direct, unsupervised interaction with students. Examples of Level III volunteers include chaperones on overnight field trips, chaperones or volunteers for local school events, volunteer tutors, office/media center volunteers, or any other volunteers who will have any unsupervised interaction with students. Level III volunteers shall be fingerprinted by the district and have GBI/FBI criminal background checks on file prior to rendering volunteer services.

As we gear up for the 2022-2023 school year, it is important to ensure that all Level III volunteers have completed the needed application, training and background check to support our students.

You may view Board Policy IFCD: School Volunteers by clicking here https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Policy/ViewPolicy.aspx?S=4054&revid=SwAusMVevRbWZslshCT4Rt1sQ==&ptid=amIgTZiB9plushNjl6WXhfiOQ==&secid=&PG=6&IRP=0

The Division of Community Empowerment, Innovation and Partnerships will offer Virtual Volunteer Training on the following days and times to ensure that DCSD Coaching Staff, Band Staff, Cheerleader Sponsors and other Level III volunteers have completed the background check procedures in advance of working with students:

  • August 1st: 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM, August 4th: 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM
  • August 15th: 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM, August 18th: 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM

You may register Level III volunteers for the Training course at https://forms.office.com/r/QLdTFtJ6ZD

Returning Students-Annual Verification

Directions on how to complete the annual verification, click here!

Parents/Guardians must have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account to verify/update their student(s) information.

Parents/guardians who do not already have a portal account should visit here for instructions.

Parents/guardians who have forgotten their portal username and/or password should click on the Forgot username? or Forgot password? link as appropriate on the portal login page

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First Week of School-August 8th

How to prepare your child for school the first week of school:

1. If someone in your household has tested positive or been exposed call the school at 678-676-7402 or email Nurse Khan at faiza_khan@dekalbschoolsga.org

2. Get plenty of rest! Change your schedule for the school year!

3. Breakfast is available from 7:00-7:45. Students will eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria.

4. Your child MAY bring a healthy lunch and snack.

5. The school has water bottle water filling stations, so students should bring a water bottle daily as water fountains are closed.

6. Bring supplies which will be assigned to your child. Please make sure your child has headphones for MAP testing.

7. Wear school uniform daily. Notify Sonya Nelson, school counselor at sonya_nelson@dekalbschoolsga.org if you need assistance with uniforms.

8. Make sure your teacher knows how your child gets home and any medications/allergies

9. Students will be assigned a Chromebook to use at school.

10. STAR folders come home on Thursdays with student work, flyers, and important information from the school.

Morning Arrival & Afternoon Dismissal

Morning Drop Off & Dismissal:

1. The drop-off times in front of the school are below:

Bus riders-7:00am; Car riders & walkers 7:10am-7:45am; Tardy bell 7:45; Morning announcements begin at 7:45.

2. Car riders: On the first day of drop off, if not already students will receive a lanyard with a matching parent car rider number.

Walkers: On the first day of drop off, if not already students will receive a lanyard with a matching parent walker number.

Bus riders: Receive a bus lanyard

3. Students will enter the front of building. Students will report to the cafeteria for breakfast or Tiger Tune-up (gym to warm up their bodies).

4. The pick-up times for dismissal are below:

Bus riders-2:15pm-2:25pm; Car riders 2:25-2:45 (front of building after buses) & walkers (Back door) 2:15pm-2:45pm

Please be patient the first few weeks of school. Thank you!

Supply list

Click below for the supply list! You can also visit the Huntley Hills website.

Bus Routes

DCSD bus routes can be found on the district website: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/bus-routes/. Huntley Hills morning bus routes are below along with the district

Huntley Hills Morning Bus Routes

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Afterschool/Tiger Time-REPEAT

Afterschool Program "Tiger-Time"- Tiger time will have a table in the Cafeteria to register your child for after school care. After care is 3:00-6:00, M-F. The registration fee is $25.00 and $60.00 each week. Please bring cash, money order, or check for registration fee and first week of payment. Ms. Camille Harvey is the after school director. Her email address is camille_harvey@dekalbschoolsga.org.

Communication: Stay Connected!


School Dojo: The school code is here to receive message from the school (text messages from Dr. Ford)

Weekly Tiger Talk: https://bit.ly/2lDsxMW (emails from PTA/school)

School Messenger-See flyer below to opt-in to receive text messages/emails from DCSD (text messages/emails from DCSD)


Twitter: https://twitter.com/huntleyhills?lang=en (follow me)

PTA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huntleyhillselementary/ (follow PTA)

School Messenger

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If your child needs to take prescription medication at school, please complete the form below, notify your child's teacher and Nurse Faiza Khan at faiza_khan@dekalbschoolsga.org.

School Uniforms

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2022-2023 Clubs


Run Club


Academic Bowl

My Brother's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

First Lego League

Garden Club

Lego Club


Girls Who Game

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Spring Production

Rub Club

Science Olympiad

Technology Club

Student Council

Free & Reduced Lunch

Parents must submit a new application every year to receive meal benefits. The Free & Reduced Meal application can be completed online at www.schoolcafe.com.

The application process is simple and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Parents can also download the app to pay on your child's account for breakfast and lunch. You can also visit the DCSD website for more information.

2022-2023 Tiger Houses

PreK-K Caspian (Purple)

Grade 1 Bengal (Yellow)

Grade 2 Sumatran (Green)

Grade 3 Siberian (Red)

Grade 4 Saber Tooth (Blue)

Grade 5 Bali (Orange)

MAP Testing & Gifted Eligibility

Our school will participate in DCSD's MAP assessments the week of August 15th. The first assessment will determine gifted eligibility. Please remind your child to perform their VERY best. Read below.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) utilizes the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as the initial assessment towards gifted identification each school year for students in grades K-10. Students who score > 90% RT (Reading Total) or > 90% MT (Math Total) on the nationally norm-referenced assessment (MAP) will take additional gifted formal evaluations. Although the MAP assessment is administered three times per year, the gifted eligibility window is August–September for currently enrolled K-10 students and December–February for currently enrolled K-2 and new students.

Additional information relative to the assessment window can be found on the District’s website. Visit the following link: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/testing-calendar/ If you have any questions about the MAP assessment, contact the Research, Assessments and Grants Department at 678-676-0300. For gifted eligibility questions, please contact the Gifted Department at 678-676-0175 or 678-676-0153.

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22-23 Title I Stakeholder's Meeting

Title I Stakeholder's meeting Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 9:00am and 5:00pm in the media center. All parents are invited. Huntley Hills is a Title I school, and as the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parental engagement program and activities in our school. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events at our school.

22-23 Title I Annual Meeting/Back to School Curriculum Night

Please accept this as a personal invitation to our Title I Annual Meeting and Back-to-School Night, Thursday, August 25th at 6:00pm. Join with us in a supportive role as we assist with the positive growth of your son/daughter and his/her elementary education in communicating the standards and expectations established to make Huntley Hills a great place to learn. This will be an opportunity for you, as parents, to meet your child's teachers and learn expectations.

The schedule for the evening is below:

5:30pm-6:00pm Spanish Annual Title I meeting

6:00-6:30 Meet the HHES staff & Annual Title I meeting

6:30-7:30 Hear class expectations (grading, behavior, homework, testing, etc.)

2022-2023 Title I Parent Right to Know

In accordance with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, all LEAs are required to notify parents at the beginning of each school year of their ‘Right to Know’ the professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals.

Requirements for Content of the Notification: Notifications MUST use the language of the law.

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, parents may request the following information: Whether the student’s teacher—has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and, is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

In Georgia, notifications must occur within 30 calendar days from the start of school or upon enrollment.

For verification purposes, notifications must contain the month/year of dissemination or, if included in another document, the primary document must contain a date.

For verification purposes, the name of the LEA and/ or school must be included.

In Georgia, districts are required to notify parents in ALL schools or programs.

Responses to requests must be provided in a timely manner.

Maintain records of annual notification(s) from ALL schools or programs.

Best Practices for the Notification:

  • ESSA does not prescribe the exact method of dissemination for notifications. In Georgia, the following are considered best practices when notifying parents:
  • Develop written procedures for compliance, which include a timeline and person, by position, responsible for verifying notification content, verifying dissemination of notification, and maintaining notification documentation.
  • Notify parents in multiple formats in order to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to receive the information. This may include, school handbook, a letter mailed home, a newsletter or brochure, posting on a website, and/or a school-wide email.
  • Notify parents, to the extent practicable, in a language that they may understand.
  • Ensure the notification includes school/program/LEA name and a point of contact by position.


Dr. Mia Ford, Principal

Fall 2022 Principal Advisory Council (PAC) Elections-REPEAT

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Two Parents Needed!

The candidate declaration window for 2022-2023 Principal Advisory Council elections will be open through Friday, September 3rd. Principal Advisory Councils bring parents, school employees, students and community members together to create a better understanding of and mutual respect for each other’s perspectives and share ideas for increasing student achievement and performance.

What is the role of the Principal Advisory Council?

  • Act as a link between the school and the community
  • Encourage the engagement of parents and other stakeholders within the school community
  • Work to increase student achievement through transparent operations and shared best practices
  • Review the Continuous School Improvement Plan and monitor progress toward goals
  • Participate in the selection of the school principal

Complete the form below to run for a position on your school’s Council.

Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form (Spanish Translation Included)

If you declare your name, please email Dr. Ford at mia_ford@dekalbschoolsga.org with your bio and picture. Thank you!

La ventana de declaración de candidatos para las elecciones del Consejo Asesor Principal de 2022-2023 estará abierta hasta el Viernes, 3 de septiembre. Los Consejos Asesores de Directores reúnen a padres, empleados de la escuela, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad para crear una mejor comprensión y respeto mutuo por las perspectivas de los demás y compartir ideas para aumentar el rendimiento y el rendimiento de los estudiantes.

¿Cuál es el papel del Consejo Asesor Principal?

  • Actuar como vínculo entre la escuela y la comunidad.
  • Fomentar la participación de los padres y otras partes interesadas dentro de la comunidad escolar
  • Trabajar para aumentar el rendimiento de los estudiantes a través de operaciones transparentes y mejores prácticas compartidas
  • Revisar el Plan de Mejoramiento Continuo de la Escuela y monitorear el progreso hacia las metas
  • Participar en la selección del director de la escuela

Complete el formulario correspondiente a continuación para postularse para un puesto en el Consejo de su escuela.

Si declara su nombre, envíe un correo electrónico al Dr. Ford a mia_ford@dekalbschoolsga.org con su biografía y foto. ¡Gracias!

Important Contacts

PTA President-Deborah Hakes dkhakes@gmail.com

President Elect-Amanda Hallamandamacy.hall@gmail.com

Principal Advisory Council Chair-Upcoming

School Counselor (504's & SST)-Sonya Nelson sonya_nelson@dekalbschoolsga.org

Registrar (registration & withdrawals)-Cassonia Miller cassonia_miller@dekalbshoolsga.org

Title I Parent Liaison (Spanish)-Rebeca Arbona rebeca_arbona@dekalbschoolsga.org

Nurse-Faiza Khan faiza_khan@dekalbschoolsga.org

Assistant Principal & Testing coordinator-Camille Jones camille_l_jones@dekalbschoolsga.org

Principal-Mia Ford mia_ford@dekalbschoolsga.org

Huntley Hills Elementary & Montessori School