The Norcross Elementary Eagle

Family Newsletter - July 30, 2020

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Norcross Elementary School Families,


We are so excited about Meet Your Teacher Day (MYTD) on Monday, August 3. The teachers are preparing for great session of learning with you. We cannot wait to see everyone virtually.


By now, you should have been contacted by your child's homeroom teacher. If not, please call the school for the name of your child's teacher. Below is information to access the virtual Meet Your Teacher Day organized by grade level.



Note: All information is subject to change.





We will get through this…stronger…together. We are Norcross. We are #NorcrossStrong!


Kassia Sutton, Principal (kassia.morris.sutton@gcpsk12.org)

Jamie Elsey, AP (Gr. K, 1) (jamie.elsey@gcpsk12.org)

Staci Gelbaum, AP (Gr. 2, 3) (staci.gelbaum@gcpsk12.org)

Contacia Cross, AP (Gr. 4, 5) (contacia.cross@gcpsk12.org)

Amber Amick, Counselor (amber.amick@gcps.k12.org)

Amy Crapo,Counselor (amy.crapo@gcpsk12.org)


Sincerely,

Kassia Sutton

Principal

MEET YOUR TEACHER DAY-OPEN HOUSE

Open House is scheduled for Monday, August 3. Meet Your Teacher Day (MYTD)-Open House (OH) will look much different than in previous years to ensure the safety of our families and staff. All students and families will have the opportunity to attend a virtual MYTD-OH (see below for schedule)

Virtual meetings for ALL students K-5

1st Grade 8:15-9:15

2nd Grade 9:20-10:20

3rd Grade 10:25-11:25

4th Grade 11:30-12:30

5th Grade 12:35-1:35

Kindergarten 1:40-2:40

For the virtual meetings, the homeroom teacher will call you with specific information on how to login and join the meeting


Families New to Norcross Elementary

During the week of August 3, individual in-person meetings will be scheduled for all students new to Norcross Elementary. Your child's homeroom teacher will contact you to schedule an individual appointment beginning on July 29, 2020. Only one parent and the child is allowed to attend the meeting. All who enter the building MUST wear a mask.


Look out for additional emails from Norcross Elementary and check our website for more information as we approach Monday, August 3, 2020.


Please do not hesitate to call the school for the name of your child's teacher or any other information.


Note: Instructions for Zoom login will be forthcoming and added to the newsletter as soon as it is prepared.

Kindergarten

Open the document below to access the Zoom information for Meet Your Teacher Day.

1st Grade

Open the document below to access the Zoom information for Meet Your Teacher Day.

2nd Grade

Open the document below to access the Zoom information for Meet Your Teacher Day.

3rd Grade

Open the document below to access the Zoom information for Meet Your Teacher Day.

4th Grade

Open the document below to access the Zoom information for Meet Your Teacher Day.

5th Grade

Open the document below to access the Zoom information for Meet Your Teacher Day.

Zoom

Zoom is the platform being used for the Meet Your Teacher Day Meetings. Below are instructions on how to download Zoom.

PARENT SUPPORT – Parents, we want to partner with you!

•Parenting is hard, and as educational experiences have improved it is sometimes harder for parents to support students today than it was a few years ago. Please know our faculty and staff is here for you and your student.

•Be on the lookout for Parent Seminars and emails with information to help you and your student.

•The updated GCPS Parent Portal, rolling out in August, will make it easier for parents to see assignments, including missing ones. It also will allow parents to access student information, including gradebook data, discipline, report cards, transcripts, calendars, and more. Please sign up.


Signing up for the Parent Portal is important for staying connected. Please contact us if you do not have access.

CAFETERIA: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

More information to come on the breakfast and lunch plans.


All students will be charged for their meals based on their current eligibility status (Free, Reduced, or Full Pay). As a reminder, SY20 student eligibility carries over for the first 30 days of school. Please be sure to completed the lunch eligibility form prior to the 30 days. Use the link below to apply online.

https://www.schoollunchapp.com/Terms.aspx?host=gwinnett.schoollunchapp.com&apply=1&api=78f8fee54716f21218e523747d37a13c

Resources and Materials

Dear Parents,

Below is information for picking up resources for the beginning of the year. In terms of device distribution, we will be using a generated list from the district to determine device needs for our families. The needs will be prioritized according to those with no access and then limited access.


Devices (need based) and/or material distribution (workbooks, manipulatives, other items deemed pertinent by the teacher, etc.) is scheduled for


Monday, August 10 Please follow the schedule below .

8:30-10:00 K-2

10:00 -11:30 3-5

Tuesday, August 11. Please follow the schedule below.

Device and Material Distribution

9:00-9:45 5th Grade

9:45-10:15 4th Grade

10:15-10:45 3rd Grade

10:45-11:15 2nd Grade

12:00-12:30 1st Grade

12:30-1:00 Kindergarten

Please follow the instructions below.

Parents/students place a paper in the windshield of the vehicle with the student first and last name/grade/teacher. Use a bold marker to write the information so it is visible.

School personnel will retrieve the bag and place the bag in the trunk/hatch of the car or back seat.

Students and parents are not allowed out of the car. No students or family members will be permitted to exit their vehicle or congregate with others. This will be strictly enforced for the safety of all.


Retrieval Location

This transaction will take place in the bus lane. Please ENTER the bus lane via Born Street (back of school) and exit onto to Hunt Street (front of school).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1.What will digital learning look like in the Fall of 2020? - Teachers will provide both live (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) lessons and independent work. This means that students will be required to participate in digital learning beginning at 8:30 AM each day. Students should plan to both follow the schedule with their teachers (synchronous learning), and also complete activities and assignments (asynchronous learning) on their own time to meet assignment deadlines.


2.How will grades be calculated? - All digital courses will have the same grading policies and practices as the in person version of the course. Each week, there will be some graded assignments will be included in the gradebook. The grading will NOT be like last spring.


3.Will attendance be taken during digital learning classes? - Yes, attendance will be taken daily.


4.Is the student code of conduct still in effect for remote students? - The student discipline code of conduct is still applicable for students during digital learning.


5.Does that mean students will be expected to be in front of a computer for six-plus hours a day? - It is not likely that students would be online in live classes the entire school day. However, since teachers will be at their schools during school hours it is safe to assume most digital instruction will occur during that time. Based on feedback from the spring, we are encouraging teachers to conduct more live (synchronous) lessons. Platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams may be used for these sessions. Other assignments may include other recorded videos are independent work, which can be done any time during the day. We believe the use of a variety of instructional methods will be best for students. However, teachers will not be expected to continue instruction after school hours.

VISITORS

Visitors will be limited. To the start year off, volunteers, parent language classes, etc. are canceled until further notice. Visitors are required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines for the safety of students and staff.


Please help us by adhering to the visitor guidelines and safety practices.

SUPPLIES

Please hold off on purchasing supplies. Your child's teacher will advise on the necessary supplies.

How to Stay Connected

Principal – Kassia Sutton (kassia.morris.sutton@gcpsk12.org)

Assistant Principal - Gr. K, 1 – Jamie Elsey (jamie.elsey@gcpsk12.org)

Assistant Principal - Gr. 2, 3 – Staci Gelbaum (staci.gelbaum@gcpsk12.org)

Assistant Principal – Gr. 4, 5 – Contacia Cross (contacia.cross@gcpsk12.org)