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November 2, 2018

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What's for lunch??


Monday: All-American Burger, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Buffalo Strips, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: Cheesy French Bread, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Ham & Cheese Roll-Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: All-Beef Hotdog, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Vegetable Soup, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel


Monday: Pizza, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger Burger

Tuesday: Mini Chicken Sliders, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Beef, Chicken), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: HOLIDAY MEAL (Turkey or Popcorn Chicken), PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Buffalos Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: Mozzarella- Stuffed Breadsticks with Tomato Soup, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Pinwheel

New Cafeteria Changes

Take some time to ask your children about our new lunchtime guidelines and table baskets!

We have been working super hard this month with our students and staff to establish some new procedures. We know that our new system will make for a safe, smooth and relaxing lunchtime.

Come visit us for lunch to check things out! You'll notice this poster (below) now hanging in our cafeteria. We would appreciate all visitors setting a fantastic example for our students as well, and hope to see you soon!

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Congratulations, Ms. Brittany Knoup!!

Our wonderful front office secretary, Ms. Brittany Knoup, has received the Forsyth County Schools' monthly Employee of the Month Award for October! We are so proud of her! This program recognizes the outstanding achievements of district employees. Ms. Brittany takes such good care of our staff, students and parents and is so deserving of this great honor. She will receive her award from Superintendent Bearden and the school board in two weeks at the monthly school board meeting. The next time you see Ms. Brittany make sure to tell her congratulations!!


All volunteers now need to view a short video about Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. Once you have viewed the video, you will fill out a form that will stay on file.If you plan on volunteering in any capacity this school year, please view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWiUng4wP0g&feature=youtu.be . The sign off form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/zXNEQkZZSKu7eqOh1

Thank you for understanding that this new policy is designed to protect our students. We appreciate the time and dedication of all our volunteers!

We Salute our Veterans! Celebration Planned for Nov. 12

All veterans and their families are invited to attend a Veterans Day Tribute in honor of those who have served and are serving our country on Monday, November 12 at Big Creek Elementary.

If you have a veteran who would like to attend, please RSVP online by visiting https://goo.gl/forms/rxJsmHcwLbKFo1Rt1. We would love for you to share any pictures of yourselves or family members in uniform, with the veteran’s name, branch and rank. Those may be sent in with your student or attached electronically to the RSVP form. All RSVPs and pictures are due by Monday, November 5.

A light breakfast will be served for veterans and their families in the auditorium beginning at 9:00 am and the program will begin at 9:30 am.

Special thanks to our Partner in Education, Trisha Hoyes with Berkshire Hathaway Realty (below), for sponsoring this event for our school.

Impressions Art Exhibit

Please join us November 15 at 6 pm in the auditorium at Big Creek to view the work that our amazing students did for the Impressions Art Contest this year. We will be announcing winners soon, so be on the lookout from an email from PTO!

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Music News - Please Read

We are getting ready to start our recorder unit! All 4th and 5th grade students are required to purchase a recorder which they will begin bringing to music class. Most 5th grade students should still have their recorders from last year, but if they need to purchase a new one they may do so at this time. If you know that you already purchased a recorder for your student at open house, you do not need to do anything further.

WHO: All 4th and 5th grade students

WHAT: Recorders ($10 for recorder/neck strap, $8 for just the recorder)

WHEN: All payments for recorders will be due by Friday, November 9th.

WHERE: All payments for recorders will be made through MyPaymentsPlus. (This is the same website that you pay for lunch, just go to MyPaymentsPlus.com and you should see the option to purchase a recorder)

**On MyPayments Plus, there will be an option to order a recorder with or without a neck strap (which will change the price). The neck strap is not required; it just makes holding the recorder slightly easier for students. If you have any questions about using MyPayments Plus, or about recorders in general, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you,

Ms. Hannah Tilden

Music Instructor

Big Creek Elementary


770-887-4584, ext. 710153

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We are halfway to our goal!

Thank you for your Lysol donations! We have about 30 cans of Lysol so far! We are about halfway to our goal of being able to supply every classroom with extra Lysol to keep those pesky winter germs away. If you can help, please pick up a can or 2 (pictured at left) to send to the clinic. Thank you for your help and support to keep everyone at Big Creek healthy!


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As you go through your closets looking for warm gear, set aside any coats that your family has outgrown or no longer wears. We are having a coat drive from Nov. 12 -16. The coats being collected will make a difference in our community. Also - mark you calendar for Fri., Nov. 16 as we come together to sort the coats and make cards for the recipients. It is our way of helping others this year. Will you help us?

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We are so excited about the Holiday Shop, which runs from Nov. 27-30. Whimsy Daisy, a local vendor, will offer items ranging from $1 to $20. Visit the Holiday Shop as a family on Nov. 27 from 6- 8 pm and take a picture with Santa.

Volunteers are needed to make this event successful. We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles....anyone who would like to help. Volunteers can decorate, help children shop, bag gifts, or read to students who are not shopping. To sign up to volunteer, please click here. If you have any questions, you can email Krissy Pierce.

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Amazon Smile Program

Did you know that if you type smile.amazon.com and choose BCES PTO as your nonprofit that we get a small percentage of your purchase back to our school? Since June 2018, we have received $38.80 from Amazon Smile. Every time you shop at Amazon, be sure to type SMILE. before amazon. Be sure to keep this in mind as you begin your holiday shopping. Every little bit helps!

This Month on our Voyage Journey!

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Additional Resources for Parents

Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they're all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. Our advice also covers important topics for navigating life after high school.” http://www.parenttoolkit.com/grade-levels/elementary-school

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Around Our Community

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How to Transition from Elementary to Middle to High School

Mark your calendars now for November 5th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Denmark HS auditorium, and join other parents in our Denmark Community for an informative session hosted by the Denmark Community Administration about successful transitions through the different levels of school in the K – 12 educational journey. Administrators from our Denmark community elementary and middle schools, and Denmark HS, will share information about what your kids have to look forward to at each school level and how to help them be successful and thrive as they begin their journey at each level. Whether you have a 2nd grade child, or a 7th grader, or a HS freshman, or one anywhere in between, it should be an informative evening for all! Childcare will be provided for students K-5.

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Big Creek students receive a 10% discount on Hi Five camp prices. Use promo code ATLANTA10 at check out to receive the discount.

Please support our Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are fortunate to have many wonderful businesses involved in our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please take a moment to learn more about our fantastic business partners and consider supporting the businesses that support Big Creek!