Hilltop Happenings from Dr. Bearden

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

For the week of October 7th, 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!

Fall Carnival: What a great carnival on Friday, October 4th!! The PTO did an amazing job with organizing and setting everything up! We had a great turnout and I enjoyed seeing all of you who were able to come out and join in on the fun!!

Parent Conferences: We hold conferences twice per year with our families. In October, the fall conference is for parents, teachers, and/or students. By this time, families should have attended or will attend fall conferences, which are scheduled over the next two weeks. Your teacher will indicate whether or not your student should attend the fall conference. In February, conferences are student-led and focused on sharing progress on meeting his/her goals as well as academic progress/standing. As a Leader In Me school, we work with our students on goal setting, planning, and monitoring as a part of our daily morning meetings, along with learning the 7 Habits of Effective People. There will be more information about the February conferences in January newsletters. If you need additional conferencing, please communicate and coordinate this with your child's teacher.

FCS Teacher Work Day and Holiday Coming Up: SHE Families, be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, October 11th and Monday, October 14th as there is no school for students on these days.

Date Change for Grandparents (Grandfriends) Breakfast: I had originally communicated that we would have a grandparents (grandfriends) breakfast in mid-October. Due to the proximity of the IOWA testing and our Thanksgiving Feast in November, this event has been moved to the second semester. We will update you with the new date and details soon.

Friday Folders: The silver Friday folder is a key way that our teachers share information with families. The folders go home every Friday, whether there are graded papers or not. Please make it a habit to check your child's backpack each Friday. Depending on the contents: review papers, provide your signature (if requested), and return the folder via your child's backpack on Monday. We appreciate your input and help with the Friday folders each week.

Coming Soon-Additional Student Activities Added to Mornings: Families, we are always looking to add new ways in which to support students academically, emotionally, and/or socially. Currently, from 7:10 until 7:40, students only have the option to go to their homeroom teacher or visit the media center. In PK, K, & 1st grade, the time in the morning is used by teachers for establishing routines and to support small groups academically. For now, this morning routine will not change and these youngest students will maintain going to their classroom each morning. PK thru 1st will still have the option to eat breakfast each morning.

However, in grades 2 thru 5, fewer students need the practice of routines and/or small group supports. Also, 2nd thru 5th grade teachers would prefer a quiet environment to support small group learning and/or study sessions. Sustained quiet can be a challenge with 20+ students coming to the classroom each morning.

Therefore, to allow 2nd thru 5th teachers and students more flexibility, beginning Thursday, November 7th, we are going to add three additional activities for supporting students from 7:10- 7:25. All activity areas will be supervised and there may be additional activities for some students, such as Summit, Student Council, Peer Readers, etc. (communicated as relevant). At 7:30, students will all report to their homeroom classrooms to put their things away, view morning announcements, and participate in their morning meetings prior to academics beginning at 8 am.

Additional Morning Activities for Grades 2nd thru 5th:

Cafeteria: In the cafeteria, students can eat breakfast; visit and talk with their grade level friends; or sit on the stage to quietly read, do homework with adult support, or work in pairs to study; The larger space easily allows for more social-type interactions and conversations to occur.

Classrooms: If a student needs extra support academically, his/her teacher will write a pass for him/her to come to classroom;

Media Center: The media center is still open for students to visit, select books, read, use technology, or play in the maker spaces;

Computer Lab: Additionally, an adult will provide supervision in the computer lab for students. There are a variety of technology-supported learning opportunities for students: iRead, iReady, make-up assessments, recovery opportunities, keyboard and word processing practice, etc. (the computer lab will be on a first come basis as space is limited)

Advanced Strategies Lab: Ms. Leeson will open the ASL classroom in the morning for students, who need a quieter place to study, do homework, or work on ALS projects. (the ASL will be on a first come basis as space is limited)

We will provide further clarity in communication of the new morning routines for students and families during the last two weeks of October. I just wanted to give you all a heads up so that you can answer any questions about the new morning activities for your child(ren) as their teachers may begin talking with them about the new activities, which will begin Thursday, November 7th.

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;

Monday, October 7th: Free Parent Seminar at Milton HS (See Community Events section 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)

Tuesday, October 15th: FCS Board Member Katie Reeves' Community Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Alpharetta HS

Wednesday, October 16th: FCS Board Member Katha Steward Community Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Roswell HS

Friday, October 18th: First nine-week report card will come home in Friday folders.

Monday, October 21st thru October 31st: IOWA testing for 3rd & 5th grade;

Due to IOWA testing: Lunch Dates Cancelled for October 21st thru Friday, October 31st.

Friday, October 31st: Book Character Parade for SHE students (More info coming soon)

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

Tech Fair Information from Ms. Howard for grades 3 thru 5

Summit Hill Elementary School Technology Competition

The annual Fulton County Technology Competition is an opportunity for students in Grades 3 - 5 to show off their technical and creative side through categories as:

  • Video Production
  • 3-D Modeling
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Productivity Design
  • Animation
  • Audio Production
  • Device Modification
  • Digital Game Design
  • Digital Photo Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Internet Applications
  • Mobile Apps
  • Robotics
  • Project Programming

Students choose and work on projects outside of the school day and present their completed work to judges during the Technology Competition, held at a Summit Hill Elementary during the week of November 18th. This is a great opportunity for technology inclined students to create an entry and showcase their skills. They may work by themselves or with a partner. They may only enter in one category.

For additional information go to the Fulton County Technology Competition Website:


Technology Competition / Technology Competition

2019 Fulton County Technology Competition Questions and Answers: School Liaison: We can only have one name per school because that is how the registration piece works.A Vanguard member, METI, Career Tech teacher, TAG teacher, etc…make the best liaisons as they have more direct contact with students.


To register to participate in Summit Hill Technology Fair with the opportunity to move on to Fulton County’s Technology Fair in December, please sign up at:


Fill | Summit Hill Elementary School's Technology Competition 2019

Students choose and work on one project outside of the school day and present their completed work to judges during the Technology Competition, held at a Summit HIll Elementary during the week of November 18th. This is a great opportunity for technology inclined students to create an entry and showcase their skills. Students may only enter in one category. Students must sign up by November 1st. For additional information please see the Fulton County Technology Competition website: http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/acd/learnteach/Pages/Technology-Competition.aspx


Family Carpool Numbers: Please Display Your CP Number Clearly for Staff in the Afternoon

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
  • At arrival, please wait until your child, including his/her belongings, has completely exited your car and the door is closed before pulling away from the curb
  • At dismissal each day, please display your carpool number where our staff can clearly see it from several cars away. We suggest mounting to the backside of the passenger's side visor (flip down during carpool) or hanging it from your rear view mirror (a small hanger with clip works great). This helps us to get students quickly to the correct loading area.
  • Bring your fur friend along on Waggin' Wednesday! We have doggie treats for all of our SHE fur friends!

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

Ray Lozano: Free Parent Seminar from National Exppert on Drug and Vaping Prevention

Monday, Oct. 7th, 6:30pm

13025 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA

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