APRES SWIM November '21

An Extraordinary Place to Learn

A Message from Principal Wilson

Greetings Dolphin Family!

We have 25 instructional days left in fall semester. Can you believe we are halfway through this school year? What does this mean for our scholars? We will begin our next window of diagnostic assessments and recovery opportunities will be made available for any scholars who have outstanding assignments needing to be completed. We are also celebrating a "Spirit of Thanks" week November 15-19, 2021.

Spirit of Thanks Week

  • Monday 11/15 - Cranberry Sauce Day: Wear red, maroon or cranberry colored clothing and write a note of thanks to someone in your class.
  • Tuesday 11/16 - Fall in Love w/ Flannel Day: Wear flannel PJs or flannel clothing and cozy up with a book about gratitude.
  • Wednesday 11/17 - Pumpkin Spice Day: Wear your spicy orange outfit and write a note of encouragement to a classmate or your teacher.
  • Thursday 11/18 - Thankful Thursday: Wear your favorite shirt that displays gratitude and tell someone who/what you are thankful for.
  • Friday 11/19 - Thanksgiving Turkey Day: Wear your favorite Thanksgiving gear and give a small gift to someone you are thankful for.

Monday 11/15 is a district Late Start Day and our instructional day begins at 8:40AM. Please take this opportunity to spend a little extra time with your scholar(s) before arriving to school.

Scholars in grades 3rd-5th will begin the WriteScore Assessment this week starting Tuesday 11/9. This assessment is a diagnostic that is used to help our teachers assess areas of strength and growth in reading and writing so that they are better able to plan for grade level mastery.

As you are aware, Randolph ES is now a mask optional school due to the decreasing positive COVID-19 cases reported in our city. While we are mask optional, we still highly encourage that scholars wear masks while in the building unless they are eating and drinking. It is my hope the data continues to trend downward for the City of South Fulton, through January 2022 in order for us to consider opening up to in person volunteering and more face-to-face meeting options. Please stay tuned!

As we embark on this season of thanksgiving, I would like to ask that you show gratitude to our teachers who give 100% every day. Please take a moment to share a kind work or gesture over the next two weeks to show how much you appreciate all that they do for our scholars and school community.

Thank you Dolphin family for your continued support as we strive to continue to make Randolph "An Extraordinary Place to Learn!"

In Partnership,

Principal Wilson, Proud Dolphin

Attendance Matters!

Our school day starts at 7:40 AM daily and ends at 2:20 PM. Late arrivals and early dismissal has an impact on academic growth.

Please be sure if your student is absent that he/she returns to school with an excuse for the absence.

The breakfast line closes promptly at 7:35 AM. Students arriving after 7:35 AM will not be able to eat breakfast.

Late Start Days

All Fulton County schools will participate in a total of six Late Start Mondays. Schools will reserve the time for collaborative work in PLC's and job-embedded professional learning.

The research is clear: when teachers plan and collaborate about student progress, students benefit. While Late Start Mondays will not impact the regularly scheduled arrival or breakfast times for students, they are afforded an additional hour for arrival on these days. Therefore, we highly encourage parents to use this additional time to create opportunities for bonding time with your scholar. Consider a shared breakfast at home, dialogue and discussion and an opportunity to review with your scholar their grades and progress. Let's make our Late Start Mondays an impactful time for our scholars.

On late start days, scholars may arrive at school as late as 8:40 with no penalty, however breakfast will end at 7:35 in preparation for lunch. The school day will end at its regular time of 2:20.

Students who arrive on time will be located in designated supervised areas while the teacher is in his/her PLC.

The remaining late start days are below:

  • November 15: Late-Start Monday
  • January 24: Late-Start Monday
  • February 28: Late-Start Monday
  • March 21: Late-Start Monday
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COVID-19 Reporting

It is imperative that if your scholar has come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID19, if your scholar has tested positive for COVID19, or if he/she is awaiting test results, that this information is reported to the district Parent Reporting Portal immediately. The link below provides access to the Reporting Portal.

Parent COVID19 Reporting Portal

Please DO NOT send any students to school exhibiting any signs of illness, particularly those resembling COVID19 symptoms. Any student with the following symptoms will be required to be picked up from school immediately and asked to remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.

  • Fever
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache accompanied with vomiting or diarrhea

Any child exhibiting any of the above symptoms will be sent to the nurse's office and immediate pick up is required.

Do know that it is our priority to continue to keep our staff and students safe and we need your support with doing so.

On the Horizon


9-11 - WriteScore 3rd-5th Grades

15 - Late Start Day

15-19 - Book Fair (see email)

18 - Last Day of Fall Semester Enrichment

22-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday

30 - Virtual SGC Meeting 4PM

30 - Virtual PTA / 2nd Grade Showcase of Learning 5:30PM


20-31- Winter Holidays (School Closed)


3 - Winter Holiday (School Closed)

4 - First Day of Spring Semester

17 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No School)

24 - Late Start Day