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November 16, 2018

Dates to Know!

NOV 17 - YEARBOOK PRICE INCREASES TO $38

NOV 19-23 - THANKSGIVING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)

NOV 26 - DEADLINE FOR SQUARE ART ORDERS

NOV 27 - HOLIDAY SHOP FAMILY NIGHT, 6-8pm

NOV 27-30 - HOLIDAY SHOP

DEC 12 - SPELLING BEE

DEC 12 - FAMILY CONNECT NIGHT (NO HOMEWORK)

DEC 18 - FIFTH GRADE HOLIDAY LUNCH

DEC 20 - LAST DAY OF FIRST SEMESTER

DEC 21-JAN 7 - WINTER BREAK, NO SCHOOL

What's for lunch??

MENU FOR WEEK OF NOV. 26

Monday: Pizza, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: , All-American Burger, Mini Chicken Corndogs, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: All-White Meat Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Ham & Cheese Roll-Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: Mini Cheese Calzones, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel

Please check the Lost & Found SOON

All lost and found items will be donated after Friday, November 30. Please make sure your student(s) check for their missing items before then. We have lots of jackets that have lost their owners.

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New Cafeteria Changes

Take some time to ask your children about our new lunchtime guidelines and table baskets!


We have been working super hard this month with our students and staff to establish some new procedures. We know that our new system will make for a safe, smooth and relaxing lunchtime.


Come visit us for lunch to check things out! You'll notice this poster (below) now hanging in our cafeteria. We would appreciate all visitors setting a fantastic example for our students as well, and hope to see you soon!

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IMPORTANT!! PLEASE READ

All volunteers now need to view a short video about Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. Once you have viewed the video, you will fill out a form that will stay on file.If you plan on volunteering in any capacity this school year, please view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWiUng4wP0g&feature=youtu.be . The sign off form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/zXNEQkZZSKu7eqOh1


Thank you for understanding that this new policy is designed to protect our students. We appreciate the time and dedication of all our volunteers!

Flu season is fast approching!

Below is a link to the CDC with helpful information about managing the flu.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm


Please refer to the chart below for more information about the difference in symptoms between cold and flu.

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A Few Reminders from Nurse G

Please send extra clothes for your child to keep in their back packs. You never know when milk will spill or a mud puddle will call for splashing in. Even the older students can have a need for a change of clothes.


Forsyth County Policy: The policy states that when a child has a fever (100 degrees or above), vomiting or diarrhea, they must be free of these symptoms for 24 hours without any medications for these symptoms (i.e. Tylenol, Motrin, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, etc.) before they may return to school. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick. This passes germs to everyone else.


No medication should be brought to school with your child. Parents must bring all medications to the clinic- even cough drops. An Administration of Medication Form also is needed for all OTC medications (ie cough drops, Tylenol, etc.). If your child has allergies or a medical condition which requires treatment at school please make sure you complete the forms that were previously sent home. Once completed, please bring those in along with the required medications. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse G.


Cold Weather Clothing: As the weather turns colder, don’t forget those warm coats, hats and gloves. It can be cold at recess on frosty days, so bundle up!

We are almost there!

Thank you for your Lysol donations! We don't have far to go to meet our goal of supplying classrooms with extra Lysol to keep those pesky winter germs away. If you can help, please pick up a can or 2 (pictured at left) to send to the clinic. Thank you for your help and support to keep everyone at Big Creek healthy!

Sincerely,

Nurse G

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We are so excited about the Holiday Shop, which runs from Nov. 27-30. Whimsy Daisy, a local vendor, will offer items ranging from $1 to $20. Visit the Holiday Shop as a family on Nov. 27 from 6- 8 pm and take a picture with Santa.

Volunteers are needed to make this event successful. We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles....anyone who would like to help. Volunteers can decorate, help children shop, bag gifts, or read to students who are not shopping. To sign up to volunteer, please click here. If you have any questions, you can email Krissy Pierce.

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Amazon Smile Program

Did you know that if you type smile.amazon.com and choose BCES PTO as your nonprofit that we get a small percentage of your purchase back to our school? Since June 2018, we have received $38.80 from Amazon Smile. Every time you shop at Amazon, be sure to type SMILE. before amazon. Be sure to keep this in mind as you begin your holiday shopping. Every little bit helps!

This Month on our Voyage Journey!

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Additional Resources for Parents

Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. Our advice also covers important topics for navigating life after high school.” http://www.parenttoolkit.com/grade-levels/elementary-school

Around Our Community

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Please support our Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are fortunate to have many wonderful businesses involved in our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please take a moment to learn more about our fantastic business partners and consider supporting the businesses that support Big Creek!

Kid Chess Thrives at Big Creek

Every Tuesday after the bell rings at Big Creek, you’ll see students heading to the Think Lab to begin an afternoon of fun and learning with their friends and coaches from Kid Chess.


Kid Chess is an after-school program that teaches chess to children in a fun environment. But there’s added benefits with chess. “Chess has been proven to increase standardized test scores, improve critical thinking, focus and other benefits,” said Justin Morrison, founder of Kid Chess.


And it’s not just in the classroom where parents notice a difference. Kid Chess encourages Big Creek students to focus, plan and persevere through different challenges. This helps build their self-confidence. With chess competitions, children gain insights into how to complete in other life situations as well.


Kid Chess has been in business for more than 20 years and loves partnering with schools where they provide services. “We really want to embrace the relationship with all our schools,” Justin said. “We believe that giving back to the community is an important part of being in business. We enjoy contributing to the Big Creek community.”


For more information on the afterschool program at Big Creek, contact Kid Chess at 770-575-5802 or info@kidchess.com. You can also visit their website at https://www.kidchess.com/our-programs/schedule/