Abbotts Hill Hilltop Happenings

September 9, 2020

Important Dates

  • September 10 - Battle of the Books Mandatory Meeting 4:00 - 5:00 pm (virtual, see details below)
  • September 10 - PTA Election (virtual) 5:00 - 6:00 pm (see details below)
  • September 16 - 2nd Grade Device Distribution (see information below) 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

A Message From Dr. Stabler

We are so excited to welcome our kindergarten, first, and second graders for Phase 1 of face-to-face (F2F) instruction (one 90-minute session per week). The primary purpose of Phase 1 is to re-acclimate students and teachers to face-to face-instruction while building relationships, practicing safety protocols, and reestablishing routines. When students are not in attendance here at Abbotts Hill, they will continue to participate in Universal Remote Learning.

Arrival/Dismissal

Transportation is provided by bus, but parents/guardians may choose to drop-off and/or pick-up through carpool. Each morning, you may drop your child off through carpool between 7:10 AM – 7:40 AM for session 1 and 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM for session 2. Pick-up will take place for session 1 at 9:10 AM and at 12:10 PM for session 2. Regardless of transportation mode, please be sure to have your child prepared with their mask on prior to getting on the bus and/or before getting out of the car in the carpool lane.

Carpool

If you are dropping your child off, or picking them up in carpool, please go through the carpool line. Staff will check in/out and monitor car riders exiting and entering vehicles; however, they will only assist with car doors if a student has a specific need for help (smaller students, students with special needs, etc.). Should your child need assistance, please do not get out of your vehicle. Simply roll down your window, and a staff member will be over to assist you. Please begin practicing with your child how to unbuckle and buckle their seatbelt, and how to independently get in and out of the car. We are expecting a huge increase in our car riders. We ask parents to be patient, safe, and understanding, as you can anticipate increased traffic.

Masks

Masks will be required for all employees and students while on buses and in the school. “Mask Down” and/or break areas will be available for students to safely take a break from wearing their mask.

Snacks

Fulton County School Nutrition has provided snacks for students during Phase 1. These snacks will be sent home with students to enjoy.

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle with them as we will be restricting the use of all water fountains.

Supplies

We invite you to begin sending your child’s school supplies in with them in their backpacks. We realize they may have a lot of items, so we recommend that they do not bring all of their supplies at once; but rather, they can bring supplies to school with them over the course of the next few weeks. We just ask that you please prioritize sending their pencils, pencil box, scissors, crayons, etc…as we will not be using “community supplies” this school year. If your child is unable to bring in their supplies, we will have extras available for them to use.

2nd Grade Device Distribution

We are excited to begin the distribution of devices to all 2nd grade students. Devices can be picked up during a drive-through at Abbotts Hill Elementary School on September 16th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Students should bring these devices with them to school each day.


Please let Mrs. Huslak know if you do NOT want a device by sending an email to Huslak@fultonschools.org

Medication Drop-Off

If your child has medication that you need to leave in the clinic, please drop off the medication prior to your child’s first day. All medications can be dropped off between 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, or by scheduling an appointment with Ms. Sumudi Perera at 470-254-9023 or pereras@fultonschools.org.

Wellness and Hygiene

Prior to each session, we request that all parents conduct a wellness and temperature check on their child(ren) to ensure they are healthy enough to attend school. As a school, we will be conducting random temperature checks as students arrive. If your child is sick, we ask that you please keep them at home. Any student who becomes sick at school and/or has a temperature at or above 100.4 will automatically be escorted to the clinic for further evaluation. Students who are symptomatic will wait in our “isolation room” until parents are contacted. Parents will be asked to immediately come to school to pick-up their child if they have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms.


In addition to wellness checks, signs and hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the school. Social distancing will be adhered to as much as possible, and students will be reminded to keep their distance at all times. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently and/or use the hand sanitizing stations as needed. Throughout Phase 1, we will be teaching and practicing these new health and safety procedures with our students.

Curriculum Corner by Mrs. Truesdale, CST

This year, Fulton County is requiring all students to complete the math and reading iReady diagnostics. All students continue to do an AWESOME job completing their diagnostics.

During assessment is happening off site, it is important parents provide (and students find) a quiet area to complete the diagnostic. It is also important parents or well-meaning siblings do not help with the answers. Students need our support and encouragement, but it is imperative the assessment results are an accurate reflection of what each student knows and still needs to learn.

Click on the images below for more details.

i-Ready parent video

Math Strategies

Word Problems Solving Strategies

Right click on the link for examples of the strategies.

Find a Pattern

Example

Make a Table

Example

Work Backwards

Example

Guess and Check

Example

Draw a Picture

Example

Make a List

Example

Write a Number Sentence

Example

Learning Commons News

Did you hear the news? Students CAN check out books from the Learning Commons this year! Over 300 books have already been checked out to eager readers! The instructions for our contact-less and safe process can be found in your child’s Team under the Learning Commons CHANNEL in the FILES Tab! They are also HERE!

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books Mandatory Information Meeting for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who signed up to participate in their grade level’s Battle of the Books by the deadline (September 4th) will be this Thursday, September 10th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm


You can join the meeting using THIS LINK!


THIS WILL BE A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING AND ALL STUDENTS WHO SIGNED UP AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS MUST ATTEND.

VIRTUAL Library

Have you explored the VIRTUAL Learning Commons Yet? It is filled with book resources, information, and many surprises! Check it out on the Learning Commons website at www.abbottshillmc.weebly.com
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PTA News - Virtual Election September 10th

WE ARE ABBOTTS HILL PTA! #jaguarstrong


The PTA will hold a virtual election to elect co-president, treasurer, and VP of family engagement. All AHE PTA members are invited to attend. It will be via zoom on September 10th at 5 pm.


Meeting details:

Topic: PTA General Meeting

Time: Sep 10, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3510302608?pwd=R2k3SWFqYmFQaXFkM2NwMzd0ZXRFZz09

Meeting ID: 351 030 2608

Passcode: c5gXj9

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Clinic News

Welcome back! So excited to see all of these happy faces. Just a reminder- if medication is needed while your student is at school, proper authorization forms must be on file in the clinic ASAP. If your student has a medical condition that would require emergency medication be kept at school, please make sure you have provided that medication with completed forms to the clinic. All prescription medication requires a PHYSICIAN’S signature. All medication (prescription & over the counter) must be in the original container from the store or pharmacy. Forms can be found electronically under Student Health Services on Fulton County Schools website www.fultonschools.org or by contacting me at pereras@fultonschools.org / (470)254-9023.

Now is a good time to remind our students about the A B C’s of staying healthy.

A – Always keep your hands away from your face. Try not to touch your nose, mouth or eyes with hands that haven’t been washed.

B – Be polite and cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve, never on someone else.

C – Clean your hands often and kill those germs. Wash your hands throughout the day scrubbing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Please do not send an ill child to school. Children who have run a fever during the night or who have vomited or had diarrhea should not be sent to school.
  • Students who are sick, contagious and/or have a fever greater than 100.4 must not be sent to school. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours, and NOT on fever reducing medication (such as Tylenol/Ibuprofen).

I am looking forward to helping keep all of our students safe & healthy this school year!

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Parents:

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