Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings
December 7, 2020
December 8 - Picture Day (rescheduled from October 30th)
Click Picture Day Remote Learners to sign up your remote student for picture day on December 8.
December 8 - Kids Heart Challenge Thank You Gifts Pick-up (see below)
December 11 - Deadline for parents to decide whether they want their children to attend school in-person or virtually for second semester beginning in January 2021. Click here for survey.
December 18 - Last Day of First Semester
December 21 - January 5 - Winter Break
January 4 and 5 - Teacher Workdays (No school for students)
January 6 - Students Return to School. First Day of Second Semester.
Message From Dr. Stabler
Dear Abbotts Hill Families,
As we gear up for 2nd semester, please take a moment to fill out this short Commitment Survey to let us know your plans for your student as we move into the Second Semester of the 2020-2021 school year. The selection you make will be in place for the first 9 weeks of Second Semester.
It is understood that if parents do not make a selection, the child’s placement will default to the placement that they are currently in. However, we do not want to make any assumptions and desire to obtain accurate information so that we can adequately plan for class size, social distancing in the classroom, lunch room, and during recess. Thank you to the parents that have completed the survey and for parents that have not completed it, thank you in advance for helping us better meet the needs of our students and staff.
Please click here(https://fultonschools.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1SlCTwRkD5mz8mp) to complete the survey.
Winter Break Meal Kits Pickup December 17th - Please complete survey by December 11th to reserve your kit.
On Thursday, December 17th, Abbotts Hill Elementary School will provide winter break meal kits for all students (both remote and face-to-face). The winter break meal kit will consist of 10 Meals (5 Breakfasts + 5 Lunches). These meals are FREE. To ensure that this information is reaching all Abbotts Hill families and to help us be prepared for the meal kit distribution, we ask that each family complete a Holiday Meal Kit Survey whether planning to pick up a meal kit or not. Please complete the survey by Friday, December 11, 2020.
Winter Break Meal Kits will be distributed through our bus lane on Thursday, December 17th from 8:30-9:30 am. Each meal kit will consist of approximately two grocery bags filled with frozen food items, produce, and dry good items for students. These kits are for both remote and face-to-face students and are FREE.
The Winter Break Meal Kit pick up is in addition to the weekly meal kit pick-up that will be available on Wednesday, December 16th for remote students.
News From the P.E. Department - Kids Heart Challenge Thank You Gifts Pickup.
Welcome back Jaguars! We hope you had a restful break!
If your child collected donations for Kids Heart Challenge last school year and has not received their "thank you" gifts yet. Please sign-up on Sign-Up Genius on the school website to come in on picture day (Tuesday, December 8th) and pick them up. You will find them inside the hallway where you enter to the music wing. The bags are labeled with the child's name and grade level for the current year.
*Reminders---students should wear sneakers and comfortable clothing on their PE days or when working out anytime. The sneakers will help prevent injury and comfortable clothing will give them room to move freely. All students should be practicing the Fitnessgram exercises, they are: push-ups (upper body strength), curl ups (core strength), pacer (heart and lung endurance), and sit and reach (flexibility). To learn more about the Fitnessgram assessments, go to: www.fitnessgram.net/faparents. 4th and 5th grade students will be assessed in these areas in the spring.
News from the Counseling Department - Angel Tree Program
If your family is in need of assistance this holiday season with purchasing gifts, please contact school counselor Tiffany Poke at PokeT@fultonschools.org or at 470-254-9012 by Wednesday, December 9th.
Picture Day – Tuesday, December 8th
Abbotts Hill Elementary School’s Picture Day is tomorrow! To order your school pictures, click here and enter the Picture Day ID: EVTNZPVQ7. Please be sure to submit your order on or before Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Remote students are invited to come to Abbotts Hill Elementary School to have their pictures taken too. If you haven’t done so already, please click this link to sign up to participate in Picture Day if your child does not attend school face-to-face.
It’s Time to Make Your Commitment for the 3rd Quarter
At the board meeting, Superintendent Looney announced that parents will continue to have a choice in how their students learn during our third quarter. Each family received a link to a survey. It is important that parents complete this survey for every child that attends Fulton County Schools. You will have until Friday, December 11 to select Remote Learning or Face-to-Face instruction for the third quarter. Parents are being asked to commit to one or the other for the duration of the quarter. Your help in getting 100% completion of the survey is greatly appreciated. We kindly request that you click here and complete the survey today.
School Nutrition Updates
Fulton County Schools will continue to provide free meals to all children 18 & under, or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs. All children, regardless of school enrollment or meal eligibility status, can receive free meals. Students attending school face-to-face will continue to receive free meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes. Limited extra sale items will be available. Students must have money on their lunch account to purchase “extra” items.
Meal Kits will still be available for virtual learners at 93 Curbside Pick-Up locations on Wednesdays. Curbside Pick-Up provides an opportunity for families to drive-thru and pick up free grab & go meal kits for all children 18 & under. Elementary school locations will be open Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Middle school and high school locations will be open Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Grab & go meal kits can be picked up from any Curbside Pick-Up location. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal kit. A student’s ID number is not needed. Each meal kit will contain 10 meals. Click here to access and submit the online preorder form each week by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
For more information about Fulton County School Nutrition please click here.
Fulton County Schools COVID-19 Information Site
The FCS COVID-19 site provides updates regarding resources, cases, positive trend rates, and pediatric reports. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Fulton County, please click here to access the site.
FCBOH Student COVID-19 Reporting System
The Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools have developed an on-line portal for FCS parents/guardians to report student COVID-19 related cases. Please make a report to the FCBOH when your student is COVID-19 positive, has a pending COVID-19 test result, or has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Also, please use this resource for official reporting rather than alerting the school and/or teacher. If you must engage the school/teacher, please do so after you have made an official report to the FCBOH. Lastly, to ensure the protection of our school community, please do not allow your child to attend school or school-sponsored events when he/she is ill and/or has any of the above COVID-19 concerns.
Please click here for more details and consider posting this document in a visible location for easy access. Should any situations arise, Fulton County will follow the Closing Matrix (click here) to determine next steps.
It’s time to make someone’s heart smile this holiday season!!!! We are participating in a card and ornament drive. We need as many ornaments and cards we can make. Let’s put those art skills to work to brighten the holidays for the residents at Belmont Village Senior Living. Gift wrapped boxes will be located around the school for students and staff to drop ornaments and cards in. We will have a box outside for virtual students to drop off their cards and ornaments. There is no limit to the number of ornaments and cards you can make!
Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books is underway! 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are really enjoying their monthly meetings!
Students may borrow a book from the Learning Commons, read it online through MackinVia, check it out from the public library, or buy it. Please note that only ONE Battle of the Books book may be checked out at a time.
Two questions, answers, and evidence for the book need to be posted by 8:00pm the night before our meeting in order to remain in the club. Advance notice must be provided if students are unable to attend a meeting for any reason. Students should also have posted their FlipGrid introductions and responded to others’ by now.
All meeting schedules and information are available within the BoB Teams. General information is available on the Learning Commons website under “Battle of the Books”.
Have you explored the VIRTUAL Learning Commons Yet? It is filled with book resources, information, and many surprises! Check it out on the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com
Our fifth grade Jamming with the Jaguars Broadcast Team has been astounding viewers and working hard to start everyone’s day off with a smile! Have you missed a broadcast? Just visit the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com and select “Morning Broadcasts” to watch the episodes. Each one is infused with fun, important information, and Jaguar spirit!
If your child would like to submit a Pet Parade video, we’d love to share it with the school on a future broadcast! Just take a short video (30 seconds or so) introducing everyone to your pet and email it to Mrs. Dickinson at Dickinson@fultonschools.org.
Returning and Borrowing Books From the Learning Commons
TAG Testing Update
Our Automatic Screening for TAG testing has begun.
This link will take you to the Notification to Parents of the Screening and Referral Process for Gifted Students 2020-2021.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Steven Geddes at email@example.com
1. Helping Hands:
Thank you for all the contributions to provide holiday gifts for 30 children in need. We received a total of $2,900 (including the PTA match)!! Thank you again for the support that will help us provide meaningful gifts to these families!
2. Teacher and Staff Brunch:
Thank you for all of the generous donations to support the teacher brunch before the Thanksgiving Break! It was greatly appreciated by the staff!
3. Reflections Arts Recognition Program
Congratulations to our participants! You can view all the amazing entries here.
The 1st and 2nd place entries will go on to the North Fulton Council PTA Reflections competition.
Primary division (K-2nd grades)
Film Production: Gracelyn S.
Visual Arts: Yuna C., Clu J., Nathan Y., Leo G., Kosei T., Ahn L., Charlotte S., Layla W., Jaemin S.,
Intermediate division (3rd-5th grades)I
Dance Choreography: Alba M.
Literature: Afrah T.
Photography: Victor G., Olivia S.
Visual Arts: Naysa D., Victor G., Kayla Y., Ema T., Advik P., Curran J.
Thank you to the Dolvin Elementary School teachers who served as judges for our school entries. A special thank you to Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Upchurch for judging entries from Dolvin students.
4. Order 2020-2021 Yearbooks: Click on the link below if you would like to order a yearbook for the current school year. We are ONLY accepting pre-orders through the Balfour website. Reminder that PTA memberships did not include a yearbook this year.
5. 2019-2020 Yearbook Distribution: Several yearbooks from last year that have not been picked up. The school is no longer handling the distribution of last year's yearbook. If you have NOT picked up your pre-ordered yearbook from 2019-2020, please reach out to AHEyearbook@gmail.com to arrange a pick up in the Hillbrooke neighborhood.
6. 5th Grade Yearbook Congratulatory Message and Baby Photo
Every year, 5th grade parents can submit a congratulatory message and baby photo for their 5th grader to be included in the yearbook. Please see attached flyer for details on how to submit your message and/or photo. If you have any questions, please reach out to AHEpridelines@gmail.com. Entries are due by January 11th.
7. Call for Virtual Learning Photos for the Yearbook!
This is a year to remember, and we want to make sure all students are represented in the yearbook! If you have any photos of your child during virtual learning (August through present) please submit them to the appropriate class link. Any questions, please reach out to AHEyearbook@gmail.com.
Here is a document with all class upload links: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hCXZcKE09m4nLW6Cavb-Z38rwBWVm7x9/view?usp=sharing
8. 20th Anniversary Magnets are on sale at the PTA store for 5$: https://abbottshillelementary.memberhub.store/shopping/items/145479. Grab yours today to celebrate this milestone.
9. Teacher Appreciation: For the month of December, let's shower our AHES teachers with notes of appreciation, thanks, and our children’s thoughts of the 2020-2021 school year. We'd like to collect some quick message from the students (a sentence or two and/or a photo if possible) to send in a weekly email to the AHES teachers and staff. Your child’s quote can be about ways they appreciate their teacher, their school, or even this unique year. If you'd like to participate, email the following to AHEyearbook@gmail.com: student quote, photo (optional, but preferred), student name, student grade and teacher. These quotes and photos may appear in the yearbook, unless specifically requested not to include.
10. Volunteer Opportunities:
Please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4aaeaf22a6f85-meal to sign up to help distribute meal kits.
Emergency Card Information Needed for Your Student! Please Complete This Form
This information is needed in addition to the Blue Card information you provided at the beginning of the school year. Parents please complete the attached Emergency Card for each of your students
- Please complete the 2020-2021 Emergency Card that is in a PDF form. The information on this form is used if we have to dismiss students early due to inclement weather, etc.
- After completing, please select the SAVE AS option under the File drop down menu. Use your students first initial and last name as the document name (Example: J Smith Emergency Card).
- If you do not save the form with a new name, the information that you entered will not be saved.
- Please attach the newly save form to an e-mail and return it to your student’s homeroom teacher.
Fulton County Schools is providing a temporary pay incentive to substitutes starting December 1st
Fulton County Schools is providing a temporary pay incentive to substitutes starting December 1st through the remainder of this school year. The following are the added incentives:
- Add an emergency substitute daily rate incentive (see below) that expires as of May 31, 2021.
- If occurs, FCS will pay a quarantined individual substituting in the (teacher role only) a $75 flat daily rate for a maximum of 10 days during the quarantine period. The quarantine must be directed by a FCS COVID-19 Response Team nurse and the result of a direct contact with a positive COVID-19 staff/student while substituting at a FCS school. This is a one-time incentive.
- Increase the maximum number of substitute workdays per month from 17 to 20 days for the remainder of this school year.