Sawnee Elementary

November 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Mrs. Davis

Dear Sawnee Families,

November is upon us and this is a wonderful time to express our thanks. We are thankful for such a giving and supportive Sawnee Family. We are thankful for amazing staff and students. We are thankful for the incredible partnership with PTO and our community. Please take a moment to give thanks to someone who has impacted you.

You may have noticed the letters on the marquee have been removed and we don't have any messages posted. Well, the exciting news is we are getting an electronic sign at the Spot Road Connector entrance! A big thank you to Forsyth County Schools for helping make this happen. We hope to have it up and running by January. Tune in to the newsletter, website, and social media for upcoming events and messages.

Speaking of messages, this is a reminder we no longer have free meals at school. We understand the auto-generated messages from MyPayments Plus isn't working properly, so please check your student's account balance. We are trying to send home letters, but sometimes we just aren't fast enough.

Encourage your students to check the lost and found frequently. We have built up quite a collection and we know you would like the items returned to their owners.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve at Sawnee. If we can help in any way, please let us know.


Kimberly Davis



What's Happening at Sawnee?

7 Mindsets - Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude Mindset teaches us the importance of seeking the positives from every experience and being thankful for all that we have. Through this mindset, we learn that we can use the positives or the negatives of our lives as the foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success; choose the negatives, and we embark on path toward disappointment, resentment, and suffering. In these lessons, we guide students to focus on all the things they have, leaving no time to be distracted by what they don’t.

The four components of Attitude of Gratitude are:

1. Treasure Yourself

2. Be more Grateful

3. Thank it Forward

4. Elevate your Perspective

To learn more about this mindset, click here.

Sawnee Elementary Veterans Day Celebration

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Yearbook Information

The 22 -23 Sawnee yearbooks are on sale!

Balfour handles all of the sales online.

Order your yearbook at

The price is $30.00.

Deadline to order is February 28, 2023.

Family Connect Choice Board

Please use this board to connect as a family in the month of November. Cross off each activity as you go and turn in your Choice Board after Thanksgiving Break. Once turned in your family will be entered into a drawing for a family prize.

November Family Connect Choice Board

Lost and Found

If your child is missing an item that was lost at school. Please visit our two Lost and Found locations to see if we have found it or have your child swing by and take a look.

Cafeteria News

Harvest of the Month:

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes are a tuber vegetable. They are a nutrient-dense powerhouse, and provides the energy, potassium and vitamin C you need to fuel your day. Potatoes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium free.

Sweet Potatoes are a root vegetable. They are high in fiber and antioxidants, which protect your body from free radical damage and promote a healthy gut and brain. Sweet Potatoes are incredibly rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A to support good vision and your immune system.

**Please click HERE for more information about school meal prices and access to the online application for free or reduced lunch.

Clinic News

It’s that time of year where fevers, colds and illness are on the rise! We are seeing an increase in flu and strep cases throughout our community. If your child has been diagnosed with any contagious illness such as flu, strep throat, stomach bug or COVID, please notify your student’s teacher.

Our clinics are in need of gently worn girl pants size 5-8, boy pants size 8-adult small and all ages of sweatshirts. We are always in need of 5oz cups and Ziploc sandwich bags. Thank you so much for all the support you have given our clinics! We so appreciate you!

**Just a reminder that all medication needs to be brought to the clinic by a parent/guardian. Students are not permitted to carry medication at school per Forsyth County School Policy.

Forsyth County Schools are in need of Substitute Nurses. If you are a RN or LPN and would like more information, please contact Nurse Robyn or Nurse Kate. We would love to have you!

We always welcome your calls and emails. Nurse Robyn (PreK-1) and Nurse Kate (2-5)

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Counseling Information

Holiday House Gift Assistance Program 11/8

If you are a Parent/Guardian living in Forsyth County with children aged up to 18 years* who meet financial guidelines, you could qualify to shop for your holiday gifts at The Place Holiday House!

Please see website for details of date and location to apply!

"The Place" Food Pantry

Need help with food? Order with a simple click-list when you qualify. Click application link to apply online or for more information call 770-887-1098.

~ The Sawnee Elementary Counseling department believes in the personal potential of every student. We are pleased to offer several (optional) small group counseling opportunities throughout the year to assist students to reach their potential. Please click HERE for more information.

~ School Attendance is very important to the success of each student.

Sawnee Elementary has a “Strive for Less than Five” unexcused absence per year policy. We support every student in reaching his/her greatest potential and encourage parents to support children in maximizing academic instruction opportunities. Some of the potential consequences of absenteeism are listed below. We understand that injuries and illness occur. As such, parents should send in a doctor's note for necessary absences. Student Attendance Flyer

~ We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors will be presenting body safety lessons beginning in October. Please see the attached letter for more information. Parent Letter

FSC Think First and Stay Safe Parent Letter

~ Interested in being a student mentor at Sawnee Elementary?

- Contact Meagan Soles at 770-887-6161 ext: 772108 or email at


Makerspace Restock!

We are having a great year doing some creative engineering in the Makerspace, so much fun that our Makerspace is dwindling. It’s time to restock! Here is a list of items that we used the most. Please consider donating anything you come across that can help restock our makerspace. Thank you!!

Straws, Paper plates, Pipe cleaners,

Yarn/string, Plastic spoons/forks, Paper towel rolls,

Clear scotch tape, Masking tape, Duct tape,

Plastic cups, Solid color beads, Craft sticks,

Red/Green/Blue/ Black

wide tip sharpies, Googly Eyes, and Modeling Clay

Sawnee PTO

2022-2023 Board Members

President- Taylor Milburn

VP Fundraising - Cheryl Ewell

VP Hospitality & Events - Melissa Fagan

VP Family Engagement - Jenny Morgan

Treasurer- Becca Lopez

Secretary- Nicole Hale

* Spirit Nights- We're excited to be partnering with Pies on Post for our Nov.1 Spirit Night! Take a break from cooking and make plans to support Sawnee and Mellow Mushroom when you dine in or carry out!" Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional details!

* Spirit Wear is available to order 24/7 with new styles being added all the time! And yes, it will be delivered straight to your house. Visit the spirit wear shop to view the awesome new Sawnee swag options available this year!

Contact us:

* Teacher Supply Drive- This year we've set out to stock the teacher's supply closet and we need your help! We'd love to provide them with the supplies they use the most throughout the year and we've made it easy to chip in! Visit the Amazon wishlist to take a look at what they need and all orders will be shipped directly to the school. If you'd prefer to purchase supplies on your own, you can drop off at the front office of building 1!

Teacher Supply Drive Wish list link:

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Quick Links

My Payments Plus - online payment program. If you have any questions, contact Allison Taylor

Birthday Ice Cream Treats - Birthday Ice Cream Packs are available for $25 for the entire class including the teacher. These must be ordered 3 days prior to the day you want the ice cream pack served. If you are unable to purchase 3 days ahead we will be able to serve ice cream but we won’t have time to give the students a choice of what they will be served. In those cases, they will enjoy ice cream cups (including dairy free juice rush cups). You may bring in store bought treats for your child’s birthday, but we cannot allow homemade items due to student allergies. The ice cream packs may be purchased through If you have questions, you may contact Allison Taylor by email at

Sawnee Zone Information - Our Sawnee Zone pick-up location is located in the front of our Back Building. Please make sure to bring your ID with you as we will follow all procedures that we do for student check-outs. For any questions or more information about Sawnee Zone, please click here.

Important Dates to Know

Nov. 1 - Spirit Night - Pies on Post

Nov. 4 - Fall Picture Re-Takes

Nov. 8 - Chief Leader Celebration 5:30p

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Celebration - Please RSVP to attend

Nov. 17 - LSC Meeting

Nov. 21-25 - No School - Student/Staff Holiday

Dec. 6 - Fall Chorus Concert 6:30p

Dec. 8 - Spelling Bee

Dec. 13 - Chief Leader Celebration 5:30p

Dec. 21-Jan. 4 - Student Holiday

Partners In Education

Do you have a local business that would like to become a partner with Sawnee Elementary? Please contact Lauren King if interested.

Partners In Education Form

In the Community

Trees For Troops

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm is excited to once again be working with TREES FOR TROOPS for the 2022 Christmas season. Click HERE to find out how you can help the troops celebrate the season with a Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

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We will continue to utilize Facebook as a way to share our daily story with you. If you haven't followed us yet, please do so as this is a great way for us to post pictures and share great things going on at Sawnee. Please follow us at

We are also working on setting up our Instagram account and will be coming very soon!