TEAM KNIGHT...ALL IN!
Our School Vision
Knight Vision: To share in the commitment of rigorous and high-quality instruction to meet the needs of every child.
Our 2022-23 school theme "TEAM KNIGHT...ALL IN!" is directly aligned with our continued vision and instructional expectations for Knight: to share in the commitment of rigorous and high-quality instruction to meet the needs of every child.
Knight Mission: To provide a positive, stimulating, and secure environment that empowers the individual to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually in order to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Knight Belief: We believe all kids can learn…
…and we will establish high standards of learning that we expect all students to achieve. It is our job to create an environment in our classrooms that engages students in academic work that results in a high level of achievement. We are confident that with our support and help, students can master challenging curricula, and we expect them to do so. We are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and parents to achieve this shared educational purpose (DuFour, 1997a).
Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year finalists: Ms. Mina Lee, Ms. Emily Swedorski, and Mr. David Washell, our Knight ES Teacher of the Year!
These outstanding teachers are dedicated to serving each and every student!
WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START!
What a great start to the 2022-2023 school year! I have loved seeing our students come back, having fun with their friends, getting to know their teachers, and showing how excited they are to learn! The students, teachers, and support staff are working very hard to make every minute of the school day count! Parents, thank you for all you do to support our work. It was great to see so many of you during Curriculum Night. It is truly a team effort!
Below is our communication process:
- The Knight Messenger is sent (email via School Messenger and text via ClassDojo) monthly. It will highlight awesome activities and upcoming events.
- We use ClassDojo - School Story (text) to share just-in-time information as it arises. Our hope is to communicate smaller chunks of information at a time so it is easier to read. ClassDojo is an app that you can download on your phone that allows you to text your child's teacher and for the teacher to post important information to the entire class. If you haven't signed up with ClassDojo yet, please contact your child's teacher.
- We also use our Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to share all the fun and exciting things that happen at Knight every day!
Also, in order to ensure that our school building is as safe and secure as possible, our front office staff will be fully utilizing our video entry system this school year. This means you will be asked to share why you are visiting the school before you are allowed to enter the building.
We are going to have an amazing year together! If there is anything I can do to support you, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at 770-921-2400 or email@example.com.
Your Proud Principal,
Dr. Toni Ferguson
Knight Elementary School
Introducing our Assistant Principals...
Friday, September 9
- NFL Spirit Wear Day
Tuesday, September 13
- Cub Scouts Classroom Visits
Wednesday, September 14
- Cub Scouts Sign Up Night 7 PM - 8 PM
September 15 - October 15
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Title I Virtual Annual Parent Meeting 12 PM
- Digital Learning Day #1
- School Council 7:30 AM
- Progress Reports Go Home
- House Color Day
October 6 - 10
- Fall Break
- Fall Picture Day
- Fall Book Fair Week
- Great Days of Service Week
- Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Wednesday, October 19
- Early Release at 12:50 PM
Thursday, October 20
- Early Release at 12:50 PM
October 24 - 28
- Red Ribbon Week
Friday, October 28
- House Color Day
Monday, October 31
- United Way PJ Day ~ $1
Parent Vue App - Now Available
The Synergy Parent mobile app, ParentVUE, is now available for use. The app is available in the Apple App Store, as well as the Google Play Store. An active Parent Portal account is required to log in to ParentVUE.
- It will allow parents, who have a parent portal account, to view schedules, grades, see when assignments are due, view graduation requirements, find missing assignments, and view other important student information.
- If you have a Parent Portal account you will use the same log in username (email) and password that you use online.
tutor.com for 3-5 students!
The Gwinnett County Public Library is partnering with Gwinnett County Public Schools to provide online tutoring support to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Gwinnett students through Tutor.com. Students will need a library account to access the service. They will be able to sign on for individual tutoring sessions daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and for 24/7 “drop-off” support (uploading a document for tutor review/feedback to be returned at a later time).
Find all the information you need to take advantage of this program by logging into eCLASS. Look for the box pictured below!
Transportation - important reminders!
- Students will begin entering at 8:20 am.
- Drop off ends promptly at 8:50 am.
- Students arriving after 8:50 am will need to be checked in at the front desk by a parent/guardian.
- Morning announcements will begin at 8:50 am.
- Buses will unload at 8:20 am.
- Students will enter the building beginning at 8:20 am.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
- Please contact the Parent Center from 9:00am - 3:00pm at 770-806-3887 if you are interested in volunteering.
- Students will be released starting at 3:20 pm.
- Pick up ends promptly at 3:50 pm.
- Students not picked up after 3:50 pm will need to be checked out at the front desk by a parent/guardian with a photo ID.
- Buses will load at staggered times based upon their arrival.
- Students will be released starting at 3:20 pm.
CHANGE OF TRANSPORTATION: If your child needs a temporary alternate transportation route for the afternoon, please call the front office prior to 10 AM.
IT’S MORE THAN a MEAL… COMPLETE the MEAL APPLICATION FOR ADDED BENEFITS
Please complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for added benefits. Confirmed eligibility establishes a number of benefits for individual students, such as free or discounted college-admissions tests, AP exams, and college applications; scholarship opportunities; and no- and low-cost access to technology and internet plans. In addition, the percentages of qualifying students at a school are used as a measure to secure additional federal funding (Title I) to support students and their education, promote family engagement, and provide additional technology and internet access. Title I funds pay for additional teachers, Parent Centers, additional learning opportunities for students, extra resources, added technology, and more. Please complete an application today by scanning the QR code or clicking the link - GCPSMealApp.
PARENT LUNCH VISITATION
- Parents/families are welcome to enjoy lunch with their child(ren).
- After checking in the office with an ID and securing a visitor badge, parents/families will meet their child(ren) at the entrance to the cafeteria.
- Please allow your child to follow his/her normal routine in the cafeteria line. Feel free to bring a lunch with you or to purchase lunch at the salad/potato bar ($3.75).
- Parents/families will utilize the bistro tables in the hallway outside the cafeteria.
- When leaving the cafeteria parents should not escort students back to the classroom. Parents must sign out before leaving.
DIGITAL LEARNING DAY - fRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 MEAL SERVICE INFORMATION
- GCPS will provide meals via bus distribution on digital learning days.
- The first DLD is Friday, September 16.
- Both breakfast and lunch will be offered.
- Meals can be served to anyone 18 and under.
- Buses will begin delivery around 10:45-11:00 A.M.
GCPS schools have established reasonable and precautionary practices within the school to minimize the risk of infection and/or spread of COVID-19 and Monkeypox.
Guidance is subject to change based on updated recommendations from CDC/Department of Public Health and will be communicated to local school Health Response Team members.
- Provide opportunities for regular handwashing.
- Implement the custodial schedule/processes to clean high-touch areas during the school day.
- Clearly communicate and follow COVID-19/Monkeypox criteria for return to work/school in consultation with county nurses.
- As of August 18th, masks are strongly recommended, but optional for staff in all GCPS facilities. In addition, mask coverings are OPTIONAL for students and visitors.
Action Items for School Plan
- Ensure each common area and classroom will have hand sanitizer available for use.
- Continue to provide ample time for restroom and handwashing opportunities.
- A custodial schedule is being utilized to ensure cleaning of high-touch areas throughout the school day.
*Protocols for reporting COVID-19/Monkeypox contact exposure will be followed and reported immediately to administrators/district health officials. Please see additional information regarding Monkeypox procedures and CDC Guidelines from GCPS.
* In addition, if you or anyone in your home is sick and has tested positive for COVID-19/Monkeypox, please contact our clinic coordinator, Majonna Garcia, immediately.
Knight PTA News!
Please join PTA this year!
Knight PTA's ultimate goal is to benefit our children and support their learning experience. Membership is an opportunity to connect with other parents and to support our school. Our goal is one membership for each student. Membership is only $5 per person! Please join at:
Membership is $5 per individual adult (not per household or per student as GA PTA does not allow household memberships).
Thank you for supporting PTA!
Knight Elementary (KES) PTA Officers for the 2022-23 school year!
Co-President ~ Vanessa Estremadoyro
Co-President ~ Jocabed Montoya
Vice President ~ Kelly Morgan
Secretary ~ Denise Carter
Treasurer ~ Cherie Peck
If you are interested in volunteering to help support KES PTA and Knight Elementary, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHT ES 2022-2023 PTA Reflections
The 2022-2023 Reflections Theme is: Show Your Voice!
The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Georgia PTA cultural arts competition. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.
The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools, and communities are unmatched with the majority of Georgia PTAs participating in the program at all PTA levels.
Young artists get involved through their local PTA. A student may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.
The Reflections Program provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to:
- Unleash their creative talents and be inspired
- Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
- Experience the joy and fun of making art
- Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
- Receive positive recognition for their original works of art
2022 Entry Form (Coming Soon!)
Need More Help?
Please feel free to contact Kelli Sheffield in our Parent Center at Kelli.Sheffield@gcpsk12.org. You can also reach her by phone from 9:00am - 3:00pm at 770-806-3887.
Please visit the Knight website often for information and updates at KnightESHomepage. Thank you for your generosity and support as we continue to ensure learning for all students at Knight Elementary!