Wolf Creek Weekly

Building Pathways To Success

From The Principal's Desk February 10, 2019

Greetings!


We are looking forward to an exciting week!


Check out the school calendar. Students are out of school February 15th - 19th.


Classes will not host Valentine's Day parties. Some, however, may provide a moment for a special activity. Please check with your child's teacher for additional information.


The number of completed surveys is coming up! We need your help! Our Georgia Parent survey is open now. We need your support. We have only 129 surveys completed to date. Our goal is 300 up from 200 last year. Please see below for more information.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


3 Days to our exciting event! The Boosterthon Fun Run! Boosterthon is one of two of our annual fundraisers. We are excited to host our 2nd Boosterthon Fun run. This year our run will be called a Love Run since it falls on Valentine's Day! Hosting a Fun Run means there is no selling or delivering products. Once our program began on Tuesday, February 5th, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: Thursday, February 14th.


Way to go!!!! Let's do it!


Please check the school website often. We update the site regularly. The school calendar, handbooks, PTA and SGC information can be found there.


Thanks for all you do! Let's Go Wolves!




In Partnership,


Principal Glass

Georgia CCRPI School Rating Posted

Greetings!


The most recent 2018 CCRPI School Report Card has been been posted on the Governor's Office of Student Achievement Website. This website provides school reports for all public elementary, middle, and high schools in Georgia. These reports include A-F letter grades based on school performance and other useful information about the school, such as performance on statewide assessments, the make-up of the school’s student body, the graduation rate, and additional academic information. Scores reflect the overall ratings from the 2017-2018 school year.


For more information please visit:

https://schoolgrades.georgia.gov/



Wolf Creek Highlights:

Our current school rating:


C - 74.8

Performance Snapshot


Ways parents/stakeholders can help:


  • Complete the school Climate survey. See more details below.
  • Check in with your child's teacher on how to help your child at home in preparation for the upcoming Georgia Milestones.
  • Commit to getting students to school daily on time. The most effective instruction is time in the seat.
  • Read no less than 20 minutes per day at home. Follow the questioning tips to review your child's reading experience.
  • Inquire about your child's current Lexile Score.
  • Be sure that homework practice is specific to your child's areas of need.
  • Conference with your child's teacher.
  • Attend the GMAS parent workshops for more information on preparation for GMAS.
  • Review the Wolf Pack principles with your child nightly to set behavior expectations for school. The Leader In Me 7 Habits promote the 7 Effective Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • Partner with your child's teacher to develop and execute the best instructional plan for your child.
  • Be active in the school's PTA and the School Governance Council.


Thanks for all you do!


Way to go Wolf Creek! We ROCK! Let's keep moving towards the A!

School Governance Council Elections - Happening NOW!

It’s that time of year! SGC Elections. Our current team has done an outstanding job with getting our first SGC up and fully functional over the past 2 ½ years. A huge thanks to them for their dedication and commitment! They rock!


Our current SGC is listed here. Highlighted names and positions are up for re-election as outlined. We will be electing 1 teacher and 2 parent positions during this election window. Please see the noted criteria below as well.


What is a School Governance Council?

The purpose of a School Governance Council is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role through monitoring and implementation of the strategic plan.


What is the commitment?

All School Governance Council members serve two-year terms. Time commitment

varies from school-to-school but expect 4-5 hours per month which includes meetings, trainings, and school and community events.


When are elections?

Candidate Declaration: 2/4-2/20

Elections will be held from 3/11-3/18


Where to declare candidacy?

Visit the SGC website and click on Elections for a candidate guide and/or declaration.

www.fultonschools.org/sgc


As we kick off 2019, I’m excited to support your SGC in our upcoming elections process. Our first step in building excitement around shared governance will be to ensure that you have candidates excited and ready to serve on your council. Let's focus on having competitive elections for your parent and teacher openings this year!



The candidate declaration phase will begin on Monday, February 4th and will end Friday, February 20th at 5pm. Candidates who wish to run for re-election should visit our charter system website on February 4th.


Below is a list of your current council members.





Rachel Maye
Teacher
End of Term 6/30/2019


Luvenia Ramsey
Teacher
End of Term 6/30/2020


Brooklyn Sherman
School Employee
End of Term 6/30/2019


Novella Bridges
School Employee
End of Term 6/30/2020


William Breazeale
Parent
End of Term 6/30/2020


Ericka Thompson
Parent
6/30/2019


Vacant
Parent Position
6/30/2019


Angie Dutch
Community Member
End of Term 6/30/2019


Janay Pulliam
Community Member
End of Term 6/30/2020



Eligibility Requirements for All Council Members

· May only serve on 1 School Governance Council at a time

· May NOT be an elected official of a government entity

· Must be the ONLY member of their family serving on the Council

· Must be 18 years of age or older (with the exception of high school student members)



Parents

· Must have a child enrolled at the school for the duration of the term they declare candidacy for

· May NOT be an employee of the school

Teachers

· May NOT be the parent of a child enrolled at the school

· Must be a school-based employee with a “home school”

· Must be paid from teacher salary schedule

School Employees

· MAY be the parent of a child enrolled at the school

· Must be a school-based employee with a “home school”

Community Members

· MAY be the parent of a child enrolled at the school

· May NOT be an employee of the school



Elections now open for 2 parent positions:


Parent Position
End of Term 6/30/2019



Parent Position
End of Term 6/30/2019


We would love for you to join us!

5 STARS! Let's get it!


Parents, the 2018-19 Georgia Parent Survey is open for this school year. The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, you may use computers at the school. Please visit our Parent Resource Center.


Last year we reached our goal of approximately 200 completed surveys! This was an increase from 2017-18. Let's reach 300+ this year. So far we only have 129 surveys completed. I know we can do it! Thanks in advance for your completion.


Be reminded, that this rating is open to the public and establishes the overall climate rating for our school and our local community. These survey results often "paint the picture" of our residential areas and impact the story for prospective home owners. We want to ensure that we are supporting our school in the most positive way. As shared in our results from last year, we had an awesome 2017-18 school year and want to do even better this year! You helped make us 4 STARS, now lets hit 5 STARS!. If there are specific school concerns, we ask that you contact the school directly and allow the school to address those concerns locally. Copies of the 2017-18 results are available in our Parent Resource Center.


All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents



Thanks for your support.

Increasing Literacy at WCES

Go to your child's Fulton County Launchpad account:


https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs?loggedout=1



How Parents Can Support the Common Core Reading Standards

The Common Core State Standards are national standards that say what K-12 students are expected to learn in math and the English language arts. For older students, the standards expand to include literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

Despite the complexities of the standards, there are several basic ways parents can support their child’s learning. The recommendations below line up with the four broad areas of the Common Core reading standards: Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, and Range and Level of Complexity.

Key Ideas and Details

What it means: Your child will be encouraged to carefully read many books and texts. Within these texts, your child will be working to understand what is happening, summarize key events or points and recall details important to the story or topic.

How parents can help: After you share a story, talk about important story elements such as beginning, middle and end. Encourage your child to retell or summarize the reading. After reading nonfiction, ask questions about the information, “Is the spider an insect? How is a spider different than an insect?”

Craft and Structure

What it means: The standards within this area (or “strand”) focus on specifics within a book, for example, an author’s specific word choices or phrases. A second emphasis relates to understanding the underlying structure of common types of texts, including storybooks, poems and more.

How parents can help: During and after reading, call attention to interesting words and phrases. This may include repeated phrases, metaphors or idioms (“sick as a dog,” “a dime a dozen.”) Talk about any new vocabulary and other ways the author used language or words to make the text interesting, informative, funny or sad.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

What it means: Within this strand, students will be working to compare and contrast details from stories, describe key ideas using details in informational text, and tell how two texts on the same topic differ.

How parents can help: For younger students, encourage your child to describe how the illustrations within a book support the story. For older students, have fun reading different versions of the same fairy or folk tale. Talk about the similarities and differences between the two books. Then switch to nonfiction and read two books on the same topic. Compare the information in each, again focusing on similarities and differences. “Let’s look at each book and think about the words used to describe weather. How are the descriptions alike? How are they different?”

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

What it means: Teachers will be using a variety of techniques to introduce a range of books and other written material that both support and challenge a child’s reading level. This may include nonfiction and fiction, infographics, poetry and more. This will be done with the ultimate goal of making sure students understand what they’re reading.

How parents can help: Parents can help promote their child’s skill while developing their reading stamina (ability to “stick with it.”). This means helping them avoid frustration or anxiety about tackling a harder book. Support your reader by talking through some of the things that make a text complex, including multiple levels of meaning, inferred information (implied rather than clearly stated) or more sophisticated graphics.


Reading is FUN!


Six Flags Reading Challenge is happening now. Encourage your child to read each night. Help them to record their minutes on the reading log. Students have to earn 360 minutes to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket for Summer 2019. All forms should be completed and submitted to your child's teacher by March 1, 2018.

Synergize Habit #6


I get along well with others, even people that are different from me. I work well in groups.I seek out other ideas to solve problems.I know that "two heads are better than one." I am a better person when I let other people into my life and work.

Reminders...

Please note your calendars:


No school on February 15 - 19th


College and Career Readiness! College SPIRIT Days! – One Tuesday a month, teachers and students will be able to sport their college gear to get the students PUMPED UP about going to college. Let's celebrate these days as an opportunity to educate our students about the college or university experiences.

Dates:

November 13th

December 12th

January 22nd

February 19th

March 19th

April 23rd

May 14th


A revision to this year’s school calendar was made. Here is a link to the Board item.

  • Change Friday, March 8, 2019 to a regular school day. This is currently a Teacher Work Day. This will be a regular school day for students. This revision will not change the total number of instruction days for students.


Staff members will be involved in Professional Development throughout the South Learning Community throughout the school year. Be sure to mark your calendars for future days when students are out of school. We have a few this year.


Wolf Creek ES will be closed on the following days.

September 13, 2018
October 29, 2018
February 19, 2018
March 13, 2018

Tilte 1 News

Please don't forget to visit our Parent Resource Room. Open Daily!


Our Parent Involvement Plan and School Home Compact has been sent home. Please read, sign and send the compacts back to school. Our goal is 100% compacts signed.


Let's do it again! Last year we had 100% of parent compacts turned in! You rock!




***Sign up for Three For Me Volunteer program with our Parent Liaison, Ms. Sims!


Thanks for your support.

South Learning Community Meeting Schedule for Board Member/President Linda Bryant

Parents, please join us for our Community Meetings with our Board Member, President Linda Bryant.


August No Meeting

September - Monday, September 17 6:30 pm Camp Creek MS

October - Monday, October 15 6:00 pm Oakley ES

November - Monday, November 12 6:00 pm A Philip Randolph ES

December No Meeting

January - Tuesday, January 15 Joint w/ Kim Dove 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

February - Tuesday, February 19 6:00 pm Sandtown MS

March - Monday, March 18 6:00 pm Bear Creek MS

April - Monday, April 15 Joint w/Kim Dove 6:00pm Creekside HS

May - Monday, May 13 6:00 pm Westlake HS June No Meeting


June No Meeting

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA News



Good Morning,

Here are your weekly PTA announcements:

Fun Run coming soon!

Wolf Creek Elementary PTA has a goal to raise $30,000 for Math &Literacy Initiatives and to fund teacher grants.

By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERYLAB, preview the theme video athttps://vimeo.com/250955350/5e6cb39580

Last year, our school profited $31,000 to fund the Leader In Me Program and purchase new gym equipment. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors (family, friends,businesses) to raise funds!

Important Dates:

Pledging Opens - 2/2 - Log on to FUNRUN.COM
Pep Rally - 2/5
Fun Run - 2/14 - SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!


Other news:

  • If you have a business and would like to advertise for the Fun Run, please send us an email. Spaces are limited.
  • We will begin an online uniform consignment sale. Please like us on Facebook to participate.
  • Please sign up for Kroger (School ID: IQ238) and Publix Partners (under Wolf Creek Elementary) Community Rewards program. A percentage of your shopping comes directly to Wolf Creek. A hassle free option to generate funds to support our school.


Thanks and have a great week.


Our mailing address is:
Wolf Creek Elementary PTA
4440 Derrick Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

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Safety First!

Thanks for working with us to ensure safety for the students.


We still need your patience and support as we execute the morning drop off process. The cafeteria doors close at 7:35 AM each morning. Breakfast ends at that time. Students are tardy at 7:41 AM. Parents are asked to sign their children in and get a tardy pass prior to reporting to class. Parents who wish to walk their child to class must also sign in at the front desk.


Please help us by using the car rider loop in the front of the building for all student drop-offs in the mornings. The car rider loop moves fast but it does require some wait time and patience. This is the safest area for student drop offs. We have assigned staff to support students as they get out of cars. The bus ramp in the back is reserved for buses only. If parents are using the parking lot near the bus ramp area for parking, they are asked to park their vehicles and escort their child into the building. Students should not be dropped off and allowed to run across the bus ramp to enter the building. We want students to be safe. We had a few cars moving fairly fast in this area. This is a safety concern. Remember, the doors open at 7:10 AM for student arrival. Thanks in advance for your support. If we have parents that can volunteer in the bus ramp area, please let us know. We could use the extra hands and eyes to ensure safety for the students.


Identification Required: Please remember to bring your identification in with you when you visit the school. Parents that wish to move pass the front lobby/atrium area will need to sign in and receive a visitor's badge. Any persons checking out a student must also have an ID and be listed on the child's records for check out. Beginning August 13th, parents will be asked to return to the front office to sign in if they do not have a visible visitor's badge. All parents must have their liscenses scanned for the 2018-19 School year by the front office staff before being able to use the kiosk for signing in.


Volunteer Registration: To begin the volunteer process, please visit www.fultonschools.org and complete the child abuse reporting training and the online registration process. When registering, one must use their legal name as it appears on your government identification. The process is self-paced. On your first visit to the school, your government identification will be required.

http://www.fultonschools.org/en/community/Pages/volunteerfaq.aspx


Be reminded to complete the volunteer registration in advance if you are planning to attend field trips with your child's class as a chaperone.


Thanks for your support!

Our School Day Start/End Times

Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring that our students get to school each day on time and ready for instruction. Breakfast begins at 7:10 a.m. and ends at 7:35 a.m. daily so that we can ensure that students are in class on time to begin their instructional day. School instructional hours are from 7:40 a.m. —2:20 p.m. each day. Parents are asked to escort their children inside and sign them in if they are tardy. Help us protect the instructional day. Please limit early dismissal/check-outs. If needed, please do so before 2:00 PM. Remember keep your child’s pick up and emergency contacts updated and to sign in during each visit. ID is required for anyone visiting or checking your child our of school.

Wolf Creek Elementary School

Check out our school website for our school calendar and school updates.


Dionne C, Glass, Principal

glassdc@fultonschools.org


A. Nicole Canty, Assistant Principal

CantyA@fultonschools.org