Who Are We!?!
Our Vision: To share in the commitment of rigorous and high-quality instruction to meet the needs of every child.
Our 2023-2024 school theme "TEAM KNIGHT #TeamKnight!" is directly aligned with our continued vision and instructional expectations for Knight: to share in the commitment of rigorous and high-quality instruction to meet the needs of every child.
Our Mission: To provide a positive, stimulating, and secure environment that empowers the individual to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually in order to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Our Belief: We believe all kids can learn…and we will establish high standards of learning that we expect all students to achieve. It is our job to create an environment in our classrooms that engages students in academic work that results in a high level of achievement. We are confident that with our support and help, students can master challenging curricula, and we expect them to do so. We are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and parents to achieve this shared educational purpose (DuFour, 1997a).
Our Why: To engage and serve the Knight community so that students and families are resilient and empowered to be successful in our ever changing world.
Our Motto: “Everyone can be a STAR at Knight!”
HAPPY FALL, KNIGHT FAMILY!
I am so PROUD to be your principal of Knight Elementary! The students, teachers, and support staff work hard to ensure every minute of the school day is meaningful for students! Parents, thank you for all you do to partner with us to support your children. A message that continues to ring true today, more than ever, is Great Schools Build Great Communities, and in turn, Great Communities Build Great Schools! Thank you to the entire Knight community for supporting our wonderful school. We could not do this without you! #TeamKnight
Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences/Early Release Days are near - Wednesday, October 18th, and Thursday, October 19th. Early release dismissal is 12:50 PM on both of these days. Buses will arrive at your homes earlier than usual. Please plan accordingly. Conferences will be held in person or via Zoom. We understand the importance of frequent communication about grades and want to ensure you have the information you need about your child's progress. An interim progress report was emailed/sent to parents on Friday, September 29th.
Current grades for 2-5 students can be accessed on the GCPS Parent Portal anytime during the school year. If you cannot access the Parent Portal, please don't hesitate to contact our office for assistance.
In addition, I would like to remind you to contact your child's teacher—at any time during the school year— if you have any questions about your child's academic progress. Working together, we can better support our students!
Knight Family, I would also like to thank everyone who joined us at our PTA Screen on the Green! I enjoyed seeing celebrity teachers hanging out with their students, families having a chance to fellowship with others, and students enjoying the movie! Thank you for supporting our PTA.
I look forward to our continued partnership to ensure the best for our students and school community!
If there is anything I can do to support you, please don't hesitate to contact me at 770-921-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proud to be your principal,
OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS!
SCREEN ON THE GREEN!
SAFETY & SECURITY UPDATE - SCHOOL VESTIBULE
The safety and security vestibule has been updated with new electrical outlets installed for the independent parent check-in/check-out process.
During school hours, the entrance for visitors is restricted to designated doors near the office, which are locked until the visitor is granted access. To notify school staff of their arrival, visitors push the "bell" button on the visitor management panel found outside the main entrance door. A staff member at the school then uses the audio/visual intercom to see the visitor's face and to request a reason for the visit. Once their purpose is validated, the office staff electronically unlocks the exterior door, allowing the visitor to proceed into the vestibule.
Vestibules provide space and an opportunity to verify visitors PRIOR to gaining access to the main building and provide additional security measures. They serve as a single entry point for students checking in or checking out of school.
Visitors will go through a check-in process, entering their driver's license or a state-issued ID into a scanner. Once visitors are cleared, they are issued a detailed visitor badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of their visit. (A visitor's badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.) Once the badge is issued, visitors will be "buzzed" into the school. Badges must be worn a visible at all times.
October 5 - 9
- Fall Break
Wednesday, October 11
- Hat Day ~ $1 Fifth Grade Fundraiser
- Science District Assessment 3-5
Thursday, October 12
- College Awareness Day
- Kindergarten Field Trip to Ink Museum
- 1st Grade Field Trip to Washington Farms
- Social Studies District Assessment 3-5
- PTA Chick-fil-a Night 5 PM - 7 PM
Friday, October 13
- Fall Picture Day
- Fall Book Fair Week
- Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Monday, October 16
- 3rd Grade Mass Hearing Vision Screening
- ELA District Assessment 3-5
- Math District Assessment 1-5
- Early Release at 12:50 PM
- PTA Meeting 6 PM
Thursday, October 19
- Early Release at 12:50 PM
- Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday, October 24
- PTA International Night 6 PM - 8 PM
Friday, October 27
- House Color Day
- All Pro Dad Chapter Meeting 7:30 AM
Tuesday, October 31
- PJ Day ~ $1 United Way Fundraiser
Thursday, November 2
- College Awareness Day
- Warm Welcome!
- Hat Day ~ $1 Fifth Grade Fundraiser
- Digital Learning Day
- PTA Yellow River Family Fun
FALL BREAK (NO SCHOOL)
GCPS CALENDAR OPTIONS
Gwinnett County Public Schools seeks your feedback regarding your preference for our school calendars for BOTH the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 school years!
Each option includes both 2024-2025 and the 2025-2026 school calendars.
Please click here to view the draft calendars. Please see the email sent on 9/20 to cast your vote. The deadline for submission ends on Sunday, October 22nd.
GCPS INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN REVIEW OF INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) invites Gwinnett families and residents to join GCPS staff members and students by participating in a review of proposed instructional resources for select grades and courses in Mathematics, ESOL, and World Language. The public review begins Sunday, Oct. 1, and runs until Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Please click HERE for more information.
FALL BOOK FAIR WEEK
It is almost time for our Fall Scholastic Book Fair. The Fair will be open for purchases from October 16-20, in the Media Center during school hours, with extended hours on conference days. More details soon!
A flyer was sent home with a QR code for a game, as well as another QR code to show you how to set up an ewallet to buy books without having to bring cash into school. Can you guess what our theme will be?
UNITED WAY PJ DAY
PARENT VUE APP - NOW AVAILABLE
The Synergy Parent mobile app, ParentVUE, is now available for use. The app is available in the Apple App Store, as well as the Google Play Store. An active Parent Portal account is required to log in to ParentVUE.
- It will allow parents, who have a parent portal account, to view schedules, grades, see when assignments are due, view graduation requirements, find missing assignments, and view other important student information.
- If you have a Parent Portal account you will use the same log in username (email) and password that you use online.
3rd, 4th, and 5th GRADE STUDENTS CAN RECEIVE HELP VIA TUTOR.COM
The Gwinnett County Public Library is partnering with Gwinnett County Public Schools to provide online tutoring support to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Gwinnett students through Tutor.com. Students will need a library account to access the service. They will be able to sign on for individual tutoring sessions daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and for 24/7 “drop-off” support (uploading a document for tutor review/feedback to be returned at a later time).
Find all the information you need to take advantage of this program by logging into eCLASS. Look for the box pictured below!
PARENT LUNCH VISITATION
- Parents/families are welcome to enjoy lunch with their child(ren).
- After checking in the office with an ID and securing a visitor badge, parents/families will meet their child(ren) at the entrance to the cafeteria.
- Please allow your child to follow his/her normal routine in the cafeteria line. Feel free to bring a lunch with you or to purchase lunch ($4).
- Parents/families will utilize the bistro tables in the hallway outside the cafeteria.
- When leaving the cafeteria parents should not escort students back to the classroom. Parents must sign out before leaving.
I SCREAM YOU SCREAM...WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
Knight Elementary will continue to use ClassDojo to communicate with families. To receive help with connecting to your student's class or any other ClassDojo questions, please contact Kelli Sheffield at Kelli.Sheffield@gcpsk12.org.
We are excited to announce that our school district has adopted a new form of school-to-home communication called ParentSquare. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with your child’s school and Gwinnett County Public Schools.
ParentSquare provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to receive and send information, such as:
- Weather-related closings & delays
- School information
- Share pictures and files
- See calendar items
- Upcoming school activities
District and school information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text via ParentSquare. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices). Please note that Knight staff will communicate with parents via ClassDojo and email.
CAR RIDER ETIQUETTE
- Please, no left turn into the carpool off River Drive.
- Please, no left turn from the carpool onto River Drive.
- Please do not make a U-turn in the middle of River Drive or entrances to neighborhoods near the school to enter the carpool or after exiting the carpool.
"Park and Walk” is NOT an option.
A GCPS school bus can transport every Knight student.
GEORGIA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AT KNIGHT!
GCPS Calendar 2023-2024
Click here to access the 2023-2024 GCPS Calendar.
This approved calendar features a start date of Wednesday, August 2, seven days of pre-planning for teachers, and four digital learning days. The four digital learning days are scheduled throughout the year, with two occurring in 1st semester and two in 2nd semester. The calendar also features a fall break in October, a two-week and a half winter break, a break in February, a week scheduled for spring break, and end date of May 22.
DIGITAL LEARNING DAYS
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
All visitors must sign-in at the welcome desk and please be prepared to provide some form of identification upon request.
Staff Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, 8:00 AM - 3:50 PM
* Hours will vary depending on morning staff meetings (Tuesday, 7:10 AM - 3:50 PM).
Student Hours: Monday - Friday 8:50 AM - 3:20 PM
Students should arrive between 8:20 AM - 8:50 AM.
KNIGHT PTA NEWS!
Please join the PTA this year!
Knight PTA's ultimate goal is to benefit our children and support their learning experience. Membership is an opportunity to connect with other parents and to support our school. Our goal is one membership for each student. Membership is only $5 per person! Please join at:
Membership is $5 per individual adult (not per household or per student as GA PTA does not allow household memberships).
Thank you for supporting the PTA!
UPCOMING PTA EVENTS
- October 12 - Chick-fil-A Night 5 PM - 7 PM
- October 18 - PTA Meeting 6 PM
October 24 - International Knight 6 PM - 8 PM
November 9 - Chick-fil-A Night 5 PM - 7 PM
December 2 - Winterfest 12 PM - 3 PM
Please save the date for our International Knight - Tuesday, October 24th from 6 PM - 8 PM. We are looking for families to share their cultural traditions through storytelling, music, song, dance, art or food. If you or anyone in your family are able to share, please sign up here:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14!
Need More Help?
Please feel free to contact Kelli Sheffield, Kelli.Sheffiled@gcpsk12.org or Sindy Amador, Sindy.Amador@gcpsk12.org in our Parent Center. You can also reach them by phone from 9:00am - 3:00pm at 770-806-3887.
Finally, please visit the Knight website often for information and updates at KnightESHomepage Thank you for your generosity and support as we continue to ensure learning for all students at Knight Elementary!