Findley Flyer 9/2/21

Engage-Connect-Grow

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Dear Findley Families,


I have had a few questions regarding automated attendance letters that are going out through Infinite Campus. These messages are being sent regardless of the type of absence (unexcused or excused) Here is the letter that went out in teacher newsletters on August 13. I hope that this will answer any questions that you may have.


Welcome back to school! For students in Fulton County Schools (FCS) to learn and achieve to their fullest potential, it is critical they attend school and are engaged in the learning process. Student absences, whether excused or unexcused, impact a child’s ability to succeed in school.


FCS has implemented a new attendance notification process. Parents/guardians will be notified more often on absences, regardless of whether a student is excused or unexcused. Families will be notified of student absences via daily robocalls. Students who accumulate multiple absences will receive letters to notify them of missed learning time, and staff will follow up with supportive strategies for families and students.


Elementary School students’ attendance is taken within the first hour of the instructional day to record who is physically present. Students must be present for half of the instructional day to be marked present for the day.


We understand that students get sick, have family emergencies, and things do come up. If a parent needs to excuse a student from attendance, notify the child’s school as soon as possible. The following must be included in a written note or email sent to your child’s homeroom teacher.

· Student Name

· Student FCS ID Number (lunch number)

· Parent/Guardian Name

· Parent/Guardian Email & Phone Number

· Reason for Excuse

Parents/guardians can monitor their child’s attendance using Infinite Campus. More detailed information about our attendance policy can be found here. We look forward to seeing your student in school every day to ensure a successful school year.


In addition, you can access our student absence forms on our website. These forms are located on our website under Students and Families.


Pre-approved absence forms must be submitted 5 days prior to the absence.

Participate remote absences must be requested prior to the start of the school day.

Student absence forms must be submitted within 5 days of returning to school from an absence.


I wish all of you a safe and relaxing Labor Day!


Camille Christopher

Principal

Engage-Connect-Grow

Important Dates

9/6-Labor Day Holiday-Schools Closed

9/8-PTA Board Meeting

9/14-Picture Day

9/20-Late Start Day

9/22-School Governance Council Meeting

9/23-Community Night

iReady Fall Diagnostic Reports

Now that the iReady diagnostic is complete, our teachers will be providing reports for your child. Please be on the lookout for these reports in your child's bookbag tomorrow, September 3.


Here are two resources to help you understand your child's diagnostic results:

iReady Family Guide

Understanding your Student's Diagnostic Results

Late Start Days

On these days, classes start one hour later than usual for students so that faculty and staff can participate in Professional Learning opportunities and work together to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students. Buses continue to operate on the regular schedule during late start dates; however, parents also can choose to transport their child to school by the scheduled later start time. Students who arrive early will participate in supervised activities until the school day begins.


For Findley Oaks, late start means that the classes will start at 8:40 am. Students who arrive after 8:40 am will be considered tardy. Parents have the option to have their child(ren) ride the bus which will run at the normally scheduled time. We will have our normal carpool time from 7:10-7:40 am and then again from 8:20-8:40.


The first late start day is Monday, September 20. To view the FCS calendar and other late start days, click here.

COMMUNITY NIGHTS 21-22

THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY NIGHT IS TO TAKE A BREAK, SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY & FIND BALANCE! NO HOMEWORK ASSIGNED. NO GRADED ASSESSMENTS THE FOLLOWING DAYS:


Thursday, September 23rd


Wednesday, October 20th


Thursday, November 11th


Wednesday, January 26th


Thursday, March 24th


Wednesday, May 4th


Tweet your community night photos and tag @FindleyOaks

Breakfast and Lunch-Week of 9/7

BREAKFAST

MONDAY Labor Day

TUESDAY

Mini Pancakes

Blueberry Nutrigrain Bar with Cherry Yogurt

WEDNESDAY

Waffles and Sausage Links

Assorted Cereals

THURSDAY

Apple Frudal

Yogurt with a Golden Graham Cereal Bar

FRIDAY

Chicken Biscuits

Assorted Cereals


LUNCH

MONDAY Labor Day

TUESDAY

Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Rice

Chicken Taquitos

Cheese Pizza Pack

WEDNESDAY

Tex Mex Nachos

Hot Dog

Black Bean Taco Salad

THURSDAY

Southern Breaded Chicken

Mini Cheese Calzones

Yogurt & Cheese Pack

FRIDAY

Cod Nuggets with Macaroni and Cheese

Cheese Pizza

Jamwich Pack

Student's Artwork Chosen for Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the 2020-2021 School Year

Congratulations to 4th grader, Marlo Davis, whose artwork was chosen among other students across the district, for the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. Marlo will be recognized at the September FCS Board Meeting. Students submitted artwork for this report last school year.
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STEM Program Receives Delta Community Credit Union Grant

We are excited to announce that Findley Oaks elementary has received a grant from Delta Community Credit Union. We would like to thank Delta Community for their generous donation and continuous support of our school’s STEM program. Our students are very lucky to have such a wonderful sponsorship.

COVID-19 Reporting

  • As a reminder, if your child is sick, please have him or her stay home.

  • All FCS staff and students are required to report a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, a pending COVID-19 test result (regardless of the reason for testing), and a direct contact with person who is COVID-19 positive.

  • FCS student/parents must use the Parent Reporting Portal to make the COVID-19 report.

  • Reporting staff and students must wait for further guidance from the FCS Health Services Team, Talent Department, or public health officials after submitting a report.

  • The FCS COVID-19 Response Team will case investigate all reports in consultation with public health officials. Staff and students are required to cooperate with response team/public health department nurses and respond truthfully to all questions.

  • The district will update positive COVID-19 cases once a week on the FCS website.

Please Sign-FCS Student Code of Conduct

Parents and students are asked to annually review the FCS Student Code of Conduct. Please take a moment to review and sign the Acknowledgement of Receipt Form.


All parents and students (over 10 years old) MUST sign this form found within your INFINTE CAMPUS PARENT/STUDENT PORTAL ACCOUNT.

Code of Conduct Handbook - click here to view.

Click here for directions on completing the form.

Notification to Parents of the Screening and Referral Process for Gifted Students 2021-22

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Partnership with Chris 180

Chris 180 is proud to be in partnership with Findley Oaks ES to provide support to students and staff. Some of the issues we can help with are trauma, anxiety, depression, anger outbursts, self-esteem, peer relationships, suicidal thoughts, and many others.

Counseling services can be a positive support to all students with a wide range of needs. Over time, these services can help students:

• Cope with their feelings which should lead to fewer calls home

• Understand why they are having difficulty and learn better ways of

responding

• Improve focus in the classroom

• Maintain better relationships with family, friends, and school staff


Your identified Chris 180 therapist is Zaqayvia Johnson. Zaqayvia has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University and is currently in the process of working to become a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. Zaqayvia is passionate about education, trauma informed spaces for adolescents, and social and emotional expression. We look forward to working with you!

Check out the Findley Oaks Counseling Page!

Change of Dismissal Information

Changing Dismissal Method -- If a student has a need to leave the school in a manner different from his/her normal routine, it will be necessary for the student to bring a “Change of Dismissal” form from the student’s parent/guardian to the classroom teacher. This should be sent prior to the date of need or immediately upon arrival to school the day of the change. Change of Dismissal forms are provided on the Findley Oaks website or can be requested from the classroom teacher at any time. Please remember bus changes will be made on an emergency basis only.



If there is a need to change your child’s dismissal during the school day, please send an email to 160-DismissalFOE@fultonschools.org. Emails to the teachers and phone calls will not be accepted. Change of dismissal will not be accepted after 2:00 pm.

Here Comes the Bus

If your child is going to ride the bus this year you will find the "Here Comes the Bus" app useful. "Here Comes the Bus" is a free, easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop, so you can send your child out at just the right time. No more worrying about whether your child has missed the bus! Click here for more information.

Community News

Princess Tea Party Characters greeted students during morning arrival on Wednesday!
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Interested in Joining Cub Scouts?


Findley Oaks families with kids in grades K-5 are invited to join Cub Scout Pack 1143!

Our fall calendar is full of family activities including pack and den meetings. We will be planning a fun camping trip , Building and racing Pinewood derby cars, an overnight trip to the Zoo and many more family activities and adventures.

Check out information in the attached PDF.

If you are interested in joining Cub Scouts, please join us for our Scout Sign Up Night

Thursday Sep 2nd, Findley Oaks Cafeteria at 6:30 PM

For any questions or further information, please email our membership coordinator, Alka, at alkagambhir@hotmail.com.

Interested in Joining Girl Scouts?

For information about Girl Scouts, click on the file below for directions.

Discover Earth and Space After School Program

Discover Earth and Space is an after-school science enrichment program where kids explore the outer reaches of the universe to the bottom of the oceans as we investigate processes that affect the Earth’s surface, explore the celestial bodies in our solar system, and learn how we study ocean and space. Each class involves hands-on experiments and activities developed by scientists and educators. We investigate characteristics of rocks and minerals as we crack open geodes, learn how landforms change over time, make models of our solar system, explore comets and meteors, learn how we study space, design and build space rovers, and more. Register through our website: www.discoversciencecenter.com/after-school-program

MISSION, VISION, AND MOTTO

Mission: Engage. Connect. Grow


Vision: To create a school community of engaged, connected, and growing learners.


Motto: From Tiny Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks